Travel Tips To European Countries: Italy

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About the county

Italy, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isn’t crowded much and things can be enjoyed in leisure. Incase of emergency call 112. For fire call 115 and for ambulance call 118.eaters-collective-132772-unsplash

Culture

Italian is widely spoken and is the official language. English isn’t very familiar to the locals. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. There is a great impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here. There is a high content of chlorine in tap waters, so bottled water is recommended for staying fit during the trip. Since Italian is spoken on a wide scale, it is highly recommended to learn few common Italian phrases which can be of great use. Social gatherings call for formal wear, but one can dress in casuals otherwise. At some religious places, sleeveless shirt and shorts are frowned upon. So they are better avoided. Purses and wallets should be well guarded and in case of any theft, police should be informed about the incident.

Site Seeing

The first thing to check out is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. At places like museums and art galleries, photography, especially flash photography is restricted. Check out the ticket counter for more information. Italy should be majorly discovered on foot for a thorough viewing of all the beautiful buildings and monuments. Coaches and trains are a good option to get to a tourist spot.

Shopping

Shops here are open from 9am to 8pm, closed for lunch. Quality of goods is great although the prices are very less. Items like crystals, lacework, leather good, and jewelry can be bought at the stores. Remember to hold on to the receipt. Tipping of 10% is customary along with the service tax levied on the bill. Italy is famous for top designers of the world, so do buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe. Cruises have formal gatherings in the evening, so ensure to buy a cocktail dress or some formal wear, though casuals can be worn at other times.

Electricity

The voltage used is 220 volts and 50 Hz frequency.

Getting there

Alitalia is the national airline of Italy. Many other flights connect to Italy from USA, Canada and Australia and there is big competition to attract passengers giving a wide range of offers to travelers. Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport. Trains connect directly to Termini Station from where one can take taxi to get to their destination. Duty free shops, bank, car hire and restaurants are the other services provided at this airport. Milan has another famous airport here, which is at a distance of 45km away from the city.

Brindisi, Ancona, Naples and Venice are the major seaports of Italy. Italian State Railways connects many European cities. But, Eurostar provides the fastest train service.

If choosing to drive, don’t forget to carry international driving license and international insurance certificate. Roads connect Italy to France, Austria and Switzerland. Many coach services are provided from the neighboring countries.

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Travel Tips To European Countries: France

Travel Tips to European Countries: France

About the city

The crowd is attracted to sparkling ski slopes of the Alps, sunlit vineyards and sun-baked beaches of this beautiful country. France is a country which draws more tourists than any other country. It is easy to see why this is the case given France’s great reputation for fine wines, good food, high fashion and relaxed lifestyle. But while France is undoubtedly a place to eat and drink, there’s much more to this fascinating country than only cutting-edge cuisines.

Spring is the best time to be here, and those interested in winter sports can drop at the Alps and Pyrenees with some polar gear. The summers are very hot and winters are moderate. An all-weather coat and pair of comfortable shoes are a must. Women, especially, should carry cocktail dresses as some of the restaurants ask for it. When visiting any religious site, refrain from wearing sleeveless shirt and shorts, as they are disliked at such places.

Culture

English is widely spoken here, although French is the official language. Handshaking is
customary greeting and women should be kissed on both cheeks and should be addressed
as Monsieur or Madame. French people are popularly known for their like for stylish sportswear
and of course perfumes. Nudism is allowed on some beaches only. Social functions, fine
restaurants, and clubs call for more formal dressing. When at a formal dinner, wait till the host
gestures to start the dinner. Smoking is banned in public places.

Site Seeing

Paris, the city of love, is a massive city with many attractions in reachable distance thanks to the
highly efficient public transport system. It boasts of more than 80 museums and 200 arts
galleries. A trip to Disney land and the magnificent Eiffel tower will make the trip worthwhile.
The attractive tourists spots are the Arc de triomphe which spans over the tomb of an
unknown soldier, the forbidding gothic architecture of the Notre Dame cathedral, the picturesque
Sacre Coeur, to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Moulin Rouge and boat tours along the
Seine. Get the Carte Musees-Monuments pass, which gives access to 70 monuments and
museums.

Shopping

Although service tax is included in the bill, a humble tip won’t cost much. An extra dollar can be given as tip to the waiter. A tip of $2 can be left for the bus drivers.
Electricity

220-volt, 50-cycle AC current.
Getting There

The national airline that operates here is Air France. Many low-cost airlines, too, provide services from UK. Paris-Charles de Gaulle also known as Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is the major airport of France, which is 23km away from the city. Coaches, taxis, limousines services are provided at the airport. The railway facility provided by the airport, claims to reach all the terminals within eight minutes. These trains run 24 hours. The other airports that offer flight services are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse.

Ferry and cruise trips can be made from ports such as Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean, and Havre.

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 1liter of spirits over 22 per cent or 2liter of alcoholic beverage up to 22 per cent
3. 2liter of wine
4. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
5. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract
6. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract

Food and agricultural products should be avoided.

SUCCESS

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Someone once told me that I’m solely responsible for my success and failure. There are people who are born in horrible conditions but, they never stop believing in themselves. When things are not how we want them to be, we tend to blame others for the reason we aren’t where we desire to be.  If you want to go somewhere in life friends, you’ve got to stop blaming others. For I have learned that “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Tony Robbins

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Wondering what to do after HIGH SCHOOL?

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Are you wondering what to do after high school? What to major in? Are you having difficulties deciding or do you even have a clue? I am here to tell you that it’s OK. The majority of us don’t have a clue. You might feel the urge to try something different. It is very common for seniors to transition from high school straight to college but, do you really want to be just like everyone else?
Have you ever considered a non-traditional post-graduation path? Research has shown that students who take a gap year after high school has a better sense of what they want to do in life.
Let’s look at some things to do if you are not sure about the future.
1. Go Abroad
Travelling is a wonderful way to discover the world, learn a new language and experience a new culture. It is a great way to find your passion, learn so much about yourself and what you want in life. Travelling will give you the opportunity to see the world you have spent so much time learning about in school. Instead of reading about Paris in a textbook, why not go see it for yourself? And if you do decide to travel, check out this wonderful program at https://castleworldtravel.com. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
2. Save Money
College can get very expensive. Getting a job and saving before going to college is not a bad idea. Look around and see if any local shops are hiring. If you like kids, why not ask around and see if anyone in your area is looking for a babysitter. If you like mowing, why not mow your neighbor’s lawn? These kind of jobs are not glamorous, but they can teach you so much about managing your finances. A great skill worth having. “The habit of saving is itself an education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought, and so broadens the mind.”— T.T. Munger
3. Volunteer
Do you have a favorite charity? Taking time after high school to really dedicate yourself to a cause as you figure out what you want to do in life could be a wonderful thing. Of course you should carefully evaluate your options. There are plenty of wonderful organizations out there doing great things. Make sure to do your research. Pick something that you are passionate about. Are you interested in helping the poor? Are you concern about our environment? When you spend time with people that are knowledgeable about something you are passionate about, you will have a better understanding about your future. “Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS”! – Unknown
4. Intern Abroad
There are many organizations that offer short-term internships in countries around the world. Especially in countries that are in need of help. Are you all about hands-on experience? You should intern abroad. When you participate in an internship abroad organization, you will have a clearer vision about the career path you want to take. “As organizations, we have to find ways to create more opportunities, especially for our young people. A lot of corporations, they have to make opportunities for young people – create internships, for example, even if it’s only half-time”. Dolores Huerta

5. Learn a Trade
I understand that not everyone likes school. Yes, college is not for everyone. What most people fail to understand is that college is not the only place to get a higher education. If you are someone who has no interest in going to college, have you ever considered going to a trade and vocational school? You will learn a valuable trade, save money, and time. There are dozens of fields of study. Make sure to do your research and pick the school that is right for you. “ The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.” Henry Ford

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TIPS FOR PACKING LIKE A PRO

Most of us love travelling, but when it comes to packing very few people would say they actually enjoy it. For some people, it can cause so much stress and anxiety. It so hard to know what to take and how to make it fit in a small carry on. Stay tune, for some great tips on how to pack like a professional. Hopefully these tips will help you get rid of stress and anxiety.
1. CARRY ON SUITCASE ONLY
There are a lot of advantages of only bringing a carry on suitcase. You save MONEY! You don’t have to worry about waiting for a second bag. You can easily move from one flight to the next. Keep in mind when buying a carry on suitcase, you should get the 22-inch option because anything bigger than that has to be checked. Below is a list of some sturdy carry on suitcases. Very good quality!

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2. TOTE BAG
Your tote bag is very important. It should be big enough to carry your toiletry bag, laptop, and your tech bag. You can also put your liquids in that bag that way you don’t have to get anything out of your carry on while going through security. In addition, you should get a belt bag. In this bag, place your ID, money and other important documents. Get one that secure around your waist and not through the loops of your jeans!

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3. Toiletries and Makeup
Keep your toiletries and makeup in separate bags. If you want to be very organized, you can even put your liquids in a clear bag. Make sure to put your toiletries and liquids in your tote bag and not in your carry on.

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4. THANK GOD FOR PACKING CUBES
Whoever invented packing cubes must have been a genius! Certainly a must! Because of packing cubes, you can easily fit a lot of things in your carry on. Packing has become a lot easier. Buying a few different sizes should do the trick. I would recommend about five cubes per suitcase. Another piece of advice is to separate your pieces by cube and type such as, put all of your pants in one cube and shirts in another. Have a base color and try to have everything seamlessly flow together.

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5. Jewelry Bag
Although I wouldn’t recommend traveling with expensive jewelry, but if there are certain things that might ad a little bit of touch to your outfit, you should travel with a jewelry bag. That way you could keep everything organized.
6. Tech Bag.
A small tech bag is very handy. You can keep your charger in there and other accessories. It should easily fit in your tote bag.

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7. Comfortable Shoes.
Minimize how many pair of shoes to take. I would recommend one for touring, walking, hiking the second one a little bit dressier but comfortable, and the third one could be water shoes for water activities. I think three pairs of shoes should be plenty.
8. Travel Light
Travel in layers. Wear your clothes multiple times and change it up with a scarf from time to time. vladimir-fedotov-GaTpkdOmQFc-unsplash
9. Dirty Laundry bag
Having a dirty laundry bag is very useful, that way you can be more organized.
I hope these tips were helpful. Feel free to share your favorite packing tips below. Check out the list below where you can get most of the products. Have fun packing!!!
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Travel EUROPE ON A $1,000 Budget

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We all have that one friend who loves to travel. You’ve been following her travels on Instagram and wish that you could travel as much as she does. However, we can not deny that money might be a problem. Planning a trip can get very expensive. However, if you do your research ahead of time, you can travel Europe on a $1,000 budget for a month. It is all about the experience and I want to help you get the most out of your trip. Here are somethings that you need to know.
FLIGHTS:
Did you know that the cheapest time to fly in the whole year is the first two weeks in January?
1. Cheap Flights
Cheap Flights helps you save a lot of money on airline tickets to every destination in the world. On their website, you can search and compare flight deals for free. Give it a shot!

Https://www.cheapflights.com

2. Skyscanner
The way Skyscanner works is that it shows you a list of flights and link you to the airline’s website to finish the purchase. They even send you price alerts. Https://www.Skyscanner.com

3. Travelocity
With Travelocity you get a lot of benefits such as the Price Match Gurantee where they refund the difference in price and gives you a $50 coupon for a later use. You also get free cancellation within 24 hours. Https://www.travelocity.com

4. CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that I love to use. It offers its customers the CheapOair credit card. Https://m.cheapoair.com
5. Orbitz
Orbitz has been around since 2001. It allows you to gain points called Orbucks that can be used for hotel bookings. Https://www.orbitz.com

 

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As much as you can:
• Travel on the off-seasons
• Make your trip worth the cost of the flight
• Go for a month instead of a week or two.
• Plan ahead don’t buy your ticket the last minute
• Avoid traveling in the summer, it is more expensive
• Pack light to avoid baggage fees

TRANSPORTATION:
Once you get to your destination stay on the ground. What I mean is that use buses, and trains to get around.
• Get an Interrail Global Pass or Eurail Pass where you can take the train at any time to anywhere (discount for youth ages 12-27)
• Download the App for Flixbus, Ouibus or Blablacar (you will save a lot of money)

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HOUSING:
Hostels.com
Hostels are great for solo travelers who just want a place to spend the night. All of the facilities are shared and the rooms are typically dormitory-style. You can also request for single rooms or rooms designed for couples. They even have wifi and lockers for your belongings.
TrustedHousesitters.com
House sitting is great for travelers who want to stay in an area for several weeks or months. How it works? You exchange to watch and clean someone’s home for them while they are away and you get to stay there for free.

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Couchsurfing.com
Couchsurfing allows the locals to give travelers a free place to rest their head for the night (normally on their couch). You’ll get to meet and interact with the locals of that country you are visiting. This is a great way to save money.

You can also take a night train that way you won’t have to spend money on housing.

FOOD:
Depending on where you are staying buying groceries and cooking for yourself is the way do it. But if you can’t, there are places that offer you free food when you buy a drink such as Spain, Tapas, and Italy, Aperitivo. Local restaurants tend to be less expensive. Spending $20-$30 on food a day is a good budget. lana-abie-581814-unsplash

BUDGET DESTINATION:
The cheapest part of Europe is Eastern Europe. Countries like Croatia, Macedonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Portugal, Romania, and Spain tend to be less expensive. Also when you visit countries like Italy, France, etc. travel south, it is less expensive.
OTHER TIPS:
• Get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees
• Don’t use ATMs that are not associated with a bank
• Have cash on you
• Stay away from touristy areas
• Hangout with the locals (couchsurfing is a great way to meet the locals)
• Free stuff is best
• Free walking tours
• Don’t pay for a phone plan use sim cards
Thank you so much for reading for more travel ideas checkout my website at https://castleworldtravel.com. Don’t be tourist, be a traveller.