What is so special in Helsinki, Finland, Mr Putin and Mr Trump?

World leaders travel the world without having to queue to the security check or immigration control, but sadly, they have few opportunities to take a sightseeing tour or interact with local people. Maybe Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is an exception.
Kiavopuisto in Helsinki, Finland. Read the story “What is so special in Helsinki, Finland, Mr Putin and Mr Trump?”

New Skift Report: Balancing Purpose and Profit in the Travel Industry

From: Skift

Skift Take: Many travel brands assume that committing to do good means they will take a hit to their bottom line. But based on a growing body of evidence, it’s simply not true. Companies like Intrepid Travel are discovering that purpose-driven business goals can help their organizations become more innovative, resilient, authentic, and profitable.

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The ultimate road trip in Europe: following the Tour of France race route

If you have ever watched a stage of the Tour of France road cycling race on television or online, you may have liked the sceneries, the castles and the mountains along the route. They are not accidental sights, but practically everywhere in France it is possible to find exciting places to visit. Thousands of people across Europe drive every July to France to see the sights and to follow the bicycle race.
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These countries are the favorite destinations of residents in each U.S. state

What do people living Alabama and West Virginia have in common? Probably many things, but one of them is their desire to travel to Spain. Skyscanner compiled a list of overseas destinations that people in each U.S. state searched for during one year (from June 2017 to June 2018). The most popular destination country is somewhat of a surprise, as well as the country that is completely missing from the list.
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Porto’s Temporary Bolhão Market

From: Rick Steves' Travel Blog

Porto, Portugal’s second city, is a bit stressed out. Its beloved Bolhao Market had gotten really dilapidated and, earlier this year, it was closed for a much-needed renovation. The vendors – with a firm promise that they’d be back home in July of 2020, and with the reassuring presence of their Virgin of the Immaculate Conception – are carrying on in the basement of a nearby department store…and so are those shopper-merchant relationships that literally go back generations. Follow me for a peek at Porto’s temporary Bolhao Market.

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Three words are enough to pinpoint any place even without a street address

A couple years ago, when we were exploring southern France, we stayed in country houses. They were absolutely lovely places, but first, we had to find them. Of course, we had addresses of the houses and had pinned the locations on the smartphone map. It didn’t help. The countryside houses were impossible to find using the address alone. Minor roads didn’t have signs, houses didn’t have numbers, maps didn’t show roads correctly. Only a phone call to the landlord saved us.
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