All Articles Tagged "international travel"

Too Much Baggage? Airline Now Weighs Luggage — And Passengers

August 13th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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Just in case taking off your shoes, belt, accessories and walking through a metal detector or scanner wasn’t enough, now some international fliers will need to step on the scale at the airport. Yes, passengers — not just their luggage — will now be weighed too, reportedly, ensure the utmost safety in flight. International airline Uzbekistan Airways is the latest to take safety measures to this new level.

No more burgers and beers (just me?) before flying if you don’t want to get a pre-flight side-eye from attendants on Uzbekistan, though the airline says the new procedure is strictly for safety purposes and the recorded weights will not be made public.

After going through check-in, which is often an ordeal in itself, passengers will be asked to stand on a “special weighing machine” close to their departure gate. In a statement released by the company, these procedures will “determine the average weight of passengers with hand luggage.”

The new procedure is set to aid the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in research to better enhance flight safety. While the weights of passengers will remain confidential, the airline has not stated what will happen if a flight is found to be over the allotted weight. We’re hoping bags and not people get taken off first.

Uzbekistan Airways is not the first airline to make such a move, however. In 2013, Somoa Air began charging passengers varying rates based on their weight. The airline even introduced “Samoa XL,” a row for fliers over 286 pounds. These passengers paid extra and were given a seat two inches wider than the normal seating. No word if said options will soon be coming to an airline near you in the states.

Travelista: 15 Chic Weekender Bags For Women

July 1st, 2015 - By Rich
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Keep fashion going all week long whether you’re on the job or on a holiday weekend with  these swanky and stylish weekender bags for women. Look for classic shapes, cool colors and bohemian designs.

Travelista: 15 Chic Weekender Bags For Women

Travelista: 15 Pieces of Trendy And Stylish Rolling Luggage

June 18th, 2015 - By Rich
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Stylish rolling luggage is a must for the die hard traveler –whether you’re a weekend warrior, a professional nomad or somewhere in between. We really can’t choose which of these pieces we want more!

Travelista: 15 Pieces of Trendy & Stylish Rolling Luggage

Travelistas: 15 Handy Travel Apps

June 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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Alright travel junkies go ahead and get your phones booted up and get ready to download these freakin’ awesome travel apps! They’ll save you money, time and put you off the beaten path!

Sources: Time, Time Out,

Get Gone: 15 Handy Travel Apps

Travelista: 15 Worldwide Music Festivals 2015

June 2nd, 2015 - By Rich
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Grab your dancing shoes and your backpack and get ready to hit up these pretty awesome worldwide music festivals 2015!

Source: Fest300

Images courtesy of Festival websites

Happy Feet: 15 Worldwide Music Festivals 2015

15 Volunteer Abroad Programs For High School Students

May 29th, 2015 - By Rich
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Send your loved ones packing with these pretty awesome volunteer abroad programs for high school students!

Sources: Transitions Abroad, Go Overseas

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15 Volunteer Abroad Programs For High School Students

Travel and Chew: 15 Must Taste Global Food Festivals

May 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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Foodies get your forks and tongues ready for these global food festivals! They  will have you licking your lips and booking tickets! Click through to slurp oysters in Ireland, throw tomatoes in Spain or sip wine in South Africa

Enjoy!

Sources: Fest300, Gayot, Festival Calendar. All images courtesy of the Festival website.

 

Travel & Chew: 15 Must Taste Global Food Festivals

Not Interested In The FIFA World Cup? 10 Other Reasons To Visit Brazil

June 12th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Today marks one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Millions are expected to tune in for the 2014 FIFA World Cup games that celebrate countries vying for the title of the world’s best soccer team. There will be screaming, drinks, edibles and country pride.

If this doesn’t sound interesting to you, fear not as there is still plenty to experience. Rather than focus your attention on soccer, feast your eyes on the host country and all they have to offer. Here are 10 reasons to visit Brazil, besides the World Cup.

Ballin’ On A Budget: How To Fund Your First International Trip

February 13th, 2014 - By Kimberly Wilson
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Budgeting for any bucket list vacation abroad can be discouraging if you don’t plan wisely. Luckily for you, there’s no need to beg, borrow, or steal to indulge in your wanderlust fantasies! MadameNoire Business has practical suggestions for saving and budgeting for your dream vacation. Trust us: with proper planning it’s more affordable than you think!

Here are 5 tips to begin funding your next trip:

Start planning early. Want to go to Greece? Paris? Istanbul? The first thing to do when planning your first trip abroad is to determine an exact location and date to begin planning your itinerary. It’s important to do your research. The only way to know the full cost of your trip is to be as specific as possible when mapping out exactly what you want to see and do. Also, if you want to save a few coins, consider traveling during off peak season or staying in a hostel to reduce costs. These are all things to consider in the initial planning process for your trip.

Save a portion of every check and put into a vacation savings account. Once you have a destination or date picked, calculate how much you’ll need, and then start a separate savings account to fund the trip. Be realistic. Set a goal to put aside a certain percentage or set amount of your paycheck each month towards your travel fund. Create or revise your monthly budget to identify where your money is going each month and identify how much money is available after paying for bills and cost of living.

In order for this to be effective, it has to be a savings fund that’s completely separate from your other checking accounts. You don’t want to be tempted to withdraw or make purchases from your travel fund. Make sure the account won’t face any minimum balance penalties once you start spending what you’ve saved.

Need additional help with budgeting? Mint.com, Budget Tracker and Budget Pulse are great (free) online tools to track transactions and create your monthly financial plan.

Live without excess. Has budgeting helped you keep your finances in order? If you have any funds left over after paying all of your bills and living expenses, do not succumb to your monthly fashion addiction! Why not put those additional funds into your travel fund? Every penny counts. This will put you one step closer to your travel dreams, and you may even be able to add an extra excursion to your itinerary.

Fund your trip through freelance work. Are you a writer? Social media savvy? Are you good at making jewelry and or working on DIY projects? Play an instrument? You can utilize your talents to work on side projects that can fund your travels. If you can’t kick start freelance gigs on your own, Elance, ODesk and Craigslist offer great listings for jobs nationwide. Doing part- time work or short-term projects is a feasible way to fund your travels if it’s not possible solely on your current income.

Still don’t think your first trip is feasible? Teach English abroad! For native English speakers, teaching English abroad is an excellent way to see the world and share your native tongue. Some teaching gigs are not paid and are geared towards those interested in volunteering for a shorter period of time. However, schools, universities and even foreign governments are interested in paying native English speakers a decent wage on a renewable or longer-term contract. A few organizations and resources for interested teachers are TEFL.com, TeachAbroad.com, Transitions Abroad and World Teach.

International Jet Setting: Tips To Become A World-Class Globetrotter

March 19th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Traveling internationally can be fun and exciting, but also scary and intimidating.  You are in a foreign land unsure of the customs and lifestyle and the worry over causing some sort of international incident by committing a cultural faux pas can be intense. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you international jaunt goes great.