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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

Value
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Breakfast included: No.

Address: Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
Website: www.hotelkakchiquel.com

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



United offers wi-fi on international flights, becomes the first U.S. airline to launch

January 15, 2013

International Wi-Fi on United AirlinesWith a lot of other airlines already providing wi-fi on international flights, United Airlines is getting onboard with satellite-based Wi-Fi internet connectivity on the first of its international widebody aircraft, becoming the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.

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Wikivoyage online travel guide launched

January 15, 2013

wikivoyageThe non-profit parent organization of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, officially launched its twelfth official project: Wikivoyage, which was already in beta for a while, is a free online travel guide that, just like Wikipedia, is edited collaboratively.

It currently features about 50,000 articles and has attracted a core group of about 200 volunteer editors. The site is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

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United Airlines launches door-to-door baggage delivery service for a fee (Updated)

January 13, 2013

United Airlines launches baggage delivery serviceLast August, American Airlines launched door-to-door baggage delivery service, and now United Airlines launched the same. The new service enables customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations – within 100 miles of their arrival airports – and skip baggage claim upon arrival.

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Visit the very unique ‘hotel’ website for a good cause

January 11, 2013

Faktum HotelsFaktum is Gothenburg’s street newspaper, and recently they launched a website called ‘Faktum Hotels‘. The first impression of this image-heavy and well-designed website is yet another hotel website. But this is not a hotel brand.

Faktum Hotels is a project to attract donations for as many as 3,400 homeless people living in the Swedish second largest city. Upon visiting the site, you’re shown ten different “rooms” used by the homeless around the city – such as an underpass, disused paper mill, park bench, forests, dock, even under the seating area at a football stadium.

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Hostel Review: D’Nest Inn, Belize City, Belize

January 10, 2013
D'Nest Inn, Belize City, Belize

Value
Location
Cleanliness
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Breakfast included: Yes

Address: 475 Cedar St, Belama, Belize City, Belize
Website: www.dnestinn.com

Great rooms, serene location, family-run B&B
If you’re in Belize to experience the cayes and the islands, then this may not be the place for you to stay. As it’s well-known, Belize City doesn’t have much to look forward to, and everything that is to-be-experienced is on the islands/cayes out of the city. But if you’re spending a night or two of relaxing and heading out west in the country, then this bed & breakfast inn is perfect for you.

Located in the north-west side of the city, in the neighborhood of Belama, D’Nest Inn sits in the corner of a road’s end. Run by a family, who live on the ground level, the decor of this cute home will awe you and the hospitality of the owners will want you to get out of your room and sit with them over a cup of tea.

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Hostel Review: Hostal Los Volcanes, Guatemala City, Guatemala

January 9, 2013
Hostal Los Volcanes, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Value
Location
Cleanliness
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Service
Breakfast included: No.

Address: 16 Street 8-00 Zone 13, Aurora 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Website: www.hostellosvolcanes.com

Rude staff, terrible rooms, cheap hostel
If you’re looking for cheap accommodation right outside the Guatemala City airport, then this may be a good option. But consider this as your last option because the rooms are terrible and the person at the reception desk is not friendly.

We had booked our room through a tour agency and upon reaching the hostel, we were told by that person at the reception desk that he did not have any idea about the booking. That led him to be rude and put us in room 10, which was at the end of the backyard, with no hot water in the showers, the wash-basin was in the room itself, and worst – the room was full of mosquitoes!

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Search and book all your RTW flights in one place

January 9, 2013

indieOne of our favorite travel website, Bootsnall, have released their latest product targeted to the indie travel community: a multi-point flight planning tool called Indie.

They claim to be the “world’s first multi-country flight finder,”, this comes as a boon to multi-stop round the world (RTW) travelers. The website is simple, easy to use and provides instant pricing (after sign-up) as one of their core value propositions.

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Airport baggage tags for a fantastic ad campaign

January 9, 2013

ogilvy1Expedia UK, in collaboration with Ogilvy, has come up with a fantastic advertising campaign using something that every traveler would throw away upon arrival to the destination – airport baggage tags.

These ads will be put up across all London Tube stations and simply sends out the ones message – go travel!

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Hostel Review: Hostel Panamericana, Panama City, Panama

January 9, 2013
Hostel Panamericana, Panama City, Panama

Value
Location
Cleanliness
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Breakfast included: No.

Address: Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Website: www.panamericanahostel.com

Fantastic location, good rooms, friendly staff
Hostel Panamericana is located in a perfect and one of the best places in Old Town Panama City called Casco Viejo. With beautifully painted lobby and kitchen area, this hostel’s staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the rooms are spacious and clean.

We got room 10 which was facing Plaza Herrera from the patio, and has a great view of Ancon Hill. The only downside of all the rooms in this hostel is that the top part of entrance door to the rooms have vents, and being a backpackers paradise, expect a lot of noise coming in to the room at night. This is also an inlet for the mosquitoes!

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Hostel Review: Casa de Las Fuentes, Antigua, Guatemala

January 9, 2013
Casa de Las Fuentes, Antigua, Guatemala

Value
Location
Cleanliness
Rooms
Service
Breakfast included: No.

Address: Avenida El Desengaño No. 26, Antigua, Guatemala
Website: www.hotelcasadelasfuentes.com

Poor location, good rooms
There are few things right about this place and then there are a few wrong. Let’s start with the good ones – The decor of this place is fantastic and it’s a huge hostel with great, clean and spacious rooms. We stayed at room 23, which was way at the back in a separate building, along with other rooms. The hostel’s main reception person speaks English. The building area is well-secured with a 24-hour attendant at the front desk.

But some of the bad things about this place are: It’s located at one end of the Antigua town, so be prepared to walk a lot to reach the hotel from anywhere in the town. Although it is located on a busy street so you will always have vehicles passing by, even in the dark time of the day.

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