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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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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7 Hotels that have invested in art for guests to enjoy during their stay

Have you ever wondered where do the works of art come from that are hanging on hotel room walls across the world? Often, discreet, neutral and colourless paintings and images fill blank spaces in hotel rooms, but that’s about it.

Some hotels have thought about this, and decided to invest in art that guests can enjoy during their stay.
artsy hotels infographic by Accent Art and Frame
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Considering working overseas? Top 10 cities: highest and lowest cost of living

Luanda, Angola. Photo by David Stanley.If you are considering moving overseas to work as an expat, and your employer is covering the costs, even a high-cost destination can be manageable. If you are traveling and working as a digital nomad or as a freelance remote worker, it really matters what the cost of living in the destination is. Surprisingly, a city in the African continent has the most expensive living costs.
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In Paris, France, you can stay a night at a bookstore

Paris Boutik Hotel
In Paris, France, a special hotel room has been opened for travelers who like to sleep surrounded by books. Paris Boutik Hotel has rooms that are all different, each room has been designed to a theme. One of these rooms is like a small bookstore. It is located in Marais district of the city. Read the story “In Paris, France, you can stay a night at a bookstore”