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.
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.
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”
The vast wilderness region in north Scandinavia, Lapland, covers the northernmost Sweden, Norway and Finland. It is located north of the Arctic Circle, which means that winters are ideal for snowy activities, and summers rarely get too warm for strenuous outdoor activities. The following five destinations provide the most choices for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventures, not forgetting Lapland’s iconic fell and fjord sceneries.
Read the story “The best destinations for summer and winter outdoor action in Lapland, north Europe”
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).
For years, historians, archaelogists, architects, geologists and engineers have searched the archives, researched the Rhône river and its banks, calculated the river flow, the strength of old constructions and modeled three-dimensional structures of the bridge of Avignon in Southern France.
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.
Portugal’s southern province Algarve has so many different types of beautiful beaches that it makes choosing only five difficult. There are long, tiny, shallow, deep, rocky, fine-grained, white and golden beaches to choose from. In addition, tide makes them look different depending on the level of the sea. Anyhow, here are five nice, popular beaches that are different, and suit to different tastes and needs. The best beach destinations were extracted from the travel guide book Algarve, Southern Portugal.
Praia da Falesia
Bordeaux is a name everyone recognizes, but how many people have visited the city in France? It is much more than wine, which is why I am not surprised that I have seen the city on many digital nomad’s and remote worker’s destination list of places to stay.
Read the story “Travel photo gallery of Bordeaux, France”