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8 Essential Mobile Apps for Travelers

8 Essential Mobile Apps for Travelers

Doing anything with the help of our mobile phone nowadays has become virtually impossible. Here is a list of the eight essential mobile apps for travelling.

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Video: How does your bag go from check-in to airplane

Video: How does your bag go from check-in to airplane

Watch the video of a bag go through its 'journey' from the check-in counter to the airline.

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World’s longest commercial flight to start in 2016

World’s longest commercial flight to start in 2016

Emirates will launch Dubai to Panama flight which will be the longest commercial flight in the world.

#LongestCommercialFlight

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Travel tip: Don’t do this if your flight is overbooked

Travel tip: Don’t do this if your flight is overbooked

AirHelp explains with an infpgraphic what you must do and not do if your flight is overbooked.

#TravelTips

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FairFly iOS app Jerusalem Audio Tours iOS app PocketSights iOS app Excuse Me iOS app
Ventoura iOS app 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

Over 195 iOS travel apps reviewed

The latest reviews (Aug 10, 2015):
- Fairfly (Free)
- Jerusalem Audio Tours (Free)
- PocketSights (Free)
- Excuse Me (Free)
- Ventoura (Free)
- Travel Safe ($0.99)

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The Pearls of French Polynesia

August 24, 2015

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As one of the most imposing archipelagos situated within tropic environment of South Pacific, French Polynesia hosts numerous picturesque islands, atolls and motus (reef islets), including the most popular and, undoubtedly, the most impressive Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea. From radiant and dreamy Bora Bora and black sandy coasts of Tahiti to pristine turquoise beaches of Huahine and Moorea, there’s an impressive kingdom of tropic colors, perfectly shaped coasts and captivating lagoons, and this is a slice of magical world which those Polynesian pearls offer:

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Popular Natural Wonders of Australia

August 20, 2015

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There rarely is a place on Earth that can boast about with lushness of nature it is blessed and sites to see like Australia is. Narrowing a list to only a couple of them is a hard and rather unfair task to all those spots that will not find its place on it this time. However, this one is about popular natural wonders of Australia, places that are most frequently visited, with instructions on how to get there and what to do while visiting.

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8 Essential Mobile Apps for Travelers

August 14, 2015

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Doing anything with the help of our mobile phone nowadays has become virtually impossible. They are so useful and adjusted to every titbit of our lives that we cannot imagine a day without them. So, when travelling, one of the best companions to have with us is our mobile phone. This is the result of the wide number of applications available for every platform, so here is a list of the eight essential mobile apps for travelling.

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Video: How does your bag go from check-in to airplane

August 14, 2015

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We have always wondered where our bags go once they have started their ‘journey’ from the check-in counter to the airline. So the baggage handlers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport strapped a camera to a checked bag giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the roller coaster trip it goes through from the check-in station, through the airport, and on to the airplane.

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Be prepared to get weighed if you fly this airline

August 13, 2015

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If you find yourself flying Uzbekistan Airways, be prepared to get weighed at the airport, with your carry-on bags on you. They have cited safety reasons for this move.

In a recent notice on its website about pre-flight procedures, they announced this change saying passengers will be weighed on scales in airport departure zones. Uzbekistan Airways says the results will be confidential, and will only correspond to a passenger category like male, female or child.

The airline statement says:

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World’s longest commercial flight to start in 2016

August 13, 2015

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Emirates airline announced the launch of flights from Dubai to Panama, which is their first destination in Central America. And it will be the longest commercial flight covering the distance of 13,821 kilometers non-stop in a Boeing B777-200LR with a flying time of 17 hours and 35 minutes. The first flight will start February 1, 2016.

With Panama Canal as one of the most visited tourist destination in Central America, Emirates will be the first of the Gulf carriers to fly into Panama City. Currently, Emirates serves the South American cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.

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Get lower flight prices & save money (even after re-booking fees) with FairFly

August 10, 2015

fairflyLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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There are so many tips and tricks to get the best deals and pay the lowest fare for your trip, and there are apps like Hooper and Kayak that will let you know when the price of the airline drops. Most travelers believe that booking a certain number of weeks or days before the departure date is the best time to book, whereas others will ask you to wait until the last minute for a bargain price on that last available seat. But the fact is that all these tell-a-tales not always work.

FairFly is an app that will monitor your existing bookings for any price drops, calculate the fees involved in making any changes to the tickets, and let you know if you can still save money or not. This allows you to cancel your original ticket and book it again at the lower price.

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North Korea will set the clock to ‘Pyongyang’ time

August 7, 2015

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If you are one of the few thousands of visitors to the Hermit Kingdom, take a note of this – North Korea will be setting their clocks back by 30 minutes on August 15, 2015. The state news agency, KCNA, has announced that North Korea will set to “Pyongyang time” on August 15 , which is the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan.

Currently at GMT +9 hours, the country will reset the time to GMT +08:30, as it was set during Japan’s rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945. South Korea says it uses the same time zone as Japan because it’s more practical and conforms to international practice.

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Travel tip: Don’t do this if your flight is overbooked

August 5, 2015

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You are excited about your vacation or travel plans. You have planned it all. You reach the gate to know that the flight is overbooked. You realize you may not make it to your destination. What do you do then?

If you’re asked to volunteer for not taking that flight, then do not. Even if the airline’s offer of cash or voucher sounds awesome. Let them bump you involuntarily, and denied boarding. This way you can receive much more in compensation.

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Jerusalem Audio Tours – iOS app review

July 23, 2015

jerusalem_audioLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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If you are visiting Jerusalem, then make sure to download this app for its amazing walking audio tours. With about 15 tours available and additional 5 of them for travelers with disabilities, this is a must-have app to explore the churches, synagogues, mosques and historical points of interest.

Marketplaces, Temple Mount compound, Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock, the Garden Tomb and many more religious iconic locations can be visited by walking along with these tours.

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Stopover & explore a new city with help from QuestOrganizer

July 23, 2015

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Flying long distances can be a hassle for any traveler, but if you have an opportunity to break that long flight into a layover then you can get relief from that long flight and it’s a great way to squeeze more mileage out of your trip. There could be a lot of stopover cities on the way to your destination, but if you plan it right, you’ve got yourself extra vacation.

This is what QuestOrganizer helps you do.

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What you absolutely must do in Kin Kin, Australia

July 22, 2015

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When we think about tourism today, what usually crosses our minds are some beach retreats or capital cities. But, most of the people already had enough of the crowded beaches and even more crowded cities. Turning to village tourism makes sense if we observe it like that. And don’t be mistaken by thinking that nothing ever happens in villages and that there is nothing to do when you are there. Take Australian Kin Kin, for example. This whole area is well known for great food, interesting art scene and amazing scenery. Now that we have your attention, we would like to tell you what you can do in this lovely place.

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PocketSights – iOS app review

July 20, 2015

pocketsightsLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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PocketSights is a simple app that lists various walking tours in the places you are visiting. Just select your destination and look at the list of free roaming tours or walking tours available in that area.

Tap on the selected tour of your interest and you will see the highlights, total walking time it’d take, a map of the tour and places of interests on that tour. Tapping on “Start tour” will position you on the map at the starting point (even if you’re not in the city) and help you navigate through the tour.

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Air Kenya to halt operations on Masai Mara’s airstrip

July 20, 2015

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Citing lack of minimum safety standards, Air Kenya will halt operations into the Masai Mara’s main airfield, Keekorok, with immediate effect. This means that if you’re already booked on those flights, then you need to contact your tour operators or Air Kenya directly for alternate arrangements.

Instead of Keekorok airstrip, Air Kenya will have all pick ups or drop offs to Olkiombo Airstrip, which is about 47 km (about 1.5 hour drive between the airstrips) from Keeorok. This affects all the air safaris during the peak annual migration period. Dropping this airstrip will no doubt cause challenges for lodge and camp operators which rely on the use of this particular airfield.

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Translate essential travel phrases with ‘Excuse Me’

July 17, 2015

excusemeLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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There are a lot of language translation apps out there that translates phrases and words either in online (connected) or offline mode. So here’s another app, Excuse Me, that will translate about 200 travel phrases available in five languages for now – English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.

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