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Travel photo: Kumarakom, Kerala, India

May 8, 2015

Located near the city of Kottayam in the southern state of Kerala in India, this is one of the popular destination for the backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Kerala.


Dubai offers free wi-fi and charging station to beachgoers

May 6, 2015

Travelers to Dubai has a treat in-store for them – Palm tree-shaped WiFi and charging stations are being installed at the city’s beaches. Dubbed as “Smart Palms”, the stations are made in the United Arab Emirates, and stand six meters tall, while emitting WiFi signals covering a radius of 53 meters.

Smart Palms also offer mobile charging facilities with a capacity to serve about 50 users at a time, while displaying information on Dubai’s attractions, weather, beach rules, guidelines and sea conditions.


Additionally, travelers can quickly charge their mobile phones and tablet computers as well. Dubai Municipality recently installed them on the beach next to Burj Al Arab Hotel and plans to cover all open public beaches in Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim.

Travel photo: Venice, Italy

May 4, 2015


Nepal Earthquake in pictures

April 29, 2015

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This is the country’s worst earthquake in 80 years. This followed by multiple aftershocks on Sunday and Monday.

Our friend, John Snowden, lives in Kathmandu and has captured these images:


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Travel deal: GoPro HERO4 Black Camera for $399 (Original $499)

April 23, 2015

GoPro_Hero4Andorama, the online camera store has GoPro Hero4 Black camera for $100 less, selling at $399 on eBay and free shipping. This is a great deal for the best action camera out there.

2 Megapixels, supports 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1080p Video, Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Waterproof.

The deal includes Standard Housing 131′(40m), Skeleton Backdoor, Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, Flat Adhesive Mount, Quick Release Buckles, 3-Way Pivot Arm (Mounting Hardware), USB Cable, GoPro 1 Year Limited Warranty.

GoPro HERO4 Black Action Camera #CHDHX-401 – eBay

Amazon Destinations is a new brand featuring drivable, local destinations

April 21, 2015


Amazon has quietly launched its much-awaited new hotel product and brand, Amazon Destinations. Known as ‘Amazon Local’, this is primarily a hotel deals site working with hoteliers directly and on an ongoing basis. Currently, it features hotels in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the Northeast of United States.

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Travel Safe – iOS app review

April 21, 2015

travelsafeLink: iTunes
Cost: $0.99

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Having emergency numbers in the country you’re visiting should be one of the first things on your to-do list. Although you may not be able to make a call to the emergency number depending on the restrictions on your phone carrier plan, it is vital to keep the numbers handy in case you need to reach out to authorities. Travel Safe allows you to access those numbers in about 200 countries, which you can save to your favorites and easily access them.

With location enabled, the app will automatically set the default screen with the numbers of the country you’re in. You can tap the icons to call or text the services. You can also set the country by tapping the globe button in the center and select from over 200 countries. When you make a call to any emergency services your location (in terms of latitude and longitude) is displayed on top of the screen.

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This chart helps to know how aperture, ISO and shutter speed helps take great pictures

April 21, 2015


Taking pictures is the one thing everyone loves to take when traveling. While there are a lot of point-and-shoot cameras, along with smartphone ones, that auto-adjust the settings to give you a good picture, some of us love to use our DSLRs in manual modes that requires adjusting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

It’s not easy for beginners to know the complexity in the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. But, Lifehack has a graphic that helps make sense of it. Check out the article too to know how the amount of light you let it affects a photo, how certain settings can increase noise, and how focus changes.

The top section represents aperture, the middle shutter speed, and the last ISO.

A Picture To Show You Clearly The Effects of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO On Images

Cheap(er) rides to/from airport using Wingz (Selected US airports only)

April 15, 2015

wingzLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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We have all used ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to reach the airport and it is definitely cheaper than using a taxi, especially in cities like Los Angeles. But the problem is to get home from the airport – most ride-sharing apps don’t allow that because of airport restrictions. Although it is possible to get Uber for airport pickup, it’s not easy to do so.

Now, Wingz is a new ride-sharing app that offers airport pickups too. It works the same way as Uber or Lyft, but has fixed pricing based on distance. And the price doesn’t change if you’re stuck in traffic!

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Cleverlayover will help you save money by searching non-partner airline routes

April 13, 2015


One of the best travel hack in terms of finding cheap airfare is to buy the cheapest ticket you can find to any transit city in a continent and then book a separate flight on one of that continent’s budget carriers to your final destination. For example, if you’re booking a flight from Los Angeles to Tirana, Albania, then you can book a return flight from LAX to any of the European cities like London, Paris, Munich, etc. And then look for cheap flights to Tirana.

But doing this requires patience to check multiple aggregate websites and airline sites to search all the potential routes to find those possible savings. This is what Cleverlayover does for you.

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Live-streaming apps – Periscope and Meerkat

April 8, 2015

periscopeLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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meerkatLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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Meerkat and Periscope are both live-media streaming apps that essentially deliver the same kind of video content to followers. Neither app works without Twitter, so you must register for a Twitter account or sign-in.

If you’re going to sky-dive or wing walk; or perhaps dive with sharks, then you would want the world to experience the thrills with you. ALl you have to do is turn on the app and record live, while your followers will be able to watch it in real-time.

There’s very slight difference between the two apps – Meerkat streams are live-only, but watchers can re-stream anything to their viewers in real time. But Periscope streams can be saved to replay up to 24 hours after they are filmed.

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Get the best hotel rate by booking each night separately

April 5, 2015


We love hostels because it offers cheap rooms (but not so clean!) and a chance to meet fellow travelers. But if you’re looking for a multi-night stay at a hotel, you would probably book it as one reservation. But One Mile at a Time recommends to book each night individually, and you might get a better rate.

Here’s how…
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Get your checked bag in 20 minutes, promises Delta Airlines (U.S. only)

April 3, 2015

Delta Air Lines released a statement saying they will get your checked bags to the baggage-claim carousel in 20 minutes or less, or it will compensate you with 2,500 reward miles.

While testing with the program in February, Delta extended this permanently for all domestic flights in the U.S. International flights are not included in the promise.


The catch for getting the free miles is that you must be a member of the Skymiles program “in a good standing” (we don’t know what means!) and have to request through their website. Also, the bonus miles do not count toward Medallion qualification or Million Miler status.

Alaska Airlines had launched this program back in 2010 and offered 2,500 reward miles, or a $25 travel voucher.

This should be your inspiration to travel

April 2, 2015


Three years of travel and adventure around the world in 3 minutes.

Includes scenes from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Italy, the Vatican, Canada, US, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, Indonesia and Croatia.

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Do you have all the required travel documents?

April 2, 2015


Any international travel requires some basic preparation before you can book your flights and hotels. The documentation must be in order and verified to ensure smooth customs and immigration clearance in the destination country.

Citizens of a lot of countries don’t require visas to travel almost the whole planet, but most of us will need them to at least that one country. Validity and empty pages in passport is one of the main reason why visas issuance can be delayed that will affect your entire itinerary.

So here are some tips on what documents you need to make that trip a smooth and easy-going one:

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