5 cities to see in the New Year before you die

September 19, 2012

New Year in Sydney.

NEW year, new opportunities, new plans…and (whether you actually keep them or not) new resolutions.

The methods of celebrating may vary across the globe , but for the most part and for most people, New Year is the largest party of the year.

The following five cities should be added to any traveler’s “bucket list” as destinations to see in the New Year at least once.

From basking in the summer sun with Australians and South Americans to winter in the United State’s greatest city or the French and Japanese capitals these cities traverse five continents and two seasons.

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Tips to sort out baggage delays or lost luggage

September 11, 2012

WHAT is the “black hole” of all airlines?

The label best fits baggage reclaim an area that involves nearly two million missing bags annually.

Sometimes it is accidental and unfortunately sometimes it is by design – you might not be aware of 68 pieces of mishandled luggage were found in dumpster near George Bush International Airport in 2006.

After a plane lands that’s when “baggage reclaim hell” starts for every passenger.
Imagine you are standing in the long queues at the baggage carousel, but your bag doesn’t show up onto the conveyor. Don’t  panic…

Let’s say your luggage is not lost, but merely delayed meaning it will be tracked down within 24 hours.  So, you go to the “Lost and Found” office and the only thing they can offer you is a wait. But are you entitled to anything from the airlines?

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What to do if you get robbed while traveling

September 7, 2012

TRAVELING the world is a challenge you have to cope with, be it about the delights of travel or troubles on your way.

Unfortunately, problems happen and they happen to beginners as well as the most experienced travelers.

One of the worst is to be robbed. But don’t let bad luck ruin your vacation because you let the thieves win twice.

The following are tips to follow if you get robbed while abroad:

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Tour the world for $15 per day

September 6, 2012

SOUNDS impossible right?

Maybe not…so, how many times have you been told a world tour is too pricey to afford? Forget about it and let others stay at home and dream of travel.

Traveling the world is a question of priorities not money. If you want to live a challenge and  wake up each day in a new place, make your decision and go.

So pack your suitcase or backpack and follow these tips of keeping to a budget of $15 a day:

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How to pack like a pro

September 5, 2012

HAVE you ever faced the problem of “suitcase shrinkage”?

You fold, roll and bundle your things, but it doesn’t help.

Stop wrestling your suitcase because we have a recipe of making the most of every inch.

If your suitcase is too small to get all things in, here are a few tips to sort it out:

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Top 5 travel-size tech gadgets

September 4, 2012

GOING on vacation once had an easy recipe – requiring nothing more than packing some clothes, gathering some friends or loved-ones and driving off.

Travelers were unplugged with only a wandering spirit to move them instead of the automated voices that direct their way today.

However, if you are the type of traveler that finds a technology-free vacation painful there is some relieve for you.

Just hold-off packing your suitcase for a minute and take a gander at travel size tech gadgets that can improve your holiday.

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Controversial, silly and annoying things people do at airports

September 3, 2012

IMAGINE you have just come back from a busy airport leaving behind long queues for security checks and baggage reclaim area.

It is not hard to understand the reasons some people dread to use planes to fly off on vacation.

Here is a list of silly, annoying and sometimes controversial  things people do in airports.

Check it out and, perhaps, you will recognize yourself.

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Dumb things to do on vacation (but at least they’re fun)

August 31, 2012

TEETOTALLERS read no further.

These activities involve alcohol…a lot of alcohol.

While travel is said to broaden the mind and many take their “odysseys” deadly seriously…for others all this cross-cultural interaction can get a bit much. For them traveling is more like “ticking boxes” and snapping quick pics of the sights to later post to Facebook in between long and extended drinking sessions.

Some of the following I have done (I’m not going to say which).

Sure they aren’t intellectual – they probably shrink the mind more than expand it. They won’t foster cultural understanding, and if they do you probably will have no memory of it the next day.

But they are (and were) fun.

Booked.net’s Jared Morgan tries to remember.

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Pitfalls for drivers when traveling

August 30, 2012

THE roadtrip.

It’s been a vacation tradition for almost as long as the car has existed, but there are pitfalls for travelers.

When the last suitcase is packed and placed to a luggage rack of your car, you should consider foreign traffic rules.

Many countries have introduced unusual measures to take money from both local and foreign drivers.

Booked.net’s Olga Leleka presents a list of “cash cow” traffic enforcement measures you should know before traveling:

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Bangkok – city of contrasts

August 22, 2012

The Rama VIII Bridge crossing Bangkok’s lifeblood – the Chao Phraya River.

IT’S a steamy, pulsating, heady mix.

A metropolis of more than 10 million people, it is intense, intoxicating, but thoroughly addictive – Bangkok.

Thailand’s capital is one of Asia’s most frenetic cities and a tourist mecca, the large amounts of cash that flows into the city from visitors is as crucial to its survival as the Chao Phraya River that flows through it – bisecting the city.

By night it turns into a hedonistic playground with a well-documented seedy underbelly.

In daylight it is a very different place, perhaps even more fast-paced, but somewhere you will find huge wealth and grinding poverty existing side-by-side.

From glitzy air-conditioned megamalls a stone’s throw from grimy back streets to elaborate Buddhist temples sharing the same space as neon-lit sleazy sex-bars.

Jared Morgan of Booked.net shares some photographs of perhaps one of the most contrasting and confronting cities in the world.

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