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40 Top Tourist Scams December 29 2018, 0 Comments
We are all aware that scams and thieves, no matter where you may be in the world, target tourists. They're continually evolving their methods for beating new prevention gear and for ripping off unsuspecting travelers, sometimes with dire consequences.
Below is an infographic from justtheflight .co.uk that outlines the top, most used and most effective scams to watch out for to ensure you don't become a victim.
Of course, the most effective method of keeping your valuables safe from harm is to put The Clever Travel Companion's gear to use.
How to ski (longer) for less November 25 2018, 0 CommentsSkiing is an expensive hobby. Not only do you need what is always needed for any kind of vacation, somewhere to stay and a way to get to your destination, but you also need tons of equipment and lift tickets the cost adds up very quickly. Especially if you travel as a family with kids. Thankfully, there are ways around some of the worst costs.
Love and Adventure: The Most Romantic Travel Destinations May 31 2018, 0 Comments
Solo travel is known to be empowering, what with the sense of freedom. You can go where you want and when you want, having the ability to control your travel experience and develop more confidence. Then again, safety is also key. How do you know if the place where you staying is truly traveler friendly? It’s fair to say that there are pros and cons to independent travel. Sadly, even in the most popular tourist destinations, the likes of pickpockets, or even worse, muggers are not uncommon. When there is just one of you, and in a place where the locals don’t speak your language, it is difficult to deal with this kind of situation. Let’s face it, exploring the world and having adventures are meant to be fun and uplifting, certainly not activities which risk harming you.
One of the common reasons that people travel solo is the idea of meeting people, whether that’s new friends or the blossoming of an unexpected romance. After all, while a moment of independence might do you some good, spending the rest of life on your own is not enjoyable. If you haven’t found your soulmate in your homeland, this could be because they are waiting across the ocean, so who wants to miss that opportunity on venturing out on your own?
Then again, in the modern world, there are plenty of ways to meet people where you’re from. There’s no need to spend money on a solo trip or work your way round numerous bars and coffee shops, if your sole purpose is to find love. Online dating through apps like Badoo may lead to your happily ever after, whether you're just looking to make new friend or date. So, when you have found the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with, then you’ll surely want to do just that. Share every moment of your life together, which includes having adventures and discovering the world. Not only is it the perfect chance to create amazing memories with your loved one, but you have the reassurance of travelling with someone who you can trust. Even in the hopefully unlikely event of being disturbed by a pesky pickpocket, in having your loved one by your side, you can support each other to ensure minimal disruption to your travels.
With the romantic vibes in the air, let’s take a look at some of the world’s most loved-up destinations, perfect for couples to experience together.
With one of its nicknames being the “City of Love”, no one can deny Paris a place on the list, but what exactly is it about this city that oozes passion? Aside from the gourmet food, twinkling lights filling the night sky and kisses at the top of the Eiffel tower, there are some other lesser-known attractions that make Paris the ultimate destination for couples. In the midst of sightseeing, one of the spots you could come across is the Pont des Arts bridge. This isn’t just any bridge. If you’ve seen pictures, you will know that the bridge is covered in padlocks. What at first can be an odd sight, Pont des Arts soon becomes a haven of romance, as these padlocks are in fact tokens of love, added to the bridge by numerous couples confessing their feelings for one another, so much so that some of the padlocks have unfortunately had to be removed because the bridge cannot support the weight of all of them. Despite this, Pont des Arts provides an ideal location to make known your undying love.
As this is Paris, let’s not stop there; there are more idyllic treasure troves of “amour” to discover in the city, let alone the rest of the world. The mur des je t’aime on the Hill of Montmartre features the words “I love you” in 311 languages. You and your partner can admire this artwork in the knowledge that love is universal and celebrate the strength of your relationship.
Alternatively, take a day trip to one of the many spectacular castles and palaces in and around Paris. Versailles is a popular choice, and you can immerse yourself in a fairytale romance.
If not Paris, then the land of Romeo and Juliet ought to do the trick. The romantic Italian city is famed for its link to the two star-crossed lovers, although there’s no doubt your relationship will have a happier outcome than the Montague and Capulet pairing. Nevertheless, you can visit Juliet’s balcony and feel inspired by the power of love between Shakespeare’s iconic duo. Due to attempts to maintain the Casa di Giulietta, visitors can unfortunately no longer leave love letters in the wall of the home, like in the Hollywood film Letters to Juliet, but that hasn’t stopped many attaching love locks to the gates, like Pont des Arts in Paris, so there’s still plenty of romance to be enjoyed here.
Just outside the city of Verona is the beautiful Lake Garda. The stunning scenery of the large expanse of water against the backdrop of mountains is a sight to behold. There are several opportunities for leisurely strolls alongside the sparkling waters, hands held in adoration. Surrounding the lake, an array of charming towns lines the water’s edge, offering shops and eateries. This is perfect for some lakeside dining, topped with a bottle of wine and a meal of the finest Italian cuisine.
You only need to watch a James Bond movie to see that tropical islands are unbelievably romantic. Bali has gained popularity as being a top place for lovebirds to flock to. From the lagoon blue oceans to the sandy beaches, the Indonesian island is the epitome of paradise, ideal for a honeymoon or anniversary celebration. If it’s a couple’s relaxing pamper break you are after, there are no shortage of spa resorts on the island. Indulge in a couple’s massage, followed by a swim in an infinity pool, candlelit dinner in your own private water villa and a sunset beach stroll.
This may seem like plenty of romance, but if you and your partner can break yourself out of your relaxed spa-induced haze, Bali supplies some breathtaking sightseeing opportunities. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, then definitely take a visit to one of Bali’s temples. The Ulun Danu Beratan temple is a sight to behold. The unique landmark is the definition of sanctuary. Surrounded by mountains, the still lake by which the temple is based gives a floating appearance, which elicits the utmost tranquillity. If this doesn’t kindle your desire for travelling with your special someone, then who knows what will?
Alternatively, if you have your heart set on the tropical beach life, the Ayana Resort and Spa probably boasts one of the most stunning beaches on the island. Privately owned, you can access the golden sand and turquoise sea by steps down from the resort, or simply admire the view from the overlooking infinity pool.
The Cotswolds, England
A far cry from Bali, or the Mediterranean, yet no less romantic, the rolling hills of the British countryside offer a suitable alternative, especially if you’re someone who can’t cope with extremely hot temperatures. Think Downton Abbey, Jane Austen and Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in The Holiday, that pretty much sums up how charming and romantic the Cotswolds are. Quaint country villages, chocolate box cottages and lush green fields for miles on end.
Ideal for a stress-free break, the Cotswolds provides the chance to spend some quality time together. From dining in a traditional English pub to cozying up together on the couch in the evening with books and a fire, you have the time to appreciate the cute, sweet moments of romance with this kind of travel.
There are lots of attractions to visit while you’re here too. For a fairytale moment, take a trip to Oxfordshire’s stunning Blenheim Palace. It was even one of the filming locations for Cinderella in 2015. Other impressive stately homes nestled in this British Area of Natural Beauty include Snowshill Manor, Sudeley Castle, and the majestic Warwick Castle.
If you’re still after the Romeo and Juliet vibes of Verona, just north of the Cotswolds border is the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace and home to their creator himself, Shakespeare. You can discover the origins of the mind behind the two famous lovers with a museum about his life, as well as the home of wife Anne Hathaway. You could even catch a live performance of his plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre. A dinner and theatre date sounds very romantic.
It’s settled. There are certainly some amazing romantic destinations in the world. From England and Italy to tropical Indonesian islands, you can widen your travel experience, as well as enjoy being in love. Whether you and your other half prefer cozy nights in or nights under the twinkling lights of Paris, there’s a place for every couple. What’s more, with your special someone by your side, you can rest assured that you will be safer, and if something annoying like pickpocketing did occur, your loved one is there to help you through it.
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