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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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What is the purpose of this cloth in hotel?

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 ...
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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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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

Many phones have a silent, vibration only mode as part of the regular alarms. A cheap Fitbit Flex band will do that too. If a vibrating alarm isn't enough, you can get a wristband that delivers ...
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Navigating the layers of American hotel beds: where are you actually supposed to sleep?

You put yourself between Sheet 1 and Sheet 2. All the other layers on top are meant for warmth. It being summer, you may not need them all - feel free to remove any layers you don't want, and put ...
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Am I allowed to put on my pyjamas during a long flight?

Given that some airlines even give you a complimentary pyjama when flying in first class I'd say that it would be perfectly legal for you to wear one on the plane regardless of which class you're ...
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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 sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?

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 ...
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(Where) Can I go to a "sleeper" cinema?

The depicted is not a regular event or an ongoing promotion. In 2010, IKEA staged a promotion called In Bed with IKEA at the Olympia concert hall in Paris, in which the seats were replaced with a new ...
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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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How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?

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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What's the best way to get sleep on a train in a sitting compartment?

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 ...
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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

You should not feel self conscious about having to wake up early. We've all had to do this at some point during our (backpacking) travels, hence you can expect people to be tolerant about your early ...
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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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Is it legal to sleep in a parked car on the streets of Munich?

The legal situation is unfortunately a bit more complicated than what is stated by Dirty-flow and user24582. Even if the German traffic regulations do not directly forbid you to sleep in your car, ...
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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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How to sleep in twins beds that are pushed together?

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 ...
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Is it legal to sleep in a parked car on the streets of Munich?

As @Dirty-flow said, sleeping in the car is allowed, but you should not sleep in the driver's seat etc. if you are drunk, to avoid being fined for drunk driving. There are many areas, especially ...
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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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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

Immediately turn off your alarm after you're awake. So, keep the alarm very close to your ears, under or next to your cushion, or perhaps above your head, if your hostel bed allows for that. And find ...
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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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