Iceland—a country with a population of a little over 320,000—has become an even more popular international destination for tourists all over the world. In 2015, 1.3 million tourists visited Iceland (a 20-30% growth year after year), and it’s no surprise because the country offers travelers beautiful sights, jaw-dropping waterfalls, 30 active volcanoes, tons of hot springs, lava fields with elves (as many Icelanders believe), fantastic scuba diving areas, and hospitable and friendly locals that make you feel right at home. You can also hike glaciers and waterfalls, go whale watching, take helicopter tours or night tours to see the northern lights.
Saving enough for your next vacation is not always easy. With tickets and accommodations to purchase, sights to see and food to eat, sometimes we have a hard time gauging the amount of money we’ll spend. So to make sure you have enough for your next vacation (and to help reduce any possible stress), here are a few money saving tips that will leave you with enough to have a brilliant time away from work.
It’s almost that time of the year again when we all rush around trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. So to help make your life a bit easier, we’ve come up with some fun and unique items for every type of traveler you know. And who knows, you may even want to get a few for yourself!
Qantas never ceases to amaze us with their beautiful, classic and elegant cabin designs. If you’ve ever flown on Qantas Airbus A330 in Business Suite, then you’ll love the new business cabin on the Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner Business Suite.
Love bubbles? Then you’re in for a treat! Emirates recently upgraded its business class lounge at Dubai International Airport (Concourse B). And after two years and 11 million US dollars, the lounge has expanded to about 10,000 square feet, enough for over 1,500 travelers.
Discovering cities like Beijing, Barcelona or Sydney (to name some of our favorites) doesn’t have to be a challenge. Sure, you can check out the hidden gems on your own, but why not have a local tour you around? As much as technology is great for getting you from point A to point B, there’s nothing like having a personalized experience by someone who actually knows the city (and is a real human being).
So to help you find the right tour guide at your next destination, here’s a list of five websites where you can hire a local tour guide that will make your trip so much more memorable and worthwhile.
Air travel now is nothing like it was almost 50 years ago—with more space, classier interiors and bolder designs—the 1970s was the Golden Age of air travel, especially in a Boeing 747.
Aside from more leg room, yes more space for your body to relax, 747s in the 1970s also had piano bars, large lounges in the upper deck, fresh flower arrangements with meals, and full-on restaurants.
Here’s what the interior of Boeing 747s looked like on a variety of airlines like Pan Am, TWA, American, Delta, Braniff, and United (among others).
Beijing City, established over 3,000 years ago and renamed thirteen times, is now home to over 21.7 million people. It’s a city with a deep history, rich culture, ancient architecture, and delicious cuisines. Beijing glows with beauty and youth, appearing in the world in its grand, lovely, new and modernized form, changing each day.
Tourism in China was off limits for many, many years, and was almost an unknown phenomena for most except government officials. It wasn’t until the late-1970s that tourism to China opened up to foreigners. Now, it’s predicted to become the world’s most visited country by 2020. And it’s no surprise that Beijing is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and in China.
So if Beijing is next on your list of places to visit (or if you’re heading back for round two or three), then take a break from the traditional sites such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and Tombs of the Ming Dynasty, and make your way to some amazing hidden gems that are often missed by many who visit. Among these places are Jingshan Park, Simatai Great Wall, Tongli Studios and Dashilar, all of which offer you a bit of everything for an unforgettable experience.
Sydney, also called The Harbour City, is the oldest and the most populated city in Australia. Known for it’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet, Sydney has become a destination for travelers all over the world looking to relax at hot beaches, gaze at amazing art and discover beautiful attractions.
But for those who are looking to experience Sydney like a local (and away from the crowds), then head over to these four hidden gems for some adventure, history, shopping and good eats.
Barcelona is a magical city, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea where thousands of tourists come to visit from all over the world. And what’s not to love? The beach, sites, architecture, art, and of course food, have become magnets for everyone who wanders the city’s streets.
But in order to get a feel for the real Barna (the nickname for the city used by its residents), then you should go off the beaten path to places such as the Plaza Reial, The Sunday Book Market, The Ruins of Temple of Augustus, and Ermita de Santa Madrona. These are some of Barna’s local gems that will make you feel like a Catalan.