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What are the Copenhagen Card conditions?

I am failing at finding the specific conditions of the Copenhagen Card that allows you to travel through the city for (in my case) 120 hours, since I am going for 5 days. I have seen that it starts ...
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Passing through immigration with autism [closed]

Inspired by: Passing through airport security with autism Immigration officers are trained to assess a passenger's personal impact and articulation skills, in gauging if a person ought to be allowed ...
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How can black travellers deal with unwanted harassment from locals in China?

I recently took a trip to China with several friends. All of us are US citizens with US passports, and three of the people on this trip are black. (I am not) Throughout China, including in the most "...
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Cuba: How to find “higher class” apartments, not just hotel rooms. AirBnB? Internet?

We (as two German tourists, with limited spanish language skills) are planing a vacation in Cuba for October. We want to cook for ourselves, so we are looking for flats with kitchen, not just hotel ...
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How can I discern if a bottled drink is carbonated or not in Germany?

I have assumed that carbonated bottled drinks have the rugged base. But today I purchased a bottled drink in supermarket that doesn't have the rugged base, but it still was carbonated. So I can't ...
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What is the process for withdrawing money at the counter of a Thai bank with a foreign ATM/debit/credit card?

It turns out that Thailand now has some of the highest international ATM fees in the world! ฿220 baht ($6.50 USD, €5.70 EUR, $8.30 AUD) In searching the internet for info on how to avoid or minimize ...
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Moving inside Ohrid, Macedonia [closed]

I am planning to travel to Ohrid, Macedonia for 1 or 2 weeks in September. I will stay near the center of Ohrid. I know that there are a lot of points of views, churchs, monuments to see but what is ...
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Questions on the French long-stay visa (as visitor) [closed]

I'm an EU (Schengen) citizen living in Canada and my wife is Canadian. We plan to spend several months in Europe, starting this August, mostly in France. She currently has a visa appointment at the ...
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How long does it take to drive from Heathrow airport to Covent Garden?

I am travelling with my family for a holiday in England. I am looking at renting an apartment in Covent Garden. What would be the drive time to and from Heathrow airport?
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Any tips and tricks to get a better Wi-Fi connection in airports?

Many airports offer free Wi-Fi but the strength and stability of the signal depends considerably on where you are. Sometimes you get 3+ Mbps (still too slow IMHO but acceptable given that it's free ...
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How long does the bus take to go from Viterbo to Orvieto?

I've found the timetables of COTRAL bus company at its website. However, I find them difficult to interpret. From Monday to Saturday, according to these timetables, there are three buses going from ...
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Tactics for filtering out fake hotel reviews

There is a popular question on how to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor? My question is if there are any tactics on how to leverage multiple review website to ...
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How to prevent the hotel from giving me a new towel on each day?

I was on a business trip to the US recently. In my hotel there was a typical sign saying: save the planet by reusing your towels; hang your towel if you are happy to reuse it. Day 1, I hang my towel ...
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What is the French phone number for medical emergencies?

France has at least three numbers which can be called in case of a medical emergency: 15 (SAMU), handled by hospitals 18 handled by firemen 112 handled by someone else, or maybe one of the above ...
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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 buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

For tourists coming to the US, getting a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to see the national parks. Rental, especially for younger drivers, can be very expensive, so buying a ...
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How am I supposed to keep a toilet bowl clean without a toilet brush?

I am used to cleaning the toilet bowl with a toilet brush after use. In several hotels that I stayed in Asia there was none. I don't suppose they expect me to call the room service every time I use ...
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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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Publicly-accessible electric sockets in Munich to charge dead devices?

Are there any places where I can find a publicly-available electric socket in Munich? I'm trying to charge my dead mobile device.
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Drinking tap water in a country where it is unsafe - anything to do after that?

Yesterday I drunk tap water in Ho Chi Minh. I knew it is unsafe to drink it, but only after I gulped down a cup of water did I notice it was tap water. Since it is safe in my country, I just drunk it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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So what can I do to avoid being “that” passenger with bad hygiene?

What can I do if I'm seated next to a person with bad hygiene on an airplane? I've been that passenger several times, typically on connecting flights after a transoceanic leg. I really try hard ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Are there any rules of thumb for the most comfortable seats on a long distance bus?

I traveled recently by bus and I was wondering about comfort. In a plane there are a couple of rules of thumb when it comes to picking a place that provides a bit of extra comfort. (E.g.: sitting in ...
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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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Does a Ghana citizen need $3000 in hand to travel to the USA? [duplicate]

I have met a girl online and wish to bring her to the USA. We have talked on the phone and via video chat. All documents are in order but they say she needs $3,000 (USD) in hand to travel. Is this ...