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One website, however, is taking chance out of the equation by letting travelers know when hotels are most likely to surge their prices.

Offpeak.io is a website (currently in beta) that allows users to search travel dates and avoid peak hotel pricing . Culling information from city-wide events, historical weather patterns, and hotel room availability, Offpeak.io is able to show users which days and weeks hotels are most likely to have significant price changes.

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One of the co-founders told Thrillist that the website was like “traffic data on your GPS,” but for hotel booking.

When searching for hotel rooms in New York City for September, for example, users will see that average nightly prices are cheapest toward the end of the month. In the middle of the month, visitors will have to contend with New York Fashion Week and the UN General Assembly, both of which push hotel room demand.

If users increase the search data to 11 months, it’s easy to see that the cheapest months to visit New York City are generally January and February.

As Offpeak.io continues to grow, it will continue to add more destinations for travelers to search. Because the website is still in a beta testing phase, users may experience a few bugs.

It’s not yet possible to book hotels through Offpeak.io (the website redirects users to Expedia), but it’s still a very useful research tool to help you plan a trip around the best hotel savings.

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Welcome to the world of nice frames and happy life! Instagram mesmerizes visitors with colors and shots. As the most favorite social network in Iran, surfing Instagram is one of the funs Iranians spend their free time with.

Young Iranian couple Aida Pouryanasab and her husband Azad Motahhari follow a different lifestyle while traveling to remote villages to help needy people by sharing photos and experiences through their Instagram account.

Aida, 28, and Azad, 39, began their new lifestyle two years ago.

“Love paved the way for us from the very beginning,” Aida said.

“Actually we are good companions since we believe that life is a way to be paved. We should be good friends and supportive [to each other] in ups and downs,” she explained.


 
Life is dynamic!

“The difference between us and other people is that the life for us is dynamic. In fact, we avoid stillness and habitual work. When we begin our journey, we don’t know about the destination and we just, in fact, don’t want to indulge in one place. We just turn to the first sign of village we see and this is the love which guides us,” she explained.

“We do love traveling and since many years ago we have been traveling to different parts of Iran. As we were active in the food industry and cooking, we visited households, trying their local food and asking about their rituals and unseen attractions of the place,” she said.

“However, we began helping the underclass when we visited a village in Gilan province, northern Iran,” she said.

Aida and Azad have previously operated a fast food restaurant in Tehran and now they have an online confectionary, Aizafood, through which they have employed breadwinner women in different parts of the country.

“A family had neither TV nor refrigerator. They wore shabby dresses. So, the idea of helping came to our mind and we collected some second-hand clothes for them after we returned from our journey,” she said.

Through their Instagram account, the couple have collected money for the Iranian Thalassemia Society branch in the underprivileged city of Zahedan and also for children suffering from Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) disease.
 
“We organized some InstaMeets and asked our followers to bring their second-hand clothes. Gradually, helping needy people in remote places became a priority for us,” she said.

The couple is travelling for half of a month and they do not define any destination before beginning of the trip.

“Our parents have their own concerns about our lifestyle, however, they respect and accept it,” Aida explained.

Aida is now a PhD student of technology management. Moreover, she composes songs. Azad is a music arranger, singer, and guitarist.

The main source of their income is their online cooking shop. “We have recently established handicraft workshops for breadwinner women in different parts of Iran through which they sell their products to big shops in Tehran and earn revenues as well,” she explained.

“When we return to our busy life in Tehran, we get engaged in tasks which are favorable to us as much as traveling but they are postponed because we are not at home.

One of them is music. We begin our musical activities as soon as we feel refresh. Azad plays guitar and recite poems composed by me and arrange them, we love music,” she said cheerfully.

“We read books together and I work on my thesis. We visit our parents and if we have time, we paint on canvas and cook confectionaries. You know music, travel and cooking are our favorites,” she added.

“We do love this kind of lifestyle, you know, the important thing is this love. It means that we have a very different kind of life in comparison with others. Maybe others do not love to live this way.”

She talked about nights they had to spend in a rural house, in a tent, or even under the sky. She said that sometimes they had to walk a long distance but this is the way they want to live!

 Instagram before and after!

“I had an Instagram account before we began our village tour and it had different usages for us in different periods of time,” Aida explained.

“At first, the account was a pictorial diary for me through which I shared my daily life with my friends. Then I began to show my artworks, lovely moments of our life through my page with my friends,” she said.

“We are not alone with the help of Instagram. In fact, our followers accompany us in each travel. We do our best not to share our difficulties and unpleasant incidents we experience but to show them the better life of people after receiving help from other people,” she said.

Aida said that Instagram was influential in her own lifestyle as a place which “connects people to each other visually.”  

“For us it is a medium to inform people of those who live in different places and to share the joy of a better life provided for them through the help of people,” she said.

Aida explained that they face different issues due to living in different geographical places, having different customs and eating different foods.

“Sometimes we face problems encountering rural people in different areas. That is hard to convince them of some certain standards in medical and welfare necessities,” she concluded.

Source:Tehran Times

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Investors from Turkey will build at least 10 hotels in Iran, as part of an agreement signed during Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Unal’s official visit to Tehran on Thursday.
The number of flights between the two countries is also set to increase for attracting more Iranian tourists to Turkey, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported on its website.
Unal met with the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Masoud Soltanifar, while representatives from the Turkish tourism sector met with Iranian counterparts in Tehran to discuss investment and cooperation opportunities.
The Turkish delegation included representatives from the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, Turkish Tourism Investors Association, Hotel Association of Turkey and Turkish Hoteliers Federation.
The hotels are to be built in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad.
“We will transfer our knowhow on training, planning, marketing and advertising to raise tourism standards in Iran,” a Turkish tourism ministry official told Reuters, declining to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Turkey and Iran will also organize joint tours for the Asian market that will include visiting cities in southeast Turkey and Iran, the official said.
Tourism industry officials expect more than 2 million Iranians to visit Turkey this year, up from 1.7 million last year. In the first four months of 2016, there has been a 7% increase on last year.
That’s a rare bit of good news for Turkey’s tourism industry, which has seen revenues tumble nearly 17% in the first quarter, hit by a series of militant bombings and worsening of ties with Russia following Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet in November 2015.

  Tehran Confab to Boost Exports to Turkey
More than 500 Iranian small- and medium-sized enterprises will attend a conference at Tarbiat Modarres University of Tehran on May 26 to discuss ways of promoting Iranian exports to Turkey.
Secretary-General of Turkish-Iranian Business Council Seyyed Jalal Ebrahimi, chairman of the council, Biligin Aygul, and Iran’s commercial attaché to Turkey, Hamid Zadboom, are among keynote speakers at the conference, which is being organized by Zoodel, online business-to-business marketplace portal for Iranian exporters to neighboring countries, in cooperation with Turkish-Iranian Business Council.
Annual trade between Iran and Turkey plunged 29% in 2015 to stand at $9.8 billion.

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