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Google Translate will work in offline mode for Android

March 27, 2013

Google Translate for AndroidWe have reviewed over one hundred travel apps for iOS and one of them is Google Translate. The app is one of the finest translation apps out there, and with it’s voice controlled translation it is one the most used apps. But the part that sucks is you need an internet connection to be able to translate the conversation. And the mobile carriers charge exorbitant prices to enable international data roaming.

But Google Translate for Android won’t need that.

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Change in rule for passengers arriving to U.S. (Updated)

March 27, 2013

I_94April 26, 2013 will see a change in lawful admittance of non-immigrants in united States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published new rule for passengers arriving in the U.S. – the standard Form I-94, which serves as the arrival and departure record and is stapled to passengers’ passports, will soon be automated and in electronic form only.

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The best mangrove tour at Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica

March 26, 2013

Mangroves

Mangroves

One of the things a lot of travelers and friends recommended to do in Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica was the ‘Mangrove Tour’. I booked the tour well in advance with Manuel Antonio Estates, which costs US$65 for a 3-hour Mangrove Tour in a boat. The costs include pick-up and drop-off to/from your hotel around Quepos, a sumptuous lunch and an excellent, thrilling, adventurous tour of the Mangroves.

See more on why I call it one of my best experiences.

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This most expensive trip will cover 150 countries, all heritage sites and more

March 26, 2013

MonteAlbanIf you have £990,000 (approx $1.5 million) then you must go on a two-year trip of a lifetime that is launched by veryfirstto.com and London-based luxury travel agent Hurlingham Travel.

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Have you Vine’d yet?

March 26, 2013

Vine iPhone App

Vine

Published: March 26, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Launched by Twitter a month ago, Vine is a simple app that allows you to take 6-second looping videos [#6SecFilms #6secondpostcard] on your smartphone. This is a the latest hot digital phenomenon allowing you to share travel experiences and local hotspots.

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Tips on longer battery life for your laptop while traveling

March 25, 2013

laptoptableLaptops these days are becoming more efficient in terms of longer battery life, better screens and increased memory size… and so are the applications. Whether you are playing games, watching movies, reading ebook or just working on that school-paper, saving that precious battery life, especially on a long-haul flight is very important. But battery drains fast and most airlines don’t provide electrical outlet to plug in your computer. Here are some tips on how to save battery life.

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Soon electronic devices may be allowed to remain on during take-off and landing

March 25, 2013

Computer on AirplanePretty soon you may not be asked to turn your electronic device ‘completely’ during take-off or landing.

The New York Times reports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may only require you to put some gadgets such as e-readers and laptops in “airplane mode” during takeoffs and landings.

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Explore the unknown. Travel.

March 22, 2013

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Travel Photos: Brand new Terminal 2 at Mumbai Int’l Airport

March 22, 2013

Terminal 2 at Mumbai Int'l AirportTerminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is all set to open in September this year. With a vision of making the airport one of the best in the world, the Terminal 2, or T2 has been built with a state-of-the-art four-level terminal with an area of over 4,39,000 sq. mts. The new terminal will have new taxiways and apron areas for aircraft parking designed to cater to 40 million passengers annually. Terminal 2 has a retail space spread across 21,000 sq. mts and 5,000 sq. mts of landscape area. A 6 lane elevated express way leading to the Terminal is another big highlight. Making it easy for travellers, the T2 will have 188 check-in counters, 60 departure immigration counters and 76 arrival immigration counters. The Terminal 2 will have 104 security check positions and 10 baggage carousels. The new terminal will have a multi-level car park for 5,000 cars.

[Article & image source: Rediff.com]

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Five walking tours now available in German

March 22, 2013

In our continued attempt to reach out to more users in different languages, we are glad to announce that five walking tour guides are now available in German language. These are also available in English.

Get your own copy for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers. See all our travel guides

Amman Städtetour
Amman, Jordan
Auckland Städtetour
Auckland, New Zealand
Barcelona Städtetour
Barcelona, Spain
Budapest Städtetour
Budapest, Hungary
Kopenhagen Städtetour
Copenhagen, Denmark


Tour with locals in Asian countries with Voyagin

March 22, 2013

voyaginTraveling to Asia and looking for specific organized tours? Most travelers to Asian countries face one major hurdle – language, so for all of you looking to experience the cities and towns of Asia through a local’s eye then head over to Voyagin.

Voyagin seeks to give you a more intimate look at five Asian countries – Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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TripWhat – iOS app review

March 21, 2013

TripWhat iPhone App

TripWhat

Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

How do you bring reviews of restaurants on Yelp, UrbanSpoon or OpenTable, band playing at SeatGeek, Wikipedia data and other basic information like website link, phone number, etc. in one app?

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Visa exemption between Mexico and Brazil

March 20, 2013

Mexico and Brazil

Source: Forbes.com

Mexico and Brazil have agreed to exempt ordinary passports for short-stay visas.

The visa requirement for Brazilians had been in force since 2005, and from May 2010, Mexico applied CHM immigration to those citizens with a U.S. visa. Moreover, the Migration Documentation Information System (SIDOMI) and the System of Electronic Authorization (SAE) allowed Brazilian tourists and businessmen to obtain electronic visas.

This achievement will allow for an increase in visitors to Mexico from Brazil.

[Source: PRNewswire]



March 20, 2013

New York City’s icon and a World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty, was closed in 2011 for repairs and renovations, a day after its 125th anniversary. It was scheduled to reopen on October 29, 2012, but was shut down due to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

And now it’s scheduled to open on July 4, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.



Travel Photos: Amman, Kingdom of Jordan

March 19, 2013

Two photos of the glorious capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Amman, taken from the highest point in the city – Jabal al-Qal’a (Citadel of Amman). You can spot the huge Jordanian flag of the Raghadan palace compound, which at 127m high is said to be the world’s largest free-standing flagpole, and can be seen from most places in the city.

Amman

Amman

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