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Alternative Ways to Getting Hold of an RV



Traveling with an RV can range between living life on the road 365 days per year and just taking a weekend to go to the countryside. In recent years, traveling with an RV has become increasingly popular, as people are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors and traveling while retaining the comforts of modern life. An RV poses a great connection between the two. If you’re not sure what it stands for, an RV is a recreational vehicle, which always includes some sort of living quarters. And the RV life – sometimes called “van lifestyle” – has really taken flight in the last few years, boosted by the romanticized images on social media. And a lot of people now want to hop into an RV and hit the road. But besides just saving up and buying an RV, what are all the ways you might be able to get one?

Tips on Getting Hold of an RV


Trade has been the way to get the things we need since the beginning of civilization. The trick is to figure out what you have that someone else might need, and then trade them for something you need. In this case, you need an RV, so let’s look at some popular trade options:


Yes, you can actually trade your home. A lot of people who want to commit to an RV lifestyle would find having a home nothing but an extra responsibility. So it makes sense that you might want to trade your home for a fully-furnished and operational RV. In addition to trading your home, you might want to sell your furniture to stock up on money in case you have an emergency on the road. In the best-case scenario, you’ll find someone who is retiring from their van life and wants to settle down and is looking to trade their RV for a home. This is perfect because you know that the RV is probably already set-up with all the functionalities you might need.


Now let’s talk about cars. Even though an RV might seem more expensive because it’s bigger, it’s not actually always more valuable, especially for someone who doesn’t need it. You might be able to find someone who is looking to replace their RV with a regular car that they can use for everyday life and drive around some busy city streets. You can’t drive two cars at the same time, nor can you tow your car behind your RV, so it’s probably best if you just find it a loving new home when you set off on your adventure.


If you’re just looking to get away for a little while, or if you’re not really sure if you want to commit to living in a vehicle full-time, a great option is to rent a van. Another reason why renting a camper is a smart idea is because you can rest assured it’s in good condition, and you don’t have to worry about it breaking down and leaving you stranded. Every rental company must regularly inspect their vehicles and repair any damages, and if something does happen, they are the ones that come to your rescue and replace the damage, so you can sleep easy. Also, when you rent a camper, you know it’s going to be clean and fixed with all the amenities marketed, so you don’t have to worry about getting any more equipment.

Rent out the RV

Speaking of renting, if you already own an RV, but don’t use it year-round, you can rent it out to other people who want to get away for the weekend. Friends, family, and neighbors can all take turns using it when it’s just sitting in your backyard. If you feel weird asking people close to you for money, you can ask anyone who borrows it to pay for a mechanic to check and fix any issues, or to pitch in for the registration fund. Owning an RV isn’t cheap, so if you already have it, you might as well get full use out of it.


As the popularity of van life grows, there are more and more YouTubers and other social media influencers who are showcasing how they live their life from a van. So if you have a flair for the camera and an eye for picturesque sunsets, you might be able to convince people to donate enough money for you to be able to get an RV, and in return – you’ll give them amazing content online, and they can live out their van life fantasies through you. You can also use this to raise a part of the money and then save up the rest. Remember that if you opt for this, you’re making a promise to deliver the content people essentially paid for, so be careful when making the commitment, or you might end up with some very unsatisfied sponsors.


If you want to spend some time on the road, and some time back home with perhaps a seasonal job or a family you want to spend time with – there’s probably someone else who wants the same thing. Find a person who wants to spend half of the year traveling in an RV and take turns throughout the year. Think of it as sharing a vacation home, but this vacation home is on wheels. While one person is traveling, the other is living their regular life at home, and then at some point your swap. This means that you can buy the RV together and you don’t have to feel the burden of guilt for paying a lot of money for something that you only use a part of the year.

Living life on the road isn’t for everyone, but for some people, it can be the escape from everyday life they’ve been searching for. With the tech available today, you can basically do any remote job right there from your RV and you can enjoy most of the luxuries of modern life, just on a smaller scale. Some people live for years in an RV, sometimes alone, and sometimes with partners and even kids – but one thing is for sure, and it is that the first step of this journey starts by getting your hands on the wheel of an RV.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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