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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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Travelling with hiking poles as checked-in luggage

I'll be going on a hiking trip soon. The backpack is small and I'm going to keep it with me as a carry on. The hiking poles telescope down, but still stick out of the bag. Plus I've read hiking poles ...
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How to protect an expensive backpack in airplane hold? [duplicate]

Last year I bought a nice osprey backpack and I stupidly (after removing loose straps) put the bag through check in without wrapping it up in cling film or whatever. and it got a bit damaged by way of ...
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How can I get the most out of darjeelin.com?

This afternoon I posted a trip on darjeelin.com, and after 4 hours, received no offers for a cheaper flight. I, however, found a flight option for $100 less during the same time period, and since ...
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If you go to the pool and find all the sunbeds have towels on and you have nowhere to sit, what do you do?

When I've been staying in a hotels in Spain I often go down to the pool in the morning and find that there are no sunbeds to sit on because people have reserved them with towels. I'm never 100% if a ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

I'm planning a one month trip to India starting from next week, and unfortunately I forgot to book train tickets for a few train trips. I have never bought Tatkal tickets (allowed to purchase 2 days ...
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How can you detect that a WikiVoyage page is out of date?

For my current trip to Cairns, one of the resources I used was the Cairns WikiVoyage page. The page is of a decent length, and has guide article status, so I figured it'd probably be largely ok to ...
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How to carry cologne bottles in hand luggage and prevent losses?

Say I have a cologne bottle of 100 ml that I want to carry in my hand luggage on a plane trip. 100 ml is the limit so it should be fine for the transport regulations (if not, please let me know!). ...
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Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?

Sometimes when travelling through more than a couple of countries you can end up with currency from a country you visited earlier that has a lousy exchange rate in your current country due to a wide ...
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Tips for sleeping in a Couchette sleeping carriage?

In September I am travelling from London to the Slovenian Alps by train. Part of the journey is the overnight sleeper from Paris to Munich but it is both I, and my travel buddy's, first experience of ...
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How can you buy tourist souvenirs for non-tourist prices?

Often times when I'm traveling I like to get a few souvenirs from whatever destination I'm visiting — a two-story bus from London, a miniature Eiffel-tower from Paris, a magnet, a mug, a T-shirt, etc. ...
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Travelling while afflicted with Delhi Belly?

We've got a great existing question on how to avoid Delhi Belly, but what happens if you're afflicted with it but still need to travel? For example, you have a non-changeable travel booking, or your ...
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Possible ways to find sponsor for world tour / adventure type trip around world

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but... I was wondering what are possible ways to find sponsors for one's world tour or adventurous trip, I have seen sometimes people do ...
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How to document travel expenses?

I have found that many travelers write down their expenses while on a trip. I always however found it difficult personally, because there are so many situation in which I do not have enough time to ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?

(In a similar vein to this question on hotel room upgrades and this question on flight upgrades...) Most regular car rentals agencies have various categories of car - Budget/Economy, Compact, Midsize,...
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What are some tricks you use to buy cheap airline tickets in the Caribbeans?

I have been searching with Kayak, Google Flights, and Avianca, but I suspect there may be better airlines, offering less expensive local service in the Caribbeans. How would I find these alternative ...
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Looking for tips on how to do the Trans-Siberian on the cheap London to Beijing

Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? ...
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Creative ways to explore a new city [closed]

I visit new cities quite often. In order to enjoy the visit without just hopping from one tourist attraction to another I always look for alternative ways to see the city. Anything that helps to get ...
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OK we're all nerds here, so really, how on earth should I use a Japanese toilet?

OK so for anyone who's traveled to Japan you know what I'm talking about. They're devices that are a textbook example of excessive featuritis. But I want to use something other than the flush knob ...
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Tips for driving on a different side of the road? [duplicate]

I am from India where we drive on the left side of the road and although I have reasonable experience driving in India I find it quite scary to drive in the United States as they drive on the right. ...
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Can you take only part of a cruise?

I've been searching for details on this for a while, and I know I could just phone some companies but maybe someone here knows. Is it possible to buy only some parts of a longer cruise. For example, ...
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How to use Turkish toilet tap?

I was in Turkey a while ago, and encountered sit toilets with taps (edit: taps controlling a nozzle a wee way below a normal western sit-toilet rim, making a little fountain from the back to the front ...
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Is fuel dumping a peculiarity of American airlines?

This question gave me some insight into the world of "fuel dumping", the technique of booking an irrelevant fare to avoid or remove a fuel surcharge. The descriptions of it that I find on the web all ...
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Free / cheap ways to get airport lounge access?

Until recently, I had a complimentary Priority Pass card. Although the Priority Pass lounges aren't generally great, they are better than nothing when travelling on an airline where you don't have ...
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How to dry clothes while travelling in winter?

When you are travelling and you stay less than 2 days in the same place, specially in winter time when there are not a lot of sun hours or even rains outside, it's really difficult to dry clothes. ...
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What precautions should travelers take in Spain/France?

On my last visit in Milano Italy, i went to the Duomo. It was the first day of my trip, and definitely the worst. On the second I stepped out the subway, "Tourist hunting gangs" jumps from all over, ...
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Does browsing ticket sites in incognito mode and/or from different IP's result in cheaper ticket prices?

I stumbled across a discussion yesterday where industry insiders share tips relating to their respective fields. Someone who works in e-commerce stated : "When purchasing items on the internet (...
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How to choose a cafe/coffee shop when travelling?

Sometimes when travelling, you discover there's only one place doing coffee, so you don't have a lot of choice. In other cases, there's no where at all, so you have to get your caffeine fix another ...
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Travelling to Romania on a short stay Schengen visa issued by France? [duplicate]

I am Tunisian and I have single entry short stay Schengen visa issued by the French embassy. I live in United Arab Emirates, is it OK to go from United Arab Emirates to Romania and stay there for 5 ...
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How to hide your bodily odors after a long flight?

Of course I could fly first class on an airline that provide on-board showers. Since I lack the funds, that is not an option for me. The scenario is as follows: Your plane leaves in the evening. ...
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Is it a good idea to keep your home timezone sleeping pattern when traveling to a far timezone?

I will be traveling to a timezone 10 timezones ahead of mine. I need to be productive and work while I am there. I can't afford jet leg when I get there and then jet lag when I get back. Is it ok for ...
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When backpacking, what is the best way to protect my valuables? [duplicate]

What is the best way for me to protect my valuables on my upcoming trip to Europe? I will not have the luxury of staying in Hotels all of the time, and will be backpacking a lot of the time. I have ...
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Safety tips when leaving luggage and papers behind [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving? As backpacker, one does not carry all his luggage to every location, especially when visiting a ...
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Throwaway ticketing: picking optimal return date

I am flying from Madrid to Montreal (or possibly Stockholm to Montreal) in early January and single tickets are much more expensive than returns, so I am thinking of utilizing the throwaway ticket ...
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Are there other places in Seville (Sevilla) to buy Alcázar tickets?

Today I visited the amazing Real Alcázar in Seville (Sevilla), which was well worth the waiting before I got in! However, when I got to the front of the queue, I discovered that the queue wasn't ...
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Luggage when travelling with children

When travelling with small children we strongly prefer to have few pieces of luggage, so they end up being rather heavy (unless driving). This is fine until you need to check-in for a flight, where ...
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OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?

This is the part four in the interesting series: "OK we are all X here, so really". You can find the past episodes here: OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet? ...
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Safety tips when carrying a large sum of money [duplicate]

I made the mistake of exchanging a large sum of money before my trip to Europe. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I know it's not the best idea to carry a lot of cash while traveling. What ...
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What are some camping tips in general and at East Coast Park in Singapore?

What are the good tips while planning for camping for 1 or 2 nights near a beach. I am talking about East Coast Park in Singapore. We pretty much have nothing to fear there, but I would still ...
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How do I avoid snoring when sharing a room in a hostel or lodge?

I snore and I know it. This causes quite some discomfort when I need to share a room with others. I usually try to stay awake until everybody else seems to be sleeping. The pokes or the sudden shaking ...
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What if I don't take my last transfer at British Airways [duplicate]

The usual return ticket path is: AMS -> LHR -> ICN and back: ICN -> LHR -> AMS However now I'd like to do this: AMS -> LHR -> ICN ICN -> LHR, done That way I'll end up in the UK and can take a ...
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Is there any smart tip to choose seats on aeroplane? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a smart and absolute way to choose seats on aeroplane. For this question, there is some restrictions as: The seat cannot be far from both toilet and kitchen. The noise from turbines ...
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Are there any secrets or tricks to flying for free (or almost free)?

I've heard unverified stories of people who wait around at airports until there is a vacant spot on a flight where they want to go, and then get on for insanely cheap. I would also imagine that it is ...
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Cheap way of travelling from Paris to nearby countries? [closed]

I am traveling to Paris for a month's time. I would like to visit nearby countries like Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland etc. Can you please suggest some cheap travel means?
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What is the cheapest way for intercity travel from Belgium (Brussels) to other countries and nearby?

I am here in Leuven on an internship and only have weekends when I can travel and see places around. So I plan to go to important cities, so it would more of intercity travel(let us say from Leuven/...
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Factors to consider when travelling by car with a 1.5 year old baby in Europe?

With my husband we used to travel around the Europe with a car during our holidays (4 weeks of continuous tour). The route was outlined in such a way that we could sightsee a lot. Now a third ...
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What are some techniques to avoid annoying the travel mate?

After school I went on a 2 months travel trip with my best friend. We knew each other for 13 years, and it started really great. But after 2 or 3 weeks, we noticed that it is a difference between ...
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First time in Paris - decent questions regarding transportation and tourist attractions [closed]

About my journey: I will be travelling to Paris in the beginning of March with my girlfriend and staying for 3 days. We are landing at Paris Beauvais Tille Airport. I have unfortunately found that ...
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When should one check in to get the best of optionally allocated seats?

Easyjet recently launched an allocated seat system. Basically the rules are: If you pay you can choose your seat. The front seats and the emergency exit seats are more expensive. If you don't, your ...
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Where can I best exchange cash from USD to euro? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best method for exchanging dollars for Euros? I have sold some equipment and the buyer paid cash which I now need to change from US dollars to Euros. I'm wondering ...
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Are there any common, secret services offered by airlines to passengers onboard?

There are several services that many passengers are not aware of on-board airplanes simply because they are unadvertised. For example: Coat compartments. You can hang your suit in the airplanes ...