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Is tea and coffee on the street safe to drink in India?

There are many street tea/coffee sellers around India, and although the water has been boiled at some point, often the pots are out for a long time. The clay cups are also lying around in the dust. Is ...
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Is it safe to drink water with a strong chlorine smell?

Are there any health issues with drinking heavily chlorinated water? During a recent trip to Australia (Queensland, NSW), virtually all tap water I found had a very strong chlorine smell and taste. I ...
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What seasonal work can fund travel?

I'm fond of the travel strategy that involves arriving at a workplace near your destination and doing seasonal labor until you've saved enough to have fun in and around the same geographical area. ...
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Do I need a US visa to change planes in an American airport?

In Europe usually you don't need to go through immigration to change planes (unless you are entering/exiting Schengen). Is it the case in the US as well? May I catch a connecting flight on one of the ...
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What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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How to deal with the fake police scam in Spain?

I have read so many internet articles about safety in Spain, and the fake police scam is one of the most mentioned problems. Most of those reported cases are that the victims are surrounded by group ...
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Is there any personal benefit in formally cancelling a (non-refundable) flight?

I'm currently in Tenerife and have a return flight booked for 20 May. I have decided to stay out here a bit longer and purchased a single ticket back to the UK for 25 May on another airline. The ...
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What do “Fragile” stickers on checked baggage do?

When traveling by air and checking bags, some airlines will let you declare an item as fragile and put stickers on the box or bag. How common is this policy? What do the fragile stickers do (i.e. how ...
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Does it makes sense to travel to Iceland during winter?

I just saw an amazing offer to fly to Iceland in November. Although Iceland is still on my wish list, November would not be the first choice of time to visit. Is this an offer to just fill empty seats ...
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Forgot baggage at Dubai. How to get it to Los Angeles?

Last week, I travelled via Dubai to Los Angeles. During the security checking at Dubai Airport, I was asked to remove my laptop from my bag and after that I forgot to to take it back. i realised that ...
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Sell a pair of blue jeans and live like a king for a week: Still possible in Europe?

Some years ago, particularly before the 1990s, there way a saying in Europe that (paraphrased) you can sell your blue jeans in every part of Eastern Europe and literally live like a king for a week. ...
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Flashing headlights on Autobahn

What does it mean when the driver behind you on the Autobahn flashes his headlights?
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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Airport security: what if I carry an item with traces of explosive?

One day I was travelling from UK to Switzerland, the security officer at Gatwick airport check (with a kind of swab) all my electronic devices (mainly phone and camera chargers + cables) to see if it ...
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How can I protect my vehicle when left at a trail head for an extended period?

Previously when I went backpacking, the vehicle I left behind at the trail head was, erm, not particularly worth stealing. I'm looking at new vehicles now, and somewhere in the back of my mind is "do ...
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How unsafe is it to leave an expensive laptop at a rented apartment or a cheap hotel room? Which precautions should I take?

I'm going to Odessa, Ukraine, and may have to take my laptop with me for work reasons. I'll be staying at an inexpensive place which I rented online. Is it a very bad idea to leave the laptop in the ...
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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late :/

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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Which European cities are connected by convenient night boat?

Each year I go on a city trip with some friends, within Europe. We go around five days, and in recent years we've started visiting several cities in that time. We have a new idea: to cut down on the ...
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What (if any) regularly scheduled airline flights pass over Antarctica?

We were just discussing at lunch if there are any such flights.
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Is travelling to Chernobyl safe for tourists?

Recently I read in my Lonely Planet and on some news site like for example this one, that the site of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe is open for tourists. There are also tour operators that offer ...
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Benefits of checking in online when checking bags

What is the benefit of checking in online for a flight when you intend to check bags at the airport? I understand some airports have special lines for people that are already checked in but are ...
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Can't check-in to a hotel because I am 18

I'm 18 and traveling to the East Coast of the USA. I am staying in Syracuse, NY for 2 days, but can't seem to find a hotel that will let me check in. Are there any hotels in Syracuse with a minimum ...
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Breast feeding in Iran

We are considering a trip to Iran with a 5-month old. What is the local attitude to breast-feeding in public places? Is it legal? Are there any severe consequences? Do you need to use some special ...
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Is sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?

The scene last weekend: three cramped people trying to sleep in three bulkhead seats with those annoying immovable armrests and a whole lotta legroom in front. Why not curl up for a nap in all that ...
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What should you do if you get arrested in a foreign country?

If a traveller - for whatever reason, is arrested on charges (valid or otherwise), what steps should he/she take to ensure their safety, local and home legal aid and security? How can one make sure ...
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Is it inappropriate to record the call to prayer?

I am currently on holiday in Marrakech, Morocco, and have found that the frequent calls to prayer from mosques throughout the day are quite a core part of life here. To record some of my experience ...
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How to find historical airfares?

Is there a way to find out how much it would have cost to buy a particular airplane ticket at some point in the past? For example, how could I find out how much it would have cost to buy a one-way ...
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What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies?

I remember 6 years ago, discovering "The Great South American Journey" operated by Gap adventures (now G Adventures), a 5 month trip around the continent (although essentially a bunch of their smaller ...
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How can you protect a fragile object like bottle of champagne in your baggage against breaking?

I tend to bring something quite fragile with me as cabin luggage. On my next journey I want to bring a special bottle of champagne (because of sentimental reasons). Unfortunately you can't bring a ...
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I need the name of a fellow passenger

A few days ago, I travelled on an Indian train. Near my seat there was a guy to whom I have given my book, but forgot to get it back. There is an important paper inside that book which I need. How ...
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Name has “Mr” appended on reservation, airline will not reply

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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How can I travel to the North Pole, cheaply?

I'm aware that annually there's a North Pole marathon, and that would be one way of getting up there, if exhausting. What other options exist to get there, preferably economically (the marathon costs ...
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Should I carry a passport around everywhere I go in the UK?

I am a new student in the UK. I attend classes both in London and Cambridge. Should I carry my passport with me wherever I go within UK? Or is a college identity enough? My parents are visiting me ...
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What publicly accessible tall structures to take photos from exist in London?

I'm looking for publicly accessible tall structures in London from where I can take photos of the city. The Monument to the Great Fire of London has pretty good views, and I understand you can get ...
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How can I find a guide that will take me safely through the Amazon jungle?

This was one of our definition questions, but also one that interests me personally: How can I find a guide that will take me safely through the Amazon jungle? I'd love to explore the Amazon but would ...
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Why can two different airlines have different travel durations for the same itinerary?

I am looking at flights from Boston to Paris and I see that there are two non-stop flights with different travel duration: For this itinerary, Air France takes 6h40 while Delta takes 7h04. Why ...
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Do all American ATMs charge an extra fee for cash withdrawals on a foreign card?

I've just gone to take some cash out of an ATM (Cash Machine) in Seattle. I visited about half a dozen in the end, and every single one wanted to charge me an extra fee (typically about $3) for the ...
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Should I change most of my money in my home country or in the destination country?

Where can I get more favourable exchange rate, in general?
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What is the LEAST visited country by tourists?

There's always lists on the most popular countries. But in my travels, I've found going against the grain has been super rewarding - places like Chernobyl, in Ukraine, or the desert of Uzbekistan or ...
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What happens when you book a flight to a country you don't have a visa for?

I'm a travel newbie but I do want to travel to a lot of places. It seems that I could book flights to where ever I want to go, but some countries have visa requirements. What happens if you do get a ...
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If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?

I asked a similar question about what nationality a newborn midflight gets, but I'm also now wondering - when they land, what happens? Normally you need a passport and possibly a visa to travel - so ...
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What should you do with your house keys while traveling a short time?

House keys are a strange item for me to deal with when traveling. You need to take so you can lock up, and you need them when you return, but for the whole trip they are unneeded. So unlike credit ...
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Can we get by as English speakers visiting Iceland?

We're going to Iceland for the first time in September. Will we be able to get around ok just speaking English, or should we try to learn some rudimentary Icelandic? And is that even what their ...
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How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot

Is there any way to leave HKIA by foot? I have a 4 hour stopover, so I would like to shortly visit the neighbouring city of Tung Chung (home to 200-year-old forts and temples), but I want to avoid ...
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Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?

"Is there a doctor on board"? Who hasn't heard this announcement while flying, specially long distance. I once talk to an American medical doctor on a non-American carrier who told me he tries to ...
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Where this picture was taken ~100 years ago?

It probably was taken in Russia/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania during Russian Civil War by one of my ancestors. I'm sure this place exists today - I saw it on the poster few years ago. But place was not ...
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What is the SHORTEST commercial passenger flight (with a flight number) in the world?

With the occasional debate about Oxford airport in the UK becoming a new London airport, and hearing of a flight that once landed at Heathrow due to fog, then flew on to Gatwick, I was wondering - ...
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Are there data plans for travelers in the USA?

I intend to travel to the US for a month, and I would really like to use a lot of data traffic during the trip, for browsing, maps, Skype calls, etc. How can I do that? Should I buy a SIM? Do I have ...
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Is it safe to travel in Greece during the riots about government spending cuts?

I am travelling to Athens, Greece, shortly, and have seen reports of recent unrest. Should I be worried? Should I cancel my trip? Update It's fine, taxis are currently on strike, but Syntagma Sqaure ...

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