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.

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.

Five Cities With The Best Hotels Revealed In Lastminute.com Report

The travel company lastminute.com used its extensive data on hotel bookings and reviews to compile a list of the best cities for hotels in five regions of the world. In addition to listing the cities with the best hotels, lastminute.com revealed the best attractions and ideal times to travel in each location.

 

Starting off in Europe, lastminute.com chose the Spanish capital Madrid as it’s top pick. Reviewers had a tough time choosing a top sight in Madrid, but they recommended taking in the city’s exceptional art museums or relaxing on Gran Via. According to this list, the best times to visit Madrid are between March – May or September – November.

 

Moving on to North America, lastminute.com chose Houston as it’s premiere pick. Tourists who only have a day or two to spare in Houston are advised to stay in the downtown area. Weather-wise, the best time to visit this Texan city is between February – April or September – November.

 

The city of Montevideo won the award for the best hotels in South America. One of the best areas in the city for tourists is the historic Ciudad Vieja to the west of Plaza Independencia. People who want to visit Uruguay’s capital when it’s nice and warm should book their trip between October – March.

 

South Africa’s Cape Town came in first in lastminute.com’s list of the best African cities for hotels. A few activities writers suggested doing while in Cape Town include walking on the city’s beaches, climbing up Lion’s Head, and eating at Constantia. Peak weather season in Cape Town is between January – April.

 

Lastly, the best city for hotels in Asia & Oceania is Guangzhou, China. Although Guangzhou is fully modernized, it has many links to the ancient past at sites like the Guangxiao Temple. It’s best to visit Guangzhou between October – December.

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.