Majorca

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community which is part of Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea. As of the 2009 census, the population of the capital city of Palma proper was 401,270, and the population of the entire metropolitan area was 621,000, making it the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Nearly half the population of Majorca lives in Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, has more than 22 million passengers each year.

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Some parts of Mallorca have multiple coastline resorts that are rather isolated and make perfect destinations for those who don’t like noisy parties and crowded areas. You can also visit stunning shores with vast surrounding territories of secluded white-sand beaches, turquois seas, and with an amazing number of activities. They are located mainly in the south of the city, where the tourist flow is not so huge. Private beaches of the Caribbean are perfect for those who search for amazing atmosphere and memorable nature! You will be able to choose from 200 beaches to find a place that suits you.

Sailing is an important part of holidays in Majorca. A series of international regattas is conducted annually, and top-ranked yachts can be seen along the entire coastline. Snow-white sails make the excellent view extremely romantic. Crystal clear waters and bright underwater beauty make this destination a  favorite of divers, surfers and sailors. Boating excursions to various points around the island are also available for less experienced seamen — they last all afternoon or even the whole day.

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Majorca is a place with a unique history where the atmosphere is just unbelievable. You can enjoy a set of delightful buildings forming the very special city architecture. Here in the capital of the island, Palma de Majorca, every street, stone and building tells the beautiful history of this wonderful port city. Here you can admire impressive architecture from the Middle Ages made before modernist creations. Palma is also a place of various nighttime entertainments, with high level restaurants and a collection of bars and night clubs.

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The rich cultural history of the island has left a huge impression: here you will plunge into an atmosphere of incredible castles and palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, majestic manors and gardens, art galleries and museums. City visitors can enjoy beautiful aqua parks, adventures parks or farms where small children can safely play with domesticated animals. The resorts of Majorca are ideal for family vacations. Don’t forget special local festivals when children are able to participate.

Top Reasons to Visit Mauritius

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Mauritius is often called the “French Riviera of the Indian Ocean.” For a long time, this island has been  considered a high-class vacation spot, the king of the Indian Ocean! The famous writer Mark Twain compared Mauritius to paradise and called it an example for God’s heaven. When you come to this place, you realize that this is true.

If God created Mauritius, then people have complemented this glorious locality with smart hotels, yacht moorings, magnificent restaurants and other wonderful facilities of the highest quality. With status as an international elite resort, Mauritius is constantly mentioned in glamour publications, and popular fashion houses aspire to hold photo-shoots in its well-known luxury hotels.

      1.Exotic Island

Some things have an absolutely opposite character in Mauritius. First, the island is located on the other side of the equator (if you are from Canada).  The sun moves habitually not from left to right, but in the opposite direction; and, the way to go should not be looked for in the Big Dipper, but in the Southern Cross. Here the wind doesn’t blow from the north so often, and when it does, it brings not polar cold but equatorial heat. All these circumstances seem strange to the average Canadian tourist, but they are really nice and truly EXOTIC. In this regard the island of Mauritius is an exciting place to visit and spend your next vacations.

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     2.Crystal waters

Waters of Mauritius are some of the best in the world for sports fishing. This is where world records have been set: the sharks and tuna caught here are the largest in the world. Every year the island hosts the famous Marlin World Cup, during which a catch of more than 500 kg is considered a normal result. Fishing is in steady demand for our clients. Often they rent a yacht and book one or two fishing excursions at once through the tour office. While the men are fishing, their ladies relax in the local SPA centers.

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     3. Wonderful SPA

Mauritius is a perfect place for SPA vacations!  Six Senses Spa, Taj Spa, Banyan Tree, Spa by Clarins, and Guerlain are located here. You should definitely try the numerous relaxing offerings of these SPA procedures.

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    4. Year-round summer

There are allegedly two seasons on the island: summer from November to April, and winter from May to October. Actually, summer in Mauritius seems to last the year round since there is not a big difference in weather conditions throughout.  You cannot see a huge contrast between rainy/wet and dry seasons, and there is little difference in temperatures between the two.

Published: 19/06/2017

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Designing Your Adventure with Social Networks

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Everyone knows that social networks not only connect people from different parts of the world, but they also allow everyone to get to know each other better. Through social media, you can meet future friends from different countries that you might never have had a chance to see in real life, let the world know your life stories (while posting photos, videos and writings) and stay in touch with old friends.

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While people travel around the world, they often use different helpful apps on their devices to facilitate their trips. Here we are talking about various electronic maps, catalogues of cafes, restaurants and bars, and apps that help search for the best hotel rooms or flights for the most affordable prices. You can also see the reviews of numerous places, activities, and tours. Of course, all this is extremely useful as long as your battery is charged. However, downloading numerous apps to your smartphone can cause its functioning to slow down. Moreover, your battery will die sooner if you use all the apps too often.

A new trend that appeared recently is connected with high activity on social networks and helps tourists get the latest information online. For example, if you are registered on Instagram, you can easily see new photos that appear of the place where you are now or where you are planning to go. It can also provide a lot of information about weather conditions, the most popular events, fashionable parties, and even the most popular people in the area. All you need to do is choose an exact location with the help of a search tool.

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Beyond that, Instagram will be useful if you would like to find photos taken in a certain café, restaurant or any other place. With the mentioning of this location, all users’ photos will be accessible: both top publications and the latest posts. Another useful Instagram tool gives you the opportunity to use keywords for searches: you just need to use the proper hashtag, and you can find photos with it. For example, you can put #summerinspain and you will see a great selection of the most popular pictures of Spanish summer. In addition, you can find numerous accounts of various popular events in the location you intend to visit, view photos, and read reviews of real people – or just get a glimpse of the interior of some cafes and see how the food looks.

If you use Facebook, you can also visit official groups or pages of different famous places in various countries, see the comments and enjoy the photos taken in these places by visitors. Facebook also has numerous city pages where users can see top events and main attractions – as well as  Facebook friends who have visited or liked this place.

So the next time you are going to plan a trip, think about using social networks to make the task easier,  the experience more interesting and exciting.

 

Beautiful Castles of Europe

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Visiting these castles is a wonderful experience.  It’s a great opportunity to explore the history of kings, and amazing stories of famous alliances and vendettas. Discover the ancient history of European regions and nations, brave conquests and cruel wars, and the tales of families who made and re-made Europe. Visit the most beautiful castles in Europe, and feel the history surrounding you in these ancient buildings.  

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Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

Overlooking Austria’s Salzachtal Valley, surrounded by jagged peaks of the Berchtesgaden Alps, this castle was primarily a place where kings lived. Later, it was home to archbishops and even prisoners (the structure was a state prison for some period) for more than 900 years. Today, Hohenwerfen Castle is where hundreds of tourists come from all over the world. It is also the site of Austria’s famous falconry center where hunting performances are held, and visitors can witness these extraordinary events.

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The Palace of Pena, Portugal

This splendid castle is situated on a hilltop above the resort town of Sintra, located in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. Being a royal sanctuary for a long time, the forested terrain is scattered with Clair villas and houses. The palace itself was originally created by King Ferdinand II and is arguably considered one of the greatest constructions of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal, with wonderful architecture and a magnificent interior. The palace of Pena was created in such a way that it is easily visible from any point in the surrounding park. The verdant areas of the beautiful grounds around the castle are perfect places to feel the vibes of the past.

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The Alcazar Castle, Spain

The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is an impressive, ancient stone fortification and World Heritage Site located in Segovia, a historic city northwest of Madrid, Spain. The most famous Spanish castle, it was purportedly the inspiration behind Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World (though the information wasn’t confirmed by Disney). The castle looks beautiful and can be seen from long distances as it was built on top of a rocky crag and had no natural defensive advantage, which is typical for most castles. Located near the confluence of two Spanish rivers, Eresma and Clamores, The Alcazar is unique due to Muslim influence. It was originally built by Islamic warriors called Moors (Muslims from North Africa) and is representative of wooden construction in that era. It was highly influenced by Islamic architectural trends and Early Modern Spanish building styles. The Alcázar not only has a beautiful exterior design, but also a magnificent interior.  

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Pedjama Castle is a marvelous place for all castle lovers to visit. It is a Renaissance-style castle located in the center of a historical region in south-central Slovenia. Constructed in an early Renaissance style, it was built into the mouth of a cave. It is eminently famous in Slovenia itself and in all Europe. It is a wonderful site – picturesque, audacious, and mysterious. Situated in the middle of a towering cliff, it is listed in Guinness World Records for being the largest cave castle in the world.  

 

Where To Go In June: Finding Summer Travel Ideas Around The Globe

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Cyprus

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This country takes the lead in our rating of the best June holiday destinations. Conditions are ideal in July and August – and almost so for the month of June. The sea warms in May to a stable 23-25 °C, and the air is pleasant and warm at 26-30 degrees. The best choice to come here would be in the first half of June as temperatures begin to creep steadily up in July, and it becomes hot and stuffy. If you are good with a temperature of 33°C in the shade, then all of June is yours.

Advantages:

  • The sea is warm even at the beginning of the month
  • White-sand beaches
  • Many amenities and facilities for children
  • High standard of hotel services
  • Beaches and tourist spots are not overly crowded this month

 

Islands of Greece

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Greece experts say that this destination is in great demand among Canadian tourists in 2017. In June there is already absolutely calm flying to the Greek islands (Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Braids). Their shores in summer are warm (23-28 °C), the probability of rain is almost null, and water temperatures approach 23 degrees by the middle of month.

Advantages

  • Consistent superb weather conditions;
  • Perfect beaches and ideal conditions for sunbathing and swimming;
  • European charm and beautiful scenery;
  • Suitable for family vacation;
  • Excellent ethnic cuisine; to go to “the Cyprian frying pan” in July-August

 

Bulgaria

If you have small children (under 2 years old), then it is worth paying attention to Bulgarian resorts, which are wonderful for those who prefer golden beaches and sun-soaked coasts. The weather is often very warm and sunny, so you will be able to spend most of your time on the beach and grounds of the hotel. Hotel service in Bulgaria is excellent, corresponding to the best European traditions.

Advantages

  • Wide choice of resorts
  • Wide range of tours
  • Sparkling beaches
  • Mild warm climate
  • Developed tourist infrastructure
  • Excellent conditions for vacation with children
  • High price/quality ratio

 

Iceland

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Iceland is a gorgeous place to visit in June 2017. Few places offer travelers so many wonderful attractions as immense waterfalls, beautiful natural geysers, magnificent volcanoes and incomparable glaciers. June is a great time to take it all in during an excursion of Iceland. Travel the countryside with Golden Circle Tour, visiting Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss waterfall. Those who love nightlife can enjoy amazing places in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.

 

Best Jobs for Those Who Like to Travel

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Flight Attendant

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When it comes to traveling, one of the most obvious choices is to become a flight attendant. Just imagine: you don’t have to book tickets, hotel rooms and tours, you don’t have to plan your travel. Your entire work will include traveling, and the most of the time you will spend up in the sky, flying from one destination to another. Isn’t it romantic?

A perfect job for those who is dreaming to travel around the world and working at the same time. If you are not afraid of constant time zone changings, tough schedule and just flying on a plane, this job is definitely for you!

Despite crazy hours and a crazy lifestyle, which could be the hardest part of your job. However, it is a perfect choice for all travel lovers. Bonus: discounted flights for you and your family.

Au pair

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If you are good in communicating with children and you are fond of traveling, this job is for you. The main requirements include good command of English, though the second language will be a plus.

If you feel that you obtain all these qualities, au pair might be a perfect choice for you. Au pairs live in the place of their host family and they should take care of children. This is a great experience for those who dream to live in a foreign country. What you have to do: child care services, such as babysitting and assistance with schoolwork. It is a perfect chance to immerse yourself into other culture and experience all benefits of living abroad. You will also have a chance to explore a foreign mentality and home-made cuisine.

Cruise line worker

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This cruise experience is like no other! Cruise ship is a separate city, where you can not only have fun and be able to become a part of a cruise team, but also to travel the world! Just imagine: beautiful ship, crossing the oceans with multinational people on board, and also free food and accommodations. You can choose from a wide range of offered jobs: restaurant server, a shop clerk or a performer in the cruise’s entertainment center. There you can find diverse people, different experience and visit to numerous ports.  

You will have a wonderful opportunity to join the great crew, see wonderful shows and concerts and have an impeccable experience.

 

Wedding photographer

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Every couple dreams of making their honeymoon as wonderful as it is possible. There is no way to leave great memories about this romantic period without a professional photographer. Most of them live in the most popular wedding destinations, and receive orders to make wedding photoshoots from time to time. The others travel from one place to another depending on a place where they have a job offers. Anyway, this profession gives you a wonderful opportunity to travel around the world or to live in your dream place. 

 Diving instructor

With the whole world beneath the ocean’s surface, the profession of a diver is for those who is searching for something new and something wonderful. You will have a chance to not only explore the beautiful sea life, but also to travel to the seashores and places with the most wonderful underwater sceneries and opportunities for divers.

Beautiful Beaches of Puerto Rico

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1) Balneario Flamenco, Culebra 

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The sunny weather, shades of blue sky and turquoise sea are astonishing from the moment you arrive here. This paradisiac beach is located on the small Island of Culebra, one of the numerous snake islands in the world. It was recently named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the thirty best secret islands of the world because of its natural beauty. The water is crystalline and calm; the sand is white, soft and so fine that it squeaks when you walk on it. Balneario Flamenco is surrounded by green mountains and beautiful palm trees and adorned with amazing coral reefs. Add numerous tourist amenities, and you will understand why this area is so perfect. Here you can enjoy camping, relaxing baths, visit kiosks of local fried foods and other tasty cuisine. The place is so spacious that even on crowded weekends you will still be able to enjoy a peaceful spot on this wonderful beach. Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful beach on Puerto Rico and one of the most beautiful in the world.

2) Balneario la Monsserate, Luquillo

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The Balneario la Monsserate is one of the most popular and most visited beaches on the Island. There are many reasons for this. It has all the necessary facilities for a perfect day at the beach: showers, baths, kiosks, parking, snack bars, camping areas and even facilities for disabled persons. Its spacious shore faces a crystalline and tranquil sea where people go in for aquatic sports and exercises. A little to the west you will notice an impressive mountain, which is the largest tropical forest in Puerto Rico: The Anvil. This beach is surrounded by rich, luxuriant vegetation, and you will also find here a famous kiosk area with Caribbean delights and beautiful views. Balneario la Monsserate is one of four beaches in Puerto Rico with Blue Flag certification.

3) Balneario El Escambrón, San Juan 

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How does having a beach in the city sound? Perfect. This is reality at Escambrón Spa, located in an urban center two steps from the historical city of Old Saint John – one of the most ancient in the Americas and the most frequented tourist area of the Island. It is surrounded by hotels and restaurants and, by a short walk across a bridge, you are connected to the park Luis Muñoz Rivera, an excellent option if you are traveling with children. It is also ideal for those who go in for aquatic sports. If you like surfing, walk towards the west, and you will find Beach Eight. El Escambrón is another one of the Puerto Rican beaches classified as Blue Flag.

4) Balneario Boquerón, Cabo Rojo 

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We have selected this beach for its cheerful ambience, family fun, numerous beach festivities, and  panoramic vista. The surrounding neighborhood provides excellent street food and drinks as well. Hundreds of people from this part of Puerto Rico visit Boquerón spa on weekends.

5) Balneario Sun Bay, Vieques 

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This spa is thought to be one of the best on the whole Island. It is widely known for its golden coast, camping area, and beautiful panoramic views. Balnerio is also the entryway to other beaches in Vieques and Luminescent Bay.

6) Crash Boat, Aguadilla 

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Can you imagine calm turquoise sea near a beautiful white sand beach? This is a perfect area for excellent diving and snorkeling. In general, there is a festive ambience for young people and families. Everything for a perfect holiday is available here, and you can find a great variety of activities for perfect beach recreation.  

Bali named World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2017

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One of tourists’ favorite getaways, Bali is famous for its volcanic mountains, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and beautiful diving spots.

While popular classic European cities London and Paris were ranked second and third by TripAdvisor’s experts, Bali surprisingly won their Traveler’s Choice award. In addition to these three world-best destinations there are twenty-two others that are considered superior for touring in 2017:
Rome (Italy), New York (USA), Crete (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Siem Pear (Cambodia), Prague (Czech Republic), Phuket (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey), Jamaica, Hoi An (Vietnam), St. Petersburg (Russia), Roatan (Bay Islands), Marrakech (Morocco), Ambergris Caye (Belize Cayes), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), St. Maarten (St. Martin), Playa de Carmen (Mexico), Dubai (UAE), Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Kathmandu (Nepal), Bora Bora (Society Islands), and Cusco (Peru).

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The competition was tough as all the listed destinations are not only extremely famous among travelers, but also have unrivalled reputations for high service and a great level of resort amenities.

Bali is an island distinct from the rest of the world with unique culture, amazing nature and wonderful people. A spirit of freedom rules this place. As the number one destination in 2017, Bali is first and best with its wonderful Indonesian zest, Buddhist atmosphere, bright night life, white-sand shores, high waves for great surfing, and the unforgettable feel of endless holidays.

Evening in Bali #kuta #kutabeach #bali #balidiaries #wanderlust #beach #serene #

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Bali is washed by the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Bali. The island is home to religious sites such as Cliffside Uluwatu Temple, and it is a famous destination for yoga lovers and those who love meditation retreats.  

While having a wondrous holiday on Bali, don’t forget to experience its amazing nightlife by visiting Sky Garden, a four-story night club where each floor has its own style of music. You can also try snorkeling, diving, and other aqua activities easily accessible on this awesome island.

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Tips on How to Deal with Children on a Plane

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Flying on a plane can be stressful for both children and their parents. Even for an average passenger, flying is sometimes a difficult experience. Moreover, little children must deal with more serious stress during their flight, and at times other passengers get irritated by them.  

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Be prepared for take-off and landing

Remember that take-offs and landings are the most difficult parts of any flight, and try to make sure that these points will not be too hard for your child by being prepared for the additional stress. Use this time to breastfeed your baby or give them a bottle of infant formula or, perhaps, a sippy cup of milk. This will help your child to relax and feel better during these periods.

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 Research your airline 

When it comes to selecting an airline, it is wise to choose one that best suits your needs. They are not all equally equipped for flying with kids. Read carefully all the possible requirements and offers connected with family travel. Some airlines offer extra mileage, and some even give discounts when you fly with a baby.  

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Remember that planes can get very cold

Take some extra clothes and even thermal mugs with you to protect yourself and your baby from getting too cold onboard the plane. 

Take some useful items for baby 

We are talking about various items that will definitely keep your baby occupied during the flight (especially if it is long) – things like toys, a sleeping bag, blanket or comforter, coloring books, favorite fairytales to read, a tablet with bright pictures, cartoons and games; they could all come in handy.

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Take a baby-carrier with you

You should definitely consider how you will comfortably transport the baby throughout the trip – and not only on the flight. Think about being at the airport with your child waiting for boarding, going through customs or passport control, and getting your luggage at baggage claim.

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 Pack a small bag of essentials

Consider packing a small bag with your essentials for the flight that you can keep at your feet – nappies, wipes, toys, snacks, etc. When the “Fasten Seat Belt” sign is on, you’ll have everything you need within reach.

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The Seven Happiest Countries in the World

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7 – Sweden

Sweden has it all – from inimitable Scandinavian atmosphere to the beauty of Stockholm’s urban chic. If you ever visit the wonderful natural treasures of Sweden, you will never forget its alluring charm: forests, lakes, Baltic ports, and placid mountains. There is something special in this northern pulchritude and its enchanting views.

6 –Australia

This is a one of the most popular countries when it comes to traveling. Some of the world’s best surfing spots, pristine beaches, sparkling sands, turquoise bays, astonishing nature, and home to the most vibrant coral reef system – Australia is a wonderful area for your next vacations.

5 – New Zealand

Country number five has enormous landscapes and great topography. Its verdant forests, magnificent plains and exciting cliff tops are reason to visit this country and fall in love with it forever. Genteel seaside and friendly locals will make your trip unforgettable, and you will probably feel at home in this faraway place.

4 – Canada

The exquisite scenery of Canada is famous all over the world – and the quality lifestyle, wonderful hospitality and cheerful mood of its people enjoy the same popularity. This year Canada ranks fourth on our list of the happiest countries, and it deserves this place for the many traits that make it one of the most beloved destinations for tourists around the world.

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3 – Netherlands

Liberal policies, healthy assets, cultural values, and a thriving culture of bike lovers will never leave you indifferent. This country has some of the friendliest locals due to the high standards of living and services. That is why this country is one of the most popular in the world in terms of tourism and the happiness of its residents.

Главная фишка в таких небольших финских городах (и, в целом, скандинавских), как Лаппеэнранта — это их своеобразная европейская провинциальность, мало похожая на провинциальность российскую. Здесь всё предельно чисто и цивилизованно, а население живёт какой-то удивительно расслабленной, не отягощённой извечными философскими вопросами, жизнью. Иногда этого в России ужасно не хватает. На фото — улица внутри крепости Лаппеэнранты. #лаппеэнранта #финляндия #finland #lappeenranta #travel #путешествия #путешествие

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2 – Finland

Another Scandinavian country which is famous for its culture and friendliness is Finland. With its high quality of life, peaceful atmosphere, and cosmopolitan capital, Helsinki, this country ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world.

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1 – Switzerland

It was the number one happiest country in 2015 – where most citizens understand French, German and English. With glorious landscapes, beautiful scenery and attractive architecture, this country is definitely worth visiting in 2017!