From the FAQ:

  • customs & border crossing, visas and other travel documents such as permits
  • accommodation: camping, hostels & backpackers, guesthouses, B&B's, hotels, renting a villa on a trip
  • loyalty programmes: frequent flyer points and hotel advantages
  • health and safety issues related to travel
  • modes of travelling: international, domestic, and public transport
  • finances: budgets, costs, foreign exchange
  • working while on the go (WWOOFing, volunteer travel etc) - not immigration or work visas, see below

What about activities to do while travelling? When travelling, people could do many activities, some that are particularly touristic, but some that aren't. The FAQ currently doesn't mention activities as on-topic at all. For a particular activity, how do we determine if it's on-topic or not?

  • Going on a tour boat on a canal?
  • Visiting a museum?
  • Going to the zoo?
  • Visiting a shopping centre?
  • Hiking up a mountain?
  • Going to a pub, restaurant, night-club?
  • Recommendation for book store, library?

Many of those questions I may very well ask of the place where I live. However, they also relate to what people may do while travelling. How do we draw the line? Should the FAQ mention activities at all?

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We have plenty of questions like this, and generally if it's part of travel - activities that people like to do when going - eg hiking Kilimanjaro when they go to Africa, then yeah it's on topic.

All of the examples you give are probably on topic, EXCEPT the recommendation one - recommendations/polling are considered off topic.

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    I don't think recommendations conflict with our topic, they conflict with our rule against subjectivity. Thus even on-topic recommendation questions are possible, but not suitable for the site. This doesn't explain why we actually have quite a few recommendation questions though. Mar 29, 2013 at 3:00
  • Agree in general that just the word recommendation isn't off topic, but asking for recommendations on a book shop for example, is polling :/
    – Mark Mayo
    Mar 29, 2013 at 19:51
  • If they're all on-topic it should be mentioned as such in the FAQ, because from the FAQ I would judge it as off-topic.
    – gerrit
    Mar 30, 2013 at 12:17

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