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Tips for traveling

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In the last months I have been traveling quite a lot. I have been trying to optimize the process of traveling with the airlines as much as possible. Here goes some tips that can be useful, I would try to update this post time to time.

  • Do always the on-line check-in. I meant ALWAYS. It is the easiest way to guarantee that you do not suffer overbooking. In addition, it speeds up the process at the airport, lot of airlines have nowadays a dedicated bag drop facilities.
  • If you follow the advice of on-line check-in, the next mandatory thing is to use seatguru.com. Basically, the web site offers you the possibility to check any type of plane (per airline), and to see the best seats available (in addition to the first class). Hence, you could find what is the best seat to select in your check-in. Most of the planes have around 6 seats, in which due to the seats distribution you will have extra space for the legs or wider seats.
  • Invest in a travel pillow, it is worth of each penny. Although the size of it can be inconvenient, it would fit in your hand luggage.
  • If you need to use Internet in the airports, convince your company to use iPass.com. I tried (and fail miserably) different services for WiFi roaming. None of them worked as expected. Nevertheless, iPass works out of the box, just connect and click, nothing else. I would not be doing advertising of a commercial product if it does not work so well. So if you have the chance, convince your employer to use it, you will save tons of extra costs in roaming services.
  • Bring your own food. Yes exactly, cook something for the trip. To bring a tupperware or fruit is trivial, and there is not restriction (as far as I know) to bring cooked food with you. The food in the planes sucks, it has been doing it for the last 90 years, and it looks that it will continue in that way.
  • Travel points. For a while I did not care at all. But it works. Sing-in in some airline club that has belongs to some big alliance with other airlines. You get points for each fly you take, and at the end those points can be really useful. Most of the time, people ignore this (I did), but the logic is quite simple: you just sign-in once, and every time you came back from a fly, you just need to add your points to your account. Most of the companies offer 3 to 6 months as window period to add the missing points, so no excuse.
  • Identify your luggage. Even if it sounds obvious, it is not. Always that I visit the baggage claim area, you can see how 80% of the people looks several times to their suitcases, trying to verify if it is the correct one. In addition, it is not so uncommon to hear about cases in which someone took the wrong suitcase to home. Protip: just use tape. A small band tape will do the job. It is faster & and easier than writing your name in a sticker + it is visible from the distance, so you can be ready to grab your suitcase/s when needed.

Written by Adrián Yanes

septiembre 24th, 2012 at 3:16 am

Rovaniemi y el círculo polar ártico

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Una de las asignaturas pendientes que tenía desde hace tiempo era visitar el norte de Finlandia más allá de la región de Tampere.

Que mejor fecha que la fiesta de Juhannus (fiesta de san Juan) para dar un paseo por el círculo polar ártico.

Cabe resaltar que mientras en España se celebra el comienzo del verano, en Finlandia se celebra la “mitad” del verano. Los finlandeses aprovechan estas fechas para irse a las cabañas que suelen tener las familias, y así pasar un fín de semana largo con la familia, cerca de algún lago y casi siempre rodeados de “hyttyset” (mosquitos).

Rovaniemi es la capital de provincia mas al norte de Finlandia, tan al norte esta, que unos 6 Km la separan del comienzo del círculo polar ártico. La ciudad es conocida por ser la ciudad oficial de Santa Claus y en invierno por tener temperaturas record de hasta -47.5 ºC.

Cabe decir que Rovaniemi en Juhannus es algo así como una ciudad desierta con 24 horas de sol. Casi toda la ciudad esta “cerrada”, tanto que la sensación que se tiene al andar por las calles es de ¿dónde se ha ido todo el personal?; de ahí que la visita se haya centrado en visitar el museo Arktikum (sobre cultura local/Sami), Korundi (la casa de la cultura, principalmente arte local y exposiciones itinerantes) y el centro de ciencia “Pilke” (el cual recomiendo ignorar si visitas Rovaniemi, ya que es un pequeño museo dedicado al procesamiento de madera).

Rovaniemi a las 23:38:17 con su sol de media noche

Como no podía ser de otro manera, aproveche para decirle hola a Santa Claus, y visitar la que se denomina su “casa“, la cual esta situada en uno de los bordes del círculo polar ártico.

Sería interesante visitar Rovaniemi en invierno, con sus 2 horas de luz y sus -30ºC… vez otro día.

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junio 25th, 2012 at 10:47 pm