Weekly Travel Roundup

Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter.

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Passport app by MEA is the new hot cake at the Apple app store

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has released a new app for both iOS and Android that easies passport applications. Rather than wait in long lines at the local office, passport applications can now be handled on your smartphone. And when you leave the country, the app can help you find and get in contact with India consulates or posts in your area. Sound like a great app and I hope that the U.S. State Department is paying attention.

The Unhip, Unexpected Joys of Cruising

In Mark Bittman’s essay for The New York Times, cruising sheds it’s musty stereotypes. By slowing down and taking advantage of your hotel-on-water, a simple change of mindset could lure younger passengers to the high seas.

Legislating peace and quiet on planes

Our favorite bill currently in the House of Representatives just passed committee. The bill would ban all cell phone calls in the air. Yes, they aren’t currently allowed, but with the FAA restricting cell phone usage on planes, this bill wants to solve a problem before it arises.

Who travels with a stolen passport?

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has left us with more questions than answers. CNN takes a look at why someone would travel with a stolen passport and how they could get through security at an airport.

The Dubai Mall is the new residence of 155 million year-old Dinosaur

I visited the Dubai Mall and thought that mall had everything. Little did I know then that it was just missing a dinosaur! The 24.4 meter long Diplodocus is now on permanent display.

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