Life without social media is pretty much incomplete for virtually everyone. While Facebook and Twitter has taken the world far ahead helping people connect and put their feelings out on a global platform, Instagram has been added to that list in the recent years, helping people connect to the rest of the world via memorable pictures and videos.
Instagram announced the “Most Instagrammed Places of 2013” based on its users’ favourite places to photo-filter. A popular spot, “Siam Paragon” in Bangkok tops the list of the Most Instagrammed locations in 2013 pushing Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport to the ninth place which was previously the number one in 2012. It is quite fascinating to know that Thais are some serious smartphone shutterbugs but this news is not that surprising. The Siam Paragon is a massive shopping mall and aquarium which is definitely worth a share on a global platform like Instagram.
However, the impressive fact is that the huge shopping mall overtook New York’s Times Square as well as Disneyland which certainly managed to take the second and third places on the list respectively. With the drastic increase in tourists visiting via budget flights to Bangkok, the city has been one of the most-visited destinations in the Asian continent.
Below is the full list of the Most Instagrammed locations of 2013 provided by Instagram:
1. Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Times Square, New York
3. Disneyland, California
4. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
5. Disney World, Florida
6. Staples Center, Los Angeles
7. Central Park, New York
8. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
9. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand
10. The High Line, New York
A vibrant holiday destination Auckland, New Zealand promises not to disappoint. From lazing around on sunny beaches to sky diving and fine dining in chic restaurants this cosmopolitan city has it all.
New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is also the largest Polynesian city. Fabulous weather, exquisite wines, gourmet cuisine coupled with great shopping opportunities and an abundance of nature and sporting opportunities makes Auckland an appealing holiday destination to all.
There’s a wide choice of flights from London to popular Auckland, ranging from budget to first class with some very interesting price comparisons on tickets. The most prominent airlines being China Southern Airways, Qantas, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Thai and KLM.
Depending on your choice of airline and route, the London to Auckland journey can last from 27hours to 44hours, with either one or two layovers.
Generally Qantas flies you there within around 27 hours with one layover in either Dubai or Sydney. Emirates too have stop-overs in Dubai and Sydney or Melbourne.
Other airlines take a scenic route; China Southern has a layover in Guangzhou, while, Korean airlines stops in Seoul. Virgin Atlantic has a layover in San Francisco. Malaysia, Cathay Pacific and Thai stop-over in either Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong.
Air New Zealand which also runs Virgin Atlantic has layovers in Vancouver while Lufthansa travels through Frankfurt and Hong Kong.
Either way each airline promises to make your flight the most comfortable. You can be sure of an un-matched service and best price with so many airlines plying on the same route, another indication of Auckland’s popularity as a tourist destination.
So what’s holding you back? Get planning, select an airline of your choice and take off to Auckland for some sun, sand, romance and Polynesian adventure of a life time.
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Steeped in mystery and a treasure chest waiting to be explored Iran will not disappoint the discerning traveler. Check out our info-graphics for a taste of some of these wonders.
The “Image of the World Square” found in central Isfahan was built between 1598-1629. A UNESCO World Heritage site the square boasts buildings from the Safavid era and consists of: Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and the many attractions and bargains of Grand Isfahan Bazar.
Located 70kms from Shiraz, Persepolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy some wondrous architecture and magical surroundings in Persepolis which was honoured as the ceremonial capital during the Archaemenid Empire which lasted between (Ca.550-330BC). The remains of this dynasty city consist of great columns, carvings of mythical beasts and elaborate stairways.
Bridges of Isfahan:
The four magnificent bridges over the river Zayande will take your breath away. Beautiful and undoubtedly some of Iran’s best architecture is reflected in these bridges and their intricate arches. The oldest is the Pol-e Shahresthan (1100s) built in the Seljuk period. The longest is Si-o Seb Pol 295mts long, boasting 33 magnificent arches.
Old City of Yazd:
The city of Yadz is definitely one the world’s oldest cities. If it’s the mystery and taste of olden day Persia you crave do not give Yadz a miss. Consisting of sun dried mud brick houses, winding mazes of narrow streets and courtyards, the rooftops of these houses offer stunning views of the surrounding two deserts. This city is famous for its rooftop Badgirs, also known as ‘Towers of Silence’.
National Museum of Tehran:
The National Museum of Iran located in Tehran consists of two buildings. The Archaeological Museum opened in 1937 was designed by Andre Godard and offers medieval artifacts such as beautiful Amalash Pottery, Persian textiles, glass museum and Persian relics, while the, National Arts Museum opened in 1972 brings a fusion with its displays of post Islamic artifacts, which are a great insight to the cultural changes and traditions of Iran. The State Jewels of Iran are an attraction not to be missed.
Bisitun or ‘The Place of God’ is a multi-lingual inscription done by Darius the Great a King of the Persian Empire crowned in 522BC. Bisitun is found on Mount Behistun in the province of Kermanshah.
Literally meaning ‘basket mound’ it’s exactly what this Elamite monument located in Khuzestan looks like. Built in 1250BC by King Untash, Choga Zambil is a quiet sentinal honouring the God Inshushinak.
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Facebook created a sensation recently by acquiring the popular messaging service WhatsApp. The deal was struck to a staggering sum of US$ 19 billion. Extremely popular WhatsApp already boasts 400 million users globally while predicting a million users will download and register the app on a daily basis.
WhatsApp provides users with free text messaging and picture downloading and has made an ambitious prediction of registering a billion users, thus increasing the value of this popular social messaging service. The incredible popularity of Facebook coupled with a dynamic mobile messaging app, is certainly going to make waves amongst many sectors.
Already in use amongst doctors and rescue teams for its quick messaging facility, WhatsApp seems to be helping the new generation traveler find their way around the world and stay in touch regardless of location.
Sharing your special holiday moments instantaneously is a fashion now and the power of Facebook as an extremely popular social media and travel companion will definitely take whatsApp to that billionth consumer mark.
The Travel sector is gearing up for a bright future where instant messaging and picture sharing is going to boost destination popularity while bringing the world closer. In an ever changing world of High-Tec gadgetry and a younger generation mindset of instant decisions, plans and changes, the need to book flights, select destinations and keep in touch with friends and family need to be instantaneous, and WhatsApp is definitely going to bridge that gap.
Travel Center UK applauds the smart move by Facebook and look forward to some very interesting text-messages and pictures on cheap flights, hotels and destinations flying across WhatsApp users. Already extremely popular in Europe, China and Latin America the trendy app has seen an increase amongst its younger users.
The possibilities of using WhatsApp in the Travel sector are endless. As the user base grows, we are sure Facebook is going to come up with some very interesting innovations, concerning the use of WhatsApp for booking holidays, popularizing destinations and even keeping users travelling to remote destinations within easy reach. WhatsApp will certainly be making waves and here’s looking to a bright future of smart travel.