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Top 10 Airports in the World

 

How is your travel experience lately?

Travelling anywhere in the world can provide a sense of fulfilment. However, there are several factors that affect the travel experience. The first and most important aspect is the airport. The ambience can be a major factor of an airport’s reputation. Afterall, when travelling, we spend a lot of waiting time in airports. Imagine spending half a day or more in an airport that is just – well, plain boring? Good news, there are actually a lot of exciting airports in the world! Check out the 10 best airports around the world.

Let’s take a look into the top 10 airports are according to World Airport Awards:

 

1. Singapore Changi Airport

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Staying strong at the top spot for three years, Changi Airport is continuing to walk in the path of prestige. Being the best among the top 10 airports in the world, its position is undeniably due to its state-of-the-art facilities and the nature-friendly atmosphere. Minding how ‘customer-centered’ their facilities are, passengers can be free from the common stress while traveling. High-end designer shops, free internet access and phone charging terminals, play areas for kids, bars, fitness centers, first class lounging area – Changi Airport keeps in mind passengers’ satisfaction and comfort.

Truly, Changi Airport deserves this spot.

 

2. Incheon International Airport

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Similar to Changi Airport, Incheon International Airport currently holds its position for the third year in a row. During the awarding ceremony, they did not only rank as one of the top 10 airports in the world, but also won the Best Airport Cleanliness Award and the Best Transit Airport Award. Amazingly, the said airport was also aiming for the most competitive award, Staff Service Award, but they weren’t able to win it. Even with this, without a doubt, they really aim to be the best!

 

3. Munich Airport

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They are the only airport that follows after Changi and Incheon International Airport in the top 10 airports in the world, but in Europe, they are the best this year. By landing a place in the global ranking, they were able to win the European Airport Championships. Munich Airport has VIP facilities, quality bars and restaurants, and leisure facilities that are said to have contributed to its success. For a reassuring travel, they even went their way to give special recognition for airport staffs.

It’s not surprising that through these competitions, airport services have been improved and are becoming focused on being customer-centered.

 

4. Hong Kong International Airport

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Hong Kong International Airport, also known as HKIA, serves more than a hundred airlines, with flights headed to 180 locations around the world. It’s such a busy airport that but still endeavors to meet the demands of its increasing passengers and cargos. 

This airport is investing more on engineering and architectural projects. It plans to expand its facilities in the future. Certainly, an airport that keeps on growing is a good place to step into. 

 

5. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)

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A smaller airport compared to Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport,  located in Haneda, has recently been recognized as Japan’s main domestic airport. Now, they can be proud to say that they are the best in Japan with a 5-star rating to their name. It’s upping its game to serve more people and to be appreciated as an international hub. But, how come they are in the top 10?

They are the World’s Best Domestic Airport and number one in Best Airport Terminal Cleanliness, because of their ability to provide comfort to passengers and their efficiency in travel services. Clean and outstandingly functional airport – it’s a great deal!

 

6. Zurich Airport

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Zurich Airport is the largest airport in Switzerland. It has an on-site hotel that is directly connected to the three terminals in the airport. There are also other facilities connected to the terminals so you can spend the waiting time in shops, restaurants, coffee shops and take-away facilities. Furthermore, three multi-storey car parks are also directly linked to the terminal with some located a short distance away.
 
Nothing is definitely greater than easy access and convenience while waiting for your next flight.

 

7. Central Japan International Airport

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Another award-wining airport in Japan is the Central Japan International Airport. It is located in an artificial airport island that is constructed to be the new air gateway for Japan. it is a nature-friendly facility as it has in place a rigid environmental management system that ensures the airport does not add more burden to the environment.  It’s both an environmental and high-tech facility. You can be assured that you’re secured because of its advanced explosive detection systems, baggage-handling systems and for medical checks, CT scans.

If you are looking for something new, then Central Japan International Airport is the place to land in or fly from.

 

8. London Heathrow Airport

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The London Heathrow Airport is said to be the busiest airport in the U.K and the whole of in Europe based on passenger traffic. This is indisputable since large numbers of tourists pass through this terminal from different parts of the continent and from around the world. They may have come to shop because Airport was awarded as the Best Airport for Shopping with its wide range of brand names within their shopping areas. There are also places to relax and have a meal with a friend or a family member. You can find whatever you need to feel good and enjoy the waiting time for your flight in the London Heathrow Airport.

 

9. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport uses a one-terminal concept in order for passengers to have better accessibility of facilities. It also has the Schiphol Plaza, the shopping center for passengers and non-traveling visitors. There are other facilities that can be fascinating to tourists in this airport like the Rijsmuseum that showcases some classical and contemporary art. A library is also located alongside the museum. For the total comfort and relaxation of travelers, the airport is currently building the Hilton Hotel. It is really remarkable how an airport really focus on truly improving their customer experience. 

Very recently, though, Schipol Airport was affected by a major power interruption that hit Amsterdam and its surrounding areas, causing flights to be cancelled. Although the power has been restored, incoming flights were diverted.

 

10. Beijing Capital International Airport

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China, being one of the top 10 most famous tourist destinations, has a very busy Beijing International Airport. It has been recently ranked as among the top 10 airports in the world. Due to the growing passenger demands, the airport has improved their facilities and services. You can now enjoy new facilities in the airport like play lounges with hotel-like leisure amenities like having coffee, a foot massage – perfect for those having a holiday, or conference and business leisure services for professionals. It sure is worth a stop to check these facilities in this airport.

There are so many airports in the world but these 10 made it to the top of list in customer service and airport facilities. If ever you are headed in these places, you are sure to enjoy the services and amenities they have to offer.

 

 

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Top 10 Most Famous Tourist Countries in the World

 

Have you seen the most famous and iconic places in the world? If not, then you might be missing out on a lot of amazing experiences, sure these places might be famous and have quite a big crowd of tourists all year round, but there are some things in life that are worth going through a busy crowd for. Check out 10 of the most famous tourist countries in the world, these countries are definitely among the places you should see when you travel. 

 

10. Thailand

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Based on Thailand’s study on its’ tourists’ country of origin, the highest number of visitors going to Thailand was from its neighbouring countries: China, Malaysia, India, Russia, Japan and Korea. Thailand has many things to offer aside from its beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. It also has one of the best cuisines and wonderful friendly locals. Not to mention, it’s pretty cheap! Thailand is definitely a treat for tourists.

 

9. Russia

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Russia also has a lot to offer tourists. There’s St. Petersburg, Moscow, or the Kazan for places to visit and they are surely very fascinating to tourists who are into history, culture and art. Another thing to behold is the Russian Winter. People from two-season countries definitely love this! Without doubt, a tour of Russia is not complete without having premium quality Vodka. Nothing beats having a taste of it from the country it’s made famous from.

 

8. United Kingdom

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Following Russia is the United Kingdom. When in London, you can always look-up to the Big Ben or cross the popular London Bridge. These are just some places to visit but are probably some of the major contributors to the countries’ rank as famous tourist destinations. Furthermore, if you are planning to go to the U.K. for a tour, don’t forget to emerge in the British culture!

 

 
7. Germany

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Germany is definitely a tourist favourite not just because of all the beautiful places the country offers, but also because of the historical destinations and great culture that you can experience while in the country. Have beers, sausages, pretzels and all the other iconic German treats while strolling down one of their many wonderful cobbled streets. This is indeed one of the best tourist spots in the world.

 

6. Turkey

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Turkey is planning to lure more sports tourists using its’ golf courses and beautiful terrain. It’s remarkable how they made use of its’ geographic advantage. Sports enthusiast will surely be hooked with this great deal. Aside from these new additions to tourism in Turkey, there’s also so many other iconic destinations you can see in the cultural melting pot. There’s the Sultan Ahmed Mosque which was the main inspiration for Queen Amidala’s castle in Star Wars as well as Hagia Sophia, The Grand Bazaar and the Library of Celsus. This country offers some of the best historical and cultural places in the world today.

 

5. Italy

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Italy is also one of the tourist favourites without a doubt. Italy has many famous cities such as Venice, Rome, Milan, Florence etc., not to mention it also houses the city state Vatican City, which is very famous for Catholic tourists and pilgrimage. Anywhere you look, you can find both historic and artistic architectures, landscape and pieces, like Roman Empire’s Coliseum, the ever so smooth-moving Venice canal that tourists should never miss, or the world renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa. When it comes to scenery, Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast shouldn’t be left out. 

 

 

4. China

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China’s tourism is not doing well compared to previous years, yet it has nevertheless been quite the famous tourist destination. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing are quite famous destinations worldwide and of course, the Great Wall of China is a major tourist draw, it can be quite crowded and the pollution is starting to pose problems for tourists, but still, China is definitely one of the must-see countries in the world for tourists.

 

3. Spain

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Spain, like the other European countries in this list has many iconic places to offer tourist and cities like Madrid and Barcelona are among the most popular choices for destinations in the country. Aside from the scenic views, historical places and iconic architectural places, Spain also has a tantalizing culture and magnificent cuisine that tourists just love to experience and explore.

 

2. United States

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The most famous country in the world, is definitely also among the most famous tourist destination in the world. Even among Americans, it’s quite easy to be a tourist in their own country because of the distinctive cultures of each states in this big nation. Among the most favourite tourist cities in the U.S. are New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami and Washington D.C.

 

1. France

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France is definitely the most fascinating country for tourists with its rich culture, spectacular scenery, historical and iconic landmarks and delectable cuisine. Who doesn’t want to see the Eiffel Tower, walk along Champs-Élysées, eat on a sidewalk cafe and see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Visiting this beautiful country is probably in the bucket list of most people in the world.

 

 

 

 

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Paychecks You Need to Buy a Home in Top Cities

 

Ever dreamed of owning a house in one of the top cities in the world? Cities like Hongkong, Paris, and yes, even in New York or in San Francisco! You must be thinking: “How much should I be earning in order to afford a home in these top cities?” Your mind must now be factoring in the principal and interest payments on a basic, regular-sized home in the top metropolitan areas in the world. Well allow us to help you with that by this list of how much you should be earning to be able to buy a good home in the top cities of the world.

 

San Francisco

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Country: United States

Paycheck Amount:  An average of $142,448.33 annual income

Based on a study done on a 30-year fixed – purchase rates from top lenders AimLoan and Capital One in California, their index shows that San Francisco has the highest salary requirement to own a house there. Imagine, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 4.02% and the monthly payment is in the range of $3,323.79. It is really quite steep and you will need an average of $142,448.33 annual income to be able to afford this type of house in this top metro U.S. city. Yes, if ever you did own a home in this city and moved somewhere, you could say you ‘left your heart in San Francisco – or not.

 

New York

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Country: United States

Paycheck Amount:  An average of $87,535.60 annual income

So, you’re dreaming of waking to a city that never sleeps? Everyone refers to New York as the ‘Big Apple’ as well. And everyone around the world would like to live New York, and be around the vicinity where the New York Knicks would have a scheduled game. To be able to afford a home here, you should be able to afford a 4.22% mortgage rate (even higher than San Francisco) and a monthly payment of $2,042.50. This should put your salary somewhere in the vicinity of $87,535.60. 

 

Pittsburgh

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Country: United States

Paycheck Amount:  An average of $31,716.32 annual income

The more affordable homes are found in Pittsburg, Cleveland, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Detroit. Pittsburgh has the lowest. To be able to afford a home here, you will need to be able to pay a 3.98% mortgage rate and a monthly payment of $740.05. Still, you will need a more than average salary of $31,716.32 annual income to afford a house that is priced at $135,000.00. 

 

Tokyo

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Country: Japan

Paycheck Amount:  Somewhere between $61,992.32 to $70,032 annual income

Halfway around the world, in Tokyo, although the cost of owning a home is comparatively low, you will be surprised at the compromise you will have to deal with: the living space. But nevertheless, the Japanese considers these spaces as decent and livable areas. Tokyo is known as among the most expensive cities in the world to live in. Most of the rented apartments cost at an average of 78,000 Japan Yen (JPY). Japan’s property rates have actually gone up since last year. The average condominium costs an average of 415,300 JPY or $4,072US per square meter while an average price of a decent detached house at the average costs 32,050,000JPY or $314,268US. You must be earning somewhere between $61,992.32 to $70,032 annual income in order to afford one of the houses in this city.

 

Paris

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Country: France

Paycheck Amount:  Annual salary of €189,000 or $205,120

Going to Europe, in the city of romance, Paris, you will need a really good-paying job to own a home there. Sure, you will need to afford the luxury of living in a city where the Eiffel Tower is, right? The rent in this city (a decent 1-bedroom unit) will cost an average of 1,116.04 Euros or an equivalent of $1,205.32US. However, buying an apartment within the city will cost an average of 9,333.33 Euros per square meter. Let’s say you are eyeing a small, 150-sqm apartment, it will cost a total of 1,399,999.5 Euros ($1,511,999.46 US) with an average yearly mortgage interest rate of 3.24%. Therefore, you will need an annual salary of 189,000 Euros or $205,120US to be able to afford a modest and small apartment in Paris. 

 

Hong Kong

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Country: China

Paycheck Amount:  An average of $175,000 annual income

Back in Asia, particularly in Hongkong, you will find out that a property is bought at a per-square-foot price. Yes, not per square meter, but per sq. ft. Interesting, right? In Hong Kong Island itself, the average property price is at an average of $10,674 Hongkong Dollars ($1,387.62US). An 890 square-foot property will cost $9,280,000 HD or $1,206,400 US. The average mortgage rate is at 4.875% per year. Therefore, to be able to afford a home right in the heart of Hongkong, you will need to earn an average of $175,000 annual income.

 

Berlin

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Country: Germany

Paycheck Amount:  An average of €150,000 or roughly $162,000

Going back to Europe, in the heart of Germany, if you were just to rent a 1-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city, you will need to pay a monthly of 650.48 Euros or $702.51 US. Not bad! It would just be at the same price range of Pittsburgh or Detroit. Hoever, to buy an apartment will cost you 3,528.85 Euros per square meter. Therefore, a small, 150-square meter apartment will cost 529,327.50 Euros with an average yearly mortgage rate of 3.04%. All in all, you will need an average of 150,000 Euros or roughly $162,000 US to be able to afford to buy a small apartment in the heart of Germany.

So, knowing what you now know about buying a home in different areas in the world, do you already have a target job that would give you the kind of salary you will need to afford the home you need in the city you would love to live in? If you already do, it’s time to think about choosing where to go and live your life to the fullest.

 

 

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10 Airlines with the Best In-flight Meals

 

Travelling by plane has its pros and cons. Airplane food is mostly described negatively and we can even say that it has quite a bad reputation. Yes, you are trusting airline companies your safety and you are paying for the flight to a certain destination. But you certainly did not come to a restaurant. That is why your expectations for the meal are not so high. However, since you are paying for the travelling costs with included meal, then you should get a decent meal at least. Not the perfect one, but decent. Luckily there are airlines that go above and beyond the normal airline meal standards. Many of them offer great meals during flights, but we chose to present you top 10 airlines that provide the best in-flight meals. 

 

Lufthansa

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Germans are meticulous in everything, especially when it comes to food and passenger service. Their in-flight menu is planned by some of the world’s best chefs who update it every two months. You can choose the cuisine of the menu as well as the time at which you want them to be served.

 

Singapore Airlines

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Singapore Airline employs some of the world’s best chefs and it is noticeable when you travel with the company. Making a choice when you get a hold of the menu will be a hard because their choices for food and drinks are just perfect. You will have to choose between Korean style eel fillet or Wagyu beef and they also serve either Dom Perignon or Krug champagne. It definitely feels like a flying 5 star hotel. 

 

Cathay Pacific Airways

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Top quality food which is among everything else always fresh is one of the pros when it comes to Cathay Pacific Airways. If you are flying with the first class, then you should know that cabins are equipped with cookers, skillets and toasters which help to keep all Asian international meals fresh. You can even get a snack between the meals.

 

Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia Airlines has a rich menu to offer to its passengers. It is consisted of various international and customized meals such as Kosher, Halal, high-fiber, gluten-free, and vegetarian food, so everyone can find something appropriate. Refreshing beverages will make the experience complete no matter if your choice is going to be South African Rooibos tea, designer water from Ty Nant, or even Blue Mountain coffee, and on top of that, they can provide you with some of the best wines. 

 

Qantas Airways

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To start with, this company always serves caviar before every meal. But what follows are 8 courses among which you can find shitake wontons, grilled lamb cutlets or quince tarts that are served with spiced syrup and double cream. Dishes are all fresh with only the best ingredients used.

 

Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways tend to have the best passenger service, especially when it comes to food menu. Passengers can enjoy in their 10-course meal that normally includes caviar, lobster, prawns, Arabic mezzas, fine chocolates, and cheese platters, all served with the best wines you can think of. 

 

Thai Airways

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Thai Airways provides you with a vast option of delicious meals such as lobster thermidor, rack of lamb with rosemary sauce or olive-marinated salmon with herb sauce. Further more, the company changes its menu frequently, so if you fly regularly with Thai Airways, then you will have the choice to never take the same dish twice.

 

Swissair

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Managers in Swissair leave nothing to case which means menus are constantly being refreshed and revamped so their customers would stay satisfied. Now they want to present some of the traditional Swiss dishes so they have hired a Michelin-star chef Didier Schneiter to prepare the menu which now includes lamb filet mignon with autumn vegetables in a cremolata sauce, and the best Swiss cheeses and wines.

 

Gulf Air

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There is a true reason why Gulf Air is the one of the best airlines when it comes to food in air. Namely, they are the only company that has the chef on board. So, they do not heat the food but rather they have a chef that oversees every aspect of food preparation. You can get for example dishes such as honey-glazed quail or Arabic spiced veal ragout.

 

Jet Airways

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This Indian airline is providing some fine service when it comes to food menu. You can try some of the most delicious dishes from Indian national cuisine such as chicken breast in cashew cream sauce with a trio of lentils, and fantastic chappati and naan breads. Spicy Indian food requires refreshing drinks and Jet Airways offers you some of the best international wines and spirits.

 

 

 

 

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