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Twenty-five years ago, Estonia, the independent nation, didn’t exist. It was a country stuck behind the Iron Curtain, controlled by the Soviet Union. This week, Estonia launched into a technological forefront by declaring anyone—as long as you’re of age—the chance to become a resident, an e-Resident, that is.
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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Would you enjoy the sunsets on a beach in Phuket? Maybe you’d prefer a diet of pasta and Chianti in a Tuscan village? For those wanting to experience life in another country, it can be difficult on pesky 30- or 90-day tourist visas. Do you really feel as if you experienced life in another city, or even country, based on these limited days? That’s not even enough time to learn how to properly order two Big Macs—one without tomato and one easy on the dressing—in a new language.
Operating outside of these visas can be difficult. Stay beyond those days and you risk deportation and the possibility of never returning to that beloved country. So, for those itching to get out of America, here are some spots where obtaining an extended visa is quite easy.
Oh, and we’re not talking about student visas or the like. If that were the case, you could easily relocate to Vietnam as an English teacher. These countries allow Americans to easily uproot and emigrate.
New airlines and new routes can kind of be hit or miss, but we’ve got to say we’re intrigued by the premise behind Tailwind Air Service.
The plan is to cater to the business crowd, but instead of traditional airports and runways they’ll be doing it all on the water. Seaplane service will fire up as soon as this summer, as Manhattan’s East River will be the primary takeoff and landing spot for plenty of planes and people.
If live television and WiFi isn’t enough to keep you sufficiently entertained on your next flight, then how about an in-flight sales pitch? Delta is teaming up with the folks over at LinkedIn, as they’re trying their best to play business matchmaker up in the sky.
The new project is known as Delta Innovation Class, and the plan is to connect young professionals with established business leaders on trips to industry events and conferences. In theory, this will give those looking to pitch the next big thing the opportunity to do exactly that, and they might even be able to score a side of mentoring with their in-flight beverage and bag of peanuts.
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Virgin America has always been the US' new little airline that could, and the intrepid company has fought for every bit of cool cache they carry, helped along by introducing many "firsts."
For example, Virgin America was the first airline to produce a flight attendant-based TV show, the first airline with an advanced seatback entertainment system including food and beverage ordering functions, the first to fly nonstop between New York and Palm Springs, the first to film a movie completely on scheduled flights, and the first airline to do Instagram promotions. Now they can tack another first onto this impressive list: that of creating the first in-flight social network.
There’s something new for business travelers to check out as part of the in-flight entertainment, and we’re not talking about PowerPoint slides or the new cover sheets for the TPS reports. Turkish Airlines is now loading some business pitches right into the seat back screens, as it's launching something it calls Invest On Board.
Sit back and enjoy being sold a new business idea as you fly through the skies, and then when you hit the ground you can invest plenty of startup capital—or at least that’s the plan. There’s roughly ten different pitches from which to choose for business class passengers, and if you’re stuck on the ground you can even watch them online.
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In case you thought that Virgin America only took after its sister airlines in mood-lit interior design, the airline is copying Virgin Australia's 2011 idea to attract business travelers and elite flyers by offering a status match.
Virgin America is specifically targeting elite flyers on United and American, offering free entry to their own Elevate Gold or Silver level status without the flyer having to sacrifice anything. United Premier 1K or Platinum, or an American Executive Platinum will automatically be Elevate Gold. United Premier Gold or American Platinum will automatically be matched to Elevate Silver. All you have to do is ask. Here's how:
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Buying flights in bulk. Earlier this year we wondered if it would be the next "new thing," and some recent sales from Virgin America and a return of JetBlue's "GoPack" concept proves it is...to an extent. Whereas JetBlue's first GoPacks were solely for travel between Boston and all three Washington DC-area airports, this season they've thrown open the veritable flight gates with deals from many of their hub cities. View them all on the official website.
GoPacks go on sale starting today through September 6 ("while supplies last") and here's how they work:
· Buy a set "GoPack" of 10 one-way flights.
· Pay the price, ranging from $699 plus taxes (from San Juan) to $2499 plus taxes (coast-to-coast).
· Receive codes to book the flights that fit within your selected GoPack cities (see all below).
· Fly your ten flights between 9/13/12 and 12/19/12 (blackout dates: 11/20/12 – 11/26/12).
· Earn TrueBlue miles, though exact mileage varies from GoPack to GoPack
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Australia is up to their travel contest tricks again, but this time their sights are set on the lucrative business travel market. Please welcome the "Million Dollar Memo" competition, which will see the staff of one company, from anywhere in the world, transported to Queensland for a company retreat worth one million dollars (AUD).
This contest is the latest in what's becoming a long line of dream job competitions. First there was the hugely successful Best Job in the World; then there was the Best Experience in the World, and eventually the knock-off contests followed, like "Honeymoon Testers" and "Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent." Nothing beats Tourism Queensland however, the original inventors of giving away a "job" that instead sounds like a life in paradise, amplified across social media.
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Instead of boarding your flight wondering what kind of annoyance your anonymous seatmate will be, you can actually attempt to the take the matter into your own hands by pairing up with likeminded travelers on your plane. How? Well, you could always creepily nudge the pretty girl in the waiting area and ask her what her seat number is, or you could trust the internet through the new social networking site Planely.
"Social flying revolution" is what they're calling it, and while it hasn't exactly reached the critical mass needed to earn the "revolution" part, Planely is gaining in active users. Here's what happens: you go on Planely.com, register some basic info about yourself, then add your upcoming fights. Planely will then let you know if another other Planely users will be on your flight or at your start and end airports, in case you're up for some flirting, general conversation, convention gossip or just trading stock tips at 35,000 feet. You can even specify what you'd want to do, which for us is typically "sleep, work ahead on our laptop and read," so maybe we wouldn't be your ideal seatmate if you're feeling chatty.
We just watched an absolutely lovely 20-minute mini-documentary on the lives and drive of elite flyers, aka those who chase frequent flyer miles and sit up front in the name of elite status on airlines. This riveting filmcalled simply "Frequent Flyer"finished and released almost exactly one year ago by Gabriel Leigh, a younger member of the FlyerTalk fold, is a perfect introduction to the basic idea of loyalty programs and why they so enthrall certain travelers.
We thought it'd be a great way to start off the New Year, to really think about yourself and your goals when you travel, as these men have obviously found their passion. Even Pico Iyer makes an appearance, with this apt observation: "I could see frequent flyer miles could become an addiction, especially because the whole process of travel makes you a bit deranged and makes you not yourself."
You know how everyone always wants to know how to make a living just traveling around the world, but not like a budget traveler...as a business person with an expense account and frequent flyer status? Yea...forget it because Fred Finn has had it all figured out from decades ago, and his jetsetting profession allowed him to experience the best of it, like 3 Concorde trips in one day.
Finn earned the Guinness Book of World Records title "World's Most Traveled Man" when he achieved 7 million miles flown in 1983, but the Daily Mail reports that he holds that title more strongly now, after notching up his total to a ridiculous 15 million miles. Their article on him is a really beautiful story of a man so in love with air travel and the world that he made international business travel his lifestyle. The statistics alone are enough to make airline CEOs stutter: