Russia’s Franz Josef Land in the Arctic may become major tourism alternative to Spitsbergen

The world’s northernmost archipelago, Russia’s Franz Josef Land, could be a key tourist attraction in the Arctic, according to the International Union of Arctic and Far East’s Marine Natural Reserves. Map of Franz Josef Land (c) Wikipedia Its managing director Valery Korovkin told a tourist forum in Vorkuta that “the Franz Josef Land Archipelago may become … Continue reading Russia’s Franz Josef Land in the Arctic may become major tourism alternative to Spitsbergen

Beijing’s Daxing set to be world’s largest and busiest airport

Its one-million-square-meter terminal will have 268 jetway bridges serving 100 million passengers a year Situated 46 kilometers south of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Daxing International Airport is set to serve the Chinese capital and its sprawling conurbation in neighboring Hebei and Tianjin. In only four years, 10,000 workers have turned large swathes of fallow wasteland into … Continue reading Beijing’s Daxing set to be world’s largest and busiest airport

Beyond Dracula’s Castle: My 7 Favorite Places in Transylvania

It comes as a surprise to some, but Transylvania is not just a fictional setting from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel — it is, in fact, an actual place. While its connection to the famous vampire might pique your interest initially, I quickly discovered that this region of Romania is full of surprises. (See also my reasons … Continue reading Beyond Dracula’s Castle: My 7 Favorite Places in Transylvania

St. Petersburg ranks as world’s best cultural destination … for 3rd year in a row!

Russia’s northern capital, Saint Petersburg, has been named the world’s leading cultural city destination for the third consecutive year. The award is traditionally handed out by the World Travel Awards (WTA). Saint Petersburg, that once again justified its rank as the Russian cultural capital, triumphed over Beijing, London, New York City, Paris, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, … Continue reading St. Petersburg ranks as world’s best cultural destination … for 3rd year in a row!