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December 1, 2014


We all know that getting suggestions and tip from other users for the next travel destination is always helpful. Sometimes these tips help us beat the tourist path and takes you to off-beaten paths for surreal experiences. Most of us head to TripAdvisor as our first choice, but this new website called Tripinium gives you upfront suggestions or tips for almost 200 cities or towns worldwide.

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Of Gods and Shadow: Journey into Mexico’s Mayan History

November 30, 2014


Reaching the height of civilization between AD250 and AD900, the ancient Mayans were a sophisticated, advanced people, credited with developing their own systems of writing, art, mathematics and astronomy.

Occupying what is now the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala, their earliest settlements date back to 1800BC. As well as developing agriculture in the area, they also built pyramids, temples and palaces, and worshiped various gods related to the cycles of nature. Today, many of their constructs remain and a visit to Mexico is a real opportunity to step back in time.

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Al-Naslaa Rock Formation, Tayma, Saudi Arabia

November 29, 2014


One of the many natural occurrences that puzzle any traveler is Al-Naslaa Rock Formation, located in Tayma oasis, Saudi Arabia. Recent archaeological discoveries show that Tayma has been inhabited since the ancient times.

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Travel photos: White Sands Monument, United States

November 24, 2014

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.


Travel Photo: Grossmünster, Zurich

November 21, 2014


AirAsia will launch a monthly flight pass for travel within ASEAN countries

November 21, 2014

asean2Low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to launch a AirAsia ASEAN Pass that will allow travelers to fly to 10 different destinations in Southeast Asia in one month for RM499 (approx $150). This does not include airport taxes.

Going on sale from January 15, 2015, this pass involves a credit based system for flights within ASEAN countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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PackMyBag helps you create & tick off packing items

November 19, 2014

PackMyBagLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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Just like other apps, there are tons of apps that help you create or manage packing list for the next travel destination. PackMyBag is yet another packing list app that lets you choose over 600 baggage items in 26 categories.

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This oldest lighbulb has been on for 110 years (and how you can visit)

November 17, 2014


If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, then take a road trip for about 45-60 minutes and go to the city of Livermore to see the oldest lightbulb in continuous use.

The Centennial Lightbulb is 110 years old, and is likely the oldest electrical device in continuous use period. Installed in the summer of 1901 by the Fire Department Hose Cart House on L Street when the fire chief had just installed a new modern technological marvel, one of the first electric carbon lightbulbs in town and invited anyone curious to stop by and witness this new invention. This was the “Improved Incandescent Lamp” was the lightbulb of choice and it was an incredible design. In many cities the Fire Departments were motivating people to consider using this relatively new invention for safety.

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This European city introduces tourist tax starting 2015

November 16, 2014


Starting 2015, if you arrive in to Lisbon, Portugal, by air or sea, then be prepared to pay €1 per visitor as tourist tax. This tax does not apply to passengers arriving by train, bus or private car. Through this tax Lisbon hopes to raise €7 million next year.

This tax is temporary and will be in effect until 2019, when Lisbon City Council is expected to come up with a “Lisbon’s Strategic Plan for Tourism”.

Also, beginning in 2016, another €1 will also be charged for each night’s stay in the city, and this tax will also be in effect until 2019. Children under 12 will be exempted from the overnight tax and is applicable for the first week of a stay in Lisbon, meaning tourists will pay a maximum of €7 for any number of days more than seven.

Moreover, from these two taxes a municipal tax for Citizens Protection will be created, through which the Lisbon City Council hopes to raise €18.9 million.

Get over jetlag faster with Entrain app

November 13, 2014

entrainLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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We have mentioned the Argonne anti-jetlag diet before and also gave some tips on avoiding jetlag, but an app designed by the mathematicians at the University of Michigan and Yale University, Entrain minimizes the effects of jetlag.

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Facebook introduces Places Directory showing popular places in your next destination

November 13, 2014


Facebook introduced a new feature called Places Directory that shows you all the attractions, cafes, restaurants, museums, etc. in any city along with ratings and reviews; and if you’re logged in then it will show what your friends are saying about them.

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New rules for compensation for flight delay favors passengers (E.U. only)

November 12, 2014

airport_delay_tnFavoring passengers, re-defining flight arrival time is a part of the new rules that the European Court of Justice has implemented. The rule says that the actual arrival time of an aircraft at its destination is defined by when at least one aircraft door is opened. This ruling has particular significance for passengers who seek compensation for a flight delayed by three hours or more, especially in cases in which the aircraft lands close to the three-hour threshold.

If you’re flying between U.S. and Europe, then the new ruling can boost your chances of collecting compensation of up to $800. Although the EU’s compensation rules only apply when the delay is fault of the airline, delays due to storms or labor actions don’t count.

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Travel Photo: Catedral Metropolitana de Porto Alegre, Brazil

November 11, 2014

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November 8, 2014


Translate text in real-time on iOS with Slated

November 8, 2014

slatedLink: iTunes
Cost: $4.99

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There are tons of language translation apps on iOS and while most of them like Google Translate are free, they require internet or data network to work. Although apps like Smigin work offline, it is restricted to certain phrases for now.

If you want to send a text message to friends who speak a different language, you have to use those apps to translate and then copy-paste the translated message.

But Slated is an iOS keyboard that translates while you type, and can also translate what’s sent back to you.

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