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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Cheap Internet access in Cuba for tourists?

We just arrived in Havana, and have discovered that Internet is a bit of a rarity here. Most large hotels offer Internet for CUC6-10 per hour. The only mobile Internet I have found is from ETESCA ...
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Tolerated amount of weight exceeding upper limit for hold luggage

Recently, I was booked on a flight on EasyJet between two European capitals. I had a ticket allowing me for one bag of max 20 kg. However, when my bag was weighted at the check-in counter, it ...
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How should one prepare for a business trip to Manila?

In the next few days I'm heading over to Manila, Philippines for work reasons. I have never been to APAC in my life and I'm looking for some non-Google answers that would help. What should I be ...
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Is it worth pre-booking for Vatican Museums etc.? [duplicate]

I've seen a link suggesting that I might want to pre-book a fast track to some of the attractions connected to the Vatican City. I'm not sure if it's just a way to lock me into paying for something ...
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How to get from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross, London?

My wife and I will be arriving in London via Heathrow Airport (LHR) and are staying at a hotel near King's Cross station. So, we were wondering what the best (which means fastest but also easiest when ...
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Driving in the UK for the the first time - rules & to-dos that are different to India

I'm planning on renting a car in the UK for my trip through London, York, Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland. Having driven in Mumbai, India, I understand there must be things I should keep in mind, ...
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Long term travel without being wealthy - how is it possible?

Some people are practically most of the time traveling, from country to country, for a very long periods and sometimes even years. How could one be able to travel for a long period of time, over ...
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How to easily switch to driving on the other side of the road?

I have driven all my trucks on the right side of the road in the US. I will be traveling to a countries where cars are driven on the left side of the road. Other than getting driving lessons, what ...
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Drawing cash as UK citizens while visiting US

We’re off to the States, East to West, and I have lots of credit cards etc. but have a problem. We used to have a Citibank account based in the UK but accessible in the States so that we could draw ...
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Is there any “hack” to determine the exact itinerary of an Orbitz Bargain Fare flight?

Orbits often shows "Bargain Fare" flights above the normal search results: The trick is, of course, they don't tell you the details of the flight, including the exact departure or arrival times, or ...
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Changing a flight date through a booking agency by going through the airline hack?

So I have to change my flight dates that I booked through an online travel agency. The flight isn't for another month. The travel agency charges a lot of money for this and they also charge the ...
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When/where should I tell TSA that I have gunpowder residue on my hands?

I visit the gun range on a regular basis. If I have a flight the next day, when/where should I tell TSA officers that I have been shooting at a gun range and therefore might have gun powder residue on ...
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Are there sources in Prague that have hand-held, printed maps?

For my bucket-list trip to Prague/Praha and with an architectural history background, I want to make the most of my time in this City of a Thousand Spires. I prefer to wander throughout a city, get ...
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How to tip a concierge or a hotel porter?

Tipping in a restaurant is simple enough, you give 0-20% depending on country, city and how good the service is. You are already handing someone money, so saying keep the change, or ask for 10 euros ...
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How early should I contact potential hosts for CouchSurfing?

I want to give CouchSurfing a shot as I'm going to be travelling to Japan and my #1 priority would be to socialize. In what time frame should I be looking for potential hosts?
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Are there tips and tricks to overcome a fear of flying?

Are there tips and tricks for people with fear of flying that can makes them have a more pleasant experience when flying? I know drugs can do magic, and we've previously had debate on pills vs alcohol....
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Keeping men's razor blades sharp for traveling

When I'm at home I use a double edged safety razor to shave. TSA won't let me fly with safety razors, so when I travel I use a Mach 3 razor. My problem is that when I open a package of Mach 3 razors ...
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Are there any Squat houses in Paris?

I will be in Paris soon and I am interested in finding squat houses due to their cultural offer. Here where I live (Madrid, Spain) there are squat houses where talks, conferences or concerts are held ...
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How to spend a night in an unknown city without a hotel? Is there a guide or resource online?

I had a late flight recently and due to a delay on the flight I was not able to get my transport to the city where I had my accommodation. Staying in the airport was not an option either since it's a ...
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How to remove airlines/security tag stickers from suitcases?

I travel a lot, for both business and pleasure reasons. One of the annoying things I face (beside full passport pages) is the many tags stuck to my suitcase which I like to take in almost all my trips....
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How to always have Reverse Osmosis filtered water when travelling between apartments with varying plumbing? [duplicate]

My uncle will travel and stay at serviced apartments (whose structure and interior he must not change), across Canada for work where the tap water is normally safe, but he needs Reverse Osmosis (...
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Are cheap “programmable” combination padlocks known to change their own combinations?

I forgot to bring my padlock for this trip so my hostel in Taipei lent one to me until I buy one, which I keep forgetting to do. The one they lent me is a generic "NO. 20" 4-barrel combination lock. ...
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How can I live and work in the UK? [closed]

I'm a Mexican computer science engineer, and an entry-level pen tester. I would like to emigrate to the United Kingdom. Initially, I would like to enter on a work visa but, ideally, I would like to ...
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Is there any benefit of getting international driver's license for traveling except the use of driving?

I wonder there is any advantage of getting an international driver's license in regard to traveling specifically. I have an experience of being stopped to get through the immigration, and in the ...
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Does purchasing tickets for the Empire State Building in advance allow me to skip the queues?

I went to the Empire State Building today and it was obviously very busy. The queue to get in was 1h30m long so I decided to come back later, and maybe even book tickets in advance. Now, I see that ...
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Is there a tool for planning “nested” round trips?

We want to go to Japan. We've checked some flights, and reached an interesting conclusion. First, a normal round trip: A round trip from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, Sep-26 - Nov-5, costs $880. There are very ...
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Avoiding the Sydney, Nova Scotia error [closed]

A Dutch student has flown to Sydney, Nova Scotia, a town with a population of 32,000, instead of the one in Australia, population five million. It's not the first time it's happened. There are ...
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How can I tell if the aicraft for my departing flight is at the departure airport? [duplicate]

How can I tell if the aircraft (a.k.a. "equipment") that I will be flying on is at the departure airport? For that matter, is there a general way to tell where it is (e.g. in flight from another ...
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Is there a way to determine which UK rail trips have variable prices, based on advance purchase, vs. those that do not?

That is, is there a way to determine this without doing an actual search for each route on multiple days to see if the price changes? I am traveling to London and considering several day/overnight ...
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Are there advantages to a dedicated GPS?

The GPS on in my phone is becoming indispensable lately! I find it much easier to follow the verbal on-time direction than following a map or even print-outs of directions obtained from Google Maps. ...
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What's the most cost-effective service for calling landlines while travelling?

During my last trip, my credit card were cloned and locked, so I had to call my bank to understand what was happening and how to proceed. This call was very expensive so I decide to prevent this kind ...
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How to find the nearest location which has sunny forecast

Here is a scenario, I live in Seattle which is mostly cloudy or rainy these days. And I want to spend next weekend at a location, which should be close to my city but has reasonable probability of ...
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What's the cheapest sim cards with mobile internet available for Tourists in Paris? [closed]

I'm traveling to Paris for 5 days and I think the best way to communicate with French friends is if I have a local number and a mobile internet as well. And also, how much is it? and how much data can ...
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Proper technique to wash laundry in hotel sink?

What are the proper steps to wash clothes using a hotel sink? Assume that I have no supply of proper laundry detergent either. Can bar soap be used? What about liquid soap or shampoo? Which would ...
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Avoiding spicy food while touring South Korea

My tolerance of spicy food is below average for westerners. Can I avoid spicy food while visiting South Korea, preferably without eating all the time at McDonald's? I plan to mainly visit the ...
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How to get work done on a train, if I am easily distracted by others?

I am travelling often across Germany. I would love to use this time to work, especially because there is internet connection on board of the ICE trains. However, I often feel disturbed and cannot ...
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How can a person living in the tropics be better prepared to travel to snowy areas?

I live in a hot and humid part of India, and plan to vacation for a week at one of the hill-stations close to the Himalayas, to experience snow for the first time. This might involve a bit of light ...
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Why would I want a hard-shell suitcase (for air travel)?

I'm about to buy a suitcase (something I don't do often). I've only ever had fabric-shell rather than hard-shell cases, and I'm almost sure that's what I'm going to buy again, but I was wondering - ...
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Are there bags for shower stuff?

My university is in a different city than the city that I live in. I have one class this semester. Thus, I have to travel every week one day. My problem is that every week I have to pack my shower ...
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Europe on a very tight budget [closed]

I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. Must visit countries: UK-Germany-Austria-Hungary-Italy-Switzerland-France. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or ...
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Are there types of fasteners that are more pick-pocket resistant?

If we're trying to avoid pick-pockets when travelling, are there types of fasteners for clothing or bags that are more difficult to pick-pocket? I'm thinking in particular of velcro since it takes a ...
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What's a packing list one could use when traveling to a place with hot weather?

I'm traveling to a place with hot weather for a few weeks. What's a good packing list I could use to prepare myself and make sure I don't have to buy anything from the local stores (except food)? ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

I know that most horror stories never happen, still I think it might be good to know how to tell apart legitimate taxi drivers in Bangkok from ones that will overcharge you... Does it make sense to ...
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What are the lightest travel adapters/converters available for France?

I have no travel adapters for Paris and I need to know which brand has all the parts needed to charge my Android phone in a Paris apartment and which one has the least amount of weight. Edit: ...
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Best way to make my ears pop?

What is the best way to make my ears pop when landing on a plane? The hold-your-nose-and-pitch method is very painful; are there any other methods to pop ears?
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Travellers to Massachusetts Who May Be Affected By the Ban, “To Do” Prior to Travelling?

With respect to the Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States and the people affected by it and further to the special case of people ...
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How to buy low cost airline tickets while airlines are offering big reductions

A few days ago I wanted to buy Pegasus airline tickets because it was offering a 50% reduction on normal fares. I wanted a few tickets but couldn't even buy a single one. I tried different places with ...
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What does the author mean by 'back to back' and 'hidden city' ticketing hacks?

At this link about travel hacks what does the author mean by this? Back to back and hidden city ticketing. Sometimes airlines will charge far more for tickets to that do not include a Saturday night ...
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“Airport-friendly” suspenders (braces) with AIT

I regularly wear these suspenders with "airport-friendly" plastic clasps, designed to be worn under your shirt. However, I will be traveling to an airport that used Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) ...
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What are important tips for a complete noobie regarding a layover at Mumbai via GoAir?

I have researched the web about what is a layover and came to know that if flight number is different, then I have to change the plane. DOMESTIC FLIGHT: Do I need to worry about my checked in ...

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