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A few things I'd suggest: Don't spend every waking moment together. Maybe that means one of you does the modern art gallery while the other visits the ancient history museum, or maybe that you go round a gallery at different speeds and meet in a cafe at the end Make sure you both roughly agree on the expected costs and comfort levels in advance Be prepared ...


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The tour group can't and won't do anything unless what they're doing is illegal, or the guide is really passionate about something. The one thing you can try sounds painfully obvious, but hey, if it works... Try saying something to them. It sounds like a whinge, but some people just don't consider what they're doing or realise they may be being offensive. ...


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If you want to book this itinerary online, you will have to do exactly what you mention: book the roundtrip for yourself, and then separately book the one-way ticket for your wife. Make sure both itineraries are available, and then book one and then the other. Many airlines (such as Continental) now allow you to cancel your itinerary within 24 hours for a ...


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Prepare your trip together before departure. I don't mean planning every detail such as hotel booking or what to do at each place and the exact dates of moving from one place to the other. I mean discuss together about how you imagine the trip: budget or luxury, need one shower per day or once a week, travel light with time spent washing clothes or having ...


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There are recommended meeting places at Narita. Terminal 1: Terminal 2:


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There are no systematic border controls within the Schengen area. There are occasional spot checks, but the odds are low. Note that the UK is not in Schengen; if you want to travel there, your passport will be checked in both directions. If you travel by plane, an airline employee will usually check your passport; if your visa is not valid, you may be denied ...


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If they break the law or other rules, you could turn them to the authorities. If they're just being jerks, what can you do? You could ask them politely to stop, but that's probably it. In general, you'd just have to find better company, go elsewhere, or simply (try to) ignore them.


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You need to find out before travelling what sort of a traveller or experience your travel mate has. You may be okay with living in the cheapest hostel you can get, but your mate might not. Too often it's easy when one of the partners has more travelling experience that the other person will leave the planning up to you and then not be happy about a different ...


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Who gets these is a closely guarded secret but the answers and comments on Can others in my party go through TSA PreCheck? definitely suggest having someone with a KTN makes Pre Check happen for the others. Choice quotes: it seems that there is a higher likelihood of the TSA pre going to some traveling on the same record as another KTN holder. Yes, ...


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The currently accepted answer depends on automated passport control (APC), but not all airports have APC. I have traveled to the US with non-US-citizen companions on many occasions, beginning around 15 years ago. I've never used APC. CBP officers have told me on several occasions to bring my non-US companions with me in the US citizens' line. More ...


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This depends on the arrival airport, and whether your friend have visited the USA after 2008. If you fly into one of the airports which has Automated Passport Control (the link lists all them and it seems like every major airport is there), then YES, your friend can use this line if he visited the USA after 2008: Who Is Eligible to Use APC? U.S. and ...


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Another possibility is meetup.com. Here in Vancouver, at least, there are several travel groups on it, and many of them schedule trips together. You can also try the Lonely Planet Thorntree forums, and see who else is travelling in the same area, or even put up a post there for people to join you. It's fairly common to see that on there.


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Because this does not involve providing a service or product, but something that's very much open to personal taste, I would think it much harder to actually maintain a successful platform in comparison to, say, couchsurfing. That said, these communities or services do exist, though I have no personal experience with them. Here are a few: http://...


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If you go between countries of Schengen Agreement you have no border to cross, so likely there will be noone there to stop or check you. Ports might be a possible exceptions. See @mindcorrosive comment. When you leave France if your visa has expired you are risking not being allowed back into any countries of Schengen agreement for violation of the visa ...


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I agree with all previous answers, but I want to add another important problem that I recently encountered and which I think should be discussed before a big trip. I think before going to a big trip with a travel mate one should also talk about the safety level that each traveler expects. The subjective safety can vary heavily and if you do not agree on a ...


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The main problem is these days, almost every big site tries to bill themselves as a community. In addition, many of them don't release stats on demographics, membership numbers and so on. Some of the most popular ones include: Couchsurfing - over 5.5 million members in 97,000 towns, in over 250 states or countries. TripAdvisor claims to be the largest ...


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There are quite a few sites aimed at bicycle tourers. For example: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/classifieds/ (the whole site is good, this is just where people post ads for companions). https://www.warmshowers.org/forums/general/looking-companions http://www.reddit.com/r/bicycletouring http://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/companions-wanted/ ...


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To use the WIZZ Discount Club, your girlfriend's ticket must be on the same booking as yours. Unfortunately you cannot add passengers to your booking, so you need to create a new one. But I assume that it will cost more so it's not worth it. From wizzair.com: Can I add more passengers to my reservation: Unfortunately this is not possible. You will ...


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Obviously this varies between jurisdictions, but I don't think any jurisdiction would consider you an accomplice for something you had no knowledge of. However, some jurisdictions make it a (completely separate) crime to not notify the authorities of certain planned or commited crimes that you are aware of, and of course depending on the nature of the ...


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I am not sure whether this is what you're looking for but couchsurfing may be a starting point: https://www.couchsurfing.com/ as they claim on their website: Couchsurfing is a global community of 14 million people in more than 200,000 cities who share their life, their world, their journey. Couchsurfing connects travelers with a global network of people ...


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Well you could try hanging around in the pre-customs area for your friend, but you'd need to know the gate, and that it's the same terminal (they have more than one), and be prepared to be ushered along if someone spots you loitering. One solution is that you could go into the bathrooms that most airports have by the gates and freshen up, using up some of ...


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Without specifying a jurisdiction, every answer to this question would be "maybe, or maybe not". There's a legal term for this: being 'accessory' to the crime ('aiding and abetting' in some countries / situations). It also depends the severity of crimes and usually, the more a severe a crime, the more likely it is that you can be charged as being an ...


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I found one that might work, literally only on the past weekend. So good timing, potentially. And I'm aware of a more adventurous companion one too. Kicktraveler - the American spelling of traveler, but I'll let that pass - allows you to join or design trips that you want someone to come along with. It's like crowdfunding your travels - say you want to ...


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I think Couchsurfing will be the best for that, they have a lot of forums and community groups. For sure you'll find travel buddies:)


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The American Express Platinum Card has a international companion airfare benefit, however it requires you to purchase a business class or first class ticket. Alaska Airlines also has a credit card featuring a coach companion airfare benefit: Alaska Airlines Card


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I second meetup.com as a viable source though the quality of what you find in each city varies a lot. There is also internations.org which is an expat organization which usually has groups in most major cities around the world. But you might need to become a paying member to access the activity groups. And then there is a digital nomad group nomadlist.com ...


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The best thing I can think of is posting in the local groups and events section on Couch Surfing. You can post your trek as an event and get others to join you or you can find events that others are hosting and join in. You don't have to host or be be hosted to participate.


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