Top 5 destinations for nature photographers in Europe’s Arctic wilderness, Lapland

Lapland in Scandinavia is a large Arctic region where wildlife strives and unique landscapes await outdoor lovers and photographers. The land of reindeer, fells, fjords, rivers, and Sami people is accessible by air, road and rail. Erin Dahl, who has written a travel guide to Lapland, had a chat with us, and this is what she told about landscape photography opportunities in the far north.

Rovaniemi, Finland, Lapland. Arctic Circle.The Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. Read the story “Top 5 destinations for nature photographers in Europe’s Arctic wilderness, Lapland”

Top 10 electric cars in Europe by market share: vehicles with long range are winning

Electric vehicles are on a strong growth path in Europe, but which brands and models are attracting the most customers? NewMotion, a company that builds vehicle charging networks conducted a survey to find out the bestselling models. Compact cars with a long range are popular, as well as models suitable for road trips.

Renault Zoe, compact electric car Read the story “Top 10 electric cars in Europe by market share: vehicles with long range are winning”

Algarve in Portugal assessed as the most affordable vacation destination in Europe

Recently, Portugal has won plenty of different types of best-tourist-destination awards, and now also statistics reward the good fortune of this southern European country. Algarve, the province on the south coast, is the most low-cost European region to stay in during a vacation.
Algarve, Portugal: beach of Armacao de Pera Read the story “Algarve in Portugal assessed as the most affordable vacation destination in Europe”

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”

Compact campervan from Toyota arrives on the roads of UK and Europe in 2018

Toyota vans are hugely popular in some markets, especially in countries that don’t have vehicle brands of their own. It is, however, quite rare to spot a Toyota campervan on the road, but starting in 2018, the situation may change in Europe. Toyota and British vendor Wellhouse Leisure have designed a compact campervan that is built on the Proace van.

Toyota Proace Lerina campervan outdoors Read the story “Compact campervan from Toyota arrives on the roads of UK and Europe in 2018”

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”

Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards

Portugal has three hotspots for tourism: 1. the capital Lisbon with the neighboring small cities of Sintra and Cascais, 2. the city of Porto with the Duero region in north, and 3. sunny Algarve on the south coast. These three destinations, however, are vastly different experiences for visitors. What exactly is it that has made Portugal such a popular destination to visit?

Carvoeiro beach, fishing village, fishermen's beach in Algarve, Portugal. Read the story “Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards”

Top 10 cities with the best reputation in 2017

Good reputation for a person is so valuable it is difficult to measure, although everyone knows what it means. A consultancy, Reputation Institute, has specialized in measuring corporate and national reputations. For travelers, the annual City Reptrak ranking gives insight on destinations where trust, government and environment are in balance. In 2017, only cities from Europe, Australia and Canada made it to the high reputation top 10 list.

opera house, sydney, australia Read the story “Top 10 cities with the best reputation in 2017”

The Mediterranean region was the big winner of tourists in 2017

Many tourists like to go to places where practically everyone else has been or destinations where they themselves have visited before. That is why the big trends in travel destinations change very slowly. Nonetheless, looking at the UNWTO tourism statistics for 2017, many travelers are also quick to change their destinations when they have a good reason for it. In 2017, the Mediterranean region, especially South Europe and North Africa, was the big winner in international tourist arrivals.

World tourism destination statistics by UNWTO Read the story “The Mediterranean region was the big winner of tourists in 2017”

10 most visited sites in the world

Many travelers, including myself, would have picked the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as the most visited site in the world, but according to the statistics collected by El Viajero of El Pais, the Great Wall of China takes the number one spot. Still, 5 out of 10 most visited monuments in the world are in Europe.

Great Wall of China. Photo by Jirka Matousek. Read the story “10 most visited sites in the world”