For those of you travelling to Panama soon, you may want to check out the New York Times Travel’s 36 Hours in Panama! Those staying at the base hotel should note that the Balboa Yacht Club (mentioned in suggestion 1) is around the corner from the property!

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This WSJ gem is a top-notch guide to a first-class city. Readers may want to check out architect Zaha Hadid’s recommendations of the MAK and The American Bar.

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Spetses and Istanbul/Athens travelers will find the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Athens to be informative, comprehensive, and enlightening.

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Back in the summer of 2008, a dollar could get you 144 Hungarian forints. Today, that exchange rate hovers closer to 220 forints to the dollar. That’s a significant change that benefits U.S. travelers looking for historic towns, castles, and famous spas. And Hungary’s relative affordability compared to much of the rest of Europe.

http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/10-places-where-the-dollar-goes-further-in-2013.html?id=396&all=1

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For those traveling to Panama, 2014 is a special year, as the Panama Canal is celebrating its centennial. For this reason – and many others – CNN Travel has named Panama its top travel destination of 2014!

https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2013/08/15/pr481.html

P.S. For anyone wishing to enjoy a truly unique dining experience, you may wish to plan a dinner at Miraflores Restaurant. The restaurant features gourmet cuisine as you watch majestic ships make their passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal. The dining room and outdoor terrace of Miraflores Restaurant offer stunning views of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks.

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The always reliable New York Times has just posted their Tips for Travel Savings in 2014. Those travelling to Budapest this summer will notice that Ryan Air is offering incredibly reasonable fares from Paris – this is a great option for those wishing to see other parts of Europe before your summer program officially begins.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/travel/tips-for-travel-savings-in-2014.html?_r=0

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Loyola Opera will present Mozart’s The Magic Flute on January 24 and 26 at Roussel Hall. The Magic Flute originally premiered in Vienna in 1791. Those of you joining us in Austria this summer may wish to attend, as you’ll soon discover that Mozart is ever present in Vienna and Salzburg!

http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2013/12/9/3360

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Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you enjoyed a restful holiday break! Now that you’re back, it’s time to start planning for your summer travel!

You may want to check out this article on predicted flight trends in 2014. Fort those of you traveling to Europe, you’ll want to pay special attention to trend #6, the return of the international budget airline. Norwegian Air Shuttle has some great rates from LAX, FLL, and JFK to Paris.

http://living.msn.com/life-inspired/life-unleashed/10-ways-air-travel-will-change-in-2014-2#11

Also, here’s a re-post of my guide to searching for flights:

http://blogs.loyno.edu/law-ip/2012/01/10/talking-flights-re-post/

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Hello, everyone!

Some of you have contacted the office for more information about the International Student Identity Card (a.k.a. ISIC). Getting an ISIC is an excellent idea! They are cheap ($25), good for one year and you can use them to save money on everything from hotels and food to museum entrance fees and bus transport.

You can no longer obtain an ISIC card in person in NOLA, but you may apply for one online. Please visit the ISIC website for more information. The online order form may be found here: http://www.myisic.com/get-an-isic-card.html.

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WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

See the WhatsApp website for more info and to download:

http://www.whatsapp.com/

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