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Best Accommodation Options for Business Travelers

Business and leisure travelers differ in terms of wants and needs. Location, amenities, and wifi are the most important things for a business traveler. With the rise of the sharing…

Business and leisure travelers differ in terms of wants and needs. Location, amenities, and wifi are the most important things for a business traveler. With the rise of the sharing economy and its increased quality of service, business travelers now have a wider spectrum of choices that extend far from a regular and traditional stay in the hotels.

Here are some of the best accommodation options for business travelers;


Hotels are still the number one pick for many business travelers. As already mentioned, business travelers value connectivity and location more than anything. Hotels that cater to business travelers are very close to congress halls, conference centers etc. and that is why they’re the obvious choice. Time is money! Another thing is wifi connectivity. Business travelers are always connected, you can see them working even on the go and that’s why free and fast wifi connection is a must.

Business hotels also have their own conference halls, laptop workstations, translation and photocopying services, free smartphones to use etc.

They are the best option for people who are traveling for less than a week but who want to enjoy the maximum service and for people who are traveling alone. However, if your work requires you to stay in a certain destination much longer, then next option (read on!) could be a much better and affordable solution!

Serviced Apartments

A recent trend that has emerged in the travel industry are serviced apartments. They are a great alternative for business travelers as they can be much more budget friendlier than hotels. They are also suitable for leisure travelers or for business people who are on a trip with family and who could use well the extra rooms in the apartment.

MetroResidences are a great example of this. Just like hotels, serviced apartments are equipped with WiFi and are centrally located. Their biggest advantage to hotels is definitely more space and a more affordable price.

accommodation options for business travelers

In a way, serviced apartments can be a home away from home. Now more than ever travelers are looking for a more personalized travel experience. If staying in a destination for a longer period of time, this option can be really great. You get more space and the privacy of a home, without losing the quality experience as hotel-like services are still available.

accommodation options for business travelers

Home stays

The last options are apartments and home stays. This is perhaps the least luxurious option with fewer amenities that could be found in hotels or serviced apartments but are also the most affordable one. Sites like Airbnb or Booking are the best for finding an apartment or a home to rent.

They can be a better fit for entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads and University researchers who might be in search of a long term accommodation. Business people working for companies can also benefit from this. If you don’t need most of the amenities that are found in a hotel and just want some privacy and peace for yourself, cook your own meals and invite friends over – then renting someone’s home could be the best fit for you.

If you are looking for more resources here’s how you can find cheap accommodation in Europe.

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Top 10 Free Attractions in Copenhagen

The Danish capital is truly a colorful place to visit, especially if you love cozy port cities and their picturesque views of the sea. Unfortunately, while it is quite beautiful,…

The Danish capital is truly a colorful place to visit, especially if you love cozy port cities and their picturesque views of the sea. Unfortunately, while it is quite beautiful, it’s eye-wateringly expensive to do anything around there. As such, free attractions in Copenhagen are your best bet when it comes to absorbing the culture without breaking the bank.

Good thing Cez and Agness of eTramping offered to present us some of the cooler insider picks for Copenhagen. Here they are with no particular order:

#1 Hop on a Free Bike Ride

Copenhagen is quite a large city (at over 80 sq km or 34 sq mi). If you hope to see as many free attractions in Copenhagen, you’ll need some form of transportation. Don’t feel like forking over 80kr (€10) for a City Pass? Simply deposit 20kr in one of the few thousand bikes spread throughout the city and you’ll get your money back when you take it back to a locking device!

#2 Langelinie Park

Danes enjoy taking relaxing walks through this hidden treasure of Copenhagen, and so should you! Make sure you visit the country in spring when the cherry trees start to blossom for a truly dream-like waltz through the park. From the Langelinie it’s only a 10 minute hike till the next landmark.

#3 The Little Mermaid

Inspired by the tragic tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, this statue is one of the most famous free attractions in Copenhagen. The lonely mermaid is perched on one of the shore rocks and stares at the sea as if she wants to return to her home. There is a sad history of vandalism of the statute (even getting bombed in 2003), so better enjoy it while you still can!

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#4 The Botanical Garden

Open all week long, it is quite fortunate that there is no admission fee to see the lush, 10 hectare gardens at the center of the city. With over 13,000 plant species and 27 glasshouses, you can pretty much dedicate an entire afternoon for a visit. There are also selected areas where you can enjoy a quiet picnic inside.

#5 Bispebjerg Cemetery

This took a dark turn, didn’t it? But don’t worry, this place is actually not as spooky as it may sound. In fact, just as in the case of the Langelinie Park, people come here from all over the place to enjoy the Japanese cherry trees in bloom (especially Instagrammers).

To dispel the somber atmosphere even more, each grave benefits from its own small garden, tended by the city workers. Other avenues of trees are perfect places for quiet contemplation, and the nearby Grundtvig’s Church is also an epic sight to behold in its own right.

#6 Islands Brygge

Care for a swim? Summer is a great time to enjoy a (free!) dip at the Islands Brygge harbor bath, have a barbecue with the locals, or just enjoy the sun in the green areas. Two of the five available pools are aimed at children, so families have an even better incentive to come here. Of course, since it’s free, you should expect for it to be a bit crowded at times.

Sight from Islands Brygge

Photo: Sight from Islands Brygge (CC by-sa 2.0) by Marek Kubica

#7 Kongens Have (The King’s Garden)

It’s a shame that Rosenborg Castle is not part of the free attractions in Copenhagen, but at least the verdant King’s Garden surrounding it is! Over 2 million people visit the gardens on a yearly basis, and for good reason too. Magnificent flowerbeds all over, winding bushy pathways, plenty of space to sunbathe, as well as a dedicated adventure playground for kids make it a fantastic opportunity for the capital’s visitors. A statue of H. C. Andersen also watches over the expanse, so make sure you don’t miss it.

#8 Christiania

The self-proclaimed “autonomous” region of Copenhagen, and sometimes called Freetown (not because things are free here, but because its inhabitants wanted to make their own rules). The place used to be a military base up until the 70s when a group of squatters proclaimed the neighborhood as autonomous.

Christiania was most famous for its “Green Light District” and Pusher Street where cannabis used to be sold openly. Of course, it is still an illegal activity in Denmark, and the police shut that down in 2016. Far from us to promote illegal activities, the neighborhood is still a nice place to visit simply for all the buildings covered in colorful and quirky graffiti. Beyond the multitude of cafés and restaurants in the area also lies a beautiful lake surrounded by trees where you can relax.

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Of note is that until Pusher Street closed down, photography was banned in the area. You can still see signs up saying as such. But nowadays it is allowed – just make sure you don’t capture other people in the frame. Or, if the area is too crowded to do so, ask politely if they don’t mind appearing in your pics.

#9 Christiansborg Palace Tower

The palace itself charges a steep admission fee, but luckily the tower numbers among the free attractions in Copenhagen you can enjoy. It is 106 meters high, so from atop the tower you can get a sweeping view of the city in all its splendor.

The only downside is the limited space at the top, and the fact that plenty of people take advantage of free entry. As such there may be a long queue before you can actually climb. At least there’s a lift at the entrance, so you won’t lose your breath on the stairs. Maybe just at the top after you get a glimpse of the magnificent views, though!

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#10 Sønder Boulevard

The last of the free attractions in Copenhagen for today is Sønder Boulevard. It was heavily renovated 10 years ago and turned into a beautiful green space and recreational area, complete with playgrounds for the kids, and shopping + café opportunities for the older “kids.” ☺ It’s a perfect area in Vesterbro to visit on the free bike you picked up at the beginning.

You can also check this comprehensive guide on how to have fun while traveling without blowing your budget.

Have you ever visited Denmark? If so, share the best and free attractions in Copenhagen with us in the comments!

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Roost Stand Review – Fantastic Laptop Stand For Everyday Life

If you are hunching over your laptop like Quasimodo, you are gonna appreciate this post. Laptops are small in size and we spend hours working on them. The result of…

If you are hunching over your laptop like Quasimodo, you are gonna appreciate this post. Laptops are small in size and we spend hours working on them. The result of this is neck and back pain, headaches, bad mood, and frustration. Working like this over a prolonged course of time can seriously damage your health and spine, and can cause nerve damage.

Laptops were made for portability and they made our lives so much easier, but unfortunately, it is our physical health that suffers.

I use MacBook Air with the 13-inch screen and the hunching over is worse than working on a 15-inch laptop. If you have the same problem I wholeheartedly recommend getting a laptop stand.

In this post, I will review the Roost laptop Stand which raised more than 1 million on Kickstarter.

Main Features

  • very easy to carry

  • adjustable height (6 to 11 inches above the table)

  • fits almost all laptops

  • lightweight (only 170 grams)

  • durability

Setting Up and Usage

Your Roost comes in a nice little protective bag, so you can pack it while you are on the go.

You can set up Roost in less than a minute. Yes, it is that easy. You will get a manual with your Roost and you can also take a look at the instructions below.

The stand is very stable, you can move it around and it will still hold your laptop perfectly. It might not look like that from the photos, but the stand is constructed from glass-fiber reinforced Nylon, a structural metal-replacement polymer and Delrin high- performance resin. This means it can probably last a lifetime!

The Roost Stand is ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time on their laptop, like writers, freelancers, and students. However, it can be used by anyone – whether you use your laptop for professional reasons or for watching Netflix. Its light weight makes it extremely suitable for travelers and digital nomads.

Will your laptop fit?

When it comes to weight, no laptop is too heavy for Roost. It can hold over 20 kg, but when it comes to laptop size, the front page of your laptop must be less than 1.9 cm thick.



I know what you are thinking. At first, it may look like this is too much for a laptop stand. You will also need to get a keyboard, a mouse and perhaps a USB hub. Unfortunately, these will be extras that you will need to get unless you already own them. However, considering that Roost Stand is made of really durable material and that it can last for a really long time, it is really a small price you can pay for your health. Chiropractors cost way more!


roost stand review

Roost is a laptop stand that will improve your health and productivity. It can be used by anyone – whether you are using your laptop for a professional reason or just for fun. So far it is one of the best pieces of kit that I have and I totally recommend it to anyone. The price could be off putting to some, as you can definitely get a much cheaper stand, but considering the durability and the fact that you can take it anywhere with you, makes Roost a worthy investment.

If you like Roost you can order it from the official website or Amazon. And here are some tips on how to protect your back and neck from laptop usage. You can also take a look at my favorite gear.


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7 Cool Museums in the Balkans

Museums are almost always an integral part of everyone’s itinerary when visiting a new destination. Yet, they are not among top associations when you think of the Balkans – it…

Museums are almost always an integral part of everyone’s itinerary when visiting a new destination. Yet, they are not among top associations when you think of the Balkans – it is nightlife, food, lovely beaches and nature. However, Balkan cities have some real hidden gems and fantastic niche museums that are well worth the visit.

From broken relationships to aviation, nuclear bunkers and science or the communist retro past, these 7 cool museums in the Balkans are waiting for you to discover them! Next time you’re in the Balkans look beyond the main attractions and go visit one of these museums.

Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

What started as a traveling exhibition ended up being one of Europe’s most innovative museums. The exhibition consists of objects sent by contributors from around the world which are accompanied with a personal story. These objects can be anything from a fluffy toy or music CD to something more extreme such an axe. Stories, on the other hand, hide much more powerful message – they are packed with satire, hatred and hurt.

This is a museum you’ll remember for a lifetime which is not so surprising as it is such an emotional roller coaster. What you may find interesting though is that this museum was founded by two people whose relationship has ended.

If you’ve just suffered from a breakup and want to do something more creative than punching a pillow, sharing your story to the world might be just what you need.

Museum of Aviation – Belgrade

Kamov Ka-25PL at Belgrade Aviation Museum

Photo: Belgrade Aviation Museum by G B_NZ 

If you happen to fly into Nikola Tesla Airport, the main airport serving Serbia’s capital, don’t miss the chance to visit the Museum of Aviation which is right next to it.

You’ll easily recognize its geodesic glass building which houses more than 200 aircraft previously operated by the Yugoslav and Serbian Air Forces. The most important displays include the USAF F-117 Nighthawk and F-16 Fighting Falcon which were shot down during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

There is also an outdoor exhibition with more than 10 large airplanes.

You can also go to the museum by catching the bus #72 from Zeleni Venac station.

Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum – Thessaloniki

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Planetarium (Photo: Noesis Museum)

If you’re a science freak you don’t want to miss Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum in Greece’s second largest city. Go watch an astronomy show at the Planetarium, a 3D movie in the Cosmotheater or do a ride show at the Motion Simulator.

After the Science Centre go to the Museum which consists of three main exhibitions. One is dedicated to classic cars, the other to technological innovations and works of Ancient Greeks and the last one is Technopark – an interactive area where you can learn more about the world of physics.

It’s a fantastic experience for people of all ages!

Tito’s Atomic Shelter – Konjic

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Also known as the Ark, this former nuclear bunker was built to protect President Tito and his close inner circle in case an atomic conflict happened. The bunker is located near the town of Konjic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the public only heard about it after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

It was one of the largest underground complexes in the former Yugoslavia. To get an idea of how big it is, it had Tito’s residence which consists of 5 rooms, over 100 rooms in general, two conference centers, two kitchens and even a fully operational hospital.

You are allowed to sit in Tito’s chair and take photos by his portraits. The bunker also has an art installation from various European artists.

Retro Museum – Varna

If you’re a fan of history you’re gonna love Retro Museum in Varna which opened its doors in 2015. This relatively new museum will take you back in the period between 1944-1989 during which socialism flourished in Bulgaria and other countries. The highlight of the museum is the rich collection of 50 cars which includes some legendary names such as Trabant, Volga, Wartburg, and Moskvich.

Walking along the red carpet you’ll pass by figures of Lenin, Stalin, Karl Marx and other leaders of the socialist movement. The museum also has a nice collection of household items, cigarettes, food, cosmetics and other brand products people used under the Communist regime.

If you happen to visit the Bulgarian coast for holidays and stay in Sunny Beach or Golden Coast, considering stopping in Varna and visit this interesting museum.

Museum of Yugoslav History and House of Flowers, Belgrade

cool museums in the balkans

No visit to Belgrade could be complete without visiting the Museum of Yugoslav History and the House of Flowers – the resting place of Josip Broz Tito and his ex-wife Jovanka Broz. Every year on May 25th Yugonostalgics from Serbia and the former states flock here to commemorate his birthday.

The museum has more than 200,000 artifacts showing the history of Yugoslavia and its nations. Museums are mainly centered around Tito, the gifts he received from youth, workers and foreign politicians. The Museum 25th May is also part of this large complex and is included in your ticket. At the moment it is hosting a fantastic exhibition dedicated to Yugoslav workers in Germany and Austria on temporary work.

Plan at least half a day for a visit to this complex. You won’t be disappointed.

BUNK’ART,  Tirana

Bunk Art 2

Photo: Bunk Art

Albania is one of the countries that suffered the most from the Communist regime. It is home to thousands and thousands of bunkers that you’ll spot pretty much everywhere – on mountains, beaches, cities. In fact, just after leaving the Warsaw Pact the country built 700,000 of them.

Since they were extremely hard to destroy locals found the way to make them a bit more aesthetically pleasing by being artistic and decorating them in different colors.

BUNK’ART is a place where you can learn more about Albanian history during the Communist regime and the lives of its citizens. There’s also another bunker called BUNK’ART 2 which reveals the secrets of Enver Hoxha’s secret police.

Did you like this list? Which cool museums in the Balkans do you recommend?

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Best Fitness Apps for Travel and Everyday Life

There are hundreds of fitness apps available on the market. They cover a wide range of categories – from running, hiking, general fitness to meditation and practicing mindfulness. This makes…

There are hundreds of fitness apps available on the market. They cover a wide range of categories – from running, hiking, general fitness to meditation and practicing mindfulness. This makes it a lot harder to choose the best one.

Here I have compiled the best fitness apps for travel and everyday life. All of them are free, but some also offer premium features for which you need to pay.

Nike+ Training Club

This free and fantastic fitness app made by Nike offers more than 150 free workouts and personalized training plans you can do just about anywhere. Each workout is explained in the video by experts from this field. You can add your workouts manually and the app will personalize the best plan for you. The app has yoga, strength, endurance and mobility workouts and you can choose between beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most complete and best fitness apps for travel.

Water Drink Reminder

One of my bad habits is that I constantly forget to drink more water. This app is really handy during summer when staying hydrated is of utmost importance. It will send you daily reminders to drink water and it even makes a cool graph of your drink report.

7 Minute Workout

If you want to introduce the habit of exercising into your routine, this might be a nice app for that. It is a simple app which offers 7 min workouts – ranging from the classic, abs, legs and butt workouts. The best feature is its 30-day challenge where you start with the Beginner I plan and if you are consistent enough you might reach the Advanced level of the app. This tracking feature will motivate you to exercise, even if it is just a few minutes a day.


Sworkit is one of the best fitness apps for travel that I’ve used and I’ve tried many. You can choose a pre-made guided plan (leaner, fitter or stronger) or opt out for individual workouts. The great thing about the app is that you can set custom intervals for each workout – from 5 to 60 minutes. You can choose between strength, cardio, yoga and stretching workouts. Having no time will never be an issue again.

All Trails

If you love hiking then you must have this app on your phone. It has more than 50,000 trail maps, reviews, and photos made by hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. The app turns your phone into a GPS and records your route, distance and time. You can save your favorite trails and see your progress over time. Next time you are longing for a nice outdoor adventure check out this app for inspiration.


Runtastic is another fantastic app I have used for a long time. It tracks your running or walking and shows distance, time, elevation and calories burned. Those are just the two basic features. It also acts as a jogging, cardio and cycling tracker. Their website offers a good graph of your fitness history- you can see when and how much you practiced and see the progress over time. You can manually add over 20 kind of sports activities which makes this app more advanced than the others on the market.


A great app for mindfulness, meditation, and breathing. It is ideal for beginners who can start with guided meditations which are available in lengths of 3,5,10,15,20 and 25 minutes. You can choose between many available programs: managing stress, focusing, reducing anxiety, improving sleep etc. Breathing exercises are accompanied by relaxing sounds and scenes. It has a great rating and it is one of the best fitness apps for travel and everyday life.


EuroTribe has already covered this app in detail here. Freeletics is a great app for bodyweight exercises, that you can do anywhere on the go and without equipment. If you want a full body transformation in a short time, be sure this app will help you achieve that (well, if you survive the first few days of the training) 😀 The best feature of the app is its Coach version, which in a way is like your personal trainer – 3 months subscription is 34.99€.

Worthy Mentions 

Pinterest Health Categories

Many of us are short on phone memory so installing new apps is out of question sometimes. What to do in that case? Pinterest is full of great fitness tips and exercise programs. Just go to health and fitness category and find the most suitable workout for you. You can also save your favorite workouts, recipes and other tips to your own board.

What are the best fitness apps for travel and everyday life in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Interesting Wine Festivals in the Balkans

The Balkans are not the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine. It’s not even among the top regions where wine is produced. But did you…

The Balkans are not the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine. It’s not even among the top regions where wine is produced. But did you know that three Balkan countries are among top 20 wine-producing countries? That’s right. They are Romania, Greece and Serbia.

Wine was never the most popular alcoholic drink in the Balkans. Rakija and beer have always been a favourite choice of the locals and what makes the situation even worse is that low purchasing power of the market dictates higher consumption of cheaper products.

Yet, three Balkan countries – Romania, Greece and Serbia – are among the top 20 wine-producing countries. Through international fairs, mapping of wine routes and festivals, this region is slowly piquing an interest of wine lovers around the world.

Here are some of the most popular wine festivals in the Balkans;

The Balkans International Wine Competition – Sofia, Bulgaria

This festival which is already in its sixth year was the first of its kind. It showcases regional wines while drawing attention to this interesting region. It hosts world famous wine connoisseurs, who judge wines of different Balkan producers and welcomes wine merchants, journalists and bloggers from some of the strongest markets – USA, UK, Japan, Russia, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

The Grand Trophy for 2017 was taken by Bulgaria’s Rumelia Wine Cellar and their Mavrud Reserva 2013 red wine. Its indigenous region is Thrace in Bulgaria and its multilevel aroma with nuances of dry leaves, seasoning and resin won the hearts of the jury. The White Wine Trophy also went to Bulgarian winery Edoardo Miroglio and their Elenovo Chardonnay 2015. 

The festival mostly showcases Bulgarian wines with appearances of few wineries from other countries, but it is still among top wine festivals in the Balkans.

Also, don’t forget to check out my Sofia travel guide with all the tips and suggestions. If you need accommodation check out Booking.

Tikveski Grozdober, Macedonia

Kavadarci, a small town 100 km away from Skopje, has been a heart of the Macedonian wines for a long time. This region is better known as Tikves and the largest winery in the Southeastern Europe is located here.

The wine tradition that goes all the way back to the ancient times continued with an annual festival that lasts for several days. Beside the wine events, the festival hosts art exhibitions, sport events, music programs and more. The winery has its restaurant, souvenir shops and offers guided tours to visitors.

The wines of Tikves Winery have won numerous awards at international festivals including the Concours Mondial in Brussels, Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge, Chardonnay du Monde and others. Some of them are: Vranec Special Selection 2015, Cabernet Franc Special Selection 2016, Alexandria Red 2015, Chardonnay Special Selection 2015.

The less known wineries from the city are Popov and Chokorovi. 

> Accommodation in Kavadarci 

Smederevo Autumn, Serbia

Smederevo Autumn has been one of the most important tourism events in the city of Smederevo and one of the oldest in Serbia. It originates from the 1888 and the tradition has been preserved till modern days. Smederevka is one of the leading autochthonous types of grapes from Smederevo’s vineyard. It’s famous for its soft aromas of lime and lemon with mild herbal characteristics.

As one of the biggest wine regions in the country, it is home to five wineries. Smederevka from Janko Cellar Winery is a good representative.

> Accommodation in Smederevo

RO-Wine, Romania

According to legend, Dionysus – the Thracian god of wine – was born in what is now Romania, and Plato declared its vineyards to be the best in the world. Romanians have been making and drinking wine for over 6000 years.

The Wine Festival of Romania, brings together crème de la crème of Romanian wines accompanied by international varieties. In the span of two days, more than 2.500 wine connoisseurs gather along with wine specialists, wine cellar owners, to enjoy the rich selection of wines specially made for them.

You’ll get the opportunity to taste the best of Murfatlar, Jidvei, Cotnari, Vincon, Tohani and best of small production wineries.

If you think you’ll be bored with the surplus amount of Romanian wines – you’d be wrong. The RO-Wine presents over 300 wines from France, Italy, Republic of Moldova, Argentina, Spain or Chile. This easily makes it one of the best wine festivals in the Balkans.


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