The world's best travel hacks, according to Quora
Quora is this week's hot property as far as tech start-ups are concerned; a Q&A website that taps also taps into Facebook/Digg/Twitter-style functionality to have questions posed and answered.
What has marked it out (so far) from the likes of Yahoo Answers, is the quality of those asking and answering; in particular, the senior management of companies like Google, Facebook and dozens of other major companies can be found hanging out on Quora.
It's not just tech, though; a very popular question at the moment is 'What are the best travel hacks?'; there are currently 52 answers listed, but here's a pick of some of the advice being given out:
• at Gatwick, there is a really long spiral ramp as you walk to baggage claim. If you walk a little further, you'll see a staircase that runs in the middle of the ramp spiral. It's about a 1/4 of the length of the ramp. You can beat others to the passport control if you take the stairs.
• you can often siphon free wifi by parking yourself near the first class lounges. Those networks are often unprotected (the password for British Airways' JFK lounge wifi is "London").
• during boarding, Continental really doesn't care what your seat number is, so you can board before your row is called. KLM does, however.
• keep a copy of your passport online. I've also lost a passport overseas, but having a copy in my Gmail that I could print from a net cafe expedited the process of getting it replaced (4-hour turnaround). There are probably some online security elements to keep in mind with this tip.
• using Dropbox, AirSharing, Evernote, or other technology, sync maps to your phone to guide you at your destination, where you may not have internet access. Itineraries, too.
• observe the flight crews. They know which monorail car to get on for fastest exit. They know which of the places in an airport is worth eating at.
Anymore for anymore? Add them in the comments below, jetsetters.