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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Resources to find overseas volunteer opportunities with technical skills?

I'm a software engineer, and I want to volunteer my abilities in a foreign country for a month or two, preferably for a charitable organization. I previously did some work for the Grameen Foundation ...
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How to search for accomodation when traveling as a family with some company

We started traveling with our kids. Luckily they seemed to have inherited the linking of traveling. In our no-kids travel era, finding accommodation was never an issue. Now it has become a major ...
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Do I need to re-set my wrist watch according to each country's timezone where i go during my travel? [closed]

Do I need to re-set my wrist watch according to each country's timezone where i go during my travel? I'm mainly worrying about taking all the flights right time and reaching right time to airport. ...
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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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What is best - Hiring a Travel Plan or Doing all at your own? [closed]

I wanted to know whether it is best to buy a holiday plan by Thomas Cook, or Harry Cruise or Amanda adventure trip to x , y , z place which include lodging, travel and food or whether it is good to ...
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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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How far in advance to get travel vaccinations?

I will be traveling to Costa Rica and Chile over the next 6-12 months and spending 1-2 months in each country while I am there. I checked the CDC website for Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the ...
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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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What are the popular tourist places to visit while stopping in Rome? [closed]

Me and my girlfriend are stopping in Rome for a week in June. Currently places that we were thinking of visiting that are popular tourist places are: Colloseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill ...
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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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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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Scotland in one week: What to see and do?

I'm planning to visit Scotland this August with some friends, but we only have one week. We have already made a sketch of our trip and so far we have in mind to visit Glasgow, Stirling, Kyle Of ...
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What is the best part of year to visit Australia [closed]

What is the best part of year to visit Australia. I'm interested in following criteria: Number of tourists (high/low season) Accomodation price Weather Cultural events
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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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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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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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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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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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Comparing travel costs in Europe: rail vs bus

I wanted to compare costs for travelling around in Europe by bus and rail. While I don't have a firm itinerary yet, for the purposes of this comparison let's assume that it will be close to the ...
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Any websites or resources for planning my trip around Europe?

I have been looking around the internet for sites that will help you plan your route around the world. Apart from Google maps or Bing maps who only work from A->B i have been unable to find anything ...
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Cheapest 'times' or methods to buy an Interrail Pass

I planning to travel around in Europe for about a month in August/September this year. I haven't sorted out an itinerary or a date for commencing travel yet. What I wanted to know is whether Interrail ...
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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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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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How to get from Cuba to Costa Rica?

What is the best option to get from Cuba to Costa Rica?
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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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Is it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in South Africa?

I'll be traveling to South Africa this spring, and we're in the midst of planning our itinerary. Because we have items on our to-do/to-see list that span a large geographic area, friends have ...
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Is there a month when everyone goes on holidays in Balkans?

I'm planning a motorcycle trip around the Balkans/Southeastern Europe (former Yugoslavia/Greece/Albania/Romania/Bulgaria etc.) this year. We're planning on going in June, July, August or September for ...
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Return trip mandatory when leaving Australia? [closed]

Is it mandatory to plan the return trip in advance when leaving Australia (NSW) for 3 months? I ask because airport staff makes it look like there's a law or something without explaining further ...
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Good (up-to-date and reliable) source of information about travel destinations

For my past trips I was learning about my destination from a book and then was picking up updated tips from the Internet. For my next trip to Thailand I decided to plan it using only online sources. ...
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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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How to prepare for very long train journeys?

A friend of mine is going to take a very long train journey the next week. The journey takes 44 hours according to the train schedule and takes place in Europe. He has to change trains two times. Once ...
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What is the most effective advice to avoid/minimise risk of illness when travelling in Africa?

I'm considering some trips to Africa at some point in the future and a major concern is protecting against illness. Obviously, as with other places, the continent varies a lot: cities, rural, ...