Bratislava Is The Cheapest European City For Tourists, New Report Reveals

According to London’s Luton Airport, the cheapest European city UK residents could visit is Bratislava. In their new report, analysts claim the average price for a UK tourist could fly, eat, and stay in this great Slovakian city for an incredible £113 per person.

 

This news couldn’t come at a better time for the average UK globe-trekker. Tourism data shows UK residents are far more prone to take shorter trips to European cities than long-term vacations.

 

In fact, the number of people in the UK who took a four-day vacation went up by about 170 percent from 1996 to 2016. In that same time period, the number of UK workers who took a 14-night vacation went down by almost 30 percent.

 

Analysts involved in this study looked into factors like the average cost of a round-trip flight out of Luton, a reservation at a three-star hotel, and a three-course dinner at a good hotel. A few other features included in each destination’s final price include tickets to one major attraction, one luxury coffee, public transportation costs, and a beer.

 

This new report claims it now costs a low £36 to fly from Luton to Bratislava. Once guests get into Bratislava, they can enjoy a full meal for two for only £27 and a beer for less than £2.

 

If Bratislava doesn’t tickle your fancy, then perhaps you’d like to go to Luton’s second pick: Warsaw. People can expect to pay about £127 per person to this historic Polish city.

 

In third cheapest destination for UK tourists is the Hungarian capital of Budapest, which also costs about £127 per person. Visitors can buy a ticket from Luton to Budapest for a cool £55 and book a quality hotel for about £37 per night.

 

From four to ten, here are the rest of the cities on Luton’s list: Riga, Athens, Dubrovnik, Prague, Palma, Valetta, and Lisbon.

Nick Vertucci’s New Book Teachers Entrepreneurs How To Have The Balls To Succeed

Nick Vertucci has it all: a beautiful wife, three daughters, a fantastic home, and multiple thriving businesses.

However, life wasn’t always this way for Vertucci.

Growing up, Nick Vertucci’s family struggled financially.

The family’s financial woes increased when Nick’s dad passed away, leading Nick to decide early on that he wanted to earn enough money to provide an excellent life for his family.

Doing so took trial and error.

The real estate agent struck it rich as a young adult selling computer accessories. During this time, Nick married and had three daughters.

The Vertucci household lived quite comfortably until the dot com crash happened in 2000, leaving Nick in debt.

Nick tried to climb his way out of debt, but it seemed to him that the more he tried to pull himself out of debt, the deeper into debt he fell.

The cavalry came, however, when a friend of Nick’s invited him to attend a 3-day real estate class.

Something clicked in Nick that day, and his life hasn’t been the same since.

While at that class, Nick knew that real estate would be the machine that would build his family’s wealth.

That was years ago.

Today, Nick Vertucci is a successful real estate investor who teaches others how to find the same success.

With the use of his school, which he named The Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy, his radio show, The Real Estate Investing Hour, and his great new book, Seven Figure Decisions: Having the Balls to Succeed, Nick leads his followers on a journey to success.

  • His book actually provides a road map to success.
  • According to Nick Vertucci, the road to success consists of four steps:
  • See It. You must have a clear vision of what you want if you are going to accomplish anything. Remember: where there is no vision, the people perish.
  • Believe It. Great job on getting a vision! Now, see yourself living that dream!
  • Map It. Can you see yourself living the life of your dreams? If so, that’s great! Now construct a plan that will help you to reach your goals. Your plan should consist of step-by-step goals that are fully achievable.
  • Execute It. After you have constructed for yourself a plan that is sure to succeed, follow it! Putting your plan into action may be a humbling experience, but it will also be a rewarding and empowering one!

Pro Photographer/Traveler Shares Panoramic Pictures Of Sublime Cathedrals

A New York photographer and avid traveler is showing off unique vertical panoramic pics of some of the world’s most famous cathedrals.

 

Professional photographer Richard Silver, the owner of richardsilverphoto.com, has been fascinated by cathedral architecture ever since he was a boy growing up in the Big Apple. As a child, Silver often craned his neck to see the intricate murals atop many of NYC’s most famous churches.

 

Although he admired the artistry of these ceiling designs in person, Silver knew there must be a more comfortable way to enjoy these masterpieces. So, Silver set to work using his skills in photography and technology to capture this magic of cathedral architecture for the world to enjoy.

 

Using Photoshop stitching, Silver has been able to put together extremely unique vertical panoramic images of cathedrals from around the world. In total, Silver has captured at least 300 different churches from well over 30 countries.

 

Out of the approximately 450 churches Silver has visited in his life, some of his favorites include Paris’s Basilique Notre-Dame Du Perpétuel Secours and, of course, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in his hometown. Even though he’s seen and taken pictures of so many churches, Silver says he is still excited every time he gets to put together a new photo for his collection.

 

Anyone interested in viewing this collection can check out free images under the “Vertical Churches” tab on Silver’s main website. Silver also has many other photos from his travels available on this website from countries like Japan, France, Italy, and Vietnam.

For Adventurous Tourists: The Ten Least Visited Nations On Earth

Many tourists crave authentic experiences with locals in their journeys to foreign lands. In our age of globalization, however, it’s getting harder to find countries that haven’t already been discovered by hordes of tourists.

 

For people who want to travel “off the beaten path,” the company Intrepid published a list of the ten destinations with the lowest tourist traffic every year. Globe-trekkers who truly want to be surrounded by locals will love visiting any of these ten countries.

 

Coming in at number one on Intrepid’s list is the East African nation of Tanzania. Only about 1.28 million foreigners visit Tanzania each year, which only represents 2.3 percent of the country’s 55.6 million population. Despite it’s poor showing in the travel industry, Tanzania has some of Africa’s most famous attractions, including Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti.

 

According to this study, the second least visited nation on earth is Papua New Guinea, which only welcomes about 198,000 tourists (or 2.45 percent of the nation’s total population). Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea has many great attractions for outdoors enthusiasts like Mount Wilhelm and the Kokoda Trail.

 

Moving on to third place, the African nation Kenya only welcomes about about 1.3 million visitors (2.77 percent of its population) per year. Just like Tanzania, Kenya is a superb destination for people interested in going on a safari, especially during wildebeest migration season between August and September.

 

Counting down from number four to ten, here are the rest of the least visited nations on earth: Indonesia, Egypt, Mozambique, Iran, Columbia, Sri Lanka, and China.

“Dr. Beach” Releases Picks For Best US Beaches Of 2018

When Dr. Stephen Leatherman releases his annual list of America’s best beaches, travel enthusiasts listen. For the past 28 years, this coastal research professor at Florida International University has become so famous for his beach picks that he’s earned the nickname “Dr. Beach.”

 

What makes Dr. Leatherman’s list so special? Well, probably it’s the rigorous criteria he puts each beach he visits through. In total, Leatherman has 50 different points he uses to grade every beach and measure their scores against each other. Just a few of the features Leatherman looks into include the beach’s public safety standards, noise pollution, natural vegetation, and litter.

 

In Dr. Leatherman’s 2018 list, the top prize goes to Hawaii’s Kapalua Bay Beach. Located on the island of Maui, Kapalua Bay Beach’s main positive is its large headlands that were molded out of volcanic magma centuries ago. These headlands protect the pristine waters and provide guests with superb intimacy. A few other pros in Kapalua Bay Beach’s favor include the easy access to snorkeling gear, diversity of fish in the waters, and the excellent selection of restaurants.

 

The only major feature Dr. Leatherman had problems with was that Kapalua’s parking area is too small for his liking. Besides this minor drawback, Leatherman believes American tourists will be hard-pressed to find a more sublime white sand beach this summer.

 

From number two to number ten, here are the rest of Dr. Leatherman’s picks for the best US beaches of 2018: Ocracoke Lifguarded Beach, NC; Grayton Beach State Park, FL; Coopers Beach, NY; Cape Cod, MA; Lighthouse Beach, NC; Clearwater Beach, FL; Hapuna Beach State Park, HI; Coronado Beach, CA; and Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, SC.

TripAdvisor Reveals The Top Landmarks Of 2018

The travel website TripAdvisor just released its 2018 list of the world’s most popular landmarks. Writers behind this study said they determined their findings using a sophisticated algorithm able to measure the number of positive reviews for all the landmarks listed on their site over the past year.

 

Number one this year went to northern Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat Archeological Park. Situated near the city of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat measures about 155 square miles, making it one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat has one of the world’s most impressive collections of Hindu and Buddhist-inspired architecture.

 

Spain’s Plaza de España in Seville took the second place on this year’s landmark list. Created in 1928 for a major exhibition, guests absolutely love the Plaza de España’s ideal location in the Parque de María Luisa.

 

Winner of the third place spot on TripAdvisor’s list was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dubai. Although this opulent mosque has the largest carpet in the world, it is not the largest in the world. Saudi Arabia’s holy Masjid al-Haram, of course, has the distinction as the world’s largest mosque.

 

Coming in fourth place this year was the Vatican City’s Saint Peter’s Basilica. With an interior length of 693 feet and a width of 450 feet at the transept, this masterful basilica remains the largest Roman Catholic church in the world.

 

Another major site in Spain clinched the fifth place position on TripAdvisor’s 2018 landmarks list. The Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, which was initially a mosque, is now one of Spain’s most impressive Roman Catholic cathedrals. Visitors are especially impressed with this church’s hundreds of columns made with precious materials like onyx and jasper.

 

From number six to ten, here are the rest of the top picks on TripAdvisor’s 2018 list: the Taj Mahal, Duomo di Milano, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Budapest’s Houses of Parliament.

 

Disney Theme Parks Remain The World’s Most Popular, New Study Shows

Every year the non-profit Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the firm AECOM collect attendance data at the world’s biggest theme parks, water parks, and museums. Just recently, the two groups published their intriguing findings from the 2017 tourism season.

 

Overall, Walt Disney Attractions had the highest attendance in 2017 with 150 million guests worldwide. That’s an increase of 6.8 percent from 2016’s numbers. Second and third place in this category went to Merlin Entertainments Group and Universal Parks & Resorts, respectively.

 

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Orlando dominated this year’s list for the most visited theme parks. Study authors note this mainly had to do with the opening of the new Avatar-themed area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay.

 

First place in the global theme park category went to Disney’s iconic Magic Kingdom in Orlando, which brought in roughly 20.4 million tourists in 2017. While it’s only a 0.3 percent increase from 2016, the Magic Kingdom remains the best performing theme park in the world.

 

The second most popular theme park in 2017 was Anaheim’s Disneyland and the third was Tokyo Disneyland. Universal Studios was able to clinch the fourth spot with its Osaka theme park, but Disney also took home the number five position with its Tokyo DisneySea.

 

With a recent $10 billion investment, analysts don’t expect Orlando to lose its dominant position in the tourism industry anytime soon. In fact, study authors believe Orlando will only grow in the ensuing years with the future development of restaurants, shopping areas, and more themed attractions.

WalletHub Releases List Of Top US Summer Travel Destinations

The company WalletHub just released their 2018 picks for the best American cities for a summer vacation. While all of these locations have plenty of attractions, one of the main priorities with these choices was affordability.

 

Analysts behind this list researched 100 major metropolitan areas across the USA using six main criteria: ease of travel, local costs, number of attractions, weather, activities, and safety. After ranking each of these locations, they averaged out the scores to find out what city offered the best bang for a traveler’s buck.

 

The overall best city for a summer vacation according to WalletHub is Washington, DC. One of the main draws to the nation’s capital is the fact that so many iconic attractions like the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian museums are 100 percent free.

 

Number two on WalletHub’s list is a popular city for kids (and kids at heart): Orlando. Of course, Orlando’s main strength is its world-renowned theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Seaworld.

 

Coming in at third place is Austin, Texas. Study authors note Austin is the perfect city for people who want a summer vacation filled with award-winning live music concerts.

 

From number four to ten, here are the rest of WalletHub’s absolute best picks for summer destinations: Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Houston.

 

In terms of individual categories, here’s how the winners sorted out: Cincinnati took the prize in the ease of travel category, Oklahoma City won for the lowest local costs, Los Angeles had the most attractions, Honolulu had the best weather, New York City had the most activities guests could participate in, and Maine’s Portland won for the safest travel destination.

Huge Italian Restaurant Opens In Paris’s 13th Arrondissement

Even expert foodies have a difficult time getting into Paris’s many chic restaurants. Thankfully for tourists, one of the hottest new restaurants in The City of Lights also happens to be the largest in the country.

 

This trendy new restaurant is named La Felicità and measures approximately 43,000 square feet. This restaurant also includes a bar area, a beer garden, and a terrace able to hold 500 people. Chefs working in five kitchens should be able to handle even the busiest crowds.

 

As you could probably tell from the name, La Felicità focuses on Italian fare. For those who aren’t in the mood for pizza & pasta, La Felicità also has an extensive list of classic American burgers.

 

Besides enjoying savory meals with friends & family, the creators of La Felicità wanted to make their restaurant a special experience for guests. Throughout the year, staff at La Felicità schedule special live music events, activities for children, and even World Cup parties Waiters with carts of fresh gelato also circulate around the restaurant at all times.

 

Interestingly, La Felicità is situated in Paris’s industrial 13th arrondissement. In the past, tourists used to avoid this area of Paris mainly because of the lack of major landmarks. Nowadays, however, the 13th arrondissement has experienced a resurgence thanks in large part to new restaurants and a vibrant street art scene.

 

Situated in the southeast of Paris, the 13th arrondissement’s best-known building is the National Library of France. Probably the most visited area of the city is the Chinatown district located in the southern area of the arrondissement.

 

People in Paris can visit La Felicità any day of the week between 8AM and 2AM. You can find La Felicità at 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol.

YouTuber Kim Dao Won’t Be Posting As Many Japan Travel Vlogs

Although she was born in Australia, Kim Dao has made a name for herself on YouTube as the go-to guide for all things Japan. Ever since she moved to Japan for work, Kim has produced hundreds of videos helping first-time travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun make them most out of their voyage.

 

In the near future, however, fans might not see many videos of Kim exploring the streets of cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. A new video entitled “Leaving Japan Again!” on Kim’s vlog channel explains why.

 

In this video, Kim takes us with her to her office at Tokyo Creative and explains how she’s going to be flying soon to her hometown of Perth. After she grabs some food at Taco Bell, Kim films her journey on Singapore Airlines first to Singapore Changi Airport and then to Perth Airport.

 

When Kim gets home, her dog Yuki greets her with tons of energy. Kim shows her viewers all of the Pokémon toys she shipped from Tokyo to her parent’s home in Perth and Yuki can’t resist trying to tear a few Pokéballs to shreds.

 

Kim doesn’t explain a whole lot in this video because she is super stressed with the demands of her job. She says she has to get at least two professional quality videos out to various clients, so she has to keep these vlogs short. Viewers can expect a few new vlogs from Japan on her secondary channel, but they probably won’t be posted as often as before.