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Posts from the ‘Europe’ Category

  • December 8, 2011
    Stay for free by house-sitting someone’s home and pets

    The concept of house-sitting is becoming popular across Europe and North America by providing the service of taking care of people’s property (and sometimes pets), in exchange for free accommodations. It’s a great way to make new friends out of some fabulous home owners and neighbors and spent ample time in places where you could […]


  • December 5, 2011
    Bohinj Railway – Jesenice to Sezana, Slovenia

    This journey through the Julian Alps is one of eastern Europe’s finest railway journeys. Known as the Bohinj Railway or Transalpina, the line between Jesenice and Sezana was likened to the feat of building the Suez Canal when it opened in 1906, on account of the engineering challenges in building its numerous tunnels, viaducts and […]


  • November 22, 2011
    EU bans five more airlines, 273 in all

    The European Union on Monday placed airlines from the Philippines, Honduras and the two Congos on its blacklist of carriers forbidden from flying in the 27-nation bloc. Aeromajestic and Interisland Airlines, a Filipino company, Stellar Airways from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Congo from the Republic of Congo were banned because they failed […]


  • November 16, 2011
    No more dope for foreigners, says Netherlands

    Foreign visitors will be banned from cannabis-selling coffee shops in southern Netherlands from January 1 to combat anti-social behavior among tourists. The Dutch justice ministry announced the ban after a consultation period and despite opposition from some MPs who branded the move ‘tourism suicide’. Under the new policy licenced coffee shops will be considered private […]


  • November 16, 2011
    Europe bans X-Ray body scanners at airports

    The full-body scanners being rolled out at security checkpoints in U.S. airports are either of the millimeter-wave type, which uses radio frequency waves, or the backscatter X-ray type, which uses ionizing radiation — and which has effectively been banned from use in European airports. The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body […]


  • November 13, 2011
    Tripomatic plans your entire trip for you

    Planning a trip and searching for all the things-to-do and must-sees takes time. There are a plethora of websites out there that will plan trips for you, but of course you have to pay a price for that. Or else search for all of them yourself and plan it. And there’s the question of how […]


  • October 28, 2011
    Thello train service linking Paris-Milan-Venice starts in December

    The tickets for the new train linking Paris, Milan and Venice, called Thello, are already on sale for EUR 35, with the maiden trip on December 11, 2011. The project was born in early January 2011 by a partnerhip between the transport company of Group FS Italiane (Italian Railways) and the French Veolia Transdev to […]


  • October 11, 2011
    Thalys to start services from Brussels Intl. Airport to Paris

    Starting October 30, Thalys will offer the first ever link between Paris and Brussels International Airport. The connection will be available once a day in the morning. The direct train service from Paris Gare du Nord is the first step to a growing connecting network of Brussels Airport to European rail.


  • October 9, 2011
    Pay more to fly to Europe from Jan 2012

    The European Union airline emissions cap is expected to begin in January 2012. This means if you are flying to any destination in Europe, you need to pay more. From January, all airlines will have to buy carbon credits under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme ETS.L to help offset the carbon emissions of flights […]


  • October 6, 2011
    Guide to entering Tallinn (Estonia) and Riga (Latvia) via sea

    There are numerous ways to reach the Baltics by sea, providing for a slower but certainly more nostalgic journey. You can sail directly from Finland or Russia to Estonia; from Germany to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; from Denmark to Lithuania; and from Sweden to all three Baltic countries. The Tallinn–Helsinki route has so many competing […]


  • September 30, 2011
    Finnair to start Helsinki-Dubrovnik route

    In April next year, Finnair will launch a direct route from Helsinki to Dubrovnik, located at the southern tip of Croatia. The route will be flown three times per week in the summer season, from April 2 – October 10, 2012. “Dubrovnik in Croatia has been a frequently requested route by Finnair’s Asian customers. We […]


  • September 28, 2011
    Lonely Planet puts ten city guides on sale for World Tourism Day, until Friday

    In celebration of World Tourism Day, Lonely Planet is giving away ten bestselling City Travel Guide apps for iPhone and iPod for US$1.99 (normally US$5.99). (Sale prices in other regions: AU$1.99, UK £1.49, EU 1,59 €). The sale lasts for three days, so be sure to grab these by Friday. Sound good? Download your the […]