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How can I get a VAT refund after I've left the UK from Luton Airport?

I'm a non-EU citizen. I left London from Luton Airport at 23:30. I did not find the blue HM customs post, so I took the VAT refund paper with me. How I can request the refund? Can I send it by post? ...
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Are Trinidad and Tobago as well as Suriname safe places to travel alone?

I'm planning to travel alone in South America starting from Colombia. I'm thinking to do a triangle route between Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. It'll be a backpacking trip hosting in ...
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Conditions of train ticket between Vienna and Bratislava

I'm planning a trip to Vienna, and I'd like to visit also Bratislava. I've found a page with prices of train tickets: http://bratislava-slovakia.eu/travel/vienna-bratislava/vienna-train, however, the ...
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What happened to lifting the liquids ban?

Last year there were lot of reports (example) on how air travel liquids ban will end soon (depending on report, anything between last quarter of 2012 and mid-2013). Obviously it did not happen. Is ...
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Where can I see dolphins in central Europe, near Poland?

I live in Poland and I would like to take my children to some place where we can see dolphins. There is no such place in Poland so I would like to know where they are near south-western Poland (...
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Breton Language Areas

I am interested in Celtic languages and I am curious to find places where they are spoken in public. Is there any known places in Britanny where Breton can be heard casually in public?
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How far in advance do you need to get to Quimper (UIP) airport?

As I understand it, Quimper Airport (UIP) is not exactly the world's largest or busiest airport. I'm not sure if it has standing jokes about clearing sheep off the runway when needed, as Rotterdam ...
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Is Mount Pilatus worth visiting in winter?

I'm going to be in Luzern in late February for a couple of days and a friend suggested visiting Mount Pilatus and going up to the summit. He visited in summer and it looked amazing, however is it ...
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Renew or reapply for ESTA visa to re-enter USA?

I am an Australian travelling to Canada for 2 months then on to US (Inc. Hawaii) for 3 months but I want to to visit Lopez Island (inside US waters) during my first week in Canada. How does the ESTA ...
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Reliability of prepaids for foreign calls such as Lebara, Ortel… what to take into account? [closed]

There are many prepaid operators in Germany, that offer SIM cards for cheap foreign calls: Lebara, Ortel, Mobilka etc. But I've heard bad opinions about their reliability and the connection quality. ...
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How often do cameras get stolen while someone is using them in SE Asia?

I'm traveling to Vietnam and was wondering how much I should be on gaurd about theives looking to cut my camera strap and run off or grab it while driving by? It's a nice looking SLR camera with a ...
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Is it really much cheaper for an Australian to get a Chinese visa in Malaysia than in Australia?

I'm flying to Malaysia in about a week and a half and would like to obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa at some point so I can use The Middle Kingdom as a hub to visit several neighbouring countries. ...
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How to find out which days the Chinese embassy/consulate in Kuala lumpur is open?

I'm planning to get a visa for China while I'm in Kuala Lumpur soon, but I discovered I'll be arriving during a major Muslim holiday period, Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr). I know consulates and ...
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If I lose my wallet can a hotel hold your luggage for collateral for not paying the cancellation fee?

My boyfriend and I stayed in a hotel for about 9 days while seeing his mom (we booked it with a temp card). We ended up cancelling our stay early because his mom said we could go stay with her. My ...
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Where can I book the Ooty-Mettupalayam train?

I've read some blogs where people explain that they had to book the Ooty-Mettupalayam toy train (Nilgiri Mountains) a week in advance. I've tried using ClearTrip, but these stations don't appear. ...
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How to quickly find out the entry requirements to country X for a citizen of country Y? [duplicate]

For example: I'm an Irish citizen and I want to know if I need a visa for Kyrgyzstan... or I'm American and I want to know what countries I can enter visa free in South America... etc. I've often ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Safety: What data is available on crime in NYC in 2013?

After the recent hate crime in the Village (just an example) which I thought was rather safe I wanted to do some research into which intersections/streets/'hoods have higher crime rates. I seek ...
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Travel insurance - need receipts for lost goods?

I signed up for World Nomads, a popular travel insurance. I noticed the fine print regarding lost goods states that "Items over $150 must be accompanied by original receipts.". But I've also heard ...
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How do you find out whether or not certain vitamins are legal or bring into a country?

How do you find out whether or not certain over the counter vitamins in the U.S. are legal or bring into another country? Specifically Vietnam?
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Where can I get free maps? (particularly of Southeast Asia)

Are there any places I can obtain free printed maps of SEA or countries within? I'm travelling from San Francisco, USA and am going to Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. Feel free to extend this question ...
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1.5 hr layover in Amsterdam

I am flying from US to Marseille through Amsterdam. Single ticket but we fly Delta first leg and partner AirFrance for the second leg. We arrive Amsterdam mid morning on a Thursday and and have a 1 ...
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Cheapest way to transfer USD from GB to Israel [closed]

I have a friend who owes me ~600 GB pounds. I have asked him to pay me in USD. What is the cheapest way to transfer the money from the UK to Israel? 1) I have checked Paypal - 3.5% commissin for ...
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Monday Silver Anniversary in Texas, need ideas [closed]

So I'm having a hard time where to go for our Silver Wedding Anniversary in or around Texas. I had thought the Hyatt on the Riverwalk in San Antonio might be nice, but I heard restaurants are closed ...
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Travel insurance for flight cancellation

I know this is a stupid question, I am travelling to Colorado this Friday to see my Uncle, but he has to go to other place due to some work issues. My flight ticket is non refundable and it costs 400$....
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Can I take multiple cars into Mexico from the U.S.?

I've taken my car into Mexico multiple times from the United States, on a Tourist visa. Is it possible to take more than one car registered to me at the same time (obviously with a second driver)?
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Does changing latitude affect sleep?

Changing longitude affects sleeping - that's called jet-lag. But does changing latitude affect sleeping? For example, does flying from Sydney to Tokyo, when the former is in winter, and the latter is ...
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Where in India can one wash and play with elephants?

I've seem a documentary in which a host is washing elephants somewhere in India (I believe it was Kerala) but I can't remember where I've seen it. Image courtesy of tiagopereira and is licensed ...
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Travel to Australia without a visa but a grant

If I have a visa grant email from DIAC (Australian immigration dept) but do not have an Australian visa in my passport am I allowed to just travel with the grant email ? Will an airline even allow me ...
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Can I stay in Europe for more than 90 days with a UK working visa?

I am an australian citizen and I have a 2 year working visa (youth tier 5) for the UK. I have been traveling through Europe in countries that fall under the Schengen agreement, for almost 3 months, ...
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Why doesn't British Airways sell six seats in the rear of the plane?

Using Expedia's seat preview I noticed that seats D-E-F of the last two rows are reserved on every British Airways flight. I can guess many reasons for that. Does anyone know the answer for sure?
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Where in Southeast Asia is free camping permitted?

I've been inspired by the success of my old question "Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?" and soon to embark on a similar kind of trip in a very different part of the world. Do any of ...
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Good aurora viewing areas around Tromso accessible by public transport?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate of this existing question: Tromsø for the Aurora Borealis in March My question is whether it is possible to travel to areas in or around Tromso on public transport? ...
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What is the best way to get temporary smartphone data service across multiple countries?

My specific question is about Europe: I'm going to be going through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and possibly Bosnia/Herzegovina and/or Montenegro. (I live in the USA.) ...
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Itinerary for the south of India

I'm planning a trip to the south of the India and Sri Lanka. For India I have about 25 days starting and ending at Mumbai and taking some flights and night trains. This is the route: 24J: Arrive to ...
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Where can I buy a cup of 'cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) in Melbourne?

I'm currently in Melbourne, a coffee-lover's paradise. As such, I'm quite keen to try the infamous 'cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) in Melbourne, given that the skill of a Melbourne barista is likely to ...
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Casual study in the USA

I have a New Zealand passport. I am married to a Canadian and will apply for a Canadian Residency shortly. UPDATE: I've since discovered there is at least a one year delay to get a residency in ...
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Are there any ferries between Okinawa and China?

I know there are ferries between China and Japan and I know there are no ferries between Okinawa and Taiwan. But I'm not sure whether I'm missing something when I try to look for ferries between ...
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Regarding reapplying for the Schengen visa in Estonia [closed]

My question is - right now I'm visiting my fiancée in Estonia. I got a visa in India - just the single entry Schengen visa which is valid till the 20th of August 2013. I am leaving Estonia on 17th of ...
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Do American cellphones work in Europe?

I have a Virgin Mobile Pay as you go phone, is there any chance that will work in Hungary, Italy and Germany?
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What do I have to take into account when buying an urban backpack? [closed]

I've been using satchels (i.e., a soft flat bag with a shoulder strap) and similar things to transport documents, books and a laptop for ages, but I decided to switch to a backpack because the bags I ...
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Text message delivery time from Europe to Asia

I use an European online banking account with mobileTAN. The text message will be sent from Germany and is online valid for two minutes. Will the message reach me in time in Far East Russia, roaming ...
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Most cost effective way to travel with two cats from NY to CA

I've looked into pet transport companies, car rentals and bringing the cat carriers onto a flight as extra carry on luggage. All of those options will cost well over 1000 USD, the flight option being ...
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What mountain in NW USA is this?

So on a flight from YVR (Vancouver) to SLC (Salt Lake City), not far south of Vancouver - we'd just turned inland after flying down the coast, I saw this mountain. I've gone through photos of Mt ...
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How can I purchase duty free liquids if I'm connecting through the US?

I have seen both Duty-free liquids on a connecting flight in the US and Can I connect through the USA with liquid duty-free purchases? but as the situations are different, I'm not sure whether they ...
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Traveling to Yosemite: Self-drive roadtrip vs group tour

Travel.SE, this is my first time being here, I am gonna go to Yosemite late this May with my mom. Based on the current knowledge of traveling to Yosemite based on Google, either I would rent a car ...
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A sensible budget for each day in Croatia with the Kuna currency? [closed]

I am currently in Slovenia at the moment and will be heading down to Croatia next. This will be my first country in my trip that does not officially use the Euro currency and instead uses the Kuna. ...
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Need some advice from the pros about interrailing around Europe!

I am going interrailing with two of my friends (all of us are 21 years old and male- if that helps?) from the end of July to mid August. We are getting the 22 day global pass and are actually starting ...
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How do Hostels work in Europe?

I was wondering what are the Youth Hostel associations that I should join so I can use their beds when I travel round Europe? Here are the main countries I will be visiting: France Italy Croatia ...
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What is some useful software for brainstorming/planning long trips?

I'm planning on taking my partner and his family on a trip around the UK next year, and I have a ton of ideas in my head that I want to have written down in some form that makes it easy to edit and ...

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