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Pampering is a relatively new concept in Helsinki. Saunas, swimming pools and health resorts have always existed in Finland, but international-style day spas have only recently appeared in Helsinki.


Via Spa at Helsinki Airport

The Via Spa serves passengers at the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport and is created especially for passengers in transfer and on long-haul flights. The Via Spa has several saunas including a steam room and a traditional Finnish sauna with views of airport runways, a Turkish hammam bath and a pool. read full article



There are a number of excellent nightlife options in Venice, including bars, pubs, cinemas and theaters. Despite the wide selection, it is best that you plan for an evening early, especially where the bars and pubs are concerned. Many of these don’t stay open late and finding a venue in the middle of the week for a late night can be quite a challenge.

clubbing in Venice

Although Piazza San Marco offers a number of venues for an entertaining evening, there are two others locations that might better suit your tastes, particularly if you want to enjoy a little “pub crawling” or bar hopping for the evening. read full article



Once you’ve had your fill of frescos and piazzas, it’s time to explore Florence’s nightlife. With a constant influx of university students and tourists, Florence has much to offer in the way of dance clubs and discos. While there are many to choose from, I found the below to be the most inciting.

Florence nightlife

Space Club is one of Florence’s largest discotheques, located in the center of town right near the S.M.N. train station. With two large floors and a capacity of 800 people, there seems to something for everyone. read full article



Three easy, family-friendly daytrips from London: Legoland in Windsor, the Leeds Castle and seaside fun in Brighton.

daytrips from London

The Legoland in Windsor

The Legoland in Windsor is a 150-acre theme park, aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 12. There are more than 50 interactive rides including the Vikings’ River Splash and the Pirate Falls Dynamite Drench, and dozens of attractions. read full article



Situated on the river of the same name, Nairobi is the fastest growing and largest city in Kenya as well as one of Africa’s largest cities. It is also Kenya’s capital and has become extremely modernized over the past few decades. Nairobi is also referred to as Africa’s safari capital. Unlike many other cities in this part of Africa, the city is surrounded by a diverse landscape consisting of cliffs, forests, and plains that comprise most of what is the Nairobi National Park.

Surprisingly, for a country that was once undergoing a great deal of civil unrest and turmoil, Nairobi has become one of the more popular tourist destinations in Africa. Additionally, if you’re a lover of nightlife and entertainment you’ll find it in Nairobi. Here are a few of the most popular venues to take in while visiting the city. read full article



London’s reputation as a city of global prominence doesn’t usually include romance. However, in recent years visitors have been discovering a city that can offer as much atmosphere and charm as young couples are willing to find under its many layers. Here is a guide on how to get the most out of a romantic day in London.

london romantic day

Start with a relaxing brunch either in your hotel in London or one of the many riverside cafes. read full article



Situated in Poland’s southern region is the city of Krakow, the capital city of the Malopolskie province which means Lesser or Little Poland. If there is one thing that many international travelers enjoy when they vacation in Krakow it is the abundance of shopping venues that are available, especially where the shopping malls are concerned.

Shopping Mall in Krakow

For many years, Old Town offered the only shopping venues as Krakow resisted the shopping mall invasion that eventually happened. read full article



Oslo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire Scandinavian region primarily because of the cuisine, culture, history, and shopping. However, when it comes to shopping, you will quickly discover that there is a wealth of second hand shopping venues to explore whenever you visit the city. Here are some “Oslo second-hand shopping tips” that you should consider.

Oslo Shopping



In the scramble for Eastern Europe and the ongoing hype, justified or otherwise, surrounding Paris and Berlin, Vienna has been a little bit neglected as a European travel destination and it certainly isn’t as highly valued as it deserves to be. Here are some tips about how to make the most of any visit to the City.

Visiting Vienna

Vienna’s attractions do not generally rely on good weather to be appreciated and it is a truly year round destination. read full article



Three popular annual Italian carnivals start in the mid or end of February.

Venice Carnival

The Putignano Carnival is the longest carnival in the world. It is scheduled for February 13 – March 8 and it is celebrated in Putignano, Puglia



Switzerland is an expensive tourist destination but there are many free attractions and things to do in Bern. Bern is easy to get around by foot and most tourist attractions are in the city centre.

Bern attractions



With winter just around the corner, our thoughts turn to ways to warm up on a cold day. Don’t shy away from the snow and ice, there is nothing like a skating date to warm you up to Montreal’s winter lifestyle. Variety is key to a Montreal winter vacation,

Montreal skatingPhoto by craigemorsels

ranging from the club scene, to quiet local rinks in every city quarter. read full article



Although you would not normally think of Kuala Lumpur being a city that would have a significant gay community, the city has a gay-friendly community and a thriving gay club scene and nightlife. Granted, Kuala Lumpur does not have an extensive gay scene as some other Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Manila, or Singapore, the gay culture and scene is well-established here and the gay community is extremely active and vibrant. Here is a list of the top gay spots in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur gay clubs



Most itineraries for a trip to Venice start with the obligatory visit to the Piazza San Marco with its host of glittering monuments, followed by an overpriced trip in a gondola down the Grand Canal towards the Rialto Arch.

venice museums

But if the thought of jostling for a photo opportunity among the crowds leaves you longing for a taste of the real Venice, there are plenty of hidden gems to be found in the city’s backwaters.

Exploring the twisting maze of streets where the real Venetians live and work, will lead you to a variety of little-visited but fascinating museums and galleries that offer an alternative insight to this magnificent city. read full article



Marrakech is also known as Marrakesh and is Morocco’s 3rd largest city. It is divided into two distinct districts – the historical city known as the Medina and the newer European district called the Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The narrow intertwining passageways and the many local shops are the key features of the Medina. Conversely, Gueliz is much more modern and features big brand stores, fast food chains, and numerous modern restaurants.

Marrakech gay clubsPhoto: Getty Images