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Café Hopping – A Pilgrimage to the Most Fantastic Cafes in the World

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Some 100 million Americans drink coffee every day. The U.S. specialty coffee industry alone earns up to $18 billion each year. This is just coffee statistics for the U.S. market, but there’s a spike in coffee culture all around the world.

Some of the greatest coffee cities to pay pilgrimage to include:

  • Wellington, New Zealand – The flat white coffee is very popular New Zealand, first invented in Sydney but perfected in Wellington. With that said, there is every reason to visit Wellington for its perfect servings of flat white. Though all cafes here are great, the best shops to visit are Lamason Brew Bar and Flight Coffee Hangar.

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  • Seattle, U.S. – With the size of the U.S., it becomes hard to point one city worth paying coffee pilgrimage to, but Seattle is hard to ignore. The city gives so much pride in its coffee products that café hopping in here is worth every one’s while. Order just about every coffee concoction, from espresso to single-origin pour at Seattle Coffee Works or Empire Espresso.

  • Rome, Italy – Almost everyone in Rome sips a cup or two of coffee daily. Rome is in fact the home of the finest baristas in all of Italy, and this is where you get to enjoy espresso so freely. Head to Giolitti or Rosati and indulge in Rome’s daily ritual of coffee drinking.

  • Melbourne, Australia – Yes, it’s not Sydney but Melbourne that can spoil you with excellent coffee choices. Melbourne is so addicted to caffeine in that it holds the annual international coffee expo, the largest coffee event in AustralAsia. Oh, and the tickets for the exciting Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2015 are currently on sale.

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  • London, U.K. – After perfecting their cups of coffee, a number of Australians and Kiwis opened shops in London, starting the city’s coffee culture. The best coffee shops in London are located at the East, although one can find decent cafes in other locations.

Many people love coffee so much, they don’t mind spending money on otherwise expensive café-bought caffeine blends as long as they can enjoy a good cup, good ambiance and equally good company. How awesome would it be to combine love for coffee with travel? Plan for a café-hopping escapade and pay homage to some of the world’s best coffee shops.

Comparing London to Amsterdam – The Definitive Infographic

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Please visit the infographic below and leave your comments for living in London or Amsterdam, two great cities with traditions in history and arts. Amsterdam is a cozy town is very central with big contrasts. This cool city keeps an old feature of life tolerance. The town is filled with Restaurants, Clubs, Cinemas, Theaters, Galleries and Museums. Do not miss the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House.

Lots of canal houses beautiful Canal Ring. Amsterdam is not crowded and it has a good public transport system but the best way is to go by bike. The charm of this town is felt on the air in Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. People are open minded very straightforward and speak English very well , lots of expats.

London is the cultural capital of Britain exciting city with many tourist attractions such as: Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye renowned across the globe. The famous attractions free to visit, for example the National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum. London is diverse but very well connected and offers amazing views like The Royal Parks or Hampstead Heath in the North. The river Thames runs through the heart of London to Greenwich so you can take great river tours and enjoy the views but do not forget the Regent’s Canal and Little Venice.

Should you wish to take a culinary journey stop at Michelin-starred restaurants where are many celebrity chefs and plenty of food options. Not a bike friendly as Amsterdam is and overcrowded public transport. So get ready to explore and experience the best cities in the world.

London vs Amsterdam
London vs Amsterdam

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Touring Pennsylvania | A slice of Old America

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Pennsylvania is one of the most interesting states in the United States. With almost 13 million residents it is also one of the most populous states, with much of the population located in the major cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie.

One of the original 13 Colonies, Pennsylvania is bordered by Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and West Virginia. It shares a water border on Lake Erie with Canada. The southern boundary of the state is marked by the Mason–Dixon line (39° 43′ N), which is an historic boundary drawn by surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon between 1763 and 1767 during a border dispute between the British colonies in Colonial America.

As a vacation destination, Pennsylvania has something for everybody. There are 57 miles of shoreline along the Delaware River, and beautiful woodlands throughout the state including the Allegheny National Forest which covers over half a million acres and is a popular spot for canoeing, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.

American history

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most important historic sites in the United States, and historical and cultural attractions can be found from one end of the state to the other.

The battlefield at Gettysburg – where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863 – is one of the most important historic sites of the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg – fought between Union and Confederate soldiers from July 1 to July 3, 1863 – was the bloodiest battle ever to take place on American soil; over 7,800 soldiers were killed with almost 40,000 others wounded, captured, or missing.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg is a must-see for those interested in military history; the museum contains an excellent collection of vehicles, small arms, and other exhibits and artifacts from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland is an interesting place to visit for science fans. Priestley is credited with the discovered of oxygen in 1774, and also invented soda water. Priestley was also a liberal political theorist who published over 150 works during his lifetime.

Pennsylvania has several historic farms and farming communities open to the public, most notably the Somerset Historical Center and the Old Economy Village. Other fascinating destinations in the state include the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and the Scranton Iron Furnaces.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of over 1.5 million, and is the fifth largest city in the United States. It was founded in 1682 by William Penn and within 70 years outgrew Boston to become the largest city in America, and the second largest in the British Empire after London.

Philadelphia is famous for its arts, culture, and sports. There are a number of world class museums to be found in and around Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Franklin Institute, and the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. The city is also home to a number wonderful parks, including the extensive Fairmount Park which covers over 9,200 acres and is home to the Philadelphia Zoo.

Philadelphia played a crucial role in the American Revolution, and is home to a number of historical sites associated with the War of Independence. Among these is Carpenters’ Hall, where the First Continental Congress began meeting in 1774; their discussions eventually led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in 1776. The iconic Liberty Bell can be found nearby at the Liberty Bell Center. All of these historic sites are located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood.

Enjoy sports

If you are visiting Philadelphia and you love sports, you will find something to interest you year round. The most popular teams in the city are the Philadelphia Eagles (football), Philadelphia Phillies (baseball), Philadelphia Flyers (ice hockey), and the Philadelphia 76ers (basketball). In recent years the Philadelphia Union soccer team has also become quite popular.

Philadelphia has invested heavily in sports venues in recent years, and if you are visiting the city you should plan to take in a game or two. To see which teams are playing when you will be visiting the city, check out Philadelphia ticket information before you leave home.

Make Pennsylvania a regular vacation destination

With so much to offer, Pennsylvania is a popular vacation location and many people return to this beautiful state year after year. There are camping sites located throughout the state, as well as many hiking trails for those interested in communing with nature.

Individuals who like to explore will find Pennsylvania to be a great place for an extended road trip. National Geographic calls Pennsylvania’s Route 6, which takes in the Susquehanna River and the Endless Mountains, “one of America’s most scenic drives.” Starting from Wellsboro, take Route 6 to Pine Creek Gorge, Smethport, and on to Warren. There are many interesting sights along the way and the scenery is fantastic.

World’s first for the airport of Dubai

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The impressive Dubai International Airport has the largest passenger traffic of airports all over the world and displaces the first place which was the Heathrow Airport in Britain. According to data provided by the airport authorities, the first quarter of Dubai International Airport, home of the national airline Emirates, handled the move of 18.36 million passengers, recording passenger growth of 11.4% compared to the same period of 2013. At the same time at Heathrow moved 16 million people, but the British airport remains the busiest in Europe. Last year the picture was reverse as the full year of Heathrow, which remained the first airport in the world for decades, attracted 66.7 million passengers, exceeding 813,000 in Dubai.

Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport

In third place came last year the Hong Kong airport, the fourth place is owned by Charles de Gaulle in Paris and the fifth airport is the one in Singapore. In Dubai, however, approximately 50% of the passenger traffic of passengers who choose flights with Emirates, face the strategy of the airline which is the use of large aircrafts, which combine passenger audience for Europe and USA. Dubai itself has relatively few passengers that visit. The superiority of the emirate’s airport is not exhausted, however, the numbers. The luxurious terminal which is dedicated solely to the national air carrier, Emirates, has an area of ​​1,713,000 sq.m. and is the second largest building in the world.

Emirates
Emirates
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport

The last financial year Emirates carried nearly 40 million passengers, while with the smaller company Flydubai, also based at the emirate, added 28 new destinations to Dubai International. The Emirates, began operations in 1985, currently serves 142 destinations in 80 countries and is one of the largest airlines in the world with plans for further development. It has 374 jets, which has sourced both from the American Boeing and the European Airbus Group. Cumulative value reaches 162 billion dollars. This fleet far exceeds the 218 aircraft used as the company plans to replace some of them with other younger. As regards Flydubai, this small but rapidly growing company increased its passenger numbers last year by 38% to 6.8 million people.

Flydubai
Flydubai

It is possible that Heathrow will regain the top position for the whole of this year, as the airport of Dubai is planning an improvement project that will last 80 days and will temporarily reduce the number of flights at the airport by 24% while hurt profits Emirates, everything for the whole year, at 272 million dollars.

By Nicole P.

Adventure travel with special specifications

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From the Alps to the desert towards a different action film/documentary and browsing in lesser known corners of the Mediterranean. The Australian Adam Riemann initiator of the motology site for off road motorcycles, activities and excursions decided to leave his imprint in a way that suites him even more. The also reporter Adam expresses himself by writting in off road motorcycles magazines has the option of driving, recording the image and photographic film. The combination of all of these ended up in a life adventure as he describes. A journey from Austria to Egypt on a KTM 500EXC! The less suitable motorcycle that one can choose for travelling.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

But its really not if you have in mind the way that Riemann thought. No film crew, no support vehicle, the resulting images exceed the requirements of even the most strict judge. The adventure lasted a month, maintaining the original target filming of an alternative adventure travel. And there were a few mishaps as stated in the report. Interbreeding trucks, cars and animals were consistently the most dangerous part but the traffic between armed soldiers with his finger on the trigger, was the most frightening. It was a risk that but fully compensated with more than 1000GB in video footage from over 7 countries. Saved in my waist bag that never left my sight.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

A Canon 5D, 7D and five GoPro cameras constantly pulled and a helicopter with videokamera X650. It is understood that we were carrying everything on our motorcycles, without having any kind of help. It is best not to ask what was going on when we needed to get through all these stuff from police control, military, airports etc. The idea came to Austria via Australia. Greg Chambers and Jeff Leisk of KTM Australia, trusted the idea from the first moment and convinced the factory in Austria to supply us with two bikes for the trip.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

The factory was cautious for our final destination and wanted us to use some of the greatest adventure models. But I was running races with KTM for several years so i knew that a 500EXC 2014 would be ideal for the routes we planned to take. Seven countries, 7,000 km in 32 days was a package that our bikes passed easily. It was also easy for both drivers as you can see in the picture below. And to get a taste of the film Motonomad you will have to wait until the editing is complete. Finally the movie will have a 2 hour duration.

Motonomad
Motonomad

By Nicole P.

Tips to beat your fear of flying

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What’s your favorite means of transport for your holidays? The answers vary, and among them, you will definitely come across someone who says that he’s afraid of flying with an aeroplane for many reasons. Traveling around the world is one the best experiences you can live and, to reach some places, you will have to fly there. Here are some tips to help you overcome your fear of flying:

1. Read air accident statistics

Some experts say that people who are afraid to fly would have to analyze aviation accident statistics to ensure that flying is the safest form of transport. This will help them control the anxiety, insecurity and fear that stems from misinformation.

Relax, it is as safe as it gets
Relax, it is as safe as it gets

2. Picture the flight in your head a few days before the flight

A few days before embarking on your trip, you should imagine that you leave your house to the airport. Imagine the situation until the plane takes off. Moreover, start packing in advance so that you will get in the mood of traveling.

Think of the positive aspects of traveling above the clouds
Think of the positive aspects of traveling above the clouds

3. Be at the airport in time

You have to avoid creating more stress, therefore, arrive at the airport in advance and discard that fear of losing the plane.

4. Search for different distractions

Music, according to some experts, the best distraction because it generates positive emotions and skips the negative ones. You should go for something relaxing, mainly for takeoff and landing. Other forms of distraction are striking up a conversation with the neighboring seat, sleeping, reading a good book or watching a movie or an episode of your favorite series.

Watching a movie is a great option
Watching a movie is a great option

5.  Discard all your negative thoughts

You must think only of the positive aspects of air travel, such as its speed. It is clear that air accidents occur but with the thousands of flights that take place daily, are very few- next to none- problems. Whenever you have negative thoughts, focus on these data.

6. Avoid choosing a seat

You should avoid to take a window seat, because people who are afraid of flying normally tend to look out the window to make sure that the aircraft engine or the wings are in good working condition. This, according to psychologists, increases your anxiety because it is something you can’t control.

It's better to find out about your seat when you get your tickets
It’s better to find out about your seat when you get your tickets

7. Breathe deeply during any turbulences

If the plane shakes at some points, you must remain calm as the pilots and the air hostesses are trained to deal all kinds of emergencies. In any case, you can sit between the wings of the plane as it is the most stable place of the plane, and buckle up for the entire flight.

8. Wear comfortable clothes during the flight

When preparing the suitcase, leave some comfortable clothes for the day of the flight and purchase a comfortable flight-pillow so you can keep your body relaxed during the trip.

9. Accept the problem

Don’t be embarrassed to consider the option of asking for help from a professional.

For more check: How to entertain your children during a long road trip, Tips on saving money on traveling in Europe

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Most Awesome Things You Can Do in the French Riviera

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The French Riviera has been known the world over for its pebble beaches, million-dollar houses and luxury resorts where sun-lovers and socialites love to stay in. Besides, there is so much to see in this Mediterranean coastline on the southeastern part of France.

Here are some of the coolest things you should see and do when in the French Riviera:

Relax in La Colline du Chateau in Nice

Baie des Anges

No trip to Cote d’Azur is complete without stopping by Nice, which happens to be overlooking the pristine Mediterranean waters. For starters, climb up to La Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) where you will find panoramic views of the Old Town, Nice’s boardwalk, Baie des Anges and a few vibrant architectural structures. There’s also a verdant park here great for having a picnic or just relaxing under the sun.

Stroll around Roquebrune-Cap Martin

Roquebrune and Cap Martin are two contrasting places, making this trip an interesting one. The former is a quaint medieval hilltop village with narrow winding alleys and cobbled streets, surrounding the tower of a 10th-century castle, which is the oldest feudal castle in France. This formerly powerful castle was built to defend the village from the Saracens.

Meanwhile, Cap Martin was the rich people’s favorite watering hole, including aristocrats like Queen Victoria, Coco Chanel, Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier.

Take beautiful pictures in Eze

Eze

Eze is a medieval village located in cliffs high above the sea, giving you incredible views of the place. Here, you will find beautiful stone buildings, winding streets and a magnificent Mediterranean backdrop, giving this part of France a postcard-ready appeal. So be sure to take a quality camera with you.

Try your luck at a casino in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is famous for its glamorous casinos. Here, you will experience what  luxury and comfort really feel like. Some of the things you can do here include visiting the Salle Garnier with frescoes all over. There are also flower gardens that lead to Monaco’s exclusive shopping area.

Why Taking a Portable Generator on Your Road Trip is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

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Making the decision to head out on a road trip, whether it’s for one week, one month or one year, is a hugely exciting experience no matter how young or old you are, as is the idea of exploring unknown places, whether that’s at home or abroad. From deciding what clothes to pack, how much food you’ll need to take and whether you’re covered by your current motor insurance abroad, there are a huge amount of considerations and preparations you simply must think about.

No matter if you’re a weathered adventurer or you’re setting off on your very first road trip, there are always items you’re going to forget, but one thing you simply must not overlook is a portable generator. A portable generator is just that – portable – and takes up very little room when travelling around. As well as this, they have a whole host of practical uses – here are just a few:

Practicalities

Whether you’re sleeping in a tent or you’re in something a little more luxurious, like a campervan, there are certain things that will make a road trip just that little bit easier. From hair dryers to portable freezers, a portable generator will allow you to power all of those essentials you simply cannot go without. Being able to generate power for a portable freezer or fridge will mean that you can travel around more freely and eradicate the worry of having to plan your days around finding food and drink.

Portable Generator
Portable Generator

Entertainment

A portable generator, like the ones sold by SGS Engineering, are a necessity if you want to use any sort of electrical items whilst you’re away. If you are road tripping for longer than a week or two and especially if you’re camping or spending the night in the middle of nowhere, then you’ll no doubt go a little mad if you’re left with no entertainment. A portable generator can power a television set and a radio, allowing you to catch up on your favourite shows or news whilst you’re away.

Keep in Contact

Modern technology is everywhere these days, and whilst you may want to appear the reckless, un-contactable type, especially if you’re travelling alone, at some point you’re going to want to let someone know you’re okay. As well as this, it’s important for emergency purposes too. A portable generator gives you the opportunity to charge your phone, but it’s entirely up to you whether you switch it on.

Before you hit the road, ensure you spend time researching which generator will suit the jobs you want it to do, as well as emitting little or no noise when you’re using it.

How to Make Your RV the Coolest Thing on the Road

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It’s really cool to go camping with an RV fitted with miniature versions of your home spaces. But there are ways to make your camper the coolest thing yet. Here are exciting ideas on accessorizing and modifying your recreational vehicle.

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Entertainment

Entertainment devices such as flat screen TV, DVD player and speakers are standard RV fittings these days. However, the way you mount them such that they don’t take so much space makes your RV looking more spacious and cooler. Go for wall or ceiling mounts. Also, use door pockets or caddies to store remote controls.

Cooking Station

Most of your food is going to come from your mini kitchen. You might want to invest in a reliable yet space-saving stove or oven, and combine it with a slide out cabinet system, hanging dish racks, fold out rack, wall-mounted peg board, or over-the-sink rack to organize cooking utensils and food supplies.

Awning & Shades

Most RVs are equipped with solar panels to power up their gadgets and electronics. This means that the vehicle is supposed to be parked under the heat of the sun and not under the shade. To make your RV more comfortable and cooler inside, invest in tarps and drapes for an awning. Also, design a customized plywood or fiberglass roof over your RV to for a much cooler environment. The plywood or fiberglass roof secures the drapes on the sides in place.

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Heating & Cooling

Vents and fans make your RV a better place to live in while your camping. Install vents on the roof and inside the RV to promote air circulation. A portable heater is likewise valuable during winter camping. Paint the roof of your RV in white to reflect heat. Place screens on doors and windows, so that you can open them for air and prevent insects coming in.

Storage

There are plenty of storage options to make your RV much comfortable and spacious. Hideaway hooks, Velcro, pocket organizers, ceiling storage, suction cups with hooks, dangling jars, hanging basket, hanging shelf, pegboard, veggie hammock, nesting bowls, magnet strips, fold out rack, bedside caddy, hanging pantry, and magazine holders are just some of the possible choices. The more organized your RV is, the more cooler and spacious it becomes, making it easier to move around and locate the things you need.