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Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?

OK I know Iraq is utterly totally off the vast majority of people's itineraries for the immediate future. But I am pretty sure I have heard of some extreme adventurous types going there and following ...
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In which cultural regions is taking pictures of people considered offensive?

I have the impression that in Muslim countries taking pictures of people is often not welcome. On the other hand there are other countries where people really enjoy it (and also sometimes expect some ...
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Is it OK to take a disposable safety razor on a plane?

I'm travelling soon with cabin luggage only and I was wondering if I can take a disposable safety razor with me? This page says it's OK, but it also says it's OK to take small scissors and I've ...
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Do infants need their own seats on long flights?

What is the best way to approach a long (8+ hours) flight with a young child (1-2 years old)? It seems I am not required to purchase a seat for a child under two years of age which would save some ...
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Where to get London rail maps in hardcopy

Is there somewhere in London one can go to acquire a hardcopy of a rail system map such as TfL's London's Rail and Tube services map? The PDF file looks like it's designed to be printed on large-...
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Why do people scan their Intercity / Sprinter tickets twice (on entry and exit) in Amsterdam?

I notice that people seem to scan their tickets twice, on entry and exit, on the NS system (Intercity / Sprinter) in Amsterdam. Since the officials scan your ticket on the train, what's the purpose of ...
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Is it recommended to get vaccinations before visiting India?

I'll be travelling to India soon. I'm not sure if I'll have to time to get vaccinated since it usually takes 2 weeks to kick in. Lonely Planet suggests a bunch of vaccinations. Have any of you guys ...
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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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Where would be the optimal place to watch the Nov 2012 Solar Eclipse from?

There's a solar eclipse going across northern Australia on November 14th, 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_November_13,_2012 Given that climate and weather varies substantially ...
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Do all German airports lack free wifi?

I've just been talking to another traveller who was particularly grumpy about Munich airport not having free wifi when he was there recently. Now I seem to recall that Germany has pretty strict laws ...
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Visa for European countries for US passport holder

I'm a US passport holder. What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything ...
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Is it possible to buy a ticket where the luggage cannot be checked to the final destination?

My brother recently flew on a flight from the USA to Africa involving three flights on three different airlines. When he checked in, the agent told him that it was impossible to check the bag all the ...
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What should I do if I feel the pilot is guiding the flight in the wrong direction? [closed]

With the current news about the aviation industry, it's a bit scary to travel by flight. But I have no choice as I need to go back home. :) So now I'm thinking that while I'm inside the flight, if I ...
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I overstayed in US for over 9 years. When can I apply for a visa again?

I came to the US in 2002 on a tourist visa after I got my US visa multiple entry in the Philippines. I was able to find a job in the US and stayed for over 9 years. I had no bad record and worked ...
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Do microfibre towels dry quicker and absorb more water?

I am going to be doing a tour of Europe, visiting like 20 countries in 49 days and staying in hostels and cheap hotels. Given all this travelling, I think it is possible that my towel may not always ...
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Going to China - The Great Firewall

A friend of mine is going to China for almost a month until mid August. He want to know what kind of outside communication he will be able to use to communicate with his family/friends. We already ...
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It is safe to travel in Israel and Palestine?

I intend to travel around Israel and Palestine (excluding the Gaza Strip). When I tell people about this I am often greeted semi-shocked responses, people seem to think it is very unsafe and I am ...
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In Asian restaurants and airlines is it correct etiquette to use the hot towel on my face?

In many Asian restaurants both inside and outside Asia, and also on some Asian airlines such as Korean and JAL if I recall correctly, hot cloth towels are given out to all passengers before each meal. ...
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Is it possible for Indian citizens to travel to Gilgit–Baltistan and Azad Kashmir?

The Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent and has been under territorial dispute between India and Pakistan for decades. There are two regions in particular that are claimed by India but under ...
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Why are there no courier services or box-rentals near airport security?

It would be helpful for people not to just throw away their unsafe-for-flight things. I am talking about pocket knives, razors, scissors etc. not haz-mat substances. For example, a new Victorinox can ...
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How can I discover what time of the year hotels will be cheapest for a given city, e.g. Tokyo?

I'm interested in visiting Tokyo in 2015, and am trying to figure out what time(s) of the year will likely be cheapest for hotel stays, since it is a notoriously expensive city. Short of using a hotel ...
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Most remote exclave?

I'm a big fan of traveling to some extreme points, like for example the most northern point of Europe or the highest point of each country in Europe, etc. To find new ideas I would like to know the ...
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What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain?

What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain? Voice minutes would be useful too, although data only would be ideal. Specifically, I'll be ...
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What is a stopover?

What exactly is a stopover? How is my flight search affected if I limit its duration to X hours? Can there be a stopover if I am on a non-stop flight?
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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Proper policy on using electrical plug outlets in Toronto Pearson International Airport

I tend to be always on long layovers, delayed or even cancelled flights from Toronto. So I like to do work on my laptop and most of the times, I am already out of charge from the previous flight. Are ...
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Camping stove on a plane?

Can I bring a camping stove (without fuel) on a (domestic or international) jet, either in checked baggage, carry-on, or some other means?
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Does my government know in which country I am at when I travel?

I guess this is the type of question I should start with "a friend of mine wants to know..." but I was wondering if in general governments keep a record which gets updated each time you go through ...
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Child travelling with different nationality passport than mom

My wife (Polish passport) is planning to travel to the USA (and some European countries) with our son who has dual Polish-British nationality. Would it cause any issues if the young one is travelling ...
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Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?

When you arrive in somewhere like the Norway or France, and go to leave the baggage area, you'll find yourself with a choice of two lanes for customs. One will be Red and labelled something like Goods ...
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Are there any common, secret services offered by airlines to passengers onboard?

There are several services that many passengers are not aware of on-board airplanes simply because they are unadvertised. For example: Coat compartments. You can hang your suit in the airplanes ...
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Are there any night bus companies, with beds, in Europe?

I heard of companies in South America that travel by night and offer beds in the bus. A friend, recently in Colombia, used them and refered to that as: "very good service, the buses are very high ...
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How can I get a different seat after boarding a flight?

There is always this thrill of boarding a plane. "Where am I sitting" or more importantly who is sitting in close proximity to me. If it turns out to be a disappointment, reseating is often not an ...
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Flying from the UK to the US with laser in carry-on

I am flying from the UK to the US for a short house hunting trip. I want to bring a laser range finder in my carry-on luggage. It is a class 2 laser so should be considered safe, but you never know ...
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Is it pretty easy for an American to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong?

I know standing in line to get a visa is never fun, but was wondering if any Americans had experience getting a standard tourist "L" visa in Hong Kong. I'm leaving on a RTW trip in less than two ...
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Police ride along in London

In a lot of US cities citizens can do police ride alongs. You can do so in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, TX, etc. What about in London? If I was going to be visiting London for, say, a ...
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Belarus/Russia border and passport control

What is the status with the Russia/Belarus border? I am guessing there is still passport control. If there isn't, what does a traveller need to do after crossing the border? For my case, I am Turkish,...
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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

According to what I've been told, one state (Alaska) has land which is considered the easternmost, northernmost, and westernnmost in all of the USA. What are the three points that allows it to claim ...
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100 Years Since South Pole Expedition - How to reach it as a tourist?

It's been 100 years since humans first reached the South Pole. According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, about 30,000 people visit the continent of Antarctica annually. ...
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Why is there a СТОП (STOP) sign along with priority signs on traffic lights in Russia?

If you drive around in Moscow you will see a plain white sign reading СТОП (STOP) attached to traffic lights at some intersections. I've also seen priority road signs (which almost makes sense) ...
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Not getting passport stamped in Sweden

I just arrived to Sweden and did not get my passport stamped. However, it got stamped in Germany (I flew to Sweden through Germany) Is this normal?
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Why do I feel pressure in the ears in a plane?

Normally you feel pressure in your ear, if the air pressure changes, e.g. if you're ascending or descending very fast. But why do I feel this pressure also in airplanes where the pressure in the ...
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Can I apply for an Iranian visa in the Republic of Georgia?

I've done a bit of searching on the net and haven't come up with much. I intend to stay in the Republic of Georgia for a while and at some point take a trip to Iran. As an Australian citizen I ...
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Where is a tripod allowed from high up in New York City?

The title says it all. I'd like to make a time-lapse video in New York City, but most buildings do not allow tripods. Does anyone know where I can use one 'from above'?
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What are the two closest capital cities in the world?

Recently, there was a discussion here on Travel.SE about what are the two closest capital cities in the world. One user argued that it is Vienna and Bratislava. Another one stated either Vatican City ...
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Trains between Tbilisi and Batumi

How to get by train from Tbilisi to Batumi (on the Black Sea coast)? There should be trains, but the "Traffic General Schedule" on Georgian Railway's site does not mention Batumi (except for a Batumi-...
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Depart US through Mexico while on B1/B2 Visitor visa - how US will know I did not overstay?

I am currently in US with B1/B2 Visitor visa. Plan to depart US through Mexico by car. And then depart Mexico for another South American country. All within 120 day limit of B1/B2 visa. When ...
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Are “tourist visa” and “visitor visa” two terms for the same thing?

I myself always use the term "tourist visa" for the common type of visa used by tourists on sightseeing visits to countries. Some people probably say "tourism visa" instead. But very often I hear or ...
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How can I find a guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?

Where/how can I find a local/professional guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?
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Travel guides that covers the International E-road network?

During the last days I read a lot about the International E-road network in Europe. Since I'm a big road trip fan, I really would like to follow more or less one road in the near future. Does anybody ...

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