If you have ever stood in line for hours under the blistering August sun in order to enter the St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican (in Rome, Italy), or in the darkness in the freezing cold of January in Lapland, you have surely sworn that next time you do your research before booking a trip. High and low seasons in travel industry make a big difference how travelers experience destinations and how they spend their travel budgets. Here is a handy map that shows the travel seasons across the world.
Imagine that you are on a road trip in a country where you haven’t been before and whose culture you don’t know. Street signs are familiar, with the exception of one or two odd signs that feature encrypted local language. Then, on the road ahead you spot a pedestrian crossing that is floating above the street. Welcome to Iceland.
Here is an electric vehicle that looks like it was borrowed from the movie Blade Runner: a motorbike that hovers above ground and moves rapidly vertically, laterally and forward. The police force of Dubai has already subscribed to the vehicle because it allows them quickly to reach any place in the city.
When you are riding a bicycle in an unfamiliar place, you need something to help you navigate. Dedicated bicycle navigators are available, for instance, from Garmin, and many riders use their smartphones to find their way to the destination. The smartest product for cycling navigation may well be a tiny puck that does nothing else but points the rider to the right direction.
Certain types of trips to the great outdoors require that you have both a tent and a way of moving along rivers, lakes or the sea. The fewer products you have to carry, the happier camper you are. A company called Traft is trying something new. They have created a two-in-one product, a tent-raft, that floats so that it can be paddled, and it doubles as a dry-land tent.
It is not only humans who like to travel to distant destinations, but some animals travel long distances twice a year. I am not talking about your dog that you may take along for road trips in your motorhome, but birds that migrate every spring and autumn. Movebank has created a fascinating animation that shows the routes birds fly.
We have a how-to-guide for travelers who need reliable Internet access in all countries they visit: the concept is based on prepaid SIM cards. If you are traveling, but don’t want to make the effort to get a new SIM card in each country you visit, a gadget can manage all that for you, and provide Internet access at a reasonable fixed price.
If you are on a journey in the far north, above the Arctic Circle in the land of polar bears, here is an important thing to know. Whatever you do, don’t approach the animal. First, it is dangerous, since polar bear is regarded as one of the most dangerous predator in the world. Second, approaching polar bears is forbidden, and you may get a hefty ticket for it.
Having a personalized product can make you feel special. No one else has the same product. Additionally, you are able to recognize yours from a sea of similar products, and if someone is thinking of snatching yours, he will think twice. This is perfect for travel gear, and especially for luggage. You can instantly find your suitcase at an airport arrival hall, or bus luggage compartment.
Taking sports equipment, like a bicycle, skis or a surf board along for an overseas trip tends to be troublesome, expensive and risky. Depending on your destination, you may be able to rent the required equipment from a sports shop, but now, a new alternative is available.