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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


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.

Unlocking your phone for international travel is illegal if you live in U.S.

February 8, 2013

Should I unlock my phone?United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 [PDF] expired on January 26th 2013, which simply means that if you bought a phone in US under contract with one of the carriers then you cannot unlock your phone, unless your contract expires, or if you have paid off your contract.

What does this mean for you? Find out.

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Take underwater pictures & videos with DandyCase

February 8, 2013

DandyCaseSmartphones these days take some amazing pictures and a lot of travelers are ditching their SLRs and P&S cameras for the one device they have on them all the time – their smartphones. With all the apps out there, it’s easy to backup your pictures using a smartphone to one of the many websites offering online space.

But what if you plan to have an exotic vacation at one of the beaches and you decide to go diving or snorkeling? What if you want to take video or pictures with your smartphone? You need a flexible waterproof case that looks a bit like a Ziploc bag keeping your smartphone dry, and also be able to use your fingers to swipe through.

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Photo: El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

February 4, 2013

El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Airline launches ‘quiet zones’ by placing kids at the back of the plane

February 4, 2013

Kids in airplanesLast year, WestJet introduced child-free flights and Malaysian airlines launched them in 2011; and now Air Asia X is jumping into the same foray with a lower tone by simply pushing the kids at the back of the plane!

The airline’s A330-300 fleet, which covers flights across Australia, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea will have the new “quiet zones” as seven economy class rows. The rows will have soft lighting encouraging relaxation, and doesn’t cost more.

Passengers with children under 12 years of age traveling in economy class will be given the back seats, away from the ‘quiet zone’. Unlike WestJet or Malaysian, Air Asia X is not banning kids from traveling, but instead, is enhancing the array of product offerings on board to suit its guests individual needs and preferences.

Visit the Grand Canyon virtually on Google Imagery

January 31, 2013

Grand Canyon on Google MapsThe Grand Canyon is a majestic place and if you have never visited before then now you can, by just a click of your mouse. Google Maps launched a panoramic imagery of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments.

Whether you are planning a hike or just wondering the history behind the canyon, head over to Google Maps and explore with the beautiful, interactive images that cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making our map of this area even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before.

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Find the best travel rewards card based on your needs

January 29, 2013

MilecardsOne of the best ways to earn flyer miles and travel points is to put all your spending on one rewards card. A lot of airlines and hotels offer various cards with offers from first free bag to luxury free 3-night stay, depending on the points you have earned. May also offer partner deals with other airlines and/or hotels.

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Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora in pictures

January 28, 2013

Sedlec OssuaryLocated in Kutna Hora, a town in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic just a short train ride away from Prague, is the Sedlec Ossuary (Kostnice Sedlec); also known as the Church of Bones. The small chapel was constructed in 1511 to house the bones from abolished graves and is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Many of the bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Arranged by Frantisek Rint in 1870, highlights include an enormous chandelier which includes at least one of every bone in the human body and a crucifix style arrangement near the altar. Even Rint’s signature is executed in bone on the wall near the entrance. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.

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Guide to backing-up your pictures

January 22, 2013

online backupWith all the social websites out there, everyone wants to share and save their travel memories – especially save. There are cameras of all sorts – point-n-shoot, DSLR and smartphone cameras – and everyone carry at least one of them. Taking photos is a great way to remember your travel moments for life and share them with friends.

If you lose that camera, smartphone or a memory card, then you could lose the photos forever. Even if you back them up to your hard drive or laptop, they may fail too. So here are some ways you can backup all vacation photos for safe keeping:

The base rule is to back-up everything in two places.

Apart from external hard drives and flash drives, there are lot many websites these days, offering free space to store your files. By having multiple backups, you are ensuring your memories will never get lost. So let’s look at all the options we have:

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Board early on Southwest Airlines by paying a fee

January 22, 2013

Southwest AirlinesVarious airlines have invented fees in the last few years to get their budgets rolling, and after comparing all the fees, one may see that budget-carrier Southwest has restrained itself from charging baggage fees fro the first bag on its flights.

But now you can board early by paying a fee.

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Tikal Mayan Ruins, Guatemala in pictures

January 21, 2013

Grand Temple ITikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hostel Review: Hotel Kakchiquel, Panajachel, Guatemala

January 18, 2013
Hotel Kakchiquel, Panajachel, Guatemala

Breakfast included: No.

Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala

Good location, good service, but rooms are ok
There are rooms in this hotel that range from semi-luxury to backpacker-cheap. This simply means that depending on the price you’re willing to pay, you can get a range to choose from. All the rooms come with bathroom and TV. The price doesn’t include breakfast, but they have a restaurant at the lobby level where you can get a breakfast of two scrambled eggs, OJ, toast & 2 small slices of bacon for GTQ 30.

Don’t expect hot water in the shower, and even after complaining to the friendly-manager, it didn’t really help! Also the room we were in didn’t have any power outlet except for the one on top of the wall, next to the TV. So we had to get on a chair to charge the phones!

The location of the hotel is on Calle Santander, which is the main drag right in the center of the town. Walking distance from the shoreline and ferry terminals, this is a great place to stay if you’re in Panajachel.

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American Airlines rebrands itself

January 17, 2013

American Airlines' new logoAmerican Airlines unveiled a new logo as part of an effort to revitalize the brand.

Introducing a sleek new look, the airlines expect to grace the company’s much touted new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will hit the skies January 31.

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Photo: Los Angeles by night

January 17, 2013

Los Angeles by night

View of Los Angeles downtown at night from Griffith Observatory

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