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Things to do while preparing for your trip, including planning where to go, budgeting, etc.

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Booking lodging along the west coast of USA

My girlfriend and I are planning to travel down the west coast of USA for a few weeks in the spring (late April to May). We've heard in Europe you almost have to book lodging ahead of time otherwise ...
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Islands and similar where visitors cannot take a car

I love car-free islands and other locations where visitors cannot take a car, but that are still reachable by public transportation, inhabited or not. Some examples, in no particular order: Channel ...
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Electrical compatibility between different countries

What electrical compatibility parameters and safety guidelines should be borne in mind when moving from one country to another? As far as I know, there are AC voltage (110V, 220-240 V), frequency (...
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How to search for weekend flights?

I'd like to search for flights departing either Fri PM or Sat AM, and returning either Sun PM or Mon AM. In Google Flights, this requires 4 separate searches. Is there another site/tool that allows ...
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Which is the nearest airport if I have to travel to Harrow?

Which is the nearest Airport, if I have to travel to Harrow*? * Harrow is a suburban town in the London Borough of Harrow, in the north-west of Greater London, England, 10.5 miles northwest of ...
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Searches that exclude particular transit airports

I need to go from YYZ to SIN, but this is a more general question about how to work the various search engines most people use. There are no direct flights. There are plenty of 20 hour flights through ...
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What time of the year is the cheapest to cruise in/around North America?

What times of the years are optimal for getting the best prices on cruises within North America?
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route? [closed]

There's such thing as "a daytime train" - a train which runs all the route during daytime. Some of them run really long routes - 500-700 kilometers - and a train spends 6-8 hours en route to run such ...
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Is there poker in southwest Europe?

A little more focused than my other question. I'm an American, going to southwest Europe soon. I want to play a little poker (Texas Hold 'Em preferred) while I am there. Googling for poker rooms in ...
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Trip to iceland: paying for tours or taking bus/car

I will be in Iceland for three nights during the new year holidays.The are different websites that offer tours in Iceland with different prices. I can also take bus or rent car and explore by myself. ...
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Route planner with distances for trains?

Is there a route planner that includes the distance traveled by trains. Google maps and Apple Maps both state the time, but no information on how far the route is. I'd like to know this to compare C02 ...
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How do I plan a trip on europe effeciently [closed]

I have 11 days to tour Europe. My entry point is Berlin 24th Dec 2019 and my exit point from Europe is Paris 3rd January 2019 and I haven't booked anything else including other travel tickets and ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia?

What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia? I found several flights mostly from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, however the prices are quite prohibitive. Do you recommend ...
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How can I find out where to buy uncommon (for the location) items while traveling?

I'm looking for ways to find brick&mortar stores where I can buy a given item in person, in a given city. For example, Q: Where can I find kale in Cancun? (A: at Chedraui) Q: Where can I buy a ...
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Which of the London passes include more of London's headline tourist attractions? [closed]

I am traveling to London on 24th December and planning to spend 4-6 days there. I am checking the tickets for the main attractions in London to purchase them in advance to avoid long queues and last ...
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How to understand quality of Google Maps transport info in advance?

Traveling around Europe I grew to rely more and more on Google Maps (GMaps) public transport data. That is if I am in a new city and need to get from A to B, GMaps is normally very effective in ...
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Travelling from London to USA with a US tourist visa issued in the Philippines

I am a filipino with a US tourist visa. If I come to London first, can I go to US from there?
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How can I find tall buildings with a publicly accessible view at an upper floor?

Many travelers enjoy great views from high vantage points such as a hill nearby a city (e.g. Mount Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia), or the (less popular than the Space Needle, but taller) Columbia ...
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How early should I arrive for same-day tickets for the Washington Monument?

Quoting https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234635, Same-day, free tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis daily, starting at 8:30 a.m. My question is... at what ...
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Flight and hotel prices after Thomas Cook bankruptcy [closed]

Starting to plan my 2020 holidays, I was wondering if bankruptcy of such a big travel group from the tourist perspective (of course not the one stranded in one of the resorts) planning a trip in a few ...
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Should I wait until Black Friday for buying my plane tickets for December [closed]

I am going to participate in a series of academic events this December in South America. (I myself am from Perú.) The first starts at December 4 in Santiago (Chile), then I'll be about ten days in ...
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Are there crowd-sourced websites for travel bucket lists?

I'm in the early stages of planning a three week trip to Japan, and I'm still working out where to go. There's a couple of things on my "to do" list, but I want to find out if there's any activities ...
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Does it make sense to have a trip to Florida? [duplicate]

I have planned a trip to Florida (Orlando-Cape Canaveral-West Palm Beach-national Park-Miami) it includes Miami 0.01-10.05. How do you think, does it make sense to spend there 5 days and overall 2 ...
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How far in advance to get travel vaccinations?

I will be traveling to Costa Rica and Chile over the next 6-12 months and spending 1-2 months in each country while I am there. I checked the CDC website for Costa Rica and Chile, as well as the ...
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Flight search with NOT (region) as destination and/or origin?

Say you are willing to go almost anywhere, but you MUST be out of Schengen by a particular date. Or you have a warrant for your arrest in a particular country. Several search engines allow "anywhere" ...
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meeting in CDG & transferring to Orly

3 friends and I will arrive at CDG on different flights from US (to terminals 2a & 2e). We want to rendezvous at CDG somewhere & all transfer together to Orly for a separate flight on Air ...
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How to find dates of big events in any city? (e.g. to avoid price surge during trade fair)

Is there a resource that warns me for (almost) any city / destination when my travel dates coincide with some big event there? Illustrative example: Say I want to travel to Frankfurt and I'm fairly ...
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Can I cross the US border by land without a US Passport if I am a US Naturalized citizen

I am a naturalized US Citizen and don't have a passport. Can I travel back to US from Mexico with my US Citizen Naturalization certificate and driver's license?
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Iceland over Christmas period

I am trying to think of a good destination for a week-long bread over Christmas or New Year's day. I am quite keen to see the aurora, hence I was thinking about the northern countries and Iceland in ...
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What is a good place in Goa to stay with a beach and scuba diving? [closed]

We are going to Goa with small children and are trying to find a nice beach resort, but with a decent dive shop, so that the adults could also do some diving. Any ideas?
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How do I purchase an admission to Jasper national park in Canada?

I am shortly travelling to Canada to do an RV trip with my wife. The middle itinerary looks like: Day 5 - Arrive in Jasper & stay in Waipiti Campsite for 2 nights Day 7 - Move to A Campsite in ...
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Route/Travel planning tool like Rome2Rio with options for Bus/Train/Flight for China trip

I'm planning for I and my significant other's trip to China (25-30 days). I found this tool called Rome2Rio which is very helpful but I'd love to know if there's any other similar tool to make a ...
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How to find bus maps for Paris outside the périphérique?

I'm staying in a little town just outside of Paris, and it seems to have plenty of bus service, but the train station is a bit far away AND it seems that you can't transfer from the train to a bus ...
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Road trip distance/driving time planning

I am planning a cross country, point-to-point road trip that will total about 26 hours of driving. The purpose of this trip is not sight seeing, but just to get from point A to point B. I can plug ...
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Are there US-oriented travel planning sites which split a route into daily chunks?

I am planning a trip next year to the South-West of the US (starting and ending in SF, with a road tour across the major attractions). There are several sites to help with the planning (notably ...
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Any websites or resources for planning my trip around Europe?

I have been looking around the internet for sites that will help you plan your route around the world. Apart from Google maps or Bing maps who only work from A->B i have been unable to find anything ...
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Is there a good website to plan a trip via trains in Europe?

My wife and I have decided to move across Europe by train. Do you know of any good sites for planning a trip via train (schedule and maybe prices)? We're going to go across Europe from east (Russia ...
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

Is there a commercial service offered to general public that allows you to celebrate the new year several times? The idea is that you would celebrate it in a time-zone and than move to the next one ...
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Does a small back pack purse counts as luggage on the Greyhound bus?

I want to take a carry on, and another luggage that will go under the bus. However, I don't know will the count my backpack purse as luggage? And if so will I be allowed to take it and what's the fee?
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Is there an easy way to calculate the total cost of tolls for a trip within the United States?

Is there a convenient way to calculate the cost of tolls between two arbitrary points within the United States? I'm planning to take a trip along the Eastern seaboard and will be passing through ...
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What is an efficient way of planning solo-trips with so many unknowns? [closed]

I love traveling, and have always traveled since I was a kid. Now that I have more freedom of movement, I'd like to take the chance to see the rest of the world. While living in Europe, it's easy and ...
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Any other airlines that offer a non-stop Madrid-Cairo flight? [closed]

I can only find EgyptAir offering a non-stop flight from MAD-CAI. Are there other options?
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How can I get information about bus lines between towns within Poland?

In the country I'm from (Switzerland), the standard way to travel between towns is by train, which is effective and fast. However, from my understanding, it seems that in Poland, aside with a few rare ...
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Road trip planning tool

I want to make a road trip through the USA with two friends. Are there any good tools that help us planning this? Like marking spots on a USA-Map, attach pictures and comments, draw lines from ...
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Flight Search from anywhere to a specific destination

Many flight search engines allow you to pick a departure airport and search for flights to anywhere. E.g. Google flights gives you a nice map with prices next to destinations for a set of dates and an ...
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How do I find out which holidays will disrupt my travel and by how much?

I'm sure it has happened to many of us: You travel to a country with a different culture, and suddenly, you find yourself in front of closed restaurant/shop/museum/etc doors (or, alternatively, you ...
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How expensive is a vacation to Japan?

Since I am planning a vacation to Japan this fall, I'd like to have a rough overview about my expenses. I'm flying from Germany (probably Frankfurt) to Tokyo. I know that the flight alone will net me ...
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Source for Climate Maps of Europe

I'm planning a long trip to Europe and looking for maps of its climate during various months. For example, a color map of average high temperatures over all of Europe (not just a particular city) in ...
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Are there tourist information offices in Cancun, Mexico?

When I was in Europe, nearly every city, big or small, had an official tourist office. When I get to Cancun, the first thing I need to figure out is how to get airplane tickets to Cuba. However, I can'...
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Is there a hotel booking site which allows to filter for refundable rates?

I have a trip coming up at rather short notice and while I should be covered I would like to book some backup accommodation within my price range just in case. While searching for rooms on the usual ...

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