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Tactics to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police?
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First, in problematic places I would try to avoid interacting with the police as much as possible. Another strategy is patience. Usually, corrupt police are just trying to make quick money off an easy ...

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When to book tickets from travel sites rather than airline sites?
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For domestic flights in the US, the cheapest price is almost always on the airline's website. Additionally, airlines sometimes include other benefits like additional frequent flyer miles, reduced ...

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What is the best method of purchasing a ticket with an open return date?
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What you want is an "open return" ticket. The outgoing flight is confirmed and the return is "open". Depending on the type of ticket, the return can be up to a year after departure. You can book the ...

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Which embassy/consulate to contact when you need consular support for a family where the parents have different nationalities?
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Embassies and consulates will only assist their own citizens. For example, the section of the US embassy that performs this function is called "American Citizen Services". You and your spouse would ...

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US and Canada border crossing and computer privacy: What do I need to know?
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Yes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can and does search electronic devices entering the country. No, it does not matter if the device belongs to a US citizen or not. There have been court cases ...

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What direct flights connect Brazil or Argentina to South Africa?
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I don't believe a definite list of flights exist, but here's what I found after a fairly exhaustive search. Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa on Malaysia Airlines Buenos Aires, ...

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How can I visit Antarctica?
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I believe most of the most popular route is by cruise ship and the most common departure port is Ushuaia, Argentina.

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Are international driving licences really necessary for any country?
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I've always had one to rent a car, but I've never had a rental agent request the license. A USA drivers license, passport and credit card has been always been sufficient to rent a car. I've rented ...

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How can I find an ATM card usable in Cuba, by a US Citizen?
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I have a friend of a friend who used a prepaid AMIGO TRAVEL CLUB card in Cuba. They are a bank in Antigua and he was able to open an account online as an American citizen. I think this also involved e-...

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Can I use Korean Air's mileage for Delta domestic flights?
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As a general rule, you should join the mileage program for the airline that you want to fly when you redeem your miles. While it is possible to redeem miles on partner airlines, there are several ...

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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?
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Just to be clear are you talking about a single ticket or buying two separate tickets? If you have a single ticket with an international segment followed by a domestic segment, the airline will ...

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Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?
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I don't know about the services these agencies provide, but visiting from Mexico is fairly straightforward. All you need is a plane ticket. WikiTravel Americans in Cuba article provides more details ...

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Travel to Cuba as dual citizen (USA+other)?
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As an American citizen you are required to the follow the laws of the USA despite any other nationality that you may have. Most laws don't apply to citizens residing abroad, but some do. Perhaps the ...

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US citizens traveling between 2 "no visa required" countries
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I can't answer specifically about Ukraine or Lithuania, but in many other similar situations I've never had a problem.

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How can I find a guide who will take me safely through the Amazon jungle?
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I've only been to Amazon jungle near Manaus, Brazil. If you're imagining yourself and a guide whacking your way though the jungle I think you're going to be disappointed. There are many developments ...

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Is a stopover in Havana a problem for a U.S. citizen?
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US citizens are not permitted to travel to Cuba without special permission from the Department of Treasury. This also includes "payment for air travel to Cuba". Source: U.S. Department of Treasury, ...

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What is the most time and cost efficient way to get from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls?
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You could take a bus, which will take around 18 hours and cost about 500 pesos. One recommended company is Via Bariloche http://www.viabariloche.com.ar/ You might be able to make reservations on their ...

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What are must-visit destinations for the first time trip to Argentina?
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You don't mention what kind of trips you like, but if you like nature I would highly recommend Patagonia--specifically El Calafate and Ushuaia. December is a good season to go. Distances inn ...

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One-way tickets into the US and Canada?
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I know someone who tried to do this with a one-way ticket from Europe to the USA. They were denied boarding in Europe (pre-immigration screening) until they purchased, on the spot, another ticket out ...

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Suitable ways to get around the Darién Gap?
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I've heard several reports that the Darien Gap is quite dangerous due to drug trafficking. Personally, I would fly although I understand it's possible to cross by hopping on small boats on the ...

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Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?
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I have never heard of a sento that offered overnight accommodation. If you want somewhere cheap to stay in Japan, look at renting a Karaoke box all night or staying in a manga-cafe.

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Best time to buy Airline tickets to Shanghai/Hong Kong from USA (Dallas/Fort Worth)?
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As #naeblis posted, there is no generic answer to this question. My answer would be that it depends on the type of trip you are planning. If you have inflexible dates or a set itinerary I'd recommend ...

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What is more effective seeking luggage damage compensation from the aiport or airline?
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I believe that compensation for lost or damaged luggage is always with the airline who flies the last leg of your journey. I've never heard of an airport dealing with luggage issues.

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Are there other places with gardens like those at Versailles?
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In Portugal, just outside of Lisbon, there is the Queluz National Palace which is famous for its gardens and is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles.

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Ground transportation options for late arrival at Portland Oregon Airport (PDX)
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After some calling around, I confirmed that the rental car companies Avis, Dollar and Thrifty at PDX are open 24 hours.

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Is it possible to apply for a Chinese visa while travelling outside your home country?
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Edward Hasbrouck, a travel writer, has a pair of posts about getting Chinese visas outside of China specifically in Hong Kong. The information is a little dated, but might still be useful. http://www....

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How to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires?
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You only have 12 days. If you take a bus round-trip from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, you're going to waste 2-3 days getting there and 2-3 days getting back. That's almost half of your vacation on a ...

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Camping near a beach, not far from Tokyo
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I've heard of people camping on the beach at Enoshima, but I don't think it's an official campground. Enoshima is about 1:30 from Tokyo and the station is a block or two from the beach.

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Are there advantages to using private car service over taxis from the airport?
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My experience is that a normal taxi is always cheaper. The only advantage of a private car service is that the cost is fixed unlike a taxi where the price on the meter (if there is one) can vary ...

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Managing baggage in transit at OR Johannesburg airport, to prevent theft and tampering
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I've traveled through Johannesburg many times on international connections and have always checked my bag through without incident and have many friends and colleagues who have done the same without ...

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