Travel photo gallery: Andorra on the Pyrenees Mountains

Andorra is a small, beautiful country on the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital Andorra la Vella is located in a valley at about 1000 meters / 3280 feet, but there are higher mountains around the city as well as valleys at lower altitude than the capital. If you approach Andorra from France and drive from the border along the main road to the Spanish border, you will cover 50 km / 31 miles fabulous scenery in Andorra.

Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
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Everyone who travels must rely on offline tools for their computing setup

Everyone who travels – tourists, professionals, digital nomads, remote workers – rely on their computing devices to be in touch with the home base or to get their work done. One key thing people take for granted at home – Internet access – is not always available on the road. Once a traveler realizes what it really means to be disconnected for a few critical hours or perhaps for days, it becomes obvious that the whole computer setup must be prepared for travel. The setup relies on offline tools.

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Opel and Vauxhall introduced a campervan model based on the Vivaro van

It is fairly common and also economical to remodel a campervan out of an ordinary van. You need a van that has enough space for beds, and the rest of the required facilities depend on personal taste and needs. VW Transporter is regarded the most popular van for campervan conversions, but there is plenty of room for other brands to target people who are getting into vanlife, or simply want a car that doubles as a recreational vehicle and as a transporter of people and cargo.

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The best destinations for summer and winter outdoor action in Lapland, north Europe

The vast wilderness region in north Scandinavia, Lapland, covers the northernmost Sweden, Norway and Finland. It is located north of the Arctic Circle, which means that winters are ideal for snowy activities, and summers rarely get too warm for strenuous outdoor activities. The following five destinations provide the most choices for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventures, not forgetting Lapland’s iconic fell and fjord sceneries.
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A day at the bicycle race Tour of Spain is a fiesta day

When there is an opportunity to have a fiesta in Spain, it will not be missed by anyone. A major sports event, the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a Espana) road cycling race stops traffic on major and minor roads for the professional cyclists to ride along their route, and spectators congest the rest of the nearby roads. In any case, the most important thing is to get out there, and have a fabulous picnic with friends or family.

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A head up display can make your motorcycle or bicycle road tour safer and more memorable

When a cyclist or a motorcyclist is on a road tour, plenty of information is constantly required by the rider. Navigation instructions, speed limits, changing situations in traffic, and perhaps incoming phone calls should be managed without having to stop too frequently. Fortunately, modern wearable technology can help: small devices called Head Up Displays (or HUD for short) can bring navigation instructions right in front of your eyes without having to hold anything in your hand.

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The iconic VW hippie van returns as an electric minibus by 2022

A van known as the hippie bus, or as the original camper van, will become available as an electric van by 2022. German automaker Volkswagen has confirmed that it will start manufacturing a modern, all electric version of the old hippie van. The decision was made after a prototype of a van known as the I.D. Buzz had won several awards at car shows, and customers kept asking when the vehicle will be available.

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Home-coming blues can be a surprising problem after living overseas

Returning to your home country after living overseas for years can be more difficult than settling in to a country where you moved. It is a sort of reverse culture shock that actually most people experience when they move back to their home countries. A survey indicates that even 80% of people returning home had harder time readjusting to their home country than to the country where they had moved earlier.

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This is how you use a prepaid SIM card overseas for Internet access like a pro

When traveling overseas, you will need Internet access – sooner or later. If you are working and traveling as a digital nomad, you will need it the moment you arrive in a new country, but if you are on holiday, perhaps you settle in first. No problem, many people think, I’ll use the hotel Wi-Fi, free access at McDonalds, or Wi-Fi at a nearby café. Sure, if you know what you are doing, because recent news reports showed us that multiple hotel Wi-Fi networks in Europe and Middle East were infiltrated so that hackers could collect guests’ banking and other passwords.

What can a traveler do to have an Internet access overseas that doesn’t cost a fortune and that is reliable and secure? The answer is to purchase a prepaid SIM card with a data plan in each country you visit.
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Password-protected Wi-Fi at your hotel may not be safe: hotel networks hacked in Europe

Security researchers at FireEye have discovered that in July 2017, Wi-Fi networks in a number of hotels in at least seven European countries and in some countries in the Middle East were infected by malicious software. The espionage-type software has been designed to collect user names and passwords for any services, including banking or work-related services hotel guests might be using over the hotel Wi-Fi.

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