Must-have apps for travellers

Travel apps have made holidaying abroad much easier, allowing us to see maps, search for restaurants, even to translate menus.

Our smartphones are allowing us to ditch traditional travel guides in favour of the virtual version in our pockets.

However, what are the best location-based apps? Booked.net has done some research to find the best of the best.

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Five of the Best in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city on steroids. It’s historic role as a centre of trade and the impact of British colonialism alongside traditionally Chinese heritage. It can be overwhelming, but take a deep breath and dive in to its tightly packed streets to find Hong Kong is a heady mix of sights, sounds, and smells. Booked.net looks at five of the best highlights of Hong Kong, better yet most of them won’t empty your wallet.

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15 customs you shouldn’t break in other countries

The cultural barriers offered up by travel can be confusing at the best of times, but there are a few things you shouldn’t do in far off destinations if you don’t want to upset the locals.

Booked.net looks at a few of the no-nos. (Courtesy of Buzzfeed)

And if you need a further reminder here they are again…

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Join our new blogger promotion “Go There”

Are you a travel blogger? Share your top destinations so others can “go there”.

Destinations

What is Go There?

We ask travel bloggers to write about the 5 places they visited and loved most of all, places they would like to return to and why.

Then we rate these places according to the impressions of travelers, and choose top destinations to help those, who haven’t decided yet, where to go for the next vacation.

Why use Go There?

Inspire others by sharing your travel experience. Get more followers and connect with other bloggers. Be a part of something bigger. Let other people know that your favorite destinations are worth visiting.

How to participate in Go There?

What are your top 5 destinations? Share your travel knowledge, your posts and photos with Go There in 3 easy steps:

  1. Write a blog post and upload photos of 5 places you loved and would return to.
  2. Nominate five other bloggers to share their top destinations.
  3. Copy and paste this sentence:
    Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There

Once our moderators have checked your post (this can take several days) we will share it here.

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Ten shopping capitals of the world

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Ten things you never knew about India

There has got to be no other country in the world that is such an assault on the senses as India.

India surprises with its unusual customs, lifestyle and often confronts you with some quite shocking traditions.

It’s diverse and enigmatic – so to lift the lid on some of those enigmas, here are Booked.net‘s 10 things you never knew.

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Top cities to visit in Ukraine

IT was a country that remained an enigma to the rest of the world.

It was largely undiscovered; a country many placed the word “the” in front of and a place dominated by outdated stereotypes.

But Ukraine has come of age.

Ukraine turned 21 in 2012 and finally appears to be shaking off the ghosts of the Soviet Union, this year also marked the country sharing hosting right with neighbors Poland for the Euro 2012 UEFA European Football Championship – the world’s third-largest sporting event.

The eyes of the sporting world turned toward Eastern Europe as the continent’s top 16 national teams battled in the four-week football festival. But it was away from the soccer pitch that Ukraine won hearts.

Largely overlooked and undiscovered by tourists, that looks set to change as the world is beguiled and charmed by this country set in the center of Europe.

Here are Ukraine’s top cities.

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More highlights from “Capture the Seasons”

NOW November is upon us and autumn draws to a close, the team at Booked.net wants to revisit some more entries in our blogger promotion “Capture the Seasons”.

The entries are still trickling in, and where better to start then with some images of the current season in the northern part of the world – autumn/fall.

Without further delay, here are some more highlights from bloggers across the world.

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Seven out of the ordinary places to visit in Paris

THE true face of Paris is in its unknown sights, such as A Cat House on the Trocadero, The Opera Bastille – a meeting place for informal groups, Le Marais, Mare Quarter and others.

Everyone knows the obvious things to see and do in Paris – visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and much has been written about these sights.

So Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha explores seven points of interest in Paris that are not usually included in tourist itineraries.

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