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Is Norway significantly more expensive than other European destinations?

As a budget traveller, i.e. staying in hostels, using public transport, self catering where possible, is Norway significantly more expensive than say Germany or France? If so what's the best way to ...
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What is some useful software for brainstorming/planning long trips?

I'm planning on taking my partner and his family on a trip around the UK next year, and I have a ton of ideas in my head that I want to have written down in some form that makes it easy to edit and ...
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How reliable are hotels' information on their websites?

I want to book a room in a hotel in Germany, But I'm not sure how trustworthy the information on their websites is. Have you ever booked a room in a hotel online? If so, did it come across as ...
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How do I get a permanent legal right to work in the United States? [closed]

I live and work in Russia, and sometimes I find myself wondering about the job opportunities out there in the world. For instance, Fog Creek offers an internship program for young developers. I'd ...
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Swiss mountain peaks in February - suitable weather conditions?

A friend of mine based in India is planning a trip to Switzerland in Feb 2012 He's worried about how severe the winter will be - will it cause the peaks like Mt Jungfrau or Titlis to be closed or ...
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Where is wild camping possible in Europe?

Are there countries in Europe where wild camping with a tent allowed or at least tolerated? How high is the probability that someone will get angry at you or even call the police? Please consider ...
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Travel planning web sites

I am currently planning a 2 month trip through China, and I wanted to know what are the best online options to plan a trip. First off : I am really looking for an alternative to a spreadsheet. ...
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Resources for planning a western United States road trip [closed]

I'm currently planning a road trip through the west of the US. I'm not a fan of buying books to orientate myself on the subject, I'd rather use information available on the web first. I'm looking ...
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Where is this flag from? [closed]

I can't find what flag is between the Netherlands and Germany on this worldmap: http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/albums/album195/adl.jpg It is yellow with a (light) blue cross. There seems to ...
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Compensation for delayed baggage on international United flight

My bag on an international flight with United Airlines was delayed. The bag got delivered at its destination about 36 hours after I arrived. During that time, not only did I not have clothes to change ...
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In the Loire Valley, are there any “arty” caves that can be visited?

The Tuffeau stone that makes up the bulk of the Loire Valley has been used for building for millennia, and this has left behind a lot of caves. It has also left us lots of lovely buildings too - most ...
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Skiing in BC in November - can it be done as a day trip from Vancouver?

It looks like I should be in Vancouver around the start of November, and I may even have a whole day free (plus the odd half day for some sightseeing!). I was thinking that if possible, it might be ...
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Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

I got a B1/B2 visa earlier this year when I traveled to the US for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2013 and I'd love to visit the United States again, but for no other purpose than ...
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1answer
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London clubs with nu-folk local bands

My friend is traveling to London in a week, and she'd be happy to get a glimpse of what London music life is like. She's never been to UK before but is a huge fan of “West London folk scene”, i.e. ...
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Is there a bus from San Francisco to Sonoma?

I had heard that one existed, but I can't seem to find it online. I'll be near Chinatown, but I can take BART to anywhere in the city to catch a bus. A cheap train would also work.
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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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What's the best way to get from Freiburg (Germany) to Hannover (Germany)?

What's the best way to get from Freiburg to Hannover in October? I mean fast, safe and cheap by best. How long does it take, approximately?
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How could I explore the Rock Islands of Palau?

I just learned about the Rock Islands of Palau: image source - wikipedia The islands, between 250 to 300 in number according to different sources, with an aggregate area of 47 km² and a height ...
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1answer
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Motorcycle rentals in Spain, licence restrictions

I'm planning a 3 day motorcycling trip around Seville, Spain. I'm from EU, and have had a full motorcycle licence for less than a year. The rentals I've found on internet so far seem to require that ...
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1answer
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Is there wifi in Astana Airport (Kazakhstan)?

I have several hours stopover there tomorrow night. I'm debating sleeping in the airport or sleeping in a hotel - I can sleep anywhere, but if there's wifi in the airport that would seal the deal for ...
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Can anyone recommend me a good travel book about the area Black Forest in Germany? [closed]

I am going on a holiday the south of Germany for one week. And I am looking for a good book about Black Forest (in English). I like hiking and castles. So, this book should provide me with such ...
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What direct flights connect South America and Africa? [closed]

I'm curious, what airlines offer direct flights between South America and Africa and what cities do they connect?
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Getting from Victoria Falls airport to town

What are my options for getting from Victoria Falls airport into town? All I have seen so far are taxis and pre-booked accommodation transfers.
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Alternate routes Almaty to Novosibirsk

Yikes. Just been to the train station here in Almaty. There are no trains going to Astana or Novosibirsk (I want Novosibirsk but tried Astana as well) for today, tomorrow or the next day - well the ...
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2answers
665 views

Online travel agent leaving and returning with different airlines

I have noticed that with all online travel sites, you have to leave and return on the same airline (or partner) for international trips. Is there a way around this? It seems as though when you try ...
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Talgo train from Almaty to Astana?

Currently in Almaty, was planning on using the answers in Bishkek (or Almaty) to Novosibirsk next week to go to Novosibirsk, but have heard about this 'Talgo train' to Astana. It's meant to be ...
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Differences between China Southern and Cathay Pacific

I am flying to China from Melbourne to Sanya either by Cathay Pacific or China Southern. China Southern will give me a shorter layover, but it might not have the same service. Is there anything ...
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1answer
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Airport transfer in Sanya

I am flying into SYX airport and staying at a nearby beach hotel. What would you recommend is the best way in getting to the hotel? Are cabs reliable there or do I need to arrange for some sort of ...
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1answer
658 views

How long does it take for a US citizen to get a visa to travel to Israel?

I just want to know how far in advance I need to plan these kind of logistics.
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Accommodation search engine that allows setting an approximate price range without a date?

While looking for accommodation for my vacation, I have become rather frustrated with sites like booking.com where you have to set the check-in and check-out dates before you see any prices. ...
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Is it bad to give money to beggars in India?

What is the best policy to adopt with regards to beggars in India? Is it ok to give them money/food? If not, are there any charities to which it would be appropriate to give instead?
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What to show grandparents in Stockholm/Anytown?

Yay, my grandparents have finally decided to visit me. I live in Stockholm, so I've never thought at length about what there actually is to see here. Additionally, I'm limited by walking distance ...
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Is a chest X-ray / report required to enter the UK?

I remember that two years ago, passport holders of non-EU nationalities were required to present a chest X-ray along with accompanying report on arrival at Heathrow airport. (And if you didn't have ...
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Do Australian citizens still get visa-free entry for 360 days in Georgia (the country)?

Australian citizens definitely used to need a visa to enter the Republic of Georgia a few years back. Then last year (2010) I entered by land from Turkey and was given a 360-day stamp at the border ...
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Unplanned backpacking across several European countries

I'm an undergraduate student, and upon graduating from my university a year from now, I want to travel solo across Europe. I want to be on this vacation for a month and a half. The catch is that I ...
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'Easiest' Place to get a Mongolian Visa?

I'm currently in Kyrgyzstan, waiting (like so many others), for a visa - for me it's to Kazakhstan. I'll go to Almaty, then up through to Russia (Novosibirsk), across to Irkutsk and down to Mongolia. ...
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Getting married in Madrid, looking for affordable group housing for friends & family

I'm an American getting married to a Spanish woman in Madrid, Spain. I'd like to find some affordable housing for my guests who will be visiting (friends and family) to try and cut down their costs. ...
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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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Which airlines provide free stopovers?

I have heard that British Airways provides free stopover in London i.e. a flight by British Airways via London costs the same as two separate flights from departure city to London and from London to ...
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Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US?

I'm from Europe where there are a lot of low cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, etc... But these operate mainly in Europe. Then, my question is if there are airlines which provide cheap flights ...
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How can I find short-term private room accommodations in London?

I've lived in London in flats for 4 years - but am travelling at the moment. When I return, I'll need some accommodation for 2-4 weeks - just short term. Hostels are one option, but they're per ...
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Paris on a Tuesday - are the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre the only “big” attractions that are closed?

One that's caught me out before is that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. It looks like the Centre Pompidou is also closed Tuesdays (French - Tuesday=Mardi). However, the Paris Modern Art Museum ...
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Left Luggage facilities at Paris Gare du Nord?

I know that most big railway stations in Europe are civilised, and have left luggage facilities. Before I plan part of my day in Paris around it being available though, I thought it was worth ...
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1answer
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What time is the daily train from Balykchy on Lake Issyk-Kul to Bishkek?

There is a train line from Bishkek to Balykchy, on Lake Issyk-Kul, in Kyrgyzstan. The train leaves Bishkek at 6.40am, and takes around 4 hours. This is slower than minibuses or shared taxis, which I ...
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1answer
538 views

Transit visa in Chinese airports?

I'm hoping to get a flight which requires me to be in China for 28 hours before the connecting flight out. I'm happy to sit in transit if I have to. However, I've read one site that said 12 hours is ...
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Entertaining family stopovers on a driving trip from Pittsburgh, PA, to Chicago, IL

We are planning on driving to Chicago in November. We will be taking a 14 month old toddler, so driving straight through, stopping only for gas and food, is probably not going to be practical. I'm ...
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What is required of an Australian citizen to get a visa for Ukraine?

I am an Australian citizen and I know that for some ex Eastern Bloc countries like Russia and Belarus I need an invitation and other difficulties to obtain a visa. Ukraine looks easier than those but ...
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Does a Singaporean Student Pass visa card need to be surrendered when it expires?

Singaporean Long Term Pass visas (such as Training Employment Pass, Student Pass, etc that allow you to go through automated border control clearance) state that the biometric visa card must be ...
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Which Australian bank/account incurs lowest fees using an ATM card overseas?

As per this question about US banks, I would like to know if any Australian bank offers an account with an ATM card (or Visa/Mastercard debit card) with no or low fees for travellers using them in ...
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What is the most time and cost efficient way to get from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls?

Google Maps estimates the distance at 15 hours driving time, which is probably more than I'd like to spend non-stop at the wheel. What transportation options are available / common? What are the ...

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