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ConsumerReports.org has done the analysis. Obviously it'll be different for every car and shape and size of roof rack, and contents of the rack, but in their experiment: 2013 Honda Accord (4-cyl.) MPG (Miles Per Gallon) @ 65 mph = 105 km/h ---------------------------------------------- No rack 42 mpg = 5.6 l/100km ...


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The sane way to travel from Kansai Airport to Kyoto is the direct JR Haruka service, which would usually cost ¥2,980, but as you've figured out is covered by the ¥2060/day Kansai Area Pass. Now you could buy two one-day passes... but there's an even better option! Available at Kansai Airport only, and only for non-resident foreigners with a return air ...


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Yup, Okinawa has lots of cheap lodgings, it's where all the Japanese hippies, surfers and dropouts go to hang out. ゲストハウス (gesutohausu, "guesthouse") and 安宿 (yasuyado, "cheap inn") are the usual terms. ¥1000/night is largely a Naha thing though, it's not going to be easy to find that elsewhere in Okinawa. Here's a handy listing of (close to?) all ...


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Google Maps is your friend when it comes to public transport in the Bay Area. Just plug in your start and end, and it'll give you multiple options. Specifically for your route, it will depend a little on the exact time of day, but will start with catching the (free!) VTA 10 bus from the Airport to Santa Clara Caltrain Station (be careful to get the one ...


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I've done the Oxford <-> Netherlands trip quite a few times over the years. Firstly, I'd say you're missing a few more options: Bus to London, Eurolines or iDBus over to Europe, possibly direct to Amsterdam or possibly changing to another bus/train Bus or train to one of Birmingham Airport, Luton, Stansted or Marston (Kent) for a cheap flight Train to ...


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It'll depend where you're flying, what type of flight (multi-leg etc), how busy the season is, and how far ahead of time you're booking. The tighter the time frame or higher the demand, the harder it is. Of course, the Flightfox hackers until a few months ago were all experts/hobbyists/searchers and you could get a dozen people all trying to beat your ...


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A local newspaper here in Finland recently ran a fuel efficiency test that might provide some relevant data here. The original article is, alas, in Finnish only, but I'll summarize the results below. The test compared the fuel consumption of the test vehicle (a Volvo V70 D4 diesel), on a test route that included both highway and urban driving, in three ...


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According to the YHA Australia website you simply have to choose the Concession rate when booking the ticket online: All YHA members get 10% or more off on Greyhound passes and up to 10% off on point to point express tickets. When selecting passengers, choose "Concession" to receive your discount. Present membership card and photo ID at time of travel. ...


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Unfortunately, you won't be able to get such discounts. Only students in Swedish universities or other eligible educational institutes can obtain such cards, and those are period cards for 30 or 90 days. If you are staying only for a short time in Stockholm(which is not immediately apparent from your question), you may take advantage of the visitor tickets ...


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This blog post on the Capitaine Train site explains that to get the cheapest fares on Thalys and many other European carriers, you need to book well in advance. In the case of Thalys, their booking window opens 90 days before the date of travel, so most of the cheapest fares will be snapped up early in that window. If you only find a need to travel, say, a ...


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The passports in Sweden are only 350kr, that equates to approximately 60 AUD. Even with the 5 year validity coming into question, doubling the cost it is still half the price. I couldn't believe how cheap the Swedish passports were when I checked - having recently paid for a new Australian one, I feel somewhat ripped off!


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I suspect you've already been on your trip and, if so, had a great time. I've done the trip a few times before and its probably my favourite place for wildlife. You can see lots of animals and sights without a guide - travelling along the transpantaneira in a rental car, for example. Pantanal Lodges are still worthwhile since they'll have access to some ...


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I experienced that shipping from Germany to other European countries is reasonably cheap (for example to Spain: 29€ for up to 25 kg with Hermes; 40€ for about 32 kg with DHL). The other way around options may be harder to find. I couldn't find any cheap carrier from Spain. However, Portugal > Germany is cheap with Chronopost (27€ for about 30 kg).


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In short, chartering planes is almost never cheaper than flying commercially. Even in Andra's case, chartering was only "cheaper" because they were apparently in a blazing hurry; if waiting around for a day or two had been an option, they could almost certainly have found a cheaper option, or made the 700 km trek by bus or something. I once looked fairly ...


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It's not an answer to your question but could be a practical solution to your problem: Street parking, where allowed, is free from 19:00 to 09:00. You will only be staying a couple of hours at each end of this time period so you can simply pay a few euros when arriving to bridge the time until 19:00 and pay again before going to bed for the two hours in the ...


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Using public transportation your pretty much only bet is visiting New York City, Jersey City, or Hoboken. Everything else you might need to get a car. If you do a quick search on the map of Manhattan you will get quite a few. There are larger ones like: Hells Kitchen Flea Market Brooklyn Flea And quite a few smaller ones listed.


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I strongly recommend MK Skygate Shuttle Service. They will take you door to door between the airport and your hotel, and that is just so much easier than taking a train. Cheaper too (3,500 yen round trip). You have to reserve ahead of time, but it if your hotels and flights are already decided, I cannot recommend this service enough for anyone visiting ...


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Short answer: It depends tremendously on who you ask and what vehicle is used. An empty rack has been reported to increase the cost of fuel over time from anywhere from 1% to 15%, while a fully loaded roof rack will add 20% to 50% to your fuel bill. I'll justify these numbers below. Note that however the exact same sources put the effect of "driving ...


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If you want to get off the beaten path a little bit, Belgrade is relatively cheap to get to and very cheap to stay in. I only have my own anecdotal experience, but all my mates love the night-life there. The food is good but cheap (I suggest fresh fish near on the banks of the Danube or anything off the barbecue), the accommodation is cheap and there is ...


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A new service called Airpooler lets you pay the price of the fuel, since it's not an officially licensed charter service, you can't be charged more, and are essentially 'hitching'. It's small scale for now, but may well grow.



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