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Travel photo: The Treasury at Petra, Jordan

March 4, 2014


Pre-clear U.S. immigration at Abu Dhabi for Etihad flights

February 27, 2014

Etihad Airways announced that all passengers bound for United States from Abu Dhabi airport on most Etihad flights will be able to pre-clear US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) immigration procedures at the Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport.

The Terminal 3 is a purpose-built facility that allows U.S. bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi prior to departure.


Some European and Canadian airports have similar facilities, which makes it easy for passengers to avoid long immigration & customs lines at U.S. airports. Having cleared CBP, guests can check-through their baggage to their final destination in the United States as domestic arrivals.

Unlike U.S. airports where customers have to collect their bags at the point of arrival, go through (immigration and) customs and re-check their bags for connecting flights, passengers at Abu Dhabi airport should not collect their bags. The immigration officer will be able to scan the passenger’s bags on their screens when they are at the counter for immigration. This means that the flight from Abu Dhabi to U.S. will be considered ‘domestic U.S.’ flight.

Etihad Airways currently operates flights to three destinations in the U.S. – New York (EY101 only), Chicago (EY151) and Washington (EY131). Guests flying to above destinations in the U.S. will use the CBP facility at Abu Dhabi Airport. more then 20 destinations in the U.S.

Please note: This service is not available for the Etihad Airways flight number EY103 to New York (JFK).

6 most wild and thrilling activities in Dubai

February 25, 2014

camelWe all had heard about Dubai much but very few of us experienced this charming city. Dubai is recently developed city of adventures and thrills that knows better how to catch tourists in large number. The rich Arabian city provide several opportunities of desert thrills, water excitements, air actions and a peaceful invade in its markets and restaurants.

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Travel Photo: Taal Lake, Philippines

February 17, 2014


Don’t be that annoying passenger with these tips

February 17, 2014

annoying_passengers_tnWe all hate to fly these days; with smaller seats and lesser leg spaces, it’s not a relaxing or pleasant experience. Yes, we are referring to the coach class! And then there are the passengers who make things a bit awful for others.

The recommendations here may seem trivial, but frequent fliers will appreciate these as many of them (and us) have gone through these. Here are some tips for you to help make others’ flight more enjoyable, and to avoid being that person of annoyance:

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Cost of permits to climb Mount Everest drops

February 14, 2014

Everest_SummitIt took a staggering amount of US$25,000 to get a permit to climb Mount Everest, but now Nepalese authorities have slashed that to US$12,000 starting next year, in hopes of attracting more tourists.

Prices vary a lot depending on the season. The $11,000 price is for the high climbing season stretching from March to May.

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Personal experience on a trip to the symbol of love – Taj Mahal

February 10, 2014

Taj_Mahal_at_morningThere is a lot to say but I will try to stay brief.

My wife and I planned to meet our daughter, who is currently studying in India, and road trip together thus we contacted 6-8 agencies for help. Many frantic email exchanges later, we decided upon a presumably a new entrant, at least in web sphere called, ANT Travels, simply for their astonishing mail response quality, flexibility economical, persistence and above all, showing patience.

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Map of every bus and train routes across U.S.

February 6, 2014

If you’re a traveler like us who prefers public transportation and road journeys, then look at the detailed map of every Greyhound (bus) and Amtrak (bus and train) route across United States that the American Intercity Bus Riders Association has put together.

Download the PDF here and save it to your smartphone or tablet for easy access.

‘Tourism Dirham’ in Dubai will increase accommodation rates

February 3, 2014

UAE DirhamsThe Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council are introducing something called as ‘Tourism Dirham’, which is a minimal charge to be applied to guests staying in all genres and rating of holiday accommodation including hotels, hotel apartments, guesthouses and holiday homes.

This minimal charge will be applicable from March 31, 2014 and will vary between 7 to 20 dirhams per room, per night, depending on the hotel category and rating.

The tourism fees, being already charged in several leading tourist destinations around the world, will help strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading tourist destination, bringing the emirate in line with international industry standards, cited Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

Travel photo: Iguana on a tree at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

January 29, 2014

Iguana sitting on a tree in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Nepal doubles tourism service fee for all outgoing foreign travelers

January 29, 2014

Nepal_VisaThe Himalayan nation of Nepal announced that the tourism service fee of NRs. 500 will be increased to NRs. 1,000 (excluding VAT) from March 1, 2014.

Citing price rise in the international market and devaluation of local currency, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said that the price rise in the international market coupled with the devaluation of Nepalese currency and stiff competition among destinations, for their presence in the international tourism market, has made it difficult for Nepal Tourism Board to fare well in the international promotion.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has revised the tourism service fee after a gap of nine years.

The TSF will be levied on the outgoing foreign travelers departing from all airports in Nepal.

Top casinos to visit when travelling to Asia

January 29, 2014

Asia has really made a name for itself as a place to travel to if you want to play at some of the world’s finest casinos in the last decade or so – and these are just a few of the best ones it has to offer.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

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Traveling to India after April 2014? You must see this

January 26, 2014

rbi_2005_1If you are traveling to India after April 1, 2014, and exchanging currency to Indian Rupee either in or out of the country, make sure to check every single note before you accept it. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that all currency notes issued prior to 2005 would be withdrawn from March 31, 2014.

From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes.

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Reunion releases new promotional video for 2014 (Video)

January 23, 2014

reunionWith 40% of the island classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, Reunion released it’s tourism promotional video for 2014 that displays it’s stunning landscapes, varied culture and fantastic marine life.

This is a 4-plus minute video captioned as ‘Combine Your Emotions’ for the 2,500 sq-km island nation of Reunion.

Travel the world with Somewhere

January 23, 2014


Public Instagram photos combined with those from Foursquare and Wikipedia makes it fun to see the world in a different perspective. Head over to this really cool website called Somewhere, an addictive place for travel destinations using Instagram, Foursquare and Wikipedia data.

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