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Do I need a temporary car insurance and how to get one?

I’m in Texas, USA and I’m going to be driving a friend’s car for a few days. I hold a valid drivers license but no car insurance of my own. Am I required to have insurance? My friend has his. If yes, which companies offer one? I looked at Geico and Nationwide but they don’t […]

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Big Bend border crossing — safe for campers?

My spouse and I are planning to camp in Big Bend National Park in late December. Meanwhile, there are lots of news stories about the “migrant caravan” heading for the US border, the troops deployed to fend them off, etc., etc. Is it still safe to camp there? I’m a little worried about the possibility […]

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How can I extend my stay in America for 6 more days?

I was wondering, if I wanted to extend my stay for an extra 6 days, how would this happen? Some info, I’m a British citizen traveling to America with an ESTA, I’m in the state of Texas, and I’ve stayed currently for 25 days, I was wanting to stay for 37 now. Source: https://stackoverflow.com/

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Traveling from the UK to America via Mexico, no bags. Will Customs challenge this?

I’m going to America and specifically Texas. However my flight lands in Mexico and I’m crossing the border on foot. My friends are giving me a lift to the border bridge, but they are carrying on in car as they are American citizens and there is less fuss, as I am traveling as a UK […]

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Eco-driving betweeen Phoenix and Austin through Albuquerque

I’ve found out that my car is capable of doing about 2× of the city mpg if driven on highways at 50—60mph in place of 70—80mph (going 80mph appears to retain the city-spec’ed mpg in my 2.5L Jetta). Travelling between some areas of the US is rather straightforward in that there is only a single […]

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USA road trip – tolls in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas

We’re taking a long road trip from Saskatchewan to the Dallas-Fort Worth area later this year. On prior long road trips I’ve gotten toll transponders (in Illinois and Florida), paid cash, or done drive-by-plate billing (Toronto, ON and the Seattle, WA area, although it turns out neither jurisdiction bills Saskatchewan drivers 🙂 ). Our route […]

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Texas, USA speed ticket as a European citizen, already left the country

I had an interesting experience in the US while speeding. I’ll put the full scenario in quotes, as I’m not sure if the whole story really adds to the question. We are unsure of what to do with the ticket. The officer didn’t explain anything (he was very rude and threatening, as you can read […]

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Looking for hurricane advice and sources

With the news of hurricane ‘Matthew’ showing up, and my holiday coming up soon I’m a little concerned. Here in Europe we don’t have to deal with these types of things often so I’m a little lost on what to do. What I need to know: Should I be worrying about this? It’s in 3 […]

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US Sales tax in stores, are they listed on pricetag or checkout?

I am travelling to Texas, will (most?) stores have the total price including sales tax listed on the price tag, or is this a ‘surprise’ that happens while at the checkout? Last year in New York City, I did not pay any sales tax at all at some stores once they noticed I was a […]

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Why is the water in the Waco Cable Park so green?

What makes the water in BSR Cable Park in Waco so green? The water is this color in most of their basins, I’m unsure if it’s fed by natural springs or if it’s all man made. Is the green water dangerous? As far as I’m aware water this color usually means there is a bad […]

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