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Log your travels with UMapped iOS app

October 20, 2014

umappedLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

There are tons of apps for logging your travels or writing a journal using your phone, and UMapped is just another one in addition to that.

Basically, you start a new trip, and add details about your travels as you go. That’s pretty much what UMapped does. Some of the main features include writing your journal offline. The app will automatically synchronize any changes the next time your mobile device is connected.

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What it’s like to fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class

October 16, 2014


In 2008, Singapore Airlines introduced their Suites Class, the most luxurious class of flying that is commercially available.

The Suites were exclusive to their flagship Airbus A380, and they go beyond flat beds by offering enclosed private cabins with sliding doors that cocoon you in your own little lap of luxury. The interior was designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste and comes along with a plush soft leather armchair hand-stitched by the Italian master craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Perhaps most well-known of all, Singapore Airlines became the first and only commercial airline with a double bed in the sky.

Derek Low has an opportunity to fly the Suites Class on the Singapore Airlines and here’s his story in pictures:

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Difference between non-stop, direct & connecting flights

October 14, 2014


While you’re booking your next travel, you come across the two terms – non-stop flight and direct flights – and although they sound the same, they aren’t.

Non-stop Flights
A non-stop flight is a single flight between two airports with no stops in between. Most travelers prefer non-stop flights because they are the fastest, but the most expensive as well.

Direct Flights
You’d think that a direct flight might be the same as a non-stop flight, but it’s not. A direct flight makes at least one intermediate stop along the way to its final destination, but has only one flight number.

For example, if you choose a direct flight between Los Angeles and Singapore, you’d fly on one plane the whole way to Singapore. But that plane would make a stop at Tokyo, where it will refuel; and drop off and pick up more passengers. Hence making it a direct flight.

But the passengers who’s destination was Tokyo were on a non-stop flight.

Connecting Flight
A connecting flight will take at least two different planes with two different flight numbers to reach your final destination.

In the example above, say, you’re flying from Los Angeles to Bangkok, then there’s a possibility that the same flight will stop in Singapore and you have to change to another plane from Singapore to Bangkok.

Connecting flights are almost always less expensive than non-stop flights, but they are not always the best option for travelers who want the fastest.So make sure to know what type of route you’re flying.

Travel photo: Escalante National Park, Utah, USA

October 12, 2014

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A glitzy glass floor adorns Eiffel Tower

October 10, 2014


The icon of Paris – Eiffel Tower – gets a glitzy new glass floor. With dramatic views from the 57-meter (187-foot) drop from the 125-year-old landmark’s first level, the transparent walkway is the latest in the series of glass-floored walkways around the world, including Chicago’s Willis Tower and Grand Canyon Skywalk.

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Five tips for traveling to see the Northern Lights

October 10, 2014


The season for one of the most watched natural phenomenon – Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights – begins soon. And with a considerable concern for the delicate eco-system around the regions where one can see the Northern Lights, you must ensure that the balance of the environment is taken in to account by the tour company you book your travels through.

Having said that there are a few things one must keep in mind:

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Island disappears in the ocean

October 10, 2014

A tiny offshore islet called Monuafe, belonging to the nation of Tonga in the Pacific has eroded and receded into the ocean. It is now a submerged sand bar that appears briefly at low tide – the remnants of a forgotten island.

Monuafe was one of many tiny islands that sat in the bay of Nuku’alofa and although the island was small (0.3 sq. km), it supported 30 different species of plants including Pandanus and Hibiscus trees.

Today, the rapid erosion of the island can be viewed on Goodle Earth’s historical imagery, a graphic reminder of the rate at which climate change is affecting our environment.


Local photographs of Monuafe Island in early 2002 show a drowning and badly eroded island with a small patch of flora. The photographs taken by Firitia Velt in early 2012 show even more erosion, the island on the verge of going underwater with only a handful of dying plants left. Photographs of the Island at the end of 2012 show the island completely submerged in water with only sand left that appears at low tide. Today in October 2014, we can see in the area that the sand is barely visible, even at low tide.

Illegal sand mining and cyclones have been blamed for the swift erosion of Monuafe. However, Monuafe could be Tonga’s first victim of sea-level rising, as other islands in the area such as Pangaimotu are known to be suffering from coastal erosion.

This is what happened when a man shouted “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” on a plane

October 10, 2014


An unidentified American passenger on a US Airways flight traveling from Philadelphia to Punta Cana on in the Dominican Republic reportedly shouted out things like, “I’ve been to Africa!” and “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” right before the plane landed.

Considering that the virus has caused about 4,000 deaths in Africa, and one in U.S., the authorities were not amused by this, causing a bit of a scene on the plane.

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Search all vacation rental sites in one place at Tripping

October 9, 2014

There are a lot of cheaper alternatives to expensive hotels in any town or city, like vacation rental sites. And considering so many of them it’s not easy to compare them in terms of reviews and prices.

This is where Tripping comes in. Partnered with websites like 9Flats, Wimdu, HouseTrip, HomeAway, Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), Flipkey, and, Tripping explores all the alternatives in one place. Instead of searching each individual site, you can search them all at once on Tripping. Like something you see? Tripping will send you to directly to their partner’s site to complete the process.

Airbnb is unfortunately not on the list.


And the airline with the most leg-space is… (U.S. only)

October 3, 2014


Almost 21% of respondents said that JetBlue has the best coach seats, grabbing the crown from the major airlines that didn’t even come in near the top.

Next up was Alaska Airlines (17%), Hawaiian Airlines (14%) and Frontier (13%).

Falling toward the bottom were the rest of the U.S. carriers, who all came in with only single-digit percentages. In order from ‘oh well!’ to lowest are: Allegiant, Southwest, AirTran, Delta, United, Spirit, American and US Airways.

JetBlue has 33 inches of pitch in its cabins, which is the space between the rows, while 31 inches is the norm for many airlines flying Boeing 737s.

Tips on traveling with friends

September 30, 2014


If your travel plans involve sharing your vacation with other friends, or their entire family, a little advanced planning will help to ensure that your friendship remains intact, long after your plane lands or car comes to a stop. Here are 12 tips that will get you and your spouse off to a good start.

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Free entry to 1500+ museums tomorrow (U.S. only)

September 26, 2014


Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the annual Museum Day Live!, when more than 1,500 museums across the country do away with admission fees for one day. This year’s event—the 10th anniversary—takes place September 27.

Just search by zip code on this map to find participating cultural centers, including everything from prominent art institutions (the de Young museum in San Francisco) to lesser-known gems (National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland). You can even search by term; “auto” turns up 10 antique-filled museums.

Then register online for a ticket, which is good for two people—and only one per household. Added bonus: a free one-year digital subscription to Smithsonian magazine!

This is how you stop people from crossing on red light

September 26, 2014


Pedestrians crossing the streets causes a lot of accidents worldwide, even when a lot of countries have installed the “don’t walk sign”. in U.S., you can be fined for crossing a street when you’re asked not to cross. So to prevent people from crossing the streets on a red light, Lisbon installed this dancing traffic light and it worked awesomely well.

Watch the video and see for yourself:

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Travelers to pay departure tax while exiting Tunisia

September 24, 2014


After the revolution in 2011, many travelers think Tunisia is a dangerous country and avoid stepping there. But after visiting this marvelous country earlier this year, we realized that those are all rumors and Tunisia offers stunning landscapes from Chott El-Jerid and Sahara Desert; and Matmata is a must-visit place for die-hard Star Wars fans.

But now to increase revenue because of failing economy, the Tunisian government announced the creation of a departure tax for non-resident foreign travelers leaving Tunisian territory, coming into force on October 1.

Those affected, mainly tourists, will have to pay a departure stamp to the value of 30 dinars ($17 or €13). Tunisians, with the exception of those living abroad, and foreigners with residence permits already pay 60 dinars each time they leave the country.

30 filthiest tourist attractions of the world

September 23, 2014


We all love clean and nice places to visit, but there are some that are unique but not so clean. From all the filthy places in the world, picked 30 of them and out together an infographic for you.

So if you fancy walking barefoot in rat-infested temple, visiting museum where cockroaches are dressed up as celebrities, or go to an international museum of toilets, then this is the place to be!

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