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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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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I think that the websites are confusing terms. I have also seen this on AirBnb where places have separate checks for WiFi and Internet. I think that what they actually mean is: WiFi - non-wired ...
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How to tell if a travel location is "affordable"?

The US Department of State publishes recommended per diem ("per day") reimbursement rates for every major city. These are intended to enable fair reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by US ...
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My online friend is asking for money in order to visit my home country. Is this a legit request or a scam?

The first rule for every such question is simple: If you have to ask, it's probably a scam While we cannot possibly examine every possible situation from every angle, online scams are simply far ...
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How up to date is the Man from seat 61?

How reliable am I? Depends how much vin rouge I've had... Seriously, I do my best to keep the site updated, it's an uphill task but if I know bustitution is over I update the site. Countries with ...
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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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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

There are many different "fare classes" of economy fare. Some cost more, and all you are paying for is "this is a class you might be able to upgrade from." The cost of the ticket plus the cost of the ...
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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 is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I actually know of a hotel, which has free WiFi but charges for Internet access. Through the free WiFi, you can access the hotel's internal entertainment system, order room service, check out, "call" ...
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What coast or river-adjacent city is in this photo?

This is New York City - looking east across the Hudson from New Jersey. A similar viewpoint is available from google maps Probably from around Port Imperial Blvd just north of the Lincoln Tunnel. ...
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What is the purpose of check-in before flying?

It's how the airline gets paid for the flight. At check in, the airline receives the relevant flight coupon(s) from the ticket or electronic ticket. The coupon, whether paper or electronic, is needed ...
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UAE now banning VPN access - fines of up to $545,000? Any workarounds?

tl;dr If you are using VPN for anything other than committing a crime, then there's no problem as per the law. Long answer with personal opinions This law which was announced January, 2016 is ...
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How to figure if it is safe to travel to the area I am interested in?

Many "Western" countries provide travel advice to their citizens. To give some English-language examples, the US state department provides ongoing events alerts here as well as more general, less ...
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Is there a website listing the location of all the Windows 10 lock screens?

Windows 10 has added an update in the latest version allowing users to see where the photo came from. In the top-left corner of each lock screen there is now a short description of the location. ...
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What coast or river-adjacent city is in this photo?

The city is New York, facing the Borough of Manhattan and the photo was taken at Kennedy Blvd and approximately 53rd Street in West New York, New Jersey. I lived there for nearly a decade and would ...
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

The ITA Matrix allows you to search by aircraft type, though this feature is undocumented and not found in the official ITA Routing Codes help. In the Advanced Routing Language field, you would input ...
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How to tell if a travel location is "affordable"?

The Economist Magazine invented the so-called "Big Mac Index" as an attempt to measure the relative purchasing power between various currencies. THE Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in ...
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Flight Search from anywhere to a specific destination

Of all the search engines known to me, it can be done with Kiwi. Say I want to fly to Madrid from anywhere in Central + Eastern Europe, I can choose Madrid as my destination and a circle ...
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Cheapest flight to anywhere at any given time

Sure. Skyscanner.net can do that. Just pick your departure airport and type in "everywhere" in the destination field. Then, below in the dates, pick either "Whole month" or "Whole year" and click on ...
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Google Maps: Directions: Are time zones my local browser, or local to where I am searching?

I did some testing and it seems to be the time of the start and ending points you provided. I chose a route which passes a time border (between Spain and Portugal) and this is what I get: As you can ...
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Is estapro.org a legitimate agent for ESTA applications?

No, the only official ESTA form is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. When talking about the US, you should be wary of official-looking sites that don't end in .gov. As far as I understand it, the business ...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

There is no list published by the US government as mentioned in other answers, but I know people who were refused US visas in different US embassies/consulates because they have visited one or more of ...
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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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How up to date is the Man from seat 61?

I'm my experience it's pretty good, obviously it's not perfect but each page has an 'last updated' link, i.e. here's the Philippines page: Page last updated: 30 May 2015 with the note After ...
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How to plan a UK train route avoiding the tube?

The split-ticketing booking engine TrainSplit appears to be able to do this. In the advanced options, untick all of the modes of transport you don't wish to use (untick everything besides "Train"). In ...
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Why does Google Flights show train stations?

The train stations included are some of those train stations that are integrated with air travel as part of an air-rail alliance for single ticketing. For example, I can search for travel from 30th ...
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Sudden cheap travel?

You don't have to seek out some special place for last minute deals. There are plenty of websites that do this - just search for "last minute deals". Alternatively, you can just go to your favourite ...
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Is China Southern's website optimised for a particular browser?

You're using the wrong website. Their global website--distinct from the English-language version of their Chinese website, which you show screenshots of--works fine without any fiddly mobile signups ...
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Guide for how to behave or what to expect at a Panto in England?

There are plenty of online resources, including: A stranger’s guide to Panto – or – How to get the most out of it! What is pantomime? A guide to this most British of festive institutions Wikipedia - ...
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Is there a practical way to change the phone number in Uber app when arriving at a country?

This addresses your concern about revealing your phone number: According to Uber: Contact without providing personal information. While riders and drivers are able to contact each other through ...
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