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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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I'd stump up Saudi Arabia as number one for a simple reason: it's the only country I know of which does not offer tourist visas, full stop. (They used to, with tight controls and for groups only, but apparently do not any more.) And unlike eg. Russia, you can't just ring up a hotel and get them to "invite" you into the country. Even getting a legitimate ...


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Probably Somalia. In 2010, there was a Canadian man who disembarked from his plane in Mogadishu claiming to be a tourist, and the officials were in such disbelief that Somalia had a tourist that they detained him and it made the news. An immigration official is quoted as saying that the Canadian was “the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism". ...


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In history, there have only been two SSTs (Supersonic transports) around for passengers - the TU-144 and the Concorde. Sadly, neither is available any longer with access to fly on them. So then we look to the two major manufacturers with almost supersonic capabilities. Long considered the fastest passenger plane, the Boeing 747 has several variants, each ...


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For establishing such a list, one needs to identify the possible barriers that would make travel difficult. I can think of: Natural barriers, like in Antartica or Sahara. Political barriers, like in North Korea or Tibet. Cultural/Religious barriers, like in Amish communities or in Mecca. Financial barriers, like in Bhutan or Switzerland. Of course these ...


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Per your specifications, the fastest route "around the world" is Hong Kong-New York-Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, scheduled at 32 hours round-trip. Approximate routing: The flight is non-stop, so London/LHR and Narita/NRT are there only as (rough) route markers. While you'd think the route is a straight line (since it's just the "same flight" there and ...


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Firstly, it depends on the 'cable car' meaning - I take it you mean the ones hanging above the ground, instead of the San Francisco-style ones which were named one of the most dangerous forms of transportation around. So on to the type you're talking about. Safety regulations will surely differ in every country. However, since many are made in Switzerland ...


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An important factor is that seats closer to an exit improve your chances after a crash landing, in case the plane catches fire (very common) or sinks underwater. Contradicting the Popular Mechanics study, the University of Greenwich found that A seat up to five rows from an exit offers a better than even chance of escaping if there's a fire, ...


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Ozbus offer a 29 week tour of South America, starting and finishing in Quito. http://www.oz-bus.com/oz-bus-south-america/oz-bus-south-america.aspx Update: Ozbus have sadly ceased trading as of april 2012


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The longest non-stop (by Wikipedia source) flight is Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 which is and 18 hour 50 minute flight of some 15,345km However for single flight number, allowing stopover, Things are hard to research. Not many websites list tables of distances by flight number. So I resorted to thinking of a route and then looking ...


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This Russian company offers a world-wide cruise for the 140 days, from New Zealand to Norway (being honest, there are no countries from both Americas :). There are over 100 cities in 31 countries being visited during this cruise. Places are from $77,270 to $261,070 per person, trip is being made on Seven Seas Voyager. I think search for another world-wide ...


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A two-year tour of World Heritage sites (962 places) is now available, offered by a British luxury company. By the way, it costs about 1 million pounds. It claims to cover all the sites if they are safely accessible. The Daily Mail lists some of the stops.


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From Wikipedia: Newark - Singapore (Singapore Airlines) flight number: SQ 21, 15,345km (9,535 miles, 8,285 nautical miles) from 18 hr 40 min to 18 hr 50 min, aircraft: Airbus A340-500, first flight - 29 June 2004 Second place: Los Angeles - Singapore (Singapore Airlines) flight number: SQ 37, 14,114km (8,770 miles, 7,621 ...


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The two best sources for this type of data are FlightAware and Flight Stats. Although these sites both get data from the FAA, I don't know that either would be considered "official". The nearest to official source would be the FAA data available at http://www.bts.gov/xml/ontimesummarystatistics/src/index.xml however this data is always several months behind ...


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There is a somewhat relevant list for that. I only found this PDF linked on from wikipedia with solid numbers, but they never show the raw data; a Top50 by arrivals or by tourist spending is all they offer. Another source for this data seems to be http://www.ipkinternational.com/ - but you have to purchase the records. Wolfram alpha has no data for this ...


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UKTOOZ appears to offer a 28 Week London to Sydney trip http://uktooz.com/ A 28 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney visiting the highlights and natural wonders of over 23 countries including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia!


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Would going on a cargo ship count as a tour? In that case there is a tour operator offering various tours, of which their offers on oceania, are quite long. One example being Rotterdam-Dunkerque-Le Havre-New York-Savannah-Kingston-Manzanillo-Panama Canal-Papeete-Laukota-Noumea-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Tauranga-Napier-Panama ...


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Since we don't really care about the mode of transportation: 143 nights: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY121024H/Itinerary.aspx 115 nights: Silver Sea World Cruise 115 nights: Holland America World At one point there was a 335 night cruise but as far as I can tell that company is now out of business 2010. Had to add this Around the world by Freighters: ...


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This one is tricky... From what I have heard from latino-american friends, criminality rate in the rest of Latino-America is in general higher than in Cuba, probably because firearms are strictly and effectively forbiden by the government. HOWEVER! I would not recommend a foreigner to drive a car in Cuba. If you run into an accident and someone gets hurt, ...


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Here it is: Papeete-Moorea: distance 18km, duration 15mn, operated by Air Tahiti. From Air Tahiti site (fr) (select "Tahiti" on "Ile de départ" and "Moorea" on "Ile d'arrivée"), there are several flights each day (VT266, VT240, VT444). But nothing can beat the Scottish 2.7km suggested by VMAtm!


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MadVenture Travel is now offering: LONDON TO SYDNEY OVERLAND (via Africa & central Asian silk road) which promises to be a 64 week, 61 country odyssey!! From their site: A 64 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney travelling through Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Australasia visiting highlights and natural ...


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One day, while travelling online with google maps, I zoomed onto Ushuaia and got caught by a ship named Peace Boat. This ship takes passengers for cruises around the world that last about 100 days.


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Nationmaster has a collection of crime statistics for Cuba, and how it ranks with the rest of the world. Wikipedia has a page about corruption in Cuba and the effects. Cuba Junky has a discussion about crime, scams and what to watch out for there. I personally love the picture they chose to use at the top of the page!


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Wikipedia has a very cool list for such kind of questions. It is called the List of northernmost items. As you can see there, there are two possible candidates: Airport, permanent without scheduled flights: Alert Airport, Nunavut, Canada 82°31′04″N 062°16′50″W Airport, permanent with scheduled flights: Svalbard Longyear Airport, Svalbard, ...


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Between Norddeich, Germany and the Island of Juist there are between 6 and 10 daily scheduled flights. The distance is about 10km and the flight time listed as 5 minutes. I couldn't find information about flight numbers or plane types. There are also a large number of on-demand and sightseeing flights out of Juist airport, allegedly making this tiny runway ...


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I visited Cuba in July 2011 together with a friend. We traveled from Havana to Santa Clara and down to Trinidad and back. And by personal experience can tell you this: As Jonik wrote as well, there are very high penalties in crimes related to tourists. In fact there are laws which forbid Cuban citizens to hang out with tourists. Meaning walking around on ...


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(This was a comment but I promoted it to an answer after the question was reopened but before it was reworded to ask about statistics and resources.) Purely anecdotal evidence but based on my own personal first hand experience from back in 2002. Barcelona has more theivery than any other place I've been anywhere in the world, and I've been to every capital ...


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Overall, Spain is a relatively safe country, if you compare the total number of crimes committed in Spain to other countries. Another resource for that is the Eleventh United Nations Survey on Crime trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. I can't find a statistic that compares the various cities in Spain, but according to this report, the ...


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FlightStats has information going back several years. Their level of coverage is generally excellent, although it can vary a little depending on the airline/location. You will need to create a free account in order to view data more than a few days old. Specifically for your flight they don't have any specific information, only scheduled information that ...



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