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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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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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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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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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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Dr Karl podcast where in a recent one he stated the longest take off run was by a C-130 (Hercules) plane in Greenland a long while back (I gather it was some unusual condition and not ...
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Longest distance ordinary road sign?

Outside Narvik, Norway (at Gratangseidet north of Bjerkvik, at the border between Nordland and Troms) is a road sign indicating the distance to Kirkenes along the E6 as 1042 km: Kirkenes 1042 km ...
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Can I land in a different time zone before my take off time? [closed]

Theoretically, it should be possible to land before taking off (if you go on a fast enough airplane between two cities close to a time-zone boundary). Practically, are there any such flights, even if ...
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Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein?

Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein? I like to visit a local mosque in every city I visit. Any Idea?
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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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Is Vatican City considered a country?

I have a life-long goal of seeing at least 50 countries before I die. I'm behind but I figure I would see most of them over the next 20 years as I get closer to retirement and make my fortune. :-) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I visit the most northerly Australian fauna in the world?

In Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan (43.768533,142.482717), I saw a pair of emus. Are they the northernmost Australian fauna in the world, or is there a place even further north that has distinctly ...
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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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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 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 is the most expensive train ride in India?

Considering a lot of people use trains in India, train tickets tend to be cheap, depending on class of travel, of course. What I am interested in is finding out which train ride or which route (since ...
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What is the fastest theoretical route for the London “Tube Challenge”?

The "Tube Challenge" is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all the stations on the London Underground network in the fastest time possible. The rules are here. The ...
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Why do mileposts on US Interstates increase South to North instead of North to South?

Not sure if this will be on topic but I'd like to know anyway: Why do mileposts on US Interstates increase South to North instead of North to South?
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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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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

According to what I've been told, one state (Alaska) has land which is considered the easternmost, northernmost, and westernnmost in all of the USA. What are the three points that allows it to claim ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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The most difficult countries to travel in?

Now at first sight that's a subjective question. But I'll explain now that it's not. So please don't answer subjectively either! Pamir Highway between Dushanbe and Khorog, Tajikistan When papers ...
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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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Is there any other country than Germany with no speed limits?

I'm very into road trips. Therefore I'm always looking for something special. I think it is very special that at least parts of Germany's highways have no speed limits. But since I live very close to ...
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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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What is the cheapest metro system in the world?

When traveling I am trying to avoid using the underground/metro/subway because I want to see the city I am visiting, but sometimes for long distances it is much quicker than any other form of ...
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What is the longest passenger flight (with a flight number) in the world?

For example, JQ151 from Sydney to Christchurch is around 3 hours. NZ1 however, is about another 7 to Hong Kong. Will need a regular flight number to verify. Definition is longest in terms of flight ...
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What is the shortest commercial passenger flight (with a flight number) in the world?

With the occasional debate about Oxford airport in the UK becoming a new London airport, and hearing of a flight that once landed at Heathrow due to fog, then flew on to Gatwick, I was wondering - ...
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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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What (if any) regularly scheduled airline flights pass over Antarctica?

We were just discussing at lunch if there are any such flights.
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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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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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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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Snowfall at sea level closest to the equator?

My question is simple. Which is the place closest to Equator, in any country, where has snowfall occured? By that I mean snowfall only at sea level - mountains are excluded. I can't find anything ...
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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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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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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 ...