Great Travel Tips

Many of these are actually very clever! From Distractify we get:

40 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever

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1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online.

reddit.comTravel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before.

5. Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking.

6. Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms.

It may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious

8. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.

10. If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling.

12. Scan important documents before leaving for your trip.

In the event of theft or misplacement, it comes in really handy to have extra copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access on your smartphone or

13. Speed Up Going Through Security

When going through security, stuff your small belongings like wallets, keys and phones into your bag before placing it on the conveyor belt. It eliminates the need for separate bins and saves you time.

16. Put smartphones in airplane mode to save battery and charge faster.

20. Sit in the seats near the wing of the plane for the least turbulence.

The seats along the wings of a plane usually have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural

22. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.

23. Cram the most into your carry on.

Vacuum sealed bags can save you a ridiculous amount of space in your carry on. Makes the need for checking a bag obsolete.

24. Instead of buying water at the airport, bring an empty bottle along and fill it up after passing security.

25. When reserving airline seats for 2 people, get the aisle and window.

xanga.comIf no one takes the middle seat you get a full row, and if someone does, just ask to switch so you can sit next to your travel

26. Pack your suit coats inside out to keep them clean and avoid creasing.


27. Wait to buy airline tickets until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Typically this is when the big Airlines reduce their fares in order to compete with the discount airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. If you’re looking to save some money, this is the time to

28. Prevent messy spills in your luggage.

Just unscrew the lids and place a simple patch of saran wrap on the top and screw them back on. This will prevent any liquids from ruining your trip.

29. Certain times are better for using the airplane bathroom.

Since most airlines don’t let you stand in line for the restrooms, the best times to use it are right after the plane has leveled off and 15-20 minutes before landing.

30. Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare.

31. Use your GPS when traveling abroad.

If you’re traveling abroad without an international plan, turn on airplane mode and turn off data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet. Simply load the Google map of the area before heading out the hotel, and you’ve got a fully functional map to navigate the area.

32. Get a free cell phone charger if you forgot yours at home.

Forget your charger? Often times hotel front desk’s will have a box full of chargers left by previous

33. Skip the wait at the baggage claim.

Even if it’s not, marking your bag with a fragile label leads to gentler handling by airport staff. Also, they’re often loaded on the top of the other luggage meaning it’s one of the first to come out at the baggage

34. Save time packing on the go.

davehaxHanging organizers can be packed ahead of time making it really simple to slide into your suitcase and leave in a hurry.

36. Use ATMs instead of airport currency exchanges to save money.

Many ATMs will offer much lower rates than what you can get from the airport currency

37. Get free WiFi at airports

security.stackexchange.comWhen you’re at the airport, add “?.jpg” to the end of any URL to get around the ludicrously expensive WiFi. Alternatively, you can sit right outside an airport club lounge: Wi-Fi signals often glide through the walls.

39. As a treat to yourself, send yourself a postcard from each day of your travels

It’ll be a nice treat to come home to and make the transition back to reality

Drone into Downtown Los Angeles

This is my city. What a very cool perspective on the rebirth of

Above the grit and noise of the street, downtown Los Angeles quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detail in its buildings and public art works. This is a selection of those buildings and public arts filmed across some 50 different locations in the immediate downtown area and the arts district. There are many many more locations that are not included and are equally if not more impressive.

Some of the buildings are in disrepair, some have been restored to their full glory while others have been transformed into artworks. In all of them, there is character, color and detail that makes the area a never-ending source of intrigue.

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All content is copyright of its respective copyright holders. Video and natural sound copyright Ian Wood, 2014. This video may only be reproduced in its entirety, unaltered with accreditation. No portion of this video may be duplicated, altered, reused and/or unaccredited without explicit permission.

For queries regarding aerial filming work, please visit for contact details.

A note about aerial filming, safety and best practices. These shots were obtained with a lightweight remote controlled quad-copter and camera system. The following measures were in place during the filming:

– Following all applicable FAA regulations (the ones that actually exist).
– Avoiding controlled airspace and TFR restricted airspace.
– Staying below 400ft AGL.
– Avoiding any and all air traffic, airways, airports, etc.
– Maintaining awareness for helicopter traffic and proximity to helipads.
– Flying just above or along rooflines to stay out of usable airspace for helicopters.
– Maintaining visual LOS to the quad-copter at all times.
– Shooting mostly during early morning when possible to avoid crowds and traffic.
– Not directly overflying groups of people.
– Being sure to have direct ability to alert any people nearby in case of potential incident.
– Being prepared to ditch in order to prevent injury or accident.
– Maintaining a minimum height of 100ft above any private property.
– Deleting any shots inadvertently revealing private activities or people in a place of privacy.

A Guide to Wine

I like wine. I think it has become a health food icon smile A Guide to Wine

Here are some basics about wine if you are just learning about how wonderful it is – from

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A beginner’s guide to wine which digs a little deeper than just the surface. Giving an overview of the terminology used by wine lovers, as well as the correct equipment, this is perfect for any wine or food fans. – See more at:

Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

Wow! What a cool picture! This place doesn’t look real, but it is! Details from TwistedSifter:


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Photograph by Joyce |

In this amazing photograph by Gypsy Joyce, we see a number of travellers ascending for balloon rides in Cappadocia, Turkey. This was Joyce’s first ever hot air balloon experience and she captured it beautifully. The area is very popular for balloon rides and costs typically range between 90 – 150 euros. She posted the photo to reddit where it reached the top spot of the front page earlier this month.

Cappadocia lies in eastern Anatolia, in the center of what is now Turkey. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks. The boundaries of historical Cappadocia are vague but results in an area approximately 400 km (250 mi) east–west and 250 km (160 mi) north–south. [source]

The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. The most important towns and destinations in Cappadocia are Urgup, Goreme, Ihlara Valley, Selime, Guzelyurt, Uchisar, Avanos and Zelve. Among the underground cities worth seeing are Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Gaziemir and Ozkanak. The best historic mansions and cave houses for tourist stays are in Urgup, Goreme, Guzelyurt and Uchisar. [source]

Air Traffic Control Towers

Air Traffic Control towers are very cool buildings – very distinctive. From Gizmodo we see

10 Graceful Posters Immortalizing the World’s Air Traffic Control Towers

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Well, this is a fascinating story. In May, Gizmodo posted a large collection of air traffic control towers—and you, the readers, added many of your own contributions in the comments. Now, the collection has helped inspire a set of beautiful posters devoted to the towers.

According to Heidi Muller, the founder of 08 Left, the set was a huge inspiration for this nice series of posters, each immortalizing a different city’s air traffic control tower. Just check out ten of the 23 posters below. I love it how these blueprint-style drawings evoke the ethereal silhouettes of ATC towers with just a few well-placed lines.

The talented graphic designers of 08 Left–Heidi and husband Ryan–are definitely huge fans of flight and air travel, you should check their other works on their site. For example, their airport posters would go well along with any of the ATC posters below.

John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, United States

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O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, United States

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Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, Australia

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Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China

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Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, United States

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Madrid-Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India

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Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt

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Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

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Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate

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Living on the Tundra

Awesome candid amatuer photos from National Geographic

‘Living on the Tundra’

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Photo and caption by Simon Morris / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via

“Young Nenet boy in Siberia Yamal plays in -30 degrees.”

Location: Siberia, Russia

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