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Is there a good website to plan a trip via trains in Europe?

My wife and I have decided to move across Europe by train. Do you know of any good sites for planning a trip via train (schedule and maybe prices)? We're going to go across Europe from east (Russia ...
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Where is wild camping possible in Europe?

Are there countries in Europe where wild camping with a tent allowed or at least tolerated? How high is the probability that someone will get angry at you or even call the police? Please consider ...
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€5 coin not accepted

Three years ago I went to the post office in a big city in France, there I received change back after I paid for something. I didn't look at it first but later on I discovered that I received a €5 ...
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Button for pedestrian traffic lights in Germany

I've been to Heidelberg, Germany recently and I've found things like this in most traffic lights in the city: If I press it a message that says "bitte warten" (please wait) appears. This is not ...
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Are drivers from mainland Europe likely to end up in an accident when driving in the UK?

I have a European license and would like to rent a car in the UK for a trip to the countryside. The only thing that worries me is driving on the left — it seems that one would need quite a bit of ...
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Am I expected to tip wait staff in Europe?

I will be travelling in western Europe, and I would like to dine at the restaurants there. Am I expected to tip the waiter/ waitress? How can I tip them when I am paying the bills by credit card? Do I ...
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Where is the Asia-Europe divide and where can we cross it?

Where is the division between Europe and Asia? What are places where we can cross it? Are there roads that go from one continent to the other? Bonus particularly scenic locations or places of ...
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Long-life SIM cards in Europe

I regularly travel to Europe (Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland). Every time that I arrive in a country, I buy a cheap prepaid SIM card. The problem is that all these cheap SIMs have a short ...
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What regulations should a European driver know when driving in the US?

There are the obvious ones. The US has the keep-your-lane system, where as in Europe you are expected to keep to the right (left for UK) as long as possible. On my latest travel to the US, I was ...
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Is there any way to spend a night in a European castle?

I spent a night in a jail converted to a hotel in Switzerland, and it made me wonder if there is a real castle converted to an hotel in Europe. And with "real" I mean the castle should have a ...
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Where can I get information on freighter travel?

I want to go from New York City to any destination in Europe on a freighter. The only place I've found information for doing this requires a round trip. I don't want to go round trip. I want to ...
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Which European cities are connected by convenient night boat?

Each year I go on a city trip with some friends, within Europe. We go around five days, and in recent years we've started visiting several cities in that time. We have a new idea: to cut down on the ...
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Is it OK to play the piano housed in the lobbies of hotels?

I travel a lot and often find grand pianos in lobbies of hotels. Is it appropriate to just sit down and play them for a while (FWIW, I am good and play slow classical music. My playing will not ruin ...
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Shipping my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S

The plan is to drive my car (a small 4x4) from Prudhoe Bay1 (Deadhorse), Alaska to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego in Chile. I will be travelling for an undetermined duration, with a minimum of two years. ...
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Sell a pair of blue jeans and live like a king for a week: Still possible in Europe?

Some years ago, particularly before the 1990s, there way a saying in Europe that (paraphrased) you can sell your blue jeans in every part of Eastern Europe and literally live like a king for a week. ...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in Europe?

I have been flying with Wizzair, Ryanair and Easyjet for some time already and have found that there is really a lot to be learned about how to achieve the lowest prices. It was not uncommon for me to ...
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What is the business model of commercial free walking tours?

For instance, Sandeman's runs free walking tours all over Europe. One or two every day of the year, good local guides, and the only payment is tips at the end. I'm sure the tip money is good since ...
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Flying with Ryanair as a non-EU citizen

I received my Schengen visa, thanks to numerous Q&A found on this site. I have flights booked for in and out, and I'm considering to use Ryan Air to travel between a few cities. I'm a Sri Lankan ...
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What metric to imperial conversions should I know for traveling to the US?

I live in the UK. We use Miles, but then Metres and Kilograms. What conversions would it be useful to know to if I want to spend time in the USA. I'm going to spend 3 weeks there on holiday, and will ...
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When to hug, kiss, shake hands, or even “fist bump” in Europe?

I have to ask this because I'm Asian and we don't do any of these things there. I have been living in the UK and Germany for a while and I still can't understand how to do all of that in Europe. If I ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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Tipping in Europe when paying by credit card?

I've been traveling in Europe for the past few months and I'm still confused about this! In most countries, it seems the common courtesy (according to tipping websites and the locals that I've talked ...
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Driving through every country in Europe

I'm thinking about planning a trip where I drive though every country in Europe. I know that there are people who have driven though every state in the US. There is information online about their ...
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Is there a website for searching/booking European trains?

Is there a website to search for European train tickets? I mean something like kayak.com, expedia.com, airfare.com, etc for trains? I know there are specific countries' website like bahn.de, sbb.ch, ...
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Accidentally travelling with a large amount of cash - epic fail!

With just under a week to go until I head for Europe I made an epic faux pas. Instead of ordering a Visa debit card with 1500 Euro added to it, I have ended up with 1500 Euro in cash. I cannot take ...
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Is the TSA Lock acceptable in European Airports?

I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys) How about Europe? ...
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Winter apparel for Europe (November-December)

I'm planning to go to Europe from 24 Nov - 5 Dec 2011 Since I come from tropical country, I really don't have any idea what should I wear during a winter. I have checked the temperature for the same ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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What sort of computer / electronic device would you take on a backpack trip around Europe to allow you to keep in touch?

As you may have seen in my other posts I am in the early stages of planning my Eurotrip this summer which if you are interested in seeing the planned route go here: ...
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Does the rotation of the earth affect the travel time from Europe to Australia?

Assuming that a place in Europe is exactly on the opposite side of the earth than Sydney. Now I want to take a plane to travel there. Does it matter if the plan flies with the rotation of the earth or ...
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How much cash can you carry on a flight within the European Union?

Is there any specific limit of money you can carry on cash while flying from one European Union country to another?
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Where should I travel in Europe if I want to climb a high mountain without equipment?

I'm really into hiking during the last few years. Now I want to climb the highest mountain in Europe that is accessible by a hiker without any alpine tour experience. That means I have no problem ...
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How does the Schengen 90/180 rule work?

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa refusal Changing Visas when one hasn't expired My ...
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How can I wash myself Indian-style (using water not toilet paper) in Western toilets?

As an Indian I have grown up in Delhi using water to wash after using the toilet instead of toilet paper. In Indian culture this is considered a cleaner practice because of the use of water in order ...
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How can I find which European countries require headlights on during daytime?

I know that the driving law in several countries in Europe require headlights on during daytime, some of them only in winter. But where can I find which countries have such a requirement? Just to ...
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Is my U.S. driver's license valid in Europe?

Can I drive using my U.S. (New York State) license in the European Union (if the answer depends on the country, please answer for Czech Republic)?
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Are there European equivalents of “Route 66”

Is there an equivalent to Route 66 available in Europe? Here I am not talking about the actual road with the number 66, but about a "trajectory" with a mythical connotation to its name. I did not ...
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How can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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Searching for bikeable offensive town names in Europe like “Fucking”

Last summer I did a bicycle tour from Fucking in Germany to Petting in Austria. (I know most people normally do it the other way round) On the way you can take a lot of funny pictures. The ...
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Is there any accurate map for the Silk Route and is it still practicable?

I've found some maps that shows the overland route that was used to trade between Europe and Asia, but I haven't found a map accurate enough to plan a trip following the ancient route. Also, I ...
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Maximum validity of a Schengen visa for multiple visits

My dodgy Colombian friend has a Schengen visa which is valid for 5 years. It is a multiple entry visa but it also says you are permitted 90 days in the Schengen zone. Is this 90 days total in 5 ...
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What would be an example of a currently possible overland route from Europe to Israel?

Given the problems between Israel and several of its neighbours added to the problems in several Middle East countries due to the Arab Spring, and perhaps some other closed borders or unsafe ...
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Are there other places with gardens like those at Versailles?

The Gardens of Versailles are world famous, and apparently receive over 6 million visitors a year. They're stunning gardens to visit, but I can't help but think that some other European courts might ...
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To which country in Europe should I travel to if I want to see a lot of lighthouses?

My father is a big lighthouse fan (I know...). Now he wants to spend his next holidays in a country in Europe where he can see a lot of lighthouses. Obviously that shouldn't be a landlocked country, ...
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Crossing the Atlantic by sailing boat, South America to Europe

For a while now I was harbouring the idea to cross the Atlantic not by plane but by any sort of oceangoing transport, in an attempt to travel slowly, reflect upon my time in South America and getting ...
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Are there any websites or resources for planning bicycle routes across western Europe?

A friend and I are potentially interested in doing a bicycle tour across parts of western Europe, which parts specifically we're not sure of yet. We would be starting in London and from there we would ...
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Travelling by train in mainland Europe, will I save money by booking my tickets early?

My wife and I are planning to travel by train from Nice to Budapest over the course of 2 weeks, stopping at a number of towns and cities on the way. We'd prefer the flexibility of booking our tickets ...
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Do American cellphones work in Europe?

I have a Virgin Mobile Pay as you go phone, is there any chance that will work in Hungary, Italy and Germany?
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Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries?

I am an Australian currently on a Netherlands working holiday visa that ends in May next year. I would like to know if when my visa ends I then get another 90 days just as a regular tourist visa as I ...
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Where is the closest to western Europe to see desert mountains with slot canyons?

The southwestern USA has desert mountains and canyons. They are famous and have extensive tourist infrastructure with national parks, national monuments, state parks, roads, trails, etc. However, ...