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.

London’s Sweet Tooth Tours Now Offers A Guided Tour Of Soho

A new dessert taste testing area was just added to London’s Sweet Tooth Tours roster. This new tasty tour leads guests around the British capital’s Soho district to test five of the area’s latest and greatest cafés and bakeries.

Groups of no more than six get instant access to some of Soho’s superb shops offering sugary treats. In addition to enjoying delicious desserts, guests get to learn about the people and history behind these exquisite confections.

In addition to the five pastries, guests also get a hot beverage and one bottle of water on their tour. All tours are designed and led by professional pastry chef Lynne Staartjes, to ensure high-quality.

Staartjes, how was trained at the Cordon Bleu, initially started the Sweet Tooth Tours in 2017. In interviews with the press, Staartjes says she created these tours to combine her three greatest passions: London, meeting new people, and, of course, desserts.

Besides the Soho tour, interested visitors could choose to book tours like signature Belgravia tour, sugar & spice, vegan-friendly, and a bespoke tour. There’s also a private tour for those who are willing to spend a bit extra.

Most taste testing sessions last about 2.5 hours. All of the available tour days are listed on the Sweet Tooth Tours’ website. Prices range from £58 to £400 per person.

Today, Sweet Tooth Tours is gaining more mainstream attention in the UK thanks to positive reviews in major newspapers. Just two major publications to feature stories on Sweet Tooth Tours include The Guardian and Town & Country.

People can learn more about Sweet Tooth Tours and book a tour of their own at https://www.sweettoothtours.com/. Sweet Tooth Tours also has a big social media presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Berlin as an Excellent Location to Visit

Berlin is a city that has been both the focal point of good memories and bad. As a previous location for the world Olympics, the city received excellent publicity. Unfortunately, this publicity turned sour when the Nazi regime took over the country, officially tainting the reputation of the city for years. Now, in the modern day world, Berlin has a healthier position with the rest of the world. Germany is seen as a powerful force in Western Europe and one that supports the European Union with its high ranking economy and excellent engineering schools. The city has become the location for tourists of Europe, with its nice night life scene and its luxurious hotel choices, as outlined in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/berlin-germany).

Germany is a great location for tourists to visit, especially history nuts and Holocaust researchers. The location offers the option to visit locations relevant to World war II, giving access to previous Nazi factories, brew houses, and ruined concentration camps. If you are not history savvy Berlin offers a multitude of different entertainment options, with live music, excellent bars and fantastic restaurants open all hours of the day and night.

While many people visit Europe not many see the relevance in visiting Berlin. This is quickly changing as Germany is quickly redeveloping into a country that matters to the rest of the world. This economic giant is a great place to visit, both for business and if you just want to take your family somewhere different.

Osaka as the Main Attraction for Luxury

Japan is quickly becoming the main stopping point for tourists looking for a safe country to visit. The rich cultural landscape and beautiful mountain ranges make it an ideal location for anyone seeking something different. One location that tourists go to is the major city of Osaka, which is located on the western side of the main island of Honshu. Osaka has a rich cultural landscape, which is deeply seeded into the past. While other cities in Japan have embraced western ideas and are focused on westernizing generally through the adoption of English as a second language, Osaka remains true to Japanese traditional values which makes it an incredible destination for those interested in seeing how the real Japan is. One of the main things to look at in Osaka is lodging as the city has its fair share of luxury hotels, as outlined on Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/osaka-japan).

These hotels offer an interesting combination of familiar Western amenities with traditional Japanese settings. Not only are you able to sit back and enjoy a good night of watching movies on a TV but also have the ability to enjoy the experience of an authentic tea ceremony in action. This combination of East and West means that tourists can experience the ultimate of traveling trip. The experiences witnessed on such a trip can be told to family members for years to come. This is a big deal for trip enthusiasts and those interested in Asia alike. Osaka is the ultimate location to visit.

Japan as the Ultimate Tourist Location

Japan probably does not strike you as being a very interesting place to travel to as a tourist. The modern industrial complex of the country and the fact that much of the traditional rural areas are devoid of life makes the cost of the trip not especially appealing to those not accustomed to what is available. Surprisingly, as mentioned in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2018/04/04/japans-richest-2018-tourism-takeover/#e4a95f8554a1), Japan is actually seeing a massive increase in tourism lately, to a degree that it may be able to significantly boost the economy of the country and move it into a new period of national prosperity.

The main sights of Japan to see are the traditional architecture and culture that the country still provides. Japan itself is a vibrant combination of new and old, which is unique to the country as it was forced to modernize from a feudal society of sword wielding warriors into one that used railroads and muskets within a time span of roughly twenty years. This unique perspective makes the cultural landscape, mannerisms of the Japanese people, and tourist locations especially interesting to tourists from the West.

One of the most popular sights to visit in Japan is the old capital city of Kyoto. Kyoto at one point in time was the seat of the Emperor and had been for hundreds of years. The city to this day represents this rich historical background with its elaborate Buddhist and Shinto temples. Japan is quickly becoming the place to go for Western tourists.

Vlogger Kim Dao Releases New Video On Travel To Osaka

Anyone who’s dreamed of traveling to Japan has probably run across YouTuber Kim Dao’s videos online. Over the past few years, this Australian vlogger has produced some of the most viewed vlogs dealing with Japanese travel, culture, and fashion.

In one of her latest videos, Kim takes viewers on a three-day trip around the popular city Osaka. She also spends some time in this vlog touring the nearby historic city Nara. First-time travelers to Japan can’t afford to miss the travel information Kim shares in this recent vlog.

First off, Kim gives her viewers details on visiting one of Osaka’s major sites: Osaka Castle. It costs Kim ¥600 to get inside this majestic castle built way back in 1583 AD. When she reaches the top of the castle, Kim Dao shows us incredible panoramic views of Downtown Osaka.

After taking in the views, Kim Dao walks inside to learn more about the castle’s long history. Originally built for the leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle faced many challenges throughout its long life including lightning storms and invasions. The version of the castle standing today was completed in 1997.

Once she’s done learning her Japanese history, Kim takes a train to the Namba region of Osaka. She then takes us to Shinsaibashi, one of the most popular shopping streets in the city.

When she reaches Dōtombori, Kim Dao takes a picture by the famous Glico man advertisement and encourages all tourists to do the same. Since there’s so much to do in Dōtombori, Kim recommends every traveler schedule at least a few hours to check out all the nightlife, restaurants, and shops in the area.

To find out more about Kim’s tips for traveling to Osaka or Nara, be sure to check out her official YouTube page.

Ryanair Teams Up with LaudaMotion to Provide Bargain Airfares

Irish air carrier Ryanair announced this week that it is teaming up with the new Austrian airline LaudaMotion to offer low-cost airfares to travelers flying within Europe. LaudaMotion is an upstart budget airline founded by former Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
The new airline will be based out of Vienna and will serve much of Europe. Ryanair will initially offer a 24.9% stake in the LaudaMotion. Upon approval by the European Union regulatory officials, this stake could rise to as much as 75% of the company.

This move is meant to increase competition in the market space currently dominated by European and international airline giant Lufthansa. LaudaMotion will offer flights from originating points in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and will travel to popular short-haul vacation destinations. Germany flights will begin this week, with flights from Switzerland launching in April, and Austria beginning in June. Tickets are on sale already with a starting price point of 59 euros (approximately $74).

To promote growth, Ryanair has agreed to lease six of its Boeing 737s to LaudaMotion and an additional 30 more aircraft within the next three years. Ryanair has also committed to providing LaudaMotion with 50 million euros (approximately $61 million) in operational funding. Aviation experts predict that LaudaMotion will grow quickly now that it has access to Ryanair’s established financial resources and aircraft. The big winners in this partnership will be European travelers who will now be provided with greater travel options and lower fares.

Singapore Ranked World’s Most Pricey City!

According to a survey that took into account a multitude of factors, such as the cost of bread, gas and wine, Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world. Also, due to the tumbling U.S. dollar, the cities of Los Angeles and New York did not rank as highly as they did last year. Finishing in the 14th and 13th spots respectively, these American hotspots were far from the top.

Although some other Asian cities did make the most expensive list, many European cities also cracked the top 10. With Zurich and Paris in a dead heat for the second spot, Oslo, Copenhagen and Geneva also popped up. Although Tokyo has been making these kinds of lists for a very long time now—and even headlining most of them—the Japanese city actually finished in the eleventh spot this year. Directly above Tokyo was the Australian city of Sydney, which shot up a whopping four positions since last year.

As far as the Middle East goes, Tel Aviv was the only city to crack the list. But with geopolitics swirling and churning up quite a storm lately, it seems as if anything could happen with the economies of all cities making this list in 2018. Regardless, it should be interesting to see if Singapore manages to snag the top spot again in 2019!

3 Spots to Find Immense Natural Beauty

Many travelers love to look at stunning landscapes when they travel. There are some very unusual places to see on earth. Here are a few ideas for world travelers that they might want to consider in 2018.

Danakil Desert

National Geographic has named the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia one of the cruelest places on earth because it is one of the hottest, lowest and driest places on earth. It is also home to an amazing volcano with numerous bubbling lava lakes that light up the night sky. Visitors often see long lines of camels being led across the great salt pans as they carry salt to market. The vivid colors of the hydrothermal field make visitors feel like they have left earth and traveled to another planet.

Vatnajökull National Park

While many travelers to Iceland focus on visiting Pingvellir, Gullfoss and the Blue Lagoon, the ice field in Vatnajokull National Park is a stunning natural landscape to see. The best time to go is from mid-July to the end of August when all areas of the park are normally open. Therefore, glacier hiking and camping may make a great break from the heat.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

New Zealand offers a great variety of scenery including beaches, mountains, lakes and glaciers, but one of the most unusual landscapes is their Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The rachnocampa luminosa give off a luminescent light providing an eerie glow as you take a boat ride through their home. Blackwater rafting through the caves is an experience visitors are likely to never forget.

While there are many different beautiful spots on earth, these three offer something truly unique.

Rare $500 Tickets To Brussels Now Offered At Major American

There’s no excuse for putting your European dream vacation on the backburner this year. Major airlines in dozens of American cities are now offering extremely cheap plane fares to Brussels, Belgium.

So, just how cheap are these discounted tickets? The most you’ll have to pay is in the $500-range. In some cases, these tickets could go as low as $400.

These prices are exceptional values for the busy spring and summer travel seasons. Indeed, the average price for tickets to Europe in the springtime is around $800 and summer travel could be around $1,000.

Some of the major airlines participating in this discount include Lufthansa, Air Canada, Delta, and Air France. Almost all of the major cities in the USA should have these discounted tickets available right now. Unless you’re flying out of New York, however, you’ll most likely have to make one stop before you arrive in Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU).

The dates available for this discount vary depending on what city you’re planning on flying out from. As of today, there are still plenty of tickets available between March – May and a few in August.

Even if people aren’t interested in visiting Brussels, it’s still a good idea to take advantage of these ticket prices. From BRU, travelers can easily book a transfer flight to other major European cities.

Anyone interested in these prices has to act fast before other savvy travelers snatch them up. Travel experts recommend visiting the website Momondo to have the best shot of scoring a few of these cheap flights to Belgium.