The Real ID: everything you need to know

The Real ID- everything you need to know

United States federal law put into effect the Real ID Act in 2008 and then again in 2014, which makes traveling domestically with a standard driver’s license no longer possible. While residents of many states had to make the change fairly quickly, there were some states that were allowed an extension on the date to which residents had to get their Real ID in order to travel domestically (without having to use a passport). If you haven’t applied for your Real ID, you will not be able to fly domestically within the U.S. with your regular state-issued driver’s license beginning 1 October 2021. Questions? Here’s what you need to know if you have yet to get your Real ID.

*Please note, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline to obtain the Real ID has been extended from 1 October 2020 to 1 October 2021.

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Virtual world tours and experiences you can enjoy from home

Virtual world experiences you can enjoy from home

With the world currently on a standstill, travelers from all over are looking for ways to pass time as they take care of their health and the health of those around them. As a result, various tourist destinations and sites are rethinking the travel industry to inspire and show the beauty of the world from the comfort of their homes. From museums and national parks to art galleries and historical sites, here are some wonderful, virtual world experiences you can enjoy from home.

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The top five most beautiful castles in Europe

Where to see the most beautiful castles in Europe

The oldest castle in the world is the Citadel of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria, constructed in 3000 BCE. Although it still stands, large sections of the Citadel of Aleppo have been damaged by the war in Syria, and unfortunately, it’s no longer a place where you can travel to in order to see it. Since the Citadel of Aleppo, many other castles have been built around the world, and some of them are absolutely breathtaking. If you’re one for castles and love to explore them and learn about their history, here are our top five picks of the most beautiful castles in Europe.
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CLEAR versus TSA PreCheck: what’s the difference?

Clear vs TSA PreCheck- what's the difference

Many if not most airports offer two types of TSA security clearance options that are efficient and quicker than standard lines—CLEAR and TSA PreCheck. Both will help you get through lines faster, but they are different from each other.

While TSA PreCheck is available in over 200 airports nationwide and adopted by 73 carriers, CLEAR is only available to a little over 30 of the largest ones in the U.S. as well as at stadiums (i.e. Yankee Stadium and AT&T Park) and concert halls. If you’re curious or considering either (or both), here’s what you should know.

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Top travel apps you can’t be without in 2020

top travel apps 2020

On average, there are more than 2.7 million combined iOS and Android apps released every year—from games and utilities to shopping and travel. And with so many apps appearing in the app stores on a daily basis, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes down to those designed for you, the traveler. To help make your next trip even more efficient, we’ve selected the top travel apps you can’t be without in 2020, available for both Android and iOS devices.

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Qatar Airways new jaw-dropping business class lounge at Changi

Qatar Changi business class lounge

Passengers flying in first class or business class on Qatar Airways are now welcomed to spend their time in the airline’s newest lounge at Singapore Changi Airport in Terminal 1. The airline announced that this new lounge “will serve as a new standard for all our Premium Lounges going forward”, but if you’ve spent time in Qatar’s lounges in London and in Paris, you may see some similarities.

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Hidden gems of Budapest we love to explore

Budapest city guide

The city of Budapest, Hungary was only established in1873, however, civilization can be traced back to the 4th century BC when it was occupied by the Celts. Romans lived in the area for a small period of time until the Bulgarians established their presence, dividing the area into two—Buda and Pest—where two fortresses were constructed, one opposite the other. For centuries, Hungary and Bulgaria fought in a series of wars making it difficult for the city to prosper. It wasn’t until the 12th century did Budapest begin to flourish. The 14th century was the time when palaces were built, and Buda became the epicenter of royal Hungarian power. 400 years later, Buda and Pest merged into Budapest and a bridge to connect the two was built. Although the two World Wars caused a lot of changes in the City, especially after Soviet occupation in the second half of the 20th century, Budapest was able to reemerge as a strong, independent city and become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world welcoming an average of 30 million tourists a year.

For those of you heading to this magical city, here are some of our favorite hidden gems we love to explore.

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Onboard lounges are taking over onboard bars

Airplane onboard lounge

Onboard bars and lounges have been around for decades and were once the epicenter of air travel for those in first class. However, with the changing times, airlines are moving away (some already have) from the onboard bars to onboard lounges where travelers can relax and work while still having a snack or drink brought to you by a flight attendant.

Airplane designers are rethinking these spaces and how they will change in the future, becoming more flexible and interchangeable depending on the needs of travelers. In today’s time, airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Etihad have taken the leap in changing the onboard bars into onboard lounges.

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Onboard KLM’s Dreamliner business class: what to expect

KLM Dreamliner business class

Two years ago, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) retrofitted their business class seats for the new A330 jets. Those of you who find themselves with a ticket in business class on the Dreamliner (Boeing 787) can expect to have a similar experience. The seats on the Dreamliner are still fairly new (released in 2016), featuring a 1-2-1 layout in the favorable reverse herringbone design, allowing for more privacy especially if it’s a window seat.

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Transformational technology trends in the travel industry

Transformational Technology Trends in the Travel Industry

With the travel industry expanding and looking to the future, more and more companies are working towards innovations that will allow for overall efficiency, customizations and excellent experiences while being eco-conscious and sustainable for both the traveler and for the airlines and airports that make it all possible.

Euromonitor International, one of the main providers in the world “for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis”, released a report identifying the top five travel trends that are transforming the travel industry—from AI (artificial intelligence) and VR (virtual reality) to big data, apps and IoT (Internet of Things). Let’s take a look at each one to understand how they are changing this sector.

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