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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Any tips for travelling LONG journey with 5 month old [duplicate]

I'm travelling to New Zealand from London on Friday with my little one. Slightly apprehensive! Its two days of travelling. Anyone got any tips for keeping him occupied/sleeping/eating etc... Ive ...
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How to remove airlines/security tag stickers from suitcases?

I travel a lot, for both business and pleasure. 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 trips. I ...
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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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If you go to the pool and find all the sunbeds have towels on and you have nowhere to sit, what do you do?

When I've been staying in a hotels in Spain I often go down to the pool in the morning and find that there are no sunbeds to sit on because people have reserved them with towels. I'm never 100% if a ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

I'm planning a one month trip to India starting from next week, and unfortunately I forgot to book train tickets for a few train trips. I have never bought Tatkal tickets (allowed to purchase 2 days ...
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Carry on bag packing advice [closed]

I was on a flight once that boarded and then we sat for almost 4 hours before we even took off. Even though my bag was stuffed full, all I really had to help pass the time was a bag of M&M's and a ...
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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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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 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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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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How to find out your body weight while travelling?

While on the road you don't have your handy scales at home, and without making an appointment to see a doctor, where else could you find some scales to determine your on-the-road weight? This is ...
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How to carry cologne bottles in hand luggage and prevent losses?

Say I have a cologne bottle of 100 ml that I want to carry in my hand luggage on a plane trip. 100 ml is the limit so it should be fine for the transport regulations (if not, please let me know!). ...
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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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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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How can I avoid or minimize jet lag?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've found it worse when travelling east around the globe. I also tend to stay awake most if not all of the flight, so sleeping time doesn't tend to matter as ...
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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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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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What are the chances of success and the consequences of sneaking into business class?

I've read some people writing that they've seen people be caught sitting in First/Business class when they have economy class tickets. This was for international flights on big planes with several ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer I spent some days in Moscow and St. Petersburg. There I also visited a friend at his home. We were there with its family and traditional they drunk a lot of vodka during the meal. We as ...
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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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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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Hidden city ticketing

At this link about travel hacks what does the author mean by this? Back to back and hidden city ticketing. Sometimes airlines will charge far more for tickets to that do not include a Saturday ...
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Travelling while afflicted with Delhi Belly?

We've got a great existing question on how to avoid Delhi Belly, but what happens if you're afflicted with it but still need to travel? For example, you have a non-changeable travel booking, or your ...
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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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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 any trick to checking in more weight on planes?

I soon have to move from France to Spain, one way no coming back. And as with most of the airlines carriers in Europe I am allowed at 23Kg checked-in and 10Kg on board with me. Packing lifetime stuff ...
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How do I get my 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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Possible ways to find sponsor for world tour / adventure type trip around world

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but... I was wondering what are possible ways to find sponsors for one's world tour or adventurous trip, I have seen sometimes people do ...
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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 to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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How to document travel expenses?

I have found that many travelers write down their expenses while on a trip. I always however found it difficult personally, because there are so many situation in which I do not have enough time to ...
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How to assess whether a restaurant is good on the spot?

You just arrived hungry in a new city and are in a desperate need of finding a good place to eat. And you need to do it without a guidebook or recommendation. There is one restaurant popping after ...