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Google’s New “Touring Bird” App Is A Traveler’s Dream

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.

Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours spent on the web reading reviews, scrolling through photos, and comparing prices are familiar to every traveler. “Traveling to new places is fun and exciting — but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research, reading dozens of travel guides and blogs across the web, sifting through reviews, compiling your own lists, comparing prices and offerings, and asking friends and family for recommendations,” Google’s Touring Bird team wrote.

Thanks to their new web application, planning a trip has never been easier. “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place,” Google says.

Touring Bird is accessible on both desktop and mobile, and offers the best price for each selected activity or activities, including options to bundle activities to save money. The website includes a built-in bookmarking and sharing feature which allows you to save your favorites to a list.

The website displays a mixture of things to experience for each city divided into categories. These include:

  • Top Sights: Most popular Prague-area attractions.
  • Tours & Activities: Guided tours, tickets & travel experiences.
  • Local Tips: Recommendations from locals & travel experts.
  • Free Tours: Guided tours on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • and the ability to explore the city by interest.

The interest category allows visitors to filter the city’s attractions, such as helping them find essential experiences, track hidden spots and locals’ picks, discover drinking and dining (and cooking) experiences, learn about the kid-friendly activities on offer, locate the arts and architecture hub, as well as pinpoint the most Instagrammable sites and selfie-worthy spots. “A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days,” Lax Poojary, who leads the Touring Bird team said. “People want to do top activities and attractions in the first few days, but then they want to do more immersive things. We wanted to build a one-stop shop.”

An added bonus of the website is that it also serves as a useful tool to assist in locating trusted ticket booking options for when tourists are ready to start checking out attractions. Each entry on the website has a price included, with the ability to filter by price according to your budget, as well as the refund options available. The website also gives easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which is a huge welcome to travelers who typically find this difficult to locate as this is often buried in the fine print, and sometimes requires a phone call to understand.

The website currently lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with plans to increase the number in the future. “We’re working hard to bring Touring Bird to more cities—please stay tuned!” says the website. The cities currently covered are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Orlando, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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5 Simple Tips for Combating Mosquito Bites

As the summer comes over the horizon, it’s easy to get excited about BBQs, long nights in the sun and spending as much time with the people who you love. Sadly, for all the glory that summer often brings, it also brings some much less enjoyable issues; mainly that of a mosquito invasion. Mosquitos are sadly popular in many parts of the world and bring all manner of potential problems to the table for you to try and get around.

Worried about mosquitos this summer? Here some solutions for combating mosquito bites: though please be aware that some come with rather particular consequences that you might wish to avoid.

Invest in Repellent.

The first and most important change that you can make is to use mosquito repellent. This helps to keep them off you and can make sure that you get rid of those problems with them biting you and getting in around you. Try and limit how much you use on your skin, though; high-level DEET sprays have the potential to give you some issues.

Avoid Others.


Sounds anti-social, but meh. If you want to avoid yourself getting bitten by mosquitos, avoid other people. They look for carbon dioxide, which is produced with every breathe that we take. They will, therefore, be attracted to groups of people, and come down to sample all of your blood. Avoid that and try to stay within smaller groups of people.

Stay Still.


Mosquitos are also less likely to come and bother you if you are not moving around as much. The more movement you make, the more likely they are to come down and land on you, annoying you as you go. They sense body heat very well, and thus will come down to find surface blood from the hot body.

If you are someone who seems to attract mosquitos, then you would do well to have a more sedentary lifestyle when you are surrounded by these creatures.

Wear Light Clothing.

Simple but effective, changing to lighter coloured garments can be very useful. Avoid dark colors and you are much harder to spot to a mosquito. It also helps you to handle the heat a bit better, so don’t be worried about wearing lighter colors in the summer; most of the time, it helps you to stay cooler and to help avoid being seen by mosquitos.

Stop Boozing.


Sorry, but one of the biggest mosquito attractions is alcohol. You will find that a few beers will make sure that you start to take blood flow to the skin and this makes it much more attractive to any mosquitos floating around looking for lunch. Whatever the cause of your problem is, you will soon find that this helps you to avoid becoming dinner for mosquitos all because you had a liquid lunch!

While some of these might make it harder to enjoy summer as you had intended, it will vastly reduce the amount of time and effort that it takes for you to handle an outbreak of mosquitos.

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6 Tips for Making the Most When Stuck in Traffic

Ever find yourself stuck in traffic, tapping your fingers away on the heat of the steering wheel to pass the time?

Do you find your brow furrowing more with every passing second? One eye on the clock and another on the traffic lights?

How often do you find yourself contorting with barely-contained fury when your phone buzzes? You already said you were in traffic; why do they need to ask again!?

Welcome to the world of big city traffic jams. Not only do they make it hard for even the most punctual person to run their life on time, they make it a challenge to enjoy any kind of experience in the car. Not only are you enjoying a wonderful waste of gas, you need to delay every plan that was set in motion due to the delays.

Thankfully, you don’t need to just sit there and think about how great it could be if you could fly. In a bid to help you make those traffic jams a touch less rage-inducing, we’ve got a few ideas. The next time you find yourself wanting to walk to work in future, try these.

Sing.

The first piece of advice that we have for you is to have a nice, plain old sing. The worst thing that you can do is put on the radio. You’ll remind that music, like most forms of art, has gone down the tubes. The same diatribe comes on with alarming regularity, and it will only make the strain of sitting in traffic that much worse. If you never bought a phone with enough charge to play the music that you do like, sing your own music. Just watch those high notes; sitting in traffic without windows might suck.

Talk Yourself Around.

So you now have X amount of minutes to have a nice little thinktank with yourself. Now, I know that can sound terrible. Most of us spend traffic jams in a mood, so your thoughts are likely to be more negative. Instead, use that anger and turn it into an energy for a purpose and sense of good. Got your eye on that cigarette deck/e-cig and want to take a puff to ‘calm down’ even though you want to stop? Now is the time to convince yourself to make a change. You might as well benefit in some capacity from this trap; use traffic time to look at how you can improve yourself, and you might come out the other side feeling productive instead of pensive.

Read/Listen to Something Worthwhile.

Instead of reading Twitter 85 times or gasping at the latest transfer rumor about your team, read something worthwhile. If you can’t read on your screen/don’t want to take your eyes off the road (advised), get an audiobook. Then you can make the most of that audio capacity on your hardware. Make it something actually worthwhile. You keep putting off that HP Lovecraft audiobook… why not listen to that instead of yet another radio show?

Prepare for Work.

We’ve all been there. Get the rear view that little mirror down. Make sure your teeth look good, and ensure you’ve got some mouthwash to help make certain you won’t upset anyone’ nostril when you get to work. Sort out the tie, and the hair, and everything else you can fix, clean and correct without being accused of being a pervert in the middle of a traffic jam.

Clean it Out.

You’ve got nothing else to do – why not give your car a bit of a clear? Admit it, it’s a bit of a sty. If you are in total gridlock and cannot move, get an empty bag and start filling that bag with whatever is lying around. Organize all of the stuff in your glove compartment. Put that scarf up that’s lying under about 804 newspapers. Simple stuff, but it’s more productive than just gritting your teeth until you get moving again.

Ask Him/Her Out. The last one is the one that you were hoping we’d bring up, and we are giving you permission. Go for it. Pick up the phone and send that certain him or her a message. Ask them out, you’ve been on the brink of doing it for weeks. Wait for any longer, and they’ll presume you aren’t interested. You’ve got a good rapport, and if he/she responds it’ll leave you in a wonderful mood for the rest of the day. That traffic jam will stop being so frustrating. Yeah, they might say no and make it worse…but you’re losing concentration anyway thinking about them, so come on – DO IT!

Act on one of these (definitely the last one, Romeo/Juliet) and make sure that you don’t keep dreading the morning/evening/whenever traffic jam quite so much in the future

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