Pros and cons of flying Air China from Europe to Japan via Beijing

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This article lists the pros and cons of flying Air China to Asia via Beijing airport. Air China is one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China. It flies to many cities around the world. Advantages of flying Air China with stopover in Beijing (1) Inexpensive business class compared to other airlines: […]

Oman Air: the ultimate in business class?

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Is Oman Air the best business class airline out there? According to World Airline awards, Oman Air has the best business class for 2012 followed by Cathay Pacific and Qatar Air.  I recently flew from Paris to Bangkok on Oman Air via Muscat, Oman, and it was the best business class flight that I can remember […]

India’s air pollution worse than China’s

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In the previous post, we warned you about the foul air in China’s cities where levels of air pollution are so high that breathing is extremely hazardous to your health. People who have respiratory illnesses and chronic asthma are advised not to spend a lot of time in Beijing. What I did not know is […]

Travel health warning: smog in Beijing is way off the charts

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If you thinking of visiting Beijing and you have respiratory problems (like asthma), bring an inhaler or stay indoors. Yesterday, more than 150 flights to Beijing were cancelled because of fog (official explanation), but in addition to the fog was an excessively high level of pollution, so high it was “off the charts”. The US […]

Travel advisory Argentina: Volcanic ash cloud in Villa La Angostura, Bariloche

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I have just returned from a trip to the beautiful Seven Lakes region of southern Argentina which encompasses the popular ski resort of Bariloche. Unfortunately, Villa La Angostura, one of the loveliest little towns nestled between the lakes and the mountains, is buried under ash. I could barely see the sky, let alone the blue […]

Redesigning hotel rooms for the 21st century

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This Financial Times article about Accor (the European hotel chain) upgrading 40,000 hotel rooms around the world to speed up the cleaning of budget hotel rooms and lower the cost of cleaning, is the trend of the future for all hotel chains: “Global hotel chain Accor wanted to improve the ease and speed of cleaning […]

French tourists murdered in Salta, Argentina

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The bodies of two young female French hikers were discovered on a hiking trail in Salta, Argentina last week. The women were shot to death at close range, one in the head, and the other in the back. One of the women appears to have been sexually assaulted. News reports say that the victims may […]

Belgium to the south of France on the TGV for only 50 EUR

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Here’s an amazing deal from Thalys (the French high-speed rail service from Brussels and Antwerp to France). Each Saturday from June 25 until August 27, 2011, Thalys has a super low rate starting at 50 EUR (Comfort 2 class) which will take you from Brussels or Antwerp-Central to: Valence (3 hours 30 minutes) Avignon (4 hours) […]

New Thai airline PC Air hires transsexual flight attendants

PC Air transsexual flight attendants

PC Air, a Thai airline beginning operations in April 2011, has announced that it is hiring transsexual flight attendants. According to Gadling, “Thailand has one of the world’s largest transsexual, or “third sex” populations, and its surgeons have achieved a global reputation for providing relatively affordable, easily accessible sex change operations (which pertain to the transgender, […]

Travesse launches flash sales for luxury travel

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The latest online shopping phenomenon to sweep the world of fashion brands, flash sales, finally comes to the UK luxury travel market with the launch of Travesse, The Luxury Travel Club. I can get you an invitation to Travesse – click here. Travesse’s rapidly growing member base is enthusiastically snapping up time-limited offers to some […]

Thalys high speed train offering private cabins with Wi-Fi

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Beginning 12 January 2011, travelers on the Thalys (the French high speed train service from Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam) can reserve a private cabin with four spacious seats, Wi-Fi, and electric outlets. The private cabins are ideal for business meetings on the train, for groups of friends or families. A cabin costs 600 EUR […]

Air Asia X offers one way 99 EUR Paris to Kuala Lumpur

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UPDATE: Air Asia has stopped flying to Europe.  AirAsia X is offering a promotional fare between Kuala Lumpur and Paris from RM499 (€99) one way. The promotional fare is available for booking online from 22 to 24 November, 2010 (22 November – 00:00 hrs Paris time, 7am Malaysia). You have to travel between 14 February […]