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What is a polite way to tell a Scottish person that I am struggling to understand his/her accent?
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I'm English and lived in Glasgow for 4 years. Understanding many (but certainly not all) people will be tricky (even us native speakers struggle), but they'll be very willing to try to help you ...

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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road
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If you travel a lot, it's a good idea to get in the habit of always, always checking both directions before stepping out, wherever you are, without habitually favouring either direction first: If it'...

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Is there a way to prevent "looking like a tourist" in order to not be harassed?
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First there's the obvious - when in a tourist area, don't act too much like a tourist. When I lived in London you could instantly tell the locals from tourists in busy tourist areas, regardless of ...

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So what can I do to avoid being "that" passenger with bad hygiene?
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Lots of options! Starting with the ones that require no forward planning: Just lock yourself in the toilets for 10 minutes and wash your... smellier parts using your hands, sink water, soap dispenser ...

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Is an OysterCard worth it for occasional 1-day visits from outside London?
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If you've got a contactless credit or debit card, you don't need an oyster card. Since September 2014 you can just tap in using that contactless card everywhere you can use an Oyster card, and it ...

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How long can you stay on the Caledonian sleeper train once it has arrived?
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For London-Perth it looks like you'll have little more than around 5 minutes, from looking at the details. [Update: a link in Andrew's comment seems to confirm 3 minutes]. The excellent Seat61 gives ...

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Cheap places to store bags in London for a few hours?
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When I've needed to do this in the past I've used Victoria Coach Station's left luggage facilities, which are cheaper and more flexible than the rail stations. The prices went up slightly in 2017 ...

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Is Morocco currently safe to visit despite the Ebola outbreak?
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(Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, etc) Ebola is not contagious in the same way as, say, influenza outbreaks. It's a horrible contagious disease, but it requires an exchange of bodily fluids for ...

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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?
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I had this same issue with a hostel in the UK. I pressed the hostel for an explanation, and also found a forum thread of hostel managers discussing this policy. Both gave the same explanation. From ...

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Using Modern Standard Arabic in Arabic-speaking countries
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The first thing to be aware of is, while you can use Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) / Fusha (pron. 'foos-ha') to be understood, unless you also learn some local Amiyah (colloquial dialect) vocab and ...

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Why would I want a hard-shell suitcase (for air travel)?
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Ignoring things like aesthetics, personal taste, etc, it's more or less what you said: you seem to be trading protection against pressure for protection against being thrown around ...but of ...

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Is there any good place to visit between Paddington Station and Grosvenor Square, for a 5-year-old boy?
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There are several spectacular or weird and wonderful statues in the Marble Arch - Hyde Park area which I imagine would interest or amuse a 5-year-old. Dunamis - Park Lane. A 9 meter tall statue of a ...

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Seeking Starbucks in Vienna very near to public transportation
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I notice in the comments that you're looking for somewhere to sit and work. Apparently, Vienna has a very high concentration of co-working spaces purpose-designed for the sort of thing you're looking ...

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Time needed to change between St Pancras and Euston?
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Short answer: it's 8 minutes walking, or, 1 minute on the tube but then this also includes not much less than 8 minutes walking between underground platforms, including navigating the warren that is ...

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Whaling tours or vacation packages in the West?
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Regarding killing whales: legally, what you're describing is a very murky grey area (example US summary). You might be breaking international law, you might be breaking your own country's laws by ...

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Why did Oyster card charge me £43 but only gave me a credit for £5?
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The terminology does get confusing. Basically, you have an Oyster card with: A "7-day Zone 1 & 2 Travelcard" on it. This gives you free travel within Zones 1 & 2 for 7 days. It is worth £33 ...

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Do I prebook a taxi from Heathrow to London King's Cross?
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If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if ...

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Cheap places to store bags in London for three weeks?
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For 3 weeks, your best option will probably be a self storage company. I looked into self storage in London last year, and by far the best option price-wise was Henfield self storage. Their prices ...

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Will this travel adapter that supports "more than 150 countries" work in South Africa?
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Your hunch is right - that adaptor will not work in South Africa (it will, however, work for South Africans travelling to other countries: it has the right round holes to take a South African plug but ...

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How to protect empty suitcases when checking them in at the airport?
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I had to do something slightly similar once with some half-empty suitcases that would have large heavy things piled on top of them while moving house. What worked quite well for me was to take large, ...

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How to get safe through Mauritania
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This answer was written in 2016 and may be out of date, this answer from 2020 is likely more useful. This isn't a complete answer, just a summary of what I've found in my research online. Still ...

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Do safety warnings for avoiding crime in South Africa apply to off-the-beaten-track rural areas, as well as the cities?
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Yes, quiet rural spots in South Africa are absolutely the places you should most be careful, and more so than other countries. Several guidebooks recommend avoiding such places completely although it ...

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First time travelling alone, and on a connecting flight, I have a few questions
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Short answer: you just take your hand baggage (don't worry about checked in baggage, they'll sort it), follow signs to "Flight connections" or similar, then from there, it's exactly the same as if you'...

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Name (or search terms etc) for enhanced travel insurance for locations with travel warnings
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On about the 5th attempt, I found some useful stuff with searches based on "travel insurance against foreign office advice". This kind of insurance is sometimes called "high risk travel insurance" or ...

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How to find an authentic curry in Aarhus Denmark
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Asian Wok Restaurant advertise Tamil / South Indian dishes that are not especially known in the west, and they appear to have the seal of approval of Aarhus's Indian community. From the way they ...

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Islands and similar where visitors cannot take a car
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Wikipedia maintain a list of car-free places, organised by continent and by country (credit to choster's comment). It includes many that aren't islands, but it's easy to find islands on the list. ...

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What’s different when airbnb'ing in a boat?
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Houseboats and other liveaboard vessels are not uncommon on AirBnB, and they're as varied if not more so than every other type of accommodation. For all the questions listed, ask the owner, but here's ...

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Clean/bright clothing in third world countries
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This is based on my experience living in Sierra Leone for close to a year, I can't speak for anywhere else in the world but I suspect this is typical. A few differences from existing answers: Clothes ...

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Why do cheap flights with a layover get more expensive when you split them up into separate flights?
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Is there a reason for this? It's a complicated supply and demand equation. Usually, a major factor is that: The direct flights are a premium product. Of the people in London wanting to get to Moscow ...

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Why does collecting a UK train ticket require you to insert a card?
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Often, it does need to be the card used in the booking - I've never noticed any obvious pattern to when it does and when it doesn't or which companies do and don't, but I think times when any card is ...

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