The Most Searched Travel Destinations Of The Year

Every year google releases their ‘Year in Search‘ and not surprising, travel was one of the most popular searches made. Other ‘most searched for’ through the years were people and things. It seems that travel is the number one reason for most people to press the ‘search’ button. Not surprising really, as there is a bit of travel adventurer in all of us. We all long to go and explore those far away places, with romantic sounding names!

Google selected the top 23 most searched for places, ranging from Romania to Reykjavik. The list will not only give you the top 23 places that have been searched, but also the reason why they were searched, and some of the reasons people want to know about the place are just not what you would expect.

Check out the list, you may find that you’ve visited some of them yourself!

23. Tulum, Mexico

Point of interest: Ancient ruins in Tulum

23. Tulum, Mexico

Ancient ruins, Tulum, Mexicotommaso lizzul/Shutterstock

22. Reykjavik, Iceland

Point of interest: The city itself was the attraction here

22. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Icelandvictoriaashman / iStock

21. Havana, Cuba

Point of interest: The parade in Havana

21. Havana, Cuba

A parade in Havana, CubaLembiBuchanan / iStock

20. Shibuya, Toyko, Japan

Point of interest: Shibuya Crossing, Toyko

20. Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, JapanSeanPavonePhoto / iStock

19. Palm Springs, California

Point of interest: Movie Neighbourhood, Palm Springs

19. Palm Springs, California

Movie Colony Neighborhood, Palm Springs, Californiathinkreaction / iStock

18. Baghdad, Iraq

Point of interest: Al Faw Palace, Baghdad

18. Baghdad, Iraq

Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, IraqLeeCraker / iStock

17. Flint, Michigan

Point of interest: Downtown Flint

17. Flint, Michigan

Downtown Flint, MichiganLindaParton / iStock

16. Oaxaca, Mexico

Point of interest: Petrified waterfalls, Oaxaca

16. Oaxaca, Mexico

Petrified waterfalls, Oaxaca, MexicoAnduin82 / iStock

15. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Point of interest: Inside the Old City Hall

15. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Interior of the Old City Hall, Baton Rouge, LouisianaErik Larson / iStock

14. Northern Ireland

Point of interest: Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, County Antrim

14. Northern Ireland

Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, County Antrim, Northern Irelandbnoragitt / iStock

13. Charlotte, North Carolina

Point of interest: Queens Road West, Charlotte

13. Charlotte, North Carolina

12. Romania

Point of interest: Bran, Transylvania

12. Romania

Bran, Transylvania, RomaniaJanoka82 / iStock

11. Istanbul

Point of interest: Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

11. Istanbul

The interior of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkeyrognar / iStock

10. Panama

Point of interest: Bocas del Toro, Panama

10. Panama

Bocas del Toro, PanamaTim cook / Unsplash

9. Nice, France

Point of interest: The city of Nice

9. Nice, France

Nice, Francemonticello / iStock

8. Dallas, Texas

Point of interest: The iconic Dallas skyline

8. Dallas, Texas

Dallas skyline, Texasdibrova / iStock

7. Brussels, Belgium

Point of interest: Grand Palace, Brussels

7. Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place, Brussels, BelgiumLindrik / iStock

6. Munich, Germany

Point of interest: Isar River, Munich

6. Munich, Germany

Isar River, Munich, GermanySean Pavone/Shutterstock

5. Poland

Point of interest: Wawel Hill, Krakow

5. Poland

Wawel Hill, Krakow, PolandRolfSt / iStock

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Point of interest: Selarón Steps, Rio de Janeiro

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Selarón steps, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfilipefrazao / iStock

3. Portugal

Point of interest: Ericeira, Portugal

3. Portugal

Ericeira, PortugalChristoffer Engström / Uplash

2. Orlando, Florida

Point of interest: Lake Eola Park, Orlando

2. Orlando, Florida

Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FloridaArrangements-Photography / iStock

1. France

Point of interest: Strasbourg, France

1. France

Strasbourg, Franceyasson7 / iStock

Source: Business Insider

US Naval Officer Gets A Big Surprise When His Aircraft Carrier Docks In San Diego

A US Navy sailor had a big surprise when his aircraft carrier docked in San Diego this past week. After reuniting with his wife and family, his wife surprised him with some news – she is 8 months pregnant with their fourth child!

Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Daugherty, a Navy cryptographic technician, returned to the U.S. on June 23 after a six-month deployment on board the USS Carl Vinson.

Upon disembarking, Daugherty’s two daughters and son rushed over to greet their uniformed father. He hugged his little ones, who were clad in mini sailor outfits, while his wife, Natasha Daugherty, hung back, smiling.

She hid her stomach behind a large poster decorated with blue hearts and red paint spelling out “Welcome Home Baby Daddy.” When Chris reached out for a hug, Natasha tossed the poster aside to reveal her nearly eight-months-pregnant belly.

The big reveal was captured on cellphone video.

In the sweet clip, Chris drops his arms and looks down at his wife’s belly. Eblazoned on her shirt are the words, “I am the present my daddy gave my mommy before he deployed.” After a shocked pause, he pokes her belly and asks, “Is it real?”

While onlookers smile and laugh, Chris embraces and kisses his wife.

“Wanted to say thanks to my amazing wife Natasha for the awesome homecoming weekend she planned,” said Chris, in a Facebook post. “I couldn’t have asked for a better one, and it was great news finding out we will be welcoming a new baby girl soon.”

The couple lives in Temecula, California, just north of San Diego County. Together, they have three children, a 10-year-old son, a 4-year-old girl and an 18-month-old toddler. Now, baby No. 4 will join the family.

Natasha used emojis and careful placement of herself and other people, including her daughter, to hide her growing belly in pictures that she sent to Chris while he was deployed

Natasha used emojis and careful placement of herself and other people, including her daughter, to hide her growing belly in pictures that she sent to Chris while he was deployed

At his homecoming party, The Daughertys revealed that the baby, due in August, will be a girl

At his homecoming party, The Daughertys revealed that the baby, due in August, will be a girl

On Wednesday, Natasha told NBC 7 that the hardest part of keeping her pregnancy a secret from her husband was the worry that came with thinking that something might happen to Chris during the deployment, especially as tensions rose with North Korea.

“As soon as we started having trouble with North Korea, I became worried,” she said.

The USS Vinson deployed on Jan. 5 as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of the U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The strike group also patrolled the Korean Peninsula after North Korea began testing ballistic missiles. North Korea called the dispatch of the U.S. aircraft carrier toward its waters “outrageous.”

Roving RV Offering Mobile Salon And Spa Services While Spreading Encouragement

Most people think of mobile homes as places to live, but this one is different! Completely the opposite, in fact. Kirsten DiCarlo, owner of the FabUBus, has transformed this RV into a special place for women.

The 40 foot RV has been converted into a mobile salon and spa, offering massages, manicures and hair styling. Kirsten says that when someone first walks in, they do not expect it to be a fully fitted salon.

“Some people are a little surprised and maybe a little suspect,” said Kirsten. “Then they walk on and they’re like ‘I can’t believe how big it is; I can’t believe this is really what it is.’”

Kirsten, who has appointed herself as the Chief Glam Officer, says that women deserve to be pampered. Most women work a very long week, and often have to forego things like pedicures in favour of football games.

“The idea was to take the luxurious feeling of a spa and the efficiency of a salon and then add in that convenience of where women spend most of their day,” added Kirsten. “The idea of this was that women do deserve to pamper ourselves.”

The FabUBus travels around to convenient places where women can be pampered for a short time.

“When we have extra time, we don’t give it to ourselves,” said Kirsten.  “We give it to other people, our friends, family, jobs.”

Kirsten is of the opinion that a little bit of lipstick and a few words of encouragement go a long way to making women feel appreciated.

“I do believe that women that feel beautiful can do beautiful things.”

The RV can go to any spot it can park for events and parties. To book the FabUBus and learn more, visit their website here.

Source: WIVB News 4

Mysterious Chinese Skeletons Found In An Ancient Cemetery In England Could Rewrite Roman History

When children spend time in the pool, they often play a game of Marco Polo. “It” closes their eyes, cries out “Marco”, and tries to hear all the other players answering “Polo” to reveal themselves. With a lunge in the right direction, “It” tags another player and the game continues.

It’s amazing that children still play a game still that’s named after an Italian explorer who lived over 700 years ago. It’s really a testament to the impact Marco Polo had when he revealed the mysteries of China to Europe. It’s also probably a rather cheeky reference to some people’s suspicions that Marco Polo really had no clue where he was going and was simply flailing about.

But what’s even more remarkable than Marco Polo introducing China to Europe seven centuries ago, is that China might have introduced itself to Europe even longer before that, almost two millennia ago. At least, that’s what a fascinating discovery in a place you’d least expect seems to show…

Analysis of skeletons found in a Roman cemetery in south London (pictured) have revealed that two of the people buried there between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD had Asian ancestry and were possibly from China. It provides new evidence of the links between the empires 

Analysis of skeletons found in a Roman cemetery in south London (pictured) have revealed that two of the people buried there between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD had Asian ancestry and were possibly from China. It provides new evidence of the links between the empires

China and Rome were two powerful, ancient empires separated by more than 5,000 miles of imposing mountain ranges, barren desert and exposed steppe grasslands. Yet a collection of seemingly unremarkable bones discovered in a Roman cemetery in London has provided new insights into the links between the Roman Empire and Imperial China.

Analysis has revealed that two skeletons dating from between the 2nd and 4th Century AD unearthed at the site in the city’s Southwark area may have been Chinese.

The remains were found at a Roman cemetery on Lant Street in Southwark (shown on map), which was once a suburb of the Roman settlement of Londinium

The remains were found at a Roman cemetery on Lant Street in Southwark (shown on map), which was once a suburb of the Roman settlement of Londinium

The findings promise to rewrite the history of the Romans as it suggests these two great empires had far greater connections than previously believed.

While it is known that there was extensive trade between China and ancient Rome along what became known as the Silk Road, the two empires are thought to have viewed each other warily. Accounts from the time suggest the Chinese were curious about the ‘tall and virtuous’ people of Rome, while the Romans found their rivals in the east mysterious but valued their silk cloth.

Despite the trade between the empires, however, only one person of Asian ancestry has ever been found on sites dating back to the Roman Empire – an adult man unearthed at Vagnari in Italy. But now archaeologists excavating an ancient Roman cemetery in modern-day London have uncovered two more individuals of Asian ancestry, buried among the remains of other citizens of ancient Londinium.

The cemetery was for ordinary citizens, which seems to say that these two people were living and working in the city as ordinary citizens, not as visiting diplomats. And they weren’t treated as outsiders because they were buried alongside Roman citizens.

Londinium was the centre of the Roman empire in Britain, but across the river to its south was a small suburban area that would later become Southwark

According to the Times, while experts have not been able to identify their exact origins, it is likely these people had come from China. Writing in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Dr Rebecca Redfern, an archaeologist at the Museum of London, said how they ended up there is a mystery.

She and her colleagues said: ‘The expansion of the Roman Empire across most of western Europe and the Mediterranean, led to the assimilation and movement of many ethnically and geographically diverse communities.

‘Its power and wealth meant that it also had trade connections for raw materials and products, such as silk throughout Europe, Africa and also to the East, including India and China.

‘Many people traveled, often vast distances, for trade or because of their occupation, for example in the military, or their social status, for example if they were enslaved.’

Archaeologists unearthed around 22 skeletons at the site in Lant Street, Southwark (pictured)

Archaeologists unearthed around 22 skeletons at the site in Lant Street, Southwark (pictured)

Researchers examined the morphology of the skulls (pictured) found in the cemetery to work out their ancestry while isotope analysis of the teeth revealed details about their diet and where they grew up

Researchers examined the morphology of the skulls (pictured) found in the cemetery to work out their ancestry while isotope analysis of the teeth revealed details about their diet and where they grew up

At the time when the people are thought to have lived, the Roman Empire was at its peak before it split into two halves. China was in the hands of the Han Dynasty, considered to be the most prolific period of cultural and technological advance in the ancient empire.

Writing in the journal, Dr Redfern said: ‘It may well be that these individuals were themselves or were descended from enslaved people originating from Asia, as there were slave-trade connections between India and China, and India and Rome.’

This discovery also raises the intriguing idea that ancient London was more cosmopolitan, and had many immigrants, much, much longer before anyone imagined. Do you think it’s possible that London was a cultural melting pot that long ago?

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Archaeologist Rebecca Redfern (pictured right) and her colleagues say Londinium may have had a far more flourishing community of immigrants than previously believed. Among the skeletons were those from north Africa, including a young girl (pictured left)

Read More: A meeting of two ancient empires: How did two Chinese skeletons find their way into a Roman cemetery in London?

Audi Ad Was Shot Using 1/43 Scale Models And A Homemade Desert

Miniature photography master Felix Hernandez was tasked with the job of creating a scene to shoot the new Audi ad. While this may not sound too complicated, you should remember that not only did he create it all in miniature, he also created the whole scene in his own studio!

Felix was asked to make the ad for Audi’s new Q2, which was to look as if it was shot in Dubai. Normally working with 1/18 models, the new task was a challenge for him. The scenery was made using foam, sandpaper and LED’s to create the roads for the tiny cars. The desert he created using a fine powder mixed with water, which was then shaped into the sand dunes.

“Were I normally work with 1/18 scale models, for the Q2 launch I was commissioned to do a series of photographies using a 1/43 scale model,” explains Felix. “This was my first time doing this kind of photography with such a small model.”

Felix did actually manage to get a trip to Dubai, with his friend Adrian Sommeling, so that they could get a shot of the iconic skyline. They needed to create a shot of the Audi in front of the Middle Eastern landscape.

The final pictures are amazing, and the video which you can see here, shows us just how impressive the creations are. Felix has managed to make the miniature Audi cars look as if the are full sized, not to mention the scenery looking as if we could be walking there ourselves. Using his practical skills of modelling, and combining them with amazing photography, and then using Photoshop to enhance the scenes, we have a great advert, which was done on a budget.

The progress is showcased right from the start of the project in his studio, in Cancun, Mexico and goes on to show us the finished advert. Even the most discerning viewer will have a problem telling the model sand dunes from the real ones, the model roads from actual ones, and the tiny cars from the full scale ones.

Source: PetaPixel

Plucky Grass Snake Patiently Lies In Wait Trying To Nab A Fisherman’s Trout

Fisherman Keith Perry and his friend had an unexpected guest when they went fishing in the reservoir in Kent. An English Grass snake swam up and appeared to be waiting for the fisherman to land his catch.

The snake even went so far as to perch on top of the fish as if it was his own, and he was warning the fisherman to keep away. Being a little alarmed at the length of the snake so close to them, Keith’s friend googled it and found out that it was a harmless snake which did not eat people.

“At first the snake made me jump as it swam over quite quickly and then seemed to be guarding my fish as though they were his.”

“It sat on top of my catch and seemed to be telling me to keep away from his meal.”

“My friend Googled the snake to identify what type it was then when we realised it was harmless, we carried on fishing. Apparently they eat frogs and so you find quite a lot of them around waterways.” Keith Perry said.

In the video the sneaky creature can be seen patiently lying in wait for the angler to hook the fresh fish meal. Luckily, grass snakes are not venomous and pose little danger to people on this shores

Unlike a snake which was discovered to contain in its stomach the body of a man. This happened in Indonesia, where a man went out to harvest palm oil. Akbar Salubiro, 25 disappeared one day and his friends, and when he did not return, his friends and family feared he was dead.

They became even more concerned when they found the seven metre long python in his garden. Fearing that he had been eaten and had suffocated they brought an 18 inch long hunting knife to open the snake. On cutting the snake open, they were horrified to discover the lifeless body of Salubiro inside.

Source: Daily Mail

Is Running The Best Type Of Exercise?

The question is often asked as to what is the best exercise for a person? The answers vary from person to person, depending on who you speak to. One thing is certain – running factors into this equation.

Taken from the Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, we find that runners live on average three years longer than non runners. Even if you drink, smoke and are overweight, if you run you will reduce the risk of dying early by up to 40{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991}. An hour of running will therefore increase your life expectancy by seven hours.

While running may not be the fountain of youth, so to speak, it has been shown to be more effective than walking, cycling or swimming. Even 5 – 10 minutes a day running will reduce the risk of heart disease, and early deaths in general. This is a whole lot less than the government recommendations which are about 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. Most people – it was found – ignore this as they feel that it is too much.

Another point of view- as far as the best exercise goes – is that the exercise you actually do, is the best one! If you hate an exercise, and never do it, it makes no different whether it is good or bad. Running, however, is thought to be the best for a number of reasons.

Running reduces your risk of dying early by between 25{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} and 40{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991}. Photograph: Adam Hester/Getty Images/Blend Images

You can’t cheat at running! You have to do it, you can’t rely on machinery to help you. It is cheap, and it is easy. Simply put on a decent pair of running shoes and head out of the door.

Even jogging counts as ‘moderate exercise’ so even if you are just starting and can’t go much faster, that’s okay, it all counts.

According to Angelique Brellenthin of Iowa State University, it would take 105 minutes of walking to achieve the same benefits as a 25 minute run. Non runners are also twice as likely to die from strokes and sudden heart attacks.

One argument that is often brought up is that people who suffer from knee pain cannot run. It is possible to reduce knee pain by running on soft surfaces, avoiding hills, doing exercises to strengthen the knee muscles, and wearing good quality running shoes. There is no evidence, says Brellenthin, that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee.

As with any exercise, running should be built up slowly so as not to injure yourself. Do not be tempted to try a marathon before you are ready! Brellenthin goes on to say that you only need 30 – 60 minutes a week to start to see the results, and for it to be beneficial for your body.

Source: The Guardian

Man Who Advertised For A New Fishing Buddy After His Friend Died Has The Trip Of A Lifetime With A Young Angler

After losing the friend who always went fishing with him, Ray Johnstone, aged 75, posted an advert for a fishing buddy. Ray had always gone fishing with a friend, and felt very lonely going on his own. He wanted to go with someone who felt similarly to fishing as he did, but he got an adventure he never expected!

Mati Batsinilas, 22, from Brisbane replied to the advert and took Ray out on a trip. He offered to take Ray on a fishing trip in Queensland, and flew him there for an all expenses paid trip.

Mati says that the weather was perfect, but the most rewarding part was to see Ray smiling and happy. Ray was beaming as they boarded Mati’s boat and set sail. The pair took numerous pictures of themselves, including one of Mati’s entire family with Ray. They managed to land a large amount of massive whiting on their trip.

A lonely widower has had his dream fulfilled by a young man after he posted an ad to Gumtree in search of a fishing buddy

A lonely widower has had his dream fulfilled by a young man after he posted an ad to Gumtree in search of a fishing buddy

Mati Batsinilas, from Brisbane, saw Ray Johnstone's heartbreaking viral ad shared on Facebook and quickly got in touch, offering to take the 75-year-old fishing at Stradbroke Island (pictured)

Mati Batsinilas, from Brisbane, saw Ray Johnstone’s heartbreaking viral ad shared on Facebook and quickly got in touch, offering to take the 75-year-old fishing at Stradbroke Island (pictured)

“When I read it I thought it was a heartbreaking story so I commented on it, but I never thought it would ever get to Ray,” Mati said. “When I woke in the morning after posting the comment it had 1,600 likes and more than 500 messages in my mailbox on Facebook.”

“Everyone was trying to get Ray and I hooked up together to do this trip.”

“I offered him a holiday away — and not just for fishing, but to get away and relax,” he continued. “I said from the beginning to Ray that we would get there and that I would commit to it and do it.”

Ray, who was a toolmaker and quality control officer, offered to pay all the costs for ramp fees if they needed a boat. He also was prepared to split petrol costs with his new mate. The great grandfather left all his contact details for people to reply to his advert.

“What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with,” Ray wrote.

Elderly widower Ray Johnstone found a fishing buddy to replace a deceased friend after his heartbreaking Gumtree ad went viral

Elderly widower Ray Johnstone found a fishing buddy to replace a deceased friend after his heartbreaking Gumtree ad went viral

He posted on the online classifieds site last week seeking a fellow lonely angler to enjoy regular days out in waters around Adelaide

He posted on the online classifieds site last week seeking a fellow lonely angler to enjoy regular days out in waters around Adelaide

Ray posted a reply to his advert, thanking the public for their kind words and thoughts on his advert.

“I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and remind you all that this was a family effort, not just mine,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old angler posted a photo of himself, Mr Johnstone and his entire family and thanked the public for the 'kind words'

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old angler posted a photo of himself, Mr Johnstone and his entire family and thanked the public for the ‘kind words’

The great-grandfather left his contact details so potential buddies could organise to meet up and 'see if we could get along with each other'

The great-grandfather left his contact details so potential buddies could organise to meet up and ‘see if we could get along with each other’

The fishing buddies had such a good time that they have already organised a second outing, and Mati is hoping to take Ray four wheel driving to catch beachworms!

“It’s so good to see him smile.”

“The feedback has been unreal and the support from everyone has been phenomenal.”

Read More: Lonely man who advertised for a new fishing buddy after his friend died has the trip of a lifetime with a kind young angler (and they caught plenty!)

19 Best Countries For Raising A Family, As Voted By Expats

When a family decides to move abroad, they must take into account the children, and the education that they will need to be sure the children can receive there. Sometimes this can be a daunting thing to consider. Not only must education be taken into account, but also things like quality of life and cost of living. Leisure activities as well as family well-being should factor into the moving equation. As if these are not enough points, the family also has to factor into account the cost of moving from one country to another.

Here we have a list of countries which, after a survey of thousands of expats in some 45 countries, will give some ideas of the best countries for raising kids. The survey takes into account such things as childcare and education, healthcare and safety, which are important when making a decision as big as a move to another country.

19. South Korea

47{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expats surveyed said that they were very happy with the standard of education that their children were receiving there. The quality of education had greatly improved over the last two years. Family friendly locals made this a good place to consider.

18. Mexico

The attitude towards kids, along with the time to spend with their families, makes Mexico a place to think about. The country has a very good work-life balance for families. A salary went a long way and families did not have to work such long hours to earn a good wage, so free time was more.

17. Philippines

The country has a reputation for its high quality education system. Added to this, the country loves children, and families are always welcome when it comes to going out. The education system has improved over the last few years.

16. Singapore

While family well-being and child safety factors are rated as top, such things as childcare and education are not very highly rated. That will make the decision difficult when weighing up the pros and cons here.

15. South Africa

The country is rated as having the very best activities for kids. However, family well-being is cause for concern. Education rates in the mid range for most expats. Safety was considered to be a problem with some expats.

14. Luxembourg

Although childcare is very expensive here, and education does not find the top score, it is children safety and family well-being that puts this country at the top of the ratings.

13. Netherlands

Here we have a country which gets a solid score across all the points of education, child care, safety and family well-being. The Netherlands has risen in the rankings over the last few years.

12. Poland

The cost of childcare was very affordable here, and the quality of education was high, making Poland a place that is well worth thinking about.

11. France

Taking all the education in another language may be a problem, although 60{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expat parents admit that their children are fluent in the language. 36{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expats admit that the language may be a consideration before arriving in a country.

10. Germany

7{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expats send their children to public schools, with the remainder choosing the International Schools. This may be strange as Germany offers high quality education which is affordable to expats.

9. Belgium

Belgium has improved dramatically in the area of education and childcare availability over the last few years, making it a place to seriously consider now.

8. Taiwan

The friendly attitude towards children and families makes this a place to consider. Taiwan also did well in the score for child safety.

7. Australia

Leisure activities for kids brought the score high up here, in fact it is the number one for this. Education is in the mid range. Not surprisingly, the outdoor activities ranked very high in the country, with expats agreeing that there were plenty of activities that families could do together.

6. Norway

Childcare option have improved here from 17th right up to 6th now, making this a place to consider. The kid-friendly country attitude also adds to the attraction. Expat families said that they were very happy with the lifestyle and family time available to them.

5. Sweden

Sweden actually fell from 3rd place to 5th place in the quality of their education. This is in part due to the crisis situation in the school system, so that is a consideration for expats.

4. Austria

This country falls short in countries which are child friendly, in fact with this survey it fell even shorter, right down to the bottom three. Family well-being and education were also very much lower than previous years.

3. Israel

81{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expats were said to be very happy with education options, and 84{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} had a general satisfaction with the education system as a whole. As well as a good education, it seemed that expats enjoyed the relaxed lifestyles.

2. Czech Republic

While education is considered to be very affordable here, the quality is sometimes not as good as it could be, with many expats agreeing that the quality had fallen over the last years.

1. Finland

70{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} of expats said the education was excellent. In fact no part of the survey had any negative remarks. Health, safety and well-being all ranked right at the top. Compared to the global 21{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} for education, it seems that Finland is the best place for expats and their kids – as far as education goes.

Source: Business Insider

Check Out These 32 FREE Sock Knitting Patterns

We have a long list of sock knitting patterns and they’re all free! 

Have you ever knitted socks before? If not, there’s a great tutorial that will teach you exactly how to knit your own socks. If you already know how to knit socks, you can skip the tutorial and head straight for the 32 fabulous free sock patterns.

The beautiful patterns have all sorts of lovely designs which feature twisted stitches, different types of cables and even some lace elements. They include Twisted Hourglass Socks, Cross Country Socks, Viking Socks and many more.

These socks are so pretty that they will make wonderful gifts for your friends and family. Or you can spoil yourself and knit a lovely pair for yourself. So grab you yarn and knitting needles and start knitting so pretty socks!

b 1. Fireweeds Socks
2. Love Socks
3. Vellamo
4. Water for the Elephants

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1. Socks with star pattern
2. Socks with Reindeer
3. Socks with Norwegian Pattern and Cables on Cuff
4. Socks with Pattern

a 1. Socks with Pattern
2. Long Socks with Icelandic Pattern
3. Irish Dream Socks
4. Worsted Fair Isle Socks

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1. Lau Socks
2. Kalajoki Socks
3. Maeva Socks
4. Spiegel Socks

d 1. Cross Country Socks
2. Tribute Socks
3. Aragorn Socks
4. Baroque Socks

g

1. Magic Mirror Socks
2. The Daughter Heir Socks
3. Banyan Tree Socks
4. Hourglass Socks

f

1. Polly Jean Socks
2. Viking Socks
3. Twisted Hourglass Socks
4. Diamond Rib Socks

h
1. Brigit Socks
2. Bayerische Socks
3. Liab Socks
4. Giulietta Socks