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

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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!

Hong Kong is the safest country to travel in the world

@ascorrespondent ASIA-PACIFIC nations managed to nab the three top spots in the world’s safest countries for travel, according to a new ranking by security website Backgroundcheck.org. The American company placed autonomous territory Hong Kong in its top spot, with Singapore and Japan coming in second and third respectively. The metrics used to create the rankings include crime, security, … Continue reading Hong Kong is the safest country to travel in the world

Emerging Destinations Around the World

  1/14 Belgrade, Serbia Go for: An arts and nightlife scene In recent months, you may have seen an article (or three) asking “Is Belgrade the new Berlin?” And though the capitals are radically different, the Berlin baptism is, in a way, a sign that the Serbian city is hitting its stride. Though conflict remains … Continue reading Emerging Destinations Around the World

International travelers cite politics as factor in US trips

Some international travelers are citing politics as a factor in whether to visit the U.S. this year, according to survey research by the tourism marketing agency Brand USA   The findings add to existing concerns about the tourism industry. Other new data shows that a slowdown in international arrivals to the U.S. began last spring … Continue reading International travelers cite politics as factor in US trips