Norway’s fjord city of Ålesund boasts one of the most breathtaking vistas in the country, which is saying a lot. From stunning underwater tunnels, sweeping mountains and the incredible Art Nouveau architecture in the center of town, it’s easy to see while Ålesund is said to look like something out a of a Disney film.
Start your day with a stroll to the top of the Aksla Viewpoint. It’s 418 steps to the top, or you can opt to throw down $10 for a ride. Either way, the views overlooking the city are sure to take your breath away. From there, make your way down to the city center to take in the sights. The area was destroyed by a fire in 1904 and rebuilt in entirely Art Nouveau style, featuring natural forms and soft lines.
For lunch, make a pit stop at Cafe Lyspunktet for a delicious Scandinavian sandwich for $15.
Start the afternoon at the Atlantic Sea-Park. This giant aquarium is one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Europe that prides itself on the humane care and celebration of the sea life surrounding the city. Entrance fees are $23. Next, make your way to the lighthouse at Alnes. Ålesund is actually a connection of multiple islands, and the lighthouse on Alnes serves as a great historic relic that celebrates the nautical past of the region. Inside you’ll find a museum, and tickets are only $10.
From there I suggest spending your remaining time enjoying the sheer beauty of the mountains and hiking trails on the edge of the city limits until dusk.
For dinner, make your way to XL Diner. One of the most popular eateries in the city, XL is famous for its clipfish dishes. A meal here will cost $30.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
As spring comes around in full force, people opt for a lighter coat that can protect them from the wind and rain of the season. In the beginning, there are still cold days to get through, but, as the weather shifts, it becomes more unpredictable with bouts of rain and sunshine. This unpredictable weather can make it hard to know how to dress properly, but it’s always a safe bet to own a couple light and versatile jackets to get through the season. Lightweight coats don’t need to be expensive to be effective. Many buyers will opt to buy less expensive coats because they don’t get used often. However, any coat purchased for spring weather will also be useful in the fall.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the last place you want to head is Mexico. While the holiday is associated with all things Mexican (or, at least, the American interpretation of all things Mexican, from the tacos to the tequila shots), the country’s celebrations aren’t as popular as what you’ll find stateside. Here are six places to go without leaving the country for an awesome Cinco de Mayo 2019.