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East Canada, Geoguessr

Highscore! Making a game out of Google Maps

Fellow Google Mappers and Google Streetviewers,

Want to play a game? Take a look at this fun (and informative) game. Geoguessr has 5 rounds. Every round you are dropped somewhere on this world and it is your job to figure out where it is.  The closer your guess is to the actual location the more point you score.

Just like art with its different movements that vary a lot (think of Surrealism compared to Cubism compared to Pop-Art). After a while you start to see the differences. Same goes for the different locations this game shows you. From the wooden chalets in Norway, the palm trees in the middle east to the mowed lawns in the American suburbs. Practice makes perfect.

The world is a huge place – get exploring! Oh for your information, the picture you see here is a road somewhere in the East of Canada. My highscore? 14,020.

Amsterdam – Madagascar

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 1492
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
TNR – Antananarivo                                                € 913
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 27 Oct 2014 – fr 27 Nov 2014                  6+ weeks / tu, th

Summary
A hard one this time. A return flight from Amsterdam to Antananarivo, Madagascar. It is hard to say what the best time is to book a flight to this beautiful country. Look at the graphs and judge yourself. Soon there will be a second flight tracker for this flight to compare the two and see how big the differences are.

Madagascar - Price per Day before Take-off
Madagascar – Price per Day before Take-off
Madagascar - Average Price per Week
Madagascar – Average Price per Week
Madagascar - Average Price per Day
Madagascar – Average Price per Day
© Joyce Goes - Paris

Love, Light, Macarons & Blisters

Paris, Oh la la la. City of Love, Light, Macarons and fake fund raisers.
July last year, my cousin and I made a city trip to Paris. 5 days discovering this beautiful city.
After we booked everything and shared the needed ‘info’ on certain social media to collect a few dozens of likes, people I know told me their Parisian experience. The 2 conclusions I drew from this:

Everything in Paris is beautiful. The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, The Louvre. Everything.

In Paris you get robbed. Guaranteed. No question about it.

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Amsterdam – Costa Rica

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 946
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LIR – Liberia                                                                  € 614
When:                                                                              When to buy?
su 26 Oct 2014 – we 26 Nov 2014                  8+ weeks / th, su

Summary
This time, Costa Rica has been looked at. A return flight for the end of October to the end of November. For 6 weeks long, the line stayed steady. The lost 6 weeks before take-off showed a mental fluctuation with differences over hundreds of euros every other day. Best day to book a flight to Costa Rica: Thursday and Sunday.

Costa Rica - Price per Day before Take-off

Costa Rica – Price per Day before Take-off

Costa Rica - Average Price per Week
Costa Rica – Average Price per Week
Costa Rica - Average Price per Day
Costa Rica – Average Price per Day
© Alex Conu

Real Time Aurora Gallery: Live images of Aurora Borealis

I particularly love this website as seeing Aurora Borealis is high on my list. Planning on seeing this magnificent natural phenomenon can be a bit of a hassle, as it is not visible all year round everywhere. By viewing the real time photos uploaded on Real Time Aurora Gallery, you can track when, where on Earth you have to be to get your best chance of seeing it.

Besides photos of Aurora Borealis, also images of planets, clouds, galaxy’s, stars and much more are uploaded. Have a look and see for yourself by clicking here.

Photo:  © Alex Conu on spaceweather.com

Amsterdam – Moscow

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 197
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
MOW – Moscow                                                         € 145
When:                                                                              When to buy?
fr 24 Oct 2014 – mo 24 Nov 2014                  2+ weeks / all week

Summary
A steady one this time. Prices almost keep the same the whole 14 weeks. Three weeks before take-off the prices start to fluctuate more, so if you want to save those 10 euro, then definitely watch for that one. Best day to book a flight to Moscow: all days of the week are fairly the same.

Moscow - Price per Day before Take-off
Moscow – Price per Day before Take-off
Moscow - Average Price per Week
Moscow – Average Price per Week
Moscow – Average Price per Day
© Sightsmap

Sightsmap: Showing the World’s most photographed places

Sightsmap shows the places people like, based on the number of Panoramio photos at each place in the world. The brighter the color, the ‘hotter’ the locations.

The goal of Sightsmap is to find and explore places interesting for tourism and sightseeing. Users can filter popular places by their estimated population, type and tags. It is also possible to use a link ending with any place name you want to discover, like: http://www.sightsmap.com/new_york. It will bring you straight to the highlights of the city of New York or any other location you wish to discover.

Want to visit the most famous destinations according to Sightsmap? Besides New York and Buenos Aires, all the other eight can be found in versatile Europe! Check it out.

Top 10 most photographed locations:
1. New York
2. Rome
3. Barcelona
4. Paris
5. Istanbul
6. Venice
7. Monte Carlo
8. Florence
9. Buenos Aires
10. Budapest

© JoyceGoes - Zakynthos

Traveller’s Tales: Joyce

To give some inspiration for the beginner and experiences travellers, someone tells his or her story based on 10 questions.

This time Joyce tells her story.


Who are you?

My name is Joyce. I am 23 years old and living in The Netherlands.

How old were you when you first started travelling?

The first time I count as real travelling was this year. I was 22 years old at that time. Besides that I made a fair share of city trips and other trips.

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Amsterdam – Lima

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 1159
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LIM – Lima                                                                      € 712
When:                                                                              When to buy?
fr 17 Oct 2014 – mo 17 Nov 2014                  14+ weeks / fr, su

Summary
This was the most interesting one to track. As you see, prices fluctuate massively. It is a hard one to really give a clear summary for. Therefor, I show the results and let you make up the conclusion yourself. I will definitely start a new price tracker for this one, with more than 14 weeks of tracking to see how they match.

Lima - Price per Day before Take-off
Lima – Price per Day before Take-off
Lima - Average Price per Week
Lima – Average Price per Week
Lima - Average Price per Day
Lima – Average Price per Day
© gimhaetravellers -koh lipe

Traveller’s Tales: Grainne

To give some inspiration for the beginner and experiences travellers, someone tells his or her story based on 10 questions.

This time, Grainne – An Irish girl in Korea – answered the questions. Want to know more about her? Visit her blog by clicking here.


Who are you?

My name is Grainne. I am a 29-year-old girl from Ireland, but have been living in South Korea for the last 4 years.

How old were you when you first started travelling?

I guess the first time that I travelled for longer than 2 weeks would have been when I was 20. I spent 3 months living and working in San Diego.

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