This is what it is like to camp at a luxury glamping site

For some outdoor lovers, camping means trekking into the wilderness, and setting up a campsite for a night. Others look for commercial camp sites that provide services allowing them to stay for a few nights or a whole summer vacation on the site. Glamping is a new way for camp sites to stand out from the competition. For travelers, glamping is the luxury business class of camping.

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Five unforgettable scenic drives in Lapland, Scandinavia for road travelers

If you are planning to make a long road trip to the northernmost region of Europe, Lapland, here are 5 scenic drives to include into the tour plan. Summer months July and August are the best period to tour the large wilderness above the Arctic Circle. Top 5 scenic routes were suggested by the travel guidebook Lapland.

Karasjok, Norway, Lapland, Scandinavia. Read the story “Five unforgettable scenic drives in Lapland, Scandinavia for road travelers”

21 new destinations added to the Unesco World Heritage Site list

When I have been on the road in a region that I have never visited before, and haven’t done my homework (researched the sights and attractions beforehand) properly, I have been pleasantly surprised twice, at least, by a simple sign outside a town or village. The sign has indicated that I have arrived at a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Evora, Portugal. World Heritage Site.
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The ultimate World Championship event: football played on a swamp in Finland

The New York Times published a wonderful article on a sport that is so strange I instantly wanted to travel to the village where they play it to view a live game. Football that is played on a swamp, or swamp soccer. It is played in Finland where certain regions are covered with large marshlands. They even have the Swamp Soccer World Championship tournament every July.

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Where to find the best hotel prices? A booking service or directly from a hotel? Now, we have the answer

Do you book your hotel directly at the hotel’s web page, or do you go to an online booking agent, like Booking.com, Hotels.com or Momondo? Either way, here is new information from a report that shows that booking a hotel room via an online agent is often cheaper than booking it directly on the hotel’s reservation system.

Beach in Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
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Tips for viewing the Midnight Sun in Lapland, Scandinavia

The longest day of the year (most daylight hours, or summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere is on June 21st, give or take one day. If you want to see the midnight sun in Lapland, you don’t have to be in the region on that particular day, because the Midnight Sun entertains visitors and locals longer than one night. Here are a few tips for ensuring the perfect Midnight Sun experience.
Inarijärvi, Finland. Read the story “Tips for viewing the Midnight Sun in Lapland, Scandinavia”

This is what happens when the Tour of France races through a village on Pyrenees mountains

Every July, the Tour of France road cycling race brings millions of people to the roadside in France and often, in neighboring countries as well because the race may visit other countries.

Here is the village of Mauleon-Barousse on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees mountains. It is an idyllic, peaceful village, but when the Tour de France race goes through the village, thousands of spectators arrive to watch the event.

Mauleon-Barousse in France, Pyrenees mountains.
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