The Best and Worst Airports In The World

Heaven or hell at the airport? Travelers have rated for a ranking of airports worldwide, declarations of love and complaints included. But whoever flies is forced to leave intermediate airports. From meditation experiences, gardens, amazing restaurants and panoramic aquariums to border experiences with endless queues, lousy staff, filthy toilets, and the feeling of being in the wrong place you can find everything at these airports.

The travel portal “Sleeping in Airports” has enabled again its users to rate airports in categories. Now the ranking for 2016 has been published.

The best 3 airport worldwide

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3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND), Japan:

Tokyo Airport is a Japanese-style theme park. Particular emphasis is placed on the peace and competence of the staff. Overall, Haneda excelled “with its remarkable ability to soothe even the most stressed travelers.” Helpful: extreme cleanliness and efficiency, plenty of resting places and an atmosphere of security.

 

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2. Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN), Südkorea

He had taken an extra long stay at the airport to enjoy all the advantages in peace while traveling, a business traveler explained, who voted for Seoul:  Not only that, a long list, including a cultural center, a cinema, gardens, an ice rink and a free city tour offer waits for you at the airport.

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1. Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapur

Undoubtedly, however, 2016 Singapore is also at the top. For 20 years, no airport has approached the ranking. It feels like an amusement park. Five gardens, a fish spa, game consoles, free cinema tours and city tours contribute to the entertainment. The quality of the local and shops is high, at normal prices. Efficiency and luxury are here not a contradiction.

The voters were thrilled about the rich Saudi Arabia. The worst airport in the ranking is the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Aiport (JED), Saudi-Arabien. Its airport has even managed to climb from the previous second place to the negative peak position. The reasons for the bad ranking are: a lack of cleanliness, poor and arrogant staff, lack of service and indescribable queues. As in Uzbekistan, free wifi is the only salvation.

 

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The Hottest Black Friday Travel Deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is approaching. If you are eyeing travel deals, do not wait until this Friday because some deals have been already published.

Flights

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Ryanair Black Friday deals for flights from London Stansted

The biggest player of budget airlines – Ryanair – launched its huge Cyber Week deals with 250,000 seats starting from just £9.99. The offer is available on over 400 routes departing from UK cities: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Some interesting deals include from London (Stansted) to Berlin (SXF) , Barcelona and Milan Bergamo . Visit its website for more details.

easyJet announced offers for summer 2017 holiday-which include a two-way flight and a stay at a local hotel. For example, a holiday trip from London Gatwick to Cyprus in March 2017 with three nights staying at the four-star Four Seasons Hotel cost GBP 150 per person. They are still working on Black Friday, so stay tuned on their website for more updates.

A year ago in 2015, Norwegian Air discounted 30% on all flights, no doubt that the European budget airline will grab Black Friday to launch this year’s offer.

Hotels

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Marriott Paris

Marriott has a huge offer for its loyalty program member on Cyber Monday. By entering the promotion code 444 when booking on Marriott.com from November 25 to November 28, you will earn a discount up to 25% at 2.100 hotels and resorts worldwide. Thanks to the offer, a night in Paris Marriot Champs Elysees Hotel only costs from $94.

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Starwood Preferred Guest members get 35% off

Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program get an early start this year with the biggest sale of the year. A 35% saving for staying until September 4, 2017 at over 1,100 hotels will be given to clients who book before December 4, 2016.

One of the biggest hotel chain – Hyatt – announced a 25% off for Hyatt Gold Passport members when booking by November 29th at a Hyatt hotel in the U.S and Latin America.

AccorHotels – the corporation includes Ibis, Novotel and Mercure – will offer a 30% discount when booking from November 25-28 for stays between the 5th  of December 2016 and the 17th of April 2017.

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Luxury experience at Seven Stars Resort on Grace Bay Beach is 50% off

Black Friday is a great chance to try experiencing luxury travel. Seven Stars Resort and Spa – a luxury resort in Grace Bay Beach – will offer “buy one night, get one night free” for stays from April 17th to October 31st, 2017. You must book your stay between November 25-28 to enjoy the offer.

Others

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Save 50% for Japanese ski tour at Topdeck Travel

If you fond of Asia, Topdeck Travel has an offer of 50% off for a seven-day trip Japan Ski tour. Besides, All Europe trips are 30% off.

Train is a common mean of transport in Europe. If you are planning a travel in Europe, don’t miss the Cyber Monday deals from Rail Europe. You can enjoy up to 40% off for London-Paris/Brussels route. There are also three discount codes can be used when booking at Rail Europe:

  • SWITZCYBER30 to enjoy 30% off for Swiss Travel Passes
  • SPAINCYBER40 to receive $40 off for first and second class of France-Spain High Speed
  • LYRIACYBER40 to get $40 off for first and second class of France-Switzerland High Speed

Let’s take this time to plan your holiday season. And don’t forget to book your airport transfer at TAXI2AIRPORT.

The 10 Most Bizarre Hotel Experiences All Over The World

Have you ever slept in a beagle’s belly? Or in a peach on the hand of one of the most important Chinese gods?

In today’s post, we decided to make a list of the strangest, the most bizarre, unusual and extravagant hotels where you can choose to spend your crazy stay!

Let’s discover the strangest hotels in the world! From the most uncomfortable to the most comfortable, equipped with every comfort and luxury, or containing beds just made of ice. Some offer the possibility to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, others to take a look at the depths of the sea. Some hotels do not seem to be hotels at all!

Can not wait to stay in one of these crazy structures?!

Let’s book a trip now for one of these amazing hotels, from the nearest airport on taxi2airport.com and enjoy reading!


1. Crane Faralda Hotel – Amsterdam, The Netherland

 

Guests will forgive this hotel’s less-than-glamorous dockside location once they get inside the 150 ft – high room: you can rotate 360 degrees in the room to enjoy the panoramic views of the sea. It is from scrap to Europe’s most unique and sensational hotel experience. The hotel has only opened for a few months and already nominated for three prestigious European Hospitality Awards. Discover this secret and hidden place in the sky of Amsterdam!

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2. Jumbo Stay – Stockholm, Sweden

 

This former Jumbo Jet, dating from around 1976, has been converted to provide overnight accommodation. You can choose from an suite room, budget dormitory or twin rooms. The most expensive room is a luxury cockpit suite complete with panoramic view where you might even catch some planes landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport next door.

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3.  Tianzi Hotel, Shijiazhuang, China

 

You might be wondering why we show you a picture of 3 Chinese gods, Fu (in red) symbolizing fortune, Lu (in green) symbolizing prosperity, and Shou symbolizing longevity. Well, this is the structure of a hotel in China – Tianzi Garden Hotel (literal translation: Son of Heaven Hotel). The peach in Shou’s left hand is actually a suite (called the “Peach Suite”) in which the two holes are windows. The hotel’s official website introduced that it takes only 20 minutes with the Beijing Bus from World Trade Centre in Beijing to the Garden.

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 4. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji Islands

 

Though this underwater hotel has been taking 13 years to build, there’s still no sign its opening time. So far, an estimated 150,000 people have registered to stay at the Poseidon Undersea Resort when it open. It’s designed by L. Bruce Jones, chairman of Trition/US submarines company.

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5. Capsule Hotel, Osaka, Japan

 

The Capsule Hotel that is originated from Osaka, is a popular concept in Japan. Stacked side by side and on top of one another to maximise the space, you can expect to pay around £30 per night. The idea has even travelled over to Europe that Helsinki airport will introduce their own sleeping pods soon.

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6. Palacio de Sal, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

 

The Palacio de Sal – ‘Salt Palace’ – on the salt flats of Uyuni, is completely constructed from salt, including most of the furniture. There’s an impressive lobby, bar and 16 rooms with private bathrooms, central heating and electricity. The restaurant’s speciality? Salt chicken, of course.

 

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7.The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand

 

Put aside your preconceptions of the soulless motel – these Lord of The Rings inspired rooms invoke homely charms that is suitable for the most discerning of hobbits. It locates two hours from Auckland and just two minutes from the Waitomo Caves. The slogan of the hotel is very appealing: come to sleep in the shire.

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8 The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA

 

The Dog Bark Park Inn takes the term ‘dog lover’ to a whole new level. Owned by chainsaw artists, the B&B is located inside a 12-foot beagle. Guests enter into the beagle’s body through a second-storey deck. The Hotel is, of course, pet-friendly.

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9. The Sand Castle Hotel, Weymouth, UK

 

The world’s first sand castle hotel has recently opened at Weymouth beach – a seaside town of dorset in the UK. The hotel was constructed by the British culptor Mark Anderson from approximately 1000 tonnes of sand, built over 15sqm reaching a height of 4m. For a mere 21USD a night, guests can enjoy sleeping on a sand bed, bask in the summer sun and listen to the tide.

 

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10. Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

 

Twenty years ago, the world’s first Icehotel was opened in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. From then, every November, ice from the frozen Torne river is fused with snow (‘snice’) to remake the hotel and new themed suites are designed every year. It is definitely a hotel you should try.

 

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Copenhagen – The Capital of The Happiest Country on Earth

The Danish capital has more things to offer than Mermaid Statue. Grab this guide before your trip to the colorful Copenhagen.

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Essential information

  • Curency: Danish Kroner (DKK). The exchange rate is quite stable at approximately 1 knone = 0.15 USD.
  • Language: The official language is Danish. But because Danish were named as the best English speakers as a second language in the world, you can easily stay in Denmark without speaking any Danish word.
  • Weather: The city, as the rest of Denmark, has an oceanic climate which highest average temperature is 17ºC in July and the coldest is January at 0ºC. The best time to travel is during summer, from May till August. You can check the weather in Copenhagen at Danish Meterological Institute website.
  • Transportation: Bicycle is a part of Northern European culture and more than a half of the population ride their bikes every day. For tourists, the most common mean of transport in Copenhagen is probably its efficient public transport system including S-train, intercity trains/buses and metro Copenhagen buses. Don’t forget to book a Copenhagen Airport taxi with TAXI2AIRPORT.

 

10 random facts

#1. Even at 3 a.m, on a snowy day, local people will wait for the green light at pedestrian crossings.

#2. The flag of Denmark which was adopted in 1219 is the oldest state flag in the world.

#3. Tivoli Garden is the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world which inspired Walt Disney to build its theme parks.

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#4. The Queen’s guards wear red for special occasions and wear black when important guests are visiting.

#5. The Copenhagen harbor is clean enough to swim in.

#6. Copenhagen is the homeland of your LEGO bricks.

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#7. Pickled herring is a favorite Danes dish.

#8. And they eat 42 sausages a year, on average.

#9. Copenhagen is the gastro capital of Scandinavia with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the region.

#10. The Little Mermaid statue once traveled to Shanghai for exhibition during Expo 2010.

Are you ready to plan your trip to Denmark?

This Weekend, Fewer Trains To And From Schiphol Airport

Fewer trains will ride this weekend to and from Schiphol Airport because of maintenance. Travelers should therefore take into account a longer journey, NS warned on its site.

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The operation starts in Friday night and lasts until Monday morning at 05:00.

There will be no trains but buses and subways on the route connecting Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Duivendrecht, Diemen Zuid and Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena. Trains between Schiphol Airport and Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam will ride in their normal schedule.

There will be a renewed rail around the airport this weekend.

Plan your trip wisely and make sure you’ll get on time withTaxi2airport.

American Airlines Launches Live Baggage Tracking

Have you ever experienced luggage lost? It is definitely not a good memory after a tired flight. Luckily, American Airlines has found a solution.

The Problem

American Airlines Launches Live Baggage Tracking

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline measured by fleet size and number of passengers. It has the modest aircraft, together with a broad network of airline alliance. But there is still something missing. That is their number of lost luggage.

According to the latest statistics from US Department of Transportation, in August 2016, there were 43,632 baggage reports to American Airlines… and that’s out of 10,579,398 passengers in the period or a rate of four bags for every 1,000 travellers. Comparing to other US airlines, American Airlines ranks 10th out of 13. It is obvious that the airline’s managers want to improve its services to support passengers who lost their baggage.

The Solution

Therefore, recently American Airlines announced that they’d launched an online system which can track the location of your luggage in real time. “It’s something our customers have been asking for a really long time, and we’re excited to make this available to them,” said American Airlines spokeswoman Laura Nedbal. When visiting their website, you can find the Baggage Tracking page where after filling in your name and bag identification number or record locator, the location of your baggage is given. The system is detailed that it is able to return information on six bag-scan touch points from check-in to carousel.

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The service is provided for free to every passenger. It works on a smartphone, tablet and desktop, but the version on American Airlines mobile application is developing. For members of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program, the baggage data can be found on their online profile.

So, from now, when you travel with American Airlines, you can be sure where your luggage is if it arrives lately. Another good news is your airport taxi from TAXI2AIRPORT will be on time, anyway.

The Top 5 Cities For An Incredible New Year’s Eve

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New York City

How would it be otherwise, New York City has to be in the top 5 Holiday Hotspots for an incredible New Year’s Eve! The atmosphere during Christmas and New Year’s Eve is like in no other city. Most famous, is the Time Square, where to see famous musicians and the ball drop, in which a 12-foot-wide crystal ball weighing nearly 12,000 pounds descends atop One Times Square. And for something completely special, consider a nighttime boat ride on New York Harbor. It offers the best views of the midnight fireworks on Liberty Island.

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Sydney

It is the first major city where the clock strikes midnight: Sydney! It puts on the largest fireworks next to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. More than a million people attend the waterfront show. Also it includes an air and water show featuring aerial acrobatics.

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Hong Kong

Curious about one of the world’s most dramatic Skylines during new year’s eve? Stay tuned for Hong Kong! Watch the countdown fireworks over Victoria Harbour from a traditional junk. If you want to be on top of Hong Kong visit one of the highest bars in the world. The Ozone on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, formerly the highest bar in the world until the At.Mosphere in Dubai opened.

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Berlin

Join the party mile at the Brandenburger Gate in the capital of Germany! Berlin, known for the reputation for being a city-year-round, has something to offer for everyone. The centerpiece of the celebration is “Party Mile,” a two-kilometer stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, video screens, party tents, music stages. After the fireworks it’s time to show off your dance skills, the crowds head to the city’s many dance floors, where they stay out until dawn or later.

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Ohahu

The Hawaiin island Ohahu offers a variety of activities in an amazing setting.  Between sunrise and sunset, you’ll have hours to explore the hottest farm to table restaurants, browse the latest designer and local fashions or check out the urban art scene in Chinatown. When the sun goes down it’s time for live music, dancing and fireworks. So put on your dacing shoes. There’s also a fireworks show at Waikiki Beach, which is a decidedly calmer affair. In West Oahu, Wet ‚n‘ Wild Hawaii hosts a daytime celebration for families, which concludes with fireworks after sunset.

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5 Good Reasons to Travel Alone at Least Once in Your Life

There’s Always a First Time For Everything

Travelling alone does not mean a lonely heart. According to a research published in the International Journal of Travel and Tourism, “solo travel” makes a leap to personal growth. Let’s read this article to find out the best 5 reasons to think about solo travelling at least once in your life.

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1. You Can Make Decision on Your Own

Sharing your itinerary with someone comes with a number of compromises that you may want to avoid. When travelling on your own, you are free from any negotiation, without having to adapt to different personalities or worrying about pleasing anyone.

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2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

“This thing increases their self-efficiency, which is the ability to produce the necessary actions to achieve their goals,” says the expert. On your trip, you will find yourself being able to handle unexpected situations which you’ve never thought of facing alone. Not only surviving, but also you will learn a lot from these interesting experiences outside of your comfort zone.

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3. Discover Yourself

During the trip, you can spend some time reflecting yourself and deeply see your own thoughts and emotions, without any opinions from others. Self-compassion can lead you to reconsider important aspects of your life. It is possible to achieve the similar vision just staying at home, but the trip really makes an acceleration of this process.

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4. Become a More Interesting Person

Yes, because when you get home you’ll have lots of stories and anecdotes to tell. Your friends will be there to listen and to laugh at your nice misfortunes. But most of all, especially when you become a grandfather, you will have something interesting to tell your grandchildren.


5. Realize The Value of People

The absence of your loved ones makes you realize how  happy you’d be to share the experience with your important ones. It is a rediscovery of choosing what makes you happy: considering for the true value it can give, instead of the need to have.

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Photographer Travels Around The World For 2 Years

Every child remembers his first trip to the airport. Where you were standing as a small child with your nose pressed on the massive window glass waiting to see another plane disappear in the sky. The pleasure to see aircraft taking off is always on photographer Mike Kelley’s mind. He has photographed aircrafts for the past two years at more than twelve different airfields all over the world.

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The picture shots of Kelley are not just photos of aircrafts. The pictures, which he has created, have an unbelievable result; a sky filled with aircrafts, frozen at a different time of landing and take offs, merged into a single picture!

How it started

One day when he came home after an hour shooting, he looked back to his photographs and he devised himself: “This could be a really good idea.” When he got home, he worked for 16 hours to put all the pictures he made that day of aircrafts in one image. He, then, had no idea that this picture would change his life.

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The photographer, who had just made pictures of houses, hotels and resorts in Los Angeles for the first 5 years of his career, had just meant for the picture to be a proof-of-concept to see if the idea had any merit to it, he told Daily Mail Online. It started as an experiment; but all of a sudden, it went viral and Kelley’s name is in museums and books all over the world.

Master plan

After months passed by, photographer Kelley came up with a great idea. He decided to go travel the world to 15 airports to visit and make a whole series of “Airportraits”.

This was for him the best way to get out of his routine with buildings and escape from everything. “Honestly, I needed a break. I needed something that would give me a break from architecture but also take me out of my comfort zone and help my career”, he told Daily Mail Online.

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He listed 15 airports that he wanted to visit and booked without thinking his first ticket. He flew to Sao Paulo in Brazil, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland and New Zealand. Some airports were chosen because he knew that they are big airports, while other were chosen for personal reasons. For example, Kelley studied in Auckland and wanted to go back one day; or he had never been in Australia. His girlfriend has ensured that he went to Heathrow International Airport!

Adventure

Not every trip he made went equally well. So was the weather not always his best friend, whereby in Heathrow, he spent 17 days long in the rain waiting to get a good shot. Because that attempt did not succeed, in September 2016, he flew back to Heathrow where this time airplanes were photographed in beautiful sunlight.

There are many factors that play along to the perfect shot. For example, he was driving in Tokyo in the middle of the Tokyo Bay while the outside weather was against freezing temperatures at 06:30 in the morning. But this amazing photographer has got his pictures!

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The weather changed in many countries throughout the day. This would chance the exposure and shadow on the airplanes that causes photos were not always very nice. The wind can ruin a whole day. If it changed direction during the day it would also change the aircraft runway.

Most challenging project of a photographer

There was hours of colouring, composting, editing and retouching in a picture to make the photo look interesting and realistic. “Every plane in every picture was actually right in front of me at that point in time, and they are all exactly where they were relative to other planes in the frame”, he said. He had to adjust the size and location of the aircraft because otherwise they were all stacked on top of each other.

After two years visiting airports, tracking wind directions and countless minutes, hours and days of thinking of aircrafts, Photographer Kelley can certainly say that this is the most challenging project that he has ever done.