If you are traveling to India after April 1, 2014, and exchanging currency to Indian Rupee either in or out of the country, make sure to check every single note before you accept it. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that all currency notes issued prior to 2005 would be withdrawn from March 31, 2014.
From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes.
With 40% of the island classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, Reunion released it’s tourism promotional video for 2014 that displays it’s stunning landscapes, varied culture and fantastic marine life.
This is a 4-plus minute video captioned as ‘Combine Your Emotions’ for the 2,500 sq-km island nation of Reunion.
Public Instagram photos combined with those from Foursquare and Wikipedia makes it fun to see the world in a different perspective. Head over to this really cool website called Somewhere, an addictive place for travel destinations using Instagram, Foursquare and Wikipedia data.
A promotion card for tourists, called TouristCard, has been introduced at 200 locations in six cities and provinces nationwide.
For now, over 3000 cards are available with agents nationwide and costs VND 90,000 (US$4.30) each.
The card gives discounts ranging between 10% to 50% for services at specified hotels, restaurants and resorts in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Tri and Quang Binh.
The card, which is similar to an ATM card, will provide all information about tourism services and online payments.
Since its inception in 2009, the annual Seoul Lantern Festival puts on a remarkable display of lanterns on the famous Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul.
During the festival period, hundreds of lanterns, each with a unique design and story, are lit on the stream. Visitors can expect to see lanterns made by international artists, as well as local citizens.
People go to extremes traveling the world with set itineraries and points-of-interests.
One of them is ‘Confluence Trips’. A point of confluence occurs at the integer degree intersections where a line of latitude meets a line of longitude. There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you’re on the surface of the world.
There are 64,442 latitude and longitude degree intersections in the world (counting each pole as one intersection). Check out confluence.org to find out how many fall in your country.
Have you been to any confluences? Send your stories in comments.
We all know how awful the smog in China is, so now some hotels in China provide gas masks to their guests.
Redditor Mthomaseddy posted this picture of a gas mask packed in a beautiful cloth bag. The package was placed in his room when he arrived at the Shanghai Fairmont. It is just an air-filter mask, rather than something to use in gas attacks.
A new year brings possibilities of new travels and every traveler have different rules and ideas on saving money when it comes to accommodation, flights or sights to visit. On my flight from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, I met this guy who was traveling to Rio de Janeiro with long layovers at Buenos Aires and Montevideo that saved him quite a lot of money. But that’s just for travelers who don’t have time barriers.
Frugal traveler Seth Kugel has some tips for travelers to save money using miles and websites. Checkout the whole article that lists a lot of websites to help you save the moolah.
Also, do share your money-saving travel tips with us in comments.
‘Ladakh, undoubtedly a peerless destination for adventure lovers to experience ecstasy. The adventure empyrean abodes some of the most mesmerizing trekking trails!’
The Himalayan range in Ladakh offers an abundance of trekking opportunities to the enthusiastic adventurers. Among these trails, Zanskar Frozen River or Chadar trek is among the wildest and most exciting treks in the world. Chadar (Frozen Sheet) trek has got its name from the fact that- it is undertaken over the frozen Zanskar river at the time of extreme winter season.
Our reader Davide Reduzzi captured these fantastic shots of Death Valley in California, USA
While I was in Battambang, the second populous city in Cambodia, I read about the half- and full-day bicycle tours offered by many local companies that will ride you to some of the small villages around the city. With great reviews on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet forums, I decided to sign up for a half-day tour with Soksabike (the name is a play on the Cambodian greeting Sok Sabai which roughly translates to Are you well?), which is a social business where benefits of the tour are distributed to the local people you meet during your tour.
Our reader Anand Rane captured these pictures of the Grand Canyon covered in “clouds”. According to park ranger Erin Whittaker, told the MailOnline that this is “a once in a lifetime event,” that happened two times in only three days.