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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

It is VERY popular in Poland that you book accommodation directly with the landlord via email or a phone. Most of so called "private accommodation" (kwatery prywatne) are not listed on booking.com or ...
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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

According to the wayback machine, the contact number for this site in 2013 was +48 666 111 001 which is the same as it is today. They were also renting out the place in 2013 and have the same photos. ...
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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

At least the most telltale warning signs are missing. First, it contains Polish, German and English which is to be expected because Germans are one of the main tourists (and Masuria is really ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I travelled the opposite direction by train (fast train) recently and while I did spend part of the journey sleeping, I can say that I don't recall seeing anything spectacular outside the windows ...
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Is there any way to find out what happened to a post card sent from other country?

I used to do Postcrossing a lot a few years ago and I can tell you that the shipping times for unregistered mail are just plain unpredictable. Sometimes you can get a letter from the other end of the ...
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Expenditure in Poland - Forex Card doesn't have Złoty

Generally a Visa card can be expected to work for (almost) every currency in the world. If the currency of the transaction is different from the currency the card balance is kept in, the issuer will ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

Traveled this route both by bus and by train, no big difference for me. Consider required level of comfort and the time/money you're ready to spend. Mostly you'll see flat land, villages. If you're ...
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UK visa refused. My passport has this barcode

This has nothing to do with your visa, this is stamped by NADRA (the issuing agency for Pakistani passports). You'll note, its the same as the booklet number (printed on the bottom right of the photo ...
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Can you walk from Lithuania to Poland through Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast)?

Those 3 checkpoints do not allow to cross the border on foot. Mamonovo/Gronowo and Nida/Morskoe have bus options. Mamonovo - it's better to take a bus in Elblag or Gdansk, could be too tricky to try ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I'm Polish and that route is not scenic. But train ride should be faster. If its direct connection than it should take 2.5-3h. Which train ride exactly you were looking at? Koleje Mazowieckie? If you ...
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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

I find it interesting that you consider "the bank transfer itself" to be a "Red Flag". In my opinion, that is the result of media attention on the bad instead of the good. To address your concern of ...
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Travel between Germany and Poland by train

Wow. Interesting question, and one we don't get here very often. As a Polish citizen, you are allowed to enter Germany and Poland and to cross the border as often as you like. The problem is proving ...
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Safety in Warsaw Poland

I've stayed in Warsaw for a week as a tourist last year and slept in many dorms in central/eastern Europe. Is it safe to stay in a dorm? First of all: check the reviews of the dorm you've selected (...
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How is the land border between Poland and the Ukraine?

Actually, this border is pretty painless to cross (especially for residents of 'rich' countries). You can find estimated waiting times here. If anything, the return could take more time (never ...
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How to read female clothing labels in Poland?

Women come in different shapes, some carry their weight well spread all over or do not carry extra weight, others carry more on the belly and waist area, those are the basic left of the chart. Some ...
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Is the Polish railway system very fragmented?

Actually there is no direct connection between Zgorzelec and Wroclaw, you will have to go from Zgorzelec to Wegliniec and there hop on a train to Wroclaw, both trains are operated by the same local ...
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How to handle spending money for extended trip to Europe?

I travel for much longer durations than your planned trip. This is what I do in basically all countries: Have at least two cards that work on one or more of the Cirrus, Maestro, Mastercard, Plus, or ...
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Will I be allowed to board if my Schengen visa won't be valid when my flight departs?

The border guards will only care whether your visa is valid at the time you actually enter the Schengen area. It should not matter how long time you have been traveling by then to get there. There ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I am from Poland and i use to travel on this route. The best way to go from Krakow to Warsaw will be a high speed train called Express Intercity Premium. It goes up to 200 km/h (125 mph) - bus goes up ...
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Expenditure in Poland - Forex Card doesn't have Złoty

Assuming that card works like a standard Visa/Mastercard, it will work fine. Whenever I have used my (GBP) Mastercard in Poland, the card machine has asked if I want to pay in Złoty or convert to GBP (...
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Bringing an Apple Airpod from Finland to Poland via flight

No, since Finland and Poland are both in the EU single market / customs union and there are no customs duties between members. You can use the blue channel on arriving in Poland, signifying to customs ...
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Map of hiking routes in the Polish Tatras?

For anyone stumbling upon this question, or for your future hikes in Tatra Mountains. I recommend this website: mapa-turystyczna.pl It is in Polish only, but it uses interactive Google maps, which is ...
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Safety in Warsaw Poland

Sleeping in dorms / hostels Relating dorms specifically in Warsaw I can't answer but I have stayed in all kind of dorms and never had any trouble. Of course you hear stories and strange things really ...
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Morning-after pill availability in Poland

Since last year, these kind of pills are theoretically available without prescription, however it's been recently discussed and it might get forbidden again (conservative government). What's more, we ...
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Entering using American passport and leaving using Polish Passport

Show your Polish passport to border guards anywhere in the EU (in Poland but also in Germany, UK, etc. should you go there in the future), you won't get any question and the rest (like the entry stamp ...
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How can I get from Krakow to Prague?

After somebody mentioned Rome2Rio.com on another question, I've gotten a lot of great use out of it. It doesn't demand a date from you, and it's not limited to air. It will combine all sorts of ...
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US Citizen in Poland more than 90 days in a 180 day period

I did a bit of digging and found a bilateral treaty regarding visas dating April 4, 1991, with text in English and Polish. I located the text using the Polish Internet Treaty Database. Here's a direct ...
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How to leave UK as soon as possible? (EEA national, but no travel document)

The proper way to leave a country where you are stuck without travel document is to get an emergency travel document from your country's embassy/consulate. Having to wait a month to get one when there ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I have taken PolskiBus from Krakow to Warsaw. It was somewhere between 5 to 6 hours. I took that bus early in the morning and I think just in the beginning there were some scenic areas. After that ...
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Will a 28-inch suitcase exceed the size limitation in Poland's trains?

Polish train carriages use a mix of open and compartment-style rolling stock. Generally, the open carriages have both overhead shelves and also shelves at the end of the carriages where you can put ...
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