Visiting Europe and have a Eurail Pass? Then make sure to get the free Eurail Roaming SIM card and stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe.
The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 17 to September 30, 2014, or as long as supplies last.
Scared of turbulence in an airplane? Get a seat in the middle of the plane along the wings. They have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural support.
The last rows shake the most during the entire flight.
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Voltages around the world differ from country to country, and so does plug system; and if you have a device that charges using a USB then you can plug it into the back of a TV.
Most new flat-screen TVs have an extra USB output built-in the system. Agreed that not all hotels have televisions, or may not have the latest ones, but if you happen to have one then don’t worry about using an adapter or voltage converter. Just use the USB outlet to charge the devices.
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Last week, we reported that the U.S. DHS is implementing additional security checks on some international airports with nonstop flights to the country, citing concerns that al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
The U.S. aviation security has now announced of a new regulation last weekend whereby all users carrying cellular phones of laptops/tablets must be able to turn on their device during security clearance.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would increase security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country, citing concerns that al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
The new security measures would be required at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights. The list of airports or countries affected by this change was not disclosed.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement the measures in the coming days. The move comes during the summer travel season and days before the July 4 holiday.
This means that you will have to go through additional inspections of shoes and property. A lot of airports, currently, have security measures in place for U.S.-bound flights, in addition to the ones applied by the country’s authorities, but this change takes that additional security procedure through an “enhanced” level.
If you’re flying to U.S. airports directly, then make sure to reach earlier than you normally do and brace yourself for these new procedures.
We will update the list of airports/countries when we hear more.
These images are taken from Satellite (aerial) view on Google Maps of airports around the world.
As you near the Hollywood sign, you will see signs that it is not accessible to public, which is not entirely true! Although you may go way up to a point where you can take pictures with the sign very close in the backdrop, but authorities have closed reaching behind the sign with vehicles. We have seen a lot of pictures taken by people when they hike all the up to the sign.
To be able to access with the directions below, you will have to drive to the most visited intersection in Los Angeles – Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave – called the Times Square of Los Angeles. From there, it takes about 15 minutes to reach the Hollywood sign (ok, maybe 30 during weekend peak hours). Here’s how you reach there:
Photographer QT Luong has captured the volcanoes and landscapes of Hawaii in this stunning time-lapse video he recorded in 2013. He has photographed each of the 59 U.S. national parks, and shot most of this spectacular “sea-to-summit” project in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. “One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature I’ve witnessed is lava flowing to the ocean as clouds of steam rise from the meeting of fire and water,” he writes.
According to Her Majesty’s Government, more than 100.000 citizens of the U.K. currently live in the United Arab Emirates. While relatively few of these expats are retirees, there is an increasing trend towards older expats picking locations such as Dubai as the place to spend their later years. Let’s examine a few of the reasons that might be so.
There has been cases of your secure data – like credit card – being in hands of hackers who link in to the databases of hotels and get your data. Do you know if your data is secure when you allow the front desk to swipe your card? Consumer Reports recommends asking for an “Attestation of Compliance” (AOC) certificate from the hotel to be on the safe side.
So the next time you’re at a hotel, make sure to ask for their AOC and read the terms they have listed there. But…
A spoof Indian airline video gives you quite an distinctive reality of what involves when you’re flying any airline today. This brilliant video called “Honest Indian Flights” details the nuances of being Indian and the Indian flying attitude in low-cost budget airlines.
Although some parts of the video are in Hindi, you can turn on the closed captioning for translation in English. If you have ever flown in your life, you’d know what they mean: