Unmissable Signs That You’re Longing To Visit Berlin

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Berlin is one of the places that most people want to visit at some point in their lives. Famous for its lively nightlife, cultural hot spots, and modern lifestyle, this city is an amazing place to go. If you are planning your next getaway, you might want to consider stopping off in Germany to check out this fine place. Certain people love this city (they just can’t get enough of it). If you notice any of the following signs, you should probably book your flight right now.

#1 You want to party (all day and all night)

Whether you like techno or dance, there is sure to be a club for you in Berlin. The late bars in this city, truly stay open later than you would expect. That means that you have a chance to party all day and all night long. Even the underground trains turn into a party hot spot when the evening comes. When you stay in this city, you have to get out there and experience the club scene. Before you know it, you will fall in love with it. Trust me.

#2 You adore art and history

If you have any interest in art and history, you ought to check out the tourist attractions in the city. From the Bode Museum (on an island) to the Jewish Museum, there is something for everyone. You can spend a few days looking at the various cultural places and seeing all that the city has to offer. When you are not partying, there are plenty of places that you have to visit. As you already know, the city has a rich and vibrant history, and so there is a whole lot to learn while you are there.

#3 You love cycling

If you are a health freak, then there is only one way to get around in Berlin. You can hire bikes all over town, which means that you don’t even need to step foot on the underground trains. Instead, you can hire a bike for the entire trip and see the sights in style. Most commuters in the city use this means of transport to get to and from work. You will find that Germany is one of the most forward-thinking countries in Europe. For that reason, the city is also one of the cleanest you will find.

#4 You have a taste for fine ales

If you have yet to try some tasty German beer, you are seriously missing out. In this country, there is everything you could hope for by way of ales. For example, you could try a delicious wheat beer or even a banana flavored ale. There are loads of bars in Berlin, most of which are trendy and full of young people. When you visit the area, you should ensure that you ask for local ales so that you can taste some of the finest beers in the world. Don’t be afraid to take suggestions from the helpful bar staff – they know their stuff when it comes to drinks!

#5 You know what it takes to travel around a city

Like many other cities in Europe, Berlin is busy all the time. This town is a hub for business in the country, which means that people are always on the go. If you have ever lived in a city before, you will know what it takes to travel around the center of it. You need to keep moving all the time so that you keep up with the pace. If you fall behind, you run the risk of annoying the locals, and that is something that you never want to do.

#6 You like luxury when you travel

As a general rule, the hotels in Berlin tend to be of an extremely high standard. The city is one of the most popular destination in the world. That means that there is a broad range of places to stay and things to do there. When you book a hotel in the city, you should check out the ratings online. There are loads of luxury places you can stay, which will mean that your trip is comfortable. After all, when you have been partying all night, you need somewhere cozy to come back to so that you can chill out.

#7 You are a true bargain hunter

Who doesn’t love a bargain when they are shopping? While you can find all the major high street stores in the city, there are some other places that you might want to check out on your trip. The Mauerpark flea market is one of the best places to pick up some new threads and nick nacks. Remember, there is no shame in haggling. If you want to get the best possible price, you need to barter a little. Decide how much you are willing to pay, and start your bidding a little lower than that. That way, when you up your price, the vendor will think that they have won.

#8 You’re a bit of an exhibitionist

If you don’t mind baring all, there are a few places you can strip down to your birthday suit in Berlin. The city has its fair share of nudist beaches, and so you can be brave and sunbathe in the nude. Don’t worry about feeling shy – nobody cares about stripping off here, and so you have no need to feel afraid. Make sure that you ask at the tourist information before you head to the beach. The last thing you want is to get naked on a non-nudist beach!

Berlin is a fantastic city and one which many people return to time and time again. If you have yet to explore this amazing place, you should take a chance to do so this year. The destination has everything you could hope for as well as some unexpected treats for tourists. When you head to the city, ensure that you are ready for the trip of your lifetime. This journey is one you will never forget!

 

 

Luxury Holidays With a Twist: Amazing Reasons Why You Need to Go Glamping

Glamping, or luxury camping, is one of those things that you must try. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. Glamping is one of the most popular ways to spend a holiday. In the last few years, everyone wants to rough it in a luxury glamping destination. Gone are the days of super expensive package deals and long, drawn out flights. Now, it’s all about getting back in touch with nature and spending some quality time glamping. From pods to yurts, glamping has become insanely popular. The comfortable bedding and amazing amenities is all part and parcel of glamping. It’s camping with a luxurious edge.

Are you convinced yet? You should be.

There are some amazing reasons why you need to go glamping this year.

Reason 1: Glamping is Luxurious!

Glamping is not about pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere. On the contrary, the little huts and yurts are already pitched and complete with everything that you need. So, all you need is your suitcase, and away you go! Glamping is all about luxury. It is posh camping after all! Places like Eden Leisure Village have spas, saunas and activities on the site. It’s not about getting down and dirty in the mud. It’s about having a pleasurable holiday experience.

Reason 2: Destination, Anywhere

Glamping is not confined to the UK. On the contrary, luxury camping or ‘posh camping’ is becoming popular all over. Europe has some amazing destinations. From the shores of the UK to Italy and beyond, you are actually spoilt for choice. Many people are heading to Spain for a luxury camping trip. The weather, combined with the wild nature of glamping is why it’s so popular. While you can’t guarantee the weather in the UK, you can on the continent. So, you don’t have to worry about a soggy tent.

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Reason 3: Relax

Relaxation is a must on any holiday. But, glamping allows you to do this in a more in-depth way. Glamping and relaxation go hand in hand. The outdoors nature of the yurt or hut means that you are soaking up the sounds of the woodlands or campsite. It’s all about being at one with nature and taking in your incredible surroundings. We can guarantee that you will sleep with ease. What’s better than that?

Reason 4: It’s a Cheap Way to Holiday

Let’s face it, holidays can be expensive. One of the biggest reasons why so many people go glamping is because it’s affordable luxury. Okay, so you don’t have all-inclusive facilities. But, it’s a fun and exciting way to take a holiday of a lifetime without having to resort to credit cards. Glamping holidays are relatively inexpensive when you choose to stay in the UK. But, if you do opt to go abroad, budget airlines can get you to your destination without having to spend a fortune.

Reason 5: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

Everyone wants to unleash their inner explorer. After all, this once in a lifetime kind of holiday is not to be missed. Even if you do it once, you are sure to love the beautiful, yet basic, nature of glamping. What are you waiting for? Get back into the wild!

Unleash your wild side and go glamping this year. You’d be foolish not to!

Fumigate and Take A Break!

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Having little insects sharing your bed every night is not something most people enjoy. While we might be fine with pets on the duvet, insects and other creatures are definitely another matter. Luckily there are lots of ways to deal with this type of problem, and with many fumigation processes taking a few days you can even turn it into a great excuse for a short get-away. Here are our top tips for sorting both the fumigation and that holiday away!

The first issue is finding where bugs might be hiding. This can be more difficult than it sounds, as many live in hard-to reach nooks and crannies. Check for tell tale signs such as eggs and shed outer shells or wing cases on your bed, mattress and nearby furniture. Have a look under the bed frame and in the corners of rooms, areas that often get forgotten.

Once you have identified the problem, it is easy to deal with some of the smaller items yourself. Those that fit into the washing machine can be bagged up to prevent cross-contamination, then laundered at a high temperature to kill off the bugs. You can also try putting items in the freezer as cold temperatures have the same effect. They need to be left inside for at least a few weeks though as this process takes much longer. As with the laundry, remember to fully seal items in plastic beforehand, as you don’t want any escapes.

When you have dealt with the smaller items it is time to call in the experts. For full details on how to get rid of household pests there is a lot of great online advice, like this Cleanipedia article on how to get rid of bed bugs. To find the right fumigation company for you look online for reviews or use a local directory. This is the best way of knowing that your problem will be dealt with once and for all.

Fumigation can take a few days, which is where the fun part comes in. While the professionals are killing those bugs you can leave for some time away. This is a great excuse for a fun trip abroad as it means you do not have to worry about where to stay while your house is being sorted. Even better, you can enjoy your vacation in the knowledge that when you return, relaxed and happy, your house will be clean, with no infestations any more.

Dealing with bed bugs isn’t usually seen as a positive, but with our fumigate-and-take-a-break approach you might even end up wishing you had those little critters more often!

Visiting Barcelona? Make Sure You Add These Places To Your Itinerary!

Barcelona is one of those places in the world that attracts millions of visitors each year. The coastal city is a hit with people that want to have a break from their lives and relax in the sun. While others prefer to take a step back in time and explore its historical elements.

To be honest, you don’t need to have a reason to visit Barcelona. It’s just one of those parts of the world where people want to visit. If you want to make the most of your trip there, make sure you visit some (or all) of these fantastic destinations on your travels:

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The number one must-see tourist attraction of the city of Barcelona has to be the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia! It’s a large Roman Catholic church that got designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, work on the church began in 1882. It’s still under construction and is, without a doubt, one of the world’s longest building projects. The build progress reached the midpoint back in 2010, with completion set for 2028.

The reason construction is taking so long is that it’s relying on private donations. By the time Gaudi died in 1926, less than a quarter of the church got built. And then, of course, the build took a hiatus while the Spanish Civil War was going on. Construction only resumed in the 1950s.

Casa Batlló

If you like the style and architecture of the basilica, you will love Casa Batlló! That’s because it’s another project of Gaudi’s, although this project got finished! Built in 1877, it’s essentially a remodel of an existing house in Barcelona.

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Like most things that Gaudi designed, it’s hard to place the building in a particular style or architecture. Some say it has a bit of Art Nouveau while others suggest it has elements of Modernisme.

La Boqueria

When I last visited the city, I was feeling a little peckish and fancied having a beer or two with some friends in the evening. I started making my way down to a bar that has the best tapas in Barcelona, and that’s when I came across the La Boqueria.

It’s a public outdoor market and is known for being one of the city’s biggest tourist landmarks. It has a diverse range of goods on offer, and you are likely to find almost every type of fruit, vegetable, and fish for sale!

The market dates back to 1217 when it was merely a small market with a few table stands. Today it’s a huge covered market – and a busy one at that!

Camp Nou

Last, but by no means least, you need to head over to Camp Nou. It’s a stadium that is home to Futbol Club Barcelona. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of football or not, it should still be on your itinerary!

It’s the largest stadium both in Spain and in Europe, and can seat nearly 100,000 people. You can tour the grounds, check out the luxurious changing rooms and get a sense of what it’s like to play for one of the world’s best football teams. There is also a museum on-site.

Six Signs You’ve Survived A Trip to Maldives

For vacationers seeking a tropical island paradise, Maldives is certainly at the top of the list for hot sun, white sand, and bright blue waters. The Republic of Maldives sits in the Indian Ocean off the southwest coast of India, and is a country made of over a thousand coral islands and archipelagos. Many of the small islands house tropical resort getaways and are a popular destination for travelers looking for the island life.

Most citizens of Maldives are Sunni Muslim and therefore enforce traditional values, meaning that there are bans on alcohol, pork, and a number of other items in accordance with Muslim law. However, since such a huge portion of Maldives’ revenue is gained from tourism, most of the island resorts are not held to these laws, and indeed, most resorts operate under a rule of “anything goes”.

This may seem frightening to those who want to get away and relax, but many of the tourists that visit the Maldives are looking for the same exact thing you are and there aren’t many rudely loud parties. Relaxation should be the nickname of the Maldives.

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There is only one main drawback to visiting the Maldives: You won’t want to leave! You won’t want to return to the same old hustle and bustle as the city life where you get stuck in traffic and get yelled at by your boss.

  1. You’re Not Stressed Anymore

When you booked your vacation, it was most likely because your workload was too overwhelming and you needed a break. While there are many tourists in the Maldives, there are plenty of secret and quiet places you can sit back and read a book in, taking the stress off of your shoulders. The crystal clear waters and tropical ocean breeze are calming and will allow you to meditate beautifully.

  1. You’re Not Used To Everyday Traffic Jams

The Maldives uses three modes of transportation: boat, small plane and yacht. That’s right! There is no smog from traffic jams and no one yelling at you out of their windows. This is a huge upside to visiting. Boat rides are relaxing and showcase the beautiful crystal clear waters of the area. Getting in a car from the airport on the way home can almost be traumatizing compared to your transportation during your trip.

  1. Meditation/Pranayama

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The Maldives are known for their yoga, meditation and Pranayama sessions and techniques. Pranayama is a deep breathing yoga technique used to fully relax the body and rid the mind of negative thoughts. Some of the meditation venues for these classes are “open air” due to the air of the Maldives being so peaceful and beautiful. A roof is said to “shut out” nature.

  1. Other Beaches Can’t Compare

Usually, other places have crowded beaches that are just as overwhelming as your work. While the Maldives are popular, everyone who goes is looking for the same solace you are. When I visited, there weren’t many “party” beaches and it was a nice place to sit down and enjoy the area and relaxation. It was probably one of the quietest beach spots I’ve visited on vacation. That’s not a bad thing, however, all other beaches are too loud and ruined for you to even think about visiting.

On top of the beaches being some of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in the world, they also may not be around too much longer to enjoy. Try watching the Netflix documentary, The Island President  while n Maldives (just make sure to use a VPN). It describes the possibility that global warming may take over Maldives in the next century.  It truly makes you look at the beauty of Maldives in a whole new light.

  1. Thriving Marine Ecosystems

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If you took the chance to dive under the beautiful waters of the Maldives, you may have seen first-hand the thriving aquatic ecosystems. The beautiful oriental sweetlips are just one of the many alluring fish you can see enjoying marine life.  The fish co-existing with you during diving trips is surreal and humbling.

  1. You’re In Love with the Peaceful Island Life

After a week or two of perfect weather and total leisure, it’s a shock to come back to the daily grind. You’ve learned there is a world outside the existence where you are expected to be at work by eight o’clock on the dot, the weather is often terrible, and your daily commute gives you a migraine. You’re only looking forward longingly to the next time you can spend a glorious getaway living the island life.

Health and happiness are two key factors of sustaining life in the Maldives. Mental peace makes for physical peace and you’ll be able to work on all of those when visiting the Maldives. If you’ve already been to the Maldives, chances are you’re much happier than before you went and are grabbing at the chance to go back.

Fantastic Tips For Preparing For A Trip To Malta

Malta is a destination like nowhere else. This warm Mediterranean country is a wonderful place to visit.  Complete with ancient temples, beach coves, studded  prehistoric cliffs, and a rich history, Malta is the perfect destination.

While Malta is a stunning destination and an excellent place to visit, unlike other holiday hotspots, it is not somewhere that you can do things on a whim. To ensure you get the trip of your dreams, it is crucial that your prepare and book activities and excursions in advance.

Here is our guide to fantastic tips for preparing for your trip to Malta:

Book your hotel

You might think that this goes without saying, but you would be surprised at how many people choose not to book their hotel or hostel until they arrive.

There are some fantastic hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels in Malta, but in peak season these soon fill up. To ensure that you get the best accommodation for you, it is important that you choose and book your hotel in advance.

Prepare for the fact that cars drive on the left

Malta was originally a colony of the UK and so, some British influences remain, such as driving on the left side of the road. If you are hoping to rent a car to get around – you may want to do this in advance, you should take into account the fact that you would be driving on the left.

While it isn’t too difficult to pick up, driving on the left can be confusing. Especially, when it comes to roundabouts – it is a very odd sensation driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

If the idea of driving in a back to front car (steering wheel on the right, gear stick on left, etc.) on back to front roads is too much, consider booking other transport. There are plenty of buses that run in Malta, as well as taxis and even, personal chauffeurs, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting around.

Pack sturdy beach shoes

Although Malta has some beautiful sandy coves, for the most part, the beaches in Malta tend to be stoney. These small stones are pebbles can make walking along the beach barefoot a little uncomfortable, and in some cases, dangerous. That’s why it is a good idea to invest in a pair of sturdy beach shoes before heading off on holiday to fascinating Malta.

If the idea of wearing beach shoes doesn’t appeal to you that’s fine, but just be warned they are recommended. And, while you can buy them once you arrive in Malta, it is much cheaper to buy them before you arrive.

Invest in a converter

Another influence of the UK is that Malta uses the three-pronged UK plug sockets, so if you aren’t from the UK you will need to invest in a converter. Otherwise, you will be unable to charge you cell phone, laptop or camera while you are away.

If you forget to buy a converter, you may be able to get one at the airport or at your hotel. However, there is no guarantees that you will be able to get the right converter.

Don’t forget your camera

Malta is a truly beautiful location, perfect for taking lots of holiday snaps. So make sure to pack your camera!

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If you are a keen swimmer or diver and love taking underwater pictures, Malta is the perfect destination for you. Why not invest in a GoPro or underwater camera, to use to take shots of the sea life?

Book your activities

If there is anything you really want to see or do while you are in Malta, such as visiting the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, it is a good idea to book it in advance. In peak season, Malta is incredibly busy, and if you don’t book in advance, then you may miss out.

Get your travel buddies together, sit down and got through Malta’s travel guide looking at the sights and activities on offer. Make a list of everything you want to see and do while you are there, and then find out what needs to be booked in advance.

By booking in advance, you will not only, ensure that you get to do all the activities you want to, you may also save yourself some money. Many activities and sights offer discounts for groups who book tickets in advance online.

Prepare for the heat

Malta is a Mediterranean country that has a subtropical climate, which means that the temperatures can get very hot. That’s why it is essential to pack high factor sunscreen (factors 30 or 50 are ideal) as well as a sun hat and a pair of UV protector sunglasses.

Although sunscreen, sun hats, and sunglasses are all available to buy in Malta, they tend to be much more expensive. Plus, you may not be able to get the brand of sunscreen you are used to or the make of sunglasses you want.

If you wear makeup, moisturizer or lip balm, it is also a good idea to invest in products that have an SPF factor within them. Otherwise, you could end up burning.

Fresh fruit and veggies are expensive

Compared to other Mediterranean countries, like Spain, fruits and veggies can be quite expensive to buy. Of course, we are not saying stop eating healthy foods while you are away, what we are saying is shop around for them.

Avoid buying fruits and veggies from the supermarkets as these tend to be imported and so, are more expensive. Instead, aim to buy all your fruits and vegetables from local markets as they tend to be cheaper.

There is a relaxed and calming vibe

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If you are feeling stressed out, Malta is the perfect place to visit. The island has a relaxed and calming vibe and is home to lots of happy and relaxed islanders. Most of whom, are always happy to offer travel and sightseeing advice.

As long as you are well prepared, Malta is a wonderful place to visit and is ideal for any trip. From a backpacking trip to a family vacation, with sand, sun, and sea, as well as lots of local heritage, Malta is the ideal place to visit.

 

 

My Top 5 City Breaks Around The World

Travelling to far away, exotic places is definitely what drives me to put up with some of the hassles of everyday travel. Sometimes it’s not all about the journey, but definitely about the destination. Cities across the globe are full of vibrancy and character that can make you completely forget about all the delays and bumpy rides it took to get there. There are a number of cities in the world that could certainly pique your interest to make the long haul flight. I give you my top five where the flight will totally be worth it:

  1. Singapore is only a small place in South East Asia, but oh my goodness does it have everything you could want in a city break. There are several neighborhoods that have great character and vibrancy. Little India, where you can find extraordinary modern architecture nearby like that of the J8 hotel, is a perfect example. A holiday in this fabulous part of the world could easily turn into a permanent stay. Over forty-two percent of the population are foreigners, and English is quite widely spoken. The food is amazing, and has a distinct aroma.

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  1. London also has a special kind of energy and is incredibly popular with tourists. There is so much history here that affects so many other nationalities. There are some great ways to see the cityscape as well, with rides on the London Eye offering the best views. London is definitely not a tourist trap though. Instead, it is a welcoming city with local personality in every borough. From world famous markets like Camden Town to exclusive hotels like The Ritz, you will never be short of landmarks to visit. Of course, the tourist trails of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral are definitely worth putting on your to-do list.
  2. Edinburgh in Scotland is an amazing city to visit all year round, but when the world class Edinburgh Fringe festival is on, you will be amazed at just how lively the city can become. There are never ending events and activities to enjoy at this amazing time. You will also see plenty of famous faces as this is an important circuit even for comedians and performers.
  3. Sydney – For all that is Australia, Sydney does its best to provide it. The museums are first class here, and are all very well looked after. The architecture is quite astonishing too, and Sydney really is the arty hub of Australia. The harbor is worth spending some time around for the food and the fresh air. Step out into the suburbs for an afternoon to gain an idea how wonderfully outdoorsy life is in Australia.
  4. New York – For the ultimate in personality and character, you can’t miss out on New York. So much culture and so much of the arts is readily available in the city, and yet everything on a local level is so charming as well. Central Park feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the yellow cabs and city life, yet you never feel a need to get away from that while you are here. A perfect city break.

Important Things You’ll Need if You’re Holidaying on a Motorcycle

Holidays are great fun; we look forward to them all year, and they seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. So it’s important to make the most of them and do everything you can to have the best possible time. Of all the holidays you’ve been on it’s unlikely you’ve been on holiday on a motorcycle before.

Motorcycles are awesome. They’re fast, don’t take up too much space, and they give you the freedom to go where you want. You might think about traveling around by motorcycle on a regular holiday. But if you want to go one step further you could even think about going on a road trip holiday on your motorcycle. Maybe you could get some friends to go with you, or perhaps you’re the sort who enjoys your own company.

Either way if you’re going to holiday on a motorcycle you’ll need to make sure you have important things with you. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the fact that you’re holidaying on a bike. So there’ll be restrictions for what you can bring. That’s why you need to pack the essentials, like these:

Your Bike

First up, of course, you’re going to need the bike itself. But going on holiday on your motorcycle is a lot different than driving it to work or around the local area. For one thing, you’re going to be on the road a lot longer. You might also need to negotiate uneven terrain and adverse weather conditions. Because of this it’s important to make sure your bike’s been well serviced and taken care of before you go.

Supplies

No road trip would be complete without supplies. You need to make sure you have plenty of food and water with you at all times. You might be riding for a long time. You may be traveling across hot, arid countries. So you need to make sure you’re hydrated and fed. This way you’ll keep up your energy levels, and you’ll stay safe. You might also want to think about packing a map and compass or GPS device, along with a spare canister of fuel. You will most certainly need these things at some point.

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Trailer

It’s all well and good taking all this stuff with you, but you’re on a bike, so you need somewhere to store it. It’s not like you can just pop the trunk and fill it with stuff. And you can’t very well carry things in your arms. What you need is one of those pull behind motorcycle trailers that can carry the heavy load. If you can hook one of these up to your bike, you’ll be able to fill it with all the essential supplies you need. This way you get the useful practicality of having a boot, but you still avoid having to take a car.

Clothes

Don’t forget that even though you might be limited for space you still need to pack clothes. You are going on holiday, after all, remember! But you don’t need to pack as much as you would if you were staying in a hotel. You might be a light packer. And you might decide you want to take the bare minimum of clothing and then buy clothes on the road. This is a useful way of keeping your packing light and being able to get ahold of clothes more appropriate to the local climates.