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Can I travel to North Korea overland (via train)?

I understand there's only one company that actually does the North Korea tours (although a lot of other tour agencies will allow you to book through them). I am wondering if they have an option to ...
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3answers
2k views

Is there a practical point in learning foreign words while travelling?

It is frequently advised for travelers to learn the basic vocabulary in whatever is the local language in the country they're visiting. The reasons usually given are: It can help in situations where ...
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3answers
2k views

One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands!

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one in the Netherlands and one in Belgium. One can ...
12
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2answers
2k views

What does “early bird rate” mean in hotel reservations?

Maybe it's too obvious, but I'm not a native English speaker.
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2answers
384 views

Is there a site that gives travelling opportunities in Europe if you don't care about the destination or the date?

I'm interested in travelling around Europe the cheapest way possible, but I don't really care about the order in which I visit countries and I'm 100% flexible for both departure and return date. I'm ...
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7answers
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Why do people on airplanes often have tomato juice as a drink?

Tomato juice seems to be a favorite drink for many travelers to have on board an airplane. I've seen this on almost every flight I've been on, but I have never noticed this same trend at ground-level. ...
9
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4answers
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How much extra time should I reserve to enter the US from Canada with the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Bus as a European VWP citizen?

As a citizen of a VWP country (The Netherlands), I do not need ESTA to enter the USA by land: If you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and you enter ...
3
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2answers
848 views

India converter 110v to 220v for Dental appliances

I am planning for a trip to India, and would like to know if there are good branded voltage converters (110v to 220v) that are available in the US for my Philips Soniccare and Waterpik. (BTW I have ...
5
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2answers
180 views

Beside bringing along a N95 mask, what items should I bring when going to places that are hazy

I will be going to Malaysia this weekend for a business trip but I heard from News that there are Haze all over Malaysia and Singapore due to the forest burning in Indonesia. So, beside bringing ...
12
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2answers
4k views

What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?

I've checked the costs of first class travel by high speed train in France and to UK. According to pictures, first class seats in the Eurostar and TGV look similar in terms of legroom and width, while ...
8
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1answer
162 views

Taiwan maximum stay rules with reentry

I've heard about US expats temporarily leaving Taiwan for a weekend so that they can stay an additional 90 days under visa exempt entry. I have two questions about this practice: Is there a minimum ...
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4answers
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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
7
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1answer
119 views

A resource for multi-country SIM providers

I see that there are several cell phone companies that will offer a SIM card associated with local numbers in multiple countries, so that you can receive incoming calls at local rates in all of them. ...
6
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1answer
100 views

Is it safe to hang out at a bus station for 1-2 hours in Guatemala City?

My wife and I are going to be vacationing in Guatemala. She has been already down there for a month as part of a study abroad program and I am meeting her. She'll be coming in on the ADN bus from Xela ...
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10answers
12k views

If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?

As per the news, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has had his passport revoked by the United States Government. From the article: It was not immediately clear how Snowden was able to travel, ...
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1answer
92 views

How can I travel so that I am never lost? [closed]

What should I factor in preparations so that when I travel, I am never lost ? Edit: I am specifically interested in travelling within Australia by road or taking direct flights between Australia to ...
5
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1answer
65 views

What time do I need to line up to be guaranteed of a Skomer Island visit during peak season?

The official website for Skomer Island visits suggests arriving two hours before the boat departure to purchase tickets because only 250 people are allowed to visit the island per day. This would ...
6
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3answers
610 views

I'm planning to go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. What's cheapest and safest to go between cities?

Me and 2 friends are thinking on going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and we’re planning to visit Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, and Sao Paulo to see different matches and explore the cities. I’ve been to ...
11
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3answers
865 views

6 hour stopover in Shanghai

I have a stop over in Shanghai Pudong (Transit for a flight from London to Auckland). Is this long enough to leave the airport, do some sight-seeing, and then make it back? Do I need a visa to ...
1
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1answer
48 views

How do you keep track of your financial assets while traveling / living overseas? [closed]

Im living over seas and basically keep a spreadsheet of various assets, stocks, savings, and investments in both countries. Does anyone have any best practice advice for managing things. Just looking ...
3
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1answer
150 views

How to overcome depression when relocating? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and I relocated last year to Berlin. I'm learning the German language and I'm trying to understand the whole new world. But my problem is that I discovered that I'm depressed, ...
7
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1answer
145 views

Can I enter Malaysia, as a Libyan without a visa?

I have roundtrip way ticket arrive at 15 March 2014 and depart at 28 March 2014, I will attend the TAEEAC 2014 conference, I have registered. As I am Libyan citizen, can I get a visa at the Airport? ...
8
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2answers
2k views

What happens if you don't “collect” an Oyster top-up or transfer in time?

With an Oyster Card, there are a few different ways you can arrange to top up, or collect additional tickets, or have balances transferred. Broadly, they are: At a station with a ticket machine ...
12
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2answers
1k views

Does Eurolines provide a map (list or other resource) with origin / destination cities (or locations)?

I am assessing my needs to do some travel and one of the options I am considering is bus. I went to the eurolines website but they don't seem to have an overall europe origin/destination table to see ...
5
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1answer
145 views

Transit in Turkey for Swiss and Bulgarian citizens

We plan to flight me, my wife and our daughter to Bulgaria and one option is to flight from Geneva to Istanbul, then Istanbul-Varna. The question is: As a Swiss citizen I can normally go to Bulgaria ...
19
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3answers
6k views

Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?

Many years ago when I first started travelling, one of the tips you heard for a great way to get cheap international air tickets was to travel as a courier carrying items for specialized courier ...
1
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1answer
169 views

Apartment vs Hotel - Dubai downtown?

I am planning to visit Dubai in december for 3 days on my way to India. We are a family of 5 and I am looking for a best accommodation option in Dubai. I am confused whether to stay in apartment or ...
8
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2answers
116 views

Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?

After watching too many editions of Jay Leno's Garage on YouTube in the last few days, culminating in one about a '70s Japanese car, I started to wonder ... Is there any car museum or collection of ...
9
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1answer
152 views

“Circular” hiking trails in Iceland?

In September I will be travelling to Iceland, and renting a car there to make a trip around most of the country. One of the main activities will be hiking, and I am looking to do one hiking trip that ...
5
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2answers
84 views

What kind of backpack do I need?

I am going on a week hike in Southern Spain - I'm intending on packing as light as possible, but will be taking lightweight mat, sleeping bag, bivvy or tent, stove, mess tin, minimal cloths, water, ...
2
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1answer
55 views

Association of travel agencies in the US?

In case of a bankruptcy of a travel agency, you have the chance of losing all the money that you already paid. Therefor, there are associations of which a travel agency (of any size) can become a ...
1
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1answer
93 views

Should I have a transit visa in Frankfurt? [duplicate]

I have Syrian passport with USA visa. I will travel from USA to Lebanon but I have one stop in Frankfurt. I want to ask if I need visa to stay in the airport in Frankfurt until I have my next flight. ...
0
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1answer
65 views

Rechecking baggage for AA flight Paris-->New York-->Boston [duplicate]

I'll soon be flying from Paris, CDG to New York, with a connecting flight to Boston. Does anyone know if I will need to claim and then recheck my baggage in New York before my flight to Boston? The ...
8
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1answer
282 views

Why are visas not electronic?

With our increasing reliance on technology why do we have to carry paper visa 'stamps' in our passport instead of using some electronic system? I am assuming a passport number is linked to a visa so ...
6
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2answers
1k views

For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?

Even though I travel a lot I've never had an e-visa. I just found out at least some countries that issue e-visas do not then attach a full page version of the visa into your passport when you arrive. ...
6
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1answer
138 views

Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China

Here in my hostel in Beijing there's a European couple who want to travel to Dandong, which is a city right on the North Korean border. So Wikivoyage lists some suggested places to stay but, along ...
5
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1answer
127 views

How to obtain details (validity, number of entries) on a Singaporean eVisa?

Recently my buddy applied for a Singapore visa as he had to transit in SG and during one return leg of the journey had about 6 hours to kill in SG. The SG embassy sent back his Indian Passport (with ...
5
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2answers
485 views

Do I need to get a visa for Turkey?

I'm going to travel to Iran from Germany. Since I've booked connected flights (Germany- Turkey, Turkey- Iran), do I need a visa for Turkey as well as Iran? This is my flights schedule: ...
6
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1answer
265 views

Boarding a train in the UK at a later calling station, on an advanced purchase (train specific) ticket

This question is not about breaking a train journey in the United Kingdom. I wanted return tickets from London to Bicester. Thanks to an offer, I have purchased return tickets from London to ...
4
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1answer
142 views

Beijng Capital International Airport with asthma

We're considering taking a flight in August that connects in Beijing. One of us has mild asthma (usually well controlled) and other health problems that could get worse if the asthma is aggravated. ...
10
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1answer
284 views

Do I need to take any precautions regarding smog when travelling?

Recently, Beijing had issues with severe smog. I understand that too much smog can be unhealthy, but also that the likelihood of possible damage is probably related with the exposure time. For ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

Where is this lake?

The filename of this image is "rocky mountains", but it rather looks like Norway to me. Where is it exactly? No source I find through Google Images or through tineye will be more specific than ...
14
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8answers
2k views

Are there any man-only places in the world?

I know it is forbidden to enter to Muslim's mosques/shrines without proper Islamic cover or having your shoes during walking through temples/tombs/shrines in India and some other Hindu countries or ...
7
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1answer
61 views

Wildcat trail when Valley Drive is closed

I am planning a trip to Monument Valley in March. At this period, Valley Drive is closed at 4:30 pm. Is it still possible to hike Wild Cat trail after that time, from "The View" parking lot?
10
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1answer
128 views

Flying from Canada with art supplies

I always fly with just a carry-on and this time I'm thinking of taking some art supplies with me on my trip and I'm just wondering what the rules are. I'll be taking pastels, china ink and nibs, a few ...
3
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1answer
984 views

How to cancel multi-entry Schengen visa?

I have a Schengen visa (business class) from one of the EU countries. It is multi-entry type valid for 18 months (90 day stay), I used this visa to visit the EU last month and it will remain valid ...
2
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2answers
564 views

How do I minimize cash advance fees when withdrawing from a foreign ATM?

When withdrawing money from a Japan Post ATM using a card (which can act as either a credit card and or an ATM card) from Westpac, the withdrawal is from my credit card account, and I get charged a ...
6
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1answer
72 views

Restaurant rating information in China

I'd like to try to find places to eat in China. In the USA I look on Chowhound, which has a pretty good user base. Is there a similar tool for China? I could use a site like TripAdvisor, but I worry ...
9
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2answers
1k views

Cab company in Boston with child car seats?

Is there a taxi/car service company in Boston which can provide a child car seat, if we request one in advance? We realize that the T is usually very convenient and that's what we'll mostly be using, ...
12
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3answers
14k views

What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Germany?

I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?

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