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Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the annual Museum Day Live!, when more than 1,500 museums across the country do away with admission fees for one day. This year’s event—the 10th anniversary—takes place September 27.
Just search by zip code on this map to find participating cultural centers, including everything from prominent art institutions (the de Young museum in San Francisco) to lesser-known gems (National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland). You can even search by term; “auto” turns up 10 antique-filled museums.
Then register online for a ticket, which is good for two people—and only one per household. Added bonus: a free one-year digital subscription to Smithsonian magazine!
Pedestrians crossing the streets causes a lot of accidents worldwide, even when a lot of countries have installed the “don’t walk sign”. in U.S., you can be fined for crossing a street when you’re asked not to cross. So to prevent people from crossing the streets on a red light, Lisbon installed this dancing traffic light and it worked awesomely well.
Watch the video and see for yourself:
After the revolution in 2011, many travelers think Tunisia is a dangerous country and avoid stepping there. But after visiting this marvelous country earlier this year, we realized that those are all rumors and Tunisia offers stunning landscapes from Chott El-Jerid and Sahara Desert; and Matmata is a must-visit place for die-hard Star Wars fans.
But now to increase revenue because of failing economy, the Tunisian government announced the creation of a departure tax for non-resident foreign travelers leaving Tunisian territory, coming into force on October 1.
Those affected, mainly tourists, will have to pay a departure stamp to the value of 30 dinars ($17 or €13). Tunisians, with the exception of those living abroad, and foreigners with residence permits already pay 60 dinars each time they leave the country.
We all love clean and nice places to visit, but there are some that are unique but not so clean. From all the filthy places in the world, Hassle.com picked 30 of them and out together an infographic for you.
So if you fancy walking barefoot in rat-infested temple, visiting museum where cockroaches are dressed up as celebrities, or go to an international museum of toilets, then this is the place to be!
There are thousands of tips on how to pack for that wrinkle-free pants or shirts, but nothing really works and you will end up ironing your clothes. And however much you hate that chore, there may or may not be an iron available in your hotel. But this amazing travel iron will make it easier for you because you can iron your clothes while you’re dressed.
If you have an infant under 2 years during your flight, then we all know how stressful it can be. But knowing the rules and expenses can help you better choose an airline. This infographic from Skyscanner tells you the charge for an infant under 2 years, items that can be carried for free in hold, the cost to buy an additional seat, and whether you can get priority boarding.
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.”