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Should I not use double things in a double room if I have booked it as a single guest?

Being a supervisor at a well known 3/4 star hotel I speak from experience. If a consumable/expendable amenity has been provided in your room, it is yours. This includes personal care products, snacks,...
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How to make dining alone less awkward?

Dining alone is only awkward for you (that is, it's an internal thing). It doesn't bother any of the restaurant staff, and it doesn't bother any of the other customers. So, you have to figure out what ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

Invest in a Dry Egg/Box My suggestion is to take as little valuables as possible, and carry them in the water with you when you go for a dip. What I usually do is I take some form of plastic ID, a ...
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Eating alone in London

I can reassure you that eating alone anywhere in London is not perceived as out of the ordinary. Any place you want to have lunch/dinner of just a coffee they will serve you with out any hesitation. ...
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Concerns with long-distance driving

Take your car to a mechanic and get it looked at. Make sure that all belts and hoses are in good condition, and all fluids are topped up. Make sure you know the rate at which your engine burns oil, ...
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How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?

There's nothing wrong with wanting some peace and quiet while traveling, to many people travel is more of a hassle than an enjoyment so I'd say it's quite common for travellers to expect non-social ...
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Concerns with long-distance driving

You might want to consider a membership to a roadside assistance plan, which will at least give you a number to call for 24/7 repair services or towing should you have a problem during your trip.
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Should I not use double things in a double room if I have booked it as a single guest?

YES, feel free to use all the in-room amenities as you please. Be aware though that all rooms are provisioned the same regardless of how many occupants are expected, single being the hard exception. ...
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Eating alone in London

London has a constant flow of business travellers who are on their own and likely to be seen dining single. Also, there are several neighbourhoods that cater to the singles crowd. As a consequence, ...
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How to make dining alone less awkward?

The other question linked in the comments has lots of good advice. As I said in a comment over there -- nobody cares! This is the first thing to get over the awkwardness, all those other people in ...
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Daughter flying alone from Athens Greece to Newark to Chicago - Need info/advice

There's a bunch of confusion here still, so I'll try to lay out all the steps in more detail. One note first. Airlines offer an "unaccompanied minors" service, where airline employees will escort ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

I´ve never been to Barcelona, but generally beaches have kiosks where you can buy drinks and food. I usually leave my belongings in a kiosk I intend to eat/drink something (or already have). Kiosk ...
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How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?

Avoiding conversation is easy: you can get all worked-up in advance, put on a mean face, and look like you're not willing to talk to anybody. However that's a lot of effort and might not be something ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

I would recommend you to take a train and go a beach further from the city, where you can be a bit less cautious; but in the beaches of Barcelona, never, ever, leave your stuff alone when your are ...
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Advice and suggestions for someone taking their first flight to the USA

Here are some general comments about your situation. I will NOT comment on the COVID situation and leave that for other answerers, as I don't feel I know enough to be able to comment accurately there. ...
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Traveling through Europe as a minor

You are a citizen of the European Union and as such entitled to freedom of movement. Authorities might be concerned whether you are running away but a simple letter from your parents will convince ...
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Can a Muslim woman visit Medina Mosques as tourist independently?

Sorry, you can't. Women under 45 are not granted pilgrimage visas unless they travel with a male guardian, and even if you're over 45, you need to travel with a group. Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia ...
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How to make dining alone less awkward?

Put yourself in the other people's boots. If you see someone dining alone, would you spend the entirety of your evening judging their every move, or would you spend no more than 2 seconds and then go ...
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What is the minimum age for travelling alone?

Most airlines set a minimum age where children can travel alone. The exact policies will vary between airlines, but they generally work like this: Minimum age to fly alone at all. This is often ...
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Suggestions for 15 year old ( child / teen ) travelling alone

As you are not of an age of majority (ie, an adult); you can avail the special services Emirates provides for young travelers: Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight? Yes. Emirates ...
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Safety considerations for solo female business traveller in Mexico

Léon is a small, and somewhat ugly city, and therefore not much of a tourist attraction, so most of the tourist-fraud schemes won't be common there. I have spent many months there, and will be ...
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What is the safest route for women to travel overland between Europe and India in 2016?

Alternate Answer provided at OP's request: If travel from Europe to India is the goal and specifically flying is the problem, you can travel by ship. One option is vacation style cruise lines such ...
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How to read time of flight for Emirates airline?

Times for flights are almost always given as local time in a 24 hour format. The departure time is given in the timezone of the departing airport and the arrival time is specified in the timezone of ...
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Eating alone in London

Eating Alone Rocks! I will not deny that there might be a social stigma associated with eating alone in some cultures/countries. Comments like "what a loser" immediately come to mind. Truth be told, ...
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Should I not use double things in a double room if I have booked it as a single guest?

Use what is necessary if it is available within the price of your booking. If you start going that way there are many more things to worry about. Should you use half of the room and not step in the ...
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Concerns with long-distance driving

A lot of wear and tear happens when you drive while the engine is still cold. On a long distance drive, your engine will be at its optimal temperature most of the time. A lot of wear and tear ...
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Crossing the German border as an underage travelling alone

There is no special procedure or any extra document needed for minors to cross the German border (you do need a passport/ID card and, possibly, a visa). Note that if you don't leave the international ...
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Solo driving in Iceland in late March

If you rent a car in March, the car will be fine for driving on the ring road in March. The question is, will you be? I used to live in northern Scandinavia, and have driven rental cars in winter in ...
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Bipolar sufferer travelling alone

I have a close friend who was diagnosed with G.A.D and panic attacks some years ago. I have been around and I have seen him suffer even when he travels with me, especially that he is a bit scared of ...
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What is the safest route for women to travel overland between Europe and India in 2016?

Disclaimer: this is mostly personal experience, and quite outdated (2015). It depends a lot on how you define "safe" (for example, would you feel safe talking to a border guard threatening you in ...
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