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How to review a tour operator after medical emergency?

Give them a 5 star review. It sounds like the guide handled this tricky situation very well. If you are not comfortable disclosing any details just write something like "we encountered an unexpected ...
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How can I meet the world's most jovial taxi driver?

His name is Ihsan Aknur, and maybe he'll be your friend, too, if you message him on Facebook.
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How to review a tour operator after medical emergency?

As a tourist myself who goes on adventures in potentially dangerous areas, knowing how a tour company handles a life-threatening emergency is super important to me, the more details the better. That ...
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How to review a tour operator after medical emergency?

I seem to be going against the general flow here, but I'm going to offer a contrary opinion. I've been in that sort of environment in South Africa as well as Zambia and Botswana and I would not give ...
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Are there guides when traveling on cruise ships between countries?

I have been on cruise twice - once from Boston, MA to Bermuda and once around western Mediterranean, covering Spain, Tunisia, Italy and France. Both times, when booking the cruises, the cruise ...
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Hastings Battlefield and the 'Right to Roam'

There is no general "Right to Roam" in England and Wales, in contrast to Scotland. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 only allows public access that can be recognised and "Right to Roam" on "...
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Behind the scenes tours in Zürich

In addition to the standard city tours (which are quite nice, btw.), there are quite a few places that are open to visitors, though most are by appointment only, and several require minimum group ...
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Roughly how long does the Pamir Highway take to do?

I've done the Pamir Highway in the summer of 2014. It's hard to answer the question how long it takes because it's not a road for getting from A to B but it's an experience in itself and you may want ...
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Are there guides when traveling on cruise ships between countries?

I have gone on several cruises in the Caribbean and agree with the other answers regarding guides. To address the 'leaving you behind' question, there is one wrinkle to that: the shore excursions. If ...
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Are there guides when traveling on cruise ships between countries?

All cruises I have ever heard or read about offer guided tours at their stops, often at extra costs. When you look at the description of a cruise look at excursions and at program and things like ...
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How can I find a professional business trip guide in China?

Your question is how to find one, and not to make a direct referral of a translator/guide. I have assumed that you want a trustworthy and reasonably high quality daily escort. Mark Mayo added '...
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Roadtrip in Mongolia WITHOUT guide possible?

There's no legal reason a driver and/or guide are required. But, it's advisable. Mongolia is empty. The size of western Europe, and then some, with 1-2 million people living outside of the capital, ...
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Travel guides stores in Rome

There is a surprisingly large bookstore, named Borri Books in the railway station. It is on the side of the bus station on the Piazza dei Cinquecento. There are two floors, so go upstairs if you don't ...
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Inexpensive vehicular guided tour of Sydney

You could do a lot worse than the Captain Cook Hop-On, Hop-Off Cruise. The ferries are all wheelchair-accessible and there's some basic guide-style commentary as well. The list price for the all-you-...
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How to review a tour operator after medical emergency?

What is the purpose of a review? The purpose is to help others evaluate the worthiness of this particular tour guide (versus others or other activities). It is not a travelogue or tell-your-story ...
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Homestays and a driver in Sri Lanka - will accommodation be a problem?

Most decent hotels would provide meals and accommodation for the driver. Even if they don't, drivers can easily find places nearby that provide cheap accommodation. While you are not required to, it ...
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How can I find a guide who will take me safely through the Amazon jungle?

I went to Amazonia Expeditions in Iquitos and they assigned a local guide Manuel who is born in a village near their Tahuayo lodge. The owner was a retired researcher from US who married a lady from ...
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What is the rationale for requiring White House tours be scheduled through a member of Congress?

Actually it seems that the ticket distribution moved to Members of Congress only to combat White House Ticket scalping going back to Clinton era. And then under George W. Bush under the claim that ...
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Expert-guided tour of an offshore wind farm in or near the North Sea?

There's aerial tours being offered from Germany for WindForce 2014. They're going to be run on Monday, June 16 and registration closes on May 30. More details are available here. There doesn't seem ...
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Lonely Planet: pocket version or the big version?

Lonely Planet actually has three separate guides for Rome: Pocket Rome: small and compact, intended for short trips (long weekend or so), focuses only on top attractions and cuts out eg. all lodging ...
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Is there a ranking or a guide with the airports offering the most beautiful landings?

A friend of mine published his top five here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/27496732-post19.html
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Is there an 1-hour guide at the Deutsches Museum?

The Deutsche Museum has some tour suggestions (flyer, app) and the app apparently also has a list of top 10 stations. The tour suggestions are about 2 h each, but they are composed of several topic ...
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Good Apps for travelers between cities in Europe especially

I'm not sure you'll find a single app that will get you everything you want. The most comprehensive app is probably Google Maps. It will have most trains, many local public networks (but by far, not ...
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UIAA membership and guides

As far as I know UIAA is a federation of climbing and mountaineering clubs, you can see the full list here: http://www.theuiaa.org/member-federations.html. E.g. in the UK the only full member of UIAA ...
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Are there walking tours (where you join a group) in Rotterdam?

There are a number of great activities you can join in Rotterdam. If you are looking for free tours it's best to use Couchsurfing or MeetUp and you can find great local events. Alternatively, you can ...
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What is the business model of commercial free walking tours?

What a great question! I have given 'free walking tours' in London for a long time. Also in England (e.g., Yorkshire). Also in France. And from time-to-time I guide a 'free tour' on the Route ...
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(How) Can I hire an instructor as a tourist driver on the Nürburgring without renting a car?

EDIT: I think what you have exactly in mind is not really possible. Driver instructors which are doing their job for a living need to have insurance and they will lose it if an accident happens and, ...
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Good Apps for travelers between cities in Europe especially

Probably not the answer you are looking for, but here is what I'm doing. When I travel to Europe, I take A LOT of apps. The app that each individual supplier provides are (often) quite useful but they ...
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Are there walking tours (where you join a group) in Rotterdam?

At hostel Ani & Haakien, they offer a free tour (eve if you are not staying with them. Starts at 11am at their door. http://www.anihaakien.nl/atypicalrotterdamtour-hostel-ani-haakien/
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How do tour companies book flights and hotels?

Spehro is quite correct. It will be a combination of cost and allocation. The tours companies will try and of course do the best deals they can with the airline, part of this, in many cases, is a ...
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