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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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Travel photo: Al Saleh Mosque, Yemen

November 7, 2013

Al Saleh Mosque, Yemen

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Hand signals you must avoid while traveling abroad

November 5, 2013

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Most of us are used to certain kind of hand gestures that represent an OK sign or a thumbs-up to represent something that is great. But that may be considered as rude or something very inappropriate in certain regions or countries.

For example, a thumbs-up hand gesture says ‘good job’ in U.S., U.K. or other countries, but in parts of Latin America, West Africa, Iran, and Sardinia, a thumbs-up is more akin to flipping someone the bird. A friendly thumbs-up has landed lots of unwitting travelers on the wrong end of angry glares.

MentalFloss has come up with a list of gestures that any traveler should avoid. Read more at What Hand Signals Should I Avoid When Traveling Abroad?



Your Amsterdam mini travel guide

November 5, 2013

AmsterdamAmsterdam is a popular tourist destination for many people in Europe and from further afield. Known as Venice of the north, Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ creative, cultural and financial centre. Amsterdam appeals to a wide variety of travellers, from those looking for exciting nightlife to visitors looking to take in the architecture and history.

If you’re planning your first trip to Amsterdam, then read on for our top tips in our Amsterdam mini travel guide.

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Travel Photo: O-Tori Gate at Miyajima Island, Japan

November 4, 2013

Photo by: Aashir

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Travel photo: Upper Yosemite Falls, United States

October 16, 2013

Upper Yosemite Falls, California



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.

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Refund.me 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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