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Cancelling hotel after getting a visa?

4/2/2015 4:16:04 PM I tried once to invite family members with an Invitation + “Verpflichtungserklaerung” and the visa was denied (sorry don’t remember the exact reason). Instead my family members applied for a “Tourist Visa”. Here they had to get a Hotel reservation. I got a Reservation with “Free Cancellation” and canceled the reservation […]

How can I find a professional business trip guide in China?

4/4/2015 5:38:47 PM Your question is how to find one, and not to make a direct referral of a translator/guide. I have assumed that you want a trustworthy and reasonably high quality daily escort. Mark Mayo added ‘credible and/or official sources to the question. To research an answer I sent out five emails (I made […]

Can I change my itinerary and hotel reservation after getting a Schengen visa?

8/23/2018 9:13:27 PM As far as the Schengen rules go, there is nothing odious about making small changes to your travel plans after you apply for a visa, as long as the overall purpose and destination of the visit remain true to what you described in the application. Switching to different hotels certainly falls under […]

Possible connection: Milan Malpensa airport to Milano Centrale

11/20/2017 12:54:33 AM The best way is to catch a suburban train to Milano Centrale, which you can book here PRO TIP: do not buy a ticket from Malpensa to Milano Centrale, which costs €13, but two separate tickets Malpensa-Busto Arsizio Nord (Busto Arsizio Nord being the first or second stop) and Busto Arsizio Nord-Milano […]

Is there an easyJet ticket office in Schönefeld?

3/5/2015 11:38:57 AM There is an EasyJet Customer Service desk where I had to go to change my flight because I had just missed the one I had originally booked. They handled everything there and printed me a new boarding pass, so I presume you could book a ticket there too. Whether they take cash […]

First Class Japan Rail Pass on Trains Without First Class

9/17/2019 1:52:32 AM Yes. Most JR trains have Ordinary Cars (coach class) while many long-distance trains also offer Green Cars (superior class). With a Green-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use either class. Note that there’s only a Green Japan Rail Pass, not a “first class” one. This means you can use Green Cars […]

How to protect glass and ceramic items for air travel?

2/26/2015 3:53:52 PM As an objective criteria I would suggest packing things so that the suitcase could be dropped from a height of 3′ (1m) in any orientation without damage. Doing that, I have had no problems with broken glass bottles or other relatively fragile stuff. If you can fit the items into a shoe […]

If I lose my passport in the US and the I94 along, how will I prove I left US soil?

8/4/2015 12:03:21 AM I emailed the embassy of the USA (in the city I was staying before I visited the US), and their answer was that once I left the US soil, there is no procedure to report a departure in case of lost I94. They added that a stamp obtained when entering another country […]

Patagonia by bike: where to find accommodations info?

7/4/2018 8:00:09 PM Before I answer you Before I answer your question, please read this advise as I did cycle through Patagonia and I can tell you this: The roads are not that easy, sometimes given the roads surface it was challenging doing 50 km in a day; When the roads were alright, then the […]

Where to find dacquoise in Paris?

2/10/2015 12:17:35 PM While the answer from a Parisian is probably ‘all over’ or ‘my local patisserie’, for those among us who aren’t locals, Pierre Hermé (72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France) is probably a good place to start. However, they tend to use it as part of other desserts, like their Gateau: Dacquoise biscuit […]

Small historical stone bridge in the North of Seoul

2/6/2015 12:38:36 PM Name: Inwangsan Suseong-dong Valley Address: 서울특별시 종로구 옥인동 185-3 185-3 Ogin-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea Location: Google Maps Sources:, The map is not too clear to determine the exact location of the bridge, this is as close as it gets. Meeting someone at the airport gate in the US?‘

Meeting someone at the airport gate in the US?

2/24/2015 10:37:45 PM Domestic departures and arrivals are not separated in the USA so your task is to get inside security. That’s easy! Buy a refundable ticket for a flight say 6-8 hours later than your meeting, walk through security and the moment you have crossed security, cancel your ticket for a full refund. Of […]

How much is a traveler affected by Ramadan in Indonesia?

6/25/2015 3:29:10 PM Following my recent experience in Java. I only stayed a couple of days in Java during the Ramadan, but I think it gave me a good introduction to this special time of the year for the Muslims of Indonesia. Basically, it was much more easy going than I thought, we did not […]

Supplying your own needle for Blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit

Supplying your own needle for Blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit

9/2/2015 9:15:55 PM I watched a BBC documentary today about some of the battlegrounds used by Alexander the Great. The narrator had to pass through Kurdistan border control and the procedure was included in the documentary from start to finish. There was no evidence of a blood test at all. Here’s a screen cap… Source: […]

ESTA State/Province/Region required but there is no sensible answer

1/23/2015 10:41:14 PM Just repeat the most appropriate field, in your case country. When I lived in Singapore, which as a city-state has no divisions whatsoever, my addresses in forms always looked like this: City: Singapore State: Singapore Country: Singapore And I never had the slightest problem. How is TfL underground 'capping' calculated if I […]

How is TfL underground 'capping' calculated if I pay for multiple people's tickets?

1/17/2015 9:22:18 AM One Person per Journey for all Contactless Methods To add on to @MarkMayo’s answer, the same rules apply for payment across all contactless methods (Oyster and Contactless-card): you can pay for only one person per journey with contactless methods. Quoting from TFL’s website on the topic: Touching in and out […] Like […]

Travel back to India from US for good with no passport

1/14/2015 12:41:03 AM This seems quite simple. India wants proof of your status in the USA, so get it for them. Walk into US immigration, explain what’s happening, and get a letter from them declaring your status as H1B, about to expire, not being renewed, and that the US Government would appreciate it if you […]

Is Amsterdam a dog friendly city?

Is Amsterdam a dog friendly city?

12/2/2018 2:21:57 AM As a Brit who lived in Ams for 3 years with my dog I would say Amsterdam is in general extremely dog friendly. Approximately 30-50% of all the restaurants I went to over those years would allow us inside (with a 30kg very well behaved and cute Bulldog), most of the cafes […]

Visa rules regarding travel back to the UK with wife I married abroad

12/17/2014 10:12:10 PM You are a British national and your wife-to-be is Uruguayan, a non-visa national. You want to travel to the UK with her for a visit. A spouse visa is not required if they do not plan on settling in the UK; it’s the wrong visa for visiting. A non-visa national who intends […]

Is Morocco dangerous, in particular for a Jewish American?

3/10/2021 3:59:35 AM Morocco is one of the best and safest country in the world, they live arabs 30% , berbers 50%, jews 10% , haratines, sahraouians, christians and other religions and ethnics … As Iam a french jewish landy, I lived in marrakech medina near to jewish mellah,since 10years now and I have so […]

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