Google Calling On Travel Guides To Develop A New Travel Assistant App

Countless emails to local guides in the last few weeks hint that Google is trying to develop a new travel assistant and navigation app for Android and iPhone.

The company had contacted Level 2+ Local Guides to provide their feedback regarding the app they are about to introduce.

Local guides who appeared in 2015 contribute to Google’s maps by writing reviews of travel and tourist spots, posting photos, adding destinations and correcting information on Google’s maps.

Sadly, local guides joining the Level 2 tier today would miss out on the opportunity to test the app’s beta version as it has ended on April 25.

According to expert speculations, they said the app was a way to help tap the expertise of local guides. They may become local ambassadors or tour guides to help show visitors and tourists the full cultural experience of a location.

The app may give way for travellers to plan their itineraries before they arrive to their destination.

Experts could guarantee that Google has a strong capability to introduce peer-to-peer tours business.

Airbnb is also looking to test local experiences similar to Google’s approach.

Google has yet to reveal its plans for its new app. It may not be limited to these ideas, but it is possible it can be used for such purposes in the near future.

Three Best Places Of Worship To Visit All Over The World

Travel is everything for most people. Some travel for the experience. Some travel for leisure. But travelling for faith or at least gaining knowledge and experience about faith, is something different.

All over the world, places of worship signify the cultural belief of most travel spots. They can be as beautiful as your favourite beach spot in the world. Here are three of the best places of worship to visit in the world!

Japan’s Ancient Temples

From early Buddhism to Shintoism and eventually modern Christianity and Catholicism, early Buddhists and other faithful still populate Japan’s ancient temples. Photography contests never fail to show how beautiful these temples really are from the inside-out.

Taj Mahal

Visiting India? Don’t forget to pass by the Taj Mahal.

Originally built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, have a mosque and a guest house. It is considered the epitome of Indian art and architecture. With complex and beautiful cones exhibiting the Indian culture in a nutshell, the Taj Mahal is far from just a “Crown of Palaces” But more of the Crown of India itself.

Assumption of Mary’s Pilgrimage Church

Situated in an island at Bled Island in Slovenia, the Assumption of Mary’s Pilgrimage Church is dashing, elegant and exciting. Photographers love the crystal-clear waters of the river creating a mirror image of the elegant church.

The Best UK-EU Travel Improvements Of 2015

The year passed and it is now coming to a close. Many in the world have chosen to travel during the latter part of the year as oil prices decreased. But the thing is, airlines haven’t reduced their fares immediately. But other improvements, including a new year-round line that allows one to travel from London to Southern France is sure to attract more travellers.

The removal of Air Passenger Duty on economy flights for those under 12 years old and the introduction of more trans-atlantic routes from the United Kingdom had become an attractive way to travel for many. Also, travellers will receive compensation for any delay caused by technical problems.

The London to Southern France line from Eurostar will stop at Lyons, then Avignon then Marseilles. Trains will run once a day, five times a week during the summer. However, the route from Southern Holland to Italy and Slovenia has been shut down.

Airbnb had made it easier for many to find places to stay in Europe. However, plenty of reviews can be hoaxed in some trusted websites including TripAdvisor.

UK travellers can rest easy as mobile roaming charges for travellers in the EU can’t be charged for roaming until the summer of 2017.

Have You Heard Of The Post Travel Blues? It’s Time You Did!

It’s time to go home from that enjoyable second Euro-trip. You have to admit you do miss your home and you’d like to come home knowing where your toaster and coffee-maker are located immediately.

It’s a nice feeling to sit in the house and watch television on your favourite chair with coffee. But a few hours later, you’re dreading having to return to work on Monday. You’re also dreading the fact that you just left Europe and it’s sinking in.

You have the post-travel depression, my friend.

Basically, it’s depression wherein you don’t miss your travel location, but you’d like to stick around more for some reason.

Sometimes, you’re sick of the travel location but you couldn’t find satisfaction in your local residence because well, you know every corner of the street and where the grouchy elderly man lives.

It’s because you’re comparing your trip abroad to your own residence. It’s not really a bad thing, but it’s not beneficial either.

We loved the randomness of our travels. We loved the idea that we could quickly go to almost anywhere we want without much trouble.

So, instead of murking about how predictable your life is back here at home, think about how to spice things up.

Don’t plan things, even when going to work. Work as slow as you can. Play the music of which country you miss. Look at photos daily. Merge your travels with your regular lives.

Of course, that’s not all. Store those memories, but always keep on making new ones. Travel all you want, explore the vicinity of your home, town or city whenever you have time. Have a sense of adventure and look for everything that you haven’t seen before!

The Perfect Travel Shirt Has Arrived

What if you just needed one shirt when you travelled? What if you didn’t need to pack so many clothes for so many functions and you had a shirt that didn’t smell or stain or have any trouble when you travelled? That would make travelling more fun. It would mean less costs with baggage and less trouble lugging around your things.

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Libertad Apparel understands your situation. They have made a Kickstarter fund to help launch their Perfect Travel Shirt.

The classic dress shirt design is made of a special lightweight Merino wool. The clothing is soft, wrinkle and odor-resistant. Definitely the right kind of clothing for long-time travelling. It is alos moisture-wicking and dries faster than cotton.

The material comes from a special breed of sheep.

The shirt has been tested in many environments and climates for five consecutive days with selected travellers. The travellers’ responses were extremely positive, nothing the wrinkle-and-odour-free feature somewhat valuable especially for outdoor travelling.

The shirt is designed to look office and travel appropriate.

So, once you support their Kickstarter, you might find yourself excited to pack less or no clothing on your next business travel!

China Teaches Tourists of Travel Etiquette To Reduce Traveller Misbehaviour

For a conservative country like China, etiquette is everything, even if it means teaching those exiting their country the difference of enjoyment and recklessness.

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But maybe not everything. As reports of increasing tourist misbehaviours outside the country continue, China wants people in Mainland China to learn more about travel etiquette. Analysts view this as part of their image development after taking pride in defeating the West in developing Asia’s infrastructure with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Mainland Chinese tourists are more than just Chinese citizens. According to analysts, China’s citizens are to protect the national image abroad by learning about travel etiquette.

According to Chinese President Xi Jinping: “We should be civilised when travelling abroad. We shouldn’t throw around mineral water bottles or destroy other people’s coral reefs.”

Chinese tourists have become notorious as newspapers run accounts of tourists who scalded an AirAsia flight attendant with boiling water during a dispute over seat assignments. Four middle-aged Chinese women ended up in a brawl in a plane due to seat reclining.

Chinese citizens have been notorious for exercising their self-entitlement during their travels, a behaviour condoned by many airports worldwide.

Chinese tour groups will always include one “civilised person” to guarantee the behaviour of other travelling companions. In a move to manage China’s self-image to the world.

Three Ways To Make Sure That You Have Something To Spend By The End Of The Month.

Living from pay check to pay check isn’t really an advisable way of life. It’s definitely difficult to improve the quality of life if you have nothing to spend by the end of the month. You also miss opportunities to invest in income-generating opportunities. To address this issue, here are three ways to make sure you have something to spend by the end of the month.

  1. Living Expenses

Creating a budget always helps to improve your spending habits. It also makes sure all your primary needs for daily spending are addressed. Living expenses often change in value depending on the country’s economic performance and wage average. This will help you see where to cut costs in your life.

  1. Spending Habits

Now that you could save money cutting off some unnecessary or redundant items in your budget, take a look at your spending habits. Buying items that would yield no profit in the future is a bad spending habit. A good rule to follow would be to only buy items that are worth their price, or to buy items that gain value in the next few years.

  1. Investment Opportunities

To make sure you have enough doesn’t mean you have to save all your money in a savings account. You have to make sure your money grows so that you receive enough passive income. Don’t settle for putting your money in your sock. If the economy shifts to further inflation, your money will become useless. Diversify and invest your money in items that would yield you better returns.

Three Ways I Learned to Become a Better Traveller

A good travel is a mix of seeing a location’s luxurious destinations and seeing the reality of the location rather than just the brochure’s depiction. True travellers know that a destination is more than just a good nightlife; its culture, history and society also play a role in making a travel very enjoyable and life-enriching. Here, I enumerate what I learned to become a good traveller.

  1. “Slow” Travel

Most vacation packages give you a done deal of a few days that covers all the prime tourist destinations in a certain location. However, “slow” travelling helps you travel to fewer places and spend more time in each. This allowed me to see a destination in its purest form – commuting and riding trains and buses help you gain an insight about the daily functions of your location, for one.

  1. Understanding Cultural Damage

Cultural damage is about earning influence with the locals by means of dependence. Handing out souvenirs, sweets or clothing in exchange for a tour is beneficial, but it creates a culture of dependence for these tribes. The next tourists to visit their territory may be required to make such concessions before they could earn a tour and cultural development could stem from this dependence.

  1. Supporting the Real Economy

Any tourist who wants to ensure the location stays intact should buy crafts made with quality and not the more affordable ones. I agree, travels are quite expensive, but this is your only chance to actually contribute to the destination. It might take a while for you to return to your destination, which is why this counts.