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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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Nancy and Metz and two relatively large cities, close to each other along a North-South axis. They are not big enough to support two distinct airports, two high-speed train lines (which necessarily run East-West since they come from Paris…), etc. Consequently, many infrastructure projects are built half-way between the cities, which is not really satisfying ...


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Turns out, it is now possible, thanks to a post I found on Wikivoyage. A sample itinerary, that they provide, beginning in London: London to Barcelona on Vueling Barcelona to Casablanca on Vueling Casablanca to Istanbul on Air Arabia Maroc Istanbul to Dubai on Flydubai Dubai to Kathmandu on Flydubai Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X ...


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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, 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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Since privatisation in the 80s/90s UK bus services are run by a vastly complicated array of private companies with overlapping and disparate jurisdictions, journeys, fares and services. Local services are run by many, many companies, often with overlapping routes. Sometimes the same route will be run by two companies! There are also national services ...


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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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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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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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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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Airlines tend to charge full fare for last minute bookings, rather than discounting it to try and fill one more seat. The stereotypical last minute booking is from a business person, who has to be there and is flying on someone else's dime, hence doesn't mind paying whatever is asked. So there is no real motivation to discount the fares. The number of ...


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Well this is one good thing about backpacker hostels. In a hostel you still may need to wait until check in time, but they should always have one or more common areas with couches, beanbags, hammocks, deckchairs, etc. where you can doze off. They also have shared bathrooms so you can have a shower almost any time. This doesn't mean you have to sleep in a ...


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I know an excellent service that has a highly informal interaction and is able to make suggestions based on vague requirements. It can ask questions to refine your requirements, and is even able to suggest modifications to those requirements if it thinks you can find a good deal. It has access to all the other websites that offer cheap travel, and can pick ...


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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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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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There is nothing much outside of the hotels, people tend to spend all of their time drinking and eating in the hotels. Therefore all inclusive deals are common and well worth considering. The hotel we stayed in charge well over £5 for a bottle of coke if you were not on the all inclusive deal! Sharm el Sheikh has nothing to offer apart from the weather, ...


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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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It does not cover all the regular busses in the country but postbus.at is the main operator and does operate busses you could use. Unfortunately, it's not a part of the national train company (ÖBB) and the website therefore also includes trains, which is why busses do not show up in the search results for this particular journey… rome2rio is another site ...


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According to cheapair.com, the price starts to skyrocket 30 days before the departure date. Quoting it, [Within 29 days] the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically. Their graph:


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Promoting a comment to an answer I think what you want is a Day Use Rate. Not all hotels offer them, but many do, especially around airports. As the name suggests, it's the use of a room in the hotel during the day, but not overnight. Typically, you'll have to be out by late afternoon, so that the room can be cleaned in time for a guest to use it from ...


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The overall cost really depends on whether you want to bring a vehicle or not. It is much more expensive to bring a vehicle. If you want to bring a vehicle, then your only reasonable option is the ferry. There are two ferry services: Interislander Bluebridge If you do not want to bring a vehicle, the cheapest way is probably to fly (although the ferry ...


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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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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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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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Given the route over Eastern europe you have a problem. First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States, it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers ...



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