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Where from Ethiopia can I see the Red Sea?

Ethiopia is a landlocked country, however it's mostly high elevation (2000-2500m) and given that Eritrea seems to be narrow, I'm wondering if it's possible to see the Red Sea from Ethiopia. I'm ...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

Calling "Shotgun" might be the wrong word, since the driver's cab would be on top of the train, or absent altogether. What are some examples of high-speed long-distance intercity trains that have ...
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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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Luxor obelisk in Paris vs Luxor Las Vegas obelisk

The Luxor Obelisk in Las Vegas has Egyptian hieroglyphics on it as does the Luxor Obelisk in Paris. My question is... are the hieroglyphics the same? Did they copy the Paris obelisk when building the ...
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From what point on the earth's surface could you view the most UK counties?

Investigating from where you could view the most UK counties is what prompted my previous question on the US - I know you can view up to eight counties from the Malvern Hills, and a number of travel ...
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What is the youngest new natural landmass that can be visited?

I recently visited the Vulcão dos Capelinhos, which is an extension of Faial Island in the Azores that erupted from the sea bed only 50 years ago. Visiting this area gives you a great sense of the ...
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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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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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Does a “Visa on Departure” exist?

In this TSE question, the question discusses travelling from Norway to Sweden (presumably by air) and says: I assume that I can take a few days trip to Sweden on a temporary traveler's visa, would ...
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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 is the largest pub/bar in Europe?

What is Europe's largest pub or bar? Please do not include places which are basically just breweries. I thought it was "World's End" in London but after visiting other places I am no longer sure.
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Do the bus routes in Paris follow a regular pattern?

I will be in Paris soon and I consider an 'unlimited' day pass for public transport. But I would like to know a bit more about the bus lines. When having a day pass for public transport in a city it ...
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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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Which is the longest route/train travel possible?

I recently read something about the longest train travel possible. The rules are simple. You can change but you should always travel by train. (Getting a train to somewhere, making a couple of km by ...
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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 in the world can you tour a live nuclear reactor?

Are there nuclear plants that allow you to tour the facility and learn more about nuclear power while the plant is running?
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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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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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Are there any “brand” museums in Los Angeles?

Atlanta has the Coca Cola museum, Munich has the BMW museum, in Maranello there is the Ferrari museum. Similarly, are there any "brand" museums in LA or its neighborhoods? I know these museums are ...
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Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?

I think this can be objectively answered, hopefully. Apparently the most photographed building in the southern hemisphere is the Sydney Opera House. Makes sense, pretty popular, scenic location etc. ...
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Can I see fireworks from a passenger airplane (at cruising altitude)?

Next year, I plan to fly from Europe to China around new year's eve. That's why I was asking myself whether it is possible to see fireworks on the ground from an passenger aircraft traveling at ...
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Is there a tourist destination where the new year starts first and at the same time the old year ends last?

We were brainstorming where to celebrate the next new year. It would be fun if it is possible to be the first in the new year to then with minor traveling enjoy yet a bit of the old year. Is there ...
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Do airlines fly directly over the North Pole?

I always like flying to/from north America, since the route usually goes over Greenland. I do like the idea that I am only 10 km away from this inaccessible land. I would love to be able to say that I ...
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Why is the moon hiding from me?

I've already been on quite a few overnight flights, but so far, I never saw the moon. I saw stars, other planes, city lights, but never the moon. Obviously, the moon should still be there, but somehow ...
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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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How many roads lead to Rome? [closed]

The phrase All roads lead to Rome is an idiom meaning that several paths can lead to the same goal. It originates from the Roman road system, whose main arteries all met and merged in a single ...
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Australian educator Dr Karl's 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 ...
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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 side at each country. One can literally put one ...
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When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?

My wife and I are planning to travel to Japan next September (we are from Brazil). Since I was a child I have known that if I made a hole (a big one) straight down, I would reach Japan. Well, as the ...
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Does Australia have any trains that can go faster than 160 km/h?

Despite enthusiastic support from the Qanda set, high speed rail between the major capital cities isn't a reality in Australia. Wikivoyage mentions high speed trains from Brisbane to Rockhampton, and ...
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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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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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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 longest scheduled public bus ride in the world?

I'm about to take a depressingly long bus ride in Latin America and am wondering what the longest scheduled public bus ride in the world is. By 'scheduled' I mean for there to be a regularly ...
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Possibility of meeting people with name Vasco da Gama in portugal [closed]

In Portugal , is it still possible to see people with famous name Vasco da Gama ?
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How far can I be from Britain and be in “British X”?

This is a just for fun question. I'm studying in British Columbia, Canada, which is quite far away from Great Britain proper: 4,190 miles (6743 km) to be exact. I'm wondering, though, how far ...
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Where is the quietest place on Earth?

I just wondered if there is a known "most quiet" place on Earth. Perhaps people have measured "ambient" sound throughout the year in various places claimed to be the most quiet. And perhaps one has ...
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What is the bright light between Singapore and Tokyo?

I don't know if this is an appropriate place to ask this, so if that's the case please let me know. Every time I fly between Singapore and Tokyo I spot a bright light somewhere in the South China Sea ...
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Which similar/confusable airport names are furthest apart? [closed]

Which similar (IATA) named airports are furthest apart, geographically? (bonus points if they're different countries/continents/separated by ocean/speak different languages) By similar I mean either: ...
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What is the typical ratio of paid versus free miles in frequent flyer programs? [closed]

I realize that this varies from program to program and depends on various factors. But just as a general rule of thumb what is the ratio of miles you have to pay to free miles in a typical program? ...
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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 purpose of numbers on some UK street name signs?

As a frequent traveller around the UK I have developed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with street signs and their small but significant differences. Can someone explain what the purpose of the small ...
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What is the average & max temperature of an airplane cargo hold?

I want to take some chocolates to offer in my luggage. Chocolates are a bit sensitive to heat, though. What is the average temperature inside a cargo hold? 'Average by' itself can be misleading. What ...
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Do hotel pre-open bananas to prevent clients from taking them for after breakfast?

I have seen this a few times in breakfast buffets in hotels: pre-opened bananas (e.g. see infra). Is that done in order to prevent clients from taking them for after breakfast, since an opened ...
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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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Why is the departures level always above the arrivals level?

It seems to be a pretty strong convention for airport terminals with more than one level to have the departures above, and the arrivals below. Is this specified in some international standard? Are ...
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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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From what point could you view the most countries?

This question is inspired by this one, but takes it one step up. I'll phrase it in a similar manner as dlanod did: A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most ...
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What are the two closest countries that do not share a border?

Are there any closer than Namibia/Zimbabwe (which are separated by "less than 200 metres of riverbed", belonging to Botswana, according to Wikipedia)? I'm interested specifically in the case where ...
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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 ...