How does an airline promote the free 5 million miles they have released to grab? By making users download their free iOS app. So here’s what Russian airline S7 came up with – a fantastic way to promote use of its apps and give users points redeemable through its loyalty program.
After months of turmoil in Thailand, the army announced martial law last week and then limited a curfew for 3 hours only. Now they have blocked Facebook in the country so you cannot post your exotic pictures on the social media.
The Tech and Telecoms ministry says confirmed this Facebook block to Reuters. Facebook was taken off, but some tourists reported on Twitter that the social network was back online. Although the military junta seems to be working towards blocking it again.
Anyone wanting to log into blocked networks like Facebook may consider a network like myexpatnet to go around local IP’s when connecting to the internet.
Airbnb has enabled the “Disaster Response Tool” for the areas in Eastern Europe where hundreds of locals and tourists have been displaced by the massive floods. Covering Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, Airbnb works with local hosts to try and offer their homes for free accommodation for those who have been impacted.
Hosts who are willing to offer their homes up for free of charge will have their associated Airbnb fees, announced the company. The program will run until at least June 3rd.
For now about 48 locations are being offered up through the program, most of them in Belgrade. Click here to find more details and how you can sign up as a host or guest.
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A simple, easy-to-use app to figure out how much to tip on a bill, especially when you need to split the bill with more than one other person.
Just enter the amount on the check, select from six venues – dining, bar, delivery, taxi, salon, and casino and the happiness factor and Gratuity will calculate the amounts for you and others in your team. You can change how much or how little you want to tip.
Star Alliance has introduced four additional Round the World (RTW) fare levels which passengers can now choose from a total of 14 RTW fares; three for travel in First Class, four for travel in Business Class and seven for travel in Economy Class.
The most significant change is that for Economy Class the applicable fare is now determined through a combination of total number of stops and total mileage used. The best price option is the one which allows customers to travel for a maximum of 26,000 miles and make anywhere between three and five stops.
Game of Thrones is one of the greatest sensations sweeping through the entertainment industry today. The adventure, myth, magic and intrigue which it offers has had ardent fans hooked from Season One. Now in the fourth season, it seems like the fun is just getting started. However, it is possible to take the fun, adventure and excitement to a whole new level.
Just pause for a moment and imagine: What if you could stroll along the beaches of the mythical Slaver’s Bay, walk along the cobbled streets of King’s Landing, or gaze on the grasslands crossed by the Dotharki Horde? How would it feel? Amazing, right? Well, you can have these and even more fascinating GoT experiences this summer. All you have to do is visit any of the following filming locations.
At 3 a.m. local time on May 20, 2014, the Thai army imposed martial law across all of Thailand saying that the intent is restore law and order after a six-month long political crisis which has claimed 28 lives.
So what does this means for a traveler in Thailand? Mainly it’s holidays as usual, but the first thing you must do is stay away from protest areas and keep their eye on developments happening in the city or country.
iEnjoy MyBolt Portable USB Flash Charger – $9.99
With a lightweight and compact tube, MyBolt Power Bank charger has 2600mAh of power for direct transfer to your USB or Micro-USB rechargeable devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, e-readers, digital cameras, and other devices.
- USB output and Micro-USB input
- High capacity: 2600mAh each
- Includes USB-to-Micro-USB cable for connecting and charging the power banks
- Available in Black, Pink, or Silver
- One Year Limited Warranty
- Cable for connecting charger to your smartphone or tablet not included
Breett 10000mAh Power Bank Dual-Port USB Charger – $14.99
This high capacity 10000mAh external mobile battery charger features a high performance Grand-A cell which ensures along term use. The equipped with two USB ports allow you to charge two digital devices at the same time. It will effectively help to solve the low power problem for your iPhone, Samsung, tablet PCs and other digital devices. It is a must-have item when travel out. Available for 7 days only
- Color: White
- Powerful 10000mAh external mobile battery charger fits for most digital devices
- High-speed 2.1A & 1.0A USB ports to charge two devices at once
For example, there are some amazing deals on American Airlines flights from U.S. west coast to destinations in Central America like Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, etc.
Go get ’em, you traveler!
Cost: Free, $4.99
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Having offline maps is one of the essentials while traveling these days. Not everyone has data network enabled on their smartphones when you’re in a different country. We have shown you how you can access maps offline with the most-used app – Google Maps, but that can not be 100% reliable. They recently updated their app to allow accessing (or downloading in cache) maps offline – just type “ok maps” in the search bar and it will ask you if you want to save the maps offline after zooming and spanning them.
Most hotels provide shower caps and bathroom slippers, and many of us either don’t use them at all, or just throw them away. But did you know you can make use of those freebies?
Just pack your used shoes in the shower cap. The elastic tightens the grip to not allow them to fall off the cap and the plastic holds all the dust in it when you pack it along with your clothes.
As for the bathroom slippers, they are light, foldable and can be packed into your bag for use in the airplane. One of the best tips of being comfortable in an airplane is to remove your shoes and just wear socks, letting the air flow in your legs, eventually helping you sleep. That’s when those bathroom slippers come handy… to visit the bathroom.
By Ashwin Bahulkar
Ashwin Bahulkar travels to the ancient temples and sights of Hampi, Badami, Pattadakkal and Aihole in the nothern region of Karnataka state in India, and shares his travelogues with us.
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Clicked a lot of pictures from your travels and want to send them as personalized postcards or greeting cards to friends and family? Then TouchNote is the app for you. There are a lot of bugs on their desktop version when we tested in Chrome browser. But the iPhone app works great!
Packing the right things for the next destination is the key to lighter and easier travel. You must always carry the essentials like medicines, but avoid carrying too many clothes and accessories. But that depends on your destination and the activities you plan to do. For example, a hiking trip may not require you to carry swimming trunks.
Inspite of multiple countries issuing travel warnings to Egypt, extreme travelers still prefer to visit the land of pyramids. So after increasing the tourist visa fee from $15 to $20 this May, the Ministry of Tourism announced that beginning June this year, there will be a development tax on tourists arriving at certain airports.