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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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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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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, Midsize,...
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How to get the best room in a hotel? [closed]

I'm used to traveling across Europe for work. I have been booking my hotel rooms through common online websites like hotels.com or booking.com. However, I find that I have been frustrated many times ...
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How to avoid paying for musical gardens if visiting Versailles Palace on a Tuesday?

We plan to visit Versailles Palace on May-8-2012, which is a Tuesday. Unfortunately the official website states that the garden is not free for entrance on that Tuesday as the musical garden would be ...
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How to Protect a Backpack from Splashing without Plastic?

The boat trip to Cabo in Tayrona National Park is apparently rough and the guidebook says to make sure to protect your baggage during the boat trip as it will get thoroughly splashed. Normally, I ...
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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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Can you suggest cheap ways of traveling? [closed]

I used to book travels via agency all the time and used to stay at resorts and hotels. I had to compromise on few things to be able to do some of my last travels, as they were quite expensive, so I ...
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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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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 Leuven/...
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What technique do you use to remember city names in foreign languages?

When I try to remember where I traveled or where I have to go to catch a bus, train or something else, I always have great difficulties to remember city names if they are in a foreign language. The ...
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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 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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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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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 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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What are some practical hand-out gifts you can take with you when travelling?

I happens quite often that you make new friendships while on the road or that you are hosted by someone you are visiting. On such occasions you usually want to leave a small gift such that the person ...
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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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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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Is there a way to keep up to date with Schengen border crossings being closed/controlled due to the migration crisis?

This question is inspired by this meta answer. In late 2015, a number of Schengen countries introduced border controls in response to the migration crisis. This answer succinctly explains what these ...
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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 ...
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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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Finding promotion codes for travel - a website?

Quite often airlines (Eg Air Canada), or tours (eg Big Bus Tours San Francisco) specify promotion codes as an option to get a discount. Where do people get these codes from? Are there websites with ...
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How to use cloud cover information to track auroras?

I would like to travel to Iceland to see Auroras. I am in the process of planning my trip so that I maximise the chance of seeing one. I understand that precisely locating Auroras depends on cloud ...
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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 ...
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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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How early do I need to arrive at Most na Soči for a space on the car train

Slovenian Railways run a car-transport train service from Most na Soči to Bohinjska Bistrica, called Motorail. This lets you skip a lot of driving around the hills, and is reportedly a fun journey ...
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What can I use instead of a corkscrew? [closed]

When travelling, we may want to obtain some wine, but I don't want to have to bring a corkscrew with me. What can I use instead?
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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 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 ...
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What would be the best section in the plane to reserve a seat if you want to maximize the chance of not sitting next to anyone?

Other than the obvious answer of first class or business class, although I am sure on many specific routes that carry 'high-rollers' you might still find yourself sitting next to other passengers (...
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Walking experience in Berlin

This would be my first time in Berlin and want to explore as much as possible during my stay. So, walking is the best idea as I do not have much time constraint. How is the walking experience in ...
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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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How can I be re-united with my luggage that I initially did not claim?

If I initially did not claim my luggage after arriving from a flight, what steps do I need to take to get my luggage back? Ideally an answer would cover all airports and / or airlines but if that ...
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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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Heathrow: do I need to go through immigration in the terminal I arrived at?

Yesterday I arrived at Heathrow terminal 4 and waited 2:30 in line for immigration. I noticed that there was corridor which said "transfer to terminals 2/3" (I'm guessing for flight transfers). While ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What games can I play with friends in the confined space of the seating on a long flight? [closed]

Background Imagine 8 people, around 24-26, book a 14 hour flight somewhere for vacation. They are seated in 2 rows of 4 seats in the middle of the plane, so there is no strangers in between any of ...
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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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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 ...