Thanks to a certain chubby, horse-dancing singer who has become a national hero for his globalization of K-Pop — yes, the one and only PSY — “Gangnam” has been thrust into the global lexicon. Anyone who’s Googled it now knows that it literally means “south of the river” and is the ritziest part of Seoul — also thereby representative of the increasing disparity of wealth in Korea. Here’s what real “Gangnam Style” entails: [Read more...]
No traveler wants to pay extra to check a piece of luggage, but some may find themselves with no other choice. The good news is that there are some ways to avoid giving the airline even more money. Here are five ways to avoid baggage fees.
1. Become a light packer
The most obvious way to dodge the checked baggage fee is to not bring a bag to check. Invest in a good carry-on and only bring what you know you will need. Distribute the heaviest items (shoes, bulky coats, jeans) among the bags to avoid paying even more. [Read more...]
It may sound too good to be true – but these top-class experiences will not cost you a penny. From opera in London to tea time in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, getting to the heart of a destination was never so richly rewarding yet so downright free.
Staten Island Ferry, New York City
Cruises usually cost a packet. Sure, this one only lasts 25 minutes and the cocktail lounge is actually a bar selling beer, but it does not cost a cent. Ferries have connected Staten Island and lower Manhattan since the 18th Century. The tangerine-bright boats that run today have become New York City icons; one, the Spirit of America, is partially made of steel salvaged from the Twin Towers.
1. Don’t play “stump the tour guide” by looking up the sights you’re visiting on your mobile phone and sharing your findings with the group.
“The tour guide knows something interesting,” Matthews said. “They know local pieces of information. They have these local nuggets that now they’d be offended by even sharing because how can they compete with Wikipedia?”
2. If you post to Facebook, Twitter or a blog, make sure the others you’re traveling with know you’re writing or sharing photos about the trip.
Laws vary from state to state, so it’s not only important to know them, it’s equally import to ask permission to photograph people and let them know the images may wind up online.
3. Don’t “tag” people in photos online without prior approval.
Not only will the person you tag see it, but all the people who will visit his or her wall will also see it. Can you image having your work colleagues that you may have Facebook friended see you in your skimpy bikini guzzling back a beer? Also in the same vain, some tweets or photos shouldn’t be posted until you’re home –or not at all.
5. Be careful about posting critical comments online about a destination or trip.
“Posting commentary considered ‘negative’ about an area you’re touring for the first time disappoints and can even offend others who are envious that you’re able to take a vacation,” Matthews said.
6. Unless you’re riding on a bus, train or plane, take off the headphones.
Travel is about the sights, smells and sounds. Not only is wearing headphones rude, it can be dangerous if you can’t hear the noise of an oncoming car or a bus.
7. Get in front of the camera.
“With the help of the Internet and Google images, I can see thousands of pictures of the Eiffel Tower,” Matthews said. “I can see plenty. So when I see another picture of the Eiffel Tower, why aren’t you in front of the Eiffel Tower?”
8. Turn down the screen brightness.
A great traveler’s trick is to use your smartphone or tablet screen as a flashlight. It’s great in a pinch, but watch out, you can get some fellow air travelers very angry if that goes off in a darkened cabin.
Do you follow any of all of these digital etiquettes? Tell us of the times you were offended by “rude” techies!
Source: Fox News Travel
There’s always something to discover or do at Disneyland, but Disneyland enhances this with nightly entertainment during the high season, as well as weekend entertainment during the off-season. There’s also special entertainment during special occasions, such as the Fourth of July and also Christmas.
Throughout the peak season, Disneyland’s Fantasmic performs twice each night and every weekend during off-seasons. The show is located at Tom Sawyer’s Island where you see a lot of Disney characters compounded with fireworks and songs. If you want to obtain the best seat, get the tickets in advance. Otherwise, you can simply watch from anywhere free.
The Parade of Dreams includes huge colorful floats accompanied by many Characters. This parade takes place two times each day. Throughout the parade, the whole march will stop three times to do a choreographed show, and the majority of the Disney Characters are portrayed in the Parade of Dreams.
In addition, you get to see a musical show of Snow White in the Fantasyland Theater. Because this event occurs many times each day, you don’t need to get a reservation. Simply proceed to the venue and look out for it.
Besides the spectacular shows, fireworks are also seen at night before Disneyland closes and that means you better not miss it. You will never become bored each time you visit the place because there’s always something new to watch.
Even if you can’t stay for the actual fireworks, you can probably see them from your hotel window! Try and get a look at the Fireworks from in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for top level impact. The fireworks on the Fourth of July are usually out of this world.
To find out if you will find any special shows or events during the time that you’ll be at Disneyland, visit the website, call the park, or ask your travel agent to find this information for you. You may also want to inquire about special attractions during specific months, so that you can plan your stay at Disneyland for those days.
By asking about the exhibits, you will be aware ahead of time what shows are usually free and are a part of what you’re paying in your admission. Additionally, you will discover the charges of special seating or if you wish to book a reservation.
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