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Are the Schengen “airport transit visa” even checked?

I was reading about Schengen transit visas today, and in an answer I saw that Schengen requires some people to have an airport transit visa. This visa is apparently for entering the international ...
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Single name repeated as first name and last name on Schengen visa

I have only a single name on passport. On visa, my first name is repeated as last name. On visa, it is showing as Karan Karan while on passport it is 'Karan''. Would it pose any problem.
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Where to rent a non-city bike in Amsterdam for a reasonable price?

I'd like to rent a bike while in Amsterdam to do a little trip. Is there a bike rental, which rents decent sport bikes? It seems like most rentals are aimed at renting city bikes, which I do not ...
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Travelling to Himalayan National Park or Nanda Devi Reserve in Monsoon

I will be arriving to New Delhi in 15th August and this is a rainy time in Delhi as well as certain other parts in northern India. Is it safe to travel to any one of these two national parks in the ...
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Resource for local cuisines and specialties across Japan

I'm wondering if there's some website that's like a "Foodie's Guide to Japan", or maybe a "Foodie Wiki" covering the whole world including Japan, etc. I know there are lots of special local dishes ...
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Hiking rucksack with a rollmat hanging out - will it survive as checked in luggage?

I'm expecting to do some travelling soon - this will involve both backpacking (possibly sleeping on a floor or two, maybe some camping) and air travel. I'm thinking of bringing a rollmat. It's too ...
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How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?

A Canadian guy at my hostel here in Bangkok lost his wallet last night so is without cash and cards. He flies back to Canada later today but needs some money to survive on and pay the hostel bill. He ...
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Road Trip planning tool

I want to make a road trip through the USA with two friends. Are there any good tools that help us planning this? Like marking spots on a USA-Map, attach pictures and comments, draw lines from one ...
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How to buy duty free other than at the airport?

Everybody knows you can buy things duty free at airports if you are leaving for or coming from another country. (You can also buy on airplanes and I think I've seen on some international ferries and ...
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Backpacking to East Malaysia, where to start? where to end? [closed]

When travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), what is the recommended starting town? and which town should be the final landing point? I will be flying from KL and going back to KL afterward. ...
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What is the most accurate snow report website?

It's time to ski. But where to go? Where is the snow? What website or resource is most helpful in finding snow stats such as base depth, conditions, and predicted future conditions? I am most ...
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Are taxes included in fuel prices?

I'm planning a road trip through SW USA. One of the decision factors on which car to rent is the estimated fuel cost. I don't mind paying some extra $ for a more luxury ride, but it has to stay within ...
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Is it okay to bring a bottle of champagne on an airplane (as checkin luggage)?

Can you bring a bottle of champagne with you as luggage (not as hand luggage)? Or would the pressure pose a risk and as a result not be allowed?
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How difficult is train travel in Italy?

We will be in Italy (for the first time) this week! :-) Our itinerary is: 17th - 20th Venice 20th - 22nd Florence 22nd - 22nd Pisa (quick view of the Leaning Tower) 22nd - 26th Rome So as you can ...
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Are there other country-based theme parks in Japan besides “Huis ten Bosch”?

During my visit to Japan, I was surprised to find Huis ten Bosch, while on my way to Nagasaki. It is a park where major and historic buildings from the Netherlands are remodelled on a same-size base. ...
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Can I get a cheaper one-way flight by booking and cancelling a flexible return leg for a refund?

I’m looking to book a one-way flight from the UK to a European city. The airline [I don’t think it matters which one specifically; this question is really about the principle] wants to charge around ...
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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 is the emergency phone number in different countries?

I know that the emergency services can be called FREE in the UK by dialing 999 and in the US by dialing 911. What I don't know is the number to call in other countries and if there is a cost ...
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How far in advance to get travel vaccinations?

I will be traveling to Costa Rica and Chile over the next 6-12 months and spending 1-2 months in each country while I am there. I checked the CDC website for Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the ...
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What kind of weather can I expect in Scotland in the Spring?

So my wife and I both have a forced week off in early April. We have enjoyed Scotland over the Summer. We actually surprisingly liked the weather (for us it was alternating between rainy for 15 ...
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Do long-distances buses run overnight in any country in Central America?

I've travelled quite a bit in both Mexico and Central America before but whereas in Mexico I could often take a bus any time in the night and wee hours of the morning, I can't recall ever seeing such ...
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Are all trains/buses within the EU non-smoking? What about smoking on platforms?

No, I'm not a smoker, but some friends coming on a trip with me are, and they want to know what their options are (I suppose some of the 12+ hour journeys we have planned frighten them). Personally, ...
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Connecting time at JFK

We have an International flight leaving JFK at terminal 4 (South African Airways) at 11.40am... and our connecting flight arriving on Delta arriving at 8.55am at Terminal 3 (there are 2 of us ...
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Roadtrip in Southeastern Europe

I´m already planning my next vacation in next May or late August/early September. I´m planning to visit the Southeastern part of Europe. Im especially interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, ...
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Taiwan visa “maximum stay” clarification

Tourist visas to Taiwan have an associated "maximum stay" of 30 days. For those visas, how are the days counted? Does the stay begin on the partial day that the traveler arrives or the first full day ...
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What would happen if you miss the bag drop-off deadline and it's kind of the airline's fault for bad ground service? [closed]

I turned up at the airport today in what I would consider moderate but not great (since the train was late) time: 35 minutes before bag drop-off closed. 75 minutes before departure. To cut a long ...
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Connecting flight through Dubai with an Israeli/Jewish name

I'm planning to travel from the UK to NZ in early 2015. The cheapest flights (Qantas) have a connection via Dubai. I have more than one citizenship, so I can avoid using an Israeli passport (phew), ...
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Can you get on an Amtrak train at a later station?

If I buy an Amtrak ticket from say Pontiac, MI to Chicago, can I get on the train at Detroit (three short stations down) if I happen to be closer to Detroit at departure time?
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Renting a flat in Lille for a few months - options beyond Air BnB?

I'm currently giving serious considering to spending a couple of months living in Lille in northern France, mostly to try to improve my French. I'm planning to be there too long for just a hostel or ...
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Visiting Stonehenge on the way from London to Bristol

I'm planning a weekend trip with a friend from London to Bristol, and we would like to visit Stonehenge on the way. I'm aware of tours to Stonehenge that depart and arrive at the same place in ...
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Is Greek driver's license valid in the US?

I was searching for info about the need of updating my Greek driver's license to international, but I can't get a clear answer about whether it's needed for use in the US. A friend told me that he's ...
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Is a 4x4 essential in Iceland at end of August?

We are making a 4 day trip to Iceland from 24-28 August 2013. We want to rent a car. We heard that the F-roads (for which you would need a 4x4) are normally closed in August. Questions: Are the ...
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Are there well signed walking routes up the Seven Mountains in Bergen?

According to the WikiVoyage page on Bergen, The city center is surrounded by a group of mountains and peaks known as the Seven Mountains. I've read that the most central of the mountains, Mount ...
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Public transit from LAX to Irvine / south Orange County?

Is there a fast/cheap/comfortable way to get from LAX (Los Angeles international airport) to Irvine or south Orange County? For a while this service was provided by the FlyAway bus, but the ...
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Are there companies in China that offer personal tour guide services?

I will be traveling to China by myself and interested in hiring a person to be a personal tour guide for multiple days ...possibly as long as a month. This will be my first trip to China and my grasp ...
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How do Eurolines compare to IDBus for the London ↔ Paris route?

As well as the usual options of Fly, Train (Eurostar), or drive/train + ferry + drive/train, there are now two coach operators running quite a few services between London and Paris. Eurolines have ...
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Does Colombia require proof of onward travel?

I will be flying into Medellín within the next few weeks. I purchased a one-way ticket, as I will be flying to Asunción after I leave Colombia. I'm not 100% sure which city I will be flying out of, ...
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How to order reservations for European trains online (with pass)?

I have a European rail pass, bought in the US, but to go really long distances I still have to order reservations (without ticket). The lines I'm particularly interested in are TGV in France, ICE, and ...
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4 days in Paris

I am leaving on friday for a city trip to Paris, arriving at noon. I am already leaving Paris again at monday evening at 5 o'clock. I really want to see the Louvre, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower ...
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Why is TAM Airlines baggage allowance so much? [closed]

I travel around Europe, and also between Australia and Europe quite a bit and am always frustrated with the low luggage allowance (just 23kg per person normally). I do also travel to Brazil quite a ...
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Are there any boat tours for Lake Baikal?

I am interested in visiting Lake Baikal and exploring the areas around the lake. What is the best way of doing so and which nearby town should I use as my homebase? I'd expect using a boat to go ...
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Can you receive mail at hotels weeks before you arrive?

Do hotels accept mail for guests that haven't arrived yet? Even weeks in advance? I am buying tickets for an event (see this question), but the vendor can only mail tickets to a Japanese address. I ...
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Travel health insurance in Europe that does not require European Health Insurance Card

I was looking for a new travel insurance policy recently for travel within Europe and what I was never aware of is that many insurance policies require you to have an European Health Insurance Card ...
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Is it safe to stay outside the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris?

I'm planning on staying in Paris with my wife for a few days in April. I've found a number of hotels for a reasonable price and with overall good reviews on TripAdvisor. But all of them are located in ...
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Recommendations For a Hotel - Venice, Italy [closed]

I am planning a trip to Venice with a friend and would like to know of a really nice hotel to stay in. About us: We are both in our early 30's, love great food and cocktail bars. We like to spend out ...
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267 views

Driving from US to Central America

Is it possible to drive from the US through Mexico to Central America? What route is recommended, and how long would it take? What safety or immigration/customs concerns would you face?
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Can you suggest cheap ways of traveling? [closed]

I used to book travels via agency all the time and used to stay at resorts and hotels. I had to compromise on few things to be able to do some of my last travels, as they were quite expensive, so I ...
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Check-in when travelling with two different companies

I will soon travel with 2 different companies, is it possible to check in and recieve both boardings in the airport of my first destination (i.e. book seats of both flights and get both boardings as ...
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1answer
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How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in the UK?

I'm trying to book a train journey in the UK for September. We are currently in April and the National Rail website does not allow me to reserve tickets such a long time (5 months) in advance. So ...
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Amsterdam To Rotterdam

I will be going from Amsterdam to Rotterdam this summer, by train, as it seemed the most feasible. Precisely, 20 July. I am not living in Netherlands, so buying the ticket from the office right now is ...

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