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What happens when a foreigner gets a traffic fine in the United States?

What happens when a foreigner gets a speeding ticket / traffic fine in the United States? I've heard that the issuing officer will demand payment on site or will confiscate the drivers license. That ...
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What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?

I don't think I've ever understood this. I travel frequently across the State of California by car. And I often take the highway to get to many places. One thing I don't understand is how fast ...
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Is it possible to get from the Philippines to Taiwan to Japan (or the reverse) without flying?

It's not that I have a fear of flying but it seems the best way to see Island countries is by island hopping and these three countries are all relatively close to one another if you take into account ...
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Dual nationality, EU and Australian. Does it matter which passport is “travelled on”

I plan to visit Australia from the UK, I am an Australian national with dual nationality - I also hold a Greek passport. I have all the correct documentation and everything is fine. However, if I ...
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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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Which credit cards have global coverage?

While traveling I ran into two situations where my credit card was not accepted. I mainly use MasterCard. In China (although 10 years ago) Visa was accepted in most stores, but MasterCard was not. In ...
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When travelling internationally with valuable personal effects, how do I avoid paying duty at each border crossing?

Some people travel internationally with valuable personal effects. The most obvious example is photography equipment which could easily be valued over $15k. Jewelry, watches, and specialized medical ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Which countries are “Muslim countries”?

In the question about drinking beer in Dubai it arose that the term "Muslim country" can be seen as one where the laws of the country are affected by the rules of the religion (like Dubai), whereas ...
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Are there any secrets or tricks to flying for free (or almost free)?

I've heard unverified stories of people who wait around at airports until there is a vacant spot on a flight where they want to go, and then get on for insanely cheap. I would also imagine that it is ...
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How can I fly with a guitar?

During my upcoming holiday to the USA I'm thinking about buying a new guitar as the exchange rate is extremely favorable. Excuse my naivety but I have never flown with a guitar before. What is a ...
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From whom can I buy travel insurance if I don't “live” anywhere?

I am an Australian citizen, currently living in Singapore and I want to travel through Europe and the USA over the next six months. I will be leaving Singapore permanently and my intent is to ...
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Is there an online community to find travel partners (for mountains, sightseeing etc.)?

Is there an online community to find travel partners for mountain trekking or sightseeing or anything else? I don't want to travel to foreign mountains alone, but I don't know where to search ...
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How can I travel to the North Pole, cheaply?

I'm aware that annually there's a North Pole marathon, and that would be one way of getting up there, if exhausting. What other options exist to get there, preferably economically (the marathon costs ...
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Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US

I'll be traveling to the UK (London) on a study abroad in the spring and will be bring my laptop for school and intern purposes. I was just curious what/if any rights UK customs has to search laptops ...
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What to do when you can't print your boarding pass?

I just use web checkin for my flight tomorrow. After that I should have printed my boarding pass. However, I realised that this is not possible. So what can I do now? I have already checked in, but no ...
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Best way to make my ears pop?

What is the best way to make my ears pop when landing on a plane? The hold-your-nose-and-pitch method is very painful; are there any other methods to pop ears?
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How to check a large backpack?

When travelling on airlines based in the US with a large backpack, I prefer to carry the bag onto the plane as part of my hand baggage allowance. Most foreign flag carriers, however, have a ...
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Advice for flying with a 6 month old infant?

We are going to have our first flight with our 6 month-old child. The flight will be 12 hours long. Is there anything we need to pay special attention to? Anything we might overlook? FEEDBACK Ok, ...
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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 ...
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Who pays for the return ticket when a country refuses entry?

If I am on a tourist visa, and refused entry into the intended touring country, then who pays for the return ticket? I would assume I will have to. But if I have no money of any kind, then what ...
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OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?

This is the part four in the interesting series: "OK we are all X here, so really". You can find the past episodes here: OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airpot, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general basis ...
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Proving onward travel on a South America tour

My question is related to / inspired by Does Colombia require proof of onward travel? but isn't quite the same. I'm thinking of a trip around South America (from Europe) such that: I would not ...
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Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?

Now there's a lot of propaganda in the west that leads us to believe Iran is dangerous and travellers shouldn't go there. Obviously there are major political disagreements between several governments ...
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US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel

For a US citizen traveling worldwide, what is the best major debit/ATM card (on the Visa or MasterCard networks) to take in terms of lowest fees for withdrawing international currency from ATMs? ...
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What's the easiest way to find a vacation rental?

I've rented a few vacation homes and really liked it but it always takes hours and hours to find a good one. It seems like there are 100+ different sites that all list different homes (some with a ...
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Is it worth getting a one-week public transportation pass for Rome?

My friend and I are first-time travelers who will be visiting Rome for a week in late September. According to Rome.info, a week pass could be gotten for 16 Euros. Is it worth buying a week-pass? More ...
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How to find coworker space in Berlin as a tourist?

I will be traveling to Berlin, where I will meet with some friends. We would like to have a hackathon which means doing computer work for which we would need an Internet connection, a whiteboard and ...
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1answer
372 views

What is the difference between primary coverage and secondary coverage on a travel insurance policy?

What is the difference between primary coverage and secondary coverage on a travel insurance policy? Which is recommended for short-term travelers?
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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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Is there a crowdfunding platform for trips?

I often organise trips with a large group of friends. It is always a pain to get everybody to commit and pay in time to cover the deposits and/or book the tickets. It would be so convenient if it ...
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What is a good data plan for Internet surfing in northern Italy? [duplicate]

I've checked the webpages of some their providers, but franly, just like in the case of those in my own language, I literally cannot find my way around them. So if you wouldn't mind sharing a word of ...
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Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?

I decided not to renew my passport before starting this trip because passports are very expensive in comparison to my income and my low travel budget. But when asking people I find their passports in ...
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Can growing a beard cause problems in crossing borders?

I just recently renewed my passport with a picture taken just after I shaved. I haven't shaved since (>3 weeks) and I kind of like it. I am even looking into how to maintain a beard, but that is a ...
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How can I protect camera equipment in checked baggage?

While I usually take my camera equipment in a carry-on when I fly (within the US), that's not always an option (small plane where no carry-on other than my purse is allowed, travelling with too much ...
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Is the TSA Lock acceptable in European Airports?

I understand if you travelling in or to the US, you can lock your luggage using the TSA Luggage Lock. (Immigration is still able to open your luggage using their own special keys) How about Europe? ...
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Which locations are traditionally Santa's home - i.e. where can you visit Santa Claus year-round?

Obviously around this time of the year, Santa and his minions will be out and about, finding out who is naughty and nice, and delivering presents. However, the rest of the year he's back at his home. ...
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Entering Brazil by air, leaving by land, will I be denied entry?

I've just read this question Travelling to Brazil without return ticket which suggests that I will need to prove that I am leaving Brazil before the 90-day visa expires. If I was planning on leaving ...
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Will an Iranian or Kuwaiti visa or stamp in my passport pose a problem on a future visit to Israel?

In this question I learned that entering Kuwait with an Israeli stamp in your passport will be a problem. (Less surprising was that Iran doesn't like them either). Later during my current trip I am ...
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Vehicles required/allowed in weigh stations on US interstates

On US interstates, there are weigh stations for trucks. Are they for trucks only? What are the exact categories of vehicles that must/may enter? If I rented a UHaul or Penske truck, would I be ...
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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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Maximum validity of a Schengen visa for multiple visits

My dodgy Colombian friend has a Schengen visa which is valid for 5 years. It is a multiple entry visa but it also says you are permitted 90 days in the Schengen zone. Is this 90 days total in 5 ...
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?

This question is a spinoff of the question about wild camping in Europe since none of the answers cover the area where I am now with my tent and sleeping bag (-: Do any of the following countries in ...
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Pricing and booking mixed-class fares, with economy & premium economy combined?

So I find myself flying mixed-class fares pretty often these days, with the long legs in Premium Economy and the short hauls in plain old Economy. Some sample trips flown or planned: SYD-AKL-SFO ...
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Can I take chocolate to Australia?

Australia is well known for having very strict rules on what food and plant-based materials can be brought into the country, to try to keep the country free of diseases. Some food/animal/plant things ...
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3answers
665 views

Visa for European countries for US passport holder

I'm a US passport holder. What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything ...
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Visiting CERN in Switzerland

Is it possible to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as a tourist to Geneva? Are there any guided tours? Which parts can be seen?
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Can two different planes share the same flight number?

There's a daily flight, let's call it AB 1234 which leaves at 11am with a flight duration of more than 13 hours. I noticed that every day, the same flight AB 1234 leaves at 11am. It seems physically ...

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