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I suspect your Mom hasn't spent much time in the places you're planning to visit, because the notion that these countries are dangerous is frankly ridiculous. I've spent most of my life living in Europe, including Ireland, UK, France and Germany and have never been the victim of any personal crime. Maybe I've just been lucky, but if you want something a bit ...


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This is very common in many airports around the world, someone who is trying to make a living by driving people form the airport and offering their services. Usually they are tourist traps and they will try to take as much as they could from you, unless you know how to deal with them. Their services vary, they can be taxi drivers, they do offer ...


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I'm not sure where you are coming from, USA? Cities in Europe are like cities in the US, there are business areas, residential areas, entertainment districts with restaurants & theatres. In general you will be safe in Europe but you should probably get a guide book for each country you plan to visit, guides such as Lonely Planet warn of the rough areas ...


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IKeelYou's answer is excellent for the general case, but I'd like to add some specifics, since you mention this is in China. This guy was trying to sell you transportation service. This is a very popular way for people with cars to make money, because just getting tags (i.e. current stickers, registration, license plates, etc.) is both expensive and ...


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There exist several bus lines: http://www.greyhound.com/ http://megabus.com/ https://www.boltbus.com/ and probably more that I can't think of right now. You can also travel by train: http://www.amtrak.com In general bus routes cover more of the country than by train. You can see a map of the Amtrak network here: http://www.mapmash.in/amtrak.html ...


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Buying option For a one-month trip, I do not recommend buying and selling a car. Although it probably could be done, let me address some of the complications with that first, then I'll discuss rentals: A $3000 car will be old, and probably not very reliable. I would not trust a car in this price range to get me safely around the country without thorough ...


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No problem, many people do it all the time. Rick Steves, the travel writer of the 'Europe through the back door' guide books did it himself and that was years ago. It's arguably safer now. Accommodation - hostels. Use sites like Hostelbookers to find accommodation (book early if possible, they can fill up). They're social, fun, and you'll find lots of ...


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You are 18 and travelling to Europe for the first time and want to know if it's safe, and what other things you should be aware of. I assume you are an American or Canadian. I also assume you will be unemployed and with few, if any, demonstrable ties to your home country. Unforeseen Obstacles The first and foremost thing to be aware of is the likelihood ...


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(Almost) relevant humor - Always remember that Robinson Crusoe is the only person who has every always been able to get everything done by Friday. (1) Work your way through the incredibly long Wikipedia - uninhabited islands entry. (2) NZ uninhabited islands subset . None too tropical. Once you are legally in NZ there are some where you may just ...


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You have asked at the right place because I happen to have six brochures with me all about ferries between Japan and Korea and I've done this very trip six times and used most of the ferries at least once! User humphreyb has already told you all about the fast hydrofoil ferry, so I will concentrate on the other (overnight) ferries. Camellia Line Co., ...


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In December at least it will be summer, so you can explore the entire country! Suggested cities and activities below: El Calafate, Patagonia - use as a base to go see the Perito Moreno glacier - the 3rd largest in the world, and the general area - great for hiking, climbing and trekking. The Andes are spectacular down there. Ushuia - the end of the ...


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I'm Chris from Rome2rio, if you don't mind sharing your experience we'd be keen to find out which TGV routes and European routes in general you have found are missing from Rome2rio results. This would help us review and improve our results in future. If you prefer you can send the details to feedback@rome2rio.com If you are looking for alternatives to ...


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While it is true that taxi drivers will try to overcharge you in Malaysia, it is also true that the rates set by the government are on the low side. The official rate is 1 MYR / kilometre which converts roughly to $0.3. Tourism drives up prices in cities in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and I am willing to sympathise with the taxi drivers. Unlike Western ...


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They mean the HiAce which is commonly used in Pakistan for inter-city transport. Image Credit: wikipedia Here is one in action:


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A lot depends on how far you live from the airport or train station - I have a much larger "train is faster" radius because the airport is on one side of "the big city" and I am on the other - and there are train stations on my side. The big difference is in the time to clear security and wait at the gate. I have read suggestions you arrive at the airport 3 ...


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(The last paragraph is the TL;DR version...) I have bought a car in the US as a tourist four times, but twenty years ago. The first time I was only there four six weeks but I expected to go to all kinds of odd places at odd times so never considered doing it another way given the country's bad reputation for public transport. As pointed out in another ...


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Wikipedia's entry on this lake has detailed information on tracks and lodges. It also provides 6 references with details. Apparently about 700 people visit annually. It is reached as a side trip of the Travers-Sabine circuit. There is a map available. The blue lake is a side trip, estimated to take 7 hours. DISCLAIMER: I haven't been there, all information ...


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I'm currently working in our Eindhoven office and can see the runway from here ;) Hitchhiking is unlikely to work; there's no decent location to get picked up near the airport. The A2 highway is close, yes, but there's no parking lot or something similar. Furthermore, you're not allowed to walk on the highway itself. You'd have to post on the on-ramp, but ...


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It's not a real platform, but King's Cross station in London has a faux Platform 9¾ (9 and 3/4), in reference to the platform in the Harry Potter novels. It has a luggage trolley half embedded in the wall, to allow people to take photographs with it.


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One thing I haven't heard anyone else mention is your clothes. You can help avoid being singled out by pickpocketers by not dressing like a naive American. For example, don't wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, baseball hats, or even tennis shoes. Get a GOOD pair of nice walking shoes; if you can buy them over there even better. Nice slacks, with a belt, ...


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You're a Pedestrian, Act Like One In France roller skates and other wheeled contraptions are considered as games, rather than means of transportation, and are therefore not subject to any specific regulation. Indeed from a legal standpoint the French Traffic Code states that skaters are considered pedestrians and must therefore abide by the same rules. ...


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I would recommend the following things (sorted by country): Switzerland Visit Top of Europe. You can take a train to the Jungfraujoch which is 3545 meters above sea level. There you can exit the train and walk around. For example to a restaurant or over a glacier. Visit Luzern and its world famous Chapel Bridge Visit the Italian part of Switzerland, named ...


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Lonely Planet has information on this. There are flights from/to Santiago and from/to Papeete. Some people choose this connection just to travel between France and Tahiti by avoiding annoyances of a transit through the USA. Lan Airlines (100-920; Av Atamu Tekena s/n; 9am-4:30pm Mon-Fri & 9am-12:30pm Sat), near Av Pont, is the only airline serving ...


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The Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, Germany is a suspension railway first opened in 1901 and still in operation as a regular mass transit system. Each train can carry around 120 passengers, and a one-way ticket is 2.40 EUR. During rush hours there is one train every 3-4 minutes. There are a handful other (much newer) suspension railway lines in operation in ...


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GMaps for the geographical center of Russian Federation. As you can see, this is a mountain located lake with no cities among many miles from it. Also this lake is on Arctic Circle, and not very well explored by people. We even doesn't know the maximum depth of it. Also you have to know that this region is a seismically active - you can see the trees at ...


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Car rental is the most flexible and enjoyable option. Inter-city buses in the U.S. do not come close in comfort, frequency or convenience to ones in most of the world (e.g. Europe and East Asia). With few exceptions (5 or so major cities), once you get to your destination, public transport is sparse and infrequent, while walking the streets is unusual and ...


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Cars are by far the most popular way to get around, so renting a car would be the first choice if you look for comfort and flexibility. Just be prepared for very long driving times. Roads are not bad, but they are usually 2 lanes (which means you can get stuck behind trucks or other slow vehicles), and pass through villages (where speed limit is 50km/h). ...


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Buses are great - in Argentina, they're comfortable, serve food, and reliable. Pick one going overnight, sleep on the bus (get full-cama, not semi-cama - your seat will become a bed!) and be there in the next day! Head to Retiro bus station in Buenos Aires, they all go from there, go upstairs to the 2nd floor and to the area for north-bound buses. There ...


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I think you're limited to renting a car or traveling on Greyhound. Amtrak does have a route that crosses the upper parts of Montana and North Dakota but I wouldn't call it very useful. If you rent a car, you can save money by renting and returning the car to the same location. Returning a car to a different location is usually more expensive. Greyhound has ...


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In southern Saudi Arabia in an area on the top of few mountains which has a very unique and complicated terrain, people need a unique way of traveling between villages of that area. This is how (Fifa'a) looks like: And this is how they travel from one village to another, or from one mountain to another: These are local made cable cars, I have no ...



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