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  • July 19, 2013
    Nicaragua launches free emergency helpline for travelers

    Being one of the safest countries in Central America, Nicaragua has taken security of tourists a step further by launching a free emergency number to provide assistance to travelers. The Nicaraguan Tourism Board informed that dialing “101” will help tourists in case of accidents, loss of travel documents or any other situation that requires immediate […]

  • June 2, 2013
    Report homophobia using ‘Bashing’ app while traveling

    Belgium was the second in the world to legalize gay-marriage in 2003 and has an openly gay prime minister, so you’d think that being gay and traveling to Belgium or one of the European countries like Spain or Netherlands would be easy and safe. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Even in countries that are called first-world, gay […]

  • March 25, 2013
    Soon electronic devices may be allowed to remain on during take-off and landing

    Pretty soon you may not be asked to turn your electronic device ‘completely’ during take-off or landing. The New York Times reports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may only require you to put some gadgets such as e-readers and laptops in “airplane mode” during takeoffs and landings. An industry working group, comprising of people from […]

  • March 6, 2013
    Specific knives and more items allowed on carry-ons effective April 25, 2013

    Effective April 25, 2013, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part […]

  • March 4, 2013
    Wondered what those airline safety instructions mean?

    Most travelers ignore to watch the safety instructions given before flight, but for those who pay attention, wonder why you have to wear your mask first and then put on the others? Why do airlines dim the cabin lights during nighttime take offs and landings? What is the proper brace position in event of an […]

  • November 27, 2012
    Use S.L.E.E.P. acronym to avoid bringing bed bugs after traveling

    One of the most annoying failure about travel is to bring home the bedbugs that may have creeped into your baggage. It saves a lot of money if you’re a cautious traveler by not spending more than $2,000 on getting your home bedbug free. Here are some tips to avoid bringing these home from your […]

  • October 28, 2012
    Watch this smartphone get stolen on a train

    Watch this video of a robbery that happened on a subway in Hungary. Someone was filming that guy because he was acting weird, and the person thought there might be some funny business ahead. Unfortunately, the instinct was correct. Although the video got viral in Hungary and the thief was caught, it just shows how […]

  • June 5, 2012
    Hands-on experience with Israel’s Ben Gurion airport security

    Lately, there has been news about how security at Israel’s airports have been tightened and people are being asked to login in to their email accounts. Before going to Israel last month, I was told and warned about the excruciating long hours of security and screening one may have to go through; and how people […]

  • March 27, 2012
    German police can ‘random’ check ID based on skin color

    Huffington Post reports that a German court has ruled that certain police are allowed to carry out ID checks on the basis of skin color. A black German man, who was asked to show his papers while travelling by train, appealed to the courts and his appeal has been dismissed. He refused to show his […]

  • February 7, 2012
    Get the aisle seat or exercise to avoid blood clots

    Airlines seats are getting crampier day by day, be it the coach class or the so-called upscale first class. And when you’re on that long-haul flight the next time, have a look in that back-seat pocket for some instructions on simple, basic exercises. Because when it comes to health risks on long flights, it’s not […]

  • February 2, 2012
    FAA Reauthorization Bill passes, and what we think

    The FAA Modernization and Safety Improvement Act of 2012, more commonly known as the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill, has passed in congress. Flyers’ Rights website list some of the positive ways a passenger will benefit and additional rights you may have as a passenger, there are a lot of questions one may ask: Food […]

  • January 26, 2012
    Will the Cobalt Insight 100 bring an end to ban on carrying liquids?

    British company Cobalt Light Systems says they’ve developed a scanning machine that could put an end to those pesky restrictions that ban liquids in carry-on luggage. Cobalt says their Insight 100 machine could analyze bottles as big as three liters for explosives and do it in less than five seconds. Here’s how: Bottles are placed […]

  • December 17, 2011
    Consumer’s Guide to Travel Insurance

    If you have ever taken a cruise or planned a trip through a travel agency, you may have seen offers for travel insurance. Travel insurance policies have specific limitations and exclusions. When you look at a travel insurance policy, pay special attention to the fine print of the policy. Also, if you have life, health, […]

  • December 16, 2011
    Baggage-handler advises buying a four-wheeler suitcase to avoid damages

    HuffPost is running an article on how our bags are damaged as told to them by an anonymous baggage-handler. He offers advice for an intact bag upon arrival and one of them is getting a bag that has the “spinners” with four wheels on the bottom. Wanna know how your bags and contents are damaged? […]

  • December 12, 2011
    Tips on sleeping at the airports

    Airline connections are good to take a break from the pressurized cabins and stretch your body, especially on long international flights. But sometimes they are a bummer if you have a long time between flights. And the worst when you have to stay overnight at the airport and you are not booked in a hotel. […]

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