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

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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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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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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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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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How is the Louvre queue on free sunday?

I just discovered that Louvre has a free admittance in the first Sunday of each month. I would like to visit, but I am not sure if its a good idea. I prefer to visit the city than spend too much time ...
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Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November?

I will start my trans-Siberia trip on Nov.18 in Moscow. Do the Russian Railways offer discounts in November? I am not a student. I just expect special discount since Nov. should be low season.
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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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How can I map stations for a driving trip?

I have a convention/vacation scheduled soon and I do have a company gas card. Since it is a company sponsored trip I wanted to map out gas stations for the 16 hour drive. I was curious to know is ...
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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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What is the best alternative to work one afternoon in Brussels during a trip?

I have a friend traveling through/visiting Belgium. He needs to work one afternoon in Brussels before his flight. He is looking for something cheap. Preferably free. With Internet. Since it's winter ...
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How can I buy an economy ticket one-way from Tahiti to Easter Island?

I am trying to price flights for a South Pacific trip. Easter Island can be reached from either Santiago, Chile, or Tahiti. Flights from island to island within the South Pacific (eg Fiji to Samoa or ...
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Is there a website that summarizes the luggage and check-in requirements for each airplane company?

I don't travel much by plane but I use a wide variety of companies. Since there is not much harmonization, specially with LCC, each one has its own requirements about luggage size, weight, extra ...
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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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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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Online cruise search tool allowing to exclude some ports

This question is a narrowing from this one. When searching online for cruises, ther are some ports that I just can't or don't wish to go. For instance, I might not have a visa for a specific country, ...
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How to search for (cheap) flights, for flexible travel dates within 1 week or more?

Please advise on other resources or did I misuse the following sites? Example: My friend and mom want to travel from Hong Kong (ie origin) to Toronto (ie destination). My mom can leave whenever from ...
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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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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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Family travel in Thailand - is it safe, can we improvise?

We are planning a group trip to Thailand for three weeks in July/August. We are two families with 3 12 year old daughters and 1 7 year old boy. We are doing a lot of research in terms of what to ...
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Packing sensitive electronics for flight

My girlfriend is flying from to Missouri later this month to visit her family. Her sister, in Missouri, wants her to bring her game consoles so they can play games together. She will also be visiting ...
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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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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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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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Information source on safety for Kiev visitors

I may have to visit Kiev (unless my ministry for foreign affairs say otherwise) for a meeting. I am not going anywhere in Eastern Ukraine. Where can I find the best source on safety for travellers? ...
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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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What neighborhoods in Paris are the least commercialized? [closed]

I will be in Paris, France for about three weeks, and after rushing to the largest marketplaces and cultural centers, I will be looking for something more "low-key" and largely untouched by tourism. ...
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Which is the lowest budget for a trip to Indonesian Papua?

I have a flight to Kuala Lumpur for 30 days. My wife and I want to visit the Indonesian part of Papua and we are low-cost travellers (i.e. we sleep in the cheapest places of any country, we eat as ...
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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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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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How can I estimate how much sunscreen I need to pack?

I am planning a 5 week trip to an area of the world that is very sunny does not have the same stores, nor the same selection in stores, as we have where I live I use sunscreen that is 85 SPF, 110 ...
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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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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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What kind of Canadian drivers' license do we need to rent a car in the USA?

My boyfriend and I are planning a roadtrip to California in June. We'll both be 26 at the time, and we both have drivers' licenses - just different kinds. Mine is a Class 5 license, which is the ...
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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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What is the best way to plan bus travel in Costa Rica?

We are planning a trip to Costa Rica and looking at taking the bus to get between places (e.g. San José, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Sámara). I'm looking for some advice on the best way to plan the ...
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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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What should we plan to see on a weekend in Belfast? [closed]

I'm planning a weekend in Belfast with 3 friends around mid-October. The only things we planned for now are the Crusaders-Ballymena footall game on the saturady afternoon (yeah, we're kinda soccer ...
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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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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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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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How far can you realistically travel across potentially rough water in an inflatable dinghy?

I'm thinking of visiting some uninhabited Scottish islands just for some "wilderness hiking". Particularly attractive to me are those islands which don't have regular transport routes to and from them ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD? [closed]

This is the situation, I hope you can give me a hand: On October 10th of this year I have an academic trip to Paris, it will take place from that date until October 22th. The trip is completely ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...