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Which hotel picture makes you want to book it?

Did you book your last vacation through a hotel or online travel site? You are not unique. More people book holidays online than thru a travel agent. But what makes you select a specific hotel? Is it the price? Or a picture - like this one of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand?

Hotels try to seduce you through pictures. Did you know that if a hotel has fewer than 12 pictures it is unlikely to be booked? And what is the killer picture that pushes you to click the booking button? When you are making your travel plans you browse the internet for inspiration. Does the city offer something unique - like this Sunday Walking Market (Yard Lai) in Phuket? Beach, shopping, culture, adventure and entertainment are all magnets. But once you have decided on the city, you look at hotel options. If you can find Halal food near the hotel you may be tempted to stay there. A street market which offers Halal food can be a reason for Muslim travelers to stay at a ...

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Mera Roshnion ka Shehar Karachi

By Dr. M Mansoor Mohiuddin Do huftey ka safarnama.
No matter what you hear, Karachi usi tarah zindah hey jis tarah aap ko yaad hoga. Do Crore key shehar main beshak loog her din mar rahe hain magar zindagi ki rawani main koi kumi nahi hey. Restaurants usi tarah bharey hain aur bazaar main wohi chehal pehal hey. In the two weeks I was there we didn’t lose power for even one ...
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Seychelles: Life in Slow Motion

By Amna Khalique
Date: May 25 2010
Visiting Seychelles is like stepping back in time into another realm. Calm, serene, phenomenally gorgeous beaches, so many species of wildlife – you will definitely be tempted to visit each year. With a population of approximately 90,000 in the entire archipelago consisting of 115 islands, Seychelles is natural, untouched ...
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Travel Tips: All ground staff please leave the

By Irfan Ahmad
May 16 2010
“My bags are packed. I am ready to go. … I am leaving on a jet plane….” The strains of the John Denver song are permanently etched in my mind. It takes me about 10 minutes to put together my stuff for a trip that could keep me on the road for ten days. I have several hundred thousand air miles under my belt and I do not recall a ...
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Budget Travel: Paris on a Shoestring

By Irfan Ahmad
March 14 2010

It was early afternoon when I walked up the steps to the French Embassy in London. It had closed its doors for the day. But I was confident that I would be able to get in and have a visa stamped on my passport. I had used wasta (connections). If you have a Pakistani passport and are ...
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Longyearbyen: 78 degrees North

By Irfan Ahmad
20 February 2010

It was 2:00 am when we landed. Climbing down the stairs from the aircraft we could see that the tarmac had freshly been washed. Small puddles bore traces of the rain shower that we had missed. The rugged mountains around us and the glaciers visible in the distance made us zip up our jackets – it was cool ...
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