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50 new hotspots to watch out for next few travel years

June 14, 2014

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If you’re looking for a different travel destination that is unlike the usual ones of Paris, London, Berlin or New York that get so many visitors each year that trips to these destinations can be disappointing experiences filled with crowded tourist sites, overpriced hotels, and bad restaurants, then look at the infographic by LoveHomeSwap.

The website has compiled a list of the top 50 up-and-coming countries to watch, based on data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). They compared growth figures for each country by looking at the annual growth per year figures for travel and tourism’s direct contribution to the country’s GDP between 2014 and 2024.

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These are the best and worst times to avoid airline delays

June 14, 2014

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We all dislike delays in flights and they are not uncommon. After analyzing numbers from the Buerau of Transportation Statistics, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has determined the worst time to fly and the best time to avoid delays.

Aviation system delays peak in the mid-to-late afternoon, when the transit system is at its fullest capacity. (The combined number of arrivals plus departures is highest between 4 and 5 p.m.) Weather-related delays are highest between 3 and 11 p.m., when thunderstorms are more likely to form.

He says that the best time to fly is between 6am and 7am, when the flights on average are supposed to be delayed by 8.6 minutes only. After which the delay times peak at 20.7 minutes between 6 and 7 p.m. They remain at 20-plus minutes through the 9 p.m. hour.

Read the full article with charts at: Fly early, arrive on-time



This tool shows average rain patterns to help you plan your travel

June 11, 2014

What is the best time to travel to a destination? This is the question many of us ask our travel agents or friends. We all want bright, sunny days with almost to no gloom, especially rain.

Sourced from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, a visual tool created by Dutch online travel agent, Tjingo, gives you global rain patterns for trip planning purposes.

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Move the slider to different months to see what precipitation data look like in that week of the month. The data is shown in different slides – the first being the global rain patterns and then regional ones. So if you prefer to avoid rain, this allows selection of the ideal time to travel.

See the average rainfall around the world at: Average precipitation – Rainfall & rainy season map



Google Flight Search will offer a destination to you

June 11, 2014

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Wondering where you should go next? Head over to Google Flight Search and click the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button for a random destination. Google will keep suggesting destinations if you keep pressing that button.

You can add price, time limits or destinations in Flight Search tool for personalized results. Google maintains a history of your past searches and show lowest fare and duration to fly to each place.

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Travel Channel’s Cities – iOS app review

June 10, 2014

Travel Channel Cities iOS travel app reviewLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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All the shows on Travel Channel are on their app for specific cities. Just download the app and the city you want details on. Places to eat, drink and have fun – all in the app.

Create personalized itinerary and sync it across your iOS devices. Currently available for 24 cities in the world, this app has exclusive photos, videos and tips from The Layover, Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, Bizarre Foods, Man v. Food, Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends, Trip Flip and other Travel Channel shows.

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Concierge Cup Brazil – iOS app review

June 10, 2014

Concierge Cup Brazil - Rio de Janeiro iOS travel app reviewLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
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The FIFA World Cup starts in two days and Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism has come up with free apps of all the cities where the games are being played. Apps are available for the following cities:

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This EU law prevents you from driving a non-EU car in their territory

June 7, 2014

borderaflstopsignSwitzerland is bordered by Germany, Austria and Italy. Switzerland has open borders with those countries after the inclusion in Schengen Agreement. Switzerland is not an European Union (EU) member. If you are a citizen of an European Union country or if you rent a car in Switzerland, then make sure not to drive your car in the neighboring countries without proper documentation. What documentation you ask? Registration of the vehicle in EU to be specific.

Austria, Germany or Italy, all EU countries, don’t allow vehicles to enter their territory without being registered in EU zone, even if you drive for tourist, sightseeing or personal reasons.

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The best World Cup football and travel video

June 7, 2014

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The FIFA World Cup starts in Rio de Janeiro next week and Montreal-based filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet has created “Bounce,” that follows the two-year long journey in various places around the globe bouncing his football, freestyle.

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Travel tip: Help someone find & return your lost phone

June 7, 2014

undercover_app_lost_iphoneOften times we lose our smartphones while traveling and there are those great samaritans who go out of their way to return it back to us. And the easiest way to let them know is to have your mailing address or email address mentioned handy to them, especially if you’re like me who keeps a passcode on their phone.

There are ways you can track your smartphone and try and get in touch with someone on the other side, but if your phone is not in a persons hand, yet, then good luck getting it back.

Here’s a tip making it simple and easy to for someone trying to reach your loved one in case of emergency or for someone who wants to return your lost smartphone back to you:

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Bid on independent hotel rooms at Stayful

June 6, 2014

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Thousands of websites online let you book hotels and also compete for the lowest rate. But Stayful determines the lowest price you can use to bid on unbooked rooms at independent and boutique hotels.

Currently, ten cities in U.S. are supported by the website – New York City, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

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Cash-strapped Egypt imposes a new fee for travelers

June 6, 2014

After increasing visa fees and imposing ‘development tax’ in the last two months, Egyptian authorities have now decided to levy a new airport tax on travelers leaving the country.

The government started applying the roughly $25 fee on ticket purchases through airline companies last month, which means that the airline companies have been passing the charge directly on to customers buying tickets to and from the country, with it appearing as an additional tax on the ticket price.

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Egypt’s tourism industry has been hit hard by the three years of turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.



Get $500 for a missed airline connection, and alike with this plan

June 5, 2014

aircare_homeSeasoned travelers and alike remind you to get travel insurance before the getaway that covers missed connections, delays, lost bags, medical and more. Although a lot of government/airline laws & regulations offer compensation, they are limited to lost bags or longer delays, but for most of them, you’re on your own.

For example, there’s no government or airline compensation if you suffer a long tarmac delay or a missed connection, although the airline might get fined if they don’t offer to deplane you after three hours, but none of that sees its way into your pocket. With all the loopholes and “conditions apply” policies, you have to fill out forms, make calls and all you get in return is peanuts!

But a new company from the people who started TravelGuard travel insurance (now part of AIG insurance), is trying to cover everything that is not covered elsewhere, with minimal effort on the part of the insured.

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Our business cards are here!

June 4, 2014

Our brand new business cards are here from Moo.com.

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British Airways goofs-up in handling passengers needs

June 3, 2014

Passengers queue at a British Airways desk at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in west LondonLast year in October, Mr. Jay Shah narrated his ordeal in dealing with Air France and his experience with their Paris staff, and now Snigdha Jain outlines her experience in London where British Airways staff behaved rudely and perhaps racially in handling their tickets for a flight from London to Mumbai.

Flying out of New York to London, Snigdha’s flight was delayed because of a staff error at LHR that prevented the plane at the gate to depart. This lead to her plane not being able to park on time making her miss the connecting flight to Mumbai.

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The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag-Diet

May 30, 2014

Resposted from the original article

jetlagThe Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet is helping travelers quickly adjust their bodies’ internal clocks to new time zones. It is also being used to speed the adjustment of shiftworkers, such as power plant operators, to periodically rotating work hours.

The diet was developed by Dr. Charles F. Ehret of Argonne’s Division of Biological and Medical Research as an application of his fundamental studies of the daily biological rhythms of animals. Argonne National Laboratory is one of the US Department of Energy’s major centers of research in energy and the fundamental sciences.

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