Year: 2020

Top 9 Resorts for a Warm Getaway This Winter, From Portugal to Thailand

Looking for a winter mood booster?  If you’re craving the sunshine and all its positivity-inducing, soul-rejuvenating vitamin D benefits, you may be in need of a winter-sun getaway. Bring the summer to you with these 9 sunny winter destinations.  Spain: For the best weather Marino Tenerife Hotel On the coast of Costa del Silencio, this is the ideal tropical getaway.  SBH Fuerteventura Playa Catch some shade under a palm tree at this resort right on the beach in Costa Calma. Thailand: For the breathtaking beaches Kram Pattaya in Pattaya North Take a splash whenever you want, wherever you want at this hotel right on the water — it even has an infinity pool.  Paradise Ocean View in Bang Lamung With its rooms right on the beach, you’ll feel like you’re holidaying at the edge of the world in the most serene way possible.  Cyprus and Greece: For island living ANASTASIA in Protaras Beach or nature? This resort is located between two forests and the Mediterranean sea, so you’ll never be stuck for a view.   Yria …

Hygge: Why your travels can benefit from the popular Danish concept

Hygge: What you need to know Luisa Thomsen Brits, a writer and journalist focusing on hygge, defines it as the pleasure of simply being—having less, enjoying more, and remembering how important the act of simply living is. It’s more than just a word—it’s an integral part of Danish culture that first appeared in writing in the 18th century Contrary to what you might think, the word actually has Old Norwegian roots, where it originated from the idea of wellbeing (Jeppe Linnet, an anthropologist dedicated to researching hygge, will show you how to properly pronounce the term) The cultural concept was born with the introduction of the Danish welfare system (also known as the Scandinavian welfare model, designed to provide equal rights and access to healthcare and education for all citizens)—which also placed great emphasis on family and home values In today’s fast-paced world, hygge reminds us to slow down, rethink our work-life balance, and be more mindful in our daily activities Hygge around the world: A Danish word, a universal concept As unique as we …

Top 4 European Destinations for Ski Lovers

Ski breaks offer many rewards—from the stunning views at the tips of the high, snowy peaks; the rush of adrenaline that comes while gliding down the slopes, or the postcard-worthy hot chocolate-by-fireplace in the chalet lounge.  Switzerland  Known as one of the skiing capitals of the world, and the breathtaking views are enough to calm a first-timer’s nerves. For your non-ski-loving companions, there’s still plenty to do—explore the Matterhorn, go white water rafting, or take a tour through the mountains via train.  Our picks in Switzerland: ERMITAGE Wellness- & Spa-Hotel, Gstaad The River House Boutique Hotel, Andermatt Andermatt Reuss, Andermatt Poland Bordering with Slovakia, Czechia, and Germany, the Polish mountains are famous for their ski slopes. Nestle down into the comfy lobby sofa of your chalet with a warming mug of the region’s famous take on mulled wine, known as grzaniec Galicyjski, and some tasty pierogi. Bidroom are particular fans of the Polish mountains; we even celebrated our last year’s Christmas party there. For the voyeurs, it’s not all about the slopes—there’s plenty of hot …

7 Reasons To Upgrade Your Work From Home Setup With a Workation

This year, a new word has been added to our popular vocabulary. Also sometimes called a work-cation, workoliday, even strangely constructed “woliday,” a workation is exactly how it sounds—a blend of work and vacation, or a working holiday. The workation trend To anyone with the option to work remotely, the benefits of taking a workation are hard to pass up. Until 2019, the image of working on a laptop with an scenic background view was almost exclusively associated with a digital nomad lifestyle. But, after navigating lockdowns and company-wide rush-transitions to remote work in 2020, now a large portion of businesses have integrated the option for remote work into their official policies.  Some big-name companies like Twitter, Amazon, and Facebook have even made permanent adjustments to include a remote work approach for the majority of their employees. Working from a holiday destination isn’t just about the glistening sea sparkling through your window as you check your inbox in the morning (well, okay, it kind of is). Gorgeous views aside, both you and your work can …

5 ways to keep the love of travel alive this holiday season

The season of giving is upon us, and this year, it comes with a new meaning.  2020 taught us we need to be kinder to ourselves, to other people, and even to our planet. We’ll all remember the way our cities looked when the world was forced to stand still, and how nature was able to recover and flourish with a break from the fast-paced buzz of the world we’ve become so used to. We couldn’t agree more with the need for gentleness, softness, and slowness this holiday—whether it’s derived from digging out that favourite pair of worn-in comfy pants, or deciding to take some time just for ourselves under the fairy lights, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand.  Here are a few ways you can prepare for the holiday season without leaving the comforts of home—all while keeping your love for travel and hopes for future adventures alive. 1. Can’t go to wine country? Bring wine country to you You might not be able to experience the hot Sicilian sun on your …

How to Get Better Deals on Hotels – Insider Secrets

When shopping for hotels, travellers value convenience over cost In spite of “best price” marketing and falsely urgent messaging tactics (Only 1 room left at this price! Hurry, 8 people are looking at this right now!) — travellers keep returning back to the big names in the industry to book their hotels for one reason: options. A large amount of results helps to compare options and make what feels like an informed decision, and the convenience that comes along with that feels priceless. But, convenience doesn’t come for free. When you’re looking at a public platform, you can guarantee the rate you’re being offered isn’t the lowest possible deal you can get.  Both travellers and hotels pay the price for convenience In order to be featured on popular booking sites such as Expedia or booking.com, hotels sign an agreement promising they won’t provide lower pricing on any other publicly available platform. There’s even a name for that: it’s known as a rate parity clause. To add to that, booking platforms charge hotels hefty commissions on …

The new face of travel: In 2021, all travel will be conscious travel

2020 changed the way we travel. The days of rushed packing for spontaneous trips to far-flung places, the adrenaline rush of booking a last minute deal, taking a break from hours of walking to feel the coolness of ice cream cutting the midday heat — all became memories of the past, and blurry dreams we’d love to experience again soon. And as our travels have become more limited, we’ve also become more conscious in our approach. Is it safe to travel to our desired destination? Is it ethical to travel at all? What will travel and tourism look like in a post-pandemic world? More than half of survey respondents said that when travel does reopen, they’ll want it to be as part of “a more responsible and resilient tourism industry.” But what would that really look like? An evolving definition: What will sustainable travel really mean in 2021? For many travel lovers, sustainable travel is no longer just about opting for the eco-friendly options, keeping your used hotel towels off the floor to minimise the hotel’s laundry …

Instagrammable places in London

Most Instagrammable Places in London

From trendy cafés, crowded markets, charming streets, to monumental cathedrals and memorable museums—the capital of the United Kingdom offers astonishing sights to all of its visitors. If you want to immortalize your trip to London, be sure to pick memorable places that provide lots of marvellous photo opportunities. Discover the city and find that instagrammable places in London are waiting for you at every corner. 8 best instagrammable places in London you need to visit 1. Iconic Red Phone Booths in Covent Garden What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of London? Chances are, your imagination immediately takes you to those cult-level red phone booths, which are one of the true staples of the UK’s capital. You’ll spot them across the whole city, but around the back of Covent Garden, there’s a row of five phone booths in great shape—perfect for photos. Without a doubt, this spot is one of the most instagrammable places in London. Nearly every person who visits the UK’s capital has taken a classic shot here. …

Travel in the UK on a budget

Your Guide to Travelling in the UK on a Budget

The United Kingdom is known to be one of the most costly countries to live in, as well as one of the most expensive places to visit. But, here are a few ways to travel in the UK on a budget and still have an amazing time. How to travel in the UK on a budget? Best tips & ideas The off-season is your friend Most tourists choose to travel during spring and summer months, when the holiday season is in full swing, and the weather is sunny and warm. Take note though: this period is also the most expensive one. So, if you’re travelling in the UK on a budget, it’s best to go on a trip during the off-season. Less tourists mean that hotel rates and prices for local attractions are lower, and you can get more value out of your money. The best months for travel are January to March and September to November. Sure, it’ll be a bit colder, but you’ll avoid the crowds during your stay. Plus, you’ll get to …

Weekend city breaks UK

Best Destinations for a City Break in the UK

Passionate travel lovers usually can’t make it more than a few months without having a strong urge to get on a plane, bus, or a train. In many cases, daily life, a full-time job, and other responsibilities don’t always leave much space for frequent or extended trips across the world. One of the best ways to satisfy that never-ending need for travel is to take shorter trips to different, more nearby places. This style of exploring new destinations is gaining popularity, and it’s not a surprise. Such breaks are really straightforward to plan and can often even be fit into a busy schedule. They’re also wonderful options for travelling on a budget, especially if you manage to find and take advantage of available deals and discounts. Taking a city break in the UK enables you to explore the country in a unique way, without going too far or sacrificing too much time off. Our favourite places in the UK for city breaks Cambridge Enthusiasts of great architecture certainly will want to visit Cambridge for a …