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Archive for December, 2012

  • December 23, 2012
    Tikal temple damaged by tourists celebrating ‘end of world’

    Last Friday marked the end of an era that lasted 5,200 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Some believed the date also marked the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs. While we will be at the Tikal temples in Guatemala in the next few days as a part of our […]

  • December 20, 2012
    Shanghai allows citizens of 45 countries to stay visa-free for 72 hours

    Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration announced that citizens of 45 countries do not require a visa to Shanghai for 72 hours, starting January 1, 2013. The 45 countries covered by the 72-hour visa-free policy are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, […]

  • December 20, 2012
    Gogobot expands to hotels, restaurants, street view and now photos with T+L

    Social travel website Gogobot started with plain recommendations from your friends for destinations of your next travel. They ventured into hotels last year, where Gogobot has enabled travelers to find great hotels based on what’s popular in their networks. Then it enhanced the search capability by launching realtime pricing tools through a partnership with DealAngel, […]

  • December 19, 2012
    Decide your next destination based on the budget, using Flocations

    Our friends often ask us “how can you afford a trip?” or “My budget is XYZ, so where can I go?”. A new website called Flocations will ask for your budget and offers a map of possibilities for even the most cash-strapped travelers. Most of the other sites will tell you the price of tickets […]

  • December 18, 2012
    Photos: Ridiculously crazy roads in the world

    From hairpins to cliffs, Courtney Robinson lists some crazy, mind-boggling roads in the world in her list on Trippy. North Yungas Road, BoliviaKnown for being the most dangerous road in Bolivia, North Yungas Road is actually considered by many who’ve traveled it to be the most dangerous road in the world. In spite of having […]

  • December 18, 2012
    New airline routes on WestJet, Pegasus & US Airways

    Turkey-based Pegasus Airlines & Canada-based WestJet Airlines launched new routes; and US Airways will launch new flights to London Heathrow starting March 2013. Pegasus Airlines launched Dubai – Istanbul flights Pegasus Airlines has launched scheduled flights between Dubai and Istanbul starting on October 18, every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Pegasus Airlines was established in […]

  • December 16, 2012
    London’s taxis will offer free wi-fi from March 2013

    Earlier this year, London Tube enabled Wi-Fi on their trains & stations for Olympics. And from March 2013, passengers in the London’s iconic Hackney Carriages will have access to a free high-speed Wi-Fi service called CabWifi, launched by Eyetease Limited. The model offers “ads for access” – for every 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi access, […]

  • December 14, 2012
    TripAdvisors’ lowest rankings on cities survey

    TripAdvisor announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities. Tokyo was the most highly decorated […]

  • December 14, 2012
    Vimeo’s top travel-themed videos will inspire you to travel

    Some of the best digital film projects are on Vimeo, and now they have picked the top travel-themed videos. All of them uploaded in the past month, must be watched in full screen and HD for the best experience. Ísland ‘Ísland’ is a self-reflexive piece about the filmmaker’s interaction with the land, people and culture […]

  • December 13, 2012
    Google’s new Flight Explorer is a combination of flight & destination search

    Google Flight Explorer is a brand new feature seen today that will show you ideas for places to visit based on your selection of home airport and the country or continent you plan to visit next. Just mover-over the graph to check prices for multiple carriers, currently US-based only, which is connected to its usual […]

  • December 13, 2012
    Photo: Indian god idols in sewer, Mumbai, India

    After an eleven-day religious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi that praises Lord Ganesh, the last day is when the idol of the Lord is immersed in water. This festival occurs sometimes around August-end or September. In a country that swears by religion and blind faith, the God lays in dilapidated condition in almost sewer like pond.

  • December 13, 2012
    Virgin America & Turkish Airlines starting new routes

    Virgin America to launch SFO/LAX – EWR flights Virgin America will bring its low-fare, upscale service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as of April 2, 2013, with tickets on sale today for three daily nonstop roundtrip flights from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to EWR. […]

  • December 12, 2012
    Great gifts for the frequent traveler

    The holiday season is here and we are all set to travel. Here are some presents you can pack for your traveler friend or family member: EatSmart Digital Luggage Scale $20 on Amazon Your’e all packed and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make sure your bags are not over-weight before […]

  • December 12, 2012
    Google Maps for iOS is here… finally!

    Published: December 12, 2012Link: iTunes Cost: Free Bang for buck: It’s free! Ease of use: The looks: After we all managed to live with Apple Maps on iOS 6, Google has come out with an app for iOS, finally! Google Maps for iOS has more than everything it had on iPhone (before iOS 6): turn […]

  • December 11, 2012
    Free public transportation in Los Angeles & London for the holidays

    Los Angeles The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be offering free bus and rail service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The free rides will be available on all Metro Rail and Bus lines starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 9 p.m. […]

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