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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 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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What are the legal consequences for a tourist who runs out of gas on the Autobahn?

It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn according to the German StVO (Straßenverkehrsordnung) which is the road traffic regulations in Germany. The fine can be from €30 up to €70 depending on ...
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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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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

You are not the only one of the train. While you go the six hour distance, most long distance trains have people getting on and off at all stations it stops. With day time trains that is well possible,...
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What are the legal consequences for a tourist who runs out of gas on the Autobahn?

As Klettseb already wrote in his answer, you can actually get fined for running out of fuel in Germany, but his explanation of the legal basis and the list of expected fines are incorrect. To avoid ...
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

There are four ways you could celebrate New Year's multiple times, but the TL;DR is that no, there's no practical way to celebrate New Year's more than twice... although there are a few theoretical ...
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Preparing in case ATM/debit cards might go missing during a long trip

This is a fairly simple approach, but I have a couple of different cards (including ATM/debit and credit) from different banks (which also helps with ATM compatibility issues). When I travel, I take ...
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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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How to pay for things in Greece?

Pay as you normally do at home. Have some cash with you when you land in Greece for small immediate purchases (tourist things, taxi...), I'd say, 200, 300 euros per person. Pay with credit card for ...
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Travel options from London to Edinburgh

Flying is the fastest option (1h10), but you'll have to take into account: traveling times to the airports: London City Airport is close to the city center (22 min to Bank Station), but Edinburgh ...
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

The most realistic option might be visiting the village of Tripartito, right where Bolivia, Chile and Peru meet. The three countries are in different timezones in the southern summer (when Chile ...
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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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How to pay for things in Greece?

It's unfortunate you have pre-ordered Euros. USA banks offer terrible rates of exchange. What you need to do is investigate the foreign currency fees of your various credit and debit cards, almost all ...
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How can I find out where to buy uncommon (for the location) items while traveling?

As you've mentioned in your question, online searches work best when you know the name of the store you're looking for, or what kind of store is likely to carry your item. I recommend instead you talk ...
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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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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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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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Can I use Google Maps traffic information to estimate driving time for a specific date/time?

Yes! Google maps recently added the possibility of doing exactly this! I noticed it for the first time today. When you query the route for a specific destination a new option shows up above the ...
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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's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

Tourism? I LOVE travelling by train, and do so when I have time available - you get to see so much during the day! Also, we can't run all trains at night, some schedules connect with others, or you ...
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How can I do a "broad" search for flights?

Since this thread has become the universal flight search engine thread I want to give a breakdown of all the options mentioned in the other answers: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ (answer) is the ...
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Why are Americans and Asians in such a rush when traveling in Europe?

I'd posit two reasons: limited time and not understanding the size of the continent. In both the US and Japan, the standard vacation time allotment is ten (10) days per year, which translates to two ...
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

I have traveled to over 100 European cities and I find traveling in overday time, always refreshing. These are my advantages when traveling about 5-6 hours in daytime. Hotel check-in at 2 PM Most ...
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Is there a guarantee that flightfox.com will be cheaper than other booking methods?

As a former Flightfox 'expert', this has changed over time. For a while, if you paid and ran a contest, and they couldn't beat your price, you could request a refund (if you proved you had a lower ...
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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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Getting into a fully booked hotel?

I actually think I have the perfect thing for you. I made this site to check for when any booked hotels open up, and send you an email/text when it does: Hotel Alerts Full disclosure, I'm the ...
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

Visit the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, and walk around the South Pole in 24 hours such that the South Pole is always between you and the sun. Now, Amundsen-Scott normally operates under New ...
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Have you previously applied to enter or remain in Canada?

Yes, you have applied to enter Canada before.
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