Perpetual Traveller Overseas
The wonder of German Christmas Markets
2017-12-03 16:51 | Veure entrada a www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
At the German Christmas Markets you find all your Christmas gifts, decorations and treats and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, as well as try on the popular baked apples.
As it is hard to make a choice, which Christmas market to select, Perpetual Traveller recommends the Nuremberg market. The scent of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, Nuremberg sausages and gingerbread will remain unforgettable. The Christkindlesmarkt lies right at the heart of the city which is steeped in more than 400 years of tradition, providing an international showcase for all Franconian and German Christmas Markets.
Where: Germany (various cities and towns)
When: 1st December - 24th December 2017
For more information: www.christmasmarkets.com
The paradox of temperatures when travelling
2017-12-03 05:39 | Veure entrada a www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
- No El Nino? No problem. Earth sizzles to near record heat
- Thermal camera shows how hot brake rotors get during use
- Insane Light System Blasts the Energy of 10,000 Suns
- Days after a blistering heatwave, it's now snowing Down Under
- Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany
- Melting business: Warmer US winter hurts small companies
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be the most compact ever
2017-12-03 00:54 | Veure entrada a www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
For perspective, the total Tournament Footprint is a little over twice the size of Birmingham and four times the size of Manchester and Liverpool. SC fevealed fascinating stats on the topic using a new bespoke satellite mapping tool that calculates the distances and travel times between the 8 (currently under construction) stadiums set for completion by 2020.
At the time of writing, it's only around 5 years until the kick-off anniversary of the Qatar FIFA World Cup, whereby the first game set to be played at Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 21, 2022. History will be in the making as it's the first time a Middle Eastern country has hosted the event and moreover the Premiership and all other European leagues will be forced to adjust their match schedules to allow for the World Cup to take place during the winter of the Northern Hemisphere.
Going back to distances, the longest distance between World Cup stadiums in Qatar will be just 55 kilometers (35 miles), which is equivalent to traveling from Manchester United's Old Trafford to Liverpool's Anfield. As well as the distance between the Al Bayt and AlKhor stadiums, organizers said the shortest distance will be just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the Khalifa International to Qatar Foundation stadium. That is approximately the same as that between Arsenal's Emirates home ground and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane.
By contrast and to give historical perspective, the longest distance in Brazil between venues was more than 3,140 km, and the shortest almost 340 km, according to official figures. As well as being held in a relatively small country with short distances between venues, there could be as many as 4 games played each day at the beginning of the tournament. This is because the event will take place over 28 days, some 4 fewer days than normal.
For expert convenience, every single stadium used during the tournament will be connected by Qatar’s new state-of-the-art Metro (to be launched in 2019), as well as a range of supporting public transport options such as buses and water taxis.
For the teams competing, it will also be a huge advantage, as due to the short distances involved, it's only necessary be based at one location for the entire tournament and players will also be in one consistent climate throughout and experience with the absolute minimum of travel between matches.
The 2022 World Cup will kick off on November 21 at the still-to-be-built Lusail Stadium, which will also host the final. Sespite much advance international criticism of awarding Qatari with the responsibility of becoming the host nation, there are many advantages to the set up in 2022 and as players will be performing mid-European season, they are likely to be sharper than at the end of a grueling season, which could transpire to a most entertaining set of games.
What do Perpetual Travellers dislike most about Airports?
2017-12-03 00:06 | Veure entrada a www.perpetualtravelleroverseas.com/
Well, there is a lot to dislike about airports when you really think about it; for example, there’s the pre-travel arrangements for a start, getting to the airport, especially a Budget airport and if that isn’t bad enough we then have the pleasure of actually arriving to the airport itself, not knowing what we may find when we get there!
Depending upon which airport you find yourself in, the service, attitude and facilities can vary dramatically often lacking consistency when it comes to Rules and Regulations; by this I also refer to Security. It’s difficult to find 2 airports who operate by exactly the same system and layout.
What we need is a team of independent international “Airport Inspectors” representing consumers to check and regulate Airport facilities, in order to ensure that the Perpetual Traveller out there has at least some fundamental comforts concerning communications, toilet related conveniences, clean water, soap and somewhere to eat and adequate public seating. I’m also surprised how few airports provide quality services to meet the number of passengers they process.
When it comes to travel in the 21st Century in the era of downgraded Budget services, its not always an easy or pleasant experience, so it pays to pack for all eventualities, yet still try to travel with hand luggage only, to avoid the increasing problem of lost and delayed luggage.
As the “Airport Issue” is generating more moans than ever from travelers these days, especially security, we decided to create our own POLL. We asked a simple question “What do you dislike most about Airports”.
The below results demonstrate that since the introduction of the liquid rules, the security process is the resounding winner in this hotly contested airport complaint contest. Of course even if we dared to mention this to the authorities it would fall on deaf ears, as they and we will reply with the same old rhetoric about terrorists and the important need for security, even if poorly executed. We understand this to a degree, although security is still lax in many airports and there are surely better ways to deal with this issue. The main point is that security officials are often rude and queues in some airports are still unacceptably long.
In joint second place is unfriendly check-in staff (cannot blame terrorism for that) and long check-in queues even for online baggage drop-off, which was supposed to cut queues. This comes as a result of Airports in collaboration with Airlines seeking to find cost efficiencies by reducing staff levels and by employment of lower quality staff with less training. Check-in staff are under more pressure with new security rules, electronic demands, luggage restrictions and related charges in addition to dealing with passengers already arriving angry to the desk due to long queues. They tend to receive on average less and less customer service training, which is why we perceive them as unfriendly.
Expensive food is another sore point, as clearly most airports around the world with a captive audience hike prices. There are a few exceptions however.
Parking has always traditionally been high at airports as space is limited, coupled with the fact that the Airport authorities take advantage wherever they can.
WiFi costs are usually a rip off too, but that is one area which is getting better, as some proactive airports actually offer free WiFi for a period.
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Moving back to the survey, check out the below responses, as they seem reflective of the current status all things considered of Airports on a global scale.
- The Security process - 24%
- Unfriendly check-in staff - 20%
- Long check-in queues - 20%
- Expensive food and drink costs - 14%
- Expensive Parking - 8%
- Expensive WiFi costs - 4%
- Immigration check - 4%
- Customs control - 2%
- Repetitive Duty Free Shops - 1%
- Lack of comfortable seating - 1%
One other point worthy of mention is that I am sure Middle Eastern Airports such as the new terminal in Dubai, that of Abu Dhabi and now perhaps Doha Airport in Qataris now the real winner!