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10 Tips for Staying Safe in International Cities

Most of what I know about being streetwise came from living in New York in the late ‘70s and ‘80s in the period following the bankruptcy of the city in the mid-70s.

The infrastructure was a mess with cracks and potholes in city streets. Mental patients were released from hospitals and wandering the streets. A reduction in law enforcement capacity engendered a climate of lawlessness. It was a heyday for thieves and criminals on the city streets.

It seemed that nearly every time I went out on the street I witnessed some sort of incident, a disturbed person throwing karate chops at passersby, a fight that stopped traffic, a crying victim. It took many years for the city to get its house in order again and to become the relatively safe city it is today. But I did learn some things about how to stay safe in a big city. It was a concentrated test tube environment in which to view the dynamics of street crime.

All cities have their dangerous elements. For visitors who don’t know their wa…

15 ways to get a flight upgrade

Throwing tantrums, chatting up check-in staff and even putting on weight are all strategies that Skyscanner's frequent flyers reveal in their their top tips for securing an upgrade.

1. Travel at quiet times
Graphic Designer Clare McMonagle says you get a better chance of upgrading to business class by ‘booking a flight on bank holidays and at other times of the year when business users are less likely to fly as the seats tend not to be taken up’.

2. Spend lots of money
Sometimes you have to invest to get a return. Relationship Executive Matthew Smith says: “My wife and I got upgraded when we moved here from the US on BA. Not sure why, but we think spending $1600 on baggage fees helped.”

3. Be loyal
Ewan Gray, Director, APAC advises joining the airline's loyalty program: “Even if it’s the lowest level, you still get rewarded first. I know this from a friend at BA… and I’ve got a card for each partnership accordingly.

4. Be early
Your flight may only have one or two upgrade pl…

Where to get married: Top 10 Wedding venues around the globe!

Wondering where to get married? Here are some of the classiest resorts at the most stunning wedding locations.

If your big day’s approaching you’ll be asking yourself: where to get married?

We’ve put on our Wedding Planner shoes on and stomped around the world (virtually speaking anyway) searching for the best wedding venues offering tailored packages. We discovered a few that will impress you, your spouse and maybe even the cranky mother-in-law. We just hope that you can find the Budget!

1. Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Here on the southern tip of this lovely island, the Ayana Resort offers both pre- and post-nuptial pampering for couples wondering where to get married, as well as a breathtaking villa location complete with wedding gazebo for the ceremony.

There’s a choice of traditional Balinese or contemporary wedding decor, and the package also includes tropical flowers, a rose petal cascade, four Balinese bridesmaids, 60 canapés and 50 tropical drinks. A capella music throu…

The top 10 most dangerous roads in the world!

Hairpins, sheer drops, tiny lanes and potholes…these are just some of the elements that make for a dangerous road. In some cases, all these are present along with the added risks of landslides, animals crossing the area and extremely poor visibility. But people still use it because sometimes, it is the only way through.

Here is a list of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world in reverse order:

10. Rohtang Pass, India Rohtang Pass in India is one of the highest roads in the world at four kilometers in altitude. This high mountain road on the eastern section of the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys in Himachal, Pradesh. The road is twisting and features steep drops and barren canyons. The road is unforgiving and motorists have to navigate through the curves slowly and carefully. The area features the ancient Ki-Gompa Monastery, which is the home for up to 250 monks.
9. Transfagarasanul Road, Romania The Transfagarasanul Ro…

10 Best Ski Resorts for Late Season Snow & Spring Skiing

3 reasons why should you ocnsider Skiing in Spring?
1. It’s cheaper
Late season is low season, so lift passes and accommodation cost considerably less than during mid-winter.

2. It’s quieter
Skiing and snowboarding in late season means fewer people on the slopes, and less chance of lift queues.

3. It’s sunnier
In general the weather is more pleasant towards the end of the winter – so you can expect more sun, longer daylight hours, and longer lift opening times; enjoy the bbqs and beer drinking that takes place on the sun terraces of slope-side cafes and bars.

However, it's not uncommon to get cold weather and heavy snow even in May, so don’t assume that the sun will definitely have his hat on, and always come prepared for cold, snowy weather.

Tips for late season trips
The general rule when selecting a resort to go late season skiing is: head high, or head north. The higher the altitude of the ski area, the colder it is, and therefore the longer the snow lasts, so ideally, a…

Unforgettable Rail Trips - 10 of the world’s top trains

Not too long ago, just a few rail journeys in the world had real market profile, but that number has grown as travelers have come to appreciate the beauty of land cruising. Some folks find it more interesting to look out on actual scenery rather than waves. This list of 10 of the world’s top trains is designed to give you a hook for each experience.

Pullman Rail Journeys is a rolling Smithsonian of American cultural history with its feel of Art Deco luxury and authentic cuisine from a bygone era of American dining. Pullman Rail Journeys connects Chicago and New Orleans with twice-weekly southbound and northbound service, and now offers a New York-to-Chicago journey via Washington, D.C.
You can’t position this as a modern luxury experience, because the bulk of the accommodations are in berths, just like the old days, though the Pullman offers a twin cabin. The Pullman goal is authenticity, and to many lovers of rail, that is its own kind of luxury.

The Rocky Mountaineer, a Travvy Aw…

Airport development programme

Each airport development programme is a unique project and should be treated this way to ensure the planning and design of efficient, flexible terminals, writes Louis Berger’s vice president for global aviation, Javier Gonzalez.

With passenger and cargo traffic expected to grow by around 5% per annum for at least the next 15 years, demand for new and updated airports has arguably never been so high.

Planners have, of course, many issues and stakeholders to take into consideration when building a new airport or renovating, modernising or expanding an existing facility.

Among other things this means that an airport’s layout must be purposefully planned and designed to support an array of carefully balanced services and facilities from landside to airside and from customer-facing areas to the backend.

An airport’s location, customers (airlines and passengers), peak travel times, stakeholder interests and construction budgets are among many variables in planning a new or renovated airpor…

15 Reasons Why Frequent Travelers Are More Likely To Be Successful

Success can be defined differently for everyone but the fact is some people achieve it and some people don’t. What is it that successful people do or have to find success that others don’t? There has been a lot written about the skills and habits needed to live a successful life and I think most of us know the things we could work on like building confidence or overcoming fears to be more successful in areas we want to. There are people that have a higher likelihood for success than most. Frequent travelers, people constantly on the move learn many life skills exploring our world. Here are 15 reasons why frequent travelers are more likely to be successful because of that:

1. They Know how to Thrive Outside their Comfort Zone
Frequent travelers are in unfamiliar situations regularly. They must work through the unknown because of necessity. Faced with countless new experiences they learn valuable coping strategies that help them shoulder uncertainty and remain calm and effective. This…

Fantastic Airplane Window Shots

When traveling by airplane i always try to book a seat near the window as the view always fascinates me. Some travellers don't even bother to look outside.

In case you are one of them, today we are going to try to change your mind.
Take a look at these amazing photos! This is what you miss!

International Workers' Day, Worldwide

Where? In more than 80 countries

When? 1st of May, 2014

International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement.

May 1st is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.International Workers' Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, when an unidentified person threw a bomb at them. The police reacted by firing on the workers, killing dozens of demonstrators and several of their own officers.

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. May Day has been an important official holiday in countries such as the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. May Day celebrations typically feature elaborate popular and military parades in these countrie…

International Music Festival "White NIghts", St Petersburg, Russia

Where? St Petersburg, Russia

When?  10th - 12th of July, 2014

The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia is an annual international cultural event. The White Nights Festival consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about one million people, most of whom are students from hundreds of schools and colleges, both local and international.

The White Nights Festival is officially organized under the egis of the Saint Petersburg City Administration. The festival officially begins in May with the "Stars of the White Nights" at Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July of each year. However, many performances in connection with the White Nights Festival may often take place before and …

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, Hong Kong

Where? Hong Kong

When? 27th June - 31st of August

One of Hong Kong’s largest annual festivities, breathing life into the rainy season, are these four events combined into one. The festival kicks off June 21-23 with the Dragon Boat Carnival, gathering more than 5,000 boat racers from 21 countries, followed by the Summer Pop Live in Hong Kong concert and Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival. 
In Hong Kong, a celebration of an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s great parties – the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. And every year, boats, beers and cheers draw hundreds of thousands of spectators and revellers to stunning Victoria Harbour to experience it.

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Country Music Association Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Where? Nashville, Tennessee, USA

When? 5th - 9th of June

The CMA Music Festival is a four-day music festival centered around country music hosted each June by the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee. Begun in 1972 as Fan Fair, the event now draws over 400 artists and celebrities who hold autograph sessions and perform in one of the many concerts offered throughout the festival.

In 2011, total combined attendance for the four-day event was estimated to have exceeded 250,000 people at ticketed events and in free areas. Visitors came from 41 different nations, and all 50 states.

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Sumida River Fireworks (Hanabi) 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Where? Tokyo, Japan

When? 25th of July 2015

Time?  19:05 to 20:30

Originally used to ward off evil spirits, fireworks have a long history in Japan and are an integral part of Japanese summers. Hundreds of firework shows are held every year across the country, mainly during the summer holidays in July and August, with some of them drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Where? Edinburgh, Scotland

When? 01-25 August 2015

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on the planet. It's a celebration of the best performances and entertainment acts from a range of different countries across the world. The Festival is an ‘open-access’ festival, which means if you have a show to perform, and somewhere to perform it, your on the bill.

The Festival itself actually has no part in producing any of the performances. They simply advertise, and rely on the thousands of individuals from across our planet to put on a show.


Top Honeymoon Destinations in the World!

Just married couples can get an idea of the best honeymoon destinations around the world with this article.
From Hawaii to the Greek Islands, we offer solutions to travellers in love having a limited budget or to those that want their honeymoon to be all about luxury and comfort; and there is nothing wrong with that!