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Archive for March, 2009

  • March 26, 2009
    Tips for driving abroad

    While on foreign roads, it’s important that you do not commit any driving offences, both for your own safety and the safety of others. The basic rules of the highway are the same wherever you are. 1. Start by acquiring an International Drivers Permit (for U.S. residents, see below), which is your driver’s license abroad. Also, keep […]

  • March 25, 2009
    iStopOver – Search rooms and offices for rent

    If you’re comfortable staying at a stranger’s home while traveling, iStopOver is a service that connects travelers with locals renting rooms—at rates well below local hotels. And is the place on the Internet for direct rental of excess capacity in homes and offices. Guests (Travelers) use iStopOver to find accommodation in someone’s home as an […]

  • March 19, 2009
    Yotel – pod cabins at airports

    Any weary traveler who has attempted to slumber on a microscopic airport chair or hard-as-rock bench, or even tried to find a place to plug in a laptop, will wonder why no one has ever thought of this before: a cozy, luxurious, private sleeping pod where you can peacefully rest away the hours between arduous […]

  • March 18, 2009
    Ice Hotels

    Hôtel De Glace Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Canada Open January 4 – March 29 Website: North America’s only ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace sits 30-minute outside of Quebec City. The 32,000 sq. foot lodge houses 36 themed rooms and siute sculpted entirely from snow and ice, including the furniture. Complete with chill-reducing custom fireplaces and heated indoor […]

  • March 18, 2009
    All about Yellow Fever

    Yellow fever (also called yellow jack, or sometimes black vomit or American Plague) is an acute viral disease. It is an important cause of hemorrhagic illness in many African and South American countries despite existence of an effective vaccine. The yellow refers to the jaundice symptoms that affect some patients. Yellow fever begins suddenly after […]

  • March 15, 2009
    Santa Ynez trail in Los Angeles

    One of the short and easy-to-hike trails in the Santa Monica mountains is the Santa Ynez trails. Located in the town of Pacific Palisades, reaching this trail is easy! Difficulty level: Easy Trail distance: 2.5 miles Driving Directions: The interstate 10-West merges in the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH, US-1) at Santa Monica. Keep driving on […]

  • March 12, 2009
    Øresund Bridge – linking Sweden & Denmark

    The Øresund Bridge (locally called Øresundsbron) is the bridge that connects Øresund in Denmark with Skane, Sweden, in a total length of just over 10 miles (16,4 km). This is the road connection between the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen and Malmö. The international European route E20 runs across the bridge and through the tunnel via […]

  • March 12, 2009
    Holi – Festival of colors

    Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Nepal, and countries with large Hindu diaspora. Also known as Dolyatra in West Bengal of India and Bangladesh, and Boshonto Utsav. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (death of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little […]

  • March 8, 2009
    List of prohibited Items from TSA website

    Ever wondered what items are you allowed to carry in your checked luggage and carry-on luggage? Here’s a comprehensive list from TSA’s (Transport Security Administration) website (Dated 09-March-2009): Source: TSA: prohibited Items Sharp Objects Item Carry-on Checked Box Cutters No Yes Ice Axes/Ice Picks No Yes Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter […]

  • March 4, 2009
    Listen to ‘tourcasts’ on any MP3 device

    Tourcaster offers audio-tours which can be purchased from their website and download on to your iPod or any MP3 device. Offering audio-tours of places from over 35 countries, the tourcasts, as they call it, can cost anything from $4.85 to $24.95. Of course, you can listen to a 1 minute preview of the tourcasts before […]

  • March 4, 2009
    South America – Visa & Reciprocity fees

    BootsnAll have come up with a detailed breakdown of visa and reciprocity fees for Americans traveling to South America. The article also lists all the legal workarounds and reduce the number of fees you may wind up paying, which can be very helpful. Link: Visa and Reciprocity Fees in South America, and How to Legally […]

  • March 3, 2009
    Star Alliance Round the world fare

    The Star Alliance Round the World Fare offers you 28 airlines flying to over 1,500 airport destinations in 181 countries. Which means there’s no limit to the experiences you can enjoy, not to mention the memories you can take home. Remember that surcharges apply on a lot of airlines on different routes for different classes […]

  • March 2, 2009
    Koninginnedag (Queen’s day) in Netherlands

    Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands and it’s territories on 30 April (or on 29 April if the 30th is a Sunday). Queen’s Day celebrates the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands and is supposed to be a day of national unity and “togetherness” (Dutch: saamhorigheid). The tradition started […]

  • March 1, 2009
    Travel shows and things we miss on them

    While I watch the travels shows on TV, the one thing I keep wondering is why would they not show titles on the screen – titles on costs or just the names of cities or places the hosts are visiting? They say those names of the cities or places they are visiting, but some of […]

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