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Bicycle tour around Battambang, Cambodia (Video)

December 9, 2013

2While I was in Battambang, the second populous city in Cambodia, I read about the half- and full-day bicycle tours offered by many local companies that will ride you to some of the small villages around the city. With great reviews on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet forums, I decided to sign up for a half-day tour with Soksabike (the name is a play on the Cambodian greeting Sok Sabai which roughly translates to Are you well?), which is a social business where benefits of the tour are distributed to the local people you meet during your tour.

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Create location-based photo-journal with Heyday

December 9, 2013

HeydayLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

If you happen to take a lot of pictures using your iPhone or iPad, then you know that by default the location-services are on for the camera which makes it easy to geo-tag the pictures. This also helps you maintain a journal of all the places you visited on a particular day. But that’s just pictures; and no text can be associated to it.

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A rare event – Grand Canyon covered in “clouds”

December 2, 2013

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Our reader Anand Rane captured these pictures of the Grand Canyon covered in “clouds”. According to park ranger Erin Whittaker, told the MailOnline that this is “a once in a lifetime event,” that happened two times in only three days.

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Know security wait times at major airports using WhatsBusy (U.S. only)

November 22, 2013

WhatsBusy_tnWaiting in line at the airport security checkpoints is something no one really likes. And what if we knew what the estimated wait times were? Well, WhatsBusy just does that!

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New billboard ads point at actual planes flying overhead (Video)

November 21, 2013

British-Airways-interactiveIf you are visiting London now or in few days soon, then look out for the British Airways billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick. British
Airways along with Ogilvy has come up with this amazing campaign called “Magic of Flying” to promote traveling through a kid’s eyes.

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Southwest is first to offer gate-to-gate wi-fi

November 21, 2013

Southwest-Wi-Fi-hotspotThe FAA had recently lifted the prohibition on using certain electronic devices during take-off and landing; and Southwest Airlines is the first airline to offer gate-to-gate wi-fi connectivity. In addition to already allowing use of gadgets themselves, Southwest uses a satellite technology that differs from the air-to-ground technology used by Gogo, which powers the inflight wi-fi for most other airlines.

Southwest has wi-fi on over 430 planes and now Gogo is also upgrading the internet speed in addition to allow talking and texting capabilities.



Bottle Tree Ranch, Oro Grande, California in pictures

November 20, 2013

Bottle Tree Ranch, California
As a child, Elmer Long scoured the desert with his father, collecting everything and anything. While a younger Long took notes, his father amassed an incredible collection of glass bottles. When he passed away, Long inherited his work, as well as a loss at what to do with the strange collection. In 2000, an idea struck the famously bearded Elmer Long, and he created his first bottle tree.

Shaped like hat racks, with glass bottles of all colors and shapes angled off of them, the bottle tree ranch has now grown to 200 installations. Besides being a beautiful gallery, the hollow bottles also whirr a sweet tune when the wind passes through them. For travelers making their way across America, this collection and its curator are two treasures without equal.

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That annoying flight passenger in the dark

November 19, 2013

Annoying PassengerIn my last flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, we started off in night to reach LA in afternoon. This meant that most of the flight route would have daylight outside. And as it happens on most of the flights, upon reaching the cruising altitude, the crew would request everyone to shut off their window blinds to avoid that extra sunlight from blinding other passengers in the plane.

After some delicious dinner (I know, that’s rare!) on Malaysia Airlines flight, I wanted to sleep through most of the 10-plus hour flight.

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7 fun things you must do in Berlin

November 19, 2013

Berlin-Mitte_Deutsches_CurrBerolina, the femme fatale symbolizing the city couldn’t be more proud of her city. Berlin is everything you want it to be. Approximately 135 million tourists visit Berlin per year, the numbers rising every year turning this city less German and more Cosmo. Being the capital of Germany, it goes without saying that it has influential reputation in every area be it Business and Economy, Industry, Education, Healthcare and most importantly transportation within the country and abroad. However, there is more to it:

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Expect to pay more on all flights out of Morocco starting April

November 15, 2013

Rabat_AirportPlanning on a travel to Morocco next year? Be prepared to shell out a bit more out of your pocket because Morocco’s cash-strapped government plans to levy a tax on all flights out of the country, which would be used to promote it as a holiday destination.

The Parliament approved the plan for an aviation tax effective April 1, 2014. First class flights will be taxed 400 dirhams ($48) while a surcharge of 100 dirhams ($12) will be added to economy class tickets.

The government expects to raise around 90 million euros a year initially, half of which is expected to fund the activities of the Moroccan national tourist office, with the rest to go to a social development fund. The proceeds would allow Morocco to raise its profile in places like Brazil, China, the Gulf and West Africa, where interest in holidays to the country is growing, as well as in eastern Europe.



Travel Photo: Saghmosavank, Armenia

November 13, 2013

The Saghmosavank is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia.

Saghmosavank, Armenia



This ‘Ultimate Bucket List’ takes 255 days and costs a lot

November 13, 2013

362650-lhs-ultimatebucketliHow long does it take to cover 100 of the world’s greatest travel experiences in a one non-stop trip? Home exchange website, LoveHomeSwap says 255 days and costs about £50,000 ($80,000). The itinerary put together by LoveHomeSwap would take in activities ranging from bog-snorkelling in Llanwrytd Wells in Wales to reading a newspaper while floating on the Dead Sea in the Middle East.

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Alternative Tips for travel to the USA

November 13, 2013

ESTAFor travellers to the U.S, there are a thousand “top-tip” lists spread across the internet that, while perennially useful, often repeat the same common-sense rules that most travellers already hold dear. However, a few very important tips are repeatedly forgotten on these lists and we’re here to reset the balance. Take a look at out 5 alternative tips to hassle free travel in the “land of the free”.

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Water sports in India – wet-thrill at it’s best!

November 13, 2013

india-water-sportsIn India, different forms of fun can indulge people from various backgrounds with varying appetite for adventure. At one end, some individuals find even taking a step out of their house adventurous. At the other extreme end, risk takers are not intimidated by even the mighty waves of sea and killing currents of rivers. In both the cases though, the spirit of adventure is exhilarating all the same. In both the cases though, all the same is exhilarating spirit of adventure.

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This bag will keep clean & used clothes separate while traveling

November 13, 2013

205-OUTLIER-Doublebag-OnTopPacking light is the way to go these days when you’re traveling. But many a times you face the challenge to stow your used clothes separate from the clean ones. Outliner introduces this fantastic Doublebag that really is two bags in one, with openings on both ends and one movable partition in the middle that keeps the contents of both side separate.

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