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No, you do not have any right to stop the person in front from reclining, and yes, it's childish behaviour on your part to try to stop them. Everybody on a plane has the right to recline their own seat, and flight attendants can and will enforce this if asked. You put "rest" in quotation marks, but maybe they really do need to recline: they might be sick, ...


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I believe you are mixing two pieces of advice. The best currencies are Euros, Canadian Dollars... This is because of the trade embargo against Cuba from the USA. This means US dollars are very expensive to exchange in Cuba, so other currencies should be used. Euros are often said to get the best exchange rate. This is not saying that vendors, hotels or ...


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Short answer, no -- not really. You could always take a change of clothes (or at least a different top) in your carry on and attempt to freshen up in the toilets. Take some wet wipes too. You could also try and find a shower in the city before heading to the airport. Depending what airport you're in there may be a way to pay for lounge / shower access -- ...


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I am answering this because I worked as a cabin crew for years (flight attendant) and still a part of the cabin crew now (cabin crew inspector). The best would be a thank you, with some details explaining why you're thanking. Believe me this was the best thing I used to get, because passengers are not always thankful and it is always us who welcome them, ...


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Actual practice varies widely by country, but there are (at least) four reasons why hotels frown on having more guests in a room than you originally told them. Fire code. Hotels and rooms are rated for maximum occupancy: if they get busted for having two people in a room for one, or (worse) 101 guests in a hotel rated for 100, there are serious legal ...


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So, there are two mechanical solutions to, what is, fundamentally social problem, but before I provide them, I want to make clear that employing these is an easy way to be regarded as a jerk by your fellow passengers, and not without merit; the seat is designed to recline, and while putting it back can be inconsiderate, restricting the use of the feature by ...


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Yes, it is correct and fine to wipe your hand, face, neck with it, be it with hot or cold towels. You can see that pretty much everywhere in Asia. In Japan, you will be given one at hairdressers to specifically to wipe your face with it. Specially when it's hot and humid outside, a cold towel on your neck is something very nice!


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There's good reason why we shower and use deodorant - it's difficult to hide that smell (plus you feel better after one). However, given that wasn't an option, there are a few key points. The smell is trapped mainly in certain areas on the body - key sweat points: (source) So if you want to reduce the smell, you want to target those areas. (Note, those ...


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Lifehacker actually has a post about ways to find out which seats are actually non-reclining, so that you can try and book the seats behind them. A similar article of theirs shows the (meaner) option of blocking the seat with something like a water bottle. (from gawkerassets) There's the aforementioned Knee Defender, as well, but that's where you start ...


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Sleep on your side. Sleeping on your stomach might also work. Avoid sleeping on your back at any rate. Sometimes if I sleep on my stomach I get circulation problems to various areas of my body that I don't seem to get any other time. This never happens when sleeping on my side however. Also keep an eye on yourself. If you notice at any point that you've ...


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Your first point is almost universally true. Whilst there are a few onsen that allow swimming suits and the like, the vast majority do not. The only one I've experienced was in Kagoshima, and this was because it was a small but famous onsen; too small to segregate men and women and so Japanese yukata were permitted. As for your second point, yes, you ...


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I'm Indonesian. To my knowledge, tipping is not common in Indonesia (no unwritten rules or the like). But yes, sometimes they expect a tip, especially when the guest (local or foreigner) is considered rich. Most Indonesians assume that people coming from developed countries are rich. Even when they are not, the currency exchange rate makes them rich in ...


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I always leave my luggage with the hotel during the day after I check out. Before the flight I then change my clothes and freshen up. Hotel lobby toilets are generally cleaner and more peaceful than other public washrooms. Then leave in good time for the airport. I sweat more when I am stressed so I avoid rushing to the airport. (Hotels are also a good ...


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Well, I happen to be one of those people who sweat buckets, emphasis on the s. So much that I asked the doctor about it and there is not much to prevent this but a few things can go a long way. We sweat to cool down and remove toxins, so your goal is to stay cool and consume less sodium (AFAIK salt is the major toxin but I'm not a doctor). Staying Cool: ...


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TL;DR: You shouldn't. Taiwan is nowhere near as "bow-heavy" as Japan, but the same rule applies: foreigners are not expected to know or understand how to bow, and that's fine. Anybody meeting or being introduced to you is going to shake hands Western style. If you see people bowing at temples, funerals, whatever, what they're doing is none of your ...


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I just came across "The etiquette of seatbacks and elbow room" It nicely answers the OP. I would suggest to read the full blog, but the ettiquete is outlined as follows: Look Before You Lie Back Use Only What You Need Mealtime: Sit Up Straight For red-eye flights: " I say equip planes with a third light next to the "seatbelt" and "no smoking" ...


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In addition to codinghands's great answer I would like to add a few pointers: Make sure the onsen provides a large and small towel for visitors or bring your own While you can't wear any clothing in the bath, you can cover up with a small towel When in Rome, do as the Romans Towels Depending on the onsen, towels (a smaller washcloth, and a larger towel ...


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No It really not rude and offensive in fact I have seen many chinese people doing it in the resturants well You may also see some people taking sip with the bowl not with the spoon. The problem with it is that when chinese people drink, they make noise like SHRRRRRR ! which is not good at all. But now as china's culture is also in evolution process so maybe ...


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So generally, no, there is almost no country that has an issue with particular clothing of any kind. HOWEVER, there are two major caveats: sports teams, and gangs. For example, wearing a La Boca soccer jersey at the La Plata stadium in Buenos Aires could see you in a bit of trouble. And wearing the wrong gang's colours in another gang's neighbourhood in ...


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As with so many cultural things in any country, there are some big no-no's that you have to avoid 100%, but there are also a lot of grey areas. Due to China being a huge country and every part of it being in a different stage of development, socially, financially, industrially etc, it is normal that you will see all kinds of behavior. And people are in ...


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Sleep face down, on your stomach. As far as I know, snoring is more common when you sleep on your back. Sleeping face down, on your stomach, reduces snoring. It's pretty safe to do unless you have back pains, and make sure your pillow is a "low" one - not too fluffy and high because otherwise your neck will hurt a lot.


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My wife and I have hosted many people from many countries. We give them a nice bed, their own room, usually entertain them and, almost always, breakfast as well. We are experiencing an increasing number of guests who don't even make a gesture of thanks. When we joined we understood that there was supposed to be some kind of reciprocity. I always offer to ...


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To me the 'simplest' solution would be to welcome them to the city, and say you're happy to host, but that you're busy and can really only take people for a couple of days. Ask them which days suit them the best. It's up to them whether or not that works. They may find something more suitable, or they'll be happy to meet you, and then move on, perhaps to ...


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If you have the Japanese skills, use them. English won't get you very far outside of tourist areas and very basic interactions - if you've got the ability to clarify yourself after saying something, even if it is in a roundabout way, you're going to have a much easier time. Sounding weird is par for the course unless you're totally fluent, so I wouldn't ...


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Just FWIW I'd say for (1) yes it's perfectly OK to put the money in the folder, and just get up and leave. you're the heavily paying customer, you've paid and you're done. at a cafe that would be normal. maybe the staff will wave bye-bye to you. at a nice restaurant, the staff SHOULD come and fuss over you as you leave! for (2) inside the book, just so ...


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What I usually do after a long flight is head straight for the restroom at the airport. Brush my teeth, put on some more deodorant, and maybe even change my shirt if I think I really smell. Then I go collect any checked luggage (if any) and head out into town. This usually makes me feel "fresh" enough until I get a chance to actually clean up at my ...


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Yes, you can get rid of body odor using a waterless washcloth (+ change clothes). Don't try to cover it with perfumes or deodorants. They are moisturized sponges that require no rinsing or towel (it evaporates quite fast). It is mainly produced for those who cannot use a shower - like the disabled and elderly - and they leave your skin as clean as after a ...


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I've often done similar things to the situation you describe in your question, but I've rarely ended up with the same problem you have. I think with a few small tweaks you might be able to get round it too... Firstly, if you're going to spend the day doing anything in a city before a flight, you'll probably want to shower and change. Doesn't seem to matter ...


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Believe it or not, those nasal strips with the tacky commercials actually work. Spend the couple of bucks, stick one on your nose, and you'll breathe better and snore less. Essentially, what they do is physically pull your nostrils open just a little bit wider, allowing you to breathe through your nose more easily, which prevents most snoring. Similarly, ...


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I think more of it has to do with appearance than any sort of profundity everyone seems so fond of blaming. Japan is a HIGHLY image-conscious society, for better or worse, and stuffing your face while on the move isn't a good look, anywhere. In regard to Japan having this religious respect for food, I don't think anyone who's been to a proper nomikai at ...



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