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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

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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

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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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Bicycle tour around Battambang, Cambodia (Video)

December 9, 2013

2While I was in Battambang, the second populous city in Cambodia, I read about the half- and full-day bicycle tours offered by many local companies that will ride you to some of the small villages around the city. With great reviews on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet forums, I decided to sign up for a half-day tour with Soksabike (the name is a play on the Cambodian greeting Sok Sabai which roughly translates to Are you well?), which is a social business where benefits of the tour are distributed to the local people you meet during your tour.

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Create location-based photo-journal with Heyday

December 9, 2013

HeydayLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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If you happen to take a lot of pictures using your iPhone or iPad, then you know that by default the location-services are on for the camera which makes it easy to geo-tag the pictures. This also helps you maintain a journal of all the places you visited on a particular day. But that’s just pictures; and no text can be associated to it.

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A rare event – Grand Canyon covered in “clouds”

December 2, 2013

Our reader Anand Rane captured these pictures of the Grand Canyon covered in “clouds”. According to park ranger Erin Whittaker, told the MailOnline that this is “a once in a lifetime event,” that happened two times in only three days.

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Know security wait times at major airports using WhatsBusy (U.S. only)

November 22, 2013

WhatsBusy_tnWaiting in line at the airport security checkpoints is something no one really likes. And what if we knew what the estimated wait times were? Well, WhatsBusy just does that!

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New billboard ads point at actual planes flying overhead (Video)

November 21, 2013

British-Airways-interactiveIf you are visiting London now or in few days soon, then look out for the British Airways billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick. British
Airways along with Ogilvy has come up with this amazing campaign called “Magic of Flying” to promote traveling through a kid’s eyes.

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Southwest is first to offer gate-to-gate wi-fi

November 21, 2013

Southwest-Wi-Fi-hotspotThe FAA had recently lifted the prohibition on using certain electronic devices during take-off and landing; and Southwest Airlines is the first airline to offer gate-to-gate wi-fi connectivity. In addition to already allowing use of gadgets themselves, Southwest uses a satellite technology that differs from the air-to-ground technology used by Gogo, which powers the inflight wi-fi for most other airlines.

Southwest has wi-fi on over 430 planes and now Gogo is also upgrading the internet speed in addition to allow talking and texting capabilities.

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