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

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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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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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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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One month in Vietnam

I have just started planning for a month in Vietnam some time this or next year? The following are the questions I have so far: Which is the best month to go to Vietnam? Are there any months I ...
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Map of Vietnam to mark up and draw on ahead of time

I am planning to go to Vietnam for more or less 12 days next year. I am looking for a good map to mark up routes and sites for historic areas and parks in some of the major cities. I can't see inside ...
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Is there a website to minimize overall agony for N travelers at once?

Suppose I have 4-7 people in different cities around the US. They need to meet, doesn't matter where as long as there is a reasonable hotel with a conference room. Is there a website or method to ...
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Is there any travel management software / webportal available?

All my sportive trips such as biking or hiking, I enter in an online portal called www.hikr.org. This portal allows to enter tour description, mark waypoints, and share the tour with others. ...
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How expensive is a vacation to Japan?

Since I am planning a vacation to Japan this fall, I'd like to have a rough overview about my expenses. I'm flying from Germany (probably Frankfurt) to Tokyo. I know that the flight alone will net me ...
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What should I expect when I stay in a hotel?

I plan to stay in a hotel in Los Angeles, CA by myself for a few weeks in the near future. Is there anything important I should know about staying at a hotel? Things that I have considered but I'm ...
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Russia roadmap with information on the surface

In Russia, some segments of major highways are of mediocre quality: Russia road M53 / Baikal Highway, near Taishet. Source: Wikimedia Russian Trans-Siberian highway near Cheremshanka, Krasnoyarsk ...
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Travelling in Sri Lanka - Advice on taxis and accomodation

My partner and I are going travelling in Sri Lanka in November for two weeks and I'm trying to plan a trip. I have a few specific questions about travel but would appreciate any tips or suggestions or ...
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Traveling across the United Kingdom by car [closed]

Me and my friends had an idea of going to the UK by car and travel across the country to see as much as possible. I would like ask if someone can share his opinion of where to go and where to don't ...
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How does one recover from a (personal) disaster while abroad, travel-wise?

I was watching the Bond flick Die Another Day last night. In it, Bond ends up in terrible shape, but manages to escape to the shores of Hong Kong, where he strolls into the lobby of a swanky hotel, is ...
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Evaluation of itinerary in Flåm, Norway for 2 days in summer

We started planning our trip to Norway in July and we allocated full 2 days stay at Flåm (3 nights). We like to do the following things: Kayaking (old king path) Take Flåm-Gudvangen ferry. and get ...
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Is there an easy way to calculate the total cost of tolls for a trip within the United States?

Is there a convenient way to calculate the cost of tolls between two arbitrary points within the United States? I'm planning to take a trip along the Eastern seaboard and will be passing through ...
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How can I get from Cuenca, Ecuador to Arequipa, Peru?

I'll be making the trip somewhere near the 3rd week of June. How far ahead will I be able to book a flight? I'm ruling out bus trips due to the enormous distance. Also would it be better(cheaper) ...
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Can I buy Travel Insurance against the cancelation of a Formula 1 race?

I have booked flights and hotel with The Flight Centre (in the UK) to fly to Singapore for the Singapore Formula 1 race in September. I have also booked tickets for the race from the official race ...
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How should I prepare for a visit to the rice terraces?

When we're in Guilin (China) we can take an excursion to the rice terraces Now I have no idea what its like to visit them. Should I expect to get wet feet or pants and make sure I bring a towel ...