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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Finding public toilets in Taiwan

I've been in Taipei for over a week and keep running into the problem of not being able to find public toilets. I can't recall seeing a single public toilet in a street or park. Train and MRT ...
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Compact, portable alternative to a bathroom scale

I'm not a complete health nut, but I do like to monitor my body weight. I used to weigh myself daily on a cheap (read: not entirely accurate) bathroom scale. Now that I'm traveling, it's completely ...
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How to find out your body weight while travelling?

While on the road you don't have your handy scales at home, and without making an appointment to see a doctor, where else could you find some scales to determine your on-the-road weight? This is ...
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How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

Hassling is happening quite often in Indonesia. Although not as tough as in other countries (i.e. Morocco) it can get on your nerves after a while. Does anybody have tips on avoiding getting hassled ...
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What games can I play with friends in the confined space of the seating on a long flight? [closed]

Background Imagine 8 people, around 24-26, book a 14 hour flight somewhere for vacation. They are seated in 2 rows of 4 seats in the middle of the plane, so there is no strangers in between any of ...
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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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Things cheap in UK London comparing to India [closed]

What are the things that are cheap in UK-London when compared to India-Bangalore. I am currently in London for a couple of weeks stay. I have decided to purchase few things like Mobile phone, External ...
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How to lock a backpack?

In a response to a question in an India forum somebody answered that all items you leave in the Mumbai CTS cloak room must be "locked": The cloak room charges something like Rs15 per item, and all ...
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Is it possible to avoid being sniffed by dogs at Heathrow airport and possibly other airports?

I am Muslim, getting sniffed by a dog is sort of prohibited in my religion. My family are coming to Europe next month and we are discussing all the tiny details as they haven't traveled outside their ...
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How to contact the Mexican Consulate in Boston?

We need to contact them about a Visa issue. The security guard won't let you in without an appointment but they do not pick up the phone, they don't return messages and all e-mail remains unanswered ...
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Problems associated with booking flights inside another set of flights?

I am planning two trips back to the UK from Australia, one over Christmas and one in the late Spring. I have found that booking the tickets differently can reduce the price I have to pay: Type 1: ...
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Stay Awake or Sleep to Minimize Jetlag?

There was a lot of information on the How can I avoid or minimize jet lag? post, so I thought I'd ask something more specific here. I will be travelling from South Korea to the east coast of the US. ...
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What are some reputable 'high risk' merchant account providers? [closed]

I am in the planning process of starting my own travel agency business. I periodically will have to charge client's credit cards for hotel upgrades, flight class upgrades, taxes etc. I thought I would ...
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Will 15 litre IKEA FÖRENKLA qualify as a personal item?

I'm shopping for a new backpack. I like the features and especially the price of IKEA FÖRENKLA, and there are two versions: 903.135.63 — 11cm×28cm×39cm, for a total of 12 litres (...
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How can I enter a high-end restaurant in Tokyo with my son who is under 12?

Next year I will be visiting Japan, and I am going to try to get a reservation at Sukiyabashi Jiro for myself and my son, who will be 11.5 years old at the time. He enjoys sushi and his restaurant ...
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What is the cheapest/shortest way to travel from Paris to Stuttgart?

My boyfriend lives in Stuttgart in Germany and so far when I am visiting him I take the train from Paris where I live. However this is very pricey (> 120 € round trip) and I have to leave work early ...
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What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?

I am traveling from the US to Australia. What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?
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What's an easy way of making my luggage unique, so that it's easy to spot on the luggage carousel?

I've bought a new piece of luggage which is great in every way except that... it's completely black and looks like half the other bags. What's an easy way of making my luggage unique, ideally ...
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How to keep track of all things you are carrying in the luggage and where they are?

Often when packing for a trip, I start in a very good manner and following the best techiniques available. Once I am kind of done with the basics, I start noticing little things that are missing: my ...
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Where can “public showers” be found in Taiwan?

I've been travelling on foot and by hitchhiking and sleeping in a tent in many countries and now I'm doing so in Taiwan. But in some countries it's really easy to keep fresh. In Turkey I was often ...
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Louvre Trip Planning for multi-day visit [closed]

I am planning a first-time trip to the Louvre for this month and have allotted 4 days because of its size. On what days is the Museum the least busy? Are there any days with cheaper tickets? Can I ...
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Help with packing for staying at multiple hotels for 2 week trip

We are flying out to Utah; getting a rental car and doing about 13 days of Utah Parks/Grand Canyon then Vegas for our last 3 nights. We will be staying at a total of 8 different hotels from the time ...
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Japan cheapest way to travel? Is carpool/ride share common in Japan?

I will be travelling to Japan for 2 weeks and found train tickets little bit expensive. Usually i travel like a backpacker and always travel with a budget. I will be staying different cities in Japan ...
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How to stay safe when using an autocaravan?

A friend of mine bought a motorhome/campervan/RV and I am going to get it with him and spend a couple of days in a roadtrip. The idea sounded great until we started questioning security. Especially ...
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Is it more convenient to live in Brussels or in Leuven? [closed]

In September I will start my master at Brussels. My boyfriend is a student in Leuven, and we could rent an apartment together. In this way, I could save money from the renting fee, but I would have to ...
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How to avoid re-stinking my freshly washed laundry when I only have one laundry bag?

So you were smart enough to remember to take a nice big tough bin liner on your travels to carry your dirty clothes in to keep them separate from your clean clothes. Now it's laundry day. So just ...
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How can I be re-united with my luggage that I initially did not claim?

If I initially did not claim my luggage after arriving from a flight, what steps do I need to take to get my luggage back? Ideally an answer would cover all airports and / or airlines but if that ...
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Tips and tricks surviving a long-haul flight departing at midnight

I am going to travel from Seoul Incheon to Beirut via Abu Dhabi. I have looked up many sites that give tips on traveling long-haul. However, these are not helpful in my case, because there are some ...
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What are the main obstacles to seeing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik in December? [closed]

We are looking at visiting Reykjavik in December to see the Northern Lights. I have done some initial research on the weather in December and I know there will only be about 4 hours of daylight, so it ...
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How is winter time in Busan, South Korea? [duplicate]

I will travel around early January. I want to know from someone who has been there around this time if it's extremely cold?
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Car rent with International driving licence in UK after lived in UK more than 1 year

I recently met a problem about renting a car in UK. I came from China and have lived in UK for around 2 years. The UK licence I just got is less than one year so most car hire company won't rent a car ...
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Recreation/Work/Social options in Minsk [closed]

I am in Minsk, Belarus for an Internship right now. The Problem is, I am quite upset about my situation: I barely get to know people, I don't speak Russian, I don't like my room, the work I do all by ...
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2FABE - the 'secret' international travel postcard stamp code?

I was told about this about three years ago, that if you were desperate and didn't have time to buy stamps for a postcard, merely putting the code '2FABE' would get your postcard to its intended ...
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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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Advantages or disadvantages of triple citizenship? [closed]

Are there any advantages or disadvantages of having triple citizenship (or beyond that) that is not the case with dual citizenship? Does the third citizenship add another dimension to the case in any ...
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Does the bus Monte Amiata Scalo → Montalcino stop at Castelnuovo dell'Abate?

I'm planning to stay some days at Siena. I would like to explore a little bit the area around this city using the public transportation system. I've noticed a bus from the Tiemme SpA company going ...
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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 early do I need to arrive at Most na Soči for a space on the car train

Slovenian Railways run a car-transport train service from Most na Soči to Bohinjska Bistrica, called Motorail. This lets you skip a lot of driving around the hills, and is reportedly a fun journey ...
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How do I avoid leaving my passport as a deposit while traveling?

I was looking into activities to do in Seoul and I saw a free public government sponsored bike rental. To use the rental, I need to give them some sort of ID for the duration of the rental. The ID can ...
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Advised equipment to make a vlog [closed]

Our daughter is going to undertake a 3 month trip to Ethiopia as part of her school education to help start-up a school project there. In her spare time, she would like to visit the surroundings and ...
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Following in the footsteps of Jason Bourne

I'm not as traditional a pilgrim as many of Travel SE's distinguished members. I've visited a couple of film studios, however I thought it might be interesting to plan a trip following the shooting ...
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How does the Italian “Aperitivo” work?

One of the Italian traditions I yet have to fully understand is the "Aperitivo" / "Apericena". It basically is a (pre-)dinner buffet that comes included when you buy a (slightly higher priced) drink ...
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Heathrow: do I need to go through immigration in the terminal I arrived at?

Yesterday I arrived at Heathrow terminal 4 and waited 2:30 in line for immigration. I noticed that there was corridor which said "transfer to terminals 2/3" (I'm guessing for flight transfers). While ...
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Is there anything I can do as a passenger to shorten the time between when the check-in counter opens and my flight lands at its destination?

If I myself am clearing check-in, boarding, and disembarking fairly quickly, is there anything else I can do to help make these processes go smoother and faster?
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Is there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a South Korean credit card? [duplicate]

Im trying to use my South Korean Visa credit card at the gas pump and it is asking for my zip code. What am I supposed to do? Is there a generic ZIP code I can use?
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Are there any tricks to book multi-city international flights?

Generally, multi-city air fares are much higher than round trip fares. Let's say I'm getting these flights (A->B->C->B->A) and I am staying in first B and C. It is actually a round trip with ...
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Website showing cheap flight offers for Germany

I am looking for some source (fb, twitter, website etc) where is posted from time to time cheap offers of flights (mostly interested from Germany). For example there is a cool fb page called "mleczne ...
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Is there a way to prevent “looking like a tourist” in order to not be harassed?

Disclaimer - the title of this post is probably not the best On my way to visit family in Belarus and Poland, I had a long layover in Paris, so I decided to spend the day in the city. My luggage was ...
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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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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

I have recently taken a London - San Francisco (12 hour) flight, with a toddler in the seat directly behind me. His parents actively encouraged the kid to speak out in that typical proto-speech, while ...