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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 ...
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Why do they sell luggage in airports?

It seems that in almost every airport I'm in, there are luggage stores behind security. How often do people get to the airport carrying handfuls of clothes and needing something to put them in? I ...
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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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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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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

When I have been in mainland Europe, in areas such as France or Belgium, a lot of the shops say they're open "7/7". The latter 7 presumably means 'every day' like in 24/7, but what about the other 7? ...
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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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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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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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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 get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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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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Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?

We will be flying into and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Now, my wife has taken fancy to a certain duty-free store located at Terminal 3. Assuming we factor in enough time before boarding our ...
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How to choose a guide book for your next trip?

So I have decided which country I want to visit next and go down to the local travel book store. On the shelves they have over ten different travel guide books about the country. How do I choose ...
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Is it possible to buy outdoor clothing in Northern India/Nepal?

Another shopping question, but I do think it is on topic! I will soon travel to India, the first few months I will spend in the south and lower parts of the country where it will be warm and hot. As ...
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Where can I find Japanese Lacquerware in Tokyo?

I've been racking my brains on this for quite a while now and would like to buy some traditional styled Japanese Lacquerware or shikki (漆器) in Tokyo. I've tried places like Asakusa and some online ...
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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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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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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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Is it easy to find milk in Laos?

I've read that in Thailand there are a lot of 7/11 shops where you can buy all kinds of milk. But what happens in Laos? Is it easy to find milk in Laos? (more concrete: UHT milk).
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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question ...
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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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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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What are the must-buy souvenirs from Ireland?

What are typical or must-buy (non-alcoholic) souvenirs from Ireland?
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Managing SIM cards from multiple countries

I've found myself amassing a collection of SIM cards from my travels to different countries, and it's starting to become unmanageable. Currently, I'm using plastic bags. Each SIM card goes in its ...
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Are there any traditional German Christmas markets in the Lake District, UK?

As per the title. I'm thinking German style wooden huts etc.
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Does Singapore have an electronics district something like Tokyo's Akihabara?

In a few weeks I expect to be flying into Singapore to start a long overland trip. But my current laptop is dying and I like to have one on my travels. So I'm pretty sure computers and electronics ...
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Where to go in (the vicinity of) Paris to find Art Nouveau antiques

Planning a weeks trip to Paris, focused on locating Art Nouveau antiques (furniture, mirrors, lamps etc) for purchase. I know of the flea market in Saint-Ouen and plan to visit it. Are there any more ...
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Where are the shopping areas in Rome?

My girlfriend and I are visiting Rome soon and she mentioned yesterday that she may like to explore the shopping district when it occurred to us that we didn't know where that was. We want to visit ...
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Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?

I'm currently travelling in South Korea, home of major smartphone companies such as Samsung. It's a country in a technology boom where everybody wants to have the latest gadgets. That implies they no ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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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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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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How to buy duty free other than at the airport?

Everybody knows you can buy things duty free at airports if you are leaving for or coming from another country. (You can also buy on airplanes and I think I've seen on some international ferries and ...
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Dealing with aggressive touts in markets?

In many countries the markets are some of the most interesting places to visit. However, as a result of tourism, culture and competition, many of the sellers/touts are...well...aggressive. This can ...
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Buying extreme cold weather “mickey mouse boots” (Bunny boots) in Seoul

Is there any place in Seoul where I can buy the extreme cold weather boots that go by the nickname "mickey mouse boot"? In case you haven't heard of these and their nickname makes them sound ...
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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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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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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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Hong Kong Airport - restricted/non-restricted areas

I have booked a flight to the Philippines and I have a layover of 3h 30m in Hong Kong Airport (arrival an departure in Terminal 1). So I looked at the shops in that terminal to see if I can buy a ...
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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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Buying tailor-made clothes while in India

Hopefully I've read the FAQ correctly, and this is one of the shopping related questions that is allowed... Note that I'm not after recommendations of where to go, but instead information on how to ...
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Where to buy cheap generic camping gear in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?

I'm planning to hitchhike Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to Taiwan in a couple of weeks and I expect to sleep outside sometimes. I've never been to this part of the world before but I've noticed that in ...
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Travel adaptor in Egypt - can I buy the UK adaptor in Cairo?

I read that I need an European plug converter in Egypt. How hard is it to buy a UK to Europe plug in Cairo?
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Long (14-hour) layover in Beijing on a Sunday, will I be able to do some shopping/tourism?

I just booked a ticket with a stop in Beijing. On my way back I will arrive in Beijing at 11:30 (Sunday), but my flight to UK is scheduled at 1:30 (Monday), more or less 14 hours. So I was thinking ...
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Shopping in Los Angeles

After returning from a cruise to Hawaii, we will be spending a single day in Los Angeles. We will already have spent a couple of days there before the cruise, so the plan is to just spend that day ...
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Buying a phone in the US

Does anyone know whether I can buy a phone on google Play in the US and use in the UK? I live in the UK, but will be visiting the US in the next couple of weeks, so thought I could buy the new Google ...
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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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Unroasted coffee beans in La Paz, Bolivia

Is there a place in La Paz where I could buy beans straight from farms, before they are processed? I have a couple of friends who'd want to roast their beans up to their liking, so I'd like to buy ...
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Buying electronics in Phnom Penh

I am going to phnom penh for a day or two in order to extend my visa. During the same trip I want to buy a micro sd card for my phone, but I would rather not walk around the whole city to find a ...
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How can you know if an airport has a decent shopping area after security?

When I travel for work I often rely on shopping in the tax-free area of an airport for buying gifts. This has lead to disappointment in the past. Airports like San Francisco, Orlando and Berlin Tegel ...