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Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands History

Are you looking for things to do in Rotterdam? This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour, with challenges through the heart of the city.

See all the sights while having fun and learning some history! You will walk from City Hall to the Cube Houses while taking a few side trips and taking on various challenges. Our Rotterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt was developed and tested in the fall of 2017.

You will start your adventure in front of City Hall / Stadhuis Rotterdam. Follow the instructions on your smartphone to solve challenges, and get instructions to your next destination. The challenges are varied in difficulty and types to keep you entertained. They’re good for all ages.

You should plan a good 3 hours for this activity, wear comfortable shoes and be certain your phone is fully charged. As well, you’ll need a data plan as WiFi will not be enough. Further, a street map and bottled water could come in handy.

Things to do in Rotterdam? See the sites!

Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Over your 3-hour adventure through the city, you will see:

  • City Hall
  • Great Church of Saint Lawrence
  • Witte Huis
  • Cube Houses
  • Maritime Museum
  • Mariniersmuseum
  • Central Public Library
  • Lijnbaan
  • Theatre Place
  • Centraal Station

Learn more about the Rotterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt on our description page.

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Are you into overlanding? How about really long road trips?

overlanding

overlandingOverlanding, as a growing trend and as a passion is a fairly new phenomenon. It’s still at a phase where the meaning of the word ‘overlanding’ needs to be explained from time to time.

I was recently exposed to the phenomena through shared interests. I didn’t know what the word meant besides its obviousness – or that people even did it, overlanding that is.

Think of it like a really long road trip where the point isn’t so much the destination, as it is the adventure you’ll have along the way. In other words, you might not plan for every stop you’ll make along the way, only a few more important stops. The point is to discover!

No really, what’s overlanding?

Overlanding originated in Australia where ranchers would drive cattle for long distances across the Outback. They did so on established travel routes, at their cattle’s pace and whims. These routes later became roads.

It isn’t off-roading because that involves traveling un-surfaces roads, or no roads at all. Overlanding isn’t about seeing what your truck or jeep can do, but what you can discover with it.

It isn’t a road trip either because that has a fixed destination. It usually has a fixed itinerary along the way with booked accommodations, people and things to see. Overlanding, as stated before, is all about the journey.

Overlanding usually involves carrying everything you’ll need for the journey. In other words, you’ll sleep in a tent or in the car and eat your own food most of the time.

Overland Site

The folks at Overland Site exposed me to this concept and it’s something I’d really like to do someday. It would be interesting to prepare a great number of Tourist Scavenger Hunts in a number of cities, explore and test them whenever we get there.

The infographic below really sums it all up!”

what is overlanding

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The best translation Apps for world travelers

What type of traveler are you? Do you travel predominantly to places where you can get around and be served relatively well in your own language? Do you travel with organized tours where language isn’t so much an issue because you have a guide to help with that? Or, do you venture past the beaten paths and take a chance you might not be understood where you’re going?

If you’re the last 2 groups, you definitely need a translation App for your smartphone. If you are in the 1st group, it might come in handy at times. Even if you can get service in English almost everywhere you go, the mother tongue may be something else. You may want to read signs or understand what someone is saying in another langue.

Among the best apps to translate languages are Google Translator, Microsoft Translator, Translate Voice, TripLingo, TextGrabber, WayGo, and Papago.

Of course, each individual app ad its own value-added features. Some translate up to 113 languages in a variety of methods:

  • Type to translate
  • Full-text translation
  • Real-time video translation
  • Camera mode
  • Speech-to-translate
  • Handwriting translation
  • Text to speech
  • Offline text-to-speech

All depending on where you are planning to go, and how you plan to use it, one of these apps is right for you.

The following infographic was originally posted on Daily Infographic on Nov.20th 2018

Translation Apps

 

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Top 2018 travel trends on Pinterest & Scavenger Hunts (infographic)

2018 travel trends on pinterest

Pinterest for Business recently published an infographic (below) presenting its current top travel trends. Here they are as they relate to Tourist Scavenger Hunts. We thought we’d share this with you as you actually travel and don’t just dream about it.

Some Stats

  • 3 in 4 travel Pinners find useful travel pins from brands. It can provoke an unplanned trip or a visit.
  • 40+ million Americans visit travel pins a month.

Planning a trip on Pinterest

+593% There is a spike in solo adventures. That is traveling alone without friends or family.

While a Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a whole lot of fun with family and friends, it is also intended to be doable by one person. In fact, 20% of our clients do the hunt alone.

+194% Filming locations are popular among travelers wanting to see the set of their favorite shows and films.

We like to point out all film locations along our Tourist Scavenger Hunts. Of course, some cities have much more of them than others. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York have many while Paris, Quebec City, Rotterdam and Ottawa have very few.

+167% Train travel is becoming more popular, cheaper than renting a car and more practical if you remain inside a city where local transit can get you around easily. +346% enjoy River Cruises, allowing them to cover more ground.

Many of our Tourist Scavenger Hunts point out major train stations and terminals, while some point out cruise-line terminals. You can hop off the boat or train and do a scavenger hunt to discover the city in under 3 hours.

+207% share food photography, either at restaurants or cooking classes. +207% seek restaurant guides for new flavors to discover.

We point out a city’s or neighborhood’s top restaurants along all our Tourist Scavenger Hunt routes. That way you can plan where to eat during, or after your discovery walking tour.

2018 Pinterest Travel Trends

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Why do you share travel pictures ?

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Why do you share travel pictures on social mediaWhy do we share travel pictures on our social media accounts? We all do it, but we all have our own motivation for doing it.

Last August, AdWeek published this infographic which presents various aspects of why we share travel pictures.

Motivations for sharing travel pictures

We share travel pictures for a variety of reasons, but they mostly revolve around these four: Discovering, Wellness, Status, and Fun.

What travel pictures we share

Mostly, 54% of us share pictures of famous landmarks. These pictures act as a statement such as “I was here”, without putting a graffiti on the location.

44% of us share pictures of hidden gems in the cities we visit, things that aren’t as touristy or commercial yet are of fascinating interest.

40% share pictures of mountains, parks, and forests.  34% share blue pictures, that is pictures of the ocean, a pool or the sky. 33% specifically share pictures of bodies of water. 32% share typically tropical pictures such as palm trees, coconuts, palapas, cold cocktails, the beach and more.

We share plenty of pictures when we are on a trip. I know I do, a lot more than when I’m at home or work.

Do the statistics in this infographic resonate with your behavior when you’re on a trip? Share your experiences below.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts

Our Tourist Scavenger Hunts take you on a walking tour in the heart of a city’s historic area pointing out major attractions while sharing local history. We also like to point out lesser-known hidden gems which people seem to like to share. We encourage you to share pictures of yourselves when completing a tourist scavenger hunt to share the fun you’re having.

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The rise of food tourism

food tourism

Have you engaged in food tourism? Do you make it a point to try some of the best local restaurants when you travel? Or do you seek out familiar tried and true restaurants?

One of the greatest discoveries we make when we travel is the food we discover and appreciate abroad. For us, food isn’t the principal reason for a travel destination. However, it quickly becomes an important factor in our overall appreciation of our trip.

Recently I saved this infographic from Social Media Today, but it was produced by Venngage.

Food is important

Saying food is important is like saying the air is important, so, ok, it doesn’t really say much. However, food is an important part of our travel experience for 88% of us. One-third of your travel budget will go to food, which is likely the largest share!

More and more we seek to try new experiences! Have you ever photographed your plate at a restaurant? When we travel (I don’t mean you readers in general, I mean myself and my family), we regularly take pictures of our plates at a diner to remember what we’ve eaten.

My 20-year-old son impressed us last year when we noticed he was taking notes on his phone when at a particularly good restaurant in New Orleans. He said he was adding this restaurant to his list of places to return to eventually! He’d been keeping that list for 2 years already, although it wasn’t very long, food represented a profound experience for him. His list easily doubled if not tripled on that particular trip to Louisiana and Texas.

In Austin Texas, we made a point to eat at Franklin BBQ which appeared on the TV show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and played a prominent role in Jon Favreau’s 2014 film Chef.  And thank god we did! Was that ever good! We took a cooking class in New Orleans at the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Tourist Scavenger Hunts & Food Tourism

We make it a point to identify the great local restaurants along our Tourist Scavenger Hunts routes. We identify over 6 of Montreal’s best restaurants along our Old Montreal walking tour. We do the same in Philadelphia’s Museum District, in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf / Russian Hill neighborhoods, and in Hollywood.  We are also including them on our new Amsterdam, Paris – Montmartre, Maastricht, Utrecht and Rotterdam scavenger hunts.

Rise of Food Tourism