The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) monitors travel trends every year in order to determine what countries are up-and-coming, which is calculated by how many travelers visit that particular nation. This year, two of the top five are Middle Eastern Countries, one is in Asia, one is in South America and one is in Africa. If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to travel to in 2020, consider one of the top five up-and-coming destinations.
Singapore Airlines has some of the most luxurious seats in the world, and even though the airline didn’t win this year’s title for being the best airline in the world (unlike prior years), Singapore Airlines is nothing short of amazing. Those who have a first class ticket can embark on their journey in a mini-hotel room in the sky, whereas those with a business class ticket can enjoy sleeping in a double bed. Both cabins are designed to make you feel exclusive, yet there’s an even bigger perk of flying in First Class or the First Class Suites and that’s spending time in the Private Room, one of the most private Singapore Airlines lounges located in Singapore International Airport.
With the holidays approaching and the biggest shopping days of the season only weeks away, we know many of you are searching high and low for the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. But what do you gift the avid traveler who has more specific needs and use of certain items, who moves from one place to another, who may travel more via planes than cars? After searching for the latest and greatest, here are the top gifts to give to those who love to travel, and travel often.
With the holidays underway, we can’t help but plan our next getaway. Some of us choose destinations where there’s plenty of snow and the holiday season turns cities into wonderlands full of people, markets and outdoor events. Whereas others choose destinations where the sun shines bright, jackets are not required and the weather allows for an oceanside escape. Have you decided to get away this holiday season, and if yes, where will you journey to? From the icy mountains to the tropical islands, here are our top go-to destinations where we love to spend the holidays this year.
From Paris and London to Vienna and Munich, the winter months can be some of the best months to visit Europe‘s best cities where entire cities glam up in bright lights, food stalls line the streets, outdoor music plays for everyone to hear and vendors sell beautiful handmade gifts at the Christmas Markets. Even as the snow falls, you’ll enjoy wandering through these stunning markets that only come alive once a year. Although there are hundreds to choose from, here are our top five best Christmas Markets in Europe we love to explore.
If you’ve visited Amsterdam in the summer, you already know that the city is lively outdoors, but don’t let the winter months discourage you from booking a flight to this quaint destination when the snow falls down. In fact, the winter can be just as wonderful, magical and all-around entertaining thanks to the many festivities around the city to celebrate the season. From shopping at the winter markets and skiing on the canal to dining on season-specific specials and watching a parade, here are our favorite things to do in Amsterdam in the winter.
Qantas recently revamped its A380 featuring a completely redesigned upper deck with three different lounge sections, “new” business class seats, better cabin lighting and refreshed surfaces. Although much of the first class seat hasn’t changed since 2008, Qantas did revive it to look more modern with a new color scheme, new fabric and a larger entertainment screen. Although it doesn’t compare to other first class suites like those found on ANA, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Garuda Indonesia or Asiana Airlines, the updated Qantas A380 first class seat is a nice breath of fresh air compared to its predecessor. If you find yourself with a Qantas first class ticket on the A380, here’s what awaits for you onboard.
One of Poland’s beloved places, Krakow, is also one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and has been the epicenter of Polish art, economics, academics and culture for hundreds of years. The City has a long history that dates back to the 4th century when it was ruled by tribesmen until it became part of the Kingdom of Bohemia. It isn’t until the 10th century when Krakow finally grew into an important trade city that started to look more like a city thanks to the construction of buildings and homes made from brick. However, when the Mongols invaded in the 13th century, almost all of Krakow was left in ruins yet it was quickly rebuilt to its original state as if nothing had ever happened. In the 14th century, Krakow flourished in the arts and sciences and continued to boom culturally well into the Renaissance period.
In the 18th century, Krakow became part of the Austrian Empire for a short period followed by its independence in 1918 after a revolution, before the end of WWI. In the 20th century, Krakow became a modern city yet, with the rest of Eastern Europe, fell victim to war. It wasn’t until after WWII did the City recover, becoming once again, a major player in Poland’s economy. Today, Krakow offers visitors museums, parks, restaurants, cafes and centuries-old churches and castles to explore, and if you plan on visiting this city for the weekend, here are some of our favorite things to do and see.
Qantas has initiated “Project Sunrise” to test the aircraft, crew and passenger’s well-being on the world’s longest flight, from October through December with the first test flight completing successfully. Qantas is gearing up to fly passengers from Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) to the US (New York) and England (London) using the A350-1000. The first test flight flew a total of 19 hours and 16 minutes—the maximum amount that the A350-1000 is designed to fly non-stop is 20 hours.
The testers aboard the flight are almost all employees of Qantas who wear special technology to track their moves, how often and how much they eat and drink, use of entertainment and sleeping patterns. The results will help Qantas adjust the crew’s 20-hour schedule while flying by identifying the best time to work and sleep. Additionally, Project Sunrise will help the airline make the right adjustments for passengers so that they can be comfortable throughout the entire flight.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced a “new” business class seat on the A350 and the A321LR. However, if you are a frequent SAS customer, you may notice something vaguely familiar with these “new” seats—they are very similar to the seats featured on the A340 and A330 with some minor changes, one of which is color (albeit minimal).
For the A350 business class seat, SAS has opted for the Vantage XL seat, a popular product available on other airlines in business class such as Malaysia Airlines and China Eastern. The SAS A350 business class seat offers direct aisle access with plenty of surface space for your smaller and larger devices as well as drinks and meals, an HD entertainment screen measuring 15 inches, and a seat that converts into a fully-flat bed. The business class seat measures 77 inches long and about 24 inches wide. As for the A321XL aircraft, SAS has opted for the Vantage seat (video below) for the business class cabin.