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

world's greatest wonders

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 XL

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 fly 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, let 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

why airplanes fly so high

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 to 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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Best airports in the world for 2017 have been named

best airports in the world for 2017

Skytrax has just released their World Airport Awards, and Singapore’s Changi Airport was named number one the fifth time in a row. It has been in the top 10 for seventeen years since 2000. Surprised?

Skytrax conducts a survey every year, collecting over 13 million questionnaires between July 2016 to February 2017 that covers over 500 airports located all around the world. The Q&A rates each airport based on the customer experience, the services provided in the airport, and products offered (dining, shopping, clubs, spas, etc.).

Aside from the Best Airport in the World award, there were also awards for the cleanest airports, airports with the best shopping and airports with the best dining. Curious? Here’s who made it to the top ten in each of these categories.

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Travel apps you cannot be without in 2017

these are the best travel apps

We all travel with our phones, and no matter where we go, we always find ourselves relying on them (even more so when we’re away from home). It’s the best place to search for hotels, catch a cab, check-in with friends or family, look up restaurants to eat at and sites to see. But rather than spending time Googling or Yelping what to do or eat, or finding the best (and safest) neighborhoods in the city you’re visiting, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel apps for 2017 that can do all the searching for you plus more.

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The all-new business class seats on Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Qsuite business class

Qatar Airways has recently unveiled their new business class seats—the Qsuites—which will be available on their new Boeing 777-300ER beginning this June, and they are the first of its kind. The middle seat converts into a double bed, bringing you “a new level of luxury” to business class.

From sliding privacy doors and entertainment screens that slide back, to more space for yourself and family—Qsuites is definitely a cabin you can look forward to. Let’s take a deeper look at these world-class seats.

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Top destinations for the ultimate cultural experience

best destinations for cultural experience

International travel is always—and will always—be a cultural experience, and is probably one of the best types of memories you can bring back home with you that will last a lifetime.

But do you know where to go and what to do to have the best cultural adventure? If you’ve answered “no”, then we’ve got exactly what you need. Here’s our list of destinations and activities we recommend you take to get to know the people and traditions of that country or region.

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Emirates NEW lounge onboard their A380s will have a yacht-like feel

Emirates A380 onboard bar experience

Beginning in July of this year, Emirates will debut their new lounges onboard their new A380s, and it’s going to look like a bar on a private yacht.

The official design will be announced at ITB Berlin in mid-March, but Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark said, “…we have increased the seating space, and also made it more intimate and conducive for our passengers to socialize or enjoy our lounge service”. We’re pretty excited, are you?

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Here’s what upper class cabin looks like on Korean Air’s NEW 787 Dreamliner

korean air business class 787

Last week, Korean Air debuted its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and nine more are set to be delivered this year. But that’s not the big surprise. The interesting (and slightly odd) feature was the decision to place the same exact seat design in first class as in business class. Yes, you read that right—the seats in both cabins are the same!

The only major contrast between the two is the service, the size of the entertainment screen, and exclusivity in each cabin. Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.

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New amenities first class passengers can expect in 2017

New amenities 2017 first class

First class has many perks—private suites with sliding doors, more space to spread out, personalized service, showers, a la carte cuisines, complimentary limousine service right up to the plane, as well as access to VIP lounges.

But it doesn’t stop there. This year, airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Qantas and Qatar are coming out with brand new products—here’s a look into what’s being introduced this year.

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