Terminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is all set to open in September this year. With a vision of making the airport one of the best in the world, the Terminal 2, or T2 has been built with a state-of-the-art four-level terminal with an area of over 4,39,000 sq. mts. The new terminal will have new taxiways and apron areas for aircraft parking designed to cater to 40 million passengers annually. Terminal 2 has a retail space spread across 21,000 sq. mts and 5,000 sq. mts of landscape area. A 6 lane elevated express way leading to the Terminal is another big highlight. Making it easy for travellers, the T2 will have 188 check-in counters, 60 departure immigration counters and 76 arrival immigration counters. The Terminal 2 will have 104 security check positions and 10 baggage carousels. The new terminal will have a multi-level car park for 5,000 cars.
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In our continued attempt to reach out to more users in different languages, we are glad to announce that five walking tour guides are now available in German language. These are also available in English.
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Traveling to Asia and looking for specific organized tours? Most travelers to Asian countries face one major hurdle – language, so for all of you looking to experience the cities and towns of Asia through a local’s eye then head over to Voyagin.
Voyagin seeks to give you a more intimate look at five Asian countries – Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Mexico and Brazil have agreed to exempt ordinary passports for short-stay visas.
The visa requirement for Brazilians had been in force since 2005, and from May 2010, Mexico applied CHM immigration to those citizens with a U.S. visa. Moreover, the Migration Documentation Information System (SIDOMI) and the System of Electronic Authorization (SAE) allowed Brazilian tourists and businessmen to obtain electronic visas.
This achievement will allow for an increase in visitors to Mexico from Brazil.
New York City’s icon and a World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty, was closed in 2011 for repairs and renovations, a day after its 125th anniversary. It was scheduled to reopen on October 29, 2012, but was shut down due to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
And now it’s scheduled to open on July 4, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.
Two photos of the glorious capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Amman, taken from the highest point in the city – Jabal al-Qal’a (Citadel of Amman). You can spot the huge Jordanian flag of the Raghadan palace compound, which at 127m high is said to be the world’s largest free-standing flagpole, and can be seen from most places in the city.
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:
If 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.
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.
We 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!
Traveling 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’.
Published: March 14, 2013
Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
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.
On Elifelet Street in the Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel