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The Ups & Downs of Travel and How I Protect Myself

This year I am working with Allianz Travel Insurance to help provide new content and as a new travel partner. I’ve long taken out travel insurance on my trips and, from experience, it’s an important aspect of the travel experience. Granted, most times I don’t need it but that’s not why I’ve been taking out travel insurance for so many years. No, it’s for those instances when I don’t just need it, but I really need it that it’s become indispensible. Today I want to share an instance when travel ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Nepal, Norway, Copenhagen, Sas, Oslo, Top Travel Tips, Allianz, Alta Norway, Allianz Travel Insurance, Downs of Travel, Oslo Back, Ups Downs of Travel

4 dream trips in Northern Europe

4 dream trips in Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia By: Jacqueline Kehoe Iceland Norway Denmark Estonia Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland. Photo: Shutterstock/Kotenko Oleksandr #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('')...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Earth, Unesco, Denmark, Silicon Valley, Norway, Estonia, Iceland, Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Skype, Vikings, Baltic Sea, Arctic Circle, Reykjavik

Best places to travel in June

Though it seems like spring just got here, it’s never too early to start thinking about where to take a summer trip. Because the kids are finally out of school and every co-worker has just about had it by the time June rolls around, it’s one of the most popular months to travel, which means the usual suspects like New York City or Italy will be overrun with crowds. In order to avoid spending your entire vacation on line or in traffic, your best bet is to book a June holiday to an unexpected p...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, London, Australia, France, New York City, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, America, San Francisco, Mit, Park, Canada, Grenada, South Dakota

Norway museum to return artifacts

Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl took thousands of artifacts from Easter Island in the 1950s and 1980s, and finally, a Norwegian museum is returning those artifacts to their rightful owners. At a special ceremony that was part of a visit by Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja, an agreement was signed between representatives of the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo and officials of Chile’s culture ministry promising the return of the collection to Easter Island. The collection incl...
Tags: Travel, London, Heritage, Chile, Norway, Artifacts, British Museum, Oslo, All, Easter Island, Sonja, Rapa Nui, Thor Heyerdahl, Harald V, Kon Tiki Museum, Thor Heyerdahl Jr

How to plan a winter trip to Banff

The jagged peaks and alpine lakes of Banff National Park fill 2,500 square miles of western Alberta. The area, which encompasses the towns of Banff and Lake Louise, along with three ski resorts and some of Canada’s most rugged backcountry terrain, is both surreal and irresistible. You could almost picture Frodo Baggins on his fantastic mission — traversing his way up and across the mountains, narrowly evading capture among the craggy pitches that stretch across the provincial border into Brit...
Tags: Travel, Europe, US, Canada, Norway, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Alberta, Gucci, Calgary, Anderson, Banff, Rockies, Aspen, Lake Louise

Norway Is Walking Away From Billions of Barrels of Oil - Bloomberg

Norway Is Walking Away From Billions of Barrels of Oil - Bloomberg:Western Europe’s biggest petroleum producer is falling out of love with oil.To the dismay of the nation’s powerful oil industry and its worker unions, the opposition Labor Party over the weekend decided to withdraw its support for oil exploration offshore the sensitive Lofoten islands in Norway’s Arctic, creating a solid majority in parliament to keep the area off limits for drilling.The dramatic shift by Norway’s biggest party i...
Tags: Travel, Norway, Labor party, Lofoten Islands, Western Europe, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Oil Bloomberg

The Atlas of Happiness: Discovering the World’s Secret to Happiness with Helen Russell

Posted: 4/4/2019 | April 4th, 2019 A few years ago, I read the book The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I think it originally came up as a suggested book on Amazon. I can’t fully remember. But, I stuck it in my queue, ordered it, and it sat on my bookshelf until it was time to read it. I couldn’t put it down. It was funny, well written, interesting, and an insightful look into Danish culture. It was one of my favorite books I read that year. Last year, I somehow convinced Helen to sp...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Greece, Happiness, Lego, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Un, Denmark, Norway, Vikings, Travel Books, Hostelworld

Cities that are banning cars

According to the US Census Bureau, about 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas. Globally, that number is 54 percent and on the rise. City centers are more clogged than ever. Inrix, which releases an annual Global Traffic Scorecard, found that traffic congestion costs the average American more than $1,300 per year — along with 97 hours of their time. Many cities, including London, San Diego, and Brussels, have implemented congestion tolls of varying forms and with varying degrees of su...
Tags: Travel, Cars, Spain, Barcelona, Colombia, Paris, Mexico City, Belgium, Norway, Brussels, Madrid, BICI, Hamburg, Ghent, Inrix, Car-free

Viking River Ship Collides with Oil Tanker

Less than a week after making headlines when Viking Sun lost power off the coast of Norway, there’s another Viking… The post Viking River Ship Collides with Oil Tanker appeared first on Cruise Maven.
Tags: Travel, Norway, Cruise News, Viking Sun

Oil-rich sovereign funds look to renewables alongside fossil fuels | Reuters

Oil-rich sovereign funds look to renewables alongside fossil fuels | Reuters:Sovereign wealth funds from oil-rich countries in the Middle East are moving to diversify into renewable energy, pushed by regulators and pledges on climate change, but are stopping short of following Norway in shedding some oil and gas investments.Total sovereign wealth fund investments within the oil and gas industry have dwarfed those within renewable energy in the past decade.But data on private equity investments w...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Norway, Reuters, PitchBook, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Travel News: April 1, 2019

Grand Canyon tourist falls 1000 feet to his death while taking photos CBS News Two people have died at the Grand Canyon in separate incidents this week. Officials said in the latest incident, a man stumbled over the edge of the rim while trying to take pictures. A helicopter lifted the body of the Hong Kong man from 1,000 feet below the rim of the Eagle Point observation area Thursday afternoon at Grand Canyon West. The site is a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation outside t...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Washington Post, Cbs News, Brunei, Miami, Venezuela, Norway, George Clooney, Grand Canyon, News And Deals, Clooney, Lloyd, Caracas, Viking Ocean Cruises, Maracaibo Venezuela

Ctrip: On The Rail Track To Shrink The World

With environmental pressure mounting, rail is increasingly becoming a priority for governments, and Ctrip is steaming ahead. Rail is big! And it is getting much bigger every year - while its scale cannot match that of air travel, the latest figures from the European Union do show an annual rise of three percent. Under environmental pressure, across the continent governments are putting billions into their rail networks, from Spain, where €3 billion has been earmarked for new trains, to Ge...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Spain, European Union, World, Norway

Winter Wonder Lapland in Norway

Winter Wonderland in Lapland, Norway. Bundling up for a minus 20F adventure across the tundra behind a dogsled to experience the wonder of the far north.
Tags: Travel, Norway, Lapland, Destinations, Outdoor Adventure, Lapland Norway

Norway, Driving Up the Coast on the Atlantic Road

The Atlantic Road winds its way 5 km along the central coast of Norway near Alesund, to the towns of Moldes, Vestnes and remote islands. It's not dangerous.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Norway, Ålesund, Atlantic Road, Transports, Moldes Vestnes

Viking Sky cancellation after disastrous end to Norway cruiseViking Sky cancellation after disastrous end to Norway cruise

479 passengers winched to safety, 20 treated for injuries
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Travel News: March 25, 2019

Indonesia’s Garuda airline cancels order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets Washington Post Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia is moving to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the deadly crashes involving two of the aircraft, a spokesman for the company said Friday. The decision comes less than two weeks after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard. A flight of Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline, crash...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Washington Post, Africa, Ethiopia, Norway, Boeing, United, Jakarta, Federal Aviation Administration, News And Deals, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines, Nairobi, Lion Air, Horn of Africa

Nordic walking: a pilgrims’ route from Oslo to Trondheim

This medieval pilgrim trail has a much lower profile than the Camino. And that’s a good thing for those who like to enjoy Norway’s beauty in solitudeWe were deep in the Gudbrands valley, several hundred kilometres along St Olav’s Way in Norway, when Stig Grytting got the call. Sitting outside his 13th-century farmhouse, drinking wine and eating homemade bread, he was talking about renovations to the building when the call came. Not the voice of God, you understand, but the buzz of his mobile pho...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Walking, Norway, Cultural Trips, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Europe Holidays, Oslo, Norway Holidays, Trondheim, Scandinavia holidays, Oslo holidays, St Olav, Gudbrands, Stig Grytting

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

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US

Travel News: March 22, 2019

Boeing charged airlines for additional safety features on 737 Max jets The Boeing 737 Max jet that has been linked to two deadly crashes failed to include two safety functions in its standard model, features that cost extra for airlines that bought the planes. An angle of attack indicator, or two exterior sensors that tell pilots the angle of their plane, was one of the two safety features that came at an additional cost to airlines. The other, a disagreement alert, would then warn ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Norway, Boeing, News And Deals, CHH, University of Hawaii, Oslo Norway, AAA Travel, TravelPulse Choice Hotels International Inc NYSE, Fox News Paradise

Easter traditions around world

From Easter egg traditions to chocolate bunnies to family gatherings, Easter is a major holiday for Christians all over the world. But despite the common ground at the center of the celebrations — Jesus rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion, death, and burial — not everyone around the world celebrates the holiday in the same way or with the same traditions. These seven unique Easter celebrations around the world will intrigue and maybe even inspire you to attend one. 1....
Tags: Travel, Greece, Spain, Italy, Poland, Vatican, Jesus, Norway, Easter, Sicily, Bermuda, Semana Santa, Andalusia, All, CLEVELAND Ohio, Virgin Mary

Underwater restaurant in Norway

The exterior may look like a scene from a disaster movie, but the 111-foot-long building half-sunken in the North Sea is actually Europe’s first underwater restaurant. Located in the region of Lindesnes, on the southern tip of Norway on the North Sea, Under, which was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, is a unique and incredibly innovative structure. Photo: Snøhetta Built with thick and rough concrete walls to withstand the harsh sea and weather conditions, the building is me...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Norway, Underwater, North Sea, All, Snøhetta, Underwater Restaurant, Underwater Restaurants, Lindesnes, Snøhetta Built, Snøhetta Upon

Scandic To Expand Two Norwegian Hotels

Scandic has made an agreement with property owner Eiendomsspar to renovate and expand Scandic Helsfyr in Oslo in conjunction with extending the lease agreement. Close to 200 new rooms will be added to the hotel, bringing the number of rooms from 253 to 450 and making Scandic Helsfyr the largest Scandic hotel in Norway. In addition to the new rooms, the conference facilities will be renovated and a new 300 m2 meeting space will be added. The expansion is expected to be completed during 202...
Tags: Travel, Norway, Oslo, Eiendomsspar, Scandic Helsfyr

Founders Fund invests in Tibber, a Norwegian AI to smartly manage energy

You probably have one electricity supplier for your house. But these days the average household could probably buy form several such companies, it just can’t easily access the market place of possible suppliers. Wouldn’t it be smarter in you had an AI in your house which could purchase energy from these producers, including those within the local grid, at the best prices and at the best time of day? That’s what the Tibber startup does in Norway, and it’s just raised a $12M Series A funding from ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, TC, Apps, Europe, Sweden, Germany, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Norway, Founders Fund, Nordics, Tiber, Spotify Facebook, Tibber

Everything you need to know to have a memorable trip to Norway

If you have come to this article, you are either day dreaming about planning a trip to Norway one day, or you already have a booked a trip and you want to know about all the things there are to know regarding Norway apart from it being the most gorgeous Scandinavian country, and also a very expensive one. Here are the things that you should keep in mind before going to Norway: 1. Food This is where you can really save some money on your trip. Instead of eating at fancy restaurants that will bu...
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Travel News: March 15, 2019

Hilton Santa Fe Has a Glamping-Inspired Barbie Suite Travel Pulse Barbie fans may want to book their next vacation to Mexico City, specifically with Hilton Santa Fe. Hilton Santa Fe has a special Barbie-themed suite that’s available for booking now until the end of the year as a means of celebrating Barbie’s 60th anniversary.   U.S. airlines park 737 Max jets, rebook customers Travel Weekly Airlines on Thursday scrambled to remove Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s from their routes and rebook passengers...
Tags: Travel, US, Mexico City, Norway, Barbie, Faa, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Oslo, News And Deals, Ethiopian Airlines, Diana Gabaldon, Travel Weekly Airlines, VisitScotland, Britannia Hotel, Hilton Santa Fe

Best places to stand-up paddle board

Stand-up paddle boarding , or SUPing as it’s colloquially known, has taken the world by storm since it was first made popular by the surfing gods of Hawaii. It seems like everyone who spends time near the water, be that on a river, lake, or ocean, is heading out with a heavy board under their arm and a long paddle in hand. SUPing vacations are now very on-trend. However, for a little more than just paddling on that upcoming SUP holiday — like savoring snow-capped mountain vistas, sampling exce...
Tags: Travel, California, Spain, Thailand, Unesco, Hawaii, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Portugal, Norway, North America, Lake Tahoe, Porto, Mauritius, Caribbean, Sup

Norway’s oil fund shake-up raises hackles | Financial Times

Norway’s oil fund shake-up raises hackles | Financial Times:In the autumn of 2017, Norway’s $1tn oil fund lobbed what one official in Oslo called “a bomb” into the country’s policymaking circles.The world’s largest sovereign wealth investor, funded entirely from Norway’s petroleum resources, advocated selling out of oil and gas entirely — on the grounds that the country, western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer, was now too dependent on petroleum.Once taboo in Oslo’s elite, the question of ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Norway, Financial Times, Oslo, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark

Oslo signals a shift for investors in oil and gas | Financial Times

Oslo signals a shift for investors in oil and gas | Financial Times:The debate in Oslo over whether Norway’s oil fund should sell out of oil and gas stocks was always bound to be polluted by a mix of ethical, environmental and political considerations.Sure enough, the government’s recommendation to the fund is not a clean yes or no. In fact, it is nuanced to such a degree that it offers satisfaction neither to diehard advocates of divestment from fossil fuels, nor to those who would argue it is ...
Tags: Travel, Norway, Financial Times, Oslo, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

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