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Travel Preparation for Trips at Sea

October 3, 2018 in Blog

Packing your bags for a cruise may seem like a no-brainer but there is travel preparation involved. While forgetting an item or two won’t ruin your vacation, it will create unnecessary headaches and hassles. Here are some things to remember when packing for your trip.

Cruise ships are not required to have doctors or medical facilities. That being said, there is usually a first aid station and a physician or nurse onboard. The ship’s gift shop usually stocks some basic over the counter medication but you’ll pay for the convenience. You can also purchase things at your ports of call but dealing with this hassle can take away from enjoying your trip.

First off, make a list of the things that you usually forget. After you’re done packing consult your list to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Be prepared for the sun. The sun can be the most deceiving in cool weather destinations or when it is overcast. While returning with a nice bronze glow can be ideal, don’t be over anxious. Bring sun block and sunscreen and apply it frequently. Getting a burn early on in your vacation will limit your activities on your cruise ship tour and make for a less enjoyable holiday. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and lip balm as well. Again, you can (and should) buy these onboard the ship but it will be an added hassle and expense. If you’re especially sensitive to the sun then consider bringing loose fitting long sleeve shirts and long pants; linen clothing is perfect for the warm weather.

Sea sickness is a problem for many and if you have a tendency to get sea sick then come prepared. Bring sea sickness pills or other alternative treatments. Remember that the center of the ship sways the least. Your first couple of hours (if not day) will be adjusting to the movement of the ship so don’t plan any big activities.

Pack all of your prescription medication since filling a prescription will be a hassle, if not impossible, at sea. Make a copy of your prescriptions or a copy of the medicine bottle; if you loose your medication then replacing it will be easier. It’s also a good idea to bring an over the counter medicine kit for tummy aches, headaches and allergies. If you’ll be traveling to other countries, your digestive system may not be immune to the bacteria in the food and water. Your doctor can prescribe you anti-diarrhea pills to take just in case you encounter this problem.

With some travel preparation you can have a cruise ship tour that is hassle free. Protect yourself from the sun, prepare for sea sickness and remember your medicine.

by Carlos

Amsterdam Travel Guide… Enjoy It!

September 21, 2018 in Blog

When you opt for a cheap travel to Europe, the city of Amsterdam should be your best choice. The city offers cheap relatively compared to most European cities but not sacrificing the quality of the trip.

The city…

Amsterdam is undoubtedly a beautiful city. No wander it is the fourth most visited cities in the region just after Paris, Rome, and London. Most of the population speaks either French or German or both. The people also can speak English and Dutch as well. The area is relatively flat. You cannot find slopes and hills unlike other European cities. If you want to roam Amsterdam by foot, it is very conducive for hiking. This would save you from the trouble of renting a car or hiring a taxicab to transport you within the city. And since Amsterdam has lots of sights to offer, hiking would be fill up the day while spending some time on different attractions the city has to offer.

If you don’t feel the idea of hiking, Amsterdam provides relatively cheap transportation. There are several bicycle rentals located near the Central Station, the Leidseplein and Dam Square. You can rent a bike as little as €8-10 per day, you can also rent a bike for a few hours.

Not into biking and hiking but still opting for cheap Amsterdam vacation? You can always ride any of the public transportation within the city. Amsterdam offers some of the best train, bus, and tram systems in Europe. They are relatively cheap and the service is extremely good.

The attraction…

Amsterdam is lined with several museums and monuments often time just a shot away from one another. To be exact, Amsterdam has 75 museums and almost 7,000 monuments within its limits. And if you want to visit them without confusion, the city has prepared 7 waking routes, marked especially for you.

You can see the works of Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and several other world-renowned artists in Amsterdam’s most famous museum- the Rijks museum. A Van Gogh admirer? Vincent Van Gogh has his own museum located near Rijks. For a more contemporary and modern pictures, paintings, and pottery, you can visit Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. For a closer feel of Amsterdam during the 1600s, you can visit the Museum Willet-Holthuysen that is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

When you visit during summer (July-August), expect to see bed of Tulips along with other Holland’s pride- narcissus, daffodils, and other flowers.

Canal attraction is superb. During summer, you can tour the city by boat. The city’s canal stretches up to 100KM giving you an alternative way to see the city. During winter, the same canal freezes and transforms into a sporting site where skating events take place.

The rates…

Amsterdam is not a typical European city where you have to spend so much to survive but it’s also not a cheap city. You can search airbnb or sky scanner for cheaper hotel rooms or hostels. Street side food tastes great and also it can help you to save a few bucks. There are also many tourist offices available in the city where you can check out for special deals.

Picturesque view and rich culture and history give every reason to travel to Amsterdam. You will surely would enjoy your stay at Amsterdam.

by Carlos

Travel to Spain: Barcelona and Madrid

September 13, 2018 in Blog

Spain boasts long stretches of sandy beaches and once you leave the spurious glitz of the tourist resorts, you’ll find the real Spain which shimmers to the strum of flamenco guitars.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays
The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of Spain hotels.

Madrid: the city that loves art
Madrid is not a sightseeing haven like Paris or Rome but there are a host of attractions like the Prado museum, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Sit at one of the many cafes and observe the passing procession and the street artists.

Transport: how to get there and around
Madrid’s large airport, Madrid-Barajas, is accessible by metro from the city. Once downtown you can walk around as the area is quite compact. Transport options include the bus, metro and taxi.

Weather
As a whole, Spanish weather is glorious from April to November. Madrid’s summer reaches 30 C where as the winter can drop to 0 C.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays
The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of hotels in Madrid.

Attractions & Events
Spanish people love to celebrate, Festivals are part of their culture. You can enjoy the best of the festival fun during Semana Santa and also from Sept to Oct.

– The popular Carnevale is held from February to March.

– During May there are two main events to mark in your diary 2 May, The Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and 15 May, Fiestas de San Isidro.

– The bullfighting season starts in February, Madrid hosts the world’s largest bullfighting ring.

Barcelona: vibrant metropolis
An increasingly popular destination, Barcelona’s modern face is fashionable and vibrant but still holds the Spanish traditional spirit. Parts of the city are haunted by the spirit of the eccentric genius Gaudi who fantastic architecture dazzles the imagination.

Transport: how to get there and around
Barcelona’s international airport is located only 7.5 miles out of town. It is also possible to travel internationally to Barcelona by train. If coming from Italy or the Balearic Island another options is the ferry.

The town is pedestrian friendly which helps when exploring the sights on foot. If you want a faster way to get around, the metro is an easy option.

Weather
Summer temperatures can reach a simmering 34 C. The most pleasant weather is between May and July. When October comes around it starts to cool off with a little rain.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays
The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of hotels in Barcelona.

Attractions & Events
With 15 official holiday days annually, Barcelona likes to celebrate.

– There are 10 days of fancy dress and dancing parades during Carnaval in Feburary-March.

– Catalunya’s patron saint, Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd April.

– For dancing, music and theatre don’t miss Festival del Grec, from June to August.

– For something a little different, Festes de la Merce, has a swimming race and a fire race on the 24 September.