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  • The most scenic ferry rides in the world

    Split

    Split

    Ferries are just convenient ways of getting across water, especially if you’re with a car, right? While this is an incontestable truth, there just might be more to ferries than meet the eye. Ferry rides can actually be quite scenic, and although there probably aren’t many people who take ferry rides just for the fun of it, if you have no choice but take the ferry, then you might as well enjoy it and make the most of it.

    But some ferry rides are simply too good to miss, and if they happen to be on (or near) your itinerary, then you should definitely hop on, kick back and stare in wonderment. Here are some of the most scenic ferry rides in the world.

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  • Top 5 eco friendly cities in the world

    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    We live in a world where pollution is an increasingly serious problem, and at the same time traveling in one’s free time is also far more widespread then in the past thanks to the development of new technologies that allow people to go from one place to another quicker and more safely.

    Luckily, traveling doesn’t necessarily mean more pollution, and there are lots of ways to decrease your carbon footprint and to protect the environment as much as possible. For starters, you could pick travel destinations that are a little bit more concerned with being green than usual – so here are top 5 eco-friendly cities in the world.

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  • The most amazing public pools in the world

    Swimming is fun and healthy, but liking to swim does not mean that one must necessarily like swimming in the sea, a lake, river or some other ‘natural’ body of water. And that’s alright, because unpredictable waves, sudden holes in the bottom of a lake or river, or fast flowing water are not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Luckily for beginners and people who are not all that confident in their swimming skills, there are more than enough pools, private or public, where you can exercise the fine art of swimming, and here’s a list of the most amazing public pools in the world.

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  • The best urban travel destinations in Australia

    Adelaide

    Adelaide

    The wild expanses of Australia’s outback are quite sought after by adventure travelers and nature lovers, but although Australia is famous for its amazing natural landscapes, it has quite a few impressive urban landscapes to show off as well. Despite the wide open expanses of bush, outback, desert and beach, Australia is actually one of the most urbanized countries on the planet.

    You can find any type of urban area in Australia, starting with sleepy, scenic towns off the beaten path, to buzzing metropolises where the flurry of people and cars never quite stops. So if you want to take a quick dip into the cities of Oz, here are some of the best urban travel destinations in Australia.

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  • The greatest Chinatowns in the world

    photo by Ricardo Martins

    Chinatowns, to put it very simply, are neighborhoods where a large number of ethnic Chinese people live, but anyone who has ever been to a Chinatown knows that this definition is not enough to describe the whirlwind of colors and lights that these quarters usually are.

    Chinatowns have been around for centuries in major cities where Chinese people settled down, and nowadays there are not only repositories of culture, but also important commercial and tourist centers. If you are looking for buzzing activity, here are the greatest Chinatowns in the world that you could visit.

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  • The best Gypsy music festivals in the world

    photo by Songbird Ocarina

    Gypsy music is one of the most fun, creative and diverse styles of music in the world. And as with any other kind of music, it’s not that easy to draw its borders – so we have traditional gypsy music, Gypsy jazz, gypsy punk and maybe even others.

    And if you’re interested in this soulful kind of music, there are lots of events where you can listen to the greatest Gypsy music bands in the world. Grab your festival gear and go to one of the best Gypsy music festivals in the world.

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  • Most impressive opera houses in the world

    Palais Garnier

    As far as classical music goes, opera is great, but you don’t really have to like opera in order to appreciate the beauty of an opera house. Like the musical oeuvres performed in opera houses, the buildings themselves are all about elegance, attention to detail, harmony and drama. The architecture and decor of an opera house plays just as important a part in the delight of the audience as the operas.

    So whether you’re one of those who has “the red-and-gold” disease that can be cured only by attending a performance, or if you simply like good architecture, here is a list of the most impressive opera houses in the world.

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  • The biggest Mardi Gras carnivals outside the US in 2011

    There are still a couple of months to go until Mardi Gras, but when it comes to one of the biggest parties of the year, it doesn’t hurt to start planning in advance. Especially if you are thinking of seeing how folks in other parts of the world celebrate Mardi Gras.

    The New Orleans festivals is iconic, but what happens in other cities on March 8, 2011. At its origins, Mardi Gras was (and still is, for many people), a religious holiday, so decadence is not usually a part of Mardi Gras festivities in some places.

    But whatever your inclinations, there are surely some places around the world where they celebrate Mardi Gras just the way you’d like. Here are the biggest Mardi Gras carnivals outside the US in 2011.

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  • The 10 most beautiful cities in the world

    Beauty is supposed to be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to architecture and general atmosphere, there are a few cities in the world that are undeniably more beautiful than others. Since there are more cities in the world than one can possibly visit in a lifetime, there are surely some that we’ve missed, but we can wager a pretty safe bet on which are ten of the most beautiful cities in the world, that probably most visitors can appreciate.

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  • Top 10 free art galleries worth visiting

    Art is never cheap, and if it’s good art we’re talking about, you probably have to pay a lot to see it. Or maybe not? When you are going traveling, it’s only natural to save some money for entry fees to museums, galleries, historical sites and other attractions.

    And while some galleries will not let you off the hook too easily, there are several museums where you can admire all the art you want – for free, because that’s how the best things in life are. So here are the top 10 free art galleries that you should visit during your travels.

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