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QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?

The world is your oyster, you just need to find the pearls. Take our quiz to discover the inspiration you need to book your next city break.

QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?
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It’s never been easier to nip around the world – you can be in one country for breakfast and another for lunch! With so much choice, the hard part is deciding where to go next. This year, why not plan a trip to a city that’s off the beaten track? Indulge your wanderlust and learn about cultures, cuisines and customs that are (quite literally) foreign to you.

Take The Local’s quiz to find out which up-and-coming city (or cities!) you should explore in 2019.

 
<section> <h2> Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?</h2> </section><section> <h2> Lisbon</h2> <p>  </p> <p> Built on several rather steep hills, you’ll have thighs of steel after a couple of days wandering around Portugal’s trendy capital. Over recent years, Lisbon has emerged as one of Europe’s creative hotspots, luring in artsy types with its affordable housing and studios.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The growing creative community has influenced Lisbon’s cultural offering: galleries, hipster cafes and artistic ‘mini-cities’ have sprung up across the city. Don’t miss the hip <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>LX Factory</a>, a vibrant cultural and foodie hub in a former 19th century industrial site, or Mouraria, Lisbon’s coolest district packed full of hidden gems like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Maria da Mouraria</a>, where you can enjoy local food and music, or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Cortiço & Netos</a>, a shop stocking beautiful azulejos, the city’s ubiquitous tiles.</p> <p>  </p> <p> If you find yourself in the touristic area of Belém, queue at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Pastéis de Belém</a> to try a Portuguese tart, it’s worth the wait.</p> </section><section> <h3> Budapest</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Hungary’s edgy capital city is a cultural mishmash between Eastern and Western European influences. Its complicated history, which includes a string of invasions and a communist occupation, has given birth to a rebellious and creative underground scene.</p> <p>  </p> <p> With its wide streets lined with neo-gothic cathedrals, crumbling ‘ruin bars’, thriving street food scene and even Turkish tombs (you heard us right), you can delve into an eclectic mix of old and new, classical and cutting edge.</p> <p>  </p> <p> In this city of thermals baths, it would be rude not to dive in. Head to <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Rudas Baths</a> to experience 16th-century baths or take a dip at the ornate Art Nouveau <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gellert baths</a>. Stroll around the old Jewish Quarter, Budapest’s coolest spot, stop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gettó Gulyás</a>, a restaurant serving traditional Hungarian dishes, or head to the neighbouring Palace Quarter to test the gastronomical delights at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Padron</a> or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Puglia Al Dente</a>.</p> </section><section> <h3> Turin</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Turin, the capital of northern Italy’s Piemonte region, might be most famous as the birthplace of Fiat, but there’s much more to this unsung city than its nippy little cars.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Sinfully overlooked by travellers, Turin is quietly home to one of Europe’s most thriving art scenes and is a hidden gem for foodies and craft beer lovers. With its grand boulevards, historic squares, verdant parks and myriad museums, it’s a city breaker’s delight and ‘the chocolate capital of Europe’. So indulge your sweet tooth in a local chocolate house or grab a gelato because, you know, ‘when in Italy’.</p> <p>  </p> <p> You won’t go hungry in Turin – from simple trattorias serving all the Italian classics to a growing number of meat-free restaurants like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>L’articiocc</a> or vegan eatery <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Ratatouille</a>, foodies can get their fill and go home full. </p> </section><section> <h3> Belgrade</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Belgrade’s reputation as a party city isn’t unfounded. Its bustling nightlife is world-famous but that’s just one facet of this gritty city’s allure.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Slap bang on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Serbia’s capital has a rich history covering almost two millennia. It won’t be taking home the crown for Europe’s most beautiful city anytime soon – although its brutalist architecture does have its charm – but what it lacks in pretty it makes up for with its ever-evolving creative scene and buzzy cafe culture. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a few architectural gems like the four-star Hotel <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Moskva</a>, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gardos Tower</a>, a memorial tower in Zemun.</p> <p>  </p> <p> No city break is complete without taking getting stuck into the local cuisine. Enjoy authentic Serbian dishes and wine at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Bistro Grad Hometown Food</a>, guzzle cheap cocktails in the garden of <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Blaznavac</a> and, if you are there to party, drop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Drugstore</a> and dance ‘til dawn.</p> </section><section> <h3> Munich</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Munich, Bavaria’s chic capital, may be most famous for Oktoberfest but it also ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities. By extension, it’s also one of the most visitable cities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Stroll through trendy <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Schwabing</a>, Munich’s artistic quarter, with its bohemian bars and boutiquey stores. Browse the second-hand bargains at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Midnightbazar</a>, a night-time flea market packed with vintage steals. Kick back with a beer in <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Augustiner-Keller</a>, a 200-year-old beer garden, or in Park-Cafe, a beer garden in front of a traditional 1937 Bavarian building.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Go native and enjoy the German afternoon tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Cafe Luitpold</a> or try out some traditional Bavarian food at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Wirtshaus Hohenwart</a>. Just a couple of days in Munich will have you wondering what you ever saw in Berlin.</p> </section><section> <h3> Tel Aviv</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Tel Aviv’s incredible cultural scene is only rivalled by its restaurants, nightlife, beaches and bars. In short, it’s one of the world’s most vibrant and current cities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The Mediterranean metropolis has near-perfect weather all year round, ideal for enjoying its beautiful beaches like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Hilton Beach</a>, famous for its water sports, or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Bograshov Beach</a>, a sandy beach right in the centre of the action.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Hedonists out there will no doubt be drawn to Tel Aviv for its hedonistic nightlife. There’s no shortage of bacchanalian bars and clubs; while you’re in town stop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Voodoo</a>, a large terrace bar that invites patrons to ‘unite as one under an enchanting Voodoo spell’, or drop into <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Kuli Alma</a>, a cool underground nightspot with art exhibitions, live music and vegetarian Israeli food.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Grab a second-hard bargain from an eclectic stall at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Jaffa’s flea market</a>; pick up some spices or simply sit and enjoy the vibe at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Shuk Ha’Carmel</a>, Tel Aviv’s largest market. Dip into some hummus at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Abu Hassan</a>, one of Israel’s oldest and most famous hummus restaurants, and wander around <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Florentin</a>, a trendy neighbourhood full of galleries, bars and street art.</p> </section><section> <h2> Let’s start planning! Who’s your travel buddy?</h2> </section><section> <h3> What’s your favourite climate?</h3> </section><section> <h3> Where will you stay?</h3> </section><section> <h3> What’s on the menu?</h3> </section><section> <h3> While on holiday, you like…</h3> </section><section> <h3> Pick a nightcap</h3> </section>

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How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans

After long months of lockdowns and curfews Europeans are looking forward to jetting off for a bit of sun and sand -- only to find that their long awaited holiday plans go awry due to a shortage of rental cars.

How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans
Tourists wait outside of rental car agencies in Corsica. Photo: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

In many areas popular with tourists cars are simply not available or subcompacts are going for a stiff €500 euros.

Car rental comparison websites show just how expensive renting a vehicle has become for tourists this summer.

According to Carigami, renting a car for a week this summer will set tourists back an average of 364 euros compared to 277 euros two years ago.

For Italy, the figure is 407 euros this summer compared to 250 euros in 2019. In Spain, the average cost has jumped to 263 euros from 185 euros.

According to another website, Liligo, daily rental costs have nearly doubled on the French island of Corsica. At the resort city of Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, rental prices have nearly tripled.

Today’s problem is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with near absence of clients, selling off vehicles to raise cash made a lot of sense for car rental firms struggling to survive.

“Everyone drastically reduced their fleet,” said the head of Europcar, Caroline Parot.

Until the spring, most companies still had fleets roughly a third smaller than in 2019, she said.

Car rental firms are used to regularly selling their vehicles and replacing them, so rebuilding their inventory should not have been a problem.

Except the pandemic sent demand for consumer electronics surging, creating a shortage of semiconductors, or chips, that are used not only in computers but increasingly in cars.

“A key contributor to the challenge right now is the global chip shortage, which has impacted new vehicle availability across the industry at a time when demand is already high,” said a spokesman for Enterprise.

It said it was working to acquire new vehicles but that in the mean time it is shifting cars around in order to better meet demand.

No cars, try a van

“We’ve begun to warn people: if you want to come to Italy, which is finally reopening, plan and reserve ahead,” said the head of the association of Italian car rental firms, Massimiliano Archiapatti.

He said they were working hard to meet the surge in demand at vacation spots.

“But we’ve got two big islands that are major international tourism destinations,” he said, which makes it difficult to move cars around,
especially as the trip to Sardinia takes half a day.

“The ferries are already full with people bringing their cars,” he added.

“Given the law of supply and demand, there is a risk it will impact on prices,” Archiapatti said.

The increase in demand is also being seen for rentals between individuals.

GetAround, a web platform that organises such rentals, said it has seen “a sharp increases in searches and rentals” in European markets.

Since May more than 90 percent of cars available on the platform have been rented on weekends, and many have already been booked for much of the summer.

GetAround has used the surge in demand to expand the number of cities it serves.

For some, their arrival can’t come fast enough.

Bruno Riondet, a 51-year-old aeronautics technician, rents cars to attend matches of his favourite British football club, Brighton.

“Before, to rent a car I was paying between 25 and 30 euros per day. Today, it’s more than 90 euros, that’s three times more expensive,” he said.

In the United States, where prices shot higher during the spring, tourists visiting Hawaii turned to renting vans.

In France, there are still cars, according to Jean-Philippe Doyen, who handles shared mobility at the National Council of Automobile Professionals.

“Clients have a tendency to reserve at the last minute, even more so in the still somewhat uncertain situation,” he said.

They will often wait until just a few days before their trip, which means car rental firms don’t have a complete overview of upcoming demand, he added.

He said business is recovering but that revenue has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels as travel is not yet completely unfettered.

SEE ALSO: British drivers will no longer need an insurance ‘green card’ to visit Europe, EU rules

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