France is a popular travel destination, but which places the French appreciate?

Travel d’Or Award (Golden Travel) is an annual industry event where French travel professionals and also ordinary tourists vote for the best destinations and travel services in France. This award, however, focuses solely on travel products that can be ordered online.

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A vacation destination for women only: an entire island in the Finnish archipelago

From time to time, most people probably have an urge to get away from it all, and escape to a remote place where no one is disturbing. Well, finding peace has always been possible, for instance, by trekking into a wilderness, but it is not for everyone. How about a small island in a remote corner of the world in Scandinavia where only a handful of guests stay at the same time and they are all women?
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Top 10 cities with the best reputation in 2017

Good reputation for a person is so valuable it is difficult to measure, although everyone knows what it means. A consultancy, Reputation Institute, has specialized in measuring corporate and national reputations. For travelers, the annual City Reptrak ranking gives insight on destinations where trust, government and environment are in balance. In 2017, only cities from Europe, Australia and Canada made it to the high reputation top 10 list.

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The Mediterranean region was the big winner of tourists in 2017

Many tourists like to go to places where practically everyone else has been or destinations where they themselves have visited before. That is why the big trends in travel destinations change very slowly. Nonetheless, looking at the UNWTO tourism statistics for 2017, many travelers are also quick to change their destinations when they have a good reason for it. In 2017, the Mediterranean region, especially South Europe and North Africa, was the big winner in international tourist arrivals.

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10 most visited sites in the world

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.

Great Wall of China. Photo by Jirka Matousek. Read the story “10 most visited sites in the world”

Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. Seeing the lights is a magical moment that you won’t ever forget. No photograph or video can reproduce the impressive play of lights. Here are tips (extracted with permission from the travel guidebook to Lapland) to finding, viewing and filming the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Kilpisjarvi, Lapland, Finland. Photo by Carsten Frenzl Read the story “Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights”

Top 10 most overcrowded tourist destinations

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.

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These travel destinations are trending for 2018 according to social media

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.

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Mothe-Chandeniers castle in France just got 6500 new owners

Even if you have toured the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley in France, you haven’t seen the Mothe-Chandeniers. The magnificent building has been abandoned and closed for years. Now, the power of crowdfunding has saved the castle. 6500 new owners of the castle have invested 500 000 euros in order to buy it.

Mothe-Chandeniers castle in Loire, France Read the story “Mothe-Chandeniers castle in France just got 6500 new owners”

Where and when to travel: Here are the high and low seasons across the world

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.

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