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Montreal - tips to avoid troubles with immigration

I will be traveling to Montreal to spend 2 months and a half this January. My goal is to do an exploratory trip and know Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, etc.. And live Canada in its worst season, since I'm ...
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Is there a way to prevent “looking like a tourist” in order to not be harassed?

Disclaimer - the title of this post is probably not the best On my way to visit family in Belarus and Poland, I had a long layover in Paris, so I decided to spend the day in the city. My luggage was ...
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Iphone App for Collaborating on planning a long vacation togather

I am planning a very important and relatively longer trip with my partner. My Partner and I both have Iphones. I would like to use an app that allows us to Provides a checklist and the ability to ...
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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 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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What are the tricks to get a confirmed Indian Railway travel reservation?

It is notoriously difficult to get an Indian Railway ticket reservation especially during festivals and summer. Now, people use tricks like booking the ticket for a less popular station after your ...
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Where can I see Shetland ponies on Unst?

I will be spending a couple days on Unst on the Shetland Islands next year. My wife is very keen on seeing some Shetland ponies, and I am wondering how to go about this. My research seems to indicate ...
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How is the Louvre queue on free sunday?

I just discovered that Louvre has a free admittance in the first Sunday of each month. I would like to visit, but I am not sure if its a good idea. I prefer to visit the city than spend too much time ...
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Need advice on problems with Bookings.com and a hotel

Since the original post has gotten so many negative comments due to the tone, here is the actual question, and I will add the additional details (absent subjective comments and names) at the end. ...
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What is an effective means for complaining to an airline and having my complaint properly addressed?

A bit of context to the question: I took a flight this Saturday with Iberia and my checked-in baggage was lost. I had all my clothes there so I had to buy some and according to the Passenger Rights ...
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On flying with a backpack with detachable shoulder and hip straps, when best to take them off

This is the first time I'm traveling with a backpack with detachable straps. Some insight from anyone who has done this before will be appreciated. When do you take the straps off? After security ...
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Is there somewhere in Sydney, Australia where I can exchange unusual foreign currencies?

I've got a bunch of Iranian Rials left over from a recent trip because I assumed, stupidly, that like other airports there'd be an exchange place after passport control. Sadly, that was not the case. ...
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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late :/

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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How to know when to get on and off for transfers on Greyhound?

This is my first time riding the Greyhound bus by myself. I'm very scared, I don't know when to get on and off the bus, and I'm also scared to ask for help. I have two transfers in the whole trip. ...
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How to remove airlines/security tag stickers from suitcases?

I travel a lot, for both business and pleasure reasons. One of the annoying things I face (beside full passport pages) is the many tags stuck to my suitcase which I like to take in almost all my ...
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What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?

Ok, this might be a ridiculous question/situation but it's my situation. I'm at a football camp in boston until Friday, and I've realized I forgot to pack any underwear (I wear boxers), I have the ...
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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

I'm about to travel to Russia, and I made sure to book only accommodations that offer Wi-Fi to its customers, but a question came to my mind. As Cyrillic is the standard alphabet in Russia, is there ...
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One month in India: eating tips to getting spiced-out

I will be in India (Hyderabad) for about a month. I like spicy food, but it is a treat, not normal event. Last time I went to (North of) India, after a week, I had too much of the spices and my mouth ...
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Quality travel clothesline that is easy to hook on shower stalls?

I have the Rick Steves clothesline which just has Velcro/loops at the ends: However, I will most certainly be travelling with shower stall access for the next few months and I want to be able to ...
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Comparison website for scuba diving prices?

Is there a way to compare scuba diving prices at different locations around the world? I think the price for one scuba dive when you are already certified is quite comparable. I know that usually at ...
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Finding a place to stay in Cancun (or anywhere really) as a single male

How do I parse internet reviews to determine where to go as a single person? I am a single guy that don't usually take vacations (I have some degree of social anxiety), but for a multitude of reasons ...
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Bipolar sufferer travelling alone

Bipolar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D.) and travelling alone. Hello, I wonder if anyone can give me some help and advice please. I'm travelling alone to Australia next year, which is ...
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Nauseous Anxiety Travel

I get severe panic attacks when I am in airports. Its only been this way for the past 3 years. I get very nauseous and I am constantly running back and forth to the bathroom. I don't know what to ...
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How to make a baby sleep peacefully during an overnight Indian train journey?

Indian train berths are quite narrow. Just enough for one person to sleep. My wife and I have a one year old son who sleeps besides my wife on her berth. He does not get his usual space which results ...
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How can I remove highway vignettes and other miscellaneous stickers from the windshield of my car?

Taking this marvellous question as inspiration, I travel a lot by car, often in countries that require me to buy a vignette to use the motorways. Moreover it is usually mandatory to stick the vignette ...
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What specific actions constitute vigilance?

People who live in or are visiting Brussels are being asked to exercise a high degree of vigilance. Same for Paris. In fact, the US State Department has issued a worldwide alert and is quoted as ...
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How to make sure rental apartment is legitimate if I'm in a different city?

If I'm in one location, and I want to rent a place in another country/city for a few months, but I have to get the apartment remotely, and I do not have the ability to actually visit the place before ...
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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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What can I do with a plane ticket that won't be used?

I have two plane tickets for London - South America with one stop. For reasons that aren't relevant, my companion won't be able to make it, so the seat will be completely empty. I'm almost certain ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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What is the best way to pack a suit to reduce creasing?

When traveling for business purposes, it is often necessary to pack formal clothing, often within a small carry-on bag. What is the best way to compactly pack a suit (and other formal wear) in a ...
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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, ...
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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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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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What are good places to guerilla/stealth/free camp with a hammock tent? [closed]

In order to stretch my dollars, I plan on stealth camping in my hammock tent (dark green and modded with extra-long webbing straps) as much as possible. I know to generally pick either secluded spots ...
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Is The Mileage Club a legitimate business?

Is The Mileage Club a legitimate safe business to buy miles from?
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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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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 ...
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How to make the best use of signs while hitchiking?

It looks to me that the ability of signs to speed you up/slow down while hitchhiking is significant. I think they are useful in places where you want to specify your direction explicitly, like for ...
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Obtaining paper map when arriving into the city

I once been in Zurich where host told me that I can get a free map in any hotel for free. I did not get into details that time but now I am curious, is it true for any city? Where can I ask for maps ...
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How should I wash clothes in Japan?

I'm going backpacking for a month in Japan and I plan to pack lightly. So I have couple of questions about how I can wash my clothes in Japan. I expect laundromats to be quite common in big cities ...
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Visiting the Vatican around Easter

I will be traveling to Rome with a friend for Easter 2016 (25th March – 30th March). We would like to be able to visit the Vatican to see the art and St. Peters Basilica (not for religious purposes, ...
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How can I find the cheapest Spirit flight from my location to anywhere?

I recently became a member of Spirit Airlines' $9 Fare Club. I would like to maximize the benefit by planning my vacations around cheap Spirit fares. Basically, what I am looking for is a way to find ...
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Does travel insurance covers hiking on high altitudes are participation in shamanic ceremonies?

I think that general answer is: "read the small print" I'll take my chances and ask if a generic travel insurance would cover: hiking on Inca Trail? (up to 4200m altitude) drinking ayahuasca? ...
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How to contact the Mexican Consulate in Boston?

We need to contact them about a Visa issue. The security guard won't let you in without an appointment but they do not pick up the phone, they don't return messages and all e-mail remains unanswered ...
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Is there such a thing as travel-sized organic kitchen detergents?

Besides filling up some dish-washing detergent in a travel-sized container on my own...I want to know if any companies sell pre-packaged packets or tiny bottles of organic dish-washing liquid that ...
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Cancelling Emirates flex plus flight

I recently bought an in and outbound ticket from Emirates. Flying from Lyon-Dubai-Johannesburg and back on the same route. The outbound journey is an "economy flex" fare and the inbound journey is ...
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How do I get money back for my foreign coins?

Tonight I just cleaned my room and while doing this I found some money. I counted it and I found out that there are a lot of coins from 25 different countries. I know that normally banks don't ...
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How can I determine if it is possible to check luggage during a layover?

A common desire among some travelers with long layovers is to leave the airport for a while, and perhaps do some shopping, or even buy goods in the airport. But this then often necessitates the ...
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Apps to walk me through Frankfurt Germany

Are there mobile apps for an iPhone 4 that can walk me through Frankfurt and other German places. And by walk through, I mean guiding me to the places I need to go, showing what trains I need to ...