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.
Too many visitors in a small area is not always a pleasant experience, especially, if you happen to live in that area. When almost all of these visitors only come and go, take a few selfies, leave rubbish behind, have questionable manners (relative to the local culture), but also leave money in the region, residents may still become uninviting towards the visitors. That’s what is happening in some popular travel destinations, particularly in Europe.
In 2017, the hottest travel destination was Portugal. It won so many travel awards that by now, everyone should know it is an exciting destination (if it is a new destination for you, download a travel guide to Algarve, Portugal’s south coast). The hot travel destinations for 2018 that are trending in social media are located in Europe, America, and in some exotic locations across the world.
The highway network in Germany probably has the widest coverage in any country of the world, but still, autobahns are sometimes congested. Germany has been investing in new railroads (while maintaining the extensive autobahn network) and high-speed trains to support more environmental friendly and effective public transportation. On December 10th,2017, a new high-speed train starts transporting passengers between north and south of the country, connecting Berlin and Munich.
Read the story “High-speed train takes passengers across Germany from Berlin to Munich in four hours”
A safe travel destination doesn’t mean it is a boring place. On the contrary, if we take a look at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking for the world’s safest cities in 2017, for instance, Amsterdam has a fairly large red light district with cannabis cafés in the city center, but it still is the sixth safest city in the world. The safest city in the world is Japan’s capital Tokyo.
If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your next holiday at a popular tourist destination, here are some award-winning recommendations. The World Travel Awards is an annual event for travel industry professionals who vote for the best destinations and service providers. The big winner in 2017 was Portugal.
Aveiro old town in Portugal.
Read the story “World Travel Awards elected the best 2017 destinations in Europe: the hotspot is Portugal”
Rail travel is a wonderful way to explore regions of the world, because you often get to see something unexpected. In cities and villages, you can scan the backyards of houses and how people live. In the countryside, you can view sceneries that are not necessarily visible for road travelers at all. Especially, in mountainous regions the sceneries can be spectacular. For instance, in Europe. Here are seven magnificent European train trips for those travelers who want to see the best sceneries from a train window.
If you follow blogs and stories of digital nomads and location independent professionals who working while traveling, it is easy to get impression that Asia and Europe are the most popular destination for these globetrotters. And why not. Both continents have plenty of different cultures, rich histories, and varying landscapes so that it is possible to travel only a short distance and, yet again, discover a whole new world. Here are the most liked European cities by digital nomads in 2017.
The best way to assess if a city or a country has qualities you are looking for when you are planning a longer trip or moving to another country is to visit there yourself. There is absolutely nothing that else that gives you feel for the atmosphere, people, culture, traffic, food, languages understood, choices for outdoor activities, or attitudes towards children or pets (if you have any).
Bar Hemingway at Ritz in Paris has been awarded the best bar of the year at annual Virtuoso travel industry event. For the best dinner you have to travel to the neighboring country Italy, because La Terrazza at Hotel Eden in Rome was awarded the best dining experience prize.