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  1. #61

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Most travel shops have them, and the airports too.
    Thank you =D

  2. #62

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    Maps of subways around the world:
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    Top Ten Ways to Fight Jet Lag

    Posted by Eva on December 16, 2010 – 4:54 pm
    Filed under Adventure, Body and Mind, Top Tens, Travel Tips

    Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you might be planning a spot of travel, in which case, you might be heading for some jet lag – known in medical circles as desynchronosis, known in your life as a major vacation-harshing buzz. Here, ten tips to minimize the unpleasant effects of the travelers’ scourge. Give them a try – remember, it takes about one day of precious vacation per time zone crossed to recover from jet lag.
    Upon traveling across time zones, the traveler may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

    • nausea
    • headaches
    • disorientation
    • constipation
    • irritability
    • disruption of sleeping pattern

    There are things you can do prior to your journey, during your journey, and – should all else fail – after your journey to counter these unpleasant effects.
    Prepare Ye

    • Zen Thyself. Low emotional stress levels better prepare you to combat physical strain. Plan and pack well; wear comfortable clothes; avoid the last-minute rush.
    • Heal Thyself. Closely related to Zen Thyself. Eat healthy and get your exercise before you take your trip, as this also helps you bounce back faster from disruptions in your body’s rhythm.
    • Adaptation. This one’s a bit tricky – both in nature and intent. Specialists recommend “tricking” your body clock to help it adjust to local time. Adjusting sleep and wake time prior to the trip can help achieve this. The formula: First, calculate how many time zones you must cross. If you are crossing two time zones, begin adapting your sleep cycles two days prior to your flight; if crossing four time zones, begin four days in advance, etc. If traveling eastward, head to bed one hour earlier than normal on Day One and then wake up one hour earlier. On Day Two, go to bed two hours earlier and wake up two hours later as well. Follow until the day of the flight. If traveling westward, go to sleep one hour later than normal and wake one hour later than normal; increase hours progressively each day until your trip.
    • Daylight all the way. If you arrange your flight so that you have daylight the entire time, your internal clock will be immediately fooled into thinking you’re on local time. I tried this potent jet-lag obliterator on a trip home to the States from Ireland one summer; sometimes I feel a little grogginess around the edges but overall, it hasn’t failed me yet.

    In the Clouds

    • Diet. Another way to trick your body into adjusting to local schedules is by altering your diet. Some specialists recommend fasting throughout the entire flight to reset your clock but the folks behind the Anti Jet-Lag Diet recommend cycles of feasting and fasting prior, during, and after the trip. Look – there’s even an iPhone app.
    • Hydrate. This means loads of water, not diuretics like alcohol or caffeine whose effects on the body are 2-3 times greater when you’re flying. Drink 1 full 8 oz glass every hour during the day of your flight.
    • Move around. During times when it’s daylight at your destination, light exercise and stretching can help acclimate your body to local rhythms.

    On the Ground

    • Get thee to light. Researchers recommend that travelers expose themselves to bright daylight as soon as possible after arriving at their destination for at least 15 minutes and without sunglasses.
    • Epsom salt bath. Four ounces of Epsom salts in a hot bath is said to help alleviate the nasty effects of jet lag. Enjoy for thirty minutes.
    • Do as the locals. Eat when they eat, sleep when they sleep. For any insomnia, try using valerian tablets – a natural sleep aid. Non habit-forming and less controversial than its sister drug, Melatonin.
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  4. #64

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    Eight tips for doing Europe on the cheap
    May 12, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Traveling in Europe during off-season means cheaper accommodation and fewer crowds.

    Travelling frugally is more than backpacking and witnessing the blur of landscape from the seat of a European railcar.

    Having a tight pocketbook, however, doesn't mean you can't dream of venturing into the large and small pockets of Europe: To stroll on uneven cobblestones, wander past archaic treasures of history, or spend a leisurely afternoon watching the world go by from a cafe patio.

    For all its glam and glory, Europe is also known for making us dig, deeply, into the depths of our bank accounts. Dreams of gondolier rides and frothy cappuccinos diminish as quickly as the weight of the dollar, which is short-changed by the uneven exchange to the euro.
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    But for a traveller, dreams caught amidst perils are usually never lost. Careful planning and mindful exploration can put you on a plane faster than time wasted on financial worries.

    1. Pack Lightly:

    You may hear it often, but bringing only the essentials will save you money and sanity when travelling in Europe. Many budget airlines now charge a fee to check a bag. Also, once you're abroad, you'll save money and hassle while moving around. You can more easily keep all your belongings in one place, whether on your back, in a hostel locker, or at a train-station luggage check.

    2. Take Advantage of Timing:

    If you can visit Europe in the off-season - generally October through April - then do so. A lot of accommodation is cheaper and easier to find during these slower months, not to mention there are fewer crowds.

    Also, try to book your flights and hotels at least a couple of months in advance to get the best deals. Waiting until the last minute can often result in price inflation and added fees. Hostel reservations are easier to make spontaneously, but make sure to reserve a spot if it's high season.

    If you're a student, a youth (age 12-25), or a senior (age 65 and over), now's a great time to travel Europe. Rail passes offer extreme discounts for youths, and many sights are usually discounted for students and seniors.

    3. Make a Budget:

    It would be nice to flit through all the cities of Europe with no financial concerns, but if you've read this far, let's assume you'll need to be on a budget. This awareness is important, unless you want to come home from a fabulous vacation with a debt hangover. Create a budget in whatever format makes most sense to you.

    You should know how much you can spend on your total trip, and then break it down into everyday expenses (converted from dollars to euros). Categories should include accommodation, transport, food, drinks, activities and then, of course, "unexpected expenses." Even if you stray a little from your budget, at least you can stay on track as much as possible.

    4. Do Your Research:

    It pays to research the small and large details of your trip. You can save on everything from a night's stay in Paris, to a weekend of sightseeing in Rome. The more you research and read advice from fellow thrifty travellers and guides, the better idea you'll have about the cheapest type of transportation (sometimes one-way flights are cheaper than rail tickets); the best places to stay for the least amount of cash; and the secret spots to dine on a dime.

    A lot of cost-cutting coupons and bargain trip packages can be found along the way if you can jump online during your trip. You can also download free audio guides for sightseeing trips if you want the benefits of a guide without the cost or crowd.

    5. Know That Your Money Matters:

    Your trip will have plenty of opportunity for impromptu saving, but there are a few things you should do before you leave. You should know what kind of fees your bank will put on your overseas ATM and debit card transactions (between $3 and $10 for every transaction), and try to get a card that will make smaller dents in your account. A lot of credit cards will also tack on a high-percentage charge every time you swipe, so look into getting a card that has no foreign-transaction fees.

    Bringing a lot of cash with plans to exchange it overseas is not the most cost-efficient or secure way to pay your way. However, assuming that you will need to exchange a little bit of cash, be aware that different exchange centres offer different rates, and the most convenient ones (like those found in airports) are usually the least saver-savvy. If you can, pull out some euro-cash from the ATM at the airport for your lunch and bus fare (remember to get change!), and wait until you get where you're going to find a bank with the best exchange rate. Bring your passport with you to make the drop.

    6. Make the Most of a Meal:

    Exploring the culinary culture of different European countries can be one of the most fulfilling parts of your journey, but it can also be one of the most expensive. There are always ways to save on meals, but let's face it: bread, butter and cheese sandwiches every day aren't exactly going to allow you to experience the taste of a place. It's a big bonus when you find hostels or other accommodations that offer an inclusive breakfast. You can fill your belly to sustain you for the day, and you can generally find something in the spread to pack for later.

    Afternoon and evening food and drink deals can usually be found in Europe, with similar styles to our happy hours. If you can sustain yourself until 4 or 5pm with your breakfast-plus-lunch fixings, you may be able to construct an affordable early dinner from a local-fare, "apertivo" menu.

    7. Buy Groceries:

    Considering the fact that you'll need substantial sustenance and maybe even crave some simple and hearty grains or greens, buy some groceries along the way. This is all the better if your current accommodation provides a kitchenette - or even just some fridge space - to give your goods the shelf-life or preparation they deserve.

    Granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, bread, olive oil, red wine and spices can be kept anywhere at room temperature. It would be smart to pack a few other accompaniments (might I suggest a spork and a wine cork). These food staples will save you money after getting off a late Sunday night train and help you avoid the fate of a vending machine-dinner or an over-priced cafe. Also, definitely bring a reusable water bottle and refill when you know the water source is safe.

    8. Think Like a Local:

    Always keep in mind that the places you visit count on making lots of money from foreigners. Individuals and entire economies capitalise on the fact that you're curious about their country. You can still steer clear of most of the tourist traps and have a genuine European experience.

    Think about the things you do to save money when you're at home: shop at cheaper markets; find good and affordable restaurants; go to museums on discount days; clip coupons; use spare change; and walk instead of drive. You can apply all these things to your European adventure and still have room for the escapades and adventures that will be sure to make it a trip of a lifetime.


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    The A380 is a nice big plane to sit in...
    It carries too many people. Once you are outside Singapore, in countries where the check in is far less efficient and slower, you may want to avoid this plane.
    With close to 400 people trying to check in, clear customs, board... that means long lines and you have to get to the airport earlier...

    Eg for Sydney, I choose the new A 330 planes... smaller but with the same facilities as the A 380.
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    Not every airline seat is the same:
    Relax - The best and worst airplane seats
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    Great advices here. Is there anything special I should consider entering Singapore (from Germany) except having bubble gum
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    Hi all,

    i know some info is stated at the sticky on handcarry stuff thru airport. however its almost 1 year + old thread, i am not exactly sure if anything's changed and i do not want to open a thread to ask about this.

    But does anyone know if it would be allowed to hand-carry a tripod onboard a plane thru Changi airport<-->Haneda airport (Japan), to/fro?
    My tripod's gitzo 1542t if theres a size restriction..


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