WHAT IS ANOTHERTRAVELGUIDE.COM
anothertravelguide.com is an internet resource for independent travellers. Such travellers, for whom each journey, no matter how far, is not just a checkmark in the map of the world, but instead a way of tasting life with all five senses.
What's new at the arts scene of New York, which place is worthwile dining in Madrid, having a lunch in Paris or spending a night in Marracech in order not to make yourself a tourist stuck in a standard hotel?
All addresses listed on anothertravelguide.com - hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. have been tested and evaluated by our authors, investing their own money and realizing that private experience and opinion are far more valuable than any official guide.
We're not a travel agency and it will be up to you to plan your trip as well as take responsibility. However, we do realize, that time is what we lack the most (and its not within everyone's patience to spend hours on the internet and list through enourmous amounts or printed material while preparing your trip) - so we help each other save our valuable time by sharing our experience and knowledge base.
2. MAKERS OF ANOTHERTRAVELGUIDE.COM
The idea of anothertravelguide.com belong to three of us. Una Meistere, a fashion journalist, Andrejs Žagars, a director and manager of the Latvian National Opera and Ainārs Ērglis, a PR specialist, we have spent enough time travelling. We consider this to be not just the best way to spend your free time, inspire yourself and gather new experience but also the only thing in this world that is worth investing in.
Travelling is also a hobby to the many co-authors of anothertravelguide.com. Each of them might have different priorities - some care about the design of hotels, others, on the opposite, adore small and hard-to-find places to stay that are still unbelievably charming. Some are passionate about outstading wineries, while some - about outstanding bookshops. And still all these locations have their own taste and spirit, that has been certified by trustworthy experts.
AUTHORS OF ANOTHERTRAVELGUIDE.COM
„A traveler varies from a tourist. "Tourist is someone who thinks about going home, the moment they arrive, while a traveler concedes that might never return at all." Something like that was said by a hero of John Malkovich in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky, and it seems that this sentence ever the best comprises emotions related to traveling."
„Traveling helps people to feel alive."
„It is the same way as once with the explorer Christopher Columbus - it's never boring, as you never know what will be around the corner. Traveling brings joy, pleasure, all sorts of adventures (also gastronomic) and friends too."
„In the jungle of Venezuela I had to blush, trying to answer my mates' questions about the behavior of tourists from Latvia, they had encountered. In their boldness, loudness and self-complacency they had outweighed all the Americans and Germans, ever met...in the ruins of Persian Persepolis some tourist from Riga had satiated their ego, inscribing their names on the thousands of years old sculptures of flying bulls...on a fogy morning in the temples' city of Loungphabang in Laos, our countrymen were seen, throwing empty bear bottles in the river of Mekong... Luckily, there are still some corners of the world where they scare to make their way. A pretty good reason for traveling, isn't it?"
„After so many years of loyalty to the traditions of the mass tourism, I start to more and more appreciate the value of authentic places. The very chic, inherent to them, makes every journey so valuable."
"...and you stand there and look at the cats in the Roman Coliseum, and see lions..."
"A travel is a wonderful opportunity to change your life at least for a moment."
"Traveling has always brought me one step closer to understanding others and myself. As time passes, it's ever more apparent that every place becomes just a unique stopover until landing in the next destination. Feeling at home just about anywhere in the world - given you're open-minded and curious - is a thrilling sensation. It's also about new physical pleasures - not a single taste, smell or nuance of light ever equals to other. "Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them," wrote Susan Sontag and no rule is perhaps more valid than traveling."
"Travel is life, life is travel. My family always had to travel (between Turkey and Syria) just to see each other. And that's a journey over cultures and languages as well as borders. Many people in this part of the world have a yearning for travelling, a collective memory of ancient journeys across the continents. So travel's in my blood. For me, every journey, big or small, is an adventure, a chance to pick up something - knowledge, a bit of another culture or tradition, a fresh perspective, and of course friendship. A life without travel? To me, that's like a flower with no colour, no perfume."
"Travelling is an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective; it breaks stereotypes and proves there is always another way of living your life..."
"I like airports - Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle...I sit there, waiting for my flight, and make up some stories in my mind. Stories about people around me - they hurry, sit around languidly, talk over their phones, read, eat, scold their children, surf in the Internet or check departure screens, looking anxiously for their flights.
I get on the plane then to go to Palermo, ramble through the city and at four in the morning, dragging my suitcase along the empty streets, walk to the railway station... Travelling liberates me from fear and gives deeper insight and self-knowledge."