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Can I fly with a gold bar?

Can I fly with a Good Delivery gold bar? I'll have the certificate that I have been given with it. I have looked on Google and found nothing that suggests it's a prohibited item on an aircraft. It's ...
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Does browsing ticket sites in incognito mode and/or from different IP's result in cheaper ticket prices?

I stumbled across a discussion yesterday where industry insiders share tips relating to their respective fields. Someone who works in e-commerce stated : "When purchasing items on the internet ...
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Last minute flight bookings - better to book online or at the airport?

We had a question here earlier on booking flight tickets in the weeks running up to holiday season, which covered ground on what happens to flight prices over the period. What I'm interested to know ...
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2answers
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Is weed still legal for tourists in Amsterdam?

I have heard it's not legal starting from 2013. I also heard they postponed applying this? So what's the deal? Allowed or not?
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Cheapest flight to anywhere at any given time

I'm looking to take a spontaneous trip for a long weekend. The date is flexible and the destination can be anywhere in the world. Is there a site that would allow me to search airfares within a date ...
24
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3answers
1k views

Cell phones in Japan

What are the options for getting a smart phone up and running when travelling for a couple of weeks in Japan?
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8answers
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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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Are there cheap GPS or other navigator devices with downloadable maps for the whole world?

I don't need a recommendation or a list but my knowledge of GPS and "navi"s and the differences between them is an utter mystery to me. But often I'm lost in backstreets in random countries where ...
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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2answers
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What happens if you lose your passport at an airport / during transit?

Once, when flying from India to the UK, I left my passport on the plane's seat-back pocket and forgot that I left it there until I reached the passport control desks. Fortunately in this case, I ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
17
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8answers
686 views

Ski Resorts during the Northern Hemisphere's Summer

I am wondering what Ski Resorts are available (open) for skiing during the Northern Hemisphere's summer? Level of comfort and amenities don't really make a difference for the purposes of this ...
17
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2answers
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What happens if you miss a connecting flight?

What happens if you book tickets through an airline or travel agent, but on the travel date miss a connecting flight (either because the first flight was delayed, or because immigration/security took ...
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Choices for prepaid GSM data with laptop tethering in Europe?

Planning a trip to Europe later this year that will definitely include Italy, and will most likely include the UK, Germany, and a smattering of connecting and/or distractingly shiny countries. Here in ...
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1answer
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

I've read that Saudi Arabia doesn't grant tourist visas to independent travelers. I've also read that recently they grant visas to group of travelers, if the tour is organized by a recognized tour ...
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2answers
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Should I purchase rental car insurance? What protection does my credit card provide?

We just arrived in Hawaii this afternoon, and when I went to pick up the rental car, I discovered I hadn't done my homework with regard to the insurance options. I recall that my credit card will ...
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7answers
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Is it possible to travel on cargo airplanes?

Some time ago I heard someone telling about travelling in cargo planes. Apparently some of those planes have a limited amount of extra seats and companies would sell them for an extra profit. Does ...
9
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2answers
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Is it legal to look for work in the US while on a B1/B2 (Business Visitor) visa?

I have got 10-year multiple entry US VISA on my Indian passport. I got it to attend a technical conference. I was curious to know if I give job interview during this visit? I may not have time in ...
24
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6answers
205k views

How to get from Nice to Monaco by public transport?

What's the simplest and cheapest way to get from central Nice, France to Monaco by public transportation?
20
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4answers
790 views

How can I determine which airlines are relatively safe?

The world is full of different airlines ranging from ones with proven track records of safety and security to ones with old, poorly-maintained planes that are falling apart. Are there any resources ...
16
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2answers
907 views

Is there a definitive reference guide to cell phone standards by country?

I have an AT&T iPhone 3GS, and am wondering if I should switch to something else for use when visiting other countries.
10
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4answers
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Is 50 minutes of transit time ample in Amsterdam airport?

Arriving in AMS in a Delta flight from Bombay at 7 AM. Departure at 7.50 AM in a KLM flight flying to Detroit. On a single leg ticket. Is this going to be time enough? Or should one just bolt as soon ...
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3answers
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How to deal with excess baggage?

I might have some excess bagage on my next flight with KLM. According to KLM's website excess baggage could be checked in online with a 20% discount. Are there other options? Long, long ago there ...
7
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2answers
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What is the best way to get ARS using USD?

The current (official) exchange rate for USD to ARS is around 1:5, but I've heard that due to the fluctuation recently there may be a way to get a better value for USD in Argentina. Any pointers?
7
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2answers
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Re-checking luggage at connecting airports

I'll be leaving Morocco within the next week, and I'm wondering whether I'll need to re-check my luggage after my connecting flights. I fly from Casablanca to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to London via ...
6
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3answers
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Schengen visa requirements and “validation”

As an Indian citizen there are a bunch of requirements to get a Schengen visa. Some of them are: A reserved ticket (please do correct me if I am wrong) and confirmed hotel reservations. Now, if I ...
18
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4answers
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Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?

So to clarify, there are lots of different planes, so for the sake of argument, there are areas: front left front right front middle forward front, right, middle over the left wing over the right ...
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7answers
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Which countries, if any, offer on-arrival work visas?

After seeing this question I began wondering - are there countries that say, Aussies or Kiwis (or anyone else) can get a work visa on arrival, or while in the country? The best I've found is this: ...
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3answers
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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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2answers
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Why is there a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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4answers
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Is the border between Georgia and Russia open to citizens of other countries?

I know the one border between the Republic of Georgia and Russia that is not in a rebel province was officially opened in the last couple of years... but reports are conflicting as to whether people ...
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2answers
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How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?

I am planning a long trip over a year from now. The tentative itinerary is Canada USA (maybe LA, maybe Hawaii, doesn't matter, I have Nexus) Australia New Caledonia Vanuatu Fiji Samoa New Zealand ...
10
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2answers
4k views

Can I take a flight to Canada which stops in the USA, if I have restrictions from entering the USA?

I am a Canadian citizen and I have been denied from the USA in the past 2 years and last year I entered illegally and was caught and given voluntary departure, but I do not have a criminal record in ...
9
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2answers
6k views

Is there anything to do during an 8 hour after-midnight layover in Dubai?

We are planning a trip with an 8 hour layover in Dubai spanning from 1am-9am. I am thinking about going to see the city, but is it worth it to do it given the very late night hours? Will at least the ...
8
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1answer
870 views

Travelling without a visa after passport was stolen

I am a student on a short term Schengen visa in Belgium. Recently, my passport was stolen after which I got a new passport issued by the Indian embassy. This obviously does not have a Schengen visa ...
21
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1answer
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Indian Passport first page ripped - is this considered 'damaged'?

Hi All, My passport first page got ripped. Front side of this page has a Indian emblem and backside is a blank with no stamps or Visas. Other pages including visas, personal details, POE stamps ...
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2answers
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at ...
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3answers
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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4answers
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Language problems at the airport?

I have a family member who speaks Romanian but not English, French or any other world language. If she flies alone, how can she pass through the control points (immigration, customs) at the airport? ...
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4answers
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What's the difference between a direct and a non-stop flight?

In a comment to one of my question, a user mentioned that there is a difference between a direct and a non-stop flight. So what is this difference?
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220 V to 110 V voltage converter for laptops

I am going for my higher studies to USA. Since I am from India the laptop that I have works on a 220 V supply. I even have an electric shaver and a mobile charger which also will work on the same ...
13
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2answers
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Overtaking regulations when driving in Europe

I've got a question about how to drive the car in Europe on Highways. In the US, I can overtake another car on either side, and I am fine. In Europe I was told that I have to drive on the right side ...
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3answers
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Overstaying ESTA Visa waiver in the US

I recently discovered that I will be over-staying my 90 day visa waiver by 2 days. My question is about leaving the country as I fly from NYC to LA before flying home to Australia and I'm wondering ...
9
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1answer
516 views

Travelling to the US on B1 visa without a business purpose

(NOT a duplicate of Tourist Visa B1) Earlier last year, I went to the US for a business trip. In preparation for it, even though I applied for a B1/B2 visa, I was granted a (seemingly rare) straight ...
9
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2answers
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What exactly is a open-jaw flight?

Recently, I was looking for a flight from A to B and then a flight back from C to A. Using my English dictionary, I found that this is called an open-jaw flight. However, several native English ...
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5answers
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Is it safe to travel to Egypt in early 2012? [closed]

Have people been travelling in Egypt after March 2011? What's the situation like over there? The election is also happening at the end of November. Should I wait until after the election to book my ...
7
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1answer
142 views

UK Visas for a family with young children

We are sponsoring a family to visit us in UK as friends from Madagascar for 2 weeks. They have a 6 year old and a 16 month old. Do the kids need their own visas, and are they the standard visitor ...
7
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1answer
733 views

Is the UK planning to introduce exit checks in 2015?

Someone from America is a tourist/visitor here who has overstayed their 6 month 'leave to enter'. In order to avoid getting caught, they are relying upon the fact that the UK does only random, ...
7
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1answer
819 views

Can we get a new visa waiver in Canada, for Alaska, when our old one expires in the US?

We are UK citizens driving from Patagonia to Alaska, then shipping home from New York. We hope to be in the US for 3 months, a couple of months in Canada then into Alaska for a couple of months and ...
6
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1answer
911 views

How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?

I'm planning a holiday to Indonesia and want to visit multiple islands. I had thought to take ferries between the different islands. However, a lot of people have told me bad things about the ferries ...

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