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 trousers/pants do women wear in Baltic cities in winter?

How do women keep their legs warm in Baltic cities? My first instinct is to wear long johns or leggings under ski trousers but is this acceptable if you wanted to go to a restaurant or bar? Does ...
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Iphone App for Collaborating on planning a long vacation togather

I am planning a very important and relatively longer trip with my partner. My Partner and I both have Iphones. I would like to use an app that allows us to Provides a checklist and the ability to ...
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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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How is the Louvre queue on free sunday?

I just discovered that Louvre has a free admittance in the first Sunday of each month. I would like to visit, but I am not sure if its a good idea. I prefer to visit the city than spend too much time ...
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Need advice on problems with Bookings.com and a hotel

Since the original post has gotten so many negative comments due to the tone, here is the actual question, and I will add the additional details (absent subjective comments and names) at the end. ...
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On flying with a backpack with detachable shoulder and hip straps, when best to take them off

This is the first time I'm traveling with a backpack with detachable straps. Some insight from anyone who has done this before will be appreciated. When do you take the straps off? After security ...
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Is there somewhere in Sydney, Australia where I can exchange unusual foreign currencies?

I've got a bunch of Iranian Rials left over from a recent trip because I assumed, stupidly, that like other airports there'd be an exchange place after passport control. Sadly, that was not the case. ...
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How to know when to get on and off for transfers on Greyhound?

This is my first time riding the Greyhound bus by myself. I'm very scared, I don't know when to get on and off the bus, and I'm also scared to ask for help. I have two transfers in the whole trip. ...
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What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?

Ok, this might be a ridiculous question/situation but it's my situation. I'm at a football camp in boston until Friday, and I've realized I forgot to pack any underwear (I wear boxers), I have the ...
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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

I'm about to travel to Russia, and I made sure to book only accommodations that offer Wi-Fi to its customers, but a question came to my mind. As Cyrillic is the standard alphabet in Russia, is there ...
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One month in India: eating tips to getting spiced-out

I will be in India (Hyderabad) for about a month. I like spicy food, but it is a treat, not normal event. Last time I went to (North of) India, after a week, I had too much of the spices and my mouth ...
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Quality travel clothesline that is easy to hook on shower stalls?

I have the Rick Steves clothesline which just has Velcro/loops at the ends: However, I will most certainly be travelling with shower stall access for the next few months and I want to be able to just ...
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Comparison website for scuba diving prices?

Is there a way to compare scuba diving prices at different locations around the world? I think the price for one scuba dive when you are already certified is quite comparable. I know that usually at ...
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Finding a place to stay in Cancun (or anywhere really) as a single male

How do I parse internet reviews to determine where to go as a single person? I am a single guy that don't usually take vacations (I have some degree of social anxiety), but for a multitude of reasons ...
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Bipolar sufferer travelling alone

Bipolar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D.) and travelling alone. Hello, I wonder if anyone can give me some help and advice please. I'm travelling alone to Australia next year, which is mind-...
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Nauseous Anxiety Travel

I get severe panic attacks when I am in airports. Its only been this way for the past 3 years. I get very nauseous and I am constantly running back and forth to the bathroom. I don't know what to do......
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How to make a baby sleep peacefully during an overnight Indian train journey?

Indian train berths are quite narrow. Just enough for one person to sleep. My wife and I have a one year old son who sleeps besides my wife on her berth. He does not get his usual space which results ...
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What specific actions constitute vigilance?

People who live in or are visiting Brussels are being asked to exercise a high degree of vigilance. Same for Paris. In fact, the US State Department has issued a worldwide alert and is quoted as ...
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How to make sure rental apartment is legitimate if I'm in a different city?

If I'm in one location, and I want to rent a place in another country/city for a few months, but I have to get the apartment remotely, and I do not have the ability to actually visit the place before ...
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What is the best way to pack a suit to reduce creasing?

When traveling for business purposes, it is often necessary to pack formal clothing, often within a small carry-on bag. What is the best way to compactly pack a suit (and other formal wear) in a ...
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

Let's say you're backpacking and you're staying at a super-cheap hostel. Either because you have a lot planned for the day or you're catching long distance bus / train, you've to get up really early ...
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What are good places to guerilla/stealth/free camp with a hammock tent? [closed]

In order to stretch my dollars, I plan on stealth camping in my hammock tent (dark green and modded with extra-long webbing straps) as much as possible. I know to generally pick either secluded spots ...
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Obtaining paper map when arriving into the city

I once been in Zurich where host told me that I can get a free map in any hotel for free. I did not get into details that time but now I am curious, is it true for any city? Where can I ask for maps ...
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How should I wash clothes in Japan?

I'm going backpacking for a month in Japan and I plan to pack lightly. So I have couple of questions about how I can wash my clothes in Japan. I expect laundromats to be quite common in big cities ...
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Visiting the Vatican around Easter

I will be traveling to Rome with a friend for Easter 2016 (25th March – 30th March). We would like to be able to visit the Vatican to see the art and St. Peters Basilica (not for religious purposes, ...
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Does travel insurance covers hiking on high altitudes are participation in shamanic ceremonies?

I think that general answer is: "read the small print" I'll take my chances and ask if a generic travel insurance would cover: hiking on Inca Trail? (up to 4200m altitude) drinking ayahuasca? (...
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Is there such a thing as travel-sized organic kitchen detergents?

Besides filling up some dish-washing detergent in a travel-sized container on my own...I want to know if any companies sell pre-packaged packets or tiny bottles of organic dish-washing liquid that ...
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Cancelling Emirates flex plus flight

I recently bought an in and outbound ticket from Emirates. Flying from Lyon-Dubai-Johannesburg and back on the same route. The outbound journey is an "economy flex" fare and the inbound journey is "...
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How can I determine if it is possible to check luggage during a layover?

A common desire among some travelers with long layovers is to leave the airport for a while, and perhaps do some shopping, or even buy goods in the airport. But this then often necessitates the ...
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Apps to walk me through Frankfurt Germany

Are there mobile apps for an iPhone 4 that can walk me through Frankfurt and other German places. And by walk through, I mean guiding me to the places I need to go, showing what trains I need to catch,...
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Identifying reserved seats on British trains

Is there a clear way to tell on British trains (generally) which seats/tables are reserved seats? In Germany we definitely made some mistakes accidentally taking seats that were eventually reserved, ...
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What is the hotel room card slot inside the room for?

Several hotels I've stayed in lately (in the Middle East if that matters) have a card slot just inside the door of the room, and it appears that the lights/AC in the room only work if you have one of ...
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Fixing an opened TSA lock [closed]

I recently traveled from USA to India with a layover in London (British Airways). I had locked each one of my check-in luggage with a TSA lock. One of my luggage bags seems to have been opened for ...
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How to avoid to get your clothes to disappear in Indonesian laundry services?

My clothes often "disappear" in laundry services here in Indonesia. People told me this happens often. Anyone got tips on how to avoid this to happen? I imagine that whoever lives here long enough ...
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How can I reliably make myself a cup of coffee in my hotel room that doesn't suck?

Like most people, I have a habit, and that habit is Coffee. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive habit. There are plenty of methods of making it less expensive, but in my experience, most of them ...
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What's the best way to take a cold shower?

This is a question that most people probably never think about, because it's an every-day thing. But for many of us, such as myself, who grew up in more western cultures, with more modern ...
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Is it a good idea to use liquid soap to wash dishes when travelling?

So we arrived to an apartment we rented and noticed the dishes didn't seem very clean. Since we were told previously no toiletries would be provided, we brought some with us, but we had no dishwashing ...
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Best way to travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg and when to book the tickets? [closed]

I am a 22 year old male. I will be landing at the Copenhagen Airport on Thursday around noon and from there on have to reach Gothenburg. I don't have any strict time limits about reaching Gothenburg ...
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Best way to split costs during travelling

With 3 people due to go travelling this summer, we're at a bit of a loss as to how to split our funds. We're going to be sharing tents, food, fuel, etc, so in theory everyone will pay equal. One ...
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Is the London pass valid(/free) for multiple entries to same tourist attraction?

I am planning to buy 10 a day London pass to visit all the attractions in London. Can I enter into the same attraction, such as the Thames River Cruise, multiple times with this London pass, without ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Hotels normally provide a big amount of sets (well, depending on the quality, but however, many!) that can help you feel more comfortable there. So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, ...
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Advices for Burning Man Festival [closed]

I plan to go with a friend to the Burning Man festival in 2016 and I want to know if there's anything to know about this festival before I lock in my plans. I'll leave from France by plane, but I ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Switzerland travel plan [closed]

I need some guidance on my travel plans. I have booked my return tickets from London to Geneva for August bank holiday. I'll have 3 complete days to visit place/places. After I booked, I realized ...
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How to get the best room in a hotel? [closed]

I'm used to traveling across Europe for work. I have been booking my hotel rooms through common online websites like hotels.com or booking.com. However, I find that I have been frustrated many times ...
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How to make change (to get coins from a banknote) in Italy?

So I arrived with my rental in Verona and it turns out that you need coins to pay for parking. What is the best way to exchange bills to coins? At 1€ an hour 14 hours a day I need a bunch - not just ...
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How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?

I've heard that taxis will frequently scam foreigners by overcharging. How can I reduce the chance of this happening?
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How to avoid paying for musical gardens if visiting Versailles Palace on a Tuesday?

We plan to visit Versailles Palace on May-8-2012, which is a Tuesday. Unfortunately the official website states that the garden is not free for entrance on that Tuesday as the musical garden would be ...
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Tour: SanFrancisco, LA, SanDiego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon -> insider sights [closed]

In this summer my girlfriend and me will be on vacation for three weeks in the USA / California. We want to make a round trip and already booked a flight to SanFrancisco. From there we plan to rent a ...
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Can a rip on a suitcase be repaired with iron-on patches?

While packing, I noticed a small tear (around 5cm) on the side of my suitcase. It's only in the outer lining, but I'm worried it could grow during (mis)handling. Getting a new one at this point would ...