Wannabe social media influencers aren’t always welcomed to luxury hotels

How many times on Facebook, Twitter, and especially, on Instagram have I seen people calling themselves as influencers in luxury travel? Hundreds, probably thousands of times. It wasn’t difficult to guess that only a few of them really knew something about marketing. The Atlantic has published a brilliant article by Taylor Lorenz about wannabe social media stars who are driving some luxury hotels crazy with the constant stream of free stay requests.
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A road trip in Russia for following the World Cup 2018 is a long-distance journey

If you want to make an ultimate road trip, June and July 2018 is a unique opportunity to explore Russia and follow the World Championship football/soccer tournament (officially known as the World Cup 2018) in major cities of Russia. Russia is a vast country where travelers may encounter all kinds of challenges. Here are a few tips for a World Cup -themed road trip in Russia.

a road with signs in Russia. Photo by Arthur Ivanov. Read the story “A road trip in Russia for following the World Cup 2018 is a long-distance journey”

France is a popular travel destination, but which places the French appreciate?

Travel d’Or Award (Golden Travel) is an annual industry event where French travel professionals and also ordinary tourists vote for the best destinations and travel services in France. This award, however, focuses solely on travel products that can be ordered online.

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A vacation destination for women only: an entire island in the Finnish archipelago

From time to time, most people probably have an urge to get away from it all, and escape to a remote place where no one is disturbing. Well, finding peace has always been possible, for instance, by trekking into a wilderness, but it is not for everyone. How about a small island in a remote corner of the world in Scandinavia where only a handful of guests stay at the same time and they are all women?
SuperShe Island cottage. photo by SuperShe Island. Read the story “A vacation destination for women only: an entire island in the Finnish archipelago”

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”

A robot suitcase can automatically follow you or even transport you across an airport

Two suitcases will be available in 2018 for travelers who want to make their way through an airport as conveniently as possible. The Forwardx CX-1 is a self-driving suitcase that can automatically follow its owner and avoid any obstacles that may appear on its path. The Modobag suitcase also has an electric motor that enables it to roll along long corridors, but it lets the owner sit on it and ride the suitcase to the gate.

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Spectacular thrills on new cruise ships entertain and educate passengers

The simple thrill of getting onboard of a large cruise ship and enjoying the food and entertainment during the trip is not enough for all passengers. As competition is driving cruise companies to invent more exciting activities during the hours on the sea, passengers may choose if they want to race go-karts, take a dive in a submarine, or shoot travel partners with infrared guns.

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These big and small camera models of 2017 are the best for travel

Right after a credit card and a passport, a camera is perhaps the most important thing a traveler must remember to take along on a trip. Well, there are many other important things to pack, but especially people who travel frequently or for work, use a camera in so many ways that it really is an important tool on the road. Here are suggestions for cameras that have been tested to perform well in various travel situations.

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Where and when to travel: Here are the high and low seasons across the world

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.

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What should a driver do if the road ahead seems to be blocked by a floating pedestrian crossing?

Imagine that you are on a road trip in a country where you haven’t been before and whose culture you don’t know. Street signs are familiar, with the exception of one or two odd signs that feature encrypted local language. Then, on the road ahead you spot a pedestrian crossing that is floating above the street. Welcome to Iceland.

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