Do you know Value Alliance?

If you don’t travel much to the APAC (Asia Pacific) regions, you may not know that they have an airline alliance much like the rest of the world.  And you may not know their carriers.  But, here they are!  Value Alliance is the world’s first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance comprising six Asia Pacific market champions. Its members — Cebu Pacific,…

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My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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Go go Mongolia

With extreme temperatures and landscapes, extreme living, and some extremely wrong perceptions from outsiders, Mongolia is one of the most complex places—and Mongols one of the most misunderstood people—in the world. Conversations about the weather, the great expanse of the country, and the traditional nomadic lifestyle dominate talk of Mongolia, and it’s understandable. Temperature variations of +100°F are not uncommon…

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Sydney to London in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 5 seconds

Meet The New Concorde – Virgin Galactic Mach 3.0 Supersonic Jet. Richard Branson is always pushing the envelope and, in this case, that means literally.  He has already embarked on his edge of space efforts, his land-based Hyperloop  and his resorts and cruises are legend.  But, now he is heading into the next frontier with his new Supersonic Jet. The…

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Fly an Airbus 380? You might be too late-y

The long-accepted queen of the skies, the Airbus A380 is on its way to retirement.  And if you want to fly in one, you may want to book your tickets, soon.  The same goes for the Boeing 747 The A380 is a modern icon that has flown over 500,000 revenue flights carrying over 190 million passengers. This includes more than…

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You can be sure, it’s Kuala Lumpur

Literally meaning “muddy river confluence” in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of 7 million (city-proper population- 1.8 million) in just 150 years. A cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping, even better food and some of nature’s wonders in just an hour away,…

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Gone to Taiwan

Tainan – Venture here and explore Taiwan’s oldest city. Follow us through history’s favorite spots in Tainan and start putting an itinerary together of your own! When ready, browse vacation packages to Tainan: Known as “The Birthplace of Taiwan,” #Tainan invites you to gain an appreciation for the local history. Visit the historic quarter of Anping, then check out Chihkan…

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The time is now

Demand for last minute travel searches for same day and next day overnight hotel stays have increased compared to last year, according to our affiliate friends ,global digital travel platform Agoda.com, as it unveils its GoLocal Tonight product across Asia Pacific. Travelers looking for spontaneous last-minute travel, can benefit from even greater savings from Agoda’s GoLocal Tonight deals when they…

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SALE: Sri Lanka for 10 nights

We don’t usually put promotions in our posts, but this is a good one. Our travel affiliate friends Titan Travel have a great deal for ten days in Sri Lanka.  A fully escorted Tour – 10 nights Accommodation + meals Included. Excursions include City Tours of Colombo and Galle and Buddhist Shrines at Anuradhapura – 12 Days from £1,999pp Read…

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Visa vice versa

What is the difference between a passport and a visa? While passports have been around since ancient times, visas granting authorization to travel emerged as important documents little more than a century ago. While your passport is your legal document to prove who you are, the visa is your ticket to enter a country as a foreigner under certain conditions.…

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RISONARE Nasu

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Nasu is located in Nasu. Mt. Jeans Ski Resort is worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area’s popular attractions can visit Nasu Highland Park and Nasu Safari Park. Nasu Animal Kingdom and SL Land Museum are also worth visiting. Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture has designed PokoPoko as…

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Bend over backwards for China

This is a Covid-19 topical article . . . . Several weeks ago China deployed an ‘anal swab‘ test to detect Covid-19, believing it to be more accurate than other testing methods. Passengers in several Chinese airports are now being subjected to these tests, where authorities “insert[..] a cotton-tipped stick three to five centimeters (one to two inches) into the…

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Goats afloat

Flying is a gas!  Literally, in this case. A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter (Singapore has no more 747s in passenger service) SQ cargo flight 7108 flying from Adelaide, Australia to Kuala Lumpur was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali due to smoke alarms. During the two and a half hour stop emergency crews determined that the aircraft,…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Poetic Ayurvedic

Known as a wellness and Ayurvedic destination, Sri Lanka is once again welcoming international tourists after reopening its borders. Anantara Kalutara Resort is launching signature treatments created by French chiropodist and “foot virtuoso” Bastien Gonzalez, called the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio. The treatments are performed by chiropodists and specialized therapists using the premier Bastien Gonzalez product line and are sought out by…

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Slow boat o’ Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto is a beautiful Kyoto ryokan, situated away from the crowds, in an place of tranquil scenery that continues to bedazzle travelers. Arashiyama is one of the most singular of scenic locations in Kyoto. Many international tourists who visit hope to to see the seasonal scenery, and the locale is brimming with visitors year-round. Located within eyesight not far…

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Free travel to India!

If you haven’t been to India, do yourself a favour.  Indescribable sights, unforgettable food, and lovely, lovely people.  So how about this, as an incentive? The Indian government is giving travellers the chance to explore India without costs for the next two years. Too good to be true, right? Well, there is one condition: you have to visit fifteen destinations…

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Flying fruit!

We all want to save money when we travel, and one of the most unwanted costs is when we over-pack our luggage. But four travelers teamed up to make lemonade out of lemons–actually orange juice out of oranges–after being faced with exorbitantly higher baggage fees to transport their oranges home. 30 minutes later, they had downed 66 pounds of oranges.…

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Farewell to a travel pioneer

We’re sure that the name Sandals is well-known to almost everyone who loves to travel.  One of our affiliates, Sandals offers luxurious and unforgettable holidays at their all-inclusive resorts all around the world. This short post is to pay tribute and say “au revoir” to Sandals founder, Butch Stewart, who passed away on 4 January, 2021. Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s love…

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