Hints for solving a variety of travel issues, especially problems that require experiential knowledge to solve or are not covered by traditional travel books or resources.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

64
votes
11answers
5k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
140 views

Advantages or disadvantages of triple citizenship? [closed]

Are there any advantages or disadvantages of having triple citizenship (or beyond that) that is not the case with dual citizenship? Does the third citizenship add another dimension to the case in any ...
2
votes
1answer
156 views

Traveling to UK (London) in July, how to find cheap accomodation? [closed]

i'm planning a trip to (UK)London during early July, and i haven't been able to find any type of cheap ( ~15€ / night * person, 3 nights) accomodation, preferably not that far, or, connected to in any ...
12
votes
3answers
247 views

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 ...
271
votes
13answers
60k views

OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?

OK so for anyone that's travelled beyond North America and Western Europe you know what I'm talking about. Left: Romania, last year. Right: Turkey, last night. They start popping up in the Balkans ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Request a letter verifying international health coverage and benefits from BlueShield BlueCross for Schengen Visa

Per Schengen visa requirements (article 15) any traveler must have a medical insurance with 30000 EUR coverage. The permanent resident in the US has BlueShield/Bluecross coverage with the BlueCard ...
44
votes
8answers
4k views

What are good security tactics for sleeping in airports?

Sleeping in airports is something I've found myself doing more often than I ever expected, and while I have no issue with sleeping on the floor or chairs or whatever, sometimes I have valuable stuff, ...
4
votes
3answers
179 views

How to keep track of all things you are carrying in the luggage and where they are?

Often when packing for a trip, I start in a very good manner and following the best techiniques available. Once I am kind of done with the basics, I start noticing little things that are missing: my ...
128
votes
9answers
10k views

Tactics to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police?

In Uzbekistan I was stopped, searched and questioned six times in one day. At the border with Tajikistan, one official tried hiding my paperwork to elicit something from me. In Kyrgyzstan, I was ...
8
votes
2answers
114 views

Measures to avoid locations with bad air quality and inversion for asthmatics?

Bergen, Norway, is an example of a city surrounded by mountains where the air quality can get very bad, terrible for asthmatics. This phenomenon is called inversion. Before the symptoms begin, the ...
19
votes
5answers
3k views

How to divide large bank notes into smaller ones while traveling?

When traveling abroad I have noticed that usually the exchange rate is more favourable if I withdraw the cash from ATM at the destination. But getting money this way has always caused me some trouble ...
6
votes
1answer
206 views

is there a bag for shower stuff?

My university is in a different city than the city that I live in. I have one class this semester. Thus, I have to travel every week one day. My problem is that every week I have to pack my shower ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Travel from Portorož to Budapest [closed]

Can you suggest me the best possible (in terms of cost for 1 person, travel time and comfort during journey) ways for traveling from Portorož to Budapest. I am tourist, I'll be carrying luggage and I ...
5
votes
3answers
198 views

What should someone from the US know when driving in Italy?

For instance, I know one should not turn on red lights, which is different from US/Mass. rules. What are other things which can confuse a driver from US while driving in Italy? More generally, are ...
18
votes
5answers
2k views

What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?

I am traveling from the US to Australia. What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?
31
votes
6answers
34k views

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 composed of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping off"...
8
votes
2answers
183 views

Step-free / wheelchair (or few steps) access on the Barcelona Metro

We went to Barcelona recently, as my wife has CP, she finds steps hard work, my arm also gets a good workout supporting her if we have too many steps to face. Most metro stations seemed to have many ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

What is the biggest hard-shell hand luggage model (by usable volume) that fits Ryanair's official limits and is sold in Europe?

I often travel with Ryanair/Wizzair and have a piece of luggage that fits their limits. However it's awkwardly constructed and a lot of the usable space is filled by the wheels and the handles. What ...
9
votes
2answers
181 views

How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

Hassling is happening in quite often in Indonesia. Although not as tough as in other countries (i.e. Morocco), it can get on your nerves after a while. Does anybody have tips on avoiding getting ...
10
votes
3answers
111 views

What is the best way to carry photographic film when travelling?

Since I still shoot analogue photos, I often find myself travelling with photographic film. Film can be sensitive to X-ray machines, depending on the "strength" of the machine, the technology, the ASA ...
10
votes
2answers
778 views

Schengen Visa Application: tips for preparing

Lots of people would like to visit the EEA area to take holiday or to visit family or even to go for longer term visa arrangements in the Schengen zone. In order to do this, they need a Schengen (or ...
28
votes
5answers
6k views

Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

We are planning for a road trip in Iceland. The trip consists of Golden Circle in a day, and another day to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik and a third day of returning from Jokulsarlon. I understand ...
8
votes
1answer
130 views

Can I drive a rental in Russia (without high risk)

Of course I can technically rent a car, and I can drive it. My point is - is it secure/recommended for non-Russians? What are unexpected risks? I have extended driving experience in Paris, Rome, ...
18
votes
1answer
1k views

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. ...
12
votes
2answers
16k views

Are there any techniques, tricks, or tactics to avoid a one-way fee when renting a car?

Very often, when renting a car and dropping it off at a different location than where you picked it up, you have to pay a huge one-way fee. Have you successfully used any technique, trick, or tactic ...
10
votes
2answers
196 views

Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?

Several websites tell me that "nobody" will let you fly "standby" except as a change to a fare already bought. Is there anyone that will still sell a cheap "next unsold seat" fare? I'm retired and ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

How to create a travel history

I am an Indian student in Germany. Recently, I had applied for a tourist visa for the US and had it refused under 214b. I do not have any travel history either apart from some of the Schengen ...
4
votes
2answers
976 views

How to handle the laptop in destination events if traveling with a carry-on?

I am travelling solely with carry-on luggage for a conference/business event and must bring my laptop with me. Since I think it would be too much to go everyday to the meeting with the carry-on ...
16
votes
4answers
9k views

Is it possible to avoid being sniffed by dogs at Heathrow airport and possibly other airports?

I am Muslim, getting sniffed by a dog is sort of prohibited in my religion. My family are coming to Europe next month and we are discussing all the tiny details as they haven't traveled outside their ...
18
votes
7answers
591 views

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 alcohol....
4
votes
3answers
166 views

Flying with motorcycling gear

I'm planning a trip to recover a motorcycle from a distant city. The ideal trip would be flying to that location and coming back riding the bike, but that would require me to transport my riding gear ...
9
votes
4answers
349 views

What is the schedule of the free 'car rental shuttle' at JFK?

An answer on the question "Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?" suggests that there is a free shuttle between the car rental parking lot at JFK and ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Do I need a vehicle rental to explore Miami FL?

I plan on visiting Miami FL for the fist time and for a long weekend as well. I do plan on being able to explore what Miami has to offer, the food, the places, the beach, the nightlife, and anything ...
18
votes
7answers
3k views

Receive packages from Amazon.de while in Germany for 3 weeks (Tourist)

I'm going to Germany for 3 weeks in December. While I'm there I'd like to order a few things off Amazon.de and have them delivered at the place I'm staying in (it's a paid apartment and the owners are ...
27
votes
4answers
4k views

When should I book my hotel if prices are inflated due to a major event?

My problem: I recently booked a business trip about three months out, noticing slightly too late that there's a huge event (Formula 1 race) happening in town the previous weekend and all the remotely ...
16
votes
8answers
5k views

Should I take my own coffee to Japan?

I heard that it is difficult to find real coffee in Japan as most places don't serve it. We are planning to stay at Ryokans and eat traditional breakfasts as muc as possible but can't really give up ...
20
votes
1answer
8k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
95 views

In Morocco, do you get better prices for paying in Euros?

On a previous trip to Tunisia, I was slightly surprised to discover that many tourist-focused vendors (though not all) offered two prices, one in Euros and one in Dinar, with the Euro price quite a ...
5
votes
3answers
263 views

What can I do to stop my 4 and 6 year old kids from falling out of a bunk bed on a cruise?

I've got a balcony room booking on the Sun Princess. We're travelling for 1 week, and there are bunk beds for my kids. My kids roll around a lot at night, and they have a 'bar' that restrains them ...
39
votes
6answers
7k views

Are drivers from mainland Europe likely to end up in an accident when driving in the UK?

I have a European license and would like to rent a car in the UK for a trip to the countryside. The only thing that worries me is driving on the left — it seems that one would need quite a bit of ...
14
votes
1answer
340 views

Public pianos in the U.S

I've been to the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland last year and had some fun on a piano in their lobby with a sign saying "Play me, I'm yours". I did some research and found a pretty cool project ...
2
votes
2answers
341 views

Public transport in Cologne / Bonn

I'm going to be traveling to Cologne in September, partially to visit Photokina and partially for fun. I noticed a quite extensive tram network in the area, stretching from Cologne to Bonn. Is there a ...
3
votes
2answers
76 views

Negotiating cultures: tips on bargaining [duplicate]

In Argentina I was once charged the "gringo" rate for a bus and was later told I could have negotiated the price because locals pay less. From an ex-colleague who spent 6 months in China I heard you ...
5
votes
2answers
423 views

Stealth camping in France

Can I use the French aires to camp overnight? I have a VW Transporter van with a bed, 2 dogs, a camping stove and bottled water and loo bottle. I want to be safe but I don't need the constraints of a ...
6
votes
1answer
206 views

Where can I camp for free in, or near, Byron Bay, Australia?

I'm currently road tripping across the Gold Coast. I find myself in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and am looking for accommodation. I rented a small camper van and don't really wish to pay 70+ Australian ...
25
votes
2answers
2k views

Where to practice violin 5 hours every day in Paris?

I'll travel to Paris, France in June. For my musical studies, I need to practice violin 5 hours every day (~ 84-103 dB), alone. Is there any place I could use in Paris for such purpose, if possible at ...
8
votes
2answers
124 views

What popular local street food is unique or particular to Colombia?

I'm going to Bogota, Salento Popayan and Pasto. Any local food and drink is a must try? I'm a big fan of street food too.
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Where to find all camp sites available in an area or city?

As a traveler, sometimes I want to stay in a camp site, rather than in a hotel, motel or hostel. But sometimes it is very difficult to find this camp sites in the web. Is there any website or app that ...
1
vote
2answers
133 views

How to browse available cars/quotes on Uber without providing credit card?

I'd very interested in using Uber, and I'd like to have a look at what they have to offer in terms of available car sizes, rates, etc., but I can't work out how to do so without signing up which ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Where will my bus be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York?

I am using Greyhound to go from NY to DC. I don't see on my ticket where exactly my bus will be. Is this information on my ticket somewhere or do I just go to Port Authority and ask? This is my first ...