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U.S. to implement additional security procedures at certain airports

July 3, 2014

DHS_CheckThe 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.

In pictures: Aerial view of airports around the world

July 2, 2014

Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

These images are taken from Satellite (aerial) view on Google Maps of airports around the world.

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How to reach the Hollywood sign

June 26, 2014

Tourist at the Hollywood SignAs 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:

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Watch this spectacular time-lapse video of Hawaii volcanoes

June 25, 2014


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.

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TripList – iOS travel app review

June 25, 2014

TripList iOS travel app reviewLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

Packing light is something we always recommend and there are tons of packing-list apps in the iOS world. Adding to that list is the free, ad supported, not-all-features-available version of TripList, but if you fancy everything in an app then there’s the TripList PRO for $2.99.

Having a sleek, iOS7-looking app, TripList will allow you to create and manage your own, custom travel packing lists. You can also select one from their template in-built.

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Retiring? The United Arab Emirates may be the place to go

June 25, 2014

UAE-expats-retirementAccording to Her Majesty’s Government, more than 100.000 citizens of the U.K. currently live in the United Arab Emirates.[1] 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.

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Here’s why you must not use a debit card at a hotel

June 23, 2014

Hotel front deskThere 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…

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This brutally honest Indian video gives an idea of state of flying today

June 22, 2014


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:

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Countries to avoid if you’re gay

June 19, 2014

gay_travelJune is considered as Gay Pride month in a lot of countries around the world where there is summer time. Although some countries celebrate pride in a different month – for example, Sydney Pride is in February and Sao Paulo celebrates in May.

Many a lot travel to destinations where Pride is celebrated openly, but it’s not so easy for gay people to choose their destination. Gays and lesbians must pay close attention to the country they visit and avoid visiting places where strong discrimination against the LGBT community can spoil the trip or even expose them to considerable danger.

Forget gay pride, just avoid visiting these countries if you’re homosexual:

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South Africans will require a visa to travel to Kenya

June 18, 2014

kenyaThe Kenyan High Commission has announced that citizens of South Africa visiting Kenya will need a visa starting July 1, 2014. Ordinary visa applicants traveling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of SAR 750 ($70).

All applicants will be required to produce the following documents:

1. Return Air Ticket
2. Invitation letter from the host in the Republic of Kenya
3. Letter from employer/institution/college/school
4. Proof of funds (bank statement)
5. Applicants must appear in person for Biometrics
6. Two Passport Photographs

The processing period for the visas is strictly five working days.

Holders of official or diplomatic passports traveling on Government business are not affected by these changes and will continue to get visitor’s passes on arrival at the ports of entry.

Amount – iOS travel app review

June 17, 2014

amountLink: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

Bang for buck:
Ease of use:
The looks:

This app should have been named Converter, because it literally converts everything you need to convert. With more than 700 units over 30 categories, this is one of the best app we have come across. It has a sleek, gorgeous looking iOS7-ish layout that makes you want to use this app more.

On launch, just enter the number you want to convert to something, at this time it doesn’t matter from what to what. Then hit that green button to select the conversion type. The app will retain the number you had entered and show results for every single conversions on the face of the planet.

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50 new hotspots to watch out for next few travel years

June 14, 2014


If you’re looking for a different travel destination that is unlike the usual ones of Paris, London, Berlin or New York that get so many visitors each year that trips to these destinations can be disappointing experiences filled with crowded tourist sites, overpriced hotels, and bad restaurants, then look at the infographic by LoveHomeSwap.

The website has compiled a list of the top 50 up-and-coming countries to watch, based on data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). They compared growth figures for each country by looking at the annual growth per year figures for travel and tourism’s direct contribution to the country’s GDP between 2014 and 2024.

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These are the best and worst times to avoid airline delays

June 14, 2014


We all dislike delays in flights and they are not uncommon. After analyzing numbers from the Buerau of Transportation Statistics, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has determined the worst time to fly and the best time to avoid delays.

Aviation system delays peak in the mid-to-late afternoon, when the transit system is at its fullest capacity. (The combined number of arrivals plus departures is highest between 4 and 5 p.m.) Weather-related delays are highest between 3 and 11 p.m., when thunderstorms are more likely to form.

He says that the best time to fly is between 6am and 7am, when the flights on average are supposed to be delayed by 8.6 minutes only. After which the delay times peak at 20.7 minutes between 6 and 7 p.m. They remain at 20-plus minutes through the 9 p.m. hour.

Read the full article with charts at: Fly early, arrive on-time

This tool shows average rain patterns to help you plan your travel

June 11, 2014

What is the best time to travel to a destination? This is the question many of us ask our travel agents or friends. We all want bright, sunny days with almost to no gloom, especially rain.

Sourced from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, a visual tool created by Dutch online travel agent, Tjingo, gives you global rain patterns for trip planning purposes.


Move the slider to different months to see what precipitation data look like in that week of the month. The data is shown in different slides – the first being the global rain patterns and then regional ones. So if you prefer to avoid rain, this allows selection of the ideal time to travel.

See the average rainfall around the world at: Average precipitation – Rainfall & rainy season map

Google Flight Search will offer a destination to you

June 11, 2014


Wondering where you should go next? Head over to Google Flight Search and click the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button for a random destination. Google will keep suggesting destinations if you keep pressing that button.

You can add price, time limits or destinations in Flight Search tool for personalized results. Google maintains a history of your past searches and show lowest fare and duration to fly to each place.

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