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To avoid disturbance from small children, you can use a multi-pronged approach: first, try to choose flights that are more of a hassle for parents. Generally this means night flights - some parents may be sure their child will sleep (and not bother you) but others are worried the child will not sleep and will cry. So they take a daytime flight and are ...


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For $160,000, you can hire a private jet for London - LAX return which is a similar trip length to that of London to San Francisco. This aircraft seats 13 making the trip approximately $12,300 each if you could find 12 other people to share it with. That's a similar price to paying for fully flexible first class. For that you typically get a private ...


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Toddlers cannot be seated in exit rows. If you are able to select your seat, choose one that has an exit row behind it. You may lose the ability to recline your seat, but you are guaranteed that there will not be a toddler behind you.


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Assuming you fly with a second person, you could use a small trick to increase your level on insulation. During check-in, reserve two middle seats which are directly behind (or in front) of the exit row: Since no children can sit in the exit row and parents will want to sit next to their children, you're guaranteed to have nine child-free seats. If you're ...


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Lots of options! Starting with the ones that require no forward planning: Just lock yourself in the toilets for 10 minutes and wash your... smellier parts using your hands, sink water, soap dispenser soap and the paper towels provided. Yes, it's not exactly dignified, but no-one's watching (probably), and it's more dignified than causing your neighbour to ...


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I have requested many times vegan/vegetarian meals on long-haul flights. Normally they are pretty well organized and you won't have to ask for the meal. My strategy is just to wait and if given the normal food, then I politely remind them I have a special arrangement. In hundred of flights, this has only happened maybe 1 or 2 times. In most airlines, they ...


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There is no specific preference, it depends on the person actually. Some do not like to be interrupted while they are at their position (usually the galleys) because it is sometimes the only place where there are no people and they can loosen up a little. Here are some general tips: Good times to use the call button: During a service, do not even think to ...


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Bring $20 - $50 cash. After you board, if you happen to be near a toddler, find a more preferable seat that seems to have a solo passenger in it, and make an attractive cash offer to the person who currently has that seat to switch with you. Be upfront with your reason for wanting to switch, as they will likely be suspicious otherwise.


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I work at Busbud, where we're working to aggregate all the world's bus providers and routes. I had a look though our database. We're sure we don't know about everything yet, but we've found a lot of routes. There are several long routes in South and North America. I compared them using the driving distance calculated by Google Maps. Looking for trips with ...


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Short answer, no -- not really. You could always take a change of clothes (or at least a different top) in your carry on and attempt to freshen up in the toilets. Take some wet wipes too. You could also try and find a shower in the city before heading to the airport. Depending what airport you're in there may be a way to pay for lounge / shower access -- ...


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Now that you've clarified in the comments, yes, it's entirely 'possible', but not easy, by any means. As mentioned by @Relaxed, only 37 people have been recorded successfully completing this challenge. As an American, you'd be the 5th American citizen to complete it, if you did it now. Some (crazy) people have even run across Australia. One of the ...


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Get Up if You Can, Call if You Can't I'd use your personal judgement on this one. What I do on long-haul flights is get up and go ask myself. For starters it makes me get up and move around a bit which is not at all bad. Secondly, I tell myself that flight attendants might be busy with something else and that my getting up might actually be helpful for them....


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From a former cabin crew's point of view, there are two issues here: 1. Waking the passengers up: This is done for two reasons actually: Safety reason: It is a good practice for the airlines to wake passengers up whenever possible, the real reason behind that is checking if the passenger is ok or not. Many cases of very sick passengers (incapacitated) ...


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Route 6 East, stands up as the longest I can find. Route 6 used to be the longest road in the US, until 1964 when it was truncated. However, distances ON the route don't change (cities don't move) and as such, this is still visible, in Bisop, California: (source) 3205 miles is approximately 5157.95 kilometres. Then there's this in Brazil: (source) It'...


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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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The following is a list of the sort of items you should include in your cabin luggage (eg. not your checked luggage): All valuables (jewelry, money, etc) Important documents (passport, itinerary, hotel reservations, medical prescriptions, etc) All electronics (phone, laptop, mp3 players, etc) Anything fragile or which might break due to rough or careless ...


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Rather than using earplugs, get some headphones and listen to music or something. It'll give you something else to focus on rather than the toddler. This is the approach lots of computer programmers use in open-plan offices, by the way. If you're wanting to sleep, then choose classical music. The following is just speculation, but it may work: try having a ...


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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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Just found this one @ https://web.archive.org/web/20141109133836/http://poleofcold.com/the-zimnik-road-a-photo-story/. Tried to find its location, to no avail unfortunately (the sign says it's 30 km east of Peledui (Пеледу́й), Sakha Oblast).


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Your best source of this information is your airline's website, even if you didn't book with them. For example, the KLM page on intercontinental meals says: Economy Class intercontinental On all KLM intercontinental flights, we welcome you on board with a beverage of choice. You are then served your choice of one of our two Delicious hot meals. After ...


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We have a number of questions here already about preparing for long haul flights, and about sleeping on flights including the canonical What is the most comfortable way to sleep on a plane? . Combining the suggestions from those may help you a lot. Bring something to read to pass the time, a sleeping mask to help you sleep on the plane, and so on. If you ...


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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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A few bonus tips to go with Roddy of the Frozen Peas excellent answer: Don't make the bag too big, as it will be taking up some of your legroom. Some aircraft have electronics boxes for the in-flight entertainment system under the seat, which further reduces the available space. You can always put it in the overheard if there's space, particularly if you ...


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The Argentinain Ruta 40 is 5080 kilometers long. It has signs on both ends, this one being the southern one: "Here begins the National Route 40. La Quiaca 5080 Km".


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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 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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There is definitely North America cross continent tours by Canadian Rail although to cross the entire continent you will need to do this in 2 legs. Vancouver to Toronto and Toronto to Halifax. US has similar but also in 2 Legs: LakeShore Limited which would get you from Boston to Chicago and then Empire builder which would get you from Chicago to ...


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GMaps for the geographical center of Russian Federation: As you can see, this is a mountain located lake with no cities within many miles of it. Also this lake is on the Arctic Circle, and not very well explored by people. We don't even know the maximum depth of it. Also you have to know that this region is seismically active - you can see trees at the ...


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Lima to Rio de Janeiro. Six hours more than Lima to São Paulo. DW has a documentary on this trip. My personal longest is SP to Recife - 54 hours (scheduled for 48 hours)


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For the scientifically minded, this is well documented in medical research. Take a look at this article for a lot of info. Their recommended procedure is shown in this figure. The basic points: No miracle cure: your body adjusts slowly, and aggressive tactics to shift by more than an hour or so a day won't help. Sunlight exposure is key: If you're ...


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