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The US Department of State publishes recommended per diem ("per day") reimbursement rates for every major city. These are intended to enable fair reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by US federal employees transacting business on behalf of the US government. For instance an employee travelling to London will be entitled to claim 322 USD for lodging ...


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In the United States, the more polite terms I hear are usually either the restroom or the ladies' room/men's room (always including room). Washroom sounds Canadian to me. British terminology (such as loo) may well be understood but would sound odd. So, I might ask: "Where's the restroom?" If I already knew, I'd most likely excuse myself without explanation. ...


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The Economist Magazine invented the so-called "Big Mac Index" as an attempt to measure the relative purchasing power between various currencies. THE Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986 as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” level. It is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP), the notion ...


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Although Numbeo, a crowdsourced city comparison tool, is for cost of living and not travelling it is still an extremely useful resource even for short stays. For example Vancouver vs Jerusalem shows prices in restaurants, markets, rent per month (while you likely won't rent for a month the ratio between two cities will be similar for a daily rent).


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This question has been asked twice on English SE, the second in a British English context: “Toilet”, “lavatory” or “loo” for polite society Is there a formal way to say we want to go to the toilet? [closed] Too summarize that, loo or a bit more polite lavatory would be perfectly fine in the UK, while bathroom can be slightly confusing. People are more ...


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The problem with many of the online comparison tools is that they don't necessarily reflect the kind of travel lifestyle you're going after. Here's what I normally do to get a good estimate: Go to HostelWorld, find the highest rated hostel and check their daily rate for a 4-person room. In Prague that's around 30EUR, while in London it's closer to 50EUR. ...


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Unfortunately, there is no "usually" in this scenario. Luggage transfer is only possible if there is a baggage interlining agreement, and only available if there is a specific policy allowing it. For example, some airlines allow intra-alliance throuch-check on separate tickets, some only allow it on same airline, and some disallow it altogether. It is ...


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Numbeo is accurate for the cities I tried, but in many areas there are very cheap long term basic accommodation and only luxury travel accommodation for tourists. I think that someone who asks this question has a finite budget, the option to go where he wants and desires to get the most "bangs for his bucks". Most of the answers I saw were for luxury ...


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If I am looking for the toilet in an establishment I usually ask for the bathroom or the men's/women's room. My understanding is that the term bathroom is perceived as less crude than the word toilet hence why I don't user the latter. If I am at a formal event, such as a black tie dinner, I usually just say "excuse me" and then stand up and leave. No need ...


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Once your first flight lands, and you disembark and enter the airport, there will either be a sign, or an airport employee signalling which direction transit/onward/connecting passengers should go. Follow that and you should enter a part of a terminal where there are gates and one or more TV screens that show which flights correspond to which gates. Look at ...


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Cost of living indexes don't fully apply to tourism as residents incur a different set of costs to visitors. Also, per-diems are used to provide an estimation of how much a business traveller might be expected to spend and be allowed to claim back from their employer. A business traveller is unlikely to be able to claim for the cost of renting a beach chair ...


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The politest thing to do is to not draw attention to the fact that you need the toilet. Don't indicate to all and sundry that you need the toilet. If you need to know where the toilet is, ask where is the toilet/restroom/bathroom/lavatory, please? If you are desperate to go during a meeting or conversation, quietly excuse yourself at an opportune moment ...


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Just indicate that you need to wash your hands. That usually gets the idea across in polite society.


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Hertz lists cars that need to be returned to the origin country, and if you rent one of those they waive the one way fee. The website listing such deals for europe is http://www.hertz-transfer.eu/. I imagine a couple more companies would have a similar listing available. If anyone lists them in the comments I will add to the answer.


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As much as you like It's your money, we don't care how much you bring with you: the more you bring, the more you can spend, we're fine with that. However there are two important things to note You must declare any amount over €10,000 (this applies to the UK as well as the EU, noting that the currency is still Euros when entering the UK! This would be the ...


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There are canals and rivers suitable for boats that connect the both seas. And while rare, it is not exceptional to travel the distance. It takes time and quite a bit of money, preparations and patience. You mention wanting to start in the Netherlands. That means that you will need to pass through Belgium and/or Germany and will have to consider three ...


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I'm Australian. We like directness. Among friends we can be very blunt: "Where's the dunny?" Among foreigners we tone it down to merely informational and if we think the other person might be offended we use a more discreet low tone and start with a warning about impending directness: "I don't know the local polite form so I'm going to be direct. Where is ...


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It pretty much depends on which part of the world you are in. Your choice of words could be limited by their command of English and their history (e.g. an American colony in the following example). I remember arriving to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, and asking to a member of the airport crew where could I go to the loo, wc, gents, ...


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If your looking for a universal way that fits all circumstances, your best bet is going to be to ask someone. Your going to be the guest of someone. Even in a store you have the employees to help. So find someone that looks like they know the place, or better yet, invited you, and quietly, discreetly, let them know what your looking for. Then listen to the ...


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Schengen doesn't really enter the picture here. A Schengen visa issued by Poland does entitle you to enter the Schengen Area through one member state and continue towards another "domestically". The important consideration is whether you book the two flights on a single ticket in one transaction or on two different tickets that you purchase separately from ...


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If you are flying with Jet Airways, Air Vistara or Air India only you will land on international airport in Mumbai. For rest you have to take the Bus internally.


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All of the information they have requested is fairly common when making travel booking. Passport numbers and data of birth information is passed onto the airlines. Telephone number will potentially be passed onto multiple parties so they can contact you in the event of a problem (eg, delayed/canceled flight). And your home address, if nothing is, it the ...


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I think you wish an stamp with somehow "official" meaning. It's not so easy to get such a official stamp in the form of Heraldry (Coat of Arms), as normally such kind of stamps have serious official meaning. As my own experience, you can get a official tourist stamp in every tourist centres, with the logo of the city tourist authorities. I used to do it a ...


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The joys of English mean there's no actual word as such for the room in question. Everything is a euphemism. a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. Which means that just about anything on the list is valid. Americans seem to like Restroom ...


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Many years ago, a coworker (new at that time) mentioned to me in a matter-of-fact way that he intends to visit the boys' corner. I was confused and asked him what he meant, to which he translated it as "toilet". I was amused with the realisation! It may not be a polite way of inquiring with the other gender, though!


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Speaking from personal experience, I would strongly warn against this. I had once a ticket from Raleigh, NC to JFK with American Airlines, where, 2 and a half hours later I was to change over to Air France and continue on to Stuttgart via Paris. The lady at the check-in in Raleigh happily recorded all my flight numbers so I wouldn't have to pick up the ...


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We like Porto Petro a small mallorquin fishing village with a small harbour only 5 minutes from one of the famous beaches "Cala Mondrago" away. We have rent a apartment with a local agency Inmobiliaria Porto Petro here Hope that help!!


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Providing this is on a single ticket, you will check in your luggage in Sacramento and pick it up in Prague. When you check your luggage in, you will see the final destination printed on the luggage tag, which will be PRG. On the return, assuming you're following the same route, you will need to pick up your luggage in LA and carry to the transfer belt ...



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