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Photo: Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota, USA

February 24, 2013

Minnehaha Falls

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What U.S. Sequester means for your travel?

February 22, 2013

Source: NYTimes.com

Source: NYTimes.com

If you have been following the latest news on U.S. “sequester” – the spending cuts that will automatically be put in to effect starting March 1, 2013 – then you ought to know that this will affect your travel within and in- and out of US.

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Rent a smartphone for cheap if traveling to Hong Kong or Singapore

February 20, 2013

handy_tnChecking-in to places and posting your travels on social media is the trend these days. But international data roaming charges can be exorbitant, not if you’re visiting Hong Kong or Singapore.

Handy is a smartphone rental service in Hong Kong, and has just launched operations in Singapore. The company offers Samsung Galaxy Note phones for rent to travelers at $9 (HKD 68) a day in Hong Kong and $12 (S$15) a day in Singapore. The price includes unlimited 3G data and international calls. Yes, you read that right! Another awesome thing about handy is that it allows tethering for the same price – you could tether a laptop in a pinch and get some surfing done outside of a Wi-Fi zone.

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February 19, 2013

FlightStats iOS app is a simple-to-use flight status app. See our review.
Have you used it? What do you think? Let us know.



SIMPLcase stores international SIMs and has a slot for hands-free use

February 18, 2013

sc2Using your country’s SIM card for voice or data usage while traveling to a foreign country can be expensive and that’s why most travelers purchase a local SIM card to avoid the steep roaming charges. If you’re iPhone user and would like to use it for international SIM cards, then you know how difficult it can be to save those tiny, most important communication tools and also that tray eject pin. That’s where this case called the “minimalist iPhone case for travelers,” comes in. The SIMPLcase is a must-have for traveling techno geeks.

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Photo: Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs, California

February 17, 2013

Photo by: Giri Ramsingh.
Click here for more information on Tahquitz Canyon and Falls.

Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs



February 14, 2013

We have reviewed over 115 travel apps for iOS.

And the latest ones reviews are:

- Postale (Free)
- Qwiki (Free)
- Fodor’s Travel Phrases (Free/$1.99)
- AskNative (Free)
- Jibbigo Translator (Free)
- Stow ($1.99)
- 1001 Wonders of the World ($1.99)



HuffPost answers questions on American, U.S. Airways merger

February 14, 2013

American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge which will create the world’s largest airline and we are wondering how this affects us. The talks abuzz of the name of “American Airlines” being retained, but questions like ‘what about the airfare?’ or ‘what about the frequent flyer miles?’ arise from every passenger who has been or not been with either of the airlines.

Huffington Post has outlined answers to some of these questions – American Airlines, US Airways Merger: What The Airline Deal Means For Consumers



Ukraine Southern Airlines crashed in Donetsk, five dead

February 13, 2013

Source: Reuters

Source: Reuters

Ukraine Southern Airlines plane flying from Odessa to Donetsk has crashed and caught fire during an emergency landing near the city of Donetsk.

According to latest official reports 44 people including 8 crew members were on board the jet en route from the Black Sea resort city of Odessa to Donetsk.

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February 13, 2013

Ensuring a “fair return” to its investors, London Heathrow will see an increase in passenger fees from £19.33 per passenger at present, to £27.30 by 2018.

This means that if you are flying through LHR (London Heathrow), then expect an increase in your ticket fare.



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February 13, 2013

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Use money belts to stash the dough for safe travels

February 13, 2013

eaglecreek_money_beltLosing your wallet on a trip can be disastrous if you’re one of those who carry all the currencies in it. Additionally, if you lose your debit card in that wallet, then you’re stuck with no money on hand and to withdraw. Travelers worldwide have various tips from carrying less cash and credit cards to spreading-out the cash in various bags, or even socks and money belts.

There are a lot of options out there for money belts and here are a few of them we reviewed:

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It all comes to location, location, location when selecting a hotel

February 12, 2013

hotel_locationOne of the key and important part of your travels is selecting a hostel or hotel to stay, and before the price, the deciding factor should be location. And depending on your interests at the destination – clubs, restaurants & city-life or beaches, mountains, small towns – you must find the most appropriate neighborhood to stay at. Make sure to decide that ahead of time, ensuring to give enough time to book the hotel.

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Nowcation lists flight & hotel deals within a month

February 9, 2013

nowcationLooking for a weekend getaway or just a few days out of your routine? If you’re looking for cheap options that includes flights and accommodation, then head over to Nowcation.

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Get rewarded to report a taxi rip-off in Seoul

February 8, 2013

Seoul taxi

Source: Koreatimes.co.kr

As travelers, we have all been ripped-off by taxi drivers in terms of things getting stolen or higher than usual prices. And now Seoul is taking this to a whole new level by offering a cash reward of 500,000 won ($457) to anyone informing the authorities about taxi drivers who rip off foreign tourists.

There has been previous efforts in curbing the rampant practice, but this takes it further and we think a lot of tourists will step up to contact the city officials about any problems or rip-offs they may encounter.

Also read: Get cheaper prepaid SIM cards in Seoul

All you have to do is call an English-language hotline and reporting the driver’s name & ID number, as reported by government officials.

Seoul has around 400 specialized cabs, known as “international taxis,” which are equipped with interpretation services and whose drivers can speak English and Japanese.


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