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You won't win any fashion contests, but that's not what you're aiming for anyway. I can't tell you anything about East Asia, but I've travelled plenty around Europe (including Eastern Europe). Jeans might be more common, but there's absolutely nothing unusual or inappropriate about wearing sweatpants for a flight, regardless of your gender. It certainly won'...


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Those circled holes will be for various plug style's grounds, however -- That is not a standard socket. That is entirely an invention of the Chinese junk sellers. It has not been approved by any competent testing laboratory, and it definitely never will. This type of socket is simply trying to adapt too many kinds of plugs, at the expense of safety, and ...


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All the middle holes are there for accepting various types of ground (earth) pins. Specifically, the top two holes are there for British plugs (BS 546, BS 1363), while the bottom two are there for Brazilian, Danish and Swiss plugs. As always, Wikipedia has the gory details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets


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Don't worry about it. I have been doing this for years. The only reason to be concerned about having your US departure recorded correctly is to ensure that the US does not record you as an overstayer. But since you're a US citizen, you cannot overstay. The law concerning US citizens entering and leaving the US does not actually require you to use a US ...


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In the past most railways in Europe ran carriages that were built to a common design. These standard UIC designs are still quite common in Eastern Europe, but are disappearing everywhere else. Such a standard UIC compartment car has usually only 66 seats in 2nd class, whereas a open coach has 88 seats. For the operating railways that is big difference, ...


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The booking.com terms and conditions state, in part: Obvious errors and mistakes (including misprints) are not binding. All special offers and promotions are marked as such. If they are not labeled as such, you cannot derive any rights in the event of obvious errors or mistakes. You didn't say what the price was that you paid or whether it was ...


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How long is a piece of a string? Having flown Lufthansa over 20 times this year alone and 100s of times in total here are my experiences. If your carry on is large you risk a weighing more often. If the flight is totally full you risk a weighing more often. If you arrive late at check in you risk a weighing more often. In reality if you are on time and ...


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I've driven for many years in the US and also gone through the process of getting my driver's license (again!) in the Netherlands. The below is based on my experience and there are some subtle differences between countries so beware. First, to get it out of the way, almost all cars in Europe are manual transmissions, although some rental cars are ...


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I haven't traveled to east Asia or East Europe before but that is a very long flight, I don't think jeans are comfortable at all for that many hours. I have though traveled to central Europe several times and have never worn anything other than sweatpants and nothing has happened, even though they usually don't trust travelers from my country easily. It ...


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Everyone is checked when entering the Schengen area from outside the Schengen area, and when leaving the Schengen area to outside the Schengen area. That is true even if the other country involved is an EU country such as Ireland or Bulgaria. EU citizens are subject to reduced checks, but they are nonetheless checked. Automated kiosks perform those checks ...


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It's worth treating this as 2 separate devices - a USB charger, and a power board. The USB charger is simple - it'll work fine in Europe. It specifically states that it'll handle 100-240 volts, which means that it's designed to work in all European countries (plus all other countries around the world!) The power board itself is a different story. It ...


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It all depends on where you are from. Being from east Europe myself - we'd put our most official nice clothes for even going to the store literally 2 steps from the house. Having lived in the UK for 8 years now, I've realized how stupid this is, and more importantly, no one cares how you look, in a setting where that is not the most important thing. I'd ...


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Since the power strip voltage rating is too low for European voltages, leave it at home. It might be fine, might not, and peace of mind is worth at least $50. There are purpose-built travel power strips that are rated for Europe. Google 'travel power strip' (without the quote marks). Here's an example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I5R1LNO/ Note: This ...


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Try different apps It is never good to rely on one single source of information. To verify the quality of GMaps transport info, try the same route with one or two different apps. I usually prefer an app called Moovit - I have made good experiences all around Europe with this app. Another angle is to research the local public transport company, as Joren ...


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If you volunteer, you are accepting whatever the airline offers. Meaning, they could just ask pretty please and if you volunteer, you just get the personal satisfaction of helping out the Gate Agent. However, airlines tend to open these days with a few hundred Dollars/Pounds/Euros in travel vouchers to entice enough people to volunteer to prevent bumping. ...


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I traveled for Work a lot! I mean a lot. I used to wear Jeans and a Shirt. With the whole getup (belt, nice shoes, etc.). After 50+ trips, I couldn't do it anymore. Not only was I never on-site first day at the client. There was absolutely no reason to wear what I did. You have to take off the belt/watch for the TSA. Untie the nice shoes and whatever else ...


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Do not pass on the right. Learn the right of way rules. Here is the US military driving manual for Germany. It comes the major rules and if followed will work for almost everywhere in Europe. http://www.usareurpracticetest.com/germany/documents/manual.pdf


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According to this page by the Barcelona City Council's Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC), the first thing you should do is contact the business to try to mediate the complaint. If they don't give you a resolution within 30 days, you can lodge a complaint with them. The relevant quote from the page: We remind you, in accordance with Decree 98/...


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In some European countries there some things that are compulsory to carry in the car. Check for each country you're visiting what's required. Confirm what's provided by the hire co. and what you need to source. Such things as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, Hi_vis jackets (one per person or driver only), disposable breathalyzer kits, spare bulbs, ...


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Knowing someone who did exactly this in the US very recently, I can say that it is possible to change your status once you are married without having to leave. However the law around it is not clear or simple and you should absolutely definitely talk to an immigration lawyer before attempting this. It's very easy to do something, or fail to do something, ...


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Yes. According to Carry-on baggage rules at Lufthansa For a smooth boarding procedure, more stowage space on board and a punctual departure, it is essential that your carry-on baggage corresponds to the regulations. That is why we check your carry-on baggage against the permitted dimensions, quantity and weight at departure airports. And from a ...


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This should have been a comment but I am forced to expand. I am not 100% sure because IANL and I don't have track of Spanish and European laws, but I am familiar with most principles. Basically, Europe protects consumer as they are in the weakest position. You have likely booked all your transports and entertainment for your trip, so you might suffer ...


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I've read that one must use their US passport to both enter and leave the country. Let's read 8 USC § 1185(b) (Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, § 215(b)), “Travel Control of Aliens and Citizens": Except as otherwise provided by the President and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may authorize and prescribe, it shall be ...


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The question has basically already been answered in the comments, but here we go, also with a few possibilities to solve the problem. If you are correct with your statement in the question, that you are not allowed to enter Croatia, you will only have a single-entry Schengen visa. In this case, you will neither be allowed to take the bus from Venice to ...


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It seems that there is no direct option From this quite old (2012) discussion on Le Routard.com (the website of a popular French tourist guide), there is no direct ferry route between Bretagne and Portugal. Ferries goes to Spain, in Gijon or Bilbao for example. This website confirms it was still the case in 2015. This makes sense, as Portuguese main cities,...


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Your adapter is designed to acept a wide range of plug types, unfortunately this also tends to mean it accepts none of them well. The "for export only" label doesn't inspire confidence either. That basically means it is shoddy enough that even the country it was made in doesn't consider it safe. The holes you have circled in red are to accept the earth/...


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Just try to build a route from railway station to your hotel, from airport to city center, etc. If some of these return results that look legitimate (i.e. not "one intercity bus per day" as noted above), you can expect that it's OK overall. I think that coverage is usually hit or miss. If smoke test fails, maybe it's worth checking if there are local ...


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Exactly today (coincidentally, the same day somebody offered a bounty on my question), an Alternative Dispute Resolution agency made a determination on my case, after Ryanair and I failed to agree on the matter. They decided that Ryanair doesn't have to refund the expenses. the contract between Mr (..) and Ryanair was solely for transportation from ...


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