Discovering Taipei’s hidden gems

Tapei's hidden gems

The metropolitan city of Taipei is a busy, fun and modern destination for those who love to travel to Asia. It’s a melting pot of multiple cultures, which is what makes it unique, thanks to influences by the Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian countries and the United States.

Given that Taipei is the capital, it’s also the center of the small island’s financial, cultural and governmental sectors. From endless shopping, extensive street-food scene, skyscrapers, temples, night markets and so much more—Taipei is the epicenter of it all.

But to really experience this little but mighty city, you need to make your way away to some of the best hidden gems around. Here are our top favorites:

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Air New Zealand’s smashing new lounge in Melbourne Airport

Air New Zealand lounge

Air New Zealand has just stepped it up another notch with the opening of their new lounge in Melbourne Airport.

This modern, twenty-first century lounge is now 80 percent larger than the one it replaced (and to be frank, the old lounge was way overdue for an upgrade).

Those flying in business and first class, along with elite cardholders and Gold members can now enjoy all the luxuries the new lounge has to offer. From delicious dining and pre-order coffee waiting for you to indulge on, to private working spaces and play areas for kids—Air New Zealand’s lounge is the perfect hangout spot for those of you who want to unwind and relax before your flight is ready for takeoff.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect once you step inside:

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A look at the secret cabin in airplanes designed for the flight crew

secret air cabin

Some of us who sit in business and first class can get very comfortable and sleep our way through, while the rest of us are stuck in a small seat, struggling to get comfortable and catch some zzz’s.

But have you ever wondered what flight attendants do on a long-haul flight, even “ultra long-haul” flights where they have to work eleven or more hours? They are human, after all, and they need to rest up in order to help us until we reach our final destination. Once the main meal service is complete, the flight attendants make their way up (or down) to the small rest areas to relax for several hours.

On larger aircrafts such as the Boeing 777s and 787s, secret air cabins are built above the passenger cabin, and for most of the A380s, these are hidden below deck—accessible only by the flight crew. These secret rooms are usually located at the front and back of the plane, and depending on the type of aircraft, they vary in size and design. Let’s take a peek inside:

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Milan: what you should explore in The Drinkable City

Milan City guide

For years, the beautiful city of Milan has been the center of the fashion industry. Not only that, but it has also been growing—becoming the biggest industrial city in Italy.

Milan’s history dates back to 400 B.C.—much of which you can still feel today as you walk through the city’s streets. Aside from being known as the fashion capital of the world, it’s also called “The Drinkable City” due to the fact that there are more than 500 drinking fountains throughout the city, offering fresh water to people on the streets. (Don’t worry, they regulate each one to make sure the water is of standard quality.)

Milan is both thrilling and fun, and home to some of the most amazing sites such as the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, where you can see the famous mural “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. Aside from its rich history, the city is booming with high-end restaurants and shops that are loved by locals and tourists alike. But for those of you who are wanting to experience a slightly different Milan, here’s where we recommend you go.

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LAX is getting a makeover: the NEW VIP terminal

lax private terminal

LAX just went up a notch for all you VIPs out there who want to avoid LAX public terminal. Now you can experience going through a private terminal with top-of-the-line amenities, celebrity-style .

Beginning May 15, you will be able to pay $2,000 to access LAX’s “The Private Suite”, designed for those of you flying in business or first class. Say goodbye to paparazzi!

From private check-in, TSA screening and customs to chauffeur service right up to the airplane—this is the ultimate airport experience that will make traveling completely stress-free. Here’s what you can expect:

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Why airline seats are more complicated than you may think

secrets about airline seat

Airline seats can either be a traveler’s nightmare or dream, depending on the airline they fly with and if it’s in business/ first or in economy. So who’s to blame for your comfort or pain? It’s not the airline, but the manufacturers like B/E Aerospace and Zodiac, as well as the volunteers who test the seats.

But as many of you may or may not know, these seats that many of us dread sitting in (for hours at a time) are a bit more complicated than we make think. For instance, it takes years for a new concept to be made available for purchase. Or, that seat measurements are determined by samples given by ordinary people, measuring eight different parts of their bodies. Let me explain further…

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Fast-forward to 2050: Airbus’ vision of future air travel

future air travel

Have you ever wondered what air travel will be like in the future?

When we think “future air travel”, some of us imagine concepts (such as the image above) and sustainable aviation to come into existence 100 to 200 years from now, but for Airbus, this is what they envision 50 years from now. The future is looking bright!

Airbus’ vision for 2050 air travel has been named the “Smarter skies”, which focuses on these five elements: eco-climb, express skyways, low-noise, free-glide approaches and landings, low emission ground operations, and use of sustainable biofuels and energy supplies. Each one concentrates on the advances in technology and the demands of the passenger, while still respecting the environment. Let’s take a deeper dive into each of the five sections above to get a better understanding of what the future of air travel has in store for us.

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Secrets of air travel you may never have known about

air travel secrets

Airlines have many secrets, and some are more interesting than others. Did you know that most of the time, pilots may be sleeping, not flying? It’s all in the machine.

But that’s not all. We’ve recently discovered that there is much more that us travelers never knew, until experts reveal the most interesting things that happen (or are common) about air travel. From the amount of money air traffic controllers make, and what airplanes go through, to what happens to our lost luggage—here are some of our favorites below:

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A look at aviation safety history from 1945 until now

aviation history

Air travel has transformed the way we live our lives, thanks to the significant enhancement in safety. It has allowed us to trust it as a means of transportation, connecting businesses and all of us around the globe, together.

Evolution in aircraft technology and improvements in flight navigation, training and air traffic control have made flying much safer. But what makes it so interesting is how much it has changed from the mid-1940s up until now.

Curious? Let’s take a look at aviation safety history starting from 1945.

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Introducing the SIMBA Air-Hybrid®: a one-of-a-kind airline seat

Simba mattress business class seat

A bed in the sky is a traveler’s ultimate dream, but as many of you who travel in business or first class know that many seats—even the ones we pay the most for—are not as comfortable as our beds at home.

But that’s not the case anymore with the SIMBA Air-Hybrid®, “the world’s most advanced airline seat promising the ultimate sleep environment” for those of you who have a challenging and never-ending travel schedule.

This airline seat design has been incorporated with SIMBA’s mattress technology, featuring Aerocoi pocket springs, memory foam, heat regulation and body support—the best comfort you can ever imagine on an airplane. Moreover, the seat reclines automatically into a position known as “zero-g”, allowing you to lay down without adding pressure on your back and spine. As a result, your body can regulate blood flow for an even more comfortable flight.

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