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The 30 Most Instagrammable Places to Visit During the Summer

The 30 Most Instagrammable Places to Visit During the Summer

Destination Deep-Dive 13 MINS READ

Do you travel around the world looking for the best spot to take the perfect photo? If this is something up your alley, then you will love checking out this list of the 30 most Instagrammable places to visit during the summer. From London’s Tower Bridge to Malaysia’s steps to Batu Caves to the Duomo di Milano, there are so many places to fall head over heels for. Many of these monuments, cities, islands, and landmarks are also UNESCO Heritage Sites. Pack your camera, tripod, and video gear because these Instagram-worthy destinations cannot be beaten. Scroll down the list to plan your trip to the world’s most jaw-dropping photo spots. You will want to add each one to your bucket list after seeing them all.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

If you have ever wanted to visit Southeast Asia you most likely came across pictures and stories about Halong Bay. There are over 1,600 islands in the bay scattered through the emerald waters. The islands are actually limestone karst landforms, which were worn down by 500 million years of tropical downpours and look like arches and pillars shooting out of the water. The bay is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best Instagrammable spots in Vietnam. For some Insta worthy pictures, a great tip is to take a junk boat tour to explore the bay’s islands, caves, and floating villages.
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the duomo in milan

Duomo di Milano, Italy

The Duomo di Milano is a national treasure in Italy, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Aside from being a highly Instagrammable spot, the Duomo is Milan’s main cathedral and welcomes millions of worshipers and tourists annually. The cathedral, which has over 90 gargoyles and about 3,400 statues, took almost six centuries to be built. It is also the largest cathedral in Italy, the second-largest in Europe, and fourth-largest in the world.
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golden gate bridge in san francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

If you go to San Francisco, you must take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Connecting San Francisco City to Marin County, the Golden Gate it’s one of the longest and tallest suspension bridges in the world and is one of California’s most well-known attractions. The American Society of Engineers considers the bridge to be one of the Modern Wonders of the World. Tip for taking the best photo of the Golden Gate bridge: head over to Baker Beach, during sunset. Also, make sure to check the weather forecast to avoid cloudy or foggy days. Mornings are better when shooting the bridge from the east.
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view of oia in santorini

Oia City, Santorini, Greece

The beautiful city of Oia on Santorini Island is one of the most jaw-dropping Instagrammable places in the world. People travel far and wide to get a picture of the white-washed houses and bright blue rooves, which are definitely Instagram worthy. During your trip to Santorini, don’t forget to take a boat ride around the island and soak up the sunshine and friendliness of the Greeks. This ride will not only provide you with amazing photo spots, but also a great relaxation time under the Greek sun.
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Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Rainbow Mountain is not only one of the 30 most Instagrammable places in the world, but also one of Peru’s most picturesque natural landmarks. While it may seem that the mountain was painted by hands, the colors are actually a result of minerals in the ground. The Rainbow Mountain, which is over 5,000 meters above sea level, is enjoyed by thousands of visitors daily and it’s becoming the main attraction to see after or before Machu Picchu. Listed as one of the“Top 100 Places To Visit Before You Die” by National Geographic, the mountain is made of 14 different minerals, which have a wide range of colors, such as turquoise, lavender, and gold. The Rainbow Mountain is also known as Vinicunca in the local Peruvian Quechua language, which translates to “colored mountain”.
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tower bridge in london

Tower Bridge, London, England

Often mistaken as London Bridge, this famous monument in England’s capital is the Tower Bridge. The bridge is located between the Tower of London, Borough Market, and Westminister Abbey, a is a must-visit place for the perfect London photo shot. Also, going to Tower Bridge will put you in the middle of London’s most famous photo-spots, like the City Hall, the Tower of London and The Shard. Cross over to get an incredible view of the Thames River.
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Located in the middle of the Bolivian Andes, in southwest Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is every photographer’s paradise. The Salar is the world’s largest salt flat and its bright-white salt surface spans over 3,900 square miles (10,000 square kilometers). Its unique formation is a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. On the surface, there are few meters of salt creating its flatness. The rainy season, which is from December to April, is the best time to visit the salary to witness the mirror effect and, of course, take amazing photos. This mirroring phenomenon happens because the nearby lakes overflow and a thin layer of water transform the flats into a reflection of the sky. Thanks to its endless horizon, Salar de Uyuni’s allows travelers to take creative pictures by playing with depths and perspective, and it soon became one of the most Instagrammable places in the world. Curious fact: in 2017 it was one of the film locations for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Havana, Cuba

People fly to Cuba from the farthest parts of the globe to see the colorful streets of Old Havana. Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and was a very important location for the Spaniards during the conquest. Over one million international tourists visit Havana a year to not only experience the city’s lively culture but also to see its eclectic charm. Havana harbors richly-decorated mansions, colorful houses with Moorish-style roofs, and Art Deco constructions, such as the Fausto Theatre on Paseo del Prado. And, like many of the Instagrammable places on this list, Havana was also the location for many films, such as Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and Buena Vista Social Club: Adios. Travelers can rent one of the colorful vintage cars and take a ride while snapping pics of the old town.
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Palm Islands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Have you ever seen anything like this? Consisting of three artificial islands, the Palm Islands is a very popular tourist attraction to see in Dubai, especially up from the sky. The creation of the artificial islands began in 2001, and it required 5.5 million cubic meters of rock brought from 16 different quarries in Dubai, 700 tons of limestone, and 94 million cubic meters of sand from deep sea beds placed 6 miles from the coast of Dubai. Often regarded as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ the Palm Islands are the largest human-made islands in the world and created to drive more attention to Dubai. Also known as Palm Jumeirah, the islands are home to thousands of waterfront apartments, residential villas, some 60 luxury hotels, spas, and dive sites. If you go to Dubai, we recommend taking your bravery up to new heights and going skydiving above the islands.
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the rainbow stairs in batu caves

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Who wouldn’t want to get a picture in front of the rainbow steps leading up to Batu Cave? Located in Kuala Lumpur the 272 steps lead to the caves which also serve as a temple. The golden statue is the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, who stands to protect the temple and stairway. It is truly a bucket list spot to visit.
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the blue lagoon in malta

Blue Lagoon, Malta

Known for its crystal blue waters and incredible views, the Blue Lagoon is Malta’s most famous and popular attraction. Visitors can rent a boat for the day or take a ferry to spend hours exploring the bay and Comino Island, which lies between Malta and Gozo Islands. If you like to swim, there is no better place to do explore the coves and caves of the island.

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra’s castle lives above the clouds. Located in the region of Lisbon, Sintra is very famous for its many UNESCO World Heritage sites and its castles and palaces. This cultural landscape is a hot spot not just in Portugal, but all of Europe. Everyone who visits calls this romantic village a fairytale, and once you go you’ll see why.

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Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

Have you ever been to Kyoto’s incredible Bamboo Forest? Get lost in a sea of greenery and bamboo stalks that extend hundreds of feet into the sky. While the whole walk can be done in one hour, visitors often spend hours in the forest admiring the natural park. Be sure to add it to your Japanese bucket list. You also have to try the delicious teas in the nearby tea houses.

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Cappadocia, Turkey

If you have ever dreamt of taking a hot air balloon ride, there is no better place to experience it than in Cappadocia, Turkey. People folk there to get beautiful colorful photos on top of the “fairy chimney” mounds and beautiful balloon backdrop. Turkey has so many unique places to explore so be sure to add Cappadocia to the list.

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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach is easily one of the most instagrammable places to visit in Australia. Visitors can surf, whale watch, and enjoy views of the gorgeous blue waters from the pool that appears as if it is in the ocean. Explore and discover Sydney’s other picture-perfect locations when visiting the pristine Bondi Beach.

the pyramids in egypt

Egyptian Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

The Egyptian Pyramids in Giza are the last remaining original wonder of the world. The first mention of the pyramids dates as far back as the Early Dynastic Period. History says the actual pyramids are from the 3rd dynasty. They are truly a world wonder demonstrating the sheer strength and capability of humans from such an early point in time. The pyramids were originally built as tombs for the pharaohs and are now visiting by millions of tourists a year.

blue city in morocco

Blue City, Chefchaouen, Morocco

One of Morocco’s most visited locations is the gorgeous blue city of Chefchaouen. It is located in the northwest part of Morocco and is near Tangier, one of Morocco’s more connected cities to Europe. When the Jewish people were trying to escape the Spaniards in 1492, they flocked to Chefchaouen. It was then that they began painting the walls blue and it remains a tradition ever since. Tourists love exploring the blue town in search of the perfect nook to snap their shot with no one around.

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Northern Lights, Iceland

Millions of people visit Iceland, Norway, Canada, Sweden, and more every year to have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. But Iceland offers something truly spectacular and from winter to spring you can stay up all night to take in the spectacular green, blue, purple, and yellow colors. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Skyline Queenstown, New Zealand

Enjoy a panoramic view of Queenstown from the Skyline Complex. Visitors can take a short gondola ride up to the structure to dine with a view of the city, mountains, and  Lake Wakatipu. While you can choose to hike or take the gondola up, to go down you have to try the luge. A visit to this incredibly Instagrammable location pairs well with adventure.

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Located in Page, Arizona, horseshoe bend is one of the most famous parts of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Sit above the clips to get the best photo of the river as it winds around the bend. You can arrive to have the photo opt by climbing a 1.5-mile hike. The view is breathtaking, especially at sunset.

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Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Visitors come to Barcelona every year to admire the incredible colorful artwork by Antoní Gaudi. Parc Güell is one of Spain’s most favorite parks and tourist attractions. The park has been open since 1926 and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Carmel Hill, there is no better place to get a breathtaking view of the entire city stretching out to the beach. One could simply spend hours exploring the park and all of its architectural designs.

gates of heaven in bali

Gates of Heaven, Bali, Indonesia

Although the entire island of Bali is filled with instagrammable places, the Gates of Heaven is a must-visit for that once in a lifetime photo. The “gates” are part of the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang in Karangasem. While many people often criticize influencers and tourists for visiting this spot for the photo, one can’t help but admire its beauty and incredible natural backdrop. Our tip? Be extremely respectful and learn a thing or two about how to contribute to the preservation of Bali’s holiest locations.

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Istanbul, Turkey

From the opposing and breathtaking mosques to the culture and colorful streets, Istanbul is a place unlike any other. It serves as both a cultural and historic center for Turkey. Originally named Byzantium and Constantinople, it is the largest city in Europe and the seventh-largest city in the world. If you are looking to learn about the ancient Europan history and its connection to Asia, while getting your picture-perfect moment, then Istanbul is the perfect place for you.

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Supertree Grove, Singapore

You cannot visit Singapore without taking a picture of the Supertree Grove. This man-made forest is unique for its tree-like towers and verdant greenery. The trees are between 80 to 160 ft tall and belong to the Gardens by the Bay nature park. The park welcomes over 50 million guests a year and serves as a symbol for enriching the quality of life in Singapore. If you are looking for one of the most instagrammable places to visit, this is definitely a fantastic option.

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Amsterdam Canals, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Take a walk down the charming streets of Amsterdam on your next trip to the Netherlands. The entire city is a collection of Instagrammable places, such as channels, canals, and small elongated houses. Many of the houses have the appearance that they are leaning. This was done on purpose to avoid a collision. Bike culture is very popular in Amsterdam. So hop on a bicycle and snap a few epic photos of the colorful city along the way.

New York, New York

View of the New York City skyline from the Hudson River.

In New York City, at almost every corner you’ll find an Insta worthy place. And, especially during the summer, New York boasts an irresistible and lively atmosphere, which makes travelers want to capture every single moment. The warm weather provides New York with special sunlight, which makes it even easier to appreciate the beauty of the city. In case you’re looking for the most Instagrammable places to take amazing pictures in New York City, a great tip is to start with the basics. You can head over to the verdant Central Park, or photograph the city’s iconic skyline, which is dotted with high-rise constructions, such as the Empire State Building.

But, if you’re looking for off the beaten track Instagrammable places in New York City, make your move to cool photo spots such as Williamsburg, a hype neighbouhood filled with industrial buildings, vintage shops, hippie-chic cafes and elegant speakeasies.

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Aerial view of the Baia de Guanabara, in Rio de Janeiro, during the sunset.

When it comes to Instagrammable places to visit during summer, Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly one of the best. This beautiful Brazilian city is a quaint paradise, dotted with forested mountains, beaches, and rich architectural heritage. Some of the most Instagrammable spots in Rio de Janeiro include the Arpoador Rock, the colorful Escadaria Selaron, the Plage Cafe located in Parque Lage, and the Sugarloaf Mountain, which rises 396 meters above the Gulf of Guanabara. When in Rio, also make sure to visit the picture-worthy Christ Redeemer, a giant statue listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cartagena, Colombia

A street lined with colorful houses in Cartagena, Colombia.

Cartagena is a true profusion of colors. Placed on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, this historic city founded in the 16th-century displays a showcase of scenic historic buildings, cobblestone streets, colorful colonial houses, and bougainvillea-laced balconies. Not by chance, Cartagena is one of the most Instagrammable places in the world, so you might wanna take advantage of the summer season, which is when the city is the most beautiful. Some worthy places for taking Instagram photos are the walled Old Town of Cartagena, filled with cultural sights, and the lively Getsemani Neighbourhood, known for its colorful houses and street art murals.

Los Angeles, California

Orange sunset at Venice Beach, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of the most Instagrammable places in the world. But, interestingly, it is. In fact, Los Angeles is home to some of the most Instagram worthy spots in California. In case you want to photograph iconic places in Los Angeles, make sure to include the Hollywood Sign, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in your itinerary. Los Angeles also plays host to cool artsy Instagrammable places, like The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles, and the Urban Light, a large-scale artwork placed outside of LACMA.

When traveling around Los Angeles during the summer, you can also head over to other amazing photo spots, like the Santa Monica Pier, which is framed by the Pacific Ocean, and the quirky Venice Beach.

Prague, Czech Republic

View of the Vltava River, in Prague, crossed by 4 bridges and surrounded by orange and yellow trees.

Prague is one of the most Instagrammable places in the world at any time of the year. During the late fall and winter, the city boasts a glittering Christmas decoration, with magical open-air markets being held in some of the city’s most iconic areas, such as the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square. During spring, Prague gets dotted with cherry blossoms, and in the summertime, the sun illuminates Prague’s ancient buildings, which become even more beautiful and picture-perfect.

So, if traveling to Prague in summer is on the books for you, you might wanna know where to go to take the most amazing photos of the city. The number one photo spot is the Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded in around 880, and the largest ancient castle complex in the world. Europe, by the way, is home to thousands of magnificent castles, and you might want to include some of them on your list of the most Instagrammable places to visit.

In Prague, make sure you also make your move to other photo spots, such as the Charles Bridge, spanning the River Vltava, and the quirky Dancing House placed right on the Vltava riverfront.


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Interesting Facts About Greece: 50 Things You May Not Know

Interesting Facts About Greece: 50 Things You May Not Know

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Before booking your next getaway, learn 50 interesting facts about Greece that will make you want to pack your bags and head to the Mediterranean country. This summer, there has been one European destination on everyone’s mind. Greece. Known for its beaches, isles, culture, and ancient history, Greece offers so much to its visitors. But how well do you really know Greece?

Sure you may know many common fun facts about Greece including that is is one of the oldest countries or a thing or two about Greek mythology, but we are diving in to share the most interesting facts about Greece you need to know before your visit.

What is Greece known for?

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From the population to ancient history, for centuries Greece has been one of the most popular and interesting countries in the world. The Greek culture and lifestyle are craved by international visitors who after experiencing just days in the coastal paradise, never want to leave. Learning these interesting facts about Greece and its history, food, culture, and more will make you want to visit the country, travel like a local, island hop from the mainland to Santorini to Milos and beyond, and give Greece a top spot on this year’s bucket list.

Quick Greece Facts

AnthemAthens
Official LanguageGreek
Country Code30
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Time ZoneGMT+2
FlagThe “blue and white” (Galanólefki)
Population10.72 million (2019)
LocationSoutheastern Europe
Area131,957 km²
Neighbouring countriesAlbania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey
Anthem“Hymn to Liberty” or “Hymn to Freedom”

Ancient Greece Facts

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Fun Fact 1: Ancient Greece refers to 700-480 B.C. It’s no surprise that Greece has one of the oldest and longest histories, but one of the biggest misconceptions is that the period most famous for architecture, art, and philosophy is the Archaic or Ancient Greek period. However, it was in fact the Classical Age (480-323 B.C.). Ancient Greece is responsible for advances in art, technology, and poetry. One of the most interesting facts about Greece’s Ancient Greek period is that it was during this time in which the city-state was invented.

Fun Fact 2: Athens, the capital of Greece, is Europe’s oldest capital. Athen’s origins date back as far as 3,400 years ago making it one of the oldest cities in the entire world.

Fun Fact 3: The first known democracy began in Athens around 500 B.C. This democracy allowed citizens to directly vote on laws.

Fun Fact 4: The first Olympic games were held in 776 B.C. in Olympia. The tradition of the games lasted until 393 A.D. and did not return until the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

Fun Fact 5: Women were forbidden to watch or participate in the ancient Olympic Games;

Fun Fact 6: The two major Greek poems, the Odyssey and the Iliad by Homer were written during the ancient Greece period.

Fun Fact 7: Greece’s official name is the Hellenic Republic, also known as Hellas.

Fun Fact 8: In ancient Greece, there were over 1,000 city-states (Greek Polis). The main were Athína (Athens), Spárti (Sparta), Kórinthos (Corinth), Thíva (Thebes), Siracusa (Syracuse), Égina (Aegina), Ródos (Rhodes), Árgos, Erétria, and Elis.

Greek Geography and Cities

The Oia Santorini Village at dusk.

Fun Fact 9: Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and one of the highest peaks in Europe. Located on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, the mountain rises up to 2,917 meters above sea level.

Fun Fact 10: Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe, and 80% of the country is mountainous. Aside from Mount Olympus, the country is home to other well-known mountains, such as the Parnassus, Taygetos and Pelion;

Fun Fact 11: Greece has the longest coastline in Southern Europe – over 60 km of it surrounds Athens!

Fun Fact 12: Greece is smaller in size than the state of Alabama, in the USA;

Fun Fact 13: About one-third of the Greek population lives in the capital Athens.

Fun Fact 14: Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece;

Greek Mythology & Architecture

The ruins of the Poseidon Temple, in Cape Sounion, Greece.

Fun Fact 15: Greece has more archaeological museums than any country in the world. Some of these archaeological museums include the most famous, Acropolis in Athens, The Archeological Museum of Rhodes, National Archeological Museum, and many more.

Fun Fact 16: Greece is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Acropolis, Mount Athos, Old Town of Corfu, and Medieval City of Rhodes. According to the official list, there are 14 locations that are currently pending consideration for becoming a Greek UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fun Fact 17: Aside from being one of the most prominent World Heritage Sites in Greece, the Acropolis is considered to be the symbol of Athens and Western Civilization. It’s also the most popular tourist attraction in the country.

Fun Fact 18: Greek mythology is still relevant in Greece today. There were twelve Olympic gods celebrated in Ancient Greece, including Zeus, leader of the Olympians, Hera, Zeus’s wife and sister, and Athena, goddess of wisdom, defense, and war. The famous Hercules, a son of Zeus, was not actually a Greek god but is still known as the greatest hero in Greek mythology.

Fun Fact 19: Athena defeated Poseidon to become the guardian of Athens. They each gave the city a gift, Athena an olive tree and Poseidon water in the form of a spring. The people of Athens thought the olive tree was much more useful as it could provide food, oil, and wood.

Fun Fact 20: Columns are very symbolic of Greek architecture. There are three main types of columns used to build Greek temples and structures. They are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

Fun Fact 21: The famous saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns.

Greek Isles

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Fun Fact 22: Greece has over 5,000 islands. These islands are spread throughout the Aegean Sea and are some of the most popular destinations to visit in the world. Only 200 of these islands are populated.

Fun Fact 23: Crete is the largest Greek Island. The entire island is 3218.548 square miles (8836 square kilometers) and has a population of over 630,000 people. In comparison, Halki is the smallest inhabited Greek island and is only 11 square miles (28 square kilometers).

Fun Fact 24: Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world, with 85% of sunshine a year. This means that country has 300 days of sunshine per year.

Fun Fact 25: Santorini Island is an active volcano. The last eruption recorded was in 1950. Santorini is also commonly known as the most popular Greek Island to visit.

Fun Fact 26: Many houses in the Greek isles are white-washed with blue doors and roofs. That color is believed to keep evil spirits away.

Fun Fact 27: One of the Greek Islands, Mykonos, has an official mascot, which is a pelican named Petros.

Bonus Fun Fact: Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Corfu and Preveza, Greece, were named two of the European Best Destination‘s safest cities to visit in summer 2020.

Greek Culture & Lifestyle

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Fun Fact 28: Athens has the most theatrical stages in the world. More than New York’s Broadway or London’s West End. There are a total of 148 theatrical stages in Athens.

Fun Fact 29: 98% of Greece’s population are ethnic Greeks. 40% of the entire population resides in the capital city, Athens.

Fun Fact 30: Ikaria is one of the five blue zones in the world. Blue zones were founded by Dan Buettner. The concept of a blue zone is based on people living longer and happier lives based on the average lifespan of the population in the area is one of the longest in the world.

Fun Fact 31: There are over 4,000 official traditional dances throughout Greece.

Fun Fact 32: Greek grandparents usually live with their children’s family until they pass away. There are very few retirement homes in Greece, so grandparents will live with the family of their children for the rest of their lives.

Fun Fact 33: The word “alphabet” refers to the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha (α) and beta (β);

Fun Fact 34: The Ancient Greek alphabet is the oldest written language to still be used to the present days;

Fun Fact 35: You speak Greek and you don’t know it! The Greek language has contributed to the English vocabulary, and 150.000 of English words derive from Greek. Examples: economy, academy, paradise, school, poem, and decade, just to name a few.

Fun Fact 36: The evil eye, or mati, is a common Greek superstition. It’s believed to be a negative energy, such as jealousy or hostility, and it can cause several bad things, such as headaches, weakness and bad luck. To protect against the harmful energies of the evil eye, Greeks wear a mati pendant, a blue and white eye charm which dates back to the 6th century BC.

Fun Fact 37: 90% of the population of Greece is Christian Orthodox, and the Orthodox Church is the third largest branch of Christianity, after the Roman Catholics and the Protestants. There are also Muslims, Jewish and Catholics in Greece.

Fun Fact 38: In Greece, it’s common to celebrate name days instead of birthdays. They have a holy name calendar, and each day of the year is dedicated to a Christian saint or martyr. According to the Greek Orthodox tradition, when someone is named after one of these holy figures, that saint’s day becomes their “name day”.

Fun Fact 39: “ Eleftheria i Thanatos” is the motto of the Hellenic Republic and it means Liberty or Death.

Fun Fact 40: The Greek flag, also known as the Γαλανόλευκη (galanolefki) or Κυανόλευκη (kyanolefki), consists of a cross in the upper left corner, and nine horizontal lines of sky blue and white alternated. It’s said that the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase “’Eleftheria I Thanatos”, but some say they symbolize the nine letters of the Greek word “freedom” (eleftheria).

Fun Fact 41: At traditional Greek weddings, the best man will shave the groom on the day of the ceremony. This gesture symbolizes trust.

Greek Cuisine

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Fun Fact 42: A typical meal in ancient Greece always included bread, olives, and wine.

Fun Fact 43: Lunch is called “mesimeriano” and it is the most important meal of the day in Greece.

Fun Fact 44: The famous term, the “Mediterranean Diet” is based on food patterns that originated in Crete, Greece. It’s impossible not to eat well when visiting this island in Greece. And the country as a whole. The Mediterranean Diet includes vegetables, olive oil, nuts fish, grains, and a low intake of red meat.  

Fun Fact 45: Winemaking in Greece has been a tradition for 4,000 years. There are over 600 wineries in Greece.

Fun Fact 46: Olive oil is a staple thanks to the thousands of olive trees that have been in the country since ancient times. Greece is also known to be the country in the world with the most olive oil consumption per capita. In fact, many greek women rubbed olive oil into their skin to make it soft.

Fun Fact 47: Greece is the third-largest producer of olives in the world, and it produces more than 430,000 tons of olive oil annually.

Fun Fact 48: According to Greek mythology, goddess Athena gave the first olive tree to Athens before it spread to the rest of Greece.

Fun Fact 49: Aside from being a leading producer of olives, Greece is also known for its Feta Cheese, which is one of the country’s most important exports. In fact, the cheese was affectionately nicknamed “white gold”.

Fun Fact 50: The ancient Greeks believed that milk was a sacred food and, according to Greek mythology, the gods sent the son of Apollo to teach the Greeks the secrets of cheese making.


Bonus Fun Fact: Greece officially reopened for tourism on June 15 and began allowing international travelers on July 1st.

What new things did you learn about Greece? Now that you know the most interesting facts about Greece, it’s time to pack your bags and explore the beautiful Mediterranean destination. Start by booking one of Greece’s most affordable hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest.

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Top 9 Affordable Romantic Getaways in California

Top 9 Affordable Romantic Getaways in California

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California offers some of the most romantic getaways, as well as affordable accommodations to stay at. In almost every city you’ll find a great hotel room, a cozy inn for a more intimate experience, or a resort with a spa. Between the sandy beaches, gorgeous views of all types of landscapes, and relaxing ambiance, it’s no wonder why California is one of the most popular places to visit.

While the golden state often garners the reputation for its overpriced cities, we recommend going off the beaten path to experience its hidden gems. There is so much to discover beyond the big cities. If wine-tasting, dolphin and whale watching, and hiking in national parks are on your bucket list, then California is the place for you. Find your romantic getaway and the most affordable home or hotel to keep you comfortable your whole trip.

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Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, experience the rolling hills of Napa Valley, watch the stars from Yosemite or relax at a spa on Catalina Island. Northern California simply offers some of the most unique experiences for couples to enjoy? If you and your partner are looking for romantic getaways to take during your road trip or honeymoon, then NorCal is the place to go. Here are three of the must-visit Northern California locations and the affordable accommodations that will offer you endless romance.

Napa Valley

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When it comes to romantic California getaways, Napa Valley wins every time. Couples will love spending the day at any of the 400 wineries in the valley and indulging in the spectacular views. Book a room for the weekend at one of the incredible vineyard hotels to enjoy a private hot tub, spa services, and seclusion. The city is just a short 50-mile drive (80 kilometers) out of San Francisco. While Napa’s peak season is typically August to October, there really is no bad time to explore this area. If you and your partner are up for a little adventure, you can even bike around the vineyards through the calm streets connecting them together. All couples will simply fall in love with each other, the valley, and the amazing places to stay in the California Wine Country.

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Yosemite

View of the Yosemite Park mountains covered in fog during the sunset.

Couples looking to take their love to new heights will be enchanted by Yosemite National Park. Most famous for its giant Sequoia trees and natural landmarks including Half Dome, Yosemite is placed in the western Sierra Nevada of Central California. Adventurous duos can explore the park by day, and relax at a nearby vacation rental at night. Hikers and visitors can wander through 110 trails in the park. From days by the lake and nights star-gazing from the Jacuzzi at a boutique hotel, if an outdoor getaway is what you are in need of, this is one of the best places to visit. You may even be lucky enough to see some California wildlife along your adventure.

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Big Sur

Aerial view of the Big Sur, in California.

Adventurous couples who are looking for romantic getaways in California will have a great time in Big Sur. Featuring a dramatic scenery filled with cliffs and forests, this area is not a city or town, but a 90-mile rugged and mountainous section located in Central California within a 2h30 hour drive from San Francisco.

Since the Big Sur is home to a multitude of state parks, natural preserves, beaches, and hiking trails, some of the finest activities for the adrenaline-seekers are the ones that happen outdoors. For an easy walk with a stunning view at the end, opt for the McWay Waterfall Trail. For a moderate roundtrip with ocean vistas, the Ewoldsen Trail is a good bet.

And because you’ll get away from the hustle and bustle of other cities in California, ditch the award-winning restaurant and take your romantic dinner outside by organizing a picnic on a stretch of beach. Top the Big Sur travel experience by booking a stay at a cozy rustic hotel. The Fernwood Resort, for instance, offers its guests different types of private accommodations, like forest cabins, motel rooms, and adventure tents.

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Marin County

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Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to visit San Francisco’s neighbor Marin County. Boasting beautiful views of the city, and charming neighborhoods to explore, Marin offers the perfect romantic escape out of the big city. Spend the day biking around the harbors in Sausalito and indulge in shopping at Mill Valley’s boutiques. If you’re really looking to surprise your partner during your trip, plan a picnic at the top of Mount Tamalpais and book a room in a cozy inn, such as the Mill Valley Inn, for a more intimate feel. Enjoy the unobstructed views as you both watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. There is something so special about this destination, that you’ll have to visit for yourself.

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Discover Southern California

View of the Santa Monica Pier from a beach during the sunset.

The best part about California is you can experience it all. You can spend a day in the mountains and arrive at the beach in the afternoon. It truly offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for couples you cannot get anywhere else. While Northern California is known for its coastal and mountainous regions, SoCal boasts chaparral, deserts, and beaches. As you make your way down the coast, Southern California has some of the most incredible romantic weekend getaways for couples to visit. Indulge in a beach outing, island escape, and desert exploration. Let’s discover California’s most romantic getaways for couples to enjoy.

Catalina Island

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Right off the coast of Orange County and southern LA, is the enchanting Catalina Island. Just a short ferry boat away, couples will love exploring Catalina’s port town. You and your partner can enjoy a day of hiking to the top of the cliffs while enjoying a view of the coast. You also cannot be snorkeling in the bay to search for California’s state fish, the Garibaldi.

For maximum relaxation time, go to the Island Spa Catalina. Placed inside the El Encanto building, the spa has nine treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, a dry sauna, a soaking pool, and a eucalyptus steam room that are guaranteed to rejuvenate mind and body.

If a romantic getaway in Southern California is what you are in search of, then there is no better place than Catalina. You can even combine a trip to Catalina Island for the day with a stay in a near city like Laguna Beach. It’s the best of both worlds. 

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San Luis Obispo

View of the blue ocean dotted with boats in San Luis Obispo, California.

Located on the Central Coast, almost equally between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SLO for short is one of the most charming counties in Southern California. With its Spanish design and architecture, San Luis Obispo will give you the feeling that you’re in a completely different country, even though you are right in the heart of California. You can be at the beach, in the wine country, or in the mountains within 10 minutes. Embrace the small-town charm with incredible restaurants, boutiques, and of course, romantic getaways. This town is ideal if you are looking to embrace quality time with your significant other in a serene location.

San Luis Obispo is also home to Paso Robles, a city well-known for having more than 200 wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres. Also known as “Pass of the Oaks”, Paso Robles it’s a great pitstop in case you want to book a private tour and try some of California’s finest wines.

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La Jolla

The La Jolla Beach during a yellow sunset, in California.

Just 15 miles north of San Diego is the oceanfront community, La Jolla. Known for its upscale vibe and beach town ambiance, La Jolla is the perfect escape for couples looking for a relaxing coastal getaway. Indulge in the gourmet restaurants and take a walk through the Old Town. Couples will love taking a drive down to Cove Beach to walk through the crystal blue waters at sunset. It really is a one-of-a-kind spot for a romantic weekend with your partner. You can even add adventure to your trip by taking a surf or paddleboard lesson. Check out the amazing hotels and vacation rentals in the area.

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Santa Barbara

View of the Santa Barbara coastline with mountains and palm trees during sunset.

Framed by the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is one of the most romantic getaways in Southern California. This coastal city is often referred to as the “American Riviera” thanks to Mediterranean-style buildings, stunning ocean views, and excellent shop and dining options. With 300+ days of sunshine a year, Santa Barbara is a great destination for couples all year round. In the summer, get ready to explore the city’s finest sandy beaches, like the perfectly sheltered Leadbetter Beach and the Miramar beach, right in front of the world-class Rosewood Miramar Beach resort. 

During the harvest season, in fall, book a private wine tour at some of the city’s best vineyards. Santa Barbara is a premium wine-growing region in California, and for a truly romantic weekend, head over to wineries such as The Valley Project and Presqu’ile.

Foodies can also benefit from a weekend in the city, which is home to more than 450 restaurants that are sure to please the most demanding travelers. If you feel like having a fine dining experience, head over to the Loquita Santa Barbara, at Lower State Street. The restaurant is famous for its tapas menu filled with Spanish-style appetizers such as croquetas, pan con tomate (bread with tomato), goat milk cheese, tortillas, and more.

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Laguna Beach

Aerial view of the ocean in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach is the right destination for couples who want to enjoy a warm summer in Southern California. Located along the Pacific Coast Highway, within an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, the city is home to secluded beaches, rocky coves, and coastal parks, which make an unforgettable scenery. 

The best way of taking advantage of a romantic weekend in Laguna is by booking a room in a local hotel or inn, and then visiting some of it’s most beautiful beaches, like the 1,000 Steps Beach and the ones located inside the Crystal Cove State Park. 

And not only paradisiac beaches make Laguna one of the most romantic California destinations. There’s more. The city is also known for its vibrant art scene, being home to 100 art galleries and a renowned art museum, the Laguna Art Museum. With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the institution exclusively features works created by Californian artists and it’s a must-go for couples who want to get their culture fix together.

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Fall in love with endless romantic getaways in California. Incredible hotels and vacation rentals await couples looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway with their special someone. Already planning your trip? Check out CuddlyNest for accommodations in the area you wish to visit. We can’t wait to explore California with you, soon.

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The Top Female Travel Spots

The Top Female Travel Spots

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Embrace your inner wanderlust by visiting one of the top female travel spots around the world. Although this summer may have thrown a few curveballs in your trip plans, there is still time to pack your bags and set off on the adventure you crave. Whether solo or with your best gal pals, there are certain destinations that stand out among the rest when it comes to taking a female-centric getaway. But first, take a journey to learn more about the shift in female solo travel popularity and how this movement has become so powerful for women over the years.

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The Rise in Female Travel

2018 notably became the “year of the woman.” Between major political advances and powerful social movements, the travel industry saw an increase in female-driven travel. According to Travel Pulse and a global study conducted by British Airways, nearly 50% of the women surveyed had taken a solo trip, and nearly 75% said they planned to in the next few years. When focusing on the American women surveyed, half of the women were between 18-25 years old when they took their first solo trip.

While embracing their womanhood and taking cues from popular books and movies like Wild and Eat Pray Love, women across the globe began exploring the ends of the Earth…on their own or with groups of girlfriends who share a passion for exploration and female empowerment!

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Tips for Females Embarking on their First Solo Getaway

Since then the tourism and hospitality industries have worked very hard to not only create an environment that is extremely welcoming and hospitable but also safe and secure. So whether you are a full-time explorer, or planning on taking your first solo trip, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your getaway.

  1. Choosing the right locations. Whether the destination of interest has world monuments or five-star cooking classes, make sure to have your trip and location planned ahead of time.
  2. Pack light and only bring what you need. You never know where your travels may take you. Especially as a solo traveler, it is important to keep light in case you need to keep moving.
  3. Embrace sustainable travel. Not only will this help you save money during your trip, but by putting your eco-friendly foot forward you can also learn more about local culture, protect the planet, and make friends along the way.
  4. Keep your funds and documents safe. Especially, when traveling to a far and foreign area it is not only important to have copies of your documents including your identity cards and passports, but also have the contact information to the nearest embassy on hand. Be sure to check with your local embassy or consulate before traveling internationally to find the nearest location.
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Best Female Travel Spots

Now that you have embraced your feminine power and are ready to explore, start with the best female travel spots. These locations offer safety, budget-friendly accommodations, and plenty of adventure. Check out the top female travel spots, and why they are the best according to some of the world’s leading female travelers.

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New Zealand

From the North Island beaches to the South Island mountain escapes, any woman would fall head over heels for New Zealand. Not only does New Zealand offer some of the best natural landscapes, but it is also famous for its honey farms, wine regions, and of course, kiwi fruit. It also is one of the best places in the world to road trip either solo or with your best gal pals.

Travel professional, Liz of the Young Adventuress says, “solo travel in New Zealand is easier than ever.” Why? Because getting around is super easy, there are many ex-pats throughout the country, and the locals are very welcoming. We’ll be adding New Zealand to our bucket lists this year. Starting with a stay at one of the hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Canada

From the peace and tranquility to the safety and security offered to female travelers, Canada is unbeatable for travel. Coast to coast, there is plenty to discover including Lake Banff, Toronto, Vancouver Island, and more. Go! Girls Guide says Canada is the perfect place for women to explore solo thanks to its “natural beauty, world-class cities, and because it is insanely safe.” According to the Global Peace Index, in 2017, Canada was named the 8th safest place in the world. You heard it here! Find over 1,000 hotels and homes in Canada, here.

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Switzerland

Did you know Disney’s famous roller coaster, the Matterhorn was modeled after the country’s iconic peak with the same name? Switzerland is filled with unique mountainous and lake villages that make the perfect sites for hiking, boat rides, and breathtaking landscapes. Female adventurists can skydive above Interlaken, see the famous fountain in Lake Geneva, and dine on raclette and fondu in cities like Zurich and Lucerne. There is something to love around every corner.

Award-winning female led travel blog, Girl about the Globe, ranked Switzerland 5 out of 5 stars for solo travel for women. She even insists that the biggest problem you would have in the European country is running into one too many cows, which sounds like a great problem to us! Check out the best hotels and vacation rentals in Switzerland, here.

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Japan

Japan offers one of the most unique and rich cultures in the entire world. From hustling fast-paced cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama to tranquil locations including Osaka and Kyoto, there is plenty for any woman to fill her bucket list. Take your adventures to the next level with a visit to Mount Fuji, and spend your evenings relaxing in one of Japan’s many natural hot springs.

Adventurous Kate says Japan makes for one of the best places for women to visit because it is “culturally fascinating” and the food is “universally excellent.” Those two reasons are enough to make us want to book a trip there immediately. Check out the many hotels and accommodations in Japan, here.

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The United States

Whether beaches and coastal cities are your cup of tea, or you would rather spend your getaway in the mountains, the United States offers everything an empowered female would want on an unforgettable trip. While some places are more well-known than others, make your next trip to the U.S. one for the books by exploring the off the beaten path locations. The states offer some of the most unique variety of accommodation than anywhere else in the world.

Kristin of Be My Travel Muse listed a few of the CuddlyNest team’s favorite American outdoor locations in their female solo travel list. Including Page, Arizona, Moab, Utah, Big Sur, California, and more. Start your U.S. adventures with a trip to 10 of the first United States national parks.

Are you and your best friends ready for your trips together or solo? Let us know where your travels will take you this year, and we will help you find the perfect accommodation on CuddlyNest.

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13 Summer Traditions and Festivals You Need to Know About

13 Summer Traditions and Festivals You Need to Know About

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The summertime not only brings warmer weather and beach days, but also festivals and celebrations held around the world. People gather far and wide within their own countries and internationally to enjoy several summer traditions that cannot be beaten. While this year’s celebrations may look a little different, there is always time to plan to attend these global events next year. From barbecues and bonfires to races and celebrating the summer solstice, these are the 13 summer traditions and festivals you need to know about.

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Dragon Boat Festival, China | June 25

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China’s famous dragon boat racing.

The Chinese calendar is filled with fun celebrations throughout the year. One of the most exciting traditions held annually in China is the Dragon Boat Festival. This festival has been celebrated for over 2,000 years and was even added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009. Also as of 2008, the Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China. The festival commemorates the life and death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar. A key part of the festival is the famous dragon boat races. These boats can be anywhere from 40 to 100 feet long and sit 80 rowers. The races symbolize bringing the dragons to life and laying them to rest after the race finishes. While the festival’s date changes yearly it is mainly held between the end of May to the end of June.

Pride Parade, United States | June

March in the Pride parades in the major cities of the United States.

For over 50 years in the United States, Pride festivities celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and is one of the most popular and fun summer traditions. The first-ever Pride took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall uprising. Since then, cities throughout the North American country fill the street with rainbow colors, parades, floats, and music to spread love, compassion, and kindness throughout the community. The biggest Pride festival is still in NYC every year and attracts millions of people from all communities to spread love and awareness. Other notable cities with large Pride events include Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, and Washington D.C. A memorable experience if you’re in the US during the summer!

Summer Solstice, Europe | June 20

Bonfires are a major part of summer solstice celebrations.

Who doesn’t love to celebrate the longest day of summer? Occurring between June 20 to June 22, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun is at its highest point creating the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. Countries in Scandanavia celebrate the holiday with large bonfires on the beach. In fact, the first largest bonfire record was a result of a summer solstice celebration in Norway in 2016. Many people travel far and wide to visit Stonehenge in Salisbury, England to admire this World Heritage Site during the summer solstice, in June. Celebrants can watch the solstice via a virtual tour on the Stonehenge website.

Independence Day, United States |4th of July

The United State’s Independence Day is the 4th of July. Americans spend the day enjoying barbecues, bonfires, and red, white, and blue colors decorating absolutely everything. This is of course to match the American flag. On July 4, 1776, all thirteen American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence which gave the US freedom from under British rule. Many 4th of July summer traditions include parades throughout the country, a day at the beach, and firework shows in every city. Pro tip! Many coastal cities and lake cities light their fireworks in the water so that spectators can watch them from the beach and shore. It is a spectacular day of celebration and joy.

Looking for tips on how to safely celebrate this year? You can experience it by watching the fireworks from your home or taking a virtual tour of a national monument. To celebrate together with your loved ones, why not and host a fun small BBQ with close friends and family? You can keep on the 4th of July and it’s summer traditions alive, right from home.

Bastille Day, France | July 14

Otherwise known as Bastille Day the French National Holiday, La Fête Nationale is celebrated every 14th of July. It is very similar to the United State’s 4th of July in tradition and celebration. This holiday marks the turning point in the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which united the French people after fighting against the monarchy. The streets of France fill with proud French citizens as fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower. One of the main parts of the summer event is the military procession that goes down the long Champs-Élysées.

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, Tokyo | Last Saturday in July

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Enjoy the fireworks at Japan’s Sumidagawa Festival.

If you are in Tokyo on the last Saturday in July, attend the annual Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. Traditionally, fireworks a part of festivals for the dead to celebrate and commemorate the lives lost during the crisis during 1732. The festival then began in 1733, however it did not become an annual event until 1978. The firework festival brings the city to life under the shimmering colors. Summertime and fireworks go hand in hand.

Hajj Pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia | July to August

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The beautiful gathering celebration at Mecca.

Every year during the last lunar month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim people from all corners of the world make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca is considered to be the holiest place in the Islamic religion. The pilgrimage can last from five to six days and is a mandatory religious duty for all adult Islamic people to do at least once in their lifetime. Between Saudi Arabian residents and international visitors, about 2.5 million people made the Hajj in 2019.

International Day of Friendship | July 30

Show your friends how much your care by celebrating the International Day of Friendship together on the 30th of July. This summer tradition offers friends the perfect opportunity to celebrate life, happiness, and kindness for their loved ones. Countries around the world celebrate this day on different dates, however, it typically falls sometime in July or the beginning of August. Although the concept of this day originates back to 1919, it officially became a holiday by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011. Fun fact! Paraguay was the first country to officially celebrate the international day of friendship in 1958. The best way to honor the event is by booking a stay for you and your best pals on CuddlyNest. You can even make new summer traditions during your getaway.

Krishna Janmashtami, India | August 11

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Krishna Janmashtami. It is one of India’s biggest and oldest holidays, due to Hindu tradition and teachings. The summer tradition includes two parts in which the Indian people build swings in their homes and place idols of the gods inside them, to then bathe them in milk, honey, and jewelry. Young boys also form a human pyramid to break a pot from 20-30 feet high. It is common for devotees of the celebration to dress their absolute best during the holiday and observe a day-long fast. While this an important festival in the Hindu religion, it is also a very proud day for all of India.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland | August

Enjoy art, culture, and music at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

Also known as Fringe for short, this annual summer festival in Scotland is one of its most popular events all year. It is the world’s largest art festival and can last as long as a little over three weeks. The whole event features more than 50,000 performances and shows in over 300 venues throughout the city of Edinburgh. They include circuses, cabarets, musicals, exhibitions, and more. Spend next summer soaking in all the art and culture Scotland has to offer at the Fringe Festival in August. Pro tip: If comedy is your thing, check out local bars and pubs for free stand-up comedy shows. You can enjoy the events without purchasing a ticket.

Yi Torch Festival, China | August

One of China’s largest and grandest events is the Yi Torch Festival in the Yunnan province. The date of the celebration is always in August, as it corresponds with the 24th to 27th of the sixth month in the lunar calendar. While the festival includes wrestling, contests, horse racing, and more, the main event is the lighting of the torch. Each family lights a torch and uses it to illuminate the corners of the room and fields. Tradition says that this drives away all bad luck and brings a successful harvest. Larger torches are also made for the city centers to ward off bad luck for the entire community. It is truly a summer tradition of fire and light.

Burning Man, United States | August

Explore Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.

Burning Man is a festival of art, self-expression, and creativity. Originating in 1986, it occurs every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Tens of thousands of people attend this summer festival in the desert to collaborate, create, and share beautiful experiences together. Not only does this summer tradition include music and art, but also the building of an entire city. The art that is built at the event can include anything from sculptures to towers. At the end of every Burning Man festival, a large wood effigy symbolizing “the man” is burnt to the ground, as well as the rest of the event grounds. If you have the opportunity to experience Burning Man once in your lifetime, you will never forget it. 

La Tomatina, Spain | Last Wednesday of August

This Spanish festival is definitely one of the most fun celebrations around the world. On the last Wednesday of every August, over 20,000 people gather in Buñol, Spain, to celebrate La Tomatina. Hundreds of tomatoes are thrown at each other in the street in the Valencian town purely for entertainment and fun. This food fight, which is the biggest in the world, has been a tradition in the Buñol since 1945, and around 40 metric tonnes of tomatoes are used. Over the course of its tradition, the fight has been banned off and on, but that has never stopped Spaniards from participating in the event that brings them so much joy. Curious fact: La Tomatina is more than just tomatoes. The week prior to this summer festival is filled with fun events and activities, such as parades and paella contests!


Have you ever celebrated any of these summer traditions and festivals? Let us know which, so that we can help you plan a trip to experience even more events next summer.

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CuddlyNest Introduces New COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy and Sanitation Filter

CuddlyNest Introduces New COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy and Sanitation Filter

Coronavirus Outbreak 3 MINS READ

There is a new sense of hope and optimism arising in the tourism industry. We at CuddlyNest are very excited to share with you all of the things we have been working on behind the scenes in order to offer our guests and property owners the best experience possible. Learn about our response to COVID-19 with CuddlyNest’s exceptional cancellation policy.

COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy

The safety of our guests and property owners is our top priority while we move into this next chapter. We have created a new cancellation policy that can be applied to any current or future bookings until the end of 2020. Any guest can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival, and receive their booking fee, including the CuddlyNest service fee, in the form of trip credit. This credit can then be used towards any booking until the end of 2021. Please check with the property owner to ensure this cancellation policy is applied to their property, that you have booked. We are recommending all our property owners apply this policy to their listings so that it can be applied to all bookings.

All CuddlyNest cancellation policies can be found on our COVID-19 response page

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Sanitation Filters

We will also be adding a new sanitization filter. This filter will allow guests to check if the accommodation that they would like to book has been properly disinfected in the last 48 or 72 hours. This filter can be applied to all accommodations listed on our website. See here: 

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The Travel Industry Remains Optimistic

Summer travel is becoming more of a reality than a distant dream. As countries begin to relax their lockdown and isolation measures and set new dates for opening their borders to tourism, there is an increase in both interest and movement. Governments and tourism boards are also defining clear safety measures and restrictions moving forward. Not only will this help prevent the spread of the virus, but aid in regaining the trust of travelers. 

CuddlyNest COO & Co-Founder, Ritesh Raj, is confident that the tourism industry will unite to pave the way for safe travel. “We have an opportunity to work closely together to ensure the health and safety of our entire global community,” says Raj.

We are optimistic about the future and remain confident that we are getting closer and closer to exploring the world again. While we are still encouraging all future travelers to #PlanNowStayLater, travel may come sooner than you think.  For any questions regarding our new policy and any of our other policies, please contact our support team through our website’s contact page or at [email protected].

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8 Countries That Boost Pet-Friendly Travel

8 Countries That Boost Pet-Friendly Travel

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When planning a getaway there is a question that every pet owner has to ask themselves: to bring or not to bring our four-legged friend? Well, we are here to help you make that decision a little bit easier by sharing the top 7 countries that boost pet-friendly travel. It’s no surprise that travelers all over the globe would rather bring their pets with them along for the adventure. Especially, if the alternative is leaving them at home or at an over-night kennel.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

Tips For Traveling With Your Pet

Before choosing the right travel destination, a good idea is to do some research and learn everything you can pet travel. You can look up what airlines offer the best conditions for pets, what are the ones that allow them to travel in the cabin, and what are the most dog-friendly airlines if this is the case.

Once you have an idea about the best airlines, learn the basics about pet travel, especially about the bureaucracy. You might need to bring your pet’s medical records, and even get an ID for your animal, so it’s better if you learn about that in advance.

Before your travel, also be sure to look up accommodation that allows pets, and book it in advance. In many cases, pet-friendly hotels only have a limited amount of rooms available for travelers and their pets, so it’s best if you get all the necessary information about it beforehand. You should also find out if the hotel offers any pet-sitting service, just in case you need to go sightseeing in a specific place and not allowed to bring your furry friend.

Pet-Friendly Destinations

When planning your future trip to these locations, you won’t have to worry about that at all. The memories you make with your special companion will last a lifetime. While taking a trip tomorrow is not possible everywhere, we can use this time to plan the perfect adventure. Check out the top countries for pet-friendly travel in the Americas, Asia, and Europe to start preparing your itinerary for you and your pet, today.

Switzerland

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The Swiss really go the extra mile to ensure that your pet-friendly experience is of the highest quality. Restaurants even make it a priority to offer your dog water and treats. Have you heard of the fondue tram? Well, your dog can even enjoy this delicious and cheesy experience with you too, for a small fee of course. Enjoy hundreds of hikes in the Alps to walks around the stunning cities such as Zurich and Geneva. Your furry friend will adore your trip to Switzerland together.

The United States

man and his dog

It’s no surprise that with over 60 parks protected by the National Park Service, the United States is one of the best places to go with your four-legged friend. From road trips to outdoor monuments and sight-seeing in pet-friendly cities like Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego. To beach getaways in Florida, from coast to coast there are thousands of travel destinations to visit with your pet. Pick the perfect pet-friendly accommodation on CuddlyNest, and start planning the adventure you and your furry friend have always dreamt of.

Germany

Black and white dog running on a green park during the day.

The doors of almost every establishment are open to pets in Germany. Known as one of the most pet-friendly countries in the world, Germany takes a lot of pride in their animals and is a global example of how to treat pets with care and respect. In fact, Berlin is home to the largest animal sanctuary in Europe. By following their pet-friendly policies you and your pet can visit the country and have a one-of-a-kind experience amongst the resident pet. You may even want to consider adopting another furry friend after learning about the adoption possibilities in Germany.

Canada

A wet German Shepherd dog standing by a lake at the foothills of the North Shore Mountains, in Vancouver, Canada.

British Columbia’s city, Vancouver, is known worldwide as one of the best places to bring your pet in North America. While there are hundreds of pet-friendly vacation rentals and hotels to visit, Canada also boasts epic road trips filled with nature fun for you and your pet. From visiting Lake Banff to taking the pet-friendly Canadian ferries where your pet will travel in ultimate comfort, there are so many ways to explore Canada with your dog or cat by your side. He or she will love traveling by both land and sea.

France

Dog looking at the Eiffel Tower on a cloudy autumn day in Paris.

Does your pup want a seat at the dinner table? If yes, then take your pet on a French escape. France has a pretty relaxed policy when it comes to traveling with your pets because this country deserves to be visited by everyone and everything. Looking for the perfect destination to mix fun and exploration? Take your furry friend to the Pyrennees where they can roam freely while you sit back, relax, and enjoy your holiday break.

The Netherlands

White and brown chihuahua on a bicycle carrier.

What’s one of the best parts of visiting the Netherlands with your pet? They can ride on any public transport for free, and on trains for just 3€ for an all-day pass either in your lap or in a carrier, depending on their size. While like all destinations your pet will require the proper paperwork and vaccines to visit, The Netherlands is a great place for you and your dog to explore the many open-air outdoor attractions including parks, the Amsterdam canals, the charming neighborhoods, and more. Amsterdam was even named the most animal-friendly city in the Netherlands in 2019. We can’t wait to visit with our own pets.

Japan

Kitten up on a cherry blossom tree, in Japan.

While the busy streets of Japan’s larger cities, including Tokyo, may not seem like the best place to visit with your pet, the country has actually made major strides to promote a pet-friendly culture and atmosphere for both its residents and tourists. With almost 1,000 pet-friendly hotels, pet-friendly offices, and spacious parks, there is so much to do, see, and explore, with your pet pal. He or she will also love visiting Japan’s beautiful beaches where they can run and enjoy the water. Be sure to check Japan’s passport rules for animals before jet-setting off to the country to avoid any issues upon arrival.

Austria

Woman walking with her unleashed white poodle in Vienna, Austria.

From Vienna to Salzburg, Austria is home to many places for you to explore with your furry friend. In the capital city, you can take your pet on a cruise along the Danube river, stroll with your dog in the Ring Road and go to the famous Naschmarkt, Vienna’s outdoor market, with 120 food stalls and restaurants. Vienna also has a multitude of pet-friendly cafes and restaurants, and dogs are allowed on public transport. Small dogs traveling in a container or in a fully-enclosed bag are free of charge. Other dogs have to leash and muzzled and have a half-price ticket.

Salzburg, the Austrian city located on the border of Germany, is also a perfect pet travel destination. The city is more compact and walkable than Vienna, so you won’t have any problems strolling around with your dog when exploring the history of Salzburg by wandering around the narrow alleys of Salzburg’s Old Town.

So where will you plan your first pet-friendly getaway?

With so many places to explore, you and your pet will have a full itinerary ready for future trips. Be sure to check the pet-friendly travel policies and guidelines for both you and your pet before making any travel plans, including paperwork and vaccines. Always take the extra time to make sure you have everything, so you can avoid pre-trip mishaps and focus on the experience with your best pal.

We can’t wait to hear what are the travel destinations you plan to visit. Let us know and we will provide you with the perfect pet-friendly accommodation on CuddlyNest. Find more information about pet-friendly travel on our blog.

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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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Virtual Tours and Experiences You Can Take from Home

Virtual Tours and Experiences You Can Take from Home

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How are you spending your days at home? While social distancing may leave you with some extra time, now is the perfect opportunity to embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure. You can start by taking virtual tours of your favorite locations around the world.

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From museums to national parks to global landmarks, tourism boards and businesses worldwide are providing the global community with virtual experiences, so that no one has to miss out on exploring while sheltering in place. Anyone can take the opportunity to visit these sites right from the comfort of their own home, you just need to know where to start. All those days spent dreaming and wondering if you would ever see these places for yourself, and now you can. We’re not saying you will never want to go in person, but taking a virtual tour beforehand will make the experience and knowledge of the place that much better.

Ready to Explore through Virtual Tours?

There are so thousands of unique experiences to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Now you don’t have to. Whether your bucket list includes a tour of NASA, climbing Mount Everest, or a visit to Machu Picchu, you can experience it all by taking a virtual excursion. Here at CuddlyNest, we have curated a list for you, so that you don’t have to look very far to experience it all. Let us know where you plan to virtually visit.

Wonders of the World:

The list of wonders of the world has grown over the years to include a larger catalog of truly remarkable sites. You can visit those through your screen here:

Taj Mahal – Agra, India.

Machu Picchu – Andes Mountains, Peru.

The Acropolis – Athens, Greece.

The Great Wall of China –  Huairou District, China.

Tower of London – London, England.

Petra Wall – Petra, Jordan.

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England.

Chichen Itza – Yucatán, Mexico.

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Experience the majesticness of Petra, Jordan.

National Parks and Natural Reserves:

National Park Week starts April 18th, which makes now the perfect time to explore nature’s creations right from your couch. Your nature visit can start in less than five seconds. When parks and reserves begin to open up, be sure to plan your adventure. You’ll be an expert on these locations after taking a virtual tour.

Patagonia – Argentina & Chile.

Yosemite – California, USA.

Cliffs of Moher – Clare, Ireland.

Mount Rushmore – Keystone, South Dakota, USA.

Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland.

The Northern Lights – Swedish Lapland

The World’s Largest Cave – Son Doong, Vietnam.

Mount Everest – Tibet & Nepal.

Yellowstone – Wyoming, and Montana, USA.

Avatar Mountain – Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.

The Faroe Islands – Portugal.

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Enjoy the calming crystal blue lake in Patagonia.

Museums and Galleries:

Take a tour through your favorite exhibits and galleries, without having to wait in long lines and behind crowds. With 360 views and high-resolution video imagery, you will feel as if you are in the work of art. Have you ever visited these locations in person? Add them to your bucket list to see in person during your future getaway.

Anna Frank House – Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Salvador Dalí Museum – Barcelona, Spain.

Air Force Museum – Dayton, Ohio, USA.

NASA – Langley Center in Florida.

The British Museum – London, England.

The Guggenheim – New York City, New York, USA.

The Louvre – Paris, France.

The Catacombs – Paris, France.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Washington D.C., USA.

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See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre up close.

Landmarks:

Enjoy virtual tours of some of the world’s most highly regarded national landmarks. Some of these locations are not always the easiest to get to, which you don’t have to worry about now that you have unlimited access right from home.

Blarney Castle – Cork, Ireland.

The Holy Land – Jerusalem.

Buckingham Palace – London, England.

The Statue of Liberty – New York City, New York, USA.

The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France.

The Colosseum – Rome, Italy.

The Vatican – Vatican, Italy.

Theme Parks and Attractions:

Make a list of the attractions you want to see during your future visit to Disney World, the Met, and more.

The Metropolitan Opera – New York City, New York, USA.

Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida.

San Diego Zoo – San Diego, California.

To see an extensive list of over 2500 museums, galleries, and natural parks offering virtual tours, visit here.

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The Ultimate 2021 Bucket List Adventures

The Ultimate 2021 Bucket List Adventures

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Is there something you have always dreamed of, but haven’t thought it was possible? A goal that appears too distant, a skill that seems too hard, or a place that is too far away? If there is one thing we have learned during this temporary travel break, it is that it is time to make our dreams become a reality. But where to start? We suggest you build a bucket list!

The CuddlyNest team wants to help you start and finish your bucket list this year! We have put together our brains, our maps, our journals, and our guides together to create the most extensive list of bucket list items to cross off in 2020. And the best part of all? These real places, adventures, and goals are things our team at CN want to accomplish, too!

Find your inner wanderlust and be inspired by these one-of-a-kind bucket list experiences:

Tours and Attractions:

  • Visit the headquarters of Apple in Cupertino, California.
  • Attend a Broadway Musical.
  • Go to Disneyland Tokyo.
  • Visit Silicon Valley.

Cooking and Eats:

  • Take a cooking class in Italy. Buon Appetito!
  • Have a dining experience in a Michelin Star Restaurant.
  • Eat tacos in Mexico.
  • Eat pasta out of a wheel of cheese.
  • Take a wine tour in Hungary.

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Learn how to make pasta from an Italian professional.

Create and Learn:

  • Learn how hip-hop dance in NY.
  • Build a “tiny house.”
  • Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Design an engine of a car.
  • Write a cookbook.
  • Learn Japanese in Kyoto.
  • Learn French during the summertime in France.
  • Pass my C1 in Spanish.
  • Learn how to make traditional pottery in Tamegroute, Morocco.

World Monuments: 

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Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Travel: Bucket List Destinations to Explore

  • Visit North Korea.
  • Live in a van for a year and drive around South America.
  • Go on a week-long cruise.
  • Visit NYC and take a walk through Central Park.
  • Stay a week in Norway to see the Northern Lights.
  • Explore the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
  • Take a train tour through Southeast Asia.
  • Visit 10 countries in the next 3 years.
  • Go on a nomadic journey in the desert.

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Explore the Sahara Desert by taking a camel ride tour.

Adventure:

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Stand up tall next to the gigantic statues of Rapa Nui on Easter Island.

While staying home is its own adventure, we promise that we will all explore again soon. Tell us where you want to go, what you want to see, and what you want to do. Let’s rediscover the world together.

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Now is the Perfect Time to Take an Online Course

Now is the Perfect Time to Take an Online Course

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Are you currently sitting at home binging a show on Netflix? Writing down a list of all the things you would like to do during your quarantine? Deciding between reading a book or listening to a podcast series? If you’re like us, you’re doing all the above, as well as taking an online course to further your knowledge and education.

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With dozens of websites and online platforms to choose from, the internet has made it very accessible to take our learning to the next level. And most importantly, to have fun doing so.

Still unsure if taking a course is right for you? Check out some of the benefits here:

Career Progress: Master Your Craft

Nowadays, many businesses and organizations encourage their employees to enroll in online classes or courses to help strengthen their skills and job performance. As technology and new developments are constantly on the rise it is important to stay up to date and learn how to implement new strategies and advances into your work ethic.

Edgar Dale developed one of the most prominent theories related to design and learning. His theory named the Cone of Learning, states that learners retain more information by what they do, more than by what they read or hear. Thus by taking a course, it is vital to then teach the knowledge you have learned to truly absorb the information. Once an employee is able to share and teach what they have learned, both they and the organization benefit.

cone of learning online course

Mental Health: Begin Your Personal Growth Journey

Under stressful times, it is easy to become anxious or let worry and stress shadow goals and aspirations. Taking an online course allows one to develop healthy habits that you can continue to grow even after finishing the class.

  1. Exercise your brain – setting aside time to stimulate your brain activity will help you learn time management and focus.
  2. Develop a new skill – by giving yourself new goals to achieve, you are allowing yourself to feel accomplishment and add a new skill to your resume. When you practice a skill, cognitive or physical, your brain creates neuron connections that allow it to understand that it is taking in new information.
  3. Step outside of your comfort zone – don’t let your personal doubts hold you back any longer and embark on a new journey of personal growth. There are hundreds of courses that will show you how to build yourself up in new ways.

Flexibility: Set Your Own Pace

One of the big benefits of taking an online course? You can do it from anywhere, at any time, and at your own pace. There are many courses built to track your progression and teach you in the way you want to be taught.

Whether you are learning how to make spreadsheets and graphs, a new language, or how to become the chef you have dreamt of being, take advantage of the flexibility to become a master.

No matter where you are in the world now is the best time to sit down, focus, and begin a new adventure in online learning.

Interested in some of the courses our team at CuddlyNest are taking?

igor

Igor, Brand Communications Manager:

When he’s not spending his time creating something delicious in the kitchen Igor can be found brushing up on his French using Duolingo and learning about Communication Science on Coursera

hana

Hana, Account Manager and Marketing Specialist:

With her background in Tourism Marketing, Hana is all about furthering her online learning and staying up to date with trends. She is taking advantage of her time by taking the Coursera online course: SEO Fundamentals.  

jessica

Jessica, PR, and Social Media Manager:

Jessica has a passion for culture and connecting people. She is taking advantage of her time at home by learning how to be a life coach on Udemy. Jessica is also advancing her SEO and social media skills on Coursera.

We hope you find the perfect online course to take. Let us know which you choose and we can make even more recommendations.

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Guide to Stunning Solo Travel Portraits

Guide to Stunning Solo Travel Portraits

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No, we do not mean that your travel photography needs to be limited to selfies. Although you just captured the moment before diving into a large bowl of pho. And that photo with you sipping port wine, or showing off the blue lagoons in Greek islands? It seems like the best memories frozen in the frame. Yet, there is another way to capture your travel moments, even if you travel on your own.

Gear Up

We mean it. How many times have you been on the edge to drop your phone down in the river while catching the best angle for the waterfall selfie? To take photos of yourself without your selfie-stick showing, take a camera tripod with you. This will make your long-exposure portraits perfect. To save your space, choose the variety which does not compromise with your travel luggage size, and get yourself a tripod with legs you can wrap around any object imaginable to take the portrait anywhere. Well, except the desert, perhaps.

As for flashlight, you can easily skip those. Flash most of times does not make your photography better, and even more so, portraits. Substitute for phone flashlights, if you must!

If your travel bag allows for some space, we advise you to pack the expandable reflector. This can seriously level up your photography game, as shadows are lightened up and allow for easier processing afterward, naturally bringing out colors and details in otherwise shadowed areas.

If you are going to rural areas and especially love hiking and discovering nature, consider getting a drone. All that cliff photography? The blue lagoon showing you chilling on the coast? Guess where does it come from!

Tech is Everything

You already book a place to stay online, and you most certainly use an app to figure out the best places for your shootings. But what about using an app to actually see what your camera does while shooting? You can now virtually be behind the lens, seeing the end result and clicking the button on the right moment, right pose.

And yes, there is a pre-condition there, as well. When you are looking for a camera, making sure it is Wi-Fi-compatible and will be able to sync with your phone in real-time. The cheapest, lightweight and tiny cameras out there do not lack most of what you are looking for in travel photography. We recommend such options as Samsung NX Mini, Panasonic GX80, and Olympus PEN E-PL9.

Spot the Photographer-looking person

Because you know exactly how good do the photos turn out when you hand the camera to a normal passerby.

For one, you may not get it back if you find yourself in a city where tourists are frequent targets of pickpocketers. Second, you cannot but ignore the fact that most of the time, people simply do not care or do not know how to take good photos. Hence, you end up having shots without your head, with the front scene blackened out in contrast to the bright and structured city scene, and the horizon to shift as one would expect from a trip to Amsterdam.

We do not advise you to give your camera away, but if there is no other option, please judge your heart out. Spot the photographer-looking person out there and hope for the best.

Here you have it.

To put it simply, make sure your tech is up to date.  While shooting analog is awesome, there is no way you can hand down your camera to another person and expect stunning photos. With digital cameras, if you are opting out of phone-taken selfies, your best bet will be getting a wrap-leg tripod, have a camera syncing with your phone to adjust exposure, and if nothing else works, a good intuition on people’s photography skills.

Have fun while capturing your stay!

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