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In the US, it really depends on where you are staying. In a big hotel in a city, it would be expected that you wear street clothes or even casual business wear in the public areas. Granted you could get away with wandering down the hall to get some ice or a soda from the vending machine in your pajamas, but lounging in the lobby or a reading room and ...


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A bed runner is a small, long piece of decorated cloth used to enhance the appearance of an otherwise plain bed. While some prefer the look solely for aesthetic reasons and would choose it even if it were more expensive than traditional decorative bedding, the primary reason to use one in the hospitality industry is to reduce costs while keeping the room ...


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You can use a belt to hold beds together. Wrap it around the side frame. Or if you have a couple, just join two pair of legs. This worked for me.


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There is no clear explicit rule regarding sleeping next to bulkheads. Why are some airlines strict about it? the usual "safety" excuse is used here and I can assure you this time the safety excuse is legitimate. In addition to that, passengers are only allowed to sit in "passenger seats", they are not even allowed to sit on crew seats, so this can be used as ...


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Get a Window Seat When I reserve a seat on train (or a plane, for that matter), knowing that I would like to sleep during the journey, I often book a window seat. That way I can lean my head on the window, rather than having it hanging in the void, causing me to wake up every ten minutes as soon as the neck ache kicks in. Moreover I place a ...


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One thing that worked for me before is wire ties. 2 or 3 of these can easily hold the two beds together so that they don't slide apart. Then you fill the narrow gap with a folded sheet or blanket and put regular sheets over it. Depending on the type of bed, you may need different length wire ties. Simple metal frame is the easiest. Wider wooden frames ...


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The problem of airplanes is the sheer number of ways in which it differs from your normal sleeping routine: Noise (silence is pretty much impossible) Light (they're never totally off even in "sleep mode") Comfort (unless you sleep on a rock-hard mattress, not the same) Temperature (the cabin tends to be cold on long flights) Peace (interruption from other ...


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While I don't regularly sleep in the airports, I suggest you check out these tips: Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. They've probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will ...


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While there is plenty of good advice in the other answers, I feel I have some more to offer that is a little less spontaneous. Sleeping on a plane is a learned skill and it is improved by planning, preparation, and practice. You can change the likelihood of sleep from nearly nil to nearly guaranteed, but not if the first time you start to think about it is ...


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Take your own food. As a rule, the food served on trains is bland and overpriced. He will probably have time at the stations to purchase extra drinks, or if not get them on the train. He is probably not going to sleep that well in a regular train compartment (I never do at least). Obviously he should take a book. The main risk if he is travelling alone is ...


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The only realistic answer to this question is that there is no answer. Standards of dress in the US are not standardized, except in certain contexts like prisons, the military, certain types of business, Catholic schools, and fancy restaurants. Circa 1960 was the last time in the US when there was some kind of general consensus on what was proper dress in ...


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In addition to the sound advice from victoriah, here are also a few more points to consider: Some trains have power sockets that you can use, so bringing an entertainment device (laptop/netbook/tablet) stocked with stuff to read/watch might be a good idea. Bringing a power strip will also make you popular among other travellers, if power sockets are in ...


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The area you will cover is a bit broad but there are generally rules that you can follow: If you see the No Overnight Parking sign that has an obvious meaning. There are plenty of roadside motels and camping grounds where you can park overnight and sleep. The municipalities may institute their own rules for overnight parking and sleeping in cars so when ...


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California has some rigorous laws against vagrancy and homelessness and depending upon local ordinances or just plain bad luck you could be in for a nightmare. If you have to do it, try to be outside the city limits. Based upon what you wrote, you will most likely have a license plate that identifies a rent-a-car. That will flag up as unusual for anybody ...


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Short answer: no. In North America, public spaces require public dress. You would not, for example, wear a swimsuit to the restaurant. Asia is a bit more relaxed - you can walk around a Japanese resort town in what amounts to a housecoat.


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I haven't tried this method, but it's what immediately came to my mind when I saw this question:


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Technically it's entirely possible, and airplane manufacturers release sketches like this regularly. There are three intertwingled main reasons why this hasn't (cough) taken off yet in practice: Airplanes have really tight regulatory safety requirements, including everybody on board being able to evacuate within a certain number of seconds, and this is ...


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Personally I've given up, and in some ways, since I did that, I've actually ended up sleeping more - quite the paradox! Don't go onboard PLANNING to sleep. My view is that I'll be settling in for 20-something hours of movies (CHC to LON). I can stay awake pretty well, but find it very difficult to get to sleep sitting up. Anywhere. What I've found as a ...


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Hire someone to come slap you at the designated wake-up time.


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Do you need to stay awake? Most airports allow sleeping, in varying degrees of comfort, and there's even a site devoted to this. Just set an alarm (or three) to wake you up before your flight: two hours early if you haven't checked in yet, one hour if you have. It's usually also perfectly safe to sleep in airports, especially airside (after security & ...


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I have a crappy old mobile phone that doesn't even work as a phone but it's handy as an addressbook and of course an alarm clock. And like most phones for years no matter how cheap and crappy it has a silent vibration setting. Don't you have a phone? Doesn't it have a silent vibrating alarm?


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Possibly one of the clearest comments about it comes from this piece written about the ice hotels: When checking in to the cold accommodation, you'll get a key to your own locker where you can store your clothes as you change to your sleeping attire. If you're staying in a suite, you'll get access to your own small changing room where you can leave ...


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Use your suitcase/bag as your pillow, you'll know as soon as you miss it! If you have more than one bag, put your hands through the bag handle or tie it to your hand or leg when you fall asleep. Most importantly travel light, the lighter you travel, the safer you will be!


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Food Make sure to buy some food before you go. My favourite train snack is pistachios, because they take a while to eat - chews up time ;) Also make sure you have plenty of refreshments, especially caffeine if you're the sort of person who needs a shot when you wake up! Some trains (Russia) let you get off at stations and there are dozens of people ...


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Two other possible solutions. There is a funny-looking gadget on sale in several places that can be used to fill the gap between the two joined beds. This makes things a bit more comfortable at the beginning of the process, but it works only until the gap becomes too large. Moreover, it doesn't look exactly travel-size. You simply have to increase the ...


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In airports in Christian countries, I also heartily recommend seeking out the chapel. Its a nice, quiet place, where you can "meditate" in silence. (Hey, I'm also an ordained priest, and while people like my sermons, don't think I haven't seen the occasional person "meditating" even during the songs!) Its a easy place to find some shuteye, as long as you ...


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There are wristwatches with vibration alarm, these might work for you.


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Of course this highly depends on what you deem enjoyable. Also, if you have never experienced any sleeper train, it's hard to know whether you are in general the kind of person who would enjoy that. Having said that, I found the Chinese sleeper trains to be surprisingly comfortable. There are, however, several different classes. The Wikipedia article on ...


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Don't sleep in your car in cities and suburbs in California. Most have local laws covering this, and I wouldn't consider it safe, especially in a new-looking car. Consider getting out of the cities (which can be very unfriendly places) to smaller towns and more countryside. There can often be free camping spots in parks. One resource for free camping is ...


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Yeah. They're called Manga Cafes, or mangakissa, and you need to find if they have seating options - ie reclining, pair seat, party room or more. Wikipedia's page on Manga Cafes Apparently there's a search engine for them that lets you specify criteria, but I'm getting a Tomcat error when I look - so not sure if it's just temporarily not working or down. ...



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