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In-flight Wi-Fi and its costs on various international airlines

by amit.uniyal 5. December 2014 07:51

With the people making air travel increasingly and carrying along with them their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the trend of providing Wi-Fi on the ground and in-the-air is growing. And, people are also taking advantage of this frequently.

Many international airlines are competing with each other to stay ahead in the race and keep their customers happy and connected even at 40,000 feet above in the air. A recent study has indicated about the growing trend and revealed the in-flight Wi-Fi offering and the costs by some international airlines.

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Air Canada is charging $5 for a one-hour pass to access their electronic devices through Wi-Fi. For those who want to browse internet for 24 hours will be required to pay $14. The in-flight Wi-Fi service will be available on select flights operating within North America.

American Airlines is offering Wi-Fi services on domestic flights and charging $14 for internet access for a period of 24 hours. The airline is however charging $19 on international routes for the entire duration of the flight.

Those traveling on British Airways can gain Wi-Fi access by paying $12.53 for one hour. However, for browsing internet during flight the airline will be charging $23.49 for a period of 24 hours. This service is being currently offered only on one flight operating on direct route between London City and New York JFK.

Emirates Airline has varied options for internet access. The airline is charging $2.75 for 5MB and $10 for 30MB for Wi-Fi access on mobile devices. However, for Wi-Fi access on tablets and laptops the airline charges $7.50 for 15MB and $20 for 100MB respectively. The service is available on select Boeing 777 aircrafts and all Airbus A380 aircrafts.

Qatar Airways provides in-flight Wi-Fi services on all its Boeing 787 aircrafts. The prices however vary according to the usage and duration. The airline is offering the service on select Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts.

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Tips to Make the Best of Thanksgiving Travel

by amit.uniyal 28. November 2014 00:20

With Thanksgiving around the corner, millions of travelers fly to another state or a country during the Thanksgiving Weekend. An analysis projected that 24.6 million people aboard U.S. airlines will travel around the globe from November 21 through December 2, 16 million of which will travel a day before Thanksgiving i.e. November 26 entailing busy airports, no extra seats and no carry-on baggage space. According to a data analysis of 5 years, 25 percent of the passengers will have to face a flight delay or cancellation.

These travel tips may help you travel smoothly during this family festivity of Thanksgiving.

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Follow Weather and Flight Delays
Traveling during winter season can be troublesome due to which most of the airlines offer weather waivers allowing you to travel to your destination a day earlier without paying any additional charge.

Lounge Access
In case of flight delays or keeping your kids occupied during long connections, lounge access is quite useful and takes you away from the hustle and bustle around the gates. Some of the co-branded credit cards offer ongoing lounge access (Amex Platinum Card) or one time passes (United Mileage Plus Explorer Card).

Check-in Options
Many airlines offer curbside baggage check-in which gets you to the gate faster without having to wait to check your bag in the long queue at the terminal. Some airlines also offer Pre-Check randomly, check your boarding pass before getting in the check-in queue. Kids under 12 can accompany an adult with Pre-Check privilege.

Keep your Gadgets Charged and Check Airlines Apps for Updates
With numerous passengers flocking at the airports, power ports may be hard to find. Keep you gadgets fully charged. You can check flight updates on the airline’s app, contact the airline authorities for alternate flight plans or simply keep your children entertained while waiting for the flight.

Carry-on Essentials for Children
Owing to the weather, many flights will get delayed. Ensure that you carry all the essentials for your kids in the carry-on, be it food, entertainment options, change of clothes or hygiene products.

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Las Vegas gets a bigger version of London Eye twin

by amit.uniyal 28. April 2014 11:30

Las Vegas is a city that needs no introduction. The gambling capital of the United States is a city that entices travelers from different parts of the world. Known for its fun ways and carefree environment, it is one of the favorite destinations of holidaymakers in the country. There is no dearth of casinos in the city, which play a pivotal role in attracting travelers, let us say that there is an addition to its list of interesting items.

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The city known for its exuberant price and grand attractions is now a proud owner of The High Roller. The High Roller is a bigger version of the world-famous London Eye. It opened last month in the LINQ neighborhood of the city. Tipped as the world’s largest observation wheel, The High Roller has been garnering both eyeballs and attention in large numbers. This new attraction has added a unique flavor to the open air shopping, entertaining, and dining area in this part of the city. Everyone around seems to be smitten by the wheel’s glory and is talking about it.

While the city and the locals are happy with their new item, it has drawn stark comparisons to London Eye. The 168-meter high wheel however, beats the London Eye hands down. This giant wheel has 28 pods in all, which can accommodate 40 people in one go. The youngsters in the city are also looking upon this interesting feature as a perfect party spot. Interestingly, the management is encouraging all to come and enjoy their drinking sprees on the wheel that will certainly make it a hotspot for the young crowds in the coming times.

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Experiencing Bamboo River Rafting Adventure in Jamaica

by amit.uniyal 24. April 2014 08:56

Ever had a river raft experience! If not, then head to Jamaica right away to enjoy Bamboo River Rafting adventure in Montego Bay. This is absolutely the best place in the Caribbean nation to experience river rafting of a unique kind.

Climbing aboard a 30-foot bamboo raft is an awesome feeling in itself. This is indeed a thrilling experience for those experiencing it for the first time or who are frequent river rafting enthusiasts. An experienced raft captain will be at hand for you so that you can completely relax and enjoy your river rafting experience. Your captain will cruise down the beautiful jade-green shimmering waters of River Martha Brae. Enjoy the thrills of seeing the wildlife and natural beauty surrounding you on this real Jamaican tour.

jade-green shimmering waters of River Martha Brae

The wildlife in this area is not dangerous at all. So, you needn’t worry on this count. Just relax and get pleasurable moments see the flowers and trees. The sight of exotic birds, the pecking woodpeckers, and the gurgle of the river flowing along, is music to the ears and pleasant indeed.

Bamboo River Rafting adventure is simply fascinating. The brightly colored birds on the towering trees are sheer delight to watch while meandering on River Martha Brae. The refreshing breeze exudes a romantic aura around you while you blissfully coast down the 3-mile river.

If you are boarding the bamboo raft for the first time, you shouldn’t worry. At first sight the raft might look unstable, but seeing them well-balanced would seem instantly surprising to you. You can unhesitatingly and quite easily get on and off the raft. The well-padded seats offer a comfortable cruise. If you don’t have swimming experience, you can still enjoy the adventure and enjoy the ride. As a precautionary measure, the visitors are also provided with life vests. However, you won’t need them throughout your trip.

During most parts of the year you will discover that the river is only 4 feet deep. You can just relax. However, during rainy season the depth of the river goes around to 12 feet. You can always seek the help of your raft captain, who is quite knowledgeable about the river as well as the surrounding area. You can seek information from him and enhance your own knowledge. You are sure to find Bamboo River Rafting a memorable experience.

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Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival set to rock Istanbul in June

by amit.uniyal 21. April 2014 11:06

Music buff, get ready for a thrilling experience at the Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival to be held in Istanbul from June 14 to June 15, 2014. The 2-day festival will be held at Parkorman in the city. This is among the best events in Istanbul, which is organized every year during June/July. The musical extravaganza sees revelers partying all day long in accompaniment to rock and dance music.

The “Efes Pilsen One Love” is being held for the past 11 years now. The festival has till date brought 1,459 artists and 72 music and dance groups to render musical performances. Some of the famous groups who have attended the festival during the past years include Nneka, Cake, Happy Mondays, Editors, Manic Street Preachers and Suede. Nearly 30,000 people participated in the festival last year. The organizers of the event are expecting a massive audience this year as well.

Music Festival to be held in Istanbul

Last year, renowned female vocalists and bands such as Selah Sue, Pulp and Kimbra stole the limelight with their amazing musical performances. Pulp, a famous British alternative rock band which came into being in 1978, mesmerized the audience with some of their top hits. All of the band’s original members were present in strength and took to the stage after a 10-year hiatus.

Kimbra, famous female singer from New Zealand, known world over for her stylish music videos as well as eclectic fashion sense; Selah Sue, a Belgian funk and soul musician; The Kaiser Chiefs, a popular rock band are just few of the many popular bands and singers to participate in this show.

Apart from Pulp, Kimbra, Selah Sue and the Kaiser Chiefs, this year an impressive line-up is expected. Some of the prominent bands likely to participate in the 2014 Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival include Mira, Neyse, Elif Çaglar and the Replikas. Be sure to attend the music festival and enjoy the wonderful music and dance performances.

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Celebrating 4th of July in Los Angeles

by amit.uniyal 18. April 2014 10:37

Planning to visit Los Angeles during the summer? Think of visiting the city during the month of July. Though this month is quite sunny and warm here, but you’ll simply enjoy visiting during this time. The month of July is a special month for the whole of the United States. The entire country is busy celebrating the Independence Day, which falls on the 4th of July, every year. It’s a gala time in Los Angeles and the day is celebrated with great fanfare and festivity.

What it would be like when visiting in July? This question is uppermost in the minds of tourists visiting Los Angeles during this month. Before knowing all about the Independence Day celebrations, it would be helpful for you to get an insight about your July travel and how to prepare well for your summer sojourn here.

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When traveling during the month do remember to pack in a light jacket. This will be needed during the evening while strolling on the beaches. Lightweight pants, short-sleeved shirts and shorts will be comfortable clothes to wear during this time. The city offers plenty of entertainment and fun activities during the evening. Whether you want to attend a concert, go to theater to see a play or simply go outdoors to watch a movie – the summertime can be best enjoyed in the city. July is also the perfect month to visit some of the best beaches here.
   
July 4th is absolutely a fantastic time to be in Los Angeles. Dazzling fireworks displays can be seen all around the city. The Grand Park is illuminated with projections and pyrotechnics. Visitors throng the park to attend the 4th of July Block Party. Entertain yourself with yummy delicacies dished out by many food trucks here. A series of musical performances will keep you enthralled.

The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is yet another place in Los Angeles to witness one of the biggest displays of fireworks in Southern California. Apart from food and other entertainment offerings, the visitors are also entertained with live TNT motorcycle stunts.
 
The Exposition Park has been organizing the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza for more than 11 years now. The festivities start during noontime at Christmas Tree Lane. The fireworks show starts at 9 pm. It goes on for a full one hour and is quite entertaining.

The Hollywood Bowl is also renowned for its great American extravaganza that takes place on 4th of July every year. The Los Angeles Philharmonic offers fabulous rendition of patriotic music the entire night. Spectacular fireworks display is the major highlight of the day.

The long weekend of July 4-7 also brings glad tidings for people. Los Angeles becomes a shopping destination of sort with the largest outlet Ontario Mills holding 4th of July Super Sale Weekend. Several retail chains such as Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, G by Guess, DKNY Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store take part in the discounted sales. The shoppers have a gala time with many prizes waiting to be won.

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Get enthralled with 100 performances at Istanbul Theatre Festival

by amit.uniyal 11. April 2014 07:38

Theatre lovers get ready for an exciting event in Istanbul in May-June this year. The 19th edition of the famous Istanbul Theatre Festival is round the corner. So, book your flights to Istanbul today and attend the festival between May 9 and June 5, 2014.

The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being held under the title “New Wave”. The festival will host 100 performances to be staged at different venues across the city. The venues include Üsküdar Tekel, Üsküdar Studio, Sisli Blackout, Salon, Sainte Pulcherie French High School, Harbiye Muhsin Ertugrul Stage, Moda Stage, Kenter Theater, ikincikat-karaköy, Haldun Taner Stage, DOT, Cevahir Stage, and Bisahne.

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This year the festival will be marking the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare. The renowned theater group Propeller Theater Company will be specially staging five performances based on Shakespeare’s plays such as “The Comedy of Errors”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet”. These shows will be held throughout the festival. Local theatre groups will be staging other Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “King Lear” throughout the duration of the festival.

Turkey and Poland will mark 600 years of their diplomatic relations. The Istanbul Theatre Festival will also celebrate the longstanding ties between the two countries. Four exclusive performances will be held on the occasion.

The world premier of “Proust-Pamuk-Bellek”, a play produced by Opole Theater will be hosted at the festival. This play was written and produced by Emre Koyuncuoglu and Krzysztof Garbaczewski from the novels of Orhan Pamuk and Marcel Proust.

Among various other programs, the Istanbul Theatre Festival will also host performances by 35 Turkish dance and theatre companies for the first time. The important performances to be staged include “The Adventures of Latif Effendi: The First Ottoman Vampire”, “The Last Unicorn”, “Montserrat”, “The Empire Builders”, “Hamlet Machine” and many others.

The “Oyun Salonu” project, which was originally conceptualized through the joint collaboration of the Istanbul Theater Festival and the staff of Salon, will continue during this edition as well like previous years. Four theater companies will be staging the plays at Salon, to be hosted as part of “Oyun Salonu” project.

The audience at the festival can also look forward to staging of the play “An Enemy of the People” taken from Henrik Ibsen piece written by renowned German director Thomas Ostermeier.

Prof. Dikmen Gürün, who was Istanbul Theater Festival director from 1993 to 2013, will be presented with the first honorary award. The other two recipients of honorary awards this year include Edward Hall, Propeller Theater Company’s art director, and Grzegorz Jarzyna, director of a Polish theatre.

The Istanbul Theater Festival has been attracting a large number of visitors from Turkey and other countries around the world. This year as well the festival expects the participation of many visitors. The other highlights of the festival that you may look forward to include workshops, documentary screenings, films and Q&A sessions.
 
The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being organized ever since 2004 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The festival is being held continuously since its inception and aims at promoting Turkey’s art and culture through educational programs and workshops.

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Enjoying famous festivals of Hawaii during May-August

by amit.uniyal 10. April 2014 04:13

Headed to Honolulu to enjoy the famous festivals in Hawaii Islands? Say Aloha now! You are in for a real treat when you visit this beautiful destination during the months of May through August. Though many festivals are held round the year throughout the Hawaii Islands, but visiting during these months are indeed pleasurable.

Here are some of the important festivals that you can look forward to celebrate in this key state of the United States. These festivals include Waikiki SPAM Jam, Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Lei Day Celebration, Lantern Floating Hawaii, King Kamehameha Floral Parade, Prince Lot Hula Festival, Made in Hawaii Festival, Okinawan Festival and Duke’s OceanFest.

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If you are traveling during the month of May, three major festivals will keep you enthralled. The Lei Day Celebration will be held on May 1, 2014. This festival is celebrated to mark the Hawaiian tradition of making as well as wearing lei. The festival will be entering its 87th edition this year. The major highlights of this festival are lei-making competition, food booths and other entertainment at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. The other two festivals celebrated this month are Waikiki SPAM Jam and Lantern Floating Hawaii.

On June 14, witness the colorful 98th Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade celebrations. The festival is held to honor King Kamehameha, who united Hawaiian Islands during his reign in 1810. The parade will be featuring marching bands, decorated floats and traditional pau riders on horseback representing the Hawaiian royal court.

There are many more festivals other than these which you can witness and celebrate. So what are you waiting for, just go ahead and plan a vacation to Hawaii as the Hawaii Islands is beckoning you.

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Indian Arrival Day to relive East Indians arrival to Guyana

by amit.uniyal 8. April 2014 10:12

Headed to Georgetown to visit the beautiful Caribbean destination of Guyana? If you are destined for your sojourn in May this year, then better be prepared to take yourself down the memory lane. A pleasant surprise awaits you as the history of East Indian’s arrival is all set to be retold on the sea shores of Guyana.

The Indian Arrival Day will be celebrated in Guyana on May 5, 2014. This annual celebration is an important event on Guyana’s calendar. The day commemorates the arrival of Indian indentured laborers to Guyana for working in the sugarcane plantations.

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The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC), an NGO committed to safeguard the history of Indians in the country and promote their cultural traditions, has made elaborate plans to mark this significant event in the country’s history. A boat cruise along the Demerara River would be held on April 27, 2014 to re-enact the arrival of indentured laborers to Guyana.

The aesthetics of the Hesperus or the Whitby, the two prominent ships that transported the first batch of indentured laborers to Guyana in 1838, are being recreated in order to aptly showcase the bygone era and all that took place during those times.

 This historic event would be exciting indeed. Those people who would be taking part in the cruise would be required to dress up in similar outfits as worn by the East Indian forefathers on the day they first arrived in Guyana. The event would be sought to be mimicked to the greatest possible extent.

The annual Pagwah Mela will kick off the event marking the celebrations. The Phagwah Mela has been titled “Rang Barse”. A rich cultural show would be held on Bath Settlement Public Road’s tarmac in West Coast Berbice. The magnificent Indian Arrival Day Melas would also be held featuring renowned international artistes giving their spirited, soulful renditions alongside local musicians, dancers and singers. The event will be a gala affair proudly showcasing the Indian cultural heritage in Guyana.

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Enjoy thrilling moments at Fort Lauderdales best beaches

by amit.uniyal 7. April 2014 04:45

Fort Lauderdale is renowned world over for its yachts and beaches. The city, which has earned the epithet of ‘Yachting Capital of the World’, attracts millions of visitors from across the world to its numerous gorgeous beaches. Whatever you just might be looking for – kayaking, hiking, sunbathing or simply fun and frolicking – the beaches of Fort Lauderdale have it all for you.

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Here’s is a glimpse into some of the best beaches in Fort Lauderdale. If you are visiting Fort Lauderdale to spend your vacations, knowing about the beaches here would indeed be worthwhile for you to plan well for your visit. The famous beaches in the city include Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Dania Beach, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Hollywood Beach, Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach.

If you are taking along your family and looking out for fun moments at a beach in Fort Lauderdale, then consider visiting the Deerfield Beach. It is great favorite with the families and kids. This beach is devoid of alcohol, jet skis and cigarette boats. It’s safe for families. Here your kids will enjoy building castles in golden sand. Tired of the water? Think of playing volleyball or tossing Frisbees along its shores.

A visit to Hillsboro Beach is simply fascinating. Consider touring the Hillsboro Lighthouse. It was built in 1907. Get a magnificent bird’s eye view of Fort Lauderdale atop the lighthouse. The Barefoot Mailman statue is yet another attraction here. It commemorates the 19th century shoeless mailman trodding the shoreline to deliver mails to coastal communities.

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a great place to visit. It is known for its sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques. Want to sip margaritas or buy swimwear, then visit the beachfront promenade. The 7 miles of beachfront here offers oodles of activities, be it snorkeling, swimming, boating, jet skiing or simply making sand castles.

These are the only few beaches described here. There are many beaches in Fort Lauderdale which should be explored. The beaches here offer a gala time to the visitors.

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