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A second passport or ETD?

A friend is applying for a UK visa, and has sent off his New Zealand passport while he applies (he lives in Australia). He's not told his work he's considering leaving. Then he finds out that in a ...
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Is Songkran worth a Thai visa extension, or can you have a similar experience in Laos?

I am traveling to Thailand and my 30 day visa ends on April 12. This site says Songkran runs from April 13 - 15 this year. It would cost $80 to extend the visa, and I can't move the date we enter ...
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Where can I ride camels in Morocco (other than in the Sahara)?

Riding camels is widely advertised in the south eastern part of morocco. That is, where the Sahara starts. We might not be able to reach those parts. I am wondering if there are camel rides offered ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...
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How to get from Wroclaw airport to city center?

What are the options to get from Wroclaw airport (Ryanair flight) to city center? What's the cheapest option?
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Is it difficult to do a car border crossing in Kaliningrad Oblast?

Assuming I have the correct visa and intend to drive in from the Polish side, should I anticipate any problems crossing the border quickly? I ask because Wikitravel says: You will need Russian ...
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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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Which Australian bank/account incurs lowest fees using an ATM card overseas?

As per this question about US banks, I would like to know if any Australian bank offers an account with an ATM card (or Visa/Mastercard debit card) with no or low fees for travellers using them in ...
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Is the Pamir highway passabable in early October?

A friend of mine is planning a trip through "the 'Stans" including the Pamir Highway but given its extreme altitude he is worried about whether it will be open or passable or safe at the beginning of ...
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What's the difference in content and focus between “Wallpaper*” guidebooks and others?

Different guidebook brands tend to be suited for different types of travelling and specialised in different ways. For example, I find Bradt guides to be great for off-the-beaten-track travel, Lonely ...
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Aircraft headphone volume

I usually bring my own earphones when traveling by plane, but I've been plagued by lack of volume control: in some flights, the minimal volume is too loud when using my headphones; in others, the ...
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Options for a cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg

As a follow on from the following question: Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg? What are the different options/what is required to organize a cruise from Helsinki to St ...
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“Match of the century” in Reykjavik

The so called Match of the Century was the chess world championship between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1972. It's one of the most famous chess matches because it took ...
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PDF tickets on phone on Deutsche Bahn

In the past I have received DB tickets by MMS, but when booking a ticket now, I couldn't find that option. The confirmation email says I should print the PDF ticket... is it OK if I just download the ...
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Good manners in Temple

I'm going to Japan next week and I booked a night in a temple. I would like know some of best manners. I think a temple is a quiet place, look like a church. I believe not make noise is one ...
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Train from Nice to Monaco during Grand Prix weekend

I am staying in Nice for the Monaco Grand Prix and will be travelling by train to and from Monaco on Saturday and Sunday. Can I book an 'open' return for each day rather than selecting a train time ...
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Flying through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow considering current situation?

At the end of next month I will be going from Asia through Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow to some other European country. The carrier of choice is Aeroflot. Considering what is happening now between ...
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When picking a “luxury hostel” for a business trip, how to ensure it'll be quiet enough?

The March 2014 edition of Business Traveller (grab a copy from your nearest airport lounge or nice hotel!) has an interesting article on "Luxury Hostels". Specifically, it was about why business ...
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Are there any good guides for what to take on a bicycle trek on the Pacific coast (Seattle to San Francisco)?

I'll be cycling through relatively lonely areas for a few weeks (towns every 40 miles or so). I'm looking for a good guide on what gear to pack. It's the Pacific coast trail from Seattle to San ...
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“Any Belgian Station” destination on the Eurostar

Does the "Any Belgian Station" destination on the Eurostar imply unlimited Belgian train travel (naturally excluding Intercity-Express and Thalys) within 24 hours of arrival/departure of my Eurostar ...
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What is an open ticket?

When speaking of an airline ticket, I have heard the term open ticket which has to do with dates not being fixed I believe. What exactly is an open ticket? How do you get an actual flight from one? ...
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Why do flight attendants still give safety instructions if the plane has screens installed in all seats?

Safety instructions are a highlight of any trip. I always enjoy the gestures and specifically the expression in the faces when these instructions are given. Today most planes have a screen on almost ...
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Are there LPG gas stations for cars travelling between Sydney and Melbourne?

We are planning a trip in a dedicated LPG ford and just wanted to know if there are enough gas stations along the way between Sydney and Melbourne
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Why doesn't Saudi Arabia issue tourist visas? [closed]

First of all, I am aware of the question about how to visit Saudia Arabia. This question is about why doesn't Saudi Arabia issue tourist visas. Second, for sometime now I am wondering why doesn't ...
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Are there rest areas along Thai motorways?

I'm hitchhiked from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur a few days ago. I came along a major expressway where I found it very easy to get rides at the rest areas. Rest areas are places along major ...
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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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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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Budget backpacking through Norway

Originally I had only wanted to see the Northern Lights, but through the recommendations of some of the users here on TA, they suggested making side trips out of the lengthy journey to Tromso. ...
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Train from Gold Coast to Sydney

I'm searching to alternative to travel from Gold Coast to Sydney, other than flying. Is there any train service from Gold Coast to Sydney? How long and which station to go? Is the train ticket able ...
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Any walking tours (in English) in Cologne or nearby?

I'll be in Cologne, Germany a few days this summer. Usually when I'm staying alone in a city (assuming I have time) I'll try to find a walking tour of some sort as it gives me an opportunity to meet ...
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How punctual are Swiss trains?

Yesterday, I was on a Swiss train that was 10 minutes late. I thought perhaps it was the end of the world ... The Swiss railways have a reputation for being very punctual (the joke being you can set ...
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How expensive is a vacation to Japan?

Since I am planning a vacation to Japan this fall, I'd like to have a rough overview about my expenses. I'm flying from Germany (probably Frankfurt) to Tokyo. I know that the flight alone will net me ...
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Can I enter Kosovo with EU ID card?

Since June 2010 EU citizens can enter Serbia with ID card. I wonder if I can also enter Kosovo with ID card?
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Cheap multi-route (open-jaw) flights

I need to get a flight Prague(PRG) -> Paris(CDG) and Paris(CDG) -> Budapest(BUD), in June. The Air France web system offers me an unbelievable price EUR 680. If I try similar thing on the Czech ...
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Determining if flight prices are likely to increase soon

I'm planning to fly from Australia to Japan for a conference that straddles May and June, but unfortunately they haven't released tickets for the conference yet. I'm 95% sure I'd be able to buy a ...
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Smuggler's trails

Are there places around the world that offer tours along the old smuggler's trails. US-Mexico or US-Canada would be best but I am open to suggestions.
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Is Florida ocean water warm enough to swim in February?

I'm switching jobs, and have next week (the last week in February) off between jobs. I'm considering going down to Florida - specifically to Everglades National Park - but I'm concerned about the ...
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Cheap hotel or B&B in Zürich

Looking for this summer to spend a couple of days in Zürich. I am looking for a basic hotel, with a double room. The prices on for hotels / apartments on booking.com seem kind of high for me ...
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Safety and practicalities of eating dolphin meat in Taiji, Japan

At a recent Japan festival, amongst the various tourist brochures I got, one was for Wakayama prefecture, which included a page for Taiji. If I visited there, I'd have to decide whether or not to eat ...
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Paid lounge access at Istanbul Ataturk airport

So I missed my flight and I now have a 23 hour layover at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Is there any lounge I can pay for access to - preferably airside?
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Making sense of colectivos in Viña del Mar

I'm trying to plan a trip from Viña del Mar to visit a friend in downtown Valparaiso. He gave me a colectivo route to take (a colectivo is basically a taxi that operates like a 4-passenger bus). How ...
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Is there free wifi in Sydney Airport?

I'm flying into Sydney airport in about a week, and there's a chance that I'll find myself wanting to look online for a last minute hotel. However, because I will just have arrived, I won't have had a ...
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Can I go ski in Innsbruck at the end of November, beginning of December?

I'm planning to go to Innsbruck for the weekend of 30th November - 2nd December. However I'm not sure if the ski runs will have enough snow. Or at least the most beautiful ones. In particular, I was ...
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Is it possible or recommended to exchange US currency for Chinese currency outside China?

I'll be traveling to China soon, specifically to Wuhan, and I remember reading somewhere (I don't remember where, unfortunately) that it's only possible to exchange USD for RMB in China itself - is ...
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London Heathrow airport - do I need a transit visa? [duplicate]

I am traveling from the US to India via London Heathrow on November 6. I will be at LHR on 7th at 6:20 am and departing at 9:25 pm. I'm an Indian national and have a valid US visa. Do I need a ...
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Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?

I've read about the Conch Republic passports, and Hutt River, and am wondering - these so-called fantasy passports - are any of them actually recognised anywhere else in the world? @mindcorrosive ...
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Does it make more sense to stay in Lido or Venice? [closed]

We'll be in Italy in early October, and plan to stay about 1-2 nights in Venice. For me, Venice is one of those places where you just HAVE to see if you're in Italy. Kind of like the Great Wall in ...
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Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?

If I live in UK and it is a member of the EU, do I have to buy my travel insurance from a UK insurance company or can I buy it from an insurance company in another EU member country?
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Long layover in London, time to visit Olympics?

I have a ~10 hour layover in LHR on July 26th (the day prior to the opening ceremonies of 2012 Olympics). I'm flying British Airways from JNB-LHR-MAD. What's the most reliable (and hopefully ...
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Any tips for completing purchases through RENFE's website?

I've found the Spanish train website renfe.com cannot complete credit card transactions. I've attempted with several different bank and credit cards from several different countries, verified the ...

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