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Flight tickets: buy two weeks before even during holiday seasons?

There is a common story that airline ticket prices rise significantly if you buy them less than two weeks before departure. And that any time before that will yield standard prices. Is that advice ...
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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

As an example, public transportation within the Melbourne city center is free, so one could take a free tram between Spring St and Docklands Dr: The total distance (as the crow flies) between these ...
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Long term travel without being wealthy - how is it possible?

Some people are practically most of the time traveling, from country to country, for a very long periods and sometimes even years. How could one be able to travel for a long period of time, over ...
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What is the highest viewing spot in London that is accessible free of charge?

I would like to visit a viewing spot in London, but I don't want to pay any entrance fees. Where is the highest spot to do so? Note that restaurants and bars (or other freely accessible venues) are ...
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Why are one-way plane tickets more expensive than return tickets?

It seems like one-way tickets are always more expensive than buying round-trip. But what if I have two destinations? For example I would like to go on the following itinerary this March: London -->...
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Why is international first class much more expensive than international economy class?

I fly domestic first class a lot and it is rarely more than double the cost of an economy ticket. For example, for Thanksgiving my first class ticket is costing about $1200 where the economy tickets ...
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Where is wild camping possible in Europe?

Are there countries in Europe where wild camping with a tent allowed or at least tolerated? How high is the probability that someone will get angry at you or even call the police? Please consider ...
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I need to fly between two European countries once a month. What is the cheapest way to do it?

Currently I am staying in the Netherlands but I need to go back to my country (Spain) once a month from now on for some years. Each time I only need to stay one day, and the flight dates are flexible, ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

My dream is to spend a month in Europe after graduating high school. Based on my situation, I will have to travel alone since there is no one else here who would be able to make such a trip. I am an ...
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Can I get a discount on my flight for not being overweight?

If I weighed 120 kg I could check in 20 kg of luggage for free, getting 140 kg transported for my ticket price. But if I weigh 70 kg, I'm 50 kg lighter and yet pay the same ...
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Is it fair to buy a return ticket I know I will never use just because it's cheaper?

I am planning a trip to Asia and then back to Rio. The thing is that I am traveling on flexible dates, so I am thinking of buying a one way ticket to Hong Kong, and I was planning to do the same when ...
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What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad?

I'm looking for data plans I can use while touring different countries within a region without having to worry about being eaten by roaming fees. If such plans exist at all, I suppose mostly big ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

What is the cheapest (regular priced, scheduled) flight anywhere in the world, that I can book and fly? To be a bit more specific: by regular priced I mean: no error fares (Allitalia once had a ...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in Europe?

I have been flying with Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet for some time and have found that there is really a lot to be learned about how to achieve the lowest prices. It was not uncommon for me to buy ...
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Is London's Greenwich park free?

I'm planing a trip to see the Greenwich time line (Prime meridian). I did some research and found that Greenwich park in London is the place most visitors go to see this. Is this park free and is ...
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Book one night on Airbnb, then make a deal with the host to book directly. Any downsides?

I've recently booked a stay with Airbnb for $1600 of which between $240 and $320 went to Airbnb in the form of host or guest fees. I like to avoid fees whenever possible, so I was thinking of a way to ...
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Cheap places to store bags in London for a few hours?

Almost all of the main railway stations in London have left luggage facilities. However, unlike in some European countries, this is a privately run place that stores your bags, rather than lockers. ...
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How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot

Is there any way to leave HKIA by foot? I have a 4 hour stopover, so I would like to shortly visit the neighbouring city of Tung Chung (home to 200-year-old forts and temples), but I want to avoid ...
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When should I book my hotel if prices are inflated due to a major event?

My problem: I recently booked a business trip about three months out, noticing slightly too late that there's a huge event (Formula 1 race) happening in town the previous weekend and all the remotely ...
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Paying by credit card while overseas cheaper in US dollars or in the local currency?

Recently I had to pay for a hotel in a foreign country using credit card, and the guy at the hotel asked me if I wanted the bill to be paid in the local currency or in US dollars. I didn't even know I ...
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Is there a list of free accommodation resources?

I want to travel abroad cheaply and I would prefer to find some place to stay through a person or website, rather than book a hotel or hostel. There is couchsurfing.com, which I know about. Can you ...
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Is there a way to cancel “automatic tipping” on Carnival cruise before the last day?

When you book a Carnival cruise, and check in, it automatically assigns you the "suggested" amount of gratuities. Despite it being "suggested" and "optional", it is applied automatically by default. ...
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How can I cross the English channel with a car?

I believe there's the Euro Tunnel as well as a number of ferry options, but which can I use to travel with a car between the UK and France, Belgium or the Netherlands? If there aren't too many ...
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Sell a pair of blue jeans and live like a king for a week: Still possible in Europe?

Some years ago, particularly before the 1990s, there way a saying in Europe that (paraphrased) you can sell your blue jeans in every part of Eastern Europe and literally live like a king for a week. ...
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Why do hostels require you to 'rent' bedding?

Why do increasingly amount of hostels ask you to pay to make your bed comfortable. I mean, you can buy a dorm bed for a night and then get there just to realise they charge for pillows, blankets, ...
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What is the purpose of a round-trip ticket?

I had assumed that buying round-trip plane tickets saves a lot of money, but lately I've been comparing prices and the round-trips I've seen are almost identical in price to just buying two one-way ...
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Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?

Many years ago when I first started travelling, one of the tips you heard for a great way to get cheap international air tickets was to travel as a courier carrying items for specialized courier ...
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What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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Is Norway significantly more expensive than other European destinations?

As a budget traveller, i.e. staying in hostels, using public transport, self catering where possible, is Norway significantly more expensive than say Germany or France? If so what's the best way to ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airport, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general ...
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What is the cheapest available freighter voyage anywhere?

Walking past a huge international shipyard twice today got me thinking about freighter travel. We have a couple of such questions on the site, but not many. Many people are surprised when they find ...
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Public huts to stay overnight around UK

While traveling around NZ, I've stayed in many public huts around different ranges like the Tararuas and Ruahines. Are there any public huts around the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, etc.) where anyone ...
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Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?

The last time I flew into JFK, I took the "free" AirTrain from the terminal out to the subway. I was rather surprised and annoyed, on getting to the subway transfer, to discover that it wasn't free ...
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What exactly are “repositioning cruises”?

A day or two ago I was chatting with some other budget travellers on the beach here in Oaxaca, Mexico, and one of them told me he came by sea from Portugual to Panama for a few hundred euros on ...
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Can chartering a private plane be an affordable alternative to scheduled flights?

I once missed a plane due to not considering the timezone difference. I could get a seat on the next flight for 1600 Eur. Thanks to the Internet I noticed that a competitor offered a one-way ticket to ...
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What causes experts at sites like FlightFox to be so much cheaper than search engines?

I was looking at this: https://flightfox.com/contest/57321 And I checked the dates on Momondo, and it cost around $1400. (I only checked one set of dates though) The searcher expressed that they'd ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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How to pay for things in Greece?

My boyfriend and I are headed to Greece (Athens for some time and islands for some time). We plan on bringing euros that we ordered from our personal banks in the States. But I am curious what the ...
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Are there cheap GPS or other navigator devices with downloadable maps for the whole world?

I don't need a recommendation or a list but my knowledge of GPS and "navi"s and the differences between them is an utter mystery to me. But often I'm lost in backstreets in random countries where ...
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Cheapest destination for a white Christmas starting from Sydney?

What is the cheapest destination for a white Christmas, starting from Sydney? To narrow this down: we should be reasonably assured of snow on or around Christmas (say 90% chance) it should be in a ...
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How can I get around Paris both cheaply and efficiently?

I will be visiting Paris in a couple of days. I was wondering what is the cheapest way to visit all the major tourist attractions in Paris? Do they have 3-day passes for all the public ...
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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How do I minimize total cost of separate flights to the same destination plus optionally accommodation?

My girlfriend and I are currently living in different countries, and meet occasionally for a few days every month or so. We don't really care all that much where we are going, as long as we don't need ...
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When I know the airline, the flight number, and the airport at each end, but am very flexible with dates, how can I find the cheapest flights?

In my case the airline will be Aeromexico, and it would be from Shanghai, China to Tijuana, Mexico, and the flight numbers are AM98 and AM99. But the dates could be pretty much anywhere from August ...
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Does Estonia have discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl?

I'm back in Europe for the first time in eight years, and starting in a country I've never visited before, Estonia. My budget is low but it's off season. I've found the cheapest hostel. But I'm ...
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Are there ways to keep long-distance land transport costs down in France when not planning in advance?

Ten years ago I travelled around Europe for the first time and in some countries I was very frustrated by high cost of trains and lack of alternatives to them. I remember being in Cannes with a ...
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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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Can you go to the Maldives without assistance of a travel agency?

Organizing your travel without agents is almost always cheaper and more fun. But does that also apply for Maldives? Can I just travel to the Maldives? Do you have some tips or experiences to report?
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What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?

Say you're travelling on a shoestring budget, say at the end of a long trip where you've spent almost all your money but still have time before your flight home. Sometimes people you meet travelling ...
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US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel

For a US citizen traveling worldwide, what is the best major debit/ATM card (on the Visa or MasterCard networks) to take in terms of lowest fees for withdrawing international currency from ATMs? ...

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