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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, ...
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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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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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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 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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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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Are there any tricks to book multi-city international flights?

Generally, multi-city air fares are much higher than round trip fares. Let's say I'm getting these flights (A->B->C->B->A) and I am staying in first B and C. It is actually a round trip with ...
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Stuck without toilet paper while travelling - what is the best approach?

Well, this has happened to everyone at some point - you find out there is no toilet paper just after you need it the most. Usually it's not a big deal, even in public toilet room you can wait until ...
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

Let's say you're backpacking and you're staying at a super-cheap hostel. Either because you have a lot planned for the day or you're catching long distance bus / train, you've to get up really early ...
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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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OK we're all nerds here, so really, how on earth should I use a Japanese toilet?

OK so for anyone who's traveled to Japan you know what I'm talking about. They're devices that are a textbook example of excessive featuritis. But I want to use something other than the flush knob ...
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Long term travel without being wealthy - how is it possible?

Some people are practically most of the time traveling, from country to country, for a very long periods and sometimes even years. How could one be able to travel for a long period of time, over ...
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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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Tips for getting a visa when there's no embassy in one's country of residence

I'm looking for general tips about how to get a visa cheaply when there are no embassies in one's country of residence. This has prevented us from getting visas more than one time. Think e.g. non-EU ...
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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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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge, Aztec two step, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey Squirts or The McSh-- in ...
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How to use Turkish toilet tap?

I was in Turkey a while ago, and encountered sit toilets with taps (edit: taps controlling a nozzle a wee way below a normal western sit-toilet rim, making a little fountain from the back to the front ...
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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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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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Free / cheap ways to get airport lounge access?

Until recently, I had a complimentary Priority Pass card. Although the Priority Pass lounges aren't generally great, they are better than nothing when travelling on an airline where you don't have ...
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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 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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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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What precautions should travelers take in Spain/France?

On my last visit in Milano Italy, i went to the Duomo. It was the first day of my trip, and definitely the worst. On the second I stepped out the subway, "Tourist hunting gangs" jumps from all over, ...
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Does browsing ticket sites in incognito mode and/or from different IP's result in cheaper ticket prices?

I stumbled across a discussion yesterday where industry insiders share tips relating to their respective fields. Someone who works in e-commerce stated : "When purchasing items on the internet ...
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Planning my Singapore tour as a photographer

I am visiting singapore. I am a traveller + Photographer. I will arrive at 5.00 AM 14th Sep and Departure is 7.00 AM 16th. So I got only two days. I have booked a hotel from Geylang area (Without ...
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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 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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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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Is it a good idea to keep your home timezone sleeping pattern when traveling to a far timezone?

I will be traveling to a timezone 10 timezones ahead of mine. I need to be productive and work while I am there. I can't afford jet leg when I get there and then jet lag when I get back. Is it ok 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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Safety tips when leaving luggage and papers behind [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving? As backpacker, one does not carry all his luggage to every location, especially when visiting ...
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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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Subterfuge by budget airline? Missed flight - was charged for transfer

Recently I attempted to catch a flight from a London airport on Ryanair. I arrived at departures reception 25 minutes before the flight, 11.35am - my ticket was scanned. Then I proceeded thru ...
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Luggage when travelling with children

When travelling with small children we strongly prefer to have few pieces of luggage, so they end up being rather heavy (unless driving). This is fine until you need to check-in for a flight, where ...
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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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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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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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2FABE - the 'secret' international travel postcard stamp code?

I was told about this about three years ago, that if you were desperate and didn't have time to buy stamps for a postcard, merely putting the code '2FABE' would get your postcard to its intended ...
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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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Attend a lecture in computer science while travelling in the UK

I'm planning a trip to the UK in May. I will stay in London, Edinburgh and Dundee. It would be very interesting for me to attend a lecture in computer science there. Am I allowed to do this as I am ...
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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 are some camping tips in general and at East Coast Park in Singapore?

What are the good tips while planning for camping for 1 or 2 nights near a beach. I am talking about East Coast Park in Singapore. We pretty much have nothing to fear there, but I would still ...
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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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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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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 ...