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What to Know About an Extended Trip Abroad



Planning an extended trip abroad is something you might do as an adult. Maybe you’re retired and have the freedom to travel as you please. Even if you’re still working and have a family, you might be planning to spend a summer abroad.

It’s a big and exciting decision, but a lot of planning has to go into it, so it goes smoothly.

The following are some specific things to consider.

Tips for an Extended Trip Abroad

Consider the Safety of Your Destination

Before you plan an extended trip abroad, you want to weigh your destination options and choose one that’s going to be safe. If you’re living somewhere for a period of weeks or months, you may find yourself well outside of the typical tourist zones, which is why safety can be even more important.

Along with relying on technology and research, make sure that you’re always aware of your surroundings.

Learn as much as you can about your destination and its safety profile before you leave home, and know what the biggest threats might be.

Again, living somewhere even briefly can present a completely different situation than visiting that destination.

What Are You Going To Do With Your Stuff At Home?

An extended trip implies you’re probably going to be gone for more than a few weeks in most cases. Likely, you’ll be gone a few months at least.

So, what are you going to do with your big items that are going to stay home like your house itself and your car?

One option is to rent or sublet your home while you’re away, which can help you cover the costs of maintaining it or your travels. However, you should plan to put your personal items in storage for the most part if you’re going to rent your home.

If you’re going to leave your car at home, you might need to speak with your local DMV if someone else could be driving it. If no one else is driving it, you may also need to store it.

Where Will You Live When You’re Abroad?

You have two main options if you’re exploring a long-term trip abroad. You can stay in one place primarily, set up a home there, and then travel around on the weekends or when you want. Another option is to move around consistently.

If you’re going to change locations consistently, you’ll just need to rent hotels or Airbnbs as you would on any other trip.

If you’re going to stay in one location, you’ll need to look for a longer-term rental.

You can also use Airbnb to do this. You can search for long-term rentals on the site that will be furnished and have what you need and will be discounted for long-term stays.

You can also go through an agency that specializes in helping people traveling abroad find temporary housing. You may find that an agency is actually cheaper than going through Airbnb.  Plus, with an agency, you can speak to someone who will work as your representative.

That person will listen to your needs and the needs of your family and help you with things that may be less obvious on a site like Airbnb, such as how convenient an apartment location is if you aren’t going to have a car.

Before you pay for anything or sign any agreement or lease, you need to make sure you’ve read it carefully and understand it. This is another place where working with a third-party representative could help you.

Remember, even if you’re going through a site like Airbnb, price is often negotiable.

What About Your Pets?

If you have pets and you’re planning an extended vacation, what can you do with them?

Your best option is to find a family member or someone you trust to care for them. Boarding a pet for an extended period is expensive and could be stressful for your animal.

Another option is to take them with you. If you’re thinking about this, you’re going to have to transport your pets overseas.  You have to make sure that’s even allowed in the country where you’re going. It can take weeks or months to set up the process, so get started on it sooner rather than later.

You should also keep in mind that the apartment or home you’re renting will need to accept pets.

If you’re going to take pets with you, you need to start crate training them months in advance of your flight as well.

Health and Insurance Considerations

Before you go to many foreign countries, you may need particular immunizations. If you take prescriptions regularly, you should talk to your doctor and get a supply before you leave. You should also think about how you’ll get those prescriptions once you’re overseas.

You may also need to purchase travel insurance that will cover things like a medical evacuation if you need it for any reason.

If you’re traveling to Europe, most countries have a universal health care system. You may be able to receive medical care at no cost, even as a foreigner.

Are You Going to Work?

Finally, with many of us working remotely due to coronavirus, you might be planning a trip in the future when coronavirus levels have gone down, and you might be able to work remotely during your travels.

If so, you first need to make sure you’re going to have access to Wi-Fi. Even if you find a rental, for example, with Wi-Fi, it may not be as fast or reliable as what you’re used to at home. Speak to the person you’re renting from and let them know your concerns. They should be able to tell you whether or not the Wi-Fi is strong enough for you to work while you’re abroad.

If not, you have a few options. One of the best, if you are going to work, is to purchase a mobile hotspot. You can buy data and take it with you wherever you are.

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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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