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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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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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Can I buy transportation tickets in advance for Germany [on hold]

Are there ways for me to buy transportation tickets here from Brazil, maybe put them on my smartphone for example. Do they work for Android and IOS? What else could I do using my smartphone to easy ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Switzerland travel plan [closed]

I need some guidance on my travel plans. I have booked my return tickets from London to Geneva for August bank holiday. I'll have 3 complete days to visit place/places. After I booked, I realized ...
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Traveling from Chicago to Houghton/Hancock?

I am reaching Chicago O'Hare airport around 8:00AM Monday after an arduous 15hr flight and am carrying two 23 kg bags. I further need to go to Houghton/Hancock whichever is convenient. I checked ...
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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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What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?

I'm running low on blank passport pages which are sometimes needed for full page visas such as those issued by Armenia, India, and Vietnam. When I crossed the border into Turkey the other day I got ...
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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 ...
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Berlin to Göttingen by train - which Berlin station to use?

I am trying to find the station from which I should take a train from Berlin to Göttingen. A similar question does not answer my question. Now from Bahn Website, I found that from Tegel airport there ...
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How to avoid claustrophobia on a plane?

I am severely claustrophobic and tomorrow I have a middle seat on a plane. I need some tips on how to handle it?
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How to make change (to get coins from a banknote) in Italy?

So I arrived with my rental in Verona and it turns out that you need coins to pay for parking. What is the best way to exchange bills to coins? At 1€ an hour 14 hours a day I need a bunch - not just ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How to get from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross, London?

My wife and I will be arriving in London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and are staying at a hotel near King's Cross station. So, we were wondering what the best (which means fastest but also easiest when ...
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Air travel with a stoma (ileostomy or colostomy)

A stoma is a surgically inserted hole in your stomach through which urine and faeces can exit your body. It's part of the operation where your bladder or colon gets removed. There are approximately ...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in Europe?

I have been flying with Wizzair, Ryanair and Easyjet for some time already and have found that there is really a lot to be learned about how to achieve the lowest prices. It was not uncommon for me to ...
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How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?

I've heard that taxis will frequently scam foreigners by overcharging. How can I reduce the chance of this happening?
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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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Tour: SanFrancisco, LA, SanDiego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon -> insider sights [closed]

In this summer my girlfriend and me will be on vacation for three weeks in the USA / California. We want to make a round trip and already booked a flight to SanFrancisco. From there we plan to rent a ...
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Can a rip on a suitcase be repaired with iron-on patches?

While packing, I noticed a small tear (around 5cm) on the side of my suitcase. It's only in the outer lining, but I'm worried it could grow during (mis)handling. Getting a new one at this point would ...
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How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?

My wife and I are going on holiday to a resort. While the resort markets the room as having a double bed, in reality it is two twin size beds pushed together with a narrow gap down the middle where ...
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Practical food to take on flight without anything served?

It seems that my local airline had really cut down on feeding passengers lately. Last time they only had food for sale (despite flight booking mentioning a meal). And what little they had sold out ...
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Travelling with hiking poles as checked-in luggage

I'll be going on a hiking trip soon. The backpack is small and I'm going to keep it with me as a carry on. The hiking poles telescope down, but still stick out of the bag. Plus I've read hiking poles ...
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How to protect an expensive backpack in airplane hold? [duplicate]

Last year I bought a nice osprey backpack and I stupidly (after removing loose straps) put the bag through check in without wrapping it up in cling film or whatever. and it got a bit damaged by way of ...
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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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Best way to make my ears pop?

What is the best way to make my ears pop when landing on a plane? The hold-your-nose-and-pitch method is very painful; are there any other methods to pop ears?