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Iceland wants to go anywhere but France

Iceland wants to go anywhere but France

In June, Dohop saw over 94,000 unique visitors within Iceland searching for flights, hotels and rental cars. Most of those visitors were looking for ways to get to France, more specifically the Euro2016 games. According to the latest census, the population of Iceland is 331, 778 people. Basically, one could conclude that nearly 1/3 of the residents of Iceland had Football Fever last month.

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Adieu, France. Iceland moves on to Spain.

But as July shows us, there’s more to Europe (and the world) than the European Championships (a heart felt congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo and team Portugal). Now that the Euro2016 games are behind us, residents of Iceland have quickly returned to normal travel patterns, with Spain– one of the most popular holiday destinations for Icelanders– predictably leading as the top getaway spot (but we still love you, France! Happy upcoming Bastille Day!).

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Dohop Go. Anywhere. Simple.

If you visit Dohop Go you’ll find there are over 75 destinations with flight fares from Keflavik for under 40.000 ISK between now and December 2016; and over 20 destinations for under 30.000 ISK this summer alone (including Paris!). So whether you are looking for the best priced destinations in the UK, Europe, the US or really anywhere, now is a good time to book your trip. Dohop Go can help you decide!

Not in Iceland?

No worries! Dohop Go can also show you the best priced destinations from your home airport.

Dohop Flights App 3.0 for Android and iOS

Want to compare and book flights on the move? Join the thousands of travelers relying on the Dohop Flights app to find and book flights for their business, holiday and vacation needs.

We just released version 3.0 of our popular Dohop Flights app for Android and iOS. In the new version, you’ll find a great new design, the ability to see your recent searches and a few bug fixes that make the app easy to navigate.

 

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Flights to France Travel Searches Triple

Flights to France Travel Searches Triple

Flights to France Searches on Dohop Triple after Iceland-Portugal Match 

The number of searches on Dohop for flights to France tripled immediately following Iceland’s draw against Portugal at the European Championships on Tuesday in Saint-Étienne, inspiring predominantly Icelandic but also global interest in going to France.

This can be clearly seen in the following graphs, which show both minute-by-minute visits to Dohop and in a country comparison chart showing the most searched destinations.

Web traffic jumps immediately after the whistle at Iceland-Portugal Match

A clear jump in web traffic can be seen as soon as the Iceland – Portugal European Championships game ended. Visits by Icelanders on Dohop had been dropping right before the game– Icelanders not in France were gathered in droves at key city and town centers where large screen TVs had been set up. But as the game progressed, searches began picking up, particularly during half-time. The most remarkable jump however was when the whistle blew and the game ended in a 1-1 draw (clearly seen on the right side of the graph), earning Iceland its first point ever in the European Championships.

It also marked a historical moment for Dohop– the single biggest jump between hours in our travel search engine’s history.

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The amount of visits at the peak (9:20pm) is also the highest number of concurrent sessions on Dohop in the last several weeks.

Searches for flights to France tripled

We compared top searches on Dohop made on Wednesday, the day after the draw match between Iceland and Portugal, to searches made on the previous Wednesday. The results show France as the uncontested champion.

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It is clear from this data that more Icelanders (than the 8-10% already reportedly in France) want to see the two remaining scheduled matches. It will be interesting to monitor the activity following Saturday’s Game 2 against Hungary. 

The 5 Things You Love About Air Travel

The 5 Things You Love About Air Travel

What is it you look forward to the most when you are about to board an airplane?

I’m guessing it’s not the comfortable airline seats or the lines at airport security. Well, what is it then?

In a recent survey, Tripadvisor asked 2700 people what they enjoyed most about the travel experience.

Here they are, the 5 things most people like most about air travel:

These Are The 5 Things About Flying That Annoy You The Most

These Are The 5 Things About Flying That Annoy You The Most

 

 

Don’t you hate how cramped airline seats are these days?

You are not alone. In a survey conducted by Tripadvisor, people answered questions about air travel. More specifically, they answered questions about what they disliked most about air travel. What would you think was the number one complaint?

1. The Uncomfortable Seats

11 Waterfalls That Will Take Your Breath Away

11 Waterfalls That Will Take Your Breath Away

Hilary Cooper famously said “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

In the sprit of that quote, we found 11 amazing waterfalls that are guaranteed to take your breath away.

We really encourage you all to go see them all in real life.

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    1. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

One of the best known (and most beautiful) waterfalls in Iceland. It is is situated between two other widely known waterfalls, Selfoss and Skógafoss. What makes the 60 metres high waterfalls so unique though, is that you can walk behind it and enjoy its true beauty.

Barron Falls

    2. Barron Falls, Australia

Located in Queensland, Australia, Barron Falls is a massive cascading waterfall you should go see during the wet season as this is the only time the falls flow with force. The rest of the time the nearby powerstation draws off a considerable volume of the Barron River, reducing the falls to just a trickle, sometimes totally drying it out.

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 3. Plitvicer, Croatia

The Plitvice Lake National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and its protected area is home to numerous small and big stunning waterfalls. Definitely worth a visit.

Kaieteur Falls

 4. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana 

The Kaieteur Falls are among the most powerful waterfalls in the world and with a height of 251 metres they are about four times higher than the Niagara Falls. According to an old legend, Kaieteur was named after an old unpleasant man who was placed in a boat and shoved in the fall by his relatives. This is why Kaieteur translates to “old man fall”.

Svartifoss

5. Svartifoss, Iceland

Located in the Southeast of Iceland, Svartifoss is surrounded by dark lava columns which is why the waterfall is named “black waterfall”. Its columnar jointing formations seem unique but can also bee seen at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, USA and on the island of Staffa in Scotland.

Erawan Waterfall

6. Erawan Waterfall, Thailand

The Erawan Falls are located in western Thailand. They are named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology, because the top tier of the falls is said to resemble the elephant’s head.

Bigar Waterfall

7. Bigar Waterfall, Romania

Bigar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Romania – and one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world considering the way the water spreads and falls in tiny shreds of water. Another unique fact: It is located exactly on the 45th parallel north, the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole.

Thi Lo Su Waterfall

8. Thi Lo Su Waterfall, Thailand

Some people claim it is the largest and highest waterfalls in Thailand. Yet, it has never been officially surveyed, so all numbers are only approximate. Still, just looking at this photo, it is most certainly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand.

 

Ventisquero Colgante Falls

9. Ventisquero Colgante Falls, Chile

The Venitsquero Colgante Falls are one of the most impressive falls in South America, yet little known. They start from the base of the Hanging Glacier and fall down from a hanging valley. The blue wall of the glacier towering high above the waterfall and the impressive rainforest next to it make for amazing scenery.

Niagara Falls

10. Niagara Falls , USA / Canada

The Niagara Falls consist of three different waterfalls: The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls in the USA and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in Canada. The falls thereby serve as an international border between the US and Canada. They are also occasionally lit in colours of the rainbow during the night making them even more beautiful.

 

Baatara Gorge Waterfall

11. Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Lebanon

The Waterfall in Tannourine, Lebanon, is located in a cave of Jurassic limestone, also known as the “Cave of the Three Bridges”. If you want to visit this rather unusual waterfall, make sure to go in March or April and it is mainly visible during the ice-melting months.

 

Do you know of any other amazing waterfall we didn’t include?

15 Maps, Posters and Pillow Cases to Show Off Your Love For Travel

15 Maps, Posters and Pillow Cases to Show Off Your Love For Travel

We love travel and we don’t care who knows it.

If you are anything like us, you’ll get a kick out of these travel-related maps, posters and…. pillow cases! We chose five of each for a total of fifteen.

Clicking on any of the items will take you too the Etsy.com store where you can buy it.

– 5 Maps For Your Wall –

 

1. This scratch-off map is great to show off all the places you’ve been to. At first all the countries are grey but then you use a coin or a fingernail to scratch off the countries you’ve visited and they appear in color.

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Clever, right?
2. And then there’s this map that would look great in any living room.

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3. “Like many great Dohop users…”

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4. This one also speaks to us for some reason:

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5. Sometimes, simplicity is best:

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– 5 Framed Travel Quotes –

 

1. To express your love of cities.

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2. Happiness is important. Yes it is.

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3. What was your heart made to do?

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4. Yes yes yes!BookATicket
5. We understand. We really do.

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– 5 Pillow Cases (for dreaming about travel) –

 

1. This one is simple and pretty and we wants it.

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2. We heart the world.

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3. For the dreamers.
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4. Very pretty.

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5. Here’s one with the Dohop philosophy written on it:

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Which one would you like the most?

Where to go this autumn?

The Best Travel Deals This Autumn

Is it time to go abroad and make the most of the summer and even travel to a warmer place? Since we don’t know what you are up for, we checked out three perfect yet different places to visit this autumn. Our muse this time around was: DRINKS.

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Get a teeny tiny bit drunk


We can’t talk about drinks without mentioning the beer-drinking in Munich, Germany. Germans are now starting to count down to the 180th Munich Oktoberfest which is held between 21. September and 6. October. Do you want to go? Lederhosen, laughter, fun and of course beer drinking till you almost drop. “Only” 14 beer tents to choose from – PROST!

Return flights during Oktoberfest over a long weekend:

The cheapest hotels in Munich that are available now (and close to the festival site):

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Under the Tuscan Sun


Tuscany is great for autumn travelling; it’s not too hot, Italian tourists have gone back home and the wine harvest is taking place. This is the perfect place to rent a car and drive between different cities and towns. Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World heritage sites, among them the centers of Florence, Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano and the square of the Cathedral of Pisa. Just remember who is the designated driver before you say: Salute!


Return flights to Florence, with a week stay in Tuscany in September/October

Week for a rental car from total € 158,75

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Have a cup of tea


No it is not all about alcohol consumption. October can be one of the best months to travel to China (though try avoiding the week-long Chinese National Day holiday from 1st to 8th of October). The weather is very comfortable and pleasant. Autumn colors begin to appear across the country, and the mountains are full of mixture of red, golden, yellow and brown colors. How about taking a sip of superb Chinese tea on The Great Wall of China and say:  ??! [??!] (g?n b?i)

Return flights to Peking, China in October, staying for two weeks

You probably want to travel around the country a bit during your two weeks stay. But we can among others recommend several hotels to you in Beijing.

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Secret extra tip: check out Dohop Away for the best deals that have been found rcsently

The Difference a Day Makes

Sometimes we peek into the informattion dump that Google Analytics is, to see where our visitors are coming from, and where they are growing. Today, I thought I share a quick comparison between September 20th 2012 and the same day last year.

 

Most visits to Dohop from: Iceland, both days.

Country with biggest difference in visits: Saudi Arabia for pure number of visitors, Puerto Rico in percentage (285% percent increase in visits), though Puerto Rico is not in the top ten.

Now check out the difference in the Top Ten list of visitor countries between September 20th 2011 and 2012

Top ten visitors to Dohop 20th September 2011

1. Iceland

2. United States

3. United Kingdom

4. Mexico

5. Germany

6. Russia

7. Sweden

8. Thailand

9. Turkey

10. Spain

Top ten visitors to Dohop 20th September 2012

1. Iceland

2. United States

3. United Kingdom

4. Saudi Arabia

5. Italy

6. Germany

7. Hungary

8. Russia

9. Greece

10. Mexico

Make of this information what you will.

The Surprising Source of Dohop's Great Growth

Traffic to Dohop is increasing every year.

When comparing last August with August 2011 we see a 25.7% increase in traffic, with the biggest increases in traffic being from the US, the UK, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Spain. We have some hard work and a little luck to thank for that growth (we certainly around throwing a lot of money around on advertisements).

Now the surprising part.

While our growth in August, at 25%, is good to the point that many companies would be sending out press releases (we really need to do more of that), the real surprise is that traffic from referrals is up 75%. A big part of this is the Dohop Connection Search over on Virgin Atlantic’s website and the fantastic site Milan Airport set up using a custom version of Dohop. However, taken together, our biggest source of growth is our whitelabel partners.

They are quickly approaching 3000. These are usually sites that have some travel traffic, whether they are set up as travel blogs, destination sites or some other variation. Some notable ones are Mefly and 7ujuzat.  The owners of these sites are good at getting local traffic. They are often based in countries where we have little presence, like Russia or Saudi Arabia, but where we are, incidentally, very good at finding cheap flights.

 

Who is King of Social Media?

Sharing is caring, or so they say. Many an article has been written recently on the popularity of social sites, most often citing statistics from the sites themselves, a somewhat dubious metric, if you ask us. It seems everyone is talking about Google+ these days (including us). But for all the press they get, we suspect that Google+ is still not used by all that many people.

And speaking of dubious metrics, we did a little checking-out for ourselves. We visited a number of sites, news, entertainment and technology, and looked at how people where “sharing” the stories. The amount of shares reported by those site’s own sharing widgets is our metric.

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Sharing as a metric

According this specific sharing widget, twitter is just over 10 times as big as Google+, and Facebook is 70 times as big. But we have more:

More social shares

According to these shares, Facebook is the “King of Social Medias” with Twitter in close second. The surprise third place goes to LinkedIn, apparently. I honestly did not realize LinkedIn was used to such an extent and have always thought of it more as a CV-depository (and have yet to take it seriously). The clear losers of this test are StumbleUponGoogle+ and Reddit. Now, Reddit is not to be underestimated and is one the internet’s biggest drivers of traffic. In fact, landing on their front page of has the same effect as a DDoS attack, such is the volume of traffic.

These examples are taken from a variety of sources, including a Forbes article on the richest celebrities, the richest dead celebrities, a Tnooz article, and something on CNN. I tried to stay away from articles having to do with any of the social media sites themselves as this would skew the amount of shares. And I would again like to stress that this is obviously a flawed test, but still indicative of the current state of social media landscape.

Social Shares

These two only strengthen the “results” of the previous batch of shares. Only here, Twitter dethrones Facebook at the top.

And the results of our test: Facebook and Twitter are clear winners of internet-sharing, and LinkedIn a surprise in third place. Google has some catching up to do.