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How can I minimize the weight of the suitcase of my checked in luggage?

I am going to travel soon and I need to maximize the weight of the content that I am taking in the checked-in luggage and minimize the weight of the bag/suitcase. Are there any tips for this? I am ...
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Do I have to pay traffic fines issued by foreign governments?

I live in Italy and I own a car registered in Italy as well. Next year I'm planning a long stay in the US (around 6 months) and I want to bring my car with me. I was wondering, can I abuse carpool ...
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Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice

I am wondering if someone could suggest the cheapest method of travelling from Venice Marco Polo Airport into Venice itself. I am staying quite close to St Marks Basilica, so any travel options which ...
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Why do hotel booking sites ask for the number of people? Does it matter how many I say?

I was planning a stay at a hotel in Chicago for an overnight layover and checking prices on the hotel's booking site (in this case the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport) for a room with 2 double beds. The ...
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1answer
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Where can I find the restrictions and easements that apply to a given UK Rail Ticket?

UK rail ticketing isn't always the simplest thing in the world, but the basics aren't too hard to learn. There are broadly tickets valid at any time of the day, those available only outside of peak ...
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Can US cards be used in countries with chip-and-pin systems?

I'll be visiting the UK in a few weeks, and I understand that the UK credit/debit card system works on a "chip-and-pin" system. As far as I can ascertain via Google, US cards don't have this system on ...
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What is cheapest phone option for a short trip to Europe?

I'm leaving for Europe in a couple days. I'm spending a few days in England and then a few days in Hungary before returning to the US. Unfortunately, I have not given much thought to my phone/internet ...
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1answer
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Recommendation for mobile prepaid SIM card for smartphone + home calls in Germany

What SIM card would you recommend for smartphone user for the travel in Germany? It would be probably the only or the most important connection to the Internet, so large amounts of data and ...
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1answer
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Is there any 3g data package that works across Europe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Choices for prepaid GSM data with laptop tethering in Europe? I will travel to Europe this year. Is there any 3G with data package that will be work on most of this ...
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Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?

We are going to an event and because of this event all hotels are fully booked. Now a friend wants to join us, but can't find accommodation. We are okay with him crashing in our hotel room, either on ...
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3answers
775 views

5 hours in Amsterdam

I have a 5-hour layover at AMS on a Saturday evening (16:00-21:00), on an intra-EU itinerary to the UK. I'd like to leave the airport and have dinner in town. Is this reasonable? (From reading ...
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I am looking for a hotel search engine for rural areas

I am trying to find a bucolic holiday destination, which means finding a nice hotel in a small beautiful village for spending some quiet time. Most search engines are only finding major cities, and ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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Travel to Cuba as dual citizen (USA+other)?

Suppose I am a U.S. citizen with dual citizenship with another country. Citizens of this second country are allowed to travel to Cuba. Suppose further that I live and work outside the United States ...
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5answers
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Why do return flight costs vary depending on the country of origin?

I had planned for my wife, daughters and I to take a holiday from our home in China to the UK for a few weeks in July. Usually, when people visit us in China from the UK, the cost is around £450 to ...
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7answers
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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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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 ...
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1answer
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What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia

What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia? I found several flights mostly from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, however the prices are quite prohibitive. Do you recommend ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to go directly from Siem Reap to Vientiane over land?

I'm planning on going to Vietiane in Laos, but I wanted to cross over land from Cambodia. Are there direct bus connections from Siem Reap to Vientiane, and if so, how long does the journey take? I ...
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4answers
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Which chateaux of the Loire are worth visiting?

When visiting France, one of the great things to see are the Chateaux of the Loire Valley. An hour by TGV from Paris, yet a world apart, with stunning grand palatial castles in beautiful scenery, it's ...
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Can you travel to the US 6 months before your tourist visa expires?

I've heard that you can't travel to the US 6 months before your visa expires. Is that true? Or does that only apply to 6 months until the expiration of the passport? (Or does it apply to neither?)
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1answer
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Prepaid SIM card for Austria, with mobile internet and relatively cheap foreign calls

I'm planning to spend about a week in Austria. I'd like to have mobile internet (mostly for geocaching). 100MB should be enough, however, it would be good to have a bit more. I'd like also to have ...
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1answer
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What kind of passport do I need when entering the USA?

I heard that you need a biometric passport if you want to enter USA. However, my friend has a biometric passport, but no fingerprints in it. Is this enough? And how long has the passport to be valid? ...
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1answer
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I'm travelling from Heathrow to Toledo in the USA with 2 connections, will I need to see to my luggage before I get to Toledo?

I'm worried as it's my first trip on my own. All my flights are American Airlines and I have connections at Raleigh/Durham and at Chicago O'Hare, however there are no terminal changes, just connection ...
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1answer
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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What is the purpose of check-in before flying?

A few years ago, to do the check in, we would go to the airport and do it directly at the counter. I always thought the function of the check-in for the air-line company would be to tell the company ...
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2answers
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What are the “rules” for multi-city flights?

As I understand things, airlines generally give discounts for round-trips that consist of a flight from A to B followed by a flight from B to A. How does this logic work for multi-city flights? As ...
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4answers
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Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?

I'm thinking of heading from Romania to Serbia to Albania, possibly via Kosovo (on an Australian passport). Since Kosovo becoming a country wasn't unanimously popular in the region I'm a bit ...
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2answers
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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4answers
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Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?

I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way to get from Brussels to Paris by train than Thalys. Thalys prices are alright if you book some time in advance, but it can be quite expensive if you book only a ...
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1answer
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Can I rent a camper in the US/Canada with a European B license?

We are considering a holiday in North America with a camper. I have a European driver's license (B) which allows me to drive personal cars up to 3500 kg, although I can imagine that an average camper ...
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2answers
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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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5answers
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How to get a visa for Iran

Most Westerners do not only need a visa to visit Iran, they first need a "Letter of Invitation" to be able to apply for the visa. Most people get this through travel or special visa agencies, some of ...
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1answer
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Can the same B1 visa for USA be used after employer has changed?

A colleague was issued a 10-year B1 visa to travel to the US from India while at another company. Can he still use this same visa (within the 10 yrs of issue) for business travel with his current ...
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1answer
199 views

Where can a tourist apply for a UK Visitor (standard) Visa?

Prior to 24 April 2015, Paragraph 28 of the Immigration Rules was (emphasis mine)... An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the ...
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3answers
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Open Banking account in the US for a foreign traveler

I am travelling to the US on vacation. I would like to open a banking account, probably a free checking account so that I can purchase tickets & rent hotels online. How do I go about this? Is it ...
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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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1answer
244 views

What are transit visas?

What is the purpose of a transit visa, under what circumstances is is it required, and what happens when an individual arrives at an airport without one?
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3answers
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Can I enter Romania from Dubai with a Schengen visa?

Would I be able to enter Romania on a Schengen visa if I'm staying less than 5 days? Basically I would be doing Dubai-Romania-Dubai.
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2answers
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Schengen Visa Application: tips for preparing

Lots of people would like to visit the EEA area to take holiday or to visit family or even to go for longer term visa arrangements in the Schengen zone. In order to do this, they need a Schengen (or ...
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1answer
369 views

How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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1answer
909 views

Getting a US visa with an Iranian stamp?

I am a seafarer (marine engineer) and I have to often visit different countries. This time I received my sign-off from Iran and they stamped my passport. Would this cause a problem for getting a US ...
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2answers
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I have a U.S. tourist visa (B1/B2), is that enough to transit via U.S. airports?

I am going to Canada, I have a valid U.S. tourist visa (B1/B2). Can I transit via a U.S. airport on the way to Canada with this visa? Logically I know I can since I am allowed to enter the U.S. but I ...
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1answer
137 views

Go from Lombok to Labuan Bajo by bus & ferry, how to?

I am in Indonesia and been told it's possible to go from Lombok to Labuan Bajo (Flores) by bus and ferry. I am NOT interested in doing this by any other mean (ie. plane or sailing trip). How does ...
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1answer
113 views

Is there a website that summarizes the luggage and check-in requirements for each airplane company?

I don't travel much by plane but I use a wide variety of companies. Since there is not much harmonization, specially with LCC, each one has its own requirements about luggage size, weight, extra ...
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1answer
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US Customs when coming through Canada

I have an upcoming trip where I will be flying to and from Copenhagen, through Toronto. I notice that my departure and return gate in the Philadelphia airport is not in the international terminal. ...
6
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1answer
978 views

Have I invalidated my own ESTA and if I fly to Mexico does that mean I will not be allowed back into the States?

The ESTA that I entered the States on back in October was due to expire on January 8th. As I wished to stay a little longer (an extra couple of weeks) I searched the internet to see how this was ...
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1answer
136 views

Tourist visa with cancelled old passport and have renewed passport in hand

I got a tourist visa for UAE with my old passport number which was renewed on January 2015. I got the new passport with new number and in the last page old passport number also mentioned. Can I ...
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1answer
605 views

UK PLAB Visa Refusal

I had applied for a PLAB (Doctors) Visa for the UK to appear in PLAB test. I got refused on the basis of two recent large deposits in the bank statement I provided (my mothers). In reality, these are ...
5
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1answer
210 views

Safest way to transport a laptop during flight

I flew a long range flight carrying my laptop, a quite heavy one, inside a neoprene briefcase in the passenger cabin. The recommendation by the aircrew was to place it in the overhead compartment or ...

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