The World Cup of Travel

The World Cup is all anyone can talk about right now, so we thought – let’s run our own World Cup…and so The World Cup of Travel began.

The World Cup of Travel follows the exact same format as the FIFA World Cup, only rather than competing on footballing abilities the qualifying countries will be competing on travel appeal.

Who will come out on top and lift the coveted World Cup of Travel trophy? Have a look at our results table below to find out.

So how did the matches work? If you want more info on all the action from each of our World Cup Travel matches read on below for the full lowdown on how it all played out.

Group Stages

Just like the FIFA World Cup, the 32 qualifying teams were split into the same 8 groups.

In each match, the countries competed against each other in 7 categories. These were:

  • Weather
  • Cost
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Nightlife
  • Nature & Beaches
  • Shopping

For each category, a country won they were given a goal, where the two countries drew on a category no goal was awarded.

Each country within the group play against each other in the same order as the FIFA World Cup group matches. For every match won the country was awarded 3 points, for a draw it was awarded 1 point and for a loss no points were awarded. The two countries in each group with the most points moved on to the next round.

 

Group A

 

Group A saw Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia battle it out, with Uruguay taking top place while Egypt was the runner-up.

The first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia was a draw, but both teams went on to lose all subsequent matches. Uruguay won all of their games thanks to their low budgets and tasty local cuisine.

 

Group B

Group B was a battle between Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Iran with Spain winning the group, while Portugal took the runner-up position. With its incredible range of UNESCO sites, lively nightlife and delicious tapas – Spain was a tough act to beat.

 

Group C

 

Group C was the turn of France, Peru, Australia, and Denmark. France was crowned the winner and Peru took the runner-up spot. While Australia and Denmark both pulled out their nature card, they couldn’t compete against the likes of France and Peru for culture, while France also held strong on food and nightlife.

 

Group D

 

Group D saw Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria compete in what appeared to be a tough group. In spite of this Argentina managed to win all games thanks to its lively nightlife and cultural landmarks. Croatia managed two wins while Nigeria sadly lost all its matches.

 

Group E

Saw Brazil and Switzerland taking on Costa Rica and Serbia, with Brazil winning and Switzerland coming in as the runner up. Brazil won all of its games while Switzerland won 1, drew 1 and lost 1. Costa Rica managed 1 win against Serbia while Serbia lost 2 games and drew against Switzerland.

 

Group F

 

Group F was the turn of Mexico, South Korea, Germany and Sweden. In what may have been a surprising result for some, Mexico took the winning spot while South Korea were runners-up, meaning Germany and Sweden were eliminated. Mexico came out strong in all 3 of their games thanks to their delectable cuisine, sunny weather and low costs. While South Korea’s nightlife, food and low costs also gave it a good run.

 

Group G

 

Group G is the one the Brits will be watching as England took on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Much like the FIFA World Cup England came out on top with its cultural sites and traditional food making up for its lack of sunshine. Belgium came second overall after beating Panama and Tunisia in areas including culture and food.

 

Group H

Group H was the battle between Japan, Poland, Colombia and Senegal. Japan came out on top winning all of its matches thanks to its iconic food, breath-taking natural landmarks and buzzing nightlife. Poland took the runner up spot losing only to Japan.

Round of 16

Just like in the FIFA World Cup, the winner from each group went on to play the runner-up from another group. This followed the same order as the World Cup with the winner of Group A playing the Runner-up of Group B and so on.

Again in each match, the countries competed against each other in the same seven categories as in the group stages.

The winning teams to come out of this round and move on to the quarterfinals were Portugal, France, Brazil, England, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Japan.

The full rundown of quarterfinal matches can be viewed below.

Portugal v France

 

Weather: Portugal

Cost: Portugal

Food: France

Culture: France

Nightlife: France

Beaches & Nature: Portugal

Shopping: France

Winner = France

 

Brazil v England

Weather: Brazil

Cost:Brazil

Food: Brazil

Culture: England

Nightlife: Brazil

Beaches & Nature: Brazil

Shopping: England

Winner = Brazil

 

Spain v Argentina

Weather: Spain

Cost: Argentina

Food: Spain

Culture: Spain

Nightlife: Spain

Beaches & Nature: Spain

Shopping: Spain

Winner = Spain

 

Mexico v Japan

Weather: Mexico

Cost:Mexico

Food: Mexico

Culture: Japan

Nightlife: Japan

Beaches & Nature: Japan

Shopping: Japan

Winner = Japan

Semi-Finals

 

In what was to be a very tough round of semi-finals we saw France come up against Brazil, while Spain took on Japan.

It could have been anyone’s game but Brazil came out as the winner in the first match beating France 4-3 thanks to its year-round sunshine, stunning natural landmarks and low travel costs.

Spain won the other semi-final match, beating a tough contender in Japan, but ultimately Spain’s cultural scene, nightlife and local cuisine just pipped that of Japan, while its Mediterranean climate was also a large winning factor.

 

Final

 

In an incredibly tough final to call, Spain came up against Brazil. Both countries were fantastic contenders with culture, nature, nightlife and sunshine to their name. It was a close game but ultimately Spain’s party scene across both beaches and cities and its impressive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites gave Spain the edge allowing it to take the World Cup of Travel trophy

Winner – Spain.

 

Will the results of the FIFA World Cup be the same as the World Cup of Travel? We will have to wait and see.

What we see in the taxi from Charles De Gaulle airport to Eiffel Tower in Paris?

Paris is well known as the City of Lights and more recently for the jet-setting romantics. It is one of the most beautiful, charismatic, and photogenic cities in the world.  Overlooking the city, high atop Montmartre or walking in the narrow alleys of the Marais. There are so many things to see and to do in Paris, the fashion Capital in the world. You have to visit this city and to admire all the monuments!

If you come in Holidays in Paris, and if you arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, by taxi and if you go to Eiffel tower, you can see all of the things, monuments, and streets on the way! You could appreciate your trip in Taxi!

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You will see the famous ring road in Paris with so many cars, trucks, buses and kilometers of périphérique (French for ring road).

This road is simply the worst in France and possibly the World. With multiple lanes looping 35 km around Paris, the Périphérique (French for ring-road) should be the easiest way to get from one side of the French capital to the other. Shouldn’t it?

In reality, mass disruption, pollution and a divide between the city center and its suburbs make the Périphérique a headache for motorists, nearby residents, and city planners. With breakdowns, accidents, construction work on new transport links, and regular closures at different access points, you can bet that a lot of those hours have been spent on the Périphérique.

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You will see on the road, the Triumphal Arc

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. if you want, you can visit the top of the Arc, to have the all city viewing, this is a wonderful experience !

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Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

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And you will cross the incredible and big Charles de Gaulle place where you can see both of these important symbols in Paris.

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You will pass in front of the Denmark Embassy

This embassy is situated 77 Avenue Marceau in the 16th district in Paris. In addition to Denmark’s embassy in Paris, Denmark has 11 other representations in France. These representations include consulates in Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Porto-Vecchio, Rouen, Saint-Malo, and Toulouse.

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You can’t miss the Yves Saint Laurent Museum on the way!

Paris is considered one of the top fashion capitals of the world and in this city, major designers such as Dior, Chanel, Hermes, and Christian Louboutin have reigned for years. Their logos and designs are world famous and adorn millions of bags, fashions, and jewelry. One of the most recognizable is the iconic YSL monogram—-of Yves Saint Laurent. In early October 2017, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent was unveiled in Paris. It is located at the original haute couture house where the fashion legend spent many years (1974-2002) designing and creating his collections. It’s worth a visit to this museum as his designs bring back memories of celebrities who wore his clothes during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The museum is designed with a subdued, yet unique style, much like Saint Laurent himself.

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You can admire the Flame of Liberty

The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1886. The monument, which measures approximately 3.5 meters in height, is a sculpture of a flame, executed in gilded copper, supported by a pedestal of gray-and-black marble. It is located near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

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You will cross the famous Alma Bridge!

Alma Bridge (Le Pont de l’Alma) is a road bridge in ParisFrance across the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Ottoman-Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army, on 20 September 1854.

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You will see of course Branly Quay (Quai Branly).

Quai Branly is a track and quay located along the Seine (left bank) in the 7th and 15th arrondissements of Paris, starting east of Quai d’Orsay, at the Alma bridge and Place de la Résistance and ending at Quai de Grenelle at the Bir-Hakeim bridge.

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And finally, you will finish at Eiffel Tower!

This is the most famous monument visited in the world! Like all the towers, it allows you to see and be seen: spectacular ascent, unique panorama on Paris, radiant sign in the sky of the Capital. You ca, eat at their restaurants with the view of all the city and maybe buy some things. There are three floors: the first one is the discovering, the second one is the glare and the three one is the vice!

The prices are varied between 10 to 25 euros for the adult.

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Here are the best things to do in Madeira

Azure blue waters, rugged coastline, and no shortage of natural scenery are what you’ll find on this Portuguese island. Since the coastline is rocky, Madeira isn’t an ideal spot for a beach holiday. However, the island is packed with adventure for those who don’t want to lounge on the beach anyway. If you’re planning a trip to Madeira, here are the best things to do.

Visit the Cabo Girão Skywalk

This cliff walk stands at 589 meters, making it Europe’s highest cliff skywalk, and the world’s second highest. The platform was built in 2012 and has a glass floor so that visitors can see the ocean beneath them. It sees nearly 2,000 visitors each day, making it one of Madeira’s top tourist attractions.

Watch for Dolphins and Whales

Madeira is one of the top dolphin-watching destinations in the world. Out of 80 species, 29 can be seen here throughout the year. Visitors are told that they will have a 90 percent chance of seeing at least one dolphin species on their visit. A boat tour can take you out to some of the best spots for dolphin spotting. Occasionally, visitors will see whales too.

Try Paragliding

The valleys and cliffs make Madeira the ideal destination for paragliding. The southern region of the island has particularly suitable spots for landing and taking off. There are a handful of quality companies that offer paragliding experiences for guests who want to see the island from a new vantage point.

Natural Ocean Pools

Visitors to the northwest region of the island will find plenty of natural swimming holes. Porto Moniz village is one of the best spots for finding them. The collection of volcanic rocks here help to form the pools and keep the cool water in. They are perfect for hot days when you just want to cool off and chill out.

 

Hike on The Levada Trail

A Levada is an irrigation channel that brings water down from the mountains. They are lined with dense vegetation, making them great hiking trails to follow. The Levada trail goes through Laurisilva forest, the largest laurel forest in the world. It’s also a World UNESCO Heritage Site and has plenty of coastal views.

Scuba Dive at The Madeira Aquarium

Their saltwater diving pool is 500,000 liters and is home to sharks, morays, rays, and hundreds of fish. Visitors will have a scuba diving lesson in a smaller pool to learn how to use the equipment first. For those who don’t want to take their chances with the sharks, they can view their friends and family diving through the aquarium window.

Pico do Ariero

This is the third highest peak on Madeira and is considered the most beautiful by many. It’s about 1818 meters and has some of the best views on the island. Trekkers and photographers both love this destination.

If you’re visiting Portugal and want to catch some time on the island, Madeira has what you need. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will have their work cut out for them when visiting this beautiful, Portuguese island. Get started on your travel checklist by booking your transfer from Madeira Airport.

Where are the Best Clubs in Ibiza?

In addition to amazing beaches, Ibiza is also known as one of the world’s greatest clubbing destinations. A visit to this Spanish island will be packed with partying. But, how do you know where Ibiza’s best clubs are hiding? There are so many options that choosing can be a struggle. So, if you’re planning an Ibiza holiday, these are the best clubs to add to your itinerary.

Amnesia

Voted one of the best clubs on the island, Amnesia can be found on San Antonio. Don’t even think about showing up until after midnight, when the party really starts rolling. Pace yourself with the drinking because they party until dawn. It’s a hot spot for international tourists and was one of Ibiza’s original party clubs. The stage has seen acts like Deadmau5 and Paul Van Dyk. It’s an institution that you’ll want to be a part of.

Pacha

This club has been open since the 1970s and house music is the specialty here. There are multiple rooms, each playing something different. Guests can find disco, hip-hop, funk, and R&B. Famous names like Benny Bennassi, David Guetta, and Bob Sinclair are known to have played at this iconic venue.

Ushuaïa

Like to party in luxury and style? This is the place. The club and beach hotel have attracted A-list visitors like Kylie Minogue, Leo DiCaprio, and Paris Hilton. It’s relatively new to the Ibiza clubbing scene but has gained traction quite quickly. The club’s main pool is the site for most of the open-air parties, which attract giant crowds. The opening hours are a bit unusual, as many of the club nights close down by midnight. This makes Ushuaïa the perfect destination for a classy cocktail before the real partying begins.

 

Sankeys

An underground vibe is what Sankeys delivers. The atmosphere and music has roots in the clubbing scene of the UK, making it feel close to home for some international visitors. The basement venue holds 1500 people and is light on the entertainment and visuals. They prefer to focus on the ‘real’ music experience. There’s a rooftop terrace, and a Bodysonic dancefloor that attracts true ravers.

Privilege

This club holds the world record for being the largest. If you love wild crowds, the dance floor at Privilege won’t disappoint (it can hold 10,000 people.) If you lose your friends while dancing, it may be pretty hard to find them again, making it a great place to meet new people. This mammoth of a club can be found in San Antonio.

Es Paradis

This institution has been around for a whopping 43 years. It’s located in San Antonio and is known for its parties and entertainment. Make sure to check out the neon paint party, water party, and What The Funk? Party. If you want entertainment that goes beyond drinking and dancing, this is the place.

 

Where are the best clubs in Ibiza? Most of them are in San Antonio. Cruise around, pop into whichever club seems to have the best music and see how you like it. This list has some of the top venues, but Ibiza is full of clubs, fun, and places to party. Ibiza is a popular destination, so don’t forget to book your Ibiza taxi in advance so you can spend more time partying and less time queuing for taxis.

10 reasons to visit corsica

Corsica situated in the south of France, and called the beauty Island, is a really amazing destination.

The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte has a volatile history and heritage to discover and even more. The island drops into the Mediterranean climate zone, therefore, promises mild climate all year round. In summer its beaches and resorts are the main attraction here. Also, the cuisine is exquisite: fresh ingredients will please even the pickiest gourmet.

An island abounding in natural beauty and fascinating tradition, it’s incredible to think that even today Corsica can still feel like something of a hidden gem. Whether it’s a long sandy beach, a dramatic mountain pass or a beautiful hilltop village, Corsica holidays are packed full of rewarding things to do and see.

So why to go there?

Corsica features great nature, historic architecture, exquisite cuisine. Tourists can go hiking and explore architecture as well as relax on the pristine soft sandy beaches.

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1.  The first reason is indisputably the beaches

With almost 200 beaches and 1000km of coastline, Corsica is a beach lover’s dream.

The island is blessed with an incredible diversity of beaches from intimate hidden coves to magnificent bays.

If you are searching for amazing beaches with an exotic touch, Corsica has plenty to offer. One of my favorites is the one you can reach from Saint Florent by boat only, “the Loto Beach “. Also, great beaches are around the golf of Porto-Vecchio, like Sant Giulia or Tamarricciu. You can find the famous Palombaggia Beach. Don’t forget to organize a midnight picnic at the beach when the full moon shines the brightest, those moments are the best! You can find islands by boat like Lavezzi Island.

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2. There are the beautiful nature and scenery

The color of the water will make you doubt your eyes – you can see right through it. The sea is warm, it feels gentle, you can come out of the water, skip the shower and go straight to the bar without feeling the salty tightness. The sun here rhymes with water – it’s soft, yet will give you the tan that lasts for months. All the pictures you take will look as if you have photoshopped yourself into some kind of a vintage postcard.

Corsica is the good compromise between beaches and mountains. They are calling. Waves are pushing. The nature of Corsica is unbelievable and one hard to not fall in love with. Looking at the rich number of mountains that define the surface of Corsica you’ll find yourself having a number of moments at the top of viewpoints. The woods, the highs and lows of the island and of course the water hitting the cliffs and the waves hitting the beaches are definitely something you must see for yourself. One big love for the nature of Corsica.

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3. You should visit Corsica for the peace

The first hotel in Corsica we stayed at turned out to be one of my favorite hotels I have ever slept in. Surrounded by nothing more than mountains and a little creek this boutique hotel (Hotel Les Jardins de la glaciers) gave me all the peace I wanted and needed. But of course, it’s not only this hotel that will give you peace in Corsica.

High in the mountains and deep in the woods you’ll find quietness. Some beaches are not as busy as others and the inland villages are extremely quiet – nearly not as touristic as the coastal cities. You won’t see more tourists than you’ll see locals, and you’ll love those cities for it. Corsica will definitely give you peace and it will make you calm.

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4. You have to go there for the beauty of villages

Corsica is a great spot to see old beautiful villages. At the ocean front, you’ll walk into the oldest cities with the riches history. You’ll walk through the old parts of town, seeing their old castles and houses, while at the harbor you get in touch with the more ‘newer’ and touristic side of town.

The villages you’ll find higher up in the mountains and in the middle of the island will give you a completely different experience. They are more conservative, they are quiet, smaller and above all: impressive.

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 5. So many activities to do in Corsica

While being one of the best locations for getting some peace of mind, Corsica for some reason also is one of the best locations to get active. As the home of one of Europe’s most difficult hiking routes (GR20), it is no surprise that Corsica is a good destination for the active traveler. Even if you are not able to hike the full trail (which takes about two weeks), or simply do not want to, you can do a day. These day hikes lead you to a beautiful viewpoint or an amazing lake, definitely worth the effort! Next, to hiking, Corsica is a great island for water sports, rafting, canyoning and skiing in winter! You can do scuba diving to see all the beautiful fishes! Also, for those who are interested, Corsica is one of the best places in Europe for a motor tour trip.

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6. Corsica is known for the delicious food

Corsican restaurants are bursting with flavors and generous portions. A true Mediterranean heaven of seafood, wine, and artisan ice-cream will leave your plate satisfied yet ready and full of energy to carry on with the day. The food scene is plentiful and is loved by the harshest critics: the locals. Everything feels really authentic: the taste, the surrounding and the pace.

If you are here for the seafood, delicious pasta and typical Italian coffee, the best thing you can do is arrive by boat from France and pick a big harbor city like Bastia, because Bastia has it all. There you will see great colonial architecture blended in with the urban rush, very big steamboats and the lush full palm trees.

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7. There are so many wonderful cities in Corsica

Bonfacio is part of one of the cities in Corsica to visit if you want to be surrounded by the amazing combination of great architecture and great landscape, all this with a fantastic view over the Mediterranean Sea. It was the first city where the rocky cliffs are close to the deep water and made the impossible possible to descend on a tall rock and just ” be one with the sea”. It was one of my favorite moments. Also go on a boat and explore the city from afar. You will be surprised how many hidden gems are in the city. You could be charmed by Porto-Veccho in the south of the Island, with a beautiful architecture, amzing beaches or with the big contrast between sea and mountains.

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 8. So much to explore

In Ajaccio there is one of the biggest Natural Park where you get to experience giant Land Turtles from up close. Many, many species are brought from all around the globe and are kept in their natural habits so you and your friends can visit them. I do recommend spending a whole day there, since you might get the chance to find one that is big enough to carry you.

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9. You will admire so many views

Corsica has a lot of soft and sandy beaches but if you are here in search of great views you will find that the cities are built on slopes and mountains so there is always an amazing view, no matter which side of the island you pick to explore. You can see one of the best in Porto-Vecchio, with a view leading to the sea and the boats. If you are searching for something special, more related to the landscapes, go to Aleria and head for the Roman Ruins, the view over the city is amazing!

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 To discover « Desert Des Agriates

Situated between la Balagne and St Florent, the Désert des Agriates is an area of arid landscape and savage beauty. The highlights here include the deserted beaches of Saleccia and Loto, with their curves of pearl-white sand and crystal clear water, these are some of the finest beaches to visit during Corsica holidays, offering the perfect picture-postcard scenery.

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The Dutch are most satisfied when behind the wheel

The Dutch folk is the top students in the class when it comes to satisfaction as a driver.
That is exactly what a recent study has shown in Waze, an application for automobilists with traffic and navigation information. The app sparked a study on 50 million automobilists from across 40 countries to reflect their satisfaction level on the job. The Netherlands indicated a leading high score, a 7.9 out of 10 to be precise. The Philippines scored a 3.02, in the last place.

Which factors determine your satisfaction?

Your satisfaction level as a driver can depend on a range of factors: the road quality, the number of traffic jams you encounter daily, parking opportunities, traffic behavior of fellow drivers… This navigation app Waze combines all these determining factors together into the Driver Satisfaction Index.

Netherlands is the best country to drive in

Throughout all explored countries, it seems that the Dutch drivers are the most satisfied. Especially according to traffic safety, something that is crucial to us as a taxi service also received an impressive score of 9.2 out of 10. Besides, the road quality seems to be approved by the average Dutch person. With our year-long experience in operating Schiphol taxi’s, we have seen a range of jobs and we can surely say that we surely share that satisfaction. However, a point of improvement is the presence of fuel stations, scoring a 6 out of 10 which means that is a point of improvement.

How does it work elsewhere?

The United Arab Emirates was one of the only countries to lay down a 10-lane highway in the name of road quality. Argentina scored a 6.67, an impressive score for road safety. The Philippines, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador closed off with a score of 3.02, 3.35, 3.56 out of 10 in the ranking, therefore, portraying the counties with the most dissatisfied automobilists.

Room for improvement

No matter how fulfilled the Dutch are on the job, there are always more ways to progress.
No country had obtained a higher score than 8 out of 10. This is something that Schiphol would like to focus on. Would you like to start a relaxing vacation without any stress caused by the traffic? We can make that happen for you with our taxi options. We will ensure a safe and comfortable experience to Schiphol. If you happen to be searching for a Schiphol taxi, then Taxi2Airport is at your advantage.

Nederlanders meest tevreden achter het stuur

Nederlanders zijn de beste leerlingen van de klas als het aankomt op tevredenheid als chauffeur. Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van Waze een applicatie voor automobilisten met verkeers- en navitagitie-informatie. De app zette een studie op poten bij 50 miljoen autobestuurders uit zowat 40 landen om te peilen naar de algehele tevredenheid op de baan. Nederland legde op vrijwel alle onderzochte factoren een hoge score aan de dag en eindigde met 7,9 op 10 bovenaan de ranking. De Filippijnen bezetten met een score van 3,02 de laatste
plaats.

Welke factoren bepalen jouw tevredenheid?

Hoe tevreden jij je voelt als chauffeur, hangt van heel wat verschillende elementen af: de kwaliteit van de wegen, het aantal files waarmee je dagelijks te maken krijgt, de parkeermogelijkheden, het rijgedrag van andere bestuurders … Navigitieapplicatie Waze goot al deze verschillende factoren samen in de Driver Satisfaction Index.

Nederland beste land om te rijden

Van alle onderzochte landen, blijken de Nederlandse chauffeurs het meest tevreden. Vooral de verkeersveiligheid, iets wat wij als taxi service ook erg hoog in het vaandel dragen, kreeg van de ondervraagde autobestuurders een zeer hoge score van 9,2 op 10. Ook de kwaliteit van de wegen blijkt de gemiddelde Nederlander erg tevreden te stemmen. Met onze jarenlange ervaring als taxi naar Schiphol hebben wij al zeer veel verschillende banen gezien en we kunnen die tevredenheid enkel maar delen. Iets wat met een score van 6 op 10 wel nog voor verbetering vatbaar is, is de aanwezigheid van pompstations langs de Nederlandse wegen.

Hoe is het elders gesteld?

De Verenigde Arabische Emiraten wisten als enige land een 10 weg te kapen, met name voor de kwaliteit van de wegen. Argentinië behaalde met 6,67 dan weer een uitmuntende score voor de verkeersveiligheid. De Filippijnen, Dominicaanse Republiek en El Salvador sluiten met een score van respectievelijk 3,02, 3,35 en 3,56 op 10 de ranking en zijn zo de landen met de meeste ontevreden autobestuurders.

Toch nog werk aan de winkel

Hoe tevreden de Nederlander ook mag zijn op de baan, er is zeker nog verbetering mogelijk. Geen enkel land behaalde in de Driver Satisfaction Index van 2017 voor de factor verkeer immers een score van hoger dan 8 op 10. En dat is iets waar wij als Schiphol taxi ons steentje aan willen bijdragen. Wil jij in alle rust, zonder de stress van het verkeer, kunnen beginnen aan je vakantie? Dan staan wij voor jou klaar met onze taxi. We brengen je op een rustige en veilige manier met de taxi naar Schiphol. Ben je dus op zoek naar een Schiphol taxi, dan is Taxi2airport.com wat je zoekt.

Incredible Places for Street Food in Istanbul

Istanbul is known for its market culture and local foods. The street food scene in this city is immense, and foodies come from all over the world to sample the cuisine. If you’re visiting Istanbul, you won’t want to leave without taking some time to journey through the markets and enjoy the local snacks. So, here are the most incredible places for street food in Istanbul to get you started.

Spice Bazaar

The name of this bazaar is fitting as the stalls are lined with spices and tasty snacks. This is one of the top places for visitors to roam and it has a reputation for being a gastronomic destination. It’s open every day and is the place to buy dried fruit, nuts, Turkish Delight, olives, oil, fish, dates, and coffee. Make sure to try the Fruit Doner, which looks like a huge hunk of fruit leather on a rotisserie covered in nuts. The vendor will cut off a chunk of it for you to enjoy.

The Grand Bazaar

This market is one of the largest of its kind in the world. You can get lost in this foodie paradise for hours. It’s colorful, noisy, and full of delicious scents and flavors. The market is best known for its colorful textiles, antiques, jewelry, and pottery. However, the food is a popular draw for tourists. Try the Havuzlu Restaurant for traditional Turkish and Ottoman food. There’s also the Gül Ebru Kantin which is said to serve the best Doner Kebab in the market. Also, make sure to try a kebap at Gaziantep Burç Kebap, it’s said to be one of the best spots.

Tarlabaşi

The reputation for this neighborhood isn’t that great, and tourists don’t venture here too often. However, the Sunday food market draws quite the crowd, even adventurous tourists and local students who are trying to save money on delicious eats. Get there as early as possible if you want to beat the crowds and get the best deals. You’ll find pickled vegetables, figs, local honey, fresh berries, jams, and apricots. It’s a great place to taste the local produce and take home some cheap, edible souvenirs.

Bakirköy

Open on Saturday, this market is filled with a mix of locals and tourists looking for fresh food and great deals. Women vendors roll dough and set it on a sizzling pan to produce traditional Gözleme, a goat cheese laden snack that you’ll love to try. The rest of the market is filled with organic produce, costume jewelry, and other street snacks like Simit, a sesame-crusted dough dipped in molasses, and Lahmacun, a thin dough topped with meat and vegetables.

Inebolu

This Sunday market is a hotspot for foodies. You’ll find a hearty lineup of organic produce, bushels of fresh herbs, and loaves of freshly baked cornbread. Visitors will find plump olives, bins of hazelnuts, and crates filled with fresh eggs. Get there as early as 6am as this is when the stalls are most vibrant and full.

Istanbul is bursting with markets and street food. It won’t be difficult to find something to snack on during any time of day. Start with these markets but make sure to do some wandering as you never know what you’ll find. Don’t forget to order your taxi from Istanbul Ataturk airport in advance.

5 of the Best Tapas Bars in Palma

A visit to the Spanish islands wouldn’t be complete without sampling the food. There’s no shortage of eateries serving delicious tapas, so you’ll need to choose. Luckily, tapas are small so you can make your rounds, trying as many of Palma’s top restaurants as you can. If you’re visiting Palma and want to experience the food, these are the best tapas bars to try out.

Quina Creu

This tapas restaurant has been rated one of the best by both Palma locals and visitors. The decor is one of the most impressive on the list, as it has a rustic, 1970’s look. The dining area is lined with interesting kick knacks, shelves of old books, and quirky artwork. They have a full menu of salads and main courses, but also an impressive tapas list. Try the Iberian ham croquettes, patatas bravas, hummus and pita bread, and their collection of cheeses.

El Neo Tapas & Cocktails

This refined eatery only offers two main courses. The rest of the menu is strictly tapas (with a few desserts too.) Their tapas list is quite extensive and offers plenty of vegetarian options like Thai soup, a cheese plate with nuts, and hummus with eggplant on toast. They also offer breaded prawns, pork dim sum, chicken tandoori, salmon sashimi, and duck meatballs. The menu is infused with culture, and the prices are very reasonable. The restaurant also specializes in craft cocktails to go along with the tapas. Their ingredients and liquor choices are unique, helping them create cocktails that are unavailable anywhere else. Try the Lady Rosemary, the Grape Martini, or the Albahaca Rose.

Ombu

This chic restaurant has lovely wooden tables, artistic details, and beautiful mood lighting. They offer tapas with flavors from around the world, and creative cocktails to create a culinary journey for visitors. Try the octopus carpaccio with thai foam, steak tartare with truffle foie gras and mayonnaise, and the Japanese oyster. There’s grilled shrimp with fried egg and bacon, chicken wings, and Peking duck too. They even offer a vegetarian and vegan selection, as well as a sharing menu for larger groups.

Tast

Located in the city center, this is one of the top Palma restaurants for tapas. The restaurant is a staple, and for good reason. The menu offers salads, meats, cod, and a nice lineup of desserts. However, it’s the tapas section that really commands attention. Try the chorizo cooked in cider, cured Mahon cheese, and and acorn-fed Iberian ham. There are also plenty of vegetable dishes like Padron peppers, grilled asparagus, spanish potato and onion omelette, and spinach and cheese croquettes. Seafood like grilled octopus, and prawns in garlic oil are on the menu as well. There’s an extensive wine list so make sure to get a glass to pair with your tapas choices.

St. Lorenzo

This tapas bar is unique in that it only serves gluten-free tapas. However, the food is delicious and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves to try new food. Alongside an extensive menu, the tapas list boasts some fan favorites. Try the cod croquettes, meatballs with rice, seafood paella, shrimp scampi, or the Iberic ham. Mediterranean cuisine is their specialty, and a clean, fresh atmosphere is what they strive for.

If you’re visiting Palma and want to try some tapas, these are the restaurants to visit. You’ll have the chance to sample many different dishes while making your way around the city. You can book your taxi from Palma de Mallorca Airport here.