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Travelling in London on a budget

June 5, 2013

LondonAre you planning on visiting London for business or pleasure? You will no doubt be aware that the English capital is one of the most fast-paced multicultural cities on the planet.

One of the most popular myths is that the city is very expensive. However, it is more than possible to live within your means on a strict budget and still enjoy everything it has to offer.

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Report homophobia using ‘Bashing’ app while traveling

June 2, 2013

bashingBelgium was the second in the world to legalize gay-marriage in 2003 and has an openly gay prime minister, so you’d think that being gay and traveling to Belgium or one of the European countries like Spain or Netherlands would be easy and safe. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Even in countries that are called first-world, gay bashing is prominent in huge numbers, so one has to be careful and try avoiding the neighborhoods after a night-out at the clubs, or simply wandering the streets of the beautiful cities and towns.

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Travel Photo: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

May 31, 2013

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

The Transit App is free now! (for U.S. cities only)

May 29, 2013

The Transit iPhone App

The Transit App

Published: May 29, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: Free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Built specifically for public transportation and available for 37 U.S. cities, The Transit App provides a clean interface to get you to your destination easily.

With its fast and responsive to help layout, the app makes it easy for you to get where you’re planning to go. Just type your destination, and The Transit App gets you a list of options from your location right away. If your city supports it, The Transit App can also show you real time locations of buses, trains, and subways. You can customize your route by simply removing options like walking or subways.

Unlike a traditional maps app, The Transit App keeps itself very up to date with changing schedules, and you won’t have to mess around in menus just to find the bus directions.

The Transit App used to have a subscription fee to use the maps, but it’s now free for everyone.

The Transit App

New York City introduces bike program

May 27, 2013

NYCBikeProgramNew York City get a new form of public transportation called bicycle-sharing. This new program that kicked-off today is privately financed by Citigroup – called Citi Bike NYC.

Leading off with 6,000 bikes at more than 300 stations, the program allows riders to unlock the three-gear, cruising-style bikes from any station, take them for a 45-minute ride and return them to any rack.

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Travel photo: ‘put down that map and get wonderfully lost’

May 24, 2013


Photo by Abhay Prasad in Vienna, Austria

Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony is a perfect reason to visit Rwanda

May 23, 2013

Rwanda Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Rwanda Gorilla Naming Ceremony

If you’re in Rwanda or planning a visit there soon, then make sure to be at Kinigi, outside Volcano National Park, on June 22 when the Rwanda Development Board’s (RDB) Tourism and Conservation Department holds their annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony. A dozen newborn gorilla babies will be named this year, of which one was born two days ago! It was Muganga of the Isabukuru group who has given birth to a baby of yet to be determined sex.

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Travel Tip: Carry this wifi router for ethernet-connected hotels

May 22, 2013

WifirouterIf you find yourself in a hotel where there is only ethernet cable for internet and no wifi (really?!), then bring a small wifi router (costs $27), which makes it easy for smartphones/tablets and laptops to connect to their internet network.

It’s about the size of a matchbook, so takes almost no space to pack, and can eliminate a lot of frustration. No one wants to be frustrated trying to watch netflix or upload photos to flickr when on vacation!

United’s MileagePlus card offers zero foreign transaction fees effective June 1

May 22, 2013

MileagePlus Explorer

MileagePlus Explorer

If you’re on United Airlies’ MileagePlus frequent flyer program and have their credit card “MileagePlus Explorer” then there’s a good news for you. United announced in an email today that starting June 1, 2013, there will be no foreign transaction fees on using the card internationally.

Although this is great news, we will just have to wait and see what currency exchange rates are applicable for the transactions.

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Lioness at Gir sets a record – gives birth to 5 cubs

May 22, 2013

Gir National Park

Laxmi (Mother of cubs) Photo Source: Timesofindia

Asiatic Loins fall under the list of endangered species. It is the Gir Forest National Park that stands alone as the abode of these big cats. Recently, the rapidly declining number of Asiatic Loins turned up as the matter of big concern. But fortunately, just at the right time a miracle at Gir brought a change in the scenario. A lioness named Laxmi gave birth to 5 cubs in a litter (group of lion cubs).

As per the wildlife experts, a lioness normally gives birth to two or three cubs at a time. Therefore, the delivery of five cubs in a litter is nothing less than a miracle that happened in Devaliya Park, Gir.

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Free museum entry with Google’s Field Trip

May 20, 2013

Google's Field Trip app

Google’s Field Trip app

If you love museums and are in one of the major cities in United States, then you want to download Google’s Field Trip app right now.

As we mentioned earlier this year, the location-based app shows you cool things to do while on a trip.

For a limited time, the app will also get you into 13 major US museums for free:

  • Conservatory of Flowers, SF
  • California Academy of Sciences, SF
  • Walt Disney Family Museum, SF
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Adler Planetarium, Chicago
  • The Field Museum, Chicago
  • Museum of the city of New York, NY
  • Museum of Arts and Design, NY
  • National Building Museum, DC
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Pittock Mansion, Portland

If you are around one of the following 13 museums, you will get a Field Trip card with “Free Entry” in the title (check the ‘nearby’ tab). Show the card on your phone to the admissions staff and they’ll take care of the rest.

Two weeks in Turkey – Everything you need to know

May 15, 2013

I took a trip to the former Ottoman Empire and now a glorious republic, Turkey, in April 2013 and here is complete information with details of my trip – pictures, insights, costs and everything in between.

Where: İstanbul, İzmir, Çeşme, Kuşadası, Ephesus, Selçuk, Şirince, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Göreme, Uçhisar, Avanos, Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ.
Transport: Airlines, Bus, Taxi, Metro
When: April 2013, for two weeks
Who: One backpacker

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

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Google Maps overhaul will enhance your travel planning

May 15, 2013

googlemaps_tnGoogle announced the freshly and beautifully updated Maps – with a lot of new features and better-looking-existing ones, you will want to use these maps for everything from booking your flights, hotel reservations & bookings, public transportation to directions by car, walking or bicycle. The directions are dynamic and offers all the possibilities to reach from point A to B – by car, public transport (if available), walking and/or bicycle. If you don’t have the exact addresses, you can simply click on the map to plot it out on the fly.

And there’s lot more.

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U.K. launches ‘super priority’ same-day visa for Indian citizens

May 14, 2013

ukvisaBritain on Tuesday rolled out the same-day visa for Indians, making it the first country to get a visa to visit UK within 24 hours. However, it comes with a fat price – it will cost £600 (nearly Rs 50,000) in addition to the price of the visa.

Those in Delhi and Mumbai will be able to apply for this service. The UK home ministry said the ‘super priority’ visa is the first-of-its-kind to be launched ever and there are plans to expand the scheme to Chennai in the next few weeks.

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Gogo has license to offer wifi on transatlantic flights

May 14, 2013

GOGO LOGOIn-flight internet connectivity company, Gogo announced that “FCC has granted the company a blanket license to operate up to 1,000 Ku-band Satellite aircraft for international and domestic service”, which simply means they will offer wifi service on transatlantic flights.

The company has not yet announced what airlines will offer the service and when; and how much it will cost. But we know it’s not gonna be cheap! Keep watching this space for updates.

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