Jonathan Van Matre
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Does the Havnebus 991/992 ferry in Copenhagen give a similar experience to the more expensive Canal Tours
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The obvious big thing you miss out on is a tour guide. But you and I think very much alike. When traveling, I like to save on paid tours by using audio tour podcasts (or podwalks), so I immediately ...

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Does an (almost) full passport increase the time you spend at immigration?
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Immigration officers are primarily in the job of inspecting the traveler, not the passport. Watch any documentary about customs/immigration, and this is a recurring theme. When they take their time ...

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How to plan celebrating carnaval in Rio?
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I have not been to Brazil myself yet, but this is on my list, so here is what my research thus far has found. As hippietrail pointed out, the Carnaval in Rio (and in Sao Paulo) has grown to be a huge ...

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What is the most comfortable way to sleep on a plane?
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The problem of airplanes is the sheer number of ways in which it differs from your normal sleeping routine: Noise (silence is pretty much impossible) Light (they're never totally off even in "sleep ...

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Getting nauseated from air travel, but it's not motion sickness... what to do?
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The overall family of anti-nausea drugs is known as antiemetics. There are different types of antiemetics, and thus far you have only tried two of the antihistamine type: Dramamine and Benadryl. ...

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Maps with road drivability grading
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While I've seen some academic research being done toward eventually creating these sorts of maps (I work in a transit-related industry), I'm not aware of any end-user products being available yet. At ...

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How can I protect my vehicle when left at a trail head for an extended period?
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Some great answers here, but sometimes the best deterrent is a little bit of clever social engineering. My suggestion is to add to any of the solutions above... A prominent note on the dashboard ...

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Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling
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Apart from not keeping valuables in the car, the next best solution is: Keep all valuables out of sight to an observer outside the car. And preferably also locked. Moreover, I'd say treat ...

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Where could I find Greenland maps?
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For hiking maps and an overview map, the Danish company ScanMaps is a good source of printed maps. Also try Harvey/Compukort. For town maps, Greenland.com has interactive online maps. Most towns ...

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Learn to sail in Sydney?
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Sailing is actually a pretty diverse field. There's a lot to learn, and a lot of choices to make about what to learn. E.g. Racing or cruising? Big boats or small boats? Keel boats or catamarans? Solo ...

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Are there oil platforms which you could visit as a tourist?
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If you wanted to visit an actual working platform, why not get paid for it? Dishwasher Pete from This American Life did it for two weeks washing dishes. You could, too!

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What is a good gift to bring from Sweden for CouchSurfing hosts?
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You probably already took your trip, but for the benefit of others who may come along here are some addtions: For drinkers: Some variety of punsch, of which the Carlhamn's Flaggpunsch is probably the ...

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Flying within the United States, Passport required?
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The main changes since the last time you flew involve all those other places that used to not require a passport. e.g. Whereas previously it was possible to visit Canada or Mexico with just a driver's ...

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Can "Conch Republic" passports actually be used for anything?
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Border policies for non-immigrant visitors are generally established by reciprocally-negotiated treaties or other less-impressively-named international agreements among the participating nations. So ...

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Travel health insurance that counts as "credible coverage"
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Caveat up front: I have not yet actually done this, but I am planning a long trip of this sort myself and have been researching this question in depth. The key thing to know is that there is a ...

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