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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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 ...
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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 can I find out whether skipping the first flight in a booking will void the return?

Recently I had a return flight booked for me by a travel agency. The outbound flight was on Lufthansa, while the return was on British Airways. The booking had a unique PNR, and in the LH system it ...
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How can I avoid or minimize jet lag?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've found it worse when travelling east around the globe. I also tend to stay awake most if not all of the flight, so sleeping time doesn't tend to matter as ...
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Changing unusual foreign currencies in London

I've just returned from several unusual countries in Asia, and annoyingly despite being told I'd have no problem, I'm unable to find anyone in London to change back to pounds. I've tried Travelex in ...
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What are the chances of success and the consequences of sneaking into business class?

I've read some people writing that they've seen people be caught sitting in First/Business class when they have economy class tickets. This was for international flights on big planes with several ...
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How to make the best use of signs while hitchiking?

It looks to me that the ability of signs to speed you up/slow down while hitchhiking is significant. I think they are useful in places where you want to specify your direction explicitly, like for ...
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Safely disposing of agricultural contraband

I have the habit of taking an apple, orange, or other portable fruit from hotel breakfasts and tucking it into my bag to eat later in the day. I might do this each day of a 5-day conference, for ...
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How do I enter a Portugal address into a Garmin Satnav?

The address is: Encosta Cabo Girao Quinta Girao Empreendimentos Turisticos Lda. Estrada 1 de Julho nú 2 9300 - 081 CÀmara de Lobos Madeira, Portugal When I enter the postcode that I assume is "9300 -...
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Subterfuge by budget airline? Missed flight - was charged for transfer

Recently I attempted to catch a flight from a London airport on Ryanair. I arrived at departures reception 25 minutes before the flight, 11.35am - my ticket was scanned. Then I proceeded thru ...
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How to prevent the hotel from giving me a new towel on each day?

I was on a business trip to the US recently. In my hotel there was a typical sign saying: save the planet by reusing your towels; hang your towel if you are happy to reuse it. Day 1, I hang my towel ...
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How to do a web search in English in China without a VPN

I've just got a humble smartphone with no fancy apps on a hotel wifi network in Canton, China. My search engine of choice seems to be unavailable for some reason. How can I search the web in English ...
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Travelling with récipissé [closed]

Can one travel outside France with a récipissé? My card has expired in June 2017 then I got a récipissé from the préfecture until 26 December 2017. Can I travel to India on this récipissé?
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Avoid getting sick when traveling by plane

Nearly every time I travel I get sick. I have no doubt it is because I am stuck on a plane breathing recirculated air from 200 other people. Once I had an entire vacation to Venice ruined because I ...
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Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?

There are tricks such as "fuel dumping" or "hidden city ticketing" which involve booking a ticket composed of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping off"...
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Rideshare etiquette (Lyft, Uber, etc)

I used Lyft for the first time last week, and realized I don't know the proper etiquette, if there is any. With a taxi, it's common that the driver comes around, opens the trunk, takes your luggage, ...
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Ways to reach “Todra Gorge” from “Fez” by public transport? (Morocco Travel)

I am going to travel to Morocco in November. We want to travel to "Todra Gorge" from "Fez". Can anybody suggest me how to reach "Todra Gorge" from "Fez" by public transport? Is it safe to travel to "...
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Traveling from Tbilisi to Kazbegi?

I would like to take a minibus from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, but I do not speak Georgian and not sure where is the furtherest point that the minibus will take me.. I imagine I will need a taxi to get to my ...
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When should I book my hotel if prices are inflated due to a major event?

My problem: I recently booked a business trip about three months out, noticing slightly too late that there's a huge event (Formula 1 race) happening in town the previous weekend and all the remotely ...
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What are the Copenhagen Card conditions?

I am failing at finding the specific conditions of the Copenhagen Card that allows you to travel through the city for (in my case) 120 hours, since I am going for 5 days. I have seen that it starts ...
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How can black travellers deal with unwanted harassment from locals in China?

I recently took a trip to China with several friends. All of us are US citizens with US passports, and three of the people on this trip are black. (I am not) Throughout China, including in the most "...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in Europe?

I have been flying with Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet for some time and have found that there is really a lot to be learned about how to achieve the lowest prices. It was not uncommon for me to buy ...
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Passing through immigration with autism [closed]

Inspired by: Passing through airport security with autism Immigration officers are trained to assess a passenger's personal impact and articulation skills, in gauging if a person ought to be allowed ...
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What can I do with a plane ticket that won't be used?

I have two plane tickets for London - South America with one stop. For reasons that aren't relevant, my companion won't be able to make it, so the seat will be completely empty. I'm almost certain ...
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How long does the bus take to go from Viterbo to Orvieto?

I've found the timetables of COTRAL bus company at its website. However, I find them difficult to interpret. From Monday to Saturday, according to these timetables, there are three buses going from ...
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How can I discern if a bottled drink is carbonated or not in Germany?

I have assumed that carbonated bottled drinks have the rugged base. But today I purchased a bottled drink in supermarket that doesn't have the rugged base, but it still was carbonated. So I can't ...
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Cuba: How to find “higher class” apartments, not just hotel rooms. AirBnB? Internet?

We (as two German tourists, with limited spanish language skills) are planing a vacation in Cuba for October. We want to cook for ourselves, so we are looking for flats with kitchen, not just hotel ...
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How to assess whether a restaurant is good on the spot?

You just arrived hungry in a new city and are in a desperate need of finding a good place to eat. And you need to do it without a guidebook or recommendation. There is one restaurant popping after ...
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How to search for a flight when dates and cities are flexible but non-direct flights must not pass through a particular country?

Sometimes when booking a trip you can be very flexible with many factors but any route passing through a certain country cannot be considered. Say you're going from country A to country B either ...
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Moving inside Ohrid, Macedonia [closed]

I am planning to travel to Ohrid, Macedonia for 1 or 2 weeks in September. I will stay near the center of Ohrid. I know that there are a lot of points of views, churchs, monuments to see but what is ...
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Questions on the French long-stay visa (as visitor) [closed]

I'm an EU (Schengen) citizen living in Canada and my wife is Canadian. We plan to spend several months in Europe, starting this August, mostly in France. She currently has a visa appointment at the ...
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How can I find the cheapest Spirit flight from my location to anywhere?

I recently became a member of Spirit Airlines' $9 Fare Club. I would like to maximize the benefit by planning my vacations around cheap Spirit fares. Basically, what I am looking for is a way to find ...
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What is the most efficient way to pack a bag?

On trips of four days or less, I try to travel with a shoulder bag containing my laptop, electronics, etc. and a rolling, carry-on bag for everything else. What is the best technique for packing as ...
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Any tips and tricks to get a better Wi-Fi connection in airports?

Many airports offer free Wi-Fi but the strength and stability of the signal depends considerably on where you are. Sometimes you get 3+ Mbps (still too slow IMHO but acceptable given that it's free ...
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Tactics for filtering out fake hotel reviews

There is a popular question on how to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor? My question is if there are any tactics on how to leverage multiple review website to ...
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How am I supposed to keep a toilet bowl clean without a toilet brush?

I am used to cleaning the toilet bowl with a toilet brush after use. In several hotels that I stayed in Asia there was none. I don't suppose they expect me to call the room service every time I use ...
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Drinking tap water in a country where it is unsafe - anything to do after that?

Yesterday I drunk tap water in Ho Chi Minh. I knew it is unsafe to drink it, but only after I gulped down a cup of water did I notice it was tap water. Since it is safe in my country, I just drunk it ...

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