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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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Packing Pro is a must-have app for every traveler

October 4, 2013

Packing ProLink: iTunes
Cost: $2.99

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We all have that moment where you are at the airport and the first thing you ask yourself is “have I packed everything?” And keep pondering over the list of what you’re actually missing. This is where this amazing app called Packing Pro tries to help folks shed some of that stress.

The latest version designed for iOS 7 is extremely easy to use, looks amazing and hence makes this one of our favorite, must-have apps. With a $2.99 price tag, this app will let you plan and add all your stuff for that next exotic trip. Select the dates of travel and preferably a gender or type (single, family, etc) and you will be presented with a list of essentials which you can edit.

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GonnaGo – iOS app review

October 2, 2013

GonnaGoLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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The latest travel app called GonnaGo claims to save itineraries and share them with friends on Facebook. After a quick test, we don’t really see a purpose of this app! You add a trip, say “My Japan Trip”, add friends from Facebook and then start adding the ‘cards’ which are basically cities and dates you will be visiting on that trip.

We added ‘Tokyo’ and then added ‘Kyoto’ with dates in a sequential order. But when you tap the map, it showed two lines – one from our hometown to Tokyo and another from hometown to Kyoto! Yes, you read the right – both of them starting from hometown to the two cities. Does this mean the app is trying to tell us that we have to fly back to our hometown from Tokyo and then go to Kyoto?! Since the map cannot be zoomed-in, we did not notice the line between Tokyo and Kyoto.

Moreover, the app doesn’t give any useful information on any cities or anything at all. Sharing the itinerary doesn’t make any sense when my family & friends on Facebook will never know what my ‘itinerary’ looks like.

There are a lot of apps out there that lets you save your itineraries with all the details; and then share it with friends on Facebook and other social media.

All in all, we think this is simply a useless app! Glad it’s free!

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Kurrency – iOS app review

October 2, 2013

KurrencyLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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Here’s another currency conversion app that basically “allows you to convert almost all the currencies of the world into your national currency.” Touting itself as the first currency conversion app designed for iOS 7, Kurrency is keeping things simple – there are only two screens in the app: the main conversion screen and the auxiliary currency selection screen.

The main screen lets you convert from one currency to another just by entering any amount. You can tap the bidirectional arrow icon to swap the currencies for reverse conversion.

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Travels affected by U.S. government shutdown

September 30, 2013

NationalParks_tnAs the U.S. government shutdown is imminent, two major departments across the nation will suffer a setback and close down their doors, as far as travelers are concerned:

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