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TL;DR: If you know you're going, and there's a fare you can afford, book it. Waiting will almost never save you money, and never enough to offset paying double or triple the cheapo fare because you waited too long. Detailed explanation, with pictures: The problem is that there is no single "the price" that goes up and down. On any given flight you can buy ...


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Australia has fruit picking, which is commonly done by seasonal labour (a.k.a packpackers). The hours are long and the work hard, but our wages are high and most of the work is in Queensland, giving you access to some of the world's best rainforests and reefs, as well as the rest of Australia or NZ when you're ready to move on. You will need a working ...


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Familiarity can certainly reduce the likelihood of sea sickness, as your body can get used to it. The usual problem is the swell - which you just don't get on lakes. Out on the ocean you have no stationary frame of reference so your brain starts to believe the boat is stationary. As it is actually moving, this confuses your brain and causes sickness. ...


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I have written an article about seasickness, so I will give a resume. Seasickness has nothing to do with willpower. If someone accuses you of that, tell him that Horatio Nelson and Shackleton on the "James Caird" were both seasick. The exact cause of seasickness is still unknown. The "frame of reference" theory has the flaw that blind people can get ...


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If you come from a tropical country, the jacket your've linked to is surely not enough. I'm from Saint-Petersburg, and even I would add something to this jacket. I suggest you wear a long jacket to cover your back, something like this: FjällRäven is not very cheap, but it is lightweight and made with durable materials - I use this brand, and that is why ...


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It depends. If you're talking astronomical, as MeNoTalk says, it's from the equinox (mid-March) to the solstice (mid-June). However, the temperatures don't necessarily reflect that. You can still experience cold snaps and snow in the north right through much of April as well, while to many, the south (Texas, Florida) will be nice and warm already. It's ...


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There doesn't seem to be a clear pattern - I think it depends on the demand for the tickets for a particular day. My best guess is that they manage to sell more tickets than expected (at a given time to departure) than the price goes up, and if less than it goes down. In general I think the cheapest way is to find some promotion for the tickets (you need ...


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WWOOF (working on an organic farm). There some opportunities that are closer to "destinations" than others. One the piqued my interest was a community/organic farm near a Buddhist temple in Brazil. There was also an opportunity in Sao Carlos thats in the city, if rural areas are not for you Just rehashing an answer to a similar question by Ginamin


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I was just reading an article on Mashable: "The FareCompare travel gurus suggest it's best to buy airplane tickets mid-day on a Tuesday or Wednesday."


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Yes, you can, but only via Iceland. There are no non-stop or direct flights from the US to Greenland. To Iceland: Icelandair serves several US destinations year-round from Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport, including: Boston Denver New York-JFK Seattle Also, these destinations seasonally: Anchorage (summer) Minneapolis (summer) Washington ...


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Yes, these were for the Indian festival 'Holi', the festival of colours. It is the one of the most important festival in India and is celebrated by playing with colours (people put variuos colours on each other, it is fun). Coincidently, March 17, 2014, your travel day was the day Holi fell in 2014 (The Indian festivals are mostly dependent on lunar ...


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Generally, around September the northern parts of Thailand get less rain than the southern parts. So looking at the places you listed, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Udon Thani etc will be less wet than, say, Phuket where the weather can often prevent speedboat services that take you to nearby islands / beaches. Koh Samui, Koh Phagnan etc are better off than Phuket ...


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Not my region (lavender is mostly found in Provence, but there are occasional fields in other regions), so I need to rely on Wikipedia. Lavender flowers from late June to late August. It is typically harvested well before the flower wilts, because the heat makes the essence rise towards the flower's glands, so the plant's aroma becomes less strong as the ...


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A common one for European students is Camp America and its ilk. They pay your airfare out to the camp, pay you a little bit while you're there (more if you've a handy skill like lifeguarding, first aid, teaching etc), and then after your time on camp you've the rest of the summer to enjoy the country. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is another ...


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This page list all the big Christmas markets in Switzerland. I can really recommend those two that are in the main stations of Lucerne and Zurich. It sounds weird but they are really nice. As a plus next to the Christmas market in Zurich's main station, there are a lot of open air bars in the courtyard of the Landesmuseum where you can get Glühwein and ...


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The astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2014 begins on March 20 and ends on June 20, that includes USA.


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In at least western Canada the thing to do is tree planting. Disagreeable but always in demand and used as a backup when you can't get a real job. There seem to be plenty of websites on the topic: Summit Reforestation TREE-PLANTER.COM A Tree Planter’s Reference Guide to Silviculture in Western Canada.


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Tourist DESTINATIONS are among the ones that most need summer employees in places like Alaska. While taking a summer cruise, I was struck repeatedly by the fact that tourist towns typically reported populations of say, 1500 in the summer, and 500 in the winter. Local populations simply don't provide enough manpower to handle the tourist trade. That's ...


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All of those places are touristy, and as such they're completely used to seeing tourists wearing all of the described clothing. One thing to note, however, is if you're taking the train down to Aswan/Luxor overnight, it can get rather chilly in the desert at which point you will most certainly want more than just t-shirts and shorts. In fact I had my ...


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Hats It goes without saying that you'd need a proper hat, and there are some models that can protect your face as well as your frontal lobes. Here are some less common options that can provide superior protection to your gentle facial features. Beard hats Yes, I know -- they look hilarious. From second-hand experience, they work wonders (a friend of mine ...


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There are some trees between the terrace and the river (sample photo), but they don't have any leaves on them in December and should not obstruct your view of the fireworks. I have not been there on New Year's Eve myself though.


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There was a flight from North America a few years ago -- Baltimore airport, to be precise -- but it was cancelled after less than a year. It seemed to me that Air Greenland had chosen poorly, since they ran the flight all through the fall and winter, but finally gave it up as too expensive in the early spring, because not enough people were booking. But ...


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Sea sickness can also differ from sea to sea, from ocean to ocean and from boat to boat. I am not so sure if familiarity helps. I know someone who has been sailing the seas for years, but when he got on to the North sea, he got sea sick. Being raised in a landlocked area is not necessarily relevant. Furthermore the type of boat has an influence as well. I am ...


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According to the German Wikipedia, the park is closed from mid-September to April and the Christmas market was discontinued in 2009. The calendar on the park's website supports this - it shows the park as open every day in August, only Thrusday to Sunday in September, and only concert events (which are held on the premises while the rest of the park is ...


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So it'll depend a little on WHERE in Japan you want to go, as due to climate conditions, they bloom at slightly different times. A regularly updated forecast for this year can be found in a nice chart online: (source) The same page includes the average bloom times for each location in another chart below. The blossoms may start in April, but they're ...


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Layers. Bring several. The average temperatures you quote are very misleading. Two years ago I was there in July and, while I would concur with the average, temperatures varied between 4C and 20C. That means that I used a thin long-sleeve top and was slightly hot around noon and was quite cold with a jacket, sweater plus long-sleeve top at night. Light ...


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It would be safer and easier to find accommodation in Israel, and look for an organized ride to Bethlehem, instead of being in the PA areas on your own. Although Bethlehem is (relative to other Palestinian cities) safe for foreigners and the Palestinians are making special efforts during the Christmas season, it's better not to take extra chances. Also, the ...


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In my experience with flights within Asia, and also trans Atlantic and Pacific flights from North America, yes, flights are cheaper 2 weeks or more before your date. However, it is helpful to search for flights and prices for the route you are interested in way before you plan to buy. The reason for this is to get an idea about what a "base" price will be ...


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There are plenty of haunted houses around the City and in surrounded areas let's start with the obvious: Times Scare Nightmare NYC And of course Jekyll & Hyde series of haunted establishments. There are also plenty of online resources that list the haunted houses as well like HauntedHouse.com in New York and New Jersey so pick your poison. :)



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