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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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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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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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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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