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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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I spent quite a lot of time investigating this last year. Last time I checked (around February 2012) the only realistic possibility of a traditional courier flight without knowing anyone on the inside or with an airline is with British Airways, who offer a courier spot on flights between London Heathrow and Tokyo Narita. I called up their reservations ...


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Apparently there seem to be some studies that say that there's a drop in flight inquires (often cited in articles is a study of Jetcost.co.uk that says it drops by something between 24 and 27%). Another study by kayak.com seems to show that the prices are between 5 and 15% lower. However, I don't know how serious those studies were as I couldn't find the ...


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I always like finding public libraries when I travel, for different purposes. One of them is indeed to enjoy this free, accessible and quiet environment. They also have toilet, often a water source to refill your bottle, and they're warm (useful when you have a long bus connection in winter). Most libraries often offer free wifi to non-members, paid access ...


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AFAIK, it does not work that way, it is not a type of discount that you get at a counter by showing a seaman's book or ID. These kind of discounts are usually given to seamen by their companies (ship owners), the company will contact the airline and get a special discount. This is used when the shipping company needs to move crew from one area to another, ...


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Yes, this still exists as I have friends who have performed this task. Because of the trust issue, it has generally been arranged through pre-arranged contacts. Giving a high-value item to someone you don't know is not a good idea. And from the other side, carrying an item through customs that you have been given can be very risky unless you 100% know what ...


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The answer is almost certainly Thailand, in particular Ko Tao, the PADI factory of the world. An end-to-end course that gets you the standard PADI Open Water license will set you back roughly 9800 baht (~$310 at time of writing); if you're happy with the far more limited PADI Scuba Diver course, you can complete that for 7000 baht (~$225) at this randomly ...


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When I've needed to do this in the past I've used Victoria Coach Station's left luggage facilities, which are cheaper and more flexible than the rail stations. There are details on TFL: Deposits up to two hours: £2.50 per item (no weight consideration) Deposits 2-24 hours: £4 per item under 20kg Deposits 2-24 hours: £6 per item over 20kg Multiple days ...


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Yes, sort of. I booked a car through Kayak in Vancouver, Canada. It was as cheap as it said, however there are other costs to remember on the ground. For us that included: extra driver charges for a second driver insurance for the car (third party or full depending on the country) some additional taxes might apply credit card charges might apply ...


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I'm fairly sure the price range you're asking for is impossible. For close to a decade, Moscow has been the world's most expensive city for business travel, with hotel rooms costing a ludicrous $414 per night on average according to the linked survey in 2013. Even the "V-Express" capsule hotel in SVO, reputedly the temporary home of Edward Snowden, wants ...


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I don't think there are any student-specific discounts, except that you can get the BahnCard about 1/3rd off. But as you say, the BahnCard is for people who travel frequently, not for single trips. Other ways to save money: Book your ticket as early as possible - there are limited quotas of cheaper tickets available if you do so. Use the Quer-Durchs-Land ...


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If you were willing to pay approx. 8–9 euros for lunch, there would be lots of good options. For example: Satkar Kamppi (Nepalese restaurant, tripadvisor, home page): vegetarian options in the lunch menu for 8.40 euros. Note that the quoted prices in the lunch menus are precisely what you will pay (assuming you drink water). There are no additional taxes ...


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Cheapest: walk everywhere. Paris isn't a very nice place for biking (though it's improving, but slowly), but you can do it. There's a public short-term bike rental service called Vélib: you take a bike from one of the ubiquitous stands (only within the Paris city limits and in a short range outside, not in the whole suburbs) and bring it to another stand ...


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The answer is going to depend on your exact itinerary, but my sneaky suspicion is that hubbing out of Kuala Lumpur and flying Air Asia everywhere would be the cheapest way to do it. Not only is Air Asia cheap and ubiquitous, but the passenger taxes & charges at KUL are noticeably lower than in SIN. That said, Kuala Lumpur's LCC terminal is a bit of a ...


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First thing you could do is to ask the question on travel.se. Betahaus appeared to be the ideal working place in Berlin while visiting. In Paris there was La cantine, where I first learned of this formula. It almost feels like a movement. The idea is simple. It is a pub well equipped to work. So you get printers, decent internet access and other office ...


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When people still checked in with an attendent, there was basically one important question that you were always asked: "Has your baggage been under your control at all times?" The airport security announcement still tends to say: "Do not accept packages from strangers." The idea of selling your luggage allotment is tantamount to accepting ...


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Are the prices on car rental price comparison sites (eg: Kayak, Expedia, etc) what you will really end up paying? Or are there a bunch of hidden "extras"? No, in nearly every case, you will pay more than the Kayak etc sticker price. But this is not because you have to, but because the price excludes most of the extras that any reasonable person hiring a ...


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It's not the length of the layover that matters. Whether you just change planes in the intermediate city or stick around a while shouldn't make much difference, or possibly it would cost you more to stick around a while. What you're hoping to find is an unpopular city B (relative to the flight capacity in and out) so that flights A-B, B-C are cheaper than ...


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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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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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Least expensive If the credit/debit card does not charge a foreign currency conversion fee and you pay the credit card off before it accrues interest then a credit/debit card will be the best way to reduce currency conversion expenses. Traveler credit cards, such as those that are with a frequent flyer program, typically have no foreign currency conversion ...


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Riders' houses are super-budget dorms, often run on a non-commercial hobbyist or community-supported basis, and not uncommonly entirely free. As the name says, the primary audience is bikers, both motorized and pedal-powered, but anybody is welcome. However, as they've often located in places that are hard to impossible to reach by public transport ...


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There are only four airports in Japan that have direct flights to the continental US: Narita/NRT and Haneda/HND (Tokyo), Centrair/NGO (Nagoya) and Kansai/KIX (Osaka). None are particularly close to Kyushu, and it will probably cost you well over ¥10,000 in train fares to get to your destination, unless you're going to slum it in local trains that take ...


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Besides tourist-focused gondolas, Venice offers canal crossing using public Traghetto. (Picture from Wikipedia)


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The term used is apparently air courier. I've found several resources on the topic after more searching. But I have not found the names of any courier companies. They seem rather elusive! TL;DR version: It does still exist. It has become a lot less prevalent, but only partly due to post-911 security changes. The savings are far smaller than they used to ...


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I would try the Hanazono Shrine Antique Market in Shinjuku. In addition to kimonos they offer used books, hanging scroll art, prints, and accessories. Like anything secondhand it can be hit-or miss on what is available when you are there. Alternatively if you are willing to travel a bit (4.5 hours) the Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya is one of the best places ...


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The most cost effective will be a youth hostel. You can find them just by doing a research on Google or on travel website such as Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. The outskirts of the city will be less expensive than the center of London but check on TFL for the travel card price before taking a "far away from the center" place to stay !


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If you are interested in meeting people I would definitely suggest CouchSurfing. As an Iranian I can assure you they'd love to provide host, specially to foreigners . You can find many CouchSurfers in big cities. Here is just a sample search for Tehran. Unfortunately, in Iran there are not (yet) many good hostels as you can find in Europe. And you ...


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Yes, but ... Further searching has led me to a few discoveries. In a previous question about Macau, Ankur tells us about one hostel, Augusters Lodge there that had to close down. Then I found an article on About.com, Top Three Macau Hostels by Rory Boland. It's obviously not up-to-date as it lists the aforementioned former hostel, but also two more: San ...



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