Rent a Finn provides hosts for visitors but which one to choose for a trip to Finland?

a scenery in FInland's lakeland district: Koli.
Koli, a scenery in eastern Finland lake district.

Here is an exceptional travel initiative from Finland: for June, July and August 2019, visitors can apply for a genuine Finn to host and guide them for three days. The purpose is to introduce the way of life that has made Finland the happiest nation in the world in 2018 (according to this report). The hosts will do whatever they do at home, at a cottage, or during their leisure time activities.

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A major German grocery store is building an electric car charging network for shoppers

Lidl electric car charging point at car park in Germany

Good news for drivers who are planning a road trip in Central Europe in an electric car in 2020. One of Europe’s largest grocery store chains Lidl is installing e-car charging points at car parks of its 400 stores in Germany. The big installation project has already started, but it takes a year to complete. All 400 charging stations will be available for Lidl shoppers by March 2020.

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Electric van from Mercedes-Benz: the Concept EQV introduced, production in 2019

mercedes-benz concept eqv van

Mercedes-Benz wants to be ready in the EV market in all categories sooner rather than later. The German automaker introduced the Concept EQV van in early March 2019 as a concept, but confirmed it is going to production soon- likely by the end of 2019. The battery capacity, power output and available passenger/cargo space make it a van that is ready for road trips as well.

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Trending city destination in South Europe: Valencia is a genuine Spanish experience

Estacio Nord, Valencia, Spain

For years, Valencia has been a popular destination for Spanish seeking a break in a historic city, grand carnivals and beaches. Over the years, Americans, tourists from other Europeans countries and recently also Asians have discovered Valencia. Some visitors like to explore the historic city center, others admire the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, sun lovers head to the beaches, whereas others want to join a genuine Spanish fiesta. A travel guide shows you what the city of Valencia has to offer for visitors.

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Europe Tried Walls. Now It Likes Bridges.

From: Rick Steves’ Travel Blog

When it comes to walls, I believe we can learn from Europe, which has done more than its share of wall building in the past. From Hadrian’s Wall (built by the ancient Romans to defend the northern boundary of Britannia) to the Maginot Line (built by the French in the 1930s to keep out the Germans), these walls were symbols of mistrust and insecurity. They were necessary back then, but in our age, society is advancing and dismantling walls as we move forward.

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The bestselling electric cars in the world

Nissan Leaf Plus e-car

The bestselling electric car in the world comes from Japan: the Nissan Leaf. That’s what the statistics from the last five years show us. Almost half of the world’s electric cars are rolling on the roads of China. More than million e-cars are whizzing on the roads in the US as well as in Europe.

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Song and dance attracts travelers at Fitur travel fair in Madrid, Spain

drum banging show at Fitur travel fair in Madrid, Europe.

Spain’s capital Madrid is the host for one of the largest travel fairs in the world every January. Although it is primarily targeted at industry professionals, the exhibition halls are open for two days to the public as well. That’s when the fun begins. Many destinations try to draw tourists’ attention with music and dance.

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Automakers are embracing electric bicycles – here is the GM Ariv

GM Aric electric bicycles in a park

Every car manufacturer that believes it has a future in the industry is already marketing electric vehicles or is planning to make them available in the near future. But that’s not all in the electric front. Vehicle manufacturers are also introducing electric bicycles that proudly carry a brand of a car. General Motors, world’s fourth largest automaker, has started marketing electric Ariv bicycles in Europe.

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