Month: March 2013

Flag raising ceremony in Beijing

On a daily basis, there is a flag raising ceremony on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing after sunrise. I am considering to go there in May, which means that the ceremony would start at around 5AM. The ceremony is supposed to take about 15 minutes, so that it will be finished by 6 AM for […]

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What’s the longest take-off run of a commercial flight?

I listen to the Australian educator Dr Karl’s podcast where in a recent one he stated the longest take off run was by a C-130 (Hercules) plane in Greenland a long while back (I gather it was some unusual condition and not a commercial flight). I’m wondering which commercial flight has the longest take-off run? […]

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There seems to be another way that would require you to hitch-hike for a part of the trip (but you cross the border by yourself). Halifax, NS – St John, NB – bus ride Going with Maritime bus, it takes a bit more than 7h, with one morning and one afternoon bus (leaving at 7am […]

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Lauren (co-founder of Flightfox) here. I can’t tell you exactly what’s going on in this contest but I can give you a general answer. Our experts come from many walks of life. Some are travel agents who really know their way around fare rules and ticketing. Some are frequent flyers who have learned from experience. […]

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If you don’t have your own transport, your mobility will be very limited. It still makes sense to avoid Kandahar, for safety reasons, though you do speak Persian (it appears), which will make you blend in more. So, your most sensible route would be Herat -> Mazar -> Baghlan -> Tajikistan. You could head down […]

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Tourism on Schengen business visa?

I am an Indian citizen living in UK on a tier 2 visa. Recently, I have received Short stay Schengen visas (multiple entry, business trips for 1 year) for travelling to France. (Applied at French embassy Edinburgh) Unfortunately, the tickets I have provided in my visa application needs to be cancelled as my business trip […]

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What land routes can I choose to get to Tajikistan from Iran, passing through Afghanistan?

My general plan is to take a shared taxi from the Iran-Afghanistan border, then pass through Afghanistan to get to Tajikistan. Which routes do you suggest to see the most cities and places in the north of Afghanistan plus Kabul in the shortest time? Source: https://stackoverflow.com/

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What causes experts at sites like FlightFox to be so much cheaper than search engines?

I was looking at this: https://flightfox.com/contest/57321 And I checked the dates on Momondo, and it cost around $1400. (I only checked one set of dates though) The searcher expressed that they’d pay more for a cheaper flight. Still, the cheapest the experts found was cheaper and faster than what I found on Momondo. As a […]

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Is this ferry-intensive journey along the Labrador coast that Google Maps proposes actually possible?

I love ferries and sub-Arctic coastlines. With Google Maps, I found the following itinerary between Havre st. Pierre and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador: Google Maps draws ferries between many places along the coast of Labrador, suggesting one can travel almost all the way by ferry between those two places, as pictured above. It doesn’t actually […]

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As with any pre-pay rate, the answer is “it depends”. Car rentals are one of the last areas of travel where you can cancel a booking at the last moment or even “no-show” without paying any penalty. Try that with a flight, a hotel, a tour, etc and in almost all cases you’re going to […]

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