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

April 15, 2015

wingzLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

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!
Ease of use:
The looks:

meerkatLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

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

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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Travel Photo: Dome of Soltaniyeh, Iran

March 30, 2015


Town of Soltaniyeh lies in north-west Iran and the main attraction of this town is the Dome of Soltaniyeh, which is a part of several ruins. This is the Mausoleum of Il-khan Öljeitü also known as Muhammad Khodabandeh.

Having the oldest double-shell dome in Iran, this structure was erected from 1302 to 1312 AD. It is one of the largest brick domes in the world, just at the theoretical engineering limit for a brick dome and the third largest dome in the world after the domes of Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey).

The Dome of Soltaniyeh paved the way for more daring Iranian-style cupola constructions in the Muslim world, such as the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasavi and the Taj Mahal. Much of its exterior decoration has been lost, but the interior retains superb mosaics, faience, and murals.

Photo credits: Vaibhav Shetty at Globing Around

Stretch your travel dollar with these simple tips

March 23, 2015

Budget_TravelSaving money while vacationing isn’t just about finding deals and discounts. It’s about getting the most value for your money.

Here are some tips on ways to save, from start to finish.

Conceptualize your vacation
Think about what you really want from a vacation. Do you want to see the sites along the way? Or, do you want to get there quickly and then relax? Four people who are sharing the expense of a car and hotel rooms can travel for less money than two, but sometimes getting to your destination quickly is worth the cost of airline tickets.

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Destination iOS app reviews – I Amsterdam and Aruba

March 21, 2015

Two great destinations apps developed by their respective government authority makes your travel planning awesomer by providing useful information on places to see, activity planning, weather, deals and lets you create your own itinerary.

iamsLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Every traveler who has visited or want to visit Amsterdam would probably know about the ‘I Amsterdam’ card that give discounts on various activities, restaurants and museums around the city. They have an app now that allows you to explore this magnificent city with tons of listings on practically everything it has to offer.

  arubaLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

This is the Official Aruba travel guide from the Aruba Tourism Authority and also loaded with information. The app provides the usual information like places to visit or attractions, details about any particular place, but there are two features that stand-out in this app: Offline maps and personal itineraries.

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No more visa-on-arrival for anyone to Egypt

March 17, 2015


Starting May 15, 2015, every international tourist must obtain a visa prior to visiting Egypt, as announced by Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs.

Currently, citizens of a lot of countries got their tourist visas on arrival at an airport, but after May 15, everyone must obtain visas before entering Egypt. Although rules for tour groups remain the same – visa on arrival.

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Do not buy wood carvings in Tanzania & avoid extra taxes (UPDATED)

March 13, 2015

Update: March 22, 2015:
Carver cooperatives, safari operators, tourism association executives, and tourists themselves protested the levy of taxes just to take a carving home.

The implementing agency was to be the Tanzania Forest Services but in a much-applauded move, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, has now halted the move.

Tanzania’s wood carvings are well known in local markets and tourists alike. Among the major representatives of Tanzanian figurative art are the Makonde people, who are renowned throughout East Africa for their original and often highly fanciful carvings. Authentic Makonde carvings are made from ebony wood.

Makonde wood carving

But the cash strapped government of Tanzania has plans to fill in their treasury ahead of the upcoming general elections. For tourists purchasing any kind of wood carvings in Tanzania, there will be a tax levy applied to that.

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This interactive chart will give you the fastest airports (U.S. only)

March 12, 2015


FiveThirtyEight analyzed over 6 million domestic flights in U.S. to come up with this interactive chart that defines which airline has delays out of what airport. It’s good to know about these delays as it will help you making decisions better in terms of planning flights and avoiding slow airports for connecting flights.

Enter your airport and look at the different routes to see the average amount of time you’ll lose by flying in or out there, as well as which airlines are the fastest. Enter destination airport to see specific details about that selected route. Of course, this is not going to change your plans or itinerary, but if one airline always seems to be late, on a specific route, it’s good to know ahead of time.

Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest? – FiveThirtyEight

Travel photo: Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

March 12, 2015


Mapstr – iOS app review

March 12, 2015

mapstrLink: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
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The looks:

There are many apps that track your places of visit. You can check in to restaurants or bars using Yelp or Foursquare and give reviews too. But Mapstr, a hybrid map and note taking app, lets you easily bookmark your favorite restaurants, bars and more.

Open Mapstr to be presented with a map where you can search for any business bu location, name of business or scan an address. The app lists all the nearby businesses if you have chosen location search. You pick your favorite, add your notes and bookmark it.

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