Rome’s undiscovered sites known only to its locals

Rome city guide Italy

Many flock to Rome to see 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and a thriving culture spread all over the city. And who can forget The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum? But more than that, Rome is also a place where culture, art and architecture can be found in the most undisclosed places, outside of what’s written in the tourist books.

Our favorite sites—also recommended by the Romans who’ve lived there for years—are San Clemente, Appian Way, Trastevere, Villa Torlonia and Antico Caffè Greco. These places have deep historical roots often missed by the millions who step inside the ancient city of Rome, but they deserve just as much of the attention.

(more…)

Hong Kong: less-traveled sites for those who’ve seen it all

Hong Kong city guide

Although Hong Kong was established and ruled under the Chinese Empire in 214 B.C, (and then later under the British Empire in 1841), archaeological studies show humans lived in the Chek Lap Kok area (now the Hong Kong International Airport), over 35,000 years ago! Centuries later, it has now become one of the most bustling, ecstatic cities in Asia with over 7.3 million different nationalities.

But business persons and expatriates are not the only ones flocking to the “Pearl of the Orient”, as it’s so famously known as. Hong Kong is filling up with a new wave of artists, musicians, and activists that have given the city a whole new appeal to travelers from all over the world. From delicious food, exquisite views, and endless activities, Hong Kong has it all. But to make sure you’re getting the full experience, we have put together this insiders guide so that you don’t miss out on anything.

(more…)

A look into the NEW Air France 787 business class seats

Air France 787 business class seats

Last week, Air France’s new 787 Dreamliner took flight, which features its new, elegant, comfortable and absolutely exquisite business class seats.

Air France has designed this cabin to be your office, your 5-star restaurant, your entertainment lounge and your bedroom. So for those of you who are ready to experience this Dreamliner, here’s what you can expect once you’re aboard.

(more…)

Our favorite secret streets around the world

secret streets in the world

Secret streets are all over the world, and all of them are waiting to be discovered. But do you know what can be found hidden among them? You won’t find the answer in a tourist book, and many tourists have yet to wander through these streets. So to help you explore these often missed beauties, we’ve put together a guide covering secret streets in Barcelona, Beijing, London, Rome and Tokyo.

(more…)

Tokyo’s often missed attractions itching to be seen

Tokyo city guide Japan

If you thought Times Square in New York City is bright with flashing lights all over the place, then Tokyo is on a whole different level. From unique, high-fashion shops, busy streets flooded with people, fresh and healthy eats, and where oldest traditions merge with modernity—Tokyo has it all.

There’s so much to explore in this marvelous city, even two weeks is not enough. But for those who are traveling there for the first time, or have come back for round two, here are some of our favorites often missed attractions itching to be seen.

(more…)

Amsterdam’s most underrated sites you cannot miss

Amsterdam city guide

Amsterdam, known for its artistic heritage, was established as a fishing village around the 13th century and has now grown to be one of the greatest commercial, intellectual, and artistic capitals of Europe.

Although it’s home to less than 1 million residents, it continues to be a popular destination for over 3.5 million foreign travelers each year. Many come to experience its fascinating nightlife, but there’s so much more for you to see. Here are our favorite underrated sites in Amsterdam that you simply cannot miss next time you’re there.

(more…)

Bangkok: a local’s guide through a turbo-charged city

Bangkok city guide Thailand

Bangkok is like no other city in the world—full of life, laughter, unique and kind people, endless fun, ancient history, and a rich culture with refined traditions. Bangkok is also a city that never sleeps.

And with all that it has to offer, it’s no wonder that Bangkok, or Krung Thep, as the locals like to call their city, is the number one most visited city in the world. However, Bangkok is sinking 2 to 2.5 centimeters per year from overdevelopment and rising sea levels, and scientists predict that the city will be underwater in the next 15 years. So if you’re planning to visit this turbo-charged city, we recommend booking your trip as soon as possible!

Ready to take on an adventure and get a feel for the real Bangkok away from the tourists? Then make sure to check out these hot spots—perfect for couples, groups and solo travelers.

(more…)

These countries are rated the happiest, safest and wealthiest in the world

happiest countries in the world

Do you know that every year, Legatum Institute indexes and ranks countries based on wealth, happiness and health? There are 89 different categories each country has to pass based on variables such as the economy, security, health and freedom. Do you know who’s number one against 142 nations for 2016?

Here are the countries that made it to the top 30. Can you call one (or a few) of them your home?

(more…)

What it’s like flying British Airways A380 Club World

British Airways A380 Club World

Flying aboard British Airways A380 in Club World (Business Class), is comfortable and spacious with great service and mouth-watering meals inspired by some of the world’s top chefs. The airline has dedicated time and effort to allow passengers in Business Class to enjoy a smooth ride to their next destination without having to worry about anything except relaxing and arriving refreshed and fed.

If you are looking to fly Club World, here’s what you can expect from check-in until you arrive at your final destination.

(more…)

Johannesburg’s best kept secrets

johannesburg city guide

Jo’burg or Jozi, as many call Johannesburg, was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold, rebuilt four times, and is now the largest city in South Africa.

Home to over 4.4 million people, the city is a go-to destination for the art lovers and culture seekers. Its growth in galleries, new-age restaurants and cafes are now at the top of tourist attractions aside from Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill.

So to help you discover a new side of Jozi, here are the city’s best-kept secrets we’re willing to share to make your experience even more memorable.

(more…)