Our picks from this week’s travel headlines
DRONE WITH THE WIND Is the drone the ultimate travel accessory? Travel by Drone is amassing quite a collection of drone videos and ‘dronies’ have been proclaimed the new selfies. There’s another side to this invasion of unmanned flying objects, however. The U.S. National Park Service has banned drones from its parks, but that didn’t stop a tourist, whose drone recently crashed into Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Spring, known for its bright pool of algae. Let’s just hope the drone doesn’t damage the rainbow-coloured hot spring… And also that drones don’t spoil our view, whether we’re on vacation or not.
MYANMAR LAUNCHES E-VISAS FOR TOURISTS The country formerly known as Burma will be accepting tourist visa applications online starting 1st September 2014. The e-visa application site was previously in beta, processing a limited number of applications. With this new development, visitors are expected to receive their visas within five days. It’s time to plan your trip to Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay!
VIDEOS DRIVE TRAVEL A study by Google and Ipsos found that two out of three U.S. consumers watch online travel videos when thinking about going on a trip. People who have searched for travel content on Google are also watching travel videos, whether these are from brands or from travel vloggers. Taiwan Tourism Bureau hopes to leverage on this with their ‘Film Taiwan, Action!’ contest and will pay NT$1 for every vote on user-submitted videos of a Taiwan trip. When was the last time a video made you pack your bags? We do remember when videos make us smile at cute, furry animals, though. (Every time.) We’re not sure if watching a video will make us want to go to Disneyland, but we do want to know what happens when Grumpy Cat meets Grumpy the Dwarf.
LOW-COST WI-FI ONBOARD, SOON ON AIRASIA Wondering why our Allstars are all smiles here? 120 AirAsia Allstar volunteers flew on a test flight to try out inflight Wi-Fi on three instant messaging services: LINE, WeChat and Whatsapp. Wi-Fi will soon be rolled out onboard select AirAsia flights. Stay tuned for more updates! By the way, this photo was sent on-ground from the test flight via LINE and you can now add AirAsia on LINE for updates, exclusive stickers and giveaways!