Traveling gives you a New Road with New Experiences to
Get your Inspiration
Recharge and Energize your Mind and Body
Discover about yourself from Unexpected Challenges
But most of all Traveling is an Opportunity to Connect and Live your Dreams.
Fin Travel into Space
Virgin Galactic (2004), a spaceflight company, founded by Britain’s Billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, is a Publicly Traded Company on the Stock Market.
Blue Origin (2000) is a private aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company founded by Jeff Bezos (Amazon’s Founder, CEO and President).
SpaceX (2002), Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company of Elon Musk (Tesla’s Co-Founder and CEO).
Space and Travel News
LIFTOFF! Elon Musk’s SPACEX Falcon 9 and NASA Crew Dragon Launched from American Soil on May 30, 2020 at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. This launch marks the first human spaceflight from U.S. soil with NASA astronauts on an American privately owned company rocket and spacecraft since 2011.
Updated June 2, 2020
HISTORIC MOMENT FOR ELON MUSK’S SPACEX AND NASA. President Trump witnessed the launch of SPACEX and NASA Crew Dragon Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on May 30, 2021. Launch video CBS
After liftoff, it took Crew Dragon about 9 minutes to reach its initial orbit. The first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket will return to Earth to land on a drone ship for future reuse. If all goes well, Crew Dragon will dock itself to the space station on Thursday, May 28, at 11:39 a.m. EDT (1539 GMT). It will link up with docking port on the station’s Harmony module, with hatches between the two spacecraft at 1:55 p.m. EDT (1755 GMT).
NASA Veteran Astronauts Bob Behnken (mission’s joint operations commander) and Doug Hurley (Crew Dragon spacecraft commander) on their 9- minute flight to orbit and then to the International Space Station. It will take about 19 hours to reach the Space Station. The Crew docked itself on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 10:16 a.m. EDT (14216 GMT). Demo-2 Crew (Behnken and Hurley) joined Expedition 63 Crew (NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner), who have been in orbit since April 9, 2020.
Crew Dragon is designed to dock itself autonomously to the Space Station. Veteran Astronaut, Hurley will take manual command of the spacecraft to test the vehicle’s flight systems. NASA and SPACEX have not released an exact date for Crew Dragon’s return to Earth for the Demo-2 mission (at least one month to possibly up to four months). Mission updates from NASA. SPACEX Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station on YouTube
Space Tourism 2021
SPACEX has an agreement with U.S. space tourism company Space Adventures to fly four passengers on a free-flying mission Crew Dragon as early as late 2021. The Space Tourism mission will last five days and send up to four people an orbital experience. The cost of the flight has not been released. SPACEX’s Crew Dragon can carry up to four astronauts on regular taxi trips, but the capsule itself can fit up to seven people in all. It launches into space on a Falcon 9 rocket (low-cost, reusable), SPACEX’s workhorse booster. The Crew Dragon spacecraft has an emergency abort system designed to separate the capsule from its rocket in the event of a launch emergency.
Planning to a Trip Abroad?
Before you make travel plans, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has up to date information about travel advisories, communication resources and risk assessment levels by country.
US Citizen in a Crisis Abroad?
The US Department of State advises US citizens abroad to enroll in free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for up-to-date safety and security information, alerts and in case of an emergency, be located easier abroad.
In some crises, Task Force Alert, an online system is activated so that you can inform them that you are in a crisis location and request emergency consular assistance. Contact the Department of State via website travel.state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 (in US and Canada) +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas).
Updated Near Real-Time Map of Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University (JHU CSSE)
Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital and a group of Volunteers from the Tech Industry, using crowdsource data, help to inform the public about current global disease illness outbreaks in real-time and identify current hotspots, as well as provide updated news for the pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19. The general public is welcomed to voluntarily share stories of their covid-like symptoms – Covidnearyou.org . Also, their website healthmap.org is available as a mobile app Outbreaks near me.
Global Cases Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
Global Cases Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
CoronaVirus Data from: NovelCOVID/API
Fin Travel Deals
Expedia Group, Inc based in Washington, spun off a division of Microsoft in 1999 as a public company and bought by IAC/ InterActive Corp in 2003. Through acquisitions and partnerships Expedia offers travel flight (500+ airlines), hotel (1M+ properties), car rental (175+), cruises, activities (35K+), fare search engines (200+ travel booking sites in 70+ countries).
Scotland based online based company since 2016 was acquired by Ctrip (Trip.com Group), book flights, hotels, car rental, weekend getaways, available in 30 languages, price alerts, Best Flight Comparison Service 2018 name by consumer champions.
Ctrip.com (Hong Kong) Limited, travel booking services, flights (2M+ individual flight routes in 5K+ cities), hotels (1.2M+ in 200+ countries/regions), car rentals, activities, available in 19 languages, pay in 26 currencies, TripPlus Rewards program/Trip coins, 24/7 English customer service.
UK based online company since 2006, book flights, search over 650 airline companies, pay in 160 currencies with no additional cost, 25+ mobile and alternative payments accepted (PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Alipay accepted), flexible flight payment plan options ( Affirm for US residents, PayPal Credit, Klarna, Fly Now Pay Later for UK residents, PayBright for Canadians).
Australian company founded in 2008 with over a 100-member team in four offices around the globe for people who want international flexible travel with a paid work options (over 1200 pre-screened and approved global partner network) for purpose of cultural and educational experiences. Offer visa assistance, Trip Coordinators, 24/7 emergency support, full-service travel agency, travel insurance, partnered with adventure tours.
Best Online Accommodation Websites
Airbnb founded in 2007, more than 7 million places to stay around the world (accessible 62 languages in 191 countries and regions), book over 40,000 handcrafted activities led by local hosts.
Hotel Planner serving group hotel bookings and event management needs around the world since 2003, enquire about free rooms for group coordinators, 100,000 group friendly hotels worldwide, website in 21 languages, lowest group rate guaranteed, book as a group but you can pay separately.
Digital Travel site based in Amsterdam, Netherlands since 1996, and is part of Booking Holdings Inc. Search hundreds of travel sites for accommodations (28M+ homes / hotels), flights, car rentals, tour and activities, airport taxis, connect and discuss with a communityof other travellers, available in 43 languages,24/7 customer support.
Online travel website,headquarted in Singapore, offers “Mix and Save” for extra budget conscious travelers with the option to split reservation into multiple bookings to maximaze savings, accommodations in over 2M+ properties around the world, its parent company is based in the Connecticut, United States and is part of a publicly traded company known as Booking Holdings Inc, which includes other travel websites such as booking.com, priceline.com, kayak.com, cheapflights, rentalcars.com, momondo, mundi and open table.
Traveling makes you happy because spending money on experiences make you happier than buying material things, according to a research study done by Cornell University 2017.
Traveling expands your mind, energizes your soul and keep us young through…
gaining new experiences and connections, increasing your self-confidence,
exposing yourself to ideas (open-mindedness) and developing deeper relationships with people, creating unexpected opportunities and gaining a treasure of invaluable memories to enjoy for a lifetime.
According to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019, Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, welcomed 22.78 million international overnight visitors in 2018 with an average length of stay 4.8 nights and spending $184 per day.
In the United States, New York City welcomed 13.6 million international overnight travelers with average length stay 7.9 days spending $152 per day.
According to Wikipedia.org, the world’s largest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA. It is also the nation’s busiest airport but does not have the busiest route, according to Airports Council International. According to Routes Online.com using data analysis from the Official Aviation Guide (OAG.com), the busiest route in USA is between (JFK) John F Kennedy International Airport and (LAX) Los Angeles Intetrnational Airport (2,474 miile trip).
According to Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2019 as well as World’s Best Business Class Airline was awarded to Qatar Airways.
Singapore Airlines was awarded for second consecutive year ‘ Best Airlines in the World’ as the travellers’ favorite airline worldwide, Singapore Airlines, which was recognized for its outstanding service, quality and value by travel site TripAdvisor.com (April 2, 2019). Also, received the Skytrax World Airline Award for world’s best cabin crew and world’s second best airline for 2019.
Most popular hashtag #nyc – 49% reported by best-hashtags.com New York, New York
In an article from thewholeworldisaplayground.com, L’Appartement Sézane a French style boutique, is New York’s best Instagram spot located on 254 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.
According to Bigseventravel.com (January 2019) Australia is the world’s most instagrammable country in 2019. Seektotravel.com reported that with 320,000 hashtags on Instagram from March 2018-March 2019, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory in Central Australia (as known as the most sacred mountain in Australia) received attention as the most instagrammable place in the country.
Interesting Trend in 2019 show that Millennials (under 33 years old) consider Instagram an important factor for choosing where to go to on a holiday, according to managing director for Mena and India at Wego, an online travel website reported by khaleejtimes.com. Research showed that Millennials spend more on Travel because to them Life is all about Experiences.
Credit Cards and Mobile Payments Statistics
The following Statistical Data have been accumulated from researching the internet of governmental and institutional resources, including but not limited to – Statista.com, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, The Nilson Report, McKinsey & Company- Global Payment Report 2019, European Central Bank, TCdata 360, Cardrates.com, Debt.org
World’s first cashless country. 80% of Swedes use a card to pay for purchases. Even Swedish children use debit cards to pay for purchases.
Highest country ranking for people over 15+ years who have a credit card is 58% ( Data from2017).
Alaska residents of all states in the US, carried the highest average of credit card debt among the states $10,685. The lowest being Iowa with an average household credit card debt $6726 in 2019.
More Americans are Visa cardholders than Mastercard or American Express in 2019. Visa is the most popular credit card company in the world (123 countries).
American household credit card debt continues to grow. Since 2015 to Q2 2019 it has increased by 31% . As of June 2019, the average credit card debt per household is $8,398. That is a total of 128 million Americans carrying a total of $1.07 trillion in credit card debt as of June 2019.
In the Euro Area (Data of 2018), point of sale (POS) terminals have increased by 11.2% (10.5 million) as well as an increase in number of cards issued with payment function 4% (544Million) and increase in card transactions by 13% (total value €8 trillion) with average value per transaction of 44€.
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Popular Credit Cards for Travel and Shopping
Picking that perfect Credit Card or two can be overwhelming and time-consuming.
Please note that the Terms and Conditions are subject to change,
so you are encouraged to visit their Website for further details.
Remember to Read the fine print.
Updated June 12, 2020
Transfer money Apps (with optional debit cards)
Money Transfer Apps make sending money and receiving money in
different currencies and countries all over the world, fast and flexible.
They offer a more user friendly interface with instant notifications, as well as saving you time and money with more reasonable fees. Many make shopping online easier, since you can use these apps with contactless payment of a stored card, bank account, credit/debit/ prepaid cards or even offer a digital credit line.
Although these online money transfer services are relatively safe, there are always concerns about being secure with your data.