Vacation in Europe? Here is Where to Stay
Jun20

Vacation in Europe? Here is Where to Stay

Europe is, understandably, high on most travelers ‘must-see’ lists. Whether you’re coming from a different continent or from a neighboring country, the variety of European culture, destinations, history and landscape is all there to explore. Hugely diverse, hugely interesting and, frankly, just huge, it’s difficult to discuss in general terms. Accommodation options are, equally, huge. Right across the continent there are different options available depending on your budget, your location, and your personal preference. Bear in mind that costs and standards will vary country to country but, in general, Eastern Europe is cheaper than Western, and the Scandinavian countries have a reputation for being on the expensive side. Best Hostels in Europe At the lower end of the accommodation scale, most parts of Europe are well served by a network of hostels and dormitories. There are independently run hostels, backpacker hostels and those run by bodies such as the Youth Hostel Association. All are reasonably cheap and cheerful, offering beds in shared rooms, shared bathrooms and, normally, a kitchen and lounge where you can prepare and eat meals, relax and meet other travellers. Hostels are great if you’re travelling alone and want to meet people, and there are some real gems available. They’re invaluable if you’re on a budget. A few (mostly city centre ones) will also offer slightly more expensive private rooms, which are sometimes en-suite, and whole dormitories can be booked at once – good for groups travelling together. Private Apartment In Europe If you’re a group or family looking for somewhere for a week or so, it’s well worth looking into hiring a holiday cottage or private apartment. From Budapest’s city center to Scotland’s remotest countryside, you should be able to rent accommodation which is self-contained and equipped with everything you need. Many will also allow dogs – great if you’re traveling with the family friend! This can be a very cost-effective option, depending how many are in your party.  Also, if you want to find accommodation in London, apartment is a great option. If self-catering isn’t your style and you’re after a bit of luxury, then look into the top-end hotels. These will offer restaurants, bars and well-appointed en-suite rooms. Many also have fitness and leisure facilities – ranging from a small gym through to a full-blown spa, swimming-pool, tennis courts and much much more! Luxury Hotels Europe Top-class, luxury hotels will certainly pamper you (you won’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to!) and your stay will be a memorable one – but expect to pay handsomely for the luxury. Of course there are plenty of other, cheaper, less luxurious hotels...

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10 Things to Consider When Visiting Africa
Jun08

10 Things to Consider When Visiting Africa

If you love traveling and always dream about exploring foreign lands then you should definitely visit Southeast African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc. The region’s excellent climate as well as its iconic wildlife, mountains and attractive beaches makes these countries some of the most popular travel destinations on the continent for tourists. Like all trips, you should conduct detailed research to find out the necessary preparations to maximize your chances of enjoying a stress-free travel. Here are 10 tips you should consider if you want to travel to that part of the continent. Madagascar Travel 1. Most European and North American citizens require valid tourist visas to be able to travel to majority of these countries. Getting a Kenyan Visa for example is easy so you should just find out the necessary details from the nearest Kenyan Embassy or Consulate near you. Additionally, you should have a passport valid for at least six months beyond your intended date of leaving for your home country before applying for a Kenyan Visa. Once you arrive in the country, immigration officials will verify that you have a two-way air ticket before allowing you entry. 2. Most cities in Southeast Africa are popular travel destination in the region meaning finding a direct flight from your home country shouldn’t be a problem. The national airline carriers of majority of these countries fly multiples times a week to the United States and many European cities. Additionally, many European airline carriers such as KLM also fly directly to lots of these nations. Travel Insurance 3. Vaccinations are a must if you want to avoid any infections while visiting any country in Africa and southeastern part of the continent is no different. Make sure you get vaccines for Malaria, dengue fever, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, B and C as well as Yellow Fever, Meningitis and even Typhoid. 4. It is always advisable to evaluate and choose a comprehensive health insurance plan from reputable providers so you can receive the best medical care abroad when necessary. If you have an existing medical insurance plan, find it if you will be covered during your time abroad. If that is not the case then you can sign up for travel insurance from major providers such as InsureMyTrip.com, LonelyPlanet.com or WorldNomads.com. MasterCard Money Exchange 5. Most countries in the region have forex bureaus where anyone can change their money into the local currency. Alternatively, you can find many MasterCard and Visa branded ATMs where you can withdraw money in local currencies. 6. Finding accommodation anywhere in the region is easy thanks to the huge number of hotels and guest houses...

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