For steady outdoors and travel videos, Google Pixel 2 smartphone has an amazing stabilizer

Good cameras come with optical image stabilization (OIS) feature that reduces handshake and general movement caused by the person who is holding the camera. The result is smoother video clips and sharper still images. OIS has its limits, and that’s why stabilizers have been made available as accessories both for large cameras and smartphones. These electronic stabilizers let the photographer walk, cycle or drive while shooting a video. Now, Google’s engineers have managed to pack all the modern image stabilizing technology into the new Pixel 2 smartphone.
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The greatest hiking trails on the mountains around the world

In reality, it is impossible to name the greatest hiking trail in the world, because every outdoors lover has his or her own favorite. In addition, what are the criteria to be nominated as the best hiking trail? Scenery, level of experience and fitness required, safety, frequent signposts, or services? Karen Berger decided to choose 80 routes around the world for her book The Great Hiking Trails of the World, and here, she picks the best ones from random categories.
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Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries

One important thing that makes traveling in Europe, especially in countries that have joined the Euro, easy is the common money. You can cross borders, for instance, from France to Italy or from Estonia to Finland without having to worry about currency rates or having to search for a currency exchange kiosk. For travelers, the Euro is the best thing since the bottled water was invented, but also statisticians can take advantage of the common currency, because it makes comparisons between regions easier. Now, Luxembourg has been ranked as the most expensive country in the Euro zone.

Gardens in Luxembourg. Photo by Kristoffer Trolle. Read the story “Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries”

View the characteristics of districts in a city you are planning to travel to

When you travel to a city where you haven’t been before, it takes quite some time before you can identify the different districts in the destination. You know: business center, shopping district, students tend to live in a certain area, artists have discovered a specific region of the city, those who have money like to live close to one another, and hipsters hang out somewhere, too. Hoodmaps is a smart online service that can show you the characteristics of neighborhoods of cities on a map.

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Ultra-long distance road cycling: around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont from Scotland has ridden his bicycle around the world in less than 80 days. Even Jules Verne, whose book was the inspiration for the target of 80 days, envisioned that engine-powered vehicles would have to be used for the feat. Mark Beaumont had a support crew with him all the time, so he didn’t have to carry anything on his bike, but he had to pedal on average 390 km / 240 miles, and about 16 hours a day.

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The longest hiking trail in the world opened in Canada

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world that stretches about 4800 km / 3000 miles from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. When a coast-to-coast hiking trail was recently created in Canada, it became the longest trail in the world: 22 000 kilometers / 13 670 miles long.

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Design camper provides solar power for wilderness camping

Towing a camper (trailer, or caravan) to a camp site or a motor home park, and plugging it into the electricity grid gives travelers all the conveniences the caravan was meant to provide. What if you have discovered a lovely place in the great outdoors where you can camp but there is no electricity? You need a caravan that has solar panels, like the Homegrown Timberline.

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These Game of Thrones fans ran 600 km in Italy, watching the show at the same time

Here is a travel dream for a fan of the Game of Thrones television show: you can watch the entire new season in Italy simply by running after a truck that displays the episodes at the back of the container. That is what television network Sky Italy claims a group of fans did. It is a run length of multiple marathons from Rome to Italy that they called a Marathron along the beautiful landscapes of Italy.

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The Best of Cote d’Azur, France: it is not only about the glamour of Riviera

Places like Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez may bring images of celebrities to the mind, but what really makes the French Riviera an attractive travel destination is its rich cultural heritage and fabulous sceneries.

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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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