Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Stay in an African Safari Lodge At Least Once in Your Life

 People are always searching for a unique travel experience to top all others. With its glowing, red sunsets and diverse wildlife, Africa is quickly becoming the hotspot travelers desire. Over 30 millon yearly visitors will agree it offers a vacation unlike any other, but how do they make the most of it when they visit? The best-kept secret is African safari lodges. There is no better way to experience this beautiful country than by staying in one of these, and here’s why.  

 

It’s authentic

 

Everyone wants a touch of luxury on vacation, but it’s easy to sacrifice authenticity in the way of it. This is certainly not the case when you stay in an African safari lodge. With rustic décor, home-cooked meals and friendly local staff, you’ll get a true taste of Africa when you visit. Most of these lodgings look directly out onto nature reserves, so you’re never far from the action. Luckily, there are also some more luxurious options available to travelers that offer the best of both worlds.

 

Safaris can be cheap

 

Unfortunately, there has been a huge misconception in recent years about the cost of African safari lodges. While many can cost a lot of money to visit, recent developments mean that everyone can enjoy the wonders of the African wilderness. Much like with tropical all-inclusive resorts, you can get more bang for your buck by searching for all-inclusive packages before you depart.

 

Peace and quiet

 

If there is one feature safaris have perfected, it’s their reputation as a peaceful retreat. Far from large cities and work, you can truly escape the worries of daily life when on safari. It’s a vibe that people come from all over the world to see. With only the sounds of nature singing you to sleep, don’t resist the temptation to come back again next year.

 

An immersive experience

 

It is one thing to watch safari on your television, and another entirely to experience it in person. There is no other getaway as immersive as an African safari. Daily tours take you into the heart of the wilderness, and the lodges enjoy prime location within nature reserves. Though you might not be able to touch some of the animals, you can get an intimate snapshot of how they live in the wild. This is not something the everyday traveler can say.

 

The Big Five

 

Wildlife enthusiast or not, there is nothing more magical than seeing the famous Big Five on an African Safari. This prestigious group is made up of the lion; the African leopard; the rhinoceros; the African bush elephant, and the African buffalo. Sightings of these animals aren’t rare when you pick the right safari tour to go on, and you’ll no doubt be in awe of their presence. You might also catch sight of the iconic wildebeest migration, which occurs on the Serengeti plains from July to August each year.

 

The night sky

 

Being immersed in the wilderness means one exceptional thing: a stunning night sky view. Without the light pollution of big cities, safari-goers often speak of the unrivaled constellations they see. In some cases, you’ll see whole galaxies light up the sky, in colors of yellow, blue and violet. These can be spotted when you’re out on night safari, or from the comfort of your own African safari lodge.

 

Excellent photographs

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer or a keen tourist, you’ll want to capture every moment you see here on camera. There is every chance to catch some safari picture to commemorate your experience with, and professional photographers will also jump on the chance to set up a night-time shoot. This is a place where golden hour come to life, so keep your camera on hand from then until sunset.

Conservation support

 

Africa is full of endangered species, which have nearly been wiped out by poachers and climate change. Animal lovers do all they can to prevent this from happening, and you can, too. Depending on which African safari lodge you visit, you could be doing worlds of good for conservation efforts. The money you spend goes directly into a sustainable system formed by local wildlife conservationists. Who knew safari trips could be so wholesome?

 

It’s educational

 

Everyone knows that travel is educational, but African safari lodges take this to a whole new level. Aside from learning about conservation efforts, you can learn all about the diverse ecosystems that exist across Africa. When you go out on safari, your guide will strive to tell you about these incredible creatures. Make the most of this experience by asking all the questions you can. You never know which fascinating facts you’ll come home with.

 

Lifelong friends

 

Avid safari-goers will say that African safaris are as much about the people you meet than the animals. This couldn’t be truer. In your lodge, you’ll meet people from all over the world, who are united in their love of wildlife and adventurous spirit. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself swapping tales with your fellow travelers, and keeping in touch with them for life. Who knows, you might even plan a trip to return together in the future.

England breakfasts: A bucket list for every traveler


A traditional English breakfast is a delicious subject to write about. It is also a delicious subject to sample and enjoy while traveling around England. When it comes to an English breakfast, almost everything gets to be included. An English breakfast is a potentially large meal in which several types of foods are included such as bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, black and white pudding, kidney kippers, mushrooms, toast, potatoes, coffee, and tea.

When you are taking a holiday the traditional English breakfast is one that should not be missed. Fortunately, this is a tradition enjoyed all across the country. There are cafes serving up English breakfasts all over the country. Many are within walking distance of your own hotel. If you are taking a free walking tour in London, then walk your way into almost any café you can find and enjoy this amazing meal.



The traditional breakfast history

This traditional breakfast dates back to the middle ages. There were only two meals a day then and nobility were frequent recipients of such a lavish breakfast. A lot of them were also connected to weddings and after-ceremony, everyone would sit down to have breakfast together. There are a lot of ways this tradition spread around the country and was enjoyed by many. These breakfasts were casual meals with plenty of friends and relatives and food provided.



Scotland & Ireland

There are regional variants for Scotland and Ireland, England’s close neighbors. The differences include things that would be considered regional differences like Irish soda being served at breakfast in Ireland.

The Working Class

What is also amazing about this meal is that it was enjoyed by the working classes as well. These people would be working in factories all day long so they would start their days with a large breakfast. A lot of the work in those days was very hard physical labor and with long hours so those people were doing what was necessary to keep themselves going. This tradition was enjoyed by the working classes up through the 1950s because the labor situation didn’t start to change until then.

The English Breakfast Now

Now the English breakfast is a tradition enjoyed all over the world not just in England. It even appears in countries such as India and China, though there are some culturally influenced variations to the meal plans. Such as tikka masala that gets served traditionally in India. This, unsurprisingly, appears often around the United States as well; though the United State’s version enjoys more cheese and hotcakes.



There are several walking tours available all over England and the Traditional English Breakfast is included in several. This is one thing you should not miss when you take your next trip to England. It is a taste experience. The tours will have other things you will be doing such as visiting one of many historical castles or the bridges of London. If you cannot make the traditional English breakfast an event on one of these tours, do your own research and take time to include on your own. In fact, there are several handy web pages you can view that has information about the types of food you will enjoy and where you can find them by region.

The Queen’s Breakfast



Does the queen of England enjoy this tradition of her own country? Usually, no she does not. She enjoys a Spartan breakfast of tea with a few biscuits (cookies). She tries to avoid starch though fruit and cold cereal are part of her normal breakfast. Traditional English Breakfast is only for special occasions and even then she eats sparingly. She does have a country to run so taking a long post-breakfast-lunch nap is probably not something she does often. When she does enjoy them, they are often attached to state functions and does not overindulge.

On your next trip abroad to England, try to find a morning to enjoy this piece of the English tradition that has been enjoyed by the rich and the poor alike for decades. There are restaurants everywhere and I know if you follow the links I referenced above you will find not only pictures of these amazing dishes, but links to where you can find the best of all of them. If you can’t, a quick search will bring up restaurants in the region.


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De 7 Wereldwonderen: Social Engagement Index 2019

Bijna iedereen heeft ooit wel eens gehoord van de Zeven Wereldwonderen. De oorspronkelijke lijst van Wereldwonderen dateert uit de oudheid en wordt daarom ook wel de ‘Zeven Wereldwonderen van de Antieke Wereld’ genoemd. Anno 2019 is de piramide van Cheops de enige van deze klassieke wonderen die nog overeind staat.

Door de jaren heen zijn er daarom verschillende nieuwere lijsten ontstaan met uiteenlopende gebouwen en constructies. De meest bekende hiervan werd in 2007 opgezet door de Zwitserse New7Wonders Foundation op basis van online verkiezingen. Meer dan honderd miljoen mensen brachten destijds hun stem uit.

Sociale ranking van de Nieuwe Zeven Wereldwonderen

In de lijst van New7Wonders staan zeer uiteenlopende bouwwerken. Maar het ene Wereldwonder is de andere niet: van de Cristo Redentor in het zonnige Brazilië naar de Taj Mahal in het verre India. 

Taxi2Airport startte daarom een onderzoek om te bepalen welk Wereldwonder -volgens sociale media- het meest de moeite waard is om te bezoeken. Een van de grootste taxi aanbieders in de wereld bracht aan de hand van verschillende sociale factoren in kaart welk bouwwerk het populairste is. Zij inventariseerden per Wereldwonder het aantal:

– Facebook vind-ik-leuk’s
– Twitter volgers
– Instagram Hashtags
– Pins op Pinterest

De social media statistieken van de Wereldwonderen werden na de inventarisatie gerangschikt aan de hand van de ‘Social Engagement Index’. Hierbij heeft elk van de Zeven Nieuwe Wereldwonderen een eigen score gekregen tussen de 0 en 100.

Methodologie

– De resultaten zijn gebaseerd op een puntensysteem. Voor ieder social media platform begint ieder wereldwonder op 70 punten, waarbij ze in totaal 98 punten per social media platform kunnen ontvangen.

– Per social media platform ontvingen de wereldwonderen punten, variërend van 1 punt (minste betrokkenheid) tot 7 punten (meeste betrokkenheid).

– 0 punten = score 70 (startpunt), 1 punt = score 74, 2 punten = score 78, 3 punten = score 82, 4 punten = score 86, 5 punten = score 90, 6 punten = score 94 en 7 punten = score 98.

– De totale score is gebaseerd op een gemiddelde van alle punten per social media platform.

Bronnen

– Geraadpleegde bronnen: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Reviews en Tripadvisor Reviews.

– De officiële pagina’s van de genoemde sociale mediaplatforms zijn geraadpleegd voor de gegevens.

– Als de officiële pagina niet beschikbaar was, werden de pagina’s met de meeste likes en/of volgers geraadpleegd.

Social Engagement Index: Ranking the New7Wonders of the World

Throughout the years, there have been several lists of World Wonders, that were compiled from ancient monuments to wonders of the present day. Where the list ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’ was the most common classical one, many people, institutions, and organizations now have their own lists.

One of the most notable lists is the New7Wonders of the World. This list was initiated by the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation, which asked over one hundred million to vote and choose the New 7 Wonders of the world, from a selection of two hundred monuments. The winners were announced in 2007.

Social Ranking of the New7Wonders

Taxi2Airport.com, one of the largest taxi providers in the world, analyzed the social engagement with the New7Wonders of the World in order to determine which wonder of the world is most popular on social media. They did so by looking at the number of:

– Facebook likes
– Twitter followers
– Instagram hashtags
– Pins on Pinterest

The results of this analysis were then ranked in the Social Engagement Index 2019 where special buildings and constructions were ranked on a 100-point scale.

Methodology

– Results are based on a point system. For each social media platform, every Wonder starts at 70 points, where they could receive 98 points in total, per social media platform.

– Per social media platform, the Wonders received points, ranging from 1 point (least engagement) to 7 (most engagement).

– 0 points= score 70 (starting point), 1 point= score 74, 2 points= score 78, 3 points= score 82, 4 points= score 86, 5 points= score 90, 6 points= score 94 and 7 points= score 98.

– The total score is based on an average of all points per social media platform.

Sources

– Sources consulted: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Reviews and Tripadvisor Reviews.

– The official pages of the social media platforms mentioned were consulted for the data.

– If the official page was not available, Taxi2Airport used the pages with the most likes or followers.

Global Dating Costs Report: The Cheapest and Most Expensive Cities for Dating

 

One of the biggest aspects of socializing is dating – especially if you’re single. Going out and enjoying yourself, whether you’re seeking a significant other or want to spend quality time with the one you already have, is something we all look forward to through the week.

While the overall dating lifestyle has become more casual for the millennial generation, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s getting cheaper. In fact, with a typical date in the UK costing roughly £129 for two people, it seems like it’s getting more expensive.

That’s why here at Taxi2Airport we thought it would be interesting to find out which cities around the world have the cheapest options for dating, based on a some of the key activities like to come up in your dating life, from a restaurant meal to cooking in the house to a hotel stay.

Read on below for our findings of the cheapest and most expensive cities for dating, and more information on how we conducted our research.

Results

Coming out on top as the cheapest city for dating is Sucre in Bolivia, with a typical 3-course meal for two people only costing a mere £7.35 – in total. Not only this, but if you fancy being super romantic then a home cooked meal would only set you back roughly £9.67, or alternatively book a hotel room and grab a takeaway pizza for a cozy night in at only £14.02 in total. Not too shabby.

At the other end of the scale, the most expensive city for dating is Luxembourg City, in Luxembourg. Here, a romantic meal for two will set you back a grand total of £61.18, while a hotel room will cost a staggering £70.67. interestingly though, a bottle of wine will only cost £6.99, and a takeaway pizza £7.95 – so that’s always an option.

Following Sucre, the top 10 cheapest cities are:

  1. New Delhi, India
  2. Ankara, Turkey
  3. Cairo, Egypt
  4. Baku, Azerbaijan
  5. Bogotá, Colombia
  6. Manila, Philippines
  7. Hanoi, Vietnam
  8. Islamabad, Pakistan
  9. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alternatively, the top 10 most expensive countries to date, after Luxembourg, are:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Washington D.C., United States of America
  4. Paris, France
  5. Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. London, United Kingdom
  8. Canberra, Australia
  9. Tokyo, Japan

Interestingly, the cheapest city to flag down a taxi to take you to and from your date is Tunis in Tunisia, where the average starting price for a cab is just £0.13. This is vastly cheaper than the most expensive: Copenhagen, in Denmark, has an average starting price per taxi of £5.09.

The cheapest place to book a romantic hotel room for the night is Jakarta in Indonesia which will only set couples back £5.25, while the cheapest place to find a greasy, takeaway pizza to end your night on a high is Tehran in Iran where they cost just £0.36!

The results by continent are as below:

  • The cheapest city for dating in Africa is: Cairo, Egypt
  • The cheapest city for dating in South America is: Sucre, Bolivia
  • The cheapest city for dating in North America is: Mexico City, Mexico
  • The cheapest city for dating in Europe is: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • The cheapest city for dating in Oceania is: Wellington, New Zealand
  • The cheapest city for dating in Asia is: New Delhi, India

Methodology

To put together our Global Dating Costs Report, we used the following methodology. First, we compiled a list of key activities typically enjoyed while dating from romantic meals out, to a bottle of wine, a cinema ticket, hotel room, and more. In full we looked at:

  • Restaurant Meal
  • Cooking Dinner
  • Pizza Takeaway
  • Cinema Ticket
  • Coffee
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Beer
  • Taxi
  • Hotel Room

We then analyzed the costs for the capital city of each country which has been recognized as one of the best countries in the world for dating.

To identify exactly what each destination offered in terms of price for each of these categories, we searched through a variety of sources – including the average cheapest cost of a hotel room over the entire year, how much a mid-range, 3 course meal would cost, the average price for a cup of coffee, a cinema ticket, and, of course, the price of a taxi to get you from A to B.

For each of the above categories, we added up the cost for each city, and totaled it at the end, giving the overall price for a typical dating experience. We then ranked the cities based on these final prices.

Sources:

https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-millennials-dating

https://www.climadoor.co.uk/blog/price-of-pizza-around-the-world/

http://myfridgefood.com/recipes/entree-chicken/easy-chicken-rice-casserole/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/

Faro in February – What To See & Do

Faro is one of Portugal’s most naturally scenic cities. It’s the capital of Algarve, and is known for its beaches, fresh seafood, lively bars, and natural scenery. While February isn’t the warmest of months in Faro, it’s still a fantastic time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and the food. In fact, the weather is just warm enough to make the outdoors enjoyable, but not too hot for those who can’t take the heat. If you’re visiting Faro in February, here are some of the top things to see and do.

Faro Cathedral

Erected in the 1200s, this cathedral is a great stop for history enthusiasts and those who appreciate architecture. It features a Gothic tower and interior design from the 17th and 18th centuries. If you want to learn about Faro’s history before exploring the rest of the city, this is a great place to start off your trip.

The Beaches

The island beaches are great places to visit, even in February. Sure, the weather may not be warm enough for a swim, but you can still lounge on the beach in the sun. You’ll need to hop on a boat to reach the islands, which means you’ll be in for unspoilt nature once you get there.

faro beaches portugal

Cidade Velha

If you want to experience old world charm and beauty, visit this part of the city. It’s a quiet area of the old town that features whitewashed homes, buildings with roofs of terracotta tiles, and secluded squares that are great for people watching. Make sure to pop into one or two of the charming restaurants as you never know what delicious options you’ll find. 

Faro Municipal Museum

History lovers will have a fantastic time touring this museum. It’s filled with artifacts from Roman times and is a beautiful work of architecture within itself. There are mosaics, inscribed stones, marble busts, and exhibits filled with religious works.

things to do in faro

Praia de Faro

This is the only beach in Faro that can actually be reached by road. It’s surrounded by rock faces and has an immense stretch of sand to lounge in. Visitors who enjoy amenities with their beach visit will be pleased to find nearby bars and restaurants. And those who want a bit more seclusion can easily find it by wandering down the stretch of sand to a more hidden spot.

Milreu Roman Remains

These ancient ruins are located just ten minutes from Faro and are definitely worth seeing, especially if you love history. Visitors will find building remains, mosaics, the remnants of ancient baths, and evidence of a cemetery. It’s both interesting and beautiful so make sure to give it a visit if you want to go a little further from the city.

Palácio de Estói

This colorful palace can’t be missed on a trip to Faro. Construction on this building began in the 1800s, and it now functions as a hotel. Between the elaborate decorations, opulent architecture, and manicured gardens, this place is quite the sight. Visitors come from the city for tours and photo opportunities of this beauty.

estoi faro portugal

If you’re visiting Faro in February, expect mild to warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Whether you’re doing indoor or outdoor activities, you’ll find something interesting and beautiful while in this great city.

5 Unmissable Budapest Ruin Bars

While plenty of European cities are known for their nightlife, Budapest offers something quite unique. Sure, the city is lined with great bars, but the Ruin Bars make going out in Budapest extra special. Instead of letting abandoned buildings sit vacantly, underground bars started popping up, breathing a little life into these buildings once again. Now, the city is dotted with interesting Ruin Bars that feel exclusive, secluded, and full of personality. If you’re visiting Budapest, here are 5 Ruin bars that you just can’t miss.

ruin bars in budapest

Szimpla Kert

Opening in 2001, this ruin bar was one of the first. It used to be a factory and now offers multiple floors and a large courtyard full of fun. Visitors can drink inside an old communist car, enjoy various cocktail bars, quirky furniture, and art. There is food, live events, and an eclectic crowd. This ruin bar usually tops the itineraries of visitors, as it’s one of the most iconic in the city. Expect a massive party vibe amongst graffiti art, themed rooms, and an industrial vibe. The place is usually packed with tourists from all over the world so it’s a perfect opportunity to meet new people.

Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar Budapest

Fogasház

Hipsters rejoice-this spot if for you. It’s more low-key, is popular with locals, and frequently hosts art exhibitions. It’s a bit quieter than other ruin bars and offers a ping pong table and cheaper drinks. There’s a central courtyard that’s great for having conversation surrounded by the art and quirky decorations. This is definitely more artsy and low-key than some of the other ruin bar options.

Instant

This is the biggest ruin bar in Budapest. It’s located in a former apartment building and offers 20 different rooms. This place is more like a club than a bar so expect DJ sets and lots of dancing. It’s been described as looking like something of a cyber club, with neon lights and lots of electronic music. If you want a night that turns into a wild party while traveling in Budapest, this is absolutely the place. There are locals and plenty of other tourists for you to mix and mingle with while you’re visiting.

Anker’s

This spot can be found in downtown Budapest in a building that was once a factory. It features several courtyards and a massive dancefloor. It’s lit by hanging lanterns, which set the mood for a night of partying. If you don’t like to dance, just get comfy on one of the many couches and enjoy a drink while you watch everyone else.

Mazel Tov

Located in the former Jewish Quarter, this is one of the city’s newer ruin bars. During the day, it’s a restaurant serving modern, Jewish cuisine. At night, the courtyard comes alive with dancing, partying, DJ sets, and live entertainment.

mazel tov ruin bar budapest

If you’re visiting Budapest, a night at a ruin bar is an absolute must. Even if nightlife isn’t really your thing, these bars are worth seeing and experiencing at least once in your life.

Research maps trends in travel and tourism of each generation

A survey done by Expedia Group in three countries presents what are the determining factors for each generation when traveling. Check out.

What does the study say?

What are the main motivators of choice and behavior of each generation when it comes to travel? Expedia Group conducted a survey that looked at habits, travel influences, and behavior of the X, Y (Millennials), Z, and Baby Boomers in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. The virtual survey collected responses in 2018 regarding trips that occurred in the last year.

The study shows that among the decision factors are issues that include destination information and promotional ads. Some figures reinforce the importance of research in the buying process: 88% seek bids before deciding; 82% state that informational content can influence their choices; 70% believe that ads can influence their decision making.

Baby Boomers

The survey shows that the Baby Boomers – a generation that corresponds to those who have passed the age of 56 and have the greatest purchasing power between groups – are not necessarily concerned with traveling costs. These are the top travelers traveling overseas, with 39% of destinations out of the country.

For 22% of the respondents of this generation, the budget was not a determining factor for the choice of destination, and travel usually takes an average of 11.7 days. It is the generation less influenced by social networks to define the itinerary of travel, although they are the ones that consider more ads that have evaluations or informative contents.

Generation X

Between the ages of 36 and 55, this generation opts for travels that flee the atmosphere of big cities, so 58% of respondents generally opt for beaches, cruises, and resorts, which offer packages at all costs. This is the group that most travels by car. Unlike the Baby Boomers, this generation is concerned with the travel budget, so that 62% choose the best deals when choosing the destination.

Millennials

Like the previous generation, Millennials also prefer all-inclusive options and lead the way by 62%. In a phase of life that corresponds to the transition from a teenage profile to life with many responsibilities, this is the generation that travels the most. They travel, on average, 5.5 times a year. Although they are also concerned about the financial issue, 43% of them indicate that not always the best offer is the best destination option.

Tourism

For traveling more, they are the most undecided, too, when it comes to choosing. 58% of respondents aged 24-35 said they were hesitant to choose between 2 or even more destinations before confirming their purchase. At that time, the travel platforms function as good adviser of choice, being the group more influenced by this type of tool.

Generation Z

Born at the turn of the century, this generation has a preference for exploring their own country before visiting foreign lands, for example. It is the group that explores outdoor environments and follows a wish list. It is also the generation that most uses buses as a means of transportation. For 58% of them, trips to relax are at the top of the list, followed by family visits (46%), Tours (38%) and Family Fun (34%).

7 Cool Hostels to Try in Barcelona

If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel you know that they can offer a pretty incredible experience. Hostels are often found in interesting buildings, offer unique perks, and have tons of social opportunities. When looking for a hostel in Barcelona you’ll have plenty of choices, but some are much more exciting than others. If you want a truly cool hostel experience while traveling to this Spanish city, here are seven great options.

barcelona hostels

Casa Gracia

This hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers accommodation. The modern building can be found on Passeig de Gracia and offers a library, common area, lounge, and terraces. Guests here are close to the main attractions like Las Ramblas as well as the bohemian district for the nightlife. It’s an artistic paradise that will inspire you with its interior design.

YEAH Barcelona 

This youth hostel is perfect for solo travelers who want to socialize. There are a lively bar and restaurant on site as well as a rooftop swimming pool. It’s party-oriented so it tends to attract backpackers and younger couples. When you aren’t partying at the hostel you can quickly walk to Barcelona’s top attractions.

best hostels in barcelona

Rodamón Hostel

Located just ten minutes from major attractions like Las Ramblas and the bohemian nightlife district, this hostel is perfect for all types of travelers. They offer free walking tours, alternative walking tours, and tapas tours in the city. It’s clean, airy, and has modern decorations making it a favorite for families and couples. Guests can get free coffee and tea all day long and have the option to purchase breakfast.

Hostel One Paralelo

This hostel is located in Poble Sec, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Barcelona. There’s a communal living area which is great for socializing and a free home-cooked meal for each guest every day. The sunny terrace gives you plenty of room to enjoy the weather while meeting new people. Make some friends and enjoy the on-site activities in this trendy spot.

Kabul Party Hostel

You can gather from the name that this hostel is heavy on the partying. This is a great spot for solo and youth travelers to mix and mingle with other world travelers. It’s at the heart of the Gothic Quarter so there’s access to top bars, restaurants, and nightlife. The hostel offers free beer on the rooftop terrace, walking tours, and game nights.

Pars Teatro Hostel

Located in Poble Sec, this hostel is close to theaters and cabarets. It’s located in a renovated, historic building which contributes to its charming atmosphere. The hostel is themed after vintage film culture and features costumes and historic theater props around the building. Millennials love this spot, especially for the activities that the staff arrange.

Generator Hostel

This hostel goes heavy on the interior design. It’s located by Sagrada Familia and offers an urban, modern oasis for the young and hip. Enjoy the trendy communal areas including the rooftop terrace, themed restaurant, and a lively bar.

cool hostels barcelona

Barcelona is full of great hostels but these options top the list. Whether you’re looking for trendy hangouts, family-oriented fun, or a lively party, you’ll be able to find it in a Barcelona hostel.

Taxi2airport onderzoekt Nederlandse bucket lists

De chauffeurs van Taxi2airport krijgen in de taxi vaak verhalen te horen over reiservaringen van taxipassagiers. Reizigers zijn vaak erg te spreken over de tripjes die ze maken. Maar het komt ook vaak voor dat een reis, bestemming of bezienswaardigheid tegenviel. Om na te gaan welke bezienswaardigheden Nederlanders echt nog een keer willen zien en welke bezochte bezienswaardigheden juist erg tegenvielen, ondervroeg Taxi2airport 1.125 Nederlanders.

Noorderlicht bovenaan bucketlist

Het Noorderlicht staat als droombestemming bovenaan de bucketlist van Nederlanders. Van alle respondenten noemde 13,8 procent de lichtshow in de buurt van de Noordpool, ook wel bekend als Aurora Borealis, als dé absolute nummer 1 van hun bucket list. Het eiland Bora Bora (Frans Polynesië) komt als tweede populairste droombestemming uit het onderzoek, met 8 procent. Hawaii (Verenigde Staten) komt als nummer 3 uit het onderzoek naar voren (7,5 procent).

Noorderlicht

Machu Picchu maakt meeste indruk op Nederlanders
Machu Picchu, tevens één van de 7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen, is volgens 6,2 procent van de Nederlanders die de stad van de Inca’s hebben bezocht, de meest indrukwekkende bezienswaardigheid ter wereld. Na Machu Picchu noemen Nederlanders de Taj Mahal (India) als meest indrukwekkende bezienswaardigheid (4,9 procent). De Chinese Muur (China) staat op de derde plek met 4,4 procent.

Machu Picchu

Ook de Grand Canyon in de Verenigde Staten (4 procent) en de Eiffeltoren in Parijs (3,6 procent) zijn volgens Nederlanders imposante bezienswaardigheden die een blijvende indruk hebben achtergelaten. Die twee trekpleisters maken de top 5 compleet.

7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen populaire bestemmingen

In de top 10 van bestemmingen die de meeste indruk achterlieten staan liefst 5 van de ‘7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen’ die in 2007 bekend werden gemaakt (Chinese Muur, Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Petra en Colosseum). Christus de Verlosser (Brazilië), een van de andere wereldwonderen, komt in het onderzoek uit op een 13e plek, na de Venetiaanse grachten en Burj Khalifa (Dubai, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten). Het wereldwonder dat dan nog overblijft; Chichén Itzá in Mexico, is klaarblijkelijk minder populair onder Nederlandse reizigers. Deze stad van de Maya´s, waar onder andere de Piramide van Kukulcán staat die is opgenomen in de werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO, wordt bijna niet genoemd als bezienswaardigheid die de meeste indruk heeft gemaakt.

Meest overschatte bezienswaardigheid

Er zijn ook bestemmingen en bezienswaardigheden die in het echt toch tegenvallen. In het onderzoek werd daarom gevraagd wat volgens Nederlanders de meest overschatte bezienswaardigheid ter wereld is.

Manneken Pis, de bekende Brusselse toeristische trekpleister, komt overduidelijk als most overrated uit het onderzoek. Maar liefst 17,8 procent van de respondenten was teleurgesteld na een bezoek aan Manneken Pis. Ook Madame Tussauds (meerdere plekken) en Checkpoint Charlie zijn overschatte bezienswaardigheden te noemen. Van de ondervraagden vond 8 procent een bezoek teleurstellend.

Manneken Pis