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Archive for January, 2015

  • January 30, 2015
    The top 20 safest cities are…

    Based on the factors like digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety, Safe Cities Index 2015 has ranked Tokyo as the safest city in the world. With an estimated 38 million people living in Tokyo, it is also the most populous city on Earth. Just following Tokyo are Singapore, Osaka, Stockholm and Amsterdam. Last […]


  • January 27, 2015
    10 countries to visit, if you are seeking genuine experiences

    What are the top 3 countries you recommend to travelers and why? I have been asked some variant of this question often. Earlier I used to be uncomfortable answering this as I felt I had not seen enough. With 63 countries traveled in – on average twice to each of them – I can now […]


  • January 27, 2015
    Travel app review: Am I Going Down?

    Link: iTunes Cost: $0.99 Bang for buck: Ease of use: The looks: With the recent events of planes getting lost and crashing, some people are paranoid and may want to know if their flight is of any risk? This is where “Am I Going Down?” wants to ease nervous flyers with logic by calculating just […]


  • January 23, 2015
    What should be your best transportation option? – Part 2 – Survival

    Taking public transportation is the best way to conserve energy (read gas/petrol), save money and travel with the locals. But taking public transport in a foreign country can be daunting in terms of how to use, when to use, what to use, costs, rules, etc. Read up, ask your friends on social media, visit transportation […]


  • January 21, 2015
    What should be your best transportation option? – Part 1 – Bus or airline

    That’s always the question for a lot of travelers. Whether to take an bus or fly between cities with long distances between them? While traveling by bus is cheaper than flying, it can take up to about 10 times the time. Also, some countries may have airlines offering cheap flights, whereas some may have companies […]


  • January 15, 2015
    Tour review: Red Planet Expedition, Uyuni, Bolivia

    Value Guide Services Address: Calle Sucre, between Ave Ferroviaria & Ave Potosi, Uyuni, Bolivia Website: www.redplanetexpedition.com This experience is from our trip to Bolivia in July 2013 Firstly, there are a lot of tour companies in Uyuni offering the same tour(s) around Salar de Uyuni. So shop around; contact various companies for rates and tour […]


  • January 15, 2015
    Hotel review: La Casa Azul, Cali, Colombia

    Value Location Cleanliness Rooms Service Breakfast included: Yes Address: Av 4aN # 5N – 09, Barrio Centenario, Cali, Colombia Website: facebook.com/lacasa.azul.92 The first impression of walking in to the courtyard of this homely hotel was a ‘wow!’; and with it’s blue-white walls and large, spacious rooms anyone would be amazed at how low-priced this place […]


  • January 14, 2015
    Best places to travel in each month of the year

    New York Times released the 52 places to travel in 2015 last week, but one of the questions every traveler asks is ‘what is the best time to go to ___?” And there’s not definitive answer, and it’s best to check the weather conditions and prices, along with other factors, to decide on the next […]


  • January 14, 2015
    Google Translate app update will be your best friend when traveling

    If you have a smartphone that has Google Translate then make sure to update it before you leave for your next exotic destination. The latest update, announced today, will add the ability to translate printed text by aiming your phone’s camera to it, and the app will translate it in real-time without using any internet […]


  • January 12, 2015
    Take the free walking tour if you’re visiting Medellin in Colombia

    There are a lot of things to do in Medellin, the second largest city of Colombia – For example, take the Metrocable up to Parque Arvi for stunning views of the city and a piece of serene nature. Downtown Medellin boasts some of the best sights to see in the city, so instead of walking […]


  • January 12, 2015
    Mass flights cancelled to Philippines for Pope’s visit

    Pope Francis is visiting The Philippines and because of that airlines are cancelling flights after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced limited operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Thursday, January 15, to Monday, January 19. The list of airlines that have cancelled and rescheduled flights to and from Manila during […]


  • January 9, 2015
    Experiencing Eje Cafetero (Coffee zone) in Colombia – Pijao & Buenavista

    The first thing anyone would think of Colombia is the coffee. One of the largest exporters of coffee in the world, Colombia’s Eje Cafetero (Coffee Zone) is a highlight on any traveler’s list. And although there are many operators and companies that offer tours to some of the towns or places in the coffee zone, […]


  • January 8, 2015
    Bicycle tour & meeting a local artist in Popayán, Colombia

    Popayan is a quaint little town in the south of Colombia comprising of white-washed houses and small lanes within the old town. One of the best activities to do in Popayan (and highly recommended by TripAdvisor) is the “downhill” bike ride from the natural thermal pools up in the mountains to the town center. Organized […]


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