Must-have apps for travellers

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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

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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

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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”

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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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Seven out of the ordinary places to visit in Paris

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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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Creepy, yet tasty, ideas for your Halloween Party

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ON the Eve of Halloween, as people put the finishing touches on their Halloween costumes, some people like to let their creativity flow beyond their apparel.

Booked.net writer Svetlana Malukha presents some ideas for a Halloween party menu.

If you decided to organize a party at home, these easy, but scary dishes will bring a little Halloween spirit to your  table.

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Weird fall holidays in the US

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WHILE people wait for the festive season and as the days grow longer and colder that wait can seem an eternity.

However, as Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha reports, there are still some unusual and even awkward events throughout the lead-up to Christmas.

However, in all likelihood you’ll have never heard of them.

Of course, these holidays do not mean a day off work, but they can bring something new and fresh this gloomy time of year.

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Renaissance city – Liverpool

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TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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Choosing a hotel online

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REGARDLESS of the destination, your choice of hotel can make…or break…your vacation or business trip.

In fact, whether or not your stay is comfortable can impact your entire travel experience.

So how to avoid disappointment?

Finding the best hotel for you can be a challenge, so here are Booked.net‘s hints and tips to finding the best hotel online to suit your needs and your budget.

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