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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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Is it prohibited to lie down (and fall asleep) on a commercial flight?

This is not prohibited. Technically, you should do it while wearing your seat belt, but I've never seen this enforced except during takeoff and landing, or during turbulence. Last year I was on a ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

It's very considerate of you to want to do the right thing, but it is certainly not rude to leave your bed unmade when checking out. Any accommodation beyond the most dubious and disreputable will be ...
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How does one sleep in a sleeper train in Europe?

This is what the compartment should more or less look like (pic from Wikipedia): As you guessed, there is no changing room or something similar. A pillow and sheet like you see in the picture are ...
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Why do US hotels sandwich the blanket between two sheets instead of putting it inside a duvet cover?

I think it's just a cultural difference. The "two sheet" system is commonly used in homes in the US. So US hotels use the same system because it's familiar to most of their guests. (The US is a big ...
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How to deal with a loud fridge when staying in a studio apartment/hotel?

When faced with a noisy fridge in a hotel room, I unplug it when I go to bed. If unopened during the night, my experience is the fridge will stay sufficiently cool inside to preserve food overnight. ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

If you want to be courteous to the housecleaning staff, strip the bed for them. If you want to be neat, fold the sheets and other bedclothes and leave them in a neat pile at the foot of the mattress. ...
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Sleeping options when under 18 and travelling solo

If you're underage, confirm in advance with the locations you'll be traveling. Couch surfing is out of the picture if you're using couchsurfing.com, since being under 18 violates the terms of service. ...
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How long can you stay on the Caledonian sleeper train once it has arrived?

For London-Perth it looks like you'll have little more than around 5 minutes, from looking at the details. [Update: a link in Andrew's comment seems to confirm 3 minutes]. The excellent Seat61 gives ...
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How can I deal with extreme temperatures in a hotel room?

Air conditioning is unfortunately not universal in Germany. There is only little you can do: Keep the window shades closed during the day (when you are likely to be absent) if they are on the outside ...
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Can I sleep overnight at Stansted Airport?

Yes. I've done it several times, the most recent being July 2019. It depends when you arrive to if you can go through security though. The airport is 'shut' for a few hours in the middle of the ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

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 ...
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Is it prohibited to lie down (and fall asleep) on a commercial flight?

As a cabin crew member, we actually have no instructions against it as long as the seatbelt signs are turned off. The passengers seating policy is clear, seated while take off and landing, seat in ...
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How does one sleep in a sleeper train in Europe?

My experience on French sleeper trains is that people get changed lying down on their bunk. Those who require extra privacy will slide into the sleeping blanket before removing their clothes. The top ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

I am surprised to find that nobody has even hinted at what I thought was customary. Not only is it unnecessary to make the bed, but I was taught that you should not make the bed, and furthermore, ...
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Sleeping options when under 18 and travelling solo

It might only solve a part of your problem, but there are plenty of camping sites in Sweden and Norway, where you have at least access to usually very decent sanitary installations (toilets and ...
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How to deal with a loud fridge when staying in a studio apartment/hotel?

There's no perfect solution, but some ideas: Tweak the fridge thermostat to make it warmer. This will reduce the number of times the noisy fridge motor/compressor needs to run. During the day, place ...
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Is it prohibited to lie down (and fall asleep) on a commercial flight?

As other answers have said, for this specific case just go ahead. Everyone does when they can! In general, with this sort of thing, it is always easiest to ask forgiveness than permission. I tend to ...
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How to avoid toddlers on a long-distance plane flight?

While long haul, no layover flights may seem advantageous, this is one area where a multi-hop flight has advantages. If you are seated in an inconvenient manner, you don't have to deal with it the ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

My partner and I have been road tripping in the states for the past couple of months and spent quite a bit of time in L.A. We too wanted to keep our costs down so lived out of our rental car and then ...
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Is it good courtesy to leave the bed made when checking out of accomodation?

The only time I'd do this is staying at somewhere which isn't a hotel/rented accommodation such as a friends house. In a hotel / rented accommodation I will generally make sure all the bedding ...
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Good movie/cinema theaters in Manhattan for sleeping through a movie?

As a native New Yorker (albeit far removed in the current era) and a rabidly avid film buff, I was in a theatre almost every time a film entered theatrical release. Hence this is a personal experience ...
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Good movie/cinema theaters in Manhattan for sleeping through a movie?

So I went through with the plan and thought I should share some details/things I learned in case anybody wants to go through with something similar. I ended up going to AMC Village 7 on 3rd av. and ...
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Double bed in Germany

There is no direct translation for "king size" in German. The term doesn’t exist in German, and when you order it, they try to do as near as possible. German beds for two adults are customarily ...
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How long can you stay on the Caledonian sleeper train once it has arrived?

Source: I've been on the sleeper myself a number of times, usually between London and Dundee, which is on the Perth/Aberdeen route. It very much depends where you're getting off. If you're getting ...
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