Rail travel is a wonderful way to explore regions of the world, because you often get to see something unexpected. In cities and villages, you can scan the backyards of houses and how people live. In the countryside, you can view sceneries that are not necessarily visible for road travelers at all. Especially, in mountainous regions the sceneries can be spectacular. For instance, in Europe. Here are seven magnificent European train trips for those travelers who want to see the best sceneries from a train window.
Many cities around the world have bicycles available for visitors and locals for short term use. In some cases, these city bikes are free to loan, but many cities charge a fee for the loan period. Startup companies in Paris and Nice have developed the concept further, and introduced electric scooters that can be booked and paid for with a mobile app.
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.
Electric vehicles are arriving on the roads faster than most drivers anticipated: Tesla is a household name in many countries, VW has announced an electric campervan, and Detleffs has a prototype for a solar-powered motorhome. If you want to go for, say, a tour of France on an electric compact car, is it really conceivable today?
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.
Certain types of trips to the great outdoors require that you have both a tent and a way of moving along rivers, lakes or the sea. The fewer products you have to carry, the happier camper you are. A company called Traft is trying something new. They have created a two-in-one product, a tent-raft, that floats so that it can be paddled, and it doubles as a dry-land tent.
Mark Beaumont from Scotland has ridden his bicycle around the world in less than 80 days. Even Jules Verne, whose book was the inspiration for the target of 80 days, envisioned that engine-powered vehicles would have to be used for the feat. Mark Beaumont had a support crew with him all the time, so he didn’t have to carry anything on his bike, but he had to pedal on average 390 km / 240 miles, and about 16 hours a day.
Andorra is a small, beautiful country on the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital Andorra la Vella is located in a valley at about 1000 meters / 3280 feet, but there are higher mountains around the city as well as valleys at lower altitude than the capital. If you approach Andorra from France and drive from the border along the main road to the Spanish border, you will cover 50 km / 31 miles fabulous scenery in Andorra.