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Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cities:

New Policy Allows Chinese Tourists Longer Cruises

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A new policy on cruise ship journeys will allow Chinese cruise ship passengers travelling on board SuperStar Gemini a 3 or 4 day journey to Halong or Danang. The new policy is expected to boost the number of tourists on this route.

Last year, the Chinese and Vietnamese governments allowed the line to apply the same policy to passengers of Superstar Aquarious with routes from Sanya to Halong and Danang.

The application of this policy is expected to bring Chinese tourists to Vietnam from the end of October to March with 58 routes of Superstar Gemini. In addition Asian’s fleet biggest ship “Star Cruises” will be changed from Singapore to Hong Kong from April to October 2014 for routes to Taiwan, Hainan and Halong Bay.

Star Cruises emphasizes on the 4 day trip from Hong Kong to Taiwan and Sanya to Halong Bay which will depart between April 7 and October 26, 2014.

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.comthese are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)


5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)
6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)

8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

World's Best Hotels 2013

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For some travellers its not about "where", but "with who". For those who care about where, today we will present to them the best hotels in the world for 2013.
Thanks to the research conducted by travel and leisure , we have the list with the best hotels worldwide! 
1.Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
2. Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa, Italy
3. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa
4.Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
5.Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
6.The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
7. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
8.Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
9. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
10. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cities:

How to Grow Old Healthily

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As the Baby Boomers reach the ever expanding retirement age, they will soon desire the great secret of life "how to grow old healthily".
A recent study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal actually identifies 4 healthy behaviors that are widely believed to increase the chances of staying healthy in old age.

The 4 healthily behaviors are a combination of:
Regular exercise (at least 2.5 hours a week of moderately intense physical activity)A healthy diet (Eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis)Moderate alcohol consumption (1-14 units a week for women & 1-21 units a week for menNo smoking (absolutely none) The Canadian study involved no less than 5,100 men and women, who were assessed on their lifestyle choices and health. The first assessment stage took place during the years between 1991-1994 and the follow up in occurred from 2007-2009. During the time of the study, 549 participants died during follow-up, and 953 were classified as successfully aging, w…

The Best of the Best Cruise Lines!

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Nowadays, Cruise Lines are not the ones they used to be. Cruising has become a quality travel act. Even though we still see big Cruise Lines with high passenger capacities, smaller ships may sometimes offer much more to voyagers such as luxury, restaurants and sophisticated facilities!

This is the reason why this list includes some boutique fleets!

1. Oceania Cruises Ships: Marina, Riviera (both 1,250 passengers), Regatta and Nautica (both 684 passengers) Destinations: Worldwide, including the Mediterranean, Africa and Alaska Highlights: Bon Appétit Culinary Center, hands-on program for budding artists in Artists Loft, and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
2. Butterfield & Robinson Ships: Isabella II (37 passengers), Kaya Guneri V (12 passengers) and Nostra Vita (10 passengers) Destinations: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa/Middle East, North America, Latin America Highlights: Exclusivity, flexibility and local contacts to set up unique onshore events.
3. Crystal Cruises Ships: Crystal Symphony (922 pa…

More Like Fantasy than Reality: Mind-Blowing Cloud Formations

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Clouds are usually beneath notice as an ever-present element that makes up the world, except when they're signaling an oncoming storm or snowfall; in hotter climates, people take note of clouds usually when there are none.
Most people take snapshots of clouds during sunrise or sunset when the light hits them just the right way, giving them a unique look. They are rarely photographed for their shape unless they are indeed unique. Here at PTO we're sure that some of our readers will be surprised by the cloud formations you'll see in the following photographs. Enjoy!
Image credit: Jean-Michel Priaux
Credit: Wittap
Credit: Mtnrockdhh
Credit: JΩSH
Credit: Vincent Fryhover
Credit: Brian Middleton
Credit: Dementievskiy Ivan
Credit: Astronomy Picture of the Day - NASA

A Breathing Earth

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Take a breather with these incredible satellite images by Nasa showing a time-lapse of the world all year around:







Image credit: John Nelson and John Aravosis

Top 30 Busiest Airports In The World

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The total number of passengers is the basis we rely on in order to define which airports worldwide are the busiest.

Calculations and surveys show how the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been the world's busiest airport ever since 2000.

In the list below you can see which 30 airports worldwide are the busiest by passenger traffic: 
Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA with a total of 92,365,860 passengersBeijing Capital International Airport, China hosting 77,403,668 passengersO'Hare International Airport, Chicago, USA with 66,774,738 passengersLondon Heathrow Airport United Kingdom with 65,884,143 travellersTokyo International Airport Ōta, Tokyo, Japan with 64,211,074 passengersLos Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California, United States with 59,070,127 passengersParis Charles de Gaulle Airport Roissy-en-France with 58,167,062 visitorsDallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas, United States with 56,906,610 passengersFr…