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    5 biggest online challenges for travelers

    Every September 27th, travelers celebrate the international World Tourism Day. The tourism landscape has changed immensely since the first such celebration in 1980, with the internet becoming inevitable for travelers and travel agents.  According to the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), in 2018, eighty-four percent of travelers booked their holiday through bundling sites like Expedia or Kayak instead of contacting hotels and airlines. This counts for 1.176 billion tourists. “The internet allows people around the world to plan their travels conveniently. However, it can also put them at various risks,” says Daniel Markuson, the digital privacy expert at NordVPN. Most tourists would agree that the internet is an essential part of…

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    Experts Warn About Dangers of Sharing Vacation Photos on Social Media

    According to cybersecurity experts, sharing too much information on social media while being away from home on holiday can make your property a perfect target for burglars. We’ve all been there, sipping an exotic drink by the pool miles away from our home and routine while taking dozens of pictures to capture the precious moment. As the saying goes ‘pics or it didn’t happen’,’ we’re quick to post them on Facebook or Instagram for our friends to see how great we’re doing. And, let’s be honest, to brag a little bit. However, not many holidaymakers are aware that this social activity can get them in real trouble. Uploading pictures from…

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    Israel

    The Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book store the Jewish past and pose riddles of symbolism

    5000 sq m is a lot of space, but not enough for the Israel Museum to display all the artistic and cultural monuments of the Jewish people and the Holy Land. 8000 years of history is too much time. However, what the museum in western Jerusalem is truly remarkable for is symbolism, hidden in the sculpture garden and the architecture of the ethnography, archeology and contemporary and modern art wings. Because of the city’s complex topography, the first-time visitor starts thinking about the symbols in the Israel Museum only after passing by the Knesset. The parliament of the still young Israeli state and the complex containing its millennia-long past are…

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    Spain

    San Fermines festival in Pamplona: bullfighting and brutality, drink and song, joy and excitement

    I remember first reading Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” (or “Fiesta”, how it is sometimes named) while still at school and from that daydreaming to see and experience San Fermines – a festival of bullfighting and brutality, drink and song, joy and excitement. This year I finally did it – while traveling in Spain, visited Pamplona, where the festival takes place every July. And you know what? Now I have a small understanding why San Fermines was Ernest Hemingway’s obsession. He first came to San Fermines in 1923 and paid his final visit to the annual fiestas in 1959. This festival has everything a traveler can dream off:…

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    Ukraine

    2,500 Km Underground: Largest Catacomb System In The World

    Odessa is a resort city in the Eastern European country Ukraine. Nevertheless, it is worth visiting for blue waters of the Black Sea, cheep seafood and rich history (the city itself was built by French, Italians, Dutch and many others) it has one unique place of interest – the largest underground catacomb system in the World. Yes, in the whole World. And you can go down there… You might have heard of the famous catacombs in Rome or Paris. But these, compared to the catacombs of Odesa, are just a “drop in the ocean”. Tunnels beneath Rome stretch only for 300 kilometers, while ones in Paris – approximatelly 500 kilometers.…

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    Skopje – city of Mother Teresa

    When strolling by the Vardar River, passing under the arches of the Stone Bridge, regarding the medieval and 1970s buildings and taking pictures of the smiling children, you realize that Skopje will remain a puzzle. Even, perhaps, forever. The strange things is, that even after visiting this city – you can’t say you loved it or not. History offers little help in finding the solution. The Capital City of the Republic of Macedonia, a modern administrative, trade and cultural centre of the state, has twice rose up like a Phoenix, after two catastrophic earthquakes in 518 AD and in 1963. Although lot of human lives and material goods were lost,…