0 Have your say The remote archipelago of St Kilda, the cluster of islands lying more than 40 miles off the coast of the Outer Hebrides, have been named one of the most beautiful places in Europe by one of the world's leading travel bibles. Conde Nast Traveler has hailed the "unforgettable ocean views and unique ecosystem" of the Unesco World Heritage Site, which lies more than 100 miles from mainland Scotland and was evacuated by its last permanent residents in 1930. However an estimated 5000 visitors now flocking to the largest island each year thanks to the growing popularity of boat trips from Skye and Harris, the quickest of which still take nearly three hours.They are drawn to an abandoned village dating back to the 19th century, its spectacular coastline, the highest sea stacks and cliffs in Britain, and that fact St Kilda is home to Europe's most important seabird colony. St Kilda, which has been owned by the National Trust For Scotland since 1957, … [Read more...] about St Kilda named one of ‘the most beautiful places in Europe’
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JUNE 12, 2019 Daytrippers, cruise ships, home-sharing, cheap airlines: They all contribute to tourism saturation in European hotspots. But there are quieter alternatives, if you know where to look. Tinos, Greece. Maria Mavropoulou for The New York Times Greece Instead of Santorini, Tinos Tinos, Greece. Maria Mavropoulou for The New York Times The luminescent sunset in Oia at the northern tip of the Greek island of Santorini, has become one of the world’s most Instagrammable events: The fire-orange sun sinking behind an azure horizon; the sky blurring into a pearly shimmer; pink clouds tinting a whitewashed village on a volcanic cliff. It’s a magical moment — except for the thousand or so sweaty bodies packed on the narrow streets, arms extended to capture the perfect shot. Santorini has been struggling with overtourism for years, a victim of its own success after the island, and the Greek government, sought to lure tourists back following an … [Read more...] about 6 Places in Europe Offering Shelter From the Crowds
Home Advice Should I Always Have My Passport In Europe?Should I Always Have My Passport In Europe? June 8, 2019 by Point Me to the Plane I think most of us in the U.S. take for granted that (barring some exceptions) we pretty much always have a valid form of ID on us – our drivers license. Moreover, our constitution actually protects us from having to carry any form of ID at all, if we don’t want to. Not all countries enjoy such freedoms, but when you travel, you are subject to the local law. So, do you need to carry your passport in Europe? Italy, for example, requires everyone to have a valid form of ID at all times (including citizens) – and on the off chance you do get stopped, you’ll need to produce a passport. I’ve also needed to input my passport data when requesting an Uber in Barcelona. So, when my friend Jonathan messaged asked me “do I need to carry my passport in Europe?” I though it was a great question for this … [Read more...] about Should I Always Have My Passport In Europe?
By R.A. Schuetz Published 9:45 am CDT, Thursday, June 6, 2019 A home in Memorial Forest, where the median sales price is $1.07 million. As mortgage rates dip below 4 percent, falling to nearly two-year lows, homebuyers are likely to have lower monthly mortgage payments than they would have a year ago, says economist Danielle Hale. NEXT: Most expensive homes sold in Houston April 2019 less A home in Memorial Forest, where the median sales price is $1.07 million. As mortgage rates dip below 4 percent, falling to nearly two-year lows, homebuyers are likely to have lower monthly mortgage payments ... more Photo: Houston Association Of Realtors Photo: Houston Association Of Realtors Image 1 of / 169 Caption Close Image 1 of 169 A home in Memorial Forest, where the median sales price … [Read more...] about Mortgage rates fall to lowest level in nearly two years
The train can be the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to travel around Europe—but booking can be confusing. Here are all the essential sites for booking train travel in Europe: For Multi-Country Train Travel in Europe Rail Europe Rail Europe is one of the best starting points for planning a trip around Europe, whether it’s a multi-country itinerary or single country trip. The modern, easy-to-use website offers English and U.S. Dollar display options and lets you make reservations, compare rail passes, and buy tickets. Use the customizable map to easily build out your trip. EuRail Remember EuroRail? It’s now called Eurail, and its site is a great resource for planning a trip across the continent. Site features include a fun tool to help you find the best rail pass for your trip, plus European train timetables, maps with travel times, and even travel inspiration if you’re still deciding where to go. Eurail also helps with ferry travel, so you can easily figure … [Read more...] about How to Book Train Travel in Europe: 12 Essential Sites