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Feb
27
comment London to Dublin: bus, train, plane, or car rental?
And if the difference between Ryanair and Aer Lingus is small, go for Aer Lingus: Ryanair operates from Stanstead which is some ways out of London, whereas Aer Lingus operates from both Gatwich and Heathrow, which are (IMO) easier to get to. Plus the experience of travelling will be immeasurably better on Aer Lingus (or any other carrier, really) than Ryanair - Ryanair isn't too bad, just know what you're getting into and be sure to print out your own tickets, bring your own food, prepay any luggage fees, etc etc in advance.
Feb
27
answered How to buy duty free other than at the airport?
Feb
27
answered Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?
Feb
10
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
20
comment Can you tell a cabbie which route to take?
This likely varies from city to city; Vegas is somewhat notorious for taxi drivers taking the slow long way to the hotel via the strip, aka 'longhauling'. I don't think other cities are quite that bad.
Nov
17
comment Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?
Unless, of course, you actually enjoy the crowdedness and confusingness of Tokyo :)
Nov
15
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec - I look forward to the day when print and TV adverts can do likewise! (The US is a single media market, unlike much of Europe.) - I'm originally from Europe, and certainly prefer when true prices are displayed - it makes it much easier to pay with exact coins. I'm just pointing out that there are cultural, practical and historic reasons for why thing are as they are; it's not just because the merchants here want to rip off everyone. (Actually, given that it's a tax, it would really be the government that wants to rip people off here...)
Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec: one reason that US prices don't include tax - in stores or restaurants - is that taxes vary not only from state to state, but also between regions within states: a city might levy an extra 1.5% of sales tax on top of state sales tax to fund transit, for example. This makes it impossible to have advertisements list the actual sale price, since it varies so much, so instead listed prices are pre-tax, and that's what consumers are used to. In Europe, by contrast, tax is typically same within any given country.
Oct
20
answered A “Pike Place Market” in Boston?
Oct
20
answered Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
Oct
19
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
@Roddy - I totally agree with your view PBR; there's a ton of decent micros to be had - to paraphrase someone, 'life's too short to drink bad beer'. I've noticed that PBR is perhaps the beer most likely be be on special - I've seen some places that had "$2 PBR" specials. Wouldn't touch the stuff myself, but if you wanted to grab a beer with folks, it's a low cost option :)
Oct
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
19
answered What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
Aug
27
comment Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART
The day pass can be worth it if you're planning on riding the cable cars: they are $6/ride and don't take or issue transfers, but they are covered by the day pass, so one round trip and you're almost broken even.
Jun
26
comment 10 days in France - a trip from Amsterdam: is it worth buying an InterRail card?
It looks like there is a France+Benelux, but it's not for sale within Europe.
Jun
23
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Jun
23
comment Which trains in France are included in an InterRail card?
Check out the pages on Rick Steve's site about rail passes - the one for France is here - it answers some of your questions including TGV coverage (some % is covered, depends on the type of pass).
Jun
2
comment When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money?
@AndrewGrimm: for Japan, all you need to do is find a 7-11 (they are all over!) and use one of the ATMs there, as those ones take western cards.
Jun
1
answered Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling