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The Best Train Rides Around the World

Have you been thinking about the best train vacations lately?

See, when making a traveling arrangement, we often use flights or cars. We usually jump on the internet and look for flight deals or check if we can rent a car and drive to our destination and sometimes we check if we can catch a bus. But there is one type of transportation that we don’t pay attention to, which is trains! 

There are many people who have not to catch a train due to different reasons. Some people think the train takes too long to get to its destination. 

Some people live where there are no railway stations. One thing I know for sure is,  taking a trip by train is a great way to get an intimate view of a place.

Railways usually pass where roads cannot pass. Trains can take you over bridges, along the base of the mountains, or next to the ocean without being distracted with traffic jams, etc.

Are you wondering what are the best train rides in the world? There are a lot of them, but depending on your liking you might find one is better than the other one.

All in all, many of the train trips will provide you with breathtaking views, scenery, and cultural landmarks. After doing some little research, we were able to find the best train rides in the world. 

Some of these rides can take a day and some can take more than two days.  But one thing is certain, you will enjoy the ride.

1. The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian railway is the world’s longest train ride at 6,850 miles. Its route starts from Moscow, the capital of Russia to the city of  Vladivostok, a Russian city that borders China and North Korea.

In other words, we can say the route starts from the western end of Russia to its eastern coast. This is a fascinating trip that will make you cross 2 continents and 8 timezones. 

Trans-Siberian route crosses over the Ural Mountains and through the Siberian forest.  This eight days trip takes you to different landmarks including the magnificent 3227-foot-long bridge that crosses the River Ob at Novosibirsk, the Kremlin Fortress in Kazan, and the breathtaking blue waters of Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume.

2. TranzAlpine Train – New Zealand

TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys for scenery. The train operates on the South Island of New Zealand and gives you the most dramatic landscape.  

This train trip is 139 miles one-way and takes almost five hours. There are 16 tunnels and four viaducts, with the Staircase Viaduct being 75  246 ft high.  The trip starts in Christchurch and ends in Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine travels northwest through the fertile fields of the Canterbury Plains alongside the Waimakariri River. Then it goes up into the mountains, where it crosses the mighty Staircase Viaduct.

While on the trip you will be able to see the snow-capped mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park and pass through the west coast’s subtropical rainforests.

When you reach  Greymouth which is the destination,  you will be able to explore this historic former gold mining town.

3. Glacier Express Train – Switzerland

red train on focus photography

The Glacier Express train connects railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz via Andermatt in the central Swiss Alps. 

The term “express” does not mean it’s a high-speed train, actually, the Glacier Express is known as the slowest express train in the world.  A trip with the  Glacier is the most relaxing way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Starting from Zermatt, this day-long trip covers a staggering 91 tunnels and 291 bridges as it rolls past southern Switzerland’s alpine meadows, pristine mountain lakes, and picture-perfect hamlets.

While on this trip you will reach  Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the ride at 6706 feet. Also, you can see the famous Landwasser Viaduct, a magnificent six-arch structure standing 200 feet and plunging into a tunnel cut straight into the mountainside.

4.Rovos Rail’s Namibia Safari Train – South Africa

The Rovos rail’s Namibia safari is a train ride to die for. This luxury train safari starts at the Capital Park Station in Pretoria and travels via the historically interesting town of Kimberley, the home to the Big Hole and the site of one of the World’s greatest diamond rushes.

The trip takes 9 days and it is 2112 miles long. In this trip, you will be able to see the open lands of South Africa’s Highveld, to the cool Atlantic Ocean in Namibia. You will come across the arid yet starkly beautiful Northern Cape and on to the border post of Ariamsvlei, which takes you into Namibia.

Enjoy an excursion to the famed Fish River Canyon the second only in size to the Grand Canyon. The train then continues to the north, through the edge of the Kalahari, to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Here you get the chance to go on a short tour of this small, yet charming city, with its German colonial history. 

5.The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express -Italy

brown and black train on rail

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a privately-run train. The train has a 24 hours long trip from  Venice, Italy to  London, UK. The trip passes through other European cities such as Paris, France, and  Verona, Italy, and runs roughly once a week from March to November.

While on this trip you will enjoy the wonderful and amazing scenery of Italy, This journey on Venice Simplon-Orient Express travels north from Verona, up through Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and then to England.

During the day the scenery is spectacular, passing through valleys dotted with chalets leading to the soaring mountains of the breath-taking Italian Dolomites, going through the Brenner Pass, and then the Austrian valleys again dotted with chalets against the amazing mountain back-drop.

6. The Flåm Railway – Norway

green train on rail tracks during daytime

The Flåm Railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway and one of Europe’s steepest rail routes.

The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The trip shows the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway.

This is an hour-long trip, the railway rises 2831 feet from its starting point in the tiny village of Flåm in the Sognefjord.

While you are on this trip you will pass by deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks to the mountaintop station of Myrdal.

The Flåm Railway is gorgeous in the summertime but it’s magical during wintertime when a blanket of snow turns the trip into a winter wonderland.

7. Golden Eagle Danube Express – Central Europe and Transylvania

The Golden Eagle Danube starts from  Istanbul, Turkey to  Prague, Czech Republic. It’s an epic 2000 mile which takes a 14-day long.

With this trip you will cross an incredible eight countries, the Golden Eagle Danube Express is the best way to see Europe in style and includes stops in some of the continent’s most beautiful cities.

The train starts in Istanbul and travels north via the Carpathian Mountains and into Transylvania, past Bran Castle also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Continues travels through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland before arriving in beautiful Prague.

8.The Ghan – Australia

The Ghan trip starts from   Adelaide to Darwin a total distance of almost 1851 miles. The trip takes 54 hours and has a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.

The Ghan offers travelers the opportunity to experience the vast landscape in pure luxury, it passes directly through Australia’s fiery red center.

In this trip, you will see the tropical coast of the Northern Territory via the red-hued rocks of the MacDonnell Ranges and onto the fertile plains of South Australia.

A trip on The Ghan also features off-train excursions, including a leisurely boat tour of Nitmiluk Gorge and a trip to the quirky desert town of Alice Springs.

9. Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West – Canada

If you want adventure in the Canadian Rockies this train will give you just that.  This trip takes you to stunning mountain towns with stays in Banff and Lake Louise.

The train trips start in Vancouver and end in  Banff, covering the beautiful scenery of southern British Columbia. The  Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West is one of the most scenic train rides in the world.

While on the trip you will be able to see breathtaking sights such as the wild waters of Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate and steep tracks running alongside the Thompson River on top of that enjoying the comfort of luxurious carriages.

You will stay overnight in the lakeside city of Kamloops before they rise over the stunning, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and arrive at beautiful Banff.

10. West Highland Line, Glasgow to Mallaig – Scotland

The West Highland Line starts from Glasgow to Fort William, the largest town in the West Highlands of Scotland, and onwards to Mallaig, a tiny fishing port and terminal for the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

This train is an excellent way to experience the country’s wild, western coast. The West Highland line takes you through  Scotland’s most diverse scenery. 

The urban landscape quickly succumbs to verdant glens and tranquil lochs once the train leaves  Glasgow.  The train will pass through the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor before skirting the towering Ben Nevis and touching down in Fort William. 

If you are a Harry Potter fan you will like this trip more because while you are on, it switches direction and moves westward, and passes along the Glenfinnan Viaduct that featured in the Harry Potter film series. Then after that, it will arrive in  Mallaig. 

11. Belmond Hiram Bingham – Peru

Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train operating day return trip from  Cuzco to  Machu Picchu, Peru. The train travels through some of Peru’s most romantic scenery and ends at the amazing  Machu Picchu and is a once-in-a-lifetime luxury train trip.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham crosses over the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a stunning valley formed by the winding Urubamba River. It also passes through the tiny village of Ollantaytambo.

The best part of this trip it’s where it ends, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a famous landmark, an ancient Inca citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site set high in the Andes Mountains.

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Top 10 Best Mother’s Day Gifts – Last Minute Ideas

Mother’s day is around the corner and this year will be unique, it will be different from how we use to celebrate Mother’s day. Due to lockdown and social distancing, we won’t be able to make restaurant reservations to have a brunch or dinner with our mothers. We wont to take those trips or weekend gateways, a day at the spa, etc.  

In short, this year’s celebration is going to look and feel very different from previous years, and so will our memories of it. But despite all this pandemic crisis all over the world, we still got many opportunities to give our mothers a thoughtful gift.   Here are the best Mother’s Day gift ideas we can give to our lovely mothers despite the impact of  COVID-19.

1. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1

To Buy: Amazon.com

This is a perfect gift for moms since they are spending most of the time at home they can use this time to cook and try different recipes they always want to but they don’t have time. Not only that its something they will cherish forever not only during lockdown but also when we resume in our normal life because of its a lifesaver for busy moms. 

  • It cooks fast and saves time it has  multi-cooker combines 7 appliances in one: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer  and cooks up to 70% faster
  • Consistently Delicious: 14 one-touch Smart Programs put cooking ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts and more on autopilot – with tasty results
  • Easy to clean, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel lid and components and accessories are dishwasher safe
  • Comes with plenty of recipes from free Instant Pot app on iOS and Android devices, loaded with hundreds of recipes for any cuisine to get you started on your culinary adventure.

 

2. Personalized Picture  Frame

To buy: Amazon.com

This is one of the thoughtful gifts for mother’s day. It’s something that will always be there and not easy to forget. You can personalize it and create it in the way you want it.

  • This 5×7 frame you can personalize it with your favorite photo. It also includes a heartfelt poem on the left side and a place to show off the perfect mother-daughter or mother-son picture on the right. Use a current photo or an old photo that brings back a treasured memory to bring a smile to your mom’s face every time she sees it. Note: The 3/8″ mat will make the visible portion of the photo smaller than 5×7.
  • Give you multi-display options with the bi-fold design, these picture frames can be displayed either standalone on a tabletop, desk, or shelf by bending the frame at the hinge, or they can open flat to be easily hung on any wall with the brackets located on the back. This makes it simple to display in any area of your mom’s home or office. The large, clear font of the poem, makes it easily legible from a distance, and the pops of color brighten up the decor in any room.
  • This picture frame has quality materials and packaging. It made of real paulownia wood, not cheap fiberboard or manufactured wood, and paired with high-quality card stock and mat for an elegant keepsake that can be displayed and cherished forever. The frames are thoroughly packaged in a thick gift box, bubble bag, and extra padding to prevent damage and broken glass during shipment and ensure your presents make it to you or your loved one safely.

3. Tile Mate

To buy: Amazon.com

Moms do it all but sometimes they need some help to make their life easier. After she attaches Tile Mate to her keys, she can use the corresponding app on her phone to track ’em down when she inevitably misplaces them.

  • The new tile mate is our versatile finder for everyday things; Ideal for individuals and families who want a cost-effective tracker for multiple items
  • You can ring your things by using  your smartphone to make your tile ring when you misplace your things within 200 feet Bluetooth range
  • Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the Tile button on your tile to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent
  •  The Tile app remembers when and where you left something behind
  •  If you lose your tile, you can anonymously recruit the entire tile community to help you find it; The Tile app running on their phones will send location updates to your app, letting only you know where your Tile Mate is
  • Battery life: replaceable CR1632 battery is guaranteed for one year from activation; You can easily replace it yourself

4. Charcuterie Board Set

To buy:  Amazon.com

Sometimes moms need to entertain some friends and family.  This is a charcuterie board set is perfect for entertaining comes with  4 ceramic bowls server plate which holds dips, olives, and other garnishes. It comes also with  4 knives.  

  • This acacia wood cheese board set includes 4 bowls and 4 knives to hold and slice all kinds of cheese types and charcuterie. Your luxurious parties won’t be the same without it.
  •  Meticulously crafted for upscale parties and lavish dinners. Let your guests marvel at your beautiful table setting along with the mouth-watering food you prepared.
  • Thanks to its wide 13 inches diameter, this acacia wood cheese cutting tray has all the room you’ll need for crackers, serving utensils, and cutlery for cheese and meat.
  • The 4 ceramic bowls in our slate cheese board set help you sort various kinds of side dishes, fruits, crackers, nuts, and meats while keeping them neatly arranged.
  • Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, our cheese knives can seamlessly slice hard, soft and semi-hard cheeses while preserving their original shape. Easy storage and cleaning.

 

5. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

To buy: Amazon.com

This is a very useful mug, it’s not a regular mug that’s why it makes a perfect gift for mother’s day. Once she programs this app-controlled mug with her ideal sipping temperature, it’ll keep her drink nice and warm, even if she poured it two hours ago and forgot to drink it.

  • There’s extended battery life on your temperature control mug keeps your drink perfectly hot for up to 1.5 hours on a single charge—or all day on the included newly redesigned charging coaster. Choose the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F – 145°F).
  • This smart mug allows you to control your smartphone. Pair with the Ember App to set your temperature, customize presets, receive notifications, and more.
  • The Ember heated mug intelligently senses when to turn on and off. The mug enters sleep mode when empty and wakes up when it senses movement or liquid.
  • This stainless steel coffee mug with an updated scratch-resistant ceramic coating is safe to hand wash. Ember Mug 2 is IPX7 rated and fully submersible up to 1 meter deep.
  • Ember’s 1-year warranty and 30-day return program were valid only for purchases “Sold By” Ember Technologies or Amazon. Ember Technologies is the only authorized reseller for Ember products on Amazon. Warranty not valid for any other third-party resellers on Amazon.

6.Enamel on Steel Vintage Tea Kettle

To buy: Amazon.com

This tea kettle sure looks great on any tea-loving mom’s stove. It comes in different colors this sure will make perfect mother’s day gift.

  • This Tea kettle is the definition of traditional design meets contemporary style, sought-after look inspired by traditional kettle designs of the past which have matching enamel lids
  • One-piece body construction eliminates an interior seam and prevents rust; premium “boiler” enamel on the interior provides extra durability for long-term performance
  • Chantal enamel is fired at high temperatures to create a smooth, glossy finish that is guaranteed not to fade and is easy to clean
  • Wide opening lid for easy cleaning and fill
  • Conical spout with a one-tone whistle; Comfortable black stay-cool handle and knob
  • Wide flat bottom facilitates rapid boiling; Perfect for all stovetops including magnetic Induction
  • 1.7-quart capacity

7. Bamboo Bathtub Tray & Bed Laptop Desk with Foldable Legs

To buy:  Amazon.com

This is perfect for a mother’s day gift. It helps her to relax and enjoy her “mommy time” while taking a bubble bath etc.

  • Spice up your romantic life even in the bathtub! Perfectly designed with two side trays and an extendable handle to fit the two of you. Enjoy a romantic time together during anniversaries, birthdays & honeymoons.
  • This high-quality bathtub tray has a top-class antique design with a classy wood finish has made this product to become awesome furniture to fill your space. With its adjustable, 2 foldable legs, you can transform the bathtub tray into a lovely bed tray.
  • Blend your bathing area with some quality furniture art with this unique bathtub tray. Our product is made from pure bamboo material that is 100% eco-friendly. Bamboo is ideal for making this modish piece of furniture due to its high durability.

8. All-new Kindle Oasis – Now with adjustable warm light

To buy: Amazon.com

This Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is waterproof, comes with the highest resolution display, and is linked to Audible so that you can listen to audiobooks. It also comes in a different color.

  • Its the best 7″, 300 ppi flush-front Paperwhite display.
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber.
  • Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool.
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons.
  • Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns.
  • Instant access to millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks.
  • Works with Audible – pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

 

9. Philips SmartSleep HF3520/60 Wake-Up Light Therapy Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light

To buy:Amazon.com

This alarm clock is the best it eases awake in the morning by mimicking the rising sun while providing a slow, gentle progression from a barely-there golden glow to a bright. 

  • Light therapy lamp and natural sunrise alarm clock for improving your sleep, energy, and well being
  • Philips’ #1 best-selling wake up light alarm clock. Only Philips wake- up lights are clinically proven to help you wake up feeling more refreshed
  • Relax and drift off to sleep with dimming sunset and sounds. The colored sunrise simulation alarm clock wakes you gradually with a natural light lamp and a speaker that plays a choice of 5 wakes up sounds or FM radio with a tap to snooze
  • New PowerBackUp+ feature maintains internal clock settings and back-up alarm for at least 8 hours in the event of power failure
  • 90 Day No-Hassle Money Back Guarantee from Philips and can be used as a bedside reading lamp with 10 brightness settings
  • Power Output: 12Watt ; Voltage: 100/240 Volt ; Cord length: 150 cm

 

10. Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat

To buy: Amazon.com

This is the best gift for moms who like yoga or they want to practice yoga. With this  Manduka ProLite Yoga might you can use it anywhere and is very comfortable. The best thing is available in different colors so you can choose your favorite or the color that matches your environment.

  • High performance in a lightweight form
  • Zero-waste, sustainable yoga mat
  • Superior wear and longevity
  • 100% latex-free, and safe to use for people with latex sensitivities
  • OekoTex certified, emissions-free manufacturing

 

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10 Happiest Cities In The World

March 20th is the  International Day of Happiness. Unfortunately, this year we are facing a global crisis that is dealing with  Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID19).

Sometimes good or positive news can make us feel better or get some sort of relief and here are some of the good vibes news which  The annual World Happiness Report has shared with the world on International Day of Happiness.

For the first time, The  World Happiness Report 2020 ranks the happiest cities around the world base on their subjective well being, social life, urban and natural environment The report shows the top ten cities are dominated by Scandinavian countries and only two United States cities made it into the top 10.

1. Helsinki-Finland

white and blue mosque among buildings

Helsinki is the largest and capital city in Finland is the home of 1.4 million people.  Located in the northernmost corner of Europe but it is an easy hub to reach with fast flight connections from East to West.

Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world. The city has a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green urban areas.

The Helsinki Archipelago consists of over 300 mesmerizing islands. The rhythm of Helsinki is laid-back and the city is easily approachable. 

The public transportation system is one of the best in the world and it is also easy to walk and bike everywhere. Helsinki is wonderful and unique, it has dynamic food, design, architecture and famous for its sauna scenes. 

 

2. Aarhus-Denmark

aerial photo of building

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark.  It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, in the geographical center of Denmark. As of 2017, Aarhus is the home to 336,411 people.

Aarhus is at the cultural and economic center of the region and the largest center for trade, services, industry, and tourism in Jutland.

The city is known for its musical history and its home to the famous annual eight-day  Aarhus Jazz Festival. In 2017, Aarhus was the European Capital of Culture.

3. Wellington -New Zealand

city buildings near body of water

Wellington is the capital city and second-most populous urban area of  New Zealand. As of June 2019, the city has a population of 210,400. 

The major contributor to the city’s economy is tourism. The city is a popular conference tourism destination due to its compact nature, cultural attractions, award-winning restaurants and access to government agencies.

4. Zurich-Switzerland

landscape photo of cityscape

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland located in north-central Switzerland.  Zurich is a home of 1,395,000 people. Zurich is known as one of the world’s financial principal center or banking city because is home of a large proportion of banks and financial institutions. It, also known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Zurich has been famous for luxurious lifestyles, high-end shopping, and fancy watches.  However, despite being the most expensive city and it is still ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world and one of the happiest cities in the world.

5. Copenhagen-Denmark

two gray and black boats near dock

 

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of  Denmark. As of 1 January 2020, the city had a population of 794,128. Copenhagen like many other Scandinavian cities is a unique city,  known for its cycling culture, a strong economy, its shorter workdays, free college tuition, and more vacation days.

6. Bergen-Norway

town during daytime

Bergen is a second-largest city in Norway. It is located on the west coast of Norway, as of 2019 the city as a population of 283,929. The city is known for being an international center for aquaculture, the offshore petroleum industry, and subsea technology.

Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture.  The city has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year round. In Bergen, you can also enjoy some of the finest seafood restaurants a lot of activities to do and attractions to see. 

7. Oslo- Norway

group of people on top of building

Oslo is is the capital and most populous city of  Norway. The city is home to 693,491 people. Oslo is the economic and governmental center of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry, and shipping.

Oslo is known for its beautiful nature and landscaping and a significant amount of oil.  According to several and UN reports it shows that the city of Oslo is of the best place to live in the world. Because of the highest Human Development Index and the lowest unemployment rate in the world.

8. Tel Aviv-Israel

people on seashore under gray sky during daytime

Tel Aviv is the second-most populous and largest city in Israel, first being Jerusalem. The city has a population of 4,181,000 as of 2020. Tel Aviv fourth-largest economy in the Middle East and has the 31st highest cost of living in the world. The city is the center of economy, culture and the media of Israel.

The fast way to get around the city by bike, Tel Aviv has more than 25 miles of bike paths.  Tel Aviv is small and crowded, by car you will probably find yourself stuck in traffic most hours of the day it feels every hour is a rush hour, so bikes will do you good in the city.

9. Stockholm-Sweden

photo of brown high-rise building

Stockholm is the capital and most populous city in  Sweden it also is the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden. As of  2020 Stockholm’s population is 1,633,000. The city is known as one of the most inclusive and welcoming cities in the world. It also combines modern attractions with historic charm.

10. Brisbane-Australia

city skyline under clear blue sky during daytime

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland.  As of 2020, the city has a population of over 2.4 million which ranks it the 3rd most populous city in Australia.

Brisbane is famous for its amazing climate that is perfect all year round. Usually its summer and winter, summer temperature can be higher 91F(33C) and winter temperature can be lower  68F(20C) it’s rare to go below 68F.

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7 Travel Television Shows To Binge Watch

Many people around the world have been practicing social distancing, these means no school, no work/work from home and no traveling. People are trying to be creative and do things to stay active. For those who like  to watch TV or like to get some traveling inspiration here are the best travel TV shows you can binge-watch at this time :

 

1. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Parts Unknown

Credit: CNN

 

 

This is an American award-winning travel and food show used to be on  CNN which premiered on April 14, 2013. In the show, the late Anthony Bourdain who was the show’s host travels the world uncovering lesser-known places and exploring their cultures and cuisine. The show is an eye-opener like the name of the show states  “parts unknown” you will be able to explore places you have never hear about it or know they exist. Cultures and cuisines that you have no idea exist. because The show has 12 seasons and was on from April 14, 2013 –November 11, 2018. It’s available on  Netflix, Amazon Video and On-demand streaming.

2.Rick Steves’ Europe

Rick Steves' Europe | PBS

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This travel documentary show premiered  September 3rd, 2000 on Public Television(PBS). The show is hosted by American travel writer and television personality  Rick Steves. In the show, Steve travels across the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way from big cities to small towns. All you need to know about Europe’s culture, traditions,  food, etc this is your show. The show is available on Amazon video and still airs on PBS.

 

3. The Amazing Race

About The Amazing Race - TV Show Information - CBS.com

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Its an  American reality competition show in which teams are racing around the world. The race is generally split into twelve legs, with each leg requiring teams to get clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges. The team of two travel using different types of transportation such as flights, boats, taxis, and public transportation all depends on where they and the limited budget provided by the show. The last team standing wins US$1 million. This show makes you curious about destinations, gives you ideas on where else you want to go and also entertaining. The show premiered on September 5th, 2001 and still running on CBS. You can also catch t on Hulu, Amazon video, On-demand, etc.

 

4. Samantha Brown’s Great Weekend.

Samantha Brown's Great Weekends | GAC

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This  TV show airs on Travel channels hosted by Samantha Brown. On the show Samantha travels to various locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe and describes her experiences and provides tips in staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and participating in local activities. This is a good idea for those who like weekend gateways. The show episodes are available on iTunes and on  Amazon Video. Nearly all episodes are available on-demand for free streaming 

 

5.Not Your Average Travel Guide

Not Your Average Travel Guide - Wikipedia

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It is a travel show which airs on Travel Channel, the show premiered on November 17th, 2006.  It has seven different hosts who call themselves “Travel Guides”, who are Bill Delano, Brian Knappenberger, Carrie Lederer, Kate Ward, Shane O, Joseph Van Harken, and Brad Hasse. The show features a specific city in each episode and gives an unconventional personal tour. They have several segments which provide small travel tips and facts, such as history, how to get around, where to eat, culture & vulture, what’s happening, and more. The shoe is available on Travel channels, youtube, and other online streaming.

 

6. Departures

Departures (TV Series 2008– ) - IMDb

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Departures is an award-winning and inspiring travel television show hosted by  Scott Wilson who is also a co-creator and Justin Lukach accompanied by their friend and cameraman, Andre Dupuis. Departures showcase the revelations of two travelers who strive to find themselves and new perspectives while trekking across the world. The show is about the journey, rather than just the destinations. A lot of unique experiences through some of the most beautiful and remote places on earth. By watching this show you will able to see epic landscapes and unforgettable cultures. The show is available on iTunes and Amazon Video.

 

7. Globe  Trekker

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Globe Trekker is a British adventure tourism TV show. The show was inspired by the LonelyPlanet travel books and premiered in  1994. The show takes viewers to unforgettable and magnificent destinations through its photography, rhythmic indigenous music, and spirit of adventure. Each episode has different hosts who call themselves travelers.  They get into the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. While keeping with their aim of “living as the locals do,” the show hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick, and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages. The show is available online streaming, VUDU, Amazon Video, etc.

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Your First Business Trip

The odd thing about business travel is to some extent, it is a mixture of what you know the very strange. The business you are going out to do you know how to do. Whether discussing a new business project, developing a software product or attending a seminar or conference, the business part of your business trip is probably not the hardest.

But if you are new to business travel, some aspects to it are very different from travel for leisure and ways to prepare for the trip that will make or break whether it goes well or you come home frustrated in your efforts. Just like any business venture, the keyword for success in this venture is preparation. Above all, have your business program well organized and ready to use when you get there. If you are giving a presentation, have it finished, the PowerPoint slides prepared and tested and all of your equipment ready to go when you set out. The sheer fact that you are prepared for the work you are going to this new city to do will relieve your tension tremendously. But preparation doesn’t stop just in planning for a successful business effort. Do your homework about the place you are going and how you will handle the trip once you get there. Here are some key things you should think well in advance to assure your trip goes well.

 

  • Your flight. As soon as you know your destination, book that flight. The earlier you nail that down, the more you know you will have a flight and that your choice of seats is assured. This can make business travel by air much less stressful.

 

  • Driving in a new town. If you are going to drive to a new town, be sure you have maps and know how to negotiate the roads. It’s a whole different world to drive in Boston compared to driving in Kansas City or Beijing to  Milwaukee. If you can avoid driving, make sure your ground transportation is arranged ahead of time. In some cities is better to use a taxi or public transportation.

 

  • Book your hotel well in advance to assure you will have a room when you get there. Only in situations where you are not sure where you will end up should you put this off. The last thing you want would be to need a room at 11 p.m. and everything in town is booked up.

 

  • Extraordinary needs. If you have medicines or other needs that are going to require special planning, get out ahead of that too. If there are business needs you will require upon your arrival, you can ship things ahead for yourself so that equipment is waiting in your destination office when you arrive.

 

  • Dealing with security. Remember that homeland security at airports is tight and the rules change from time to time. You can usually find the current restrictions and ways the airlines will allow you to travel on the internet. By knowing this in advance, you can avoid a lot of heartaches when you get to the airport.

 

  • You don’t want to have wads of cash with you when you travel but think ahead about how much cash and other monetary needs you should have. Travel with plenty of credit at your disposal. Emergencies on the road can be defrayed with good credit or you can find yourself in a real jam without it. If you are traveling overseas, become familiar with the monetary system you will be using there.

 

  • Things you take for granted. Little things mean a lot. If you have creature comforts you need in the hotel room, think about them and pack such things so you can feel as at home as possible. Something as small as your favorite pillow or a scented candle to relax you can make all the difference in your ability to rest and be ready for business the next day.

 

By doing plenty of good planning, you can assure yourself that you have what you need on the trip and nothing more. This will become more natural as you travel more. But take the time to prepare well and prepare early so as you venture forth on this big adventure, you know you have covered every base before you left home.