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.

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.

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.

Foreigners Can Now Travel To India’s Northeast Without A Permit

Officials in the Parliament of India have just revealed that travelers can visit the Northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland without a permit. This new policy will hopefully make it more enticing for travelers to visit this naturally beautiful and culturally rich area of the Asian nation.

Restrictions on visiting these Northeastern regions began during the British colonial period. Foreigners weren’t allowed to travel at all here during this time due to fears over war with neighboring countries.

Although people have been able to visit the Northeast in the past few decades, it was a tiring process that required a ton of paperwork. Interested tourists had to be either married to someone from the areas or go with an official tour group. It wasn’t uncommon for permits to take months to get processed in New Delhi.

There are, however, a few restrictions the Indian government still has on visiting the Northeast. For instance, officials still won’t allow people into areas like Arunachal Pradesh or any other area it believes is unsafe.

Many of the people who live in these three Northeastern states live in tribal communities atop the area’s hills. Travel experts have dubbed this region the “Switzerland of India” due to all of its natural grandeur. Some of the key tourist spots in these newly opened states include the Keibul Lamjao National Park, Neermahal Palace, and the Sumi Baptist Church.

In total, India is composed of 29 states, seven of which are in the Northeastern region. All of these states have borders with nations like Myanmar, Bhutan, China, and Bangladesh.

Kim Dao Reviews Newly Opened Tokyo Pokémon Café

Kim Dao is one of the most famous Australian travel vloggers on YouTube. Although Kim has traveled to many countries in Asia, Oceania, and Europe, her most popular videos have to do with Japan. One of Kim’s latest vlogs takes interested tourists to one of Tokyo’s hottest new Pokémon-themed cafés.

Anyone who knows about Kim Dao knows that she’s obsessed with all things Pokémon. So, it’s understandable that Kim Dao is super excited to share her experience at this new café with her subscribers at the start of her vlog.

Before she gets to enjoy food at this new café, however, Kim Dao says she has to do filming and editing work at the Tokyo Creative studio in Shibuya. When she gets to Shibuya Crossing, Kim shows us all the crowds of people passing by at this famous landmark.

After a hard day’s work, it’s finally time for Kim Dao to visit the new Pokémon café with friends. She first decides to order the carbonara for ¥1,480. She also orders a fruit ice cream parfait dessert that has a Pikachu theme.

While she’s eating her Pokémon-inspired food, Kim Dao spots a giant Pikachu dancing around the store. This cute Pikachu is wearing an adorable chef’s outfit.

At the end of the vlog, Kim Dao highly recommends anyone visiting Tokyo visit the Pokémon Café. Although it’s a bit expensive, Kim believes the quality of the food and service merits the price. Tourists can easily find this café nearby the Pokémon Center in Nihonbashi.

China Southern Slashing Prices to Entice Visitors

As leisure travel to and from China is on the upswing, airlines are striking while the iron is hot. Government-owned and operated China Southern is offering a special introductory fare on its premium economy seats in an effort to encourage travel from London to the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The special fares offer the premium seats for the same price as economy. Offered just three times per week, this route will exclusively use Airbus A330 aircraft.

China Southern is seeking to capitalize on the boom in Chinese travel while also enticing visitors to check out the city of Wuhan. The airline is additionally offering great deals to the Chinese city of Guangzhou and beyond to international destinations such as Auckland, Sydney, and Bangkok. Nick Newman, the commercial manager at the UK division of China Southern said that the airline is in an introductory phase attempting to convince travelers to choose travel to China over other destinations. The hook is the premium seats at economy prices.

Comparing prices in the coming months demonstrates the airline’s commitment to this strategy. When examing routes to Sydney from London, China Southern boasted the lowest fares of any airline, often at hundreds of pounds cheaper than its competitors. One of the chief initiatives is to promote travel from Europe to Australia by way of China.

As a partner in the SkyTeam Alliance, China Southern is a relatively new airline, founded in 1998 as part of the country’s realignment of its state-owned airlines.

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.

Saudi Arabia taking steps to be a top tourist destination

A recent announcement from the General Entertainment Authority, the government entertainment agency highlights steps Saudi Arabia is taking to merge with Hollywood culture.

The General Entertainment Authority shared that it is finalizing deals with Cirque du Soleil and AMC Theaters. This aligns with efforts by the Crown Prince to reform the image of Saudi Arabia, a top oil producing nation. These partnerships, along with other new relationships with festival promotion company IMG Artists, touring company Feld Entertainment, and National Geographic Encounter highlight the potential of Saudi Arabia as an investment opportunity and signals change in the culture. Plans to open cinemas by 2030 show the focus on attempts to modernize the culture and add diversity to the economy.

Cirque du Soleil will premier its first show in September to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s National Day. Saudi Arabia is, geographically, the fifth largest state in Asia, with over 28 million people. Currently, the economy is one of the least diversified, relying heavily on extraction of oil resources. Travel to Saudi Arabia has been difficult. Islamic law is strictly enforced and regulations prohibit the public practice of any form of religion other than Islam. Crimes such as adultery, possession of alcohol/drugs, and homosexual acts can be punishable by death. If you follow the customs and rules, it can be an intriguing and unforgettable trip. With adventures and history, it will broaden your travel experiences. These new cultural items, including movies and shows, will continue to work to increase tourism to the country.