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Why is shopping popular for tourists visiting Dubai?

I will visit Dubai and I wonder why visitors often do a lot of shopping there. Are goods cheaper, tax-free, or something similar?
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How can I find Flea Markets in the USA with more than 1,000 vendors?

There are some very large flea markets in the US, but they tend to be in small towns, and the plethora of small ones make it difficult to search for the large ones. I want to plan a trip visiting ...
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Where to buy cheap gadgets in Singapore? [duplicate]

In my next trip I have a long layover at Singapore. I'd like to make the most of my time there visiting cheap electronic gadgets shops (mainly chinese products). I've read that there is a building ...
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Do American supermarkets have shopping cart conveyors or shopping cart coins?

I recently saw a video of an American abroad who seemed quite astonished about things like shopping cart conveyors (edit: I have now learned that the correct term is "inclined moving walkway"...
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Duty-free shopping Paris Charles de Gaulle

I'm travelling to France from Australia but will be flying via Greece on the way home. We fly out from Paris CDG terminal 2D. I was hoping to do some shopping at 2E before leaving as it's not great in ...
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Is it easy to find milk in Laos?

I've read that in Thailand there are a lot of 7/11 shops where you can buy all kinds of milk. But what happens in Laos? Is it easy to find milk in Laos? (more concrete: UHT milk).
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How long do you have to be staying in DC before a guest concession SmarTrip is worth the extra work to acquire? [closed]

I will be traveling to Washington, DC for a few days in the not-so-distant future as part of a larger trip. I hold a valid concession (reduced) fare ID/smartcard combination issued by the transit ...
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Is trying on multiple shoes before purchasing considered rude or inappropriate in the US?

During my trip to the US, I visited several shopping malls and tried on multiple shoes before making a purchase. However, I noticed that the salespeople seemed unhappy when I asked to try on a few ...
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Post office for parcels at Heathrow Terminal 5

I am arriving on a flight into London Heathrow Terminal 5, and leaving a few hours later on a flight from the same terminal. My luggage will not be checked through (different tickets). I want to post ...
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Buying Isobutane/propane canisters in Reykjavik near Laugavegur?

I’m flying in for a backpacking trip and would like to pick up a gas canaster near my hotel before leaving the city. Where can you get isobutane/propane mix canisters (i.e. for Jetboil or MSR Pocket ...
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"Unused goods" in the context of tax free shopping

Goods should be unused with original packaging when getting a stamp from customs officers. After some googling, details remain unclear. I am looking in particular for Europe. https://taxation-customs....
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Cheap second-hand bookstores/antiquaries in Belgrade

I am looking for places to buy cheap book (dictionaries) in Belgrad. And I am only going to be there very briefly (travelling through the city), so I would appreciate places you know and not far off ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prices. There was always the addition of taxes. ...
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Tokyo Luggage Storage For 1 Day [duplicate]

I am headed to Sydney and will be coming back home to the US via Tokyo. I arrive in Haneda in the morning and have an evening flight out of Narita. Naturally, I want to take the time to do some ...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Here in Australia we have the "Salvos" and "Vinnies" and many other "op shops" that sell old stuff people donated, and we have "Cash Converters" who buys your ...
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Used book stores in Malta

I wanted to do some thrift book shopping during my stay in Malta – not in terms of price, but in terms of books being second-hand/used. What are the places to visit? Especially of interest are those ...
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Where can I find Japanese Lacquerware in Tokyo?

I've been racking my brains on this for quite a while now and would like to buy some traditional styled Japanese Lacquerware or shikki (漆器) in Tokyo. I've tried places like Asakusa and some online ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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VAT refund after leaving Germany?

I have bought a laptop while staying in Germany for a few day about a week ago. I was short on time, so didn't manage to refund my tax at airport's customs. I have the receipt from shop and a form, ...
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Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok?

Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok? I thought there would be plenty but I haven't been able yet to found any. Searching for drugstores open 24 hours in Bangkok in Google Maps, I ...
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Who handles the customs when shipping to a package forwarder address in another country? [closed]

I ordered a product from a US store, but I had to use a package forwarder (Shipito), because the US store didn't ship directly to Romania. That store was however shipping to Austria, and I thought ...
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Buying reindeer meat in Helsinki

What is the best place to buy reindeer meat in Helsinki? Is this something best bought from a specialized shop (if yes, where?) or is it something you can just pick up at any supermarket? Are ...
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Are pharmacies/stores selling general toiletries open airside in Terminal 1, Frankfurt

I’m due to fly Lufthansa/Condor from Manchester > Frankfurt > Holguin on 19 December, transiting airside. Does anyone know what pharmacies/stores selling general toiletries are open airside in ...
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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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Yelp/Foursquare for Denmark or how do Danes find shops?

What apps do Danes use to find shops instead of Yelp/Foursquare? I'm in Odense, which is the third largest city in Denmark. I try to find mobile phone shops and secondhand bicycle shops but the ...
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Is there a website that lists the coupon websites for each country?

A good way of saving money while traveling is to use a 'coupon' website, where you can often get bargains on items such as hotel stays or restaurant meals. In Czech Republic the main website is called ...
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Do German shopping malls offer staffed children playrooms?

In Russia, in many shopping malls, especially the biggest ones, there is a playroom, where parents can leave their children. The children will play there and will be looked after by the playroom staff,...
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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Are there any local shops to buy/eat shortbread in Edinburgh? [closed]

I had several trips to Edinburgh, but Google Maps and Foursquare didn't help me to find shortbread different from usual*. At least I would like to try something never packaged, for example directly ...
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Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok?

I use custom-fitted earplugs sometimes when in transportation, e.g. airplane or sleeper train. Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok? Note to close voters: the question is not about "...
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Why are the shops open in Geneva today (on a Sunday)?

Many places in Europe are notorious for not being open on Sundays. This is especially true in Switzerland. Today, August 30th 2020, for some odd reason, some stores are open. Coop: Migros The only ...
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Where can I buy Vincent van Gogh's painting replicas in London?

I'm here in London for a shorter visit. Is there any place that I can buy Vincent van Gogh's paintings copies in London? I wonder whether National Gallery in London would have any of those?
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How can I buy groceries during a mandatory 14 day quarantine?

I'm flying back to Berlin, Germany next week and as it stands, I have to do the mandatory 14 day quarantine. I tried to call the Health Ministry a few times, but I never got through to a person, so I ...
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I plan on travelling to USA, I have question related to +TAX and +F/S when buying something online (particulary laptop) [closed]

So I plan buying a laptop from an online shop when I'm in USA and let's say it costs 1200$ +TAX or I even saw +F/S , so please enlighten me about what are those taxes and how is it calculated? And ...
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If arriving in Estonia in winter from a warm climate, is it easy to find good secondhand winter clothes?

I just flew from Bangkok where it's 30 degrees C to Tallinn, where it's -1. I have some warm clothes that were enough for early spring in northern Japan, but I think I'll need something better if I'll ...
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Step-down transformer that actually works?

I've gone through a couple of step-down transformers (220v → 110v) over the course of my travels. Each one I've purchased doesn't quite work as advertised; usually, the output voltage is still too ...
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Contactless virtual Visa card payments in Yodobashi, Japan

Can someone living in Japan please find out if contactless payments made through Google Pay or Apple Pay are accepted in Yodobashi? And specifically, if they are done through a virtual Visa card ...
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Buying Holi accessories after the event has ended

Is it possible to buy powdered colors that are used for celebrating Holi after the said event and if so, where? Same question goes for those color powder flares, color powder canons and paper hot-air ...
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Do Varadero or Havana airports have shops which sell cigars and alcohol?

What are restrictions for cigars and alcohol for departing tourists?
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In france, when are supermarkets closed or close early for the christmas / new years period (2019/2020)?

Supermarkets e.g. Carrefour, Lidl, Auchan, Intermarche, Super U All these supermarkets are closed on Wednessday 25 December 2019 Wednessday 1 January 2020 Will these supermarkets close early or ...
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Cheap second-hand bookstores in Vilnius

I will be going to Vilnius this year. As usual, I am aiming to visit places where I could buy used books (mostly dictionaries and grammar books in any language imaginable) in Vilnius. I am not looking ...
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Is there somewhere to buy used Latvian books in Riga?

I'm finally travelling in the Baltics and hoping to add to my collection of translations of a certain famous novel that I collect. As a booklover and as a person on a miniscule budget, I like to dig ...
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Cheap second-hand bookstores/antiquaries in Tallinn

I am looking for places to buy bilingual technical and specialist dictionaries of any sort while in Tallinn at a good price (preferably used ones). Also I have little idea of the linguistic situation ...
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Buy Lonely Planet guides in Istanbul

I am in Istanbul and I would like to buy or get the Lonely Planet guidebook of Turkey. Do you have any hint on where I can find it? Thanks
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Where can one buy anti-UV umbrellas in Santiago, Chile?

Where can one buy anti-UV umbrellas in Santiago, Chile? I'm looking for a brick-and-mortar shop and not an online shop (unless they can deliver within 24 hours). Preference if close to Santiago ...
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Picking up mail at the Post Office in Japan

I have some small packages that I need to pick up the first day I arrive in Sapporo. Some of them will be delivered by Amazon, but for some reason convenience store pickup is not available. My Airbnb ...
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Where can I buy flowers at Paris (ORY/CDG) Airport?

I am landing at Paris ORY, and then going to CDG by bus to meet my wife in arrivals. And coming back to Paris city (Mid-November). Is there any flower shop at one of the airports to buy fresh flowers ...
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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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How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops with an English translation? [closed]

How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops in a given area (e.g., a city) with an English translation? When going to a new non-English-speaking location, I ...
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Convenience stores in India

Are there many (enough) convenience stores throughout India that sell prepackaged food? Thailand's 7-11 was great for cheese toasties, etc. I am wondering if we can get quick meals and snacks like ...

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