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Why choose Seattle?

October 16, 2013

SeattleHere is a city I am very fascinated with and very excited to tell you about as well. One of the things I find most interesting about this city is that it was named for a Native American Chief named Noah Seattle.

Another very interesting thing about Seattle is the Klondike Gold Rush which saw an end to the great depression which begun in 1893. How I wish to be there in 1897 when the SS Portland brought the ship of gold to the dock of Seattle making the city one of the major transportation centers in the US.

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30 most attractive destinations were in summer 2013

October 16, 2013

LONDONminigraphics_tnWhich cities around the world are most worth visiting? If you want to experience as many must-see places as possible, you should definitely add London, Rome, San Francisco, Istanbul and Budapest to your travel bucket list.

All these cities have at least 10 sights that attract the attention of more than half of the visiting tourists. Las Vegas and Singapore, on the other hand, have no such place to offer and you’ll have to settle for not-so-famous attractions if you plan to spend a few days here.

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Travel photo: Early morning in Lithuania

October 14, 2013

Early morning in Lithuania

Grand Canyon National Park re-opens amidst U.S. Government shutdown

October 11, 2013

grand-canyon_tnGovernor Jan Brewer of Arizona negotiated an agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior to reopen Grand Canyon National Park using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown. Being the crucial driver of revenue for the state, this has been a focus for the Governor since the U.S. government shutdown last week.

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Bizarre shadow draws tourists to this small town

October 10, 2013

Cashiers is a small town in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina (USA) which attracts a lot of travelers for it’s bizarre annual natural phenomenon called “Shadow of the Bear.”

On the side of the 4,930-foot Whiteside Mountain, the mountain casts a shadow that looks like an enormous “bear”. This is only for 30 minutes starting at 5:30pm each day from late October through early November, and from mid-February to early March.

The scenic fall foliage attracts tourists from all over, but this occurrence makes it a major draw. The best place to view the shadow is off Highway 64 at Rhodes Big View Overlook.

Shadow of bear will help claim your airline compensation (EU only)

October 9, 2013

refundMe_tnWe all have have experienced the difficulties of claiming for compensation after suffering a long delay or missed connection. European Union law states that passengers reaching their destination at least 3 hours after schedule can be eligible for up to €600, barring extraordinary circumstances. Since the airlines have to prove these circumstances, they are often allowed to reject legitimate claims by citing “extraordinary circumstances” and by the lack of insistence by the customer.

Important: Note that the website will be able to help you only when your final destination is in the EU.

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Ditch the checklist model of travel

October 9, 2013

open_roadOften, when we talk about travel, the emphasis is placed on breadth of geography, rather than depth of experience. Plenty of people boast about seeing Rome, Paris, and Berlin in a single week, as though crossing capital cities—and by extension entire countries—off of a metaphorical checklist. Certainly there is something to be said for visiting multiple countries. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense to visit a single country, and take the time to visit places off the beaten track. The big cities and famous sites can be amazing, but often the best memories come from unplanned experiences in places that guidebooks gloss over.

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Packing Pro is a must-have app for every traveler

October 4, 2013

Packing ProLink: iTunes
Cost: $2.99

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We all have that moment where you are at the airport and the first thing you ask yourself is “have I packed everything?” And keep pondering over the list of what you’re actually missing. This is where this amazing app called Packing Pro tries to help folks shed some of that stress.

The latest version designed for iOS 7 is extremely easy to use, looks amazing and hence makes this one of our favorite, must-have apps. With a $2.99 price tag, this app will let you plan and add all your stuff for that next exotic trip. Select the dates of travel and preferably a gender or type (single, family, etc) and you will be presented with a list of essentials which you can edit.

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GonnaGo – iOS app review

October 2, 2013

GonnaGoLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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The latest travel app called GonnaGo claims to save itineraries and share them with friends on Facebook. After a quick test, we don’t really see a purpose of this app! You add a trip, say “My Japan Trip”, add friends from Facebook and then start adding the ‘cards’ which are basically cities and dates you will be visiting on that trip.

We added ‘Tokyo’ and then added ‘Kyoto’ with dates in a sequential order. But when you tap the map, it showed two lines – one from our hometown to Tokyo and another from hometown to Kyoto! Yes, you read the right – both of them starting from hometown to the two cities. Does this mean the app is trying to tell us that we have to fly back to our hometown from Tokyo and then go to Kyoto?! Since the map cannot be zoomed-in, we did not notice the line between Tokyo and Kyoto.

Moreover, the app doesn’t give any useful information on any cities or anything at all. Sharing the itinerary doesn’t make any sense when my family & friends on Facebook will never know what my ‘itinerary’ looks like.

There are a lot of apps out there that lets you save your itineraries with all the details; and then share it with friends on Facebook and other social media.

All in all, we think this is simply a useless app! Glad it’s free!


Kurrency – iOS app review

October 2, 2013

KurrencyLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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Here’s another currency conversion app that basically “allows you to convert almost all the currencies of the world into your national currency.” Touting itself as the first currency conversion app designed for iOS 7, Kurrency is keeping things simple – there are only two screens in the app: the main conversion screen and the auxiliary currency selection screen.

The main screen lets you convert from one currency to another just by entering any amount. You can tap the bidirectional arrow icon to swap the currencies for reverse conversion.

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Travels affected by U.S. government shutdown

September 30, 2013

NationalParks_tnAs the U.S. government shutdown is imminent, two major departments across the nation will suffer a setback and close down their doors, as far as travelers are concerned:

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LoungeBuddy – iOS app review

September 29, 2013

LoungeBuddyLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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Airport terminals and lounges are important to any traveler, especially after long flights, in terms of stretching your legs and some times grubbing some decent food (if your airline didn’t provide one). Most airlines have their lounges in main airports and if you’re a part of the frequent flyer program with that airline or alliance then you may get free or discounted access for free wi-fi, coffee or a snack. But not all are free.

Recently launched app, LoungeBuddy will let you know all the information you need for airline lounges on airports, with details like costs, amenities and directions to the lounge. It does not plot the location on an airport map, which could be helpful. Note that this app does not show restaurants or cafes on any airport.

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“Recorrido a pie Budapest” ya está disponible en español

September 27, 2013
Budapest recorrido a pie

También disponible en Inglés y alemán

Con parques llenos de verdes llenos de placeres encantadores, museos que inspirarán y una animada vida nocturna que está a la par con sus homólogos europeos, dar un paseo por Budapest que es conocida como “la pequeña París de Europa central” y “Perla del Danubio”.

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Puntos de interés:
Opera Estatal de Hungría, Drechsler House, Nuevo Teatro, Café Muvesz, Budapest Operetta, Thalia, Fashion House, House of Terror, Franz Liszt Memorial Museum, Budapest Puppet Theatre, de la Academia de Bellas Artes, Lukács cafetería, Kodály körönd, Museo Ferenc Hopp de Arte Asiático Oriental, György Museo Rath, Plaza de los Héroes, Monumento del Milenio, Museo de Bellas Artes, el Palacio del Arte


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Sagrada Familia to look like this when completed in 2026

September 26, 2013

Sagrada Familia
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia, began in 1882 and he was killed by a train in 1926. But after eighty six years, the Barcelona basilica is still under construction with none architects working on this never-ending project. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand castle, it’ll be done by 2026 and this is what it will look like:

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Travelers must leave all Indian Rupees in India before departure

September 25, 2013

Indian_rupeeIf you have a passion to collect currencies of the countries you visit, and if you’re in India, then according to a new directive from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), every foreigner leaving the country will have to compulsorily change Indian rupees in their possession into a foreign currency before they board the flight.

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