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Stories from my Sustainable Trip with the UNWTO

Stories from my Sustainable Trip with the UNWTO

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to travel around the world with the United Nations World Tourism Organization to raise awareness about sustainable travel. This adventure brought me paragliding in Colombia, snorkeling in Mexico and through some of Germany's most magical Christmas markets. Come along on my journey and read my deep thoughts, funny wonderings and most memorable stories and pictures!

Campervan Budget for a 3-Month Road Trip

Campervan Budget for a 3-Month Road Trip

by Ben Zweber @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Traveling across the U.S.A. can be expensive, especially when you're living in a gas-guzzling campervan. Despite gas prices, you can still have a budget friendly road trip. We kept track of everything we spent during our 3 months on the road in the United States and broke it down by category for you to see. If you're planning your own campervan or RV road trip, you're going to want to read this.

Alaska Offered Me A Generous MVP Gold 75K Fast Track Offer

Alaska Offered Me A Generous MVP Gold 75K Fast Track Offer

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I'm a big fan of Alaska Airlines, and in particular their Mileage Plan frequent flyer program. On the passenger experience front, the airline has above average employees and doesn't have basic economy fares. Their frequent flyer program is arguably the best in the US, and they have a nice variety of partner airlines that make it easy to earn status without actually flying Alaska that much. Their miles are extremely valuable, which is why I like to credit miles to them, even if I don't actually fly Alaska that often.

Last year I had top tier Alaska MVP Gold 75K status, though as of this year I dropped down to MVP status. It's a bummer, though I don't fly Alaska enough to care that much. I don't value the additional upgrades on Alaska much, but rather my favorite MVP Gold 75K benefit was earning a 125% mileage bonus on tickets (rather than the 50% mileage bonus offered to MVP members).

U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time

U.S. Citizens Can Now Get An Electronic Visa For Vietnam - One Mile at a Time


One Mile at a Time

Vietnam is now issuing electronic visas for U.S. citizens. Here's what you need to know.

Eco-Friendly Products for Responsible Travelers

Eco-Friendly Products for Responsible Travelers

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Traveling responsibly is so much easier when you're prepared and have the right tools. This list of eco-friendly travel gear will help you travel more sustainably and will lessen your footprint on the environment. 

Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

by abs004 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

Top 16 Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

Top 16 Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Kuala Lumpur is a popular Southeast Asian hub known for its food and diversity. Whether you're on a visa run, exploring during a layover, or are making a stop on your Southeast Asia itinerary, we've got some unique ideas of things to do in Malaysia's capital city. From the popular sights to well off the beaten path, we'll walk you through the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Vietnam Tourist Visa Requirements

Vietnam Tourist Visa Requirements


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Many countries still require a Vietnam tourist visa to enter the country. Luckily with the Visa on Arrival process it's easier than ever to get.

Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

by Vietnam Visa @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

A premiere locale for seasoned jet-setters and new world travelers alike, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi welcomes you. As Vietnam’s capital and cultural hot spot, Hanoi has enjoyed a long, rich history, with settlement dating back to 3rd century BC. Many areas of the city reflect the remnants of its former French occupation, giving its […]

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SkyTeam Is Forcing American & China Southern To Scale Back Their Codeshares

SkyTeam Is Forcing American & China Southern To Scale Back Their Codeshares

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

In early 2017, American Airlines bought a $200 million stake in Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines. On some level this was surprising, given that prior to this the two airlines didn't cooperate in any way. They had no codeshare agreements, and American doesn't even fly to to Guangzhou. American said that this investment “creates a strong foundation for a long-term relationship between two of the world’s biggest carriers.”

It didn't seem to me like they had huge plans overnight, though rather this seemed somewhat reactionary, as Delta bought a stake in China Eastern a few years back, while American doesn't have a single partner airline based in mainland China.

When this partnership first launched, American and China Southern announced their intentions to begin codesharing, with the ability to earn and redeem miles, through-check bags, and book travel on both carriers on a single ticket, but only on codeshare routes.

Bún Chay: Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Fresh Herbs and Veggies

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over Vietnamese food. Hard. Between planning our month-long journey through Vietnam, constantly rotating between the two amazing Vietnamese cafes near my house, and making my spring rolls as often as possible, I still can’t get enough of anything and everything Vietnamese. So that’s where my herbaceous, flavor-packed bún chay recipe comes intoRead more

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Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

Alaska Airlines Debuts New Employee Uniforms, Its First Combined With Virgin America

by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Disclaimer: Alaska wants its employees to be the first to see the new uniforms, so photos of the custom-made garments have yet to be released to the media. We will update this story with photos once we get them. Alaska Airlines debuted the latest change to its airline in its ongoing merger with Virgin America. …

The Most Addicting, Flavor-Packed Salsa Roja You’ve Ever Had

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

There’s nothin’ like crispy, lightly-salted tortilla chips with some fresh and spicy salsa roja. Am I right? But here’s the thing. If you want some good salsa — and I mean some really good salsa — you’d be hard-pressed to find it in a store. (And that’s because the flavors usually come in 1: overlyRead more

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How to Avoid Tourist-Trap Restaurants in Europe: 10 Must-Read Tips

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

While traveling through Europe, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is eating at tourist trap restaurants. Take Paris, Rome, Florence, Berlin, or London. Each of these famed foodie cities has the potential to serve you the best meal you’ve ever had. The kind of meal that you will dream about for years toRead more

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20 Crucial Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights in Economy Class

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

The idea of long-haul flights and all that they entail (cramped, uncomfortable chairs; questionable airplane food; recycled air; lack of real sleep) just isn’t very appealing. I’ve never met anyone that actually enjoys long-haul flights. That is, unless they have bottomless champagne, a bed, gourmet food, and fuzzy slippers in first class… But since you’reRead more

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Preview Button?

by hpeabody @ Fodor's Forum

Can we please, please, please have a PREVIEW button choice? Yes, I know we can now edit, but PREVIEW on initial reply would be so much better. IMHO

Why ‘The Killing Fields’ & ‘S-21’ are a Must Do in Phnom Penh

by guestwriter @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Although not the lightest and brightest of conversation topics, the darker history of the Cambodian culture is extremely important. As a responsible traveller, it is crucial for you to understand the places and the cultures that you visit for what they were in the past and how that’s impacted what they are like today. There […]

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Review: Shangri-La Colombo

Review: Shangri-La Colombo

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I had a quick one night stopover in Colombo. I arrived at around 5PM, and was leaving the next morning at around 9AM. The city of Colombo is quite a ways from the airport, though there aren't any good airport hotels, as far as I know. Fortunately there's an expressway connecting the city to the airport, so while it's quite a distance, the drive only takes 30-45 minutes, assuming you're not traveling during rush hour.

In the past I've reviewed the Hilton Colombo, which is serviceable though nothing special. I was quite excited this time around when I noticed that a gorgeous-looking Shangri-La just recently opened in Colombo. I didn't realize this was under construction. The only hotel I was anticipating was the Grand Hyatt, which has been under construction for years, though it seems like that won't be opening, unfortunately.

The rate at the Shangri-La Colombo was about $180 for my one night stay, which is expensive for Colombo, but not unreasonable by international standards. I managed to get a bit more value out of that rate, as Ford was able to book me through Shangri-La's Luxury Circle program, which comes with extra benefits like a room upgrade, a $50 food & beverage credit, complimentary breakfast, and more.

Access issues: lounge, etc. -- see post #5 (log out and back in)

by sweetannie @ Fodor's Forum

I'm posting this from my iPhone as I can�t seem to get to the lounge through my iPad. Any idea why? I�m logged in. I�m see everything else, just not...

Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart 2017

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

I recently had the opportunity to participate in Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart, the 4th annual such event, in Bhopal, India,

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Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Blitz Deal: ~$614 RT Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston or Chicago to Beijing-PEK in New Delta A350 Premium Select

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This fare first popped up about 2 weeks ago, but it’s still alive so I thought others might find it useful!

The Deal Active departure airports: Raleigh-RDU, Baltimore-BWI, Boston-BOS, Chicago-ORD, Chicago-MDW Destination: Beijing, China-PEK Active dates: Depends on the departure city but around January 2018 to April 2018. Price range: $614-696 depending on the dates and the departure city. You can pretty easily include a stopover at Detroit-DTW on either the outbound or return trip–but no idea why you would want to do that. This deal is for the NEW Delta Premium Select cabin on their brand new A350s. The new cabin is a proper premium economy cabin, similar to what the European or Asian carriers have been offering for years. According to Delta, the seats feature 75% more recline and 8″ more legroom than traditional economy.

How to Get It Head to Google.com/flights Enter departure airport as “RDU,BWI,BOS,MDW,ORD” (this will show you all of the options from the area) and arrival airport as “PEK“ Select “Premium Economy” as the class of service Everything for this deal will route through Detroit-DTW since that is the only route that Delta is currently flying it’s new A350 to Beijing-PEK, so if you want to limit your search to just 1-stop itineraries, you can click to limit the connection airport to only DTW. If you leave this blank or set to “Any connection”, you see all of the multi-stop itineraries that will most likely also go through Atlanta-ATL, Cincinnati-CVG, New York-JFK, etc. View the calendar to see the lowest fares available: Select your preferred flight times. A few things to watch out for here: Make sure your long-haul routes are from Detroit-DTW to Beijing-PEK and double check that the aircraft is an A350 in Premium Economy. The great news with Delta’s new service is that if you book Premium Select for your international routes, the domestic segments book into First Class. Double check that this is the case. At this stage, you can click to book directly with Delta or, if you search the route directly on the Delta website, you can view a few more options.

Don’t forget:

If you book with Delta, you can book today and will have 24 hours for a free cancellation. Delta’s Premium Select earns a 50% MQM bonus, so this trip would net 21,000+ MQMs, meaning you’ve nearly earned Silver Medallion with one trip. BOTTOM LINE:

This is a pretty awesome deal to try out Delta’s new Premium Select cabin for just about $100 more than economy. Redeeming miles for the same cabin would cost ~128,000 SkyMiles so this fare is quite a bargain. As an added bonus, the domestic segments book into Delta First and the MQM bonus will yield 20k+ MQMs for elite status qualification.

Museum of Vietnamese History

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

Authentic Mie Goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles) Recipe

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Each time I come home from Bali, I find myself craving one dish: mie goreng. And sure enough, within two weeks of my last return from my favorite island, I just had to have it. And that’s where this mie goreng recipe came into the picture. If you’ve been to Bali — or anywhere inRead more

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Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa | BEFORE Travel

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa | BEFORE Travel


BEFORE Travel

So you’ve done it. You have finally booked your tour to one of the most incredible, diverse and stunningly beautiful countries on the planet. Before you start salivating about Vietnamese coffee or googling ‘how do you say thank you in Vietnamese’, you’ll need to get the Vietnam tourist visa. Don’t worry, it’s easy! Almost everyone …

How to Get a Visa for Vietnam: The Complete Guide

How to Get a Visa for Vietnam: The Complete Guide


Sapore di Cina

Complete guide on Vietnam visa application: Types of Visas, Visa online, Visa on arrival, visa requirements, visa fees and much more

A Quick Guide to Lake Como, Italy: Bellagio, Como & Varenna

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After visiting Lake Como last summer, I’ve come to one realization: No trip to Italy is complete without spending a few days on this beautiful lake. Between its calm blue waters and tree-covered mountains, adorable towns with buildings painted every color of the rainbow, fantastic restaurants, and endless things to do, Lake Como is definitelyRead more

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Three Weeks in Bali Itinerary: Where to Go, Stay, and Eat + Costs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re planning to spend three weeks in Bali, then let me start off by saying I support that. Bali is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and in my opinion, three weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the island, get to know its rich culture and friendly people, as wellRead more

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Loreto, Mexico: A Top-Secret Destination in Baja California Sur

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re looking for the ultimate trip to Mexico, then I have a bit of advice: Forget about Cancún. Leave Cabo in the dust. And no, don’t even think about Puerto Vallarta! Nowadays, so many parts of Mexico have become wildly Americanized and touristy, and in turn, expensive. If you don’t know where to look,Read more

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Is Rothenburg ob der Tauber the Cutest Town in Europe?

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

It’s not often that you stumble upon a destination like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. These kinds of places — where you constantly have to pinch yourself, to make sure you’re not in some kind of magical, fairy-tale dreamland — seem to exist less and less these days. Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber feels like time-travelingRead more

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How I Kicked Achievement Addiction

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

There were a lot more reasons why I decided to transition to full-time employment than I explained a few months ago. One of the main reasons I decided to get a “traditional” job for the first time after being an entrepreneur for 3 years was that I realized I was addicted to achievement. Getting a

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Top 5 Places to Get a Tattoo in Ho Chi Minh City

by Vi Bi @ The Christina's Blog

Tattoos once had a stigma in Vietnamese culture. It was considered as something only mafia or bad people had done to their bodies. But nowadays, having a tattoo is a common thing internationally, and it has become the case here in Vietnam. People with receptive minds accept it and local creatives bring this art to […]

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Verizon Fios Doubling Speed To 100/100 Same Price $39/month ($500 Credit to Switch)

by TheRewardBoss @ The Reward Boss

Verizon Fios should be announcing (it is now updated on their website) they are doubling base internet speed for the same price starting November 10, 2017. Instead of 50/50 Mbps speed, they will now offer 100/100 Mbps for the same price of $39! This was previously a $20/month upgrade. Gigabit service will get better too.…

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12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Review

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

We loved staying right in the center of the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires on our trip to Argentina. While there are many wonderful neighborhoods in BA (all with very different personalities), this area is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in the city, filled with lavish homes and fancy shops and restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is also located in this area, so there’s plenty to see and do all around.

BOOKING

We booked with Hyatt Cash+Points for $125 + 10,000 points per night. Cash rates are easily in the $500+ range, so it makes redeeming points a very attractive offer.

We used a Suite Night Award and were booked into a “Park Suite King” and “59 to 72 sqm: Sitting area: Shower and bathtub: Flat TV: DVD: Butler.”

CHECK-IN

When we were headed to the hotel from the domestic airport (Buenos Aires-AEP), the cab driver had never heard of the hotel– we had to show him name of hotel– but it wasn’t until he read the address that he finally had a general idea of where to take us. Then, he drove right past the entrance, but we said it was fine and just jumped out at the intersection. Walking up, the hotel staff obviously seemed a bit confused that we were arriving by (what looked to be) foot.

At check-in, she confirmed our stay and rate and said, “we have a great room for you in our historic building” — perfect. As it turns out, there are essentially 2 hotels in one: a newer building with many more rooms and the old, renovated “palace” or mansion, connected by a courtyard (and underground walkway).

underground walkway between the two buildings

ROOM

The room, a Park Suite on the Palace side, was very well appointed but somewhat small. In fact, I’m not sure that it could even qualify as a “suite” as it had no separate sitting area or room, just a bedroom with a very large bathroom. From what we’ve read online, the suites are much larger in the newer, more contemporary building, but we really liked the style, feel and decor of the Palace building with the very stately feel of the deep molding around the ceiling and the huge antique windows.

view from room window

Within a few hours of checking in, two of the “butlers” arrived with our welcome gift: a fruit tray with apples, some type of chocolate snack and a bottle of Malbec wine.

BATHROOM

The bathroom was huge- almost as big as the bedroom itself. There’s a bathtub in the main, open area with the sinks and then a closed-in shower and separate toilet area. Plenty of space for two people to get ready at the same time.

SERVICE

While we didn’t need anything special while we were there, we found the service at check-in, breakfast, etc. to be top-notch. They were very helpful if needed, and friendly- everything we’ve come to expect and appreciate in a Park Hyatt.

Welcome letter

PROPERTY

The historic property feels regal and luxurious and, for us, provided a comfortable [...]

Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens - PATA

Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens - PATA


PATA

Indian citizen need a visa to Vietnam? Yes, Indian citizen need a visa to Vietnam prior departure. Vietnam Visa for… Read More   

Top 101 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers

Top 101 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel, but you can’t afford to buy them a flight around the world, we’ve got a ton of ideas for you - 101 ideas, to be exact! From super practical travel gear they’ll actually use to pretty gifts for their home, this is one of the most complete gift guide out there. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect unique gift for your favorite traveler!

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa)

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

These days, there are a couple of easy ways to go from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh including bus, boat, plane, taxi, and mini-bus. There are options to fit every budget, but some … Continue reading

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How You Can Start a Successful, Money-Making Travel Blog

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

By far, starting our travel blog was the best decision we’ve ever made. Back in September of 2014, when we first launched Travel Alphas, we never could have imagined just how many opportunities would come from this beautiful blogging journey of ours. And we really couldn’t be more grateful. When we first started, we hadRead more

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8 Places You Must See In Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

As the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most prosperous areas of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is often known as the Paris of the Orient. With rich cultural influences from France and China, Ho Chi Minh City is the most multicultural city in Vietnam. Here you can […]

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Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Everything you need to know about getting a Chinese visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. The cost, what you need to take with you and the whole application process.

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 2

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This post is continued from Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1. Check it out to see the first half of the review.

BATHROOM

Proving size was really the theme of the experience, even the bathroom was huge:

I took a quick glimpse of the stairs, just to confirm that we were, in fact, on the 2nd floor:

ON-BOARD BAR

Before turning in for the night, we walked around the cabin to explore the on-board bar.

The bar is situated on the top deck of the A380 aircraft, in-between First and Business class:

It was completely empty when we made our way over.

We were a bit dismayed to find that the bar wasn’t stocked as it normally is due to Ramadan, but you can certainly lounge in the area. A flight attendant came over and said that she’d be happy to discreetly make us a drink of our choice in the galley and then bring it in.

The bone-dry bar

The sitting/lounging area was very nice and had seating for 6. We took a few pictures and then headed back to our seats for bed.

THE SEAT – SLEEPING CONVERSION

Having had plenty of food and drinks for one day, we decided it was time to catch a few zzzzs. The flight attendant swiftly converted the suite to sleeping mode while we got ready for bed in the bathroom.

We returned to find the sofa portion of the seat folded down and nicely made up with comfortable sheets and pillows. One of the coolest parts is that, if the divider between the apartments is lowered, our beds were basically touching, so we had the illusion of sleeping in the same bed, which is a nice option if you’re traveling together.

While in the bathroom, we took the opportunity to change into the provided pajamas which was the perfect decision before hopping into the lavish bed.

Pajama time!

The bed is huge and is advertised as 6 feet 10 inches long!

SHOWER

About 3.5 hours before departure, the flight attendants realized that I was awake and came by to announce that I could have a shower whenever I wanted. I let her know soon after and she set off to prepare it. If one is offered the opportunity to shower at 6+ miles high in the sky, there is no choice but to take advantage.

The shower area was loaded down with Bergamote amenities:

Here are a few poor quality photos, sorry in advance:

Pretty crazy and surreal to shower in the sky. The bathroom is large enough to change in and there’s a hairdryer stocked there, too, so the shower is a comfortable experience.

INTERNET

After taking a refreshing shower, I enjoyed a cappuccino and did a bit of computer work.

I purchased Internet for the entire flight for $21.95 and found it to be quite fast and very usable! A quick speed test rendered download speeds of ~4.5 Mbps but upload speeds of only 0.17 Mbps, good thing sending emails and browsing the internet mostly relies on the download speed.

The sun was up [...]

Earn Up To 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Best Buy Purchases

Earn Up To 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Best Buy Purchases

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Chase has brought back a similar promotion to what they offered last November, which has the potential to be lucrative. Specifically, those with the Chase Freedom can earn up to 10x points for purchases at Best Buy through February 4, 2018. This promotion is intended to promote use of their Chase Pay mobile payment option, so you have to use Chase Pay to earn the bonus points.

With this promotion you can earn 10x points for up to $400 of in-store spend. There's no need to register, and the points should automatically post to your statement within a week of the purchase. Just make sure you're set-up with Chase Pay and make your purchase in-store by scanning your QR code at the register.

The Art of Creating a “Comfort Pack” for Your Carry-On Bag

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Between the recycled air, the stiff seats, the crying babies, and the many sedentary hours, long-haul flights are hard. But what if I told you there was something you could do to make it better? You like the sound of that, don’t you? Today, I want to share with you the art of the “comfort pack”Read more

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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The Tripologist: How to get a visa in Vietnam

The Tripologist: How to get a visa in Vietnam


Traveller

Do I need to send my passport away to get a Vietnamese passport?

Whoa: Emirates Orders Up To 36 More A380s, Keeps Production Alive

Whoa: Emirates Orders Up To 36 More A380s, Keeps Production Alive

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

For years now we've been hearing rumors of Airbus ending production of the Airbus A380. I most recently wrote about this just a couple of weeks ago, as the plane hasn't worked out quite the way Airbus was hoping.

While Emirates already has over 100 of these planes in their fleet and loves them, other airlines haven't been as impressed, and we've seen very few orders otherwise. Airbus is approaching the point where they'll have to shut down production if they don't get any more orders for the aircraft.

This is where the chicken and egg situation starts. Emirates has wanted more A380s, but only if Airbus is committed to keeping the program around long term. After all, Emirates doesn't want to buy what will otherwise very quickly become outdated technology. Rather they'd like to see Airbus improve the A380. Furthermore, arguably there will eventually be more demand for the A380, as the global demand for air travel continues to increase, and as airports become increasingly congested. Arguably the plane was just introduced too early.

The Sad State Of Service On American Airlines

The Sad State Of Service On American Airlines

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I just have to briefly vent. I don't want to generalize too much here. US airlines have some fantastic employees, and US airlines have some lousy employees. They're consistently inconsistent. For example, recently I had an American flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong with exceptional service. Over the summer I had a United flight from Frankfurt to Houston with equally great service.

US airlines can be great, and when you point out their product deficiencies, they respond by saying that they can't compare with Gulf carriers, that the playing field isn't level, etc. The irony is that in many ways, US airlines actually have superior inflight products. American's 777 business class is significantly better than Emirates' 777 business class. The seat is better, the wifi is better, etc. Unlike Qatar, Emirates doesn't even offer dine on demand.

What grinds my gears about US airlines isn't the mediocre food or anything of the sort, but rather the defeatist attitude some (though certainly not all) employee take. I spent the past week flying Gulf carriers, and even when you don't have a good crew on one of those airlines, you'd still never experience these kinds of things. On other airlines the default service mentality is "sure, I can do that" rather than "let me think of a reason why I can't do that" (again, this doesn't apply to all flight attendants in the US, but it does apply to more here than in most regions).

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog


InsideVietnam Blog

If visas are giving you a headache, you have come to the right place. Here, we look at common questions about Vietnam visas and how to get one.

Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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One Week in Ubud, Bali: The Only Guide You Need

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

If you’re spending one week in Ubud, you should know that you are about to experience something truly special. The first time I visited Ubud, I made the mistake of only spending four days there. But such a magical place deserves more time — as much time as you can muster. If I could, IRead more

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China Eastern Becomes First Chinese Airline To Allow Inflight Smartphone Use

China Eastern Becomes First Chinese Airline To Allow Inflight Smartphone Use

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

For years China has had an annoying policy when it comes to the use of personal electronics inflight. Specifically, you're not allowed to use your smartphones or tablets on Chinese airlines, even if they're in airplane mode, and even during the flight. It's a strange policy, since nowadays some Chinese airlines offer inflight wifi, but you can only use it on a laptop or larger device.

I remember the first time I experienced this — I figured I was misunderstanding the flight attendant, and explained that my phone was in airplane mode (I figured that was the issue). The flight attendant explained it needed to be off completely, and for the entire flight. So you can’t use your iPhone to take pictures, play games, listen to music, connect to wifi, etc.

It’s my understanding that this is a way outdated policy, and that back in the day their concern was that people wouldn’t keep their phone in airplane mode, etc. I guess here in the US we don’t have that much room to judge, since up until a few years ago phones had to be completely off for takeoff and landing, while now they’re okay with airplane mode. China’s policy up until now had similar logic, but it just applied to the entire flight.

Vietnam Visa Information

Vietnam Visa Information


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Vietnam visa requirements for business and tourist visas. Vietnam visa application form. Find out how, when and where to apply for your Vietnam visa.

How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Traveling with kids – it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Depending on the age of your offspring, the challenges vary, but as parents and travel experts, we have some insights on how to streamline a family vacation. To share the things we’ve learned through years of experience planning – and taking – family trips in

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Seoul, South Korea

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Seoul, South Korea Wondering what you will do on your next trip to Seoul, South Korea? As the capital and largest city in all of South Korea, there can be so much to see, do and eat that it can be a little overwhelming! This compiled list of the […]

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A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera

A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera


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Resources online all say different things. So for your traveling needs, we’ve assembled all the resources you need to get a visa to Vietnam.

Top 5 Markets in Cambodia and Vietnam

by guestwriter @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Visitors to Southeast Asia will be spoilt for choice on sights to see, people to meet and food to devour. However, many people also come to places like Cambodia and Vietnam in search of a great bargain, a meaningful present or a little souvenir to remind them of their time travelling. Across Cambodia and Vietnam […]

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Required Documents to complete Application for Vietnam visa On arrival

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Which kind of documents required to be provided to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival? Find the answer here.

8 Must See Sites In The Beachside Resort Of Nha Trang

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

If you enjoy leisurely days at sparkling beaches, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or underwater adventures in coral reefs, Nha Trang is the spot for you to travel. Known as the most appealing beachside resort-town in Vietnam, Nha Trang Bay has an interesting history and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in and out of the […]

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How to Deal With Bad Medical News

How to Deal With Bad Medical News

by @ How to of the Day

Receiving bad medical news can be devastating and you may not know the proper way of dealing with it. Perhaps you were told you have cancer or an incurable disease, and are having a hard time understanding what to do and how to cope with the news. You are most likely going through various feelings and emotions and just want to make sense of what’s happening. While worrying is natural, there are ways to cope and go forward with your life.

7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Luxury cruises in Asia are an undisputed treat. ‘Throw off the bowlines’ as the Mark Twain quote urges – cast away your ties to ordinary travel and embrace the timeless enchantment of the overwater journey. Cruising is one of our favorite ways to see a country – all the more when it’s aboard an elegant

Read 7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail on Backyard Travel.

Cost of Living in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

The first part of this article contains a general reflection on the cost of living in China. The second part contains a table with prices of the most common goods and services in the majority of Chinese cities. We’ve included transportation, utilities, sports and entertainment, bars and clubs, groceries and salary. Notice that this data […]

How to Lose Upper Body Fat

How to Lose Upper Body Fat

by @ How to of the Day

Losing fat from the upper half of your body requires a few different approaches. You’ll need to do some cardio workouts to burn fat. Exercise your chest and arms and your back to emphasize your muscles and get rid of pesky back fat. And eating a healthy diet can make sure your hard work in the gym doesn’t go to waste.

Cambodia’s Water Festival

by Cassie @ Move to Cambodia

Cambodia’s famous Water Festival is one of the highlights of the calendar year, bringing together people from across the country for three unforgettable days of boat racing, fireworks and festivities. Heralding the end of the rainy season and the coming … Continue reading

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Mid-February marks Vietnam’s most important date – Tet, the New Year’s period. It can be hard getting accurate insider information about Tet celebrations and what happens across the nation during its most festive period. It can be hard figuring out if Tet is a good time to visit Vietnam. Knowing what we know about Tet,

Read 10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival on Backyard Travel.

32 Easy & Creative Travel Photography Tips

32 Easy & Creative Travel Photography Tips

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you want to improve your photography skills so you can take better travel photos, you've come to the right place! Whether you’re a total newbie to taking pictures, or you’re an experienced photographer trying to polish your skills, this article is full of photography tips and hacks for people of all levels. 

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Free Tickets New York Times Travel Show 2018 in New York City Jan 26 – 28

Free Tickets New York Times Travel Show 2018 in New York City Jan 26 – 28

by TheRewardBoss @ The Reward Boss

New York Times Travel Show 2018 I've got free tickets for my readers again in 2018! The show is just a couple of weeks away so get your free tickets now. Book any flights/hotels on Upside.com and get a free $100 Amazon gift card (Upside is a travel startup focused on business travel and actually…

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Vietnam Visa On Arrival: Complete Application Guide (+How To Get A Teaching English in Vietnam Visa)

Vietnam Visa On Arrival: Complete Application Guide (+How To Get A Teaching English in Vietnam Visa)


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In this post I'm going to break down how to get a 3 month Vietnam visa on arrival and also how to stay longer in the country - up to a year or more.

How to Avoid Texting Your Ex

How to Avoid Texting Your Ex

by @ How to of the Day

Are you worried about caving in and texting to your ex? You may not have superhuman willpower, but there are some steps you can take to make sure that doesn't happen. Minimize your chances of pressing “send” by asking someone else to talk you out of it. Getting some distance from your ex--literally and figuratively--and keeping yourself busy can also help you avoid texting them.

Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

Pre-Travel Checklist: 25 Things You Must Do Before International Travel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Though preparing for an international trip is exciting, it can also be very stressful in the weeks and days leading up to your departure. From the big things like booking your flights and buying travel insurance, to all of the little things like calling your bank and checking the weather forecast, there is a lotRead more

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Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (as an American Citizen)


Travel Alphas

Are you an American citizen, wondering how to get a Vietnam tourist visa? This post explains the visa process and will help you choose the best option.

How to Obtain a RN License

How to Obtain a RN License

by @ How to of the Day

Becoming an RN, or registered nurse, is a rewarding job that will allow you to help many people. The first thing you’ll need to do is graduate from a nursing program through an accredited school. Then, you must apply for a license with your state board of nursing and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. With dedication and effort, you can obtain an RN license in 2-3 years.

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa (As an American Citizen)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Vietnam. Just the word alone evokes thoughts of bustling cities, millions of noisy scooters, hot bowls of pho, pristine beaches, and lush rice fields. And it sounds so good, doesn’t it? Every year, thousands of adventurous Americans flock to Vietnam to experience the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors the Southeast Asian country has to offerRead more

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice patties, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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How to Build an Igloo

How to Build an Igloo

by @ How to of the Day

While the Eskimo or Inuit word "igloo" can represent many kinds of habitations in a snowy environment, this article describes what most people imagine when they picture an igloo: a dome-shaped structure built from blocks of snow (also referred to as a snow house). A properly constructed igloo can have an inner temperature ranging from to , even if the temperature outside dips to ! Building an igloo is relatively simple, and can be done over the course of a few hours. All you need is the right kind of snow and some know-how, and your igloo will be sure to impress.

How to Have an Easy Labor

How to Have an Easy Labor

by @ How to of the Day

Giving birth can be an intense, but rewarding experience. You may wonder how you can make your labor less strenuous so you can enjoy it. Do exercises that will strengthen your legs, pelvis, and hips early in your pregnancy so you have the stamina for labor. You can also get support and information on labor from your doctor, midwife, or doula so you know what to expect. Then, when the time comes, focus on staying comfortable and relaxed during labor so your birthing experience goes smoothly.

Houston, We Have A Problem: Angry Buzz Aldrin Misses Delta Flight

Houston, We Have A Problem: Angry Buzz Aldrin Misses Delta Flight

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Well this is quite a video. TMZ has the footage of Buzz Aldrin missing his flight at LAX this morning:

It's not entirely clear what happened, but at 9:20AM he's still at the check-in counter for his 9:25AM flight. When he's told that he'll be rebooked on the next flight he isn't happy at all, and gets up from his wheelchair to approach the Delta employees.

We're not sure what exactly caused this, though Buzz tells the Delta employees that "I'm telling you guys, you're going to be in a little bit of trouble, because we've been sitting here now 20 minutes for somebody to come and fix a two minute problem." We don't know what that two minute problem was.

A Guide to the Best Authentic Asian Cuisine

by Stray Intern @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about travelling to Asia – the scenery, the people, the beaches, the culture. While Southeast Asia is a feast for the senses, it’s the prospect of an actual culinary feast that’s at the forefront of our minds. Southeast Asia is a food lover’s dream with countless options […]

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Brazilian Low Cost Carrier Gol To Fly Nonstop To The US

Brazilian Low Cost Carrier Gol To Fly Nonstop To The US

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Gol is a Brazilian low cost carrier that can probably be most closely compared to Southwest Airlines in the US. They're South America's largest low cost carrier, and Brazil's second largest airline, after LATAM Brazil. The airline presently has a fleet of 119 Boeing 737s, though they're looking at some massive growth over the coming years.

Gol has 120 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order, which they'll start taking delivery of around the middle of the year. For those of you not familiar, the 737 MAX is the more fuel efficient and longer range version of the 737, which has opened up a lot of interesting routes for airlines (for example, Norwegian uses their 737 MAX planes for transatlantic flights).

While Gol operates primarily within Brazil, they also operate some flights around South America. For the first time ever, the airline has announced plans to fly nonstop between Brazil and the US (in the past they operated flights to the US via third countries, including flights through Punta Cana).

Making a difference at the Laos Homestay Village

by Lisa Taylor @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos sits the tiny village of Ban Pak Nguey, location of Stray’s Laos village homestay. Over the past 3 years, this rural community has hosted Stray travellers from all over the world. In 2016 alone, over 900 people strayed through the village, stopping overnight […]

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5 of the Best Scuba Diving Spots in the Philippines

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Scuba diving is your ticket to a world underwater, where life exists at every improbable turn in the most vivid arrays of colors, shapes and sizes. We’ve long heard that the Philippines boasts some of the most incredible dive sites in the world. But with over 7,000 islands making up the Philippines, where do you […]

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DIY Campervan Curtains

DIY Campervan Curtains

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you have a campervan or RV, you will need to make curtains to block out the light (and give your tiny home added privacy, of course!). This simple tutorial walks you through all the steps so you can make your own DIY campervan curtains fast and super cheap!

Wyndham Acquires La Quinta, Will Have 9,000+ Hotels

Wyndham Acquires La Quinta, Will Have 9,000+ Hotels

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

We've seen quite a bit of consolidation in the hotel industry the past few years. Marriott has taken over Starwood, IHG has taken over Kimpton, and Accor has taken over Fairmont, Raffles, And Swissôtel.

The consolidation continues, as it has been announced today that Wyndham will be acquiring La Quinta for 1.95 billion USD. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. Here's how the takeover will be structured:

Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Visa on Arrival or E-Visa for Vietnam It has become so much easier to get a visa for Vietnam since

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How to Cite a Website in Text in APA

How to Cite a Website in Text in APA

by @ How to of the Day

Doing in-text citations for a website in APA style for an academic paper or essay can be confusing, especially if you are not sure how much information you are required to include. There are different requirements for a website where you know the date the content was published and the name of the author, and for a website where you do not have this information. Creating a citation for a website, even if you don't know the author or you don't have the date, can be done in just a few short steps.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Manila

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Manila, Philippines is a huge metropolis that can feel overwhelming when you first arrive. There are so many things to see, do and eat, that’s it’s hard to know where to begin! That’s why we’re excited to share this guest post by Roger Timbrook from Expert World Travel who gives his first hand advice on ways to […]

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17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

It’s a simple fact that travel is transformative. If you travel Southeast Asia with an open mind, there’s no doubt your journeys will affect you. If you grew up in a Western country, you feel the effects even more. The contrast to what you’re used to back home can come as a shock, but, as

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Taking the Ferry from Greece to Turkey (to Greece)

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Long historical enemies, the Turks and the Greeks, especially along the Aegean Sea, have more in common than many will

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How to Get a Travel Visa for Vietnam

How to Get a Travel Visa for Vietnam


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Whether you are visiting for business, to discover family, or to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Vietnam, you will need written permission, called a visa, to enter the country. A visa indicates your country of citizenship, when you are...

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Rachael!

by Lisa Taylor @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

After living and working in New Zealand for a couple of years, Rachael Perkin was ready for a much needed sabbatical to travel and Southeast Asia was conveniently located between New Zealand and her native UK. She decided to spend a leisurely couple months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on Stray Asia’s Lot […]

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Apply Now For The New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Apply Now For The New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Last year American Express and Hilton announced that they'd be entering into an exclusive credit card agreement (while previously Hilton also had credit cards issued by Citi). As part of this, American Express and Hilton are introducing two new credit cards, and also rebranding their two existing cards, which is great news for consumers.

The new credit cards go live today, and as part of that we're seeing the introduction of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, which is the first Hilton Honors small business credit card.

Applications are now live for the new $95 annual fee Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, which is offering a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Hilton Honors points -- you can earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, and a further 25,000 bonus points after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months.

Up to 70k Bonus Platinum & Gold Delta Amex (4 Offers)

Up to 70k Bonus Platinum & Gold Delta Amex (4 Offers)

by TheRewardBoss @ The Reward Boss

  Delta Amex Offers Up to 70,000 Bonus Delta Skymiles American Express has a several BIG Delta card bonuses expiring very soon! Sign up for more than 1 cards and you can get 120,000 bonus miles or more. But act quickly, these offers expire today 11/8/17! I personally don't focus on Delta miles but these are…

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Leavenworth, WA: Magical Bavarian Village in the Cascades

Leavenworth, WA: Magical Bavarian Village in the Cascades

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

Nestled in a beautiful valley of the PNW's Cascade Mountain range is the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington. This local's guide to Leavenworth will help you see this town like a local (we lived there for 6 months after all!). We've got ideas of things to do, restaurants to try and Leavenworth hotels for all budgets. There is so much more than the German-themed exterior. 

You Can Now Buy Access To Etihad’s JFK Residence Lounge

You Can Now Buy Access To Etihad’s JFK Residence Lounge

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Etihad is known for the Residence, which is their private three room suite with butler service available on their fleet of A380s. I had the chance to fly the Residence from Abu Dhabi to Sydney last year, and it was probably the most memorable flight I’ve ever had.

The Residence experience begins before you get on the plane. In addition to being escorted every step of the way from the moment you arrive at the airport at your origin until the moment you leave the airport at your destination, Etihad has a dedicated Residence Lounge in Abu Dhabi. Here you get a private suite with butler service, and it’s almost as over the top as the in-air experience.

In order to make the experience as consistent as possible, Etihad also has special rooms for passengers traveling in the Residence at some of their outstations, so they can get privacy from the rest of the passengers. They have this in New York and London, for example.

How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia

How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia


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If you're headed to Vietnam after Cambodia, we've got the low-down on the best way to get a Vietnam visa while you are here (hint: don't go to the embassy).

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Lourdes - help please

by Lindycarmel @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, My husband and I will be travelling to Lourdes in May. On the way back we would like to get to Nice from Lourdes (by train), however, since this...

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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How to Open a Door with a Credit Card

How to Open a Door with a Credit Card

by @ How to of the Day

If you forgot your key again and wish you could get into your home without it, you may be able to use your credit card to do so. Just keep in mind that this technique only works on doors that have a simple knob lock with a spring-latch or a slanted-latch. To open your door, wiggle a card into the gap between the door and the door frame. If this doesn’t work, resort to an alternative solution.

Shifting visa fees can make travel to Vietnam confusing, costly

Shifting visa fees can make travel to Vietnam confusing, costly


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The prices for a visa to visit Vietnam have been all over the board recently. While things seem to have settled down, it still pays to shop around.

How to Reduce Radon

How to Reduce Radon

by @ How to of the Day

Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that naturally occurs in the soil due to the breakdown of uranium. It is a leading cause of lung cancer, so it’s important to contact your state radon office to obtain a test kit or find a professional to test the radon levels for you. While the best thing to do is to install a professional radon reduction system, you can take some preliminary steps by sealing cracks and openings in the building as well as increasing the ventilation.

Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Do you have any interesting photos of dog?

by allenlee12306 @ Fodor's Forum

Do you have any interesting photos of dog?I miss my dog. Maybe this time as the Spring Festival is coming,I will buy a wifi camera, so I can see my...

How to Get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh - Two Can Travel

How to Get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh - Two Can Travel


Two Can Travel

It's easy to get a Vietnam Visa in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! We outline three ways to do it: At the Vietnam Embassy, through a Travel Agency or Guest House and

How to Block Promoted Tweets on Twitter on iPhone or iPad

by @ How to of the Day

This wikiHow teaches you how to block promotional tweets on the Twitter app for the iPhone and iPad. Promoted tweets are paid advertisement tweets and while it's not possible to block all ads in the official Twitter app, you can hide specific individual tweets, block accounts that promote tweets, as well as opt out of personalized ads. Opting-out of personalized ads won't remove ads from Twitter, but it will prevent Twitter from collecting data to target you with personalized ads. The only way to block all Twitter ads is to use a third-party app that doesn't contain ads—but most of those apps aren't free.

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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60,000 Barclays JetBlue Plus Sign Up Bonus Points – Highest Ever

60,000 Barclays JetBlue Plus Sign Up Bonus Points – Highest Ever

by TheRewardBoss @ The Reward Boss

JetBlue Plus 60,000 Sign Up Bonus Get a huge sign up bonus with Barclay and the new JetBlue Plus offer: 60,000 bonus TrueBlue points after just $1,000 . It's the HIGHEST offer. I've seen 30k and 40k but i've never really been interested, until now. I don't know when or where I'll use the points,…

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September 11th from my notes

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

In September, 2001, I was living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I had sold my car for about $4000 and planned to

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DIY Campervan Bed Frame with Built-in Storage

DIY Campervan Bed Frame with Built-in Storage

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

When making your own DIY campervan conversion, one of the most important things to think about is how to make the bed. It's what you’ll be sleeping in, after all! We have put together a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through how to make your very own DIY bed frame for your campervan or RV.

Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Taking a Day Trip to Nusa Penida: Bali’s Paradise Island

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nusa Penida is one of the last vastly undeveloped and unexplored places on earth — yet somehow, it’s situated just minutes offshore from Bali’s busy southeast coast! Luckily, this rustic and incredibly beautiful island has flown under the radar for decades, and now resembles what Bali was like 40 years ago: a pure and pristineRead more

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How to get a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Stray Asia - Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

How to get a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Stray Asia - Southeast Asia Adventure Travel


Stray Asia - Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Let’s be honest…when you dream of your amazing upcoming trip to Vietnam, it’s unlikely you’re envisioning the all-important filing of official government paperwork. Negotiating the tangled world of travel visas is one of the less glamourous aspects of travelling, but it’s absolutely necessary.  So where to start? Visitor Visas 101 – Do your homework first …

12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Why You Must Visit the Chichicastenango Market in Guatemala

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Of all the markets we’ve explored around the world, there’s one that stands out above the rest: the Chichicastenango Market. Every Thursday and Sunday, the tiny town of Chichicastenango, Guatemala turns into the world’s largest handicrafts market, filled with thousands of local Mayan people purchasing and selling goods of all types. From colorful textiles, paintings,Read more

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The list of blocked websites in China

by Furio Fu @ Sapore di Cina

¿Do you want to access any website in China without restrictions? Click here and check out the comparison of the top VPNs that really work in China Latest important information VPNs continue to provide access to websites blocked in China Despite the rumors, VPNs continue to be the best way to get around the Great […]

Get Rid of Overwhelm Instantly

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

Do you constantly find yourself overwhelmed in your work or school, or even at home? Wondering if there is just something wrong with you? There’s not. If you are feeling overwhelmed, there is a perfectly reasonable expectation for it. It’s not your fault. More importantly, in this video, find out exactly how to bring your

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The Best-Ever Lasagna Bolognese with Fresh Pasta and Béchamel

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

For months, I’ve debated whether or not to share my lasagna bolognese recipe. After all, it’s top-secret, and mark my words, a version of it will be served in my restaurant one day… But after thinking it through, I’ve decided that it’s way too delicious not to share with you guys. Really, it would beRead more

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Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Top 10 Sights In Hoi An Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The historic city of Hoi An is on the central coast of Vietnam and was a major international trading port up until the 19th century. Hoi An has much to offer for tourists: excellent cuisine, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, great shopping, and enough historic buildings to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s one of the […]

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2018 in Southeast Asia

by Jodine La Pere @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Although New Year’s Eve in Asia is actually in April, the locals still think that the Western New Year is a great excuse for a party and you’ll find plenty to do in each of the major cities on the Stray route. Plan your trip so that you end up in one of these party-places on 31st […]

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How long does it take to complete visa procedure at Vietnam airport

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Hi there, thanks for your great work. I’ve got my visa approval letter as per your guarantee. But, I heard from some others that the process to get visa stamped at airport in Vietnam may takes long. Please advise.

A Saturday in London

by harvmatic @ Fodor's Forum

It was recommended that I repost this in the Europe Forum, so here goes. My husband and I, and our 18 yr old grandson will have 24 hrs to spend in...

Access issues: lounge, etc. -- see post #5 (log out and back in)

by sweetannie @ Fodor's Forum

I'm posting this from my iPhone as I can�t seem to get to the lounge through my iPad. Any idea why? I�m logged in. I�m see everything else, just not...

Mysterious: Qatar Airways Offered 25% Stake In Unnamed US Airline Startup

Mysterious: Qatar Airways Offered 25% Stake In Unnamed US Airline Startup

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Qatar Airways has been investing in foreign airlines the past few years, presumably as a way for the government to diversify their assets. They're not necessarily looking to fully integrate with these airlines, but rather they seem to be investing as a way of getting a direct return on their investment, at least long term (unlike what we've seen Etihad do with airberlin, Alitalia, etc.). In other words, it seems that they're fine investing in airlines even if it doesn't lead to an amazing joint venture, etc.

As it stands, Qatar Airways has a 20% stake in IAG (the parent company of British Airways and Iberia), a 10% stake in LATAM, a 49% stake in Meridiana, and just recently announced their intentions to acquire a 10% stake in Cathay Pacific.

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

American Is Adding New Routes And Expanding Shuttle Service

American Is Adding New Routes And Expanding Shuttle Service

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Today American put out a press release emphasizing the ways in which they're expanding their route network in 2018. They mention that they're introducing 52 new nonstop flights in 2018, though most of these have already been announced. However, there are a couple of new changes being announced today.

Here's what Vasu Raja, American's VP of Network & Schedule Planning, had to say about the additions:

“Our 2018 schedule opens up so many new possibilities of destinations. We are making it easier and more convenient for our customers to fly on American to places that are important to them all over the world, from serving smaller cities more frequently to visiting places we’ve never flown before.”

6 Historic Attractions In Hue Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

In the culturally rich city of Hue, Vietnam, you can explore many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including The Forbidden City, 7 Royal Tombs, and many pagodas. Affordable hotels and savory cuisine beckon visitors year round. Countryside bike tours and river boat tours are also enjoyable ways to explore this scenic area. Hotels are located in the […]

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Best Things To See In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Ha Long Bay is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam, and just glancing at a friend’s travel photos will show you why. The emerald-green waters, verdant mountains, grottoes, and spectacular limestone islands sprinkled throughout the bay beckon tourists from all over the world. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are so many ways […]

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Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

by guestwriter @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Luckily because Southeast Asia is usually hot, it’s possible, and advisable, to pack lightly. I didn’t. I found myself looking through the contents of my backpack after a week in Southeast Asia and asking myself ‘why?’ To save you the trouble of asking yourself the same question, this post has been broken it down into […]

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7 Must See Sights In The Mekong Delta

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Come visit the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam to discover hidden wonders. Ecotourism is a strong industry in this lush tropical region. Cruise down the Mekong River in a boat taxi and discover a world from the past. Floating markets, ancient temples, fruit orchards, museums, and scenic rice paddy farms dot the area. Here are 7 must see […]

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20 Incredible & Unforgettable Things to Do in Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and cultural capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to everyone who visits.  From the city’s rich history, archaeological sites, and indigenous cultures, to its bustling markets, art galleries, street food stands, and incredible museums, there is so much to discover in Oaxaca City, Mexico. I don’t thinkRead more

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3 options with Vietnam visa for South Africans to stay in Vietnam for just over 1 month

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

At the moment, all South Africans to Vietnam need to obtain a valid Vietnam visa. Vietnam visa for South Africans are now available in the following types, in terms of its length: 1 month visa; 3 months visa; 6 months visa; and 1 year visa. So, what if you just wish to stay in the […]

Lourdes - help please

by Lindycarmel @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, My husband and I will be travelling to Lourdes in May. On the way back we would like to get to Nice from Lourdes (by train), however, since this...

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

I love New Year’s resolutions. The new year is a great time to reflect on what your life is and what you would like it to become. The word “resolution”, “to resolve,” implies that all you have to do to meet your goals is just make up your mind. But that’s not true. It’s not

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Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions - The Mad Traveler

Getting a Visa for Vietnam: Rules, Snafus, Solutions - The Mad Traveler


The Mad Traveler

Visa on Arrival or E-Visa for Vietnam It has become so much easier to get a visa for Vietnam since

12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

How To Get A Vietnam Visa On Arrival In Vietnam

How To Get A Vietnam Visa On Arrival In Vietnam


Travel Happy

You can apply for a Vietnam visa online and collect it at the airport on arrival in Vietnam. Here's how the process works.

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Drinking Culture in Saigon – Part 2: Cocktail Culture, Cuisine & Mixology Bars, and Single-Spirit Bars

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

You have seen the city growing and globalizing, with luxurious department stores, elegant restaurants, shining craft beer taprooms, and fancy nightclubs flocked with young locals. Check my first part of this drinking culture series – about best bars in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for nightlife hanging out spots and craft beer – if you […]

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Singapore City Tour during a 10-Hour Layover

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After flying in on Singapore Airlines from Jakarta (Singapore Airlines B777-200 First Class Jakarta-CGK to Singapore-SIN (SQ 953)), we were faced with a 10-hour layover in Singapore and, because we’ve never visited the city before, we took advantage of the layover and popped out of the airport (as impressive as it was) to see as much as we could in the short time.

Because Singapore is a hub, they’ve made sightseeing during a layover very easy! The airport offers free two-hour tours but, since we had more time than that, we opted to DIY and head out on the hop-on, hop-off bus. This gave us the freedom to do things on our own time and see more than the 2-hour free tour, plus Singapore Airlines/Silk Air boarding pass holders receive a 50% discount on bus tickets! We purchased adult tickets for just $19.50 SGD (roughly $14 USD) each once we hopped on a bus.

We knew that our luggage was checked through to our next destination, so we only had our carry-ons. We opted to store most of what we were carrying so we’d have less things to lug around with us all day and found the baggage storage at the airport to be more than adequate. Plus, there’s a storage area in all three terminals, so it’s very convenient no matter where you’re flying in/out (and pretty cheap for just carry-ons since they charge by weight).

Once we were free of everything but the day’s essentials, we headed through customs and right to the metro stop inside the airport (the metro leaves from Terminals 2 and 3).

It takes about an hour to get into the city center from the airport, so be sure to factor traveling time in your layover plan. We got off the metro at City Hall and walked to the nearby bus stop: aptly named City Hall, too.

Once on the Red Line bus, we decided to stay aboard until we found stops that we wanted to explore more, knowing that we’d get to see more stops if we stayed on the bus longer. Here are the stops where we got off for a bit and explored on foot:

Chinatown: having never been to China, Singapore’s Chinatown was as close as we’d get for a while, we figured. It was pretty similar to other Chinatowns we’ve seen, but still very cool to see and different from the rest of the city.

Old Customs House (near the Raffles Hotel): The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was originally concocted at the Raffles Hotel. We headed to the Long Bar Steakhouse in the luxury hotel to try it from the original place. It’ll cost ya, though… just one drink costs close to $30 (!!) but it does come with all-you-can-eat peanuts.  🙂

Note: The Long Bar Steakhouse is closed for renovations with plans to re-open in mid-2018, but you can still try the Singapore Sling at the nearby Bar & Billiard Room.

The grounds of the Raffles Hotel make you feel like you’re in a time machine to the colonial era since it [...]

WTTC announces Finalists for 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

by PATAIntern @ PATA

January 16, 2018 — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to announce the 15 Finalists for its 2018… Read More   

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Flying Blue Promo Awards: 25% off select Air France/KLM Routes June – July 2017

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Note: Booking began on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s spring promo, which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 20-25% less than normal in June and July 2017:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 20-25% for travel between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—- USA CITY——————————- Boston-BOS to Europe———– CABIN—— Business—— 1-way—- 46,875— Round-trip 93,750——-

 

All destinations below. Note:  Everything is to/from Europe.

25% off destinations

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHEconomy22,50025% off AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHBusiness45,00025% off AfricaDakarDKREconomy37,50025% off AfricaCotonouCOOEconomy37,50025% off Asia-PacificGuangzhouCANPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificBeijingPEKPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificShanghaiPVGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificXiamenXMNBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificHong KongHKGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificHo Chi MinhSGNPrem Econ120,00025% off CaribbeanHavanaHAVPrem Econ90,00025% off EuropeLyon, FranceLYSEconomy13,60020% off EuropeStuttgart, GermanySTREconomy13,60020% off EuropeBremen, GermanyBREEconomy13,60020% off EuropeInverness, ScotlandINVEconomy13,60020% off EuropeTurin, ItalyTRNEconomy16,80020% off EuropeHelsinkiHELEconomy16,80020% off EuropeGdansk, PolandGDNEconomy20,00020% off EuropeGraz, AustriaGRZEconomy16,80020% off USA/N. AmericaBostonBOSBusiness93,75025% off USA/N. AmericaMexicoMEXBusiness93,75025% off

 

How to Get It Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post Book between April 1 – 30, 2017 Enjoy your savings!

Don’t forget: 

Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2017 “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).” You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges! We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: While the only relevant flight out of the US is Boston, 25% off is still better than nothing and will land you in Europe (or Northern Africa) for 93,750 miles + around $500 in Business Class.

Ziplining in Langkawi, Malaysia with Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventures

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

If you love activities that get your adrenaline pumping and being out in nature, then Langkawi, Malaysia might just be your idea of paradise. There are so many activities you can choose from on the island, from SCUBA diving to island hopping on a jet ski, riding up the steepest cable car in the world, […]

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Where to stay and eat in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Since 2011, the Big Ten Football Championship game has been held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. If you

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Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

How to Purchase a Home Warranty

How to Purchase a Home Warranty

by @ How to of the Day

A home warranty can help you cover the costs of repairing home appliances and maintaining plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. As a homeowner, you may consider a home warranty if you don’t want to have to worry about paying out of pocket for normal wear and tear on your home. Start by choosing a home warranty that fits your needs. Then, research home warranty companies to find one that suits your budget. Make sure you review the terms and conditions of the warranty before you buy it so you know exactly what you are paying for.

Specialty Delivery Services: Digitally-Driven And To Your Door

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In Vietnam, the average living area of a family of three is around 50 square meters. That means a centrally positioned sofa would be 25 meters from the front door, which is an easily reachable distance to pick something up. With that short distance in mind and considering the global rise in food deliveries that led us to […]

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DIY Campervan Conversion on a Tiny Budget in Less Than 1 Week

DIY Campervan Conversion on a Tiny Budget in Less Than 1 Week

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If taking a road trip in a campervan or RV is a dream of yours, we have everything you need to know to turn this dream into a reality. This article is chock-full of tips and all the steps needed to make your own DIY campervan conversion on a small budget! Learn how to build a bed frame and make your own working kitchen, even if you’ve never built anything before!

Traveling to Wutaishan (or Mount Wutai)

by Giorgia Borza @ Sapore di Cina

If you find yourself in Shanxi province, you can’t miss visiting Mount Wutai, located near the city of Xinzhou. Xinzhou (忻州, Xīnzhōu) is a medium-sized city located to the north of Shanxi Province, about 90 km from Taiyuan. Mount Wutai (literally “five plains” where 五 means “five” and 台 “flat”) is located to the east […]

Alaska Airlines Lounge JFK Opening April 2018

Alaska Airlines Lounge JFK Opening April 2018

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Alaska's takeover of Virgin America closed in December 2016, and the two airlines have been making good progress when it comes to their integration. As we've learned from past mergers, it takes years and years for airlines to be fully integrated.

Alaska and Virgin America completed a big step in the integration last week, as the two airlines are now on a single operating certificate, meaning that as far as the FAA is concerned, the two airlines are now one.

Today Alaska sent out an email sharing the progress of their integration. Almost everything in the email is stuff we already knew, and largely stuff we've known since last March, when the airline provided a roadmap for their future.

10 Intriguing Facts You Should Know About Greenland

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

10 Intriguing Facts you should know about Greenland Greenland is full of cultural history and quaint countryside. Every season, the shores are flocked with tourists. Two of these tourists are Agness and Cez from eTramping. With so many extraordinary activities on offer, it’s easy to see why there’s so much interest surrounding it. Here’s a […]

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Turkish Airlines Is Offering 15% Off App Bookings

Turkish Airlines Is Offering 15% Off App Bookings

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, and they also consistently have among the best fares out there, both in economy and business class. They have a lot of seats to fill, so more often than not when I'm doing an airfare search between two markets, Turkish Airlines is among the cheapest. It has been years since I've flown them, though I'll be giving them another try in a few months, and am very much looking forward to it.

For the next few days you can score an even better value when booking a ticket on the airline. Those who download the latest version of the Turkish Airlines mobile app and make a booking through it will receive 15% off their base fare. Here are the basic things to be aware of:

Vietnam Tourist Visa On Arrival

Vietnam Tourist Visa On Arrival


The Au Co Cruise

The Au Co - The Luxury Cruise is very pleased to arrange a Vietnam Visa on arrival for guests booking cruises to the Gulf of Tonkin with us.You will be required an Approval Letter to obtain a Vietnam visa. This is a letter approved by Vietnamese Immigration Department, which allows you to enter and remain to stay in Vietnam for a given period. With the Approval Letter, you can obtain a visa for  Vietnam at any Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate overseas or at a Vietnamese international airport.

The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Asia is without doubt one of the best regions of the world for an exciting multi-country holiday. With so many countries relatively close together, it seems almost like a wasted opportunity to see only one. The problem is – as always – which countries should you see? As Asia experts, we have years of experience

Read The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia on Backyard Travel.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

If you’ve never meditated before, you probably feel it isn’t for you. Maybe you feel you aren’t spiritual, or not spiritual enough for meditation. Some of you may feel that you can’t sit still that long, or maybe even that you don’t have time in your schedule for yet another “healthy habit” or “productivity hack.”

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10 Things To Do In Hanoi Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Known as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi beckons to millions of tourists each year to Vietnam thanks to its thriving arts scene, colonial architecture, museums, shopping districts, and the scenic natural beauty of over 20 lakes, pagodas, and over 50 Buddhist temples. Hanoi, the capitol of Vietnam, was ranked in the 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards™ […]

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Review: La’Baab Restaurant, Phnom Penh

by Julia @ Move to Cambodia

Cambodian cuisine is delicious, interesting, and varied, but there are few sit-down restaurants in Phnom Penh that do Khmer food justice. Restaurants with a pleasant ambiance also tend to be tourist-oriented, and are likely to serve an incoherent array of … Continue reading

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Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight # AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP Dept 11:25 am Arrv 1:01 pm

Mendoza is quite a small, mostly domestic, airport. They have a few international flights, but mainly just to Santiago, Chile-SCL, just on the other side of the mountains. Our hotel advised us that arriving appx 1 hour before departure is more than enough time to check-in with bags when traveling to Buenos Aires.

BOOKING

We booked this segment as part of a larger Delta SkyMiles award ticket. Finding and adding Aerolíneas Argentinas award space to a Delta award reservation can be a bit tricky, so check out our guides here: Booking an Awesome Argentina Itinerary with Delta SkyMiles + Other SkyTeam Partners and All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

CHECK-IN

We arrived right at 10:25 am, one hour in advance, and made our way up to the Aerolíneas Argentinas check-in counter. There were only about 3 people in line with plenty of agents available to help. We handed over our passports and checked our 3 bags without any trouble.

BOARDING

There seem to be very few gates and waiting areas, so they had us wait until the small post-security gate was clear. Once we got on the other side of security, the waiting area was virtually empty:

Boarding, from what I could gather, started with rows 22-15 and then everyone else. This makes total sense: let those in the very back board first which, in theory, should speed up the boarding process.

SEAT

Our aircraft was a Boeing 737-700, in a 3 x 3 configuration with appx 22 rows of 6 across in economy + a 1st class cabin with 2 rows of 2 x 2:

We made it to our seats near the back of the plane:

The plane is noticeably older but still in fine shape with cloth seats. The pitch of the seats seemed quite small. It seemed like tighter legroom than most domestic Delta flights, probably more in line with AirAsia or Spirit Airlines.

The plane was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full with lots of empty seats. This might explain why they had already canceled a few of the flights before us in the morning: cancel one and just move those passengers to the later flight.

Seated by the window and ready to take off!

After a quick safety demonstration, we were airborne!

MEAL SERVICE

The drink and snack service was started promptly upon reaching cruising altitude so as to try and serve everyone on the relatively short flight.

While no choice was given, we were handed snack boxes with mini alfajores, cheese crackers, and another small pastry.

If nothing else, the boxes were cool and celebrated the history of flight and the airline

After a short flight, we began our descent into Buenos Aires.

Touchdown at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires!

After deplaning, we rushed off to baggage claim and then into the city to start our few days in Buenos Aires!

 

Guide to Complete Online Application for Vietnam Visa for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

All South Africans can obtain a Visa on arrival to Vietnam if they get into the country by air. So, how does the online application form look like? How to provide information? What information to provide? What information to provide? Following is the complete guide to do so.

These are the 10 Most-Liked Airbnb Listings on Instagram

These are the 10 Most-Liked Airbnb Listings on Instagram

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

Airbnb released a list of their 10 most-liked listings on Instagram and the crowd has spoken: Everyone loves a home with a view — and it doesn’t matter if it’s a secluded forest, private terrace or amazing cityscape. Take a look at the Instagrams with the most likes and comments and you may find your …

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road


Love & Road

An easy guide about how to get the Vietnam tourist visa. The visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival.

How to Wash Toms Shoes

How to Wash Toms Shoes

by @ How to of the Day

Toms shoes are comfortable and fun to wear, so they're probably going to get dirty from a lot of wear. You can wash them by hand using a simple cleaning solution, or you can pop them in your washing machine. Let them air dry – the dryer can ruin the fabric. If you need to freshen up the leather soles, mix up your own deodorizing powder.

Where to Eat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Where to Eat in Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap, Cambodia is known for Angkor Wat, the largest and oldest religious monument in the world. What many travelers don’t know is that it is also one of the best places to experience Cambodian cuisine in both it’s traditional and more modern forms. After many visits to […]

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Unique Accommodation in Cambodia

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Unique Accommodation in Cambodia Cambodia has no shortage of incredible accommodation options, most costing less than half of what you’d spend for a night in a chain hotel in the USA or Europe. From boutique hotels to eco lodges, jungle stays, and historic buildings, we have been lucky to experience a wide range of unique accommodation […]

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Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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Charging to credit card

by burta @ Fodor's Forum

I have seen posts on this subject before, but cannot remember which was suggested as better when charging merchandise and services to a credit card: ...

10 Best Credit Card Offers For January

10 Best Credit Card Offers For January

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

Charging to credit card

by burta @ Fodor's Forum

I have seen posts on this subject before, but cannot remember which was suggested as better when charging merchandise and services to a credit card: ...

7 Tips for Choosing the Right Backpack

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

7 Tips for Choosing the Right Backpack  As every experienced traveler knows, backpacks are the best choice of travel bag for getting off the beaten track. Suitcases are fine if you are just traveling to city destinations or beach resorts, and duffels are a trendy alternative for short trips. But for serious traveling nothing beats […]

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How to Choose a Yoga Class

How to Choose a Yoga Class

by @ How to of the Day

Yoga is an exciting, challenging, and beautiful form of exercise and meditation. Whether you are new or experienced, when looking for a new studio and class, it is important to find one that both fits your experience level and helps you achieve your physical or spiritual goals. Read on for some tips on finding a yoga class that will fit best with your skill level, personality, and fitness goals.

How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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How to Deal with Severe Anxiety

How to Deal with Severe Anxiety

by @ How to of the Day

Experiencing severe anxiety can be very unsettling, making you feel panicky or terrified for no obvious reason. The symptoms of severe anxiety may be so intense that you find it hard to lead a satisfying life; however, you definitely can by taking the right steps. Cope with your severe anxiety by working with your healthcare providers to develop a proven treatment plan. You can also improve your quality of life by implementing self-soothing strategies, supporting your physical health, and reaching out for support.

How to Sell a Wedding Ring

How to Sell a Wedding Ring

by @ How to of the Day

There are a lot of reasons you might want to sell a wedding ring. Whatever they are, you want to make sure you get the best price and have a good experience. Prepare your ring for sale by getting an appraisal and having your ring cleaned. You can sell your ring online, but make sure you find a reputable seller. You can also trade in your ring if it’s a diamond ring. It’s a great way to get a new piece of jewelry.

Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

A trip to the Etihad Airways First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi was the warm-up to the main event: flying the Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. It was essentially the only reason we had chosen to route from the US to Australia via the Middle East. And a visit to the brand new lounge was nearly as exciting as flying the A380 since our trip was just about 3 weeks after the May 30th grand opening–talk about timing!

As a result, we were purposely very, VERY early arriving at the airport for as much lounge-time as possible before heading to our gate. We checked in quickly and were welcomed into the lounge which is located immediately after going through security.

CHECK-IN/ACCESS

We were greeted at the entrance and, after checking our boarding passes, she ushered us onto an elevator. One of the best parts about this lounge is the exclusivity, access cannot be purchased at the gate and there are very few ways to gain access. Here’s a list of ways in:

Etihad guests of The Residence Etihad First Class guests Etihad Guest Platinum member + 1 guest Etihad Airways Partner airlines platinum members + 1 guest Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum members + 1 guest

First thoughts: the lounge is absolutely huge! It is apparently nearly 1,700 sq m (18,000+ sq ft) and has more than 16 “zones”, i.e. distinct areas that help break up the lounge and make it feel very private, even if you’re one of 100 guests.

FOOD & DINING

After arriving in the lounge, we kept up with the standard procedure of our trip thus far: eating a meal while not hungry in the least. A server showed us to a nice window seat and we began the quite elaborate dining process. In fact, I imagine this is how most people kill their limited time in the lounge. Our start-to-stop dining experience was nearly 1.5 hours.

–> FULL-SERVICE DINING

The full-service dining area was enormous

Full-service dining area

Views of…mainly construction + a few airplanes

Our server didn’t have to do too much arm twisting to convince us to try the 5-course Emirates Palace tasting menu.

Emirates Palace Dining Menu

The multi-course feast consisted of the following: starter (dates), foie gras de terrine (a course that we added from the a la carte menu), soup, scallops, lamb and then a great dessert.

The first course was a simple date filled with yogurt and crumbled pistachio. The sweet and delicious snack definitely left us wanting more.

Dates with Chami: fresh dates with local homemade yogurt

We added on a course of the Foie Gras Terrine, because, why not?

Foie Gras Terrine: slow-roasted plums, fig and ginger jam with bitter almond tuile

The chicken & barley soup was also good but we didn’t eat it all to save room for the next courses.

Chicken and Barley Soup: rich broth with tender poached pieces of chicken, onion and fresh coriander

The next dish, Scallops Mughrabia was by far the highlight of the meal. Mughrabia is a traditional ingredient in Lebanese cuisine and is essentially a type of [...]

How to get Vietnam visa in Malaysia - Vietnam-Immigration.Org.Vn

How to get Vietnam visa in Malaysia - Vietnam-Immigration.Org.Vn


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The official site for Vietnam visa. Provide useful info and arrange visa on arrival with 100% success for who enter Vietnam. A best way to get Approval Letter online

How to Make Poffertjes (Mini Dutch Pancakes)

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

After our Dutch friends introduced us to poffertjes for the first time in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, I was hooked. Now every time we go to the Netherlands, we make sure to indulge in poffertjes at least once. But the thing is, we don’t visit Amsterdam that often. Lately, it’s been a once-per-year occasion,Read more

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9 Reasons to Take an Active Vacation in Colorado Springs

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Over the last few years, we’ve done a ton of city travel, with outdoor adventures sprinkled in here and there. But lately, full-blown active vacations are becoming more and more appealing to us. When choosing an active vacation destination, there are a few things that are important to us: plenty of outdoor activities, stunning views, lakes,Read more

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Milktooth: Delicious Breakfast in Indy

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  As we indicated in our post about the best places to eat and stay in Indianapolis, Milktooth Restaurant stood as

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How to Get a Visa to Vietnam - Anna Wickham

How to Get a Visa to Vietnam - Anna Wickham


Anna Wickham

I get this question all the time, and rightfully so: How do you get a visa to live in Vietnam? I’ve been to a lot of countries and visa instructions are notoriously confusing, no matter which country you’re traveling to. I’m almost never certain I’ve done it correctly unless I’ve already been to that country.

Full Guide for Vietnam visa in Cape Town

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Vietnam visa in Cape Town, South Africa. Are you looking for such issue? Do you want to know whether you need a visa to Vietnam or not and how to obtain a visa from this place. Let’s read through this post which will give you the answers.

Preview Button?

by hpeabody @ Fodor's Forum

Can we please, please, please have a PREVIEW button choice? Yes, I know we can now edit, but PREVIEW on initial reply would be so much better. IMHO

Turkish Airlines Offers 15% Discount For Booking Flights Through App

Turkish Airlines Offers 15% Discount For Booking Flights Through App

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Turkish Airlines is offering a 15% discount for any domestic or international flight booked through its mobile app between now and Saturday. The discount applies to both economy or business-class flights purchased between January 18 and 20, for travel between January 20 through December 31, 2018. The promotion seems to be part of a push to get …

The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Travelers often ask us for recommendations for the best family-friendly holiday in Asia. We’re firm believers that Asia is great for family trips, but we know it’s difficult figuring out what the best destinations are in this vast region for your specific family needs. To help you plan the most amazing family trip in Asia,

Read The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia on Backyard Travel.

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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How to get a Vietnam Visa On Arrival

How to get a Vietnam Visa On Arrival


Two Wandering Soles

Need a tourist visa for Vietnam? We'll show you the options and which one is the cheapest and fastest way to get a Vietnam visa. 

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Faster and Cheaper

How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa - Faster and Cheaper


The Reward Boss

TheRewardBoss explains the faster and cheaper way to get your Vietnam Tourist Visa. No confusing forms. No need to mail your passport. Use Visa On Arrival.

7 Best Scuba Diving Spots in Japan

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

This is a guest post from Tiffy, a.k.a. AsiaTravelBug. Tiffy has visited Japan 6 times. Her favorite cities are Kyoto and Tokyo and she would choose to visit Japan over Paris in a heartbeat. She is excited to share her picks for the best scuba diving spots in Japan!  7 Best Scuba Diving Spots in Japan […]

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Complements of company, means, tools, topics, and directions

by Armando Turturici @ Sapore di Cina

The complement of company The complement of company indicates the person or inanimate being with which one finds in a specific circumstance or with whom one does or undergoes an action. The complement of company is introduced by the prepositions 跟 (gēn) “with”, 和 (hé) “and/ together with”. Here are a few examples: 我不跟他说了。 Wǒ […]

5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

5 Useful Apps That Will Help You Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Even if you have a brand new suitcase, it doesn’t mean you know how to pack properly. Things like weather changes can make the contents of your suitcase irrelevant if you’re not prepared, sending you rushing to the store to pick up an umbrella, an extra clothing layer or charger and more toiletries. Or, maybe you’re …

Kinderdijk, Netherlands: Experiencing the Dutch Countryside

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Have you heard of a tiny village in the Netherlands called Kinderdijk? Our guess is not. And truth be told, we hadn’t heard of it either, until we decided to sail through Europe with Viking River Cruises on their Grand European Tour last summer. For two weeks, we cruised the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers, from Budapest toRead more

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Review: Air India Business Class A321 Delhi To Colombo

Review: Air India Business Class A321 Delhi To Colombo

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

After getting off the bus from the remote stand I followed the signage for international transit. Even though I already had a boarding pass, I was told I needed to go to the transit desk and get my boarding pass reprinted.

After that it was time for transit security. The line didn't look that bad -- there were maybe three dozen people in it. The last time I transited Delhi it was a great experience, but that's probably because I was flying Air India first class, and they assigned me an entourage to whisk me through security in a matter of seconds.

This time around I had to wait in line. I don't think I've ever in my life seen such a slow moving line. My frustration wasn't even that I had to wait for an hour, but rather just how damn inefficient the process was. I wish I had a blindfold so I didn't have to watch. They had separate lines for men and women, and while the line for women was fast, I couldn't believe the pace at which they processed men. They took one person at a time, and then they'd put things on the belt, get a full body pat-down, etc.

Tigers In the Wild: Tiger Safaris in India

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Our driver and guide each lean out of over their jeep doors to scrutinize the dirt road for tracks. “Going

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A Saturday in London

by harvmatic @ Fodor's Forum

It was recommended that I repost this in the Europe Forum, so here goes. My husband and I, and our 18 yr old grandson will have 24 hrs to spend in...

Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens

Vietnam Restores Cheaper, Single-Entry Tourist Visas for US Citizens


Travel Codex

The Vietnamese government recently made some very negative tourist visa changes for U.S. citizens a few months ago. Along with eliminating single entry, short term tourist visas, they also raised the visa stamp fee for

33 fun and interesting facts about Thailand that will surprise and delight you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

There’s no denying the myriad attractions of Thailand. Beaches, jungles, cities, spices – this kingdom of intrigue offers endless explorations into culture, nature and history. To help you get to know Thailand a little better, we’ve drawn upon our extensive knowledge of the country to share some of our favorite things about it. You’ll notice

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Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

Thailand's Famous Lantern Festival: Loy Krathong & Yi Peng

Thailand's Famous Lantern Festival: Loy Krathong & Yi Peng

by Ben Zweber @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If releasing a sky lantern during Thailand's famous Yi Peng festival is on your travel bucket list, you will definitely want to check out this article that walks you through everything you need to know to enjoy Loy Krathong and Yi Peng in Chiang Mai. Plus, we're sharing which event you should avoid!

Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After spending a very enjoyable and luxurious 3+ hours in the Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH, it was time for the main event: The Etihad First Apartment!

BOOKING

We booked this bucket list flight using American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a total of 60,000 miles; this was before a major AAdvantage devaluation and now the flight would cost you 100,000 miles for the one-way route from the “Middle East” region to the “South Pacific” region. Furthermore, since we both have the Barclay AA credit card, we got a 10% rebate, driving the total price down to 54,000 miles + ~$79 in taxes each for the ~$6,300+ flight. We got even more value than that though since we arranged a 23 hours stopover in Melbourne-MEL before continuing on to Townsville, Australia-TSV in Qantas Business Class.

CHECK-IN

We were able to take advantage of the free Etihad Chauffeur Service from the Park Hyatt Dubai to Abu Dhabi International Airport for our Etihad flight.

Our (free!) chauffeur service

The trip took about 1.5 hours total.

The airport has a dedicated First & Business class check-in area.

And so the experience begins!

First Class check-in desks

We left the lounge and made the (extremely) long trek to Gate 61 in Terminal 3, literally the furthest away from the Lounge.

As we approached the gate area, they were doing a secondary document check:

BOARDING

Knowing it would be dark at the time of boarding, we snuck a few pictures before hopping in the lounge:

Etihad A6-APG sitting at the gate

We made our way down (ok, more so really up since we were on top deck) of the long jet bridge to board the flight.

We took a left after boarding to find the First Class cabin:

While I didn’t necessarily need to be shown to my seat since I’d studied it online numerous times and been counting down the days to this moment, a flight attendant escorted us anyway. She showed us to our seats, 3K and 4K:

Of the 9 First Class seats (well, 10 if you include The Residence), there were just 2 other passengers aboard, so 4 of us total.



SEAT

The seat was, well, let me just type a direct quote from McCown as we got settled it: “OMG. There was what I expected and anticipated from reading many, many reviews and then there’s the real thing. And let me just say, OMG.”

The sheer size and space and privacy are unprecedented and staggering.

The big, leather seat is luxurious and makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandfather instead of couped up on a plane.

The couch is perfect for having company over in your apartment. And then switched into a bed when you’re ready to sleep.

I mean, it’s realistically closer to a throne than a seat:

The empty neighboring suite

View from seat 4K

View of IFE and sofa (that converts to a bed)

The actual seat featured a few tactile buttons as well as a touchscreen for a variety of controls.

It was all really a sensory overload. The tiny compartments, sliding doors and gadgets and gizmos [...]

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers


The Points Guy

Vietnam announced that it's changing its visa requirement for US-based travelers. Only one visa is needed for the entire year.

3 Online Steps to get Vietnam Visa Approval Letter for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

How to obtain a Vietnam visa approval letter for South Africans? These are 3 simple steps for you without submission of any document.

Planning A Trip To Vietnam

by Cassandra Caballero Legge @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The country of Vietnam curls around the countries of Laos and Cambodia like a long comma on the Indochinese Peninsula, snugged up on the east against the South China Sea, and bordered on the north by China. The two most famous cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are located on opposite ends of the […]

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The Pegasus 737 That Ran off a Cliff Might Fly Again

The Pegasus 737 That Ran off a Cliff Might Fly Again

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

After a Pegasus Airlines 737 nearly fell into the sea in Turkey last Saturday, engineers have started the process of recovering the damaged aircraft. Pegasus flight 8622 was traveling from Ankara (ESB) to Trabzon (TZX) when upon landing, the plane skidded off the runway and found itself hanging off the side of cliff — just …

Endurance Athlete Chi Nguyen Aims To Run In 100 Cities

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In November, Chi Nguyen finished third in Ho Chi Minh City’s first Techcombank International Marathon in a time of 3 hours 22 minutes. The Vietnamese endurance athlete has also completed the Mont Blanc CCC, a 100-km mountain challenge that quickly climbs to the Grand Col Ferret Alpine pass at 2537 meters. It’s a race in […]

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How to travel from South Africa to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Travelling from South Africa to Vietnam, you will need to take notice of Vietnam visa, the flight and some recommendations for Vietnamese sightseeings.

Lufthansa A350 Business Class – Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL LH 762

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After touching down a bit late from our inbound flight from Charlotte, we scurried from Terminal H to L by taking a short train. We were assigned gate L13 and, fortunately, the Lufthansa Lounge was directly across the hall. This allowed us about 45 mins to get showers and freshen up for the next 7-8 hour flight.

BOOKING

We booked this flight using United MileagePlus Miles. We spent a total of 90,000 miles each for the Business Class award, including:

Lufthansa Business Class Charlotte-CLT to Munich-MUC Lufthansa Business Class Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL Air India Business Class Delhi-DEL to Colombo-CMB United Economy Class Charleston-CHS to Newark-EWR

We purposely switched our flights around to have the opportunity to fly Lufthansa’s first A350 since it was a bit of a novelty and was still basically brand new.

CHECK-IN

Although most of the check-in was performed in Charlotte-CLT the day before, the gate agent was checking visas before boarding and marking boarding passes to help speed up the process later.

Boarding and visa check prior to boarding

LH D-AIXA waiting at the gate

BOARDING

Boarding was, as I’m sure we’ll be used to soon once in India, disorganized and very pushy. Quite crazy that people are in such a hurry to get on a plane that isn’t going to leave anyone behind.

Instead of breaking the boarding up by class or zone, they had priority boarding of wheelchairs and babies. But, that’s all the announcements they seemed to make as business class travelers just sort of started going through. Then, people were jumping lines; it was confusing and we didn’t know what to do next. Plus, while the priority boarders were still waiting on the elevator to take them downstairs, the business class travelers were streaming past them to get to the stairs….beating the priority boarders onto the plane. A bit odd…especially since this was Lufthansa.

Business Class boarding area, the calm before the storm of pushy people

Once past the gates, the jet bridge had 2 boarding doors, one for Economy and another for just Business Class (well also for First but the A350 is 3 cabin, not 4).

Rounding the corner, we found the bright, new and clean cabin:

Right after boarding we were offered a welcome drink:

SEAT

We quickly got situated into seats 5A and 5C.

The seats on this A350 are nothing new; it’s the same exact Business Class seat you’ll find on their A330s, A340s, A380s, 747-8s, etc.

It is, by all means, a great product, but it is quickly getting outdated as many other airlines have already switched to an all-aisle access Business Class cabin– that is to say: 1 x 2 x 1 as a seating configuration. Lufthansa, by contrast, has installed their standard (and relatively new) 2 x 2 x 2 seating configuration on this brand new plane.

Here’s the seating chart from Lufthansa’s A350s:

The Business class section (split up by a galley and lavatories) has 8 rows x 6 seats for a total of 48 seats.

And, here’s the seating chart for a bunch of other airlines that have received the A350; all of their cabins feature the 1-2-1 [...]

A Guide to Pemuteran: The Secret Paradise on Bali’s North Coast

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Nestled on Bali’s northwest coast, hours away from the bustling south, is a peaceful, hidden paradise called Pemuteran. If you’ve never heard of Pemuteran before, then I wouldn’t be surprised. This quaint and stunning fishing village is a very well-kept secret. Those who know Pemuteran don’t want it spoiled by hoards of tourists. And I reallyRead more

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2017 in Review: Travels, Reads, and Music

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

TRAVELING Another year behind us, and my third passport is one year closer to expiration (2023). Which will run out

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27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and in our opinion it’s one of the region’s most exciting capitals. It’s a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis where countless adventures await. There’s so much to experience in Bangkok it can be hard to know where to start. There are temples to visit, markets to shop,

Read 27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go on Backyard Travel.

Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

Through February 5, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points.

The promotion is valid as long as you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction, and you can buy at most 50,000 points through this promotion. Points should post to your account within 24 hours. If you buy 50,000 points then you'd receive a total of 70,000 points for $550, which is a cost of ~0.79 cents per point.

Lately Choice seems to be offering discounts on purchased points more frequently, and when they do, typically we see either 30% off or a 40% bonus. While the 30% discount gives you a slightly better cent per point cost, the 40% bonus is more useful if you want to buy more points, since you're capped at buying 50,000 points per year, pre-bonus.

Review: Emirates Lounge Colombo Airport

Review: Emirates Lounge Colombo Airport

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

I arrived at Colombo Airport shortly after 7:30AM, plenty early for my 9:55AM flight to Dubai. Colombo Airport has tight security, as you have to go through two security screenings before they even let you into the check-in hall.

Emirates' check-in counter was located at the far left of the terminal, and was busy, given that the 777 to Dubai was fully booked. Emirates has a surprisingly large presence in Colombo, as they operate five daily 777 flights (three to Dubai, one to Male, and one to Singapore). There was no queue at the first class counter, and within a couple of minutes I was checked in and invited to enjoy the Emirates Lounge.

After checking in I headed to the opposite end of the hall for immigration, which was a pretty quick process. At that point I took the escalator up a level to the terminal. At Bandaranaike International Airport, security is at the individual gates, so you don't have to pass through a main checkpoint first (well, other than the two checkpoints to get to check-in).

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

The Visa Conundrum in Vietnam, Visas in Vietnam

The Visa Conundrum in Vietnam, Visas in Vietnam


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Visa changes effect expat workers, tourists and travellers alike. Visas in Vietnam

Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

Vietnam Cookery Centre

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

How to Get a Vietnam Visa | Indiana Jo

How to Get a Vietnam Visa | Indiana Jo


Indiana Jo

Find out how to get a vietnam visa - up to date info, cost comparison, official visa links and pros and cons of each way of applying for a Vietnam visa.

What is Sustainable Tourism and What Does it Look Like Around the World

What is Sustainable Tourism and What Does it Look Like Around the World

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

What is sustainable travel? Well, isn't that a good question! I am delving into what sustainable tourism looks like around the world: from Colombia to Germany! Read real life stories and examples of how sustainable travel can transform our world for the better and become a part of the change!

[INFOGRAPHIC] 9 Signs You Are Missing Your Life Purpose

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

You may consider uncovering your life purpose to be peripheral to your everyday life. It seems like something you might do once you get everything else in life figured out: once the kids grow up and your debt is paid off, or maybe once you find your soul mate who will take care of you, then

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How To Plan a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Trip

How To Plan a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Trip

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

It's easier than you think to plan a sustainable trip. You don't need to book an ecotourism resort with a hefty price tag or volunteer in a remote village for weeks on end. Any type of traveler can plan a sustainable vacation if you know where to start. In this article, we'll walk you through practical and easy ways you can plan a sustainable trip.

Got anger? This can help instantly.

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

Ever feel like you’ve got an “anger management” problem? You’re not alone! In reality, you likely don’t actually have an anger problem. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few new ways to deal with it. Anger doesn’t look the same for everyone. Just because you aren’t screaming and throwing things across the room

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Tomatito: Bringing Funky World-Class Latin Cuisine To Vietnam

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

It’s no surprise that a Spanish restaurant achieved top-50 status. But chef Willy Trullas Moreno managed that feat in Shanghai, taking his sexy Spanish restaurant, El Willy, to the forefront of food in a city already steeped in rich culinary traditions. Next came elEFANTE, a funky mix of “el colmado, el bistro, and la trattoria,” […]

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Why You’re Too Busy (And What to Do About It)

by Anna @ Anna Wickham

“How are you?” “Busy.” “Crazy, as usual.” “It’s been insane around here.” This seems to be the mantra in offices and homes around the country. Why are we so busy? We have more luxuries than any generation before could ever imagine. Any piece of information we need is available at our fingertips at any moment;

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Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...

The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Well, it’s that time of year again, isn’t it? And you know what that means: it’s time to start your holiday shopping. If you have a special traveler on your list (whether that means yourself, or a loved one), then this gift guide is for you. Whether you’re shopping for a foodie, a luxury traveler, anRead more

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ibotta Review $10 New User Bonus, $100 Bonus for Referring 5 Friends (Cash Back In Store + Online)

ibotta Review $10 New User Bonus, $100 Bonus for Referring 5 Friends (Cash Back In Store + Online)

by TheRewardBoss @ The Reward Boss

ibotta $10 Sign Up Credit + $100 Refer a Friend Bonus Get a $10 bonus when you sign up for free at ibotta + $100 if you refer 5 friends by December 25. The $100 bonus is double their recent offer so now is a great time to join in. If you've used online cash…

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Discover: Havana

by @ Wikitravel

For an "authentic" experience in getting around Havana via public transportation, try El Camello, a split-level bus pulled by a semi-truck, and resembling a 2-humped camel.

Reminder: You Must Be Important To Use A VIP Entrance At Newark Airport

Reminder: You Must Be Important To Use A VIP Entrance At Newark Airport

by Nick @ One Mile at a Time

It's no secret that airports often have separate entrances for fast-tracking so-called "VIP" travelers like major celebrities, politicians, diplomats, and other dignitaries.  The reason is twofold -- the VIP travelers, of course, appreciate the privacy and the special treatment, but at the same time the distraction and disruption to the ordinary check-in and security process is alleviated.  This is particularly a concern when a notable politician or other high-profile individual with a security detail is traveling.

Ben has reviewed the privately run VIP experience at LAX, the Private Suite.

Well, it turns out Newark International Airport has its own VIP entrance, operated and staffed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Former New Jersey governor and noted bridge enthusiast Chris Christie -- who is known to relish a private experience unavailable to the general public -- used the VIP entrance at Newark often over the course of his eight-year term, particularly in 2015 when he spent a good deal of the year traveling across the country in vain pursuit of the presidency.

Getting off the Beaten Path in Mumbai, India

by Jennifer Joslin @ Two Can Travel

Mumbai is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in India. We’ve visited twice now, but have barely scratched the surface of all there is to do! We’re so excited to feature this article by local Mumbaikar, Palak Gupta, as she shares her insider knowledge for getting off the beaten path in Mumbai, India.  Getting […]

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Don't Turn Up in Vietnam Without Following These Visa Procedures

Don't Turn Up in Vietnam Without Following These Visa Procedures


TripSavvy

See how to get your visa for Vietnam -- the exact process explained step by step. Apply online then get a visa on arrival in one of the airports.

Vietnam Tourist Visa: Application Requirements, Instructions, & Information

Vietnam Tourist Visa: Application Requirements, Instructions, & Information


US Visa Connection

Need a Vietnam Tourist Visa Fast? Vietnam Tourist Visa Application Requirements, Instructions, & Consulate Information Guide for Vietnamese Tourism Visas.

Traveling to Dali: The complete guide

by Rita Andreetti @ Sapore di Cina

One of the entrance gates of the Dali city wall – Photo by Matteo Bosi Located in the heart of Yunnan, Dali (大理) is a picturesque town mainly inhabited by the ethnic Bai, who settled here millenniums ago. Or better, this is the Dali Old Town, the original heart, surrounded by a city wall and […]

How to Make Authentic Thai Mango Sticky Rice

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

Has there ever been a dessert more delicious than Thai mango sticky rice? For me, this dish checks all the boxes. It’s sweet, salty, tropical, and oh, so coconutty. I have such fond memories of sitting in the soft sand, on a sunny island in Thailand, chowing down on the delectable goodness that is mangoRead more

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The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Southeast Asia may not be famous for its hikes, but the region has its fair share of spectacular trails. It’s not that it’s difficult finding good hikes in Southeast Asia, it’s more if they’re worth exploring, given the proximity of Nepal, China and Japan. As adventure travel and hiking specialists in Asia, we say yes,

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Stray invests into Australia

by admin @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Stray and Loka set to become the largest Hop-on Hop-off Adventure Travel Network across the Asia Pacific region. Stray Ltd (‘Stray’) is pleased to announce its recent investment, which will see it become the majority shareholder of Loka Pty Ltd (‘Loka’), an Australian Adventure Travel Operator based out of Byron Bay. This investment will create […]

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A Whale of a Journey: Eco-Tourism Along Dominican Republic’s North Shore

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  I had already gotten a full dose of the natural beauty and adventure along the North Coast of the

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Short & long-term Vietnam Business Visa for Indian citizens

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Every Indian passport holder is obliged to apply for Vietnam visa before entering this country for any purposes. For those who want to work or start business in Vietnam, owning a Vietnam business visa can also mean that you don’t have to apply for work permit, which is more time-consuming and intriguing.

10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Oaxaca City, Mexico

by Maddy Cornelius @ Travel Alphas

As the culinary and culture capital of Mexico, beautiful Oaxaca City has so much to offer to serious travelers. After spending one week exploring and eating our way through Oaxaca this past August, we can think of one million reasons that you should visit as soon as possible. If discovering a vibrant city full ofRead more

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Cheap Road Trip Across the USA: 47 Practical Tips

Cheap Road Trip Across the USA: 47 Practical Tips

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you're planning a road trip across the USA and are trying to stay on a budget, you have come to the right place! We have put together the best, most practical and most creative money-saving tips and hacks so you can road trip for cheap! Have the time of your life while still saving money on food, transportation and accommodation with our advice!

Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Vietnam Visa Online - Vietnam Visa On Arrival Services With 24/7 Support

Vietnam Visa Online - Vietnam Visa On Arrival Services With 24/7 Support


Greenvisa - Fast Vietnam Visa

Vietnam visa on arrival is available for 192+ nations! Get visa for Vietnam: online visa, tourist visa, business visa, E visa to Vietnam with GREENVISA.IO

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Interested in traveling to Vietnam for tourist or business purposes? This is a complete guide for you in order to ease your process of getting Vietnam Visa.

What with Vietnam visa if I’m far from the Embassy

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

I wanna obtain a Vietnam visa. But my place is far from the embassy. I’m in George. Do I have any other option? Please advise.

How to End a Toxic Relationship

How to End a Toxic Relationship

by @ How to of the Day

Toxic relationships can feel like you're lugging a huge sack up a hill: the longer you try to do it, the heavier the burden becomes. Once you realize you're in a toxic relationship, take steps to relieve yourself of that burden by ending the relationship. Be upfront about what you want, so the person clearly understands that you want to end things. Set limits so you don't get pulled back in. Then, care for your emotional health and well-being so that you can have healthier relationships in the future.

“Drive-by Shooting” in Madhya Pradesh, India

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

I traveled to Central India for a chance to see tigers in the wild. Madhya Pradesh, a central state, has

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Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Clarke!

by Jodine La Pere @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

Clarke Cooper had spent a year working and travelling in New Zealand having the time of his life when abruptly his visa was up! Shock and realisation set in. What would he do now? Going straight back to Scotland simply did not seem like a good enough option. Where could he escape to before he reluctantly […]

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What to do in Bangkok: Unique and Cheap Things You Won’t Want to Miss

What to do in Bangkok: Unique and Cheap Things You Won’t Want to Miss

by Katie Diederichs @ Blog | Two Wandering Soles

If you’re bored in Bangkok, something's wrong with you! There are endless fun things to do in this ever-growing city. We created a list of top activities that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Bangkok. Some are super touristy (yet still worthwhile), like the Grand Palace and Khao San Road, but some are hidden gems, like an amazing Tuk Tuk Food Tour and an off-the-beaten path floating market. Whether it’s your first time in Thailand or you already have your favorite Soi, this guide is for you!

25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Borneo that will inspire you to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Borneo. You probably know it for its rainforests, orangutans and world-class scuba diving. But there’s a lot more to this lush tropical island. Did you know that its jungles provide a rich habitat for rare creatures? It’s also home to the world’s largest (and most pungent) flower, its richest monarch and the highest peak in

Read 25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Borneo that will inspire you to go on Backyard Travel.

2 working hours to get Vietnam visa approval letter for South African

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

It is great news for all South African citizens traveling to Vietnam in urgent plan and has no visa yet as they now can obtain an visa approval letter for their visa on arrival within 2 hours. So, no need to worry any more.

A Foodie’s Guide to Mexico City: Must-Eats in Mexico’s Capital

by Mauricio Campos @ Travel Alphas

If you know us at all, then you might guess that we went to Mexico City to eat. And you wouldn’t be wrong. During our 4.5 days in Mexico City, our goal was to consume everything, in order to make the best Mexico City foodie guide we could! So it’s safe to say that thereRead more

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My VERY Costly Misconnect At London Heathrow

My VERY Costly Misconnect At London Heathrow

by lucky @ One Mile at a Time

This sure hasn't been a good week for me as far as airline reliability goes. I feel like for my past several hundred thousand miles I've had amazing luck with my flights, and have barely had any major delays or cancelations. Then last week I had a 10 hour delay on my flight from Yerevan to Doha due to fog, which threw off my plans.

I'll be the first to admit that I often plan trips very tightly, and that's on me:

Wyndham Worldwide Acquires LaQuinta for $1.95 Billion

Wyndham Worldwide Acquires LaQuinta for $1.95 Billion

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation will acquire La Quinta Holdings, Inc. in a $1.95 billion dollar cash deal announced Thursday morning. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2018, however, in the even that the deal falls through, La Quinta will pay Wyndham a termination fee of $37 million. Wyndham …

How to Get Quails to Lay Eggs

How to Get Quails to Lay Eggs

by @ How to of the Day

Quails sometimes stop laying eggs due to stress, lack of calcium or minimum sunlight. However, there is no need to worry as this problem can easily be taken care of if you give your quails the proper care they need.

Discounts and Coupons

by Sborto Zhou @ Sapore di Cina

At SDC we make a daily effort to find, select and evaluate the best services and products for you. In addition, we always try to get in contact with the companies we recommend so that our readers can enjoy exclusive discounts. In this article, you will find a wide selection of discounts and offers for the products and services that we suggest.

10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

by Jodine La Pere @ Stray Asia – Southeast Asia Adventure Travel

You’ve booked flights to Southeast Asia? Awesome! This is quite possibly the best idea of your life. You’re going to have an amazing time, but in order to be a savvy traveller you need to avoid the most common mistakes that so many first timers visitors to Asia seem to make… Mistake #1: Buying everything […]

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Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

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