Reykjavik is a UNESCO City of Literature.. and it's no "mystery" why people love it.
An empty yacht sits in Reykjavik's harbor. There's no trace of its seven passengers. Have they met with misadventure at sea - or a murderous welcome in Iceland?
At first glance, this horrible tragedy is so haunting that even devoted travelers might be tempted to think twice about their trip. But, rest assured, Iceland is an incredibly safe country - and also the perfect setting for some of the best books in the world. In this case, the mysterious boat and vanished passengers rest not in Reykjavik but rather in the imagination of renowned Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Her compelling novel The Silence Of The Sea has earned rave reviews.
And while you're likely very relieved that you can't experience the plots of her books first hand, you can indulge your love of great books and writing in Iceland. This is the writing capital of the world, with 1 in 10 citizens publishing a book in their lifetime. Reykjavik has even been awarded the prestigious designation of being a UNESCO City of Literature. So whether your tastes run towards murder mysteries or economic theory or modern poetry, Iceland is THE travel destination for readers and writers.
Here's how to mix business with pleasure in Canada's capital city.
Millions of people travel to Ottawa each year on business. Politics, law, high tech, conferences, universities - some trips last just a few hours, while others go on for a week or more. But even if you're on a tight schedule, Ottawa offers plenty of attractions and amenities for business travelers to enjoy. So whether you have a day or even just an hour to spare, make sure to visit some of the city's best attractions before you leave - and check out our insider tips that will have you getting around town like a true local!
Evening dinner tours of Bangkok's biggest river are popular - but do they represent good value?
What do you get when you mix ancient Buddhist temples, a huge pan of lasagna, and Psy? Why, a night on a Bangkok river cruise, of course! As we discovered firsthand, a Bangkok river cruise on the Chao Phraya River tour takes several classic Thai exp6eriences, throws in a bit of contemporary fun, and leaves you thoroughly entertained - and sometimes a bit baffled too.
Guest blogger Nicole shares her secrets for where to find the best meals in Bagan.
You’ll find everything you need for a fantastic meal in Bagan from French, English, Italian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, and - of course! - Burmese cuisine (you have to try the tea leaf salad)! You will find most of the restaurants in Nyaung U, a few in New Bagan and just couple in Old Bagan. Here are my picks for the top restaurants for each region of Bagan. So hop on your e-bike and get ready to explore Bagan and the cuisine.
This is our airport delay playbook... just in case!
Delays are an inevitable part of the travel experience and, believe it or not, not all delays are bad. After all, they're often caused by safety concerns or are the result of an earlier accident - both circumstances that will make you grateful you're only aggravated, not injured. But an optimistic attitude can only go so far, especially when you're in an airport.
Airport delays are the frustration of all frustrations. Maybe it's the pressure and panic of how a delayed departure will influence the rest of your travel plans. Or perhaps it's being surrounded by the general anxiety and grumpiness of hundreds of other passengers. Or maybe it has to do with the fact that airports and airlines still have a ways to go when it comes to customer service. Or maybe it's a little bit of everything, rolled in with jet lag, bad coffee, and scratchy toilet paper. No matter the cause, a little planning, preparation, and research can go a long way to help with delays.