Edinburgh, the Most Beloved UK City

Edinburgh, the Most Beloved UK City

Edinburgh may not be popular to Americans but it is quite revered by people in the United Kingdom. In fact, it has topped The Guardian’s Favorite UK Cities list for 11 consecutive years now. Below are the top 3 reasons that make this wondrous city such a draw. And when you do visit it, make sure you have our handy Edinburgh Travel Guide & Offline Map and City Tour downloaded on your mobile device.

Edinburgh Castle

Who weren’t fascinated by castles when they were kids? You can make your childhood dream of being inside a majestic castle by visiting the Edinburgh Castle. It houses several museums, a few old prisons, and a Royal Palace where some of the oldest British crown jewels are exhibited. The castle itself is an architectural wonder. Just walk around and you’ll find something that will amaze you at every corner.

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Crazy Festivals

Edinburgh holds insane festivals all year round and the city folk go all out in celebrating them. The Mela Festival celebrates all the international cultures and cuisines that have influenced it. The city’s most notable festival, however, is the Fringe Festival which is acknowledged as the largest art festival in the world. Most of the festival’s events can be accessed for free though tickets are required for the premium ones. The Fringe Festival sells over 2 million tickets each year.

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Scotland is known to have one of the largest New Year celebrations in the world in which thousands of people participate in massive New Year street party. Carnivals and festivals are held 24/7 for the week before and ever New Year. In these two weeks of festivities, Edinburgh holds the Blogmanay competition in which 5 different dog sledding breeds are pitted against each other in races and other events.

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Porto, a Magnificent Cultural Capital!

Porto, a Magnificent Cultural Capital!

Porto is often overshadowed by Lisbon. When one thinks of a Portuguese city Lisbon is often the one that comes to mind. Though lesser known, there are several reasons why Porto is still worth your time. And to make sure you don’t get lost while exploring this wonderful city, download the Porto Travel Guide and Offline City Map.

Easy Transportation

Porto reinvented itself at the start of the New Millennium with much focus in modernizing its public transportation system. In addition to its subway and buses, people can now opt to travel around the city aboard trams. If you prefer to travel by river, there are numerous locations where you can get on a gondola.

Low Prices

Portugal is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe and Porto is one of Portugal’s cheapest cities. If you want to treat your entire family on a vacation without getting broke, this is definitely the place to go. Everything from food, lodging, and even clothes and souvenirs are affordable.

Museums and Galleries

Porto has numerous museums and art galleries most of which are home to world-class contemporary art. But if you only have time to visit one, we recommend the Museu da Imprensa.


The Douro River

A cruise up the majestic Douro River will definitely be a highlight of your stay in the city. The cruise will provide you with a different view of Porto. Watching the sun set from a cruise ship is sure to make your jaw drop in awe.

The Delicious Port

The Port of Porto is not only beautiful; it also has a huge wine cellar housing a wide variety of wine. Best part is, tourists are allowed to have a free taste of most of those wines. Go and sample as many as you want so you know which one best suits your taste buds.

Fabulous Wines

Of course, the free taste at the port won’t be enough. You can get your fill in one of the many wine shops in the city. The Douro Valley is world around the world for its exquisite wine, thanks mostly to the Valley’s rich soil. Don’t forget to try Green Wine. It is produced exclusively in Porto.


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Mexico, a Country of Diversity and Affordability

Mexico, a Country of Diversity and Affordability

Mexico may not be the most reputable tourist destination but it still has its moments. There are plenty of fun things to do in Mexico. Below are a few amazing reasons why you need to visit there. Just remember to have a Mexico City Travel Guide & Metro Map Route Planner with you to make traveling easier and more time-efficient.


Mexico is one of the most affordable vacation spots in the world today. Money that is barely enough for you to survive one day in a famous European is often enough to buy you a week of comfort and luxury in Mexico. Look for all-inclusive trips to Mexico on the Internet and you will be surprised at how cheap these travel packages are. If you really want to keep spending down, look for small inns in rural towns and eat where locals eat.


Mexico has an abundance of fine beaches ranging from ones that offer peace and relaxation to those that present extreme watersports. The beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico are known to be amazing spots for snorkeling and jet skiing while those in the Western Coast house numerous resorts perched atop rocky cliffs, thus providing an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.



Mexican cuisine is quite unique. Its most popular dishes are its tacos and tamales but there are a lot more to taste if you just take the time to look. The inland cities of Oaxaca and Puebla, for example, are known for dishes accompanied by a sauce named Mole which is made with toasted chilies and chocolate. Coastal regions specialize in seafood dishes most notable of which is the Veracruz Style Snapper in which a whole snapper is prepared with tomatoes, chilies, and olives. Baja California, on the other hand, is renowned for the Fish Taco as well as serving the finest wines in Mexico.


Mexico’s vibrant culture is awe-inspiring. Mariachis are other entertainers can be seen performing on the streets. Local nightclubs and concert halls are often booming with rumba music. Handicrafts sold in numerous boutiques and stalls make for perfect souvenirs.


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More Reasons to Visit Seville, the Home of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

More Reasons to Visit Seville, the Home of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites alone are enough to compel most people to visit Seville. First of the three sites is the majestic Alcázar Cathedral holds the tombs of Ferdinand III and Christopher Columbus. Next is the General Archive of the Indies houses important documents about the colonization of the Americas. Last is the Doñana National Park that is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and is home to more than half a million water fowl during the winter season. Below are even more reasons to Visit Seville. To make navigating through the various attractions easier, make sure you have a Seville Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map.


1.      Sunshine

The weather in Seville is pleasantly sunny. Even when it rains the sun will pop up immediately after. This makes exploring the many going from one part of the city to another even more enjoyable. If you want you can spend hours just roaming around and checking the ancient designs of the houses and buildings.

2.      Tapas

Some of the best tapas in the world are served in Seville. Almost every restaurant in the city has them in the menu. There are so many different kinds of tapa dishes available you can eat only tapas during your stay and you won’t feel saturated. This is the tapa lover’s paradise if there was one.


3.      Bizarre Architecture

The city of Seville is ancient. Some of its structures were built several hundred years ago which makes them appear strange today. There are numerous buildings and statues that look like they are not even from Earth at all. The Alamillo Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava is probably the most notable among these peculiar structures.

4.      Nightlife

The nightlife in Seville is amazing. Most establishments open early and close really late; some of them don’t even close at all. The bars are hip and serve authentic Spanish food and Spanish booze. One of the most popular bars in the city is the La Bicicleteria that is open 7 days a week.

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Valencia, One of Spain’s Oldest Cities

Valencia, One of Spain’s Oldest Cities

The Spanish city Valencia is was founded over 2,000 years ago by retiring Roman soldiers using the land Caesar had given them as a reward for their bravery. Today, it is known as for the dish paella and the Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences. It is also said to have the best weather in the entire country. Below are even more reasons for you to visit Valencia. Make sure you have a Valencia Travel Guide and Offline City Map downloaded on your mobile device for the best experience.

Brilliant weather

Historians believe that the incredible weather is what prompted the soldiers to build a city on the land they were given. The location guarantees at least 300 sunny days per year and temperatures only reach 25 degrees during the hottest month of August and go down to only 9 degrees during the coldest month of January.

Amazing Beaches

Don’t let the city’s urban sparkle keep you away from its outstanding beaches, especially since the terrific weather keeps the water temperature in these beaches desirable throughout the year. Most of the beaches around Valencia are quite underdeveloped and that just adds to their appeal. It means less people and less noise. Most notable among these beaches are the Arenas beaches, the La Malvarorrsa Beach, and the La Garrofera Beach.

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Grand Festivities

Fiestas are deeply embedded in Spanish culture. In Valencia, the annual Ninots Festival held from the 14th to the 19th of March is the most popular. In the said festival, each neighborhood creates a giant wooden effigy that is then paraded across the city. On average, the cost of building all of the ninots is around 22 million dollars. Just remember to book your accommodation in advance as the festival attracts half a million tourists each year.

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Ancient Atmosphere

Numerous ancient relics can be found as you venture around the city. The city gates are the last remaining parts of the town’s original defensive wall built in the 14th century. The Plaza de Virgen is almost as old as the city itself. The plaza’s centerpiece is its fountain surrounding by sculptures of eight women, representing the eight irrigation channels that supplied water into the city since its foundation.

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2 Alluring Reasons to Visit Shanghai, the Most Populous City in the World

2 Alluring Reasons to Visit Shanghai, the Most Populous City in the World

Shanghai is houses over 24 million people and is considered one of the most futuristic cities in the world. Below are a few reasons to visit this exhilarating, vibrant, and one-of-a-king metropolis. Also check out this Shanghai Travel Guide and Offline City Map for an easier time in the city.

New Foods and Drinks

Shanghai offers a wide variety of cuisines. You’ll surely be able to find one perfect for you regardless of what your preferences in food. Included in the list of dining establishments you should check out are:

·         Jade on 36 – known for its amazing cocktails and an extensive panoramic view of the city.

·         Lost Heaven – known for its Yunnan food made from ingredients that come from Burma and Lao. Its specialties include the Eggplant and Tofu Salad and Spicy Cod Steamed in Banana Leaves.

·         Jesse's – serves authentic Shanghai cuisine such as Braised Pork in Soy Sauce and Crab Dumplings.

·         Din Tai Fung – located just outside Yu Garden, this food house’s specialty is authentic Steamed Soup Dumplings.

·         Lu Bo Lang – specializes in all kinds of fresh dumplings. This establishment has the prestige of serving important figures such as Queen Elizabeth and Bill Clinton.

·         1515 West – known for its western food especially its beef dishes.

·         Kommune – a place with a relaxing atmosphere. It is popular for its fresh juices, iced coffees, and cold beers.

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Old and New Sights

Shanghai is home to both ancient buildings and modern structures. There are so many notable ones it is impossible to check them all out in just one day. Below are some of them:

·         Oriental Pearl Tower – this modern spherical building offers the best panoramic view of the whole city.

·         Shanghai World Financial Center – China’s tallest building. It has several observation decks each offering a different view of the Shanghai made special thanks to their laminated glass floors.

·         Yu Garden – a relic from the Ming Dynasty that houses several majestic ponds and amazing greenery.

·         Jing 'An Temple – a grand, golden-hued holy palace with quite a rich history.

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Irresistible Reasons to Visit Hawaii, an Isolated Volcanic Archipelago

Irresistible Reasons to Visit Hawaii, an Isolated Volcanic Archipelago

Aloha! Hawaii is included in almost everyone’s vacation bucket list. It is considered by many as the best place to relax and unwind thanks to its dazzling scenery, captivating beaches, and endless variety of fun activities. Below are some of the incredible reasons that make Hawaii a must-see destination. Also check out this Hawaii Travel Guide with Offline Map, GPS & Tours, it will definitely be of good use for your travel.

The Beaches

A gorgeous beach is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks of Hawaii. The archipelago has an overabundance of beaches. Each island has its own famous beach with Oahu’s Waikiki being the most popular. Waikiki was initially developed as a leisure and surfing spot for Hawaiian royalty. Today, it is a paradise for tourists thanks to its majestic Beach Walk, world-class shopping malls, luxury hotels, fine dining options, daily events, and interesting culture.

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Hawaii also prides itself with having several of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. As with all volcanic land formations, each Hawaiian island is lush with rainforest vegetation making the trek to the waterfall a truly magical experience. One of the archipelago’s most notable waterfalls is the Maui Waterfalls. The island of Maui is also referred to as the ‘Magic Isle’ because of how rural it feels compared to the other islands. It is the ideal place for a romantic getaway for two.


Hawaii Water Activities

Almost every kind of water activity is available in Hawaii. You name it; at least one of the Hawaiian Islands has it whether it is surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, paddle boarding, etc. You can also get on a yacht for a Na Pali Coast. If you want to try something new, you can get a ticket for the underwater cruise aboard the Atlantis Submarine in Maui.



Some of the world’s most fascinating volcanoes can be found in Hawaii. The archipelago’s most prominent volcanoes include:

·         Kilauea – the world’s most active volcano. This is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

·         Haleakala – one of the world’s largest dormant volcanoes. This can be found in the Haleakala National Park in Maui.

·         Diamond Head – a volcano in Oahu which is a part of the Honolulu Volcanic Series.

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Athens, the Heart of Greece

Athens, the Heart of Greece

Greece may be suffering from financial turmoil right now but this does not change the fact that it is still a wonderful tourist destination, especially its capital city, Athens. In fact, locals are now more welcoming to tourists than ever. Here are a few reasons to go to visit Athens. And don’t forget to download the Athens Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map beforehand.

National Archaeological Museum

Many consider Athens as the birthplace of modern Western civilization. The city houses a treasure throve of ancient artifacts and you can find a huge portion of them in the largest archeological museum in Greece aptly named the National Archaeological Museum. It is the most visited museum in the country and is considered one of the most important museums in the world when it comes to ancient Greek art. It holds enough interesting relics of antiquity to interest both adults and kids. Other museums in Athens include:

·         New Acropolis Museum

·         Agora Museum

·         Museum of Cycladic Art

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Lykavittos Hill

The top of Lykavittos Hill offers the best complete view of the whole city from the Acropolis to the Port of Piraeus to the Peloponnese. Bask in the unforgettable scenery as you take the hour-long leisurely walk to the top. Alternatively, you can take the funicular railway from the top of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki for a fast and easy route to the summit. Once you get there, hit up one of the cafés and have a drink and a taste of the exquisite souvlaki wrap. You can also visit the small chapel of St George. The highlight, though, will likely be the spectacular sunset. Watch as darkness creeps over the city and the lights start to turn on.


The Acropolis is a towering structure built during the Classical period of Ancient Greece. It serves as the reflection of that era’s architecture. The Acropolis is located high up a plateaued rock, allowing for a jaw dropping panoramic view of the entire city. Hundreds of tourists visit this structural marvel each day.

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Los Angeles, the Movie Capital of the World

Los Angeles, the Movie Capital of the World

Los Angeles is a city that is a mainstay in countless must-see destinations lists. It is a city where the chance of encountering a celebrity in some way is extremely high. It is also popular for its numerous red carpet events and of course the infamous Hollywood nightlife. It is also a city of rich culture, historical sites, prime fashion, and jaw dropping scenery. Check out this Los Angeles Travel Guide and Offline City Map L.A. to know more. Below are the most compelling reasons to go to L.A.


Disneyland is the dream destination of most kids from all around the world. But do remember that it is not just for kids; this massive theme park was designed and built for the whole family. It houses amazing theme rides and presents incredible shows. It also offers luxury accommodations, spa treatments, and fine dining.

 Catalina Island

Catalina is an exotic island where you can explore nature at its finest. It has clear blue waters that are perfect for all kinds of water activities such as diving, snorkeling, sea trekking, and kayaking. If you are more of a landlubber, the mountainous island is a great spot for parasailing, zip lining, hiking, and biking. You can also go take and easy and rent binoculars and spy on the wildlife, especially the buffalos. You may also take part in a semi-submersible tour or rent a glass bottom boat so you can watch marine life on their natural habitat. And of course, the island has its own slew of shops and restaurants.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Take a stroll through the most famous sidewalk in the world. The Hollywood Walk of Fame houses over 2,500 stars, each one honoring a celebrity of music, television, film, or theater, both living and dead. You can also schedule your visit to Los Angeles to coincide with the annual Walk of Fame Induction Ceremonies. The event is free so there is no reason to miss it.

 30 Miles of Public Beaches

30 out of the 72 miles of Los Angeles’ coastline is made up of beaches accessible to the public. Most agree that the best route is starting at Manhattan Beach and journeying through PCH, Venice, and Santa Monica until you finally arrive all the way up to Malibu. If you have your lunch in Manhattan, you will arrive at Malibu right on time for dinner.

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New Orleans, a City Reborn

New Orleans, a City Reborn

Over 10 years after the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is like a phoenix that rose from the ashes and is now the best it has ever been. Revered institutions have been restored and new and exciting in cultural, musical, culinary, and cocktail trends have emerged. Many hotels have undergone renovations and a few new ones are scheduled to open in the near future. Below are a few marvelous reasons to go to New Orleans today. So ready your New Orleans Travel Guide & Offline City Street Map.

The Colorful Culinary Scene

New Orleans offers a dining experience that cannot be found in any other city in the United States. The city has somehow managed to bring together cuisines of numerous influences such as Creole, Cajun, French, Israeli, and more. Popular food destinations in the city include:

  • Shaya – an Israeli restaurant helmed by Chef Alon Shaya. Its specialties include traditional Israeli chicken, lamb shank, hummus, and curried fried cauliflower.
  • Balise – a simple bar headed by Chef Justin Devillier. Its bestsellers are flounder and roasted grouper.
  • Booty’s – known for its amazing brunch menu that includes the Cuban Sandwich and Amsterdam fries.
  • Peche – led by James Beard Award-winning chef Ryan Prewitt, serves smoked-tuna dip, smothered catfish, and a Louisiana shrimp roll.
  • August – owned by local chef John Besh and is famous for its potato-crisp P & J oysters and Wagyu hangar steak with sesame, kimchi, and cured yard egg.
  • Brennan's – famous for its roasted gulf oysters with chili butter and a Manchego crust.
New Orleans Creole cuisine


Cocktails Everywhere

There’s a place to grab a drink anywhere in the city. This is not really a surprise considering most historians believe cocktail originated for New Orleans. Pubs and bars are simply everywhere. Notable ones include:

  • Cane & Table – an allegedly haunted establishment that serves modified cocktails such as the Extra Classic Sazerac and The Secret Howler.
  • CellarDoor – a former brothel, this establishment offers a wide array of tradition New Orleans cocktail.
  • Lüke – known for the Oyster Happy Hour and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Bacchanal Wine – famous for its live music and cheese plate.

Unconventional Attractions

If you have an appetite for the strange, New Orleans can give you your fill.

  • Priestess Miriam’s Voodoo Spiritual Temple – sells reading materials and ingredients for various things voodoo and mystical.
  • Louis Cemetery No. 1 - showcases the tombstones of politicians and aristocrats.
  • Greenwood Cemetery – final resting place of 600 Confederate soldiers and Major League Baseball player Al Jurisich.
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Seoul, South Korea’s Economic Powerhouse

Seoul, South Korea’s Economic Powerhouse

Seoul can be considered the soul of South Korea’s economy. It houses several of the world’s largest corporations such as Samsung Electronics, LG, Kia and Hyundai Motors. With a population of over 25 million, this city is perpetually busy. Below are some of the reasons that make Seoul an amazing tourist destination. You can check this Seoul Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for more information as well.

Amazing Food

Korean cuisine offers a unique and amazing experience. Seoul’s most famous dish is its Korean Barbecue. It involves fresh cuts of pork or beef that is grilled right at the center of your table. An order comes with unlimited portions of side dishes that typically include fresh vegetables, soups, sauces, and a variety of condiments. Most Korean dishes also come with Kimchi – spicy fermented cabbage. Ingredients are mostly locally grown. A variety of other iconic Korean dishes are served in the city. Just remember that almost all Korean dishes are in the spicy side.

Korean Food

Fascinating Culture

South Korean culture is extraordinary, particularly how deeply respect is valued. Instead of a handshake, Koreans give a proper bow to greet someone, even a stranger. They also give and accept things using both hands to show sincerity and politeness. Koreans are also quite cheerful but become extremely dedicated and focused when at work.

Thriving Nightlife

Seoul is a city that never sleeps with a hectic nightlife. A night of fun in Seoul often involves drinking Soju – Korean rice wine. Soju is in fact the most popular liquor in the world selling more than 70 million cases in 2016. You can choose to relax and chill while drinking with friends, dance at a nightclub, or rent a karaoke booth. Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae are the city’s premier entertainment districts where almost all establishments remain open until sunrise.

Seoul Nightlife

Tech-savvy Innovations

Korea seems a few years ahead in technology compared to the rest of the world, and Seoul is its most technologically advanced city. Streets remain bright throughout the night thanks to an overabundance of neon lights that even Vegas can’t compare with. Almost every building has a huge LED flat screen mounted on the wall. Various electronic gadgets are sold everywhere. And the speed and availability of its Wi-Fi is unmatched by any other city in the world.

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Kon'nichiwa! Visit Osaka, Japan’s Kitchen

Kon'nichiwa! Visit Osaka, Japan’s Kitchen

Osaka is Japan’s third most populated city. Though it takes a backseat to Tokyo and Kyoto when it comes to popularity with tourists, Osaka has its fair share of wonderful things it can offer. Here are a few reasons Osaka deserves a spot in your bucket list of places to visit. And for your convenience, don’t forget to download the Osaka Travel Guide and Offline City Map once you get there.

Best Food in Japan

Osaka was nicknamed The Nation’s Kitchen thanks to its status as Japan’s rice trade hub during the Edo Period. Today, it is known all over the country as the gourmand’s paradise with okonomiyaki as its most popular dish. Okonomiyaki which literally means ‘grilled as you like it’ is a flavorful version of Japanese pancake, made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, and meat, and topped with a variety of condiments. The customer can customize it with a selection of meat, seafood, or noodles. Other staples include:

·         Kitsune udon - thick noodle soup blanketed by fried tofu

·         Hakozushi - sushi pressed flat in a bamboo box

·         Takoyaki - ball-shaped octopus fritters

·         Tessa -- sashimi made from poisonous fugu or globefish

Osaka Cuisine

Flashy and Warm at the Same Time

Osaka maintains a certain level of country charm in spite of having over 3 million residents. If you prefer a city atmosphere, check out the Namba department stores and compete with countless housewives in a bargaining battle. Come nightfall, you can go to the Umeda neighborhood and enjoy a dazzling nightlife. If you prefer a small-town vibe, there are numerous ethnic restaurants and traditional sushi shops scattered across the various districts and alleys.

Osaka Shopping

¥500 Blast from the Past

For a measly ¥500 ($4.50), you can enter the Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in Osaka's Hattori Ryokuchi Park which houses 11 authentic farmhouses from the Edo period. These were originally located in various parts of the country, disassembled, brought to the park, and then reassembled.

Spa World

Spa World is referred to by locals as the amusement pool. It has various sections, each resembling a traditional spa from a certain location.the European Spa section houses baths inspired by Ancient Rome, Greece, Finland, and even Atlantis. The Asian Spa section contains baths inspired by Persia, Bali, and of course, Japan. Spa World also has its own salon, restaurant, and hotel. You gain full access to all amenities at just ¥2,700 ($24.30) per day.

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Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Marrakech, the fourth largest city of Kingdom of Morocco, is a hidden gem that is definitely worth a visit. The former imperial city is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. Here are a few reasons why you should go to Morocco. For more helpful details, check out the Marrakech Travel Guide & Offline City Street Maps. Gateway to the Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert is a wonder of nature, an endless sea of sand that seems to stretch infinitely. It covers approximately 3.5 million square miles or 9.2 million square kilometers making it around the same size as the continental United States. It touches eight countries and is home to unique land formations and plant and animal life.

Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert
Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert

Haggle for Rares at the Souqs

The Souqs is a massive marketplace where you can get pretty much anything and for a huge bargain your negotiation skills are good enough. You can haggle on both common items such as food, clothing, and traditional Moroccan lamps as well as rare treasures such as artwork and antique jewelry. Start haggling for a third of the seller’s price and you are likely to get the item you want at half the price. You can even play a game with your friends on who is the best haggler.

Awesome Marrakech Souk
Awesome Marrakech Souk

Relax in the Majorelle Gardens

The Jardin Majorelle oasis offers a serene break from the hectic city. The gardens are named after Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who fell in love with the city of Marrakech so much he brought everything he can with him upon his return in 1919 and settled there for good. He purchased the plot of land where the gardens now stand for use as his personal studio and sanctuary. The gardens suffered deterioration after Majorelle’s death in 1962 but were purchased and restored in 1966 by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The Majorelle Gardens became open to the public in 2008, shortly after Saint Laurent’s death.

Experience Authentic Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan cuisine is nothing to scoff at. It has its own unique look and flavor. The most sought after Moroccan food item is authentic mint tea. It is prepared using unique Moroccan ways using ingredients found in the locality for a distinct aroma and taste.

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Irresistible Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Las Vegas, the City of Sin

Irresistible Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Las Vegas, the City of Sin

Las Vegas is has become a part of pop culture as the “Sin City” thanks to its numerous unconventional adventures readily available for tourists. The city’s unofficial slogan of “Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” alone is enough for thousands who simply want to let loose and do things they don’t normally do. For detailed knowledge of the entire city, check out this Las Vegas Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Rail. Below are just some of the things that make Last Vegas so attractive. Cheap Hotels

Don’t let the massive casinos and other extravagant establishments fool you. Hotel accommodation in Vegas is actually quite cheaper to most large cities in the United States. This is why even teenagers can go to Vegas for pull an all-nighter of fun and vice after only a few months of saving money. Hotels rates can go as low as $50 per night and the most expensive luxury hotels often don’t go ever $300 per night.

Amazing Las Vegas View!
Amazing Las Vegas View!

Converging Cultures

One of the major reasons that make Las Vegas universally enticing is that it caters to everyone regardless of race, nationality, or religion. It has all kinds of attractions inspired by various cultures and locations around the globe. For example, you find all kinds of foods from fast food to fancy cuisine to exotic foods in Vegas. If you want to experience as many new things as you want in one night, there is simply no place better.

World Class Shows

Some of the best artists and showmen in the world perform regularly in Vegas. Top notch shows are being held in numerous locations all throughout the night that catching them all is impossible. From rock acts to standup comedy to theater to strip clubs… any kind of entertainment you want can be found in Vegas.

Ease of Moving Around

In a city with countless attractions, mobility is important. Fortunately, Vegas has carefully planned roads and state of the art transport systems that makes going from one part of the city to another extremely quick and easy. You can choose walk, get a taxi, rent a car, ride a bus, or get on a monorail. If you choose to drive, there are numerous free parking spaces available if you know where to look.

Las Vegas main street known as The Strip
Las Vegas main street known as The Strip

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3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

Sydney is Australia’s most populous city. Locals love it and tourists adore it. If you ever plan on visiting the Land Down Under, Sidney is a city you should not miss. Here are a few reasons why. And remember to download the Sydney Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro to make your vacation easier and more pleasant.

1. The Beaches

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Sydney is a city of beaches. With several beaches to choose from, finding one suited to your tastes will be quite easy. The Palm Beach is a popular choice as the mesmerizing scenery during the one-hour long trip to get there from the city center is truly unforgettable. The Clovelly Beach is ideal for families who just want to have a quiet and wholesome picnic by the beach. Shark Beach is known for having its own shark net and a majestic view of theSydney Harbor Bridge.

2. Authentic Sydney side Cuisine

There are several eateries in the city that can provide you with a taste of genuine Australian cuisine. Harry’s Cafe De Wheels is the most popular and most iconic among them all. It is a simple hot dog and pie stand. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a quick meal while enjoying a great view of the Woolloomooloo Harbor. The Doyles is well-known for its take on Australian Fish and Chips that uses squeezed lemon and mayonnaise in place vinegar. And the Kawa Café is the top choice for Australian coffee.

3. So Much Free Stuff to Do

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You can have fun in Sidney without spending a dime. In the center of the city, you can find the Botanic Gardens. This place is full of all kinds of harmless wildlife such as lorikeets, cockatoos, and water dragons. From the Botanic Garden, you can take a straight path to Paddington. In this route which is a few miles long, you can see flying foxes and other sorts of fruit bats flying around. If you are looking for panoramic views of the city, you can go to the Opera House or the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Brandenburg gate at sunset
Brandenburg gate at sunset

Berlin is one of the most coveted tourist spots in Europe. Below are some of the many amazing reasons why you should definitely go and visit Berlin. Refer to the Berlin Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for a more comprehensive understanding of this wonderful city.

Profound History

No other European city is as historically significant as Berlin. In fact, a major part of recent history in the continent began at Berlin, making it the dream destination for history both history geeks and the average Joe who are simply curious. It is the best place to obtain an understanding of World War II and how it impacted Europe. Berlin also has Communist roots. The city has several museums you can spend a few hours on.

Liberal Mindset

Berlin is regarded by many as the most liberal European capital. It is a place where you can just be yourself and no one will judge you or act awkward towards you because of it. It has numerous alternative neighborhoods and vibrant places where you can just chill and relax.

Impressive Monuments

The Berlin Wall alone is worth your visit to Berlin. It is a mammoth structure that once separated East Berlin from West Berlin. Then there is also the Holocaust Memorial where you can gaze at remnants from the most terrible genocide in history. In contrast, there is the East Side Gallery, a particular 1316m section of the Berlin Wall that serves as an international memorial for freedom. There are other remarkable monuments scattered all over the city.

Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin
Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin

Delicious Food

Berlin offers a wide selection of cuisine. First of all, it is a haven for vegans. It has the most number of vegan restaurants in the continent. You won’t even have to look for one to see one. Berlin also has the highest population of Turkish people in Europe so there is an abundance of Turkish restaurants and supermarkets. Other cuisines you can quite easily find in Berlin include Oriental, Italian, and Mexican.

Fun Shopping

Berlin has its fair share of colossal shopping malls such as the Berlin Mall, the KaDeWe and the Gallery Lafayette. The city also has a plethora of booth shops and small stores as well as flea markets full of vintage items. There are also secondhand bookstores and sellers of second hand designer clothes.

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4 Epic Reasons to Visit Chicago, the Windy City

4 Epic Reasons to Visit Chicago, the Windy City

If you’re planning a vacation on the Land of the Free then you should definitely consider a visit to Chicago. Chicago is one of North America’s most unique and beautiful big cities with its perfect combination of art, culture, and history. Below are some of the reasons why Chicago is such a popular tourist destination. And if you do decide to make the trip, make sure you have a Chicago Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro on the ready. Willis Tower

The Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) is the tallest building in the United States with a dizzying height of 1,450 ft. Designed by Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the tower is made unique by its lack of interior supports. It instead uses nine exterior frame tubes to maintain its structural integrity. The Skydeck in the 103rd floor allows for a 360-degree view of the city. The Skydeck also connects to the Ledge, an arrangement of enclosed glass boxes that allow you to view straight down to the ground.

Field Museum

The Field Museum, named after its first major benefactor Marshall Field, is a massive museum built to display items from the World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, it houses a plethora of treasures, fossils, and artifacts. It also offers a wide variety of interactive exhibits. The unique insight into global cultures and environments past and present makes it one of the best museums in the United States.

Navy Pier

The Navy Pier, a former military and freight terminal, has undergone numerous renovations to become a center of recreation filled to the brim with various attractions for both kids and adults. Today, it has become the most visited attraction in Chicago, drawing over eight million people every year. It also offers spectacular views of the city.

Let's have fun at Chicago Navy Pier
Let's have fun at Chicago Navy Pier

Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is the second most popular attraction in Chicago. It is also one of the oldest zoos in the US and one of the few that still offer free admission. This small park was built in 1868 with just a couple of swans. Now it is home to a wide variety of animals and has even become one of the leaders in ape research.

Visit nature in Chicago!
Visit nature in Chicago!

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Copenhagen, the Stylish Danish Capital

Copenhagen, the Stylish Danish Capital

Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the emerging tourist destinations today with many people from all over the world getting captivated by its dreamy design, luscious foods, and beauty. Here are some of the many reasons you should visit Copenhagen. And don’t forget to download the Copenhagen Travel Guide Offline and City Map for maximum experience. The Restaurants

Copenhagen is home to Noma, rated 2-stars by Michelin and is considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world and the pinnacle of super gourmet dining. There are also numerous other notable eateries such as:

  • Fiskebar – serves a wide variety of fish dishes
  • Kiin Kiin – a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant
  • Retour Steak – home of half kilo rumps
  • Relae – informal eatery ideal for dates
  • Bodega - a cafe-cum-bar near the city cemetery and the number one destination for brunch

Street Food

If you prefer going through food stalls and tasting as much variety of food as you can over sitting on a dining table, Copenhagen has you covered with its rapidly growing street food scene. The Paper Island houses the city’s first street food market where you can sample food from all over the globe, pull and deck chair, sit by the water, and enjoy the assortment of good food. Artists and musicians also often frequent the area to give free live performances to diners.

Yammi! Copenhagen Cinnamon Rolls
Yammi! Copenhagen Cinnamon Rolls

The Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a toasty, warm, cozy atmosphere so unique to the Danish winter the word does not have a direct English translation yet. It is all about a serene environment of good life, candles, friends and laughter, and a sheepskin blanket. Spending a few winter days in Copenhagen will be a perfect bonding activity for couples and families.

The Tivoli Gardens

The Tivoli Gardens amusement park, founded in 1843, is considered as a national treasure and a must-visit for anyone visiting Copenhagen. It is like a place from fairytales with its lush gardens, exotic architecture, and thousands of multi-colored lights that come alive during the night.

Enjoy Tivoli Gardens
Enjoy Tivoli Gardens

Cycling Culture

Bicycles are the primary mode of transport in Copenhagen which means no traffic, no noise, and no pollution. You can rent a city bike with built-in GPS or a traditional bike from one of the many ubiquitous shops and start exploring.

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Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

The Cuban Government has made making it easier for Americans to visit the country a key part of its tourism campaign. There are now direct flights to Cuba from many cities in the United States. A lot of major American cities even have nonstop charter flights to Cuba. This alone makes it a good idea to visit this country. And if you will visit Cuba, might as well choose its capital and largest city, Havana. For easier time navigating Havana’s busy streets, get the Havana Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map. The Tourist Area of Old Havana (La Habana Vieja)

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of Havana than taking a casual walk through the busy, crowded Calle Obispo from Calle Mercaderes, near Havana Harbor, west to Avenida Bélgica. You might even pick up souvenirs along the way as the sidewalks are littered with closet-sized shops selling refrigerator magnets, stuffed dolls, marionettes, t-shirts, and more.

You can also grab some street food as you go along with your stroll. An elote (corn on the cob on a stick) is a must try. You will also come across vendors selling sticky pastries and small Cuban sandwiches along the way. You might also encounter musicians giving free performances on a random street corner.

What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall
What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall

Historical Havana

Cuba had its fair share of battles. It came under Spanish occupation for many years. Americans also tried to invade and conquer it numerous times. In Havana, you can find various fields, buildings, and promontories that were once battlefields. Take a walk on the walkway through the lawn facing the Malecón and the beautiful water beyond. Look for the historical markers that provide clues of when Cubans and Americans faced off using rifles and cannons.

1950s and 1960s American Cars

Havana is a paradise for automobile enthusiasts who have a taste for the antique. You will surely be amazed by how many vintage Buicks, Pontiacs, Chrysler Plymouths, Ford Fairlanes, Chevrolets, Dodges, and Studebakers parade the streets. Perfectly restored cars are often parked near hotels and plazas waiting for tourists who want to rent them.

Havana's Typical Old American Cars
Havana's Typical Old American Cars

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A city armed with Gothic grit and glamour- Visit Lisbon!

A city armed with Gothic grit and glamour- Visit Lisbon!

WOW! Lisbon skyline at sunset
WOW! Lisbon skyline at sunset

Lisbon which came out of a dire recession galvanized and game for anything, has found itself in the unexpected position being of Europe's new cool capital. There are more exciting things to do in Lisbon so make sure you have your Lisbon Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro.

Enjoy the view

Strap on some comfy shoes and get moving, Lisbon, after all, is a city of seven hills, which means there are breathtaking views around (nearly) every corner. One of the best views of Lisbon can be found from the São Jorge Castle. Get your tickets online to avoid lining up, and enjoy the view of the city from the castle grounds. If you’d rather not pay for a view, Miradouro da Graca offers some of the best sights free of charge. Bring a sandwich, grab a bench, and enjoy a leisurely lunch with a stunning view of Lisbon. If you’re after a luxurious setting, Silk nightclub is supposed to be one of the best vantage points to see Lisbon at night. Just make sure to dress the part, as this club has a fairly strict dress code (we found out the hard way).


Shopping in Lisbon is plentiful and very affordable. Skip the useless souvenirs, and instead stock up on delicious Portuguese specialties like gourmet tinned fish, sweet Ginja, and the delicious Portuguese-made preserves and honeys. Portuguese ceramics and fragrant soaps are also amazing keepsakes to bring back with you. Make sure you’re not buying the Made in China products by shopping at stores that sell the locally-crafted ceramics (and other goodies) – Lisbon Shop, A Vida Portuguesa, and Embaixada are a few of my faves. Embaixada deserves a special mention for its beautiful setting.


Lisbon is a lively, beautiful city with a ton of things to do and plenty of landmarks to visit. Admiring the many tiled buildings was probably my favorite thing, which is why I’m so sad that we missed out on a visit to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (aka the Tile Museum). I hear it’s a gem, so check it out if you get a chance.

It was too hot for us to ride the infamous Tram 28, but hanging out along its route to take photos of the passing trams was just as fun.

So beautiful, typical Lisbon architecture
So beautiful, typical Lisbon architecture


Lisbon’s foodie scene was definitely a pleasant surprise. Nearly every single meal we had during our trip was a smash hit. There’s a plethora of delicious options at the admittedly touristy Time Out Market; the Piri Piri chicken from the Miguel Laffan stall was my personal favorite, but other restaurants were great too according to my friends and fellow travelers (just watch out for aggressive table stealers).

For a fresh take on ceviche, A Cevicheria is a must-visit. You won’t be impressed with the quantity of food at this tiny resto, but you will certainly love every bite.

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