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

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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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Driving through every country in Europe

I'm thinking about planning a trip where I drive though every country in Europe. I know that there are people who have driven though every state in the US. There is information online about their ...
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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 ...
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Using a Travel Agent for non-Complicated Travel

I am having issues figuring out the best way to go about booking travel for my honeymoon at the end of August (right in the middle of Labour Day weekend in order to add to the degree of difficultyl). ...
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Budget for Harbin Snow and Festival in Harbin China [closed]

I want to travel to harbin China this winter for Ice and snow Festival. Would stay there for 3 days. What budget should i keep in my mind for mid range hoteling in China and specially in Harbin and ...
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Traveling in New York City during the marathon - how should I plan?

I'll be traveling in New York City during the marathon. How should I plan around that event? I assume that getting to and around the neighborhoods that the course passes through will be challenging ...
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Trip to Grand Canyon / Havasu Falls

I am currently trying to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon (never been!), and while there I would like to make the hike to Havasu falls. Unfortunately, it is really hard - for me, at least - to find ...
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What sort of computer / electronic device would you take on a backpack trip around Europe to allow you to keep in touch?

As you may have seen in my other posts I am in the early stages of planning my Eurotrip this summer which if you are interested in seeing the planned route go here: ...
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Driving into Germany over Easter weekend

There's a Demoscene party (Revision) that occurs every year on the Easter weekend in Saarbrücken (Germany), and I'm thinking of attending this year. I live in England and am looking into methods of ...
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Storage that ships belongings to location [closed]

Is there a service (obviously paid) in which you can ship containers to specific address and the will be indexed and stored in a facility. Then ideally when you need the containers you give them your ...
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What to do if a mail-to-home train ticket is estimated to arrive after you leave?

I want to purchase a ticket from DB Bahn, but the train ticket can't be printed online. The estimated delivery time for the ticket is just past the day that I leave, and, additionally, I don't know if ...
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Why are some routes unable to be booked on DB's website?

I'm trying to book a transfer from Dijon to Basel, but there's no option to book it. I've noticed this on other routes as well. I thought TGV trains must be reserved online. So why is this?
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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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Are there other sites such as Rome2Rio?

I have been solely relying on Rome2Rio (click the link for a quick explanation of what Rome2Rio is) for planning transportation around Europe. However, only recently have I noticed that it doesn't ...
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Planning a Wanderjahr [closed]

Referring to Wikipedia: The journeyman years refer to the tradition of setting out on travel for several years after completing apprenticeship as a craftsman. The tradition dates back to medieval ...
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What times do hostels allow you to check in?

If I were to book a hostel in Europe for a night, at what time during the day (before that evening) would I be able to check in and avoid having to carry all my junk when sight seeing? I know this ...
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Are there any tools that helps to plan schedules and costs of a travel?

I already planned some travels before using Microsoft Excel to plan paths, schedule, costs, transports, hotels and all things related to a long travel... Now, I'm intending to plan another one to 2013 ...
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Intuitive Trip planning websites where you can “pin” interesting activities, hostels etc based on location?

Just had this idea came in mind, where you can find great pictures, activities and stories etc online, collect them together, and group them based on location(eg. neighbourhood, city or country? I'm ...
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Venice (Treviso) to Ljubljana

I have a flight that arrives at Venice Treviso (TSF) Airport at 16:50. I would appreciate some suggestions of how I can get to Ljubljana. I have looked at some busses however it seems that they are ...
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Northern Italy: east to west or west to east?

Both of the guidebooks I've looked at suggest starting in Milan and traveling through Verona and Dolomites to get to Venice, then swing down to Florence. I won't be seeing Florence or Tuscany, so I ...
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$6000 for a trip to Europe ( 2 months at most) Not included flights [closed]

I came across a tour on contiki called European Panorama - which covers London to Paris - Bordeux - Barcelona - French Riviera - Florence - Rome - Corfu - Venice - Vienna - Munich - Austran Tyrol - ...
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Would $5000 be enough for this trip in 2014 december? [closed]

Tokyo ( 5 days) - Disneyland, temples, fish markets, sumo fight, tokyo city, gardens, food, mount fuji, japanese car shows. London (4 days) - Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, attractions near ...
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Budget for traveling in Eastern Europe? [closed]

We are planning to backpack through Eastern Europe for a month on an interrail pass, and I am trying to put together an estimate budget. And I would love to hear some experiences from other travelers ...
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Is it possible to travel and live in Berlin for three months with 1500 EUR? [closed]

I got an internship at Max Planck Institute - Berlin, Germany and I was given free accommodation and 500 EUR/per month during my stay (for 3 months). I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether ...
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Route planner with heights (for bikes)

I use Google Maps to plan my bike routes inside Paris. However, it is missing height graphs of the routes (which is essential for biking). I would like such a site that would be capable of this. I may ...
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Trip in the south of Germany [closed]

I am planning an approximately 6-day trip in Germany with some friends(20-30 years old). From what I have read, there are plenty to see, so we will focus only on the southern part, namely the ...
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Road Trip planning tool

I want to make a road trip through the USA with two friends. Are there any good tools that help us planning this? Like marking spots on a USA-Map, attach pictures and comments, draw lines from one ...
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Itinerary for the south of India

I'm planning a trip to the south of the India and Sri Lanka. For India I have about 25 days starting and ending at Mumbai and taking some flights and night trains. This is the route: 24J: Arrive to ...
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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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It is cheaper to buy the whole trip or leg by leg?

I am wondering what is my best option. I am planning a trip to Rio and then to Hong Kong. The thing is that my dates are flexible so if there is not a huge difference I prefer to go to Rio and stay ...
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Please help me understand this Deutsche Bahn schedule from Prague to Vienna

OK, I'm in the "dream" planning stages for my next trip to Europe. Prague and Vienna is a contender. So I get this Deutsche Bahn (DB) app for my iPhone and type in a hypothetical trip for tomorrow. ...
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What are the best days to travel around Thanksgiving (US)?

I'm a Canadian currently in Toronto, and I'm considering going to California (either San Fransisco or LA) or perhaps Las Vegas. Is there a particular travel plan which would reduce any travel issues ...
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Is there a list of online public transportation planners?

For Oslo in Norway you can go to ruter.no, punch in where you are and where you want to go. It then gives you options on how to get from point A to point B using various public transportation (and ...
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What is the best method of purchasing a ticket with an open return date?

I’ve been doing some research on traveling to South America and staying for an extended period of time (working vacation). The usual sources for flight info (Kayak, Expedia, Hipmunk) don’t have any ...
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Filtering out change of airport flights in Google Flights

Is there an easy way to filter out flights that require a change of airport when searching using Google Flights?
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Not so famous places to visit from Singapore under $500 [closed]

I am planning to go for a 4 day trip to some place in south-east Asia for the Chinese New Year holidays in February. But my budget is strictly around 500 SGD. So, are there any interesting places to ...
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What are some recommended itineraries for visting Turkey in July? [closed]

I'm visiting Turkey for 13 days with my 19 year old nephew. We're flying in and out of Istanbul. I'd like to get out of Istanbul and see the country. What are some recommended itineraries and ...
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Is there a plane+train journey planning service? [duplicate]

Several months ago, I snagged a very cheap flight from London to Brittany (Quimper). I'm trying to persuade some friends to come out at the same time, but as it's much nearer the time, the flights ...
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Prehistoric sites in England / British Isles

I happen to live in London now and I am interested in visiting some of the prehistoric sites of the British Isles like the Stonehenge, the Uffington White Horse or the Maiden Castle. What am I ...
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London pass travelcard vs. Oyster card

We are 2 families, 4 adults and 4 kids (age 8, 11, 13, and 16) reaching at LHR airport from USA. Which will better economically save money and time to purchase, Oyster Card or London pass with ...
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United Kingdom 1 week trip

Im planning to make a trip across UK for 1 week and I would like to visit these places for sure: Cambridge, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Edinburgh, Lake District, Nottingham. I do not mind ...
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Availability of local train tickets in France

The airplane tickets are easily ordered from travel agency. But what about local transport? I have no idea how to reserve the local transport using online reservation. For instance, I can see that ...
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Traveling from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam

This summer I'm planning to go to Thailand, Laos and then through to Vietnam. I know very little about this. I was wondering if somebody would be able to tell me if this could be done comfortably and ...
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What's the easiest way to find a vacation rental?

I've rented a few vacation homes and really liked it but it always takes hours and hours to find a good one. It seems like there are 100+ different sites that all list different homes (some with a ...
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Web 2.0 style tourism bucket list sites

I'm in the early stages of planning a three week trip to Japan, and I'm still working out where to go. There's a couple of things on my "to do" list, but I want to find out if there's any activities ...