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Local budget travel secrets

Local budget travel secrets Most countries and territories have their own local domestic budget secrets that don't get a lot of press beyond their borders. To call these local travel habits secrets is to miss the point just slightly, as they're actually widely appreciated and utilized, though by...

Win a trip to Scandinavia

Win a trip to Scandinavia Want to explore your Scandinavian heritage or simply think a trip to Denmark, Sweden and Norway sounds fabulous? Thanks to Faces of Scandinavia, now you can. To enter, simply comment on one of the Faces of Scandinavia travel stories, and explain why you like their story...

Stockholm hotel starts cellphone check-in and room unlocking trial

Stockholm hotel starts cellphone check-in and room unlocking trial Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy may not be the first to develop a cellphone based hotel room key system, but with their live trial this month, they are the first to actually get a system in place. Their technology allows hotel guests to check-in to the hotel, and use a...

Top ten hostels in Europe

Top ten hostels in Europe Staying in a hostel in Europe is a rite of passage for budget-conscious travelers making their way around the continent. This is particularly the case for budget-conscious younger travelers. Here are ten hostels across Europe that either receive particularly high...

Budget Stockholm: How to afford a summertime trip to Sweden

Budget Stockholm: How to afford a summertime trip to Sweden Stockholm has an expensive reputation -- those who return from a visit to this swanky Swedish capital rave about its slick design, luxurious cuisine and modern amenities. As a result, would-be travelers automatically expect it will be more expensive than other European...

Meet locals (and save money) hiking through Europe - International travel tip

Meet locals (and save money) hiking through Europe - International travel tip Most travelers are keen to mingle with locals while taking in the sights. Do both and save money by hiking along the fjords and fjells of Scandinavia and/or the soaring majesty of the Alps. Don't like the idea of lugging your gear over the mountains? No worries. Join one...

Which country loves to work? See who doesn't take vacation time

Which country loves to work? See who doesn't take vacation time A friend of mine asked me a few days ago when I last went on vacation – a real one. I struggled to remember the last time I went on a trip and didn't write or, before that, keep up with what was going on at the office. After stopping and focusing, I remembered a...

Money buys happiness, except maybe in Spain

Money buys happiness, except maybe in Spain The five happiest countries in the world have two things in common: their all pretty far north in Europe, and money generally isn't a problem. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands top the latest list of the world's happiest nations, due in large part, it...

Cheap transfers from Stockholm's Arlanda airport to the city center - For now

Cheap transfers from Stockholm's Arlanda airport to the city center - For now Arlanda Express offers the fastest and easiest transport from Stockholm's international airport (Arlanda) to the city center, but it hasn't always been an inexpensive way to go - until now. Through August 29, the fast train will take you and your traveling companion...

Two blogs that inspire travel: l'antipodeuse & Sarah Goldschadt

Two blogs that inspire travel: l'antipodeuse & Sarah Goldschadt Information, to risk stating the baldly obvious, is essential to travel. Timetables, schedules, iPhone apps, hotel review sites and Foursquare check-in updates all deliver very specific information of immediate and inarguable value to travelers. Travel blogs that pursue...

Inside Sweden's Jumbo Hostel

Inside Sweden's Jumbo Hostel Your eyes do not deceive you, that's a bed in the cockpit of a commercial airliner. Or former commercial airliner, I should say. What you're looking at is the top front room of Stockholm's Jumbo Hostel, a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet that's been remodeled to form one...

Sweden in Midsommar: From traditional to contemporary

Sweden in Midsommar: From traditional to contemporary Our hearts are still in Stockholm this week, neck deep in the celebration of one of Scandinavia's biggest holidays: Midsommar. In case you missed it earlier, Midsommar is the celebration of the longest day of the year in these high latitudes, a time when the sun only sets...

A trip through Sweden's Midsommar festival

A trip through Sweden's Midsommar festival In ten short hours I have forgotten Chicago. Sitting outside of Hotel Skepshollmenn on the sprawling, gravel terrace, the pastel, Scandinavian sun reflects off of the yellow building walls and tall, leafy trees rustle in the polite sea breeze. It's hard to believe that...

Video: The weirdest hotels in the world

Want to try something different this vacation? How about staying in one of the weird hotels in the world? Whether you want to unleash your inner mermaid or spend time repenting your sins in prison, these hotels offer everything for the truly strange-at-heart. On the flip...

Midsommar: The very best time to visit Stockholm

Midsommar: The very best time to visit Stockholm Deep in the lowest latitudes of the Earth's extremities, the far reaches of the planet where temperatures begin to plunge and where human populations drop precipitously, seasons have deeper meanings. Spring, Winter and Fall are plain, solid facts of life, the cold months...

Best destinations for gadget geeks

Best destinations for gadget geeks Chances are, the laptop you're reading this article on was not made here in the U.S. It's a well-known fact that most of the world's consumer gadgetry, from mobile phones to laptops to gaming consoles, is created abroad, in places ranging from Japan to Europe and beyond....

AirBaltic expands, spruces up

AirBaltic expands, spruces up Yesterday, Latvian airline AirBaltic launched two new routes: Riga-Madrid and Riga-Beirut. Riga-based AirBaltic is an airline to watch. Little known in North America, the airline is notable for its low starting fares and the inclusion of most of Europe's most popular...

Treehouse in Sweden lets you live like the Swiss Family Robinson

Treehouse in Sweden lets you live like the Swiss Family Robinson In the Swedish town of Ugglum, something fantastic has been built high in the oak trees - the "Seventh Heaven" tree house. The house is one of several tree houses in the town, and was built by the Islanna Café & Lantkök. Imagine checking into your...

Follow chef Jamie Oliver through culinary Stockholm

Follow chef Jamie Oliver through culinary Stockholm One of our favorite cities over at Gadling is Stockholm, Sweden and one of our favorite chefs, Jamie Oliver. So imagine our glee when discovering that Mr. Oliver had put together a slide show and narrative from his recent journey into Scandinavia. Fully available over at...

Photo of the Day (1.12.10)

Photo of the Day (1.12.10) Today's Photo of the Day comes from photographer bennyjewell, who took this photo in a forest just north of Stockholm, Sweden. The photo is titled "Imagine living here" - and that's exactly what I like about this photo - it begs the imagination to create a story about...

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