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Are there any issues with using credit cards in Germany?

On my last trip to Germany my credit cards (chip-based Visa and MasterCard) were declined more than usual. I've been there like 10 times and haven't noticed this before but on this trip train ticket ...
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Are cruises' Shore Excursions worth the money?

We recently embarked on a 12-night cruise (my first) and noticed the exorbitant prices for the shore excursions at every port. My question is - Are these really worthwhile, given that they relieve all ...
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Can I live on an unoccupied island?

Suppose that I am going to unoccupied island in Oceania, the Carribean, or somewhere else. Suppose I find an island where nobody is there, and nobody knows about it. If I invade it like a pirate ...
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Are there any women-only places in the world?

It looks like reports of a women-only city in Saudi Arabia are greatly exaggerated. But are there any other places in the world where the population is entirely or almost entirely female? The place ...
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Accidentally travelling with a large amount of cash - epic fail!

With just under a week to go until I head for Europe I made an epic faux pas. Instead of ordering a Visa debit card with 1500 Euro added to it, I have ended up with 1500 Euro in cash. I cannot take ...
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Can anyone recommend a good trekking tour for Machu Picchu?

I'm planning on heading to Peru to visit Machu Picchu next year. I heard there are some amazing and beautiful "long way around" treks that take you up and around to Machu Picchu the long way through ...
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Where are these old Yugoslavian monuments?

I came across a list of old Yugoslavian monuments that look quite interesting. Actually, I already saw the one in Podgarić and it was really impressive. Now I wanted to locate the rest of them, but ...
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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?

Why would a hostel I book through HostelWorld want my credit card's security code (on the back)? Are they going to use this to charge their own deposit and essentially mess around with bookings ...
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Can I pass through the airport security with a de-activated Bazooka?

My flight is from Washington, D.C. (IAD) to London Heathrow , with British Airways. Important Details The Bazooka will be bought legally from a shop in Maryland British Airways' website explains in ...
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Suitcases: hard or soft? Canvas, polycarbonate or something else?

So I'm in the market for a suitcase. And let's start by making it clear that I do need a suitcase: point to point trip on a plane to a cold weather destination with lots of baby stuff, souvenirs and ...
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How can I get an 'invitation' to Russia?

I understand that in order to get a visa to visit Russia you need an invitation before you can get a visa. If you don't have family or friends that you are visiting and you aren't part of an ...
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Can Schengen resident permit holders use the “EU” line at passport control?

When I was transferring this morning at Schipol, the staff directed non-EU citizens with Schengen area residence permits to the "EU" line at passport control. Is this always allowed for people with ...
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What is the purpose of the odd sticker in a new British passport?

I have just renewed my British passport, and it contains a very strange sticker. I made a photo of it... It says "Please remove this label". By feeling and pressing the sticker I do not detect ...
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How much cash can you carry on a flight within the European Union?

Is there any specific limit of money you can carry on cash while flying from one European Union country to another?
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Declaring illegal substances at customs - what would happen?

I've always wondered this. Occasionally I declare medicines, or wood carvings or whatever when going through customs. The point of asking you to declare these things is so that they can inspect and ...
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Is there an equivalent to “The Man in Seat Sixty-One” for bus travel?

Whenever I want to learn about train travel for a specific country of region I first go to the site The Man in seat sixty-one. It lists the major routes, railway companies and describes rolling stock ...
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Receive packages from Amazon.de while in Germany for 3 weeks (Tourist)

I'm going to Germany for 3 weeks in December. While I'm there I'd like to order a few things off Amazon.de and have them delivered at the place I'm staying in (it's a paid apartment and the owners are ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

Even us chocolate lovers don't know much about where chocolate comes from. It comes from a plant. Can tourists help out where it is grown anywhere? Apparently most cacao/cocoa comes from Ivory Coast ...
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An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders

I like to make up my own interesting international routes on my longer trips rather than always following conventional routes. But often it's tricky to plan a route in lesser-known parts of the world ...
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Is there a feasible way to combine hitchhiking and couch surfing?

On my previous trip I tried hitchhiking for the first time and became addicted so this year I'm spending six to twelve months traveling in East Asia and Eastern Europe. I also tried couch surfing for ...
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Are there any flight price search engines with baggage allowance included?

I am looking for a flight search engine that includes a luggage calculator in the price. I recently booked a trip and had the choice between two carriers at the time, and not feeling very stupid I ...
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What is the most expensive train ride in India?

Considering a lot of people use trains in India, train tickets tend to be cheap, depending on class of travel, of course. What I am interested in is finding out which train ride or which route (since ...
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Freight travel in the Caribbean - Can it be done? Is it cost-effective?

When I began to research travel by freight boat, I was hoping it would be a cheap alternative to air travel, but it turns out you can expect to pay US$80-140 per day and voyages are often five days or ...
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Travel options from London to Edinburgh

I plan to travel from London to Edinburgh this November and want to know the fastest option to travel from London to Edinburgh
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Is it possible to travel around the world using JUST Low-cost carriers?

Is it possible to visit all six non-Antarctica continents, just flying, using only Low Cost Carriers?
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Can I take my bicycle into all German trains?

I want to take a train with my bicycle from somewhere in Germany to Switzerland. Concerning this, I have a couple of question that all go to the same direction: Can I take my bike in every train? Or ...
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Is there a resource with the average load factor on a specific flight?

I almost always seem to be traveling on full flights. So almost never have the luxury to be able to change seats or even rows. Is there any way to find out beforehand if a specific flight is on ...
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Visiting Iguazu waterfalls on both sides

One can visit the Iguazu Falls on two sides: the Brazilian and the Argentinian side. We stay at a hotel in Argentina (Puerto Iguazu), visited the Argentinian side and would like to visit the ...
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Getting to the sea from Oxford

I live in Oxford, UK, which is a lovely place, but I do wish it was a bit closer to the sea. What's the best way to get to a beach, starting from here? I sometimes have access to a car, so driving ...
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How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?

Twice this week I stumbled upon an article mentioning phenemenons visible with the naked eye if no artificial light is near by. The first was a series of meteorites, the second a photo experiment on ...
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Can you be legally bumped or taken off a flight AFTER boarding?

Can you be legally bumped or taken off a flight after you have boarded and been seated on the plane? This happened to me seconds before departure because a passenger with 'Summit' status showed up. ...
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Where's the cheapest place in the world for a beginner to learn diving?

Would it mostly be in Southeast Asia? Or somewhere else? In response to this Q being "put on hold" for being too broad, let me add the following: Include only cost of equipment rental and lessons. ...
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Are Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras Permitted in the Empire State Building?

I'm currently planning a trip to New York and have been looking at the website for the empire state building and noticed the following The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State ...
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To how much radiation are you exposed on a transcontinental flight?

You often hear people object to being scanned because of the "radiation" argument. I find this always quite amusing from people just being exposed to higher radiation levels during the average ...
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What's the deepest underwater tour available?

Clearly scuba can only get you so far, and while we've discussed submarine tours in the past, they are just jaunts. What's the deepest you can actually go as a tourist, and what about if you were ...
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Itineraries in South Africa (+/- 2 Weeks) [closed]

I plan to travel to South-Africa at the end of this year (last week of December, first week of January). Now I would like to have some advice on some possible itineraries. The trip will take about two ...
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How to get from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport into Helsinki city centre?

How to get from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport into Helsinki city centre quickly and without paying too much for it? Bonus question: how about if the flight arrives in the wee hours (say, at 03:00 am)?
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Can a person fly to the Moon as a tourist?

I don't want to really fly there, it would take too long and probably would be prohibitively expensive for me. But nevertheless I am really wondering if it is already possible, and if so, how ...
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When travelling from London to northern Sweden by train, is it possible to have a day of free sightseeing at anywhere other than Copenhagen?

Whilst taking the train from London to Östersund (northern Sweden), which I do quite frequently, I usually plan it so that I get a free day in Copenhagen. It looks like this: London -> Brussels -> ...
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References for tipping etiquette in different countries? [closed]

Where can I find information about tipping etiquette in different countries? I'm hoping for a comprehensive database so I don't have to ask about the countries one by one here.
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Are there any ferries from Europe to Egypt?

Are there any ferries to Egypt from Italy, Turkey, Greece or any country from south Europe?
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How correct is my intuition that tap water is safer in the mountains than in cities?

I'm in Colombia, and recently visited lake Neusa - highly recommended, by the way! The advice on drinking tap water in Colombia seems to be generally, big city/tourist hub = fine, otherwise avoid. ...
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How to become an instant Bollywood actor while traveling through Mumbai?

I recently saw a film called Bollywood Hero. The film is about a Dutch guy having a role in a Bollywood movie as a colonial figure, while doing this he is tormented with this Travel.se question. I ...
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What first aid material and medicines are absolutely essential when traveling?

When you arrive into a new place / city country / etc. it can be difficult to find some essential goods. Everything is new. First aid material and medicines are sometimes forgotten when planning a ...
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What happens if you get malaria?

This may be more of a health question than a travel question, but it definitely applies to travelers to many parts of the world. If someone gets malaria (either through not taking preventative pills ...
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Are there any tour group comparison websites?

After having good experiences with the various websites for comparing flight prices (Expedia, Orbitz, etc), I was wondering whether there's anything similar for tours that compares times, prices, ...
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What are good design galleries and museums to see in Stockholm?

I have just arrived at Stockholm and I'm eager to see galleries and exhibitions of Swedish design. Apart from the National Gallery, what are good places to start with? I'm interested in graphical ...
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How to choose a good travel insurance policy?

When looking for travel insurance, there is a dizzying array of companies, policies, plans, restrictions, and conditions. What should a short-term traveler look for in an insurance plan? What things ...
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Public shower options in Munich?

Now that I've made sure that sleeping in a parked car is legal in Munich, I need to find a place to shower during our stay. Is it possible to take a shower somewhere in Munich for less than 10EUR? ...
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Can I converse with Japanese travellers on the Shinkansen or is it rude?

I'm planning to travel from Osaka to Tokyo and back, and since the ride will be long, I think it's the perfect time to make friends. However, I'm unsure how the Japanese see this kind of behaviour - ...

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