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How reliable are portable WiFi hotspots in Japan?

Instead of getting a prepaid SIM chip, I'm thinking of renting a mobile wifi hotspot. I've found these two so far. Two questions: Are these reliable? I will be mostly in the big cities. If I'm not ...
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Round trip flight for me with wife sharing return flight only

I'm planning to go back to my country next year (probably by Feb) and come back again to the US. I want to bring my wife with me back to the US. So for me it's round trip but for her it's single trip. ...
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Electronics in sealed box as carry-on luggage: issues at security?

We are going to a conference and we are taking a new ipad with us to give away but we don't want to box to be opened. Will they just run it through the scanner or do they have to open it?
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How much should a taxi between Budapest airport and Szechenyi Baths cost?

A guy from my hostel is wondering how much to expect to pay for a taxi to the Szechenyi Baths and back to the airport since he has a six hour layover there. As bonus questions can he pay in Euros or ...
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Re-entering with the Visa Waiver Program for the USA

In November last year I visited Florida, and as a New Zealander had to go through the process of applying for and getting the Visa Waiver Program (which costs money, making it feel suspiciously like a ...
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Travelling in Sri Lanka - Advice on taxis and accomodation

My partner and I are going travelling in Sri Lanka in November for two weeks and I'm trying to plan a trip. I have a few specific questions about travel but would appreciate any tips or suggestions or ...
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Are there red light districts in St. Petersburg or Moscow?

We are going to travel to Russia (St Petersburg and Moscow). Is there any red light district (or something like that) in these cities? Where are these places? Are they safe for tourists?
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Can I remove receipts from imported products from my passport?

I have recently imported books into Canada from Japan. As I bought in excess of 5000¥, the purchase was tax free and the receipt was stapled to my passport and stamped. Since I've now come back to ...
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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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Buying/using Railcard (UK) from USA

I'll be in the UK in a few weeks, and will do some train travelling with my wife and two (under 5) children. The kids are free on trains, yay, so we're planning to get a Two Together railcard (As we'...
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Do I need a Chilean identification number just to buy a bus ticket?

I'm trying to buy a bus ticket within Chile, from either Pullman or Tur bus. As far as I can tell, I need to have a rut to be able to buy a ticket. The order forms won't allow me to continue without ...
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What is the highest altitude town or village with accommodation in Cambodia?

After boiling and baking myself for a month and a half all around Cambodia, I'm wondering about places I could go up in the mountains in the country. Specifically I'm wondering what the highest ...
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First Class Japan Rail Pass on Trains Without First Class

Can I use a first class Japan Rail pass to board trains that don't have a first class carriage?
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What does the acronym “ECO” mean in discussions of visas?

I saw this term ECO used in discussions on our meta pages and didn't notice a definition though I may have just skipped it. Googling it mostly returns hits about Eco-tourism, so it seems a bit ...
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Train Journey into Croatia from Italy

We will be spending some time in Italy during early July this year, and we will be finishing up in Verona. The next part of our trip involves getting into Croatia from here which is proving to be ...
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Am I allowed in the gas station shop without buying anything when waiting for my bus, in Canada?

In Canada (and probably other countries like the US), in some towns (usually too small to have a bus station), intercity buses stop at gas stations or convenience stores close to a highway. I was ...
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Travel in the Schengen area with only carta d'identita italiana and permesso di soggiorno

I am a non-EU student in Italy. Recently I have left my passport at the UK embassy for visa. However I have a ticket to for Greece in the next days (with Ryanair) and I the embassy doesn't give me a ...
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How to find inter-country buses in Europe?

I was traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt, and when I asked a tourist information, the guy advised that the best way is train. I took the train, and when arrived in Frankfurt, I found that there is a ...
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Internet access at Dubai airport?

I'll soon be transiting twice through Dubai Airport Terminal 3 and would like to make a quick Skype video call back home while there. What are my options, free or paid? I'm open to wifi, Internet ...
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Can I leave Indonesia and use the same visa when I return?

I have two options to get to Makassar from Padang: Padang–Yakarta–Makassar Padang–Kuala Lumpur–Makassar The second one is much cheaper than the first one, but I don't know if I'll have problems ...
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Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?

I just learned of a very interesting kind of minimal budget accommodation in Japan principally for people on bicycle and perhaps motorbike tours called "ライダーハウス" - "riders' houses". There is an ...
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Why do international drivers licenses have limited validity?

The International Drivers Permit or IDP is simply a booklet with translations in various language of your own driver license. It always needs to be shown together with your original drivers license. ...
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Travel time from Burj Khalifa observation deck to DXB Terminal 3 without taxi

Would anyone know how long it takes to travel from Burj Khalifa's observation deck to Dubai International Airport (DXB) Terminal 3 check-in counters by Metro and foot on a Saturday evening in January? ...
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Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel to Australia?

Currently, Australia has tough restrictions on liquids for both departing and arriving flights. These mean that for a flight to Australia, you will be re-screened before boarding the plane, with ...
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Long transit in Cairo (Egypt)

In a couple weeks, I will have a long layover in Cairo on a trip from Mumbai to Toronto. I get to Cairo on Sunday at noon and leave for Toronto on Monday at about 1 AM. I am travelling on EgyptAir ...
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Can we share the Go Pass?

We are a group of friends and will be visiting a few places in Belgium. So we wanted to buy Go Pass as they are cheaper. But we will not be able to make 10 trips between 2 stations per person. This ...
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Can I buy train tickets for a Shanghai - Beijing trip in Hong Kong?

Background: I want to travel to Hong Kong - Shanghai - Beijing by train. Seat61 article about train travel in China has details on fares, schedules and how to book the tickets. There are 3 ways to ...
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Volunteering for an archaeological dig

One of my main hobbies is archaeology, but very rarely get opportunities to get my hand dirty. What opportunities are there to travel to a location and join an archaeological dig voluntarily? I am ...
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Magnetic stripe or EMV (chip-and-pin) credit cards in France?

We are US travelers who will be spending 2 weeks in France (Bordeaux through Provence to Nice) in mid-April 2013. We understand that Europe is well ahead of the US in the use of EMV (chip-and-pin) ...
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Is the Sudbury Slag Pour still a thing?

20+ years ago I saw the "slag pour" in Sudbury, Ontario. This is molten rock leftover from processing metal out of ore being just dumped down a hillside from special train cars. At night it's really ...
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In Austria (OEBB), what does “Book reservation for trains” give me?

I'm booking a train from Vienna to Graz on February, taking the Railjet train. I have an option to reserve my seat via the site, and I was wondering what would happen if I do not do this: will there ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Madrid by train?

I am planning to travel from Northern Germany to Madrid by train in March. I found an offer for a night train to Paris for 43 Euro which is pretty cheap. From Paris to Madrid, my local train ...
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Can I connect through the USA with liquid duty-free purchases?

In the near future I'll be travelling DUB-ORD-PDX and I was wondering if I can make liquid duty-free purchases in Dublin and bring them through security as carry-on luggage in Chicago O'Hare. I will ...
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What ways are there to retain/gain AAdvantage status with American Airlines, apart from flying?

Let's say one is interested in gaining or retaining AAdvantage frequent flyer status with American Airlines (I am happy to broaden the question to other airlines if that's useful). Normally, this ...
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Crossing the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border

When traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap, the direct route is via the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border crossing. This border crossing can be a financial pain for inexperienced travellers, having witnessed ...
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Can a pregnant woman travel on a cruise ship without restriction?

Are there any laws or regulations that forbid pregnant women from participating on a cruise? Or does this vary from organization to organization. If so, are there any common rules?
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I'm Saudi, have got my Schengen visa and I'd like to visit Bora Bora “French Polynesia”?

I am Saudi and got my Schengen visa and i'd like to visit Bora Bora "French Polynesia" for a week or less. Do I need a certain visa to go there or would the Schengen visa be ok? (Note: I applied for ...
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Are US citizens legally required to provide a current address on a US customs declaration?

When returning to the USA, US citizens are required to fill out a written customs declaration. This form has space for a "Street Address". See a sample form here: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/...
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Hot Springs around Bulgaria?

I'll be travelling through south-eastern Europe (former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania) in 2 months on motorbike. I've heard there are hot springs / spas in Bulgaria, and it might be nice to ...
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Visiting both Taiwan and China having one passport

Can I expect to encounter any problem when visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) after visiting the People's Republic of China or vice versa? I mean, some countries have political clashes with each ...
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When transiting Moscow (SVO), citizens of which countries need a transit visa?

According to Wikipedia it seems that anyone can make the transit without a visa, but I'm not convinced. Where can I get some more official information on this?
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Has the Stalin Musem in Batumi shut down for good or will it reopen?

So there is a very famous Stalin Museum in Gori, Georgia and it is definitely going strong. But there is another far less well known Stalin Museum in Batumi, Georgia that I had heard mentioned ...
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What's the best way to learn differences in laws between countries?

When traveling from country to country, local laws and regulations can vary from what someone is used to in their home country (sometimes drastically, for example caning in Singapore for visiting ...
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Inspection of over-packed bags

On the TSA website, their "tips for packing your checked baggage" twice emphasizes that you shouldn't over-pack your bags: Avoid over packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily ...
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Accommodation for a large group in Cairns in November 2012

I'm organising a largish group (around 10, hopefully) to go to Cairns in November for the total solar eclipse on the 14th. With a group that size, it'd be nice if we could have a place to ourselves - ...
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How long does my passport need to be valid after my return from the UK?

Next year I'm going to the UK. Shortly after that my passport expires. Is this a problem? I know that for some countries, the passport has to be valid for at least 1 year more. How is it in the UK?
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Are dogs allowed on the Trans-Siberian railway?

There's a couple of guys from France here in my hostel in Tbilisi with a couple of huskies (or similar dogs). Their plan is to travel to Russia from here then take the Trans-Siberian to Mongolia. ...
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Refine an itinerary through Eastern Europe

Short version: Which places could we add extra days to (excluding cities before the 13th, because of the match in Lviv)? We are especially interested in things that are not the typical thing to do or ...
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Is the Pamir highway passable 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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On which trains in Japan is reservation mandatory?

The vast majority of Japanese trains have so-called non-reserved (or unreserved) seats (自由席, literally "free seats"), which do not allow reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served ...

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