What are the Latest Airport/Airline Strikes in Europe?

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August is finally here, and for many Europeans (me included) this only means summer holidays. It’s peak travel season in the continent, with most airlines adding seasonal services to holiday destinations on top of their regular schedule.

August is also the favorite month of the year for European airlines/ground staff unions to strike. Let’s take a look on the latest strikes that will happen across the continent.

Soon To Come: Six Days Visa Free Transit In Beijing, Tianjin & Hebei Province (Currently 72 Hours)

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China announced this week that the existing 3 Day (72 Hour) Visa Free Transit Program for the Airports Beijing & Tianjin will be upped to 6 Days (144 hours) by the end of the year.

A vice mayor of Beijing made the surprise announcement this week while promoting economic activities in the region and to ‘further open up the capitals service industry’.

Reminder: Certain Countries Require Travelers To Carry Minimum Funds – Tourists Detained In Thailand For Not Carrying 20,000 THB CASH!

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There are currently cases circulating in the media where several tourists have been (at least temporarily) denied entry into Thailand due to not carrying a minimum amount of 20,000 THB (~US$ 600) in CASH with them.

Indeed, the entry regulations for Thailand say that tourists are required to carry a cash reserve and several other countries have the same rule, though in most cases having a valid credit card is sufficient.

Enhanced Security Measures For U.S. Flights Are Now In Worldwide Effect, All Passengers Advised To Arrive At The Airport With Plenty Of Advance Time

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New ‘Enhanced Security Measures’ for U.S. flights from origins worldwide are now in effect and airlines as well as airports are advising passengers to check in for their flight at least 2 hours prior to departure.

The advance check-in time is more likely being spent in a security check lineup where electronics are being specially screened so one could imagine the less devices one carries the faster it will be.

Australian Passenger Checks a Can of Beer As His Only Luggage!

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One passenger managed to make Qantas check a can of beer as his sole luggage on a domestic flight in Australia.

The beer, a can of Emu Export lager, made it safely from Melbourne to Perth onboard QA 777, and the internet, of course, is loving it

Tumi Now Offers ‘Global Locator’ Device To Track Baggage Around The Globe

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Renowned baggage manufacturer Tumi has come up with a new device that enables the owner to trace baggage throughout the world and send alerts about the location and other preset options.

The Tumi Global Locator is available in the U.S. online store for a price of US$150 but it’s not totally clear what practical purpose this device actually has in case of lost luggage etc.

Reminder: No Alcohol Served In Bangkok This Coming Weekend Due To Buddhist Holiday (Including Hotel Facilities)

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A reader sent us an email to remind other that this coming weekend there is a high Buddhist holiday in Thailand and by law the distribution of alcohol is prohibited at all outlets including hotel lounges.

Thailand has several Buddhist holiday every year and just like with other important events in the country (and a daily time restriction) and during these days no alcohol can be sold by any vendors.

Is Pesto a Liquid? Genoa Airport Authorities Think It’s Not!

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You can say many things about Pesto: you can love it or hate it, you can think it’s luscious, or simply overrated.

What you cannot say about pesto is that it is not a liquid, unless of course you are flying out of Genoa Airport.

Dream Holiday In Bali: Beware Of Dog Meat Satay Sometimes Being Sold As Chicken!

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Animal welfare groups have again risen awareness to the ongoing slaughter of dogs and trade of dog meat on the holiday island of Bali where the product is often sold to unsuspecting people as satay.

A horrifying prospect that nobody really wants to think of when a Bali holiday comes to mind as most cultures consider the slaughter of dogs as barberism and would never in their wildest dreams think of consuming dog meat.

Fancy Your Own Airport Terminal? Entire London-Heathrow Terminal 1 Interior To Be Auctioned Off!

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For those who are into airline memorabilia or plan to open their own airport Terminal something exciting is coming as as the old Heathrow Terminal 1 interior is being auctioned off to the last piece.

At the moment only bids for larger items are accepted (mostly machinery) but later on a series of auctions will also make it possible to purchase signs, counters, baggage frames an everything to think of.

Trip Review: A Weekend in North Korea (III – Kim Il Sung Day)

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I had the opportunity to visit North Korea during the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, their supreme leader and founder of the republic. Even with the limited access you get as a tourist, we were able to experience first-hand many things the news usually do not explain.

The Day of the Sun, April 15th, is the most important national holiday in North Korea, set to commemorate the birthday of their supreme leader, Kim Il Sung. The celebrations around this date were one of the main draws of the travel agency when marketing the tour we took part of, including attending to the military parade, of course.

Trip review: Ibiza Off-Season

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Ibiza is worldwide famous for its wild summer nights. It is the clubbing mecca of the world, and every summer it attracts hordes of people from everywhere willing to party like there is no tomorrow.

But there is a quieter, much more relaxed island to discover when you go off season, and that’s exactly what I did last weekend.

Reminder: Global Blue VAT Refunds In Europe Can Be Put On Your Credit Card Right At The Airport

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A popular thing for travelers worldwide is tax free shopping at countries that offer it and there are multiple options to get your VAT refunded, most commonly is Global Blue that partners with most big stores.

Global Blue is a company that essentially processes the VAT refund between the store, the government and the customer but for that they take a hefty fee (other such companies do the same).

Trip Review: A Weekend in North Korea (II – Pyongyang)

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I had the opportunity to visit North Korea during the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, their supreme leader and founder of the republic. Even with the limited access you get as a tourist, we were able to experience first-hand many things the news usually do not explain.

As I have mentioned before, Pyongyang is a city of contrasts. It has 3 million people but you barely see people on the streets. It has this movie set feeling, most things are camera ready but they are just a façade.

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