Are you thinking about a vacation? But you’re not sure where to go.. or even where you can go? With the political uncertainty in the world, it’s hard to know where you can and can’t go without a visa. Well, the internet gods are here to help you figure this out. A new site, called VisaDB will give you all the information you need. Simply put in your information and off you go. You will need to include your citizenship, the type of travel you want to do, and where you want to go. The sites host (Lana) will tell you where you can go.
When I say the type of travel you want to do, I mean why you’re travelling. So if it’s just for a quick trip abroad, you will want to select “travel visa free”. But you have at least one other option right now, which is “startup abroad”. What’s great about this is that it will give you some really neat information about the country you want to go to. I put in my citizenship, and that I wanted to startup abroad, and specified Europe. From there, I can pick a Country – let’s say France. The information I get now is how long I can be there for – 48 months, and how difficult it is to obtain the proper documentation. According to Lana, it’s low for France.
From there, you can click on Visa Requirements, and it not only lists them, but it also tells you what documentation you need and how to apply. … Read the rest
If you’ve ever done any travelling, you’re probably familiar with Lonely Planet. The company is the largest travel book publisher in the world, and offers plenty of free resources on it’s website and through it’s app Lonely Planet Guides. All of this is news to me, so I guess I need to travel more. But what isn’t new to just me, is their latest app called Trips. It’s only available for iPhone right now, but coming to android later this fall. Trips is a crowdsourced version of the Guides app. But instead of featuring contributions from Lonely Planet experts and contributors, it’s all about what common folk (like you and me) have to say about the sights you see when you’re on vacation.
Trips, I guess is like Instagram for vacationers. Why not just use Instagram? Well, Trips is geared more towards people who travel. The app itself is very user friendly. When you open the app, there are Instagram-like buttons along the bottom. A “plus” button to help you get the process started. Select the photos you want to add to the guide. The app uses geolocation tags to automatically group your images by where they were taken. The software also puts them in chronological order, though you can always rearrange them yourself.
You could just hit publish and make it easy for yourself, but Lonely Planet included extensive options for adding captions, headers and text to your creation. It’s very intuitive and threre’s only a few ways to customize the layout.… Read the rest
Airbnb has teamed up with the NAACP in order to help make their company seem less racist. According to The Verge, “the NAACP will help Airbnb target communities that could benefit greatly for home-sharing services and the tourism and additional income they provide. Airbnb will also gift 20 percent of its earnings from rentals in these communities to the NAACP, which will return the favor by aiding the company in its workplace diversity efforts.” But is that really going to help? Honestly, I don’t think so. Simply because I don’t think that’s the real problem. So how is this a solution?
The problem has more to do with Airbnb’s policies, and the fact that they allow these kinds of things to happen. Even if it’s indirect, it’s still discrimination and should not be tolerated. Airbnb hosts have been accused of telling people who are black, that their home isn’t available during the days they want them. And then they go and rent them to people who are white. Which, in my mind is completely wrong, and a huge sign of discrimination. Which leads me back to my point about the NAACP partnership. How is targeting communities going to make any difference?
I could be wrong on this one, but isn’t the point of Airbnb to act in a short term rental kind of situation? More specifically when you’re away on some kind of vacation? If that’s not the case, and people are booking longer term within their own communities, I think they’re using it wrong. … Read the rest