A Culturally Diverse Israeli Cycling Team Travels the World Bringing a Message of Peace and Coexistance

The Israeli Cycling Academy was founded in December 2014 and includes members with similar social values including members of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Their mission is to become ambassadors for peace. They plan to serve as role models for a younger generation that people from different countries, with different beliefs, can work together toward a common goal.

The 2018 team includes champions like Israel’s Roy Goldstein, Spain’s Ruben Plaza, Italy’s Kristian Sbaragli, and Turkish rider Ahmet Orkin. Having a Turkish and an Israeli rider on the same team sends a message of coexistence and peace.

In 2017 the Israeli Cycling Academy competed across three continents, including Australia, South America, and Europe. This diverse team includes members with strong ability but who wouldn’t be able to really show off their skills in their home countries.

The Giro D’Italia is a race second only to the Tour de France in the competitive biking world. This team will compete in a traditional race that will leave the continent of Europe for the first time and pass through Israel.

The Israeli Cycling Academy has members from 22 countries if you count support staff, trainers, and technicians. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsors including De Rosa Road-racing bikes of Italy sponsor the team.

“The vision and main goal of the team is to instill a love of cycling among young Israelis from all backgrounds,“ Roni Baron of the Peres Center and co-founder of the team said in November. The team for 2018 includes riders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

20 Michelin Stars Enhance Bangkok’s Status As A Culinary Capital

If you’re still looking for excuses to finally book a trip to Bangkok, the city’s first Michelin Guide was released at the start of December. In total, Michelin handed out 20 stars to 17 Bangkok-based restaurants.

Only three of these 17 restaurants received two stars each. These restaurants include the Indian-themed Gaggan, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok’s Le Normandie, and Lebua Hotel’s Mezzaluna.

But perhaps the most famous Michelin star winner in Bangkok was the street-food vendor Jay Fai. Located at 327 Samran Rat Intersection, Phra Nakhon, Jay Fai serves exceptional crab omelets and crab curries to hungry locals every day of the year. Fai was awarded one Michelin star.

The 13 remaining restaurants received one star each. These restaurants include the following names: Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Ginza Sushi Ichi, Bo.Lan, J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, Nahm, Saneh Jaan, Suhring, Savelberg, Paste, Chim by Siam Winsdom, Elements, L’atelier de Joel Robuchon, and Upstairs at Mikkeller.

Many Thais were surprised only one of the city’s famed street-food vendors made the cut for a Michelin star. In particular, locals were disappointed that Tipsamai Pad Thai near Golden Mount didn’t earn a spot in Michelin’s 2018 Guide.

All of these Michelin stars greatly enhance Bangkok’s status as one of Asia’s premier cities for high-class dining. Many culinary experts now consider Bangkok on par with cities like Tokyo, Macau, and Singapore.

Michelin officials released their 2018 Bangkok Guide at an event in the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. After the awards were handed out, Siam Kempinski staff hosted a gala dinner with dishes from other Michelin-starred chefs. Tickets to this special event cost $614 per person.

Travel + Leisure Announces Top 15 Cities In Europe

Spain and Italy claimed most of the top prizes in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 reader’s survey of the top tourist draws in Europe. Out of this list of 15 cities, eight spots went to locales in these two nations.

The top prize went to Italy’s Florence. This shouldn’t come as a shock to readers, especially considering Florence won the top honor ten out of the past eleven years. Out of a possible score of 100, Florence got a 90.75.

Italy also clinched second place with the capital city Rome. “The Eternal City” raked in a score of 89.73 from Travel + Leisure’s readers.

Coming in third place was Spain’s second largest city: Barcelona. Barcelona’s score of 89.52 was extremely close to Rome this year.

Rounding out the top five European cities on this list were San Sebastián in Spain and Hungary’s capital Budapest. These two cities scored 89.52 and 89.19, respectively.

The only other nation that had more than one city on this year’s list was Portugal. The Portuguese capital Lisbon came in tenth place and the city of Porto came in ninth. Travel experts say this is yet more evidence of Portugal’s rising status as a major player in the European tourism industry. Both cities scored in the 88-point range.

Travel + Leisure authors asked readers to rank major tourist destinations in areas such as friendliness, cost, food quality, shopping opportunities, and cultural experiences. Respondents praised Florence’s efforts to preserve its cultural identity by blocking off fast-food chains from the city center and planning renovations at the Uffizi Gallery.

From sixth place to fifteenth, this is how Travel + Leisure’s list broke down: Siena, Seville, Kraków, Porto, Lisbon, Prague, Venice, Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Madrid.

3 Romantic Places to Ring in 2018

If you are looking for a place to hang out with some friends to see 2017 out, then you may want to consider an Airbnb. There are some unique choices that would be super for you and a gang of friends.

Irish Castle

You and 11 of your closest friends can celebrate at an Irish castle near Galway, Ireland. Prepare your own feast in the well-stocked kitchen before serving it in the formal dining room. Then, head upstairs to dance in the new year in the great hall as the clock strikes midnight.

Ski Chalet in France

Hit the slopes on December 31 before relaxing with 10 of your friends at your own private chalet in the Mont Blanc region of France. Soak sore muscles away in the secluded hot tub before snuggling up in front of the fireplace to welcome 2018 in with someone special.

Private Island in the Philippines

Relax in the warm tropical atmosphere by staying in your own bungalow on this private island escape located just three hours from Manila. Enjoy seeing your own lake out your bedroom window when you first wake up in 2018. This one-bedroom home is the perfect place to escape the winter doldrums.

These three places each have their own unique style, so choose the one that is right for you. Then, decide who you want to spend New Year’s Eve with as it may be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Want to Travel the World? Here Are Some Helpful Resources

Do you have a dream of traveling the world? If you do, these resources will help you out, according to the Huffington Post. First of all, you might need a way to bring in income. The American International English Teachers Association will help you get a job teaching students English as a second language. If you have a college degree and you are a native English speaker, you may very well be able to find a job that will also offer you housing. The association will also take care of getting you a visa.

You can also join the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps does not charge you, and they will make sure that you will actually benefit other communities. There are other benefits, such as student loan benefits. You will also get access to housing and dental help.

If you want, you can join The Federation of World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. They will help you connect with farms around the world so you can get an idea of what the earth is like and work on a farm.

Another thing that you may want to check out is called Escape the City. Escape the City will help you find jobs in remote locations. If you want to have a good job and a good career, but you want to find it in a place that is away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city, you can find it on Escape the City.

Instagram Reveals Top 10 “Instagramed” Cities For 2017

A team of researchers at social media giant Instagram compiled a list of the top Instagramed cities of 2017. Analysts used geotag data between January 1st and November 17th to come up with this year’s list of the most popular places on earth for travelers to post Instagram selfies.

Unsurprisingly, New York City took the top spot yet again in this year’s survey. The Big Apple is home to three of the world’s most frequently Instagramed locations: Central Park, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The number two spot went to Moscow this year. Study authors say that the Russian capital is becoming a great center for creative talents. Of course, the number one Instagrammed spot in Moscow is the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

London moved down from second to third place in this year’s study. While many people still take Instagram selfies by historic sites like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge, modern buildings like the Shard are also appearing on Instagram more often.

The number four most Instagramed city goes to São Paulo, Brazil. An extremely popular place to take an Instagram photo in this sprawling metropolis is at the graffiti-filled Batman Alley.

La belle Paris comes in at number five on the 2017 Instagram list. Obviously, the most iconic spot to snap a pic in this romantic city is by the Eiffel Tower, but the Louvre Museum is quite popular too.

Counting down from number six to number ten, here are the rest of the cities that made Instagram’s 2017 list: Los Angeles, St. Petersburg (Russia), Jakarta, Istanbul, and Barcelona.

Dublin Travel Pros Share A Few Tips For First-Time Visitors

Everyone who visits Dublin, Ireland, usually heads straight for the Guinness Storehouse. While the Guinness Storehouse is a definite “must-see” attraction, there are so many other wonderful things to do in the Irish capital. Seasoned Irish travelers have just put together a list of great places to visit in “dear dirty Dublin” that often don’t get as much attention in travel brochures.

First off, travel experts advise visitors to wake up early and tour the historic campus of Trinity College before it gets too crowded. It’s a great idea to book a tour so you can skip the line to see the incredible Book of Kells in the college’s library.

After you’re done walking around Trinity College, take a stroll to the nearby Temple Bar area. Although most tourists visit this area to have a drink in one of the many Irish pubs, expert Dublin travelers say there are many underrated shops in this district shop-a-holics must check out.

Classical music lovers should make a quick stop down Fishamble Street near Temple Bar. It in a theatre on this street that George Frideric Handel first performed his celebrated Messiah way back in 1742.

Looking for an excellent distillery (besides Guinness) to tour while in Dublin? Why not try the Teeling Distillery in Newmarket for an authentic taste of Irish whiskey? One great thing for tourists about Teeling Distillery is that it’s only a short walk away from another major Dublin draw: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Expert Dublin travelers highly recommend visiting Toner’s and Shelbourne Hotel’s Horseshoe Bar for some of the best pints of Guinness in the city. For hotels, travel experts recommend trying out Number 31 and The Dean.

New Study Reveals Top 30 Cities Millennials Want To Live In

The apartment aggregator website Nestpick recently released a list of the top 30 cities for people under the age of 30.

The major factors Nestpick analysts looked at when choosing these youth-friendly cities included the quality of public transport, unemployment rates, and the overall cost of living. Researchers also looked into things that might be important for young people, including Internet connection, the number of tech stores, and LGBTQ equality.

Although there are a few exceptions, mostly all of the cities on Nestpick’s list are in Europe.

Nestpick’s number one city for people under 30 is Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Amsterdam has had a reputation as one of the most liberal and student-friendly cities in the entire world. The cost of living in Amsterdam is also far cheaper than other major cities in Western Europe.

The German capital of Berlin came in at number two on Nestpick’s list. Thanks in large part to the strength of the German economy, Berlin is one of the trendiest and most youthful capitals in Western Europe. Surprisingly, Berlin is also one of the cheaper major European cities to live in and is one of the favorite cities of today’s starving artists.

Yet another German city gets the bronze place prize on Nestpick’s list: Münich. This capital of Bavaria is home to over 1.5 million people and is probably most famous with youngsters for its Oktoberfest beer festival. One thing Nestpick analysts liked about Münich was the employment opportunities in the city’s prominent financial, educational, and engineering centers.

Rounding out the top five on this list include the Portugal’s capital city Lisbon and the Belgian city Antwerp.

From number six to number thirty, the rest of the cities are as follows: Barcelona, Lyon, Cologne, Paris, Vancouver, Lille, Zürich, Valencia, The Hague, Montréal, London, Rotterdam, Nantes, Prague, Helsinki, Manchester, Bordeaux, Auckland, Toronto, Bristol, Oslo, Marseille, Madrid, Vienna, and Glasgow.

Bali Volcano Causing Havoc for Travelers

There’s nothing quite like an erupting volcano to get in the way of your travel plans, which is what many travelers are noticing now that Mount Aguing has reared its ugly head. This is no ordinary eruption, either. With volcanic ash reaching heights of over 13,000 feet, airlines have good reason to become concerned about the safety of flights going in and out of the region. Because volcanic ash can be catastrophic to planes if it is sucked into the engine, airlines must remain vigilant whenever there is an eruption of this magnitude.

Luckily, some of Bali’s busiest airports are far from the site of the volcano. With Mount Aguing erupting for the second time this week, though, visitors to Bali should definitely be on guard. With experts underlining the severity of the volcano, as well as the likelihood that it may continue to disrupt normal life on the island, those who are thinking about traveling in or out of Bali should definitely double check their travel plans.

Of course, the tourism industry is never pleased when Mother Nature decides to show off her power during these episodes. With losses of up to $100 million, it’s easy to see why most prefer when the volcano stays quiet. However, the unfortunate fact is that Bali does exist within a zone known as the ring of fire, which is known for these types of occurrences.

If You Travel the World On Business, Make Sure to Take Your Health Into Account

Do you travel the world frequently for business? According to the New York Times, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that those who travel for business all around the world need to watch out for things like insomnia and weight gain.

The truth is that traveling the world on business is no longer limited to millionaires. Many people who travel for business are in the middle class and use economy tickets. Travel and jet lag can lead to problems such as insomnia and lack of sleep. Not having access to healthy fresh food can lead to weight gain. Airline food is also usually not very healthy. If you travel a lot, make sure to get enough exercise, healthy food, and sleep. This can help you avoid health problems in the long run such as aging and heart stress.

However, studies also found that people who did not travel at all also had health problems. This may be because people with serious health problems can not board planes in the first place.

Corporations should be urged to take into consideration the health of their employees. They can try to reduce the amount of traveling they need to do in order to succeed at their company. Travelers should make sure to get healthy food and try to get as much sleep as possible. Also, try to exercise as much as you can.