Things to do while preparing for your trip, including planning where to go, budgeting, etc.

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What does a unique size in inches on a traveling bag represent?

I am looking at travel bags on-line. Their measure is given in inches (one number only). Would this be diagonal size or height (or something else)? This is sort of basic question, but I can't check ...
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Where to find ITA Matrix listed prices for MDE to CTG?

On ITA Matrix I found a flight from Medellin to Cartagena for US$36 using Avianca's airline. But when I go to Avianca's website, it doesn't show this price (US$89). I'm fairly certain it's updated, ...
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Why do flight search engines give inconsistent results?

I've been shopping around for flights, and I've noticed that a few flight search engines such as Skyscanner and, in particular, ITA give inconsistent results. I don't know if this applies to all ...
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Is there a flight search engine that has an option to show full flights?

Quite often when searching for plane tickets I get only some high priced results, ridiculous schedules, etc. It makes me wonder if these are the only options to get from point A to point B or have I ...
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Information source on safety for Kiev visitors

I may have to visit Kiev (unless my ministry for foreign affairs say otherwise) for a meeting. I am not going anywhere in Eastern Ukraine. Where can I find the best source on safety for travellers? ...
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Can I add more luggage after doing the on-line check-in in Ryanair?

I will be travelling with Ryanair in a few weeks. Currently I have a printer so I can do the check in and print the tickets. I am not yet sure if I will increase the weight in my luggage. I will only ...
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Is there a resource that lists dark sky reserves or similar places?

After reading this question I started wondering if there is a resource that lists good places to observe the night sky. Places with good sky visibility and litle light polution. Is there such a ...
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How do you prepare for long haul flights?

I'm always feeling a bit unwell during and after long haul flights. I lose my appetite, can't sleep in the plane, food has no taste no matter what. However, I'm pretty sure it's not the flying itself, ...
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Family travel in Thailand - is it safe, can we improvise?

We are planning a group trip to Thailand for three weeks in July/August. We are two families with 3 12 year old daughters and 1 7 year old boy. We are doing a lot of research in terms of what to ...
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Avoiding or minimising altitude sickness?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've seen first-hand some horror stories with altitude sickness. I will always tell people now to acclimatise, drink fluids, and follow the local tricks like ...
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What preparations do I need to make before flying to Montreal for about a week?

I'm going to take a business trip to Canada, Montreal in mid April for about a week. I'm flying from Europe (Germany via Netherlands). Is there anything I should be aware of or take care of before ...
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How to choose where to ski

I have never been skiing and know nothing about it. I wish to surprise someone with a ski travel package (airfare, ground transportation, hotel, ski rentals, skiing admission tickets, and whatever ...
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How do I figure out what costs me to stay a month in Bangkok, Thailand

I have been to Thailand this January, and I was quite happy with the country. I'm planning to go there again for a longer trip, for about 2-3 months. I did some research on Apartments, but in terms ...
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Is there a defined/standard way to determine the relative cost of staying in a particular city?

We see a lot of questions about "How much does it cost to spend X days in Y city?" These questions always get closed, as there is such a range of lifestyles, and one could potentially stay in a ...
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Can you go to the Maldives without assistance of a travel agency?

Organizing your travel without agents is almost always cheaper and more fun. But does that also apply for Maldives? Can I just travel to the Maldives? Do you have some tips or experiences to report?
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Do I have to book the underground river tour (Palawan) before getting there in April?

I am going to Palawan in the start of April, but I am still not sure about the dates. Probably around 10-15th of April. In Palawan I want to see the Puerto Princesa underground river. However, it ...
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Is free camping permitted in the Faroe Islands?

I'm planning to go to the Faroe Islands next August after visiting Iceland. I was wondering if camping out in the wild is permitted anywhere in the Faroe Islands. I don't mind about the costs, but I ...
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Is hitchhiking permitted in the Faroe Islands?

I'm planning to go to the Faroe Islands next August after visiting Iceland. I was wondering if hitchhiking is permitted anywhere in the Faroe Islands. I've checked the hitchwiki website, but it ...
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Is there a night bus from San Gil, Colombia to Bogota, Colombia?

I've searched far and wide (well over a day's worth of searching) to see if there's a night bus from San Gil to Bogota. I need to know because of my flight. If I can depart from Bogota earlier, I can ...
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How can I travel so that I am never lost? [closed]

What should I factor in preparations so that when I travel, I am never lost ? Edit: I am specifically interested in travelling within Australia by road or taking direct flights between Australia to ...
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When picking a “luxury hostel” for a business trip, how to ensure it'll be quiet enough?

The March 2014 edition of Business Traveller (grab a copy from your nearest airport lounge or nice hotel!) has an interesting article on "Luxury Hostels". Specifically, it was about why business ...
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Travel (living) cost in the US for two weeks (New York and Los Angeles) [closed]

PLEASE NOTE that this question is more about finding out people's experience. I would appreciate it if someone shares his/her experience during US travel. I am open to anything. I will be visiting US ...
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Are there tourist information offices in Cancun, Mexico?

When I was in Europe, nearly every city, big or small, had an official tourist office. When I get to Cancun, the first thing I need to figure out is how to get airplane tickets to Cuba. However, I ...
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Confirming that Santiago de Cuba to Dominican Republic route exists

I finish my Cuba trip in Santiago de Cuba and need to connect to South America. As of now, my two options, according to Rome2Rio, are Get back to Havana, Cuba, then take a flight to my next ...
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Is the Pilanesberg safari park worth to be a primary travel goal?

A couple of months ago my husband was in South Africa and some of his colleagues spoke to him about the Pilanesberg safari park (close to Sun City) as probably the best option in national parks ...
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How can I do a “broad” search for flights?

Several airline and trip planning sites will allow you to check "I am flexible with my dates" or a similar option. Is there any way to also search more broadly for location? For example, if you ...
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Cheap relaxing area in the Philippines close to a big city? [closed]

In febraury -> april next year, I plan to travel for 2 months, while writing a master thesis. I plan to spend ~3 weeks in the Philippines, ~3 weeks i Thailand and then several other countries for some ...
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Is Clark (Philippines) worth a visit for 4 days [closed]

I am planning different options for a 4 day trip. I got cheap flights for a place called Clark in Philippines from Singapore. But I don't know much about Clark and Philippines. I want to know what are ...
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What are some good resources for sailing in Greece?

I will be sailing in Greece for two weeks later this summer. The trip is lead by an experienced captain, but I'm looking for good resources to help me prepare. Specifically, I'm interested in ...
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What is the best time of year to go to Disney World to avoid crowds?

When is the least busy time of year for Disney World? When should I go there such that there are the least number of people there?
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Buy flight tickets in advance or just in time for a multi-city trip in Europe

I'm planning a first time travel from Brazil to Europe. I'm thinking of visiting 4 or 5 countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece and maybe Netherlands or Czech Republic). Is it best ...
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Is checkmytrip.com overloaded? Is there an alternative?

I like to check my flight itenary on checkmytrip.com. The main reason is that while airline's webpages and check-in systems often don't provide some information out-of-the-box (for instance the ...
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Travelling from London to USA with a US tourist visa issued in the Philippines

I am a filipino with a US tourist visa. If I come to London first, can I go to US from there?
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Preparing to take a 5 year old on the hike to Machu Picchu

I am planning to take my 5 year old on a trek through Peru. One of the places to visit is Machu Picchu. Given its location above sea level I was wondering how long of an adaptation period we should ...
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How much time should I budget to see Bonito and Pantanal? [closed]

Going to Campo Grande in March and slowly marching onward towards Cusco. I'm working out my itinerary and trying to figure out how many days I should budget for the Mato Grosso del Sur in order to ...
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Which is the lowest budget for a trip to Indonesian Papua?

I have a flight to Kuala Lumpur for 30 days. My wife and I want to visit the Indonesian part of Papua and we are low-cost travellers (i.e. we sleep in the cheapest places of any country, we eat as ...
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If your travel dates are flexible how should you pick your dates to get the greatest savings? [closed]

When traveling for leisure most people have flexibility in which dates they can choose off before hand and have a priority to travel in the most cost effective means possible. Either to enable them to ...
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Round trip flight for me with wife sharing return flight only

I'm planning to go back to my country next year (probably by Feb) and come back again to the US. I want to bring my wife with me back to the US. So for me it's round trip but for her it's single trip. ...
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Sporting activities in Goa

Me along with my friends are planning to tour Goa on Sept 29-Oct2. We are really interested in jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing and various such sporting activities. But, we are not aware of such ...
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Is this a realistic backpacking trip in Europe?

I'm trying to plan a backpacking trip in Europe but I'm not really sure where to start. We'll be flying from the US into most likely London. Our budget is about 2,000 USD (per person) not including ...
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Paranoid about missing my return flight home from Rome. What to do?

I haven't been to Europe in 11 years. My wife and I (and our 8 year old son) will be taking a trip to Italy this late November. We will be traveling from Venice to Florence to Rome. We will be ...
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What is a good place in Goa to stay with a beach and scuba diving?

We are going to Goa with small children and are trying to find a nice beach resort, but with a decent dive shop, so that the adults could also do some diving. Any ideas?
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How fast can one expect to travel in an ocean-going sailboat?

Assuming two different trips - one with a current and one without, what is a reasonable speed to assume for a journey? First - Norfolk, VA to Bermuda to the Azores to Liverpool Second - Liverpool to ...
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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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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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How can I find out what places in Central Europre can be reached in a given time from a city by public transport?

When traveling, I'm often interested in visiting the surrounding area. Unfortunately, map distance doesn't necessarily relate well to travel time, especially when considering public transport. There ...
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Driving from Genoa to The Hague with an LPG car

We are a family of 4, two adults + 5 years old + 8 months old. We are traveling to The Hague, Holland from Genoa, Italy. We decided to go by car, and we are trying to calculate costs. So here it goes: ...
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How can I work out where I can go for a weekend away by public transport, starting from Oxford or Cambridge

To help out some friends, I'm trying to work out where you can get to for a weekend away, starting in either Oxford or Cambridge, travelling only by public transport. Are there any tools / websites / ...
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What times of the year are best for visiting France?

When I visited Rome, Italy, I ended up visiting during August which seems to be a time when most Italians have fled the city to cooler areas. This was nice because there was less traffic so we were ...
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My passport will expire a few months after I start travelling - problem?

My passport will expire a bit less than seven months after I start traveling - it expires in May 6 2013 and I am travelling on November 16 — will it still be valid? There's about two months before my ...