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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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 ...
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Practical food to take on flight without anything served?

It seems that my local airline had really cut down on feeding passengers lately. Last time they only had food for sale (despite flight booking mentioning a meal). And what little they had sold out ...
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How to use cloud cover information to track auroras?

I would like to travel to Iceland to see Auroras. I am in the process of planning my trip so that I maximise the chance of seeing one. I understand that precisely locating Auroras depends on cloud ...
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Stuck without toilet paper while travelling - what is the best approach?

Well, this has happened to everyone at some point - you find out there is no toilet paper just after you need it the most. Usually it's not a big deal, even in public toilet room you can wait until ...
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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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How do I get money back for my foreign coins?

Tonight I just cleaned my room and while doing this I found some money. I counted it and I found out that there are a lot of coins from 25 different countries. I know that normally banks don't ...
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Where can I try Andean specialties in Lima?

I'll be in the Peruvian capital soon (Surco neighbourhood to be exact) but won't have time to go to the mountains. From what I understand, cuy (guinea pig) is an Andean and not a coastal specialty, so ...
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Is there a resource about panoramic views at take-off/landing?

One of the things I love about flying is the aerial view, especially so when you are at low altitude, i.e. around take-off and landing. For my "home-" airport I know exactly which side of the plane ...
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How can I accurately estimate the weight of my luggage?

This is somewhat of a problem for me. Sometimes, when I'm packed up and getting ready to move, I find that I have no reliable way to weigh my own luggage. Of course, most of us know that airlines ...
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Luggage transfer between unrelated airlines

I think it's better if I tell a short example: I plan on going from country A to country B, and I find out that it is cheaper if I pass by country X. However, the flights from A to X and then from X ...
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Can you buy a longer ViaRail train ticket, but hop off with your stuff early?

So if you look at the deals for train tickets from Vancouver, there are about 3 trains a week heading east. They head through Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and onwards. Now, for example, the ...
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Is it different reading on a phone or reading from a screen in a moving vehicle? [closed]

I always had the feeling that everybody knew, that when you're in a bus or some moving vehicle, reading from a screen (phone, etc.) made you sick, that while reading from something static (a book or a ...
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Is there a way to keep up to date with Schengen border crossings being closed/controlled due to the migration crisis?

This question is inspired by this meta answer. In late 2015, a number of Schengen countries introduced border controls in response to the migration crisis. This answer succinctly explains what these ...
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Tips for visiting Disneyland Paris

When you visit your local amusement park, you're often aware of how to get the best deal (cheapest visit). Living in Denmark, going to Lego Land we always seem to know where you either get free ...
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How do you use a traditional hot-air hand dryer so your hands are actually dry afterwards? [closed]

In many locations around the world, you can see dryers like this1: These dryers are being phased out in favor of air-jet dryers that involve inserting your hand in an opening. However, many locations ...
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Where can I see Shetland ponies on Unst?

I will be spending a couple days on Unst on the Shetland Islands next year. My wife is very keen on seeing some Shetland ponies, and I am wondering how to go about this. My research seems to indicate ...
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What are the tricks to get a confirmed Indian Railway travel reservation?

It is notoriously difficult to get an Indian Railway ticket reservation especially during festivals and summer. Now, people use tricks like booking the ticket for a less popular station after your ...
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Where can I find details on the level of difficulty of ATV/4x4 trails in Ontario, Canada?

Motivated by videos such as 1, 2, 3, my grandparents desire to rent a SUV with all-wheel-drive (ATVs appear too risky to them) to explore such trails situated in the wilderness. Ontario Trails ...
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What would be the best section in the plane to reserve a seat if you want to maximize the chance of not sitting next to anyone?

Other than the obvious answer of first class or business class, although I am sure on many specific routes that carry 'high-rollers' you might still find yourself sitting next to other passengers (...
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Is there a resource with tips to hitchhike?

I hitchhiked a few times and discovered half a dozen techniques to increase the probability of getting a ride in less time (though time is relative when hitchhiking). I was wondering if there is a ...
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Request a letter verifying international health coverage and benefits from BlueShield BlueCross for Schengen Visa

Per Schengen visa requirements (article 15) any traveler must have a medical insurance with 30000 EUR coverage. The permanent resident in the US has BlueShield/Bluecross coverage with the BlueCard ...
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What are good security tactics for sleeping in airports?

Sleeping in airports is something I've found myself doing more often than I ever expected, and while I have no issue with sleeping on the floor or chairs or whatever, sometimes I have valuable stuff, ...
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Measures to avoid locations with bad air quality and inversion for asthmatics?

Bergen, Norway, is an example of a city surrounded by mountains where the air quality can get very bad, terrible for asthmatics. This phenomenon is called inversion. Before the symptoms begin, the ...
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Travel from Portorož to Budapest [closed]

Can you suggest me the best possible (in terms of cost for 1 person, travel time and comfort during journey) ways for traveling from Portorož to Budapest. I am tourist, I'll be carrying luggage and I ...
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Step-free / wheelchair (or few steps) access on the Barcelona Metro

We went to Barcelona recently, as my wife has CP, she finds steps hard work, my arm also gets a good workout supporting her if we have too many steps to face. Most metro stations seemed to have many ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

We are planning for a road trip in Iceland. The trip consists of Golden Circle in a day, and another day to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik and a third day of returning from Jokulsarlon. I understand ...
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Can I drive a rental in Russia (without high risk)

Of course I can technically rent a car, and I can drive it. My point is - is it secure/recommended for non-Russians? What are unexpected risks? I have extended driving experience in Paris, Rome, ...
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How to recognise/thank great cabin crew?

Those of us who fly a lot will know that there is a bit of a variety in cabin crew. Some (sadly more common on certain airlines) do the very bare minimum to ensure a safe flight, but nothing more. ...
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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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Does anyone still offer standby without already having paid another fare?

Several websites tell me that "nobody" will let you fly "standby" except as a change to a fare already bought. Is there anyone that will still sell a cheap "next unsold seat" fare? I'm retired and ...
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How to handle the laptop in destination events if traveling with a carry-on?

I am travelling solely with carry-on luggage for a conference/business event and must bring my laptop with me. Since I think it would be too much to go everyday to the meeting with the carry-on ...
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What is the schedule of the free 'car rental shuttle' at JFK?

An answer on the question "Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?" suggests that there is a free shuttle between the car rental parking lot at JFK and ...
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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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Receive packages from Amazon.de while in Germany for 3 weeks (Tourist)

I'm going to Germany for 3 weeks in December. While I'm there I'd like to order a few things off Amazon.de and have them delivered at the place I'm staying in (it's a paid apartment and the owners are ...
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Should I take my own coffee to Japan?

I heard that it is difficult to find real coffee in Japan as most places don't serve it. We are planning to stay at Ryokans and eat traditional breakfasts as muc as possible but can't really give up ...
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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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What can I do to stop my 4 and 6 year old kids from falling out of a bunk bed on a cruise?

I've got a balcony room booking on the Sun Princess. We're travelling for 1 week, and there are bunk beds for my kids. My kids roll around a lot at night, and they have a 'bar' that restrains them ...
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Are drivers from mainland Europe likely to end up in an accident when driving in the UK?

I have a European license and would like to rent a car in the UK for a trip to the countryside. The only thing that worries me is driving on the left — it seems that one would need quite a bit of ...
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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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Public transport in Cologne / Bonn

I'm going to be traveling to Cologne in September, partially to visit Photokina and partially for fun. I noticed a quite extensive tram network in the area, stretching from Cologne to Bonn. Is there a ...
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Negotiating cultures: tips on bargaining [duplicate]

In Argentina I was once charged the "gringo" rate for a bus and was later told I could have negotiated the price because locals pay less. From an ex-colleague who spent 6 months in China I heard you ...
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Stealth camping in France

Can I use the French aires to camp overnight? I have a VW Transporter van with a bed, 2 dogs, a camping stove and bottled water and loo bottle. I want to be safe but I don't need the constraints of a ...
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Where to practice violin 5 hours every day in Paris?

I'll travel to Paris, France in June. For my musical studies, I need to practice violin 5 hours every day (~ 84-103 dB), alone. Is there any place I could use in Paris for such purpose, if possible at ...
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What popular local street food is unique or particular to Colombia?

I'm going to Bogota, Salento Popayan and Pasto. Any local food and drink is a must try? I'm a big fan of street food too.
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Where to find all camp sites available in an area or city?

As a traveler, sometimes I want to stay in a camp site, rather than in a hotel, motel or hostel. But sometimes it is very difficult to find this camp sites in the web. Is there any website or app that ...
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How to browse available cars/quotes on Uber without providing credit card?

I'd very interested in using Uber, and I'd like to have a look at what they have to offer in terms of available car sizes, rates, etc., but I can't work out how to do so without signing up which ...
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Travel restrictions after marriage? [closed]

The couple lives in Germany and do not plan on moving to the USA, or he becoming a US Citizen, but the German part of the couple often does work in NYC and has heard that he has to wait a few months ...
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How to Protect a Backpack from Splashing without Plastic?

The boat trip to Cabo in Tayrona National Park is apparently rough and the guidebook says to make sure to protect your baggage during the boat trip as it will get thoroughly splashed. Normally, I ...
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Unambiguous contact details for Japanese people

What are some good ways of getting unambiguous (yet not too intrusive) contact details for Japanese people you meet on your travels? Apparently, Japanese people don't have a middle name, and I've ...