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Travel deals: Chargers for smartphones for $10 & $15

May 19, 2014

iEnjoy MyBolt Portable USB Flash Charger – $9.99
s0812823_sc7With 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.

Features:

  • 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

Link: iEnjoy MyBolt Portable USB Flash Charger – Staples.com

 
Breett 10000mAh Power Bank Dual-Port USB Charger – $14.99
battery_chargerThis 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

Features:

  • 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

Link: Breett 10000mAh Power Bank Dual-Port USB Charger 2.1A 1.0APortable External Battery Charger for Samsung, iPhone – Amazon.com



Deals from TheFlightDeal added

May 19, 2014

Excellent flight deals from TheFlightDeal are now added to our travel deals page.

Now, you can view the top ten deals from airlines, tour companies and packages from TravelZoo, FareCompare and TheFlightDeal, all on one page.

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.

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Go get ’em, you traveler!



Get offline maps to any place in the world with MapsWithMe

May 17, 2014

MapsWithMe iPhone AppLink: iTunes
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.

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Travel tips: Reuse these bathroom accessories you get free in hotels

May 15, 2014

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?

shoes_in_shower_capJust 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

bathroom_slippersAs 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.

 
 
 
 



Hampi, Badami, Pattadakkal and Aihole, India

May 14, 2014

hampi_6By 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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TouchNote – iOS app review

May 14, 2014

TouchNote iPhone AppLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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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!

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This interactive list will help you what to pack

May 14, 2014

whattopackPacking 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.

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Egypt will charge ‘development tax’ for tourists at certain airports

May 13, 2014

luxor_airportInspite 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.

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Incredible selfie video in 36 countries and traveling for 600 days

May 12, 2014

After driving his motorcycle for 200,000 Km in 600 days, Alex Chacon has come up with this incredible “selfie” video. It was filmed on a GoPro camera on a stick.

Alex crossed over 75 borders in 36 countries to to capture this incredible footage.

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5 destinations every solo female traveler has to visit

May 12, 2014

greeceCareer, relationships, friends, family, children… a woman’s life is far from easy. Getting caught in this myriad of responsibilities and trying to strike a balance between different aspects of life can get so demanding that there is hardly any place for some quality ‘me time’. A solo travel may be just the kind of thing you need to break away from the pressures of your routine and bounce back rejuvenated. This is perhaps why the trend of solo female travelers heading out for vacations is on the rise, and for good reason.

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Exploring natural splendor of Chapada Diamantina

May 9, 2014

By: Naresh Shah – Mumbai, India

Chapada_Diamantina_Gruta_da_PratinhaFrom Salvador a comfortable six hours bus ride operated by Real Expresso took us to Lençóis (Bahia), a pretty little town with colorful houses on cobblestone streets. Lençóis serves as an excellent “base camp” to explore the Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina, a park enriched with valleys, caves, and waterfalls.

Just two day halt at Lençóis is considered very little time to fully explore the splendid park so we were advised to take an extensive day trip that promised us most exhaustive experience of the richness of the park operated by a local adventure tour company Eco Tur.

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Experiencing mind-blowing spectacle of Iguaçu Falls

May 7, 2014

By: Naresh Shah – Mumbai, India

iguacu_falls1The big three daddies of waterfalls world on earth are considered to be the Iguaçu Falls (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay), the Niagara Falls (Canada and USA), and the Victoria Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe).

As we started planning our Brazil trip we were very certain to visit the magnificent natural wonder of Iguaçu falls. Foz do Iguaçu, a town that prospered with construction of the Itaipu Dam, serves as access point to visit the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Iguaçu means “BIG WATERS” in Guarani language. Millions of years formed the basaltic rocks canyon where the Iguaçu river falls in 20 km downstream joining the Parana river.

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Get this app to see what’s in North Korea

May 7, 2014

North Korea Travel iPhone AppLink: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

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Visiting North Korea is an adventure of its own and with about 5000-6000 travelers in a year, this is the perhaps the last destination on anyone’s mind. But a new app call North Korea Travel wants you to visit the hermit kingdom from your armchair.

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Check solo prices even if you’re traveling in group

April 25, 2014

grouptravelTraveling with family or friends can be super fun, but if you travel as a group, you could be paying more for your airfares than you would if you were traveling alone.

Wisebread says that airline reservation systems have multiple airfare classes and a set number of seats in any particular class. This is not about whether you book seats in the economy class or the first class. In economy class alone, there could be 10 different price classes.

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Increase in tourist visa fees for Egypt

April 24, 2014

egypt_visaEgypt will increase tourist visa fees from $15 to $20 starting on May 1, 2014.

According to Hesham Zazou, tourism minister, the increase is slight and is not expected to affect the flow of tourists to the country.

The decision to increase the cost of a tourist visa to Egypt was previously postponed several times. The decision was initially meant to be implemented in November 2013. It was then postponed to February 2014, and finally to 1 May.

According to the tourism ministry, Egypt’s visa is still amongst the cheapest worldwide.