Discover Barcelona’s hidden gems off the beaten track

Barcelona city guide Spain

Barcelona is a magical city, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea where thousands of tourists come to visit from all over the world. And what’s not to love? The beach, sites, architecture, art, and of course food, have become magnets for everyone who wanders the city’s streets.

But in order to get a feel for the real Barna (the nickname for the city used by its residents), then you should go off the beaten path to places such as the Plaza Reial, The Sunday Book Market, The Ruins of Temple of Augustus, and Ermita de Santa Madrona. These are some of Barna’s local gems that will make you feel like a Catalan.

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Welcome to SWISS’ stunning, new business and first class seats on A340s

SWISS new business and first class seats

Love SWISS? Then you’ll love it even more now that the airline has upgraded its business and first class cabins (even economy) on the Airbus A340s. Although most of the A340s have been replaced by new Boeing 777-300ER jets, the airline intends to keep at least five of the A340s for long-range international destinations.

In 2018, all five will be upgraded to match SWISS’ luxurious style, similar to that of the Boeing 777-300ER, which offers more privacy.

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Duty free while you fly: why is it still available?

Duty free shopping on airplane

As you sit comfortably (or uncomfortably) in your seat, do you ever pick up that duty-free catalog stuck in the seat pocket in front of you? Most probably don’t because let’s face it, when was the last time you bought duty-free while flying? It’s probably been years, maybe even decades.

By the time that trolly rolls through to the end of the aisle, the chance of a passenger buying at least one item is zilch. So why do airlines still offer duty-free on board when there are dozens of duty-free shops at airports?

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Introducing AirCruise: a luxury cruise line above the clouds

AirCruise by Crystal Cruises

A luxury cruise above the clouds? Yes, it’s real. Crystal Cruises is the first cruise line that launched its own airline. It’s a plane like no other and designed for those who want an all-around, world’s best first-class experience (butlers and concierge staff included, of course).

The company will debut the first AirCruise in 2017 on a Boeing 777, which will seat 84 passengers. It will then release another AirCruise on a Boeing 787, which will only seat 52 guests.

Those who are willing to fork up $50,000 to $100,000 USD per person can enjoy 14-day, 21-day and 28-day curated itineraries to locations around the world. The airline will stop at around 10 destinations for a duration of 3 days at each location, with the “best hotels and resorts, excursions and world-class dining inspired by local cultures, tastes and traditions”. Don’t worry, at least the flights are non-stop.

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Best travel apps for every type of traveler

The best travel apps for everyone

I bet everyone reading this owns a smartphone, whether it’s an Android, Apple or Window device, there are apps on there that you rely heavily on for your day-to-day activities.

But there are probably a few apps out there that you may not have come across, but really should. They can be life-changing for those who love (or have to) travel.

Here’s a list of the best travel apps to help you get around, surf safely, chat freely, and so much more.

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Flying? Here are foods you should avoid eating on the plane

which foods to avoid while flying

Are you one of those people that like to grab a meal in the airport terminal right before your flight? From burgers, chicken wings, and smoothies to a good ole’ cup of joe to keep you awake for the next few hours—the choices are endless. But a lot of these edible options are not your stomachs best friend, especially when you’re about to fly.

Many foods, in fact, will cause your tummy to feel bloated and gassy, making your whole trip very uncomfortable (and even harder for you to fall asleep). So to make your long flight a bit more enjoyable, here are a few foods and drinks to avoid. Your digestive system will thank you ;).

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The truth about 0% commission on currency exchange: buyers beware!

Currency exchange information

Vacations are not cheap, and some of you save for months so that your time can be spent relaxing (not worrying about spending those extra dollars). But dealing with foreign currency exchange can hit you a bit hard when you get off that plane, especially if you’ve already budgeted out your vacation.

With ATMs and currency converters charging you crazy fees that sometimes can confuse you, no wonder some of us get ripped off when we hand over our dollar bills. However, there are a few tricks that will help you avoid being duped, allowing you to keep your vacation budget (and head) intact. 😉

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