GPS navigators that can route motorhomes and campervans via roads that suit large vehicles

Many travelers who drive a motorhome or a large campervan in an unfamiliar territory may encounter roads that are too narrow, have low bridges, or are simply too bumpy and twisty for a large, relatively heavy vehicle. Following instructions of an ordinary GPS navigator may lead the driver to a place where it is difficult to continue and difficult to turn back. Fortunately, a few specialized navigators for trucks are available that can help.

Motorhome on a narrow road in Corsica. Photo by Paul-in-London. Read the story “GPS navigators that can route motorhomes and campervans via roads that suit large vehicles”

The Mediterranean region was the big winner of tourists in 2017

Many tourists like to go to places where practically everyone else has been or destinations where they themselves have visited before. That is why the big trends in travel destinations change very slowly. Nonetheless, looking at the UNWTO tourism statistics for 2017, many travelers are also quick to change their destinations when they have a good reason for it. In 2017, the Mediterranean region, especially South Europe and North Africa, was the big winner in international tourist arrivals.

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A robot suitcase can automatically follow you or even transport you across an airport

Two suitcases will be available in 2018 for travelers who want to make their way through an airport as conveniently as possible. The Forwardx CX-1 is a self-driving suitcase that can automatically follow its owner and avoid any obstacles that may appear on its path. The Modobag suitcase also has an electric motor that enables it to roll along long corridors, but it lets the owner sit on it and ride the suitcase to the gate.

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Is the Gocycle GS the McLaren of foldable electric bicycles?

Travelers who make long road trips often like to pack a bicycle along for excursions in city centers or old towns. Foldable bikes that don’t take much space inside a motorhome or a campervan are handy, and suitable for short rides. What if the foldable bike had an electric motor and was engineered like a sports car? The Gocycle GS is not only all that, but comes with many other innovations as well.

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A cabin for the Mercedes pickup truck turns it into a small motorhome

Ever since I read My Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck I wanted to know how the author converted his pickup truck into a campervan. Well, in the US, it was possible to buy a readymade cabin on a pickup truck. Now, a company in Germany is making cabins especially for European and Japanese pickup trucks. The latest model fits on a Mercedes Class X pickup, turning it into a small motorhome.

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The real Christmas party in Spain is a big fiesta during the Epiphany

I had an opportunity to join a party that entire cities and towns in Spain celebrate during the Epiphany. The fiesta is called Reyes Magos (three kings or three wise men). The main event is a parade that travels through a city’s main streets in the evening. I joined the fun in Elche, Costa Blanca.

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10 most visited sites in the world

Many travelers, including myself, would have picked the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as the most visited site in the world, but according to the statistics collected by El Viajero of El Pais, the Great Wall of China takes the number one spot. Still, 5 out of 10 most visited monuments in the world are in Europe.

Great Wall of China. Photo by Jirka Matousek. Read the story “10 most visited sites in the world”

Top 3 scenic drives in Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal

Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost province that faces the Atlantic Ocean in the southwest corner of continental Europe. Long dunes on the coast and beaches between coastal cliffs are characteristic to Algarve, but also the inland landscape in the region is varying. The travel guide Algarve, Southern Portugal introduces all the sights, villages, beaches, towns and other things worth knowing about the region, and we got the permission to publish top 3 scenic drives section from the book.

Castro Marim fortress and village Read the story “Top 3 scenic drives in Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal”

A road trip in an electric vehicle at majestic desert landscapes in January 2018

If you have always wanted to make a road trip in an electric car, here is an opportunity for you even if you don’t own one. Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) is an organized group trip where all vehicles are electric. In January 2018, the road trip participants will travel along the roads of United Arab Emirates and Oman.
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