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  • 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 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 […]


  • February 26, 2009
    Scandinavia Trip – Maps of the trip

    For a 23-day trip from Los Angeles, US to the four Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark – and Estonia, here are the maps. Click on each of them to see a larger version: Map 1 – Northern Europe map with cities marked Map 2 – Scandinavia map with cities marked Map 3 – […]


  • February 26, 2009
    Scandinavia Trip – Estimated costs for the trip

    For a 23-day trip from Los Angeles, US to the four Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark – and Estonia, here’s the tentative costs for the trip: Where: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia Currencies So here are the TENTATIVE costs for the trip. These include accommodation in Youth Hostel, food for one person per […]


  • February 26, 2009
    Scandinavia Trip – Tentative itinerary

    For a 23-day trip from Los Angeles, US to the four Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark – and Estonia, here’s the tentative itinerary: Day Place Mode Day 1 Oslo – Arrival Airplane Day 2 Oslo – Local – Day 3 Oslo – Local – Day 4 Oslo – Bergen Train, Bus, Cruise Day […]


  • February 26, 2009
    Scandinavia Trip – The idea

    Back in the days when I learned that the earth was round (almost!) and what this world was all about, (for some reason I don’t remember) I have been fascinated by Scandinavia. It always seemed to me that everyone went to Americas and “mainland” Europe but no one went to Scandinavia for a trip or […]


  • February 25, 2009
    Some Websites for flight reservations

    Some of the airline-booking websites: Airfare.com ATIflights.com BookingBuddy.com cFares.com CheapAir.com Cheapflights.com CheapTickets.com Expedia.com Farecast.com Hotels.com Hotwire.com Kayak.com lastminute.com LastMinuteTravel.com Orbitz.com Priceline.com SideStep.com Travelocity.com Travelzoo.com TripAdvisor.com Vayama.com Skyscanner.net OneTravel.com Farecompare.com Zuji.com Chawla Travel Apart from these one can always try the individual airline websites for deals, offers or competitive rates. Click here for a comprehensive list […]


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