These are the best destinations for Business Class travel in 2017

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Now that the weather is getting warmer in many places around the world, many of us are beginning to plan out our travels for this year. And since the US Dollar has strengthened even more, destinations in South America, Europe and Asia have become even cheaper to travel to, especially for those of you who enjoy the luxuries of traveling in business class to get you there.

So to help you decide on the best destinations where you can stretch your dollars the furthest, we’ve put together the chart below to show you change of the currency versus the USD, and average round-trip airfare prices versus our consolidator rates for business class seats.

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Zodiac’s Optima is the ultimate business class seat

Zodiac's Optima best business class

For those of you traveling in business class, comfort and service are the two main reasons why you decided to paid extra. But for those of you who travel in business often know that not all seats are created equal. Some business class seats offer more leg space than others, some more high-tech than others, and some even more comfortable, converting into fully-flat beds while others don’t.

That is why Zodiac Aerospace has created Optima—the perfect balance of efficiency and comfort—by designing a seat and a configuration that combines both angled and in-line seats so that everyone has direct access to the isles. Moreover, this seat design allows you to have automatic privacy screens so that you can disconnect from your neighbor (if traveling individually).

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The golden age of travel: what we don’t see anymore today

Golden Age of travel smoking

The Golden Age of travel consisted of piano bars, open lounges, large meals, plenty of leg room, brilliant service and an entire plane set up in a way that’s comfortable for everyone flying.

Nowadays, we’re stuck sitting in a seat for 3, 6 even 19 hours at a time in an airplane full of passengers. And unless we’re paying up several thousand for a first or business class ticket, we don’t get to lounge around, spread out or get the best service we deserve.

But as we mentioned earlier, that wasn’t always the case. Here’s a list of things travelers once were able to experience while flying, but won’t ever be able to today.

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A look at Airbus A330neo: the future for commercial airlines

Airbus A330neo

Last year, Airbus was working hard on a brand new and sleek design called Airspace by Airbus for the A330neo aircraft, focusing on comfort, aura, creativity and services.

Airspace by Airbus gives off the feeling of openness like that of space. In addition to the interior improvements, the A330neo is designed to be more efficient with less fuel burn. It will be able to travel 7,500 nautical miles and seat an average of 257 passengers across three cabins.

Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, CIT, Iran Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Tap Portugal, Avolon and Arkia Israeli Airlines have already made their orders (for a total of 210), which will begin commercial service later this year. So what can you expect aboard these futuristic spaceships? Let’s take a look.

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A local’s guide through Seoul, the megalopolis of South Korea

Seoul city guide

After the end of World War II, Korea was divided between the North and the South. Since then, South Korea—unlike its sister up north—has become a superpower, both culturally and economically. And its capital, Seoul, is where you can see and experience high-tech and pop culture mixed in-between Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.

From futuristic art museums and galleries, elaborate shopping and some of the most delicious food in Asia, Seoul has become a popular destination for travelers all over the world. But to really get a feel for the true Seoul, we’ve created this guide that will have you wanting more from this megalopolis.

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This NEW VIP lounge in Frankfurt Airport comes with a hefty price tag

VIP Lounge Frankfurt Airport

We all know that flying in first or business class has its perks, including pre-flight access to some of the best airport lounges in the world. But this is not the case with a new VIP lounge that recently opened at Frankfurt airport (in the B transit zone), which only grants access to those who are willing to pay for it, regardless of the airline or cabin class you’re flying. And that price tag doesn’t come cheap.

Depending on the type of suite you want to spend the next few hours in, you can expect to pay anywhere between $350 to $1,600 for four hours. Choose from eight different private suites with private bathrooms for yourself, or if you have a guest you can book a room for just the two of you. Have a larger group? Then make sure to book the Royal Suite for all of you to enjoy yourselves before you embark on your journey.

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Stretch your dollar even further at these top destinations

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It’s that time again! Pack your bags and go on an international getaway to these destinations where the dollar is strong—allowing you to experience more for a lot less. The order of the list is based on the amount it would cost you to visit, the number of world-class luxuries, the price of a hotel stay and the rate of exchange.

From beautiful beaches in Europe, and the architectural phenomenas in Arabia, to the mythical and diverse cultures and people of Asia—these destinations are a must for 2017.

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World’s greatest wonders that are a must-see for all travelers

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Almost all of us are familiar with the world’s greatest wonders such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, Temples of Artemis, among many others. But there are so many other amazing places and sites that are just as worthy of a trip to explore.

Here are some other wonderful cultural and architectural wonders that are eye-opening, educational and memorable for years to come. From ancient sites in Lalibela and thousand year old trade routes, to natural phenomena such as waterfalls and rainforests in the Amazonia—the world is a large place with so much more to offer us than we can ever see in our entire lifetime.

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These airplanes are amazing, but you may never set foot on any of them

Airbus Beluga amazing airplanes

The last decade has brought us travelers a wide range of airplanes to travel in, some faster than others and some larger than others. And as each new plane emerges, we become even more interested in the aircraft we’re flying in as we embark to our next destination.

Between Boeing (American) and Airbus (European), we’ve seen a drastic movement in aircraft technology—from the Airbus A380 superjumbo in 2007 to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2011.

But that’s just a snippet. In fact, there have been other amazing airplanes that have made their way into the air such as the Boeing Dreamlifter or the Antonov, however almost none of us will ever be able to set foot in any of them, yet alone see one in action. (Unless, of course, we are extremely lucky!)

So for those of you who are curious, here are the top amazing airplanes we all wish we could fly on just once in our lifetime.

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Above 35,000 feet: why airplanes fly so high

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Have you ever wondered why airplanes fly at 35,000 feet? Probably not, but the answer is quite interesting! Let us break it down for you…

One of the main reasons is that the air thins out the higher the plane rises, allowing it travel quicker and easier. As such, the plane uses up less fuel, which saves the airline a lot more money.

The best altitude for the airplane to fly at is between 35,000 and 42,000 feet. If it goes below, there’s more air resistance, and if it goes too high, there’s not enough oxygen for the engines to operate properly. To determine the best altitude, planes have to fly higher or lower depending on the weight of the plane—if it’s lighter, it should fly higher, if heavier, then lower.

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