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Barcelona Ski Holiday: Your Ultimate PLAYful Guide
Not many European cities can offer you a wide range of cultural activities like Barcelona. The Spanish city located on the Northeastern Mediterranean coast is famous for its beaches, local cuisine, football club, Catalan culture, and historic architecture.
Best time to visit Iceland
So, you’ve seen the pictures that look like scenes from another planet and maybe a few films that look like CGI but turn out to have been filmed in Iceland. You probably know that Iceland is your next dream destination. So, the only question left is when is the best time to visit Iceland.
Your Guide to Hiking in Iceland
When it comes to healthy activities and rewarding hobbies, few rival the good ol’ hike. We’d like to argue that hiking in Iceland multiplies the great benefits of hiking by supplying a real feast for the senses.
Top 10 Must Visit Waterfalls in Iceland
So, you’re into waterfalls? You’ve come to the right place! Because of Iceland’s variety in landscapes, its rugged features, highlands, glaciers and mountains, waterfalls are found all over the country in nearly every imaginable shape, volume and form.
The Best of Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the world’s top cities for tourism, attracting 12 million visitors in 2019. From towering architecture to gorgeous beaches, from incredible restaurants to spellbinding hiking views, and iconic parks to an incredible performing arts scene — Barcelona has it all!
Unique Attractions in and around Alicante
Alicante is a Spanish city with 373,000 people, and the city dates back to the Roman era. Alicante offers everything a traveler would want from a Mediterranean vacation.
Best in Show: Bologna
Rome, Florence, and Venice—everyone knows Italy’s big three cities. But if you ask most travelers where Bologna lies in Italy, they will have no idea. That’s because it is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
The Wonderful Madrid Menu
Madrid offers some of Europe’s most splendid weather mixed with a laid-back lifestyle, world-class museums, elegant architecture, and a wonderfully diverse population. However, Madrid also offers incredibly delicious food.
Historical Sites You Shouldn’t Miss When You Visit Prague
Are you traveling to Prague? Great choice! Prague is exceptionally budget-friendly for the average traveler, and it has stunning scenery. It’s especially breathtaking in autumn when the leaves change color and the streets are covered with auburn and orange hues.
The Highlights of Washington, DC
Today, the once nicknamed “city of magnificent distances,” Washington DC stands tall as the “city of magnificent buildings.” If you intend to tour Washington DC soon, you can be sure that your trip will be action-packed with enough highlights and adventures.
A Different Take on London
When the world thinks of London, it always thinks of Big Ben, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, and The Houses of Parliament.
Dining in Gothenburg
As Sweden’s second city, you might expect Gothenburg (also known as Göteborg) to be a great place to dine, and indeed you’d be right. Gothenburg has everything from unique street food to fine dining, and options to suit every taste and budget in between.
A Brief History of Boston
Boston, Massachusetts is without a doubt, one of the oldest cities in the United States. It's got a rich, deep history that many Americans hold close to their hearts.
What to Eat When in Trondheim
The former Viking capital of Norway, modern Trondheim is home to one of the country's most vibrant food scenes. Trondheim is Norway's third-largest city and has gained no less than three Michelin stars since 2019.
Washington DC is a heavily urbanized city in the United States. The town is best known for being home to many historical sites, museums, monuments, and a building called the White House.
A Different Take on Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a popular tourist destination, and for so many good reasons. It’s a city full of Danish history, incredible food, Instagram-worthy scenery, landmarks, and so much more.
A Different Take on Brussels
Even though Brussels is a small city, there are a TON of little hidden gems for you to see. You can live there for years and still not see all of the weird little museums, neat parks, and fantastic drinking spots for you to enjoy.
Beautiful Tenerife. The largest of the Spanish Canary Islands and located just off the coast of West Africa, Tenerife is an island paradise with a lot to offer holidaymakers.
Best Relaxation Spots on Tenerife
Tenerife offers everything a modern resort island should. Fantastic food, luxury resorts, fun for the whole family, and entertainment options for everyone.
Biking in Tenerife
Located off the coast of West Africa, Tenerife is the largest of Spain's legendary Canary Islands. This gorgeous island is known for its breathtaking sights such as Teide National Park, Siam Park, and Cueva del Viento.
Top Things to Do in Stavanger
Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway, located towards the southernmost point of the Norwegian peninsula where it meets the North Sea.
Golfing in Tenerife
The Canary Islands is an exquisite location known to many as the Spanish islands. Full of vibrance and vigor – the islands have so much to offer guests. They are filled with stretches of white beach sand, luscious forests and mighty mountains, and volcanos.
New York's Neighborhoods
Planning a trip to New York City is both exciting and overwhelming. The USA’s biggest city by population is jam-packed with amazing historical and cultural attractions, and it’s only natural to want to see as much as possible during your limited time.
The Great State of New York
New York, a concrete jungle of dreams and one of America’s oldest and finest states to visit. A place where history and modernism combine to form a new contemporary state like no other.
Top Tips for Prague Tourists
Prague is highly budget-friendly, especially for travelers with low budgets. You could have $5, which will be worth over 100 Czech Korunas that can do a lot for you.
7 Offbeat Destinations in Paris
Paris is a dream destination for every globetrotter. The fascinating beauty of the place makes it a real favorite among world travelers.
Get To Know Mallorca on a Bike
Cycling’s become to Mallorca what skiing is to the Alps. Resorts from Playa de Muro in the north to Playa de Palma in the south are home to scores of sophisticated bike stations.
Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital city, is one of Europe’s most historic cities. Did you know the first mention of Madrid was in 865?
Eating Out in New York City
When it comes to eating out, the options in New York can often leave you feeling a little dizzy. However, you’ll be able to find cuisines from all around the world in the big apple.
Drinking in Dublin
A city rich in history, Dublin is the birthplace of Irish whiskey and home to the iconic beer Guinness. Dublin has a vibrant party culture and many different guided tours of various distilleries and breweries. Let’s explore how you can enjoy your time drinking in Dublin.
All You Can Eat in Lisbon, Portugal
Don’t be that tourist who visits Lisbon for the first time and looks for the nearest McDonald’s. You’re missing out on the rich food scene that this iconic city has to offer.
Bon Appetit Boston!
Boston with its dazzling city parks and expansive open spaces will win your heart in almost every way. It’s a beautiful travel destination and a perfect reason to catch an affordable flight with PLAY.
The Neighborhoods of Madrid
Madrid—Spain’s bustling capital city—is one of Europe’s sunniest, biggest, and most historic cities. The city is home to 3.3 million people and is the third biggest European city behind London and Berlin.
Searching for a destination that has the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, relaxing, yet challenging recreational activities, and can’t-miss attractions? End your search with Mallorca.
The Best Beaches in Barcelona
The Mediterranean attracts millions of tourists each year, thanks to the sunny weather, gorgeous scenery, and of course, the spectacular beaches. Out of all the coastal beach destinations on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is by far one of the most frequented, most highly regarded, most modern cities in all of Europe. But why is that exactly? Aren’t all the beach towns in the Mediterranean idyllic? The answer is no – not by a long shot.
A Different Day in Gothenburg
In the recent past, Gothenburg has slowly risen to be among Sweden's most popular tourist destinations. Part of its charm comes from the exquisite seafood cuisine, 5-star restaurants, and picturesque scenery.
What's On in Washington DC?
Washington is a vibrant city that offers everything for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether you're interested in great food, unique attractions, history, or the lively nightlife, Washington DC has something to offer. There’s something for everyone in this great city, from history and culture to nature and outdoor activities.
Northern Magic in Iceland
When it comes to writing about Iceland, a very popular adjective is “magical”. It applies to so many aspects of old and modern-day Iceland, from its enchanting landscapes to its mysterious folklore and the truly magical nightlife of the capital city Reykjavik. Read on for our take on the magical aspects of all things Icelandic.
Living the Dream and Dining in Paris
When you think of the world’s great food cities, Paris is probably top of mind. With over 113 Michelin-starred restaurants, the most of any city in Europe, it has certainly earned its reputation as a dream destination for any foodie.
An Introduction to Prague
Frolicking through this fairytale city… A magical city dating back over a thousand years, Prague is quite literally the heart of central Europe. Medieval streets, Baroque churches, and stunning views draw millions of tourists each year, and for good reason.
The Many Faces of Berlin
Berlin is one of the most popular destinations in Germany and all of Europe. Known for its culture, architecture, diversity, and storied past, Berlin has a unique character unlike any other city in the world. What many people don't realize is how much variety the city contains.
Skiing Destination Geneva
Geneva is a top skiing destination if you're looking for amazing slopes, breathtaking views, and plenty of après-ski fun. Plus, with Geneva's proximity to the Swiss and French Alps, you can enjoy a wealth of skiing areas and resorts to choose from.
Liverpool, the maritime city, sitting in the Northwest of England, has been a prominent feature since the 18th century. The ‘hometown of the Beatles’ was a key port for trade and migration and still provides a beautiful view of the meeting point of River Mersey and the Irish sea.
The Quirky Side of Salzburg
For many, Austria is a fairytale land of sweeping mountain vistas, breathtaking castles and deep history. Salzburg, Austria’s fourth-largest city and one of the oldest city centers in the world, is no exception. Though the city boasts a long record dating back to 696, it offers more than stuffy history and old streets.
Join the Party in Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona offers its visitors a vibrant nightlife full of unforgettable experiences and attractions. If you’re wanting to party from dawn to dusk you’ve come to the right place.
The Whales around Iceland
If you’re visiting Iceland and looking for something unique, an interesting afternoon and an activity for the whole family, we highly recommend an encounter with our whales. Iceland is after all a prime location to go whale watching. At least 23 species of whale have been spotted around Iceland. Some wander occasionally into these waters while others have permanent residence here and are commonly seen close to the shore.
Excursions around Stavanger
If you are visiting Norway and looking for a destination that perfectly encapsulates Scandinavian culture- both historical and modern, then look no further than Stavanger!
What kind of wildlife occupies a remote island in the North Atlantic Ocean, notorious for extreme weather conditions and geothermal activity? In our humble opinion, these seemingly adverse conditions are what make Iceland’s animals simply the best.
Dining in Alicante
From cozy bodegas to Michelin-star restaurants, Costa Blanca is a perfect spot for a gourmet break. Even though this southern region has long been gastronomically gifted, Alicante is quietly becoming one of Spain's culinary hotspots.
The Best of Dublin
Dublin, Ireland’s iconic capital city, is one of Europe’s primary weekend breaks, party destinations, and cultural centers. Not only is Dublin rooted in rich history, but it’s also home to countless incredible attractions. Whether you’re looking for fascinating museums, arts venues, or galleries—Dublin is the place for you. Although Dublin is Ireland’s biggest city, it’s still fairly small compared to London, Paris, and Berlin.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Ah, St Patrick’s Day, a day that is synonymous with wearing green clothing and drinking green beer. While the day itself is full of festivities and renowned for a party atmosphere, there's actually more to it.
Day Trips from Bologna
Bologna remains an incredibly underrated Italian city. If you visit, the city will bless you with wonderful World Heritage Sites, magnificent Italian food, and a city that’s somewhat off the tourist trail. If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ll understand the sheer magnitude of the crowds, and Bologna is an escape from that.
Her Majesty the Queen
Since 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has served as The Queen of the United Kingdom. She’s also the head of the Commonwealth, a mixture of 53 sovereign nations that includes numerous former British territories. Queen Elizabeth II has been extremely popular throughout her reign. She’s helped to stabilize the British monarchy at a time when monarchs have fallen worldwide.
The Beaches of Malaga
Suppose you’re looking for the ultimate beach getaway in Europe? You’ll struggle to find somewhere better than Malaga. Not only is Malaga home to over 300 days of yearly sunshine, the warmest winters in Europe, and scorching hot summers, but it’s also home to world-class beaches.
The Best of Boston
Boston is an iconic city, and Bostonians often lovingly call it "Beantown" or the "Athens of America". It lies on the eastern side of the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the northeast part of the country. It offers so much for any curious visitor. You'll be spoilt for choices on what to sample in this vibrant city, and in our opinion, Boston is one of the best places to visit in the United States.
The Pubs of London
London is one of the world’s significant megacities, attracting almost 30 million tourists every year. The city is an eclectic mixture of cosmopolitan diversity, fast-paced energy, world-class arts, glorious entertainment, ancient architecture, and a historical significance that somehow relates to your home country, regardless of where you’re from.
The Highlights of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an incredible city full of delicious food, fun activities, and beautiful views—all rich with Danish history. In fact, from the moment you land and hop on the metro toward the city, you’ll be engulfed in the gorgeous scenery. Once you finally arrive, you’ll see why it’s rumored to be the happiest city on the planet.
The Atlantic Puffin
Of all the amazing wildlife found in and around Iceland, one little bird is undeniably the superstar of the show. This is of course the Atlantic Puffin. Famous for its rainbow bill, its puppy-dog eyes and its adorable waddle, this is hands down the cutest little sea bird known to man. And that’s not all. It has some ridiculously cute characteristics, traits and a lifestyle that sounds like something out of a children’s book.
The Arrondissements of Paris
Paris is one of the most beautiful places to visit any time of year. Whether a romantic vacation or a family trip, Paris has something for everyone to enjoy. Tailor your trip based on what kind of adventure you’re seeking by exploring the different arrondissements of this gorgeous city.
Activities and Tours in Gran Canaria
If Spain is calling your name, make sure to head south and spend some time on the island of Gran Canaria. With over 865,000 inhabitants, this is one of the most populous of Spain's Canary Islands.
Top Things to do in Trondheim
Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway and, in fact, the third-largest one. It boasts a rich history that saw the crowning of new kings, and it was Norway's capital until late 1217.
Gothenburg's Greatest Hits
Perfectly situated between Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, the second-largest city in Sweden was once a largely Dutch trading port. Originally founded in 1604, the original settlement burned down, attacked by marauding Danes (you can’t keep a good Viking down). However, when established by Royal Charter in 1621, gifted by Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus following the Thirty Years War, the city finally flourished.
The Foodie's Guide to Stavanger
Step aside Oslo, Stavanger is here and ready to rock the foodie world! Stavanger is the fourth largest municipality situated in the western part of Norway. Stepping into Stavanger is like stepping back in time as they have tons of wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that are protected.
Day Tours around Trondheim
Norway is the Land of the Midnight Sun, known for Vikings, mythical folklore, the spectacular northern lights, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. While most visitors head to Oslo and Bergen as the most popular cities in Norway, Trondheim is an excellent choice for travelers seeking the off-beaten path.
The Highlights of New York
The Big Apple, the city of lights, or the city that never sleeps, no matter what name you use to refer to New York City, there is no denying that it will be instantly recognized. New York City has some of the best city highlights in all of America, something that accounts for it being one of the busiest tourist spots in the country.
The Icelandic Horse
You may have heard about the Icelandic horse and seen pictures of these adorable fluffy creatures in their winter coats outside in a storm. Perhaps you’ve seen them yourself on a driving excursion in Iceland or even met them on the other side of a fence trying to convince you that they need just a few more treats before you move on. But this stout little character is much more than meets the eye.
The Ultimate Shopping Experience - Woodbury Common
Planning a trip to New York and hoping to do some shopping? Why not try a day trip to the Woodbury Common? Built for shopaholics who desire premium goods at bargain prices, Woodbury Common has it all. From the most premium brands in apparel, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, and other fashion accessories, to the most exclusive tipple brands.
The Swimming Pools of Iceland
Iceland’s geothermal water is a fundamental part of the nation and an important piece in the puzzle that makes this country inhabitable. Iceland’s warmth, and Iceland is a lot warmer than you might think, comes primarily from this source. As a result, the country’s many public pools are nearly all outdoor pools and function as places of sport, recreation, leisure, wellness and social meeting place for people of all ages.
Iceland’s Ring Road
Driving the Ring Road is a classic pastime for locals and referred to as “going the circle”. It’s a 1,322 km paved road that circles the coastline of Iceland with the exception of the Westfjords. While it has been done in one go or even in just two days, it’s best to give it at least a week to enjoy this trip to its fullest. Check out our handy guide to a perfect circle along Route 1.
Driving in Iceland
There’s nothing quite like a road trip in Iceland. Most visitors will comment on the seemingly endless surprises revealed at every turn, the vast views, and extraordinary landscapes. An excursion in Iceland should prove to be an experience like no other, but we meant what we said: there’s nothing quite like a road trip in Iceland. This means thinking like a sheep, staying on top of the weather forecast and expecting the unexpected.
Weird Icelandic Holidays
They’re weirder than you think! Icelanders celebrate an unusual number of holidays. Sure, there’s the traditional national holidays like Independence Day (June 17) and Labour Day (May 1) and then there’s huge celebratory days like Pride Day (Second Saturday in August) and Women’s Rights Day (June 19). But then there’s the odd old national holiday that needs explaining and even then, you might not really get it. Here goes nothing.
The Golden Circle
Ah, the Golden Circle. What once was a Sunday drive with the family has now become Iceland’s ultimate day tour. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, you’ve no doubt heard about the Golden Circle. But what is it exactly, why is it so famous and is it worth your limited time in this beautiful country?
Safe Travels in Iceland
Iceland is an undeniably unique place and one of the things that make it so special is its vast wilderness, its variety in landscapes, natural forces, and the seemingly endless dramatic scenery. As a result, taking off to the countryside, on foot, car, horse or bike is an absolute must for any visitor and highly recommended.
The Icelandic Sheepdog
By now you’ve probably realized that Iceland is full of adorable animals such as the extremely popular puffin and the famous Icelandic horse. Another ridiculously cute domestic animal that Icelanders love and adore is the Icelandic sheepdog. Known for their friendly character and a hairdo to rival any 80s beauty queen, these adorable herders are fun-loving and loyal members of their family pack.
Highlights of Iceland
Iceland has in recent years become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. This seemingly remote island in the North Atlantic flew under the radar for a very long time but in recent decades, the world is catching on to what a gem Iceland truly is. So, here’s a list of reasons why you should travel to Iceland.
The Luxury Lagoons of Iceland
When it comes to luxury, nothing beats the geothermal heat of Iceland. This blog is about the top-end luxury spas and lagoons in Iceland. For info about Iceland’s public pools and natural hot baths, check out our other blogs on the subject. This is not an exhaustive list but mentions highlights from each part of the country.
The Star of the Show - The Northern Lights
What can you say about the northern lights? Well, for starters, they’re the most wonderful thing in the world. They vary in scope, vibrancy, and color but with the northern lights in the picture, there’s never a dull moment. They are one of Iceland’s most spectacular natural phenomena and a very popular attraction. Even jaded locals will stop what they’re doing and gaze up at them dancing in the dark when they appear in the winter sky. So, what are the northern lights, when can you see them and what do you need to do to experience this light show? Read on for our guide to the northern lights and check out flights to Iceland once you’re done.