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Tip: Keep a cheat-sheet for easy currency conversions

March 4, 2013

oanda currency cheat-sheetOne of the difficult thing to calculate while traveling internationally is the price you are actually paying in your home currency when you shop or eat. When you give a £10 bill, your mind may be saying $10 to you, whereas you are actually spending 1.5 times. Even shopping for artifacts may not make things easier with all the numbers in your mind.

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Photo: ‘Shipping in a calm’ painting at Getty Center, Los Angeles

March 3, 2013

'Shipping in a calm' painting

Jan van de Cappelle
Dutch, 1649
Oil on panel

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Tip: Strap clothes with belts to organize them better

February 28, 2013

belts_bagYour each your destination and open your bags to find that all the tidy packing has shifted and everything can be a mess. Most backpacks and suitcases have some kind of strapping mechanism, like a ribbon, to keep everything organized. However, not all of them do.

You can use a regular ribbon or a plastic bag, but you are adding things you won’t use in the travel (maybe some bag for the trash or for the dirty laundry). There is a cheap and more useful solution.

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TrakDot locates your bags, or will it?

February 27, 2013

TrakDotLost and delayed bags is a huge and stressful problem for every traveler. And given all the tracking technology that exists today, it’s surprising that there aren’t better ways of keeping tabs on checked bags. Delta Airlines’ app allows passengers to track their luggage, using the number on the bag tag or a scan of the tag’s bar code, and most airlines offer at least a basic tracking tool on their Web sites.

GlobaTrac plans to begin selling a palm-sized device named Trakdot that you can place in your checked luggage and monitor your bag’s position, with some added expenses.

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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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