Stay.com Brings Its Social Travel Guides To Mobile, With Full Offline Maps Stay.com says it can now put a city in your pocket, and in fact, it kind of can. The Oslo, Norway-based company is launching mobile apps so users can access its social travel guides on their phones. And you won’t have to worry about getting a huge data roaming bill or having to stand around an unfamiliar city while waiting for a map to load — before you leave for your trip, you can download the guide (including a full map) for any of the cities to your phone, then it’s stored on your phone for whenever you need it.
Choice tramps: New Zealands top five hikes Jaw-dropping ... walking the Milford Track. Special New Zealand feature Rachael Oakes-Ash puts on her tramping boots and names the best hiking trails in New Zealand. 'Tramping' is the New Zealand term for trekking. 'Jandals' is the New Zealand term for thongs, but whatever you do, don't tramp in jandals. How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass) (Photo: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center) Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at The Art of Non-Conformity blog. He is a master of clever air travel (among other things), and this is a guest post on perfecting one of the rare gems that can truly change your life: Round-the-World (RTW) tickets.
Cities of Color: 10 Vibrant, Colorful Cities of the World Cities of Color: 10 Vibrant, Colorful Cities of the World The most colorful cities around the world – There’s more to a city than just concrete, steel and hard work. The color of a city’s architecture and the creativity of its people can turn a dull, functional town into a thing of vibrant beauty. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Blue City of India and beyond, color is a core characteristic of some of the world’s most stunning cities. Join us to explore 10 of the most bright and colorful cities around the world today.
The always-connected traveler A new industry report, The always-connected traveler: How mobile will transform the future of air travel, identifies changing traveler attitudes to airline mobile services while also highlighting the specific, emerging mobile technologies that will revolutionize each stage of the travel experience in the future. These travel trends will impact the way travelers interact with the airline industry, as well as travel and tourism generally. Developed by Norm Rose of Travel Tech Consulting Inc, the study includes an assessment of airlines’ technology and mobile capabilities today, the emerging mobile technology innovations that are likely to be launched over the next one to two years, and also the advanced functionality that is set to entirely change the traveler journey as we know it, over the next three to five years. Key findings of the report include: Amadeus Mobile Solutions for Airlines - Accelerate the mobile shift
8 Destinations for the Solo Traveler (PHOTOS) As with everything else, traveling alone has its pros and cons. Pros: No scheduling conflicts, you can choose every meal, not to mention grab all the glory of travel triumphs (and pitfalls) all to yourself. Cons: Safety is paramount, and there is the ever lingering feeling of loneliness that can turn a fabulous, delicious dinner into a slow form of torture. But to let those totally surmountable problems stop you from lounging in Iceland's thermal baths, tucking into a heaping helping of poutine, or pensively staring out on stunning fjords seems ill-advised.
9 Places Where You Can Retire and Live Like a King Retiring to Boca Raton might might appeal to some aging Baby Boomers, but what about those planning to retire early – due to sound investments, for instance – or, those who are looking for a little post-career adventure? Whatever your age, retirement should be an opportunity to do all the things that you always wanted to do, but were too busy to try. Perhaps you’ll pursue a neglected hobby or even launch another business but this time from a more exotic locale. 10 places to move abroad and extend your life Throughout history, people have been intrigued by legends of societies where residents thrived well past 100 years old. Today, there is skepticism whether any such place exists, but health scientists do scour the globe in search of medicinal remedies and other lifespan enhancements. In fact, many “pockets” around the world have been identified as “Blue Zones,” where locals enjoy high quality of life and health in old age. While failing to offer one “secret,” these regions share community factors such as diet, social integration, activity level, and outlook on life. While genetics plays a role in how long we live, researchers believe lifestyle factors account for 75% of our longevity.
The World's Top 50 Travel Destinations in 2012 Check out Viator’s Top 50 Destinations in 2014! Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more. Where will you go in 2014? We can’t plan your vacations for you, but we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with our annual Top 50 Travel Destinations list. No, we don’t propose that you visit all 50 in a year – although, hey, that’s an admirable goal – merely that you take these 50 places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.