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Buying photographic equipment in Taipei

I am travelling for work to Taipei in a month or so, and since I am lucky enough to be able to spend an entire day doing what I want (counted as holiday, of course, I'm not THAT lucky), I decided to ...
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Why do shops within airport terminals scan your boarding card?

Periodically when buying something from an airport shop (in various European terminals), I'll be asked to produce my boarding card to be scanned by staff. It's not 100% of the time for every ...
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Can a shop in the Netherlands force you to buy clothes if you take a photo? [closed]

I've just been in a shop in Amsterdam which had a sign saying: No pictures allowed and specially not when wearing our garments!!! If we see you making pictures anyway, you will have to buy ...
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Reclaiming tax from US purchases

I'm traveling in the US (originally from Australia) and buying a few things like shoes etc and a friend said I might be able to claim the tax back on my purchases. Does anyone know if this is right ...
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Where can I buy double-edged razor blades, while traveling in China?

I use a razor that takes with a double-edge blade to shave, as I find cartridge razors to be expensive, irritating and easy to clog, and I am too lazy to take care of a straight razor properly! I ...
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Is it worth visiting Phoenix MarketCity shortly before official closure?

I have a chance to visit Phoenix MarketCity in Mumbai, but due to my schedules, I'll be able to be there at around 10:30-11:00 PM. Google says, that official closure time is 11:30 PM, so I would be ...
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Are there any pre-check-in shops at Mumbai Airport?

Are there any shops at Mumbai Airport, where I could make shopping prior to checking in? Of course, that would not be duty free, but that's not a problem for me. I have found airport's page for ...
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe [closed]

I want to buy some goods (around 700 pounds worth - a camera, a gpu and an ssd) from Amazon UK. As I am living in Europe right now (residence in Ireland) is it possible to ask for a VAT refund, even ...
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Thailand customs and round-trip to Hong Kong

I'm going to travel to Thailand for about a month. Inbound and outbound flights are through BKK. What I want to do is a round-trip to Hong Kong for a shopping before leave Thailand. In particular ...
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Secondhand book market or area in Beijing?

One of my hobbies while travelling is to visit secondhand bookshops or markets. I find that many countries which are "literary", that have a book / reading culture will have either a part of town ...
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New Zealand Primark Equivalent?

Soon I'll be going to New Zealand for a year and rather than taking lots of clothes I would like to buy cheap ones while there. I've done a little research and I can't see that they have anything ...
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Is there a bookstore at Luton with a good selection of guidebooks?

This is a very slightly altered copy-and-paste of Jonik's similar question (thanks): Does London Luton airport have any bookstore with a good selection of travel guidebooks? I have a couple of hours ...
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What tasks is it reasonable to get done while in layover, rather than in advance? [closed]

I am travelling overseas. It is going probably involve 2 layovers, first transferring between international flights, then transferring from international to domestic. I am really busy just before I ...
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What time do shops close in Taipei?

My question is pretty straightforward but somehow broad... I would like to narrow it down to: Shops in Malls "Normal" shops (e.g. the one in Camera Street) Vendors in street (small markets and so ...
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Early-morning food at Népliget bus station in Budapest?

I have to catch an early-morning bus out of Budapest on a weekday. Can I buy food (a pastry, or even just a candy bar) sometime around 06:00 at Népliget bus station in Budapest? How about coffee?
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Shops and museums openings during Easter weekend in London

Are most shops and museums open during the Easter weekend (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) in London? Is there any day during the four-day break where there is more chance of finding them open?
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prizes. There was always a surplus of taxes. Sometimes ...
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Looking for a Golden Retriever or a Husky puppy in HCM City [closed]

I am looking for a Golden Retriever or a Husky puppy in HCM City from a reliable source. Hope you all can help me. Appreciated.
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What are the prices on alcohol in Morocco? [closed]

I would like to ask whether we can count with buying some alcohol in Morocco, particularly in Fes. I don't mean drinks in bar but bottle of wine or better whiskey or something like that in some ...
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Travel guides stores in Rome

Could you tell me please where can I find a store in Rome to buy a travel guide such as Lonely Planet? I hope you there's one near Termini station because that's the only place I know :) Appreciate ...
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Are malls open in Washington DC and nearby areas durnig the holidays?

I am going to Washington DC and Virginia on 28th of December, I will be staying for three days. Will the malls be open normally during these days? for example Tysons corner mall.
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

Cheongsachorong (청사초롱) are traditional lanterns, originally used for weddings in Korea. They are made of red and blue silk. Cheongsachorong By Minseong Kim (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ...
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Is there a bookstore at Heathrow with a good selection of LP or Moon guides?

Okay, this is quite specific: does London Heathrow airport have any bookstore with a good selection of Moon or Lonely Planet guides (preferably both)? If so, which terminal and what is the store ...
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Arriving in terminal 2 going to 5 heathrow

If I follow flight connections can I get to the terminal 2 shops before transferring by shuttle bus to terminal 5
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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Taking a photo in a US supermarket

When I went to a supermarket in the USA, I was amused by the exotic vegetables, so I took a photo of the vegetable shelf. Soon, a worker came and told me angrily "You are not allowed to take photos in ...
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Easiest way for a tourist to buy spices in Hong Kong

As a tourist to Hong Kong what's the easiest way to get local spices, particularly Sichuan Pepper. By easiest I mean somewhere that may speak English or have English labels and would pack them in ...
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Can I buy pressure cookers and mixer grinders in Poland?

I am from Kerala, India. I am going to Poland (Krakow) next week for long term stay. In our style of cooking, pressure cookers and powerful mixer grinders (for grinding rice, red chillies etc, not for ...
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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Shops in Milano on the 28th of December (Monday)

Should I expect the majority of the shops to be open or closed on Monday 28th December in Milano?
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Will businesses be open on Christmas in Mexicali?

I am planning to spend most of my Christmas break in Mexicali. I will be arriving late on 12/23 and staying through the New Year. How many things can I expect to be closed during Christmas? My main ...
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Step-down transformer that actually works?

I've gone through a couple of step-down transformers (220v → 110v) over the course of my travels. Each one I've purchased doesn't quite work as advertised; usually, the output voltage is still too ...
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Is it true that electronics such as laptop computers are tax free in Cambodia?

I've heard or read that electronics, computers etc do not carry any tax in Cambodia, making it a very cheap place to purchase such things. I'm in Cambodia now but in a small village and with almost ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airpot, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general basis ...
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Buying reindeer meat in Helsinki

What is the best place to buy reindeer meat in Helsinki? Is this something you best from a specialized shop (if yes, where?) or is it something you can just pick up at any supermarket. Are there any ...
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How and where to buy genuine claves in La Habana?

My father is going to La Habana in a month or so, and I would like him to buy me a pair of claves while he is there. He is, however, no musician and would probably find difficult to choose a good pair ...
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Camera store near Dubrovnik, Croatia?

I'm travelling in Croatia with my Canon 5D Mark II, and I forgot my charger at home. Is there a store in or around Dubrovnik that would sell an LC-E6 or similar? [Note this is a very similar question ...
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Florence - Do those “Authorised seller” signs at the stores selling leather goods mean anything?

At one of the stalls in Mercato Centrale, we were looking at leather wallets, and I noticed that the stall had a sign saying they were an "Authorised seller". Sorry, I didn't take a photo, but it had ...
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Locating outdoor / hiking shops which sell gas cans in Oslo?

In a while I will be traveling to Norway for a hiking trip. In between getting from the Oslo Gardermoen airport to Finse, I'll have to get gas cans with a that are UNEF 7/16" threaded, which means ...
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Are Danish shops open during Midsummer's eve?

I'll arrive at Copenhagen airport in on Midsummer's eve (Friday 20. June) and need to buy a tent there. Are shops in Denmark open that day? It doesn't seem to be a national holiday, but you never ...
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Are there any department stores in Salzburg?

As part of my travels I currently find myself in Salzburg, where the streets are filled with stores, but as far as I can tell no larger malls. Are there any department stores similar to Macy's (USA), ...
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Purchasing a campervan in Australia

My girlfriend and I are off to Oz at the start of January - looking to travel the East Coast in a campervan. The plan is to purchase one when we get there and was just wondering about the details. ...
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Is it possible to switch terminals at Charles de Gaulle?

I have a 4 hour layover in CDG. I land in terminal 2C but I depart from terminal 1. Since I have enough time I really want to meet a friend for lunch and possibly do a little shopping in terminal 2E ...
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How to Buy Schladerer Kirschwasser in Frankfurt, Germany?

I will visit Frankfurt (Germany) in this August and I want to buy two bottles of Schladerer Kirschwasser (alcohol, cherry brandy) near Frankfurt Main. Since I plan to go back to my country from Italy, ...
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Where can I purchase a barbecue (webber) in Split, Croatia? [closed]

Where can I purchase a barbecue (webber) in Split, Croatia? Actually...a location on Vis Croatia would be even better, but that's probably not likely.
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Whats the best way to spend 15 hrs at Dubai Airport? [closed]

I have a 15 hour layover in Dubai. (12 Noon to 3 AM). What is the best way to spend the time at Dubai International Airport? Also, Please provide details such as where to keep the baggage and where ...
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Secondhand/antique book shops in Lisbon

I am soon going to Lisbon. Being a big enthusiast of dictionaries, I would like to acquire some when I get there. What I am mostly interested in are big technical (but not only) dictionaries at a ...
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Why aren't there cube-shaped suitcases or bags?

This is for check-in baggage, not carry on. A cube would maximise the volume while complying with the 62-inch limit on the length + width + height. It would be 20.7 inches along each side. It will ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets

While I've done quite a bit of travel now and back myself to handle situations when it comes to border guards, sorting accommodation and / or transportation, one thing I still struggle to come to ...