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This chart helps to know how aperture, ISO and shutter speed helps take great pictures

This chart helps to know how aperture, ISO and shutter speed helps take great pictures

Lifehack has a graphic that helps to know the complexity in the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

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Travelogue for Colombia in sixteen days
Cleverlayover will help you save money by searching non-partner airline routes

Cleverlayover will help you save money by searching non-partner airline routes

This new site searches routes to and from the world’s 500 largest airports combining two round trip tickets from non-partner airlines to find the cheapest fares.

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Travel Safe iOS app Wingz iOS app Periscope iOS app Meerkat iOS app
I Amsterdam iOS app Aruba Travel Guide iOS app Mapstr iOS app Currenci iOS app
Am I going down? iOS app PackMyBag iOS app Entrain iOS app Slated Keyboard iOS app

Over 190 iOS travel apps reviewed

The latest reviews (Apr 21 2015):
- Travel Safe ($0.99)
- Wingz (Free)
- Periscope (Free)
- Meerkat (Free)
- I Amsterdam (Free)
- Aruba Travel Guide (Free)

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Do you have all the required travel documents?

Do you have all the required travel documents?

Any international travel requires some basic preparation before you can book your flights and hotels. So here are some tips on what documents you need to make that trip a smooth and easy-going one:

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This should be your inspiration to travel

This should be your inspiration to travel

Three years of travel and adventure around the world in 3 minutes. Includes scenes from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and other countries.

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Travelogue for Nine days in Tunisia



Travel deal: GoPro HERO4 Black Camera for $399 (Original $499)

April 23, 2015

GoPro_Hero4Andorama, the online camera store has GoPro Hero4 Black camera for $100 less, selling at $399 on eBay and free shipping. This is a great deal for the best action camera out there.

2 Megapixels, supports 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1080p Video, Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Waterproof.

The deal includes Standard Housing 131′(40m), Skeleton Backdoor, Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, Flat Adhesive Mount, Quick Release Buckles, 3-Way Pivot Arm (Mounting Hardware), USB Cable, GoPro 1 Year Limited Warranty.

GoPro HERO4 Black Action Camera #CHDHX-401 – eBay



Amazon Destinations is a new brand featuring drivable, local destinations

April 21, 2015

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Amazon has quietly launched its much-awaited new hotel product and brand, Amazon Destinations. Known as ‘Amazon Local’, this is primarily a hotel deals site working with hoteliers directly and on an ongoing basis. Currently, it features hotels in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the Northeast of United States.

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Travel Safe – iOS app review

April 21, 2015

travelsafeLink: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

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Having emergency numbers in the country you’re visiting should be one of the first things on your to-do list. Although you may not be able to make a call to the emergency number depending on the restrictions on your phone carrier plan, it is vital to keep the numbers handy in case you need to reach out to authorities. Travel Safe allows you to access those numbers in about 200 countries, which you can save to your favorites and easily access them.

With location enabled, the app will automatically set the default screen with the numbers of the country you’re in. You can tap the icons to call or text the services. You can also set the country by tapping the globe button in the center and select from over 200 countries. When you make a call to any emergency services your location (in terms of latitude and longitude) is displayed on top of the screen.

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This chart helps to know how aperture, ISO and shutter speed helps take great pictures

April 21, 2015

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Taking pictures is the one thing everyone loves to take when traveling. While there are a lot of point-and-shoot cameras, along with smartphone ones, that auto-adjust the settings to give you a good picture, some of us love to use our DSLRs in manual modes that requires adjusting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

It’s not easy for beginners to know the complexity in the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. But, Lifehack has a graphic that helps make sense of it. Check out the article too to know how the amount of light you let it affects a photo, how certain settings can increase noise, and how focus changes.

The top section represents aperture, the middle shutter speed, and the last ISO.

A Picture To Show You Clearly The Effects of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO On Images



Cheap(er) rides to/from airport using Wingz (Selected US airports only)

April 15, 2015

wingzLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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We have all used ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to reach the airport and it is definitely cheaper than using a taxi, especially in cities like Los Angeles. But the problem is to get home from the airport – most ride-sharing apps don’t allow that because of airport restrictions. Although it is possible to get Uber for airport pickup, it’s not easy to do so.

Now, Wingz is a new ride-sharing app that offers airport pickups too. It works the same way as Uber or Lyft, but has fixed pricing based on distance. And the price doesn’t change if you’re stuck in traffic!

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Cleverlayover will help you save money by searching non-partner airline routes

April 13, 2015

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One of the best travel hack in terms of finding cheap airfare is to buy the cheapest ticket you can find to any transit city in a continent and then book a separate flight on one of that continent’s budget carriers to your final destination. For example, if you’re booking a flight from Los Angeles to Tirana, Albania, then you can book a return flight from LAX to any of the European cities like London, Paris, Munich, etc. And then look for cheap flights to Tirana.

But doing this requires patience to check multiple aggregate websites and airline sites to search all the potential routes to find those possible savings. This is what Cleverlayover does for you.

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Live-streaming apps – Periscope and Meerkat

April 8, 2015
periscopeLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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meerkatLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
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Meerkat and Periscope are both live-media streaming apps that essentially deliver the same kind of video content to followers. Neither app works without Twitter, so you must register for a Twitter account or sign-in.

If you’re going to sky-dive or wing walk; or perhaps dive with sharks, then you would want the world to experience the thrills with you. ALl you have to do is turn on the app and record live, while your followers will be able to watch it in real-time.

There’s very slight difference between the two apps – Meerkat streams are live-only, but watchers can re-stream anything to their viewers in real time. But Periscope streams can be saved to replay up to 24 hours after they are filmed.

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Get the best hotel rate by booking each night separately

April 5, 2015

Hotelier

We love hostels because it offers cheap rooms (but not so clean!) and a chance to meet fellow travelers. But if you’re looking for a multi-night stay at a hotel, you would probably book it as one reservation. But One Mile at a Time recommends to book each night individually, and you might get a better rate.

Here’s how…
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Get your checked bag in 20 minutes, promises Delta Airlines (U.S. only)

April 3, 2015

Delta Air Lines released a statement saying they will get your checked bags to the baggage-claim carousel in 20 minutes or less, or it will compensate you with 2,500 reward miles.

While testing with the program in February, Delta extended this permanently for all domestic flights in the U.S. International flights are not included in the promise.

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The catch for getting the free miles is that you must be a member of the Skymiles program “in a good standing” (we don’t know what means!) and have to request through their website. Also, the bonus miles do not count toward Medallion qualification or Million Miler status.

Alaska Airlines had launched this program back in 2010 and offered 2,500 reward miles, or a $25 travel voucher.



This should be your inspiration to travel

April 2, 2015

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Three years of travel and adventure around the world in 3 minutes.

Includes scenes from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Italy, the Vatican, Canada, US, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, Indonesia and Croatia.

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Do you have all the required travel documents?

April 2, 2015

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Any international travel requires some basic preparation before you can book your flights and hotels. The documentation must be in order and verified to ensure smooth customs and immigration clearance in the destination country.

Citizens of a lot of countries don’t require visas to travel almost the whole planet, but most of us will need them to at least that one country. Validity and empty pages in passport is one of the main reason why visas issuance can be delayed that will affect your entire itinerary.

So here are some tips on what documents you need to make that trip a smooth and easy-going one:

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Travel Photo: Dome of Soltaniyeh, Iran

March 30, 2015

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Town of Soltaniyeh lies in north-west Iran and the main attraction of this town is the Dome of Soltaniyeh, which is a part of several ruins. This is the Mausoleum of Il-khan Öljeitü also known as Muhammad Khodabandeh.

Having the oldest double-shell dome in Iran, this structure was erected from 1302 to 1312 AD. It is one of the largest brick domes in the world, just at the theoretical engineering limit for a brick dome and the third largest dome in the world after the domes of Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey).

The Dome of Soltaniyeh paved the way for more daring Iranian-style cupola constructions in the Muslim world, such as the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasavi and the Taj Mahal. Much of its exterior decoration has been lost, but the interior retains superb mosaics, faience, and murals.

Photo credits: Vaibhav Shetty at Globing Around



Stretch your travel dollar with these simple tips

March 23, 2015

Budget_TravelSaving money while vacationing isn’t just about finding deals and discounts. It’s about getting the most value for your money.

Here are some tips on ways to save, from start to finish.

 
Conceptualize your vacation
Think about what you really want from a vacation. Do you want to see the sites along the way? Or, do you want to get there quickly and then relax? Four people who are sharing the expense of a car and hotel rooms can travel for less money than two, but sometimes getting to your destination quickly is worth the cost of airline tickets.

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Destination iOS app reviews – I Amsterdam and Aruba

March 21, 2015

Two great destinations apps developed by their respective government authority makes your travel planning awesomer by providing useful information on places to see, activity planning, weather, deals and lets you create your own itinerary.

iamsLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Every traveler who has visited or want to visit Amsterdam would probably know about the ‘I Amsterdam’ card that give discounts on various activities, restaurants and museums around the city. They have an app now that allows you to explore this magnificent city with tons of listings on practically everything it has to offer.

  arubaLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

This is the Official Aruba travel guide from the Aruba Tourism Authority and also loaded with information. The app provides the usual information like places to visit or attractions, details about any particular place, but there are two features that stand-out in this app: Offline maps and personal itineraries.

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No more visa-on-arrival for anyone to Egypt

March 17, 2015

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Starting May 15, 2015, every international tourist must obtain a visa prior to visiting Egypt, as announced by Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs.

Currently, citizens of a lot of countries got their tourist visas on arrival at an airport, but after May 15, everyone must obtain visas before entering Egypt. Although rules for tour groups remain the same – visa on arrival.

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