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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 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that all currency notes issued prior to 2005 would be withdrawn from March 31, 2014.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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New TouristCard gets discounts in Vietnam

January 22, 2014

A promotion card for tourists, called TouristCard, has been introduced at 200 locations in six cities and provinces nationwide.

For now, over 3000 cards are available with agents nationwide and costs VND 90,000 (US$4.30) each.

The card gives discounts ranging between 10% to 50% for services at specified hotels, restaurants and resorts in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Tri and Quang Binh.

The card, which is similar to an ATM card, will provide all information about tourism services and online payments.

Seoul Lantern Festival 2013 in pictures

January 22, 2014

Since its inception in 2009, the annual Seoul Lantern Festival puts on a remarkable display of lanterns on the famous Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul.

During the festival period, hundreds of lanterns, each with a unique design and story, are lit on the stream. Visitors can expect to see lanterns made by international artists, as well as local citizens.

Seoul Lantern Festival

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Seek the confluence points

January 21, 2014

ConfluencePeople go to extremes traveling the world with set itineraries and points-of-interests.

One of them is ‘Confluence Trips’. A point of confluence occurs at the integer degree intersections where a line of latitude meets a line of longitude. There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you’re on the surface of the world.

There are 64,442 latitude and longitude degree intersections in the world (counting each pole as one intersection). Check out to find out how many fall in your country.

Have you been to any confluences? Send your stories in comments.


Must-have app for tracking Northern Lights

January 19, 2014

Aurora ForecastLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

With NASA scientists predicting the best time to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is now, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to really see them. Instead of spending days at a destination you are going just to see the Northern Lights, it’s best to choose one where you can have a good time or which you’ve always wanted to visit, and see the Borealis too.

Travelers or Northern Lights chasers recommend checking the forecast of the sun and magnetic waves before planning a chasing-trip. Aurora Forecast is an excellent app just for that. With recent aurora activity and forecast data provided by NOAA POES and Geophysical Institute at UAF, this app has loads of information on the aurora activity levels at different locations that occurred in the last few days and forecast for the next few days.

Aurora Forecast

Hotels in China provide smog masks to guests

January 10, 2014

Smog mask in ShanghaiWe all know how awful the smog in China is, so now some hotels in China provide gas masks to their guests.

Redditor Mthomaseddy posted this picture of a gas mask packed in a beautiful cloth bag. The package was placed in his room when he arrived at the Shanghai Fairmont. It is just an air-filter mask, rather than something to use in gas attacks.

Some tips on travel savings

January 8, 2014

Budget-TravelA new year brings possibilities of new travels and every traveler have different rules and ideas on saving money when it comes to accommodation, flights or sights to visit. On my flight from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, I met this guy who was traveling to Rio de Janeiro with long layovers at Buenos Aires and Montevideo that saved him quite a lot of money. But that’s just for travelers who don’t have time barriers.

Frugal traveler Seth Kugel has some tips for travelers to save money using miles and websites. Checkout the whole article that lists a lot of websites to help you save the moolah.

Also, do share your money-saving travel tips with us in comments.

Chadar Trek – best trek for adventure addicts

January 6, 2014

Chadar Trek, Ladakh‘Ladakh, undoubtedly a peerless destination for adventure lovers to experience ecstasy. The adventure empyrean abodes some of the most mesmerizing trekking trails!’

The Himalayan range in Ladakh offers an abundance of trekking opportunities to the enthusiastic adventurers. Among these trails, Zanskar Frozen River or Chadar trek is among the wildest and most exciting treks in the world. Chadar (Frozen Sheet) trek has got its name from the fact that- it is undertaken over the frozen Zanskar river at the time of extreme winter season.

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Death Valley, California in stunning pictures

December 12, 2013

Our reader Davide Reduzzi captured these fantastic shots of Death Valley in California, USA

Death Valley, California

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Jetpac launches city guides for iOS

December 10, 2013

JetpacLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
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Utilizing more than 100 million public Instagram photos, encompassing more than 5,000 cities, Jetpac City Guides categorizes trips based on pictures rather than reviews and check-ins. Just pick a city and the recommendations lists in form of themes such as “Bars women love”, or “restaurants with best views” that give a whole different perspective in the way users travel.

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