Questions tagged [tips-and-tricks]

Hints for solving a variety of travel issues, especially problems that require experiential knowledge to solve or are not covered by traditional travel books or resources.

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If I have to put up with bed bugs can I prevent bites or stop the itch?

Sometimes you find out too late that your room or bed has bed bugs. Now I'm not afraid of bed bugs. They don't carry disease so they're far safer than mosquitoes. But I find the itching from the ...
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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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How to minimize cost for cash withdrawals at French ATMs with a Bank of America card?

If I need to withdraw cash at the ATM, what is the best practice to minimize fees? In the USA I bank with Bank of America.
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Where can I change my clothes at the airport?

I will have a rather formal event which I will attend in rather formal (and less comfortable) clothing. After that I will head directly to the airport, without having an opportunity to change. If I ...
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Are there any techniques, tricks, or tactics to avoid a one-way fee when renting a car?

Very often, when renting a car and dropping it off at a different location than where you picked it up, you have to pay a huge one-way fee. Have you successfully used any technique, trick, or tactic ...
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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge or Aztec two step in Central America, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey ...
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Where can I camp for free in, or near, Byron Bay, Australia?

I'm currently road tripping across the Gold Coast. I find myself in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and am looking for accommodation. I rented a small camper van and don't really wish to pay 70+ Australian ...
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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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How to choose a cafe/coffee shop when travelling?

Sometimes when travelling, you discover there's only one place doing coffee, so you don't have a lot of choice. In other cases, there's no where at all, so you have to get your caffeine fix another ...
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What is an effective means for complaining to an airline and having my complaint properly addressed?

A bit of context to the question: I took a flight this Saturday with Iberia and my checked-in baggage was lost. I had all my clothes there so I had to buy some and according to the Passenger Rights I'...
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Are there any common, lesser-known services offered by airlines to passengers onboard?

There are several services that many passengers are not aware of on-board airplanes simply because they are unadvertised. For example: Coat compartments. You can hang your suit in the airplanes ...
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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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Schengen Visa Application: what are some helpful tips for preparing?

Lots of people would like to visit the EEA area to take holiday or to visit family or even to go for longer term visa arrangements in the Schengen zone. In order to do this, they need a Schengen (or ...
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How to effectively organize documents when traveling?

Each time when I travel, there is a chunk of printed papers and other documents which I have to take with me. Some of them are documents which I have to access often: ticket, passport, visa etc. ...
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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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Do I need a vehicle rental to explore Miami FL?

I plan on visiting Miami FL for the fist time and for a long weekend as well. I do plan on being able to explore what Miami has to offer, the food, the places, the beach, the nightlife, and anything ...
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What trousers/pants do women wear in Baltic cities in winter?

How do women keep their legs warm in Baltic cities? My first instinct is to wear long johns or leggings under ski trousers but is this acceptable if you wanted to go to a restaurant or bar? Does ...
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How to deal with a fear of driving?

I've just graduated college and landed a job in the US that will eventually involve me driving long distances to meet with clients. These trips will likely involve three hours of driving on highways ...
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What does the 10 digit code on luggage tags represent?

I have observed that baggage tags for commercial carriers have a 10 digit code on the bottom which appears to be a part of a universal baggage handling argot, see this picture... The number appears ...
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Should I keep my enhanced driver's license in its anti-RFID sleeve?

I have an Enhanced Driver's License from Washington, which comes with an RFID protective sleeve to keep it in. From the Washington Department of Licensing EDL FAQ page: The passive RFID tag ...
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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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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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Can I ask for two meals for my flight without paying extra?

I know, this is a funny/sort of stingy question, but the last time I took a plane, after having the meal they serve, I was still kind of hungry so my girlfriend told me to ask for another one. I didn'...
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Traveling to Croatia - what currency shall I bring?

We are planning to travel to fairly rural Croatia for 2 weeks staying in Plitvice lakes then Pula. We had to pay for the accommodation in Pula with Euros and as such was wondering weather it would be ...
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How to use sinks with separate hot/cold taps?

I just traveled to Ireland. I was amazed to find that water sinks (at home, restaurants and public) have separate taps for hot and cold water. If you use only the cold water, your hands freeze. If ...
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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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Flying family of 5: is any one seating arrangement better than the alternatives?

We are a family of five: 2 adults, and 3 kids, from 13 to 5 years. We need to fly over the ocean, so having good seats is important, of course. We are flying with a plane that has 3-4-3 configuration ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Hotels normally provide a big amount of sets (well, depending on the quality, but however, many!) that can help you feel more comfortable there. So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, ...
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Entering Emirates Stadium, Block vs Turnstile

I have never been to Emirates Stadium and have tickets for the match tomorrow (10 Dec) with a friend. The instructions say that unless we enter at the right place we can be refused entry altogether, ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

I am travelling solo to Barcelona. I was wondering if anyone has any tip on how to enjoy the beach when travelling alone. As in, is it safe to leave your belongings on the beach when you go for a ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?

Some destinations have a "90/180 rule" which says you can come and go but you must not spend over 90 days out of any 180 days in the area. A recent question asked by a new contributor concerns this ...
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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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What should I do to avoid ear pain when flying?

I always feel a pain in my ears when flying. Specially when descending. The last time I had extreme pain, feeling it inclusive around my eye balls. It felt like someone was touching the eye and ...
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Best way to travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg and when to book the tickets? [closed]

I am a 22 year old male. I will be landing at the Copenhagen Airport on Thursday around noon and from there on have to reach Gothenburg. I don't have any strict time limits about reaching Gothenburg ...
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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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Public pianos in the U.S

I've been to the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland last year and had some fun on a piano in their lobby with a sign saying "Play me, I'm yours". I did some research and found a pretty cool project ...
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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 to divide large bank notes into smaller ones while traveling?

When traveling abroad I have noticed that usually the exchange rate is more favourable if I withdraw the cash from ATM at the destination. But getting money this way has always caused me some trouble ...
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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

For tourists coming to the US, getting a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to see the national parks. Rental, especially for younger drivers, can be very expensive, so buying a ...
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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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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late. What should I do?

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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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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Traveling from Chicago to Houghton/Hancock?

I am reaching Chicago O'Hare airport around 8:00AM Monday after an arduous 15hr flight and am carrying two 23 kg bags. I further need to go to Houghton/Hancock whichever is convenient. I checked ...
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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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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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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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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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OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?

OK so for anyone that's travelled beyond North America and Western Europe you know what I'm talking about. Left: Romania, last year. Right: Turkey, last night. They start popping up in the Balkans ...

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