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What is the best time to book a hotel? Agoda.com has come up with this infographic depicting the best time (or the cheapest time) to book a hotel in the twenty-five most popular international cities.
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As if there aren’t enough photo apps out there, Google just launched a new app for iOS users called Photo Sphere Camera. Apple’s iOS takes panoramic pictures, but now this app allows you to take 360-degree photos, then publish them to Google Maps or other social networks. The app is an expansion of a feature that was previously available via Google’s Android operating system, and shipped on the Nexus-branded smartphones.
Consuming ample amounts of alcohol in your flight, especially long-haul ones is not a good idea because the lower pressure in the cabin at high altitudes restricts intake of oxygen.
Aviation Health explains the harmful effects of drinking on a flight:
Alcohol’s principal action is to slow down brain activity by restricting oxygen intake to the brain. When passengers ascend to moderate altitudes while on a plane they are already subjected to the additional oxygen deficiency caused by lower pressure in the cabin. This “double-whammy” makes alcohol have a much more powerful effect than normal.
Some air travellers who are more vulnerable than others to the concentration of alcohol in their bloodstream find that the consumption of only a couple of drinks can produce an “instant hangover” that lasts the duration of the flight.
Other than the alcohol consumption being potent, they also have a treasure chest of tips for patients with asthma, diabetes, hyperventilation and hearing deficiency.
There’s also a section dedicated to women regarding diet, beauty treatments and menstruation.
Go over to Aviation Health’s Arrive in better shape to learn more about these fantastic tips and advice.
Expected to reduce the wait time in the customs line at the point of entry in United States, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) have launched a new app called Mobile Passport Control (MPC), for iOS devices where an eligible U.S. or Canadian citizen can submit their passport information and customs declaration form using the app prior to CBP inspection. The app was developed in partnership with CBP as part of a pilot program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Remember the key word here is “eligible”, which means that not all travelers will be able to fill out the app form. And this also means that during the pilot program, this will be accepted only at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) beginning August 13.
Tourists visiting Myanmar (Burma) will be able to apply for e-visas starting September 1, 2014.
The tourist e-visas will cost US$50, though the fee may change; and must be applied at the Ministry of Immigration & Population website. Currently, the application process is online in a beta phase, but will be fully available starting September 1.
Tourists who apply online will receive the visa within one week, but it must be used within three months of issuance and is valid for a visit of up to 28 days.
Having traveled to Iceland recently and gazing at the Jökulsárlón “icebergs”, I cannot marvel enough at the gorgeous turquoise color of the frozen water. And now NASA posted this picture of a splotch of that gorgeous color, when ice melts on the surface of the ice covering the Arctic.
A digital camera on NASA’s ER-2 airplane captured this top-down view of a melt pond atop a glacier in southeastern Alaska on July 16, 2014. Chunks of ice float on the pond’s turquoise water.
An ER-2, a civilian version of the Air Force’s U2-S reconnaissance plane—was flying at 64,000 feet (20,000 meters), about twice as high as a commercial jet when it captured this stunning image.
Read more at NASA’s Earth Observatory website.
Standard check-in times around the world are between 2-3pm, and while you may arrive at the hotel past the check-in time, there are chances that your room may not be ready. But if you let your hotel know your arrival time at the time of booking, then you will find your room ready for check-in when you get there.
The Luxury Travel Blog says that:
Tired after a long flight you are required to leave your bags with Concierge whilst waiting for your room to become available, when all you probably want is a power nap and a shower. The key here is providing your arrival time upon making your reservation. All hotels will employ a ‘Rooms Controller’ who, yes you guessed it, controls the rooms! It is their job to, ahead of time, look at the expected arrival times of all guests and pre-assign rooms to ensure as smooth a check-in experience as possible. If you don’t provide this information you will fall into a pool of people who are assumed to be arriving after 2pm and as such no special arrangements will be made for your room.
So make sure not to get stuck in the waiting line by letting the Room Controller plan their “making sure guests’ preferences are met.”
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We all know that HotelTonight is one of the best apps for last minute hotel bookings, and now Flight Tonight does the same for last-minute air travel. Just enter your departure airport on the app, and Flight Tonight will show you all the trips you could take tonight!
Visiting Europe and have a Eurail Pass? Then make sure to get the free Eurail Roaming SIM card and stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe.
The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 17 to September 30, 2014, or as long as supplies last.
Scared of turbulence in an airplane? Get a seat in the middle of the plane along the wings. They have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural support.
The last rows shake the most during the entire flight.
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Voltages around the world differ from country to country, and so does plug system; and if you have a device that charges using a USB then you can plug it into the back of a TV.
Most new flat-screen TVs have an extra USB output built-in the system. Agreed that not all hotels have televisions, or may not have the latest ones, but if you happen to have one then don’t worry about using an adapter or voltage converter. Just use the USB outlet to charge the devices.
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Last week, we reported that the U.S. DHS is implementing additional security checks on some international airports with nonstop flights to the country, citing concerns that al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
The U.S. aviation security has now announced of a new regulation last weekend whereby all users carrying cellular phones of laptops/tablets must be able to turn on their device during security clearance.