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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 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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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 ...
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How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?

Some destinations have a "90/180 rule" which says you can come and go but you must not spend over 90 days out of any 180 days in the area. A recent question asked by a new contributor concerns this ...
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Returning to UK from JFK

I would like to know what the procedures are on departing JFK. I'm allowing 3hrs before my flight. Will that be enough? What do I do then? Where do I find check-in?
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Identifying reserved seats on British trains

Is there a clear way to tell on British trains (generally) which seats/tables are reserved seats? In Germany we definitely made some mistakes accidentally taking seats that were eventually reserved, ...
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What is the hotel room card slot inside the room for?

Several hotels I've stayed in lately (in the Middle East if that matters) have a card slot just inside the door of the room, and it appears that the lights/AC in the room only work if you have one of ...
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How should I deal with beggars in India?

I heard that it is unsafe to show money or help someone in India. Are there any rules I should respect to avoid getting into trouble? How should I deal with these beggars?
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Fixing an opened TSA lock [closed]

I recently traveled from USA to India with a layover in London (British Airways). I had locked each one of my check-in luggage with a TSA lock. One of my luggage bags seems to have been opened for ...
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How to avoid to get your clothes to disappear in Indonesian laundry services?

My clothes often "disappear" in laundry services here in Indonesia. People told me this happens often. Anyone got tips on how to avoid this to happen? I imagine that whoever lives here long enough ...
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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 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 ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...
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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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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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Is it a good idea to use liquid soap to wash dishes when travelling?

So we arrived to an apartment we rented and noticed the dishes didn't seem very clean. Since we were told previously no toiletries would be provided, we brought some with us, but we had no dishwashing ...
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Cheap Internet access in Cuba for tourists?

We just arrived in Havana, and have discovered that Internet is a bit of a rarity here. Most large hotels offer Internet for CUC6-10 per hour. The only mobile Internet I have found is from ETESCA ...
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Best way to travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg and when to book the tickets? [closed]

I am a 22 year old male. I will be landing at the Copenhagen Airport on Thursday around noon and from there on have to reach Gothenburg. I don't have any strict time limits about reaching Gothenburg ...
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Rideshare etiquette (Lyft, Uber, etc)

I used Lyft for the first time last week, and realized I don't know the proper etiquette, if there is any. With a taxi, it's common that the driver comes around, opens the trunk, takes your luggage, ...
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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 ...
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Best way to split costs during travelling

With 3 people due to go travelling this summer, we're at a bit of a loss as to how to split our funds. We're going to be sharing tents, food, fuel, etc, so in theory everyone will pay equal. One ...
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What are the lightest travel adapters/converters available for France?

I have no travel adapters for Paris and I need to know which brand has all the parts needed to charge my Android phone in a Paris apartment and which one has the least amount of weight. Edit: ...
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Is the London pass valid(/free) for multiple entries to same tourist attraction?

I am planning to buy 10 a day London pass to visit all the attractions in London. Can I enter into the same attraction, such as the Thames River Cruise, multiple times with this London pass, without ...
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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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Advices for Burning Man Festival [closed]

I plan to go with a friend to the Burning Man festival in 2016 and I want to know if there's anything to know about this festival before I lock in my plans. I'll leave from France by plane, but I ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuable belongings from theft at the beach?

I am travelling solo to Barcelona. I was wondering if anyone has any tip on how to enjoy the beach when travelling alone. As in, is it safe to leave your belongings on the beach when you go for a ...
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Common travel scams on tourists? [closed]

What are some of the common tourist travel scams? I will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey and then later to some eastern European countries. I heard that Asians and Chinese in particular are victims ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

I'm a pretty heavy sleeper and sometimes I need to wake up earlier for a bus/flight or to catch early light. When sharing a room in a hostel type place, what's a good way to set an alarm without ...