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  • The most interesting rural destinations in the world

    Visiting big cities is a pleasure, especially if you’re usually looking forward to wandering through an interesting museum, relaxing in a cafe or walking in historic districts. But when the bustle and crowds of cities is not what you want, you can always take a breather in the countryside, where everything seems to move at a slower pace, and where you can truly take the time to stop and smell the flowers. If you are planning on hiding away in the countryside for a while, here’s a list of the most interesting rural destinations in the world.

  • The best cafes in Amsterdam

    When you think about the Netherlands, you think tulip fields, windmills and, of course, Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is know for its various sources of naughty entertainment, but it would be a huge mistake to dismiss Amsterdam as merely a place for partying. The city is also steeped in history (which is obvious when you see how lovingly old buildings have been restored and tended), and it has a hip, artsy culture that is best observed in cafes, as always. Amsterdam’s cafe culture is something to behold, and you can while away many hours in at a window table in a quaint cafe, so here’s a list of the best cafes in Amsterdam.

  • The most idyllic cruises in the world

    A few decades ago, cruises were something that mostly the rich and famous did on their vacation, but not so much the ordinary traveler. Nowadays, fortunately, cruises are much more affordable, and you can easily find various cruise deals that are not more expensive than a regular holiday. While there is no shortage of cruise routes you can choose from, some of them have been around for a long while and they have an almost iconic status. So since some cruises are better than others, here are some that you  might be interested in: the most idyllic cruises in the world.

  • Free tourist attractions in Santiago de Chile

    photo by cordyph

    If you are visiting Chile, it would be a big mistake not to spend at least a few days in the country’s capital, Santiago de Chile. As capitals usually are, Santiago de Chile is the cultural and economic center of the country, but it is also a very good base for the exploration of the surrounding areas which are ripe with all sorts of tourist attractions. However, Santiago is not short on attractions itself, and luckily for the budget traveler, many of these are free to see. So if you want to have a great time in the Chilean capital for little or no money, here are some free tourist attractions in Santiago de Chile.

  • Top 5 beaches in Malta

    Comino Island, Malta

    The sunny island country of Malta is one of the most fun and scenic summer destinations in Europe. You might want to visit Malta if you are interested in its rich medieval history and architecture, but also if you are looking for some lively yet pristine beaches where you can lounge around and enjoy the sun. Many hotels in Malta are located only minutes from beaches, but if you want to make sure that you get the best, here’s a list of the top 5 beaches in Malta.

  • The prettiest pedestrian towns in the world

    Innere Stadt, photo by Cha già José

    Nowadays, the best way to describe a city is ‘urban jungle’, with high rise buildings, huge crowds and of course, countless, noisy cars. Even smaller towns are turning into miniature versions of the big cities and their constant traffic and bustle, but not all of them. In some towns, it’s possible to experience the joy of walking on the street without keeping an eye out for cars. The nostalgia for the towns of the past, as well as the preoccupation with health and protecting the environment has lead to a boom in pedestrianized areas in towns and cities, especially in the old centers with historical buildings. So if you feel like taking a relaxing, car-free walk, here are the prettiest pedestrian towns in the world.

  • A guide to street food in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, is the beating heart of Vietnamese life and culture, and one of the most exciting travel destinations in Asia. It’s well known that many of the most interesting local delicacies in Asia can be sampled on the street, and in Hanoi the situation is no different. While the modern past of the city is just as cosmopolitan as any other major capital in the world, there are little corners of the old Hanoi left where you can have a taste of life in the city decades ago, as well as its present rhythm and culture. So if you’re ready to experience the Vietnamese capital’s amazing cuisine, here’s a guide to street food in Hanoi.

  • Top 5 bike friendly cities in the world

    Biking is one of the ecofriendliest ways to get around nowadays, and in addition to protecting the environment, it’s good or your health and general well being too. But that’s not all, because from a tourist’s point of view, there are some other advantages to biking. First of all, if the place  you’re visiting has bike track, then renting a bike is far more affordable than relying on public transport, and in crowded cities it might even get you aster to your destination. Besides, nothing beats seeing a beautiful city from the vantage point of a bike seat, and sneaking into narrow alleys and corners that no bus can get into. So for bike enthusiasts, here are the top 5 bike friendly cities in the world.

  • A backpacker’s guide to Bhutan

    Nestled between two conspicuous and even notorious neighbors like the huge country of India and the autonomous region of Tibet, Bhutan seems hardly noticeable on the map. Not much is known of this country in general, and even less is heard about it, but adventurous tourists will probably know that this tiny mountain country is one of the best places to visit nowadays. The untouched beauty of Bhutan is very little affected by the globalizing powers of tourism, and its national and cultural identity set it far apart from any of its neighboring countries. Bhutan is a place waiting to be discovered, and the best way to see it (as well as the easiest) is through a backpacking trip, so here’s a short backpacker’s guide to Bhutan.

  • The scariest bike trails in the world

    Yungas Road, photo by Jimmy Harris

    Mountain biking is so different from regular biking that you could even say that there is nothing in common between the two except for the fact that both are done using bicycles. But even the bikes used for mountain biking are vastly different from your usual bikes. That the trails should be different is no surprise – while regular bikers will content themselves with a tour of the park, mountain bikers actively seek out the most dangerous and rugged terrain they can find. There is no shortage of terrifying mountain bike trails in the world, and some of these can be quite dangerous and fit only for experienced bikers, while others simply look dangerous. And here’s a list of some of the scariest bike trails in the world.

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