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From Wikipedia (same article as your other question): Westray - Papa Westray (Loganair) flight number: LOG 313, 2.7km (1.7 miles) 02 min, aircraft: Britten-Norman Islander, first flight - 3 February 2004 It is obvious from that list that the best option is try searching near the islands. Second place is for the LI 507 (from St. ...


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The City of Boston's Hackney Carriage Rules [PDF], section 5.II.y: Passenger’s Right to Direct Route: Hackney Carriage Drivers shall take such route to the destination as the passenger shall so direct. So you are absolutely allowed to declare your own route, and the driver must follow it. The Rules explain what recourse you have if they refuse. NYC ...


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I've flown directly over the north pole on a route from ATL to PEK (beijing). Here's a pic of the seatback flight map from a United 747, where I spent the entire flight with my face pressed to the window. Amazing scenery from Hudson Bay north through Baffin Island and on. It was July of 2008. When we crossed the pole (as indicated in the flight map) the ...


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Won't using U1 be faster and easier? Yes - but Google Maps doesn't know about it. Apparently the public transit data in Germany is based exclusively on a cooperation with Deutsche Bahn (which operates the S-Bahn). Other public transit (including regional trains not operated by DB) are not taken into account. They may eventually expand their data base (...


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I always do it if I think the route is not optimal. You are paying the bill after all!


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The mythical, even mystical, route I think of, is not by car but by foot. It is not even a single route but a network of paths from everywhere in Europe to a single place: This is the Way of St. James. I never heard of something close to Route 66 in Europe. Though car has an essential role in today's Europe, its history is relatively young. Famous paths are ...


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The route depends on how far you want to run, if you want to get buses, etc. Really, it's just getting the train timetables and matching them all up. Problems The Hainault Loop: The Central Line runs from Ealing Broadway - Hainualt (via Newbury Park) and West Ruislip - Epping (via Woodford) in regular service. The problem is Hainault to Woodford. You may ...


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What you're describing is called an "Open Jaw" ticket, and there's a very simple rule for determining if it applies or not. Lets say you're flying A-B and then C-A. There's 3 distances involved here - A-B, B-C (ie, the overland segment) and C-A. For a ticket to be a valid "open jaw", the distance B-C needs to be shorter than both A-B and C-A. eg, SFO-STL ...


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Seeing as i am one of the current holders of this record and 4 time holder of it i offer my opinion. When we set the record we actually didnt change our route at all so it is possible to have set route and not change anything of that route to the end and complete in a quick time. a lot of people do tie up the ends of lines ie Stanmore to Edgware High ...


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For UK based routes (this is where I think you are, judging by your profile) you can use CycleStreets. It’s also available as an app on most phone platforms (Apple, Android, Windows Phone). Input your start and end points then when you get a route select the "Quietest Route" tab. That should give you either cycle paths or quieter roads.


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I was in South America (Argentina to Colombia) and in Ecuador & Colombia met a lot of people coming down from (and afterwards friends I'd met travelled up into) Central America. With just one exception (who flew), the others had all gone via the San Blas Islands. http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Blas_Islands Which to me look simply stunning! I'd seen ...


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Cabbies almost always choose the route they think is going to be the quickest, not the shortest. That's because a busy cabbie will lose money whenever they are stuck in traffic - the extra on the meter for stopped time doesn't make up for the fact that they could be getting another fare. So if you try to direct them to a shorter but slower route they will ...


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I doubt it will change much, driving will still be faster. Based on a Google Maps itinerary search, we find out that it currently takes up to 7 hours by car, while it takes 9 hours by train, through Austria. The Gotthard tunnel is located in Switzerland, and while its goal is to reduce the time to travel between Zurich (Switzerland) and Milano (Italy) to ...


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This past summer I followed quite a bit of it through Central Asia, in areas which I'd consider to be moderately difficult to navigate - like Uzbekistan. Wikitravel shows more information on the Silk Road, and it's worth noting there are several branches of it, depending on whether you go through the deserts, or through Afghanistan. Individual links on ...


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In order to fly over the north pole (or more broadly just the Arctic), you'd have to travel to a city that is approximately across the globe as then the shortest distance would go over the north pole. You can try out which cities satisfy this criterion with the distance tool of Google maps. One possible route is for instance from the Middle East to the ...


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The longest non-stop (by Wikipedia source) flight was Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 which is and 18 hour 50 minute flight of some 15,345km. However, as of November 2013, Singapore Airlines has discontinued this route. However for single flight number, allowing stopover, things are hard to research. Not many websites list tables of ...


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You may be interested in Via Francigena too. EDIT: I recently stumbled upon the European Institute of Cultural Routes and apparently its main purpose is to preserve, promote and improve historical/cultural routes in Europe. On the Wiki page there's a comprehensive list of the routes they monitor: Major Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Pilgrim ...


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Searching Google for "rude place names" turned up this list, which has lots of entries for Europe. This might be useful in conjunction with a traveling salesman solver, to compute an efficient route between several of the points.


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Several people already mentioned the sail boat option, but as none of them has done it themselves, I will add my experience from May 2009: As said elsewhere the hostels in Panama city act as intermediaries between travelers and the boats. They have a list of boats leaving on certain dates with prices which ranging from 250 to 350 US dollars. While some of ...


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Well, you can go old-shool: buy a decent road atlas. Usually there is a table with distances between larger cities (either at the beginning or at the end) - so using it you can have an idea about the scale. Moreover, on every decent road map you will have distances on the actual map - however these are usually between junctions etc., so you will have to sum ...


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What you're most likely hitting up against here is "Interline agreements" (not to be confused with Interline baggage). When you book multiple flights on a single "ticket", even when the flights are on multiple airlines, the ticket is issued by a single airline. eg, if you say SFO-JFK on United, and then JFK-LHR on British Airways, the ticket will be issued ...


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Within England, the answer is The Cycle Streets site which will generate much more accurate and helpful cycling routes than Google, and could certainly be used to get you from London to the coast. It also generates astonishingly traffic-free routes through London itself. Outside England, I can only suggest using the Open Cycle Map, which covers most of ...


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Western Europe is divided north and south by the Alps. For this reason, there are currently no water routes that go all the way from northern to southern Europe. The closest thing for now to a pan-European waterway is a route along the Rhine to Bavaria, to a point just over 100 miles from the Danube. A canal connecting the two was completed in 1992. This ...


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When I was in Panama City about 4 or 5 years ago all the hostels had ads posted by private people, sometimes families, that sailed back and forth in their yachts and wanted travellers to come along to help with costs. There was a waiting list for each yacht. At the time the price to sail was pretty much the same as a flight which was in the region of $300 ...


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I suppose the only real European equivalent is the ill-defined 'grand tour'. But you'll be hard pressed to actually find it. Here's another question on the grand tour. That said, there are plenty of semi-epic drives around Europe. In fact, much of Europe is so compact, that you can easily come up with your own epic ride in pretty much any part of Europe, ...


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Yes, there are many modern roads and highways - especially in Italy - that follow the old roads. They were some seriously industrious workers - with roads throughout Europe, over mountains, across the UK and in the Middle East and Africa! Firstly, voila, Wikipedia to the rescue! Italy Major roads Via Aemilia, from Rimini (Ariminum) to Placentia Via ...


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I've been researching routes for my trip to the Camino in June/July. It appears that the most popular routes are the Northern way and the French way. Here are the differences between the two. The French Way More popular and crowded. Great route if you're looking for people to meet. Not so great if you like solitude. Albergues are more frequent (~15-20km ...



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