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New Airline Alert: Fly Micronesia Hopes to Connect the World to Paradise

Where: Micronesia
September 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

You guys, Pacific Islands are so hot right now! We mean both literally and figuratively, but we're going to focus on how travel to Oceania's tiny dots is making the bucketlist of more and more travelers. To reach them, however, it takes a lot of flying just to get your toes in the sand, but thanks to the governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands, flying to any one of the islands will be a lot easier with Fly Micronesia.

These island nations plan to collectively create a new airline with connections to Asia, eliminating the need of the bulk of passengers to connect through US ports in Hawaii and Guam (currently served by United's Micronesia unit). Flying a small fleet of Bombardier Q400 prop planes, Fly Micronesia plans to ease the bottleneck to and from the Western edge of the Pacific Islands, reducing some travel times by half depending on the destination.

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Around the World for a Passport Stamp: How to Travel to Brunei

August 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM | by | ()

Who goes to Brunei? Not many, in truth, since the tiny, oil-rich Sultanate in Southeast Asia only sees around 250,000 visitors every year. Make that 250,001 for 2013, as we recently ventured there ourselves to find out exactly what there is to do besides get a cool passport stamp. So Google Map it and stay tuned as we share Brunei travel tips all week.

"I don't even know where that is. Middle East? Everyone drives a Rolls-Royce, right?"

No one we knew had ever been to Brunei (full name: Negara Brunei Darussalam), and forget pointing it out on a map. Pre-trip research meant pouring over Wikipedia articles and a few random travel blog posts detailing little more than quick overnights to "cross it off the list."

But rest assured that it's a completely legitimate place, with a normal airport (Brunei International-BWN) and its own national airline (Royal Brunei) and currency (the Brunei Dollar, pegged to the Singapore Dollar) and it's only around a two-hour flight from many of the teeming, travel-happy metropoli of Southeast Asia. So why aren't more travelers popping over to check out Brunei's South China Sea beaches, take a boat ride through the water village built on stilts, or visit the rare monkeys deep in the jungle?

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Singapore's Airport Will Actually Pay You to Fly There

Where: Singapore
February 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM | by | ()

We understand traveling is not cheap, trust us. That's why when there is some sort of deal we like to share the love with our readers. This one comes from a land far off, but we have to say it's worth the trip. The not-so-little airport in the not-so-little country of Singapore has made it easier to get a few more stamps in your passport and see the world with the Changi Travel Program.

This program is intended to make it more appealing to transit through the mega-hub airport. Launched late last year, it means the airport will provide a little cash for you to explore the airport and fill your belly or just relax with a bubble-tea in one of those massage chairs. For travelers transiting through the airport on Singapore Airlines or Silk Air, you can acquire $20 Changi Dollar Vouchers good for airport concessions.

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