Safety doesn’t mean boring: the safest cities in the world 2017 are exciting travel destinations

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.

Tokyo. Photo by Toomore Chiang. Read the story “Safety doesn’t mean boring: the safest cities in the world 2017 are exciting travel destinations”

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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The best cities in Europe for digital nomads and remote workers in 2017

If you follow blogs and stories of digital nomads and location independent professionals who working while traveling, it is easy to get impression that Asia and Europe are the most popular destination for these globetrotters. And why not. Both continents have plenty of different cultures, rich histories, and varying landscapes so that it is possible to travel only a short distance and, yet again, discover a whole new world. Here are the most liked European cities by digital nomads in 2017.

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Here are the cities with the best quality of life in the world

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).

Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Simeon W. Read the story “Here are the cities with the best quality of life in the world”

Tips for avoiding the behavior of an ignorant tourist – and getting respect from locals

If you have seen the crowds around the key sights in Venice, Paris, or Barcelona during the high season, you may understand why a certain degree of resistance against mass tourism is developing in some specific European cities. Not only do the residents feel that their neighborhoods have been conquered by visitors, but these uninvited visitors also behave badly. Here are a few simple tips for getting along with locals in popular tourist destinations.

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