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How to Know About Tapas And Madrid

If you think about Simple spanish foods, certainly the term Tapas comes to your mind. On the other hand, despite the fact that lots of people have heard about Tapas, and they are available in almost all Spanish public bars, it isn’t usually visible where to find them, how to get them, and what to ask for. The causes for this are numerous, which includes the fact that the idea of Tapas not often can make an appearance on almost any menu or billboard, and the fact that countless public bars and dining establishments do not follow the genuine tradition of Tapas.

In order to determine what exactly Tapas are, it will be an aid to comprehend where the term Tapas proceeds from (at least the most often accepted version). It is in fact a Spanish verb (tapar), this means, “to cover”. So, a Tapa was a snack (usually free) that was put on top of a beverage “to cover” it from flies, bugs, and dirt.

There are lots of public bars in Madrid which continue to present Tapas with a cup of wine or ale (called “cana”), although it isn’t the traditional process anymore. These days, when you go out for some Tapas, you’re really (more often than not) ordering a dish of meal called a racion. It is usually something which is shared among the group of folks, or maybe a canape, that is something on a modest piece of loaf. In numerous public bars, you can find “bocadillos” or “bocatas”, they are sandwiches made with a loaf roll or baguette. In order to enjoy the supreme tapas experience, we can completely suggest this Tapas Parade for at least three friends or over.

The good news about all these contemporary Tapas is the fact that they offer the consumer with a extensive selection of meals, that means you may taste several Spanish delicacies most at the same time. And don’t get worried too much if you cannot comprehend the food selection – it is getting progressively popular for bars to put out there a few of their merchandise for the client to view. Doing this, you will see precisely what is what, without having to ask for an explanation.

Come to Madrid and try Tapas!!

How to Plan a Round the World Trip

Going on a round-the-world (RTW) tour is something that each and every traveling enthusiast aspires of doing some day or the other. Circumnavigating the earth in one go is a truly fascinating experience and gives the traveler a sense of achievement and pride. The very feeling of having seen and experienced the moods and fancies of the world is immensely satisfying and then, one can proudly tell people that he/she has “seen the world”. However, planning such a long trip can seem exciting and overwhelming, both at the same time. While on one side, the traveler feels an adrenaline rush, he/she may also be confused about the manner in which the trip should be planned, and what all might go into the planning process. While you are excited about your upcoming RTW trip, we, at Buzzle, have compiled a set of some important tips, which will help plan your tour appropriately.

Planning a World Tour
As amazing an experience it can be, planning a RTW trip, owing to the fact that it involves a large number of places in different countries and continents, can be an extremely tedious, and at times, a confusing process. While people rarely embark on such journeys on their own, it is more advisable to hire an experienced and a reputed tour operator who can help you out, especially with your visa and entry requirements. Here’s how you can go about planning your tour.

Booking Air Tickets

► A RTW tour is obviously going to be more expensive than a trip to a particular country or region. Owing to this, it is very important that you start thinking of saving money right from the very first stage of booking airline tickets.
► While your tour operator will be able to give the best possible deals, the real catch will be when you intend to travel independently. Your best resource then would be the Internet; however, asking people who have been on a world tour in the past (if you know any) is a great idea.

► Even while booking tickets on the Internet, do it via reputed websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, and so on. Do not get too excited if you think you have found a cheap deal on one website. Compare prices with other websites, and only then choose the deal which best suits your needs.
Note: Do not forget to check for any sort of hidden costs/surcharges/extra taxes. These might later cost you a hefty sum of money.
► Many airlines around the world have alliances that offer round-the-world tour tickets at cheaper prices. This is, by far, the most economical way to take the world tour, wherein you purchase only one RTW ticket and travel by a single airline alliance. For instance, the Star Alliance involves 27 different airlines throughout the world, which fly to 185 countries and about 1185 airports. So, if you book with Star Alliance, your RTW ticket will come with a maximum of 15 stops.
Note: While booking with an airline alliance is the most economical way to travel around the world, there are certain rules that you will need to follow. For one, you will have to start and end your trip in the same country. Moreover, you will have to follow only one global direction (east to west or vice versa); if you happen to change the direction in the middle of your trip, your ticket will be automatically canceled. Also, all your flights must be booked well before the day of departure.

Duration of the Trip
► It really depends on you as to how long you intend to stretch your trip. It is always better to have a little flexibility with regards to your tour’s overall duration, considering things such as flight delays/cancellations, natural calamities, etc.
► Ideally, the total validity of your RTW ticket lasts from ten days to one year. So, depending on the time at your disposal, you can either rush through your itinerary or take your own sweet time to explore each and every destination.

Note: It is always better to discuss this aspect with your tour operator who will be able to design a feasible itinerary for you, in accordance to the amount of time you may have.
When to Go
► Your main consideration while planning a world tour should be the weather. Now again, because you will be traveling all around the world, you will be experiencing a different weather everywhere―favorable somewhere and unfavorable somewhere else. Don’t get confused by the situation.

► Figure out what you want to be the highlight of your trip. For instance, if you are interested more in snorkeling in Western Australia, see to it that you are there between the months of April and July, which are considered to be most favorable for the activity you are looking forward to. Similarly, if trekking the Himalayas interests you, ensure that you do not land up in India/Nepal during the monsoons.
Note: Narrowing down the list of your interests and then planning when to go will take you to your favored location(s) at the right time; however, you might also land on the other locations during the off-season. This can sometimes be a blessing in disguise as you might reap unexpected benefits in the off-season. For instance, you will be able to avoid large crowds of tourists, get cheaper hotel deals, and so on.
Planning an Itinerary

► While budget is a major issue while planning the overall RTW trip, it becomes more prominent when it comes to planning your itinerary. The reason for this is simple―the more elaborate your itinerary is, the more pricey your trip will be.
► If you are traveling on a tight budget, you can buy a basic RTW ticket, which will also be among the cheapest ones. It will include limited stops at a few big cities of the world, such as London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney, Beijing, etc. But then, your trip will be limited only to the cosmopolitan areas of different countries, and there won’t be any time to get the “real feel” of the world.
► If budget is not much of a constraint, you can add more destinations to your itinerary according to your choice; however, this will make the prices climb to a considerable extent.

Note: It is important to note that flying from point to point, even within the same country, will tilt your budget on the expensive side. So, consider traveling overland and by public transport, wherever possible.
► Again, if you are a budget traveler, plan your itinerary such that you can spend more time in countries which are relatively cheaper. For instance, consider spending more time in Southeast Asia, which is much less expensive than North America or Western Europe.
Note: Consult your tour operator regarding your total budget and your favored itinerary. He/she will be able to pick appropriately from the list of your favored destinations, according to your overall budget.
Where to Stay
► If you are traveling with a tour operator (and book an all-inclusive tour), your accommodation will be a part of your travel package, and therefore, will be automatically taken care of.
► If you are traveling independently, you will have to book your own accommodations. Ensure that you book well in advance.

► Travelers for whom budget is not an issue may book wherever they want. In fact, it will be a good idea to try out something new, like staying in a B&B instead of a hotel, etc. While this may or may not save money, it will be a nice, different experience.
► For people traveling on a fixed budget, there are a number of cheap accommodation options available in different parts of the world. They range from hostels, to guest houses, to motels, and so on.
► If you are arriving at some place in an off-season, the hotel rates will be low. Check with some good hotels, and you may actually end up enjoying lavish amenities at a cheaper rates.
► If certain off-beat locations are on your itinerary and you intend to spend a night there, there might not be many accommodation options available. In such cases, you may have to pay extravagant prices for really low-grade accommodations, especially in the absence of any other choice.
Note: No matter where you stay, do not ignore the safety aspect. The country and the place might be completely new for you, so inquire properly before you book an accommodation.
Packing Tips
► Travel as light as possible. Take only those items which are absolutely necessary and which you cannot do without. Leave out all the other unnecessary items, especially those which are available all across the world.

► Take all your necessary medicines, along with your doctor’s prescription. Also, carry documented proof of all the immunization shots you take before embarking on your journey.

► Do not unnecessarily carry more clothes, as you will be already carrying warm clothes, rainy gear, etc., which will add to the total volume of your luggage. Use laundry facilities wherever possible.

► Carry an extra pair of shoes, travel-sized toiletry bottles, mosquito repellents (depending on your itinerary), and so on.

► Carry all your travel documents including passports, visas, travel insurance papers, International Driving Permit, and so on. It is a good idea to keep the photocopies of these documents with you as well.

Cruising the World
Instead of an air travel, you can also opt for cruising around the world. While cruises are becoming popular ways of touring the world, you will then be able to take stops at some of the world’s major and most beautiful ports. The point to consider, however, is that because sailing is slower than flying, round-the-world cruises often take more time to reach from one port to the other. Nevertheless, if you love sailing and are ready to spend more time on sea, cruise around the world, and you’ll never forget the experience!
So, embark on a journey to circumnavigate the world, and make your dream come true!

Adventure Trip Plan to the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is the second longest river in the world after Nile, and its basin, which is also a marvel in itself, spans across eight countries. These include Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname, apart from the little overseas territory of France, viz., French Guiana. The Amazon rainforest, also known as the Amazon Jungle, covers most of the area occupied by the Amazon Basin in South America, and is undeniably the largest forest on our planet. It is a dense, moist, broadleaved jungle that supports such an unparalleled and varied ecosystem and offers such countless possibilities that at times, it almost seems like a fantastical dream―a folkloric region that boasts of near mythical inhabitants and happenings. But what really holds an element of mystique is the river itself; the majestic Amazon keeps on displaying its power and might from time to time.

Welcome to the Jungle!

The Amazon rainforest, as mentioned before, is the region of countless possibilities. It has so much to offer to the adventure-seekers that there comes a point when the forest expanse just starts seeming endless; you might stumble upon something new and exciting with every single step that you may take in Amazon’s wilderness. And this is precisely what makes the rainforest one of the most sought-after destinations of adventure enthusiasts―whether it is individual/group adventure or family fun, the Amazon Jungle is a treasure trove of ample opportunities for everyone.

Best Time to Travel
◆ In general, the Amazon rainforest experiences rainy season between November (or December) to about June.

◆ This is the time when the water level in the Amazon river rises, and the low-lying areas along its banks tend to get flooded. But owing to the risen water levels, many of the smaller channels along the basin actually become accessible at this time.

◆ This is best time for river cruising/kayaking adventures.

◆ On the other hand, between the months of July to December, the forest experiences dry season.

◆ This is the time when the water levels start receding with the rise in temperature. As the water recedes, a number of submerged beaches and trails get uncovered, thus, adding more exciting possibilities for adventures.

◆ For people who wish to indulge in activities such as fishing, hiking, and watching wildlife and birds, the dry season is the best time to travel.

Basic Factors to Consider
◆ The very first factor to take into consideration while planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is whether you want to hire a tour operator or travel on your own.

◆ While traveling independently is possible, it often comes with its own set of complications. However, if you have a lot of time at your disposal, this option might suit you.

◆ If you opt to travel on your own, you will need to conduct thorough and adequate research, and make all your bookings―transport and accommodations―well in advance, and confirm them again before embarking on your journey.

◆ On the other hand, if you have limited time at your disposal and/or are planning your Amazon adventure for the first time, it is recommended that you hire a reputed tour operator who can take care of all the details of your trip and help you manage your budget.

◆ Independent travelers, even those who have been to the Amazon rainforest before, need to note that in most cases, you will feel the need to hire local tour operators, who will be able to help you with inland transfers and other basic facilities such as food and drink.

◆ The most important thing to consider is that you will need to have a local guide with you, especially if you intend to visit certain remote areas in the forest. A local guide who is well-versed with Spanish as well as the indigenous language of the region may be provided to you by your local tour operator.

◆ It should also be remembered that the Amazon region is prone to torrential rains that occur in the region almost every day. Owing to this, problems such as delayed flights and people missing the connecting flights are quite common there.

◆ Therefore, while booking your tickets, ensure that you do not miss out on this point. See to it that there is enough interval of time between the two flights you are going to take.

◆ Independent travelers must keep in mind that booking online will give them plenty of opportunities to avail discounted offers and other benefits, especially if they are booking well ahead. So, look for them and compare prices before making the final payment.

◆ Apart from the ones mentioned above, the most important factor to be considered is your overall budget. If you choose to go on a lavish, luxury trip to the Amazon rainforest, it would mean traveling by domestic flights/private cars, staying in upscale lodges/camps, eating grand lunches and dinners, and enjoying state-of-the-art facilities. However, such a trip will perhaps cut you off from the local culture and keep you from enjoying the reality of life in the Amazon.

◆ Budget travel to the region will mean that you will probably get very basic amenities like windowless chalets, public transport, and mediocre lunches and dinners.

◆ The best way to balance your budget in the Amazon region is to choose a good package deal that will include―apart from lodging―food, excursions, and other necessary facilities.
The Easiest Routes
◆ The Amazon rainforest can be best accessed through four countries, viz., Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

◆ If you wish to get into the rainforest from Brazil, the easiest and fastest route is from Manaus―the largest city of the Amazonas state in northern part of the country. You will find a good number of tour operators in Manaus, catering to all kinds of budgets.

◆ From Peru, the easiest way to access the Amazon rainforest is via the city of Iquitos in the Loreto Region of the country. Almost all the excursions to the Peruvian Amazon start from Iquitos. However, it should be noted that Iquitos can only be accessed from the rest of the country by air and water.

◆ The Ecuadorian Amazon can be accessed by means of flights and buses from various places in the country. The easiest option is to charter a small plane from the Ecuadorian capital city, Quito, or from Guayaquil, the country’s largest city. You can land on one of the regional airports on the edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon, such as that of Shell Mera. Road travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon is possible―the most common route is from Baños in central Ecuador to Puyo on the western edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon. However, it should be noted that the road journeys in this region may be dangerous owing to its rainy weather and hazards posed by landslides.

◆ The major hub for excursions into the Colombian Amazon is the country’s southernmost city, Leticia. It is surrounded by numerous paths that lead right into the Amazon rainforest, and one can take a bus or rent a car from the city. Several river cruises to the jungle can also be booked from Leticia, which take tourists to seemingly forbidden places of the Colombian Amazon, thus, making them a unique experience.

Duration of Stay
◆ Irrespective of the country through which you opt to enter the Amazon, a week is generally regarded as a good amount of time to spend in the region and enjoy it satisfactorily.

◆ Out of the week’s seven days, a maximum of two to three days are usually required for travel and transfers. This leaves out four to five days for indulging in activities and excursions, which tend to be just enough.

◆ Those who have a longer duration of time at their disposal can explore different regions of the Amazon, rather than sticking to one particular area. This will not only enable them to discover more of Amazon, but will also increase their opportunities to indulge in various adventures.

What to Expect
◆ There are a few common activities which virtually every visitor to the Amazon indulges in. These include hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, bird watching, camping in the wilderness at night, and fishing. Most of these activities are often included in the tour; however, confirming the same is always a good idea.

◆ If you enter from the Brazilian side, you get a very typical, textbook-type glimpse of the Amazon rainforest, but only at the surface level. If you are interested in wildlife, Brazilian Amazon may be disappointing for you. There has been large-scale deforestation in the area of late, owing to which the wildlife therein has been dwindling. However, you can indulge in adventures such as river cruising, kayaking, sport fishing, and tree climbing.

◆ Brazilian Amazon is known for the various indigenous communities that reside there, and travelers to the region get enough opportunities to visit them and interact with them.

◆ If wildlife interests you more, opt to enter the jungle either from Peru or from Ecuador. There are great spots in these areas for bird watchers and lepidopterists, and of course for wild animals like jaguars, spectacled bears, and rare species of monkeys.

◆ Those wanting to experience the best of both worlds should choose to travel from the Colombian side. Colombian Amazon boasts of both, indigenous settlements as well as great flora and fauna.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Amazon rainforest and experience the adventure of your lifetime. Only remember to respect the sanctity of the jungle and the privacy of the species in there. Moreover, as far as possible, avoid going in the wilderness without a local guide. Lastly, travel as light as possible, but remember to carry all the essentials including insect repellents, sunscreens, and antiseptic hand gels.

Tips on Planning a Vacation to Scotland

A part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. Comprising over 790 odd islands, apart from the mainland, Scotland is bordered by England to the south and by the Atlantic Ocean on the remaining three sides. It is a small country―or so to say―however, it has countless things to offer to its visitors. In fact, the famous saying, “good things come in small packages”, seems to hold true in case of Scotland. The country’s compact territory seems to be filled with immense bounties―something or the other to suit everyone’s preference and liking. Be it a history buff, a wildlife enthusiast, a foodie, a beach lover, or merely a sightseer, Scotland never seems to disappoint anybody.

Planning a Scottish Vacation

One can spend a fulfilling vacation in Scotland merely by exploring the country’s timeless landscapes; however, there are plenty of other things worth doing once here. However, considering the fact that a vacation to Scotland can be expensive, it is vital you plan your visit thoroughly so that you can ensure a hassle-free holiday. Buzzle brings to you a few tips to plan your vacation to the land of whiskey and bagpipes.

Best Time to Visit

◼ The peak tourist season in Scotland is between the months of June and August. In fact, August is the festive month in Scotland, owing to which, the tourist hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow are impossibly crowded. Plus, the months of July and August comprise the British school holiday season, which means that during these two months, there is a huge influx of British tourists as well.

◼ During the peak season, airfares and accommodation prices are at their premium. Moreover, most of the hotels are full and attractions flooded.

◼ If you plan to during the peak season, make sure that you book well in advance before embarking on your journey.

Tip: Browse through some reputed travel websites, compare prices (airfares as well as accommodation rates), be assured about the facilities, look carefully for hidden costs, and only then crack a deal. If you are not sure enough, it is best to consult a reputed travel agent.

◼ The months of April, May, September, and October form Scotland’s shoulder season. Though the weather during this time is relatively favorable, it is not as good as in the peak season.

◼ Relatively fewer tourists visit during this time, and services and hours of operation tend to become irregular. Owing to the decreased tourist influx in the shoulder season, it may be possible to secure some really good bargains on airfares and accommodations; however, it is advisable to double-check them before leaving home.

Tip: Watch out for last-minute deals if you are planning to visit in the shoulder season. You might indeed land up with some really good discounts and bargains.

◼ For those planning to visit on a tight budget and those wanting to escape heavy crowds, the period between October and early April, that comprises the off-season in Scotland, is ideal.

◼ There is no doubt that the Scottish weather is a little unfavorable during this time―it is wet outside, the days get shorter, it is also freezing cold―however, hotels and airlines slash their prices heavily. You could actually end up paying half (or even less) as compared to the peak season.

◼ Moreover, off-season travelers also have an added incentive―the crowds are sparse and hence, you can enjoy most of the attractions for yourself, and at your own pace.

Tip: Some accommodation facilities, like B&Bs, completely shut down during the off-season (except during Christmas and New Year). So, while booking your lodgings in the off-season, check whether they will remain open, before making payments.

What are the Entry Requirements

◼ Tourists from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa do not require to visa to travel to Scotland. However, they should have a passport, valid for a minimum of two months from the date of their journey.

◼ Moreover, the citizens of the British Overseas Territories, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, and Liechtenstein also do not need a visa to enter Scotland (the passport norms are the same as mentioned above).

Note: Citizens of all the countries mentioned above can stay in Scotland (and the UK) without a visa for a maximum duration of six months.

◼ If you are a citizen of the other countries of the UK―England, Northern Ireland, and Wales―you will not require even a passport to get into Scotland.

◼ Nationals of most other countries, especially those outside Europe, require a valid visa, which can be obtained from their nearest British embassy.

Tip: Consult you nearest British embassy to inquire about the need for a visa, and the application procedure for the same. Make sure that you have your visa in hand before departing, failing which, you might not be allowed to enter the UK.

Money Matters

◼ As mentioned before, Scotland is an expensive country, especially for those traveling from outside Europe. Everything from accommodation to food to transport is pricey.

◼ While in Scotland, the lion’s share of your overall budget will be spent on accommodation. Even if you are a backpacker, traveling on a meager budget and staying in a cheap hostel and cooking your own food, you will easily be shelling about £25 to £30 per day (USD 40-55) , apart from whatever you spend on transport.

◼ On the rather affordable side are the family rooms, which most mid-range hotels, guest houses, and B&Bs offer. You get a double bed (or two singles) and an extra folding bed in your room, and opting for such a lodging may help you save some bucks.

◼ While Scottish food features some flavorful dishes, eating out in a mid-range restaurant may cost you around £20 to £35 (USD 40-55) per day, which is again, expensive by non-European standards.

Tip: To obtain a good deal on lodging and food, opt to stay in a B&B. Most B&Bs offer fresh, homemade food (breakfast and meals) at pretty affordable prices, which are often included in your lodging rates.

◼ Public transport in Scotland has good frequency and is well-connected. While it tends to be pricier, as compared to other European countries, buses seem to be cheapest way to get around. But, it should be noted that buses in Scotland are also very slow.

◼ Trains are also a good way to commute around the country, but again, the ticket prices tend to tilt towards the expensive side. However, a number of discount passes are available, thus, making the overall train fares more competitive.

◼ Those who wish to travel at their own pace can choose to hire private cars. Private car rentals are very expensive in Scotland, with local companies like Arnold Clark, starting at around £110 (USD 180) a week for a small car.

◼ While Scottish roads are good to drive and less busy than those in England, it is more advisable to take a driver along, specially if you plan to venture off the beaten path. However, the price of a rented car with a driver will elevate even further.

Tip: If you want to rent a car in Scotland, it is a good idea to book one before arriving in the country. Advance bookings help save considerably on car rentals, and even on public transport, like buses.

◼ Most attractions in Scotland charge an admission fee, which is often a big amount by non-European standards. However, it is important to mention that there many attractions (museums, cathedrals, etc.), which can also be visited for free.

◼ Families, toddlers, students, and seniors are often offered good discounts at popular attractions (and also on public transport). Watch out for these, and see if you can avail any of them.

Tip: Major Scottish cities, such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow, are more expensive than other smaller places. If you are on a budget (or even otherwise), it is a good idea to stay on the outskirts of the main Scottish cities to save money. However, do not stay too far off, else you will end up spending more on transport.

◼ If you like shopping, you may happily go for purchasing memorabilia and souvenirs from Scotland, but let us inform you that similar items may also be available outside the country, and at cheaper prices.

◼ Scotland is famous for the ‘Scotch whiskey’; however, it is more expensive in the country than the rest of the world.

Tip: You may shop in Scotland for minor items; however, do watch your wallet while doing so. Do not get carried away by excellent displays in the shops; they may completely destroy your budget.

Planning the Itinerary

In the clockwise direction, starting from top―Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh; Edinburgh Castle; Ben Nevis Mountain; Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands; Glasgow City Chambers.

◼ Though Scotland is a small country, it can be difficult to see all its attractions in a single visit; in fact, there might be numerous constraints in doing so. Scotland offers something or the other for every kind of visitor.

◼ Your Scottish itinerary will largely depend on three important things viz., the duration of your stay, your overall budget, and your interest(s).

◼ If you plan to travel independently, make sure research well about popular Scottish spots, and their distance from one another, before including them into your itinerary.

Tip: If you are not sure as to how to go about planning an itinerary, consult a tour operator. He/she will not only guide you in your endeavor, but will also help you plan a feasible and practical itinerary.

Other Important Tips

◼ Before departure, make sure that you are aware of all the immunization shots required. For information on the vaccinations required before traveling to Scotland, visit CDC’s official website. Carry a documented proof of all your vaccinations.

◼ It is also vital to buy an appropriate travel insurance before going to Scotland. Apart from health-related contingencies, it should also cover situations such as loss of baggage, cancellation of journey, etc. Ensure that you carry the insurance papers with you; you may have to produce them in case of an emergency.

◼ Carry enough warm clothes and rainy gear with you. All these things are very expensive in Scotland, and may really bust your budget.

◼ Safety-wise, Scotland is one of the safest countries; however, violent crimes have been an issue in certain inner areas. It is worth mentioning that such instances do not involve tourists, yet, it is better to be careful and follow some general safety rules.

◼ Petty crimes do happen in Scotland; however, to a much lesser extent than the rest of Europe. Do not stroll/drive alone at night, do not keep you belongings unattended, beware of pickpockets, and be vigilant, particularly in crowded areas.

◼ If you are going to western Scotland, midges are a big problem, especially from May to September. Midges are small, mosquito-like insects that bite. It is advised to carry a strong insect repellent, in order to deter them.

◼ Drinking tap water is safe in Scotland, and also free. Do not buy packaged water in the country; it is unnecessary and can be expensive.

So, get going to the land of the Scots, but remember to respect the local customs and etiquette. The Scots are very serious about their etiquette, and you might invite some real trouble by ignoring or disrespecting the same.

Ways to Booking Cheap Flights For Holidays

Holidays are the busiest seasons for flight companies and travel agencies because many people are trying to secure flights to their favorite destinations before the planes get full. It is also the time that there are requests for last minute bookings that might result in a lot of delays and last minute bookings as well which are always more expensive because of the time in which they are booked.

In case you are planning to travel for holidays within the year and you want to travel without any hassle at the time of your holiday travel you need to plan early. Planning early allows you to be able to buy tickets that are affordable for you and your family that will leave you some money to enjoy at the holiday destination. When you buy air tickets early you have plenty of airlines and packages to compare from so that you are able to choose the one that fits your budget and gives you enough time to plan around the holiday trip.

Travelling as a group to a holiday destinations allows you to enjoy group fares to your destination only if you make your bookings early. It is harder to get group fares near the day of departure because many passengers are looking to pay any amount of fare to be able to reach their destination within the holiday period. You can make plans with friends and family to travel together to the same destination or near the same place so that you can enjoy these discounts as well.

Late night or early morning flights are usually cheaper flights because of the inconvenience that the passengers have to go through to be able to make it for the flight. If you are looking to book even cheaper flights then these late or early flights are the best to book as early as possible.

Booking cheap flights packages is also another option if you are looking to enjoy discounts on cheap flights. These packages usually include hotel accommodation; flight fare as well as car hire and because of these services combined which usually reduce the overall flight fare. This is a great advantage to people travelling for holiday because this type of package encompasses the services that most people would need when on holiday.

Lastly, booking cheap flights is possible for holidays especially if they are booked in advance before the holiday season.

 

Best Affordable Holiday Destinations in Europe

Before you start off on your quest to find the best travel deals online, have a squizz through this article for some European destination inspiration.

Portugal

Some of the very best sand and pebble beaches with clear, light blue waters can be found in Portugal. This stunning European country lies on the Atlantic Ocean and is a super holiday destination for holidaymakers from all over the world. Not only is it a popular country for lovers of all things sand and sea, there are beautiful cities to explore as well such as Porto with its lively cafe culture and beautiful Roman relics, as well as Lisbon with its Oceanarium, Berardo Museum, Belem Tower and the Design and Fashion Museum. The Funchal Coast as well as the Algarve is other gorgeous Portuguese destinations to explore.

Turkey

The cities of Ismir, Ankara, Bodrum, Antalya and Istanbul in Turkey have long been popular tourist destinations for travellers from all over the globe. The city of Istanbul is widely known for its cultural allure, traditional markets and festivals. Tourists can indulge in the stunning history by paying the Topkapi Palace a visit. The Chora Museum, the Blue Mosque as well as the Hippodrome and the Beylerbeyi Palace are among the many other attractions also worth a visit. The Grand Bazaar and spice market are favourite among the locals as well as international visitors where you can put your bartering skills to the test. The three different seas that Turkey is blessed with offer incredible water sport opportunities while mountain climbing and trekking are some of the many other great activities to indulge in.

Cyprus

On the very edge of Europe you will find the island of Cyprus with its interesting melting pot of European as well as Asian cultures. The Gothic castles of Kantara as well as Buffavento are popular tourist sites and Paphos features beautiful Greek artifacts. The Cyprian capital of Nicosia is the largest city on the island and offers a plethora of attractions. Nicosia nightlife is second to none with its many night clubs and restaurants. Larnaca, a historical city, is the second largest city in Cyprus and is home to the Fort and harbour of Larnaca as well as the ruins of ancient Kittim. It is well-known for its bustling nightlife and its archeology, featuring remains of a 6.000 year old civilisation. On the eastern side of Cyprus you can find beautiful unspoilt beaches and secret coves. The Troodos Mountains offer great hiking trails and incredible vistas.

Spain

Spain is blessed with an incredibly rich and unique history and culture. There are traces of Arabian, Christian and Roman eras to be found everywhere. Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are breathtaking cosmopolitan cities, perfect for cultural city breaks. Barcelona is brimming with beautiful architecture, the most famous example being the Sagrada Familia, designed by Antonio Gaudi. Another major attraction for local as well as international visitors is Barcelona’s cafes, nightclubs and shopping malls. Madrid, Spain’s capital city is the home of the beautiful Royal Palace, the largest in Western Europe, and the Madrid Cathedral, the city’s largest church. Recommend museums to visit are the Pardo Museum and the Goyal Museum. Other worthwhile attractions to visit in Spain are the Roman Theatre in Malaga, the Alcazaba Fort as well as the Alhambra Palace.

Greece

Millions of visitors flock to Greece’s romantic coastline each and every year. Popular islands such as Santorini, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu are among travellers favourites. The Greek coastal resorts offer accommodation options for all budgets, featuring adventure breaks, relaxing family holidays and everything in between. The sheltered bays are perfect for canoeing and kayaking, while the soft, sandy beaches with crystal clear water make the perfect place for swimmers and lovers of snorkelling. Little Venice, located in the stunning green mountains, is an area where small winding paths lead to little hideaways. Of course a visit to Greece is not complete without exploring Athens and its world famous Parthenon and Acropolis, and add Thessaloniki to your list of must-visit places as well. The birth place of the Olympic Games – Olympia, as well as Knossos and Apollo are other Greek destinations that just beg to be explored.