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‘Air Pass’ allows you to travel through Vanilla Islands for a month

‘Air Pass’ allows you to travel through Vanilla Islands for a month

Air Austral of Reunion has launched an air pass which, in combination with a long haul ticket to Reunion, now allows passengers to visit some of the other spectacular islands which form the “Vanilla Islands” of the Indian Ocean.

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Prague by night in pictures
Postal Stamps Memorabilia Book

Postal Stamps Memorabilia Book

Inspired by the places we have traveled to, we have designed a book that will keep a track of all the cities you've been to in a unique way. Save a memorabilia by simply stopping by the local post office of every town or city you visit.

English, 107 pages, 0.3 lbs., 4.25w x 6.88h
Buy now on Lulu.com
Price: $6.49

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Beautiful travel postcards for purchase

Beautiful travel postcards for purchase

Sending postcards to friends and family during your travels? Purchase our beautifully designed postcards from the list below and let your family friends know you’re thinking of them, while letting them know you’re that awesome traveler!

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Wikitude iOS app City Maps 2Go iOS app Flying iOS app AirHelp iOS app
Aurora Forecast iOS app Jetpac City Guides iOS app Heyday iOS app Refund.me iOS app
Packing Pro iOS app GonnaGo iOS app Kurrency iOS app LoungeBuddy iOS app

Over 155 iOS travel apps reviewed

The latest reviews (Mar 19 2014):
- Wikitude (Free)
- City Maps 2Go Pro ($2.99)
- Flying (Free)
- AirHelp (Free)
- Aurora Forecast (Free)
- Jetpac City Guides (Free)

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Eat Perth – A food tour in Australia’s sunniest city

Eat Perth – A food tour in Australia’s sunniest city

From the CBD’s King Street and Barrack Street, to Northbridge’s William Street and Cultural Centre, you can eat, drink and relax in the sun. Here is a stop by stop guide that will introduce you to some of the people at the heart of Perth’s vibrant food scene.

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Ask for a refund on non-working wi-fi on United flight

Ask for a refund on non-working wi-fi on United flight

The people at Untied.com has come across an internal document instructing crew members to tell passengers, who complain on an individual basis, that they should ask for a refund if their wireless service is not able to connect.

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India to give visa-on-arrival to 180 nations

Pre-clear U.S. immigration at Abu Dhabi for Etihad flights

All passengers bound for U.S. from Abu Dhabi airport on most Etihad flights will be able to pre-clear U.S. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) immigration procedures at the Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport.

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Increase in tourist visa fees for Egypt

April 24, 2014

egypt_visaEgypt will increase tourist visa fees from $15 to $20 starting on May 1, 2014.

According to Hesham Zazou, tourism minister, the increase is slight and is not expected to affect the flow of tourists to the country.

The decision to increase the cost of a tourist visa to Egypt was previously postponed several times. The decision was initially meant to be implemented in November 2013. It was then postponed to February 2014, and finally to 1 May.

According to the tourism ministry, Egypt’s visa is still amongst the cheapest worldwide.



‘Air Pass’ allows you to travel through Vanilla Islands for a month

April 9, 2014

The home airline of Reunion Island, Air Austral, has launched an air pass (website in French) which, in combination with a long haul ticket to Reunion, now allows passengers to visit some of the other spectacular islands which form the “Vanilla Islands” of the Indian Ocean.

The ticket prices range between €45 and €90 per sector and the destinations listed under the arrangement are Mauritius, Madagascar (Antananarivo Nosy Be and Tamatave), Mayotte, Comoros and the Seychelles – which form the Vanilla Islands. The maximum duration of a journey across the islands is one month and this deal is valid only on services operated by Air Austral.

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Children between the age of 2 to 12, traveling with their parents will be charged at a fare two thirds of the adult fare.

Travelers from outside the European Union are advised however to check visa requirements for Madagascar, Comoros and Mauritius. Seychelles has an open door policy of NOT requiring any visa from tourists, no matter their nationality.



American & US Airways merger means higher baggage fees & more

April 9, 2014

aa_usairwaysWith the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, American is making changes to baggage fees and frequent-flyer rules. To begin with, American announced that passengers will be charged $35 for their first checked bag for flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, which was free per passenger on those 140 daily flights. The change applies to tickets beginning today.

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You must stay in this house for an offbeat experience

April 6, 2014

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One of the best experiences is to stay at weird and offbeat places around the world, so if you find yourself in the Austrian Alps, stay at the Ufogel, which is a 45 square meter (approx 485 sq. ft.) house, designed by Peter Jungmann. This house is located in the mountains close to Linz or Nußdorf-Debant in Austria.

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Travel Photo: Cristo Redentor behind clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

Cristo Redentor behind clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Why traveling around the world is beneficial for you

April 1, 2014

478548533_84a93df282_zThere is much all around the world to learn and know, but the need is to take out some time. Journey around the world let us get close with the different societies and cultures. We came to know about different people and their living styles and much more. In the following lines the same aspects are highlighted for the passionate travelers.

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Lufthansa pilot strike cancels 3,800 flights for three days

April 1, 2014

Lufthansa has canceled 3,800 flights for April 2-4, or virtually all of its operations, due to a planned walkout by pilots, in what would be one of the biggest strikes ever to hit the German airline. The strike affects the vacation travel for the Easter Vacation for many German citizens.

The Vereiningung Cockpit, the union representing most of Lufthansa’s 5,400 pilots, last week said it was calling for a three-day strike starting April 2 over plans by Germany’s largest airline to scrap an early retirement deal. Although Lufthansa had improved its offer, the pilots said it wasn’t enough as it didn’t apply to pilots joining after 2014.

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The strike affects flights run by its Lufthansa brand as well as its Germanwings low-cost unit, and it has also canceled 23 out of a planned 31 Lufthansa Cargo flights for the strike period.

Lufthansa said it would rebook customers onto other airlines or trains. Its units Swiss, Austrian, Eurowings, CityLine, Air Dolomiti, plus partner Brussels Airlines, would use larger aircraft on routes to and from Germany where possible. Lufthansa also said it hopes to add staff at the Frankfurt and Munich airports over the three-day strike to minimize the impact on customers.



Russian citizens no longer require visa to Costa Rica

March 31, 2014

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Currently, Russian citizens are required to apply for a visa to Costa Rica only at the Costa Rican Consulate in Moscow, which for residents in other parts of that country meant long traveling distances.

Starting today, Costa Rica eliminated the visa requirement for citizens of the Russian Federation as a measure to increase tourism and investments from that country. This will allow a maximum stay of up to 30 days that can be extended for up to 90 days for each Russian citizen.



The best airport of 2014 is…

March 27, 2014

British aviation consultancy and review company, Skytrax, announced the most prestigious awards in the airport industry – World Airport Awards – that are independent and based on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities of air travelers, and included 410 airports worldwide. The survey evaluates customer satisfaction across 39 key performance indicators for airport service and product – from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, through to departure at the gate.

Here are the results for 2014:

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Prague by night in pictures

March 25, 2014

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Travel photo: Iguaçú Falls, Brazil

March 24, 2014

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Best places to dine in Dalaman 2014

March 24, 2014

Situated along the south-west coast of Turkey is a town called Dalaman which is known for its sunny weather and warm climate. Dalaman is a popular tourist destination from great attractions to beautiful resorts and the exquisite restaurants but there’s no doubt if you’re planning on going to Dalaman I highly suggest booking your holiday from Directline Holidays!

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Beautiful travel postcards for purchase

March 24, 2014

Sending postcards to friends and family during your travels? Purchase our beautifully designed postcards from the list below and let your family friends know you’re thinking of them, while letting them know you’re that awesome traveler!

Postcards can be purchased from zazzle.com directly.

See and purchase all postcards here
 



Travel apps reviewed

March 19, 2014

Along with over 155 travels apps for iOS, here are the three new we have reviewed:

 

Flying
Price: Free

Flying is a fun app to see how many miles you have flown by adding your future and past (up to a certain date) flights.

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City Maps 2Go Pro
Price: $2.99

This pro version of City Maps 2Go, provided by Ulmon city guides, helps you navigate that city without consuming any data. The app pulls maps and data from OpenStreetMap, which is a collaborative open project comparable to Wikipedia.

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Wikitude
Price: Free

Voted as one of the best Augmented Reality browsers by Augmented Planet and CNN, Wikitude will help you find restaurant reviews from TripAdvisor and Yelp and details about any attraction from Wikipedia.

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Eat Perth – A food tour in Australia’s sunniest city

March 13, 2014

Perth_Sandwich_tnRight in the heart of Perth’s summer festival season, now is the perfect time to be explore the social scene in Australia’s sunniest city. Rich Keam has tasted his way around the best spots from cafes to food trucks.

In recent years Perth has seen fresh sparks enter its streets. Historic buildings, disused spaces, hidden corners and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy restaurants, late night dining, pop up shops, street food and farmers markets are at the very heart of this change. There has never been a better time to taste what the city has on offer. Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia’s fresh, local and seasonal produce.

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