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How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?

Here are some of the main signs I would look out for to decide if a review is fake. (note: updated with some points taken from a study on the matter) Overly hyped. While it is certainly possible that ...
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Airbnb housing gone electrifyingly bad

Contact AirBnB support directly, do not wait. Ask them to help you move to another apartment. Also ask for compensation. Anecdotal: There was a major water problem at an apartment my parents rented ...
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What action is recommended if your accommodation refuses to let you leave without paying additional fees?

Calling the police might be the way to go in jurisdictions within developed countries, but wouldn't necessarily work in regions where governance is weak. In this case it would be better to pay the ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Taking Complimentaries Home I would say that it all boils down to how cheap you want to look, in the eyes of the hotel management. If you don't care, and probably you shouldn't, then there are some ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

I was originally going to make this a comment, but I think my personal experience will showcase some of the tactics and how to recognize them and avoid them. But first off, be skeptical and say no. ...
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

Self-catering is a widely used term. It implies 1) that meals are not provided, but also 2) enough equipment is provided for guests to cook their own meals. Exactly what equipment is provided can ...
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How to spend a night in an unknown city without a hotel? Is there a guide or resource online?

There is certainly no guide to cover it all. First, if the airline is at fault, they normally provide accommodation and meal. This has happened to me several times over the years. You must insist to ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

It's very easy, just smile and say no. Yes, the sales pressure is high, very high, but...so what? You are not obligated in any way to buy anything. As for hidden fees, well...sure, there might be a ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

It's very considerate of you to want to do the right thing, but it is certainly not rude to leave your bed unmade when checking out. Any accommodation beyond the most dubious and disreputable will be ...
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How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?

I look at reviews that are “middle of the road” e.g. 2 or 3 star. I then choose a hotel when the reviews complain about things I don’t care about. E.g. a review saying that “the hotel bar closes ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

My approach is to not feed them anything to work with. When I have been to one of those deals, my only commitment was to attend the presentation, not to supply any information or discuss anything. ...
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Do hotels in Europe permit two adults and two kids to all stay in just one room?

Some do some don't. Most larger hotel chains (Marriott, IHG, Hilton, etc.) will offer this. Typically you either get a room with two double/queen beds or a single large bed with added "rollaway" bed(s)...
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Should I tip my Airbnb host?

In my opinion Airbnb is nothing but a short-let provider. Yes people do rent out their spare rooms, and thus welcome you in their house. But they do so in exchange for money, very much like a hotel, ...
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What can I do at Hong Kong Airport for 13 hours?

There are more options of restaurants etc. (at generally better prices) if you pass through security and immigration. Only passengers can enter the terminal at the moment (documents and tickets are ...
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Do all guests need an Airbnb account?

No you don't all need an account. Only one (the one who makes the booking) is enough. Source: I have often stayed at Airbnbs together with other people (either as the one who made the booking or ...
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Public huts to stay overnight around UK

The UK isn't a very wild place, at least compared with New Zealand, so there isn't a lot of call for 'public huts', by which I'm assuming you mean shelters which are free for anyone to use in remote ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

If you want to be courteous to the housecleaning staff, strip the bed for them. If you want to be neat, fold the sheets and other bedclothes and leave them in a neat pile at the foot of the mattress. ...
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

A self catering apartment, hotel room, hostel, vacation place, etc, is one where guests have facilities for making their own meals and cooking, and are allowed to do so. Normally a hotel might give ...
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Does the Black Forest (Germany) have French style refuges (free, no-reservation)?

What's called a refuge in French is a Hütte in German. In both cases, it can be staffed (gardé, bewirtschaftet) and possibly offer some basic catering or be unstaffed (refuge non gardé, ...
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Public huts to stay overnight around UK

These are known as bothies. A bothy is a basic shelter, usually in a remote location. They are unlocked, and available for anyone to use, free of charge. There are many different styles and sizes of ...
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Sleeping options when under 18 and travelling solo

If you're underage, confirm in advance with the locations you'll be traveling. Couch surfing is out of the picture if you're using couchsurfing.com, since being under 18 violates the terms of service. ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

I have gone through quite a few of these. The easiest thing to do is do a little research in the area that you are going. Then during the selling phase: Do not go into any private room to talk ...
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Is there a booking app or site that lets you specify your gender for shared dormitories?

hostelworld.com allows filtering rooms by gender:
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Check in to 2 hotels at same location

It is allowed. Booking a hotel for the night gives the obligation to pay for it, not to use it. If the people of the dormitory are the caring kind they might worry something happened to you, but you ...
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How to spend a night in an unknown city without a hotel? Is there a guide or resource online?

In post-Soviet countries you will probably walk to local rail station and rest in its waiting area. It's usually open 24/7. You might be required to show a proof of onward travel from this station. ...
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How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?

Here's a story about a study done by researchers who hired freelance writers to write fake positive reviews, asked judges to tell them apart from real ones (they couldn't) and then did a statistical ...
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What can I do at Hong Kong Airport for 13 hours?

While I understand your reluctance to go to downtown Hong Kong at this time, one of the major tourist attractions is right by the airport. You can get there without entering or passing through any of ...
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Getting into a fully booked hotel?

Utilize hotels.com or other "black-out date" wholesalers and discounters. They purchase rooms in bulk at a discounted rate and mark them up for a profit. As occupancy becomes scarce they will hold ...
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Why do some hotels etc and other accommodation have rules against washing clothes in your room or in the sink?

Rick Steves has a post on this and his answer comes down to: Interpret hoteliers’ reticence as “I have lots of good furniture and fine floors in this room, and I don’t want your drippy laundry ...
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What is the name of this kind of accommodation?

Single room occupancy seems to fit all of your criteria. Be aware in most places in the USA this is seen as (and probably is) a very low low style of living. Most people don’t seek this out as an ...
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