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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 20, 2017 at 18:17

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Best Secret Ski Towns for a Winter Getaway4 min read

Secret Ski Towns

Finding the perfect ski resort that offers everything you need from fresh powder to tasty hot cocoa is pretty easy when there are so many well-known, famous resorts throughout the world. But if you are looking for a great resort minus the huge masses of tourists, finding the best spot for a winter getaway might be a little harder.

These hidden gems feature all the resort benefits without the throngs of tourists.

Smithers, British Columbia

The new Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area found in Smithers, BC has the potential to upend the ski industry. The new ski area features no lifts, cut backcountry runs, and a warming hut. The area is great for diehard skiing fans, with narrow, twisting lower runs in the forest that are perfect for backcountry beginners. You’ll also find fast access to alpine areas for experts,  a unique experience from what you typically see at popular resorts. Smithers also has a friendly downtown area that has tons of ski shops and local merchants to explore in your downtime. There are cabins for a more remote, backcountry experience; but if you are looking for regular lodging, locals suggest the Stork’s Nest Inn.

Oukaimeden, Morocco

Skiing in Africa? Yes, it’s possible and Oukaimeden is the perfect way to cross and African skiing adventure off your bucket list. After exploring the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, which is about 50 miles north of Oukaimeden, head up the High Atlas mountains to one of several hotels around the resort. Oukaimeden has the distinction of being the highest ski resort in Africa, with several runs starting above 10,000 feet. Ski rentals and lift tickets are very affordable, but don’t expect the same quality you’ll find in Europe or the United States if you decide to rent. Consider skiing down the mountain on the same type of skis your parents used back in the 1980s all part of the adventure. You’ll also find sledding runs for the whole family to enjoy.

Krippenstein, Austria

If you’re the type of freerider who loves off-piste, ungroomed powder, Krippenstein is what you’re looking for. You’ll find miles of slopes and ski routes served by 7 lifts — and the best part is the minimal crowds. And the fun doesn’t stop at skiing and snowboarding: There are plenty of opportunities to indulge all of your winter sports desires, from snow shoe hikes and snow camping to ice climbs and paragliding. Since many of the trails are off the beaten path, your best bet is to hire one of the many reputable guides in the area to help you find your way and avoid avalanches.

Philipsburg, Montana

Philipsburg, an old Montana mining town with a population of 820, is a great ski town waiting to happen. The only thing missing from this little village are the crowds. Discovery, Philipsburg’s own ski area, is noted as one of the best under-the-radar ski areas in the Northern Rockies. What it lacks in big resort amenities, it makes up for with its incredible runs. The backside of the mountain is columned with black and double-black plunges for the most advanced of skiers, while the frontside has a dozen runs that are more than suitable for both beginners and families. When it comes to off-the-mountain activities, take a trip to the Philipsburg Brewing Company for some delicious brews or stop by a pond hockey game under the lights of the Winninghoff Park ice rink. And when you are all tired out from a day of fun, retire for the evening at the historical Philipsburg Broadway Hotel.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

The ski area in Saas Fee, Switzerland can be found among the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps. Reaching the highest-altitude in the Alps, Saas Fee has one of the region’s longest ski seasons, with some of the most reliable snow conditions too. With such a great snow season, it is rare to ever have to wait in a lift line. Most of the terrain is primarily beginner friendly and gentle, attracting a more laid-back crowd of skiers. There are plenty of activities other than skiing offered in the area, giving you plenty of off-the-slope options. While there are several beautiful hotels in Saas Fee to choose from, the Hotel Allalin is one of the top-rated hotels in the region.

Fraser, Colorado

It is no secret that Colorado is the spot for winter sports lovers. There are countless resorts throughout the northern half of the state and they are all incredibly popular. But sandwiched between the resorts at Vail and Boulder, you can find the hidden gem that is Fraser, Colorado. Known as being a humble, affordable ski town existing in the shadows of a premier ski area, Fraser is less than 5 miles away from the Winter Park Resort which offers two mountains for your skiing pleasure. Winter Park is the mountain meant for beginners, while Mary Jane is reserved for more advanced skiers. When visiting Fraser, locals suggest the Devil’s Thumb Ranch as the perfect winter getaway spot, only 12 minutes from Fraser.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 20, 2017 at 16:31

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The 5 Best Smartphone Travel Apps You May Not Know About (But Should!)3 min read

Smartphone Travel Apps

Traveling without a smartphone seems almost unthinkable. Imagine: There was once a time when embarking on a road trip required a paper map, booking a hotel room meant you actually had to call the concierge, and word of mouth was pretty much all you had to rely on to find a great restaurant in a new city. Thankfully, in a day and age where smartphones are incorporated into most aspects of our lives, we don’t have to worry about doing any of this the old fashioned way.  All of the tools we need to plan a memorable trip are literally in the palm of our hands.

You’re likely familiar with popular travel smartphone applications designed to help you book a flight or find a place to sleep or eat. But there’s also a plethora of other apps you may not have heard of that were created to help you stay safe and healthy throughout your travels. Here are some of the top smartphone applications for the healthy traveler.

HappyCow

Unless you’re headed to one of the best cities for vegan travelers, finding restaurants in a new city that cater to specific dietary needs could pose a major challenge. HappyCow is a website and application created and run exclusively by vegans to help travelers locate vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in over 10,500 cities worldwide. At only $ 3.99, it’s a must-have for travelers who subscribe to a meat-free lifestyle as well as for those that are just looking for healthy options.

Entrain

Nothing ruins the beginning of a trip quite like jet lag. Exhaustion, insomnia, and irritability certainly aren’t a great way to kick start your next vacation or business trip. With Entrain, smartphone users can significantly reduce the negative effects that come hand-in-hand with traveling through multiple time zones.  The application focuses on adjusting your circadian rhythm by creating a customized schedule of light exposure during your trip, helping you minimize the likelihood of bad jet lag.

TravWell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, created TravWell in an effort to help travelers stay safe and healthy during trips abroad. By simply entering where you’ll be traveling, the application provides vaccine recommendations, a pre-departure checklist, and a customizable healthy packing list. You can also store travel documents, set reminders to take medications, and access destination-specific emergency phone numbers in the app itself.

Can I Eat This?

Another smartphone application by the CDC, Can I Eat This? is designed to help travelers prevent food-related illnesses like traveler’s diarrhea. All you have to do is select the country you’re in and answer a few questions pertaining to what you want to eat or drink. The app will then tell you whether or not it’s likely to be safe. It’s easy to use and there’s no data required, so you can avoid getting sick wherever you may be.

PackPoint

As someone who once forgot to bring her passport for an international flight, I understand what a drag it can be when you forget to pack something important. But writing out a long packing list before every trip can also be an inconvenience. PackPoint is a smartphone application designed to create this list for you. You enter your destination, the dates you’ll be away, and what you plan on doing (work, beach, photography, etc.) and the app will provide a customized packing list. The best part? PackPoint takes weather forecasts into consideration so you don’t have to.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - July 7, 2017 at 16:25

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The 5 Best Travel Apps You May Not Know About (But Should!)3 min read

Smartphone Travel Apps

Traveling without a smartphone seems almost unthinkable. Imagine: There was once a time when embarking on a road trip required a paper map, booking a hotel room meant you actually had to call the concierge, and word of mouth was pretty much all you had to rely on to find a great restaurant in a new city. Thankfully, in a day and age where smartphones are incorporated into most aspects of our lives, we don’t have to worry about doing any of this the old fashioned way.  All of the tools we need to plan a memorable trip are literally in the palm of our hands.

You’re likely familiar with popular travel smartphone applications designed to help you book a flight or find a place to sleep or eat. But there’s also a plethora of other apps you may not have heard of that were created to help you stay safe and healthy throughout your travels. Here are some of the top smartphone applications for the healthy traveler.

HappyCow

Unless you’re headed to one of the best cities for vegan travelers, finding restaurants in a new city that cater to specific dietary needs could pose a major challenge. HappyCow is a website and application created and run exclusively by vegans to help travelers locate vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in over 10,500 cities worldwide. At only $ 3.99, it’s a must-have for travelers who subscribe to a meat-free lifestyle as well as for those that are just looking for healthy options.

JetLag Genie

Nothing ruins the beginning of a trip quite like jet lag. Exhaustion, insomnia, and irritability certainly aren’t a great way to kick start your next vacation or business trip. With JetLag Genie, smartphone users can significantly reduce the negative effects that come hand-in-hand with traveling through multiple time zones. The application helps you create a customized sleeping schedule for the week leading up to your departure, the flight itself, and a few days after you land, helping you minimize the likelihood of bad jet lag.

TravWell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, created TravWell in an effort to help travelers stay safe and healthy during trips abroad. By simply entering where you’ll be traveling, the application provides vaccine recommendations, a pre-departure checklist, and a customizable healthy packing list. You can also store travel documents, set reminders to take medications, and access destination-specific emergency phone numbers in the app itself.

Can I Eat This?

Another smartphone application by the CDC, Can I Eat This? is designed to help travelers prevent food-related illnesses like traveler’s diarrhea. All you have to do is select the country you’re in and answer a few questions pertaining to what you want to eat or drink. The app will then tell you whether or not it’s likely to be safe. It’s easy to use and there’s no data required, so you can avoid getting sick wherever you may be.

PackPoint

As someone who once forgot to bring her passport for an international flight, I understand what a drag it can be when you forget to pack something important. But writing out a long packing list before every trip can also be an inconvenience. PackPoint is a smartphone application designed to create this list for you. You enter your destination, the dates you’ll be away, and what you plan on doing (work, beach, photography, etc.) and the app will provide a customized packing list. The best part? PackPoint takes weather forecasts into consideration so you don’t have to.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - July 6, 2017 at 14:21

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5 Walks That Highlight the Best of Sicily3 min read

Sicily Piazza del Duomo Catania

When people romanticize about a vacation in Italy, they tend to picture one of a few scenes: navigating the canals of Venice in a gondola, exploring ancient ruins in Rome, walking among vineyards in Tuscany, or perhaps even shopping in Milan.

Often overlooked, but no less captivating, is Sicily. While it is relatively easy and inexpensive to navigate the island by bus, train, and ferry, it’s best to explore on foot once you’ve arrived at your destination. Here are five walks in Sicily that showcase the range of what it has to offer.

Join Sicilians for La Passeggiata

La Passeggiata is a wonderful Italian tradition of taking a leisurely evening stroll along the main thoroughfare or central plaza in town. Joining in the Passeggiata is one of the best ways to experience Sicily’s two largest cities, Palermo and Catania. In Palermo, stroll along Via Maqueda between Quattro Canti and the Massimo Theater. Walk a little further and treat yourself to gelato stuffed in a brioche at popular Brioscia. In Catania, stroll with locals along Via Etnea. Start at Piazza del Duomo and head up the road to Parco Maestranze. Stop in at Pasticceria Savia for arancini – stuffed rice balls coated with breading and fried – to refuel before the walk back.

Hike to the top of Vulcano

It may come as a surprise that volcanoes abound on Sicily. Mt. Etna looms over the city of Catania. Stromboli is one of the planet’s most active volcanoes, known for the regularity of its eruptions, which are best seen at night. For a more accessible volcano climb, consider Vulcano on its eponymous island just off the Sicilian coast. It’s a rigorous but relatively quick one- to two-hour hike to the rim for a glimpse of the crater and panoramic views of the Aeolian Islands. The volcano is dormant, but the lava fields and sulfur steam vents make quite an impression.

Walk Among 2,500-Year-Old Ruins

The Valley of the Temples on the outskirts of Agrigento is the largest archeological site in the world and home to the best-preserved Doric temples outside of Greece. It’s roughly a three-mile round trip walk from the main parking lot to the Tempio di Herra at the eastern edge of the park and back. The star attraction is Tempio della Concordia, which is incredibly well preserved considering it is more than 2,500 years old. The UNESCO World Heritage site is among the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily and has panoramic views of the ocean, Agrigento, and surrounding fields.

Get Lost in Ortygia

The historical center of Siracusa, Ortygia is in fact a small, walled island with two roads linking it to the rest of the city on the mainland. The twisted tangle of narrow streets, many of them open only to pedestrians, makes it all too easy to get lost, but that’s largely the point. Each new turn of the bend reveals quaint shops, lively outdoor cafes and impressive plazas. There’s enough of interest to keep you on the move for hours, exploring every nook and cranny and gazing out on the water from any number of viewpoints.

Hike along Sicily’s Rugged Coast

The four miles of coastline between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo, established as the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro in 1981, are stunning. The trail hugs steep slopes as mountains meet the sea in dramatic fashion. The hike itself is worthy of a visit and several small museums along the way share information about the local flora, fauna, and marine life. For many, however, the biggest draws are the secluded beaches nestled in small coves, accessible only by foot via side trails leading down to the water’s edge. If you go, bring plenty of food, water, and sunscreen, as the reserve has limited services and little shade.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 28, 2017 at 13:33

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Travel Like a Kid Again: The Best Vacations After Retirement3 min read

Senior Travel Vacation

You’re retired, the kids are out of the house, and the world is your oyster. Now is the perfect time to take that far-flung trip you’ve always dreamed of. Maybe you already have a destination in mind and are ready to book your trip. But if you find the idea of picking and choosing from thousands of potential destinations to be overwhelming, use this guide for a little inspiration. Virtually anywhere in the world is perfect for a visit regardless of your age, but these options offer a little something extra for the baby boomer crowd.

Take a River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube 

River cruises allow you to vacation at the intersection of relaxation and exploration. You travel on the river on a luxury boat, sipping local wine and eating local food while taking advantage of onboard activities. New cities appear on the horizon, just waiting for you to disembark for a short excursion to explore museums, historical sites, restaurants, and local culture. A cruise on the Danube or Rhine in Central Europe are great options for seeing the lush country sides of Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Netherlands. 

If you’re feeling particularly brave and want a completely different experience, try a cruise on the Yangtze River in China.

Soak up the Sun in the Caribbean or Hawaii

From North America, you’re just a hop, skip, and jump away from the tropical paradises of the Caribbean islands or Hawaii – depending on which coast you’re closest to. Many cruises to the Caribbean will include a stop in Bermuda too, which gives you a chance to compare and contrast all of different amenities these islands have to offer.

If you opt for Hawaii – and if you’re brave enough – don’t miss the chance to go on a night dive with manta rays. It’s an unforgettable way to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea.

Explore the Charms of Old Mexico in Tulum or Copper Canyon

Tulum is Mexico like it used to be, before hordes of tourists and spring breakers turned it into a tequila-soaked scream-fest. This sleepy beach town gives you the chance to mix with locals and explore natural wonders like freshwater cenotes and the mysteries of Mayan ruins.

If the beach isn’t your thing, try Mexico’s Copper Canyon instead. It’s the Grand Canyon’s deeper cousin to the south. You can stay in one of the luxury hotels in or around the canyon, but our suggestion is to take a train trip through the wilds of Northern Mexico’s rugged landscape.

Rediscover Your Ancestry

If you’ve ever been curious about reconnecting with your roots, it may be time for a trip back to the homeland. Do a little research beforehand to make this trip extremely personal. Dive into your attic to find diaries and journals from parents and grandparents and make it your goal to retrace their journey from their home country. And if you can’t find any information on your own, there are several commercial companies that can help you learn more about your ancestry.

Wherever you go, use your age and retirement to your advantage. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, you can often find excellent deals that will help you save money on the trip of a lifetime.

Image courtesy of FlipKey.com.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 12, 2017 at 19:51

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The Best Cities for Vegan Travelers3 min read

Vegan Meals Carrot Dog

Traveling as a vegan requires a lot of planning. Unlike some travelers, you usually can’t just play it by ear and hope that whatever restaurant you choose on the spur of the moment will have vegan options.  You have to research restaurants, browse menus, and ultimately figure out what best fits your lifestyle. Unfortunately, this also means that your options can be quite limited in some places.

But with veganism on the rise, more and more cities are able to cater to those who follow this plant-based lifestyle.  So before you book your next trip, why not choose a destination that doesn’t require so much planning or limit your choices? Below we’ve compiled a list of five of the most vegan-friendly cities so your next vacation can be a little less limiting and a lot more stress-free.

Portland, Oregon

Unsurprisingly, this hip city was dubbed America’s #1 Vegan-Friendly City of 2016 by PETA, and many vegan visitors can easily see why. In addition to a plethora of vegan bars and restaurants throughout the city, Portland is home to vegan grocery stores, clothing shops, tattoo parlors, and even a 100% vegan shopping mall. Travelers can shop, dine, and experience Portland without even having to think about what is or isn’t cruelty-free.

Vegan Food Portland

Berlin, Germany

Though Portland tops PETA’s list of U.S. cities, Berlin is quickly becoming the international mecca of all things vegan. Famous for its trendy art scene and vibrant culture, the German capital has over fifty purely vegan restaurants. Traveling with someone who isn’t vegan? Not to worry. The majority of Berlin’s other restaurants still offer plenty of vegan options so you can both get what you’re looking for. If you’re thinking about planning a trip, consider going in August when the city holds its annual Vegan Summer Festival to promote and celebrate the cruelty-free lifestyle.

Tel Aviv, Israel

If Berlin’s vegan festival has piqued your interest, you should check out what Tel Aviv has in store. The most progressive city in the Middle East in terms of veganism, Tel Aviv hosts the largest vegan festival in the world every September. Approximately 1 in every 20 residents of this beach city is vegan, and this number is only increasing as dairy products continue to lose popularity. The city’s signature vegan specialty? The “carrot dog” – a smoked carrot marinated in Jack Daniels and served in a warm bun.

Chennai, India

Considering that about half of the Indian population lives a meat-free lifestyle, it’s certainly no surprise to see Chennai on this list. Located in the south of India, Chennai boasts a wide selection of vegan foods ranging from curries to dosas. Whether you want a five-star dining experience at one of the country’s best rated vegan restaurants or just a quick bite to eat from a street cart, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Vegan Indian Food

London, England

London’s meat-free history dates back to the 18th century when many members of British society converted to vegetarianism. Since then, London has become a great place for vegetarians and vegans alike, with the vegan population more than tripling in the last decade alone. Among that population is a former KFC employee-turned-vegan who recently opened Temple of Hackney, the world’s first meat-free fried “chicken” shop.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 5, 2017 at 22:23

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Layover in Luxury: The Best Airports for Layovers and How to Make the Most of Them3 min read

Layover Munich Internation Airport

When most of us fly, we do everything we can to avoid a layover. Spending endless hours in some dreary airport terminal sounds like an absolute nightmare. But in some airports throughout the world, the experience isn’t always so terrible. In fact, some are so swanky that you might find yourself looking for flights with a layover on purpose. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most luxurious airports in the world so you know where to go to make the most of your next layover.

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

Rooftop Pool Layover Singapore Changi AirportConsistently at the top of the list of best airports, Changi Airport takes layovers to an entirely different level. With full service spas, a rooftop swimming pool, 24-hour cinemas, cultural activities and even a butterfly garden, Singapore’s major airport is a travel destination in itself. If all they have still isn’t enough to occupy you, the airport offers free tours of the city center for passengers with 6+ hour layovers. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Merlion, Singapore’s national icon, on your excursion.

Incheon International Airport (ICN)

The world’s biggest duty-free shopping spot, this South Korean airport is yet another great destination for layovers. Visitors can pass the time between flights by taking laps around the ice skating rink, seeing a live play or concert, playing a few holes of golf, or exploring the Korean Cultural Museum. And once again, if you’re sick of being stuck within the confines of an airport and want a taste of life in South Korea, you can sign up for ICN’s complimentary city tour and go see Seoul’s most famous sites like Yonggungsa Temple or Myeongdong market.

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Layover Zurich International AirportSwitzerland’s largest airport, ZHR is an ideal layover location for the adventurous traveler. Stay active
between flights by renting sports equipment like bikes, skates, or Nordic walking poles, or watch takeoffs and landings up close from one of the many observation decks. If you have time to spare, head to the city center just eight miles away and check out the Swiss National Museum or Lake Zurich. If you’re on a time crunch or would rather see the sights from a bird’s-eye view, sign up for the airport’s sightseeing flights instead.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

The Chinese capital’s airport is on this list for a few reasons. Built on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong, HKG is home to the country’s largest IMAX Theater, an aviation discovery center, a nine-hole golf course, and a variety of sports simulators. If your layover allows enough time to visit the city, the Airport Express will take you directly there. We suggest then hopping on a bus to Victoria’s Peak, where you can get an Instagram-worthy view of the entire city before catching your next flight.

Munich International Airport (MUC)

In true German fashion, Munich International Airport’s biggest claim to fame is Airbräu Biergarten, their on-site beer garden featuring beer from an in-house brewery (pictured above.) Not a big beer fan? Not to worry. There are plenty of other things to do, including a helicopter ride, mini golf, and even surf lessons. If you’re there around the holidays be sure to check out their annual Christkindl Market. And if you have time to leave the airport, the city center is just 17.7 miles away and filled with plenty to do including the shopping and restaurants at Marienplatz, Munich’s central square.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - May 30, 2017 at 20:34

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The Best Destinations for a Healthy Traveler on a Budget

We all love a good vacation. But between airfare, hotels, eating out, and spending money, going away isn’t always in in the budget. Fortunately, there are some places where you can enjoy a healthy and fun getaway without breaking the bank. Here are some top destinations for a healthy traveler on a budget.

Berlin, Germany

Affordable travel to BerlinGermany’s capital city and cultural epicenter, Berlin is consistently ranked one of the cheapest cities in Western Europe. Even better, it’s also one of the safest. You can easily experience Europe’s hub of creativity and rich German culture without hurting your wallet.

What to expect:

  • Currency: Euro (1€ = $ 1.08)*
  • Average Daily Cost: €93
  • Accommodation: €51 (per night/person)
  • Food: €15 (daily)
  • One-way local transport ticket: €2.30
  • Coffee: €2.40
  • Beer: €3

Side note: free walking tours are all the rage in Berlin, so you can literally see the city without spending a dime.

Santorini, Greece

Affordable travel to SantoriniSurprisingly, you can experience the “priceless” beauty of the Greek islands at a pretty affordable cost.  So why not spend your next vacation relaxing in the sun with killer views? Pro tip: If you want good weather without paying peak season prices, plan your trip for early June or late September!

What to expect:

  • Currency: Euro (1€ = $ 1.08)
  • Average Daily Cost: €98
  • Accommodation: €53 (per night/person)
  • Food: €30 (daily)
  • One-way local transport ticket: €2.00
  • Coffee: €3.30
  • Beer: €0.80

Montréal, Canada 

One of the safest and cleanest cities I’ve ever visited, Montréal can be very reasonable if done right.  Located right by the Canadian border, many Americans can drive there, meaning hundreds saved on airfare. The best part? There are a ton of cool restaurants where every item on the menu is five Canadian dollars (that’s just 3.75 U.S. dollars.)

What to expect:

  • Currency: Canadian Dollar ($ 1 CAD = $ 0.75 USD)
  • Average Daily Cost: $ 160 CAD
  • Accommodation: $ 90 CAD (per night/person)
  • Food: $ 30 CAD (daily)
  • One-way local transport ticket: $ 3.25 CAD
  • Coffee: $ 3.75 CAD
  • Beer: $ 6.00 CAD

Cork, Ireland

Affordable Travel to Cork, IrelandReferred to by locals as the “real capital of Ireland,” this youthful city offers plenty to do on a budget.  You’ll quickly feel comfortable in this friendly city where crime is virtually nonexistent. And don’t forget to wander a few miles out of the city to Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions.

What to expect:

  • Currency: Euro (1€ = $ 1.08)
  • Average Daily Cost: €80
  • Accommodation: €48 (per night/person)
  • Food: €20 (daily)
  • One-way local transport ticket: €2.15
  • Coffee: €2.50
  • Beer: €4.00

London, England

Affordable Travel to LondonThis one has to be a joke, right? Well, sort of. While still an expensive city, I’ve included London on this list because it’s quickly becoming more affordable for Americans. With Brexit weakening the British Pound, conversion rates are at a new low. As if that weren’t enough, a flight to the UK can also be much cheaper than one to mainland Europe. So maybe making a visit to Big Ben is more of a possibility than you thought.

What to expect:

  • Currency: British Pound (£1 = $ 1.24)
  • Average Daily Cost: £150
  • Accommodation: £90 (per night/person)
  • Food: £30 (daily)
  • One-way local transport ticket: £2.50
  • Coffee: £2.60
  • Beer: £4.50

* All currency exchange rates as of March 31, 2017

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 31, 2017 at 16:38

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The Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the World

St. Patric's Day Montserrat

St. Patrick’s Day immediately brings to mind several iconic celebrations: the million-plus people at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Chicago River running Kelly green on March 17, and the fun and debauchery that takes place in South Boston. But as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and some of the best celebrations around the world take place outside of areas traditionally known for their Irish heritage. If you’re looking to don your green and grab a little luck of the Irish for yourself, you can’t beat the parties at these international destinations.

Montserrat

A tiny island in the Caribbean may not scream St. Patrick’s Day to you, but it’s the only place in the world outside of Ireland where March 17 is a public holiday. The holiday has a dual focus among the people of Montserrat. At its core is a celebration of a 17th-century slave revolt that led to Montserrat’s freedom from European rule. However, those same Europeans also brought Irish traditions and Catholicism with them to the island, which remain a key part of the culture on the island.

Munich, Germany

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a relatively new phenomenon in Germany. What started just over 20 years ago as a small party among friends has grown into a city-wide celebration in Munich. More than 15,000 people gather to celebrate in the streets over the three-day weekend that precedes March 17. The parade is one of the largest in Europe on St. Patrick’s Day and shuts down Leopoldstrasse, the major thoroughfare through the city. Bars forgo the standard German beers for the celebration, so grab a Guinness and join the fun.St. Patrick's Day Germany

Singapore

The parade in Singapore is the largest in Southeast Asia on St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps as a tip of the hat to the celebration slightly farther west in Chicago, part of the Singapore River is dyed green for the festivities. You’ll find a mix of activities, from traditional bar crawls to healthier, family-friendly celebrations of Irish culture and dancing organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Society of Singapore.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Love the Boom Town Rats and front man Bob Geldof? Then you’re going to love the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Dubai. Geldoff headlines a gig every year on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Village in Dubai. The three-day festival includes a family fun day with face painting, a petting zoo and a bouncy house. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol is public is illegal in Dubai unless you are in a licensed establishment such as a bar or restaurant.

St. Patrick's Day Dubai

Moscow, Russia

Muscovites really love St. Patrick’s Day, and embrace both the superficial trappings common in other cities as well as Irish culture. The centerpiece is Irish Week, which features the Moscow Irish Film Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After watching some classic, blockbuster and critically acclaimed Irish cinema, take to the streets for a parade replete with Cossack riders on horseback, marching bands and, of course, green beer.

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Montserrat, courtesy of Caribbean Beat
Dubai, courtesy of Arabian Business.com
Singapore, courtesy of Asia One
Munich, courtesy of Mymuenchen.de

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 20, 2017 at 23:40

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