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Travelling in Ice and Snow[edit]

A recent spate of cold weather in the UK got me thinking, What's the advice of other Wikivoyage contributors in respect of traveling in (milder) winter conditions as opposed to the hard winter conditions we already have articles on.

Asked by: ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 11:40, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

From personal experience involving both road and rail: expect delays. Especially if it is the first snow of the year. Other than that, good shoes go a long way as do good clothes in general. If news reports are anything to go by, air travel is even more sensitive to weather delays or even cancelation. Or was your question aimed in a different direction? Hobbitschuster (talk) 14:38, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
Matches my experiences. Otherwise it depends very much on what region it is about. Where people are used to winter conditions, mild conditions just mean milder variants of the same precautions and less problems. But "mild" as in "about freezing" also means more slippery roads, more moisture (and thus wetter clothing and more ice in problematic places) etc. than in "hard" winter conditions. And where people are not used to real winter (including up here when winter comes early, and at first snow), things will get somewhat chaotic. --LPfi (talk) 21:51, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
Wear several thin layers rather than a couple of thick ones. That will keep you warmer (because there are more layers of air trapped between them), and it's easier to add or remove layers as the ambient temperature changes. If snow is likely, take your sunglasses. Carry high-energy snacks. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:09, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
One problem will be to keep your feet warm. Few urban travellers will use rubber boots (or other proper boots with thick woolen socks) and with snow and temperatures about freezing you will have plenty of slush. Normal shoes will get wet and make half-an-hour waits very uncomfortable at those temperatures – with considerable risk of catching a cold. --LPfi (talk) 12:33, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Exposure to cold temperatures or dampness doesn't appreciably increase one's risk of catching a cold virus. Powers (talk) 16:02, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Where to fly from Bangkok within Thailand in June[edit]

Hello, I am visiting Thailand for a short stay at the beginning of June, I am only staying a single night (in Bangkok) and then will be looking to fly to another region of Thailand for 4/5 nights. One of the other people in the party has visited Chiang Mai before so wouldn't wish to stay there again, so I was wondering where people would recommend and anything in particular to do in said destination they do recommend. As a bit of information, we are not really sit on the beach all day people, while having a day on the beach would be enjoyable for the most part we would like to be doing things and exploring along with trying to keep the costs low (<$35 a day including a hostel). If anyone can give us an idea so we can start looking and putting plans into place that would be great.

Thanks Tom Asked by: 46.102.198.12 13:43, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Of our current active users, I believe User:Seligne knows most about Thailand, both on and off the beaten path. ϒpsilon (talk) 08:58, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
If you are on a budget, and who is not, why fly? Here are three possibilities for you easily within a day of Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Khao Yai National Park. I think you could easily spend 4-5 days in any one or a combination of them. All relatively close to BKK and all offer budget board and lodging. Check out the articles and see what you think. Seligne (talk) 10:17, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

flights to anjouan[edit]

Hello

I am looking for flights to Anjouan. any airline flying from moroni or Madagascar? 

I only found flights from Dzaoudzi with Ewa air

thank you

Asked by: 197.225.146.135 11:22, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi. I'm doing a search with http://matrix.itasoftware.com/, which shows most possible flights, though you may not find them all on airlines' websites and actually be able to book them. Apparently, there are no scheduled flights between Moroni and Anjouan. I'm not seeing anything from Antananarivo, either, and I even did a search of airports within 1,000 miles of that city with no results. That included Dzaoudzi, so your source seems to be better than Matrix. Good luck! Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:36, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
Hi! AB Aviation (link is in French) has flights everyday from Moroni to Anjouan, leaving at 8am and arriving at 8-30am, their flights are listed here (link in French). I can't seem to find any prices on this website, but apparently there's a special offer for a return flight from Mayotte to Anjouan for only 229€. I suppose you could contact the airline to ask: the Anjouan office's number is +269 7710459 and the email address is anjouan@flyabaviation.com . The Antananarivo airport website says that Air Madagascar flies from Antananarivo to Anjouan, but I can't find anything on Air Madagascar's website.  Seagull123  Φ  16:36, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Buying a train ticket in Austria[edit]

This year it looks like I don't have the time to go by InterRail all the way from Stockholm to Pörtschach. So I'm thinking of going by flight from Helsinki to Vienna and then by train from Vienna to Pörtschach. What's the best way of buying the train ticket? Can I somehow buy it in advance over the Internet or do I have to actually be at the train station to buy it? Or does the Finnish VR sell tickets to foreign trains? Asked by: JIP (talk) 13:28, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Austria#By_train_and_bus says you can buy tickets online or at stations (ticket vending machines or over the counter). Not sure if VR sells them (I remember reading in a forum about the Trans-Siberian railway that some Russian tickets would be available from VR and they sell Interrail passes which makes it likely that they may have other foreign tickets too) but if they do, I have a feeling they are much more expensive. ϒpsilon (talk) 13:38, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
I'd say try your luck here. If I understand the system correctly, early booking can save you a lot of money. The early booking scheme of ÖBB is called "Sparschiene". Good luck. Failing that you might ask your airline whether they have an air rail alliance covering Austria. Hobbitschuster (talk) 16:59, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Consult [fahrplan.oebb.at fahrplan.oebb.at], choose your connection and buy a ticket online. It can be paid with credit card, you receive a PDF to be printed out. ÖBB online tickets are not transferrable. You may get cheaper tickets online, but don't buy discounted tickets that are available only for users who possess a discount card ("VorteilsTicket"). Alternatively, there are ticket vending machines at the Vienna airport.--149.244.249.9 11:26, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

An brief evening visit to Dubai[edit]

In a few days, I have a six hour layover at Dubai airport - long enough to visit the city. I'll be arriving one hour after sunset. What should I see? How do I get to it? How much cash will I need? Will any museums be open?

Asked by: Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:02, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Just bear in mind that you have 6 hours before the immigration line. This article has some handy tips to use the smart gates and maximize your time. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 11:39, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, given what's written at our Dubai International Airport article about the endless lines and waiting for every service, if I were you I'd play it safe and assume that you do not, in fact, have enough time to visit the city. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:44, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Actually, if I may make the assumption that this is your visit from the UK to Australia, then that time (for me at least) would be far better spent taking a shower and resting in a lounge without ever leaving airside. Andrewssi2 (talk) 23:13, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
When I had a similar length layover, I went to the airport gym. The equipment is good enough to burn off some energy and the showers are great. After that I found a quiet bench for a nap - I don't think the hotel there rents rooms by the hour, which I would have taken. --TrogWoolley (talk) 11:28, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Travel by Eurail with mobility impairments[edit]

Hello, I am 65 years old and, while I am not in a wheelchair, I can only walk short distances and can only climb a few stairs. Haven't been to western Europe in many years, but would love to visit again. Would love to travel via Eurail. Is a trip possible, or am I relegated to my armchair? Thanks for your suggestions. -Georgia Asked by: TampaBayPeach (talk) 23:31, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Going around by train is certainly possible for mobility impaired persons (you may wish to call ahead if you need getting on and of the train or with luggage). However, old town in Europe are quite rightfully famous for being a bit difficult to navigate if you are not good on your feet. Cobblestones, winding alleys and all that. That being said, you can still get many places by cab and public transit is increasingly aware of its role in providing mobility to people who cannot walk long distances and act accordingly. It would of course help if you could get a bit more specific as to your plans. Hobbitschuster (talk) 00:14, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Bear in mind that Eurail is the name of a family of rail passes. The actual transportation is provided by various railways, mostly national railways, and not only may the facilities they offer be different from one to another, they may also be different from one city to another. If you can mention where you're interested in traveling, people might (or might not) be able to provide more specific advice. --76.69.45.64 05:07, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
I think there are two questions: Can you go on a tour of Europe? - Yes. Is Eurail the best way of doing this? - possibly, but maybe not.
As you are less mobile, and I expect not keen on standing for a long time, you should plan the trip in a lot more detail than you might have done when getting about was easier. I would recommend booking a seat on the train if possible, and where this is not possible, plan to use off-peak trains. I would also recommend booking accommodation well in advance so that you can get a ground floor room. You will also need to research what you are going to see, as some historic sites may have difficult access. You may want to start by exploring countries where you know some of the language, so that it is easier to ask for help and thank people.
As you may be booking the whole trip weeks in advance to get reserved seats and good hotel rooms, you may find that it cheaper to just buy advance purchase fixed time train tickets rather than buy a pass. Longer journeys may be easier for you by plane rather than on the train - airlines are often better at looking after the less mobile than train companies.
In the United Kingdom, Public facilities built in the last 30 years or so will generally have some provision for disabled access. This means that most trains have disabled access, but the station (which is usually much older) may not. See National Rail information and example of the information on one station Modern hotels will have lifts to every floor, but older (cheaper) ones may have several flights of stairs.
Take a look at: European rail passes, Rail travel in Europe and Rail travel in the United Kingdom. AlasdairW (talk) 23:43, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Also a general piece of advice on any travel in Europe, especially concerning Americans (who are rather more likely of doing this); Don't try to many things at once. If you only have two or three weeks, don't try to "do Europe" by visiting five or six countries. Try figuring out a (small) number of cities / sights you absolutely want to see on this trip - preferably close to each other. Europe is rather densely packed with a lot of stuff and I can truthfully say of myself that I have not even visited half the places worth going to in my own country. Don't go for the picture postcard and take a bit more time to do it. That's my personal advice and experience, but there are of course those who cram fifteen places into two weeks and are just happy with that. Hobbitschuster (talk) 00:56, 11 February 2016 (UTC)