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

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How to get Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw?

I would like to know how to get Auschwitz from Wroclaw without going first to Krakow by public transport? The idea is to get up early in Wroclaw, visit Auschwitz and go to Krakow to sleep. One ...
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Middle name missing on flight reservation, can I still fly?

As per passport my name is Manish Kumar Ahuja, but by mistake I book a ticket with the name of Manish Ahuja. My middle name is not on the ticket. Can I fly on this ticket? Because the airline can't ...
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How can I find tall buildings with a publicly accessible view at an upper floor?

Many travelers enjoy great views from high vantage points such as a hill nearby a city (e.g. Mount Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia), or the (less popular than the Space Needle, but taller) Columbia ...
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Philadelphia to Cape May - Route 55 or Atlantic City Expressway [closed]

I'm going from Philadelphia to Cape May. It seems like the Atlantic City Expressway, then the Garden State Parkway is the way to go. I noticed Route 55 to 47/347 also leads to Cape May, with quicker ...
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An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders

I like to make up my own interesting international routes on my longer trips rather than always following conventional routes. But often it's tricky to plan a route in lesser-known parts of the world ...
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What is the best assistance or help that I can arrange for elderly parents who don't speak English?

I am living in USA on H1B VISA. My parents are planning to visit us soon, but they don’t speak English much and it is their first time to the USA and also it is their first flight. And until now we ...
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Where can I find a list of cities with public bicycles available in Europe?

Whenever I visit a city I find traveling by bicycle very convenient. It's very flexible and you get to see the city in a very friendly way. I was wondering if there is a website or other resource ...
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Cost of eating in San Francisco [closed]

My fiance and I are planning to fly out to San Francisco in September for our honeymoon. This will be our first cross-continental trip together as a couple, so I want things to go well and for no ...
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Why can't I get anywhere from Cleveland via Amtrak?

I was looking at travelling to and from Delaware, and the closest Amtrak station to me is in Cleveland. To my surprise, however, it said there were absolutely no routes between the two places! I tried ...
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Cheaper flights on non-airline sites?

When searching through kayak.com, I've seen tickets listed through sites like Airfare.com and Vayama that are cheaper than those listed by the airline themselves (see circled prices in image below). ...
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Getting into a fully booked hotel?

Perchance where I'm travelling to has really crappy availability in terms of vacancies for when I'm going. All of the hotels near the area are fully booked for the weekend. I called the front desk for ...
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How can I tell hotels exist that aren't on the booking web sites?

There are a ton of sites out there to help book hotel rooms and to aggregate all the different sites to book hotel rooms. These companies make enough money to buy ads on TV, so I won't name them here. ...
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Is there a way to deduce the departure time of a flight from the boarding time?

I recently traveled from Sweden to Thailand through Doha, Qatar. I was checked in for the two international and the domestic Thai flight in Stockholm, by the time I arrived at Doha I had completely ...
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Is a visa needed for Indian citizens who are U.S. permanent residents to enter Mexico?

My family is traveling by air to Mexico for a vacation (more specifically, Cancún). Since I was born in the U.S. and am thus a U.S. citizen, I can get into Mexico without advance arrangements. ...
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Does driving 150 km from the Trans-Canada highway to Burgeo really take more than 3 hours?

According to Google Maps, driving 150 km from the Trans-Canada Highway to Burgeo, Newfoundland takes more than 3 hours on Newfoundland and Labrador Route 480. An old (1989) topographic map shows it ...
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What tasks would I need to complete to prepare for any international trip, regardless of destination?

When I travel, I find that there are certain things I always have to do before I leave, regardless of where I'm going. And, when I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things ...
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Is there a website or resource that lists what you can do in a given geographical area for free or almost for free?

I keep hearing from people that traveling is expensive. They can't afford, and they would love to do/go whatever/wherever that they saw in TV/Internet, etc. but they can't. Not that it's impossible to ...
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How much time should I account to spend on the Keukenhof?

I am planning a day trip to the Keukenhof in the Netherlands. From my reading I understand that that must be really busy. They even have a fast lane to enter. I assume that if you have a normal ticket ...
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Choosing a vacation location based on climate at a given time of the year

I am looking for a resource to help with picking a holiday destination. This year I would like to take some time off in August (school holidays), and I would like to find counties or regions that ...
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If I had 1 hour to explore Kuala Lumpur, what should I not miss? [closed]

Considering I get only 1 hour free time to experience the city of Kuala Lumpur, what is that one thing I should not miss? UPDATE I apologize if my question raised questions like '1 hour from where` ...
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How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?

I am planning a long trip over a year from now. The tentative itinerary is Canada USA (maybe LA, maybe Hawaii, doesn't matter, I have Nexus) Australia New Caledonia Vanuatu Fiji Samoa New Zealand ...
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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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Accommodation in South America - book here or just rock up and find there?

So with some places like South East Asia, generally accommodation is really simple - you basically just need to rock up and there's enough people trying to drag you to their hotel. With Europe and ...
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Is Keukenhof still open in May if the winter is warmer?

From the guides I read they state that from March to May you can visit the Keukenhof. If the winter is warmer flowers will bloom earlier. What happens in such situation? will Keukanof close earlier ...
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How to go about paying bills at home during an overseas trip?

So let's say I was going overseas for a month, be it personal or for work or whatever. In that time I'm going to inevitably get bills and my question is... how do people normally deal with that? If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...