Category Archives: World

From north to south

On April 12, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached its final orbit, 705 kilometers (438 miles) above Earth. One week later, the satellite’s natural-color imager scanned a swath of land 185-kilometers wide and 9,000 kilometers long (120 by 6,000 miles)—an unusual, unbroken distance considering 70 percent of Earth is covered with water. That flight path—depicted on the globe below—afforded them the chance to assemble 56 still images into a seamless, flyover view of what LDCM saw on April 19, 2013. Stretching from northern Russia to South Africa, the full mosaic from the Operational Land Imager can be viewed in this video.

Friendliest countries to visit

The friendliest people in the world, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Girls greeting tourists in Iceland

The top ten nations in order of their friendliness to visitors from elsewhere are: Iceland, New Zealand, Morocco, Macedonia, Austria, Senegal, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland and Burkina Faso.

The bottom ten, meanwhile, were Mongolia, Bulgaria, Slovak Republic, Pakistan, Iran, Latvia, Kuwait, Russian Federation, Venezuela and Bolivia.

Read more here.

Book a shuttle with GO

To make a reservation, iPhone users simply access the app and enter their flight, arrival and/or destination information. The app will automatically access the user’s previously entered personal information, and allow them to easily make a reservation to and from any of the more than 50 airports served by GO Airport Shuttle in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Charter tourists delay security

Passengers of charter flights are responsible for the majority of extra costs arising from delays in airport security checks, according to scientific research conducted by airport security consulting company, Kirschenbaum Consulting.

The findings are based on a one-year in-depth study held at a regional European airport. The results indicate that while only 10-15% of scheduled passengers carried prohibited items, 33-50% of charter passengers did so.

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Moreover, while only 10% of regular flyers were re-examined by security employees, 33% of charter passengers needed another check. The research, which included both an ethnographic and time-motion study, also showed that, while charter passengers accounted for less than 50%of overall traffic, they were responsible for an additional 35% of the overall security costs.

Read the article here.

Dreamliner left stranded

As Boeing works to regain permission for its 787 Dreamliner to resume flights, the company faces what could be a costly new challenge: a temporary ban on some of the long-distance, trans-ocean journeys that the jet was intended to fly.

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Aviation experts and government officials say the Federal Aviation Administration may shorten the permitted flying time of the 787 on certain routes when it approves a revamped battery system. The plane was grounded worldwide two months ago after lithium-ion batteries overheated on two separate aircraft.

World’s best airport

Airports Council International announced the recipients of its annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012.

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Seol Incheon airport

Best Airport by Size: Millions of Passengers Per year:
Hohhot (2-5m), Nagoya (5-15m), Seoul Gimpo (15-25m), Seoul Incheon (25-40m),
Singapore (over 40m).

Best Airport by Region:
Cape Town (Africa), Seoul Incheon (Asia-Pacific), Moscow Sheremetyevo (Europe), Cancun (Latin-America-Caribbean), Abu Dhabi (Middle East), Indianapolis (North America).

Read more here.

Ryanair to expand its fleet and destinations

Irish budget airline Ryanair has placed an order worth $ 120 billion to buy up to 200 Boeing aircraft.

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The deal is Ryanair’s largest to date and one of the largest orders ever for Boeing. A welcome turnaround after all the battery problems for Boeing Dream Line in recent months. The aircraft model that Ryanair plans to buy is 737-800 and are used for short and medium-haul flights. Ryanair has 305 planes of this type already.

Holiday snaps stay in the digital world

Remember the era of handing in your roll of film to the photo-shop and then pick it up several days later to  find that most pictures where “not that good”. Well, that era is gone and will never return.

A recent study found that holidaymakers take on average 300 pictures on a week-long trip abroad, but nearly all of them stay locked in the digital world. Only 10% of those that participated in the study deemed their images to be satisfactory enough to be shared on social media sites, of those 82% posted them on Facebook.

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Nearly all of the participants (97%) never print images in order to display them in photo frames or albums.

A total of 2,162 people over the age of 18 took part in the study.

Sexy pools from around the world

Hotel swimming pools have been through a few fashion trends: whirlpools, plunge pools, wading areas, swim-up bars and the apparently here-to-stay infinity pool. Sexiness in swimming pools is hard to define, but in this article you can check out some of the very sexy from around the world.

Check out the sexy pools here.

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Jungle hills and rice paddies surround the 25-metre pool at the Chedi Club outside Ubud, Bali.

World’s best tourists and their shortcomings

CNN has compiled a list of the world’s best tourists. The list is nicely written and so so exciting to read. The more fun is to read the shortcomings of the listed countries.

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Swedish tourists  (pic from CNN)

Shortcomings of the worlds best tourists:

10. Canadians – Declaring themselves not American at every opportunity, as if they think they’re going to be blamed for the Iraq war, global warming or Sarah Palin.

9. English – For the English, vacations and alcohol go together like cheap liquor and waking up in a foreign hospital attached to a drip. Always unable to communicate in the local lingo, they resort to speaking English slowly and loudly.

8. Chinese – It’s still early days for Chinese global tourism, which is perhaps why vacation etiquette is a work in progress. The days of carving their names on historic sites and smoking absolutely everywhere will surely vanish soon.

7. Australians – Congregating and abbreviating. Great on their own, but tough to take in large numbers (as witnessed in the Aussified bars of Bali’s Kuta resort), largely thanks to beer intake and insistence on shortening every second word. “Cazza and Wozza are going to Afghazza this arvo …”

6. Italians – Italians have a reputation for being pushy and caring little for the feelings of fellow travelers. Unfair, perhaps, but when your home is one of the world’s best tourist destinations, you can probably live with it.

5. Japanese – Striking V-sign poses in every photo. Suffering psychological problems as over-romanticized view of cities like Paris fails to match grim French reality.

4. Swedes – They make the rest of us look like gelatinous blobs.

3. Americans  – Still seem to think “American” is synonymous with “entitled.”

2. Germans – The diminutive swimwear has got to go.

1. Chileans – Too easygoing. Should have dumped the Euro whiner long ago. Preferably in a ditch.

Do you agree?

Shark skin airplanes

In its never-ending quest to develop more aerodynamic, more fuel-efficient aircraft, the aviation industry believes the ocean’s oldest predator, the shark, could hold the key to cutting energy consumption.

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Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa announced earlier this month that two of its Airbus A340-300 jets would take part in trials starting this summer to test the properties of shark skin in flight.

The phenomenon of the streamlined shark skin has been known for about 30 years and has fascinated research scientists in a wide range of fields, from military applications to aerospace and aeronautics and from naval construction to wind technology.

Read more here.

The most romantic hotels in the world

TripAdvisor announced worldwide winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Hotels. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.baros_maldives

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Top 10 Romantic Hotels in the World:
Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli, Greece
La Minerva, Capri, Italy
Cranleigh Boutique, Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere, United Kingdom
Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, Malaysia
Bardessono, Yountville, California
Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Layana Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta, Thailand
Veligandu Island Resort, North Ari Atoll, Maldives.

Norwegian continues to kick ass

Norwegian flew more than 1.2 million passengers in January 2013. This is an increase of 9 percent compared to January last year. SAS continues to down size its operations to manage pressure from competitors and the market.

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Norwegian operated 99.8 percent of its scheduled flights in January, whereof 80.7 departed on time.

In January, Norwegian took delivery of two brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. All in all, 14 new aircraft will be added to the fleet this year. With an average age of 4.8 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of Europe’s newest and most environmentally friendly.