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Short answer: No, you will not get such a discount. Longer answer: For any significantly-sized airliner, the commodity they have to sell you is floor space in the cabin, not weight. If you're occupying one seat of the same size, you're costing the airline almost exactly the same as someone who weighs twice what you do. Let's consider some numbers: ...


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I suspect your Mom hasn't spent much time in the places you're planning to visit, because the notion that these countries are dangerous is frankly ridiculous. I've spent most of my life living in Europe, including Ireland, UK, France and Germany and have never been the victim of any personal crime. Maybe I've just been lucky, but if you want something a bit ...


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Some Stats I ran some stats for you (from our data on Hostelz.com, a travel website that I represent) and currently 97% of hostels provide free bedsheets, and the remaining 3% charge a fee. Towels are a different matter. Currently 50.5% of hostels include free towels, 46.9% charge a fee, and 2.6% don't offer towels at all. The History Over the long ...


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I'm not sure where you are coming from, USA? Cities in Europe are like cities in the US, there are business areas, residential areas, entertainment districts with restaurants & theatres. In general you will be safe in Europe but you should probably get a guide book for each country you plan to visit, guides such as Lonely Planet warn of the rough areas ...


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Lots of reasons! Most of which boil down to prioritizing time and convenience over cost. You need to fly to a city with no direct service. Most LCCs only sell "point to point" and will not cover missed connections, while full-service carriers do. You have an unpredictable schedule and need the ability to change your flights easily. LCCs tend to fly less ...


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No problem, many people do it all the time. Rick Steves, the travel writer of the 'Europe through the back door' guide books did it himself and that was years ago. It's arguably safer now. Accommodation - hostels. Use sites like Hostelbookers to find accommodation (book early if possible, they can fill up). They're social, fun, and you'll find lots of ...


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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski bunny haven Niseko has become a ...


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If you've got a contactless credit or debit card, you don't need an oyster card. Since September 2014 you can just tap in using that contactless card everywhere you can use an Oyster card, and it charges you the same rate as an Oyster card, with the same daily capping policy. (there are other high tech "contactless" options too like NFC smartphone apps ...


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You are 18 and travelling to Europe for the first time and want to know if it's safe, and what other things you should be aware of. I assume you are an American or Canadian. I also assume you will be unemployed and with few, if any, demonstrable ties to your home country. Unforeseen Obstacles The first and foremost thing to be aware of is the likelihood ...


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Samoa Air does, but the demographics make the reason for that obvious. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10127347/Samoa-Air-introduces-XL-class-for-larger-passengers.html Also an individual passenger's weight is not that important until we are on very small planes.


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One thing I haven't heard anyone else mention is your clothes. You can help avoid being singled out by pickpocketers by not dressing like a naive American. For example, don't wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, baseball hats, or even tennis shoes. Get a GOOD pair of nice walking shoes; if you can buy them over there even better. Nice slacks, with a belt, ...


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I've always used your option number 3. It's not difficult to figure out how much every one has paid! Take a notebook with you in your trip. Draw 4 columns, the first one for item names you must pay in common (transport, accommodation...) and the other 3 columns for the amount each person paid for each item. For example, if Person 1 pay $10 a taxi, you ...


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Will You Break Even? In my opinion you would be lucky to break even at the end of the trip. The wear-and-tear from such a long journey alone could cause the motorbike to devalue so much as to lose any margin of profit when reselling it. Having said this, why not do some maths? Assumptions For the purpose of this answer I will be assuming the following: ...


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Sometimes you pay per-night for the bed, but per-stay for the bedding. So if you stay for 3 nights and reuse the same bedding you will only get charged once for the bedding. The separate charging then makes sense, as they are charging you the cost of washing the bedding. (EasyHotel operates a bit like this, in that you have to pay for your bedding to be ...


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There's much, much more information on momondo.com on flight insights as they call it. You enter the route and click on that option, they graphically tell you all about what weeks of the year it would be the cheapest to do that trip, what day of the week is cheapest on average, what time of the day they'd suggest flying, the alternative airports if ...


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Berlin has bikes available for rent through Deutsche Bahn. The prices for casual use are €3 per year subscription and then either €1 per half hour or €15 per day (pricelist in German). For public transport, the day card is valid from the moment of validation until 3am the following morning. This is €6.90 for Berlin AB (the whole of the city) or €7.40 for ...


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The normal train is, as described by santiago, still available. You can check the tickets in www.renfe.com. They are not very comfortable, but at least you can walk around and, eventually, spend some time in the bar. The travel time on these regional trains is around 8 h and price is around 50 euros. You can also get a fast train, AVE, that takes around 3 ...


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You can use Google Flights to perform such a search. By clicking on the date icon (departure or return date) and then on the histogram icon, you can see how the prices vary during the year:


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You actually want to be somewhere on time. I had an Air France flight from Budapest to Paris which didn't fly and I told the desk I needed to be in Paris next morning 10am and that's it. They put me on a Lufthansa flight via Munich and I was there on time. Do you think a low cost would this? At best you can rebook for free at worst you get the money the EU ...


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A big reason airlines want to keep baggage weight down isn't because the weight of the baggage (or passengers) directly increases fuel consumption (or other direct costs) but because baggage carriers have to move those bags. If everybody has bags that are unwieldy from weight or size then it will take a lot longer for the throwers to move the bags to/from ...


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You should check what holidays are on this day. Basically you're trying to book a hotel on Good Friday 2016, which also coincides with spring break for a lot of school districts. So if you're trying to book a hotel for a long weekend during spring break the price rise is to be expected.


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Try out https://www.couchsurfing.com/ you will save some $, meet great people and get an experience of a lifetime. Europe is a lot less scary than your mom thinks, I lived in Amsterdam for many years and visited lots of the places on your list without any issues.


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Feasible, and highly recommended. I traveled alone for the whole year when I was 18 -- and not just around Europe, but also South and Central America, Central Asia, and North Africa. The biggest lesson I learned was that people everywhere are pretty much the same. One of the things that means is that if you have common sense in the US, it'll apply ...


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Aside Greyhound (costing 30-60USD), Rome2rio shows various other bus options including Yo Bus costing 20USD. There is also a bus combination using BoltBus which supposedly costs 19-24USD. MegaBus can get you there for as low as 11USD one way depending on what day of the week you're traveling and how far in the future you book your ticket. The bus trip takes ...


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it's GREAT to hear of young people getting out there and doing things. You literally couldn't be safer. You've listed the safest possible countries to visit. (Maybe Japan would be in the list, I can't think of anywhere else safer.) (Maybe Monaco??) So that's a non-issue. My advice, I would actually encourage you to STAY IN ONE SPOT and really get to know ...


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I can't believe that no one has mentioned ride-share sites yet. blablacar, for example, is hugely popular in Spain and many other European countries. From the looks of it, you'll have no trouble finding a ride along that route and the going rate seems to be ~€30. Driving time is about six hours according to google maps.


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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The $5 surcharge of the AirTran is only collected at the terminal stops, so when transferring to the Subway or entering the airport. If you're looking to avoid that charge, you can take the AirTran to the car rental exit (at no cost) and hop on the free shuttle bus to Jamaica station. There you can take the E, J or Z which serve southwestern Queens, Brooklyn ...


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Here's a little data about the UK which will hopefully ease your security concerns: London is one of the safest big cities in the world. It was ranked number 12 in personal safety by the Economist Intelligence Unit in their 2015 Safe Cities Index (see page 33 of ...


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Where this legend probably got started is if someone purchased a bike not available in the destination country, or had enough celebrity status that the bike can be auctioned as "This is the bike that < Famous Person > rode from Mumbai to Amsterdam". Globalization has all but eliminated the first case, and "it's been done" has eliminated the second. In ...



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