What to do in Valparaiso, Chile’s coastal city

Valparaiso city guide chile

 Santiago is a fun place to explore when visiting Chile, but heading to the coast to Valparaiso can be a wonderful experience as well.

Just like Santiago, Valparaiso was occupied by natives who have been there for thousands of years until the mid-1500s when the Spanish arrived, changing everything. For a while, Valparaiso was just a little town with a small population until the early 1800s when the first pier was built. A few years later, Chile became an independent nation in 1812, which in turn made Valparaiso not only a port for the Chilean Navy but the City also grew to play a major role in trade between other countries. Due to its location, many Europeans including the French, German, Italian, British and Swiss immigrated to Valparaiso and the surrounding area, influencing everything from the culture to the food that’s still seen to this day.

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The evolution of the first class seat

Evolution of the first class seat on airplane

When aviation first took off, airplanes were designed with beds, dressing rooms, porcelain dinnerware, personalized service and onboard lounges for the elite who could afford to travel by air. For decades, airplanes only had a single cabin until the 1970s, when the British Caledonian (taken over by British Airways) created the true business class seat, ultimately paving the way to first class.

Years after the release of the first true business class in the 1980s, British Airways renamed their premium seats to be known as “Crown First Class”, offering passengers reclining seats and fantastic window views. In the same decade, British Airways began to offer amenity kits, swivel tray tables and curtains to separate first class and the other cabins.

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The world’s first airline lounge

World's first airline lounge

Many airlines continue to go above and beyond when it comes down to their lounges, whether it’s their flagship lounge or not, some are just out of this world, are award-winning and loved by the travelers who get to spend time in them. Some of our favorites are Emirate’s Champagne Lounge in Dubai, Oman Air’s First and Business Class Lounges in Muscat, and Finnair Schengen Lounge at Helsinki, to name a few. But do you know which airline opened up the first lounge and where?

We can thank American Airlines, which rolled out the first airline lounge in December of 1939 at La Guardia International Airport. American Airlines paved the way for other carriers to develop their own airport lounges dedicated to premium passengers, those who have a frequent flyer status or are part of a club. But until the 1970s when the Concorde took off, lounges were not a major part of the overall travel experience due to a few factors. The first being space—back then, airports were minimal and small with barely any room to build lounges for travelers. And the second being security and check-in—the time it took to get from the front of the airport to the airplane was short and quick, so there was no need to wait hours before the airplane took off.

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Out and about in Marrakesh: what to see and do

Marrakesh city guide

Before Marrakesh was officially created around 1070 CE, it was inhabited since the Neolithic times by farmers. When it was established, Marrakesh slowly began to grow into a city, but it wasn’t until the 12th century did Marrakesh flourish architecturally—from mosques and palaces to gardens and city walls. For the next few centuries, Marrakesh played a large role in trade, even while it suffered through small revolts and conquests. For most of its existence, Europeans were not allowed inside Marrakesh, but in the 20th century, France colonized Morocco. To this day, there continues to be a lot of French influence—from the food and people to the buildings and culture.

If Marrakesh is on your list of go-to cities, here are a few gems to add to your itinerary.

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Top five destinations for a fall getaway

Best fall getaways 2019

Fall is just around the corner, and with summer travel just about finishing, expert adventurers know that the cooler months can be the best time to get up and go on an adventure. Whether it’s sailing along the southern coast of Europe or hiking through the mountains in South America, the fall opens up a perfect time to escape. With less crowded cities, fantastic weather and cheaper accommodations, here are the top five places to plan a getaway to this fall.

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These airlines are making conscientious moves to be more eco-friendly

Eco-friendly airlines

Did you know that every year, airlines produce over 5 million tones of waste due to single-use plastics used onboard? That’s a ton of trash that harms the environment. As a result, airlines are making conscientious moves to be more eco-friendly, whether it’s swapping out older airplanes for more fuel-efficient ones or reducing cabin waste. Some of the largest carriers such as SAS, Etihad, Air New Zealand, Qantas and Singapore Airlines are the ones who are making drastic changes—from ending onboard duty-free to using no plastic whatsoever. Let’s take a look at what these airlines are doing in order to be more sustainable.

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Step into the Galaxy, a “new” business class concept by AirGo

Galaxy New business class seat concept by AirGo

Airline seat designers are always finding ways to create something new and efficient for carriers and the travelers who will be sitting in the seats. AirGo, a Singapore-based company that has developed an award-winning economy seat has now taken the step in developing a “new” business class seat concept dubbed “Galaxy”.

The AirGo Galaxy business class is designed with space in mind, allowing airlines to not only squeeze in as many possible premium seats as they can but also install an onboard bar and coat room on smaller jets. What makes the Galaxy business class seat unique is that there are two different designs, one for seats located by the windows and one for seats located in the middle section.

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City guide: off the beaten path in Tbilisi

Tbilisi city guide

Dating back to the 4th millennia BC, Tbilisi has been inhabited for thousands of years with the most recent written record being in the 4th century CE.

Founded by King Vakhtang Gorgasali, Tbilisi (meaning warm location) was named after the vast amounts of hot springs in the area. It became the capital in the 6th century CE, which is also when the city began to grow economically, architecturally and played a significant role in trade with Asia and Europe.

In the 12th century, the Tbilisi experienced a Renaissance period where it flourished culturally. However, starting in the 13th century up until the 18th century, the city fell under the control of different powers—from Arabs to Mongols and Iranians to Russians. It wasn’t until the fall of the Soviet Union did Georgia gain its independence. Throughout the centuries, bits and pieces of Tbilisi were developed, making it into a unique city that you may not think of visiting but should. From churches and underground printing houses to authentic restaurants and more, here are some hot spots add to your itinerary if Tbilisi is on your getaway list.

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Award-winning private jet interior that feels like a home

Gulfstream G650ER private jet

Some of the most luxurious Airbus and Boeing private jets such as Melody, DreamJet or the Infinito have been designed in extravagant style. And although it’s breathtaking it might not feel like “home”, which is why this leads us to the Gulfstream—a 2019 International Yacht & Aviation Award Winner for Design—a company that develops the most advanced business aircraft in the world.

In celebration of 60 years, Gulfstream designed a beautiful cabin for the G650ER that feels more like a home than a spaceship. The private jet offers clients to customize the interior as they like while maintaining the overall theme of serenity.

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