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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33909 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-03-02 04:32:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-03-02 04:32:51 [post_content] => THE travel industry is constantly in a state of flux and change with upgrades, improvements, or different options constantly being tweaked and made available. These are designed to have you arrive feeling rested, improve the ease of making transactions or communicating with loved ones, and connecting with locals on the ground. Here are just some of the trends you may expect to see this year during your travels. New routes opening up New long distance routes are becoming all the rage with international carriers meaning you can travel further, with less stops or connections. Some of the new additions to expect within the Asia-Pacific area are: Cathay Pacific: Boston - Hong Kong Hainan Airlines: Boston - Beijing Japan Airlines: Los Angeles - Osaka Korean Air: Houston - Seoul Qantas: Dallas-Fort Worth - Sydney [caption id="attachment_32575" align="aligncenter" width="654"]An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft decorated with scenes and characters from The Hobbit. Pic: AP. An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Pic: AP.[/caption] River cruises booming Travellers are reportedly turning to river cruising in their droves particularly in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar on the Mekong and Ayerwaddy respectively. It's not just the ferries of old that are popular either but boutique small ship cruising. New routes that are opening up include the APT on the Lower Ganges in West Bengal, and Abercrombie & Kent on the Chindwin River. In the Pacific region Tahiti and Papua New Guinea remain a favourite destination for P&O cruises. [caption id="attachment_32321" align="aligncenter" width="598"]Picture: Pacific Sun Picture: Pacific Sun[/caption] Aviation trends Premium economy is a fourth class of flight that has started to debut around the world - Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines both have versions. These premium economy seats are friendlier in price than business or first class but offer some perks and amenities for a more comfortable trip than in ordinary economy class. Space Bins are another system of boarding that are supposed to help revolutionize overhead lockers - they have an increased capacity and hang lower so you don't need to lift your bags so high. Authentic travel Travellers are increasingly looking for connection during their travels and opting to stay in pensions or guest houses for something more local and authentic. In parts of Borneo staying in a jungle or riverside longhouse has become an accepted part of travel. The advent of Air BnB also suggests people seek a local connection or to stay somewhere more like a home. [caption id="attachment_33910" align="aligncenter" width="600"]The 100 metre long stretch of the Rumah Bundong longhouse. Pic: Joanne Lane. The 100 metre long stretch of the Rumah Bundong longhouse. Pic: Joanne Lane.[/caption] Mobile transactions You may be able to leave your wallet at home soon thanks to new technology allowing you to sync your credit/debit cards with your smartphone. Simply place your phone in front of a sensor and you can purchase an item at the checkout. Various travel apps are also now enabled to offer transactions linked to your card. Cycling and walking holidays A spike in activity related travel has seen a returned interest to bicycle or foot powered travel. Of the Asia-Pacific region New Zealand is a particularly popular place for either cycling or walking holidays. Nepal has also enjoyed steadily growing demand for its many walking tracks. [caption id="attachment_33574" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Trekkers heading to Annapurna Base Camp. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com Trekkers heading to Annapurna Base Camp. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com[/caption] Value hunters With the ups and downs of currency values and economic fortunes, travellers are inceasingly on the look out for value for money and that means a boom for the reliably cheap Asian favourites like Vietnam and Thailand. Sri Lanka however is starting to make a play into this market as well. Donate as you travel It has long been a practice for air travellers to offset their carbon footprint when they purchase an air ticket. Now other travel providers are also offering the chance for you to give back. Nonprofit hotels are starting to emerge channeling profits to charities, health centres and the like. 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8 travel trends of 2015

8 travel trends of 2015
March 2, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE travel industry is constantly in a state of flux and change with upgrades, improvements, or different options constantly being tweaked and made available. These are designed to have you arrive feeling rested, improve the ease of making transactions or communicating with loved ones, and connecting with locals on the ground. Here are just some of the trends you may expect to see this year during your travels.

Etiquette notes: Visiting a monastery

Etiquette notes: Visiting a monastery
February 16, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

Asia is awash with Buddhist monasteries, temples, nunneries and other sacred places and chances are you will find yourself at one or more of them during your travels. While foreigners and visitors are always welcome in these places, there are some rules of etiquette that you should follow so you don’t offend anyone.

Cultural gaffes to avoid in the Asia-Pacific region

Cultural gaffes to avoid in the Asia-Pacific region
December 31, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

CULTURAL practices across the Asia-Pacific vary from place to place. Generally locals are very forgiving of visitors who don’t know the ins and outs of cultural protocols, but there are certainly a few things to keep in mind in order to avoid giving offence. Here’s a look at just some of these basic practices that…>

There’s a storm out there: Avoiding inclement weather during your travels

There’s a storm out there: Avoiding inclement weather during your travels
December 13, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

“I advise you go to Halong Bay now before the next typhoon. There was one last week and there may be another again soon.” This isn’t the kind of travel advice you expect in a travel agency in Hanoi when all you really know about beautiful Ha Long Bay on Vietnam’s north east coast are the idyllic blue skies and limestone islets featured in magazine pictures. But this part of Vietnam can experience several typhoons a year – time it wrong and you may find your holiday blown away in water and wind.

Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia

Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia
October 23, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there. Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford. Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia.

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand
July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme
July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments - Cormac Quinn

THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.

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