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What Staying at the TWA Hotel is Really Like

TWA Hotel New York

The Golden Age of flying instantly conjures images of attractive couples dressed to the nines as they board a small jet to whisk them away in what must have seemed like no time at all. Onboard they’re served decadent meals with all the finishes and afterwards they smoke a cigarette while enjoying an after dinner drink in the plane’s lounge. The modern traveler hasn’t experienced this kind of luxury in decades and that’s not likely to change any time soon. This desire to return to a more civilized era of flying isn’t only what prompted me to book a stay at the new(ish) TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in New York, it was the impetus for the hotel itself...

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What to do in Warsaw: The ultimate Warsaw travel guide

Hey there! Alexx here from Finding Alexx, I’m visiting a new country every week for a year with my route based off the cheapest flight each Tuesday. Crazy? Yes. Epic? Also yes. You can read more about my trip here, and week 4 took me to Warsaw, Poland. Here’s all you need to know about this incredible city, in  my full Warsaw travel guide!

Known as Poland’s Phoenix City, because it rose from the ashes of World War II, Warsaw is the perfect European getaway for so many reasons. It’s cheap to visit, it has so much history to discover, the food is hearty and delicious, and the nightlife is next level. Tempted? You should be!

Where to stay in Warsaw

Accommodation in Warsaw is cheap… And I’m talking less than £10 a night cheap!

My top pick for where to stay in Warsaw is DREAM Host...

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What to do in Sofia: The ultimate Sofia travel guide

Hello fellow travellers! Alexx here from Finding Alexx. I’m on a year-long solo adventure to a new country every week for a year, with my route based entirely off the cheapest flight each Tuesday. Yep, it’s as hectic as it sounds! This insane adventure took me to Sofia, a gorgeous hidden gem in the Balkans and the capital city of Bulgaria. Here’s all you need to know if you’re considering a trip to Sofia, from what to do, where to sleep to how to get around and more.

Where to stay in Sofia

Let’s kick this off with some good news… Sofia is the ideal spot if you’re on a budget! There are plenty of cheap hostels in Sofia with dorm beds for less than $13 a night, or you can get a budget-friendly hotel room from about $32 a night.

Normally I’m a big advocate for accommodation wit...

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My Night at the Museum: The 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

I love great hotels and it’s a segment of the travel industry that I pay a lot of attention to. So when a few years ago a new player in the industry popped onto my radar, I was immediately intrigued. Although we’ve seen in recent years a growing trend of so-called boutique lifestyle hotels, the fine folks behind the 21c brand weren’t just early adopters, they well and truly paved the way for others to follow. With all of this in mind it was with no shortage of excitement that I finally had the opportunity to patronize one of their properties when I spent some time in Oklahoma City.

What is 21c

Since at least the Great Recession, there has been a revitalization of lost or nearly lost neighborhoods and communities in cities of all sizes around the world...

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Sailing on a Viking Douro River Cruise in Portugal: My Review

I’ve been on many cruises in all parts of the world, from an expeditionary cruise in Antarctica to a river cruise in Myanmar. When both ocean and river cruises are combined though, I have sailed with Viking more often than any other cruise line and they’re a company that I have come to know very well over the years. That was one reason of many why I was excited to join them on a sailing of Portugal’s much-lauded Douro River. To be honest, the cruise had its issues that were all caused by Mother Nature, and I’ll touch on those along with how Viking handled the problems presented to them. But I’ll also try to talk about the cruise from a higher level since, ideally, historic levels of flooding are not the norm for the average cruiser in Portugal.

Porto Portugal

The Basics

In recent years it...

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5 potential new UNESCO World Heritage sites for 2020

If you’re anything like us, your bucket list is as long as the line at the departure gate when the check-in staff announce that the plane is ready to board (your seat isn’t going anywhere, people)! Maybe it’s full of palm-fringed beaches, late night cities or thrilling bungees and sky dives. Or if you’re a culture vulture, you’ll have a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites shoved into the mix.

If it’s the latter, it could be time to update your list.

Every year, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee takes a look at the best cultural and natural wonders of the world, adding to the list of sites.

There are already some absolute winners on there, including the Grand Canyon and Angkor Was, but here are the potential newbies for 2020.
UNESCO World Heritage

Potential UNESCO World Heritage sites

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The un-beer-lievable price of beer around the world

It may not be a boozy time of year (hello, Dry January our old friend), but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your knowledge of the price of beer* around the world in preparation for your next trip. Or as inspiration for your next trip! No judgement here.  

We pride ourselves on how many different languages we can order a beer in as well as our knowledge of beer in general. So, we had a look at how much a cold one will set you back in some of the most popular travel destinations for 2020 

And if you’re not a big drinker or are teetotal altogether, don’t worry. Our list includes some non-alcoholic beers and breweries too. 

UK 

One word: pubs. If there’s one thing the Brits know how to do it’s the public house. And drinking, of course. They’ve been making beer since befo...

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Portugal Highlights in 17 Photos

I recently returned from my first visit to Portugal and the trip was so amazing that I know it’ll take me many posts to properly share what the experience was like. Before I start sharing those stories in earnest though, I want to first publish some of my favorite photos from the trip. Even though the weather wasn’t entirely cooperative, I still had an amazing river cruise experience with Viking and I know that my first visit won’t be my last.

Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon

Square Lisbon Portugal

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Belem Lisbon Portugal

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Belem Tower Lisbon Portugal

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Sintra

Porto Portugal

Porto

Porto Portugal

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Porto

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Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca, Spain

Douro River, Portugal

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My Perfect Day in Key West in 4 Acts

There are strange holes in my travel resume; spots I just haven’t visited for a variety of reasons. Until a few months ago, Key West was on that list, and I couldn’t wait to finally travel to this remote American outpost on the edge of the country. My visit to the Florida Keys was part of a project with Marriott, the Americas to highlight some amazing places around the country, including the always-interesting community of Key West.

Key West Florida

Where to Stay

What helped set the tone for my brief stay in Key West was my very quirky but also very luxurious boutique hotel, The Saint. Part of the Autograph Collection of hotels the distinctive mix of design and decadence matches its central Key West location with ease...

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The Ups and Downs of Visiting Walt Disney World As A Solo Adult

Walt Disney World Florida

It seems strange for me to think about but, until just a couple of years ago, I had never before visited a Disney Park. After my first trip to Disneyland in Anaheim though I was hooked and it has since become an important part of my travel life. Some will poo-poo it, but that’s their issue not mine. I love visiting Disney Parks for many reasons, but at its core the experience is pure and innocent fun, the likes of which is all too rare to find. Even though I had visited Disneyland several times in rapid succession, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida eluded me, until a few months ago when I finally had the opportunity to visit. Although very different from Disneyland, Walt Disney World is also a lot of fun to visit as a solo adult...

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