Mar 30, 2013

World's unfriendliest nations for tourists?

CNN: A new report, put out earlier this month by the World Economic Forum, has ranked which countries roll out the welcome mat to travelers and which give the cold shoulder.

The "Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013" ranked 140 countries according to attractiveness and competitiveness in the travel and tourism industries.

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Morocco
  4. Macedonia
  5. Austria
  6. Senegal
  7. Portugal
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. Ireland
  10. Burkina Faso
  1. Bolivia
  2. Venezuela
  3. Russian Federation
  4. Kuwait
  5. Latvia
  6. Iran
  7. Pakistan
  8. Slovak Republic
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Mongolia

Mar 29, 2013

Pacsafe Toursafe

Pacsafe Toursafe

For those 4 week long adventures or trips where 3 pairs of shoes just simply aren't enough, look no further than the Toursafe Anti-Theft 29" Wheeled Vertical Duffel. Lightweight, semi-collapsible, secure from forced zipper entry with a ballpoint pen, eXomesh slashguard protection and a durable EVA molded back panel the 29" wheeled duffel is a travel companion you can rely on.

Mar 28, 2013

Sea To Summit Adaptor Coolmax Travel Liner

Sea to Summit  Travel Liner

Add some climate control to your warm-weather sleeping bag with the Sea to Summit Adaptor Coolmax Travel Liner. Whether you?re surfing couches during the summer or sliding between summery hotel destinations, this liner uses Coolmax fabric to wick away sweat and regulate temperature as you sleep. Lightweight, easily packable, and designed to stretch, this smooth, comfortable liner can be used alone or mated with a lightweight sleeping bag.

Mar 27, 2013

Travel Light, Travel Smart

Travel Light, Travel Smart

Traveling light is simply a better, more hassle-free way to go: you’ll expend less energy by not hauling a heavy bag and less time searching through multiple bags to remember where you put that city map! With less to pack up at the end of your vacation, you can squeeze every last memorable moment out of your trip. Ultimately, you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying. You will also be following the advice of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a famous aviator of the early 20th century, who once said: "He who would travel happily must travel light."

Mar 26, 2013

Nemo Nocturne & Rhythm

Nemo Nocturne

New Spoon Shape strikes a balance between the performance you want on the trail and the comfort you want in camp. It’s generous at the elbows and knees, where you need it for side sleeping.

Mar 25, 2013

Travelrest Travel Pillow

Travelrest Travel Pillow

Travelrest nestles against your head and neck providing unparalleled support and comfort while in flight or on the road.

Mar 23, 2013

Eagle Creek Load Warrior Wheeled Duffel

Eagle Creek Load Warrior Wheeled Duffel

The Load Warrior™ Wheeled Duffel 28 was built for activity-based travel. With a stowable Equipment Keeper™, now you can hold your gear or clothing to the top of your bag using the Porter Key™ bottle attachment. This bag features expandability so you can pack 15% more when you need it, exterior and interior compression straps to compress and stabilize your load, and a laundry chute to keep your dirty and clean separate.

Mar 21, 2013

Top Hostels 2012

Mar 20, 2013

Best Hostels of 2012

Best Worldwide Hostels
  1. Yes! Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Home Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  5. Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona, Spain
  6. Vagabonds, Belfast, Northern-Ireland
  7. Cocomama, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  8. Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco
  9. The Garden Backpacker, Seville, Spain
  10. Ostello Bello, Milan, Italy
Best Small Hostels
  1. Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Vagabonds, Belfast, Northern-Ireland
  3. Cocomama, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. Charles Bridge Economic Hostel, Prague, Czech-Republic
  5. Hostel One Sants, Barcelona, Spain
  6. El Viajero Cartagena Hostel, Cartagena, Colombia
  7. Greg & Tom Party Hostel, Krakow, Poland
  8. Lisboa Central Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Florentine Backpackers Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel
  10. Our Melting Pot, Manila, Philippines
Best Medium Hostels
  1. Home Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco
  5. The Garden Backpacker, Seville, Spain
  6. Ostello Bello, Milan, Italy
  7. Montreal Central, Montreal, Canada
  8. Grand Hostel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  9. Global Village, Belfast, Northern-Ireland
  10. Sant Jordi Alberg, Barcelona, Spain
Best Large Hostels
  1. Yes! Lisbon Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Wombats City Hostel Vienna - The Lounge, Vienna, Austria
  3. YHA London Oxford Street, London, England
  4. Circus Hostel, Berlin, Germany
  5. City BackPackers Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Barnacles Temple Bar House, Dublin, Ireland
  7. USA Hostels San Francisco, San-Francisco, USA
  8. Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
  9. Bounce Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  10. Sleepzone, Galway/Ireland, Ireland
Best Extra Large Hostels
  1. Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. Nomads Queenstown, Queenstown, New-Zealand
  3. Wombats City Hostel Vienna - at the Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
  4. YHA Wellington City, Wellington, New-Zealand
  5. SameSun Backpacker Lodge - Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
  6. YHA London Central, London, England
  7. Chicago Getaway Hostel, Chicago, USA
  8. Hostelling International New York, New-York, USA
  9. H.I. Chicago Hostel, Chicago, USA
  10. Adelaide Hostel and Hotel, San-Francisco, USA
  1. Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco
  2. The Backpack, Cape Town, South-Africa
  3. Amour d' Auberge, Marrakech/Morocco, Morocco
  1. Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
  2. Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Khaosan Kyoto Guest House, Kyoto/Japan, Japan
Eastern Europe
  1. Charles Bridge Economic Hostel, Prague, Czech-Republic
  2. Greg & Tom Party Hostel, Krakow, Poland
  3. AAE Mosquito Hostel, Krakow, Poland
Latin America
  1. El Viajero Cartagena Hostel, Cartagena, Colombia
  2. Piedra Blanca Backpackers Hostel, Uyuni, Bolivia
  3. The Palace Hostel, San Juan, Puerto-Rico
North America
  1. Montreal Central, Montreal, Canada
  2. La Maison du Patriote, Montreal, Canada
  3. Duo Housing DC, Washington-DC/USA, USA
  1. Jailhouse Accommodation, Christchurch New-Zealand
  2. Adventure Queenstown Hostel, Queenstown, New-Zealand
  3. Bounce Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Worldwide Winners

Mar 14, 2013

Michelin National Maps

Asia Middle East Africa France Europe North America Central America South America Oceania The World Pocket Maps High Resistance Maps Michelin Travel Publications

Mar 1, 2013

Nemo Fillo Pillow

Nemo Fillo Pillow

Fillo is the pillow you've been waiting for. No more nights with your head on an overturned backpack or with a jacket zipper pressing into your face. Nemo's Fillo uses a combination of a 3 inch thick inflatable cell with engineered baffles and a one-inch thick memory foam layer to achieve a perfect balance of supple cushioning and adjustable height.