Questions tagged [terminology]

What does a certain travel-related term mean or what's the proper name for something you can describe? On TSE many special terms relate to air travel or visas. For air travel there is a list in `tag info` here.

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What does BSCT stand for?

Apparently, BSCT is an acronym for ... baby bassinet. Somehow. Various airlines use it, for instance: Latam Air China The text only mentions the acronym like baby bassinet (BSCT) without giving ...
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What exactly is “Fuxing / Shuttle”?

I'm using Google Maps to find public transportation from Keelung to Tapiei Main Station. It shows "Fuxing / Shuttle" as the recommended option. Is this a bus? When I click "details" to see its number, ...
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When I do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after entering China or changing location in China, what does “local” mean?

When I do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after entering China or changing location in China, what does "local" mean? Same district? Same municipality? Same province? Within a ...
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In the context of hotels, what's a “purser”?

In the Winter Package hotel offer, one service provided to Horizon Club members is a "Purser service", without any explanation of what a purser is. Wikipedia's article on pursers only talks about ...
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What does “voluntarily elected to depart the U.K.” mean? [closed]

Recently I have been refused entry to the U.K. as they were not satisfied I am a genuine visitor. Now, I would like to study in the U.K. But I'm confused as to what “voluntarily elected to depart the ...
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What is AirAsia's “embargo period” they mention but seldom actually define?

I was just looking at a list of deals on AirAsia's site and one of its "travel notes" says Fares are not available during embargo period So I'm assuming this is a specific date range. But they don'...
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In practice, what is the distinction between ESTA and visas?

It is often claimed that ESTA is not a visa - both by the US government and the travelers themselves. However in practice, I find it difficult to see the distinction between ESTA and e-visas: It ...
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Guarantor(s) for tourist visa for Thailand

I am about to apply for the first time for a multiple-entry tourist visa for Thailand and I am a bit struggling to understand all the requirements and the fields to fill in. Particularly, the last ...
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Schengen Visa: Is presenting at an academic conference classified as business? [duplicate]

I intend to apply for a Schengen Visa to present at a railway conference. I will be presenting on behalf of my current employer. I wish to know if this would be classified as business/work and would ...
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What is the difference between a visitor's permit and a visa?

According to the The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Shanghai >> Travel to Serbia, Holders of Taiwanese passports are issued visitor’s permit for entry into the Republic of Serbia. ...
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Marketing Leg and Code Share Flight

What is the difference between a Code share agreement flight and a Marketing flight (business definition)?
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Is “departure time” when the plane leaves the gate or when it takes off?

Is "departure time" when the plane leaves the gate or when it takes off? Seems like every single flight I take is delayed, but I can't tell how badly. If I have a flight that has a "departure time" ...
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How is Timatic pronounced?

Travellers are often advised to refer to Timatic for visa information (or to ask airline staff to check). However, what is the correct pronunciation of Timatic? Is it approx Tim-a-tick, or Tie-matic (...
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In US rental car terms and conditions, what exactly is a “regularly maintained road?”

Many rental car companies have terms and conditions such as Hertz: Generally, Hertz vehicles, including 4-wheel drives, are to be operated only on regularly maintained roads. Off-road use is a ...
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What is Dune Bashing?

I was looking at a website that is offering 40 to 45 minute "Dune Bashing" in a desert tour. What is this "bashing"?
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What is the difference between taxi, private hire, and chauffeur services?

London Heliport advertises with Chauffeur, taxi and local private hire car services. That sounds like three times the same thing, but I've seen taxi and private hire mentioned separately elsewhere as ...
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What's the opposite of a “return” flight?

In a round trip, there are two flights. The second one is the return flight. What's the first one called? Is it the departure flight? That seems strange, because every flight has a departure and an ...
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What is a continental breakfast and what other types of breakfasts are there?

When I look for an hotel I often see the "continental breakfast" expression when they refer to their breakfasts. I looked up the expression on Google and found: a light breakfast, typically ...
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What is a short layover where the plane doesn't change and flight number is the same called?

As per my current understanding: Layover - stop at an airport with a plane change Stopover - deliberately-long break in travel by passenger (4 hours+ for domestic, 24 hours+ for international) which ...
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What is a Shared Sumo?

In the many places I have read about shared sumos. For example: this is where you can get the Shared Sumos to 'Sohra'-the name Cherrapunjee goes by locally & officially. What exactly is it ...
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What are the differences between terminals and gates?

My wife is a little concerned since she will have to fly by herself soon, and she just wanted to know what are the differences between the two?
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What is meant by “personal impact and articulation skills” in the context of border entry?

Within dozens of highly-rated responses regarding both UK and Schengen entry, I see the phrase "personal impact and articulation skills." There is no further explanation of what these mean and, in ...
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What is the difference between a Schengen visa being revoked or being annulled? [duplicate]

What is the difference between revoked and annulled Schengen visa? Does it means the same thing, or are they separate?
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Avoiding the Sydney, Nova Scotia error [closed]

A Dutch student has flown to Sydney, Nova Scotia, a town with a population of 32,000, instead of the one in Australia, population five million. It's not the first time it's happened. There are ...
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Country of Residence for Booking a Train Ticket for Intra-Schengen Travel

I intend to travel to France from Belgium,I have a Long Stay (Type D) VISA and I have applied for my residence permit but not received it yet. While booking a train ticket on Thalys via GoEuro.com, ...
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

On several islands in the Seychelles I've been seeing a lot of Self-Catering signs: Self-Catering Guest House, Self-Catering Apartment, Self-Catering Hotel, Self-Catering Room, etc. What exactly does ...
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I got a little yellow sticker on top right corner of my french identity card, saying 102 A?

I got a little yellow sticker on top right corner of my french identity card, saying 102 A? Does anyone know what that is?
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What Exactly is Seat Width?

Found myself in two planes last week with the same seat-pillow width but the arm rests where almost three times thicker in one, making me feel cramped. Up to now, I've never been bothered by the width ...
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How do days and nights in travel package work?

Looking at travel packages like this. I am wondering, how does a '8 days 6 nights' package work? Where is the missing night? Is the missing night in the flight towards the destination?
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Who was or what is Týn in Prague?

In Prague there is the church of Our Church of Our Lady before Týn. I have been to the city a couple of times and I am still wondering who Týn was, or what the word means. I only found a Czech entry ...
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How come Aeroplan still uses the Crossair name?

I thought Crossair Ltd. has changed its name to Swiss International Air Lines AG in July 2002. And yet, this is from today's reservation with Aeroplan: This is very bizarre. In what form does ...
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What is YCS in Online Tourism industry?

While checking Agoda's website I was able to see Agoda YCS Portal. I want to Know what is YCS ? I feel that this is associated with Online Tourism.
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Are there any travel agents forums? (experts in corporate travel US market)

Does anyone know any travel agents forums and groups that I can ask very technical questions? I am looking to find answers on BSP/ARC and Sabre/Galileo commands regarding an exchange process.
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What exactly does the UK Consulate mean by “change of application circumstance”?

I was recently refused a UK visa from Germany. I am a student in Germany and planned to visit the UK for tourism. Here is the refusal: As I intend to reapply, with evidence showing that my studies ...
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Airplane Seat Recline Measurement… in units of length inches?

Perhaps this is conspiracy, but what is the meaning of seat recline measurement in unit of length inches? How is it measured? Does industry standard exist? What is the interpretation in relation to ...
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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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Specific Meaning of Restricted Usage Road on Google Maps

Searching for driving directions using Google Maps, I found a number of instructions which are labelled Restricted Usage Road. Another couple of Google Searches says this could mean any of a number of ...
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What do “RIC” and “RE” on Armenian passport stamps mean?

I'm a Turkish student studying in Armenia and while we were crossing the land border with my Israeli friend, no one else but us got these abbreviations (I guess) written on our passport stamps (and we ...
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What is the first entrance to the airport called? [closed]

I am looking to know the terminology. I will start with the sequence in reverse so everybody understands what I'm trying to figure out - Gate - This is where you are finally checked along with your ...
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Canada Visa Fee payment question

I want to visit my friend in Canada, so I think I need a tourist visa (she has already sent me an invitation). I visited VFS Global (a company that handles visa applications in Georgia) and they told ...
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What are 'LMU' and certificates?

I was reading What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights? and specifically reading https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/928/43215 where Kate talks about 'LMU' and ...
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Can somebody explain where the three different Luxembourgs are located?

I was putting destination in kayak and came to know that there are three different Luxembourgs. According to kayak it is as below - Luxembourg - This is apparently the country with orage-white-blue ...
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What are frequent flyer awards?

I read stories such as http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/11/30/flyingblue-promo-awards-december/ . Now I understand that such stories are something to do with flying the same airline or ...
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Airfare booking class, sub-class and perks

I saw Miles & More: What is a booking class?. While with my Qatar Airways experience I came to know that there are various sub-classes even within Qatar Airways and there isn't/wasn't any list ...
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Web Sites: Disneyland vs Disney World in the United States

I was looking for Disney tickets and I found these 2 sites (Disneyland and Disneyworld ) that look exactly like each other. However, one of them is way cheaper than the other. Which one can I trust?
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What's an “un-made up road” in terms of car hire insurance?

I'm checking the terms and conditions for various car hire insurance/excess coverage policies and I see a lot of lines like this one (this one from http://www.insurance4carhire.com): We will not ...
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Is there somewhere a glossary or introduction to the different kinds of accommodation in Taiwan including the Chinese characters?

I've travelled in both mainland China and Taiwan before, but this time in Taiwan I've noticed a lot more Chinese words and characters than I was aware of are used for different types or accommodation, ...
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Does the term “leg” have a precise meaning in air-travel?

Yesterday I was wondering about what the precise set of terminology surrounding direct and nonstop flights was. I found our previous question that covered those two main terms in detail. But I don't ...
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What is the difference between dependant and dependent family member

I got difficulty when I fill child visa form of Australia, I am really on a confusion to differentiate dependant children and dependent family member. the actual questions are give detail of ...
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What does “hold bag” mean when traveling with easyJet?

I will move to the Netherlands and am searching flights to select a price I can afford. I found easyJet and since I am moving permanently I will have plenty of stuff with me. I am booking: a ...