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The 20 Best Travel Podcasts To Listen In 2021

The 20 Best Travel Podcasts To Listen In 2021

Hacks & Tips 7 MINS READ

If you, just like us, were born with a severe case of Wanderlust, tuning in to travel podcasts could be a delightful way to keep your sense of adventure alive between trips. All you need is your smartphone, a good wifi connection, and a dash of curiosity.

Ready? So buckle up, because in a matter of seconds you’ll be learning about the hottest packing hacks, getting updates about the latest travel trends, and embarking on captivating journeys around the world. Just close your eyes and let yourself wander through impeccably preserved historic cities, sky-high mountains, glinting glaciers, spectral rainforests, and idyllic beaches.

From fastidious foodies and beach hoppers to culture buffs and packing freaks, we’ve got the scoop of the best travel podcasts in 2021 for each and every type of traveler. Have a look below!

The Best Travel Podcasts To Listen In 2021

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The TravelPulse Podcast

Now solely hosted by Executive Editor Eric Bowman, TravelPulse Podcast brings you insightful information on the latest trending topics about the travel industry. While listening to this highly informative podcast, you’ll learn everything and more about subjects like the future of guided tours, the do’s and don’ts of animal tourism, and the best tips for online booking, just to name a few.

REI’s Wild Ideas Worth Living

In Wild Ideas Worth Living, host and journalist Shelby Stanger chats with people who “took the path less traveled and brought their wildest ideas to life”. From backcountry skiers to writers and filmmakers, Shelby interviews a robust lineup of adventurers who’ll tell you about how they took a leap of faith to make their craziest dreams come true.

Wander Woman

Brought to you by award-winning travel writer, photographer, and presenter Phoebe Smith, Wander Woman is the first travel podcast to take on a magazine-style — rather than the format of an interview. In each episode, Phoebe will take you on a thrilling behind-the-scenes journey to a different destination with vivid and detailed descriptions to make listeners feel like they’re traveling as well. Bonus? The podcast features a section called “Travel Hack of the Month”, with tips that the efficient travelers will certainly love!

Women Who Travel

“A women’s place is wherever she chooses”. These are the words that sum up Woman Who Travel, a podcast by Condé Nast. Featuring over 100 stories by real female adventurers, Woman Who Travel is hosted by editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey, who dissect the realities of traveling as a woman today. From how travel can teach one to love their body, to prioritize traveling solo, WWT covers a broad array of interesting topics, which women all across the globe will relate to.

Eye On Travel With Peter Greenberg

Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning reporter and praised front-line travel news journalist, is the host of Eye On Travel, a travel news podcast originating from a different location every week. For Greenberg, the show is all about providing his audience with the information they can’t find anywhere else. “There are three things people want to know about: health, finance, and travel”, says Peter.

Amateur Traveler

Hosted by Chris Christensen, Amateur Traveler is a podcast that focuses on travel destinations. With more than 700 episodes for you to choose from, the show will help you decide where to go next. Tune in every week to listen to an insightful interview with either a destination expert or a traveler who has been to an exciting destination recently. Of one thing we’re sure: after you listen to Amateur Traveler, you’ll have a bucket-list of thrilling places you’re dying to go next!

The Travel Diaries

Ever wanted to know what travel experiences shaped other people’s lives? If so, the Travel Diaries is the right podcast for you. Hosted by the charismatic Holly Rubinstein, the show features weekly interviews that will take you on a raucous tour around the world. “Listening to this podcast is a great opportunity for people to be transported to far-off lands from the comfort of their homes. It’s wanderlust guaranteed!” says Holly.

RV Miles Podcast

“We like to think of ourselves as the ‘Today Show’ for RVers and other road travelers,” says podcast host Abigail Trabue. Covering interviews, useful tips and tricks, and campground reviews, this podcast has something for anyone who’s itching to hit the open road. Abigail and her family are full-time RV travelers, calling everywhere they explore “home”.

The World Nomads

The World Nomads is the go-to podcast for travelers who love listening to real-life stories and testimonials about the most amazing destinations around the world. During the pandemic, The World Nomads has suspended their regular destination episodes, and will instead be sharing the thoughts of travelers who are shaping the future of the industry post-COVID 19

Indie Travel Podcast

Full-time travelers Craig and Linda Martin created the Indie Travel Podcast in 2006 to share the things they’ve learned on the road, interesting stories from inquisitive adventurers, and practical advice from every continent around the globe. While listening to Indie Travel Podcast, expect to learn about how to pack light, the best tips to create a killer day-before-you-travel-checklist, and how to eat healthy on the road, just to name a few.

JUMP with Traveling Jackie

What if you could explore the world without breaking the bank? Well, now you can! Jackie Nourse gives incredible tips for budget-friendly adventures on her podcast JUMP With Traveling Jackie, formerly known as The Budget-Minded Traveler. Not to mention that Jackie is positive and upbeat, so if you’re looking to feel empowered before your next adventure, JUMP with Traveling Jackie is the best travel podcast for you.

Armchair Explorer

“No long-winded interviews, just straight to the heart of the action”. This is how the host and award-winning travel writer, and journalist describes Armchair Explorer. Carefully made in a documentary-style format, this podcast features stories of otherworldly trips told by the most adventurous travelers. Set to music and cinematic effects to create an immersive storytelling experience, the podcast will take you to the most unimaginable places, from a 53,000-mile bike journey around the globe to a wild expedition in South America.

The Dish

Mixing three of our favorite things —food, fun, and travel—, this podcast perfectly satisfies our thirst for new experiences. “The Dish” is hosted by Tommo & Megsy, two food and travel bloggers who have visited 95 countries seeking the best “Food Worth Traveling For”. Get ready to take your tastebuds on a global tour while learning about the host’s favorite dishes from around the world and the insane adventures they had to go through to find these delicacies.

Extra Pack of Peanuts

Extra Pack of Peanuts is a fun-filled podcast hosted by Travis and Heather, a couple who has been obsessed with traveling the world since 2010. Aside from teaching you everything you need to know about budget travel, Travis and Heather also interview some of the world’s most renowned travelers and give practical advice on how to use frequent flyer miles, find cheap hotels, and travel on a budget. A brand new episode of this travel podcast is released every Tuesday.

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

“A show for travel lovers”. This is the best way to describe the Thoughtful Travel Podcast by Amanda Kendle. In each episode, Amanda shares travel stories from fellow travel addicts on a range of interesting topics, which will take you on a journey around the world. From traveling with grandchildren to the best writing retreats around the world, these will surely feed your Wanderlust spirit and put you in the mood for some travel adventures!

Travel With Rick Steves

Rick Steves is the United State’s leading authority when it comes to European travel. He’s a travel writer who encourages people to explore less-touristy destinations and to fully become immersed in the local way of life. Since 2005, he has been running his own travel show Travel with Rick Steves, which also has a podcast version where Rick brings you a weekly interesting conversation about travel, cultures, and people from around the globe.

How I Got Here

How I Got Here is a weekly podcast presented by PhocusWire and Mozio. Each episode features an interview with startup founders and innovators, to give you an inside scoop of the stories behind the travel and transportation sectors. Season Two of How I Got Here is now complete and available!

Flight Or Fancy

In Flight Or Fancy, host Ben Groundwater talks of all things travel for those with a “thirst for seeing the world”. In weekly one-hour conversations with guest experts, Groundwater covers a robust array of travel-related subjects, from the ultimate guide to surviving airports, to the secrets of a great road trip.

Zero To Travel

Hosted by Jason Moore, the Zero To Travel podcast provides listeners with inspiring and life-changing perspectives. In each episode, Moore and his interviewers dig deep into big questions surrounding travel, offering actionable advice for every kind of adventurer.

Travel Tales Podcast

In this lighthearted podcast, comedian Mike Siegel highlights the best and worst experiences that travel has to offer. Every episode, Siegel chats with a different guest to hear their true travel tales — some pretty, some not —from around the world.

We hope you enjoyed tuning in with us! We can’t wait to hear what travel podcasts you listen to. Don’t forget to let us know.

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The Complete Guide To La Tomatina Festival, Spain

The Complete Guide To La Tomatina Festival, Spain

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From the April Fair of Seville to the Canary Islands’ Carnival, Spain hosts a range of lively traditional festivals that puts locals and travelers in a joyous atmosphere thanks to a profusion of music, dance, and soulful typical dishes. But, surprisingly enough, one of the most fascinating festivals in the country revolves around a messy food fight.

Well-known across the globe, La Tomatina happens every year on the last Wednesday of August. The festival takes place in the city of Buñol, in Valencia, and it brings thousands of people who gather to basically throw tomatoes at each other for an hour. Fun, and chaotic, this worldwide praised tomato fight is a great item for travelers to include —and check off — their bucket list.

To help you make the most out of the festival, we created a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about Buñol’s annual tomato fight. Added bonus? A few Valencia travel tips, which are guaranteed to keep you entertained for days. Have a look!

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Traveling To Valencia, Spain

About Valencia

Aerial view of Valencia's coastline dotted with historical buildings, in Spain

Located on Spain’s southeastern coast, on the banks of the Turia river, Valencia is a lively port city adorned with a profusion of ancient Moorish buildings and Gothic constructions. Valencia is located within just an hour and a half from Madrid and three hours from Barcelona by train, and it’s widely known for hosting traditional festivals and celebrations, such as the Fallas and, of course, the famous La Tomatina festival.

With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Valencia is a great destination all year round. If you go during the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the city’s finest beaches. But, in case you want to avoid crowds of tourists, try to go during the offseason, between May and June when the weather is still pleasant and warm.

What To Eat And Drink In Valencia

Paella valenciana.

Worldwide known as Spain’s staple dish, paella originated in Valencia, and it’s a must-try for travelers who are visiting the region. But, differently from what many people think, the Paella Valenciana does not carry seafood, and it’s actually made with other typical ingredients, such as rabbit, chicken, bomba rice, and garrofón (a type of large white bean) among others.

For trying the best paella in Valencia, make sure you stay away from touristy restaurants where the dish is pre-made, frozen, and reheated. A flavourful and authentic paella is always made to order, and it takes at least 30 minutes to get done. Also, it should be served in the pan it was prepared in, and the bottom layer of the rice usually has a crispy caramelized crust, which is called socarrat. Some of the most praised paella restaurants in Valencia are the Restaurante Levante, La Pepica, Casa Roberto, Restaurante Navarro, and Casa Carmela.

Aside from trying the traditional paella, make sure you also sip in the staple drink of Valencia: horchata de chufa. Refreshing and perfect for hot summer days, this non-alcoholic creamy beverage is made with the milky juice of tiger nuts, and it originated in Valencia in the 13th-century. The drink is so popular across Spain that there are special “horchataria” shops dedicated to serving it.

Where To Stay In Valencia, Spain

Aerial view from Serranos towers on the old town of Valencia, in Spain

To enjoy Valencia to the fullest, rent an apartment in the city center. You can choose a modernist Spanish apartment in the El Carmen historical neighborhood, which is quite central. Other well-located areas for you to stay in Valencia are Ciutat Vella (Valencia Old Town), L’Eixample, El Cabanyal, Poblats Maritims, and Benimaclet.

Traveling To Buñol

Aerial view of the historic center of Buñol, in Valencia, Spain

Buñol is a small town located in the province of Valencia. As the festival is the main attraction of the city, most people opt for staying in the capital city of Valencia, which offers more options for things to do during a trip to Spain. Both cities are located within 40 minutes from each other, and a great idea is to can rent a car and travel from Valencia to Bunõl. You just have to take the A3 highway towards Madrid/Aeropuerto, and then take exit 322 towards VP-3031/Buñol. For your day trip to Bunõl, you can also get the train in the Estaciò Nord. The journey takes around 1 h 7 min.

A Guide To La Tomatina Festival

The History Of La Tomatina

A woman covered in tomato juice during La Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain

Ever wondered why Spain hosts a food fight festival where people just have fun while throwing tomatoes at each other? We explain. While the origins of the festival are unknown, there’s a popular story that tells it all began by accident in August 1945. There was a religious parade taking place in Buñol, and a group of teenagers started throwing tomatoes that had fallen from the bed of a passing lorry. The tomato throwing became a thing, and it continued for a few years until it was banned in the 1950s by city officials. Later on, in 1957, the people of Buñol held a ceremonial tomato burial, tucking a tomato into a coffin to express their discontent. In 1959 the ban was lifted and La Tomatina became a Festivity of International Tourist Interest in 2002.

What Happens In La Tomatina?

Two girls and a group of male friends covered in tomato juice during La Tomatina, in Spain.

La Tomatina is now held in honor of St. Louis Bertrand — the patron saint of Bunõl — on the last Wednesday of August. Regarded as the biggest food fight in the world, La Tomatina starts at 10 am with people gathering in the Plaza del Pueblo. At 11:00 am, a gunshot indicates the start of the tomato throwing, which lasts until 12:00 p.m., when another gunshot signals the end.

La Tomatina Survival Guide

People covered in tomato juice during La Tomatina, in Spain

Here are some thoughtful tips and advice you need to know to make the most out of The Tomatina Festival.

  • Squash the tomatoes before throwing them at your target. This reduces the impact, and avoid bruises;
  • Avoid wearing flip flops. First, because someone can accidentally step on your foot, and you might get hurt. Second, because you can easily lose them during the festival;
  • Wear clothes that you’re willing to throw away afterward;
  • Leave the selfie stick at home. If you want to take photographs, but don’t want your phone covered in tomato juice, take a waterproof camera instead;
  • Do not rip other participants’ clothes;
  • Wear clothing with sealed pockets where you can keep a few things, and dress comfortably. You can even ziplock some cash and pocket it;
  • Don’t target the buildings, only other participants;
  • Use eye goggles to protect your eyes.

Fun Facts About La Tomatina

Battle of tomatoes during La Tomatina festival, in Spain.
  • More than 120,000 pounds of tomatoes are thrown in La Tomatina, known as the “world’s biggest food fight”;
  • The food fight lasts for just an hour;
  • La Tomatina only starts when a ham is retrieved from atop a greased pole in the main town square. The moment the slice of ham is dropped from the pole, trucks loaded with tomatoes enter and the fight begins;
  • La Tomatina has inspired similar celebrations around the world, and today other cities such as Colorado, USA, Sutamarchán, in Colombia, and Dongguan, China, host tomato fights;
  • The festival brings together around 20,000 people, including locals and travelers from all over the world.

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The Ultimate Long Beach Island Vacation Guide

The Ultimate Long Beach Island Vacation Guide

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Located along the Atlantic Ocean coast, Long Beach Island is a great fit for short breaks. Whether you’re looking for a weekend family trip or a staycation getaway for a quick vacation, “LBI” has plenty to keep you entertained. Dotted with large-scale waterfront homes, offers travelers a taste of everything, and it has 18 miles of white-sand beaches, amusement parks, local boutiques, sleek eateries, and historical gems. And who’s got the heart to say no to all of these?

If you want to take a break from the urban sprawl, head-off this beach lover’s paradise for a well-deserved vacation time. But first, have a look at our guide and learn what are the best things to do in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

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Best time to go to Long Beach Island

White sand leads to a beach in Surf City on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Regarded as home to the best beaches on the east coast, Long Beach Island boasts about 345 of sunshine annually. As for the best time to visit the city, we recommend going during the summer, when temperatures are warm and ranging from 21 °C to 28 °C. This creates the perfect environment for travelers who want to indulge in a slew of outdoor and water activities.

Top Things To Do In Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Parasail Above The Atlantic Ocean

Two people parasailing above the ocean at sunset.

How about starting your vacation with an extra dose of adrenaline? Long Island Beach, in New Jersey, happens to be one of the best destinations for parasailing, which is actually a great family-friendly activity. While flying 250-300ft off the Atlantic, you’ll be able to marvel at the city from a unique perspective and witness not only breathtaking views of the coastline but also dolphins, rays, and other native New Jersey marine species.

Soak Up The Sun At The Long Island Beach State Park

View of the Barnegat State Park located on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

After dosing up on some adrenaline, immerse yourself in nature, and have a well-deserved relaxation time. And, one of the best places to experience nature in its purest form is the Island Beach State Park, a narrow barrier island that stretches for 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Barnegat Bay. Home to more than 400 identified species of plants, the park is covered by 10 miles of sand dunes and beaches, which welcome a variety of occasional visitors, including falcons, shorebirds, and waterfowls.

Aside from miles of white-sandy beaches, the park also harbors 8 trails — each under one mile— which provide a self-guided tour through the nine plant communities of the barrier island.

Visit The Barnegat Lighthouse State Park 

Barnegat Lighthouse at sunset.

The Barnegat Lighthouse is the ultimate New Jersey symbol, at it stands beautifully on the point of an inlet, overlooking the Atlantic. Also known as “Old Barney”, the lighthouse is located at the northern tip of Long Beach Island and offers a jaw-dropping panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island.

Adjacent to the Barnegat Lighthouse is the Barnegat Lighthouse Interpretive Center, a museum that showcases the history of the lighthouse through a myriad of historic photographs.

A great tip is to extend your visit and take an even deeper walk into the past by going to the Barnegat Light Museum. They keep the history of Barnegat Light alive and available to the public by showcasing a slew of artifacts and pictures in the 106-year-old restored schoolhouse museum.

Take The Kids To The Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Long Island Beach has a handful of family-oriented spots. But one of the best is definitely the Fantasy Island Amusement Park, in Beach Haven. Founded in 1985, Fantasy Island is the only amusement park on Long Beach Island, and it features 18 rides and a 12000 sq. ft arcade filled with fun attractions, which are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. The little ones can indulge in a series of rides, such as bumper cars, giant wheel, and even the 80 feet tall Lighthouse Launch, which is is the tallest ride at Fantasy Island Amusement Park and designed to resemble the Barnegat Lighthouse.

After enjoying the fun rides at Fantasy Island, a good idea is to explore Beach Haven. This small beach community located in the Ocean Country is rich in history, and it displays two of the best museums in Long Beach Island: the New Jersey Maritime Museum and the Long Beach Island Museum. The first one is centered around the New Jersey maritime history, and it houses a collection of artifacts that encourage maritime research. Built in 1882 in a former church, the Long Beach Island Museum is located at the very center of Beach Haven, and it was created to preserve the history of Long Beach Island alive.

Cool Off At The Thundering Surf Water Park

Two kids having fun at a water slide.

The Thundering Surf Water Park is another must-go spot for families in the Beach Haven borough, in Long Beach Island. Run by a family and founded in the summer of 1977, the park became the top Long Beach island attraction for some real fun in the water.

The Thundering Surf Water Park has a myriad of attractions, including 6 different Serptine Tube Slides, a Lazy River with a wave cannon sending a 2-foot wave every 60 seconds, over 200 feet long Rainbow Rides, and a toddler area, among other rides.

Get Competitive At The Hartland Golf & Arcade

A miniature golf course.

Voted the “Number One Mini Golf on Long Beach Island”, the Hartland Golf & Arcade is located in Ship Bottom, in the very heart of the island. The course features 18 holes spread over hills, under ponds, through tunnels, and past obstacles. Every summer they host Golf Tournaments, with trophies for the best scores and over $200 in great prizes.

Uncover The Harvey Cedars Borough And The Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge

Sunset at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Long Beach Township, New Jersey

Placed on the north end of Long Beach Island, Harvey Cedars is a charming retreat filled with large oceanfront houses, which are the perfect place for a relaxing vacation on the beach.

Harvey Cedars is located within 30 minutes from Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats. Placed on the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is a prime Long Beach Island spot for Wildlife Viewing, as it serves as both a transitory route for migrating birds and a seasonal home for many animal species, including whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and squirrels.

Where To Eat In Long Beach Island

Stefano’s Restaurant

Italian home made pasta with fresh seafood.

Placed in the Long Beach Island Township, this sleek modern eatery is the place to go if you’re craving some Italian-inspired meal. Their menu includes a range of seafood-heavy dishes, such as the “Risotto Del Mar”, made with fresh lobster and crabmeat, and the “Calamari Marinari” over homemade linguini.

Aside from dishes made with super fresh seafood, Stefano’s also has a slew of veal and poultry dishes. The highlight? Definitely the “Chicken Siena”, made with prosciutto, fresh mozarella and penne.

Living On The Veg

Fresh organic vegetarian food and glass of kombucha in hipster style cafe

Great news for vegetarians: Long Beach Island also has great restaurants for you too. Living On The Veg, for instance, is one of the best vegetarian eateries in the city, and a must-go place for a cruelty-free and healthy meal. Aside from having delicious treats for breakfast, such as avocado toasts and scrambled wraps, this deli and juice bar also serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, and deli classics. Not to mention their burritos and smoothies, which will surely give you an extra dose of energy at any time of the day.

Uncle Will’s Pancake House, Beach Heaven

Different breakfast meal plates over a table.

Uncle Willi’s motto is “day or night, we feed you right”, and they live up to those words. Located in Beach Haven, this breakfast restaurant is probably the best spot for a family meal in Long Beach Island. To kick-off your day the right way, order “Uncle Willi’s World Famous Pancakes”, which can come in a variety of flavors, such as apple pecan, chocolate chip, and banana. They also have eggs benedict, which are served with either home fries, homemade potato salad, house salad, or fresh fruit medley. For a real carbs overdose, also order Uncle Willi’s french toasts and signature waffles.

Where to stay in Long Beach Island?

Long Island has a variety of ocean-front houses and hotels for a relaxing holiday at the beach. You can either opt for staying at a hotel and enjoy a variety of amenities or opt for a cozy vacation rental by the sea.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lobos Island, Spain

The Ultimate Guide to Lobos Island, Spain

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Lobos Island, or Isla de Lobos, is a small paradisiac island that many travelers don’t know much about yet. The islet is part of the Canary Island archipelago, and it’s located just about 100 km west of Morocco, and only 2 kilometers north of the island of Fuerteventura.

Surrounded by idylic beaches, the Lobos Island is true heaven for travelers who are seeking to spend some time in the nature. With a pleasant warm weather, the island is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe, and it harbors over 130 plant species, as well as a great variety of seabirds and fishes. For this reason, the Lobos Island has been designated as a protected zone and a special protection area (SPA) for birds.

Thanks to its stunning natural features, this pristine island makes just about the perfect sojourn destination for those who are seeking maximum calm and relaxation. Plus, Lobos Island is suitable for all types of travel, from family-friendly getaways to romantic escapes.

To help you plan a memorable trip to the Canaries, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to Lobos Island. Take a look!

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About Lobos Island

What to Expect from the Lobos Island

Aerial view of Lobos Island, Canary Islands.

Spanish Islands are well-known for their gorgeous playas with crystal clear water and white sand. And Lobos Island has all of that, but without being overcrowded with tourists. Instead, the island offers a more authentic experience for nature-lovers and those who are looking for a more chill atmosphere.

In Lobos Island, you’ll be able to experience nature at its best. You can soak up the sun on the local beaches, climb rocky cliffs, and check the view of the island, swim with exotic fish species, hit hiking trails, and more.

Lobos Island: A Brief History

The wooden jetty of the Isla de Lobos in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Lobos means “wolves” in Spanish, and the island was named after a large number of sea wolves that once lived in the area. Throughout the centuries, Lobos Island has preserved its natural beauty, and only recently it started attracting inhabitants, which are mostly nature enthusiasts and geologists from all around the world.

Lobos Island was once part of the Roman Empire. However, Romans were there only for a short season, and it’s believed that they have established a settlement on the island to obtain the purple dye, which is produced by several species of sea snail. In the 15th century, the island served as a base for the French explorer Jean de Béthencourt in his conquest of the near Canary Island Fuerteventura. However, the only inhabitants of the island in modern times up until 1968 were the lighthouse keeper and his family, who were operating Faro de Lobos lighthouse at the Northern tip of the island. In 1982, Lobos was the first Canary Island to have an area designated as a natural park.

When the Spanish discovered the island, there were only a few inhabitants. And even though a lot has changed since then, nature still dominates the island. The best part of being a visitor to Lobos Island is the fact that nature is not commercialized yet, which means you can hike the trails and watch sunsets right from the cliff without hordes of tourists behind you. So plan your visit while you can!

A Day Trip In The Canary Islands

A boat on the blue-green ocean of Lobos Island, Canary Islands.

A great idea for travelers who plan a trip to the Canary Islands is to include Lobos Island on the itinerary as a day trip getaway. The island is part of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria municipality, also known as Las Palmas, and it’s a great destination for a short trip, especially for couples.

What makes Lobos Island so different from the other surrounding islands, like Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, or La Gomera, is the fact that the islet of Lobos is one of the flattest ones, with the highest peak on Caldera de Lobos raising only 126 meters above the sea level. This means that Lobos Island offers easier tracks for climbers, as other volcanoes in the Canaries, such as Mount Teide, in Tenerife, or Roque de Los Muchachos, in La Palma, are much higher.

Keeping one entertained on Lobos Island is no challenge. From dolphin watching to local music concerts, Lobos is filled with fun activities that will keep you entertained.

Things to Do in Lobos Island

Visit The Mount Caldera

View of Lobos island from a Beach in Corralejo, Canary Islands, Spain

Lobos Island is a good option for those seeking an easy-to-hike route, as its relatively new volcano, the Caldera Mountain, has the highest point of 127 meters. Even though the hike is not the most challenging one, we would still suggest you bring some extra water bottles in your bag, as the sun and desert climate can be tiring especially during the summer. While climbing, you’ll be able to check amazing views of the island, and when you reach the peak of the mount, you will have a stunning panorama of the entire Lobos Island.

The Caldera Mountain hike will take you through the whole island. You’ll get to see the Greek-looking El Puerterito houses with white-washed walls and romantic narrow streets. You’ll also be able to see 8-meter high agave plants. If you wish to lay down and just enjoy the views or catch some sun, stop at the Faro de Martino beach, known for its white sand and hornitos, which are small pointy hills that were once crater pipes. The beach is located at the Northern tip of the island. After returning to the main path, make sure you stop at Playa de la Concha beach, a sanctuary of sandy dunes and blue waters.

Some practical information:

  •         Free toilets are available at the Centro de Visitantes (tourist information center);
  •         It is forbidden to step off the walking pathway;
  •         You can learn more about the history of the Caldera Mountain at the visitor center;
  •         If you are in a wheelchair or with a stroller, the Caldera Mountainis not accessible.

Cycle Around The Island

A man cyclist on the beach during the sunset.

To get around the small island faster, you can also rent a bike (or take one with you on your ferry when you come to the island) and cycle around and explore the island with less effort.

Easy Riders offer 5 types of bikes, from heavy-duty, mountain X-trail to road bikes, so you can choose one yourself for €10 per day. You can cycle the same China Cove Trail on  Lobos Island to save time getting around, and choose the place you want to spend the day at. Cycling around the island is the perfect option if you are just visiting the island for a day.

Culture Events and Festivals

Woman dressed on festive costumes and dancing during the famous Carnival the Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Lobos Island is hardly inhabited and it’s known for its preserved nature. This basically means that the island is not a party destination, and the only concerts and music festivals that happen nearby are held on the 2 kilometer-close Fuerteventura island. If you happen to visit the Canary Islands in June or July, make sure not to miss the typical fiestas and festivals, which are one of the best ways of experiencing the local culture. One of them is Fiesta de San Juan (read: Hogueras de San Juan in Spain), which happens on the last week of June to celebrate the Midsummer Solstice. You can also go to the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which is held in seaside towns on the week of July 16th. You can also schedule your trip to attend the famous Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is held every February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Go To Corralejo Natural Park

The Sand Dunes at the Corralejo  Park, in the Canary Islands, Spain.

These are the famous dunes of the Canary Islands, and one of the best things to do if you’re visiting Lobos Island. Along with Lobos Island, Corralejo Natural park is a Special Protection Area of Birds, and this sandy sanctuary encompasses 2,600 hectares of protected space. The Corralejo Natural Park holds the most extensive dunes of the Canarian archipelago, aside from being home to beaches of golden sand, and crystal clear waters.

Places to Stay in Lobos Island

View of a seaside hotel surrounded by palm trees in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Staying on Lobos Island is not possible, so a good idea is to stay in Lanzarote or Fuerteventura, which are nearby locations. There are several sustainable nature and eco-conscious sustainable hotels near Lobos Island to choose from, and you also have the option of booking an apartment in the Canary Islands if you want to feel at home.

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Eat and Drink in Lobos Island

Grilled cheese with canarian sauces on a white plate.

There are no restaurants on Lobos Island, so a great suggestion is to pack a few healthy snacks for your day trip. You even buy some fruits, such as papaya, mango, apple, pineapple, and banana, some nuts, water, and you’re good to go.

In case you want a Fuerteventura offers some good restaurants for those looking for a light, inexpensive great meal. To make the most of the natural Canarian vibe, visit Casa de la Naturaleza for lunch. This restaurant is placed at a fantastic old farmhouse, and it serves everything from beer and Canary island wine to almond cakes and Canarian tapas.

How To Get To Lobos Island, Spain

A white and red ferry transporting people.

The best way to get from the mainland to Lobos island is by taking a ferry. And, if you are used to kayaking in the sea, you can get from Fuerteventura to Lobos.

To go to Fuerteventura, you have several options. We suggest taking a train or driving to Huelva, and then taking a ferry to Arrecerife (ferries go once a week) and then to Fuerteventura Puerto del Rosario. However, if you are very tight on budget, direct flights may turn out to be a better choice, saving you over €100 one way.

Visiting Lanzarote is slightly cheaper if you go by train and ferry via Cordoba, but flights from Sevilla and Malaga cost around the same as to Fuerteventura. In the low season, you can get to Lanzarote for as little as €75, and the best time to travel for the cheapest tickets in October.

How to Get a Permit to Visit Lobos Island

Aerial view of Lobos Island, Spain.

To visit Lobos Island, you will have to get a permit, as the capacity of the island is limited to 200 simultaneous visitors. Therefore, before planning to go to Lobos, go to Cabildo and Fuerteventura’s online page, and request a permit to visit Los Lobos.

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11 Best Road Trips You Need to Take During The Summer

11 Best Road Trips You Need to Take During The Summer

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There has never been a more perfect time to go on a road trip. For many around the world, the best way to ensure a safe, and hassle-free vacation is to either opt for a staycation within nearby areas or go on a long trip to rediscover the beauty in their own countries.

So, whenever you’re craving a city break, going on a road trip and heading somewhere new is a great idea, especially during the summer when the weather is warm and pleasant. Aside from skipping the heavy costs that come with traveling internationally, road trips can also be fit into your weekend and short breaks. Plus, road trips are pet-friendly and allow you to spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Ready to turn your next 4-wheel ride into an adventure? Then have a look at the 11 best road trips you need to take during the summer. You’ll find yourself escape to natural environments and enjoying the great outdoors like never before.

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The Best Road Trips For The Summertime:

We have created the perfect guide to the best road trips you need to take this summer. That way when you settle in for an epic excursion, you’ll know exactly where to head. And the options are endless. For the ultimate North-American road trip, you can pick Route 66 or the Pacific Highway. For a vacation surrounded by gorgeous forested mountains, choose Nha Trang to Quy Nhon, in Vietnam. Looking for a postcard-worthy scenario to enjoy your summer vacation? Then the scenic Amalfi Coast, in Italy, is the right bet for you.

Take a look at the list and pick your favorite summer road trip destination.

Route 66 – United States

The route 66 during an orange sunset.

If you have ever taken a drive in the United States, you most likely heard of the U.S. Highway, Route 66. This highway first gained popularity in the mid-1920s as the country’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. In total, Route 66 spans over 2,400 miles and offers so much to explore along the way. This route became very famous as it goes straight through the heart of America crossing over eight states and three time zones. These states include Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California.

This road trip route will take you through historic and natural landmarks in the southern half of the country including the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, Mojave Desert, The Painted Desert, and more. You can even pop in and visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame, to learn more about the history of this national treasure. One thing is for sure, if you are embarking on a USA road trip this summer, you better take a drive down Route 66. You’ll be mesmerized by scenic landscapes filled with mountains, mind-blowing National Parks, forests, and other natural wonders in the United States.

Mongol Rally – Mongolia

The green hills of Mongolia at dusk.

Buckle in, bring a good book, and get set because the Mongol Rally road trip extends over 10,00 miles. That’s right! This epic adventure takes you all the way from the UK to Mongolia. While there is no official route, the goal of this road trip is to make it from any European destination to Mongolia in one piece and sometime between mid-August to mid-September. It can also take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months depending on your route and can cross over 18 countries. So if you are looking for a wild ride through the world’s most intense terrains, and the opportunity to see Europe and Asia unlike ever before, then this is the perfect road trip for you. One adventurer, Bassam Tarazi, put it best when he said “When you travel across half the world, you learn some things.”

Amalfi Coast – Italy

The Amalfi Coast dotted with pink-hued houses at dusk.

A UNESCO Heritage site, due to its scenic beauty and rare natural landscape, one must visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy at least once in their lifetime. The actual town of Amalfi and its neighbors are located in the southern province of Salerno. While the towns are typically only accessible by bus and ferry, this is the perfect destination for summer road trips from cities like Naples, Rome, Florence, and Milan.

Often compared to a painting, the Amalfi Coast cities welcome thousands and thousands of visitors every spring and summer to back on its beaches and take in the panoramic views from the top of the hills. If you’re looking to fall in love with a destination this summer, then you definitely will with the Amalfi Coast.

A great idea for an Amalfi Coast summer road trip is to plan a 7-day itinerary and drive along the southern tip of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. During your trip, you can make pit stops in cities such as Salerno, a port city southeast of Naples; Ravello, and the jaw-dropping Positano, a cliffside village dotted with pastel-hued houses.

Costa Verde – Brazil

The blue-green ocean surrounded by rocks and a forested hill on Trindade Beach, Brasil.

The journey from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is one for the books. While you have to pass through some busy traffic in the city first, the drive along the Costa Verde is absolutely breathtaking. The full route is 350 miles (560 kilometers), and there are multiple stops you will want to make along the way. One of the best stops in the historic city of Paraty, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Framed by mountains and filled with 17th- and 18th-century buildings, Paraty is the perfect destination for a weekend on the beach.

During your summer road trip in Costa Verde, you can also plan to take a boat tour to one of the 365 islands off the coast and hiking the Serra do Mar, a 1,500 km mountain range. We also recommend taking a surf lesson, go paddleboarding, and enjoy the sunshine off the Atlantic Coast. This is one of the best ways to see the best Brazil has to offer.

Great Ocean Road – Australia

The turquoise ocean surrounded by cliffs on the Great Ocean Road, in Australia.

If Australia is in your travel plans this year or you’re an Aussie and want to explore your own country, then take a drive down Great Ocean Road. The expansive stretch of coast will take you along some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. Including the 12 Apostles, Great Otway National Park, London Arch, and more. The entire drive is about 250 miles (400 kilometers), about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s city center. It extends all the way to the southernmost point of the continent. Extend your getaway and stay at one of southern Australia’s vacation rentals or hotels to indulge in a one-of-a-kind outdoor getaway.

Panorama Route – South Africa

A small lagoon surrounded by rocks at the Panorama Route, in South Africa.

South Africa’s scenic road trip, Panorama Route, is not just a beautiful drive but a historic adventure through the world’s third-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon. The entire route takes you through the Mpumalanga province and takes about two to three days to complete. Visitors will love adventuring through waterfalls, forests, and South Africa’s many natural landmarks including Echo Caves and God’s Window. You can also visit national parks and reserves including Kruger National Park and Mount Sheba Nature Reserve. Take a safari drive through the game reserve. You may even spot some of the big five along the way. This will be a trip unlike ever before.

Ring Road – Iceland

The Ring Road leading to a range of snowy mountains, in Iceland.

Iceland’s Ring Road will take you around the entire island. If you ever dreamt about exploring Iceland’s breathtaking waterfalls and geysers, then this is the best way to see it all. The full drive will take about 12 to 13 hours. However, due to the conditions and roads usually takes about a week to complete. There are a few routes you can take, and route one is about 800 miles long. Your trip will most likely start in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Start off day 1 of your adventure by indulging in a day of luxury at the Blue Lagoon. Your excursions will also take you whale-watching, glacier walking, hiking, and so much more. Discover it all on your once in a lifetime road trip around Iceland.

Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia

The Cabot Trail Road surrounded by green forests, at Nova Scotia.

While this list of road trip includes many that last anywhere from a few days to over a month, Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is one of the shorter road trips on this list. However, that does not mean it does not have just as much to offer road trippers. The drive takes up to five hours and is 185 miles (298 kilometers). The route will take you around Cape Breton Island allowing you to enjoy the gorgeous views. The trail is named after John Cabot, an explorer who found his way to the islands in 1497. The rugged coastline will present you with a relaxing journey of views right over the highlands. Canada has many road trips you will want to embark on, and this one makes the top of the list.

Patagonia – Chile

While this time of year is actually the winter in Chile, June-September is still an excellent time to take a road trip to Patagonia. One of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world is a view of the Torres del Paine national park. Seeing the glaciers and frozen lakes up close offers such a remarkable feeling. You have to see it for yourself. There are also many advantages to road tripping in Patagonia this time of year. Including ice-skating on the lake, watching for arctic wildlife, and hiking. While many people choose to take this drive on their own, it is always a good idea to consult with a tour company or guided road trip. Extra planning comes in handy to make sure conditions are optimal before embarking on your journey. Find incredible accommodations on the way.

Nha Trang to Quy Nhon – Vietnam

The blue ocean framed by cliffs in Nha Trang to Quy Nhon, Vietnam.

This road trip is filled with sweeping views of the Vietnamese countryside, which is dotted with fishing villages, and incredible lush verdant landscapes. If you are a fan of motorbikes and bicycles, you’ll enjoy taking this road trip. On your route, you’ll also have a great time if visiting sites such as the Ba Ho Falls and Da Dia Reef. The journey up highway one takes a total of four hours and is 131 miles (212 kilometers). Not only is Vietnam very peaceful and beautiful, but it is also an incredibly budget-friendly destination for your vacation. Extend your trip by staying at one of the charming hotels along the South China Sea.

Pacific Coast Highway – United States

The Big Sur, on the Pacific Coast Highway, in California.

This is definitely one of the most epic road trips of all time. The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous highways in the United States, and it’s part of the State Route 1, that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. Many travelers begin their road trip in Los Angeles, but a great idea for a summer trip is to start driving from Seattle. You can then drive along the coast, and explore cities such as Portland, in Oregon, until you reach Eureka, which is the first stop in California. In Eureka, make sure you go to the Sequoia Park Forest & Garden before making your move to San Francisco. You can then head south and stop in Santa Barbara for a romantic weekend in California, and finally in San Diego.

This authentic North-American road trip will take you to uncover gorgeous ocean views — especially in San Diego — gorgeous Instagrammable places in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and plenty of amazing wineries in Santa Barbara.

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Discover the New Seven Wonders of the World

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Across the globe, people travel far and wide to visit The New Seven Wonders of the World. But, do you know the history of these sites and how they came to be so important to the global community?

For centuries the world has celebrated amazing sculptures and architecture. So much so that seven of these landmarks have the global status of being a “Wonder of the World”. Although there are now several categories with this title, the original list of ancient wonders dates back to a piece of work written in 225 B.C. by Philo of Byzantine called On Seven Wonders. These landmarks are revered because they show the true capability humans have for incredible imagination and creativity. After all, each of these architectural phenomenons is manmade.

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The New Seven Wonders

pyramids in egypt

The only ancient wonder that still exists today is the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. In order to choose the new seven wonders of the world, a foundation was created in 1999 to vote and choose them. After over 100 million votes, the new sites were revealed in 2007. They are Petra, in Jordan, The Colosseum, in Italy, The Great Wall of China, in China, The Christ the Redeemer, in Brazil, The Chichén Itzá, in Mexico, The Machu Picchu, in Peru, and the Taj Mahal, in India.

Although these sites are currently closed to the public, travelers can still admire and explore them through virtual tours. Learn about each of the new seven wonders of the world and plan for your future visit.

Petra, Jordan

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Petra, Jordan is one of the most remarkable landmarks on the planet. This ancient Jordan city dates back from the 1st century B.C., and it used to be the Arabic capital of the Nabateans Empire. Back then, the state became very wealthy due to its position in the trading routes between Arabia, India, Africa, and the West. Its moniker is the Rose City and it became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1985.

Home to 800 tombs, known as the “Royal Tombs”, including one estimated to be over 2,000 years old, Petra is an exhibiting travel destination for history-enthusiasts. As one of the oldest cities in the world, the site was inhabited by the Edomites (from 18th to 2nd century BC), the Nabateans (2nd century to 106 BC), and the Romans (106 to 395 BC).

The beautiful sandstone walls of Petra became famous after they were featured in the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), Petra welcomed over one million visitors in 2019.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

new seven wonders of the world christ the redeemer

The colossal Christ the Redeemer statue looks over Rio de Janeiro from the summit of Mount Corcovado, a privileged location in Rio. Considered Rio de Janeiro’s most famous landmark, the statue sits in the National Park of Tijuca, towering 2,310 feet above the city. The statue is 98 feet tall and its arms span 92 feet wide from fingertip to fingertip.

The construction of this gigantic statue took place in April 1922, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it was completed in 1931, and its design was crafted by many different designers and engineers, such as the Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and the engineers Heitor da Silva Costa and Albert Caquot.

And in case you’re wondering how did Christ Redeemer was placed at the top of Mount Corcovado, here’s the answer: because of its massive size, the statue was put together on top of the mountain, and the necessary materials were transported on a small cog-wheel train.

Visited by nearly 2 million people each year, it is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the entire world. Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, celebrates and honours the 100th year anniversary of the Brazilian Republic. It is still one of the most visited sites in not only Brazil but the world, and there is even a replica of the statue in Lisbon, Portugal. A great tip is to try to visit it during a day with clear skies, so you can enjoy the best views of the city.

In March 2020, the statue was illuminated with flags of all the countries heavily affected by COVID-19. An act that showed an outpour of support for the global community.

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

new seven wonders of the world chichen itza

Over 2 million tourists visit Chichén Itzá, the second most popular archaeological site in Mexico, a year.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient city, which consists of Mayan ruins located on the northern half of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a great day trip if you’re traveling to Cancun or Playa del Carmen, for instance, and when taking a tour to Chichén Itzá, you can walk among the giant pyramids.

The El Castillo, also known as the Kukulkan Pyramid, which is located in the very center of the site, is one of the only buildings to maintain its original structure. Historians say Chichén Itzá was built from 600 A.D. until 1221 during the Mayan empire. Due to its location and size, it stood as one of the most important places in Mayan culture. In December 2019, a new daily visit record was broken, with over 18,000 visitors in just one day. It is a must-visit when planning a trip to Mexico. Curious fact: the term Chichén Itzá means ‘the mouth at the well of Itza’, and it’s believed that Itza means ‘water magicians’.

The Great Wall of China, China

new seven wonders of the world great wall of china

A visit to the Great Wall of China is usually on top of the bucket list of people who want to uncover the new seven wonders. But why? Well, first of all, because it’s one of the most famous structures in the world, acknowledged it as the largest man-made structure on Earth. Built in the early 7th century B.C. the Wall took over 2,500 years to be completed, and its construction spanned over more than 10 Chinese dynasties, which is a very long time.

It’s impossible to precise the wall’s location, since it winds up and down the country in a dragon-like shape, extending over 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers) and winding through h 404 towns in 15 provincial regions across northern and central China. Made out of a range of materials, like stone, brick, rammed earth, and wood, the walls were used for border control and for defence against nomadic invaders. Due to both human and natural causes, almost 1/3 of the wall is missing today. Thus, the Chinese government has commissioned many restoration projects to renovate the wall and its missing parts.

The Chinese don’t refer to this wonder as “the Great Wall.” They call it Chángchéng, which means Long Wall. Visited by over 10 million people a year, this wonder of the world became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1987.

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

new seven wonders of the world colosseum

Located in the heart of Rome, Italy, The Colosseum stands proud as a symbol of power for the country. The construction of the Colosseum started in 70 A.D, however, it did not officially begin until 72 A.D., being finished only in 80 A.D. Built in the heart of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum was ordered by Emperor Vespasian who wanted to build the largest amphitheater in the world. In fact, it is still the largest in the world. With an oval shape, the structure is 189m long, 156m wide and 50m high, and it’s made from stone and concrete. During its time, the Colosseum could seat as many as 50,000 to 70,000 spectators, and it was used to host gladiator contests, and the vast majority of combatants were men slaves, condemned criminals, or prisoners of wars. The Colosseum also hosted mock sea battles and animal hunts, and some of the animals even included big cats and crocodiles.

By the 20th-century, two-thirds of the Colosseum was destroyed by neglect, vandalism and natural disasters, including the arena’s marble seats. A careful restoration program began in the 1990s, and this historical landmark is still one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions in the world, being visited by over 7 million people a year.

The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is so much more than just a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. Listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan from 1632 to 1648 for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died on June 17, 1631.
Representing the emperor’s everlasting love for his wife, the building stands as a beacon of light and strength for India and the global community.

Made of white marble from Makrana, in Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal combines a range of architectural styles, such as Islamic, Persian, and Indian styles. For the construction, other noble materials were used, such as turquoise from Tibet, jade and crystal from China, sapphire from Sri Lanka and Arabia, and lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.

Over 2.5 million visitors go to Agra, India, to visit the Taj Mahal every year. As are the other wonders, the Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO Heritage site since 1983. While photos of the building show its beauty, they cannot truly capture the delicacy and attention to detail. It is truly a place one must see in person in order to know its magnificence.

Machu Picchu, Peru

machu picchu view

Last, but not least is Machu Picchu as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. This site is one of the most breathtaking global landmarks and the true pride of Peru. Machu Picchu belongs to the Incan empire from the mid-15th-century. However, it wasn’t rediscovered until 1911 by archeologist Hiram Bingham.  He was searching for another ancient city when he found the green terraces and remains of the structure.

Many historians commonly use the term “ruins” when referring to this wonder, however, that is an incorrect description according to Machupicchu.org. It is best to describe this city as a sanctuary as it was a spiritual and sacred place for the Incans. Machu Picchu became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

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Explore Europe’s Offbeat Vacation Destinations

Explore Europe’s Offbeat Vacation Destinations

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Are you planning a trip to Europe this summer?  While there is a possibility your vacation may look a little differently than you had in mind, do not worry. As many of Europe’s destinations begin welcoming tourists, there are a few locations we suggest putting at the top of your list. Start with the best offbeat vacation destinations Europe has to offer. Instead of your overcrowded tourist spots, swap that for a getaway to a secluded beach or an isolated hilltop house. With so many beautiful and hidden locations, you will forget that you are even in some of the most popular locations.

Find your offbeat vacation destinations:

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Summer nights will be unforgettable when visiting Bohinj, Slovenia.

Swap a city break for a visit to the great outdoors in Bohinj, Slovenia

What’s not to love about Slovenia?  Slovenia is famous for being one of the greenest places on Earth. It will come as no surprise that Slovenia’s northwest municipality, Bohinj, is the European Best Destination’s “best destination for sustainable tourism in Europe.” As summer tourism picks up now more than ever it is vital to practice ecotourism. So by booking your vacation to Bohinj, you can help stimulate eco-friendly travel in the great outdoors. Sounds to us like a great plan! The isolated town is located in the Julian Alps and boasts incredible views, hiking and trekking, and warm days by the lake. It is also only 40 minutes away from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Find the perfect vacation rental or hotel near Bohinj, Slovenia.

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Indulge in a beach getaway in Corfu, Greece.

Instead of a crowded beach in Santorini, visit secluded Corfu, Greece.

While tourists around the world usually flock to Santorini and Mykonos for summer, we suggest switching it up by visiting Corfu, Greece instead. Did you know Greece has 6,000 islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas? Corfu is on the northwest coast in the Ionian Sea and is famous for its incredible beaches and ideal resort location. This is the perfect island to catch up on your rest and relaxation with incredible views, and ideal seclusion for a socially distant getaway. We recommend spending your day at the spectacular beaches in Kavos, Kontokali, Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Kontokali, and more. In the evening take a stroll through Corfu’s old town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll absolutely fall in love with this island.

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Enjoy the sunset over Marsaxlokk, Malta.

Craving an island escape? Give Malta a visit!

If sitting by the sea drinking a glass of chilled wine is something you are interested in, then Malta is the perfect destination for you. The entire area of Malta is about 95 square miles, 246 square kilometers. You can have breakfast in the south and dinner in the north, on the same day. The close proximity from the city and beaches to the next to make it a great island to take a road trip on as well. We recommend staying in the capital city, Valetta. Pro tip: you can take a ferry boat or boat cruise to enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the blue lagoon in Cominos Island. Malta will prove in seconds why it’s one of the best locations for an offbeat vacation.

zagreb capital in Croatia
Discover the delicious cuisine in Zagreb, Croatia.

Have you heard of Game of Thrones? If you’re a fan, Croatia is for you!

Now we know what you are thinking… Croatia has too many incredible places to visit, how can you choose just one? From its charming capital of Zagreb to the beach towns of Split, this Balkan country has so much to offer visitors. But we recommend going off the beaten path to visit some of its more secluded and hidden gems like Cavtat and Rijeka, too. The best part about taking an offbeat vacation to Croatia is you will have an opportunity to explore it all. And, after trying some of the traditional Croatian cuisines, you will never want to leave. Find your one-of-a-kind affordable accommodation in Croatia, here.

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Soak in the incredible views from the Azores Islands.

Take a road trip through Portugal.

From north to south, Portugal is a country you do not want to miss visiting, especially in the summer. With incredible sites to go winetasting at in Porto to the stunning beaches in the Algarve, you can experience it all by taking a road trip. If you really want to explore offbeat Portugal, then you need to book a stay on the Azores Island. There are many trails to explore offering beautiful views of the entire island. With dozens of national parks to visit you will adore your offbeat vacation alongside the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll want to visit again and again.

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Enjoy a coffee with a view in Warsaw, Poland.

Explore the historic streets of Poland.

Looking for another European country to cross off your bucket list? We recommend a visit to Poland. Not only is Poland incredibly budget-friendly, but it is also one of the safest destinations to visit in Europe. The charming towns and cities boast historic architecture and monuments to admire. Looking for traditional Polish food to try? Grab a pint and order a pierogi, you’ll want to eat a dozen. A visit to Poland will leave you with a deep appreciation for the history Poland and Europe have.

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CuddlyNest Staff Picks: Favorite Books to Read While Traveling

CuddlyNest Staff Picks: Favorite Books to Read While Traveling

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Do you have a favorite book? A story that took you on an adventure? A collection of essays that inspired you to experience life to the fullest? The CuddlyNest team is sharing our go-to books that we could not get enough of this year. As our team is based all over the world, we love to stay connected and let each other know what we are up to, reading, listening to, where we are planning to visit one day, and more. And, we want to share that with you, as well, starting with our favorite books.

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CuddlyNest’s Favorite Books

Although our travels are on hold, we can start putting a list together of books we want to take on our next getaway. So check out this incredible list of books. By the end of this list, you will want to read every single one. Let us know what you add to your list.

Manuela – Italy

Book: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Author: Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction, Surrealism, and Magical Realism

Adi – India

Book: 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

Author: Dan Miller

Genre: Business and Non-Fiction

Sali – Albania

Book: Shuni

Author: Naomi Fontaine

Genre: Nonfiction

Igor – Brazil

Book: Cien Sonetos de Amor

Author: Pablo Neruda

Genre: Poetry

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Andrei – Croatia

Book: Old Man and the Sea

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Novel and Nautical Fiction

Ritesh – India

Book: The 5 am Club

Author: Robin Sharma

Genre: Parable and Self-Help

Jessica – The United States

Book: To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Author: Jedidiah Jenkins

Genre: Travel, Autobiography, and Nonfiction

Rahul – India

Book: The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy)

Author: Amish Tripathi

Genre: Fiction and Fantasy

Kristina – Croatia

Book: Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide

Author: Immaculée Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin, Rick Warren

Genre: Nonfiction and Autobiography

Dmitry – Russia

Book: Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life

Author: Rory Sutherland

Genre: Business and Psychology

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Hassan – Pakistan

Book: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coehlo

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, and Classic

Rachel – The Phillippines

Book: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Fiction, Historical, and Contemporary

Hana – Morocco

Book: En tenue d’Eve: Féminin, Pudeur et Judaïsme

Author: Delphine Horvilleur

Genre: Jewish Literature

Nitin – India

Book: Mastering In-House SEO

Author: Simon Schnieders

Genre: Business and Encyclopedia

Sufyan – Pakistan

Book: The Forty Rules of Love

Author: Elif Shafak

Genre: Novel and Literary Fiction

We can’t wait to hear what you are reading. Would you be interested in a CuddlyNest book club? If you are, let us know your favorite books in the comments below!

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7 Wonders of Barcelona: Legendary Places to Visit in Catalan Style

7 Wonders of Barcelona: Legendary Places to Visit in Catalan Style

Barcelona 5 MINS READ

A journey through centuries on Barcelona legendary city streets.

While Catalonia associated with uniqueness is a hot topic in Europe, just as the Spanish sun is, it indeed holds a special vibe.

Barcelona or BCN is probably the most famous for the centuries-old “work in progress” church Sagrada da Familia and football. However, the capital of Catalonia has so much more of the legendary vibe that you could expect. From cafes frequented by Picasso and Dali to bunkers and best-view spots of the city from far-away (and slightly secret) places, you can dive into Barcelona magic when visiting these 7 wonders of Barcelona.

CuddlyNest Vicky Christie Bar Places to Visit Barcelona travel advice
Vicky Christie Barcelona (2008) – film still

The Bar Marsella

Want to have a glass of absinthe in a historical atmosphere, with tiles worn out by centuries of Catalonians stepping in and out, sitting and drinking absynthe while enjoying bohemia of Barcelona nightlife? Opened in 1820 in El Raval, and famous for its drinks, the Marsella Bar is now a cult spot for tourists. However, the legendary spirit of Picasso and more recent visits by Hemingway are the bets tell-teller signs that there is something about the place, not just a tourist-booklet blown-out cult place.

If you are not visiting Barcelona just yet, you can get the vibe from Woody Allen’s movie “Vicky, Christie, Barcelona” where the two (and some handsome Spanish men) are dining just before going to listen to Spanish guitar troubadour in the park. The Bar Marsella is one of the best places to go after midnight, and while you cannot spot any prostitutes and thieves right outside as in 19th century, the sleaziness of Barcelona’s nightlife has not changed much since then. As for that, you should take out cash – there is no-credit-card policy there. 

Also, keep in mind that no singing or dancing is tolerated. If that’s a bar, it’s for drinking, talking and enjoying food. There is a cult status, and you shall be in line with it.

CuddlyNest Barcelona travel advice

Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona

Barcelona is the centre for culture and arts, but also for knowledge. The  Library of Catalonia is housed in a historical building of Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu de Barcelona. 

BCN Library of Catalunya Building Architecture

While the hospital has been around for long, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, the library itself found its place here only in 1939. Once being the largest hospital of Catalonia, it is also one of the most important gothic ensembles you can find in the city. The first stone was laid in 1401, but it took 13 years for the hospital to resemble the one you can see nowadays. Later, after a century of functioning, the hospital was optimized, and the building was upgraded.

The Legend of the Don Quixote, Roomed

What to see in the library? There is a lot of legendary pieces to be found – from Don Quixote to the oldest texts in Catalonian, the place is full of legends.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, or El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha is probably the most interesting for those who used to read Don Quixote and his loyal servant’s Sancho adventures in their childhood days. 

With one of the widest public collections worldwide specialized on Miguel de Cervantes’ work, one can easily find the manuscripts of the century-old writings of over 8.000 volumes, including originals of all first editions, except for La Galatea, and the 6 first editions of the Quixote from 1605, bibliophile copies and also publications of the Cervantine work in more than 20 languages.

What’s probably even more interesting, is the serial of manuscripts songbooks. Leather-bound on wood and with metallic corners, these are huge books, bounded in 16th to 19th centuries, and sized from 80 to 50 cm in width. Successfully resued during the Spanish civil war, these are must-sees, carrying history and culture throughout the centuries.

The Oldest Writing in Catalonian

The Homilies d’ Organya, the oldest Catalan language text is the oldest literary evidence dating 800 years back. The legend holds that the Homilies were written for being preached by canons of the collegiate of Santa Maria d’Organya during Lent by an anonymous clergyman, who was worried at communicating the word of God in a comprehensible manner. The manuscript, written on parchment and bound on a booklet of eight leaves still sits in the Biblioteca de Catalunya today.

Work in Barcelona Library for Freelancers

Today, the building houses 3 million documents, and you can also visit the library to catch up with your work during travels. The library is open from Monday to Saturday, and you can check the opening hours of Biblioteca de Catalunya before going.

Want to get into the mood? You should know that during the first years of the Franco regime, as told by the librarians, all library cards issued from July 1936 to February 1939 were retired, as indicated at the book of records as unusable, hence needed to be destroyed  “Los números señalados al margen con una línea de lápiz encarnado que son desde 26.423-26.667 han sido inutilizados por ser de época roja y las tarjetas retiradas y destruidas”. You will easily find these and other historical curiosities of the Spanish Civil War all around Barcelona.

The Carretera de Les Aigües

While there is a lot to do in the city, Barcelona also has one of the best parks and nature spots to enjoy the views of the city. From afar, you can enjoy the city views at the Collserola ridge.

The name of the place originates in the water pipes that once ran along this path, retaining the horizontal layout. The 10 kilometres long trail stands 450 metres above the sea level at its highest point and is with a reason one of the most popular spots for cyclists and runners to enjoy the fresh air.

From Sant Pere Màrtir to the Carretera de la Rabassada, you can see Barcelona views as nowhere else. Go by the route of locals and get to see the sweeping, matchless views of the city, paved by water pipes. In the backdrop, if you want to get more of nature, is the Collserola Natural Park – a definite must-visit in case you are looking for a day in the woods.

The article will be continued – to read about other legendary places in Barcelona, click on the 7 Wonders of Barcelona: Why is Sagrada Familia still a Work in Progress?

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Travel Croatia: What’s Hot in September 2019

Travel Croatia: What’s Hot in September 2019

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Croatia, believe it or not, is one of the most sought-after destinations in September and October 2019. Contrary to Slovenia and North Macedonia travel destinations, Croatia offers blue waters and pristine beaches, all of which draw travellers to Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik to visit Game of Thrones filming locations and eat and drink Balkan food like kings. Want to explore what’s new and hot in Croatia to tell your family and friends? We composed this top list by what visitors are excited about on Instagram, what they Google, and what our avid travel ambassadors suggest us seeing this month.

Game of Thrones – Travel Croatia: What’s New?

Game of Thrones Cruise Ship 2020

While we still have to wait for Game of Thrones Season 8 to see what the new shooting locations are, there are new and exciting opportunities offered to GOT fans visiting Croatia in 2020.
The cruise ship Adriatic Sun sets the way around the most iconic GOT shooting locations around the island for 7 nights. From the yacht with private balconies you can oversee King’ s Landing, Qarth, Braavos and the Westeros Riverland. Limited to 38 passengers only, this will be one-of-a-kind-experience, and with $1.895 you can live like a king straight from GOT, with breakfast, lunch, plenty of cocktails and guided tours included. What not to forget? Make sure to taste the rakija or Croatia wine, whichever sort of tipsy you want to get. And do not worry about anything – the transportation from and to the airport is included as well!

Game of Thrones Museum in Split – New Opening 2019

After visiting Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Klis GOT filming locations you may think you’ve run out of things to do in Croatia as a Game of Thrones fan. This is, however, now solved with the newly opened GOT-themed Split museum opened in May 2019. Located close to Diocletian’s cellars, the new museum compromises 300 m2 interior space. The private museum owned by Luka Galic will transform you in space and time with all your senses. The black walls and scents of cedar and jasmine, together with over 100 exhibits ranging from dragon heads to swords of Valerian steel and life-sized Jon Snow and Tyron brings you into the mystical world of Seven Kingdoms. Located at Bosanska ulica 9 and open daily between 9AM and 10PM, the GOT museum will be a great addition to those for whom series are close to the heart.

Travel Croatia on Budget – Uber in Croatia | New Uber Boat Services

Uber for a cheaper and more reliable transportation service (unless you rent a car via Nova Rent a car or use Sixt, but the reviews are not that inspiring) is available in Dubrovnik and we highly advise it! Although Uber is nothing new to Croatia, you can now enjoy the pioneering Uber Boat service. It costs around 2,600 kuna (about $416, or $52 per person) to take 8-seat boat from Hvar to Split. For a budget option, we recommend trying ferry ticket priced at $16.

Travel Croatia on Budget – Bolt (formerly Taxify) in Croatia

Bolt, the Estonian transportation sharing service company is now expanding to Croatian coastal towns. Split and Dubrovnik are now easier to navigate with a local driver, also pushing the prices once dictated by Uber slightly down.
What new did you discover on your Croatia trip in August 2019?