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Virgin America & Turkish Airlines starting new routes

December 13, 2012

Virgin America to launch SFO/LAX – EWR flights

Virgin AmericaVirgin America will bring its low-fare, upscale service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as of April 2, 2013, with tickets on sale today for three daily nonstop roundtrip flights from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to EWR.

The addition of Newark to its network means Virgin America will now serve eight of the top ten business markets from both SFO and LAX.

Turkish Airlines launches Istanbul-Kilimanjaro/Mombasa flights

Turkish AirwaysThe first Turkish Airlines aircraft started direct flights between Kenya and Turkey today. Direct flights between Istanbul and Mombasa are therefore expected to hugely boost arrival numbers from various destinations within Europe.



Great gifts for the frequent traveler

December 12, 2012

Gift gadgets

Gift gadgets

The holiday season is here and we are all set to travel. Here are some presents you can pack for your traveler friend or family member:

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Google Maps for iOS is here… finally!

December 12, 2012

Google Maps iPhone App

Google Maps

Published: December 12, 2012
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

After we all managed to live with Apple Maps on iOS 6, Google has come out with an app for iOS, finally!

Google Maps for iOS has more than everything it had on iPhone (before iOS 6): turn by turn navigation, public transit directions, street view and more. This is definitely a boon for iPhone/iPod/iPad users because Apple kicking out Google Maps for Apple Maps had the benefit of users eventually getting a better version of Google Maps.

Vector-based makes Google Maps for iOS speedier and faster than they were before.



Free public transportation in Los Angeles & London for the holidays

December 11, 2012

LA MetroThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Travel For London have announced that the public transportation in both the cities will be free for New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve. Here are the details:

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Rwanda will issue visa-on-arrival for all African nationals

December 10, 2012

Rwanda VisaStarting January 1, 2013, all African nationals will be issued visa on arrival in Rwanda. This spares them of the often cumbersome, tedious, and at times intimidating process of having to apply weeks in advance to secure a visa.

Rwanda’s immigration is one of the most technologically advanced, using biometric data and fingerprinting to allow returning Rwandans back home without having their passport stamped, simply by swiping the read section of the passport through a scanner and confirming the identity with an electronic fingerprint.

Other nationals can get their visa online, equally making the process easy and in large part supporting the growth of visitor arrivals to the “Land of a Thousand Hills.”

RwandAir is also going to be a major beneficiary of this move as it will undoubtedly attract plenty of more passengers spared from obtaining a transit visa in advance as they can now even stopover in Kigali when traveling on RwandAir from one side of the continent to the other.



Live flight-tracker app, FlightBoard, is free right now!

December 7, 2012

FlightBoard iPhone App

FlightBoard

Published: December 7, 2012
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free (usually $3.99)

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

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Mesmerizing video of Earth

December 5, 2012

This six-minute video of events & sequences from our planet will leave you mesmerized. Make sure to turn up the volume, set the resolution to 1080HD and watch it in full-screen.

Go travel.
See the world.
It’s one heck of an amazing place.



India removes the two-month cooling period between two visits

December 5, 2012

Indian VisaTraveling to India more than once within a two month period, for citizens of any country, was not allowed by Indian laws. This provision has been now removed by the Indian government, except for nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons.

“The government reviewed the provision relating to two months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a tourist visa, and it has been decided to lift the restriction of two month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India”, the Home Ministry said in a statement.



24 Hours in Prague

December 4, 2012

Charles Bridge, PraguePrague is the capital city of Czech Republic and if you have just one day to spend in this glorious city, then you need to figure out how to get the most from a day around Prague’s many squares, bridges, bars and cobbled backstreets.

All in all there’s simply too much to do in Prague. But with a tight itinerary, we have compiled a list of sights to see and things to do that will give you the most of your time and money.

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Megabus to start services in California and Nevada for $1

November 30, 2012

Megabus, the low-cost, popular bus service on the east coast of United States will re-start their services between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the west coast from December 12, 2012.

California and Nevada residents can now travel express to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, Las Vegas, Sparks/Reno, Sacramento and San Jose for as low as $1.

To celebrate the new service, during first week of travel Dec. 12-19, all tickets will be $1.



Latest 10 airlines compatible with iOS Passbook

November 28, 2012

Apple PassbookWith Apple’s latest iOS 6, released in September this year, ‘Passbook’ has been the hype of every airline to add their virtual ticket stubs which before resided within their own individual apps.

American Airlines, United and Lufthansa were the first airlines to support mobile boarding passes within Passbook. Now, after over two months of the launch, the total number of Passbook-added airlines stands at 10, with still more on the way:

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Check local transportation costs to manage your travel budget

November 27, 2012

Public TransportWe love planning our travels in terms of costs involved for each trip, but those costs can increase exponentially if the local transportation is not carefully considered. Mark warren of Let’s Go guides for students recommends considering the costs of public transportation carefully, because those can significantly change your budget.

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Use S.L.E.E.P. acronym to avoid bringing bed bugs after traveling

November 27, 2012

bed bugs on luggageOrkin, the exterminator leader, recommends using the S.L.E.E.P. acronym to look for bed bugs and take care of your luggage. Check a Bed Bug Registry to avoid hotels with reported bed bug problems, but it’s always wise to look out for signs of the creepy bugs.

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Proof of ID now required for all classes of Indian Railways

November 27, 2012

Indian Railways Reservation counterEarlier this year, we had mentioned that you will need to carry a proof of ID for AC class on Indian Railways. This was mandatory starting February 15 of this year. Now, the government has issued a statement that the same proof of ID is required for booking of tickets on all classes of Indian Railways.

The new rule will go into effect starting December 1, 2012. This provision will, however, not affect the existing provision of Tatkal scheme where during the journey, the passenger is required to show the original proof of identity indicated on the ticket.

We are looking into details on how to provide the proof of ID for booking online at the Indian Railways reservation website and will update here as soon as we have any information.



Clip the Trip will tell you how locals travel

November 26, 2012

ClipTheTripIf you are traveling on a budget, yet want to experience the best in a city then you’d would want to know how and what the locals do. There are many resources online helping you customize your trip – where to go, what to do, eat, drink, etc – with details on every hour of the day, every day of your trip. The whole concept of ‘travel like a local’ has been adopted by many websites, and the information on those websites are mostly written by people like you and me – travelers or locals.

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