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How to make your flight attendant like you

How to make your flight attendant like you

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  Maybe you don't want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it's their job to be nice, you're the customer, they're the employee. But if you're good to them, they may be extra nice. So here's how to charm them. 1. Say hi back. If a flight attendant greets you upon boarding, don't just ignore them. A simple "good morning" or "good evening" does it. How would you like to greet 20 people in a row and be greeted by silence? That's what usually happens. 2. Listen to the safety demo. It's just polite. Put down your iPad and Kindle. When was the last time you really listened? If it was more than a few years ago, it's time for a refresher. At the very least, don't talk loudly to your neighbor when a flight attendant is standing in front of...
Advice for Women Travelling Alone

Advice for Women Travelling Alone

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The temptation of travelling alone offers countless possibilities and opportunities for adventure and is becoming more popular than ever before - and the number of women opting for solo trips in recent years has increased even more sharply than the number of men. Around 45% of solo travellers are now women - a sign of the times undoubtedly, and an encouraging one for those with a thirst for adventure but a fear of the big unknown   A slightly less encouraging statistic however, is that 79% of those lone female travellers would prefer to have a companion but have no choice. But is the glass half full here or half empty? Should we bemoan the fact that with independence comes loneliness, or instead celebrate the fact that more people than ever now simply decide to go off and
Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

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Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust grows beyond what those trips can contain, a longer journey might be in order. Embarking on a six-month or year-long adventure often can mean taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind, like arranging for an extended leave of absence or resigning from a job. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it. We sought out some of those brave, inspirational souls on the question-and-answer site Quora.com, asking: “what should I know if I want to quit my job, leave everything behind and travel for a year?” From the logistics of planning such a trip to the difficulty of managing others’ expectations and re-entering the workforc
WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL YOUNG

WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL YOUNG

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Muiz @ Perhentian (Photo credit: Anan Amri) As I write this, I’m flying. It’s an incredible concept: to be suspended in the air, moving at two hundred miles an hour — while I read a magazine. Amazing, isn’t it? I woke up at three a.m. this morning. Long before the sun rose, thirty people loaded up three conversion vans and drove two hours to the San Juan airport. Our trip was finished. It was time to go home. But we were changed. As I sit, waiting for the flight attendant to bring my ginger ale, I’m left wondering why I travel at all. The other night, I was reminded why I do it — why I believe this discipline of travel is worth all the hassle. I was leading a missions trip in Puerto Rico. After a day of work, as we were driving back to the church where we were staying, one o
How To Travel as a Vegetarian

How To Travel as a Vegetarian

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Being vegetarian has its own benefits. Talk to your vegetarian/vegan friends and they will give you an endless list of reasons why you should be vegetarian. When it comes to travelling, however, vegetarians definitely suffer in comparison. Unless you are a foodie, travelling to a new place might mean you could hate the food and have to go hungry – one of the reasons why some people find travelling stressful. Most vegetarians end up surviving on soups, fries from Mc Donald’s, ice creams and other beverages especially when they travel to countries which are big meat eaters like a lot of the East Asian countries, USA and Australia. End result – your trip isn’t half as fun as it could have been. If you have chosen to be vegetarian, it most definitely does not mean you need to starve wher
What you should know before come to Malaysia

What you should know before come to Malaysia

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Traveler's Guide Goods Exempted: Wine/spirit/malt/liquor not exceeding 1 liter. Tobacco not exceeding 225 grams (equal to 200 sticks of cigarettes). New wearing apparels up to 3 pieces. 1 pair of new footwear. Portable electrical or battery operated appliances for personal care and hygiene not exceeding 1 unit each. Foods preparations up to total value of not exceeding RM75. All other goods including gifts and souvenirs other than alcoholic beverages, spirits, tyres, tubes, tobacco, cigarettes and motor vehicles, valued not exceeding RM400 ( goods from Langkawi, Pulau Tioman and Labuan, not exceeding RM500).  If the travellers bring in excess quantity of goods exempte...
4 Ways To Be A Traveler, Not A Tourist

4 Ways To Be A Traveler, Not A Tourist

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Tourist or traveler? The debate rages on. Let me start with an example. The scene: a gift shop at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. It’s almost completely free of tacky souvenirs, and instead full of meaningful books, DVDs and other informative materials about Jewish culture and history, which befit this truly fascinating museum. As I stand near the counter browsing a shelf of novels, an English-speaking tourist runs in. “Excuse me, where’s the book that everybody buys?” she shouts in the general direction of the two shop assistants, who are both serving customers. Being mid-conversation with said polite customers, they don’t respond immediately. “Oh, so you don’t speak English? Where’s someone who speaks English?” says the rushing tourist. One of the transactions has just finished, so a
Three-hour train rides from Ipoh to Seremban start Wednesday

Three-hour train rides from Ipoh to Seremban start Wednesday

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KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Wednesday, the public will be able to travel by train from Ipoh to Seremban in just three hours.The Electric Train Services (ETS) will begin its commercial run with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a six-month promotion rate of RM30 one way. A 40% discount would be given to children under 12, the physically-challenged and senior citizens. KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said it would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL at an average speed of 110kph and up to a maximum of 160 kph. “We hope that the public will find this service safer, faster and more comfortable than driving,” he said during a familiarisation trip for 200 business and professional individuals yesterday. Electrifying experience: An attendant welcoming newsmen on the brand new el
Traveller’ Tale s

Traveller’ Tale s

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As independent travellers, we like to assume that we're above the workings of Tourist Zones. Look closely, and you'll notice that some of the most colourful indie-traveller hangouts in the world -Panajachel in Guatemala, Dali in China , Dahab in Egypt - have much in common. Granted, these place retain their own geographical and cultural distinction, but each location shares a laid-back predilection for catering to aesthic and recreational needs of Western budget travellers. Thus, keeping in mind that much of our time as travellers involes moving in and out of Trourist Zones, here is my tip sheet to help you make sense of things: *Learn to identify Tourist Zones - There's nothing necessarily wrong with a Tourist Zone, but it helps to know when you're in one, a it will affect how you rel...