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The Top European Destinations to Travel Solo November 08 2017, 0 Comments
Although travelling by yourself is not always the most appealing plan, depending on where you’re headed, it might turn out to be a once in a lifetime experience. Given that it’s hard to match your schedule with that of your potential travel companions, sometimes, you might have to take matters into your own hands and go solo, which could be daunting. But if you have done it before, you will agree that there is something both challenging and stimulating about setting out on an adventure by yourself. However, some places are better to visit alone than others, which is why we have compiled some of the best destinations for you, particularly if you’re in Europe. It's always ideal to make sure you bring the best travel gear with you, for safety, comfort and practicality. See more here.
At the top of our list is Berlin, the multifaceted German capital. With a vibrant nightlife and infinite culture on, you’ll be entertained here all day and might even end up making friends during your stay, as it is a popular destination for solo travelers. From museums to landmarks and everything in between including parks, record stores, vintage markets, international gastronomy, unbeatable nightclubs and concerts, Berlin is also an affordable and safe city, which are two fundamental elements that make it a great choice if you’re planning a solo trip. No matter how long you stay, you’re likely to enjoy the experience by yourself as you’ll be able to visit the places that interest you the most without having to compromise. It's also a great walking city so make sure you go prepared! See more.
Another large capital we must add to our list is London. In spite of being a large city, London is very well connected with trains and underground services, meaning you can stay right outside the center if you want to spend less and still be able to get to the main attractions quite easily. With so many places to visit and an unstoppable entertainment agenda that includes everything from music festivals and jam sessions to mental sports tournaments and horse races, London is open 24/7 and will offer you pretty much anything you’re looking for. Although it is less affordable than Berlin, you will not find it hard to spot a quality, comfortable hostel and an inexpensive, refreshing pint, which is a great choice to end your day, especially by the riverside and accompanied by a good book.
Our third choice is also a capital city that is famous for having friendly and sociable residents as well as great beer, fantastic transportation, delicious food, lovely weather and magnificent museums. Madrid, rated the best city in Europe for living abroad, has become an increasingly popular city in Europe over the years without reaching the extreme levels of tourism that Barcelona is now trying to control, this Spanish city offers a genuine experience to its visitors. Safe and affordable, its accommodation offers have also increased, which complements the fact that it’s a city in which you can find something to do every day of the week, so you’re likely to fall in love with its energy and never feel lonely while being surrounded by welcoming Madrilenians. Between museums, the fantastic Buen Retiro Park and the infinite choices of bars, you’ll be well entertained during your stay and will possibly end up chatting with the locals, which means you might even learn a few words in Spanish to further enrich your travel experience.
There are many other destinations in Europe to visit by yourself that are equally amusing, safe and stimulating like Porto, Copenhagen, Bilbao, Turin, Hamburg and Stockholm. However, if we had to recommend places to travel solo as many times as you want, we would insist on Berlin, London and Madrid as they are all interesting and ever-changing locations that never fail to welcome visitors. And, with their cosmopolitan atmospheres, you’ll feel like you are a part of the cities when you visit them.
Useful Ways to Spend Downtime While Travelling September 19 2017, 0 Comments
After intensive sightseeing, walking and blogging, you may feel tired and need some time off. While travelling is ultimately exciting, it is also exhausting more often than not. The good news is – you can still spend your time in useful ways, even while resting during or between trips. Here is how to make use of your downtime and get new impressions while actually having rest.
Top 7 Things To Fill Your Downtime
1. Talk to locals.
On a day you are not doing anything in particular, you can walk out of your hotel room and visit the nearest bar, coffee shop or park, and engage in a conversation with locals. It is surprising how much you can learn by just talking: you can start picking up on the local language, get to know real-life stories which are never told in travel magazines, and get tips for the best local restaurants and spots that only the locals go to.
2. Reconnect with friends.
Writing cards seems old school and sentimental, but this is what makes it unique in today’s digitalized world. Use your time off to write a few locally purchased cards with beautiful views or letters to your friends and loved ones and send them by regular post. People will be both happy and surprised to receive them, even if that happens in two weeks. Alternatively, you can use other means of communication, like Skype or messages, to talk to those you care about and miss.
3. Do yoga or work out outside.
Physical exercise is always a good way to reboot your body and restart your brain after intense travelling experiences. Doing it in a nice local park will add to your positive trip impressions, help you relax and change scenery.
4. Explore your hotel.
If you are too tired to go outside, you can explore what your hotel has to offer: there may be some interesting discounts for spa sessions, a bar with a picturesque view or a hotel history museum. Whatever there is, chances are you will find something interesting for yourself.
5. Shop for souvenirs.
A quiet time in small shops can help you relax and take care of something to bring to your loved ones when you’re back. If you limit the area that you want to shop in, you will not get too tired.
6. Enjoy local food.
A good way to relax is to explore the nearby eateries for some local specialties you’ve never tried before – a mini gastro tour around your area. You can spend a day strolling from one restaurant to another, trying out small portions of local dishes and drinks.
Reading can be both relaxing and informative, depending on what you opt for. It could be books on local history and culture, news of your hometown, a romance novel or Freebaccarat info – anything that would help you relax and decompress after intense travelling experiences. You could also dedicate some time to sorting out your emails or updating on your business at home, if you feel like working.
Overall, spending downtime while you are travelling can be as exciting and useful as the travelling itself. So, try to spend every moment of it enjoying yourself and the life around you.
The Top 10 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations in the World April 25 2016, 1 Comment
The below 10 destinations are ranked as the worlds most dangerous tourist hot spots. You'll probably find yourself thinking "no way", "that can't be right" or even "wow, I've been there" and probably also "of course it is". Some of us may disagree with a few of the locations that have made the list and others might think certain cities have been excluded when they shouldn't have been its worth remembering that this is an independent ranking made up of the popular tourist regions that are most likely to see you run into trouble. Not necessarily fatal trouble, but some form of "ill fortune".
While this list should not be taken lightly, it should also be remembered that there are much more dangerous places on earth and this list is as much a guide of places to visit but also be vigilant. It certainly does not recommend labeling any of these incredible destinations OFF LIMITS.
Along with the reasons as to why these cities are considered dangerous, we'll also provide tips on how to give yourself the best possible chance of keeping safe. So, without further ado; prepare to be surprised!
When you think of Peru as a tourist destination, you think of the ancient civilizations, Macchu Pichu, the Andes mountains, the unique culture and the incredible landscape to be explored here. You probably don't immediately think that wandering off the tourist trail could be very detrimental to your safety. Terrorist groups and drug cartels have a heavy influence in Peru and you need to remember this at all times. Read up on some safety tips and some Do's and Do not's before jumping in and you will have the time of your life.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. Bogotá, Columbia
5. Mumbai, India
4. Haiti and the Dominican Republic
3. Kingston, Jamaica
2. Cape Town, South Africa
1. Acapulco, Mexico
So that concludes our run down of the 10 most dangerous tourist destinations in the world. I'm sure some would come as a surprise and others not so much and while the theme of most of our newsletters is travel safety, we certainly don't want to deter anyone from the trip of a lifetime. The above destinations may be considered more dangerous for tourists than say London, Florida or Sydney but some may say they're also more adventurous. Everywhere has its ugly side and you're only likely to meet it if you're behaving ugly. Practice travel safety and you will remain safe forever more.
Check out our 7 Africa Safety Travel Tips that work for the rest of the world too!
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