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Travel planning web sites

I am currently planning a 2 month trip through China, and I wanted to know what are the best online options to plan a trip. First off : I am really looking for an alternative to a spreadsheet. ...
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Travel agents - can they match ITA Travel Matrix prices?

(applies to all travel agents, I'm just using FC as an example) Flight Centre - the world wide travel agent, often boasts "lowest prices guaranteed". I've had trouble getting them to actually hold ...
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Is there a definitive reference guide to cell phone standards by country?

I have an AT&T iPhone 3GS, and am wondering if I should switch to something else for use when visiting other countries.
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Online tool to find points of interest along a route

Sometimes, when travelling between places, (particulary driving) I would like to get/see/do something else on my way. Most map tools (eg Google Maps) provide a way to search for points of interest of ...
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How can I see all routes flown by a given airline?

I've been trying to find a tool that could give me a list or map of all the destinations of a certain airline. Something like this easyjet's route map, but for all airlines.
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Is there a resource with the average load factor on a specific flight?

I almost always seem to be traveling on full flights. So almost never have the luxury to be able to change seats or even rows. Is there any way to find out beforehand if a specific flight is on ...
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What's a good alternative to Dopplr?

From the Dopplr website: Dopplr is a service for smart international travellers. Dopplr members share personal and business travel plans privately with their networks, and exchange tips on ...
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Where can I find historical data on arrival and departure times of a particular flight?

Where can I find historical data on flights, specifically Delta international flights? I need to find out about cancellations, diversions and any other flight data pertaining on particular route at a ...
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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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Websites to buy complex air tickets

Okay. I'm looking for a complex round ticket. Like travel from point a - to point B (stay for 2 days) - then to point C (stay for 2 days) -then to point D (Destination, stay for 2 weeks) - then ...
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Is there a website that tells me the quickest way between two London Tube stations?

I understand that the tube map isn't geographically accurate and that there's several examples where walking is quicker than catching the tube, even in non-obvious scenarios. Is there a website ...
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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What are the most effective rideshare sites in the US?

Recently, I have been traveling from upstate New York to NYC quite frequently and would like to find a site that is more effective than craigslist in attracting reliable rideshares for splitting gas ...
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Why do hotel booking sites ask for the number of people? Does it matter how many I say?

I was planning a stay at a hotel in Chicago for an overnight layover and checking prices on the hotel's booking site (in this case the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport) for a room with 2 double beds. The ...
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How can I find out what the typical “fast food” is for a particular country?

Everyone has to eat and travelers are no exception. When arriving to a new destination sometimes it's not easy to find a place and one just chooses a quick and known McDs place or Burger something. ...
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Flight Search from anywhere to a specific destination

Many flight search engines allow you to pick a departure airport and search for flights to anywhere. E.g. Google flights gives you a nice map with prices next to destinations for a set of dates and an ...
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Is there a website dedicated to odd hotels?

There is a boeing 747 hotel in Sweden. Is there a search engine or any other way to find similar odd hotels per destination?
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Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries/cities?

Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries or cities? It would be better if it's color coded. Xenophobia could mean a lot for some tourists, I myself do not like to travel ...
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References for tipping etiquette in different countries? [closed]

Where can I find information about tipping etiquette in different countries? I'm hoping for a comprehensive database so I don't have to ask about the countries one by one here.
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I am looking for a hotel search engine for rural areas

I am trying to find a bucolic holiday destination, which means finding a nice hotel in a small beautiful village for spending some quiet time. Most search engines are only finding major cities, and ...
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

I'd really like to fly with an Airbus A380. But how do I find and compare the price of flights that are carried out by specific kind of plane? I don't want to fly just anywhere; I plan to go from ...
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planning flights - connection flights search engine

Is there any tool / online search engine where you can give it a list of possible departing airports, and a list of possible arriving airports, and shows you all the possible flights (connecting or ...
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How to tell if a travel site is legit?

Tonight I tried to book a long trip for 4 through justairticket.com. I found they had the lowest prices by far - international. So I booked. Was happy. 10 mins later. Cell phone rings. Brian (...
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Is there any common website for Spanish intercity bus timetables?

As I wrote in an answer some time ago, there are, in my opinion, very good bus connections in Andalusia (and elsewhere in Spain). But I don't know of a single site where you could easily check the ...
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Public pianos in the U.S

I've been to the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland last year and had some fun on a piano in their lobby with a sign saying "Play me, I'm yours". I did some research and found a pretty cool project ...
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Which websites allow “search by country” for a flight?

I came to know about Whichbudget, it's a website that allow search for flights by country. I mean you just enter from like "Germany" and to like "Belgium" and you get best offers from all airports ...
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Is there an app that will calculate a route off main roads for cycling?

I want to go for a short cycle tour but I want to avoid main roads. Is there an app for that?
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How can I buy an e-ticket for Netherlands train if I don't have a Dutch bank account?

I wanted to buy a train ticket today from the Dutch railroad website. It all worked fine, but when checking out, I was asked for my bank details and it seems that you can only pay if you have a Dutch ...
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Flight booking. Extra information to entice quick booking?

I am forever seeing these extra of bits information when browsing for flights directly with the operator. Just how true are they? Where do these figures come from? Example 1: 22 people currently ...
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Opaque hotel booking sites?

In this question, I first heard of opaque hotel booking sites. It sounds very interesting, but I don't know such a site. So my question is: Where should I start to look for opaque hotel booking sites?
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Are there any tour group comparison websites?

After having good experiences with the various websites for comparing flight prices (Expedia, Orbitz, etc), I was wondering whether there's anything similar for tours that compares times, prices, ...
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What is some useful software for brainstorming/planning long trips?

I'm planning on taking my partner and his family on a trip around the UK next year, and I have a ton of ideas in my head that I want to have written down in some form that makes it easy to edit and ...
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How I find the BA-equivalent booking reference for an American Airlines-managed reservation?

Note: I do this regularly, so I am looking for a faster option than calling the airline on the phone - I'd like something I can do online. I have booked a reservation with American Airlines on aa.com....
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Where in Chengdu can we see Sanxingdui artifacts, besides the museum in Guanghan?

I visited Chengdu a few years ago, and a friend who plans to visit recently asked me for advice about things to see there. One thing that looks interesting is the Sanxingdui ancient culture and its ...
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Are there any travel websites that offer incentives for users to achieve certain tasks on their travels?

I was just talking to some people about how on my travels I contribute to OpenStreetMap and Google Maps / Mapmaker mainly to help other travellers find stuff that isn't easy to find. I much prefer ...
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Is there a resource about panoramic views at take-off/landing?

One of the things I love about flying is the aerial view, especially so when you are at low altitude, i.e. around take-off and landing. For my "home-" airport I know exactly which side of the plane ...
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Websites for car relocation in Europe?

Is there a good website for car/camper relocation in Europe ? I mean, those companies that allow you to rent a car/camper for free from point A to point B. Let's say between Netherlands and Italy/...
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Is there a resource with tips to hitchhike?

I hitchhiked a few times and discovered half a dozen techniques to increase the probability of getting a ride in less time (though time is relative when hitchhiking). I was wondering if there is a ...
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Why airline websites charge more money than discount travel websites

What is the reason that when you book a flight between 2 destinations from an airline website (aircanada.com), the prices are much more than when you book the same through a discount website like ...
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Ticket meta-search engine with alliance filter?

Is there a ticket meta-search engine? E.g. Skyscanner has a filter that can remove or keep the airline brands. (Un-)checkboxing them one by one is irritating. But is there one where I can just (un-)...
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Modifying online flights to include stopovers

I'm trying to get a visa for Canada, but that's beside the point. While I wait, I play with flights online, looking at prices. I found that occasionally there's this weird multi-stop flight that ...
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Is there a map or resource that represents the distance in terms of time instead of Km or Miles?

Based on this question I started wondering if there is a world map (or local maps) that reflect the distance between points in terms of time to travel and not Km or Miles. I know such resource is not ...
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Travel site that found the lowest-price tickets from your current location

Some time ago I had a bookmark to an awesome travel site, which I've lost. I'm hoping someone else used it. The site was very minimal. You told it where you currently are, and it showed you the ...
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How do I find out which holidays will disrupt my travel and by how much?

I'm sure it has happened to many of us: You travel to a country with a different culture, and suddenly, you find yourself in front of closed restaurant/shop/museum/etc doors (or, alternatively, you ...
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Does Eurolines provide a map (list or other resource) with origin / destination cities (or locations)?

I am assessing my needs to do some travel and one of the options I am considering is bus. I went to the eurolines website but they don't seem to have an overall europe origin/destination table to see ...
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Where can I read about the food safety ratings in restaurants in China?

At least here in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia I see posters/signs on the wall of most restaurants that seem to be issued by some government body giving a food safety rating. Only three ratings are possible:...
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Are flights actually cheaper *to book* during the week?

Last week I was eyeing up flights to Vegas from Vancouver. I had vaguely chosen the flight that I wanted. On Saturday I found that the flights I wanted weren't there, and in general, it was more ...
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How can I find out if I'm wanted in Turkey?

Say that I want to travel to a foreign country, but it's possible I am wanted by the authorities there*. To find out if this is the case, I could just go, and see if I get arrested at the airport, but ...
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How does Booking.com enforce cancellation fees when booking without a credit card?

Booking.com lets you book accommodation without a credit card in some cases: But what happens if I cancel my reservation or simply don't show up on the day of the booking? Would they send me a bill ...
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe [closed]

I want to buy some goods (around 700 pounds worth - a camera, a gpu and an ssd) from Amazon UK. As I am living in Europe right now (residence in Ireland) is it possible to ask for a VAT refund, even ...