Peter Green
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Is it safe to plug one travel adapter into another?
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Travel adapters are problematic in several ways. They often lose the ground. Sometimes sadly you have little choice but to accept the additional risk from operating an appliance that should be ...

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Places with unusual platform numbers
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Most stations in the UK have platform 1 at one side of the station and then increasing numbers to the other side, letter suffixes are usually used on Longer platforms to identify parts of the platform ...

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How does the Central London transport system work?
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What ticket do I need to travel in the centre all day? Is there a top-up card I can use? If you are just traveling for one day you have a few main options. Buy a paper travelcard for the zones you ...

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Plugging in a Power Spike/Surge protector to a Voltage Converter
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Most (but not all) modern electronics have a wide input voltage range and can operate off the mains voltages used anywhere in the world without any changes. Some equipment (including older electronics ...

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Is there a faster route between Milton Keynes and Cambridge, England than taking a train via London?
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This really looks like a roundabout route. The UK rail network is pretty London-centric and that area is particularly bad, In particular, once you leave London, there are no connections between the ...

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Will my Oyster card work on Farringdon to Brighton Thameslink rail?
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No, your oyster card is not valid for your journey. Oyster validity in the Brighton direction only goes as far as Gatwick. If you have a travelcard on your oyster card you can buy a rail ticket from ...

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I will be traveling to Hawaii soon. I'm 18 years old and only have my school ID
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I will be going to Honolulu, Hawaii from Texas soon. I don't have an identification except for my school ID, but I'm 18 years old. Will I be allowed through security and be able to board a flight? ...

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Why are world maps cut off?
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Projecting from a (roughly) spherical object onto a flat plane, is a messy business. There are many projections, each with their pros and cons. In particular any map that tries to keep north/south as ...

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UK Station served by greatest number of TOCs?
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Assuming we are counting only national rail TOCs and that we use the normal rail planner definitions of what is and isn't the same station, I conclude that 7 is indeed the max and it's a tie between ...

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Customs duty for bringing two laptops into France
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As I understand it in most western countries. Generally duty and/or tax are due on items that are permanently imported into a country. There is usually an exception for small amounts of items imported ...

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Is it possible to travel to England with a Bulgarian ID card
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While the UK has technically left the EU. It is, until the end of 2020, still in a transition period where most EU regulations apply. So for the moment yes you can use an EU national ID card to enter ...

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What exactly was/is the difference between "Disney World" and "Disneyland"?
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The big difference is the scale. Disneyland (in California) was the first theme park Walt Disney built. Originally consisting of one theme park and one hotel, though after Walt's death it was expanded ...

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Is it safe to plug a power strip into a voltage converter?
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Broadly speaking, there are three types of device that can be used to "convert voltage". I am listing them from worst to best. The worst are thyristor-based phase-cutters: these reduce the RMS ...

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How can I get a 220 V European plug into a 220 V wall outlet in Taiwan?
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The connector on the appliance looks like a standard IEC C14 inlet. The wall socket looks like a nema 6-20 (without the optional T slot) or maybe the Japanese equivilent. Googling nema 6-20 IEC cord ...

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London public transport: Is it possible to buy a paper ticket for a single journey?
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I will only be in London for two days and plan to take the Tube no more than 2 or 3 times, so it doesn't make much sense to buy an Oyster card. You can buy single journey paper tickets for the tube, ...

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Should I insist on a refund or take Ryanair's offer to move travel date free of charge?
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The airlines are desperately trying to shift liability from now (refund you) to the future (carry you on a flight some time after this crisis is over). I wouldn't fall for it, noone knows how long ...

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How far can I travel using my oyster card?
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Generally for transport that runs on rails (train, tube, DLR, Trams) you want the "London's rail and tube services" map which shows the oyster zones and the edge of the pay as you go areas. http://...

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Charges when using a Euro country debit card in Budapest
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Generally speaking there are two ways you can pay with a card in a foreign country. The normal method is that the merchant charges the card in the foreign currency, and your bank handles the ...

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Step-down transformer that actually works?
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The problem is proper transformers tend to be heavy. If you had relocated to europe and wanted a permanent soloution to running american appliances I'd reccomend one of the "yellow brick" transformers ...

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Can I use any route to get to my destination on national rail?
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(this post assumes you are on a regular rail ticket that is not route or operator restricted, oyster/"contactless" has it's own rules, which may be more or less restrictive than a regular rail ticket) ...

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Travel insurance and no regular insurance?
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Read the terms of any policies carefully. Generally, travel insurance is designed to deal with unexpected medical problems (whether illness or accident) while abroad by paying for the costs of your ...

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Electrical compatibility between different countries
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Yes going from india to the UK the plug type is the only issue you will need to deal with. Adaptors are an option but I would be careful which ones you buy. Many sold abroad or from dodgy outlets in ...

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Do I need a converter if the frequency (Hz) of a country is different?
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Most devices don't care about the difference between 50 and 60 hz. The main exceptions being some clocks which use the mains frequeny to track time and "white goods" appliances which use synchronous ...

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Is an E-ticket required to check-in?
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With e-tickets, the ticket itself is a record in an airline database. In my experience at manned check-in desks you just hand over your passport and the airline finds your e-ticket and checks you in....

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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?
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The price for riding a subway system has little to do with the cost of operating it, and more to do with how much the government is prepared to subsidize it and the government's attempts at load ...

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Going from Notting Hill Gate to LCY City Airport - quickest and cheapest way?
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I have bags As noobservergirl points out, the obvious route from Notting Hill Gate to London City Airport is the Central Line to Bank, then the DLR to London City Airport. The trouble is that while ...

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Can you use an Eurail unlimited pass without having to pay additional fees?
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And are certain destinations (cities) completely inaccessible by eurail pass without paying additional fees? The big one is that the only way to/from the UK is on Eurostar, which has mandatory ...

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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?
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According to https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/railuk-fares-ticketing-guide-section-4-excesses-upgrades-supplements.70374/#post-1185795 yes you can, and there is no penalty for doing so on-board. ...

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Oyster charges for multiple routes between two places
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As I understand Oyster cards, you swipe them on the station you enter, and the station you leave This is normally the case for train/tube/DLR travel on oyster. Buses and trams have other arrangements....

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Can a UK passport valid for two months travel to Germany post-brexit?
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As I understand it. Under the brexit deals that were negotiated by the government but not passed by Parliament there is supposed to be a transition period lasting at least until the end of 2020. ...

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