1. Choosing at Booking: It might sound like a blatant first step, but numerous airlines let you to buy a ticket without choosing particular specific seat. While several airlines don’t let you to choose seats at booking, most give a chance to view the seat map at booking, letting you to just click on the available seat for confirming it beforehand.
2. Stay Away from the Middle: If the airline gives an option of advance seat selection, try choosing an aisle or a window seat. Typically, middle seats are the most uncomfortable. Besides, larger “wide-body” aircraft provide middle seats within the middle area — some even have 5 seats within the middle section, causing it very hard to get out of the middle seat. If there’s a passenger within 1 of these seats, it is safe to guess that they booked too late, or didn’t choose a seat at all till they reached at the airport. Try booking as early as possible, so you can avoid the uncomfortable middle seat.
3. Try Getting the Front: Typically, passengers who get the back seats of the aircraft have the chance to board first. However, those in the front seats are in most cases first to deplane, except if the aircraft uses air stairs to deplane simultaneously from the rear. It is particularly essential when going throughout immigration within a small airport — those seated in row five might be on the way out of airfield thirty minutes to 1 hour before people in row fifty, in some times.
Tenzing Hillary Airport, famously called Lukla airport, is a small airport with an airstrip of 460m. It lies in Khumbu, Sagarmatha zone, eastern Nepal. It was named thus in 2008 in the honor of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who were the first to summit Mount Everest and also had hands in its construction.
In 2010, a program titled Most Extreme Airports rated this airport as ‘most dangerous’. It earned this title because of the short runway and its location at the height of 2,845m. The strip has a wall and a hairpin turn at one end and a steep drop into the valley at the other. The inclination is 12%. Because of this, people joke that even without a proper takeoff the aircraft has plenty of time to rise; that is while falling into the valley.
The runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed wing, short takeoff and landing aircrafts like Twin Otter, Dornier and Pilatus. These small crafts can carry only 16 to 18 people at a time. Due to this, the traffic is high.
Despite its reputation, it is one of the busiest airports in Nepal. It is the gateway to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Every treks to Everest Region begin here. Therefore, dozens of people seeking adventure lands on Lukla every day during peak seasons. The other way is a long drive to Jiri and a 4-5 days hike to Lukla. Tourists prefer this short 30min flight instead.
The flight to Lukla is exciting in more than one way. Its reputation aside, it is one of the most scenic flight. It offers spectacular up-close view of the peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and others along with the lush green valley below. Then the small patch of a runway appears making everyone nervous. The fear is justified due to its precarious position and there have been few incidents. Most of the time people escaped with minor or no injuries.
The major accident was that of 2008 when a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed and caught fire killing all aboard. Then on 2010, a Dornier crashed at Shikharpur when returning to Kathmandu. All fifteen people died. These accidents were unfortunate but considering the traffic, Lukla airport is only as dangerous as driving through any road. Only the best of Nepal’s pilots fly to Lukla and much precaution is taken.
There is a control tower manned by two or three air traffic controllers who keep constant radio contact with Kathmandu airport and the planes. The navigation is by sight alone and clouds are obstructions. Thus, the controllers in Lukla decide whether planes should leave Kathmandu. But days can turn cloudy so fast that the aircraft cleared to leave Kathmandu has to turn back even though the distance is only 30 minutes. This is also why the flights keep getting canceled. Once, about 3500 people were stranded in Lukla waiting for their flight.
Everyday many safe landing takes place. Yet, because of the risks, it has maintained its dubious title as the most extreme. Even now, after a 30min flight of excitement and anxiety, when the aircraft finally makes a successfully land, the passengers tend to clap in relief and with other tourists snapping pictures, every landing is like a walk through the Red Carpet.
Split City in Croatia is truly worth a visit, there are markets every day and great atmosphere, the old town is very nice and you can stop for a coffee while watching the Croats walking and seeing the Roman walls. The city of Split is huge and gullet charter passengers and usually go there and spend an afternoon to swim or play chess, or hire tour guides and join walking tours.
The guides here are local and give a current view and a non-stereotypical view of what the city is all about. It runs the vicinity of Diocletian’s Palace, a living Roman ruin, and brings a lot of knowledge about the history of the site, but also on the way of life of the Croats and the economic situation of the country. The tour lasts about two hours. It’s nice to know the origin, trivia and history of the attractions and is very easy to learn to walk in the palace after the first time and it is also worth exploring alone.
Private Guides Split Day Tours
Split is a beautiful city and the knowledgeable guides of the Private Guides Split Day Tours are very much aware of how to promote and introduce the city to any curious traveler. They will advise plenty of places to go out and specialty restaurants. The best guides ever and you will not regret it. Their expertise and comprehensive knowledge is strongly recommended.
Funtastic Split – Day Tours
You can book this day trip through Hvar at Funtastic Split. The staff is very organized and the great VW Beetle Cabriolet, with which we conquered the island until the Map, lunch and tips for the day. The recommended beach is gorgeous and the tour on board the van is a real experience. The lunch is served at a local farm, idyllic and totally romantic! The honey tasting tour is great. The walking tour is absolutely worth all the time and money.
There are many excellent camping sites in Iceland to choose from, depending on where you are going, and what you are looking for. Some are very basic in terms of services, others have all the mod cons. Camping and car rental can go perfectly together, especially when, as with service like that of Camping Cars, you can get the car with a tent included. There are 85 registered camp sites in Iceland. Here are just five examples of sites in good locations which highlight the stunning and varied scenery Iceland has on offer:
This camp site is one of the largest in Iceland, and may be busy, with space for 400 tents, but makes the list because of its spectacular location in the Vatnajokull National Park, looking up at picturesque snow-covered peaks. Camping grounds are usually open from early June until late August/early September, depending on location and the weather, but here one can camp all year round, as long as you don’t mind the fact that outside the summer months, full service is not available.
Bjarg Camp Site:
A scenic camp ground right on the banks of Lake Myvatn. It is near the Myvatn nature baths where one can luxuriate in the warm, mineral rich waters. This site is well-placed to explore the North of Iceland. Other nearby attractions include strange lava formations at Dimmuborgir, boiling, bubbling clay at Hverir, Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and the many other attractions of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.
A camp site in the close to beauty but far from shops – a beautiful spot, but make sure you stock up on provisions before you get here. The camp site is fairly big, and well-situated for trips to Snaefelljokull, Jules Verne’s favorite glacier, surrounding lava fields and beaches.
This forest camp site has plenty of amenities, and sits pleasantly in the middle of the Husafell resort. Husafell has catered to tourists for a long time, and it still heavily visited, but it is easy to escape the crowds by walking a short distance into the beautiful woodland.
Neskaupstaður Camping Ground
To see the beautiful fjord-lands of east Iceland, one option is to stay at this camp site, with lovely views out over Nordfjordur. This spot is well-situated, just above the little town, which has a range of amenities. From here, you can explore the rugged, crinkly coastline by foot, or sail out into the fjords and get a different perspective.
These camp sites, situated all over the country, are representative of the many excellent camp grounds on offer. Each has a different character, determined largely by the differing scenery in which they are located. Whether you choose to stay in one of these five, or make a selection from the many more Iceland has to offer, you are sure to find a happy place to stay, for relatively little money. Touring the ring road (with minor detours) is made much easier by the presence of all the camping sites and their attendant facilities. You can also get closer to Iceland’s main attraction – the landscape itself.