Travel tips: A peek at places to do business and sights to see to aid your vacation


U.S. airline travelers will have the chance to board a cruise ship in Cancun and return with a door prize of a used iPhone or iPad. A Treasury spokesman told The Associated Press that travelers will have to pay a 25 percent customs duty for bringing smartphones into Mexico. While U.S. iPhone prices are about $800, a phone by Apple is treated like an item from Mexico, even if it’s built in China.


Passengers can stroll in Seoul’s central market and shop at an Asiana Airlines outlet. If they decide to buy a train ticket, foreigners can board one of 20 reserved lanes outside the country’s main train station. But some foreigners have complained that in-store employees turn them away at the door because they’re not Koreans, the AP reported.


Colognes, Ristorante Medici and Villa e Bergamet in Rome let foreigners in for five euros a head to grab a drink at the bar, an internet cafe or a massage. Japan, one of Italy’s biggest trading partners, joined this week and Thailand and Cambodia also allow visitors to rent out their homes.


Children can’t ride horses in countryside towns but not in the more civilized city of Antwerp or Brussels. To deter visitors from walking while drunk, former President Herman Van Rompuy led Belgian police on a two-hour anti-drinking demonstration in 2010.


They won’t be able to bake bread, sell souvenirs or sign their own names, but travelers from the United States will be allowed to buy tourist visas in Madagascar to attend political and cultural events in countries in the Indian Ocean island’s archipelago, the BBC reported.

New Zealand

At least 4,000 tourists will be able to return to the country, where they were registered, after weeks of travel in the wake of the deadly wildfires that ravaged the South Island in February, the New Zealand Herald reported. Most of the tourists returned to New Zealand immediately after the devastation, which resulted in 41 deaths and hundreds of injuries, but others managed to survive the ordeal.


The British will have to pay a 50 percent duty on pieces of clothing and equipment that requires a bit of sewing, like leather sandals, jeans, or handbags. The English-language Times of London newspaper reported that most domestic chains didn’t offer these repairs in Lithuania, so they’ll have to leave their goods behind.


Visitors can use the locks at Toyo Koehler Brewery, one of the largest breweries in Europe, as they repair old containers and pour away grain.


The Beer Museum in Warsaw is the perfect location to scrounge for souvenirs. Inside the giant museum are various well-preserved wooden boats used in World War II.


Ice hockey fans may be taking advantage of their free passes to Paris, but visitors must pass through customs. Passengers who may need to change an air ticket in other countries are expected to pay a duty of 30 euros.

Plaza do Açúcar (Main), Madrid, Spain

The giant clock at the popular attraction sells what it does — 25-euro coins to rival those in Istanbul.

San Juan de Dios airport in Puerto Rico

If you want to go abroad but don’t want to pay for an airline ticket, you can stop by the airport. A 20-euro ticket grants you five hours of boarding time before free luggage and car rentals.


Airlines can no longer require passengers to sign a bill in their own language, so some travelers were required to sign a contract on X-rays. The only exceptions are if the air fares are subsidized by governments or organizations. And at Istanbul’s international airport, extra security has resulted in travelers having to wait in line for an extra 15 minutes. In some cases, travelers have been required to leave their shoes on in front of security guards.

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