Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

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How safe is traveling from Texas to Mexico by bus?

Given recent violent, drug-war-related crime along the USA/Mexico border, what are the risks of traveling from USA to Texas by intercity bus? Have there been incidents involving international buses in ...
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...
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Withdraw US J1 visa application

When you withdraw a J1 US visa application, is it considered as a refused visa? If not, should I still mention it in my future US visa applications?
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Do I need an US Visa if I have a traffic caution?

I am currently planning a round the world trip and intend to be entering the USA at LAX coming from Fiji. I was involved in an accidental traffic collision in the UK and received a caution for ...
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What's the best way to pay tolls on a cross-country road trip in the US?

I'm driving from Virginia to Washington state later this month. In Virginia, I use an EZ-Pass device that automatically pays my tolls. But I understand that these devices are regional. When driving ...
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European traveler driving a rental car across Canada/US border and back

I'm a citizen of an EU member state traveling to a small city in Vermont. Looking at flight data, it seems that it would be quite a bit quicker to fly into Montreal (Canada) and then drive a rental ...
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Is there something like a matrix car rental search engine?

Today, I was looking for cars to rent in the states. Therefore I had to use several search engines of different companies. A better way would be to use a matrix search engine like the ones used for ...
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Picking up Greyhound bus tickets from a different station than origin

Suppose I wanted to buy my Greyhound tickets on-line. The closest station from my house is not the one I will be departing from though. The question is, can I pick up Greyhound tickets from a ...
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What is the minimum passport expiry period when travelling to USA on an ESTA authorization from a previous visit?

I've heard that when travelling to the USA your passport must not expire within 6 months of travelling. Is this the case if you have a valid ESTA visa waiver program authorization from a previous ...
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Author visiting the USA for vacation under the Visa Waiver Program - Can they write?

I was wondering if an author of ebooks, who is registered as self employed as a freelance writer in the UK, can visit the USA on the Visa Waiver Program and continue to write, if he or she does not ...
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Is a Canadian driver's license acceptable photo ID at an American passport office?

I'm going to the Seattle passport office to replace my lost US passport. The passport application form says I need to bring photo ID. (This is proof of identity for the passport, not security for ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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Can a US physician give a MRI referral that is valid in France?

I am currently in the US and I'll be in France for the summer. Can a physician in the US make a referral that I can use in France? If that matters, I have a French Social Security and the referral ...
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How to travel between Las Vegas and Death Valley by public transportation?

Learning that February is a good time to visit the Death Valley, I decided to pay a visit there with a bunch of friends from LA. The friends are driving from LA to the Death Valley, and I am traveling ...
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Luggage lockers in Reno

I'll have a 4 hour transfer in Reno, Nevada, United States, from bus to train. Amtrak report that the train station has no luggage lockers. Greyhound have no information about the availability of ...
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Traveling to the U.S. after a 10 Year Ban

I am a Canadian citizen, but in 2005 I overstayed my time in the US for about a year and left on my own in June 2005. I tried entering back into the U.S. last year and was informed that I had a 10 ...
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Will it be a problem for a Russian citizen to apply for a US non-immigrant visa in Beijing while illegally employed in China?

I would like to have my Russian girlfriend come visit me in San Francisco on a B-2 visa. She is currently working in Beijing, China as an English teacher. However, she received her employment through ...
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Personal enrichment course for 90 days after 20 days stay under Visa Waiver Program

I just came back from my first journey to the US; I've been there for 20 days. Now I'd like to attend a personal enrichment course in music production that takes 88 days or so to complete. Ideally, I'...
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Knives in Checked Luggage (USA to Venezuela)

If I planned to fly into either Valencia or Caracas, would a small knife or knives (3"-6" blade) cause concern to someone working in the (Venezuelan) airport, if it were in my checked luggage? I've ...
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Exploring Steam Paddler wrecks in the Missisippi river?

I was reading a book when I was a kid about steam paddlers on the Mississippi, and a race between two boats from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. The story happened sometime between 1850 and 1900 as far as ...
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American citizen expat traveling to USA, how can I get liability auto insurance?

I'm an American citizen, but I live in Germany and do not own a car (and thus do not own a car insurance policy). I'm going back to the US over Christmas and want to rent a car, but I don't want to ...
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Work as freelancer while tourist in US [duplicate]

I work as a freelancer in web development in Germany for German customers. I now want to visit my sister as a tourist for 2 months in the US. She's studying there for a year. Am I allowed to continue ...
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In countries with a “Keep right/left unless overtaking” rule: May I keep the left/right lane if driving at speed limit? [closed]

As far as I have read, overtaking over speed limit is always illegal. So do I need to keep in left if I am at speed limit and no one can overtake me legally? It is also less tedious to just stick to ...
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Should I tip in-room dining in US? How and how much?

I will stay in a hotel at Evanston, IL. This is my second trip to US. I don't need to tip anyone in my home country, so the US tipping practice causes me headache. For the first day, I might request ...
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How many passengers allowed in a car in Oklahoma, USA?

I am traveling to Oklahoma state in USA next week. I am driving my SUV but I have 4 friends going with me and one more person will join us in Oklahoma. I am wondering if there is any legal limitation ...
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Duty-free liquids on a connecting flight in the US

I am going to the USA next week and want to bring some bottles of the good stuff as presents for my relatives living over there. My flight was cheap however it requires me to make a stop over. ...
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Should I renew my passport before it expires?

If I plan on taking an international trip early next year (several months from now) but my passport is expiring in a couple months, is there any benefit in renewing it before it expires versus waiting ...
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Does flying east to west generally take longer than west to east in America?

I noticed for a particular round-trip that the portion from the east coast to the west was scheduled to take over an hour longer than the return trip. I initially thought this was a mistake due to ...
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Renting a car in Chicago with California license on a tourist visa

I'll be visiting Chicago next week as a tourist, and I'll enter the United States with the standard tourist visa. I am a French resident. Three years ago, I lived in California as a student on a F-1 ...
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What are my (unreserved) accommodation options when doing a road trip in the US with (small) children?

I see a lot of interesting fly-drive offers to different regions in the US. They all look very tempting. I would love to do such a road trip. The question is always, where are you going to stay with ...
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How important is the 'admitted until' date stamped on my passport while entering the US

I have traveled to the US 3 times now within the past year, on the 2 previous trips, CPB stamped my passport for entry up to 6 months for which I stayed only 2 weeks each. On my 3rd trip in February, ...
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Will US boyfriend have issue visiting me in UK for 3 months?

My partner is planning to visit me for 3 months from August this year. I previously visited him in the US for 10 weeks from Dec to Feb with no issues with border staff. My partner is a US citizen and ...
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Carrying confidential corporate data into US on laptop/Drive/device - how to prevent data theft?

If I travel to the US and had privacy concerns (for instance may be I was afraid that a rogue customs official may steal said data) what is the current recommended best practice to avoid this?
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Flying with someone else's children

I am looking to take two of my nephews (12 and 10) on their first flight. The flight will be about 1 hour long and will stay within the state. Do I need some kind of written consent from their ...
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Is it legal to import software from the US to India, which is presently not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available from Jan 27th on amazon.com so that we can pre-order it....
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How do I cross US-Canada border while my (US) passport is being renewed?

I'm getting ready to renew my US passport for the first time. Since I got this passport the ID requirements at the US-Canada border have gotten stricter, so I've been using my passport when driving ...
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Are there any good guides for what to take on a bicycle trek on the Pacific coast (Seattle to San Francisco)?

I'll be cycling through relatively lonely areas for a few weeks (towns every 40 miles or so). I'm looking for a good guide on what gear to pack. It's the Pacific coast trail from Seattle to San ...
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Is it customary to tip at a buffet?

I know for most restaurants here in the US that tipping is an integral part of each meal to show appreciation for the waiter (as long as they did a great job). For buffets however, especially all-you-...
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Flying stand by from US to Europe — is it still worth it, and if so, how to do it?

The title summarizes my question pretty well. Basically, I'm looking for a cheap way to fly from California to Europe (Germany, preferably). Since I have to fly this route several times a year, and I'...
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Multiple US Visas

I have travelled to the US on B1/B2 visa and later on an F-1 visa. Due to a personal emergency I had to leave midway in the program while I was on an F-1 visa. But I'd informed the graduate office, my ...
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Traveling to Yosemite: Self-drive roadtrip vs group tour

Travel.SE, this is my first time being here, I am gonna go to Yosemite late this May with my mom. Based on the current knowledge of traveling to Yosemite based on Google, either I would rent a car ...
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Is nudity as common at the Australian Burning Man as at the original US Burning Man?

It's pretty well known that the original Burning Man event held annually in is about as free and "do your thing" as possible, to the point that numerous people are always wandering around naked. But ...
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Do United States green card holders need a visa to re-enter the US from Iran?

I am a US citizen but my wife is an Iranian citizen with US permanent resident status, which she obtained through our marriage. We were planning to travel to Iran to visit my in-laws. However, we are ...
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Is a naturalization certificate required as well as a valid passport for reentry into the United States from the Philippines

I am a naturalized US citizen with a valid passport and I've heard rumors that trying to reenter the United States from the Philippines requires a naturalization certificate as well as the valid ...
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Is the use of APC Kiosks quicker than the paper method

In a week I'll be traveling from Europe to Santiago de Chile via Atlanta-Hartsfield (ATL). Does anyone have experience with the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at ATL? I have a relatively ...
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United Airlines' online check-in procedure : “stay” or “transit” for one night?

I have booked flights which involve me transiting through the USA (Newark) en route to Costa Rica. My itinerary includes an overnight stay in New York; I'll be spending the night with relatives. I ...
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Book a return flight a year in advance

Is it possible to buy an airline ticket that has me returning to my country after a year being abroad? I can't seem to book a flight that far in advance online.
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Which countries count for the 90-day limit in the US Visa Waiver Program?

What are all the ineligible countries that do not restart the 90-day Visa Waiver into the USA?
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Where can I buy US prepaid credit card outside US?

I am thinking about going to the US and to reduce the amount of cash I carry, I plan to use a prepaid credit card for as many transactions as possible (i.e. gas, store purchases, etc.) I have a few ...
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US Tourism Visa. What questions will they ask me?

My situation: I'm a British citizen, living and working in England. I run my own small limited company which I'm very much committed to keeping. My boyfriend is American and has moved back to live in ...