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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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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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Stuck without toilet paper while travelling - what is the best approach?

Well, this has happened to everyone at some point - you find out there is no toilet paper just after you need it the most. Usually it's not a big deal, even in public toilet room you can wait until ...
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How to deal with a fear of driving?

I've just graduated college and landed a job in the US that will eventually involve me driving long distances to meet with clients. These trips will likely involve three hours of driving on highways ...
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How to improve the chances of getting a free ticket from a “Blue Girl” at the Bayreuth Festival?

Later this year (in August) the world's prominent classical music lovers will converge in a sleepy little Bavarian town for the annual Bayreuth Festival. Source: By Rico Neitzel - http://www.rizi-...
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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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Changing unusual foreign currencies in London

I've just returned from several unusual countries in Asia, and annoyingly despite being told I'd have no problem, I'm unable to find anyone in London to change back to pounds. I've tried Travelex in ...
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Where can I try Andean specialties in Lima?

I'll be in the Peruvian capital soon (Surco neighbourhood to be exact) but won't have time to go to the mountains. From what I understand, cuy (guinea pig) is an Andean and not a coastal specialty, so ...
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Is there a resource about panoramic views at take-off/landing?

One of the things I love about flying is the aerial view, especially so when you are at low altitude, i.e. around take-off and landing. For my "home-" airport I know exactly which side of the plane ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Ok, I know we're all adults here, but this is something that happens inevitably in most family trips I believe; it's occurred in our own family trips. You're driving on the road to your destination. ...
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Does the bus Monte Amiata Scalo → Montalcino stop at Castelnuovo dell'Abate?

I'm planning to stay some days at Siena. I would like to explore a little bit the area around this city using the public transportation system. I've noticed a bus from the Tiemme SpA company going ...
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Where can I change my clothes at the airport?

I will have a rather formal event which I will attend in rather formal (and less comfortable) clothing. After that I will head directly to the airport, without having an opportunity to change. If I ...
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Is it safe for a girl to travel alone to Turkey? [closed]

According to the news, international and local media there are not only terrorist attacks being happened in Turkey but also there are some sectarian clashes, as well as there are Human traffickers ...
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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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Luggage transfer between unrelated airlines

I think it's better if I tell a short example: I plan on going from country A to country B, and I find out that it is cheaper if I pass by country X. However, the flights from A to X and then from X ...
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Can you buy a longer ViaRail train ticket, but hop off with your stuff early?

So if you look at the deals for train tickets from Vancouver, there are about 3 trains a week heading east. They head through Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and onwards. Now, for example, the ...
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Time Zone 6 hours ahead and taking medications [duplicate]

How should I schedule my Throid medication when traveling to Amsterdam, 6 hours ahead for 6 days
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Is it different reading on a phone or reading from a screen in a moving vehicle? [closed]

I always had the feeling that everybody knew, that when you're in a bus or some moving vehicle, reading from a screen (phone, etc.) made you sick, that while reading from something static (a book or a ...
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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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Tips for visiting Disneyland Paris

When you visit your local amusement park, you're often aware of how to get the best deal (cheapest visit). Living in Denmark, going to Lego Land we always seem to know where you either get free ...
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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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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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Are there any Squat houses in Paris?

I will be in Paris soon and I am interested in finding squat houses due to their cultural offer. Here where I live (Madrid, Spain) there are squat houses where talks, conferences or concerts are held ...
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Urgent help needed with stolen visa

I'm having a vacation in Paris with my girlfriend. She is a Russian exchange student but studying/living until September in Germany. Unfortunately, her bag including the German visa got stolen. Our ...
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OK, we are all adults here, so what is a bidet for and how do I use it?

Confession time: I am from one of these barbaric countries where the use of the bidet is not widespread. So I have no idea... Question 1: What is the bidet good for? Question 2: How do I use it? ...
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How do you use a traditional hot-air hand dryer so your hands are actually dry afterwards? [closed]

In many locations around the world, you can see dryers like this1: These dryers are being phased out in favor of air-jet dryers that involve inserting your hand in an opening. However, many ...
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What does the 10 digit code on luggage tags represent?

I have observed that baggage tags for commercial carriers have a 10 digit code on the bottom which appears to be a part of a universal baggage handling argot, see this picture... The number ...
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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 to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

I have recently taken a London - San Francisco (12 hour) flight, with a toddler in the seat directly behind me. His parents actively encouraged the kid to speak out in that typical proto-speech, while ...
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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 find details on the level of difficulty of ATV/4x4 trails in Ontario, Canada?

Motivated by videos such as 1, 2, 3, my grandparents desire to rent a SUV with all-wheel-drive (ATVs appear too risky to them) to explore such trails situated in the wilderness. Ontario Trails ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Website showing cheap flight offers for Germany

I am looking for some source (fb, twitter, website etc) where is posted from time to time cheap offers of flights (mostly interested from Germany). For example there is a cool fb page called "mleczne ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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?
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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 off"...
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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 ...