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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

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

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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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Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/ansett-airlines-inflight-bar-menu/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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

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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.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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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.

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Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
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Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:03:48 +0000

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