As you fly over Kazakhstan’s seemingly endless, empty steppe, a glimmering city suddenly comes into view. A mirage of glass and steel with a stained-glass pyramid, golden skyscrapers and the world’s largest marquee, Astana is the city that oil built and part of President Nazarbayev’s futuristic vision.Fittingly, from mid-June to mid-September 2017, Astana will host the World Expo on the subject of sustainable energy. And as of 2017, citizens of 45 countries (including those of the EU, USA, Canada and Australia) may visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days. Furthermore, the introduction of the LTR (light rail transit) and improvements to the existing bus network are making a visit to this modern, cosmopolitan city even easier.
I don’t know about you guys, but for us, 2016 flew by. Between a few European adventures, exploring more of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean, and spending lots of time in both California and New York, we ticked a few travel experiences off our bucket list. But now, it’s time to start thinking about 2017. Where will this new year take you? We have a few ideas… Here are 17 trips to take in 2017! *This post may contains affiliate links. 17 Trips to Take in 2017 1. Finally explore Cuba If you’re an American traveler, finally exploring Cuba probably tops your list of trips to take in 2017. It ranks #1 on ours, no doubt. While there are still some restrictions on traveling to Cuba, at least we can go at all. And let’s face it, dealing with travel agencies and tourist visas is compl
(CNN) — Its human history is checkered, but South Africa's natural wonders have never been less than glorious.From surf-ravaged beaches to big game-roaming national parks, towering mountains to flooded wetlands, stunning coastal drives and the junction of two oceans -- the Atlantic and Pacific -- at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa is blessed with treasures.Then there are the man-made attractions, from rolling vineyards to plunging diamond mines, poignant Robben Island and Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum to cosmopolitan Cape Town and Table Mountain and buzzing Jo'burg itself.South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on April 27 -- a commemoration of the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.To honor the occasion, we've put together images of the best places to see in the Rai
Best Places in Scotland: 23 travel bloggers share where to go in Scotland, including Scottish highlights for cities, islands, history and the great outdoors! If you’re wondering where to go in Scotland, start here! The Best Places in Scotland: An Introduction Scotland is one of those bucket-list destinations that seems to captivate travellers’ imaginations. The two largest cities — Edinburgh and Glasgow — are less than an hour’s train ride away from one another, yet couldn’t feel more different. After decades of urban regeneration, Glasgo
I would drop everything I have if only I could covet her job! What exactly is the best job in the world? What does it take to be considered the best job there is? Of course, the pay should be good, and the best would be when employees get to enjoy time to themselves every now and then. This woman’s job fit that criteria—but there is more to it! Sorelle Amore is an Australian photographer, videographer and reporter living in Iceland. Having traveled to over 40 countries and starting at the age of five, she instantly become obsessed with the beauty of people and of Mother Nature worldwide. And what job fits her most? Travelling! It all started with a contest held by 3rd Home. Third home launched their contest ‘the best job on the planet’, where writers, photographers and anybody who
Every January, we make grand plans to make the most of the year ahead. Instead of spending money on a gym membership or self-help fad you’ll forget about by February, resolve to broaden your horizons by exploring a new corner of the globe. With plenty of affordable destinations ranging from beach getaways to once-in-a-lifetime ski trips, there’s no excuse for cabin fever this January. Exotic sights of Africa and the Middle East Dubai, United Arab Emirates The stifling heat of the summer months dissipates by January in Dubai. In fact, you’ll probably want to pack a light jacket. It’s the perfect weather for exploring all the wonders of this unique oasis. Perfect for: Enjoying a wide range of activities in one of the world’s most extravagant citiesAverage January Weather: 58-75
Malta.hobo018/Shutterstock Europe is always a good idea. However, some places might be a better idea than others next year. We've put together the ultimate European bucket list for 2017. From celebrating Finland's independence to jetting to Bordeaux on a brand new high speed train, here are 12 trips everyone should take in Europe in 2017.
Lagos, Portugal, offers postcard-worthy beaches and friendly locals.Smileus / iStockAlthough traveling solo can seem daunting, it's something that everyone should try at some point. Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you'll take in more of the culture. We've put together a list of 30 places that are ideal for traveling alone, from an adventure in New Zealand to a relaxing getaway in Cinque Terre, Italy. Because the majority of the US is safe for solo travel, we decided to focus more on international destinations. ...
Europe is notoriously expensive: especially when you think of places like Paris, London and Rome. An irresistible mix of culture, history and landscape, the continent can be a money-snatching fiend at the best of times. But, if you go at the right time and avoid all the big places (those pricey cities), you’ll find that you’ll actually be able to shake off that horrendous spending habit and enjoy the place that little bit more. With a myriad of restaurants, bars, museums and shops on offer, the little continent is, without doubt, the world’s greatest labyrinth for exploration. So, grab a notepad, whip out your credit card, pack your suitcase and check out the cheapest places to travel in Europe this summer. The Czech Republic… © Robert Ivaysyuk / Shutterstock Believe it or not, Prague
(CNN) — It's one of the biggest countries in Europe, but even when it isn't hosting the annual song spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine struggles to attract visitors. Recent political, territorial and economic difficulties have done little to burnish the image of a former Soviet nation struggling to find its identity between Russian and western European influences. Nevertheless, Ukraine is home to a host of beautiful places with a great range of tourist activities. And while some regions are advised as off-limits due to separatist clashes, most of this vast country is open for business.Vibrant cities, ancient castles, stunning countryside, diversity of landscapes and a welcoming attitude all help make it a special destination, regardless of its troubles. The lack of mass