Instagram mania and queues at Roys Peak

Instagram mania and queues at Roys Peak

Instagram mania and the incredible views offered at the summit of a New Zealand mountain have led to queues at the mountaintop.

Roys Peak, which is 5,500 feet above sea level and offers stunning views over Lake Wanaka, is situated only 70 kilometres from popular Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island.

Hikers make the trek along Roys Peak Track to reach the summit, but the 8 kilometre hike and views it offers photographers have become so popular there are now queues at the summit.

Want to learn everything there is to know about New Zealand? Read our array of articles about the Land of the Long White Cloud below.

Or watch the below episode of Adventure Golf and join Ian Cross as he travels to New Zealand, where there are more sheep and golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Lisa Reihana: European explorers and the native people of the Pacific Islands

Lisa Reihana: European explorers and the native people of the Pacific Islands

In Pursuit of Venus (Infected) is a spectacular video installation artwork by New Zealand Maori artist, Lisa Reihana, which charts first contact between European explorers and the native peoples of the Pacific Islands 250 years ago.

It went on display at the Auckland Art Gallery in May 2015. Six years in the making, the work is based on a large 19th century scenic wallpaper, ‘Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique’, created by French firm Joseph Dufour et Cie in the 19th century which depicts a romanticised view of the landscapes and people of the Pacific.

Using the landscape forms of the wallpaper as a backdrop, Reihana added live action scenes recorded in front of green screens, showing interactions between Europeans and Polynesians. Reihana worked with theatre director Rachel House, actors and students from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts to create the 32-minute film installation.

Reihana’s script re-examines the first encounters between Polynesians and Europeans with scenes that depict the intricacies of cultural identity and colonisation.

Most recently the installation has featured in the Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition in London.

Want to learn more? Watch our mini series The Lost World of Joseph Banks, the first television documentary of the explorers life, or read our Study Guide: The Lost World of Joseph Banks or our in depth look at the Great Explorers of the Pacific.

 

Easter Islanders demanding the return of pillaged relics

Easter Islanders demanding the return of pillaged relics

Easter Islanders are the latest indigenous group to demand the return cultural relics pillaged by Western countries from their homeland.

The British Museum’s Easter Island Moai

The British Museum’s Easter Island Moai

A delegation from Rapa Nui, as the island is now known, are asking the British Museum to return a giant statue known as Moai taken by the crew of a British naval vessel, HMS Topaze, in 1868.

The Moai is known as Hoa Hakananai’a and the islanders say it’s the living embodiment of their ancestors “whose role is to protect us”.

It was presented to Queen Victoria who gifted it to the British Museum, where it’s been for almost 150 years.

The museum has been the target of numerous claims for return of cultural relics including the Elgin Marbles to Greece and tribal artefacts taken from Australian Aborigines.

Moai from Easter Island are also held by museums in the United States, France and New Zealand.

Want to learn more? Watch our episode Globe Guides: Mysterious Places and follow our presenters as they uncover the strangest mysteries on the planet, from the relics of Easter Island to England’s Stonehenge. 

Top winter cities to guarantee a white Christmas

Top winter cities to guarantee a white Christmas

Gear up for the festive season by reading the ranking of the world’s ultimate Christmas cities.

Is London going to provide a blanket of snow this December?

London is known as one of the best escapes for Christmas but isn’t often covered in snow. London gets an average snowfall of 21.9 inches all year round. The last white Christmas was recorded in 2010 so there is a slight chance that Londoners could get some magical timing with the weather to offer a Christmas postcard picture.  The odds currently stand at 3/1 on Skybet for a London white Christmas.

The top Christmas cities for a white Christmas:

snowfall

Canada has two the top winter cities for a guaranteed white Christmas

The UNESCO world treasure of Quebec City averages a snowfall of a 124 inches, the cobbled streets become paved with a white dusting more often than not and is ranked the second best Christmas city overall. Montreal follows closely behind with an average snowfall of 82.5 inches. These two Christmas cities are likely to provide a white blanket of snow for the 25th of December.

Helsinki, Finland revealed as the ultimate Christmas city worldwide

The vibrant seaside city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland transforms in the winter time to become the most Christmassy city, and ranked in 1st place as the top Christmas city. Berlin with it’s famed Christmas markets had the best value Christmas lunch at under £40 came in at number 3, whereas Prague is the best place to nab a 6ft Christmas tree for less than £10 placed 9th in the listing. The data revealed that Helsinki rated the best in overall value to create the most magical Christmas, with the total cost of ranking factors amounting to £302.95; with the light switch on celebrations starting at the 25th of November and the average snowfall hitting 26.9 inches.

Edinburgh outranks New York as one of the best cities to visit at Christmas

Edinburgh with easy travel on train from London, it makes the perfect Christmas escape. With the streets being adorned with lights at the 18th of November it is an early start to the season and the chances snowfall with an average of 18.3 inches make it a great winter escape.

Ranking:

  1. Helsinki – Best for Scandi-magic
  2. Quebec City – Best for a white Christmas
  3. Berlin – Best for cheap Christmas dinners
  4. London – Best for beautiful Christmas lights
  5. Salzburg – Best for fairy tale views
  6. Copenhagen – Best for culinary delights
  7. Edinburgh – Best for all the family
  8. Montreal – Best for snowman building
  9. Prague – Best for Christmas trees
  10. Dublin – Best for merriment
  11. Bruges – Best for chocolate lovers
  12. Reykjavik – Best for the Northern Lights
  13. Aspen – Best for skiing
  14. Strasbourg – Best for Christmas markets
  15. New York – Best for wonder and excitement

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Want more Christmas cheer? Read about the 10 Christmas Markets You Might Not Have Heard Of.

Parker’s Piece: Cambridge Rules and the Birthplace of Modern Football

Parker's Piece: Cambridge Rules and the Birthplace of Modern Football

Parkers’s Piece is a 25-acre park near the centre of Cambridge, where modern football, or soccer, was first played.

It was originally owned by Trinity College and was named after the college cook who leased it from the college to farm.

In the first half of the 19th century students from various English public schools and universities began playing various football games at Parker’s Piece. There was no standard set of rules for these games.

But it was here that the Cambridge Rules of 1848 were first put into practice. They were very influential in the creation of the modern rules of Association Football, drawn up in London by The Football Association in 1863.

Parker’s Piece is also known for its 1838 feast for 15,000 people, which celebrated the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton, Windsor, Eton… there are so many amazing day trips from London just a short train ride away!

The top 19 things to do in the USA in 2019

The top 19 things to do in the USA in 2019

2019 is set to be huge year for the USA, with a spectacular range of events, anniversaries and new openings that will enhance visitors’ holidays, and provide exciting new experiences. From monumental events, such as the very first WorldPride to be held in the United States, to key anniversaries including the Grand Canyon centennial and the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage, here are the top picks for 2019.

100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon

On 26 February the Grand Canyon will celebrate 100 years of National Park status. As one of the world’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grand Canyon welcomes approximately six million domestic and international visitors each year – with visitors hiking the red rock of the corridor trail, strolling the canyon’s rim or swimming in the invigorating pools of the Havasu Falls. To mark the anniversary, a series of events will be taking place over the year, including the 2019 Grand Canyon Star Party, which will run from 22 – 29 June 2019. Over the dates, the Tuscon Amateur Astronomy Association and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix will set up a series of telescopes, teaching visitors about the planets, star clusters, distant galaxies and more.

400 years since the birth of Jamestown

In 2019 the United States is set to celebrate one of its most significant anniversaries: 400 years since its birth in Jamestown, Virginia. It’s a chance for visitors to explore Virginia’s Historic Triangle – which includes Jamestown and its historic fort, Colonial Williamsburg (the nation’s largest living history museum where the townsfolk are in 18th-century character) and Yorktown, where the battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. Visitors can enhance their knowledge with the new VA History Trails app – the first app to directly connect users to over 400 historical sites throughout Virginia.

Read our informative study guide about the American War of Independence here.

50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon

On 20 July 2019 it will be 50 years since Neil Armstrong successfully landed Apollo 11’s four-legged Lunar Module on the moon – marking the very first moon landing. To celebrate the moment, cities around the U.S. will be marking Armstrong’s “one small step” with a series of exhibitions and events.

Visitors may choose to:

  • Catch the travelling exhibition Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, from 13 April – 2 September 2019. Exhibits include one-of-a-kind artefacts from the mission.
  • See thousands of model rockets launched into the air at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama – the world’s largest space museum and home of Space Camp. The rockets that took man to the moon were engineered by scientists in the city.
  • Stand beneath Saturn V, the largest rocket ever launched, and learn about the run up to the landings at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where the Apollo 11 spacecraft lifted off.
  • Get up close to an array of Apollo artifacts under the roof of the Space Centre, Houston.

WorldPride to be held in the United States

For the first time in its 20-year-long history, WorldPride will be held in the United States. New York City is set to host the month-long event from 1 – 30 June 2019, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Accordingly, the event series will be dually branded WorldPride NYC/Stonewall 50, and run with a theme of Millions of Moments of Pride – a nod to the countless experiences every person encounters during the annual WorldPride celebrations around the world. Three million people are expected to enjoy the roster of events, which will range from family movie nights to Femme Fatale, a rooftop party for women. WorldPride NYC/Stonewall 50 will culminate in the largest LGBTQIA+ march in the world, on Sunday 30 June 2019.

250th anniversary of San Diego’s founding

In May 1769, the first European settlement on the California coast was established at the Presidio – where Old Town San Diego exists today. The neighbourhood is considered the birthplace of California and is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in the state, when Father Junipero Serra established the very first mission in the region. Father Serra’s mission and the Presidio were both built on a hillside overlooking the present-day Old Town (in what is now Presidio Park), and the neighbourhood will be commemorating the anniversary with a series of events in 2019.

Statue of Liberty Museum opening

The brand-new $70 million museum is an exciting new experience for anyone visiting the Statue of Liberty. Due to open in spring or autumn 2019, the museum will feature interactive displays, museum galleries and immersive theatre experiences that will showcase the history of the statue and its importance to the USA. The state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified building will also have unobstructed views of the famous statue.

Read about the fascinating history behind the iconic Lady Liberty here.

150th anniversary of women’s suffrage

The state of Wyoming will be commemorating 150 years of women’s suffrage in 2019. In 1869, Wyoming Territory approved the first law in United States history granting women the right to vote; the following year, the first woman to cast a vote in a general election in the U.S. (and the world) was from the small town of Laramie, Wyoming – a full 50 years before women got the vote nationwide. When the region was invited to join the Union on the condition that women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.” By 1920 when women got the vote nationwide, women in Wyoming had already been voting for half a century.

Three Michelin stars land for the first time in Washington, D.C.

The region of Washington is set to be one of the USA’s hottest dining destinations, and one of the great gastronomic capitals of the world, thanks to the D.C. area’s first ever three-Michelin-star restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington. The 40-year-old restaurant and inn, which is located 90 minutes from D.C. and is detailed in the new 2019 Michelin guide, features patterned carpets, heavy drapes and plush upholstery, and is celebrated for Chef Patrick O’Connell’s modern interpretation of classic French cooking. The Michelin guide arrived in Washington, D.C. four years ago, and is one of the only cities to have a Michelin guide in the U.S. – others include San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Michelin’s everyday dining 2019 Bib Gourmand list has seen the number of restaurants listed in Washington, D.C. jump from 22 to 39, cementing the region as one of the hottest culinary destinations.

200th birthday anniversary of Herman Melville

August 2019 marks 200 years since the birth of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Visitors may experience the celebrations by taking the new Massachusetts Whale Trail, which was introduced in 2018. The trail links close to 40 museums, historic sites, attractions and excursions dedicated to whales, and helps visitors make the most of one of the USA’s most beautiful coastlines. Visitors may also take the self-guided New Bedford walking tour of the places that inspired Melville’s book.

50th anniversary of Woodstock Festival

August 2019 will mark 50 years since the first Woodstock festival, one of the world’s most iconic festivals, which was first held on a dairy farm in Bethel, a town in the Catskills in New York State. Close to 400,000 attendees saw the likes of The Who, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix perform over the weekend, with a film of the concerts released the following year.

60th anniversary of Hawaii and Alaska becoming U.S. states

On 3 January 2019 Alaska will celebrate 60 years as a U.S. state – it was the 49th stated to be admitted into the union in 1959, closely followed by Hawaii, which was admitted on 21 August as the 50th state. The anniversaries will put the spotlight on the two states: visitors may choose to tour Hawaii’s volcanic islands, laze on pristine beaches or learn to surf at Waikiki, while Alaska is home to Denali, America’s highest peak, along with plenty of wildlife and outdoor pursuits.

New York City neighbourhood of Hudson Yards is unveiled

All eyes are on the imminent revealing of Hudson Yards, one of the most exciting development projects to hit New York, and the world, in decades. The new neighbourhood on Manhattan’s Far West Side will sit atop the still-operating rail yards of 10th and 11th avenues and 30th and 40th streets – home to one of New York’s first freight lines, the Hudson River Railroad. On completion, Hudson Yards will consist of 14 acres of public space, glossy sky scrapers (and one of the city’s highest open-air observation decks – opening in early-mid 2019) and a public plaza. Vessel, a series of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs designed by British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, will be the centrepiece of the plaza, and is due to open in early 2019. The restaurants, food halls and high-end boutiques are likely to debut in March 2019, with several other skyscrapers following after.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening

Disneyland (California) and Disney World (Florida) will be unveiling new 14-acre Star Wars-themed attractions, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, in summer and autumn 2019. The eagerly anticipated attractions will give guests complete immersion in the Star Wars story, with guests departing on a Star Wars adventure by boarding a starship filled with characters telling the story of the journey through the galaxy. The openings will feature two new attractions and give visitors the opportunity to meet their Star Wars heroes before boarding a Star Destroyer or flying the Millennium Falcon.

150th anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad

One of the most iconic events in America’s history was the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in Utah on 10 May 1869. The First Transcontinental Railroad connected the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, and opened for traffic on 10 May 1869, when President of the Central Pacific, Leland Stanford, drove the gold ‘Last Spike’ into the railway, completing the 1,912-mile continuous line which would connect east and west. Anniversary celebrations known as Spike 150 will take place over the weekend of 10 May 2019, while a travelling exhibition The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West will celebrate the ‘meeting of the rails’ with a groundbreaking collection of photographs and stereographs showing the railroad’s construction. They will be on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City from 1 February – 26 May 2019.

New Orleans Sazerac House Museum opening

Cocktail lovers should head to New Orleans in spring 2019 when Sazerac House Museum, a museum dedicated to the heady whiskey cocktail, will open. The three-story museum will be located in a historic building that’s been empty since the 1980s, and trace the history of cocktails as well as the influence of Sazerac on the city, as well as cocktail culture in general. Sazerac is regarded as a close cousin of the Old Fashioned, and is the official cocktail of NOLA.

90 years since the first Academy Awards, plus plenty of film anniversaries

The first Academy Awards – also known as the Oscars – was first held in Hollywood in May 1929. In 2019 a number of legendary films will also be celebrating anniversaries, including:

  • The 80th anniversary of the film release of Gone with the Wind. The Civil War-era film, which was adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name, traces the life of Scarlett O’Hara during her life in Georgia. At the 12th Academy Awards it received 10 awards and 13 nominations.
  • The 50th anniversary of the film Easy Rider. It was filmed in Monument Valley, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, and has inspired generations of riders to take to the open road. Specialist guided biking companies including EagleRider will be offering two Easyrider Movie tour trips for select dates in 2019.
  • The 50th anniversary of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. The iconic film stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film was based on a true story and was shot in Utah’s Zion National Park, Grafton Ghost Town and Snow Canyon State Park.

Hamilton: The Exhibition opens in Chicago

Following the global success of the musical Hamilton, on 6 April 2019 Hamilton: The Exhibition will premiere in the city of Chicago. The new interactive exhibition, which will feature an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been designed to immerse visitors in the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, giving visitors the chance to experience how Hamilton lived, while also chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America. The eagerly anticipated exhibit will open on Northerly Island in a free-standing structure approximately the size of a football field, before moving on to tour selected U.S. cities for the rest of the year.

Heading to city famous for hot dogs, jazz and 1920s gangsters? Read our guide on How To Spend 3 Days In Chicago to help plan your visit.

Tiger Woods Golf Course opens

In 2019, Big Cedar Lodge, a 4,600-acre lakeside retreat in Missouri, will open the first public-access golf course from golf legend and 79-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods. The course is the work of Woods’ design firm TGR Design, the Payne Stewart family and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, and will showcase the region’s natural beauty with a dramatic 19th hole known as The Rock. The walkable course will culminate in an unforgettable natural cavern system, all of which will help cement the area as one of America’s top golfing destinations. Elsewhere on Big Cedar Lodge, guests can enjoy fishing, boating and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre nonprofit wildlife preserve.

Monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.

March 2019 will see the reopening of the Washington Monument, the city’s famous 169-metre-high obelisk which was built to commemorate George Washington. As part of the $10.8 million project, the monument will reopen with a visitor experience and lift, taking visitors up the world’s tallest obelisk. Elsewhere in the city, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial is opening in June 2019. The memorial, built to honour the 34th president of the U.S., will span four acres and feature a unique stainless-steel tapestry and bronze sculptures.

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Which products are British expats living abroad importing most?

Which products are British expats living abroad importing most?
Baked beans, crumpets and Jaffa cakes are among the top items homesick expats are getting shipped across the globe. New data has revealed Brits abroad are enjoying a taste of home by having a string of traditional foods sent to them, with cheese and onion crisps, squash and Bisto gravy also common shelf fillers. Scampi Fries, Frazzles and tomato soup also emerged among a list of goods those who have left the shores of the UK cannot live without.

According to figures released by British Corner Shop, Brits who now live in Australia are rushing to cram their cupboards with Shreddies and oxtail soup. Ex-pats who now enjoy life in the United States are opting for Heinz baked beans, Warburtons Crumpets and Robinsons squash. And those who now live in Spain are buying gingernuts, Bisto gravy and Aptamil baby milk the truckload.

British Corner Shop also revealed some of the orders they have shipped to more unusual parts of the world. One expat in the Philippines got in contact to satiate their craving for Ambrosia, with an order of five Milk Chocolate Custard Pots and four Strawberry Rice Pots.

 

Most popular expat products in the US

1. Heinz Baked Beans in tomato Sauce – 5,870
2. Warburtons Crumpets 6 pack – 3,454
3. Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant Squash – 2,720
4. McVities Jaffa Cakes 10 pack – 2,645
5. Robinsons Orange Squash – 2,614
6. Milupa Aptamil Follow On Milk Ready to Drink – 2,448
7. Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup – 1,958
8. Cadburys Flake 4 pack – 1,840
9. Cadburys Crunchie 4 pack – 1,587
10. Bisto Gravy Granules – 1,576

 

Most popular expat products in Spain

1. Warburtons Crumpets 6 pack – 1,125
2. McVities Ginger Nuts – 1,114
3. Robinsons Orange Squash – 645
4. Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant Squash – 530
5. Milupa Aptamil Follow On Milk Ready to Drink – 473
6. Milupa Aptamil First Milk Ready to Drink – 468
7. Bisto Gravy Granule – 439
8. Paxo Sage and Onion Stuffing Mix – 400
9. Rubicon Sparkling Lychee Juice Drink – 361
10. Robinsons Squash’d Summer Fruits – 305

 

Most popular expat products in Australia

1. Heinz Baked Beans – 2,230
2. Milupa Aptamil First Milk Ready to Drink – 535
3. Walkers Cheese & Onion Crisps 6 Pack – 443
4. Smiths Bacon Fries – 399
5. Smiths Scampi Fries – 351
6. Walkers Frazzles 8 pack – 307
7. Nestle Shreddies – 294
8. Mr Porky Prime Cut Scratchings Single Bag – 274
9. Heinz Oxtail Soup – 271
10. Walkers Prawn Cocktail Crisps 6 pack – 270

World Cities Day: The top cities for millennials to live, work & travel

World Cities Day: The top cities for millennials to live, work & travel

On the occasion of today’s World Cities Day, search engine Nestpick has released a study revealing the top 110 cities for millennials, based on factors such as startup ecosystem, housing affordability, immigration tolerance and quality of nightlife. Nestpick conducted this study, for the second year in a row, in order to pinpoint which cities are successfully attracting this generation, and therefore a core future workforce.

Building on last year’s study, the research encapsulated a wider scope of criteria and sources for the 2018 ranking, including an analysis of top universities and personal freedoms. In addition, the main categories were weighted to reflect the concerns and mindsets of the generation. For example, while housing affordability is a major concern for most, it is even more so for young professionals at the start of their careers. With these interests in mind, 110 cities were analysed taking into consideration four main areas of concern; the business ecosystem, the essentials (housing, food etc.), openness, and recreation.

The top 20 best millennial cities are revealed below. Scores are from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the highest possible score. The results for each 17 criteria have been combined into four main categories for clarity, but the full results can be seen here.

Results: The Top 20 Cities for Millennials

#

City

Country

Business Ecosystem

The Essentials

Openness

Recreation

Total Score

1

Berlin

Germany

6.1

5.9

8.3

8.8

7.14

2

Montréal

Canada

6.4

5.8

8.6

7.9

7.10

3

London

United Kingdom

8.1

3.5

8.7

7.2

6.71

4

Amsterdam

Netherlands

8.0

3.0

8.5

7.9

6.63

5

Toronto

Canada

6.6

5.3

9.0

5.5

6.60

6

Vancouver

Canada

7.1

4.4

9.0

4.9

6.34

7

Barcelona

Spain

5.5

5.2

6.8

8.5

6.31

8

New York City

USA

8.8

2.9

6.7

7.5

6.25

9

Cologne

Germany

3.2

6.0

7.8

8.0

6.17

10

Manchester

United Kingdom

5.0

5.1

8.5

6.1

6.12

11

Hamburg

Germany

5.9

4.2

7.1

7.9

6.10

12

Bristol

United Kingdom

5.7

4.9

8.1

5.7

6.06

13

San Francisco

USA

8.9

2.8

7.0

6.2

6.04

14

Austin

USA

8.1

4.0

6.4

6.0

6.03

15

Paris

France

6.9

3.3

7.0

7.6

5.98

16

Miami

USA

8.4

2.5

6.2

7.6

5.90

17

Munich

Germany

4.7

4.5

7.8

7.0

5.87

18

Lisbon

Portugal

4.5

6.0

5.9

7.3

5.84

19

Glasgow

United Kingdom

5.0

6.3

7.7

3.8

5.82

20

Madrid

Spain

3.2

6.1

6.7

7.6

5.82

These final results reveal the best overall cities for millennials, based on all four factors, but by looking at the top 10 cities for each individual category, the results indicate which location would be best for a young person based on their strongest concerns.

For example, those millennials looking for an adventure or experience abroad should focus on the Essentials Top 10, which looks at factors such as housing, food, internet, and transport, which are all important for short-term movers, while employment or openness might not be such a primary concern. Likewise, young professionals looking for work opportunities should focus instead on the Business Ecosystem Top 10.

The tables below reveal the top 10 cities for millennials based on each larger category:

Top 10 Cities for Business Ecosystem

Top 10 Cities for The Essentials

#

City

Country

#

City

Country

1

San Francisco

USA

1

Seoul

South Korea

2

New York City

USA

2

Taipei

Taiwan

3

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

3

Bangkok

Thailand

4

Miami

USA

4

Brno

Czech Republic

5

Los Angeles

USA

5

Bucharest

Romania

6

Seattle

USA

6

Prague

Czech Republic

7

Beijing

China

7

Porto

Portugal

8

London

United Kingdom

8

Mexico City

Mexico

9

Portland

USA

9

Budapest

Hungary

10

Austin

USA

10

Guadalajara

Mexico

Top 10 Cities for Openness

Top 10 Cities for Recreation

#

City

Country

#

City

Country

1

Helsinki

Finland

1

Buenos Aires

Argentina

2

Toronto

Canada

2

Berlin

Germany

3

Vancouver

Canada

3

Barcelona

Spain

4

London

United Kingdom

4

Cologne

Germany

5

Oslo

Norway

5

Amsterdam

Netherlands

6

Copenhagen

Denmark

6

Montréal

Canada

7

Montréal

Canada

7

Hamburg

Germany

8

Amsterdam

Netherlands

8

Bogotá

Colombia

9

Manchester

United Kingdom

9

Bangkok

Thailand

10

Stockholm

Sweden

10

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Further findings:

  • Beijing, China ranks highest for Employment, followed by American cities San Francisco and Austin.

  • New York City, USA has the highest score for their Startup ecosystem, followed by San Francisco, USA and London, UK.

  • Hong Kong, China ranks highest for Tourism, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and London, UK.

  • Guadalajara, Mexico has the highest score for Housing, followed by fellow Mexican city Monterrey and Medellín, Colombia.

  • Bangkok, Thailand ranks highest for Food, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Lima, Peru.

  • Oslo, Norway has the highest score for Transport, followed by Washington D.C., USA and Paris, France.

  • Japanese cities Tokyo and Osaka rank joint highest for Health, followed by Singapore, Singapore.

  • Seoul, South Korea has the highest score for Internet Speed, followed by Bergen, Norway and Denver, USA.

  • London, UK ranks highest for Universities, followed by Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.

  • China and Hong Kong rank highest for Access to Contraception, followed by the UK.

  • Norway ranks highest for Gender Equality, followed by Finland and Sweden.

  • New Zealand ranks highest for Immigration Tolerance, followed by Canada and Norway.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands has the highest score for Personal Freedom and Choice, followed by Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland.

  • Madrid, Spain ranks highest for LGBT Friendliness, followed by Amsterdam, Netherlands and Toronto, Canada.

  • Berlin, Germany has the highest score for Nightlife, followed by Paris, France and Melbourne, Australia.

  • Beijing, China ranks highest for Beer prices, followed by Colombian cities Medellín and Bogotá.

  • Miami, USA has the highest score for Festivals, followed by fellow American city Washington D.C. and Paris, France.

Want to learn more about your favourite world cities? Watch how other people live as our travellers guide you through the cultural and aesthetic delights of some the world’s most renowned cities in our series Bazaar.

 

Introducing: The Grand Egyptian Museum

Introducing: The Grand Egyptian Museum

Ever since its foundation in 1902, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in central Cairo has been famous as one of the world’s greatest museums, containing an astonishing wealth of artifacts, including the spectacular golden treasures found in 1922 during the excavation of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, perhaps the world’s greatest ever archaeological discovery.

The museum’s time as the world’s greatest museum of Egyptian antiquities, however, is soon about to end, as a brand-new Egyptian museum is on the verge of opening in Giza, close to the pyramids.

The Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open to the public in 2019, will display the greatest treasures currently on show in the old Cairo Museum, plus much much more. Only the most spectacular objects found in Tutankhamen’s tomb, for example, were on display in the old Cairo Museum, while the vast majority were kept in storage, unseen by the general public. For the first time, once the new Grand Egyptian Museum opens, all of the more than 5000 objects found in Tutankhamen’s tomb will be on display, alongside countless other remarkable ancient Egyptian treasures. The 5.2-million-square-foot structure will become the world’s largest museum devoted to a single civilisation.

Interested in all things Egyptian history? Watch our episode Empire Builders: Egypt to learn more about one of the world’s earliest and greatest civilisations.

Estonia is named the best alternative holiday destination in Europe

Estonia is named the best alternative holiday destination in Europe

The European summer may be over, but British holidaymakers are taking more holidays than at any point in the past five years. With many already planning their next break of the year, a relaxing holiday on the beach just doesn’t cut it any more. With so much choice and flexibility, travellers are on the hunt for something – and somewhere – as unique as they are. With city breaks being the top holiday type of choice last year, followed by beach holidays, alternative destinations are constantly emerging as travellers search for more authentic experiences.

To uncover what makes British holiday makers tick, ebookers have conducted research into some of the most popular European countries, analysing each destination and ranking them on a variety of factors to produce the Alternative Holiday Index.

The Alternative Holiday Index ranks 31 cities across Europe by analysing 24 factors including:

  • Arts and culture
  • Authentic food
  • Interesting architecture
  • Cheap Beer
  • Good for solo travellers
  • Friendly locals

Combined and weighted, they produce an overall index score for each country. So which destination came out on top?

Top 10 alternative holiday destinations in Europe

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Estonia best alternative holiday destination in Europe!

Known for its untouched nature, medieval architecture, and Nordic food, Estonia is revealed to be home of the best alternative holiday destination in Europe.

Located in Northern Europe, Estonia was ranked highly for its interesting architecture scoring nine out of ten, which may come as no surprise as Estonia’s capital Tallinn is known as the best-preserved medieval city in Northern Europe.

Estonia’s vast woodland meant the country ranked highly within the ‘natural beauty and exploration’ category with an index score of ten out of ten.

Estonia also ranked highly for its ‘Instragrammability’ (10/10), authentic high-quality food (10/10), and friendly locals (10/10).

Estonia was followed by Lithuania and Latvia as the best alternative holiday destinations with index scores of 195.6 and 180.9 respectively.

The Alternative Couples Destination

Lithuania ranks particularly high for authentic food (9), nature (10) and romantic settings (9), making it the perfect destination for couples in search of outdoor adventure, great food, and cheap beer (9.13).

Situated between Lithuania and Estonia, Latvia ranks highly across the index – with high index scores for interesting architecture (9), arts and culture (8.71), and ‘Instagrammable’ surroundings (8.71).

Cyprus offers a home from home

The research also reveals the European countries which are perfect for those looking for something a little more within their comfort zone; a home away from home!

Cyprus ranks the highest out of the 32 countries for the ease of finding British food, pubs and home comforts (7.12) and for having a high number of fellow Brits visiting the country (6) each year. However, it is not the best country to visit if you can’t function without a good cuppa, only scoring 5.57 on the index.

Authentic experiences

On the other end of the spectrum and those looking for an authentic experience in another country’s culture, central and northern Europe offer the best destinations with Slovenia and Slovakia.

Estonia and Slovenia are ideal alternative holiday destinations for Brits wanting to lose themselves in another countries culture and not run the risk of bumping in to fellow Brits. With both countries scoring low in the research for the number of British visitors, travellers can really escape and experience something completely new.

Going solo? Best destinations for going it alone

Google trends reveals searches for ‘solo travel’ have increased steadily year on year with queries around ‘travel alone’ peaking in January this year and more people than ever before consider an adventure of a lifetime on their own.

The new research questioned solo travellers on each locations suitability for travelling alone with a key focus on safety and relevant activities.

Estonia is again the highest rated country in Europe for those looking to explore the world on their own.

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