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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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Can I ask for two meals for my flight without paying extra?

A cabin crew member here... In general, flight attendants will be happy to give you the extra meal after the service is done, because they know it will be thrown after landing anyway. Out of ...
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How can black travellers deal with unwanted harassment from locals in China?

There is not much you can do - those people have probably never before seen anyone black, and that is the typical reaction in that cultural environment. Imagine you are green or blue, and you go in a ...
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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

At first, I thought it would be sort of difficult to answer this. The only options are hotel WiFi and 4G/LTE, and it's not always easy to do much about the speed of those. (Except for the fact that ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I understand that logic doesn't always help in times of stress, but the first thing I want to assure you is that people are not going to run off with your things. This is something we all worry about ...
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OK, we are all adults here, so what is a bidet for and how do I use it?

Bidet Who Are You? The bidet is a sanitary installation which looks like a shallow toilet bowl with water taps. The purpose of the bidet is to clean up after you've done what you came to do in the ...
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Where can I change my clothes at the airport?

If you're willing to pay a bit to avoid hassle, Frankfurt Airport has 5 shower facilities scattered throughout its terminals that can be rented for 6 euros. The stalls aren't exactly luxurious, but ...
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OK, we are all adults here, so what is a bidet for and how do I use it?

I'm Portuguese and every bathroom has a bidet. Only the really small ones don't. It is something I find in European countries with Latin roots (specially Portugal, Spain, France and Italy). From ...
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Does a Ghana citizen need $3000 in hand to travel to the USA?

No, this is a well-known scam. It is absolutely characteristic of this type of criminal fraud that the fraudster invents a series of reasons to send them money - usually by wire-transfer or similar ...
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Is there a way to prevent "looking like a tourist" in order to not be harassed?

First there's the obvious - when in a tourist area, don't act too much like a tourist. When I lived in London you could instantly tell the locals from tourists in busy tourist areas, regardless of ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

Invest in a Dry Egg/Box My suggestion is to take as little valuables as possible, and carry them in the water with you when you go for a dip. What I usually do is I take some form of plastic ID, a ...
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How am I supposed to keep a toilet bowl clean without a toilet brush?

You're not supposed to do anything. Cleaning the toilet is housekeeping's job, and in better hotels in Asia it's common to have several visits per day: once in the late morning and once more around ...
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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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In an emergency, how do I find and share my position?

If away from civilization (and I will count this particular instance as falling there), the real answer is to have either a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or a Spot/InReach device. They each have their ...
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So what can I do to avoid being "that" passenger with bad hygiene?

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 ...
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How long does it take to drive from Heathrow airport to Covent Garden?

If you're planning to rent a car and drive to Covent Garden, one word of advice: DON'T. London traffic and parking charges (not to mention the Congestion Charge) are mental and no Londoner in their ...
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What's an easy way of making my luggage unique, so that it's easy to spot on the luggage carousel?

Colored duct tape. It comes in hundreds of colors and designs, is durable enough to last many, many trips, is cheap enough to be replaced when it does start to wear, and is easy to apply. This is my ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Taking Complimentaries Home I would say that it all boils down to how cheap you want to look, in the eyes of the hotel management. If you don't care, and probably you shouldn't, then there are some ...
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How to search for a flight when dates and cities are flexible but non-direct flights must not pass through a particular country?

Yes, the ITA Matrix supports the undocumented l: syntax in the routing specifier to search by location. You can use l:nXX to search by ISO country code (n for nation), and then add the negation symbol ...
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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

Do not worry, Wifi pass phrases for personal use should only be in printable ASCII characters, in other words English characters. They do not support Unicode or other codepages. For more details ...
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My online friend is asking for money in order to visit my home country. Is this a legit request or a scam?

The first rule for every such question is simple: If you have to ask, it's probably a scam While we cannot possibly examine every possible situation from every angle, online scams are simply far ...
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Is there a way to rescue orphaned and expiring Qantas Frequent Flyer miles?

Yes, there is: since transfers are free, unlimited and can be any number over 5,000 miles, you can transfer some miles to them, and transfer the combined sum back! Here's how it works: Family member ...
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Driving in the UK for the the first time - rules & to-dos that are different to India

The Government makes available the abbreviated "rules of the road", which is a collection of all the rules and regulations that various laws enforce on users of the public highway (pedestrians, ...
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How to find better food in airports

If online resources aren't doing the job as you said, then the only logical solution is to find an employee who seems to be friendly, and ask them! Employees know better, perhaps they even know some ...
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What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?

Wash them in the sink before you sleep, let them dry as much as possible until the morning, if they are not dry by then, iron them a bit and they will be dry. If you can't get a hold of an iron, put ...
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Are there any rules of thumb for the most comfortable seats on a long distance bus?

If motion sickness is a consideration As a child suffering from motion sickness I would always try to sit between or above the wheels. In modern buses you do not see the wheels but the area between ...
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How can black travellers deal with unwanted harassment from locals in China?

In the old days all Westerners would get that treatment, especially outside of the areas with many foreigners. I got used to it, and found it a bit endearing (when sincere, which it often was) and ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

In places that I've felt to be a bit dodgier than usual I have done a few things: Sleep in shorts with a pocket and keep the key in my pocket. Thread the key onto a string and wear it around my neck. ...
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