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Musical road, Lancaster, California (VIDEO)

August 12, 2013

Musical Road, LancasterAbout one hour’s drive north of Los Angeles, in the city of Lancaster, lies one of four musical roads in the world. The Civic Musical Road is at Avenue G between 30th Street West and 40th Street West. Covering a quarter-mile stretch of road, the Musical Road uses grooves cut into the asphalt to replicate part of the Finale of the William Tell Overture and is only in the far left lane of the westbound side of the road.

Address: 3187 W Ave G, Lancaster, CA

Directions: Follow I-405 North until it merges with I-5 North. Take CA-14 North (Palmdale, Lancaster) and take Avenue G exit. Turn left from the exit and follow the road for about 2 miles to reach the Musical Road on the left lane.

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Currency – iOS app review

August 2, 2013

Currency iPhone App

Currency

Published: August 2, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

Bang for buck:
Ease of use:
The looks:

Although most of the currency conversion apps provide the same basic functionality of, you guessed it, currency conversion, there are some that stand out in the way they perform. With a clean, sleek and modern interface, Currency has potential in the design playground, but lacks in ease-of-use for a first timer.

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Amazing Madrid travel with a limited budget

August 1, 2013

Plaza Mayor de MadridAs a teacher and traveler in Spain I’ve had the opportunity to explore almost every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, but none holds such a special place in my heart as Madrid. Madrid is the capital city and cultural and economic center of Spain. This vibrant metropolis is home to some of the world’s most famous art museums and some of Europe’s oldest buildings, but what I love most about Madrid is the vibrant, energetic neighborhoods.

Throughout my many visits to Madrid, I’ve found that it is the perfect place to travel while on a budget. Although Madrid may be one of the most expensive cities to visit in Spain, compared to other cities of its size and reputation in Europe and around the world, Madrid is one of the most affordable travel destinations today. I’ve learned that in Madrid, many of the most interesting attractions and most beautiful sights are 100% free. Here are some tips on what to see, where to sleep, and how to eat, to save money in Madrid.

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Heathrow starts tracking passengers running late

July 30, 2013

PB1As a part of the ‘Positive Boarding’ program, London’s Heathrow Airport started using technology to inform airlines when individual passengers are running late and haven’t yet entered the security checkpoints; or if a traveler hasn’t yet made it to a checkpoint and has less than half an hour before their flight departs, they’ll be stopped by automated gates.

Being the first of its kind in the world, Heathrow aims to reduce airlines’ last minute searches for passengers or their bags, as well as give travelers more accurate information to help them smoothly through their journey. The software, now live in Terminals 1 and 3, has been designed so it is compatible with all airlines’ computer systems. It enables airlines to see what stage of the departure process a traveler is at and gives passengers bespoke information to help make their flight on time.

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Travel tip: Scan and save these images on an online cloud before traveling

July 29, 2013

Prescription MedicineYou must have heard from a lot of travelers, or read it online about being vigilant of your passport while traveling. And a lot of travelers don’t pay attention to that detail, until you come across someone who’s backpack got stolen and along with that was their passport, smartphone, etc. In such cases, the copies you may have made of the passport or credit cards come handy.

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Botswana safari camp builds elephant bunker

July 29, 2013

Senyati Safari CampSenyati Safari Camp in Botswana has constructed an elephant bunker at their lodge near Kasane. It was a massive undertaking with huge earth works to dig a tunnel to allow people to walk quietly and unseen to the waterhole where they are allowed to watch and photograph wildlife at ground level.

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Travel tip: Angle laptop to avoid neck hunch on a flight

July 26, 2013

AngleLaptopSeat space, hence leg space, is getting smaller on planes and no one gives a rat’s ass about ergonomics. So if you plan to use a laptop while flying, get one of those laptop stands and keep your laptop at an angle to avoid hunching and hurt your back.

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Ghost town 1: Kolmanskop, Namibia

July 23, 2013

KolmanskopKolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Jani Kolman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers), who arranges for permits with relative ease. Kolmanskop is the most popular excursion from Lüderitz and has been partially restored as a tourist attraction where the sights of decrepit buildings being invaded by dunes is simply too surreal to describe.

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Travel Photo: Newport, Rhode Island

July 22, 2013

Newport, Rhode Island



From dreams to reality – Adventure spots to get thrilled!

July 22, 2013

LadakhAn intellectual rightly said (though not in these exact words) that dreams are meant for open eyes if they are to be accomplished and a dream most adventurous individuals cannot stay away from is traveling to places ‘normal’ being can dare to dream. And so the journey begins- hunting for some of the greatest spots for some of the coolest extreme fun, which not surprisingly takes to some places which never cease to throw challenges. How about white water rafting in Ladakh, trekking in Sikkim Himalayas and motor biking in Darjeeling, and this is just a speck of the ‘big thing’!

Here we go dreaming up a trip from North to North East with nothing except adventure buzzing in mind and adrenaline pumping in veins.

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The big pictures: Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru

July 22, 2013

Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru

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Travel photo: “Africa Rock”, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

July 19, 2013

Flower Rock, Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaAlthough this rock seems like a flower, one of my fellow travelers pointed out that from this angle she saw it as the map of Africa continent. So we named it “Africa Rock”.

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Hostel Review: Tuko’s La Casa Real, Potosi, Bolivia

July 19, 2013
Tuko's La Casa Real, Potosi, Bolivia

Value
Location
Cleanliness
Rooms
Service
Breakfast included: Yes

Address: Calle Hoyos, Potosi, Bolivia
Phone: +59122119024
Website: —

This grandeur hotel is located in the heart of Potosi and walking distance from the main square. Most of the sights in Potosi are located around Calle Ayacucho and Tuko’s La Casa Real is located on Calle Hoyos, which is an extension to Calle Ayacucho. We call it grandeur because of its huge courtyard which is open three levels up. Located about 15 minutes by taxi from the Nuevo bus station (located at northern corner of the city), this is a great, cheap and peaceful place for accommodation.

This hotel is family-run and one of the front-desk “attendants” speaks English, which is very helpful for booking mine tours. The rooms are cozy, large enough to move around and come with bathroom that has hot water. I stayed in room #2 which had working power-sockets right next to the bed, which is not the case in most hostels across Bolivia. Single bedroom with bathroom costs about $30 a night.

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Nicaragua launches free emergency helpline for travelers

July 19, 2013

Nicaragua launches emergency helplineBeing one of the safest countries in Central America, Nicaragua has taken security of tourists a step further by launching a free emergency number to provide assistance to travelers. The Nicaraguan Tourism Board informed that dialing “101” will help tourists in case of accidents, loss of travel documents or any other situation that requires immediate response.

The 101 number is available 24 hours a day and will be answered by a bilingual touristic police officer who will assess the situation. The traveler’s details will then be forwarded to the Nicaraguan Tourism Board and local police department.



Simple, stress-free yoga for travel

July 19, 2013

Yoga on the flySummer travel is already here for all of us living in the Northern Hemisphere and lengthy travel times in flights, trains or cars can be uncomfortable, while leading to Deep Vein Thrombosis. A little mobility and yoga goes a long way to avoid the stress. Yoga for travel is one of the best options to help you breathe easier, get rid of cramps and make you feel better overall.

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