How to Travel Light

We, Taxi2Airport, recently did a study on the number of bags that people travel with these days. The striking result showed us that people rather share a suitcase and travel with less as possible. It sounds difficult to travel light and to fit in everything you want just in a little suitcase or one that you’re sharing with someone else. That’s why we would like to give you some tips from Anne McAlpin, a packing expert and the author of the book “Pack It Up: Travel Smart, Pack Light”. 


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The funny thing is that Ms. McAlpin never checks in any luggage, only her carry-on baggage. Even if she is traveling for three weeks through Asia! If you’re still traveling with heavy bags; it’s time to make a change. The most common reason why people share their luggage, or travel with just a carry-on baggage, is because every airline charges money for your checked bag and a lot more for overweight bags! So these tips from Ms. McAlpin to travel light, will be better for your back and save you money as well.

Her first tip is to go for a soft bag, not a hard case luggage. The reason why is because a soft bag will bend a little to fit in the area, a hard one won’t.  Her second tip is to pare down the toiletries. U can still take your favourite ones with you, but you don’t need a large size for just one week. A transparent quart-size plastic bag can carry all of your liquid stuff. Besides that you can also buy some handy travel bottles that you can fill with the quantity you need.

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There is also a magic number of shoes you should bring with you. According to Ms. McAlpin you should wear a pair of stylish and comfortable shoes during your flight, and pack two more. Men should bring loafers to wear in the evening and woman need a pair of strappy sandals or low heels that she can wear during day and night-time. Both can bring sneakers and flip-flops; they take minimal space.

Her last tip is to choose a colour theme; she recommends going for a dark shade like black or navy, because it looks more chic then a lighter colour.  The number should be no more then nine tops and three bottoms. “The number of looks you can put together with these pieces is endless” she said.

It’s so much cheaper and also a lot easier to travel light with just a carry-on bag when you’re going on a vacation. That means you won’t have any lost luggage and you’ll always have everything you need with you. And the best of all; you don’t have to wait in lines for you luggage!

Elephant Travels the World

A little boy lost his elephant toy and you’ll never believe what his parents did! His elephant travels the world now..

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Almost every kid has his favourite toy or other things they love to carry with him or her. But when their things get lost, it could be devastating for them. What do you do then? One set of parents recently came up with an amazing “lie” to help their son get over the lost of his favourite stuffed animal. They’ve told him that his elephant travels the world and the whole Internet is helping!

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Kontan Karite, who is a friend of the parents, posted online at Reddit that a friend’s son lost his favourite toy and that the parents told him that the elephant travels the world. Kontan Karite posted a picture of the stuffed animal and asked other users to do a small favor for the boy: if they could Photoshop the elephant in different places around the world to let the boy see his favourite toy traveling. There is an overload of responses and they will melt your heart.

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The elephant already has been to a few wonders of the world and already seen all the seven continents. It’s been at the white house, has met his family and has been to London to meet up with his friend Paddington Bear. Thanks to all the support of everyone around the world, this elephant has the time of his life! And there is also some help to get to that places. You won’t believe it, but guess what… We’re driving him from and to the airport! He’s also been to the big apple, New York City, with Taxi2Airport! We wish you all the best and see you at your new adventure, Mr. Elephant!

Pokémon Go and Pokémon not to Go

The Pokémons from Pokémon Go appear at your work, at the streets, at school and even in your bed. These virtual creatures are everywhere in the world and you can catch them with your own smartphone. But there are some places in the world, like Auschwitz, where Pokémon should not be allowed according to a number of people.


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Everyone heard about the new game Pokémon Go that is basically the hottest application (app) in the world right now. Pokémon is a game where you can walk true your own neighbourhood by using your smartphone camera to catch the creatures yourself. Gameplay involves capturing Pokémons that are near your real world location by throwing a virtual poke ball, something that a lot people dreamed off fifteen years ago.

The app is now available to download in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It’s not officially available in Europe, but of course people have found there way how also they can join the Pokémon Go craze. By downloading the Pokémon Go app with an account installed as it’s in one of the countries, you’ll also be able to capture the Pokémon’s in Europe.

Apparently the Pokémon Go app is not so well developed that it would not pop up Pokémon’s at important places in the world. There has been a Pokémon at the former concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland, the 11 September memorial in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. People find it inappropriate to appear the creatures at that kind of places. Those places are meant to be a memorial and not a playground. The makers of the game are already contacted about the disrespectful places to let a Pokémon appear. They have been asked not to include those places in the Pokémon Go game.

The Busiest Weekend of The Summer

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Holiday season has been started and so has the busiest weekend. Children are free from school, people are going on vacations and the tourism companies are much busier. That means that summer is just begun! Also in The Netherlands the holidays have been started last weekend and they ‘re expecting a large group of people who are coming and leaving.

In the last five years the number of visitors to Amsterdam doubled to over 17 million. Slightly more then half of the visitors are coming from abroad and more then a third is mostly visiting Amsterdam for the museums and attractions. Almost an equal part of the visitors has “Fun and entertainment” as main motivation for visiting the capital of The Netherlands.


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Not only the city of Amsterdam is fully crowded. Also the holiday season at Schiphol Airport is expecting the busiest weekend of the year. Schiphol expects during this weekend 453,000 passengers who are traveling true, from or to the airport. In the months July and August they expect approximately 8,5 million passengers, that’s an average of 137.000 passengers per day! Last year the number of passengers was nearly 9.6 million passengers in the same period.

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Schiphol has his own “Welcome Teams” to guide the travellers and answer their questions. Besides that, they’re sharing free ice creams and water during the busiest weekend of the summer! All the departure halls have old-fashioned carts where you can get your ice cream. Because of the extra crowds Schiphol advises travelers to arrive in time. Travelers should consider longer waiting times. This time limit can be achieved by using the self-service kiosks or to check in over the internet. That means that you also need to be on time with your taxi, because also at the parking it would be a busy happening!

Vacation Adventures You’ll Never Forget!

Ever thought about planning a vacation to Jamaica? But it still didn’t happen yet? We will tell you exactly why you should go there! Besides the wonderful white beaches, the lovely weather and Bob Marley, you can explore the best Jamaica vacation adventures and the best jungle activities ever!


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The Dunn’s River Falls

When you think of Jamaica vacation adventures, you’ll probably think about chilling at the beach. Walking true the city and meet the locals. Of course, you can do that! But after you’re done, we would like to take you to the jungle of this amazing island. We understand you would love to see some Bob Marley things when you stay in Jamaica. So we would like to take you to Nine Mile, the home of the music legend himself. Here you will learn about the life of Bob Marley and see where he is born. After that, we’ll continue to the Dunn’s River Falls and there is where you can start your Jamaica vacation adventures!

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Tubing Down the River

After a short ride from the Dunn’s River Falls you arrive at the White River. Together with your friends, family and other people you’ll start tubing down the river! On your way down you will go through seven rapids and placid pools that are hidden in the beautiful Jamaican jungle where the tropical scenery is amazing! Not only tubing, you could also go for the wilder adventure and take a kayak on the Rio Bueno River!


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Bamboo Rafting

If you would love to do something romantic with your partner you could go bamboo rafting from Falmouth. This is an amazing trip down the Martha Brae River with breath-taking scenery on your bamboo raft pulled by your own raft captain. Enjoy the view with your loved one while you’re floating true the most beautiful nature of Jamaica.

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The Jamaican Bobsled

And for our rougher types we got the last but not least; bobsled adventure! The rainforest lift will take you up till 700 feet high to the mountaintop. The ride will take your 2,1 km true the jungle where you can enjoy a 360 degrees view of the lovely nature. The Jamaican Bobsled is a one of a kind 10-minute ride through 1500 meters of tropical rain forest at 28 mph downhill a track. This will totally be an adrenaline kick and a ride you won’t forget!

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10 Reasons Why You Should go Abroad for a While

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Discover yourself & Go Abroad

When you’re living in another country you could discover things you’re good at, or maybe not. Maybe you’ll discover something you like to do, that you never thought about when you lived back home. You will become a new person, with a fresh look on all the new stuff around you. Go abroad, explore the environment and discover yourself!


Learn about other cultures

When you’re at home you can learn about other cultures, but it will be different. When you live between them, you really get to know the culture. You live like one and eventually you will copy their manners. Even if you don’t want to copy, you will! You can also learn about your own culture by seeing your home culture in another point of view. In this way you could develop your own view, instead of accepting those defined by where you happen to come from.


Get independent and grown up

Living somewhere else while you go abroad means that you’ll live without your family and friends. And if you still live with your parents… a whole new world opens. You have to do everything yourself; the laundry, cooking, groceries and spending money. But that also means that nobody tells you what to do and at what time you have to get home. You can eat whenever you want and you can sleep whenever you want. By living alone you are getting much more independent and you will learn to make your own decisions.


Make friends for a lifetime

New home, new friends. You will get to know a lot of new people. You’re going to make new friends that you will never forget! The moments and adventures that you share with them will be hilarious and so much fun! You may not like every person you meet, but you’ll make at lot of friends that always keep in touch with you after you get back home.


Resume

Don’t forget about your resume. A study, work of internship abroad is a great addition on your resume. If you are able to explore a new country, picking up international skills, get a job or you’ll have decent grades, you are a pretty interesting candidate.


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Lifetime experience

When you live in another country for a while, you will NEVER forget that experience. And believe me, you’re going to talk about it every single time. You’re friends will get sick of it, but who cares! You just had a lifetime experience, an experience that made you the person you are today.


Appreciate smaller things

At your hometown you got everything you need. But when you’re going abroad, you cannot bring all your stuff. That means that you have to make decisions what to bring with you and what to leave behind. Your new residential address will make you appreciate smaller things. The iPod that u used everyday at home, is never touched during your stay abroad.


Discover a new lifestyle / food

Everything is going to be different. People talk different and got different standards. Maybe they sleep much longer in the morning then you are used to, or the other way around. Al these things are there for you to find out. You’ll definitely discover things that you really like, and also some that you don’t. Not only the standards, also the food is different. Try it out and maybe learn to make it yourself!


Learn a new language

This is something that you will do automatically. You won’t speak it fluent like the local persons, but you will be able to pick up some words and sentences after a while. How awesome is it that you can understand another language. Maybe u can use it in your further career!


Be spontaneous en go on adventures

Don’t sit back and relax all the time. Get out of your comfort zone and go outside to discover the country. Besides studying and work you also have a lot of time to travel true the country and discover al the beautiful places!

Floating Airport on Sea

Floating airport, did you ever heard about it? It sounds so futuristic that you wouldn’t think it’s real. But what if it becomes reality, could you imagine that? It seems that the idea already existed back in 1930. 


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Airports are huge and they need a lot of space. But not everyone has that kind of space to build the airport they need. There are islands that have an airport, but also need the space that it’s taken. In that case they start to create something new, but what could solve this problem? Seeking for solutions, planners will sometimes get their ideas to the sea. What if they make an airstrip that is floating on the sea? There is plenty of room for that!

The idea sounds like something new in the travel world, but don’t forget that there is already something similar. Think about the aircraft carriers and warships, they also have floating plane decks over the sea. Now you’re probably thinking; why don’t we make the same as they have? Unfortunately, that’s not going to work. The aircrafts they use are much faster then the commercial craft. Their decks are too small, which means that they cannot take-off or land on such a small airstrip. But what if we refine the ships en redesign it for the commercial craft? Strip the engines, anchor it on a set location and make it wider and longer so it’s big enough to land on. The result would be a large floating airport!


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The concept is clear, but how about the costs? It is true that building an airport is expensive. That is going to be much more expensive when you build a floating airport on water. Therefore it is not a surprise that it’s still not able to become reality. There are prices between $20 billion and $63 billion! After decades of studies it seems that it’s not impossible to create. Its ultimate development and application is not a matter of technology, but more of getting the economics right. When the money is sure, the floating airport could be reality one day!

7 Tips for Traveling as a Couple

Are you going on a vacation with you lover? Is this the first time? Traveling the world with someone can be amazing. You share the same memories, have hilarious moments and explore new things together. But lets be honest, traveling as a couple is not always rainbows and butterflies. We are giving you some tips to prepare yourselves for the first vacation together.


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Make a plan

You and your partner are going on a trip. Don’t forget that you are not the same person; you don’t like the same things. That’s why it is very important to plan your travel together. Both of you are spending your money and time to do something you want to be an amazing experience. If you do not come to terms the first pass, do not give up! Each of you makes a list with 10 places you would like to go together. After that, you can compare the list and see if there are any matches. If not, make a new one!

Compromise

Traveling as a couple can be different than you’ve expected. Maybe you want to do other things then your partner would like. Sometimes you have to give up some things because there is not much time left. The other person also wants to do things he or she likes. That’s why you have to compromise. Try to take a look at the time you have at your destination. How many of the things you would like to do, fit in your time schedule? You and your partner could also make a list with some things you want to do. Schedule in one each person until you have filled in your time. Both of you should be happy and excited for the trip you are planning.

Budget

Maybe you both have the same budget, and then it is going to be easy. But what if you don’t? Discuss this item before you go on your trip. Maybe you, or your partner, do not earn the same. The person with the higher income want’s to stay in a 4 star hotel and the person with the lower income wants to stay in a bed and breakfast. That is not going to work if you don’t have the money for that. Set a budget what you want to spend during the days. If the big spender really wants to go in the expensive hotel, then he/she should cover the difference. Set a daily budget together, because the topic money has to be avoid during your trip together.

Different setting, different you

When you are going to another country with different standards, where live other people and where is another way of living, you could change a bit. It is not weird that you become another person while your living in another environment. You have never seen anything like it, so your mind and body is going to react. You will discover other things you like or what you’re good at. Not only you, also your partner is going true that phase. That means that you both could change. Try to accept them and enjoy the new experience together while you’re traveling as a couple.


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Fun and Romance

Because you are so busy with seeing and discover new things, doesn’t mean you cannot have fun or be romantic. When you’re staying somewhere different, your surrounding can overwhelm you. But don’t forget your other half. Since you are in a new country, you can also discover new things that you can’t do at home. Maybe you’re living in a cold country without a beach. Then you could go and have a romantic picnic! Or maybe go roller-skating together true a huge park, which could be fun and romantic also. Have fun and enjoy life together!

Take some time alone while youre traveling as a couple

This is not only necessary at home, also on a vacation. Don’t do everything together with your partner, that’s not healthy. Do some things alone, or with a friend you’ve got to know during your trip. It keeps your relationship strong. You both have different things you like and it’s not wrong to do them! Even if your partner doesn’t like to do them, it’s something YOU like. Also your partner has some things you don’t like or want to do. Let them be there happy self and do the things they love. Traveling as a couple can have the feeling you’ll become one person. And you’re not! It could feel weird and lonely when you are apart, but you’ll also have a chance to miss him/her.

Relax

The list above sounds so serious (it is), but you also need to RELAX! Make some time to do the things above and the rest of the time is to sit back en chill. You’re on a vacation, which means you can make road trips, get your feet in the sand while you enjoy the sunset with your lover and a cocktail in your hand. That sounds like a perfect moment! Have some fun on your vacation and go on some great adventures.

Is a Last-Minute Really Cheaper?

A last-minute vacation, is that really cheaper? What is the best moment to book a ticket? The opinions are divided. The one thinks it is cheaper, the other thinks that’s better to book your vacation early. Online Travel Company Expedia has teamed up with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and researched the best period to book your vacation. The research includes information from nearly eight billion flight data around the world.


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What is the best moment to book a ticket and what are the best days to fly? All have influence on the price. It is cheaper to book a ticket over the weekend and to fly on a weekday. Expedia’s research also pointed out that prices would fall again in 2016. The prices were falling before, between the year 2014 and 2015, by eight per cent compared to the previous year. The decrease is expected to continue this year. The cause of the price drop would result from growing airlines, low oil prices and the strong dollar!


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But what is the best option, booking a package tour or to arrange all components separately? Financial you would do better with booking a package holiday. You would save about 120 euro with a trip outside Europe. When you choose to travel within Europe and stay at least 7 days, you would save quite a lot. You would get a discount as big as the price of the flight.

The price of a vacation depends on several factors. A last-minute deal is not necessarily cheaper than a vacation that is booked much earlier. The research shows that the cheapest tickets are booked approximately 140 days (4,5 month) before departure. So that would be the best time to book your holiday in advance.

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Nederlanders nemen minste koffers mee op reis


Door te jaren heen is het bagagebeleid van luchtvaartmaatschappijen steeds onduidelijker en strenger geworden. Een aantal jaren geleden was het beleid simpel. Per persoon mocht je één koffer (20kg) meenemen en naar sommige landen waren twee stuks zelfs toegestaan. Sinds de komst van de low-budget luchtvaartmaatschappijen is de duidelijkheid echter vaak ver te zoeken. Uit voorzorg lijkt men daarom met steeds minder bagage te reizen.

Taxi2Airport deed onderzoek naar het aantal bagage waarmee men van en naar luchthavens reist. In totaal onderzocht Taxi2Airport 28 landen waarin het zelf actief is. Onder de landen bevinden zich 19 Europese landen en 9 landen buiten Europa; zoals Saoedi-Arabië en Zuid-Afrika. In de eerste instantie werd Nederland onder de loep gelegd. Het onderzoek bracht een aantal opmerkelijke feiten naar boven.


Nederland

In Nederland worden er gemiddeld 0,7 koffers per persoon meegenomen van en naar luchthavens als Schiphol, Rotterdam en Eindhoven. Daarnaast bestaat het gemiddelde Nederlandse reisgezelschap uit twee personen, dus kunnen we ervan uitgaan dat men vaak een koffer deelt.

Als er verder ingezoomd wordt op Nederland, blijkt dat Limburgers het meeste aantal bagage meenemen. Het gemiddelde is hier namelijk 1,1 koffers per persoon. Verder vallen Zeeland en Noord-Brabant op met 1,0 koffer per persoon. Aan de andere kant van het spectrum staan de Friezen met 0,5 koffers per persoon.


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Europa

Het is opvallend dat Nederlanders gemiddeld minder dan één koffer per persoon meenemen. Kijkend naar de onderzoeksresultaten in Europees verband, kunnen we stellen dat -van alle Europese landen- Nederland het minste aantal bagage mee op reis neemt. Het Europees gemiddelde bij het aantal bagage ligt namelijk wat hoger. Europeanen nemen gemiddeld 1,2 koffers per persoon mee. Vergeleken met Nederlanders is dit een halve koffer meer per persoon en 1 koffer meer per reisgezelschap van twee personen. Het gemiddelde reisgezelschap bestaat in Europa overigens ook uit twee personen.


Opvallend aantal koffers in Europa

Vooral de Oost-Europese landen scoren hoog met het aantal bagage per persoon. De top vijf wordt in Europa bezet door Polen, Tsjechië, Hongarije, Slowakije en Rusland. Rusland is de Europese koploper met gemiddeld 2,7 koffers per persoon.


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Buiten Europa

Wereldwijd schommelt het gemiddelde rond 1,5 tot 2 koffers, er zijn echter drie uitschieters te onderscheiden. Het meest opvallend is Saoedi-Arabië, waar men gemiddeld met 6 passagiers reist en 3 koffers per persoon meeneemt. De Saoedi’s doen dus alles behalve zuinig aan. Met een reisgezelschap van 6 personen worden er rustig 18 koffers afgetikt. Europese koploper Rusland neemt samen met Zuid-Afrika de gedeelde tweede en derde plaats in (2,7 koffers per persoon).


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Bij Taxi2Aiport hebben wij het natuurlijk lekker druk, dat betekent ook veel koffers. Tijdens het reserveren van een rit geven mensen aan met hoeveel zij reizen en hoeveel bagage zij meenemen. Door middel van deze gegevens hebben wij bovenstaand onderzoek kunnen uitvoeren en hebben wij deze interessante gegevens ook met u kunnen delen.