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Well I wish you had used a photo of a cleaner European toilet for comparison. What will the Canadians think?! Indeed this is typical of North American toilets. The same applies down in Good Ole USA too. In fact I've seen much higher water levels than this. There are two answers really: Man up and take it! In some places in Europe they have a much crazier ...


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but [tipping] is meant to be for a good job Yes, in theory, but in practice it's standard to (almost) always leave a tip. Even if the service is merely "bad", then you generally leave a tip on the low end of the scale. If it really is appalling (ie, they got your order completely wrong, or were excessively slow for no good reason), then you leave a ...


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Coast Starlight is a good option in the US, without a doubt. Southwest Chief should be good too. Both start from Los Angeles Union Station (on one end, Starlight goes to/from Seattle, the Chief goes to/from Chicago). If you heard about US trains with viewing cars - that's these two. Never took either of them myself, but heard very good things... If only I ...


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This one leaves from Boston and makes a couple of stops in Iceland, one of which is at Heimaey where they famously fought a volcano and won. It also stops in Greenland and Scotland. This cruise also visits Iceland. Both of those cruises only let you off the boat to explore for 8 hours at a time (there are no overnight on-land stays), which I have to say ...


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OK, some time, so I've found the three best candidates that I can, although not all are entire planes...or in planes... First up, we have the Floridian Fly-in home + aircraft - you can rent a home, which comes WITH a plane and pool! Next, Hughes' Cosmic Muffin. This is a plane that was owned by Howard Hughes, now converted into ... a house boat. The ...


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Amtrak Amtrak offers a series of USA Rail Passes: 8 segments within 15 days $429 12 segments within 30 days $649 18 segments within 45 days $829 To discourage commuters from buying a pass (as opposed to a multi-ride ticket), travel is restricted to four one-way trips between any two cities and the cities in between them on the same route. As with rail ...


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One of the joys of living in a 3 dimensional world (Eat your heart out The Simpsons!) is that there's more than just the East or West - there's actually numerous routes you can take from the US to Australia - including both North and South! How much these routes actually add obviously depending on where you're starting from - if you're in San Diego it's ...


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There are different ideologies when it comes to tipping. As a former waiter in the US myself, I tend to tip very generously. This is how I do it. YMMV. I calculate a 15% tip, based on the price of the meal (before any discounts are applied). If the service was very good/friendly, I increase, up to 25%. I only ever exceed 25% in very rare/exceptional ...


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From what I have heard/read, people always seem to say that Fall, such as September and onwards, is the best time to cruise (particularly for the Caribbean) for the following reasons: School has started, so there are less family vacations and college kids looking for cruises. The worry of hurricanes puts some people off. Lack of vacations after Labor Day ...


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OK then...warning, this gets graphic. The problem North American toilets tend to be siphoning toilets - that is, the water-ways in these toilets are designed with slightly smaller diameters than a non-siphoning toilet, so that the water-way will naturally fill up with water, each time it is flushed, thus creating the siphon action. The recognised ...


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From the US, going east, you should be able to reach Australia in only one stop, in the middle east. (That assumes that your local airport in the states is big enough to have middle eastern airlines serve it!). Travel time wise for that, the US east coast to Qatar or the UAE is of the order of 12-13 hours. From the middle east onwards to Australia, it's ...


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As shown at Great Circle Mapper, Toronto to Sydney is 44% longer via London and Singapore versus via Vancouver. Full distance details: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=YYZ-YVR-SYD,YYZ-LHR-SIN-SYD


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As far as I can tell, there are no commercial passenger services, however you may be able to hitch a ride on a cargo vessel, as this traveller seems to have done.


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I've had a look at a few US based RV hire websites, and they all seem to say the same thing. That is, for normal sized RVs you need to be over 21, you need to have held your license for over a year, and for Europeans you need an International Driving Permit if your license isn't in English (which I guess your Belgian one won't be). Very large RVs, and those ...


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Each of the 3 major global airline alliances have some form of "North American Air Pass" : OneWorld Visit North America Star Alliance North America AirPass Skyteam Go USA and Canada These passes all have extensive conditions - generally they can only be purchased by a non-North American resident, and must be purchased in conjunction with an ...


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Can't say the same for all car rental companies in North America as there are 3 different countries with dozens of rental agencies but majors don't specify the length of time required for the license to be held as long as the age requirements and licensing class is satisfied: Avis Hertz (see Requirements to Rent) Budget


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Overland travel in Europe will not likely make your journey cheaper, even though you can occasionally get a cheap long distance bus trip through one of the Eurolines partners. On the other hand, overland travel in Europe can significantly enrich your experience, so the additional cost might be worth it anyway. Then again, Istanbul being on the edge of ...


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I did something very similar to this, from the NYC area to Melbourne. In March 2011, I paid $1836 to travel JFK-Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne. This was a 13 hr flight, a 7 hr flight, and a 7.5 hr flight. The Dubai layover was a full day -- I arrived at 8 AM and departed at 3 AM. It was plenty of time to get a taste of Dubai, but I would suggest you get a ...


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There is a Princess Cruise in the fall that will take you FROM Iceland and Greenland to New York, North America. But it starts in Europe (Copenhagen). So you have at least one leg of the trip to your satisfaction.


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Get in touch with Adventure Canada. They have trips by boat that leave from Canada, and trips that involve Iceland, and it's possible they have trips that do both.


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Crossing Bering Strait on a boat does seem possible but it's going to be difficult practically. Adam Katz put together a bunch of notes on how to do this. From the looks of it, it appears you might have to pay your way through it on commercial fishing vessels which operate in the area. According to this resource, navigating Bering Strait is hard because of ...


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Most budget airlines rely on short turnaround times for efficiency which you just can't do on long haul flights and fly A320s or Boeing 737s (most budget airlines use aircraft of this class) which top off at 5-6 hour flight duration range. So I'd be surprised to hear of a 'budget' long haul airline which flies trans-Pacific from Vancouver to Bangkok or any ...


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I took the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles once and while there is always something to see outside, I wouldn't call it very scenic for most of the journey. The stretch in central California around San Luis Obispo was quite scenic with nice rolling hills. You also go through Vandenberg Air Force base with its rocket lunch pads, an area which can ...


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I think the closest you can get would be a "Helicopter" cottage at Winvian, though it's a bit on the expensive side. There are plenty of treehouses and Wigwams though. :)


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A colleague I work with recently spent a few weeks in Europe (from Vancouver). We hunted for flights beforehand, and one of the key 'tricks' to saving money was to simply look for any flight into anywhere in Europe. We looked at the major hubs - LON, FCO, AMS and more. From there, you can look at RyanAir and Easyjet, as well as bus/train options from ...


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I see from your profile that you're located in France. So let's start with the possibly-obvious: Montreal is not in America, while Atlanta is. I mention this because train and bus travel across the US-Canada border is not exactly co-ordinated. Luckily many American bus and train companies offer service to Montreal. Some Canadian ones offer service to New ...


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The Canadian runs from Toronto to Vancouver, taking a bit over three days. On the way you'll stop in many of Canada's major cities, and get to travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, including The Rockies. You can also do subsections of that trip if you don't have three-plus days. A number of the Edmonton-Vancouver routes area ...


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I successfully hired a car from National in Florida in March 2014 when I had only had a UK driving license since September 2013 (6 months). No one at the rental desk questioned it, and I didn't have to pay any extra. I had emailed them to check before my trip and was told there was no minimum length of time that the license had to be held for. I also emailed ...


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Google Maps suggests that a road trip from Montreal to Atlanta takes about 18 hours. Given how many people from Montreal routinely drive down to Florida for their Christmas holidays, I'd say that's realistic. Whether this is a better way to travel than by plane depends on your personal preferences - if I were to take the road option, I'd probably go for 3 ...


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lifehacker has a post (How Much to Tip for Good and Bad Service, According to an Ex-Waitress) about this that is quite relevant. If you receive truly awful (or rude) service, don't leave without providing a tip. Believe me, a $1 tip will be noticed much more than no tip since many people forget to return to the table and your server may think you just ...



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