Travel Planning Malaysia

I?m flying to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow for a three day conference. I?ve never been there and I like leaving arrangements to the last minute. I call is freestyle travelling.

So I booked a flight on Friday on Austrian Airlines. They were cheapest and I?ve never flown with them before.

I?m finalising my accomodation right now. Lastminute.com.au and?Wotif.com.au provide great searches. I use Wotif.com.au exclusively for my Australian travel.

I find Airport transfers to be one of the trickiest things to manage for the freestyle traveller. Some airports are brilliantly organised, others like LAX have great facilities but lousy organisation. I found WordTravels has a reassuring guide. In a pinch I?ll take a cab.

Airline Seating

Further to my last post on Air Reviews, I found SeatGuru.com who bill themselves as the ultimate source for airplane seating and in-flight services information. From their website

  • Do you want a seat with extra legroom? A seat with a non-restricted recline? A seat that is extra quiet?
  • Would you like to compare the First Class, Business Class and Coach Class seat pitch and seat width of different airline carriers?
  • Are you traveling for business and need to know which airplanes have laptop power at your seat and what type of adapter you?ll need?
  • Have a long flight and want to know what type of in-flight entertainment is featured on your flight and what movies are playing this month?

There is even a page on Qantas.

It?s considerably more specialised, drier and impersonal than Air Review but it covers the technical aspects of airline seating and entertainment. Don?t fly without checking their seating plans. At least you?ll know what seat to request.

Airline Reviews

Air Review : Online and Uncensored is a great site for reviews of airlines – their inflight food, bar, service, lounges, and planes. I just lost an hour reading their review of Qantas and comparing it to Emirates Airlines.

Be aware that many of their links have typos. So if you see a Page not Found (404) error just check the slash is the right way around or the airline name has the correct plural like Emirates.

They also have a comprehensive description of each Frequent Flyer program.

Rabbi Ohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a team in the Australian National Rubgy League.My 5 year-old daughter saw fans in team jerseys walking to a game over the weekend. Her cousin is a mad Rabbitohs fan. And being 5 years old she called them Rabbi-Ohs.Now that?s funny on so many levels. Given two of her best friends are Jewish it makes sense that she would be familiar with the term ?rabbi?.I don?t claim to be an expert in modern Jewish Australian culture (for the record I?m a gentile), what sort of trouble could a team of burly rabbis get into on a pre-season bonding trip to Coffs Harbour?Or is the team selected by the Rabbinical Council of NSW?Obviously Friday night football is out (as is any game before three stars emerge on Saturday night).No one should think the team are easybeats. ?Yo, semite!? could be the shout-out of encouragement on the field. Tough Jews only need apply.

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