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Nov
8
comment When going by a train from Paris to Amsterdam, can I hop off in Antwerp and then hop on again?
@HaLaBi No, Thalys trains require a reservation, and have market-based pricing so are only valid for a particular journey in a particular train (like all high-speed trains in France).
Nov
8
comment When going by a train from Paris to Amsterdam, can I hop off in Antwerp and then hop on again?
Here is an analysis on doing the Paris–Bruxelles part by non-reserved trains. It isn't necessarily cheaper, and as user3470 notes it's slow.
Nov
6
reviewed Reopen Australian resident working in the UK - Can I apply for a French Visa from the UK?
Nov
4
comment Japan: Car rental vs public transport
It depends where you want to go! If you want to stick to the cities (big and small), a car would only be a hindrance. But if you want to specifically aim for the countryside (of which there is less than in Germany), you might want to rent a car.
Nov
3
comment Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation
@user3470 Mind you, I didn't know what it meant before today (and I probably will have forgotten tomorrow). The acronym is on Wikipedia, and the post being written in Indian English was a good hint (that, plus the insanely complicated array of classes).
Nov
2
reviewed Close Going through an American airport while not having a US visa
Nov
2
reviewed Leave Open Where to buy a SIM card in Cape Town
Nov
2
comment Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation
@user3470 TTE = travelling ticket examiner = train conductor in India. @K.C. you should have made that clear in your question.
Nov
2
revised Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation
grammar; title; added india tag as this is clearly about india
Oct
28
revised Why are prices published without tax in the US?
this isn't specific to San Francisco
Oct
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
25
reviewed Close Where to find a high-quality reversed map of the world?
Oct
24
reviewed Close I want to travel from Philadelphia to EWR, what are the options?
Oct
21
comment Are both the entry and exit day counted for 90/180 Schengen rule?
@wim 7 days (and 8 days in the example in your question). Extrapolating from the lowest point, if you spend just a few minutes in transit, it still counts as 1 day.
Oct
19
comment An UK visa works for Germany as well?
You need separates visas for the UK and Schengen area (which includes Germany). If you go home → UK → Germany → UK → home, note that you'll need a dual entry visa for the UK (unless you can use a transit visa). Similarly you'll need a dual entry Schengen visa if you go through the Schengen area twice.
Oct
18
comment Booking hotel with my credit card for the third person
It's happened that my card was charged at the time of the booking (not often, but it has happened), and I don't remember being told otherwise, at least not in any easily-noticeable fashion.
Oct
17
comment Booking hotel with my credit card for the third person
In my experience of midrange hotels on booking.com, usually the card was used as a guarantee and I paid at the end of my stay. There have been a few exceptions, and I don't remember that being clearly indicated.
Oct
16
revised Leaving Schengen region to reset 90 days
“any” 90-day period is wrong. Explain the weird Schengen rule.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open OFII form in France
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open UK tourism visa rejected twice - if rejected again should my friend appeal?