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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Why does Kayak have a a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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What do CLD and CLR stand for on a delivery certificate (“attestation de remise”) when getting a new French passport?

I got a new French passport as the French Embassy in Bangkok. What do CLD and CLR stand for on a delivery certificate ("attestation de remise") when getting a new French passport?
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Is it normal for hotels to offer two single beds pushed together when a double bed is booked?

Recently, in multiple hotels, we paid for a double bed but got two smaller beds near each other instead. The two beds can move apart during the night, if you sleep on the middle. Should we complain? ...
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What's the name for the “blocking” stickers used on car headlights?

I'll be driving my car from Belgium to the UK, with plans to then drive around the country. Like most cars in the European mainland, my car's headlights/headlamps are slightly adjusted to the right ...
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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 is “Resort-style living”, “No Mello Roos” and “direct access garage”? [closed]

I read this description of a (rather expensive) house for sale in California, USA: Resort-style living in Baker Ranch community with No Mello Roos. This turnkey The Rowe Plan 1X townhome was built in ...
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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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Why does an airline include “seamen” in its list of special requests?

I was trying to book my ticket on-line with PIA when under the special request section I saw the request for a "seaman". What would be your best guess as to what this service entails? This ...
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What does “Baggage: 1PC” mean on my flight ticket?

On my e-ticket for my flight with Swiss booked through Travelup.com, I see this: Baggage: 1PC Does this mean I'm only allowed hang-luggage? Or can I take hand-luggage, and check in one piece of ...
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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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Is the term “service city” correct for the main city served by an airport placed outside of that city?

Some airports of big cities are, in fact, technically speaking in a "very near municipality" which is not the main city itself. For example the airport BCN serving "Barcelona" is, in fact, placed in ...
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What is the name for the set of the outbound segment and inbound segment together?

I have a technical naming question. Imagine I have this set of flights for a passegner flying from Paris to Thailand: International Outbound: - From Paris (France), Airport Charles De Gaulle (CDG) -...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards “for locals”?

Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards "for locals"? I'm asking as all prepaid SIM cards I was shown (because it's behind the ...
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Attending an academic conference is what type of travel?

I am planning to travel to Portugal to attend an academic conference and in that regard needed a short-stay Schengen visa. The visa application has a field "Purpose of Travel" with the following ...
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How does E-visa differ from Approval Letter Based Visa on Arrival (ALBVoA) for Vietnam?

I fail to understand how does a E-visa differ from Approval Letter Based Visa on Arrival (ALBVoA) usually issued by a government authorized agency for issuing such approval letters. In both cases an ...
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Are “tourist visa” and “visitor visa” two terms for the same thing?

I myself always use the term "tourist visa" for the common type of visa used by tourists on sightseeing visits to countries. Some people probably say "tourism visa" instead. But very often I hear or ...
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Is there any “leg bag” for traveling safely?

I'm looking for "leg bag" for traveling where I can put my iPhone, money and documents? I need something I can wear under my jeans, to avoid to be pickpocketed.
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What does the terminolgy 'open bar' mean when selecting board type upon booking hotel room?

I would like to know what the terminology 'open bar' means when on the booking breakdown page/ selecting room type. For more context it is under the column 'board basis' and next to the words 'bed and ...
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In Taiwan, what do you call those covered walkways?

From what I've seen, Taiwan doesn't really have sidewalks. Instead, people walk "under" buildings. Is there a name for that gap space, between the street and the building fronts?
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What is the term for remote tourism consultation as a “bypass” for tour guiding in certain countries?

This question might be somewhat irrelevant in January 2020 (described below) but I ask it anyway to broaden general knowledge Certain countries do not allow people which aren't their citizens to work ...
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Converter vs Adapter

I'm looking at travel Converters so I can use an American appliance abroad. Something like this. However, all of those I've seen are both Converters and Adapters. As far as I know, that means that if ...
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What is indirect travel?

My company uses Concur to book business travel. I am trying to book a flight for a business trip in 2 weeks. I have selected the flights, and on the screen where Concur asks for the project to ...
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What is meant by “Country of residence” in Australian Visa Application form?

I'm filling in an online application form for an Australian visa, and there is a step "Contact details" which asks for a "Country of residence", specifically "Usual country of residence" (see the ...
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What is a flight ticket coupon?

When buying a roundtrip flight ticket, a single ticket and a single PNR (Passenger Name Record) is issued. But I've heard that one can cancel a single leg of that roundtrip booking. How is that ...
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UK visa application query

I have applied for UK visa with 6 people. All got visa and I got Entry Clearance. Is there any difference between them?
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What does “WBCI SSR” stand for?

What does WBCI Special Service Request on a boarding pass stand for? I see that code on boarding passes for a lot of airlines I'm flying—JAL, LOT, LH—but couldn't find the code explained online.
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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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Re-applying for a Schengen visa, difference between 'revoked' and 'annulled'

I applied for a Schengen visa 2 years ago and got it, but the visa was revoked because I tried to travel to another Schengen country, which I wasn't allowed to due to the limitations on my Schengen ...
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What is the difference between a passenger being on hold and standby?

What is the difference between a passenger being on hold or being on standby?
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What do letters “R” and “E” before parking slots in Spain mean?

In Spain, more precisely in the Basque Country, I have seen letters "R" and "E" before parking slots. What do they mean / stand for? This one is in the town of Zumaia. Picture is taken on Google ...
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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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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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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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Green card lottery - what does it mean? [closed]

I see some advertisement about something like Green card regularly. What does it mean? Is it a real lottery with prizes or just another spam in the web? How can it be that a country just gives a ...
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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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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 “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 ...
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Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?

I just learned of a very interesting kind of minimal budget accommodation in Japan principally for people on bicycle and perhaps motorbike tours called "ライダーハウス" - "riders' houses". There is an ...
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What's a bio-data page?

The checklist for my Mongolian visa application mentions Copy of the bio-data page of your current passport (including passport of other nationality) What's a bio-data page?
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What is an open ticket?

When speaking of an airline ticket, I have heard the term open ticket which has to do with dates not being fixed I believe. What exactly is an open ticket? How do you get an actual flight from one? ...
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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 is a “Partially open bathroom”?

I was browsing London hotels on hotels.com and noticed that many, in the room information section, said they had "partially open bathrooms". This includes one where the room is described as en-suite. ...
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Can I overstay a UK visa? Can I apply for an extension?

My uncle has a visa valid for six month which was issued in April. And he is intending to visit UK in around 1st of October which is apparently 10 days beforehand of expiry date. the question here ...
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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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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's a “Redress Control Number”?

When booking a flight reservation recently, I noted it had a non-compulsory field asking for a Redress Control Number for your reservation. I gather this is somewhat related to the No Fly list, but ...
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What does a technical stop mean in air travel?

When I look at my flight itinerary, it says that the flight includes a technical stop. What does that mean compared to a layover?
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Difference between deportation and removal

As I understand it, there are two mechanisms for throwing somebody out of the UK: deportation and removal. Informally, people seem to call both of these "deportation". What are the differences ...
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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 ...