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Travel photo: Iguaçú Falls, Brazil

March 24, 2014

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Best places to dine in Dalaman 2014

March 24, 2014

Situated along the south-west coast of Turkey is a town called Dalaman which is known for its sunny weather and warm climate. Dalaman is a popular tourist destination from great attractions to beautiful resorts and the exquisite restaurants but there’s no doubt if you’re planning on going to Dalaman I highly suggest booking your holiday from Directline Holidays!

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Beautiful travel postcards for purchase

March 24, 2014

Sending postcards to friends and family during your travels? Purchase our beautifully designed postcards from the list below and let your family friends know you’re thinking of them, while letting them know you’re that awesome traveler!

Postcards can be purchased from zazzle.com directly.

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Travel apps reviewed

March 19, 2014

Along with over 155 travels apps for iOS, here are the three new we have reviewed:

 

Flying
Price: Free

Flying is a fun app to see how many miles you have flown by adding your future and past (up to a certain date) flights.

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City Maps 2Go Pro
Price: $2.99

This pro version of City Maps 2Go, provided by Ulmon city guides, helps you navigate that city without consuming any data. The app pulls maps and data from OpenStreetMap, which is a collaborative open project comparable to Wikipedia.

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Wikitude
Price: Free

Voted as one of the best Augmented Reality browsers by Augmented Planet and CNN, Wikitude will help you find restaurant reviews from TripAdvisor and Yelp and details about any attraction from Wikipedia.

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Eat Perth – A food tour in Australia’s sunniest city

March 13, 2014

Perth_Sandwich_tnRight in the heart of Perth’s summer festival season, now is the perfect time to be explore the social scene in Australia’s sunniest city. Rich Keam has tasted his way around the best spots from cafes to food trucks.

In recent years Perth has seen fresh sparks enter its streets. Historic buildings, disused spaces, hidden corners and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy restaurants, late night dining, pop up shops, street food and farmers markets are at the very heart of this change. There has never been a better time to taste what the city has on offer. Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia’s fresh, local and seasonal produce.

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Tips for a healthy summer vacation trip this year

March 12, 2014

1133737_18092107Most of us take holidays just for rest and usually we used to spend our holidays doing by nothing or sitting in front of television, sleeping, drink wine with friends, playing with pets, reading some interesting books. There is no such big change that they bring in their lives even in their vacations. But here we will tell you few important tips that can fill bright and glowing colors in their vacation.

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Ask for a refund on non-working wi-fi on United flight

March 12, 2014

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If you are one of many passengers who have experienced outage on wireless services on a United Airlines flight, then you’re in for some dough! The people at Untied.com (which is not United.com, but a website maintained by critics of the airline) has come across an internal document instructing crew members to tell passengers, who complain on an individual basis, that they should ask for a refund if their wireless service is not able to connect.

The document reads:

If an extended outage occurs in flight, advise any customer who brings this to your attention to request a refund for their purchase through United.com/refunds. Do not make an announcement.

This simply means that if there’s a plane-wide outage then you’d never know and wonder if it’s your computer or tablet that is acting weird.

In explaining this to LA Times, United didn’t think they are cheating the passengers, because not everyone on a plane has purchased wi-fi so why make a planewide announcement? Which makes sense because you can still go to the carrier’s website to request a refund.

So make sure you always ask for a refund, or at least let your co-passenger know about it.



AirHelp will help claim your airline compensation

March 7, 2014

5821898Laws in U.S. and Europe allows you to claim money from airlines in case if your flight is canceled or delayed, or when you’re bumped. The airlines will offer vouchers or free drinks on the next flight, but make sure to claim your real money although making them pay up is the hardest part. This is where AirHelp will help.

Similar to Refund.me we mentioned last year that works for European airlines, AirHelp works on behalf of travelers and launched this week in the United States after running in Europe for some time now. Just fill out the five-question survey on their website to see if you are eligible for actual compensation.

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Travel photo: The Treasury at Petra, Jordan

March 4, 2014

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Pre-clear U.S. immigration at Abu Dhabi for Etihad flights

February 27, 2014

Etihad Airways announced that all passengers bound for United States from Abu Dhabi airport on most Etihad flights will be able to pre-clear US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) immigration procedures at the Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport.

The Terminal 3 is a purpose-built facility that allows U.S. bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi prior to departure.

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Some European and Canadian airports have similar facilities, which makes it easy for passengers to avoid long immigration & customs lines at U.S. airports. Having cleared CBP, guests can check-through their baggage to their final destination in the United States as domestic arrivals.

Unlike U.S. airports where customers have to collect their bags at the point of arrival, go through (immigration and) customs and re-check their bags for connecting flights, passengers at Abu Dhabi airport should not collect their bags. The immigration officer will be able to scan the passenger’s bags on their screens when they are at the counter for immigration. This means that the flight from Abu Dhabi to U.S. will be considered ‘domestic U.S.’ flight.

Etihad Airways currently operates flights to three destinations in the U.S. – New York (EY101 only), Chicago (EY151) and Washington (EY131). Guests flying to above destinations in the U.S. will use the CBP facility at Abu Dhabi Airport. more then 20 destinations in the U.S.

Please note: This service is not available for the Etihad Airways flight number EY103 to New York (JFK).



6 most wild and thrilling activities in Dubai

February 25, 2014

camelWe all had heard about Dubai much but very few of us experienced this charming city. Dubai is recently developed city of adventures and thrills that knows better how to catch tourists in large number. The rich Arabian city provide several opportunities of desert thrills, water excitements, air actions and a peaceful invade in its markets and restaurants.

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Travel guides going offline from March 1, 2014

February 25, 2014

In order to give you the best experience on your travels, our travel guides for Kindle, Nook, iBookStore and other ebook readers, will be offline for a few months starting March 1, 2014.

We apologize for the inconvenience while we update our guides to provide you with the latest information.

Please contact us for any inquiries or questions.

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Travel Photo: Taal Lake, Philippines

February 17, 2014

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Don’t be that annoying passenger with these tips

February 17, 2014

annoying_passengers_tnWe all hate to fly these days; with smaller seats and lesser leg spaces, it’s not a relaxing or pleasant experience. Yes, we are referring to the coach class! And then there are the passengers who make things a bit awful for others.

The recommendations here may seem trivial, but frequent fliers will appreciate these as many of them (and us) have gone through these. Here are some tips for you to help make others’ flight more enjoyable, and to avoid being that person of annoyance:

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Cost of permits to climb Mount Everest drops

February 14, 2014

Everest_SummitIt took a staggering amount of US$25,000 to get a permit to climb Mount Everest, but now Nepalese authorities have slashed that to US$12,000 starting next year, in hopes of attracting more tourists.

Prices vary a lot depending on the season. The $11,000 price is for the high climbing season stretching from March to May.

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