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We recently started the 100-day countdown to KLM’s 100th anniversary on 7 October! KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. And of course we’ll be celebrating this unique occasion in style.

With our centenary on the horizon, we’ll be sharing some special destinations, all of which bear some relationship to our 100th anniversary. Companies and people are similar in that there aren’t many that live to see their 100th birthday. However, there are places in the world where people are more likely to live to a ripe, old age, often in good health. In this blog, we’ll take a look at five of these so-called Blue Zones.

Sardinia (Italy);

Sardinia is one of these Blue Zones. This Mediterranean island lies off the west coast of Italy. But what is the secret of Sardinian longevity? Some say it is the local diet, which consists largely of vegetables, which people often grow in their own gardens. Grilled vegetables are, in fact, one of the island’s specialties.

Apart from their healthy diet, the island’s inhabitants are also generally fit. Sardinia is rather hilly, which means people regularly work up a sweat. They also prefer to get around their villages on foot. If they’re on their way to the market, baker or butcher, they don’t go by bike or car, but prefer to walk. And then there’s the social life, which is very important. Many Sardinians have close ties with their partners, parents, children, and grandchildren.

Okinawa (Japan);

Okinawa is one of Japan’s southernmost islands. It is popularly known as the “Island of the Immortal”, because the local women live longer than anywhere else in the world. One of the secrets is the so-called moai; the strong social network between the inhabitants. The moai is like a support group people can fall back on from childhood. Whenever anyone faces social, financial, mental or physical problems, there is always someone willing to help.

As is the case on Sardinia, Okinawans eat a lot of vegetables grown in their own gardens. Vitamin D is also important. People on this Japanese island spend a lot of time outdoors, ensuring a healthier physique and, hence, longer life.

Loma Linda (California);

A third Blue Zone is located in California, near Los Angeles. In Loma Linda, people live to be ten years older, on average, than in the rest of the United States. According to the inhabitants, the main reasons are the vegetarian diet and regular exercise (are we starting to see a pattern here?). Loma Linda is ideally located for staying on the move. The hilly landscape is perfect for hiking. And then there’s a third secret: the Sabbath. The inhabitants of Loma Linda have a 24-hour day of rest every week when they focus on family, religion, and nature. The inhabitants believe this reduces stress and ensures a strong social network.

Nicoya (Costa Rica);

The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is the biggest Blue Zone on earth, with hundreds of people over a 100 years old, all of whom are healthy, fit and full of life. According to the Nicoyans, one of the reasons for their longevity is their plan de vida, which is their reason for living, which drives the people to remain active and strong. Here too the diet consists mainly of colorful vegetables and fruit, along with staples such as rice, corn and beans. As is the case in other Blue Zones, much of this produce is grown on their own land. The inhabitants also get plenty of exercise, walking along the coast and swimming in the sea.

Ikaria (Greece);

The mountainous island of Ikaria lies in the Aegean Sea. One in three inhabitants of this island lives to be older than 90. Apart from good physical health, hardly any of the islanders ever suffer from dementia or chronic disease. The secret seems to be a combination of geographical location, culture and, once again, diet. Because the island is so hilly, the inhabitants are accustomed to getting a lot of exercise every day. As is the case on Sardinia, the Mediterranean diet is strictly observed, although Ikarians also have one typical tradition: drinking lots of herbal tea. The islanders believe natural tea is good for their health and, here too, social networks are important, with hospitality high on the list. People help each other where possible and there is no social hierarchy. The role of the elderly on the island is important and they are respected by all.

If you’re intrigued by one or more of these places and would like take a look for yourself, we’d be more than willing to fly you there!

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Pride week is coming to Amsterdam! On the 3rd of August 2019, the Amsterdam Canal Pride will turn the city pink and glittery. To celebrate love and diversity all over the globe, we dived into a few LGTBQ+-friendly destinations. We have selected some fabulous things for you to do and see in five wonderful cities. So? What are you waiting for? Pack your bag, grab your flag, and go!

São Paulo

São Paulo is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Latin America. *Tongue pop*

  • Explore Frei Caneca, also known as “Gay Caneca”, the LGBTQ+-friendly section of the Consolação neighbourhood, with a great shopping mall. Largo do Arouche is another gaybourhood to enjoy.
  • While you’re there, visit O Gato, one of the original gay bars of the Frei Caneca strip.
  • Dance the night away in gay clubs like A Lôca (especially on Thursdays), Blue Space (the best drag shows) and The Week Club.
  • In June, Pride takes over the city, with São Paulo’s Pride Parade as its highlight. It’s one of the biggest and best parades in the world!
  • Pride Parade: 29 June 2019, 23rd anniversary

Washington DC

Perhaps not the Gay Capital of America, but this city has got some cool events and places we have to share with you. Come on Washington DC, let’s get sickening!

  • Every Tuesday preceding Halloween is the annual 17th Street High Heel Drag race. A hundred or so Drag Queens will show off their outfits whilst racing down the street. How fierce!
  • Across the Potomac River, in Arlington, the Signature Theatre hosts Pride Nights. On select Friday nights the Signature stages a number of cutting-edge performances that you’ll want to see!
  • Sports fan? You can’t miss the Night OUT series. Team DC hosts several LGBTQ+ community events at several Washington sports clubs. For instance the Washington Wizards (NBA),  DC United (Major League Soccer) and Washington Capitals (NHL).
  • The city is also serious about their Pride celebrations! In May it celebrates DC Black Pride and Capital Trans Pride, in June you can go there for the Capital Pride. And in July there’s Youth Pride! So no more excuses! Get your cucu to DC!
  • Pride Parade: 8 June 2019, 34th anniversary
Curacao

This island may be small, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be bored. Come through Curacao!  

  • If Amsterdam Pride didn’t last long enough for your taste, Curacao hosts its own Pride each year in September. Curacao Pride lasts for five days and there are plenty of parties and get-togethers during those days where you can show your pride for your community.
  • Each week, there’s a LGBTQIAP happy hour at the Floris Suite Hotel. If you’re more into voguing the night away, the hotel also regularly hosts parties.
  • Not only does Curacao have its own Curacao Pride, it also annually hosts the Miss Gay Curacao Competition and the Curacao Drag Show Competition (serving some charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent!)
  • Also something to look forward to: the Curacao Carnival. One of the largest and longest Carnival spectacles in the Caribbean. You don’t want to miss it!
  • Pride Walk: 26 September 2019, 6th anniversary

Chicago

Chicago has hosted 50 Pride Parades so far. Time to experience one yourself!

  • Chicago has a vibrant gay bar scene! Boystown, the first LGBT neighbourhood of America in East Lakeview, is full of bars to fit every interest. Try Sidetrack, Progress Bar or Elixer Lounge.
  • Millennium Park is an outdoor marvel. Check out the “Bean.” We know you want that selfie in the mirror!
  • Chicago is full of great museums. Explore the Art Institute (and the new Modern Wing) or the Chicago History Museum.
  • Also worth visiting: the annual installation ceremony for new members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame doesn’t have a physical facility, but does exhibit at several museums in Chicago.
  • Honouring more than 25 icons, the Chicago Legacy Walk is something to remember. Not to be confused with the Hall of Fame, the Legacy Walk wants to be more about using national figures to pass along culture and history.
  • Pride Parade: 30 June 2019, 50th anniversary!

San Francisco

We can’t leave out good old San Francisco, the Gay Capital of America!

  • You cannot miss the Castro neighbourhood, the heart of San Francisco’s gay community. Learn more about gay rights movement in the GLBT History Museum, enjoy a lovely movie in the Castro Theatre or have a naughty, sprinkled cookie at Hot Cookie!
  • The city has been voted LGBTQ “Marriage Mecca”. So maybe pack some golden rings too?
  • It’s an oasis for drag clubs! Trannyshack, Sunday’s a Drag or the actual Oasis, it’s time to lip-sync for your life.
  • At midnight, sing your heart out and throw your popcorn at the live shadow-cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for example in the Clay Theatre. Let’s doooo the time warp agaaaain!
  • The day before Pride, get loose at Pink Saturday, one of the year’s biggest public parties!
  • Pride Parade: 30 June 2019, 49th anniversary

Looking for some European realness instead?

June was America’s pride month, so you might be reading this blog a bit too late (or…you’re like a really good planner for 2020!). Fortunately, Europe still has a lot of pride parties on offer for you!

  • Berlin Baby! Join the pride parade on the 27th of July 2019.
  • Lots of choices on the 3rd of August: Belfast, Hamburg, Stockholm, and of course Amsterdam!
  • Be in Prague on the 10th of August!
  • Bask in the open mentality of the Danish people in Copenhagen, pride on the 17th of August!

Always a good idea:

  • Visit Vienna, host of EuroPride 2019!
  • Vamos a España and enjoy Valencia’s culinary highlights. Also try the Aqua de Valencia cocktail. Lovely.
  • Want to see a show at Fashion Week? With four Fashion Weeks a year, Milano is your place to go!
  • West End, gorgeous art, Harrods, Oscar Wilde! London is always a great idea! 

Inspired? We’ll start our engines and see you on board! 

XOXO Anne-Linde & Renée

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It’s July and the summer holidays are kicking off. You’ve probably already seen the first friends set off for the sun or an exotic destination. Travelling gives you memories you keep for life. You relax and find new energy. It changes you. It changes me. Everyone around me knows I love to discover the world for myself. They also know I want to contribute to a sustainable world. As a Sustainability Manager at KLM, I try to combine these two passions. To fly or not to fly?

It’s a much-discussed dilemma. We want to experience the stunning diversity of nature and culture around the world. And we want to visit friends, family and professional relations. But at the same time, we want to limit the impact we have on the planet. Flying – which is definitely the quickest and often most comfortable way to travel – also has a downside. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to fly from A to B and the carbon emissions are substantial.

The challenge for us as a society – and KLM – is how to do this more sustainably, now and in the future. We are looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, but there are also other means of transport that have less impact on the environment.

The Future is Sustainable

At KLM, we have been working for years to reduce our environmental impact by using sustainably produced biofuels wherever possible, by recycling, by giving our employees comprehensive sustainability training, and by supporting social goals. We work on diversity, serve food made from responsibly produced ingredients, and buy new energy-efficient aircraft. We work continuously to improve and we regularly evaluate our progress.

However, we need to speed things up is clear from the rate of climate change and loss of biodiversity. The whole world needs to move a lot faster if travel, food, and energy are to be accessible to future generations. This is why KLM is calling upon everyone to work together on a sustainable future. With Fly Responsibly, we invite others in our sector, but also from elsewhere, to take part and share knowledge. We don’t have all the answers either, but we are stronger together and better able to have a positive impact on sustainability. And this is vital!

KLM Fly Responsibly - YouTube
Small steps, huge impacts

Sustainability is not something you should compete on. We are going to take the lessons we have learned over the last few years and share them with other interested airlines. We are going to organize online seminars – ‘webinars’ – and panel discussions to explore all the available ways to make progress. But we are also going to invite our customers to think about travel. We all have that responsibility. We explain that CO2 compensation is a way to reduce your carbon footprint. But we also ask you if you can take an alternative mode of transport for short distances, such as the train? Could you take a video call instead of physically going to a meeting?

We will no doubt want to carry on traveling in the century to come, and I too want to discover amazing places around the world for myself. This is why I’m pleased to be able to take part in making flying sustainable at KLM. Will you join me?

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In the early days of aviation, flying was restricted to the “happy few”, which is hard to imagine nowadays. From the 1950s, air travel became slightly more accessible to the broader public. It certainly wasn’t an everyday affair, mainly because tickets were still too expensive. The industry grew, however, and KLM and other airlines capitalized on these changes. This blog is part of a series taking a closer look at periods in which air transport took a leap forward. Tourist Class

Following the example of other airlines, KLM introduced a second travel class in 1952. Tourist Class had more seats in the cabin and the service was less elaborate for these passengers. Tickets were cheaper, enabling more people to travel by plane. This led to the phenomenon of people booking flights to holiday destinations further from home. It’s not as if people were flying to Barcelona for the weekend, but this was a major leap forward in those days of post-war reconstruction. Subsequently, in 1958, ticket prices dropped even further when Economy Class was introduced, allowing even more people to travel by plane.

Bridal flight

During the first decade of the aviation industry, air races were regularly held to boost technological reliability and innovation. KLM competed in these races, often successfully. One example was the Last Great Air Race, which was held between London, England, and Christchurch, New Zealand in 1953. KLM won this race in the commercial category, completing the trip in around 44 hours. Nowadays, the same trip takes 24 hours to complete. Back then this was an impressive feat. The 1953 flight was also special. There was a large group of young women on board, traveling to New Zealand to meet their future husbands. This journey later became known as “the bridal flight”, which generated a great deal of publicity at the time and later became the topic of a book and a movie.

Delftware miniature houses

To set itself apart from other airlines in the 1950s, KLM began presenting First Class passengers with a keepsake. It was actually prohibited to give passengers souvenirs of any kind. KLM presented these miniatures as a “last drink on the house”, much like restaurants offer a round of liqueur. Instead of serving these drinks in a glass, they were served in a miniature bottle that passengers were welcome to take home with them. Various forms were tried until the first Delftware miniature house was introduced in 1957. This led to a tradition that eventually became one of the most iconic collector’s items. This year KLM will introduce its 100th little house. A very special milestone.

Entertainment

A lot has changed on board since the 1950s. Flying used to be a unique experience, but is a more everyday mode of transport today. There may be less space on board nowadays, but there is more entertainment available. On longer journeys, every passenger has access to their own inflight entertainment system. That certainly wasn’t the case back in the early days, where passengers passed time reading books, newspapers and magazines, or chatting with the crew and their fellow passengers. There was also hardly any contact between the plane and the outside world, which is gradually changing as internet access becomes more commonplace on board. In short, flying in the old days was almost nothing like it is today.

Nostalgia

Summing up, the 1950s were a transitional age for aviation, from an exclusive time when air travel was reserved for the elite, to the current day where flying is accessible to many. With the introduction of new travel classes, distant trips became more affordable, but air travel certainly wasn’t in reach of the broader public yet. KLM took part in various races, which continued to draw a great deal of attention, but gradually became increasingly rare. To ensure passenger loyalty, airlines sought ways to give people a lasting memory of their flight. People traveling Economy Class in those days were already far removed from the nostalgic elegance of the early years of aviation. But the 1950s did open the aircraft door to a larger group of people, allowing them to experience the magic of air travel.

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Meanwhile At KLM by Renee Penris En Aisha Mansaray - 1M ago

KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been flying for a few years now—a shiny, new aircraft brimming with the latest technology. I was offered a peek inside and—being the curious person I am—I tried everything I was allowed to get my hands on. So, what’s new? Which buttons are the handiest to know about? Which features make for a more pleasant trip?

1. The IFE console

Let me start with an exception—the “button” (as it were) that controls the entertainment. It’s not really a button at all, but a complete console, the sort you find on gaming computers. This makes it very easy to scroll through all the films, games, and music. Or, if you prefer, you can push right on the touchscreen. Feel like talking to someone? Using your entertainment system, you can set up a chat with other passengers who have logged into Seat Chat. So, you can send a message that reads, “Hey, 21-B, where are you headed?”

2. The air valve

The cockpit is equipped with a switch that regulates airflow. Of course, passengers don’t have access to that, but the airflow in the 787 is an enormous asset. The aircraft hull is outfitted with an air intake which, rather like a fish’s gill, can open to let air in. This source of fresh air is external and does not run through the engines (as on other aircraft).

3. The espresso machine button

In the galley situated right behind World Business Class, I have discovered the key to the brown-gold elixir: the espresso machine—complete with milk-foamer—so I can have an espresso macchiato at the flip of a switch. If you’re flying in World Business Class, I’d certainly recommend that you ask the cabin crew to make you a lovely cup of UTZ-certified sustainable coffee.

4. Lighting

There is also a touchscreen with about ten different light programmes. The cabin crew choose the ambient lighting to suit the moment. When you first board the aircraft, the lighting will be bright and cool. During takeoff, it takes on a warmer tinge. During your meal, it transitions into a warm yellow—dinner by candlelight, as it were. When sleeping time is over, a four-minute soft-pink programme mimics the dawn to help you wake up. It’s remarkable to see just how you can create a different mood with lighting. I think these are the best buttons in the entire aircraft.

5. The baggage bin button

This is a sliding button that can move in two directions. It allows you to open the bin by moving up or down. The bin opens slowly to reveal an extremely spacious baggage bin. Very inventive and extremely user friendly.

6. The window dimmer

I just love this one! I think I pushed it about thirty times. The button is round and has five lights on the side. So each passenger can determine just how much light they want. When you push on the button, it activates an electronic gel that darkens the window. There are five settings (besides full light) from light twilight to full night-time.

You have to be a patient though — the window needs a little time to reach the desired setting. So don’t keep jamming the button again and again ;). By the way, did you know that the Dreamliner’s windows are about 30% larger than in other aircraft?

7. The seat button

This one is going to make you happy. The seats in World Business Class are flatbeds that let you stretch out fully. With a push of the button, your seat turns into a bed. You can stretch out your legs under seat in front of you. That makes any long trip a lot more pleasant. It’s pretty good in Economy Class as well. There, the seats can lean back 40% farther than in other aircraft. So you can really relax during your trip.

I’m curious—have you already flown on the Dreamliner? If so, which button did you think was absolutely indispensable?

Sounds familiar?

It’s quite possible you’ve heard or read this before. We’ve posted this blog in March 2017. So this actually is a repost. But let’s be honest: these cool buttons are still pretty impressive, right?

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Cheap tickets, who doesn’t want that? The summer holiday is just around the corner and, very likely, you’ve already decided where you want to go. If at all possible, you’ll pay as little as you can for your plane tickets. I regularly hear about people who use any number of tricks as they search for the cheapest plane ticket – removing cookies, booking at night, waiting for last minute – I’ve heard it all. But how do you really get the cheapest airline tickets? I went to find out. 1. Fact or fiction: you can find the cheapest tickets at 2:00 in the morning

Do you really have to set your alarm for 2:00 AM on a Tuesday night because that’s when there are the fewest people at their computers? The truth is, there are no specific days or times when you should book. KLM determines its prices according to the number of seats available on specific travel dates. The days and times may vary. More important,  with a good night’s rest you can think more clearly. KLM is a worldwide airline and its business runs 24/7. So 2:00 in the morning here in the Netherlands is 9:00 in the evening in Brazil.

2. Fact or fiction: don’t rush me! I’m waiting till the last minute

Sadly, that’s not true. Last minute purchases don’t necessarily get you the cheapest tickets. I’ve been living in a dream all these years, thinking that waiting until the last moment was a good idea. It turns out, nothing could be further from the truth. Last minute-booking is no guarantee of cheaper prices. In fact, for European tickets, the first tickets to come available are the cheapest. It offers the airline the certainty that flights will attract enough passengers. So, especially for European flights, the earlier you book, the less you’ll have to pay. For international tickets, you can consider waiting for promotions.

3. Fact or fiction: tickets are always cheaper during KLM’s promotional weeks

That’s true about half the time. If you’re willing to take the gamble, it can pay off – sometimes. For intercontinental flights, the price during KLM promotions is often lower than when you book early, provided that the flight falls within the promotion’s conditions. These promotions include the World Deal Weeks and the Let’s Go Deals!

If, like me, you already know where you want to go, and when, waiting for promotions can be a gamble. After all, you don’t know whether KLM will offer a specific trip to a specific destination at a specific time. But if you’re flexible, waiting for promotions is more rewarding. In fact, it can even give you ideas about destinations. You may have been planning to go to Morocco, but Sri Lanka might be an attractive option if we’re offering a better price.

4. Fact or fiction: perform anonymous searches and delete your browser cookies 

This is for sure the most widely spread fable. People will advise you to search anonymously from as many different computers as possible. People believe that KLM will show you higher prices if we recognize your browser cookies. Fact: KLM does not use cookies to change prices. We only use cookies to optimize our website and personalize the advertisements you see, not for changing the prices.

It is possible that prices can change if you leave your computer for a few minutes. However, this will happen because thousands of people may be booking tickets on the site at the same time. Prices are dynamic. That means they change according to supply and demand. But, it can also result in a drop in price if people cancel. That can vary from one hour to the next.

5. Fact: be smart

You don’t have to stare at your screen all day to see if a specific price happens to drop within your budget. Use your time more wisely and let KLM Price Alerts help you. With Price Alerts you indicate where you want to go, how much you want to spend, and your possible travel dates. If the price and your criteria are within your desired budget, we will send you a message.

So for the cheapest tickets, here’s what you do

Stop staring at your screen, stop waiting until the last moment, and don’t lose a night’s sleep. Here’s the secret to getting the best price:

  • Decide where you want to go and when, and do it on time.
  • Be flexible and open to different destinations and dates.
  • Set up KLM Price Alerts to keep an eye on what the best time is for you to make your reservation.

If you’ve got other facts or tips – or myths – that you’d like us to fact-check for you, please add it to the comments, below.

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Last year, KLM introduced its first series of podcasts featuring special stories about life-changing journeys. Thanks to the overwhelming success of the first series, we will release a second series this spring.

Each episode of “The Journey” revolves around a single story narrated by the person who experienced it. Each one is true, lifelike and sometimes heart-breaking. This is how we get to know an American woman named Shannon in the new series. She has settled on an idyllic Thai island with the love of her life. Sadly, over time, the dream turns into a nightmare. But, in the end, she draws strength from her travels and learns important life lessons along the way.

We also hear the story of Tony Wheeler. He his wife got into a second-hand car in the 1970s and drive from Europe to Asia. After thousands of kilometres and countless experiences, he comes to the conclusion that he can share his knowledge with others. Finally, an iconic travel brand is born: Lonely Planet.

Flooded by responses

Just like last year, I’m closely involved in creating the episodes for “The Journey.” After the launch we were overwhelmed with reactions from listeners from all over the world, who were touched by the podcast’s personal and beautiful stories. That’s an enormous compliment, of course. I’m also very proud that our podcast has received many leading prizes such as the Lovies Awards, the Red Dot Awards, and a prestigious nomination for the Webby Awards.

Exceptional stories

The great part about “The Journey” is that, as a listener, you get the feeling that you’re travelling together with the narrator. Our team of specialists has again done its best this year to convey these exceptional stories as well as we possibly can. By bringing in a perceptive interviewer, adding special sound effects, and using my own soundtrack, I hope to give listeners a unique travel experience.

If you like would to share your own experience in our podcast, we at podcast.klm.com would love to hear about the journey that has changed your life. “The Journey” is available at no charge on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Of course, you can also listen to our podcasts on board KLM aircraft Inflight Entertainment.

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Summer is finally here, which means lots of people in the Northern Hemisphere will be heading off on city trips or longer holidays. The possibilities are endless, of course, but we’ve managed to choose six great places to visit in July. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is always buzzing, especially in the summer months, when everyone heads outdoors to visit festivals, barbecue in the park or go swimming in a nearby lake. When you’ve worked up a thirst, drop in at a biergarten for a cool beer. Most of these places, like Pratergarten, are cool oases located in the shade of spectacular trees. A trip to Berlin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to at least one of the city’s many museums. Try the Deutsch-Historisches Museum (Germany’s national historical museum) or the DDR Museum (an interactive museum about life in East Germany). One of the perks of visiting museums is that they’re almost always well air-conditioned. And why not end the day at the Freiluftkino, an outdoor cinema where you can watch the movie, lounging in a beach chair with a drink.

Las Vegas, United States

Big, bigger, LAS VEGAS – is a pretty apt description of this city, which has something to offer everyone. There are dozens of hotels along The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), doing their utmost to be bigger, better and brighter. They also have an Eiffel Tower here, and you can spend time in Venice, or race around the Statue of Liberty in a roller coaster. All in one day, of course. There’s also plenty to do at the hotels themselves, including shows and shopping malls and restaurants. And a visit to Vegas wouldn’t be complete without placing a bet in one of the many casinos. For those who want to get away from the bright madness of it all, head out to the nearby Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas never disappoints as an exciting city trip, but is also a wonderful starting point for a tour of the United States.

Naples, Italy

If you’re looking for a city trip full of cultural surprises, the bustling port of Naples effortlessly combines Pizza Napolitana with the antiquities of Pompeii and the opulence of the Duomo. Naples is a great place explore on foot. Take the Centro Storico, for instance, where narrow alleyways lead you to palatial homes and romantic squares surrounded by citrus trees and coffee bars. Naples is where the Pizza Napolitana was invented and the best place to taste it is at Da Michele, the city’s oldest pizzeria. And if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, take a boat ride out to the beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia or Procida to kick back and relax on the beach.

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is almost always the starting point for people visiting this superb Central American country. Just a couple of hours drive from the city lies the Monteverde National Park, which boasts one of the world’s oldest rainforests. A treetop walking tour, over bridges offering spectacular panoramic views, is an absolute must here. Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, with rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and mangrove marshes. You should definitely head out to the Tortuguero National Park, where you can watch sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach, if you go in the right season. But even at other times of the year, there is more than enough to enjoy here. The park consists of dense jungle crisscrossed by a labyrinth of channels, making it the ideal place to view the local wildlife.

Nice, France

A trip to the French Rivièra is always a pleasure. The city of Nice offers waving palm trees along the Côte d’Azur, but also has a delightful old centre with picturesque wine shops, bistros and surprising stores. Towering above the city is the spectacular Château de Nice, which you can visit by walking uphill or taking the train. The views from the top, across the city and the glistening Bay of Angels, are phenomenal. And if you’re looking for even more luxurious locations, head out to Monaco or St. Tropez and mingle with the Jet Set.

Manila, Philippines

If you’re looking for spectacular beaches, bright-blue waters and waving palm tree, the Philippines is a treasure trove. The capital Manilla is the perfect starting point for your voyage of discovery. Visit the oldest part of the city, Intramuros, where many of the buildings, including Palacio del Gobernador, Manilla Cathedral and Fort Santiago, date back to the Spanish colonial period. From the city, it’s just a short boat trip out to the magnificent white beaches. Be sure to take your goggles and snorkel along to experience the fascinating underwater world of the Philippines. Apo Reef National Park and Tubbataha Reef are very popular diving spots, where you can view hundreds of species of tropical fish and coral.

Are you ready for summer? And what are your favourite destinations for July? Please let us know down below!

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Interns Marta en Merle find out what it takes to transport and install a 33 tonnes heavy and 6,5 metres wide Boeing 777 cabin simulator to the brand new training facility of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The B777 cabin simulator is operated by a motion system, which has been especially designed for KLM. These innovative technologies make cabin and cockpit crew training much more realistic and better tailored to the purpose.

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Intern Merle got the chance to join KLM CEO Pieter Elbers on the inaugural flight to Boston. She discovered what this amazing city has to offer and what it takes to open a new destination. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a new episode of Intern On A Mission!

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