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Our Top Travel Articles of 2021

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Our Top Travel Articles of 2021

Last year, you just couldn’t get enough of Europe! From looking for off-the-radar destinations to knowing what to wear, there was no end to Europe inspiring your adventures in 2021. Now that we’re well into a new year and decade (and possibly already thinking about our future travels) 2021’s top travel articles will certainly come in handy!

1. The capsule travel wardrobe you all needed

The perfect wardrobe for travelling in Europe is practical, stylish and comfortable. With baggage rules and weight allowances always in flux, we showed you how to build a capsule wardrobe to take the stress away from packing. It was your favourite article from last year, and we were happy to play stylist.

2. The least-visited countries in Europe

In 2019, you wanted to see a lesser-known side of Europe. With the onus being put on travellers to do their bit in combating overtourism, this article is perhaps even more critical now. Experience the culture and magic of this destination without contributing to the crowds by discovering these up-and-coming countries instead.

3. The year to plan a trip with friends

It’s a simple experiment, but if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out! When you bring travel and friends together, the experience is awesome – to strengthen our argument we’ve got 99 quotes that say so. Because, if there’s one thing we learned in 2019, and we quote: “life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

4. Walk hard, play hard

Thank you for inspiring us to get off our butts in 2020! We weren’t too surprised to learn that one of our top travel articles from last year was about the hardest hikes in the USA – you people just can’t get enough of exploring our beautiful world on foot.

5. Croatian island hoppers

Because you loved island hopping in Croatia that much last year, we’ve updated this story for 2020. So which Croatian island is now at number one? You’ll have to read the article to find out.

6. The future of solo female travel

This article made a big impact on our editorial team and our readers. For International Women’s Day last year, we explored how solo female travel can help tip the scales towards gender equality. Sharing travel stories by women is a massive part of Days to Come, you’ll see that many of our writers are female and we’ve cultivated a space where they can share their stories with all of you.

In this article, we look at research undertaken by Dr Elaine CL Yang and Dr Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore to shed light on how culture, trends and shifting views are shaping the next era of solo female travel. In the age of “feel-good feminism” is female travel the answer to celebrating and empowering women all year round?

7. The world’s most interesting journeys

There’s never been a greater need for sustainable travel in 2020 and beyond. You can travel in a way that doesn’t harm our planet, which is maybe why this article was such a hit last year. The world’s most interesting journeys also happen to be overland – which means you can experience the valuable and transformative nature of travel while taking care of our planet. From travelling the Silk Road and the Hippie Trail to exploring Route 66, these journeys will change your life.

8. 24/7 in Europe

If you think you’ll end up in Europe for a week at some point this year, this is the article you need. Find out everything from putting together an itinerary, planning your trip to knowing when to visit and local tips and tricks.

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The best free tours in Spanish in Europe

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The best free tours in Spanish in Europe

More and more cities have free tours in Spanish among their most contracted and best valued excursions. These guided tourist routes, which do not have a fixed price, have become a perfect option through which you can get to know the most famous places while learning the history, anecdotes and legends of the city.
In addition, we cannot forget something very important and that is that free tours are a perfect way to save money on your trip, since the price is the will . That yes, as much as it is like that, try to scratch your pocket a little and have the good will to value a good guide and that thebest free tours in Spanish in Europe continue to exist.

All the specific data of the free tours, such as their duration, meeting point, ways to reserve… etc. You can find them in each of the links that lead to the free tours in Spanish .

Free tour of Amsterdam Free!

Known for being one of the most open cities in the world, Amsterdam is also a city that never disappoints. Canals, flowers, places full of charm and terraces where you can sit and enjoy watching life go by, are just some of the many things that await you in this incredible city.

Amsterdam free tour itinerary

Starting at the Train Station, this free tour of Amsterdam will continue through Zeedijk street until reaching the Oudekerk church, the oldest in the city of Amsterdam and the starting point of the Red Light District, one of the most controversial locations. from the city.
From here you will continue the route entering the Chinatown, and then continue through the Nieuwmarkt, the Jewish Quarter, where the Rembrandt house and the Waterlooplein flea market are located, and then arrive at the Flower Market, one of the most iconic points and beautiful of the city.
The free tour of Amsterdam in SpanishIt will end in Dam Square, another of the best known places in the city, where you can’t stop taking hundreds of photos, which will be one of the many memories of your trip to the city.

Free tour of Barcelona Free!

Cosmopolitan city where they exist, Barcelona is one of those destinations that will not disappoint you, whatever you are looking for and it is an ideal city for all types of travellers.

Itinerary Free tour of Barcelona

Starting in the emblematic Plaza de Catalunya, this free tour of Barcelona will take you to see some of the most interesting points of the city such as Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, where you can see the Plaza de Sant Jaume, the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia or the Plaza del Rey in addition to entering the incredible Call or Jewish quarter.
The free tour of Barcelona ends at the famous Els Quatre Gats and the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Free tour of Berlin Free!

Berlin, a city in constant evolution after its destruction in World War II, is known as the city of a thousand faces , as well as being one of the most visited destinations in Europe and a place with one of the most heartbreaking stories in the world. .

Berlin free tour itinerary

The route of this free tour of Berlin in Spanish begins in the Lusgarten gardens, on the Museum Island, where after learning about the history of the city and many details about it, you will continue the itinerary to Bebelplatz, a place known for the famous burning of books that took place during Nazism.
You will continue the tour of the city until you reach Checkpoint Charlie, another of the city’s iconic places, and continue to the Berlin Wall, where you will continue to learn details of the city’s history, until you reach the
Holocaust Memorial and then continue to Unter den Linden.
The free tour of Berlin will end at the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most famous and emblematic points of the city.

Free tour of Bruges Free!

Known for being one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium, and dare we say even in Europe and the world, Bruges is a perfect getaway from lively Brussels, where you can spend a day or several enjoying its incredible and magical atmosphere. .

Bruges Free Tour Itinerary

This Free Tour of Bruges in Spanish begins in the beautiful Grote Markt square, the nerve center of the city, to continue through the canal area, one of the most beautiful in the city, and continue to Minnewater, known as the Lake of Love.
From here and after getting to know the area, the history and many curiosities about the city, the Bruges Free Tour will take you back to the Grote Mark, where it will come to an end.

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8 amazing places to travel and discover in 2022

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8 amazing places to travel and discover in 2022

What are the best places to travel in 2022? That’s the question Vogue posed to a group of hospitality experts , and their answers are literally very mixed. Some are classic destinations where new hotels have opened , others are emerging areas that are on the verge of becoming trendy tourist attractions . Black Tomato , a travel agency known for offering extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime trips, has its sights on Romania.)

Here are 8 ideas for the best places to travel , from a little-known Caribbean island, to a vibrant Mexican city, to the top of the world.

Merida, Mexico

‘ Merida, Mexico , continues to fly under the radar, despite its proximity to incredible Mayan ruins and neon-blue cenotes. In addition, it has a unique culinary offer , ranging from perfectly fried churros in street carts, to the most refined versions of traditional dishes by chefs like Pedro Evia, whose restaurant, Kuuk, is a critical favorite. Look out for some great accommodation options, including rooms in sprawling historic haciendas and small, stylish apartments in the city.’ —Laura Motta, Lonely Planet Content Director

grenade

‘We have long admired the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada for its understated appeal, powdery shores and sensory stimulation upon arrival, where the sweet air smells of sea salt, nutmeg and mace. But now, more than ever, the sheer popularity of the Caribbean means that Grenada is poised to be ‘the hot spot’ to visit , with so much more to do than fly and flop on the beach. Plus, it’s a 4-hour, 30-minute direct flight from New York. Miles of unobstructed beaches are juxtaposed with rich, unspoiled tropical forests that are ideal for intrepid experiences and opportunities for retribution.’ —*Black Tomato*

Easter Island

‘Due to its small and remote location, Easter Island has been closed for most of COVID. For now, the plan is to reopen to visitors in February. 2022 also marks the 300th anniversary of when the island was first ‘discovered’ by Europeans (1722). Nayara Hangaroa is the perfect starting point for exploring the island: from guided tours of Taharoa to quad biking around the island, past secret caves and remote beaches , to watching the sunrise over the moai.’ —Misty Belles, CEO of Virtuoso

Romania

‘Transylvania, birthplace of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (actually Vlad the Impaler), is steeped in extraordinarily rich history and this year Romania hosts its ninth UNESCO World Heritage Site , the Roșia Montană Mining Landscape . The area has seen a recent surge in customer interest and Romania is, in fact, the most biogeographically diverse country in the European Union and one of the best places in Europe for wildlife viewing, for those in the know.’

‘The newly opened, Bethlen Estates , a luxurious and revitalized manor house, is the place to stay . The idea and vision of Gladys and Nikolaus Bethlen, wife and son of the late Earl Miklos Bethlen, have made it their life’s work to keep their ancestral ties alive and help preserve the region’s incredibly important biodiversity .’ —Black Tomato

Antarctica

‘I think Antarctica will be a tourist destination in 2022 . There are exciting new ways to explore the White Continent: Ponant and his new ship, Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge cruise ship, which overlooks Drake Passage, and White Desert for the experience on land. There is an untouched purity to the destination that makes it feel worlds away from the rest of life, not to mention a global pandemic, making travelers want to make the journey.’ —Misty Belles, CEO of Virtuoso

napa valley

The Napa Valley hotel scene is accelerating. Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort, will debut in spring 2022 at the historic estate, Stanly Ranch Winery, a 700-acre private ranch dating back to the 19th century. This comes on the heels of other openings, such as Napa Valley’s first Four Seasons . Meadowood recently reopened and there have been a handful of major renovations at properties like Solage and Poetry Inn’. —Misty Belles

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We are seeing a huge increase in customers booking epic trips in 2022 to Botswana , marking the great return of safaris in a truly wish list -worthy place . Botswana is the quintessential safari destination, an ideal place to enjoy a slower, more leisurely pace of travel, and perfect for multi-generational families too. Start your adventure in the fabulous Okavango Delta, which has just welcomed the impressive new, Xigera Safari Lodge, and visit the Makgadikgadi swamps for incredible day and night safaris, where you will meet the extraordinary fauna that inhabits this landscape. apparently barren.’ —Black Tomato

Paris

‘ Paris is also luring visitors into its restaurants and museums with a full vaccination schedule, with a stay at LVMH ‘s newest jewel , Cheval Blanc , being a must .’ —Misty Belles

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Why traveling is good for your health

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Why traveling is good for your health

You can’t help it: happiness corrects the limits of your veins every time you step into a forest, leave behind the routine or cross a border . Adventure calls you but, also, be clear: traveling and embracing the unknown activates your brain and improves your health.

“When did you learn to fly? Yesterday!” Meryl Streep asked Robert Redford in ‘Out of Africa’. We discover why traveling suits you very, very well.

There you are, facing the sea, with your mojito. The breeze erases the stress of phones, emails, notifications from your select (and demanding) social networks… Your clothes become light ( we toast? ) and time seems to stretch to infinity. Invest in anecdotes! , we proposed this summer, but, in addition to investing in anecdotes, every time you travel you are investing in your health .

“ Traveling opens our brain, makes it more plastic, more creative , gives us more capacity to understand: in some way it activates it because we need to adapt to many new sensations (linguistics, visuals, aromas, flavors…) and that is always favorable for our brain”,

In addition, each boarding pass, each bus or shared car ticket (and its traveling lottery, worthy of Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente ) is improving your quality of life in the future.

“In the long run, a greater number of connections offers an advantage of greater cognitive reserve , of greater resistance to deterioration at older ages -explains Moltó- it is not only the advantage of the moment, which can be pleasant, but also, even, The richer our life has been , the more different experiences we have had, the more chances we have of reaching an older age in good mental condition.

RELAX, TAKE IT EASY…

Travel slowly. Traveling to try on other shoes also offers multiple benefits for your mind.

“It’s a break from your daily life, a break that allows you to put different issues, concerns, in their place ; it can help them take a certain distance, that allows you to see them from another perspective: and all of this can help or push decision-making , ”says Cristina Silvente , psychologist, traveler, co-author of Traveling with children

BORED WITH YOURSELF?

“ Our day-to-day behavior is limited by the roles we have acquired at work and in our personal lives ”-explains cognitive scientist Art Markman- “when we travel, we have the opportunity to get rid of these roles for a short time. of time and engaging in behaviors that we might not normally consider doing at home. This spirit of adventure can be liberating and can bring that excitement back to us when we return home from the trip.”

“It allows us to carry out rewarding activities that we may not enjoy on a day-to-day basis or we may not enjoy so much: photography, video, reading, sports… ”, explains Cristina Silvente.

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