As of Today, You KnowRoaming

Today is a very exciting day here at the KnowRoaming offices and in the history of mobile communications as we have begun shipping KnowRoaming stickers to the first 500 customers.

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All customers who pre-ordered from KnowRoaming.com will receive a KnowRoaming smart sticker, KnowRoaming applicator and an instruction manual on how to install and set up your KnowRoaming sticker on your device.

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We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and patience. Without you, a future without roaming bill shock would not be possible.

We’d also like to thank the dedicated team here at KnowRoaming who have worked tirelessly to develop, manufacture, market and deliver KnowRoaming to you.

If at any time you have questions about using KnowRoaming or just want to tell us how much KnowRoaming has saved you on roaming charges or made it easier to communicate when traveling abroad, please contact me at info@knowroaming.com.

We KnowRoaming and as of today, you KnowRoaming.

-Greg Gundelfinger, CEO

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Guide to Tipping Around the World by KnowRoaming

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When planning a trip, most seasoned travelers spend countless hours planning every aspect of the trip, from sights to visit and restaurants to eat at. But with all that planning, it can be easy to forget some of the smaller details, like how much you should be tipping while you’re out of the country. Or should you even tip at all? Don’t worry! We have your back. This one-stop guide tells you just how much you should be tipping, anywhere in the world.

Africa & Middle East

Always check the bill to see if gratuity is included but, if it’s not, 10% is standard in this region.

Asia

Tipping throughout Asia is starting to become a little more acceptable, whereas in the past it was not and was sometimes even considered rude. In China, particularly in Hong Kong, if you decide to tip, 5–10% is the norm. But if traveling to Japan, don’t feel obligated; it’s still generally an unpracticed custom there. When at a bar in either China or Japan, tipping bartenders is not generally done, but elsewhere in Asia, aim for about 10%.

Australia & New Zealand

Tipping isn’t generally practiced here, but if you have an exceptionally pleasant experience, there’s nothing wrong with adding on an extra 5 or 10% to your bill. At bars, tipping is completely unexpected.

Europe

Most wait staff throughout Europe make a living wage, so tipping is at your discretion. (And occasionally will be automatically added to your bill, anyway.) If gratuity is automatically added, an extra 5% is a nice gesture for good service; if not, 10% is fine. Also, be warned: in Germany, it’s considered rude if you leave the tip on the table, so be sure to hand it directly to your waiter. At bars, tips aren’t necessary, but feel free to leave a little something.

Mexico & the Caribbean

Like the U.S., many restaurant workers in both Mexico and the Caribbean rely on their tips to make a living salary. Most resort locations will add the gratuity to the check, but when it’s left up to you, 15% is the norm.

South America

10% is the standard to tip in South America, but always double-check your bill. While some South American countries, like Argentina and Uruguay, tend to leave the gratuity up to the customer, others, like Brazil and Peru, will add it to the bill.

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Best and Worst Airports in America

Best and Worst Airports in America

We all hate flight delays and waiting hours between connecting flights, but if you’re at the right airport in can make all the difference.

Here are just a few best and worst airports in America just in case you get stuck deciding which airport to fly into one day.

Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), in Newark New Jersey comes in as the 4th worst airport in America. It’s outdated terminals, lack of food and shops, lengthy lines and countless delays make it one of the worst airports on the list. newark
Indianapolis Airport (IND) comes in at No. 5, on the list of America’s Best Airports. Completed in 2008 the beautiful new airport has already won multiple awards for its innovative design. The newly constructed modern airport offers free Wi-Fi and charging stations throughout its terminals. indianapolis

Check out these articles from Travel+Leisure for the complete list of best and worst airports in America: Worst , Best

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How To Get Great Service While Traveling

When you’re traveling, getting great service can make or break your trip. This Travel + Leisure article suggests certain behaviors that may improve your overall experience with very little effort. It recommends things like dressing up, smiling and finding freebies as ways to ensure you receive great service when traveling.

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Check out the full article “Travel Tips: How to Get Great Service“ on Travel+Leisure: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/travel-tips-how-to-get-great-service#

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Best Travel Startups

If you travel often, these new travel startups are music to your ears. Here are our top picks of new travel startups you should definitely check out before you travel.

Routehappy — Find the Most Comfortable Flights

There are a ton of flight-finder apps and websites but none focused on finding the most comfortable experience for travelers. Routehappy helps you find flights based on the amount of legroom, Wi-Fi, DirectTV access, snacks, outlets and reclining seats. These amenities are sure to make any frequent flier happy.

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Tingo — For Hotel Price Adjustments

Again, there are numerous hotel deal websites but none focus on putting money back in your pocket! Hotel prices change all the time, so Tingo will rebook your room at a lower rate if the price drops and refund your credit card the difference! If the site existed in 2011 Americans would have saved more than $300 million dollars on hotel accommodations.


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Bag2go — Keep an Eye On Your Luggage

There is absolutely nothing worse than losing your luggage on a flight, and Bag2go seems to be the solution. It comes equipped with GPS, RFID and 2G mobile data capabilities so you can track your bag’s progress throughout your trip. The device also turns off while on the plane so you’re not breaking any flight rules.

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Triposo — Find Gems Wherever You Travel

Think you know the best places to visit when you travel? Think again. Here’s a smartphone application that gives specific recommendations on places and things to do depending on where you are. This app makes travel guides seem extinct.

 

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Check out the rest of Mashable’s roundup of 11 Travel Startups You Need to Know

 

 

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