Planning a trip can be daunting in terms of booking flights, hotels, local transportation and tours. Additionally, you need to worry about vaccinations and documentation like passport and visas. Not everyone need visas to your destination country. While some countries offer visa-free travel, some offer visa-on-arrival and then there are countries which mandate you to get a visa prior to your departure.
Depending on the country’s passport you hold, you may get a visa-free travel or you may have to go through the maddening process taking weeks or months of paperwork and visits to consulates/embassies. Applying for a visa does not guarantee an approval, which can make or break your trip. For example, getting a tourist visa to the totalitarian government-run Turkmenistan is almost impossible!
Passport Index will tell you if you need visa to your destination country or not.
Even though it is not the capital of Australia, Sydney is definitely the most visited city in the country. There’s little to no surprise here, since Sydney offers a great range of attractions and sights to see. The city with the biggest number of beaches is sure to leave anyone speechless. While Bondi Beach is definitely the most famous one, visiting other beaches (such as Manly) provides the wonderful view of Harbour Bridge and grandiose Opera House.
It has always been my dream to visit the UK and explore its castles, beauties and, of course, London. London is probably the most popular place in England among tourists, but this doesn’t mean it’s the only one. As soon as I got the chance to go to the UK, I started planning and researching what I wanted to see. Besides spending at least 3 days in London, I decided to go on 3 amazing side trips.
Visiting Australia is one of the best vacation decisions you can make. There are plenty of interesting people to meet, lots of iconic animals to see and observe breath-taking landscapes. However, not everything is about the adventure – you have to find a comfy and cozy place for staying. I have tried out several types of accommodations in Australia, and I would like to share my honest opinions, so you can only choose the best.
With fuel prices at their lowest, airline fares are getting cheaper, but the prices vary depending on the trip time and your destination. How does one know if the fare you see is a good deal? Luiz Maykot, a data science analyst for Adobe, came up with a simple formula.
This is the formula:
- For domestic flights: multiply the flight’s round-trip miles by $0.032, then add $230.
- For domestic flights: multiply the flight’s round-trip miles by $0.08, then add $200.
For example, a round-trip flight between Los Angeles and Lisbon is 11,238 miles. Put this against the formula and you get $1,106.24, including taxes and fees. So anything below $1,106 would be a great deal.
UPDATE: May 11, 2016
After three years of offline availability on Android, Google has finally made the translate app useful on iOS as well. If you’re traveling, this is incredibly useful since you likely aren’t paying for an international plan. In the Google Translate app, just tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language. Android’s had this for a while, but the offline mode will also now work with the new Tap to Translate feature.
Original Post: March 13, 2013
We have reviewed over one hundred travel apps for iOS and one of them is Google Translate. The app is one of the finest translation apps out there, and with it’s voice controlled translation it is one the most used apps. But the part that sucks is you need an internet connection to be able to translate the conversation. And the mobile carriers charge exorbitant prices to enable international data roaming.
But Google Translate for Android won’t need that.
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Traveling to Kuwait just got weirder and difficult (in addition to getting a visa). Kuwait will implement the mandatory DNA testing for everyone in the country, including tourists beginning sometime this year, as per Kuwait Times.
Here are some details:
One of the hottest destinations of 2016, listed by many websites like Lonely Planet, is Cuba. And traveling around the country is easy – either by the international tourist bus service Viazul or by the local taxi services called collectivo. But the question is which one is faster, safer and available.
We had visited Cuba in April this year and here’s our take on this question:
Bateshwar, Padavali, and Mitaoli are a half day trip from Gwalior, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. It is very useful having a guide – the information in this post is mostly courtesy to the guide.
Bateshwar was the site of 200+ temples, from the 8th-10th century, that toppled in an earthquake. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is rebuilding each temple, literally stone by stone. Each stone is cataloged and its place found. It is like a life size 3D jigsaw puzzle. Hats off to the ASI.
One of the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, Dubai International (DXB), will be introducing a tax on travelers to help finance expansion, as Gulf governments grapple with plummeting revenues.
The nation that does not have impose any income taxes will be charging a AED 35 (approx $9.50) fee applicable all passengers, either connecting, originating or transiting in Dubai, on all flights starting June 30, 2016.
Spring and summer holiday season is almost here and while most of us look for deals on flights and hotels, there are a lot of websites that will send deals to you, but not the “mistakes” deals that show up on airline or hotel websites.
This is where DealRay steps in. Specializing in finding “mistake” flights, this flight booking site scrapes the deals when any airline posts a deal in their system, giving you, say, Los Angeles (LAX) to La Guardia, NYC (LGA) for $130 round-trip. Or simply any deal domestic or international.
This is how it works:
Update: February 26, 2016
Electronic tourist visas (e-TVs) will be extended to citizens of 37 more countries starting today, taking the total number to 150.
The new additions are Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Iceland, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova, Namibia, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Update: November 26, 2014
Tourists traveling to India from 43 countries will now be able to apply online and receive the approval within four working days, before getting their visa at an airport on arrival. Britain, India’s former colonial master, is not included on the new list.
Under the scheme, tourists will be able to pick up their visas from nine Indian airports. Tourists can apply twice a year for 30-day visas which cannot be extended. Tourists must also have a return ticket.
The 43 countries are – Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Originally published: February 5, 2014
Last year in August, India announced that it will expand the visa-on-arrival to 11 more countries. And now starting later this year, India will extend that facility to 180 countries in the world, except for Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia.
The visa will be valid for 30 days from arrival in India, and will be available at all the 26 major airports from where international airlines fly.
A new website would be set up where travelers will be required to apply through, prior to their arrival in India, along with the required fees. They would be granted an electronic version of the visa within three days.
The visa-on-arrival facility would save time and expenses of the foreign nationals as they would no longer need to visit Indian missions to get visas for touring India.
We will be posting more details as we get them.
Photos we take during holiday explorations can often fall far from the authentic mark: colors, shadows and textures in pictures may not look as half as intriguing as they do in real life; light sometimes can at times come across as either subdued or too bright; strangers’ faces do not always tell compelling stories; the list goes on. Creating visual masterpieces when travelling is tricky business – but that does not mean that you should leave your camera behind or settle for average-looking pics.
Here are a few tips that can help you take your travel photography to a whole new level and capture images fit for an exhibition.
The largest publisher of travel guide books, Lonely Planet just released a brand new app called Guides, a free app that provides guides to 38 cities around the world (and more coming soon). The same content as their famous guide books, the app offers in-depth tips on attractions, dine & wine, accommodation, and party.