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Can US cards be used in countries with chip-and-pin systems?

I'll be visiting the UK in a few weeks, and I understand that the UK credit/debit card system works on a "chip-and-pin" system. As far as I can ascertain via Google, US cards don't have this system on ...
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How to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San?

What are my options to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San Road? And what are the expected prices for this?
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Are there hostel-like accomodation in Krabi-Phuket area?

In general, my girlfriend and me prefer to stay in a hostel than in 5-stars hotel. For this reason, we are a bit worried about the Krabi-Phuket area due all travel blogs we have read talk about big ...
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Using Eurorail to buy a flexible ticket in France?

I am currently travelling around France and having a good time. I have a Eurail pass for eight journeys in France. I have used one of those journey from Paris to Rennes. I was wondering is it ...
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How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?

Next month I'll visit Thailand and (maybe) Malaysia. From 19th july to 20th august muslim countries celebrate the ramadan. When we were in Egypt, we didn't perceive that we were in ramadan, but in ...
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What area should I stay in in Christchurch?

Having stayed in Christchurch a couple of days ago, I checked in at a hotel in the centre of town. Christchurch locals may realise the problem with this - because of the closed red zone, there are ...
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My passport is expiring; can I still travel?

I'm scheduled to travel in the first week of July, and I found out that my passport expires on 03 August 2012. I've got a Canadian passport and UK work permit. Will I be able to travel without a ...
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Where can I find the official school holiday schedule for Japan?

I've been looking for some 20 minutes now and can't find any pertinent information. Where can I find the official school holiday calendar for Japan, 2013?
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Why is there a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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Are the TSA rules legally binding?

A user asked How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces? My question is - are the TSA rules legally binding or not? Whether or not you get charged if ...
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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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Apply for India visa but not effective immediately

As Canadian national applying for a visa for India, I have a problem. I wish to visit in India, but I want to make the application now since I will get very busy in coming months. If I apply now, I ...
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Which trains in France are included in an InterRail card?

I have two questions related to an InterRail in France, I'm planning to have in August. I'm planning to get an InterRail pass for France only, or for France and Benelux as well. Not sure if there ...
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Free Wi-Fi spots in cities and villages in France

Im looking forward to have an interrail in France. Im wondering what are the best free internet wifi spots I can find in several cities in France. Beside the hostels...Starbucks? What about the small ...
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What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?

I'm driving cross country and back this summer, and will be baking in the sun for most of it. So I'm looking for recommendations for gear and/or strategies for harnessing some of it to make ...
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How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces?

I know as a fact that I've gotten liquids larger than 3 ounces through the TSA scanner systems (such as sunscreen). I was scolded one time for bringing a shampoo container, but I was still ultimately ...
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How does the MileagePlus frequent flyer program work?

The Saver Award destinations are quite limited. Do the standard awards allow you to fly between any two cities in the continental U.S.?
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How can I find the maximum permitted mileage (MPM) between two cities?

Apparently the IATA publishes a list of the "maximum permitted mileage" (MPM) between a large set of city pairs. This mileage is referenced in airline fares. For example, in order to get an award ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from the airport to my hotel in Dublin, Ireland?

I'm flying into Dublin early on a sunday morning, and I just wanted to know if I can travel from the airport to the Dun Laoghaire Harbor area without having to use a taxi. Bus? Metro? Any other ...
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Can you register for a “packstation” in Germany if you are traveling through Germany?

In Germany there is a brilliant service called packstation. I envy my German friends for this service where packages can be delivered which you can then collect at any time. Typically they are located ...
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How effective is a valet key at a hotel parking garage?

I'm staying at an upscale hotel in the coming days and will park prior to checking in. I know a valet key should prevent an attendant from opening the glove box or trunk, but the switch to open trunk ...
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Do you have to declare medications that are controlled substances when travelling via plane internationally?

Specifically, Concerta/Ritalin? And if so, how would I go about the process of declaring them? I'm travelling to Norway, by the way, but highly generalizable answers are also helpful.
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How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they *somehow* get access to your confirmation code?

How can you prevent other people from tampering with your flight ticket if they somehow get access to your confirmation code? Of course, keeping the confirmation code secret is the most important ...
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Putting a hold on an airline seat

When we put a hold on an airline seat for a couple of days, it expires after a couple of days. Now, after couple of days, nobody has booked the seat since I was the one holding it and I did not book ...
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Is this Scotland itineary doable or overachieving? [closed]

We would love some feedback from the lovely Scotland experts whether the following itinerary is doable or overachieving. The trip will be in July and we will have a car for the whole trip. Since we ...
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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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What is the northernmost location on the north american continent, reachable by four-wheel drive?

Since my original plan (Driving to Barrow, Alaska) seems impossible without turning the start of my world-trip into a major overland expedition, I'm trying to find out what the most northern location ...
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Using the IndRail pass for a good Indian experience

Site61 tells a lot about the railways in India, and suggests some nice looking trips to do. One can buy an IndRail pass, and could travel around India by train say 15 or 21 days long. Is there anyone ...
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What unusual means of public/share transportation exist around the world?

I wanted to ask about all possible means of transportation, but buses and trains are too obvious, so this question is about those specific only to few cultural regions or a certain place. I am ...
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Walking back down Grouse Mountain, after doing the Grouse Grind?

While I'm in Vancouver next week, I'm (weather permitting) planning to do the Grouse Grind hike up Grouse Mountain. Once up at the top there, I expect I'll do a few of the trails around the top, but ...
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1answer
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How to safely find an holiday apartment for renting in NYC?

We get horror stories about apartment renting in the US in the papers here in Australia periodically. However we're potentially looking to stay in NYC over New Year's with a few friends, so apartment ...
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How busy is New York City on New Year's Eve?

How busy are the streets in New York City on New Year's Eve? I've seen TV shows like How I Met Your Mother show it as one unyielding crush of humanity, but I was wondering whether that is actually ...
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Why did the price of Turkish on-arrival visas for Australians just rise by 200%?

So I've had to get three visas for Turkey in the last couple of years and each time it cost € 15 / $ 20. But a few days ago I met some Australian travellers here in Georgia who just came from ...
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RTW-ticket or self buying on a world trip?

We're planning a 2-person, 10-month world trip. We want to visit at least two continents; South-America (Peru, Ecuador) and Asia (Jordan, Israël but also the southeast, say Laos, Vietnam) The exact ...
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Sporting activities in Goa

Me along with my friends are planning to tour Goa on Sept 29-Oct2. We are really interested in jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing and various such sporting activities. But, we are not aware of such ...
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What are the polite ways to draw attention of a waiter around the world?

I would usually call the waiter by trying to catch his eye or raising my hand eventually. But I suppose there are other customs depending on the region of the world. What are those? Is snapping ones ...
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Cockroaches: What can be done about them?

Personally, I have not encountered cockroaches, but I wish to know how to deal them if I do. Are there any health concerns related to them? Are they in the habit of sneaking into your bed or luggage? ...
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How do I get from Toronto to Boston in less than 12 hours?

I'm looking to get from Toronto to Boston in less than 12 hours. Is the cheapest way to get from Toronto to Boston in that case to fly? What other options are there that take under 12 hours of ...
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Tourism after the Earthquake in Christchurch

I hear that there is still a condemned zone in the heart of Christchurch after their earthquake. How much impact does that have upon tourist-related activities? Does it make it difficult to get ...
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1answer
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Walking tours in Seoul

I'm having a 14 hour overnight stopover in Seoul in early December. I was looking to leave the airport and maybe see some of Seoul. Are there any reputable and good night tours of Seoul, especially ...
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1answer
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How do I get to Cape Canaveral from Orlando?

I'm looking to visit Cape Canaveral in early December, but we'll be based in Orlando. Specifically we're interested in the Kennedy Space Centre. Apparently it's a 50 minute drive. Is renting a car ...
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1answer
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How to avoid polar bear in Antarctica? [closed]

I would like to visit Antarctica, but worry polar bear may chase after me. How to avoid being attacked by polar bear?
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1answer
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How does Disney World work?

We're looking at spending a day at Disney World in early December but the size of the place is mindboggling - I read that it contains four theme parks. Does one ticket cover all four internal theme ...
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Are parachutes allowed on airplanes as cabin baggage?

On the Ryanair website, I came across an FAQ entry on whether parachutes are allowed on planes. (So I presume it must be asked frequently enough to be added to the FAQ page of a major low-cost ...
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Road trip planner online

I'm considering a cross-country (USA) road trip sometime in the near future -- the consideration of it keeps me alive until I can get out on the road... I messed around on Google Maps, but it stopped ...
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What is ticket reconfirmation and why does it exist?

I have never personally had to reconfirm the ticket, but have read that in some case you can lose a place on a flight, even if you paid for it! Where does the idea of ticket reconfirmation comes ...
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Single vs. Multiple entry Schengen visa, for Spain and France?

I am from Egypt and I'm planning a vacation to Spain and France. While filling the visa application, should I choose a single or a multiple entry visa?! If i got a single entry Schengen visa, I still ...
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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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1answer
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How can I check if tour services are reliable?

What steps should I take in order to insure the following service is reliable The Dragon Trip and I can safely get to the starting point and find a group to join (not a scam) ? Does this Sunday ...
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0answers
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Philadelphia to Cape May - Route 55 or Atlantic City Expressway [closed]

I'm going from Philadelphia to Cape May. It seems like the Atlantic City Expressway, then the Garden State Parkway is the way to go. I noticed Route 55 to 47/347 also leads to Cape May, with quicker ...

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