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In many countries, there are only one or two companies offering long-distance busses and Eurolines would be the only one with a regular network of international busses. So the first things to check is the national transport company and Eurolines. But there are more and more alternatives and in my experience it seems especially true for Germany. I don't know ...


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Since you're in the US legally, your visa remains valid even though it's been lost, and it should be fine to travel to Hawaii: If you are a foreign citizen temporarily in the United States, and you lose your U.S. visa, you can remain for the duration of your authorized stay. You will need photo ID to board your flight to Hawaii, but a "Foreign ...


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OpenStreetMap is pretty complete in Europe (at least in the parts I'm familiar with), even when it comes to footpaths. It can be downloaded freely (there are smartphone apps to download the data and browse the map offline). However, as an aid to hiking, it's lacks critical information for many locations. In particular, there's no elevation. There's no ...


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Now that I'm back from my trip I thought I'd add my own answer with details of the experience. All of the following is using an iPhone 4S, unlocked and using T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan (originally an AT&T locked phone). On landing at Heathrow I turned off airplane mode and my phone immediately connected to EE. I've seen reports that this could take ...


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I used this plan on my Nexus 4 in Israel, Germany, and Greece this summer. I used it mainly for data, with some texting and voice calls (though at 20 cents/minute, I kept voice calls to a minimum). It was not perfect. Sometimes I had to manually scan for networks and get it to register on a different network (because automatic registration failed). ...


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Roaming in Europe with GSM phones generally works very well. I don't have experience with this particular combination but I have done it across various countries (including France with a T-mobile subscription from another country than the US) and never had a problem placing a call or sending a SMS (I had trouble with MMS but who cares about MMS today?). I ...


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T-Mobile roams onto other T-Mobile networks where they exist, e.g. in Germany (T-Mobile is a German company). T-Mobile owns 50% of EE in the UK, and all T-Mobile customers (from any country) roam onto EE when in the UK. EE in the UK is a major network with coverage nearly anywhere you're likely to go. The only places you're likely to struggle for a signal ...


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Busbud is quickly becoming the go to site for bus tickets around the world, as it's adding more inventory to its database. Currently there are many routes in Europe that you can search, compare and book bus tickets directly on the busbud site, otherwise you can view schedules and prices and get redirected to the bus companies website to purchase your ticket. ...


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Sea and party immediately reminds me of Barcelona. 2-3 weeks may be too long to stay just in Barcelona. You could take a train or drive to Marseille in under 5 hours and thereafter end your journey with the pleasant summer weather in Nice. Not a party place though.


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You certainly don't need to take your passport everywhere. Whether you need to have an ID on you at all times and what is accepted depends on the country. In most cases, being able to produce your passport the next day should be OK (but there are exceptions like the Netherlands where not having a recognized ID on you makes you liable for a fine, no matter ...


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No, you can't use a driving license, because what is required is not just a proof of identity but a proof of nationality. You could have a driving license if you were a British resident, and it wouldn't give the right to enter Switzerland without a visa. Generally speaking, you need a national identity card or a passport. You can consult the Swiss list of ...


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On Akena hotels website ( http://www.hotels-akena.com/fr/carte-generale.html ) they claim that some of their hotels have some 4 person room. It is worth having a look ;)


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Within the EU there are (still) roaming fees. However, you might check with your provider whether there are any special deals which can lower these fees (such as for calls from France to another country, as well as for calling France from another country. It may, however, be worthwhile to get a prepaid SIM card for the other country you visit, maybe ...


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Using a phone outside of France is easy, usually you need to activate roaming once, for free. If you stay within the EU, it's still international roaming but prices are regulated and going down constantly (there is a plan to forbid roaming fees entirely by 2016 but it's not been voted yet). Placing and receiving voice calls and SMS has become quite cheap, ...


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In case of an American, until very recently it was problematic because of FATCA, however by now all EU countries have signed agreements. So you're in luck. The Dutch bank I'm using, ABN-AMRO, offers services for exapats, as well as for non-residents. ABN AMRO International Clients: your Non-Residents and US-persons Banking Specialist. Please contact us ...


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I can only agree with some of the others here. Sailing south of South America is a very demanding route. I've been in Antarctica with my own boat and are now heading back from Uruguay/Buenos Aires. I'm looking for crew and I get some proposals. Mostly from people with just that 'a bit romantic' touch: I have no experience and no money, but I work hard' ...



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