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Helsinki 3 Around Senate Square

I was pretty tired when I dragged myself from my bed. Idiot roommate decided to start a full blown conversation with another roommate when the latter returned from clubbing in the wee small hours. I don't really think she wanted to know the comings and goi
Tags: Travel, Helsinki, Senate Square


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


Best hotel decor in the world

Move over , boring chain hotels. Hotel designers the world over are getting creative in order to lure guests, and what they’re coming up with is sure to boggle the eyes. These seven hotels feature over-the-top interior decor and a guest experience that’s sure to surprise and overwhelm the senses. 1. Crazy Bear — Beaconsfield, UK Photo: The Crazy Bear/Facebook The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield is as extravagant as it gets. The 45 unique rooms are set in a dark, Rococo fashion, equipped with sh...
Tags: Travel, England, Hotels, Germany, Boston, Las Vegas, Helsinki, All, San Luis Obispo, Boston Massachusetts, Stuttgart Germany, San Luis Obispo California, Madonna Inn, Unique Hotels, Beaconsfield, Hardwood Suite


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


Helsinki 2 The National Museum of Finland and Temppeliaukio Church

I was up super early to head to the ferry terminal. I was departing from a different one to that I had arrived in and it took a bit of finding. It didn't help that it was dark and that there weren't a lot of people about. I took a few wrong turns but got t
Tags: Travel, Helsinki, Temppeliaukio Church, National Museum of Finland


Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, California, France, China, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, US, Toronto


Technology Solution for Booking Your Travel Experience: What Would Be Ideal For You?

You read the weblogs, use search engines, and scour frequent flier community forums in order to find the best deals on airfares, lodging, rental car rates, cruises, dining, entertainment, activities and visiting sites. You eventually score with a good airfare — say, $468.23 total airfare round trip in Basic Economy between Atlanta and Helsinki when departing on Sunday, March 24, 2019 and returning on Thursday, March 28, 2019 via British Airways as one of many examples... ...but you still have yo...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Atlanta, British Airways, Helsinki


One Of These 64 Cities Will Be Named Best To Visit In 2019: Time To Vote!

The Best City to Visit Travel Tournament has officially begun with this group of 64 cities you’ve selected. I’ll keep it short as it’s a long list below – all you have to do is scroll down and vote for your favorite cities in the match-ups below. The winning 32 cities will advance to the next Round of 32. (Here’s a large resolution version of the bracket above.) You have until this Sunday, March 3rd 5:00pm US EST to scroll down and vote for your favorite cities. You can check back throughout th...
Tags: Travel, London, Berlin, New York City, US, Paris, Mexico City, Cape Town, Tokyo, Omaha, Rio De Janeiro, Melbourne, Contests, Park City, Medellin, Madrid


Helsinki 1 Just a Quickie

LunarChinese New Year means the opportunity to get out of China for a bit. I wouldn't have minded travelling in China but probably left it too late to any train tickets and decent accommodation. Flights within Asia were almost as expensive as those to Eu
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, Helsinki


SAS Big Fare Sale to Scandinavia

If you’re eager to book your first trip of 2019, Scandinavian Airlines just made your destination choice a lot easier. Its “BIG Fare Sale” is offering heavily discounted trips from the United States to Scandinavia, for as low as $417 round-trip. Flights from the US to major cities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are all included. Many flights are nonstop, though some have brief layovers. But considering a typical round-trip flight from the US to Europe can cost upward of $850, a short...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Boston, US, Sales, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Norway, Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Sas, Oslo


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


Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border

HELSINKI (AP) — Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood. They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia’s alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border. The Baltic News Service says […]
Tags: Travel, News, Russia, Ap, Santa Claus, Kremlin, Frost, Helsinki, Oddities, Nation & World, Baltic News Service


Best airports for sleeping

Navigating jam-packed airports in the frenetic travel season that is the holidays is no small feat — especially when you add the increased chances of blizzards from all those people who were wishing for a white Christmas. Luckily, horrendous delays can be somewhat tolerable if you find yourself at the right airport. We conferred with Tom Spagnola from CheapOair.com, as well as a number of frequent travelers, and found the world’s best airports for sleeping overnight. 1. Helsinki-Vantaa Airpo...
Tags: Travel, Airports, California, Singapore, America, Starbucks, Estonia, Sfo, Europa, Helsinki, Lufthansa, Tallinn, All, Finnair, Schengen Zone, DFW


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
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Reasons to go to Finland in winter

When winter hits northern Finland, the sun makes itself scarce. It can stay below the horizon for two months… or longer. You might wonder why anyone would go there at that time of year. In fact, Finland is a magical place in the darker months, where blankets of snow stretch as far as you can see, purple and orange sunrise hues last for hours, and lit candles decorate every window. Add classic activities like reindeer sleigh rides, skiing, and hanging with Santa Claus, and Finland is the ultim...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, London, Travel Planning, Finland, Santa Claus, Lapland, Santa, Levi, Arctic Circle, NICK, Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Winter Travel, Santa 's Village


Helsinki and Lyon awarded titles of 2019 European Capitals of Smart Tourism

The winners of the first edition of the European Capital of Smart Tourism competition were awarded today at a ceremony in Brussels, on the occasion of the European Tourism Day the largest annual meeting on European tourism.
Tags: Travel, Brussels, Lyon, Helsinki, European Capital of Smart Tourism


The Stories from Mumbai

This idea has been swirling at the back of my head for some months now. I finally found time to write it down! Here it is!  Background On a recent trip to Helsinki (in Aug 18), I saw this book - People Make The City. On their website, they say its a book "full of stories from the capital’s creative makers and doers. An insiders’ guide for experiencing the local way of life." And then, on another recent trip to Amsterdam (Oct 18), I saw a similar book. I cant recall the name right now but the id...
Tags: Travel, Writing, India, Culture, Amsterdam, Delhi, Mumbai, Bollywood, Helsinki, Idea, Jodhpur, Marine Drive, Saurabh, Versova, PeopleWatching, C4E


SAS Airlines sale today

Nobody’s ever confused Scandinavia with a budget destination. Of the 49 European capitals, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki all rank among the 10 most expensive. And in a land of $8 beers and $30 meals, keeping the rest of your costs down is key. That’s why a big takk skal du ha is in order for SAS Airlines. Starting today, until October 29th, Scandinavian Airlines will be offering round trips from major US cities to four Nordic capitals; flight dates are from now until June 1st, 201...
Tags: Travel, New York, Mexico, Boston, US, Chicago, Finland, Miami, Norway, Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Arctic Circle, Stockholm, Helsinki, Sas, Oslo


Best European sleeper train routes

The real traveler knows that transportation is not just about getting from A to B, it’s a journey to be lived and savored. Sleeper trains are the epitome of “enjoying the ride,” but somehow they’ve almost been forgotten. There aren’t that many services still running in Europe, but it’s worth adjusting a trip to include one. Not only are they more environmentally friendly than planes and cost-effective, but they are unequivocally the most romantic way to travel. 1. London to Fort William on ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, France, Germany, Trains, Russia, Cologne, Innsbruck, Paris, Moscow, Finland, Santa Claus, Alps, Norway


European capitals ranked by cost

Europe used to be cheap. Like dirt cheap. Ask your parents about their 1960s backpacking adventures across post-World War II Europe and they’ll tell stories of 10-cent hostels, five-cent beers, and the best pizza you ever had for a quarter. Like a lot of your parents’ stories, they’re highly exaggerated, but they’re also a far cry from the $7 pints and $200-a-night hotels you find in big Euro capitals now. That’s not to say the entire continent is a bank-breaker, though. Look hard enough and ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Travel Planning, France, Germany, Berlin, America, Georgia, Eu, Cyprus, Rome, Danube, Prague, Vienna, Budapest


Russia

Ok so I'm leaving tomorrow. There was a last minute flight change. NO stress at all. Was texted at 300am from the airlines saying my flight from Chicago to Helsinki was cancelled. No big deal right Well luckily the flight was automatically reroute
Tags: Travel, Russia, Chicago, Helsinki


Best international ferry rides

Ferries don’t always come to mind when we think of international transit. For some, they’re just those boats that take tourists to the Statue of Liberty or shuttle them around the Sydney Harbor. For others, they’re nothing more than commuter vessels. But cruising between countries is a great way to travel when you’re sick and tired of airport security or simply prefer the scenic route. In many cases, ferries even represent the quickest or cheapest way to get around. Keep these international c...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, UK, Sweden, China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Unesco, Malaysia, Ferry, Morocco, Italy, Netherlands, Amsterdam


Coolest fast-food restaurants

There’s a reason most of us hit the drive-thru when we’re craving a Big Mac. Convenience is a factor, but the drab dining areas waiting behind those golden arches don’t exactly make us want to stick around, either. Of course, McDonald’s isn’t the only offender. Utterly lacking in ambiance and originality, most fast-food restaurants deliver what their descriptors promise and nothing more — with a few notable exceptions. Select locations around the world have gone above and beyond to entice din...
Tags: Travel, Restaurants, Fast Food, Pizza Hut, Azerbaijan, Dallas, Starbucks, Burger King, Pacific, Coke, Kfc, Kyoto, Helsinki, Taco Bell, All, Sanders


What It’s Like to Visit an Open Prison in Finland

Going to prison isn’t something I want to do in my travels. However, if that event does ever occur, I’d want it to be in an open prison, and preferably one in Finland. The concept of an open prison was completely foreign to me before I left the US. My reality was that America had one-quarter of the world’s incarcerated population, and recidivism (returning to prison after release) was ridiculously high. That’s not the case in Finland, where only 0.06% of the country is in prison (compared to 0.8...
Tags: Travel, Prison, US, America, Finland, Holland, Unesco World Heritage Site, Helsinki, Europe Travel, Unesco World Heritage, Suomenlinna, Helsinnki


Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals

Look to the Finnish capital city for its creative spirit, zest for architecture and design and a steamy love of saunas.
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Helsinki


Study shows viruses found at airport

If you’ve ever found yourself feeling ill after a flight, those surrounding you in the security line may be to blame. It turns out that the security trays may be the dirtiest part of the entire flying experience, thanks to high volume of people and possessions using them each day. Scientists from England’s University of Nottingham and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare conducted tests on the plastic trays flyers use to send their possessions through the security scanner at He...
Tags: Travel, England, Airports, New York Times, Finland, Hygiene, Airport, Times, Helsinki, All, Helsinki Airport, University of Nottingham, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finavia, Airplane Hygiene, Airport Hygiene


Day 36 Helsinki

The last full day of our holiday has finally come as we are due to fly out of Helsinki at around midnight to Singapore and then onto Melbourne and Adelaide. But before then there was much to see around Helsinki before we left. We started the day packing up
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Adelaide, Melbourne, Helsinki


Day 35 Helsinki

Tish still needed rest to vercome her illness so Andrew headed out to Suomenlinna Island which is a UNESCO sea fort originally constructed by the Swedes when they invaded ad conquered this part of the world but as a sea fort it was used by Russia in the 1
Tags: Travel, Russia, Unesco, Helsinki, Andrew, Tish, Suomenlinna Island


Day 34 Helsinki

With Tish still recovering from her illness Andrew stepped out into Helsinki by himself for the day checking out the harbours both north and south of our apartment which is located on Katajanokka a peninsular on the east side of downtown Helsinki. There
Tags: Travel, Helsinki, Andrew, Tish, Katajanokka


Day 31 Tallinn Estonia

After our high paced tour of St Petersburg it was good to relax in our Princess Anastasia cabin for 18 hours as we travelled to Helsinki arriving at 730 am and then onto Tallinn in Estonia arriving at 1200 pm. We had priority exit so we were whisked t
Tags: Travel, Estonia, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Tallinn Estonia



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