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What to bring for a 3-month work trip to Catalunya in winter?

I need to pack for a work trip in Spain and I will be away for 3/4 months with my husband and kids. I am traveling by train so I can bring more luggage. What should I bring? How is the temperature? I ...
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Any tips for individual to travel on the budget of monthly rent in London?

I am currently in a strange situation where my rent has increased a lot in the past year and my job has become completely remote. I am having trouble finding a comfortable living situation in London ...
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Cling film wrapping two pieces of luggage together (on Wizzair)

Somewhat often I encounter flights where 2 pieces of 'normal weight' luggage cost more than 1 piece of 'heavier' luggage. Me and my wife are traveling each with luggage of around 10-13kg, and as I was ...
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How to fix a stuck and/or corroded backpack zipper?

This has happened to me at least half a dozen times before but I never found a really great solution so this time when it happened I thought to ask here. If I've stayed in one place for a while or ...
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What should I be aware of when eating street food?

I basically eat anywhere when I travel. I love street food, and I am usually not afraid of eating anywhere, tasting everything. However, I became a bit more careful recently. I have travelled with ...
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Do cruise ships penalize you if you intentionally ditch?

Related, but concerns boarding at a midpoint rather than ditching: Can you take only part of a cruise? After reading the above question, I was curious about the opposite scenario. My passport allows ...
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What are the two flashing dots on Italian train station boards?

I am currently in Italy, and I have witnessed something that is occurring at all non-metro train stations. At any given time, there will be two dots flashing on the first (by departure times) few ...
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Travel trading to cover cost and exploring the world [closed]

I love travelling but with limited financial resources would like to know/ask, are they any goods that we can legally transport from one country to another that can cover the travelling cost. For ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Budapest to Essen (Germany)? [closed]

I am a research scholar from India. I will participate in two workshops in two different cities Budapest(Hungary) and Essen(Germany). I will visit Budapest to Essen on 3rd September and then bound ...
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Buying points from websites

In travel hacking, one common option to earn miles is buy buying them from the frequent flyer programs of airlines. I just came across a third party company that sells miles. I was looking at some of ...
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How to go cheap way (train/bus/flight) from New York city to Oklahoma city (Stillwater)? [closed]

I am Asian. I am planning to go from New York airport (Laguardia or John F. Kennedy) to the Oklahoma City at Stillwater (near Oklahoma State University) through Train/bus/flight. Let me say, I want to ...
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How can I enjoy traveling with bad feet?

I have flat feet and overpronation. As a kid, I used steel shoes to fix it, kinda like Forest Gump. Also used custom made hard insoles. The ones that requires you to walk on some digital band and film ...
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Best option to take a flight when I book two separate flights one domestic connecting to another international flight at EWR?

I have booked two separate flights one from domestically in the US at EWR Newark airport. And other one is an International long journey flight to India. So the time gap between the domestic flight ...
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Bookmarked flight not searchable but bookable. How?

First time posting here, apologies for potential mistakes in posting etiquette. I had a weird situation regarding booking flights which I've never encountered before in my travel history. I've a "...
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Best jacket for Sweden? [closed]

I'm going to do an erasmus in Skovde (Sweden) for 6 months, starting in August, and I'm wondering what kind of jacket would be the best. I don't know if a ski jacket would do the job or if its better ...
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Is there a way to rescue orphaned and expiring Qantas Frequent Flyer miles?

My family member has some Qantas Frequent Flyer miles that are about to expire (18 months since last earn). My own account is not expiring, and I'm planning to use its miles for future family travel. ...
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How to find safe places to travel during the pandemic?

How to decide if a place is safe to travel for a vacation during these corona times? I found a few helpful sites, which track safe places to travel like this blog post. But these posts get outdated ...
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How can I book a space on a sailing boat?

I have read that it's possible to 'hitch' a ride with sailboats and freight ships. But I haven't been able to find any sites that offer the sailing option. Where is the best place to arrange this?
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Summary of Flight Destinations & Frequency from a specified city

I'm often interested in figuring out what destinations I can get to non-stop with a particular airline from a particular origin city; this is helpful in getting a sense for what airline might have ...
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Website with suggestions of itinerary [closed]

I'm planning to go to south America for 1-2 month, I and wanted to know if there is website, offering (maybe) based on user's feedback road to follow and/or others informations. I would use a such ...
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How to deal with a loud fridge when staying in a studio apartment/hotel?

I'm currently staying in a studio so the fridge is close to the bed. Unfortunately the fridge is quite loud, which is slightly annoying during the day but can make it hard to sleep during the night. I ...
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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 are the public transport options to the Hungaroring?

We'll be attending the Formula 1 race in Aug, 2020 at the Hungaroring. We'll be staying somewhere in Budapest (exact location yet to be determined, but likely near some of the touristy places). What ...
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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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How to find better food in airports

I travel economy, and so have no access to food in business lounges. In my experience, airport food tends to be both expensive and of poor quality. I would like to be able to find food that is ...
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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

In the wake of the accident that affected Simon Gautier who made a bad fall while trekking in Italy, and emergency services took over a week to locate him after he called them, one may wonder: in an ...
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What are some tips and tricks for finding the cheapest flight when luggage and other fees are not revealed until far into the booking process?

I'm finding it ever more frustrating recently to compare and find the truly cheapest flights. Flight search engines are more and more useless as airlines game the system increasingly to list low ...
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How to not forget things? [closed]

I travel a lot and I constantly forget various small items in the places I go. For instance, I recently left my travel adapter in a Starbucks and a few months ago I forgot many toiletries in an Airbnb....
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Ensuring duffel bag handles aren't caught in a conveyor belt

This website reads: Don’t Leave Any Loose Ends Be sure all of the compartments and pockets on your bag are securely zipped and fastened, and don’t leave anything hanging outside of it, such as shoes ...
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got refusal two times from Swiss Embassy, [duplicate]

Hi i had tried two times from Swiss embassy with my cousin sister . When I was tried first time I did not have much more travel history only had Thailand Visa. I had show my salary only 20000/- per ...
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How can I receive packages while in France?

I'm in France for a month, and I need to receive packages for stuff I buy online. Unfortunately, I'm staying in an apartment building that has a locked gate, and the mailboxes are inside that gate. ...
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How to ensure tripod/camera safety when using remote [closed]

I'll be travelling solo to Paris for business in December. I often use a tripod to take some artsy shots whilst I am travelling, but always with myself stood next to it taking photos of others. This ...
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How can I deal with extreme temperatures in a hotel room?

Recently I've been on a business trip in Germany and I had a temperature problem in my hotel room. Since it was an attic room without air conditioning the temperature rose to uncomfortable levels ...
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Bucket list - Trans Australian railway - food and stopover issues

One of my bucket list items is to travel on a train in the trans-Australian line (if that is the right term). Are there specific tickets that allow me to stop in small towns on the way (to tour, ...
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Trying to change return ticket date on group flight but travel agency is being difficult and airline reroutes to agency

I'm a member in a student chorus that's going on tour to Hungary. Our director/the university booked and arranged the tour through a travel agency. I wasn't sure I'd get to join but about a month ago ...
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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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Rolling shirts in a bundle VS laying them flat while packing?

I am using 40/45 liter backpacks with front-loading. What I did so far was the following: I put 2-3 shirt and sweaters, fold vertically and then roll. Then I stuff such rolled batches next to each ...
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Orienting oneself after exiting an underground station

I have a terrible sense of direction and frequently struggle to know which way to head when I exit an underground station. I can use the map on my phone of course (though there are some places this ...
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How to post a picture card?

Summary: Recently went on a road trip to Adelaide, bought one of these picture postcards to send to someone. Question: This is the first time I'm sending one of these so sorry if it's a stupid ...
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Netherlands SIM card texting the US

I'm studying abroad this semester in Amsterdam, and I recently got a Lebara international bundle sim-only plan. This plan allows me to have unlimited texts and calls, and 5G of data. My question is ...
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Is there some way to find the very cheapest hostel in a whole country?

I just had the urge to look up the cheapest hostel in all of Japan. I tried each of HostelWorld, HostelBookers, and Hostels.com but each one had a mandatory requirement that I specify a city before ...
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Preparing in case ATM/debit cards might go missing during a long trip

I've been pickpocketed twice and had debit cards swallowed by ATMs twice over the past decade or so. I've also had cards expire during a long trip. For my upcoming trip which I envision will last ...
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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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Denver's public transportation system [closed]

I have a plan to attend conference at the University of Denver in March. I am also interested in getting around some attractive sites in Denver and nearby cities by using public transport or rental ...
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is it possible to use an airline ticket that is bought for a later months and become a chance passenger? [closed]

I've heard on my friends who work at an Airline that people use to buy the cheapest ticket they have for the coming months and use it that day to become eligible as chance passenger. Just want to know ...
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Can I travel with BDSM items?

I've seen very little about this topic online and so have no idea if it's allowed for carry on hand-baggage. BDSM Items: Harness x2 Fluffy hand restraints Jock straps x2 Feather teaser Blind fold ...
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How to tip in Morocco? [closed]

What are appropriate tipping practices for traveling through major cities in the country, including food, accommodations, activities, etc?
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How much toilet paper can I flush without clogging an European toilet?

I am from a country where the toilet paper is not flushed but thrown to a bin close to the toilet. I think that the European system is more hygienic, but I always have this question when I use the ...
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Arrival 23:00 in Tangiers on Grimaldi Lines ferry

The weekly Grimaldi Lines ferry from Barcelona is scheduled to arrive in Tangiers at 23:00 on Sunday. I don't have a feel for how easy it will subsequently be to get to a (prebooked) hotel. Does the ...
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International Travel - Travel Rewards Cards/Info - What to carry with me? [closed]

I am planning to travel internationally in the coming months. I had signed up for a quite a few rewards/mileage programs previously. I was wondering - should I take all the rewards/mileage program ...
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