Reindeer get their own navigation application in Lapland

In the northernmost region of Scandinavia, Lapland, large herds of reindeer move around the wilderness freely. They are looking for food, adjusting to seasons, or simply escaping mosquitoes during the summer months. The number of reindeer is strictly controlled to ensure the animals don’t strain too much the sensitive Arctic environment. Every reindeer belongs to a herder, and that’s where modern technology can help.
Reindeer on a snowy fell. Photo by Tristan Ferne. Read the story “Reindeer get their own navigation application in Lapland”

Unique hotels attract travelers who enjoy books after a day on the road

Travelers who like to stay in hotels while on the road have more choice than ever. Those who want to be absolutely sure that the room is exactly the way it was in another city or country, stay in a room of a hotel chain, but those travelers who are looking for new experiences, try small hotels that have their own style. Providing books to read for guests is a new attraction that a hotel in Portugal and a hostel in Japan are providing to guests.
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Solar powered train in Byron Bay, Australia transports passengers from beach to beach

Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast is a small town that used to attract surfers, beachgoers and fishermen, but today it is a tourist destination on its own right. So many tourists have discovered the magnificent natural environment of Byron Bay that a train company has built a rail track that connects the town’s two primary beaches. The train that uses the track is entirely powered by solar energy.

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Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards

Portugal has three hotspots for tourism: 1. the capital Lisbon with the neighboring small cities of Sintra and Cascais, 2. the city of Porto with the Duero region in north, and 3. sunny Algarve on the south coast. These three destinations, however, are vastly different experiences for visitors. What exactly is it that has made Portugal such a popular destination to visit?

Carvoeiro beach, fishing village, fishermen's beach in Algarve, Portugal. Read the story “Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards”

Nature lover’s road trip in North America: 25 best destinations

Nick Paquette and his girlfriend completed an epic road trip in North America, driving 35,000 km / 21,700 miles in six months. The couple wanted to explore the natural wonders of the continent, and returned with a stack of fabulous images and a ranking for the best nature destinations in North America.

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The best countries to travel in for tourists who only speak English

During my journeys, I have noticed that travelers who come from relatively small countries that have their own language often can speak foreign languages very well. Perhaps the explanation is that no one else outside the borders of the country can speak their language, so they have to learn foreign languages. Language institute EF has measured how well people across the world understand English, and the results seem to reflect my small country theory to a certain extent.

countries ranked by English skills. EF video imageDark blue and dark grey indicate countries with high English skills (EF). Read the story “The best countries to travel in for tourists who only speak English”

Motorhome and campervan trends at the 2018 Caravan and Camping fair

Around the year, the Mediterranean coast of Spain attracts camper van travelers, motor home drivers, and all types of vehicles designed for long road trips. The city of Alicante in a central location along the Spain’s long coastline is a perfect place for a fair that’s all about road trips and camping with a campervan or motorhome. Here is what I discovered at the 2018 show.

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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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Is the Pacific Crest Trail the Camino for American hikers?

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Completing the entire trail is only for the toughest hikers, but sections of the trail are used by hundreds of thousands of outdoor lovers annually.

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