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Travel Photos: Fauna hidden in Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica

March 18, 2013

Tour guide spotting fauna

Tour guide spotting fauna

Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica is known for its variety of fauna, but it can be really difficult to see them in the dense forests. The best way to check out the various animals is to join a tour. Most tour guides know where they will find the camouflaged animals, and if they can’t spot one, they will help each other out.

Although the monkeys and spiders can be found easily, but sloths, iguanas, frogs and birds require a telescope. And the tour guides will be happy to click the pictures for you through their lens.

Here are some of them we clicked:

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Bizarre paintings on sale in Masaya, Nicaragua (NSFW)

March 18, 2013

Bizarre painting in Masaya, NicaraguaIf you are in Nicaragua and taking a tour of Masaya and places around, then your tour guides will stop over that artisan market where you can purchase hammocks, potteries, wallets, etc. that are traditionally made in Nicaragua.

A lot of shops also have some exclusive paintings, but one of them will definitely catch your eye. I saw a painting of a man cleaning his bare bum in one shop and I though this must be the artist’s kink or, let’s just call it, umm, art! But walking through all the other shops, I noticed that there were many different versions of the same ‘idea’, in different colors and variations.

WARNING: The image may be disturbing to some viewers and we DO NOT recommend watching this at work.

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Google Flight search goes international

March 18, 2013

Google Flights

Google Flights

Launched in 2011, Google Flight Search is going international today. Available only for users in U.S., the tool will be enable travelers in the U.K., France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will now be able to look for flights on Google Flight Search in the same way as their North American counterparts.

They will now see flights originating in those countries to any other airport in the world in the system. The tool will include most airlines in the world, although some low cost carriers such as RyanAir and EasyJet are missing.

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Travel tip: To keep jeans clean, freeze them!

March 18, 2013

jeansinfreezerWe always encourage packing light for easier and efficient travels, and if you are packing one pair of jeans in your packing list then, depending on the length of your trip, you’d want to keep it clean. With the exception of undergarments, most clothing can survive at least a second day and retain a clean feeling. Jeans last even longer, especially if you can toss them in a freezer overnight. Yes, that’s correct!

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Travel Photo: Gateway of India, Mumbai, India

March 15, 2013

Photo by: Chintan Daiya

Gateway of India, Mumbai, India



Create personal foreign-language phrasebook using Google Translate

March 15, 2013

GooglePhrasebookTraveling to non-English speaking countries can be challenging when you have to converse in the local language and it’s advisable to learn a few basic words. There are a bunch of apps for smartphones that translates English to the local language. And then there are phrasebooks that you can carry as well. But remember, you will end up spending money to purchase those guides, and may require extensive data networks for online (via app) translations.

If you know the basic sentences or words that you will absolutely need during your travels, then head over to Google Translate, which introduced ‘Phrasebook’.

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Sell your photos & earn money while traveling with this app

March 14, 2013

Foap iPhone App

Foap

Published: March 14, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

If you have a smartphone and are on a tight budget, there are chances you can make some moolah while traveling, simply by clicking some awesome pictures with this app called Foap.

All you have to do is download the free app, create an account, take a quality photo, and upload photo to Foap’s marketplace. If someone buys the license to your photo for $10, you make $5. This means that if your photo sells, say, 20 times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket, all for about 5 minutes of work.

It’s obvious that your photo must be approved by the Foap developers. Small, boring, non-marketable pictures will be rejected. And those Instagram shots won’t work either!

This is similar to shuttershock or any other stock photo website, and since the service is new, don’t expect a lot of sales.

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Travel Photo: Street graffiti in Tel Aviv, Israel

March 14, 2013

On Elifelet Street in the Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel

Street graffiti in Tel Aviv, Israel

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Record & post a video using YouTube Capture app for iOS

March 14, 2013

YouTube Capture iPhone App

YouTube Capture

Published: March 14, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

YouTube just released the ‘YouTube Capture’ app for iOS so that you can take high resolution videos and upload them directly to YouTube, instead of using your default photo/video in-built app.

Check out our videos on our YouTube channel.

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Travel Photo: Love-locks & Water Wheel, Prague, Czech Republic

March 13, 2013

This is the last survivor of what was once many water wheels that lined the canal in Prague. Visitors and locals tie love-locks on the metal railing of the small pedestrian bridge over a sidearm of the Vltava river.

Love-locks & Water Wheel, Prague



Hostel Review: Cabo Inn, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

March 9, 2013
Cabo Inn, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Value
Location
Cleanliness
Rooms
Service
Breakfast included: No.

Address: 20 De Noviembre Y Leona Vicario, 23469 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Website: www.caboinnhotel.com

Great location & service, but poor rooms
Located in the heart of the city, yet away from all the party zones of Cabo San Lucas, this is a great place for backpackers and travelers on a budget. The rooftop has an amazing jacuzzi pool and a great bed that you reserve, but the rooms are just alright! Read below why.

For security reasons, the main front door of the inn is locked and accessible only through the key. They don’t have a 24-hour reception desk, but the staff are very friendly and helpful. You can book a boat tour to El Arco through the hotel which costs us $10 per person for a return-ride, which is usually between $15-$40.

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Bluetooth Smart Trigger for iPhone does not work as you thought (updated)

March 8, 2013

Satechi Bluetooth Smart TriggerRecently, Satechi introduced the Bluetooth Smart Trigger device that you can place it over your DSLR camera and with its iOS free app, you can take pictures in three different modes giving photographers the freedom to capture photos while outdoors. The device is definitely a compact, lightweight wireless timer remote that works on Bluetooth 4.0, with a range of 50 feet.

We must say that the device is great and captures pictures wirelessly as advertised, but the app is not that great and we love the updated app. Find out why.

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Field Trip discovers everything locally on your phone

March 7, 2013

Field Trip iPhone App

Field Trip

Published: March 7, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Field TripGoogle released the Field Trip app on iOS today, which was available on Android for a while now. Running in the background of your phone, Field Trip is a guide to all the things – restaurants, sights, etc. – around your location. This means that when you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.

The hyperlocal history experts of Arcadia and Historvius will unveil local lore in places you never expected. Trend-setting publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Run Riot will point out the best places to eat and drink. Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will guide you to the latest unique stores and products. Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret help you uncover hidden gems no matter where you are. Songkick and Flavorpill guide you to local music.

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Photo: Havelock Island, Andaman, India

March 7, 2013

Andaman



Specific knives and more items allowed on carry-ons effective April 25, 2013

March 6, 2013

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Effective April 25, 2013, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage.

Here are the specifics:

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