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My lost credit card was used to book a hotel room in my name

I lost some of my belongings, including a leather bag, credit card, laptop, etc. As I realized my card is missing, I called the credit company and closed that account, but before that happened, ...
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Calling USA from Schiphol (Amsterdam)

My parents are travelling to the US for the first time and have not ever been on international travels. They have a layover in Schiphol and I want them to contact me. I have never personally transited ...
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Quebec, responding to French in English: faux pas? [duplicate]

I'm currently visiting Montreal. In almost every store or restaurant I go to, I'm greeted with "bonjour!" I know just a little French and I could probably get by with a simple transaction, but then I ...
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What do the flight numbers that are reported in plane crashes mean?

For example, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the ocean, but what gives it the tag of 447? Air France has had a lot more flights than that. Is it the flight number on a specific day? What then ...
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What to do in Barcelona? [closed]

I'm going to be for one week in Barcelona. Any tips of nice things to do? I don't like night clubs and such so much. I like to see curious local things, eat good food and the like. I'm not a great art ...
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Must see places while going through Germany (middle section)

I have asked the very same question about Belgium. I really liked the answers I got from Must see places while going through Belgium Edit: I will be traveling by car from Baltics to Netherlands or ...
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What meteorological conditions do I need to consider when travelling to a new place?

It's always difficult to decide what clothes to take with you when you go to a new place. Usually I check Wikipedia to get an idea of approximate climate and weather conditions, but it often doesn't ...
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What is this extra item that came with my travel bag?

I've bought a travel bag and there is a piece that came with it that I'm having hard time figuring out what it is used for. Here is the picture: Any idea what it's used for?
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Overnight train luggage safety concerns in Europe

I've heard that in some overnight trains, rooms don't lock (no door); instead its just a curtain. This means thieves can get in and out easily. Is this true? If so, how do my friends and I keep ...
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Is a mosquito net strictly necessary when traveling through India in low cost accommodation?

I've been in other countries where malaria prevention is a must like Senegal or Kenya and almost all low cost accommodations include a mosquito net (sometimes broken, but in general in good ...
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Should I always keep my passport with me while travelling?

I am visiting Singapore in May. As a practice I always keep the passport with me wherever I travel. I think how can I show my identity if some officer ask about it. But sometimes I fell it is annoying ...
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Fly to France from UK with no passport?

I have a flight to France from the UK tomorrow. My passport is currently with a company that are working on a Visa for India (a miscommunication with a friend menas I thought they had picked it up), ...
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Where can I visit the most northerly Australian fauna in the world?

In Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan (43.768533,142.482717), I saw a pair of emus. Are they the northernmost Australian fauna in the world, or is there a place even further north that has distinctly ...
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Can it be worthwhile buying connecting flights on LCC like Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, or Transavia?

In principle Low Cost Carriers (LCC) like Easyjet, Ryanair, or Vueling offer 1 leg journeys alone. Still they offer some interesting "connecting" opportunities. Especially if you start combining ...
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How reliable are hotels' information on their websites?

I want to book a room in a hotel in Germany, But I'm not sure how trustworthy the information on their websites is. Have you ever booked a room in a hotel online? If so, did it come across as ...
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Is tipping expected in Indonesia?

I noticed that my taxi driver stood around expectantly for a few moments after dropping me off from the airport; giving him 20k Rupiah seemed to satisfy him, but I was pretty much shooting from the ...
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How to safely transport money?

I am looking for a safe way of transporting money while traveling. Are there any good guides or tips? I know CC or ATM machines are almost available everywhere... but it's the almost part that ...
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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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Are there good dive spots easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, without flying?

Somewhat annoyingly, Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles expire after 3 years from being earnt, and are not extended by subsequent flights with them. Because of this, I have a reasonable amount of miles ...
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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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Is Van a good base to visit Turkey and Kurdistan?

I am planning to spend 3 weeks in Turkey and Kurdistan. I'm told the region is relatively small and I could feasibly stay in Van and explore from there. Is that wise? If not what other cites would ...
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Where in Europe can I find monuments and museums about Napoléon Bonaparte?

I'm interested in history and I want to visit some Napoléon historic places. The most known are the Arc de Triomphe and The battlefield of Waterloo, where he was defeated. But are there some other ...
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Are there any airlines that offer WLAN?

Today I had a really long flight. A friend of mine mentioned before that there will be WLAN (wifi) on board of this airline on long-haul flight. I couldn't really believe it and indeed, there was no ...
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How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?

Next month I'll visit Thailand and (maybe) Malaysia. From 19th july to 20th august muslim countries celebrate the ramadan. When we were in Egypt, we didn't perceive that we were in ramadan, but in ...
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Is there a monument I can visit in Ecuador that marks the center of the earth?

Today I've read that the center of the earth is in Ecuador. Is this true? Obviously the equator goes through Ecuador, but how can the surface of a sphere have a center? Besides this mathematical ...
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Recommendations For a Hotel - Venice, Italy

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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Any special requirements in driving from Spain to France?

I'm renting a car in Barcelona. And i would like to make a trip at the Pyrenees, both the Spanish and French sides. Are there any special requirements needed for the rented car?
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Places to ski in Ireland (or UK)

During the last years I learnt to ski and I find it very entertaining. Now there is the possibility for me to move to Ireland and I was wondering if there exist some places where you can ski in the ...
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Can I board at a different train station with a tatkal ticket in India?

I have booked two tickets for Mumbai to Pune in Tatkal quota. The train departs from Mumbai CST, can I board the train at Dadar station?
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Is tap water in Ireland and England drinkable?

I would like to ask if the tap water in hostels of Ireland and England is drinkable. I never saw someone drink from there, and even in the pubs you have to order for a bottle.
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Are restrictions on batteries when flying common in first-world countries?

In Australia, there's recently been a restriction on certain types of batteries - they're not allowed in checked luggage of aircraft. Is this ban common in first-world countries, or is it not the case ...
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10 hour over night layover in Zurich

Firstly, does Zurich airport allow you to sleep over night in the departure area? (My layover is the middle of winter so I don't want to be sleeping outside.) If not, what is my cheapest option for ...
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Is it easy to get prepaid SIMs in the US/Canada?

I'll be travelling in a family party to the east coast of the US and Canada and, as most people know, travelling in a party means you often need to keep in contact when seeing different things and ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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Best time to buy Airline tickets to Shanghai/Hong Kong from USA (Dallas/Fort Worth)?

My boyfriend and I are looking to visit Shanghai and Hong Kong in December, and we were wondering when the best (the cheapest price) time to buy tickets would be. Should we go ahead and purchase now, ...
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Is the Siesta a factor to consider when traveling around Argentina?

Are siestas anything I should consider when traveling around Argentina(large and small towns)? Are travel services likely to be effected in anyway?
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Chennai to Pune - bus or train?

Summary: I'm looking for the best photo-taking reasonably priced journey experience when travelling by land from Chennai to Pune in India. This seems to leave a bus vs train choice. Car travel ...
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Schengen tourist visa rejected. Can I appeal for reconsideration?

My Schengen tourist visa was rejected by the German Consulate, Chennai stating that my date of flying from Chennai to Berlin (02-Nov-13) is not the same as the starting date of leave approval from my ...
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Where is this castle?

where is this castle/palace? someone suggested it was Vianden castle in Luxembourg but it's not.
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Can you register a same-sex marriage while a tourist rather than a resident?

Of course there is Las Vegas. But so far, the US does not recognize same-sex marriage. Only 13 countries so far seem to have recognized the right to conduct same-sex marriage. If you are not a ...
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Why do travel sites always show per-person accomodation price on a basis of 2 travelers sharing the same room?

Most travel websites, especially those presenting deals and allowing comparison of different packages, show the price per traveler. Same case for ads on Internet and billboards in cities. When I want ...
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Traveling between US and Canada with expired US passport but valid EU passport

I need to travel to Canada from the US ASAP but my US passport is expired. I do have a valid EU passport. Will I be able to get in and out of the country no problem?
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Where to go in Thailand in September?

I am going to Thailand this september. I can read everywhere that it's the rainy season over there. Can you guys advice me on what part of Thailand is usually less rainy during this season ? North ...
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Fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Is there any reason to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow if flight prices and times are approximately the same? I want to tour around Scotland, so I will visit both cities anyway. Good reasons would be XXX ...
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Kids not allowed into sauna in Serbia

We recently faced a restriction for children under 16 to enter sauna area of a spa complex in a hotel in Serbia--they are only allowed into a pool, but not into multiple varieties of sauna. No single ...
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Is yellow fever vaccine needed to travel to Europe?

I live in Brazil and I have a scheduled travel to France and Portugal. I've asked on the Portuguese consulate and they told me I wouldn't need the vaccine to enter the country. I didn't ask on the ...
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Where was the famous XP desktop background taken?

Where is this place? I have been seeing this photo (XP desktop background) for years now and I always wondered about this place. Can anyone identify it?
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Using 1000 CHF notes in Switzerland?

While travelling to Switzerland, I am getting only 1000 franc notes in my country. Should I take the 1000 franc note, or change euros to francs in Switzerland itself? Is it easy to get change for a ...
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Weekend in Turin or Genova?

I live in Lyon an plan on spending a long "romantic/relaxing" weekend (3-4 days) in Italy with my gf. The thing is I want to get there by train, which means I'm pretty limited in my choice: the city ...
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Finding a quiet place to meet in San Francisco (or any city)?

I am going to a conference in San Francisco, and would like to schedule a one hour meeting with two people in person and one on Skype, somewhere near the Moscone center. What are my options for ...

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