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One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands!

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one in the Netherlands and one in Belgium. One can ...
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Why are visas not electronic?

With our increasing reliance on technology why do we have to carry paper visa 'stamps' in our passport instead of using some electronic system? I am assuming a passport number is linked to a visa so ...
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Are there any man-only places in the world?

I know it is forbidden to enter to Muslim's mosques/shrines without proper Islamic cover or having your shoes during walking through temples/tombs/shrines in India and some other Hindu countries or ...
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Are there any inhabited condominiums (joint sovereignties) apart from Brčko District?

The Wikipedia article on condominium (in the meaning of joint sovereignty) lists a number of present condominiums, including Brčko District, which has almost 90000 inhabitants and is a condominimum ...
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What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies?

I remember 6 years ago, discovering "The Great South American Journey" operated by Gap adventures (now G Adventures), a 5 month trip around the continent (although essentially a bunch of their smaller ...
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Where can I visit the only two escalators in Wyoming?

Someone was showing me a list of things learned in 2013, and one of their facts was that the state of Wyoming, in the US, only has two escalators in the whole state. Where are these two escalators? ...
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Pacific islands where you can still find native naked people that are wearing no clothes

Jacque Fresco once mentioned (http://youtu.be/kj21LpHUqnM?t=43s) that he find naked people in Tuomoto when he was living in South Pacific for 1 year. But that was in the 50's, so a lot has probably ...
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Why are there no 2,3,4,5 tier bunk beds on airplanes?

Lie-flat seats in business class, are a fact of life. Even private cabins and showers are now a fact of life on airplanes. I have traveled on bunk beds in economy style class train cabins for >22 ...
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Which mountain has the highest death ratio of hikers?

Which mountain is most difficult to climb? I know it's not only height but also weather etc. But would like to know according to the ratio of death of climbers and with respect to ratio of ...
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What's the easternmost place in Asia?

On my current trip (like my previous) I've been in Europe and crossed the Bosphorous to Asia and proceeded further east (currently Tbilisi, Georgia). At some point I'd like to move even further east, ...
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Why do passports expire?

Based on this question, why do passports expire? What possible function does it serve to limit their validity in time?
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What is the fastest speed a passenger airplane flies at?

How fast does the world's currently fastest passenger plane fly (cruise speed)? Do any passenger planes fly faster than the speed of sound?
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Countries with hi-tech toilets

While in Japan I was amazed by the hi-tech toilets I saw everywhere (even in rural areas) and I even felt a bit inferior because Italians' toilet don't offer anywhere near such a range of personal ...
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World's fastest ferry route

Last summer, I was impressed by the speed of the Norwegian hurtigbåt M/S Fjordprinsessa, operating near Tromsø, travelling so fast that travellers are not allowed on-deck and are recommended to remain ...
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Is brushing your teeth in the public toilet a culture specific activity? [closed]

I have seen on a number of occasions in Australia of people brushing their teeth in a public toilet, whether it is in a library or office building. I am trying to work out whether this is something ...
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Is there still uncharted land? [duplicate]

Recently I drove on a road not yet mapped on osm. As soon as I get back, I will add it. It made me wonder if every piece of land is already mapped, or if you could still have a bit of adventure, doing ...
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Where is the coldest commercial diving site?

When I did my diving course, I was told that it was much easier diving in warm waters so if you finish your course in colder seas, you don't have to have a diving skill check before your recreational ...
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Why is the baggage allowance on flights to/from Brazil more generous?

It seems that it is common that the baggage allowance on flights to Brazil is more generous (both in number of pieces and weight) than to other countries. In fact many airlines, have a specific ...
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How punctual are Swiss trains?

Yesterday, I was on a Swiss train that was 10 minutes late. I thought perhaps it was the end of the world ... The Swiss railways have a reputation for being very punctual (the joke being you can set ...
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Oldest monument in Rome

I know this question might seem a bit weird, but this is really difficult to find an answer to me. Rome is well known to be one of the city in the world which has the biggest quantity of ancient ...
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Why do airplanes at every airport disembark at the left (port) side?

I travel by air a lot, and at virtually every airport I've ever been too, including where you disembark by stairs, as opposed to by jet bridge, the left-hand-doors are always used; and the ...
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Hypothetically, how long would it take to circumnavigate New Zealand by foot?

This would include looping around the three major islands - the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island. Some calculation or reference would be useful, rather than a stab in the dark, ...
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Are there any women-only places in the world?

It looks like reports of a women-only city in Saudi Arabia are greatly exaggerated. But are there any other places in the world where the population is entirely or almost entirely female? The place ...
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Can you get married while traveling?

As a traveler getting married while traveling must be the ultimate experience. Can you actually legally get married while traveling?
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What is the nearest underwater hotel to Germany?

I'm trying to find an underwater hotel that is not too far away from Germany. What's is the nearest one?
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Oldest subway/underground/metro rolling stock still in operation

As a rider of various subway/metro/underground systems I was curious where would I find the oldest fleet still in operation. NYC subway C line has cars built in the mid 60s. I was wondering if there ...
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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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Can the ship's captain really perform your wedding when in international waters?

On the question about whether you can get married while travelling, Mark Mayo posted a comment that any marriage has to be on dry land or close to it. But I'm sure all of us have heard of ships' ...
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Are there any international train services in South America?

As a European, I'm used to being able to take trains just about everywhere. I'm finding that that is not so common in South America, however. If I was taking a trip through South America and wanted ...
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What are the two closest capital cities in the world?

Recently, there was a discussion here on Travel.SE about what are the two closest capital cities in the world. One user argued that it is Vienna and Bratislava. Another one stated either Vatican City ...
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What's the most complicated public transport tariff system in the world? [closed]

I wonder what's the most complicated tariff system for public transport on the world? Which city has this [inglorious] record? I'm trying to understand the tariff system for Nürnberg region (Bayern, ...
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Fastest public elevator in the world

The Main Tower is my favorite attraction in Frankfurt(Main) not only because of the wonderful public viewing platform, but also because of the amazing speed of the elevator - 25,2 km/h. I think the ...
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Most radioactive places on earth

I recently visited Iwaki, Fukushima province to visit Spa Resort Hawaiians. Partially because it sounded interesting, and partially to buck the trend of overseas tourists avoiding Fukushima province. ...
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What is the cheapest hostel in the world?

I'm asking about the cheapest bunk-bed or similar in a hostel in the world if only one traveller arrives to the hostel.
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Visiting the sunniest place on earth - country and city

This is a two parter. Vancouver has rain for like, 9 months a year. I've been told it gets quite heavy. If you wanted to go to the opposite extreme... What country gets the most sunlight hours ...
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Places with unusual platform numbers

I just came across platform zero at JR Kyoto station. Are there places with more exotic station numbers, such as negative numbers, fractions or complex numbers? I'm interested in places that have such ...
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What's the highest number of countries whose borders meet at a single point?

What is the maximum number of countries meeting at a single point on earth? Where is it? What are the countries?
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What's the highest price a country charges citizens of another country for tourist visa?

Many countries charge money to issue visas to people wishing to enter, and many charge different fees for citizens of different countries. On my current trip the most I've had to pay was $20. One ...
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What is the most active volcano in Central America?

What is the most active volcano in Central America, in terms of eruptions, explosions, lava, gases, etc.? Is it possible to visit it?
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Does flying east to west generally take longer than west to east in America?

I noticed for a particular round-trip that the portion from the east coast to the west was scheduled to take over an hour longer than the return trip. I initially thought this was a mistake due to ...
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Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo? [closed]

In Japan, Tokyo it is common to see Japanese people walking around with masks like the kind Surgeons wear during surgeries. Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo?
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What's the deepest underwater tour available?

Clearly scuba can only get you so far, and while we've discussed submarine tours in the past, they are just jaunts. What's the deepest you can actually go as a tourist, and what about if you were ...
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Most remote exclave?

I'm a big fan of traveling to some extreme points, like for example the most northern point of Europe or the highest point of each country in Europe, etc. To find new ideas I would like to know the ...
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Fastest route around the world on regularly scheduled transportation?

After a heated internal discussion about whether it was possible to go around the world within a day (24 hours), I thought I'd ask this question. Using regularly scheduled flights, it is possible to ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...