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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

I'm planning a one month trip to India starting from next week, and unfortunately I forgot to book train tickets for a few train trips. I have never bought Tatkal tickets (allowed to purchase 2 days ...
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How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?

My wife and I are going on holiday to a resort. While the resort markets the room as having a double bed, in reality it is two twin size beds pushed together with a narrow gap down the middle where ...
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Carry on bag packing advice [closed]

I was on a flight once that boarded and then we sat for almost 4 hours before we even took off. Even though my bag was stuffed full, all I really had to help pass the time was a bag of M&M's and a ...
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How to avoid claustrophobia on a plane?

I am severely claustrophobic and tomorrow I have a middle seat on a plane. I need some tips on how to handle it?
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How can I get the most out of darjeelin.com?

This afternoon I posted a trip on darjeelin.com, and after 4 hours, received no offers for a cheaper flight. I, however, found a flight option for $100 less during the same time period, and since ...
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How can you detect that a WikiVoyage page is out of date?

For my current trip to Cairns, one of the resources I used was the Cairns WikiVoyage page. The page is of a decent length, and has guide article status, so I figured it'd probably be largely ok to ...
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How to carry cologne bottles in hand luggage and prevent losses?

Say I have a cologne bottle of 100 ml that I want to carry in my hand luggage on a plane trip. 100 ml is the limit so it should be fine for the transport regulations (if not, please let me know!). ...
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Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?

Sometimes when travelling through more than a couple of countries you can end up with currency from a country you visited earlier that has a lousy exchange rate in your current country due to a wide ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Hotels normally provide a big amount of sets (well, depending on the quality, but however, many!) that can help you feel more comfortable there. So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, ...
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How can you buy tourist souvenirs for non-tourist prices?

Often times when I'm traveling I like to get a few souvenirs from whatever destination I'm visiting — a two-story bus from London, a miniature Eiffel-tower from Paris, a magnet, a mug, a T-shirt, etc. ...
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What's the best way to get sleep on a train in a sitting compartment?

In late December this year I'll be travelling on an overnight train in Russia. Unfortunately all of the tickets have already sold out for that particular train, with the exception of the sitting ...
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Hidden city ticketing

At this link about travel hacks what does the author mean by this? Back to back and hidden city ticketing. Sometimes airlines will charge far more for tickets to that do not include a Saturday ...
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Tips for sleeping in a Couchette sleeping carriage?

In September I am travelling from London to the Slovenian Alps by train. Part of the journey is the overnight sleeper from Paris to Munich but it is both I, and my travel buddy's, first experience of ...
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What's the best way to take a cold shower?

This is a question that most people probably never think about, because it's an every-day thing. But for many of us, such as myself, who grew up in more western cultures, with more modern ...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in the Caribbeans?

I have been searching with Kayak, Google Flights, and Avianca, but I suspect there may be better airlines, offering less expensive local service in the Caribbeans. How would I find these alternative ...
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Creative ways to explore a new city [closed]

I visit new cities quite often. In order to enjoy the visit without just hopping from one tourist attraction to another I always look for alternative ways to see the city. Anything that helps to get ...
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Tips for driving on a different side of the road? [duplicate]

I am from India where we drive on the left side of the road and although I have reasonable experience driving in India I find it quite scary to drive in the United States as they drive on the right. ...
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Is fuel dumping a peculiarity of American airlines?

This question gave me some insight into the world of "fuel dumping", the technique of booking an irrelevant fare to avoid or remove a fuel surcharge. The descriptions of it that I find on the web all ...
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Can you take only part of a cruise?

I've been searching for details on this for a while, and I know I could just phone some companies but maybe someone here knows. Is it possible to buy only some parts of a longer cruise. For example, ...
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Compact, portable alternative to a bathroom scale

I'm not a complete health nut, but I do like to monitor my body weight. I used to weigh myself daily on a cheap (read: not entirely accurate) bathroom scale. Now that I'm traveling, it's completely ...
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How to dry clothes while travelling in winter?

When you are travelling and you stay less than 2 days in the same place, specially in winter time when there are not a lot of sun hours or even rains outside, it's really difficult to dry clothes. ...
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Finding public toilets in Taiwan

I've been in Taipei for over a week and keep running into the problem of not being able to find public toilets. I can't recall seeing a single public toilet in a street or park. Train and MRT ...
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Are there tips and tricks to overcome a fear of flying?

Are there tips and tricks for people with fear of flying that can makes them have a more pleasant experience when flying? I know drugs can do magic, and we've previously had debate on pills vs ...
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How to choose a cafe/coffee shop when travelling?

Sometimes when travelling, you discover there's only one place doing coffee, so you don't have a lot of choice. In other cases, there's no where at all, so you have to get your caffeine fix another ...
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How to find the genuine websites for consulates, embassies, and immigration offices around the world?

Very often when travelling about the world you need to check the official word on obtaining visas and visa extensions and other related information. But increasingly it's getting very difficult to ...
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Travelling while afflicted with Delhi Belly?

We've got a great existing question on how to avoid Delhi Belly, but what happens if you're afflicted with it but still need to travel? For example, you have a non-changeable travel booking, or your ...
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Travelling to Romania on a short stay Schengen visa issued by France? [duplicate]

I am Tunisian and I have single entry short stay Schengen visa issued by the French embassy. I live in United Arab Emirates, is it OK to go from United Arab Emirates to Romania and stay there for 5 ...
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Travel around the world for one or two years. Alone or with other persons? [closed]

I start to make some plans about my future. I'll begin to save some money until my 21th birthday (from now on, 2 and a half year). After that, I'll quit my job and want to travel the world. Maybe for ...
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When backpacking, what is the best way to protect my valuables? [duplicate]

What is the best way for me to protect my valuables on my upcoming trip to Europe? I will not have the luxury of staying in Hotels all of the time, and will be backpacking a lot of the time. I have ...
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Offsetting travel cost by selling luggage space?

If someone is flying internationally with just a back pack as a hand/carry on luggage and has an unused quota of about at least 50 lbs of luggage allowed, can the traveler sell this luggage quota of ...
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Throwaway ticketing: picking optimal return date

I am flying from Madrid to Montreal (or possibly Stockholm to Montreal) in early January and single tickets are much more expensive than returns, so I am thinking of utilizing the throwaway ticket ...
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Are there other places in Seville (Sevilla) to buy Alcázar tickets?

Today I visited the amazing Real Alcázar in Seville (Sevilla), which was well worth the waiting before I got in! However, when I got to the front of the queue, I discovered that the queue wasn't ...
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How can I reliably make myself a cup of coffee in my hotel room that doesn't suck?

Like most people, I have a habit, and that habit is Coffee. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive habit. There are plenty of methods of making it less expensive, but in my experience, most of them ...
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How to recognise/thank great cabin crew?

Those of us who fly a lot will know that there is a bit of a variety in cabin crew. Some (sadly more common on certain airlines) do the very bare minimum to ensure a safe flight, but nothing more. ...
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Is there a resource with tips to hitchhike?

I hitchhiked a few times and discovered half a dozen techniques to increase the probability of getting a ride in less time (though time is relative when hitchhiking). I was wondering if there is a ...
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How to hide your bodily odors after a long flight?

Of course I could fly first class on an airline that provide on-board showers. Since I lack the funds, that is not an option for me. The scenario is as follows: Your plane leaves in the evening. ...
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Safety tips when carrying a large sum of money [duplicate]

I made the mistake of exchanging a large sum of money before my trip to Europe. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I know it's not the best idea to carry a lot of cash while traveling. What ...
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What if I don't take my last transfer at British Airways [duplicate]

The usual return ticket path is: AMS -> LHR -> ICN and back: ICN -> LHR -> AMS However now I'd like to do this: AMS -> LHR -> ICN ICN -> LHR, done That way I'll end up in the UK and can take a ...
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Is there any smart tip to choose seats on aeroplane? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a smart and absolute way to choose seats on aeroplane. For this question, there is some restrictions as: The seat cannot be far from both toilet and kitchen. The noise from turbines ...
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How do I avoid snoring when sharing a room in a hostel or lodge?

I snore and I know it. This causes quite some discomfort when I need to share a room with others. I usually try to stay awake until everybody else seems to be sleeping. The pokes or the sudden shaking ...
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Are there any secrets or tricks to flying for free (or almost free)?

I've heard unverified stories of people who wait around at airports until there is a vacant spot on a flight where they want to go, and then get on for insanely cheap. I would also imagine that it is ...
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Cheap way of travelling from Paris to nearby countries? [closed]

I am traveling to Paris for a month's time. I would like to visit nearby countries like Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland etc. Can you please suggest some cheap travel means?
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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?

There are tricks such as "fuel dumping" or "hidden city ticketing" which involve booking a ticket comprised of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping ...
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Europe on tight Budget - shoe string [closed]

I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or any Global passes train. Is there any other option for a tight budget ...
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OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?

This is the part four in the interesting series: "OK we are all X here, so really". You can find the past episodes here: OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat ...
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What is the cheapest way for intercity travel from Belgium (Brussels) to other countries and nearby?

I am here in Leuven on an internship and only have weekends when I can travel and see places around. So I plan to go to important cities, so it would more of intercity travel(let us say from ...
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Factors to consider when travelling by car with a 1.5 year old baby in Europe?

With my husband we used to travel around the Europe with a car during our holidays (4 weeks of continuous tour). The route was outlined in such a way that we could sightsee a lot. Now a third ...
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How can I accurately estimate the weight of my luggage?

This is somewhat of a problem for me. Sometimes, when I'm packed up and getting ready to move, I find that I have no reliable way to weigh my own luggage. Of course, most of us know that airlines ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?

(In a similar vein to this question on hotel room upgrades and this question on flight upgrades...) Most regular car rentals agencies have various categories of car - Budget/Economy, Compact, ...