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Why would a company want me to book a flight via a travel agent if it is more expensive?
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There are several reasons why such internal policies exist: Your institution may get a discount on certain services of the travel agent if it buys enough from the agent By having a contract with a ...

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Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?
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The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first ...

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Rules for this road junction in Germany
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This is not a roundabout, as the signs indicating a roundabout are missing. According to the traffic rules for roundabouts, (use source: https://www.avd.de/regeln-kreisverkehr/), they have to be ...

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How can I deal with extreme temperatures in a hotel room?
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Air conditioning is unfortunately not universal in Germany. There is only little you can do: Keep the window shades closed during the day (when you are likely to be absent) if they are on the outside ...

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Can I take a big jar of Nutella in my cabin luggage on a European flight?
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Nutella is pretty similar to toothpaste in terms of viscosity. Since toothpaste counts as a liquid (source: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/security/aviation-security-policy/lags_en.htm), it ...

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Are these Deutsche Bahn train seats side-by-side?
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You can check this by trying to book a reservation on bahn.de - Select "Reservation only" on the main page, then search for your train, try to make a reservation (without logging in), click on "select ...

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Fake work permit and deportation
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Typically, at the point of departure, it is only the airline that checks if the person to fly has the necessary documentation to enter the country of destination. They may or may not have access to ...

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First time travelling alone, and on a connecting flight, I have a few questions
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For a flight London->Amsterdam->Sao Paulo, you will not stay on the same plane. For economical reasons, different types of planes are used for these legs. The procedure is actually really simple: when ...

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German credit card in the US
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Your credit card will normally operate as a normal credit card in the US. At some places, you will come across older terminals that are unable to read a chip (such as parking meters and at smaller ...

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Is there a specific reason for having a very short window for passengers to get to the boarding gate before closing it?
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Airports at which gates are announced late normally have a hall with shops and restaurants from which the piers with the gates can be reached without any additional security/passport checks. Nearby ...

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What kinds of compensation can I get from Deutsche Bahn for canceled and late trains?
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You typically get the price of reservations for trains that didn't run reimbursed. If you booked a flexible ticket and had to use trains of a lesser category for the whole, journey, you can also get ...

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Does the price of the same international train ticket in Europe vary by country?
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In addition to Tor-Einar's answer, I'd like to give some background. All central European railway operators will sell tickets according to the SCIC tariff (sorry, Wikipedia only has a German page for ...

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How to carry phones as presents to the USA from Europe?
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The best solution is to indeed put them into the hand luggage and then watch them closely during the flight. This reduces the risk of them being stolen in transit - at least if you are not sleeping on ...

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Deutsche Bahn: Reliable wifi on train?
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Wifi is available on the majority of ICE trains (>90%), but it is not guaranteed to work (so you won't get a rebate in case it does not work). Whether you get Internet on your trip also depends on ...

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Is 55 minutes layover in Dusseldorf possible?
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Dusseldorf Airport is not a very big airport. 55 minutes are well doable and the major obstacle will be the length of the non-EU passport check/immigration queue. But I would personally not worry ...

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Can I fly from US to Spain with 30 new watches in my luggage?
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Your case is quite simple: If the flight costs 500 Dollars, and shipping costs 400 dollars, then choose the latter option, as it saves you 100 dollars. For commercially imported goods, there is no ...

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How do I make a transfer in Dublin airport if my two flights are on separate tickets?
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By default, you would have to collect your checked baggage and re-check it again. If you book your flights with airlines on the same alliance, you may have a chance to convince the check-in agent for ...

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Is there a night train or bus Saturday/Sunday from Rutesheim to Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden?
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Night busses are very rare in Germany. Especially from small cities such as Rutesheim, there are very few options available. So let's try what we can get. The following is for random dates since I ...

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Problems associated with booking flights inside another set of flights?
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There is a technical term for what you are doing: back-to-back ticketing. There is nothing wrong from an immigration point of view, except that you may get more questions. However, there are airlines ...

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Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
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In addition to jpatokal's good answer, it should be added that there is also the possibility to buy a saver fare over the telephone. http://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/home/contact/...

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Can you do a phone call or telconf through Skype or Google Plus when traveling on the ICE in Germany?
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German ICEs have some coaches that are considered to be "quiet zones" and some coaches are "talking zone". There are symbols on the walls that tell you what zone you are in. The symbols can be seen ...

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How do custom officers determine if the imported goods of a passenger are old or newly bought?
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To add the other answers (the one by Relaxed is spot-on - customs officers use their intuition), here comes some information about the legal situation, adapted to your case (Germany). Note that IANAL -...

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Driving a rental car from east to west coast of the USA as a visitor
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Yes, you can. However, make sure that you booked your rental car in advance for a price that includes the one-way fee for this route (these fees can be very high). Also make sure that the quoted rate ...

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Visa needed or not for a transfer between Paris airports?
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Yes, a visa will be required, as your friend will need to leave the ORY airport and travel to CDG "landside" through France. This case is explicitly listed as one in which a visa is required at the ...

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Can I use the Blue "Arrivals from EU" queue on arrival in the UK, if I entered another EU country on a layover?
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"If you checked your bag through, and did not pick it up in Amsterdam, then you did not go through customs with it already when you enter the UK. Only your hand luggage will have been cleared through ...

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London public transport: Is it possible to buy a paper ticket for a single journey?
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There is the possibility to buy a simple paper ticket, but it is not actively advertised on the web page: This page states that paper tickets are available. In order to look up the fares, you can use ...

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Germany: Professional accommodation for one month?
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You have a couple of options: Look at a meta-search engine such as Trivago.de -- They also have some non-hotels in their database Look on AirBNB. While the legality is sometimes questionable in ...

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getting off at connecting city but let luggage go to final destination
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Airlines only transport luggage without the owner being on board if it was the airline's fault that it was not transported on the correct flight earlier. In your scenario, they will unload your ...

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Train trip from Stockholm to Hamburg via Copenhagen next week (amid closures due to migrants/refugees)
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For starters, I just had a look and found an SAS flight (ARN - TXL) using Kayak/Expedia for USD 118.29 - the second bag costs 45 Euros extra. Sounds like a fair price to me. Then, your situation is a ...

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What if my visa is refused after I already bought an air ticket?
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It is not obvious from your post if you already bought your ticket or not. If you did not, but need a ticket for applying, the following tip might be useful: According to a post at flyertalk (http://...

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