Category Archives: Before you go

© CIFOR - Children are forced to wear masks due to the toxic smoke from peat land fires. Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan

Indonesia is Burning

One of the most severe fires in human history are burning right now in Indonesia, creating an environmental catastrophe in a region with precious biodiversity, and putting the health of tens of millions of people at risk. Tens of thousands of hectares of forest have been alight for more than two months as a result of slash-and-burn – the cheapest and quickest way to clear land for new plantations. This year a prolonged dry season and the impact of El Niño have made the situation far worse, with one estimate that daily emissions from the fires have surpassed the average daily emissions of the entire US economy.

“The earth in Indonesia is on fire. Companies destroying forests and draining peatland have made Indonesia’s landscape into a huge carbon bomb and the drought has given it a thousand fuses,” said Busat Maitar, Indonesian Forest Project Leader for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

© Joyce Goes - NASA Worldview of smoke caused by fires on Borneo on October the 14th
© Joyce Goes – NASA Worldview of smoke caused by fires on Borneo on October the 14th.

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© M0sT_WaNteD - Moraine Lake

Amsterdam – Calgary

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 1059
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
YYC – Calgary                                                              € 633
When:                                                                              When to buy?
tu 6 January – fr 6 Febuary                                  3+ weeks /th, su

Summary
The price for a flight from Amsterdam to Calgary shows a very typical graph. It starts off low and fairly stable until a few weeks before the actual flight, where prices starting to get higher and the differences each other day increases as well.  If you want to be safe, book at least 3 weeks up front. Willing to take the risk and maybe find that ‘gem’ between all the high prices? Try it. It may work out for you. Best days to book the flight: Thursday and Friday.

Calgary - Price per Day before Take-off
Calgary – Price per Day before Take-off
Calgary - Average Price per Week
Calgary – Average Price per Week
Calgary - Average Price per Day
Calgary – Average Price per Day

Photo:  © M0sT_WaNteD – Moraine Lake

© Joyce Tentij - Jakarta

Amsterdam – Jakarta

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 816
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
CGK – Soekarno Hatta                                           € 517
When:                                                                              When to buy?
tu 16 December – fr 16 January                       2+ weeks /th,  fr

Summary
Sometimes there is this flight where the price fluctuation just doesn’t make sense. Here I present you a flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta. In stead of a gradually climbing ticket price, this one starts decreasing 2 to 3 weeks before take-off. Looking at the average price per day shows that you have the biggest chance of getting the cheapest ticket in the second half of the week.
Currently I am tracking another flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta. This one is finished around March which will also be the time I will compare these two so keep an eye out.

Jakarta - Price per Day before Take-off
Jakarta – Price per Day before Take-off
Jakarta - Average Price per Week
Jakarta – Average Price per Week
Jakarta - Average Price per Day
Jakarta – Average Price per Day

Photo:  © Joyce Tentij – Jakarta

© Harvey Barrison - Cape Town

Amsterdam – Cape Town

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 616
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
CPT – Cape Town                                                      € 365
When:                                                                              When to buy?
th 4 December – undefined                                 2+ weeks / all week

Summary
Look at this beauty. The flight price from Amsterdam to Cape Town is so stable it is almost terrifying. Definitely going to track this one again later this year to see if it is like this one again so keep an eye out for the next tracker. Until the second week before take-off the prices are incredibly stable, although the prices per period do vary quiet a bit. Best day to book your flight to Cape Town doesn’t matter that much as the prices don’t vary more than a few euros.

Cape Town - Price per Day before Take-off
Cape Town – Price per Day before Take-off
Cape Town - Average Price per Week
Cape Town – Average Price per Week
Cape Town - Average Price per Day
Cape Town – Average Price per Day

Photo:  © Harvey Barrison – Cape Town

© Seb Ruiz - Sydney Aerial Sunset

Amsterdam – Sydney

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 756
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
SYD – Sydney Kingsford Smith                          € 509
When:                                                                              When to buy?
th 4 December – undefined                                 10+ weeks / all week

Summary
The flight price from Amsterdam to Sydney was an interesting one to analyse. At 20+ weeks the price stays rather stable. After that you see a little rise after which there is a reduction of the ticket price, although this one is far less stable. Best day to book your flight to Australia doesn’t matter that much as the prices don’t vary more than a few euros.

Sydney - Price per Day before Take-off
Sydney – Price per Day before Take-off
Sydney - Average Price per Week
Sydney – Average Price per Week
Sydney - Average Price per Day
Sydney – Average Price per Day

Photo:  © Seb Ruiz – Sydney Aerial Sunset

© Jerry Ferguson - New York

Amsterdam – New York

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 489
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
NYC – New York                                                        € 247
When:                                                                              When to buy?
th 4 december – undefined                                  14+ weeks / all week

Summary
For a flight to New York you can see that until 14 weeks the price stays fairly stable. After that the price starts climbing week by week to a point where the price for a ticket to New York is almost twice as high. There isn’t really a specific day to book your flight, as prices vary just a few euros.

New York - Price per Day before Take-off
New York – Price per Day before Take-off
New York - Average Price per Week
New York – Average Price per Week
New York - Average Price per Day
New York – Average Price per Day

Photo:  © Jerry Ferguson – New York Sunset

© Sudhamshu Hebbar - Fruit stall in Mylapore, Chennai

Vegetarian Survival: My Experiences and tips

Veg · e · tar · i · an
(NOUN) A person who does not eat meat or fish and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious or health reasons.

No steak or chicken or bacon has ever reached my mouth. OK, wait. Bacon did but besides that ,meat never appealed to me in a way some people are simple ecstatic about it. At the age of 10 I completely stopped eating meat and started my veggie-filled life.

Travelling and vegetarianism may sound like an odd combination. Especially when travelling in meat-devouring countries for instance in South America, or where the language barrier can be an obstacle like the Asian countries. In fact, it isn’t that bad after all. Here are some of my own experiences and tips.

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East Canada, Geoguessr

Highscore! Making a game out of Google Maps

Fellow Google Mappers and Google Streetviewers,

Want to play a game? Take a look at this fun (and informative) game. Geoguessr has 5 rounds. Every round you are dropped somewhere on this world and it is your job to figure out where it is.  The closer your guess is to the actual location the more point you score.

Just like art with its different movements that vary a lot (think of Surrealism compared to Cubism compared to Pop-Art). After a while you start to see the differences. Same goes for the different locations this game shows you. From the wooden chalets in Norway, the palm trees in the middle east to the mowed lawns in the American suburbs. Practice makes perfect.

The world is a huge place – get exploring! Oh for your information, the picture you see here is a road somewhere in the East of Canada. My highscore? 14,020.

Amsterdam – Madagascar

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 1492
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
TNR – Antananarivo                                                € 913
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 27 Oct 2014 – fr 27 Nov 2014                  6+ weeks / tu, th

Summary
A hard one this time. A return flight from Amsterdam to Antananarivo, Madagascar. It is hard to say what the best time is to book a flight to this beautiful country. Look at the graphs and judge yourself. Soon there will be a second flight tracker for this flight to compare the two and see how big the differences are.

Madagascar - Price per Day before Take-off
Madagascar – Price per Day before Take-off
Madagascar - Average Price per Week
Madagascar – Average Price per Week
Madagascar - Average Price per Day
Madagascar – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Costa Rica

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 946
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LIR – Liberia                                                                  € 614
When:                                                                              When to buy?
su 26 Oct 2014 – we 26 Nov 2014                  8+ weeks / th, su

Summary
This time, Costa Rica has been looked at. A return flight for the end of October to the end of November. For 6 weeks long, the line stayed steady. The lost 6 weeks before take-off showed a mental fluctuation with differences over hundreds of euros every other day. Best day to book a flight to Costa Rica: Thursday and Sunday.

Costa Rica - Price per Day before Take-off

Costa Rica – Price per Day before Take-off

Costa Rica - Average Price per Week
Costa Rica – Average Price per Week
Costa Rica - Average Price per Day
Costa Rica – Average Price per Day