Questions tagged [tips-and-tricks]

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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

I find it extremely difficult to get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand, mainly for the reasons as: The bus stop usually doesn't have a recognizable sign on which stop it is. Thai characters and ...
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How to carry honey jars and prevent losses?

I am flying soon and I will have a honey jar in my checked baggage. Since it is no longer brand new (I already used part of it), it is no longer hermetically closed, so I am quite afraid it will ...
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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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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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How long does it take to drive from Heathrow airport to Covent Garden?

I am travelling with my family for a holiday in England. I am looking at renting an apartment in Covent Garden. What would be the drive time to and from Heathrow airport?
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Ok, I know we're all adults here, but this is something that happens inevitably in most family trips I believe; it's occurred in our own family trips. You're driving on the road to your destination. ...
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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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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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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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Publicly-accessible electric sockets in Munich to charge dead devices?

Are there any places where I can find a publicly-available electric socket in Munich? I'm trying to charge my dead mobile device.
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How to create a travel history

I am an Indian student in Germany. Recently, I had applied for a tourist visa for the US and had it refused under 214b. I do not have any travel history either apart from some of the Schengen ...
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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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What is the process for withdrawing money at the counter of a Thai bank with a foreign ATM/debit/credit card?

It turns out that Thailand now has some of the highest international ATM fees in the world! ฿220 baht ($6.50 USD, €5.70 EUR, $8.30 AUD) In searching the internet for info on how to avoid or minimize ...
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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 1 carry-on suitcase be tied to 1 checked suitcase, to enable 1 hand to pull both?

Instead of pulling 1 carry-on (e.g. the following 55 cm Spinner by Samsonite) and 1 full-size checked (30") suitcase separately, one with each hand, how can the carry-on be attached or fastened to ...
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Is there any trick to checking in more weight on planes?

I soon have to move from France to Spain, one way no coming back. And as with most of the airlines carriers in Europe I am allowed at 23Kg checked-in and 10Kg on board with me. Packing lifetime stuff ...
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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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What should someone from the US know when driving in Italy?

For instance, I know one should not turn on red lights, which is different from US/Mass. rules. What are other things which can confuse a driver from US while driving in Italy? More generally, are ...
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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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So what can I do to avoid being “that” passenger with bad hygiene?

What can I do if I'm seated next to a person with bad hygiene on an airplane? I've been that passenger several times, typically on connecting flights after a transoceanic leg. I really try hard ...
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Can I travel from France to Croatia with a single-entry Schengen visa?

If I'm in France, and have a single-entry Schengen visa, is it possible to go to Croatia and Montenegro? I traveled between France, Austria, Italy without any problem. Is that so with other countries?...
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Landing card, transit visa in Kuala Lumpur [duplicate]

I am a Sri Lankan traveling from Colombo to Manila. I have a layover of 2 hours in Kuala Lumpur. Do I need to fill out a landing card? Do I need a transit visa? Same airline from Sri Lanka to Kuala ...
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What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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Are there any rules of thumb for the most comfortable seats on a long distance bus?

I traveled recently by bus and I was wondering about comfort. In a plane there are a couple of rules of thumb when it comes to picking a place that provides a bit of extra comfort. (E.g.: sitting in ...
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How to avoid getting motion sickness?

My travel mate has a big problem when we are traveling together. He gets travel sick very fast. Obviously there is medicine you can take to avoid it, but aren't there any other ways to avoid getting ...
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Do I need to book in advance in French camping parks?

I might be camping in France a couple of days this summer, but I don't have any plans regarding the trip and this will happen if am close enough to the park. Is it ok to just go to the park or is it ...
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How to discover hidden gems beyond the “top 10” attractions? [closed]

So many web sites list "top 10" in such-and-such city. And, for any specific city they usually list the exact same 10 items. Almost like they've copied them from each other. Or something. How can I ...
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Public huts to stay overnight around UK

While traveling around NZ, I've stayed in many public huts around different ranges like the Tararuas and Ruahines. Are there any public huts around the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, etc.) where anyone ...
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Is the bus Turin → Verbania working in 2018?

This a bus that goes from Turin to the Maggiore Lake area every sunday during summer months. The information about the bus schedule on the official bus company website is from 2017. I've seen that ...
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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...
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Canceled my flight to Miami and go to a different location in the U.S. does my ESTA work? [duplicate]

I recently asked about the safety of my travel to Miami. this thread Now I had to cancel my hotel in Miami and I will not take my flight to Miami. Instead I go to Vegas or NY. On my ESTA appliance I ...
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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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How can one travel with X-Ray sensitive equipment or electronic devices?

While analog film is probably still the most common X-ray sensitive item encountered at airport security, there are some emerging electronics technologies that use MOS floating gates as precision ...
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Planning my Singapore tour as a photographer

I am visiting singapore. I am a traveller + Photographer. I will arrive at 5.00 AM 14th Sep and Departure is 7.00 AM 16th. So I got only two days. I have booked a hotel from Geylang area (Without ...
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What is the French phone number for medical emergencies?

France has at least three numbers which can be called in case of a medical emergency: 15 (SAMU), handled by hospitals 18 handled by firemen 112 handled by someone else, or maybe one of the above ...
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What should I do if I get caught by corrupt police in Ukraine but never want to pay?

I'm a bit fearful of corrupt police in Ukraine, and I already read one of the great answers regarding how to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police. However, the problem is that my SIM card in ...
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Can my proof of onward travel from the US be to a country other than my country of citizenship?

I want to travel to the USA on August 11, and leave again on the 21st to Taiwan. I already booked a round trip from Germany to the USA. My return flight is on October 2, which I plan to miss because I ...
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How do I prevent my head from drooping while trying to sleep on a plane?

Even with the seat back lowered as far as it will go, my head droops forward when I try to sleep. This causes me to soon wake up with either a stiff neck or because of "the head jolt". The neck ...
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How to avoid claustrophobia on a plane?

I am severely claustrophobic and tomorrow I have a middle seat on a plane. I need some tips on how to handle it?
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How to pay for things in Greece?

My boyfriend and I are headed to Greece (Athens for some time and islands for some time). We plan on bringing euros that we ordered from our personal banks in the States. But I am curious what the ...
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Campania Artercard from Pianura to Naples, Pompei, Vesuvius

I'm going to visit Naples (Italy) and will stay there for three days. Right now I'm trying to figure out what kind of card/transportation is more suitable for me in terms of price. I will live in the ...
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OK, we are all adults here, so what is a bidet for and how do I use it?

Confession time: I am from one of these barbaric countries where the use of the bidet is not widespread. So I have no idea... Question 1: What is the bidet good for? Question 2: How do I use it? ...
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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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What are the remedies for land sickness?

I suffer from land sickness after flying and it usually lasts around 2 weeks for me. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to prevent this?
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Tips to avoid forgetting a bag

I have recently left a bag behind in a train. It was a long travel day, and the last stage of it was a train ride with a change half way through. We were in a hurry to catch the connection, and were ...
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Economy ticket, but enjoy first-class service?

Recently, I've been watching YouTube videos of people reviewing First/Business Class seats/suites. I noticed that on some of the airlines (mostly non-US) airlines, there is a "companion" seat within ...
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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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What's the best way to get sleep on a train in a sitting compartment?

In late December this year I'll be travelling on an overnight train in Russia. Unfortunately all of the tickets have already sold out for that particular train, with the exception of the sitting ...