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Dining alone is only awkward for you (that is, it's an internal thing). It doesn't bother any of the restaurant staff, and it doesn't bother any of the other customers. So, you have to figure out what makes you uncomfortable about eating alone. There are some ways you can mitigate this feeling: Find somewhere where there are also other people eating ...


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The other question linked in the comments has lots of good advice. As I said in a comment over there -- nobody cares! This is the first thing to get over the awkwardness, all those other people in couples and groups are busy with the other people at their table. It's very rare that people take notice of what anyone else in a restaurant is doing. When ...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made the booking. The most common form of opaque bookings are for hotels, but they also exist for flights. There two general formats of booking sites for opaque hotels - those that work on a "bidding" concept, and those that have a fixed price. ...


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Put yourself in the other people's boots. If you see someone dining alone, would you spend the entirety of your evening judging their every move, or would you spend no more than 2 seconds and then go back to the task at hand, focus on the food before you ... As stated before me, as you wouldn't care, for others, no one would care if you were alone, a couple, ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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I was a flight attendant before and I had this problem. I just kept losing them. Then I came up with an idea--An empty cigarette pack. Just put the sim cards inside the plastic that covers the pack and its tight enough to hold it. But then I saw a good thing that really helped me a lot. Its a sim card holder that can hold up to 4 sim cards, Its exactly the ...


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Maybe you know it already, but might be helpful for other readers, too: wheelmap.org It's an OpenStreetMap where users can mark if places/buildings are wheelchair accessible. You can filter the map to only show places related to tourism. Also, at least in Germany, some cities/areas have accessibility guides that list accessible hotels, free time ...


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I would recommend the following things (sorted by country): Switzerland Visit Top of Europe. You can take a train to the Jungfraujoch which is 3545 meters above sea level. There you can exit the train and walk around. For example to a restaurant or over a glacier. Visit Luzern and its world famous Chapel Bridge Visit the Italian part of Switzerland, named ...


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Two weeks is a decent amount of time to explore Cambodia. Here are a couple of my recommendations: Siem Reap: The Angkor Wat and surrounding temples can either be covered in a day, or over a couple of days. This is important because you need to buy a pass, and there are passes of different durations: 1-day ($20), 3-day ($40) etc. There's a 7-day pass too ...


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The most obvious is the oldest long distance walk in Scotland: The West Highland Way. It starts in the north of Glasgow City and walks cross country, mostly off road but on good paths, north to Fort William. It is about 96 miles long and can be completed in 4-8 days depending on your level of fitness, determination and of course weather. This route takes you ...


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Austria is pretty close. Salzburg is +- 2 hours by train and a single ticket costs 22 EUR. Vienna is also within reach. It's 6 hours by bus. With Orangeways you can find single tickets for as low as 16 EUR. You can also consider a trip to the Czech Republic. Prague is a bit less than 6 hours by direct train from Munich. A return ticket costs 65 EUR. You ...


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You basically have three options: Amtrak. Take the Cascades train from Vancouver to Seattle in about four hours. The big benefit here is that the train isn't nearly as affected by car traffic at the border, which can be very lengthy especially going into the US. This is because you actually clear US immigration at the train station in Vancouver before ...


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I often dine alone, and like it, but only if I have a book. iPad is best - you can be reading a book or a newspaper or whatever you want and don't have to fuss around with keeping the pages open or folded, which enables you to be comfortable at a small table. People may notice you are alone and sometimes you can tell that makes them uncomfortable - it helps ...


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Istanbul is far enough to the south to have decent daylight in January. You won't lack things to do in four days. Or Athens — think of it as a chance to visit it off-season.


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If price is no object, then you really need to look at Tilley Hats. They are basically an institution amongst those that own them, and have definitely been designed with at least most of your criteria in mind. I don't own one, and am not enough of a hat person to be able to bring myself to spend ~US$80 on one, but having met people who have owned them I ...


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Arguably... there is no single place that can meet all of your requirements and you will be making trade-offs among the various candidates. Acting on the assumption that the primary requirement is that the establishment stays open until 1 or 2 AM, and secondarily that the ambiance is amenable to a romantic encounter, there are several interesting ...


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Château de Chillon near Montreux on the shore of lake Geneva is a must see. You will find some graffiti made by Lord Byron in the dungeon. He wrote a poem about a protestant jailed there. Linderhof Palace in Bavaria is a pretty small castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, that tries to mimic Versailles in a pocketsized handkerchief. Its Galerie des ...


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Culture is in Venice city itself, whereas nightlife can be found on isola di Lido or on terra ferma at Mestre. Hotel accomodation is less expensive in these two places but it is less romantic as well. Booking an hotel in Venice may be the right choice, considering that Mestre is reachable by train and Lido by vaporetto (last train from Mestre at 23h46, next ...


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If you're willing to drive 2.5 hours from Munich you can reach some of the famous ski resorts in Austria. A good starting point to find some resorts is this website, that maps a lot of them to a map. You're particularly interested in those on the left side of Austria. This site is very similar, but maybe even easier to understand, since here Munich is also ...


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There's countless websites that do this type of thing in one form or another. Personally I've never found one that does exactly what I want, but for the most part the following 2 sites do something similar to part of what you've described. TripIt is a great travel planning site. It allows you to forward confirmation emails from hundreds of different travel ...


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I don't recall any bars in NYC having a dress code, so T-Shirt and Jeans should be fine as long as you don't come in looking like a complete bum. Having said that there are quite a few rooftop bars. Here is the list of some of them that have menus available. 230 Fifth The Heights The Local cafe But you can simply look at the top 10 list(?) to pick the ...


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There are a lot of possible day trips from Reykjavik to explore the surrounding area. If you only have the chance to do one I would suggest the Golden Circle, the tour will pick you up from your hotel and return you to it at the end of the day. During the day you will see geysir - the water spout that others are named after. Whilst geysir doesn't erupt ...


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I actually love dining alone, travelling or not, and the one thing that always makes me feel completely comfortable doing it is eating at the bar whenever that's an option. A lot of fine restaurants have bar seating, and at the very least, it's perfectly normal-looking to be seated at a bar by yourself, but better yet, you might end up sitting next to ...


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I can add a few comments from my trip to the area. Neuschwanstein: You may already know about it but be sure you also see Hohenschwangau at the same time (you can get a combo ticket). I have some friends who went to Neuschwanstein as part of a bus based tour and they did not go to Hohenschwangau due to time. When I went I had my own car, so we set the ...


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Venice is an expensive and small place. You can pay thousands of euros a night to stay steps (and they mean steps) from San Marco. But even if you're within sight of the train station, you're no more than an hour from San Marco on foot, quicker with the vaporetti. When you're searching the various travel sites, any hotel that is actually in Venice itself as ...


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Europe has literally thousands of ski resorts. So I'll focus on the Alps. There I can recommend you two small ski resorts that are well suited for beginners. There are various reasons for this. Small ski resorts are generally cheaper. So you don't have to spend a lot of money for runs you won't ever use because they're too step. Additionally, small resorts ...



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