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Top 10 happiest countries in the world

Perhaps your idea of happiness is a pristine beach off the Caribbean, a glass of vintage red on the French Riviera or an unexpected hotel upgrade, but what about the happiness of a nation? The winner of this year’s World Happiness Report may come as a surprise to some. For the second time in a […] The post Top 10 happiest countries in the world appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Sweden, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, North America, Caribbean, Oceania

Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival photos

In February of this year, we traveled to Sapporo, in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, to see the annual Sapporo Ice Festival. The festival has grown from six sculptures in 1950 to entire city neighborhoods dedicated to ice sculptures and other wintry activities — from ice skating to ski jumping. Every year, teams of designers and ice sculptors come from around the world to fashion their stunning ice creations. 1 Around two million people travel to no...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Scotland, Chicago, Paris, Finland, Van Gogh, All, Sapporo, Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Helsinki Cathedral, Susukino, Eben Diskin, Japanese Festivals, Japanese Ice Festival

Rent a Finnish happiness guide

Envy directed at Scandinavia is nothing new. Whether it’s their progressive culture, technologically advanced infrastructure, or consistently high ranking on the world’s “happiest countries” list, this part of the world just seems to have it all figured out. But they’re not hiding the secrets behind their success — at least, not when it comes to their happiness. Finland, the happiest country in the world, is trying to export its happiness around the globe by allowing people to “rent a Finn.” ...
Tags: Travel, Finland, Lapland, Scandinavia, All, Rovaniemi, Linda, Niko, Finland Travel, Findland Guides, Finnish Happiness Guides, Rent A Finn, Finland Esko

First Look at Carnival Mardi Gras Staterooms

Have you been wondering what’s going on with Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Mardi Gras? This week the company made some announcements, including a look inside the new stateroom design. Keep scrolling for photos, details, and an insider video from the Finland! Cruise lovers who sail on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in late summer 2020, will enjoy an array of architectural features and designs that will enhance many aspects of its balcony,...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Europe, New York, Travel Gear, Finland, Miami, Carnival, Caribbean, Family Trips, Spas, Mardi Gras, Port Canaveral, Interior, DCA, Elemis

MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji

Travel News: March 14, 2019

Winter Storm Ulmer Causing Thousands of Flight Cancellations, Delays Travel Pulse As travelers see glimpses of spring weather, the Rockies, Plains and Midwest regions of the United States are being hit by Winter Storm Ulmer, causing thousands of flights to be canceled and delayed. According to, the storm system is expected to bring damaging winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions through Thursday, with Denver likely the city most impacted by Ulmer as 12 inches of snow is forecaste...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, United States, Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Finland, Harry Potter, Denver, Cabinet, Auckland, News And Deals, Sky Tower, Midwest, Sydney Opera House, Rockies Plains

The ultimate Baltic road trip guide

The three countries that make up the Baltics — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — all gained their independence in 1991. Since then, they’ve pretty much been an uninterrupted Eastern European success story. The region’s newfound status as an economic and cultural hub — combined with the appeal of its expansive forests, sandy beaches, and medieval town squares — have attracted visitors from all over the world. Add in hospitable locals and a strong commitment to traditional cultures, and you have...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Eu, Finland, Silicon Valley, Latvia, Ussr, Estonia, Lithuania, Frank Zappa, Baltic Sea, Road Trip, Riga, Helsinki, Eastern Europe

The other smartphone business

With the smartphone operating system market sewn up by Google’s Android platform, which has a close to 90% share globally, leaving Apple’s iOS a slender (but lucrative) premium top-slice, a little company called Jolla and its Linux-based Sailfish OS is a rare sight indeed: A self-styled ‘independent alternative’ that’s still somehow in business. The Finnish startup’s b2b licensing sales pitch is intended to appeal to corporates and governments that want to be able to control their own destiny wh...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Europe, Microsoft, France, China, Russia, India, Nokia, Africa, Samsung, European Union, Kaspersky, Commission, European Commission

How Travel Can Change You

Thanks to technological innovation and the arrival of budget airlines, it has become easier than ever to travel somewhere abroad. This is no longer an activity that is reserved for those who are exceptionally well-off, either. Travel can change people, and it’s always for the better. Whether you are planning a vacation or a long-term backpacking trip, you will help alleviate your stress when you are in a new and beautiful environment. Of course, you will open your mind, and you have the pote...
Tags: Travel, India, Finland, North America, Travel Tips

Friendliest LGBTQ countries Europe

Compared to every other continent in the world, Europe has proven time and time again that it truly values its LGBTQ population. Whether this is demonstrated through anti-discrimination legislation, queer representation in government, or rich and diverse tourism, a large majority of the countries have set the bar for equality and acceptance. In order to understand what countries in Europe are the most accepting of its LGBTQ citizens and international tourists, the European Region of the Inter...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, London, Sweden, France, Scotland, US, Spain, Rome, United Kingdom, Paris, Portugal, Brighton, Belgium

Weirdest hotels around the world

The traditional chain hotels , with their cookie-cutter design and bland continental breakfasts are the reason why we tend to spend as little time in our rooms as possible when traveling. Not all hotels, however, are a necessary evil — some are inventive, fun, artsy and destinations in themselves. Whether it’s a hotel with underwater views or one where guests sleep inside massive wine barrels, the following hotels from around the world take the lodging experience to the next level. 1. Kokop...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Sweden, Hobbit, Netherlands, New Zealand, Finland, Shire, New Mexico, Bilbo, British Columbia, Levi, North Island, All, Kokopelli, Vancouver Island

Chicago arcade bar transforms

You might not have the stamina to rewatch all seven Game of Thrones seasons in preparation for the final season this April, but you can get in the mood by visiting this GoT-themed bar in Chicago. Replay Lincoln Park, an arcade bar in downtown Chicago, has transformed into an immersive Game of Thrones pop-up experience. Patrons will be treated to backdrops and props resembling sets from the show, including Winterfell, Casterly Rock, Highgarden, and a Dothraki camp. They will also be able to ...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, Chicago, Finland, Game Of Thrones, Belfast, All, Ommegang Brewery, Pop Up Bars, Chicago Replay Lincoln Park

All about Cornish pasties

Many cuisines have a dish that consists of a sweet or savory filling wrapped in a bread shell. Empanadas, for example, are found throughout Portugal, Spain, and much of Latin America, and calzones, though usually larger, serve a similar purpose in Italy. Arguably the most fervently loved version of this portable filled-bread food category, however, is the pasty. The pasty (rhymes with “nasty”) is a traditional workingman’s meal from Cornwall, England. It’s traditionally made with beef, diced ...
Tags: Travel, UK, US, Italy, Wisconsin, Finland, Cornwall, Michigan, Latin America, Joe, All, Marquette, Roman, Upper Peninsula, Cornish, Calumet

Best places to visit in Sweden

Everyone knows Stockholm is full of cool things to do: the archipelago, the scenic Old Town, the Baroque-style Royal Palace — even the subway stations could keep you entertained for a very long visit. But the rest of Sweden has a lot to offer, as well, even if it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the capital. From hip second cities to interesting lodges to gorgeous hiking trails, here are the best places to visit outside Stockholm. 1. Gothenburg (Göteborg) Photo: anderm/Shutterstock ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Sweden, Finland, Volvo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, All, Miles, Oresund Bridge, Gothenburg Sweden, Sami, Royal Palace, Uppsala, Copenhagen Malmö

Unlikely Food Destinations I Love to Visit

The other day I saw an article declaring how strange it was for a certain destination I love to actually have incredible food. I’d visited there several times and already knew how amazing the food scene is, but I was surprised that they were surprised. The fact is, that some cities, regions and even entire countries have terrible reputations when it comes to the culinary scene. Usually, although I admit not always, these reputations aren’t fair, especially in 2019. In the last 15 years or so, n...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, England, Germany, India, US, Colombia, Unesco, Munich, Atlantic, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Manchester, Northern Ireland

Best places to travel this February

Though for much of the world February is the cold, barren home stretch of winter, it’s also one of the cheapest times of the year to travel since everyone is still feeling the burn in their wallets left by the holiday season. Well, what are a few extra hundred bucks on the Amex if it means killer flight deals and almost no crowds? While Carnival and Mardi Gras fall in early March this year, plenty of Carribean destinations will be kicking off their celebrations early in February, giving you a...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, Travel Planning, Kentucky, Oregon, La, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Antarctica, Finland, Willamette, Nye, Vancouver, Lapland, Vietnam

Finland ‘Game of Thrones’ ice hotel

Just before the release of the final season in April of this year, this ice hotel in Finland is taking on a Game of Thrones aesthetic. Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, located in the town of Kittilä, 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, has been created based on scenes and characters from Game of Thrones. This is the second year in a row that the SnowVillage picked GoT as its theme. Photo: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage In addition to featuring realistic environments like the Sept of Baelor and Iron T...
Tags: Travel, Finland, Game Of Thrones, Ice Hotel, Arctic Circle, All, Kittila, Ice Hotels, Snowvillage, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage Entry

Best unexpected travel destinations

Classic destinations like Barcelona, Tokyo, and NYC rack up huge numbers of visitors every year — and show no signs of stopping. While those cities no doubt deserve spots near the top of your travel bucket list, sometimes it’s the underdog that really takes your breath away, particularly if that means getting somewhere special before the masses. From way up north in Finland to the American South, here are 10 surprising destinations we loved in 2018 and will continue to rave about in the new y...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Africa, US, Macedonia, Arctic, Angola, Finland, Kenya, Santa Claus, Uzbekistan, Miami, Napa, Lapland, Moldova

Best Places to Visit Along the Allegro Train Route

If you have all the other places listed on your bucket list and Russia is missing, you need to add it right now. That’s because there are plenty of reasons to do so, some of them being the rich history and culture, spectacular arts and museums, Borscht and Pelmeni and so much more. So take off to this region that is cold to the skin yet warm to the heart and get on the Allegro Train to experience some of the most beautiful places you have ever seen! Here are 5 places that must find a place in y...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Train, Finland, Northern Lights, Baltic Sea, St Petersburg, Travel Blog, Helsinki, Gulf of Finland, Russia Sweden, Vyborg Vyborg, Kouvola Housing, Verla North Europe, National Parks in Southern Finland, Lahti Lahti

Northern Lights: Where to View Them

Read the full article on at - Northern Lights: Where to View Them Winter means it’s also the season for viewing the Northern Lights. And if you can’t get to Finland, Greenland or Iceland, here are some closer alternatives in North America.  ... Read More... The post Northern Lights: Where to View Them appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
Tags: Travel, Canada, Alaska, Finland, Northern Lights, Iceland, North America, Travel Tips, Churchill, Rovaniemi, Manitoba, PeterGreenberg, Peter Greenberg, Fairbanks, Finland Greenland

Travel Tip: Hotels That Promise Total Isolation

Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Hotels That Promise Total Isolation There’s getting away for a vacation, and then there’s really getting away to hotels that promise total isolation. Check out the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland. It’s located 155 miles... Read More... The post Travel Tip: Hotels That Promise Total Isolation appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
Tags: Travel, Finland, PeterGreenberg, Peter Greenberg, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Inflatable Santa lands on UK highway

Santa is cruising through the skies a little early this year in the UK. On Tuesday, an inflatable Santa Claus in someone’s front yard went rogue, and floated onto Cromwell Road in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Since the inflatable Santa landed in the middle of the street, it caused quite a traffic jam. Muhammad Fareed, a taxi driver, told BBC News, “It was massive, bigger than my seven-seater car. It was one of the more unusual reasons to be stuck in traffic.” In a normal traffic jam, the taxi dri...
Tags: Travel, UK, BBC News, United Kingdom, Finland, Cornwall, Santa Claus, Santa, Traffic Jam, All, Fareed, Wisbech Cambridgeshire, Wisbech, Cromwell Road, Giant Santa, Inflatable Santa

Finland Sunday 251118

We checked out of our hotel and caught the 11am ski bus back to Rovaniemi Airport which takes about 1.5 hours. The flight to Helsinki took just over an hour and we viewed gorgeous crimson sunsets through our plane window.There was just enough time to
Tags: Travel, Finland, Helsinki, Rovaniemi Airport

Treehouse Glamping in Redwood Valley in Wales

Turns out a night of treehouse glamping in Wales can be relaxing and reviving with a toddler in tow. First, what it’s like to sleep in a treehouse. Second, how – and where – you can do it too.  It’s an astonishing feeling to sip morning tea high above the treetops. To see them swaying, sunlight splintering through, to feel with them, swaying slightly, unable to see their base. The treetop cabin at Redwood Valley seems different to how I’d imagined: not perilous and poky but refreshing and full ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, Wales, David, Finland, Norfolk, Hay, North Wales, Powys, Wye, Galicia Spain, Redwood Valley, Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Review Sleeping, Presteigne

Finland Saturday 241118

During the night we finally had snow so we woke up to about an inch of fresh snow on the ground outside. The trees were also coated in a dusting.The morning was about minus 3 and we had no activities booked so we decided to have an easy morning lazing
Tags: Travel, Finland

Finland Friday 231118

After breakfast we were picked up at 10am for a visit to the Kopara Reindeer farm. It was minus 6 degrees with a windchill of minus 9 so we wore our hired ski jumpsuits and boots.Our guide gave us a lot of information about the area and reindeer. He
Tags: Travel, Finland

Best Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

Once upon a time , the day after Thanksgiving — aka the day no one in the US has a damn thing to do — was known as Black Friday. The day retail outlets went “into the black,” so to speak, as shoppers jammed malls and department stores to get a jump on their Christmas shopping. But as shopping in actual stores has become about as relevant as landlines, the shift in Black Friday madness has turned to Cyber Monday — when online retailers offer huge discounts, minus the elbows to the face over Tic...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Deals, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Europe, Florida, Hollywood, London, Bali, Australia, Washington, Singapore, New York City, US, Sales

London to Finland

On Tuesday night we stayed overnight at the Novotel at Heathrow airport so that we would be close to the terminal for our early morning flight.We were up just after 4am and the hotel taxi took us to terminal 3 at 5am for our first flight to Helsinki.
Tags: Travel, London, Heathrow, Finland, Novotel

Map of education years

If you’re thinking of studying abroad and sticking it out for a few years, you’ll want to go to a place that takes education seriously, so you can make the best out of your experience. A quick look at the map created by Redditor trinitronbxb will show which countries have the highest number of years of mandated schooling in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The inhabitants of Nordic countries rank among those most educated, with people attending school in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, School, Greece, Morocco, Italy, Middle East, Portugal, Finland, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Iceland, Mediterranean, All, North Africa, Sweden Norway

Travel Tip: The Latest World Happiness Report

Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: The Latest World Happiness Report When it comes to world travel, how happy are your chosen destinations? It’s time to consult the World Happiness Report, composed by an international group of psychologists and economists who... Read More... The post Travel Tip: The Latest World Happiness Report appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
Tags: Travel, Canada, United States, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Travel Tips, PeterGreenberg, Peter Greenberg, World Happiness Report

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