Overflowing with history and culture, the capital of the People's Republic of China offers surprises and delights around every corner of its busy streets. A city of contrasts, Beijing balances past glories and modern triumphs, the urban rush and beautifully serene settings. Standing tall as the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, nowhere else in the world is quite like Beijing – whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, you are sure to be amazed.
Preparation is key when visiting Beijing – although the visa process is not difficult to navigate, it may require some work well in advance to make sure you have done everything correctly. However, if ...
There is a reason why Budapest is often called the Paris of the east. Though the city is geographically miles away from France, Hungary's capital does feel familiar in terms of architecture and culture - but spend a little time here, and you will discover Budapest has a flavour that is entirely its own.
If you are flying into Budapest, it is very likely that you will be landing at Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport. Sitting just south of the city centre, the airport has great links into Budapest and the surrounding areas.
Equipped with a metro system, bus routes and rail networks, Budapest is a well-connected city in terms of public transport - you shouldn't ...
We know that you can't physically buy happiness, but sometimes, a little retail therapy can go a long way to cheering yourself up! In fact, certain cities feel as though they were designed to solely to indulge our shopping habits.
From high street to designer, with a good dose of independent shops thrown in for good measure, here, we have taken a look at five of our favourite shopping destinations around the world. Anticipating that you will shop until you drop? Don't forget to book yourself in for some rest and recuperation at a Kempinski hotel!
New York City
Where else to begin a shopping adventure than the Big Apple? From Bloomingdale’s and Barneys to the perfectly curated MoMA ...
There are few things finer in life than getting to explore this planet that we call home. Not only is travel an essential part of modern life, it can also be very enriching, and leave you with plenty of stories to tell!
Of course, positive stories are always much more pleasant to share than negative ones. Travelling - in any capacity - isn't without risk, but there are ways you can minimise the chance for unsafe situations to unfold. Here, we have highlighted some travel tips for staying safe abroad, in the hopes that they will help your next trip take place without any trouble. Happy travelling!
Research the customs of your destination
Whether it's a custom for your shoulders to be ...
What to do and see in St Petersburg
There are few places as awe-inspiring as St Petersburg. It may no longer be the capital of Russia - a title that was bestowed on Moscow in 1918 following the Russian Revolution – but the city is an artistic hub and, despite its gloriously historic setting, boasts modernity at every turn.
Visiting St Petersburg
As well as being a popular city for visiting cruises, St Petersburg is easily accessible through Pulkovo Airport - 20km south of the city. The airport is a modern one - a new terminal opened just last year - and you will find plenty of business lounges to enjoy while you wait to board your return flight.
You will be expected to have arranged ...
No matter where in the world you are travelling to for your holiday, if it is not the country you are from, geography, currency and other basic day-to-day knowledge can feel suddenly removed, even if you felt prepared before you went.
Thankfully, in this day and age, around 80% of all online adults own a smartphone, and once you have got the device, you are just a few clicks away from accessing some of the most helpful technology around - travel apps.
Designed to be used wherever you are in the world, travel-focused apps encompass everything from currency exchange calculators to GPS maps - but it is this wide scope that has saturated the travel app market. Once you have decided what would ...
What to do and see in Vienna
As the capital of Austria, you would be right to expect Vienna to be a city that blends history with the contemporary - but what you might not anticipate is how seamlessly the city manages this. With incredible musical accolades and the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site badge for the city centre, Vienna is also home to the Riesenrad (ferris wheel), a zoo and a plethora of hip bars and restaurants that stay open well into the night. In short, no matter your reason for visiting Vienna, you are sure to find something to enjoy while you are here.
If you arriving in Vienna by plane, it is likely that you will be landing at Vienna International ...
Travelling - whether it is for business or pleasure - can definitely have its little luxuries. Staying in a lovely, welcoming hotel and dining out are some of our favourite things about globe-trotting but, when your trip sees you guided on autopilot from hotel to tourist spot to office to hotel again, you can find yourself missing out on the wonders of the world around you!
When you exist solely in tourist mode, it is all too easy to miss out on the local favourites, hidden surprises and authentic culture of your new surroundings. While we're all for indulging in a little tourism, it is also important to really experience the place you are in! Here, we have got some top tips for doing just ...
Geneva might not be the capital of Switzerland, but it is home to UNOG (The United Nations Office at Geneva), CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and some of the world's most important financial institutions, Geneva is something of a European hub for development. However it is not all business here, from the famous chocolate to the beautifully historic Old Town, there is plenty to see and do in Geneva for pleasure too.
Though a worthy destination in its own right, Geneva also acts as a gateway for most of French-speaking Switzerland, as well as for the Swiss Alps. This means that Geneva benefits from some great transport infrastructure - which will ...
Travelling with your children is one of the most enriching things you can do as a family. Not only are you showing them new places, new foods and new ways of life, you are in fact widening their world view from the outset - something that can only stand them in good stead later in life.
But, as beneficial as travelling with infants can be, spontaneity has to take a back seat in favour of a great deal of planning. Here, we have pulled together some of our tried-and-tested tips for travelling with the family - we hope they help!
Research family-friendly places before you leave
Whether you are heading to the beach or the city, knowing a little bit about the area before you arrive can only ...