Norwegian: Premium class offers best of both worlds — price and comfort

Norwegian's 787-8 Dreamliner     (photo courtesy Norwegian)

  By Ron Bernthal   The United Nations has listed Norway as the number one country on the organization’s 2015 Human Development Report. Combining life expectancy, education and income per capita, Norway ranks first in the world for the 12th … Continue reading

The Thief: Design hotel thrives in Oslo’s newest cultural district.

The Thief Spa (photo courtesy The Thief)

The Thief Oslo By Ron Bernthal Although most visitors to The Thief , in the Oslo neighborhood of Tjuvholmen (tchuv-holmen), arrive by taxi, others can travel by bus, tram or ferry and walk ten minutes along the Aker Brygge waterfront, … Continue reading

Japan Tourist Office Introduces New Travel Guides in Conjunction with Expansion of Bullet Train to Hokurku

Kanazawa, Japan

While celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Shinkansen (Bullet Train) on October 1, the Japan National Tourism Organization has confirmed that the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen service will open on March 14, 2015.  The Japan National Tourism Organization has launched … Continue reading

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany

Stuttgart's Kunstmuseum is a glass cube art museum on a historic, downtown square. (photo courtesy Kunstmuseum)

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany BY RON BERNTHAL The area of southwest Germany, bordering France and Switzerland, is one of the oldest regions of the country, dating to the 12th century. Known today as the state … Continue reading

Designhotel am Stadtgarden – Freiburg, Germany

Guest room at Hotel am Stadtgarden (hotel photos Ron Bernthal)

  Hotel Review -  Designhotel am Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany   I was visiting Freiburg for one night and needed an affordable and clean hotel property within walking distance, or a short tram ride, from the historic Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square) and … Continue reading

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia Eco-Experience Explores Southeast Asia’s First UNESCO Geopark

One of the creatures that might be encountered on the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia's new family-friendly Mangroves & Eagles Safari through the dramatic Kilim Karst, Southeast Asia's first UNESCO Geopark.

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia now offers a family-friendly Mangroves & Eagles Safari through the dramatic Kilim Karst, Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark. Guest take a private boat from the Resort’s Serai beach and in just a few … Continue reading

USTiA Quiz Tests Your Knowledge of Travel Safety & Health

Climbing Mt. Liamuiga in St. Kitts. USTiA's TRIP site offers helpful hints on traveling safely outdoors and in national parks, in the US and abroad © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

What services do US embassies provide abroad? How can you recover from jet lag? How do you ensure your safety in a new destination? Where should you sit in a plane to avoid motion sickness? These are among the questions … Continue reading

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Partners with Ethnomusicologist to Add Music Adventures on Small-Ship Voyages

They say music is a window to the soul.  And at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, that goes for the soul of an entire culture, thanks to a series of music adventures on select itineraries that offer guests rare insight into the … Continue reading

Tour Operators Focus on ‘Live Like a Local’ Immersive Experiences

‘Travel Together’ Program Launch Includes Travel to England Facebook Sweepstakes The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) is on a mission to share with all travelers the rich and engaging off-the-beaten path experiences enjoyed by the more than 6.5 million … Continue reading

Rome2Rio Trip Planning Service Makes Rideshare Available in 40 European Countries

Driving around Rome. Rome2Rio can arrange a rideshare © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The sharing economy has come to Europe, with a new ridesharing program in 40 European countries offered at a popular journey planning site, rome2rio.com. “Ridesharing is typically a much more affordable choice than air and rail services, and we’ve made … Continue reading