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Airlines, in conjunction with airports, set a minimum connection time (MCT) for combinations of flights at a certain airport depending on a number of factors, such as whether one is international and the other domestic. The airline will offer you any flight that meets MCT and typically shows flights with either the lowest total duration or lowest cost first. ...


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I'd posit two reasons: limited time and not understanding the size of the continent. In both the US and Japan, the standard vacation time allotment is ten (10) days per year, which translates to two weeks. (And in Japan, if you're a salaryman, using all your allowance is considered near-treasonous towards your company.) Substract a week of that for sick ...


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OK, firstly I can't comment on Namibia/Namaqualand, but my folks went there many years ago and the stories of huge sand-dunes is something I can't get out of my mind - I need to go at some point, it sounds amazing :) Anyway, the rest: Kruger National Park - you'll be able to see almost all the famous animals of southern Africa here (if you're lucky), aside ...


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It is all about (unsurprisingly) economics. An airplane (which is very expensive) only makes money when it is flying, so airlines have an incentive to get them in the air as quickly as possible. Technology has allowed for quicker planing/deplaning of passengers. Further, many things that required a lot of paperwork (thus slow and inefficient) are now ...


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Actually there's a third, rarer option. But it's the option I'm on currently. If your trip is going to be longer than 30 days, you can't use a tourist visa - as that's the maximum length, and you can't extend it. You can, however, apply for a business visa and are perfectly entitled to say it's for tourism. I got a letter of support from my company (...


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You will need a visa for Turkey, but the other countries you have listed (Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta) do not require visas from American citizens. Also remember that Crete is part of Greece, although I don't see it on your map, so perhaps this isn't relevant. A Turkish visa is issued at the border to US passport holders and is good for 3 months of ...


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As a general rule, I would advise against renting a car for the entire trip. Renting a car in Turkey is expensive. The bus network in Turkey is very dense. Bus travel is comfortable and not expensive. Prefer the busses for long distance travel. You may consider to rent a car locally to access some sights. For very long distances, flying may be an option too. ...


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Basically, yes, but you'll have to be in a hurry all the time. I personally don't love my trips in a rush. Driving from Haifa to the Golan is about 1.5-2 hours. The Banias reserve is a one day trip. It consists of 2 parts, the waterfall itself, and the antiques. It is very close to Castle Nimrod, and Castle Nimrod can be covered in 2-3 hours: The ...


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Yes, you are usually required to submit flight and hotel reservations. They do not have to be paid reservations, so you can cancel them afterwards. (VisaRite has some handy samples of what is accepted.) Nobody will care once you're in China as long as you stay out of sensitive regions in western China (Tibet, Tibetan bits of other provinces, Xinjiang, etc)...


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No, Tokyo is not a disaster area during golden week. However, flights out of Tokyo may well be more expensive, crowded, or already sold out on the first weekend, and queues may be longer. Another factor is that on the national holidays, some (not all) stores will be closed down, as will be banks (and that includes ATMs in most cases). Possibly also some ...


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You have two option to solve this problem: There are two types of visa you can get: tourist and private (homestay) visa. The main difference between them is the form of invitation: For the tourist visa you must provide hotel vouchers for the entire time you will be in a Russia. As you are going to hitchhike, it will be very expensive to pay for the ...


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That's entirely possible. Firstly, there are no trains. Seriously. Don't bother trying to find them. In Argentina there's one from Buenos Aires to Rosario, but the bus is cheaper AND faster. There are some tourist trains in North Argentina (near Salta) and yes, there is the train from Cusco in Peru to Aguas Calientes, but that's about it. I'll discuss ...


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In my opinion, 8 days are fine to visit Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt, but you'll have to speed up a bit to visit the main attractions. I recommend you this route: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt. Spend at least 3 days in Vienna. This city has one of the biggest cultural offers so, even a 3 days time visit won't be enough. Visiting "the Ring", Vienna's city ...


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One highlight is the Middle Rhine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a picturesque region, has good wines and is crossed by the famous Rheinsteig hiking trail. You can choose either Koblenz or Mainz/Wiesbaden as a starting point to visit that region. From there you have good train connections. There is one line on the right hand side and one on the ...


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Frankfurt Hahn is in the middle of the Hunsr├╝ck, a beautiful area with small forests and hills and countryside typical of the region. A good destination for family cycling trips. For example, there are a number of rail trails in the area, where former railways were converted into cycling tracks. Photo from Wikimedia Commons I've been cycling on the ...


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First of all I have to say I totally agree with jpatokal answer. But on top of that I wanted to point out a flaw in the reasoning of your question; There are two possible reasons to go on a holiday: To relax, not being stressed To see stuff you never get the chance to see normally Now, for some people it makes sense to combine those things - like it ...


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Changing flights is a complex process that involves a lot of rules (differences in applicable fare classes, collecting additional fees or possibly issuing partial refunds, etc). Like any complex business process, it would cost a lot of money to develop an easy-to-use/intuitive web-based interface for it that any user (not a professionally trained ticketing ...


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This almost comes under 'opinion based', but we can treat it as a compare-and-contrast option. Hi from Sydney, BTW. Australia is huge. Literally similar in size to the US. That doesn't mean you can't drive across it, but you have to take things into account that don't occur to people compared with the US: gas stations are few and far between in some ...


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First of all, if you want to take trains in Switzerland, the website of the national railway carrier is a very important source of information. There you can find the whole train and bus schedule and most tickets you can buy there online. It is also important to mention that in Switzerland you can almost reach every village and every small town by train or ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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It's actually pretty common to sleep at Cusco your first night. My brother, for example, flew from Lima to Cusco. It's not ideal and you're likely to have a headache, but it's uncommon for anything too serious. You definitely want a full day (two nights) based in Aguas Calientes if you want the full experience. The reason being if you want to be on the ...


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Use www.trenitalia.com. It's the official website of Italian railways. You can find all routes and also buy tickets with credit card. This is definitely what you need. As you can see in the image, in the home page of the site you can search for any departure/arrival station and change the date/time of your trip (note that. The names of the stations are ...


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I did a 5 day tour back in 2008 that may give you some hint - the itinerary is on their website. (well the route and highlights at least). Driving distance-wise, yes I'd say it's doable. What you'll want to consider is time at the places like Isle of Skye (one of my favourite places in the UK), and Glen Coe - whether you want to do some hikes or something....


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I've been to Berlin a few times, and if I only had a half day I would go check out one of these two abandoned spots (I've been to both already). http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-hospital.html http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-spy-station.html They're not touristy, and I haven't been anywhere like that ...


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Some suggestions: You can visit Trier and Luxemburg. They are close to each other. Distance - 130km Another choise would be Cologne. The Cathedral is a must-see. Distance - 180km. You can also visit Mainz and Wiesbaden. They are very close to each other(on the both sides of Rhine) and well conected with public transport. Distance - 90km. Here is a link ...


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It primarily depends on where you apply for a visa and secondarily on what your nationality is. Visa requirements for China differ from embassy to embassy. Typically, in 'the west' they are less strict. You will, most likely be asked to hand over your flight plan, with proof, for entering and leaving the country and you might be asked to show some proof ...


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Generally speaking, airlines frown upon this because it can be used to circumvent their pricing policies. Here is what the KLM website has to say about it: If you do not take all flights or legs of this journey, or in the specified order, extra costs may be charged. If you just show up in Amsterdam, they might charge you something or even sell you ...


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I wanted to add an answer that does not contradict the others, but instead includes some personal reflections. When the younger crowd sets out to "DO" Europe, their 'peer status' rises in proportion to the number of places visited. It means, for example, that 4 or 5 hours in France counts as "DOING" France just as much as 4 or 5 days does. It gives the ...


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Imagine you're flying from London to Miami. Searching for flights gives you a long 10-hour layover: Or a faster 2-hour layover: Assuming the price is the same, most people would go for the 2-hour option. Therefore airlines are trying to undercut their competition by offering connections which are as short as technically possible. You might ask why don'...



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