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Oct 28th 2011 8:20AM I travel a lot mostly in europe and asia and the east / west divide is strong on this one. Often for LONG periods of time - 8 weeks + on a single trip to india this year.
In europe; probably like the US, the connection is downright awful and 3g is in all likelihood quicker; unless you are in the back of beyond or central london. Its most likely one internet connection shared for all rooms in the hotel rather than one connection per floor. Or it was installed 5 years ago and never upgraded. Stayed in a hotel in Cumbria England last year and got a reputation at work for my stinking email to the client about the 76kb/s that the hotel broadband speed tested out at.
Contrast with a (likely now submerged) hotel in bangkok last year and my room consistently had over 50mb/s download; Taiwan and Singpore too always deliver 10mb/s + in the rooms
India is a big exception to the east/ west rule; but everything in india is broken so hardly surprised. Was happy there when i got enough bandwidth for a VOIP call.
Why do i want all this bandwidth - being away from home my iTunes library syncs a lot of TV shows. Video and web conferences are a big part of life as I travel around for long periods of time. It helps me feel a little closer to home. So whenever I write a trip report into trip adviser its one of the things i am sure to mention; you should too.
May 9th 2011 7:01AM I have used a Garmin logger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/u07ch/4612178112/) without issue on a number of ATR, Embraer and even Ryanair 737 flights. The GPS definitely works better when you are sitting next to a window.
It didn't work at all on an Etihad A340 or BA B777 though when i tried; so the size of the aircraft may be an issue.
Never had much of an issue with using it; when I have been asked have turned it off though.
I would have thought using an iPhone app would be a bad move on most airlines as you need the 3g radio on to use the GPS? Am flying oman air in 6 weeks; they allow inflight mobile use - any app suggetsions for testing the 3g ?
Apr 18th 2011 8:58AM I think clean might need quotes too; the pollution is just exported elsewhere.
Mar 30th 2011 11:32AM Dont know if you have the space / budget ; i bought an LG Steam washing machine and that saves me ironing my shirts. Just chuck one or two in on the days i need them and they come out wrinkle free and fluffy (and warm which is nice in winter)
Nov 8th 2010 4:02AM Burma is the only countries Lonely Planet guide that I have read where they devote an entire chapter to whether or not you should visit. The good news is you can download it from their website so you can read it and make a more informed choice before you decide to go.
After reading it and discovering that the Junta ran and had their finger in pretty much everything that a tourist would experience I went to Laos instead.
Its a touch choice as SE Asia is pretty much devoid of Democracy as seen in the last year in the Riots of Thailand to the Overzealous extinguishing all elements of free speech by the courts of Singapore.
Oct 28th 2010 2:20AM If thats how we get rid of them lets put up air traffic duty in the UK too.
Oct 8th 2010 2:17AM The opposite of No2 really - stay in outstanding 5* chain hotels that have club lounges. IC and Hilton tend to be open most all of the day with free drinks and nibbles. The one at IC Tel Aviv also has stunning views - though they vary.
Join IC Ambassador program to always get upgraded at Intercontinental Hotels for $99 a year; and get a free weekend stay day.
Sep 19th 2010 1:05PM Heard Ross Noble do a comedy show from Egypt once and he told them he was from Naboo from the star wars films ... worked very well put the hawkers on the back foot.
Sep 13th 2010 12:35PM If you were Expedia the owner of TripAdvisor why wouldn't you just stop listing those hotels on your sales website that were suing you for your feedback process.
I would also like to see the list of the 300 hotels that are taking part so that I can make sure they don't get my custom - if you don't like the bad reviews spend more than $35 to improve your service and facilities.
Jun 13th 2010 3:10PM As it's clearly an MD plane this is likely a health and safety notice.