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We need to talk about Norway

Norway is a fascinating place that does not get as much attention as it deserves. It is frequently cited as some sort of Western utopia, one to which the rest of the world should aspire. Whether or not that is true obviously depends on many factors, the final determination being a subjective one in any case. However, it is hard to argue with the fact that at the UN the 2017 World Happiness Report was recently released. Who came first? You guessed it: Norway. The must be a reason why the Norwegians feel so happy. Here are a few guesses as to why: They have a rich literary tradition: without naming any of Norway’s great medieval poets, it is enough to acknowledge Norway’s great contribution to 19th-century European letters in the form of Henrik Ibsen, a man who is credited with restoring the theatre to the grandeur that it enjoyed…

What I would and wouldn’t miss if I lived off the grid

As a millennial, I’ve been continually connected since I got my first phone when I was 14. When it comes to living off the grid, I think I would be completely miserable for the majority of the time- I’m just not meant to be disconnected. Sure, the idea of ‘escaping it all’ sounds great in theory. You quit the rat race, buy a cottage somewhere gorgeous, grow your own food, and then…what? I truly don’t know what comes next. All I know is I would go crazy without wifi, and since I work online I would also be broke. Sadly, I can’t go more than 5 minutes without checking my phone. Unless I’m already working online, and then I have Facebook up on my screen as well. I personally don’t know how people survive without Netflix, and I carry my laptop and kindle with me everywhere, so I can quickly…

Parisian Cool

Few seasoned travelers would argue that Paris is one of the coolest cities on the planet. The home of Parisian chic, French New Wave Cinema and some of the most laid back people you’ll ever meet, there is much more to Paris than fine dining and the Eiffel Tower. If you want to have a really cool time in Paris, check out this list of fun things to do in the City of Love: Rummage Through Roman Ruins Paris may be a thoroughly modern European city in many ways, but it is also a place filled with history. If you’ve exhausted all of the great museums in the city, why not switch things up a bit by taking the time to explore the city’s Roman history? There are various Roman ruins dotted about Paris, from Cluny’s Roman Baths to carved stones and pillars scattered about the place. Make a game…

Why and when you should take an Alaskan Cruise

While the Alaskan cruise season is relatively short due to cold winter and autumn temperatures, it’s well worth taking a cruise between the months of May and September. You’ll find that the weather is usually on the warmer side, but the best dates will depend on both your budget and what you’re hoping to get out of your cruise. May and September are both prime times when it comes to scenery. In spring you’ll find that the temperatures begin to moderate and flowers start to bloom, while September is full of colourful leaves and animals searching for food before they hunker down for the winter. If you want warmer weather, June, July or August are going to be toastier, although Alaska does tend to get a lot of rain during the summer. May is most likely to be dry, so it can be a good time to book (just bring…

Why you should take a family holiday to Dubai

Dubai is a country that has pumped billions of dollars into its economy, positioning itself as a tourist mecca, business hub, and one of the best places for an international stopover for those travelling between continents. Over the past 20 years, Dubai has climbed up from the dessert, transforming itself into a city full of 5-star hotels and mega malls. However, there’s more to Dubai than what may initially meet the eye, and there’s a reason why so many families continue to visit year after year. Dubai is home to almost 200 different nationalities, and 90% of the residents were born elsewhere. This makes it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, which is excellent if you want to introduce your kids to diversity while they’re on vacation. Here are some of the fun things you can do with the family in Dubai: Take a pottery class If…

How to make your house disability-friendly

If your family member is mobility-impaired and is having trouble getting around your home, there are a few improvements you can make to your house to greatly improve how they get around and their quality of life. Here are a few of them: Stairs If your family member primarily uses a wheelchair to get around, it can be terrifying and stressful for them to try and navigate stairs- in fact it could just be impossible. A stairway lift is a great option for this, as they’ll be able to keep their independence and will be able to operate it when they’re home alone. There are many different types available, all at different price points and with different safety features, so you may need to shop around to find the best one for your home and budget. Bathroom We’ve all heard the statistics- more accidents happen in the bathroom than any…

5 Super Cities In The South Of Spain

There’s more to the south of Spain than lounging about on a beach. For those looking for a new cultural experience, the country’s southern quarters has an array of historic and impressive cities that are well worth a visit. Here are some of the top places to go for a Spanish city break. Barcelona Barcelona is known for its unique mix of deep history and modern cosmopolitan culture. It sports some incredible architecture, including landmarks such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and the Casa Batllo. It’s a centre for art and those that are interested can take a daytrip out to the Dali Museum which is a couple of kilometres away. There are lots of places to eat and drink, including quirky bars and impressive restaurants. On top of this you have the beaches. It’s a city for all kinds of holidaymaker. Valencia Similarly boasting a…

Official: Jamaica Is Impossible To Resist

Is Jamaica at the top your travel destination wishlist? It should be because the country is filled with possibility. It’s probably one of the only places on earth that everyone should visit at least once in their life. Particularly, if you’re dealing with a lot of stress. If there’s one thing we know about Jamaican culture, it’s that everything is incredibly relaxed. You can chill, enjoy the scenery and live your vacation the way you want to. But if you’ve never even explored the possibility of visiting Jamaica here’s what you’re missing out on. Jamaica Has A Bobsledding Team We’re sure that our at least some people who know the country of Jamaica because of Cool Runnings or the real story it’s based on. If you’ve never seen the flick, well you’re missing out. When you compare cheap flights to Jamaica online, seek it out. it tells the story of…

Top 7 Things to do in Chinatown, San Francisco

If you’re headed to the City by the Bay, visiting its iconic Chinatown should be on your bucket list.  San Francisco’s Chinatown is not only the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, but it is also the oldest in North America and one of the this city’s top tourist attractions.  There is plenty to see in this area near North Beach and Telegraph Hill, so it’s best to come prepared.  Here is a list of the top things to do in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Chinatown Gate This beautifully decorated gate marks the entrance to Chinatown on Grant Avenue.  The gate was unveiled in 1970 and marks the spot as one of the district’s central points. The gate has many intricate carvings and is inscribed with the saying, “All under heaven is for the good of the people,” by Dr. Sun. Yat-sen. Portsmouth Square Thought by many to be the true “Heart…

The top travel accessories for your next holiday

Now that the holiday season is officially over and we’re all back at work and in our 9-5 routines, it’s likely that you’re already wondering when you can take a few days off next. If this sounds like you, remember that planning is half the fun, and it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the best accessories to make sure your next holiday goes according to plan. Here are the top travel accessories for your next holiday: Electronic luggage scale I currently have a non-electronic luggage scale, and it can be super tricky to try and hold your luggage in the air while reading the number on the scale. Grab an electronic version, and you’ll never pay extra baggage fees again and can pack appropriately every time- checking the weight of your luggage as you go. New luggage Have you been hauling a giant one-shouldered back through…

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