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

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Full listing of rental car category

Is there a table or list of mapping between specific car models and the vehicle category of car rental companies? Some categories might be obvious but e.g. FSAR at Hertz are not. I and a group of ...
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Is it worth booking Amtrak in advance?

Do Amtrak prices vary depending on how far in advance you book them, or are they the same price up until the day of travel?
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Insurance and car rental in US

I'm going to rent a car in California for a week soon and was wondering whether to purchase insurance along with the rental. Some sources, eg Rental Car Insurance – should I purchase it? What ...
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How to tip in the United States?

Tipping customs in the United States can be surprising for people who travel there for the first time. It happened to me when I used a shuttle van service out of LAX a few years ago. To sum up the ...
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How can I find free camping locations in the U.S.?

While the weather is warm, I'm interested in saving some money on lodging by camping while I'm road-tripping across the U.S. Many state-parks offer very cheap (often < $10) camp sites, but I'm ...
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Is a suitable power adapter for UK also usable for Canada and USA?

I have a power adapter that works for Great Britain. Can I use the same adapter in Canada and/or the USA too?
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Visa requirements - quick trip to Canada during a business trip to the USA

I am heading to Seattle for a conference - entering the country using the Visa Waiver Program. I would like to make a quick trip - probably one day or two at the most - to Vancouver and then come back ...
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I am an Australian wanting to travel to Los Angeles for 3 months then south America for a couple of weeks before returning

If I leave to go to south America for say two weeks can I then return to America with a new tourist visa and a fresh 90 days?
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Most cost effective way to travel with two cats from NY to CA

I've looked into pet transport companies, car rentals and bringing the cat carriers onto a flight as extra carry on luggage. All of those options will cost well over 1000 USD, the flight option being ...
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Is it possible to get out from the L.A airport during a connection?

I'll have to wait for 4 hours at the LAX airport in a flight from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro. I'm not a U.S citizen (have business visa, though), so I would like to know if it is allowed to leave the ...
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Arriving in the US on a waiver visa but wanting to stay in Canada for one year

I have been granted a working visa (IEC) for Canada and it is valid for one year upon entry. I want to travel to San Fran first and travel up the West coast and enter Canada via train. I have been ...
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Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?

I will be a visiting scholar at a US university for 3 months. I have to leave the country twice to speak at conferences. I will not be returning home;only attending these conferences and returning to ...
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Why is car rental in the US so much cheaper when booking from outside the US?

I'm going on a road trip from San Francisco to New York in a month and I was checking several car rental companies. The big bang brands (Hertz, Europcar, Avis...) were all very expensive, about $2000 ...
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My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or before travel?

My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or should I do it before I travel?
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Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?

I was browsing the local Craigslist Rideshare section, looking for someone to tag along on an upcoming road trip when I came across this post: I am a nudist that will be travelling, in the buff, ...
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Is it possible to drive to Hawaii?

I know there aren't any roads across the Pacific, obviously. But is there any possible way to drive a car to Hawaii? Let's say you were attempting to drive to all 50 states in the U.S., is there a ...
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Is there an aircraft hostel in Canada or USA?

Today we talked about hostels in funny locations, e.g. old prisons. Since I'm going to Canada and USA very soon, I would really like to spend some nights in an old aircraft that is now a hostel. Is ...
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Car rental with no credit history

I do not have a credit card I'm under 25 but older than 21 I do not have a credit history I'm traveling to LGB airport and want to rent a car. They say there's no way to do that without a major ...
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Is there a website that allows me to filter on number of rooms in a suite?

My wife and I will be travelling through the US and Canada with my mother-in-law at the end of the year. I'm finding that almost all hotels, when they offer a "two double bed" or "two queen bed" ...
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Is it possible to book an hotel being a minor?

I've been in Morocco nearly a month, and it will soon be time for my return. During my stay here, checking into hotel rooms hasn't been an issue, but businesses aren't nearly as lenient about that ...
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Travelling with computers in the US

Last time I went to the US I travelled with a laptop and spent a lot of time taking it out at airport checks and removing the battery from it. This time I may be travelling with an iPad - do they ...
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Renting a car in Canada and drop it off in USA

I already asked a very similar questions here. But this time I'm looking for a car for two weeks (end of August until first week of September). I want to pick it up in Montreal and give it back in ...
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How busy is the Boston to New York Amtrak?

One of the answers to How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules? made me wonder how busy the Boston to New York train gets at the various points of day? Also, what is busier: weekdays versus ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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Do some US airlines now charge for ANY checked baggage?

I've heard that some/most US airlines charge for any checked luggage, even the first piece. Is that the case? Are there any that don't? What kind of charges would I expect per piece if that is the ...
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Is it easy to get prepaid SIMs in the US/Canada?

I'll be travelling in a family party to the east coast of the US and Canada and, as most people know, travelling in a party means you often need to keep in contact when seeing different things and ...
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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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Where should I look for cheap renting cars in USA?

I would like to rent a car in the USA from beginning of September for approximately 1 week. I would like to rent it in Niagara and give it back in New York. Where should i look for cheap ...
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What kind of passport do I need when entering the USA?

I heard that you need a biometric passport if you want to enter USA. However, my friend has a biometric passport, but no fingerprints in it. Is this enough? And how long has the passport to be valid? ...
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What do hotels (in the US) do to control and erradicate bed bugs? How good are they?

Related to this question. I've moved into a telecommuting position that requires me to travel to the worksite once or twice a month and stay in a hotel. One of the things I'm paranoid about is staying ...
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Where should I carry food when crossing national borders — checked luggage or carry-on?

According to this USDA document I'm allowed to bring certain foods (for personal use) into the US from other countries but I have to declare them. For dried fruits it says "INSPECT AND RELEASE". ...
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Getting to Barrow, Alaska overland

I would like to drive to Barrow, Alaska. Mainly because it is the northernmost inhabited place still on the north American continent. However, I understand there are no regular roads going to the ...
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Price-hacking a one-way flight? [duplicate]

I will be travelling to the USA in a month (by plane) but have found one-way flights are more expensive than return. Is there a good way to deal with this? So I can book the cheapest flight possible, ...
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Minimising data costs (non-roaming) for travellers in the US and Canada?

A former colleague will be visiting Canada and the US in a few weeks and would like data and no roaming charges. My understanding is that he'd probably pick up a sim card and go prepay. For a ...
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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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Arriving in the US from a non Visa Waiver country

Visa Waiver program means that citizens of certain countries can come to the United States without the need for a visa. Germany is on this list. Poland is not. A friend of mine has both Polish and ...
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Should I take the “scenic route” from Indianapolis to Washington DC?

I'm going to USA on a business/pleasure travel for 1 week in mid-September, and booked open-jaw flight to Indianapolis and then flying home from Washington DC. Since this is would be my first time in ...
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Can I fly domestically within the US as a Canadian citizen?

I am a Canadian citizen, and will be entering the US by train. I then plan on taking two flights within the US, and going back to Canada by train. This is a bit unusual, in that people usually fly to ...
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What is the import/export tariff cost from Poland to USA and from USA to Poland?

I plan on buying shoes and clothes with the intention of transporting them to USA. I am wondering how much tax I will have to pay to transfer these products? If my shoes are not in the boxes and ...
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Affordable way to visit USA from UK?

I am based in the UK (London) but would love to spend more time in the USA after spending three weeks there on my honeymoon last year. I am even vaguely thinking about trying to visit all 50 states ...
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Amtrak “large sharp objects” restriction: Are small knives included?

The Amtrak list of prohibited items includes the following: Large sharp objects such as axes, ice picks and swords Does this include small knives (such as a Victorinox SwissChamp, with a ...
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Driving license in California

I am relocating to California from New Jersey and will be there for around 7 months. Do I have to surrender my NJ driving license and get a new one in CA?
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Reclaiming tax from US purchases

I'm traveling in the US (originally from Australia) and buying a few things like shoes etc and a friend said I might be able to claim the tax back on my purchases. Does anyone know if this is right ...
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AT & T Go phone

I will be spending two months in Belgium and will be calling USA regularly. Where and what kind of a phone/prepaid plan I should buy. I bought an AT&T (unlocked) go phone and was wondering if I ...
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US and Canada Border Crossing and Computer Privacy: What do I need to know?

I've read stories about border officials searching laptops when crossing the border in one direction or the other. Does this really happen, typically speaking? As a US citizen, can I be forced to ...
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What are the prices of coffee in Poland compared to USA

I live in USA but I'm traveling to Poland for the summer. I am wondering what are the prices in USD of coffee in Poland.
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How to buy U.S. national park pass

I've read that you can buy a pass valid in almost every National Park for $80, called 'America the Beautiful'. Some sources state that you have to buy regular entrance tickets and keep every single ...
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How do I negotiate a lower price at a hotel?

When living and traveling in Mexico, I became quite accustomed to asking for discounts in many situations: At the market, at the car wash, and at hotels. I was usually successful in getting a lower ...
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Non-biological laundry detergent available in the US?

I'm from the UK, visiting the US for a few months. I am allergic to biological laundry detergents. I can't seem to find any non-biological detergent available. Is it sold under a different term in the ...
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How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License in California?

How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License (in English) in California? I have tried to research this one, but there's conflicting information on the Internet. Some say 1 month, some say 3 ...