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

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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 ...
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Arriving in Venice - Single American Woman

I am traveling to Italy at the end of April/beginning of May and I am traveling alone. I have never been to Europe or traveled anywhere internationally (Canada and Mexico excluded). My flight takes me ...
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How should I prepare for a trip to China?

I'll be traveling to China for business in April and I am thinking of ways to prepare. I am looking for advice on how to prepare with regard to: Travel documents Money Phone/data service Medical ...
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Nervous about travelling to Canada [closed]

I want to travel overseas and work in Canada in a ski resort for 6-12 months. But I am a home person and get really nervous when I travel, and the thought of going overseas by my self sometimes takes ...
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What first aid material and medicines are absolutely essential when traveling?

When you arrive into a new place / city country / etc. it can be difficult to find some essential goods. Everything is new. First aid material and medicines are sometimes forgotten when planning a ...
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What is the difference between various flight search sites' price forecasts?

I did a search on Kayak for an upcoming flight and it's price trend suggests waiting, citing 60% confidence that the price of the ticket will do down. However when I search for the exact same flight ...
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Website to identify low season for hotels

I use online booking websites (Agoda, Booking.com, ...) to check hotels prices; But they are good when you know the time of travel. I want to plan my vacation and it can be any time. So, I started to ...
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How to get an impression of the average price level of a destination?

We are constantly looking for affordable offers to travel. Sometimes it turns out to be cheaper to just pay a little bit more for the airfare and save money on for example food or accommodation. A 3 ...
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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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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination — How much time to allow?

My 7-year old is a HUGE Star Wars fan. (As am I, but this is more about him) I'm planning on taking him to the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Orlando Science Center. ...
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Voluntourism - how to evaluate

I understand that volunteering in underdeveloped countries is not magically helpful under all circummstances, and that housing and feeding a volunteer costs money, so some volunteer opportunities ...
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Finding all flights from an airport to a country [duplicate]

Is there a place to find all (or nearly all) flights going from a certain airport during a certain time period? If the "departure announcement board" at the airport was much longer (covering months ...
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Software, Apps, Online Planner for planning backup route

Are there any tools (be it off-line or on-line ones or software or phone apps or online planner) that is capable for suggesting alternative route for my journey or travelling. The reason is because ...
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Half day in Berlin - after non-classical tourist spots

I will have half a day to spend in Berlin, on a Saturday afternoon. What do you recommend I should go and see/taste? I am not aiming for classical "tourist" spots, as we have a guided city tour ...
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What is the current situation at Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia?

Ok, I know this comes up every now and then, but the situation at Bokor Hill Station is constantly changing. I understand the area and road is now open, but I'm concerned about the development. The ...
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Watering Flowers and Handling Post during long periods of absence: any multinational firm to handle this in any country?

I know there is the question Preparing home for your trip but we have done everything mentioned there such as the arrangement with post-office. My friend is absent for a longer period of time and we ...
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What will the weather be like in Bali and Sri Lanka in November?

I'm thinking of a holiday to the west of Sri Lanka, near Colombo, or Bali in November. Can anyone tell me what to expect weather wise in each place?
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Online version of the Louvre museum

I know that some museums offer online tours of their exhibits, and you can easy "navigate" from one place to another and view the exhibitions. Is there any such online tour for the Louvre (museum in ...
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Paris on a Tuesday - are the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre the only “big” attractions that are closed?

One that's caught me out before is that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. It looks like the Centre Pompidou is also closed Tuesdays (French - Tuesday=Mardi). However, the Paris Modern Art Museum ...
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How to calculate the air-line distance between two places?

A lot of the time, I'm looking for a way to calculate the air-line distance between two places, most often city centers. For example when I flew from Zurich to Helsinki I wanted to know how far it ...
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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?

Given the extensive time taken for immigration formalities in the US, what is the shortest time to consider between connecting flights in the US, when coming from abroad? Until now I have always ...
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Website or application for travel recommendations?

When looking for new destinations to travel to, I'm usually reading blogs in the Internet, browse through Travel SE or rely on recommendations of friends. But is there a more active way of finding a ...
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20 hours layover Dubai [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A day at Dubai International Airport and the city? I will be in Dubai for a 20 hours layover in the middle of November. It will be a Tuesday (13th). I know that I will ...
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What is the best way to visit both Lake Khövsgöl and Lake Baikal?

I am interested in a trip to visit both Lake Khövsgöl and Lake Baikal. Khövsgöl seems to be in an extremely remote area so I'm not sure what is the best way to visit the lake. What is the best way ...
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Northern lights in Europe in late December [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and where do I have the highest chance of seeing auroras? What is the best place to see northern lights in Europe in late December? By best I mean (a) have the ...
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Iceland over Christmas period

I am trying to think of a good destination for a week-long bread over Christmas or New Year's day. I am quite keen to see the aurora, hence I was thinking about the northern countries and Iceland in ...
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Electrical compatibility between different countries

What electrical compatibility parameters and safety guidelines should be borne in mind when moving from one country to another? As far as I know, there are AC voltage (110V, 220-240 V), frequency ...
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Things to keep in mind when going to the Amazon rain forest

I am planning to visit the Amazon rain forest. Not the touristy places but a real adventure with a private guide (still trying to find out about that but most likely to French Guiana or Suriname, ...
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Preparing home for your trip

I was wondering how I can prepare my rental apartment for a two-week long trip. It's a rental apartment therefore I don't want to invest in any expensive equipment for surveillance. I rather would ...
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Recommendation engines for tourism attractions?

Are there recommendation engines for tourism attractions? For example, if I told the program what kind of tourism attractions I like, and also what kind of price range, and also what I liked or didn't ...
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What is the best way to fit the sites I want to see in Rome into two days?

Definition of "best": Cheap, time-efficient, in that order. I'm going to be in Rome for two full days and I want to hit up the following sites: Day 1: Colosseum Pantheon Spanish Steps Roman Forum ...
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My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or before travel?

My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or should I do it before I travel?
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Guidebook helping to choose travel destination

Is there a travel guide exist that would cover a number of countries and only list some general information about travelling there? E.g. what are the main attractions (with photos and pictures), and ...
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Kindle version of WikiTravel?

Is everyone's favorite open content travel guide, WikiTravel, available in some sort of Kindle / off-line format? Since I'll be travelling around, I won't have internet access. However I do have a ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia

What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia? I found several flights mostly from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, however the prices are quite prohibitive. Do you recommend ...
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Find direct flights to specific airport for specific date (from any departure airport)

I try to minimise my flying, and have done all my travel without flying for the past couple of years, in order to minimise my environmental impact. I've decided to allow myself a holiday by flight ...
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Is it always wise to book flights as soon as possible?

So I'm booking flights to go to Europe in September n October. And it's a long way off, but I've already noticed in the space of a week or so, that the prices have started creeping up. Not by much, ...
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Should I book in advance cooking course in Thailand?

I'm planning to attend a cooking course while traveling in Thailand. From checking on Trip Advisor there are plenty of places that offer such a course. They all seem to offer the same experience for ...
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Where can I find mass transit directions with times for Berlin?

Usually I check Google Maps, but it doesn't have routing or train times for Berlin. Is there an official trip planner? Bonus points for suggesting mobile applications as well.
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Planning a cruise

I'm planning a cruise. What are some resources that would be helpful to review? I'm not looking for discount cruise websites, more resources about which destinations offer unique land / adventure ...
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What time do the city buses start running in Istanbul?

I want to get an early start tomorrow morning taking bus 83O from Taksim Square to the Bayrampaşa Otogar bus station to the west. I can't find by searching in English what time the Istanbul public ...
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Ways to spend a week in Vanuatu [closed]

What are some great ways to spend a week in Vanuatu? We'd like to combine some exploration and adventure with some rest and relaxation at a nice resort.
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How can I estimate the duration of a long bicycle trip?

Next summer, I'm planning to do a very long bicycle trip. I'm not yet sure where it will take place, but I have 2-3 favorites. 1) from Stockholm to the North Cape 2) from Switzerland to Istanbul 3) ...
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How much does it add to a North America / Australia journey to go “the wrong way”?

North American flights to Australia generally involve getting to the west coast (LAX or YVR) and then crossing the Pacific. I believe Air Canada used to have a tech stop in Hawaii and still may. I am ...
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How to systematically find a place to go to for newbies [closed]

I haven't travelled much and now I'm trying to figure out what would be a nice place for holidays. I like systematic approaches and maybe you have some suggestions what I should look out for and where ...