LoungeBuddy App Review – Travel App of the Month February 2020

loungebuddy app review logoThis is the equivalent of an access all areas app for anyone travelling by air – and you don’t have to be flying first class to reap the rewards. No more wondering what it’s like behind those frosted windows, wondering if it’s worth getting in, or indeed if you’ll be let in!

What is the LoungeBuddy App?

It is a straightforward app that lets you view, book, and access airport lounges around the world in less than a minute. It literally takes all the guess work out of booking a lounge, and is the quickest way to escape the stress of waiting in airports!

What does the LoungeBuddy App do?

It displays photos, amenities and reviews from other app users so you can find a lounge of your choice and book straight away. If you add your trip and any elite statuses you have, memberships and even credit cards, LoungeBuddy will find out which lounges you are entitled to use for free, or at a special rate, and even access special perks.

Features:

  • Purchase lounge access with LoungeBuddy and Apple Pay.
  • Lounge Access Wizard – tells you which lounges you may access for free or for a one-time fee.
  • Over 800 of the busiest and most popular airports in the world which is 2000+ lounges and counting!
  • Filter by amenities.
  • View hours, location, ratings, reviews, photos, amenities, access requirements, and guest privileges for each lounge.
  • Set your home airport and manage your status, memberships, photos and reviews.
  • Trip Management (w/ Concur Trip Sync)
  • Complete support for iOS9, Spotlight Search, Apple Pay, and Passbook.

Who is the LoungeBuddy App for?

Frequent fliers will definitely get the most out of this app – having said that, if your trip is a bit of a treat, it’s well worth accessing VIP airport treatment just because you can!

What do the LoungeBuddy App reviews say?

It’s great for large airports where there are loads of lounge options, and really good for knowing what facilities are available in each lounge. One negative issue raised was that it tends to push paid-for lounges before the free options – so keep scrolling folks and check out all the options!

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The Quick Nepal Travel Guide

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What to do in Nepal

You have to immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Nepal is the place to go for accessible hiking experiences, with trails that always end with somewhere warm and welcoming to stay, warm up, or just enjoy something to eat and drink.  Mountaineering, white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning and paragliding are just some of the amazing outdoor activities that you can indulge in with arguably the most spectacular views in the world.

It is also a well known destination for those seeking a spiritual experience – with many retreats nestled away in the mountains. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are made all the more special with clean mountain air and breath-taking views!

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What to see in Nepal

Apart from the incredible landscape – which includes mountains, jungles, and rivers – make time to see and experience the temples, markets, towns, medieval cities and sacred sites of Nepal. This country is an amazing place to go if you are travelling independently and is well known as a back-packers paradise.  Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Thamel and Pokhara should all be on your itinerary – but be warned – there is a lot to see and do in Nepal, chances are you’ll discover that another visit (or three) is needed to fit everything in!

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What to eat in Nepal

Dal Bat is the food of choice in Nepal – a selection of typically vegetarian curry dishes with rice. It is often served for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. Sel Roti is a tasty deep-fried street snack, great for filling up en-route, or try it for breakfast dipped in yoghurt! Samosas and Momos (a type of steamed dumpling) are also popular, along with a lot of very tasty looking deep-fried treats – usually sold by street vendors. Make sure to go to a vendor that is busy with local customers as the food will be at its freshest and best – and avoid buying from places that look like the food has been sitting out.

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Best time to go to Nepal

Late September to late November is the best time to go to Nepal. The monsoon rains have cleared away bugs, dust, and the stifling hot humid weather of summer. It is also the busiest time in Nepal – so expect prices to be higher and for many, many more tourists out trekking and sight-seeing!  February to April is the second tourist season, the weather is a bit warmer and the days are longer, and it is the best time if you are going for the wildlife! Visibility is reduced by hazy weather – so views are possibly less spectacular.

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Money in Nepal

It is possible to get by in Nepal on less than £30 a day. Pounds, Dollars and Euros are accepted everywhere in Nepal, but should you wish to have some local currency it is wise to get your Nepalese rupees at a money exchange or bank in cities such as Kathmandu or Pokhara. Expect taxi drivers and rickshaw drivers to round-up and note that guides and porters generally expect a 10%-15% tip for their services. Haggling is common in markets, but keep it polite. Tips are not expected in restaurants, but are of course welcomed!

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How To Get The Most From An All Inclusive Package Holiday

All inclusive – a stress free travel option that potentially saves a heap of money too, but will it live up to your expectations? Here are some insider tips and things to consider if you are thinking of going all-inclusive on your next break.

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1. Do the maths and compare providers

Anyone can book to stay at an all-inclusive hotel, you don’t have to go there as part of a full package. As such, it is worth finding out the price of staying at the hotel and seeing if you can get a flight or other transport that works out cheaper than what the package providers are offering.

2. Read reviews before booking

Every hotel is going to have its share of less than lovely reviews, but it will soon become apparent which hotels are ones you’d rather avoid. Look for comments about the quality of food, occurrences of “upset tummies”, the quality of the entertainment, and information about the location and what is nearby.

3. Contact the hotel (not your package provider) before your stay

Ask them to send you all the info about what’s on offer at the hotel, such as what is included, dining times, restrictions, and what perks or services need to be pre-booked. Many all-inclusive hotels have a main dining experience for guests and additional speciality restaurants. While the speciality eateries come at no extra cost, they must be pre-booked and you may find that when you arrive the next available table is a fair few days into your holiday. There are also likely to be complimentary activities or experiences available, which may also need to be pre-booked, and may have an additional charge for equipment hire.

4. Budget for eating out

Even a diverse buffet, and a choice of “speciality restaurant” options can get a bit boring by day 5, as can being tied to the hotel to make the most of the all-inclusive mealtimes. Take a bit of extra cash and treat yourself to a couple of meals out. This way you’ll get a chance to not only explore the local area, but also indulge in a variety of authentic local cuisine. Okay, it may feel wrong to miss out on a free meal or two, but it’ll enrich your holiday experience no end.

5. Stop at Duty Free on the way out

All you can consume free booze is a huge draw for those looking for the perks of an all-inclusive break. Unless you have paid for a top tier package, or a hotel where you can purchase branded drinks at one of the top-end hotels, you might find what you are served a little lacking on the percentage front. Realistically a hotel doesn’t want a complex full of inebriated people, so the drinks served are likely to be a less potent version of what you are used to. The answer is to stop off at Duty Free on the way out of the UK and take your favourite tipple with you – it is likely to be cheaper than what’s on offer nearby and easier to get depending on which country you are visiting and it’ll mean you don’t need to leave the hotel in search of some decent booze.

6. Pack your reusable water bottle

Even if the local water isn’t safe to drink, the water served to guests will be – so take your reusable bottle for them to fill up rather than using one of the small glasses, or small plastic bottles they usually dole out. It is also handy to have if you are going out on a tour or trip and don’t want to add to the plastic waste problem at your destination.

7. Take something to cover your wristband (or use the elastic band trick)

Wearing the all-inclusive wristband outside your hotel can make you an easy target. Either for locals wanting to get as much money as they think they can from you, or worse, for opportunistic pick pockets to lull you into a false sense of security by saying they remember you from your hotel where they are a gardener/bar staff/ porter… Hotels aren’t keen on people removing them and getting new ones, just in case it gets slipped to someone not staying at the hotel so you have a few options: Say you are allergic to plastic, and they should allow you to attach it to a bangle, watch or bag; take a sweatband, large bangles or similar to cover the hotel one when you are out; or cut the tag off and use an elastic band to hold it back together so it can easily be slipped on and off.

8. Choose local tour operators

Your package provider will have a host of trips and tours you can book on. While they will (most probably) use the services of the local community, booking direct with a local tour guide or operator will be benefitting a local community even more directly, and may even give you a more truthful insight into the impact tourism is having on the wider community. If you are not sure which is the better option at your destination ask questions on any popular travel forum.

9. Get travel insurance

Even if you aren’t planning to adventure far, or only intend on taking part in activities provided by the hotel, you must make sure you have adequate travel insurance. Food poisoning, injury, theft, or even the collapse of a tour operator are all things that could be covered by travel insurance.

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Ethical Adventure Holidays Destinations to Visit This Year

If you are looking for an adventure holiday with unspoiled natural beauty, and an authentic cultural experience, choose a destination that has human rights, animal welfare and environmental protection at its heart.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s tag line is “Relax and enjoy the ride.” A spectacularly easy way to enjoy life in this sun-drenched paradise. The “Rich Coast” is well known for amazing vistas – rainforests, beaches, volcanoes; abundant wildlife, and outdoor activities such as hiking, zip-lining, white water rapids, surfing… the reasons to visit Costa Rica don’t stop coming!

Why is Costa Rica an ethical Destination? The Government has really clamped down on animal welfare, making its first prosecutions relating to the trade of shark fins and turtle eggs. It’s also the first country in Central America to create accessible beaches, using recycled material to do so.

Fiji

 

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Enjoy a slice of island time, where the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether to enjoy the picture-perfect beaches or the gloriously lush island interiors. Fiji is what tropical dreams are made of. Clear blue waters teaming with life, a divers’ paradise; and dense forest ideal for spotting an array of wildlife. Kadavu, in particular, is the place to go for a peaceful hike as there are next to no roads on the island.

Why is Fiji an ethical Destination? Fiji is vulnerable to climate change, and the Government is making progress to protect the reefs and diverse wildlife through tackling industrial pollution and plastic pollution on the island.

Travel Insurance for Sports & Activities – Medical travel insurance is more important than ever. Most policies that come with packaged bank accounts, credit cards and the like only have limited cover, whereas many activities are covered by our policies as standard. Adventure sports can be added quickly and easily as can flexible cover for casual or competitive participation. If you are hoping to take part in the more extreme outdoor activities, are enjoying an extended period of travel, or want to make sure that you are covered for a pre-existing condition or in specific circumstances – get dedicated travel insurance!

Ecuador

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This tiny country packs in both the Amazon rainforest and the Andes, and historic towns with an abundance of 17thCentury architecture. Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and white water rafting are just some of the outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy – made all the more spectacular with the verdant Ecuadorian backdrop!

Why is Ecuador an ethical Destination? The country is working hard to move away from mining – particularly in protected and indigenous territories – and towards a sustainable bio-economy. The Government here is also improving its anti-corruption efforts.

Nepal

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Mountain life doesn’t get more blissful than this. Nepal’s iconic landscape is just as popular with hikers and adventures as it is with travellers who just want to kick back and relax in a spiritual sanctuary. It’s also easy to find outdoor activities with an adrenaline kick here too – white water rafting, bungee jumping, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking are all easy to find in Nepal.

Why is Nepal an ethical Destination? Animal welfare is being taken very seriously now in Nepal. Animal sacrifices are now banned, as is the culling of street dogs, tiger poaching is down so much that it looks like Nepal could actually double its tiger population and in recent years there has been zero rhino poaching.

The Gambia

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The wildlife is where it’s at in The Gambia. Crocs, hippos, giraffes, monkeys, manatees, and hundreds of species of bird can be found in and around the river that runs through to country to the Atlantic Ocean – making it an ideal place for a safari adventure. Kayak adventure tours are also popular, or you can just chill on the beautiful beach and soak up the sun!

Why is The Gambia an ethical Destination? The Gambian Government is working hard to create an economy based on sustainable natural resources and renewable energy, whilst improving its amenities for travellers. A commendable and delicate balance as an eco-tourist hot-spot.

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Guides by Lonely Planet App Review – Travel App of the Month February 2020

Who better to accompany you on a trip than the world’s leading travel expert? Check out exactly how the Lonely Planet Travel App could make all the difference to your next break abroad.

What Is The Lonely Planet Guides App?

It is everything the Lonely Planet collective know about the world in one choc-full app with a whole host of useful functions.

What Does The Lonely Planet Guides App Do?

It gives users access to offline maps, tools, tours and guides to over 8,000 cities and 352,000+ places worldwide. These include immersive guides with insider advice from on-the-ground experts and info on all the must see sights, as well as advice about visiting lesser-known attractions. Other features include:

  • Currency converter
  • Transport info
  • ‘Near me’ functionality

Who Is The Lonely Planet Guides App For?

It is for any traveller who wants to make the most of their time on their adventure or holiday and immerse themselves in the essence of their destination.

What Do The Lonely Planet Guides App Reviews Say?

The reviews are currently dominated by the introduction of a subscription service – it has not been well received by all. Lonely Planet make a very honest and acceptable argument that justifies the cost:

“Our writers travel the globe to update info, verify details & seek out the best places for you to explore. This is what makes our content different to other travel apps. The subscription plans ensure we can bring you the best content from around the world.”

It is worth noting that the guides can still be downloaded for FREE, and the additional app features are well worth the subscription costs below.

  • One month for $4.99
  • Six months for $21.99 (Save 27%)
  • One year for $39.99 (Save 33%)

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What To Do On A Lisbon City Break

The capital of Portugal is blessed with rich history, beautiful architecture, gorgeous and varied coastlines, weather as fine as its wine, and lip-smacking cuisine to match. It’s also less than 3 hours away by aeroplane – no wonder UK winter sun seekers are heading there at this time of year! Here are some must-dos for your literary on a city break to Lisbon.

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Drink Ginjinha

The national drink of Lisbon may be Port, but Ginjinha is a unique experience not to be missed during your visit. It is a sweet, and strong, cherry liqueur; and comes either served with a piece of fruit in a shot glass, or in a small chocolate cup. Yum!

Eat the Seafood

Lisbon is THE place to be if you like seafood. Oysters, shrimps, clams, mussels, crabs, octopus, wreckfish, grouper, red mullet… just some of the tasty morsels that locals favour. If you are feeling adventurous seek out percebes, also known as goose neck barnacles – a delicacy in the many seafood restaurants in the city.

Ride a Tram

Tram 28 to be precise. This route will take your past all the main sights of Lisbon and offer up some of the many fantastic vistas this city is known for. It’ll also save your legs a LOT of work.

Top tip for visiting Lisbon: Take some comfy shoes! Lisbon is small enough to explore on foot, indeed there are many walking tours of the city – but it is also spread across seven hills, so make sure you’ve packed suitable footwear.

Listen to Fado

Fado is the deeply moving and passionate traditional music of Portugal, originating in the early 1800s. The melancholy vocals and accompanying string instruments of Fado emanate from pubs, bars, cafes and clubs around Lisbon.

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Head to a Beach

Lisbon has four varied coastlines, with plenty of sandy beaches to find. Do your research to find your perfect spot before you go as there are so many to choose from, with some being much bigger, some more crowded, and some taking over an hour to get to. Bear in mind that even in the height of summer the water is really quite cool here.

Photograph Street Art

The city is awash with some of the best street art in the world, but contrary to popular consensus, graffiti isn’t actually legal outside of specially provided outdoor gallery spaces. This means, to see some of the best street art, you need to explore the city and find some of the less-policed areas where artists are less likely to be disturbed.

Fun Fact: In Lisbon many street artists ask permission of the landowners to create their masterpieces. This is where you’ll find some of the more prominent and elaborate artworks in the city!

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Seek out Miradouros

There are loads of viewing platforms and terraces, known locally as miradouros, to discover in Lisbon. Some of the best are high up the seven hills that make up the city, some have restaurants, cafes, or bars where you can refuel after your hilly excursion. What they all have in common are panoramic views that should not be missed on your visit.

Don’t forget your travel insurance! While your EHIC (EU Health Insurance card) will entitle you to state provided medical treatment, it won’t help if your belongings are lost or stolen, or if there is a problem with your flights or accommodation.

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Last Minute Winter City Breaks For February

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Lisbon, Portugal

This is one of the warmest places in Europe in winter, and February is the cheapest time to visit. Another plus is that there are far fewer visitors this time of year! The weather is just about warm and dry enough to enjoy the beaches (but probably not a dip in the sea) alfresco dining, and sightseeing.

Top tip for visiting Lisbon: Try Ginjinha, a cherry liqueur served in either a shot glass with fruit, or a small chocolate cup!

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Barcelona, Spain

Spain is known for being host to literally hundreds of festivals a year, and in February it is a chance to experience the Santa Eulàlia Festival, also known as “La Laia” festival. It is a family-friendly event packed with traditional Catalonian entertainment, and in Barcelona it is held in the Old Town. The weather is a little cooler than Lisbon in February and not so dry.

Top tip for visiting Barcelona: Go to Park Güell – a surreal park filled with crazy mosaic masterpieces created by architect Antoni Gaudi.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Head to Sophia if you fancy a bit of romantic winter weather! In February the capital is still cold and has frequent heavy snowfall, ideal for wintersports such as skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. To warm up after, check out some of the city’s cosy jazz clubs!

Top tip for visiting Sofia: Vitosha Mountain– close enough to go ski for the day and still be back in time to enjoy the nightlife.

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Bergen, Norway

For an even more wintry treat, Bergen is a great destination. It is a UNESCO World Heritage city, and its colourful buildings are ultra insta-friendly set against the grey mountains and white snow. February is a great month to visit because the cold temperatures means you are more likely to experience snow than rain!

Top tip for visiting Bergen: Take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen – for some adrenaline-fuelled fun you can choose to ski or sledge your way back down, and it is open until 11pm!

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is close to home and an ideal choice if you only have a few days for a winter city break. Why go in February? It may be cold, and quite likely wet – but this is the best weather for experiencing the cosiness of an Irish bar and all the hospitality that comes with it! If you are a rugby fan things get even more exciting as the whole city – or every bar at the very least – is tuned into the start of the RBS Six Nations Championships. Also known as The Guinness Six Nations. Go figure!

Top tip for visiting Dublin: At the bar ask for “A stout that isn’t Guinness”.

 

Don’t forget your travel insurance! Even if you are only hopping across the sea to Ireland, you still need travel insurance – it can help if your belongings are lost or stolen, and even help if there is a problem with your flights, ferries or accommodation.

 

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How Does Brexit Affect Holidays To Europe?

The deal is done and until the end of the year the UK is in a transition period – here is what you need to know about how it might affect your upcoming travel plans.

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UK Visas During Brexit Transition

Until the end of the year UK citizens will be free to travel to countries in the EU – this includes Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein – with just a passport.

After the transition UK residents will be allowed to travel without a visa for 90 days out of 180 as long as they do not plan to study or work while overseas. Keep your ears open for the new visa-waiver system being introduced in the EU in 2021 called The Etias (European Travel Information and Authorisation System).

UK Passports During Brexit

Your UK passport will be valid until its expiry date. One thing to note is that after the transition period you will not be permitted to travel unless there is at least 6 months left on your passport.

Travel Insurance for EU 

To our customers: “Regarding Brexit, policies already purchased will be unaffected by any regulatory changes as cover would have already been authorised. We would contact our EU customers if there are likely to be major changes to their policy terms when they come to renew. We do already have policies available to customers living all over the World, so we would not expect to be in a position where we could not offer cover at all to EU residents, even if it needed to be via our International products.”

EHIC – European Health Insurance Cards

Again, these will be valid until the end of 2020. The Government has always advised that travellers get travel insurance with comprehensive medical cover, regardless of whether not they have an EHIC – after the transition period this will be even more important. Read more about the difference between an EHIC and Travel Insurance here.

Pet Passports and Brexit

These will remain valid during the transition – but – if you are planning to travel with your pet to the EU for the first time this year you will have to visit your vet. Pet passports will no longer be valid from 01stJanuary 2021 regardless of the expiry date.

Passport Control at Borders

UK citizens should continue to use the EU/EEA passport gates until the end of the year.

Travelling to and from Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey

British and Irish citizens can still enjoy freedom of movement within The Common Travel Area.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – passenger rights

EU regulations that apply to trains, ferries, coaches and buses are incorporated into UK law, so there will be no change there.Passenger rights for air travel will not be affected during or after the transition.

Driving in the EU During Brexit Transition

Until the end of 2020 there’s no need for any additional paperwork – for a full picture of what it might look like from 01 January 2021 take a look at our post on Driving in Europe Post-Brexit.

Mobile Data

You’ll still be able to enjoy zero roaming charges during the transition.

Duty Free

Nothing will change during the transition.

Beyond the Transition Period

From 01stJanuary 2021, UK rights will depend on the future UK-EU relationship, which is yet to be negotiated. Things that are likely to be affected include:

  • Driving in Europe – it is likely extra paperwork will be needed.
  • Duty Free  – might be subject to import rules.
  • Pet passports – UK might become a “listed country” which makes travelling with pets from outside the EU a bit easier.
  • Mobile Data – Roaming charges are likely to be applied, but maybe with a capped charge limit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hipmunk App Review – Travel App of the Month January 2020

hipmunk travel app logoLove a holiday but hate trawling every travel site to find a bargain? Don’t worry – there’s an app for that! Hipmunk compares deals on flights and places to stay, and also offers users huge savings on last minute hotel deals.

What is the Hipmunk Travel App?

Hipmunk is a search engine for major airlines, hotels, and other travel sites, comparing options and prices based on your preferences. Booking.com, Hotels.com and Airbnb are just some of the comparisons you’ll see when searching options for your next holiday.

What does the Hipmunk Travel App Do?

This app keeps it real – in particular we just LOVE the option to sort flights by “agony”. Yep, you read it right. This is a total winner if you don’t care how cheap a flight is, just please don’t make it the longest one possible with layovers that mean you won’t sleep for a week!

The hotel heat-map feature is also a winner – an at-a-glance way to see where you should stay based on what you like to do near your hotel.

. DISCOVER great destinations by searching our curated travel themes

  • FAST and EASY flight and hotel booking
  • Find the LOWEST PRICES on airfares
  • Easy to SEARCH by continent, country, region and city
  • See flights sorted by “agony” to SAVE TIME by minimizing duration, layovers and price
  • Unique layout makes it easy to find flights with Wi-Fi
  • FAVOURITE cities to get real-time price alerts
  • BOOK HOTELS INSTANTLY on Hipmunk within the app
  • Need a LAST MINUTE hotel room? Get up to 60% OFF with TONIGHT DEALS
  • See guest reviews, star ratings, and easily COMPARE HOTELS
  • Hotel heat maps show how close lodging is to shopping, dining and more
  • COMPARE and book hotels and vacation rentals
  • SHARE flight deals easily with friends via SMS, email, and more

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Who is the Hipmunk Travel App For?

Given the great savings on last-minute hotel deals, and the sort by agony feature – this app is ideal for those who find out on Tuesday that they are going to be in a different country on Wednesday. Whether your impromptu trip is for business or pleasure – this app is designed to save time searching for somewhere decent at the drop of a hat.

What do the Hipmunk App Reviews Say?

Easy to use, great primary resource, loads of customisable options… It’s been around for a while, so the developers must be keeping users happy!

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Social Media Adventure Travel Tips For Students

If you want to be an adventure travel influencer that shares the love through insta, snap chat and the like, there is a way to do it and a way to totally not. Don’t let the pressure tocapture the most unique content land you in hot water – (and possibly prison!) – follow these top tips on how to be a responsible and respectful social media traveller instead.

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  1. Keep your clothes ON

This should go without saying: don’t pose naked at tourist attractions anywhere in the world. What might seem funny and harmless to you is disrespectful, and in many countries public nudity is illegal and can come with heavy penalties and punishment.

It’s also worth researching whether countries have a preferred dress code for those religious and cultural temples. Some countries will require visitors to cover up, so even though it may be 30˚+, a swimsuit or shorts won’t be appropriate when visiting a sacred place of worship.

  1. Don’t climb on ancient sites

While a selfie in front of some of the world’s most famous and recognisable landmarks is a must for many travellers, unfortunately the perfect shot can sometimes only be achieved by climbing to a spot where you shouldn’t.

Although ‘getting off the beaten track’ is encouraged when travelling, it’s important that visitors to ancient sites and attractions stick to the designated path. These guidelines aren’t in place to restrict freedom, but for the safety of those who visit and the site itself.

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  1. Check the rules for filming and using drones

Video content is increasingly popular on social media platforms, and with easy access to GoPros and drones, more and more people are able to capture epic footage from all corners of the globe.

However, there are strict rules for filming and flying drones in most public places. Whether they’re landmarks, national parks, or even entire cities, drones are off limits. It’s important that extensive research is carried out before launching a drone, in some countries a permit or formal permission may need to be pre-arranged or granted. Most importantly, never, ever fly a drone near an airport.

  1. Treat wildlife with respect

Photos posed with animals are extremely common on social media channels, but the lengths some people will go to get these pictures can cause a lot of problems. Most revolve around food, as people use snacks to lure animals close enough for the perfect image. Firstly, the choice of food might be harmful to the creature. Secondly, it risks making them too used to humans, and seeing them as a ready source of tasty treats. This can lead to them turning aggressive and causing disturbances amongst travel groups. Remember, the best animal experience is observing them in the wild at a safe distance, and in their natural habitat.

  1. Stay safe!

Status-destroying backlash and imprisonment are very real responses to irresponsible, illegal and disrespectful social media content from photos taken in dangerous locations – but so is DEATH. There has been a steep rise in accidental deaths caused by travellers risking their safety to take a selfie, which has led to many destinations and tourist attractions implementing ‘no-selfie zones’.

It may be obvious, but the numbers of accidental deaths show that it’s common enough for it to be taken seriously. According to Student Universe, the latest figures revealed that between October 2011 and November 2017, there were 259 selfie deaths, with the highest occurrences in India, followed by Russia, United States, and Pakistan.

No matter how good you believe a photo or video shot might look on your channels, it’s never worth endangering your safety.

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