Are you looking for some ideas for your next holiday destination? TripAvisor can help you making the right choice! :) 

After listening to the travellers´ feedback, the Travel site  revealed its Travellers' Choice Destinations on the Rise Awards.

The Awards features the destinations around the world that have received the greatest increase in positive feedback from TripAdvisor members.

1. First place goes to Da Nang, Vietnam :)  

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O​ne of the major port cities in Vietnam and the biggest city on the South Central Coast​, Da Nang´s popularity grows as it is becoming a very well considered vacation spot ​if you are looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam ​​or ​sunbathing ​while hanging out on the city's ​sandy ​beaches.



Following in the list are: 

2. Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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3. Limassol, Cyprus
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4. Ao Nang, Thailand
Ao Nang i southern Thailand.

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5. Bodrum, Turkey
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6. Naha, Japan
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7. Hurghada, Egypt
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8. Kazan, Russia
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9. Manaus, Brazil
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10. Eilat, Israel
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You can find more info at this link for TripAdvisor site.


 



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Airbus Industries have patented a new design of a passenger aircraft . Is this the future, maybe! 
Airbus says its only one of 6000 ideas their people but apparently worth patenting it. It's an interesting approach we think but allot of challenges lay ahead.

Surprising things travel insurance won't cover

• Sailing -- except as a fare paying passenger in a scheduled, commercially operated power-driven watercraft

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• Professional sport or training in another country

• Off-piste skiing, or competitive snow and ice sports

• Running with the bulls 

• Motorcycling

• Loss caused by asbestos

• Loss/damage to sporting equipment while in use

• Football of any kind

• Injuries sustained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs


This information was taken from  news.com.au .

Read more about this by clicking on their link.


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January: New Year´s party in Sidney

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We are spoiled for choices when it comes to choose a place to welcome the New Year but in this occasion we want to enjoy a breath-taking light parade on Sydney Harbour. For an unforgettable front row seat, grab tickets for one of the city's best events with a view. We suggest the Royal Botanic Gardens or the La Bohème gala at the Opera House.

 



February: Valentine´s romance in Paris

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Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities. Take your significant other to one of the city's most romantic spots, including the Eiffel Tower, The Wall of "I Love You's," Luxembourg Gardens or Île Saint Louis on the Seine.

 




March: Sushi in Japan

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March is a lovely time of year to visit Japan. This fascinating country would be worth visiting for its food alone, but you'll also find dazzling cities, ancient culture, superb mountain and beach scenery.






April:  Dancing flamenco in Seville

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The "Feria de Abril" in the beautiful Spanish city of Seville attracts more travellers every year. Spring in Seville has a special atmosphere, garlanded with the sweet scent of orange blossom and jasmine. 

Seville Fair traditionally starts two clear weeks after Semana Santa. 
This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising.

 



May: Visiting the Expo in Milan
En 2015 Milan will be hosting the Expo, from May until October.  Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors.

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June: Hiking to Machu Pichu

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A visit to Peru isn't complete without a pilgrimage to the glorious Inca lost city of Machu Picchu. But Peru has so much more to offer such us going mountain biking through the Sacred Valley and white-water rafting down the Urubamba River, visting the colourful communities in Cuzco.

 




July: Living the magic of Disneyland

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Whether you have children or not, the magic of Disney invades every visitor. July 17, 2015 marks 60 years since the opening and continues to delight adults and children. It consists of two theme parks, three hotels and a shopping area and restaurants.

 






August: Chilling in the Seychelles islands

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Close your eyes. And just imagine. 
You're lazing on a talcum-powder beach lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. But for those looking for more than a suntan, this archipelago offers a number of high-energy distractions. There are jungle and coastal walks, boat excursions, and diving and snorkelling to keep you buzzing. 



September: Drinking beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich

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The Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Germany during late September and early October. 

It is attended by six million people each year and has inspired numerous similar events using the name Oktoberfest in Germany and around the world, being the main protagonist the beer.

 




October: Celebrating Gandhi´s Birthday in India

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Visit India to celebrate the birthday of Gandhi: In October 1869 Mahatma Gandhi was born, possibly one of the most important people in the history of mankind. Writer, thinker, lawyer, politician and fighter Hindu without violence, fought for the independence of India from British colonial rule.

 









November:  Day of death in Mexico

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"Dia de los Muertos" is a holiday for remembering and honouring those who have passed. 
It is a festive, joyous time of celebration. 
People create altars to honour their loved ones, which they then decorate with flowers, photos, candles, foods and drinks. They stay up all night in the graveyards, socializing and telling funny stories about their dead ancestors.

 


December: Christmas decorations in Nuremberg

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

The enticing smells of mulled wine and rum punch, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day it all begins as she opens the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt.







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For 18 years, travellers at SleepingInAirports.com have been rating airports for not only their "sleep-ability" factor, but also the services, amenities and features offered to layover passengers.

The annual survey asks travellers to consider the four C's of airport travel: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.

Comfort encompasses the availability of plush chairs, armrest free areas, quiet zones, reclining options, etc.;
Conveniences include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food options, showers, pay lounges and other things to do at the airport while awaiting a flight;
Cleanliness centers around clean floors, maintained bathrooms and tidy food courts;
Customer Service means smiling faces and friendly attitudes, along with considerate and helpful workers (who offer up blankets and pillows to stranded passengers).
Whether you plan to sleep your time away in an airport - or are simply looking for ways to pass a couple of hours on a layover - we hope their Best & Worst Airports lists help you plan which airports to use and which airports to avoid altogether! 

We are happy to announce Singapore Changi as the voted best airport!
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Once you are done here, be sure to check out our regional airport ratings, which are based on travellers overall airport experience. And, of course, a Best Airports list is hardly complete without an accompanying Worst Airports list, so check that out too.






Perhaps no virus strikes as much fear in people as Ebola, the cause of a deadly outbreak in West Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports more than 7,100 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone as of Sept. 28. More than 3,300 people have died in the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded.



What is Ebola virus disease?
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Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in a remote area of Sudan.


How is it spread?

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The natural reservoir of the virus is unknown and it is not always clear how the virus first appears in humans. Usually the first person gets infected through contact with an infected animal.

People can be exposed to Ebola virus from direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, urine, sweat etc. of an infected person and soiled linen used by a patient.
It can be spread through contact with objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

The incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period.

Ebola virus disease infections can only be confirmed through laboratory testing.


What are the signs and symptoms of EVD?

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Measles like rash
  • A rash, red eyes, hiccups and Bleeding from body openings  may be seen in some patients

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, there is no licensed medicine or vaccine for Ebola virus disease, but several products are under development


How do I protect myself against Ebola?

If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids.
  • Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 101.5°F/ 38.6°C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. 

Additionally:

  • Report any suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health unit immediately.
  • Suspected cases should be isolated from other patients and strict barrier nursing techniques implemented.
  • All hospital staff should be briefed on the nature of the disease and its transmission routes. 

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Hospital staff should have individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles. Non-disposable protective equipment must not be reused unless they have been properly disinfected.Infection may also spread through contact with the soiled clothing or bed linens from a patient with Ebola. Disinfection is therefore required before handling these items.

Communities affected by Ebola should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed, both about the nature of the disease itself and about necessary outbreak containment measures, including burial of the deceased. People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried.



Want to get "messy" and have loads of fun? Then, La Tomatina IS FOR YOU! :)
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La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol near to Valencia (Spain). Thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 'World's Biggest Food Fight' where more than one hundred tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

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The week-long festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants compete in a paella cooking contest.
Due to numbers increasing each year, in 2013 the Town Hall of Buñol limited the number of people who can participate in Tomatina and added a €10 ticket tax. 




Make sure that you have a ticket or you will not get into the tomato fight. 

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There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Buñol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their store fronts to protect them from the mess.


What Happens 
At around 11 am, the first event of the Tomatina begins. Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.

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After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.



The Rules of La Tomatina
Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants
Do not rip other people's T-shirts
You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the impact
Ensure you keep a safe distance from the lorries
As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

Useful Advice
Wear closed shoes that you don't mind throwing away afterwards. If you wear flip-flops, you may get hurt, or you could lose them easily during the battle
Wear old clothes, or clothes that you aren't planning to wear again. They will most likely end up damaged from being ripped or incredibly dirty
You may find goggles useful. However, it is safer if you just ensure that you always have something clean to wipe your eyes with. The best thing is if you tuck your T-Shirt into your shorts to keep the bottom part of your T-shirt clean and dry
If you are planning to take pictures, bring a waterproof camera!
If you're not from Buñol, and you want to stay overnight, don't forget to look for and secure accommodation in advance
Do not miss the Palojabón - a soap-covered pole with a Spanish ham at the top: whoever can climb the pole and get the ham can keep it!
Stay safe and enjoy the festivities as much possible
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Sky-tours wishes you a fun trip!! :)

Are "Black Boxes" really black?

The "Black Box", despite its name, is not black. 

Although they are called "black boxes," aviation recorders are actually painted bright orange. This distinct colour, along with the strips of reflective tape attached to the recorders' exteriors, help investigators locate the black boxes following an accident. These are especially helpful when a plane lands in the water.

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There are two possible origins of the term black box: Some believe it's because early recorders were painted black, while others think it refers to the charring that occurs in post-accident fires.

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In addition to the paint and reflective tape, black boxes are equipped with an underwater locator beacon (ULB). If you look at the picture of a black box, you will almost always see a small, cylindrical object attached to one end of the device.

While it doubles as a carrying handle, this cylinder is actually a beacon.



What is the black box in an aeroplane?

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There are two "black boxes" on modern day aircraft. 
1. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) used to record cockpit, intercom, and pilot to controller communications. 
2. The Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) used to record aircraft flight control inputs, flight parameters (speed, altitude, etc.), and system performance. 


Why is the black box so important?

With the advent of jet airliners in the late 1950s, analyzing critical details of aircraft performance became paramount during crash investigations, and two new devices were added as standard equipment on airliners: the CVR and the FDR (now DFDR).
 

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The black box is extremely important, as it records everything that happens in the cockpit, including what the pilot/copilot says, what buttons they press, everything. In the event of a crash, the black box can be retrieved, as it is virtually indestructible, and has a radar emitter. They can then analyse the data from it to discover what happened just before the crash.



Who invented the flight black box recorder?

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David Warren invented the black box flight recorder in 1953.


What are black boxes made out of?

They are typically double wrapped, in strong corrosion-resistant stainless steel or titanium, with high-temperature insulation inside. They are designed to withstand high impact forces and high temperatures from fires.




Why don't they make the entire plane out of black box material?

The material that the black box is made of is too heavy. A whole plane made of the same material (All stainless steel), it would have a hard time getting off the ground and would be ridiculously expensive.


Is a black box reprogrammed in every flight?

The black box  is constantly re-writing itself so it holds the last series of events. It does not need to be reprogrammed.

 

Why do aircraft need a black box recorder - why can't the info be transmitted live?

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The black box has proven to be one of the best tools the aircrash investigators have in understanding an accident. This helps us avoid similar accidents in the future. The info cant be transmitted live because it would take up too much bandwith for every aircraft to transmit all its data at the same time.

Failures in aircraft systems can be relayed real time by a system called ACARS but the black box contains a lot more info and would have to be a constant stream.

 

What kind of airplane uses the black box?

The FAA mandates that any aircraft with 10 seats or more must have a flight data recorder (black box).

Most aircraft smaller than that size do not have a black box.


Sky-tours wishes you a pleasant and safe trip!


CDC Helps Safeguard Business Travelers from Health Threats

 

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Business Pulse: Travelers' Health, launched today by the CDC Foundation, provides businesses and corporate travelers a wide range of online resources to help them better prepare for international trips.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources include guidelines, tips and current data to help safeguard travelers against infectious diseases, as well as road hazards and environmental concerns that can sideline personal health and business productivity.

Travel plays an essential role in business and an estimated 5.1 million U.S. residents travel internationally for business each year. The extensive business opportunities abroad also pose a variety of potential health risks, including exposure to infectious diseases. To access Business Pulse, visit www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse.

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Business travelers often have unique challenges, such as travelling  at the last minute and coping with fatigue from jet lag, along with the stress of work responsibilities. In addition to the impact on a business traveler's personal health, illness and injury during business travel can significantly impact planned business activities and goals, resulting in direct and indirect costs for the company.

 



"Millions of Americans travel each year, often for business. Illnesses and injuries abroad can sideline not only the traveler but the work they had planned. We encourage all travelers to prepare before they head abroad and educate themselves to help ensure safe, healthy travel," said CDC Director Tom Frieden  M.D., M.P.H.   

Sky-tours wishes you a safe flight!