Travel tips to European Countries: UK

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The United Kingdom also called as England or Great Britain is the country which once ruled nearly the entire world a century ago. The glory might have been lost but people are still proud of their country and heritage. It has come a long way from a colonial empire to a member of the EU. The country comprises mainly of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country is full of scenic locales and energetic cities. Also the county is home to nearly two million heritage points. The capital city of UK is London. A city beyond comparison, representing itself as an icon of diversity with people from different races, creeds and all walks of life blended into its culture. It is also home to many architectural marvels and one of them is the London Bridge. While York and Durham manifests the bygone era of country, Liverpool and Newcastle are modern industrial marvels. Not to forget the scenic Lake District and Edinburg still attract people from all over the world.

Population & Languages

The population is around 61 million and the official language is English. Other regional languages spoke are Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish etc.


The voltage is 230-240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The type of plug used is rectangular blade.

Geographic Location

It is located in Western Europe and consists of islands including the northern one-sixth of the Ireland. It is 22 miles from the France border and linked by a under sea tunnel. The terrain is mostly rolling lowlands and low mountains.


It has a moderate climate but lots of rain with around half of the years being overcast. The lowest temperatures never go below −15 °C (5 °F) and in summer the average maximum is 34 °C (93.2 °F). It also gets snow in winter and early spring.

Local Customs

The handshake is customary when you are meeting somebody for the first time. When visiting someone’s house a small gift like flowers or chocolates is customary. Waiting till everyone is served before eating is also one of the etiquettes. Tipping is usually 10-15% in hotels, restaurants and taxis. Smoking and non-smoking areas are clearly designated and thus should be taken care of.

Places to see

London – Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Whitehall Palace and the Tower of London
Scotland – The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and Ben Lawers Mountains
Wales – Aberdulais Falls, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Great Orme Mines, Portmeirion Village, Rhossili Visitor Centre, Taff Valley Activity Centre and TechinQuest


By Air – The domestic airlines is British Airways which also connects almost all major world destinations. Almost all airlines connect UK through London which is hub for all international flights between east to west and west to east. Heathrow and Gatwick are international airports of London.

By Sea – Since UK is surrounded by water from almost all sides it has many ports. There are many ferry services operating between Europe and UK.

By Rail – Trains connect Ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth, sailing for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (you need to board at Victoria Station in London); and at Harwich, sailing for Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavia (you need to board at Liverpool Street). Eurostar train connects London with Brussels and Paris through channel tunnel.

By Road – The vehicles can enter UK through channel tunnel. Cars and motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, caravans, campervans and other vehicles over 1.85m (6.07ft) can also use channel tunnel. Bicycles are also provided for. Thanks for reading!

Travel Tips To European Countries: Spain


Spain is famous world wide for its flamenco dancers and bullfights. The architecture reflects the Moroccan style. Cave paintings, renaissance cathedrals, Moorish palaces prove the diversity of the country. Spring, fall and early summer are very pleasant here, though summers are hot.


Spanish is the regional language of Spain. English is also widely spoken here. Over the period of time, Spanish people have become modern in order to gel with the changing times and are no longer conservative. But that hasn’t changed the values, traditions, manners and customs of the locals. People here have two surnames; the first surname can be used to refer to the person. To greet someone, a handshake will do the job. Take a small gift along when visiting someone’s house. Save the flowers for special occasions. Dinner is generally taken very late in the night. People wear casuals most of the time. Men are expected to wear jackets at some restaurants. Swimsuits should be confined to the pools and beaches. Recently a ban has been applied on smoking in public places.


Shops open quite early in the morning and stay open late in the evening. In the afternoon, they are closed for lunch or siesta. Porcelain and leather goods are famous and they will be good gifts for friends and family members back home. Bills are to be paid along with the service charges, so tipping is a matter of gratitude.


Voltage is 220 volts and frequency is 50 Hz

Getting There

IBERIA is the national airline of Spain. Many other low-cost airlines offer services in the country. There are nearly thirty international airports in Spain, out of which Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are famous.
Madrid located at 13km away from the city has a good bus service every fifteen minutes. Underground service also works to transport passengers to their destinations. Other facilities offered at this airport are duty free shops, bank, restaurant, tourism information, and hotel reservations.

Barcelona is very close to the city, situated at a distance of 3 km only. Buses are available every 15 minutes and trains are available every 20 minutes. Taxis are available throughout the day. Duty free shops, restaurants, bank, car hire and tourism information are available here.

There is a good network of roads connecting Spain north to south. Toll booths are installed in some parts of the country. Carrying few Euros will help smooth sailing at the toll booths. If driving one’s private car, it would be better if the travel insurance covers medical costs too. Carrying a medical kit can prove to be of some help.

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Travel Tips to European Countries:Germany


About the country

The Federal republic of Germany is the most influential country of Europe. It has witnessed the most controversial facts of history like Nazism, Holy Roman Empire and the building and demolition of the Berlin wall. With many magnificent castles it has wealth of art and culture. German is the widely spoken language in Germany, but outsiders can find many English speaking locals especially in the common tourist destinations.


The weather here is very unpredictable as there is a possibility of rain almost all months, so carry clothes accordingly. April and May are the months of spring which brings in full bloom of fruits and flowers. Months from May to September have very fine weather with sunny skies and offers the best time for traveling and site-seeing. People who have a passion for sports like swimming, hiking, and cycling can have the best time here during these months. Winter sports can be enjoyed at the resorts in the months from November to early March. The temperatures are below freezing and the days are too short (comprise of only six to eight months) in winter.

Local Customs

Locals greet each other by handshaking and saying Guten Tag. To say goodbye, people use Auf Wiedersehen. Guests are expected to bring uncovered and odd number of flowers, especially roses, when visiting someone’s home. The guests are welcomed with either food or refreshments. At the table, hosts say ‘Guten Appetit’ to which the guests should reply with ‘Ebenfalls’. Smoking should be better avoided in public areas. Locals dress informally but certain occasions like opera, theatre, certain restaurants and social functions call for formal wear.


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Moving Around

The best way to get around is to buy the Welcome cards or the city passes which allows the customer to access unlimited bus facility in many cities of Germany. It also gives special offer on certain tourist attractions. For flexibility one can rent-a-car or go for chauffer driven cars. Along with the rent, VAT of 16% is payable. Car insurance should be available before hand in case of any accident. The speed limit within the cities is mostly 50kph and 100kph on the highways.
Nine stars

The nine stars of Southwest Germany comprise of Baden-Baden, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Pforzheim Stuttgart, and Ulm. They are considered to be some of the beautiful cities of Europe. Each of the cities play a vital role in the culture of Germany. Baden-Baden has few of the finest resorts and also has Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall. Freiburg is known as the historic city center and is famous for cobblestone mosiacs, open streams and ancient alleys. Heidelberg has world famous castles and Germany’s oldest university. Karlsruhe has the famous museum Center for Art and Media. Look out for various amusements along the Nectar river of Heilbronn. Pforzheim is the capital for watches and jewelry. Stuttgart is famous for theatres and opera. Ulm is the birth place of Albert Einstein and is also house to the world’s tallest church spire.


The national airline that serves Germany is Lufthansa. Bwelin-Tegel airport is situated at 8 km away from the city and it takes about 20 minutes to reach there. There is a provision of duty free shops, banks, post office, eateries, conference hall, and car hire and tourism information for the passengers.anastasia-dulgier-uNi0epfnc4c-unsplash

Another busy airport is the Frankfurt airport which is located at 13km away from the city. Buses take about 20 minutes to get there. Taxis are available at any time. The Intercity railway network at the airport also provides international services to Hungary, Switzerland and Austria. The facilities provided here are duty free shops, left luggage, restaurants, banks, conference halls, post office, car hire and tourism information. No departure tax is levied on the passengers.

Those wishing to travel by sea can avail the ferry connections to Finland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Latvia, and Norway.

Eurostar provides railway service to and from Belgium, France and the UK. Booking can be made by telephone. The Inter-Rail offers unlimited second class train travel within 29 European countries. The Eurailpass offers unlimited first class train travel within 17 European countries.
EuroCity and InterCity trains have a restaurant on board, providing food and drinks. InterCity Express target the business class and provides services such as fully equipped office, conference compartments, etc.

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Travel Tips To European Countries: Italy


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


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.


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.


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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.


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


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.

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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.


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Wondering what to do after HIGH SCHOOL?


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 “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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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.
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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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!


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://

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://

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



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

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)


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.
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.

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.

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

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.
• 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
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