How to Plan for a Multiday Boat Trip

by Julia on October 14, 2019

We all travel and vacation differently. Some people prefer traveling to big cities and experiencing the excitement and buzz that they have to offer. Other people are much more comfortable with the relaxed pace of a beachside resort. Then there are those of us who like excursions – extended adventures that present unknown opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. And if you fall into this latter category, a multiday boating trip is right up your alley.

5 Helpful Tips and Pointers

Whether it’s a yachting trip along the coast or a lazy cruise down the river, a multiday boating trip offers the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of life on land and enjoy an exciting adventure with good friends and pleasant weather. But as you plan the trip, be sure to think through all of the important details. Here are some helpful suggestions:

  1. Develop an Itinerary

The first step is to come up with a bit of an itinerary. This is especially important if you plan on docking the boat and making land excursions. You need a rough idea of when and where you’ll stop, what you’ll do once on shore, and when you need to return to the boat.

The best way to develop an itinerary is to work backwards. When and where will the trip end? Begin there and then inch your way back to the start – making plans along the way. If possible, try to plan at least one activity per day. Whether it’s a trip to land to grab lunch or a snorkeling excursion at sea, it helps to have something tangible to look forward to each day.

  1. Inspect the Boat

Always take the time to inspect your boat prior to departure (and preferably a few days before). This gives you a chance to identify any potential problems and have them fixed while you still can. In particular, pay attention to the engine.

“When an engine is running well, it has a distinctive smell. Learn to recognize it as any change in the smell coming from your engine likely indicates trouble,” Wholesale Marine explains. “For example, the acrid odor or burning rubber could mean that all-important water flow is no longer reaching the water pump’s impeller.”

If you aren’t comfortable conducting a thorough checkup on your own, have a boat mechanic take a look. A one-hour inspection could save you a lot of time and stress in the middle of what’s supposed to be a relaxing excursion.

  1. Pack Wisely

Don’t underestimate the importance of packing the right items. In addition to packing the proper clothing for yourself, you also need to think about those small items that are integral to a safe and comfortable trip. This includes things like first-aid kits, medication, sunscreen, lip balm, nautical charts, life jackets, two-way radios, etc.

“Other items to pack include a camera and binoculars,” T.L. Chancellor writes for USAToday. “No matter whether the trip is destined for warm or cold waters, sun will be a factor. Take a hat to shield your face and a light shirt or jacket with long sleeves. You’ll also need a good pair of polarized sunglasses.”

  1. Assign Roles

Depending on the type of boat trip you’re taking, it may be necessary to assign roles to your fellow travelers in order to make the excursion as smooth and frictionless as possible.

Think about each person’s strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. Try to find a role that fits them well. For example, someone with a Type A personality may enjoy planning meals or ironing out the details of the itinerary. Someone who is good with their hands can help you with basic maintenance tasks. Someone else might be a good fit for planning fun games and outings. Everyone has something to offer!

  1. Stay Safe

When it’s all said and done, safety is the primary concern. Make sure you pack the right safety gear and always practice the utmost precaution when there’s any sort of risk involved. Keep an eye on the weather and regularly inspect your boat for any signs of mechanical failure or other issues. If everyone is safe, fun will follow.

Anchors Aweigh!

Boating trips are fun and enjoyable – when they’re done the right way! Make sure you plan ahead and think through all of the practical logistics prior to setting sail. A proactive approach will allow you to spend less time dealing with inconveniences and more time savoring the company of good friends. Bon voyage!

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Over the last decade, the importance of using self care to maintain our personal wellbeing has become an expanding part of our cultural conversation. With the increasing pressure of our fast paced world affecting many of us, habits such as meditation, exercise and eating well help to keep us on an even keel.

Unfortunately, as we travel, it can be easy to let our wellbeing-boosting habits slip. While there’s nothing wrong with letting our hair down when we choose to see the world, if we’ve got used to following certain self care rituals to feel healthy and happy, suddenly neglecting them can be very disorientating.

Whether you are aiming to reach a fitness goal, practice meditation to manage your anxiety or try to get enough “me-time” to keep your stress levels at a minimum, there are a variety of reasons why you might practice self-care when you are at home. Throwing all these habits out of the window while you travel can have all sorts of adverse consequences, from heightened anxiety to feeling bloated and tired.

It’s vital to walk the balance between indulging yourself and having fun, and keeping hold of your good habits. This ensures that you won’t send you wellbeing into a spin, and come home feeling more exhausted, unhappy and unhealthy than when you left. Luckily, these four easy-to-follow tips are here to help you feel at your best throughout your entire travel experience.

Make time for meditation and appreciate the moment

You may intend to relax, but sometimes travelling can be pretty stressful. We spend so much time planning (and looking forward to) these adventures that our expectations can be pretty high, and the urge to see and do as much as possible can stuff our itineraries to bursting point.

This is where a habit like meditation can be so helpful. Meditation will help you to place your worries aside, and gives you a much needed sense of calm and quiet. It also helps you to develop our sense of “present moment awareness”, lessening the internal chatter that can make you feel stressed, distracted or restless in even the most beautiful of settings.

By sitting down to focus on something simple every day – such as a mantra, or your breath – you can let go of your expectations and embrace the moment, whether that’s the vibrant warmth of dense jungle or the exhilaration of jumping into the ocean. The practice of meditation clarifies and enhances your experiences, while also providing a beneficial tool for stress reduction.

People have been aware of meditation’s calming qualities for centuries, but in the last few decades scientific research has added a robust evidence base to these anecdotal claims. Regular meditation is associated with lower cortisol (a key stress hormone), greater focus and improved mood – which makes it the perfect practice to alleviate those hectic moments of travel stress.

Choose nourishing food and keep active

There are a few ways you can eat unhealthy while you travel. It might be that you are so hot and bothered that you consistently miss meals, or are too concerned about sticking to a diet in an unfamiliar environment to eat properly. On the other hand, you may have fully embraced the treat yourself mentality and gone a little overboard, or are so busy you’ve started to rely on fast food options.

Making sure your food choices are broadly positive is perhaps the easiest way to feel great – avoiding the lightheadedness and fatigue that comes with eating too little, and the discomfort that can come with eating too much.

No food is inherently bad, unclean or toxic (unless you’ve laced it with arsenic!), so this isn’t about cutting anything out, but about aiming for balance. Eating can be a joyful experience – and especially when you are travelling through different cultures – so dive into the opportunity to experience new things and have a few treats.

Just remember to keep enough lovely, nourishing foods in your diet that your wellbeing doesn’t suffer – such as filling up on fruit at breakfast, or trying fresh local cuisine rather than plumping for fast food. If you find it hard to eat enough while you are travelling, carry high-energy snacks like protein bars and energy balls with you so you aren’t caught out, and aim to get three square meals a day.

Try to keep your key daily routines

It’s inevitable that our routines will change as we travel, but there are some fundamental daily habits that we all rely on, and which we should try not to neglect.

For example, while your sleep pattern may suffer through time zone changes and the excitement of being abroad, you should still maintain good sleep hygiene and get a healthy amount of shut eye every night. Whether you wind down with a bath or read something soothing before you climb into bed, try to avoid your phone or laptop an hour before sleeping, and get lots of natural light to keep your circadian rhythms ticking over nicely.

It’s also important to maintain any regimen you have for daily medications, such as birth control pills or blood pressure tablets, sticking to the intake schedule you follow at home. Make sure you leave with a full supply, and make yourself aware of the local doctors and pharmacies in case you lose them. Furthermore, remember any supplements that have become part of your everyday diet, and continue to take them as instructed.

Go easy on the moonshine

There’s no need to abstain from alcohol while you are travelling (unless you want to, of course), but if you’ve found yourself by the pool sipping your fourth Sea Breeze of the afternoon, it may be time to put the brakes on a bit.

With swim-up bars, all-inclusive resorts offering cocktails and little to do but enjoy yourself, it can be very easy to overindulge while you travel. And this is even more true for backpackers and gap year adventurers, as full moon parties and cheap booze are seen as a key part of the travel experience.

But suffering with your second hangover in a row isn’t particularly conducive to long-term relaxation, and binge drinking on vacation (particularly in hot climates) can have serious consequences – including an abnormal heart rhythm professionals call “holiday heart”. The anxiety spike we can experience the morning after a few too many drinks (aka “The Fear”), is also pretty unpleasant, as are the depressant effects of alcohol.

While you may not want to self-impose a full prohibition, try to stick to the government guidelines for daily alcohol intake, make sure you have lots of booze-free days, and intersperse your alcoholic drinks with a glass of still or sparkling water.

This post was written by wellness writer Holly Ashby, who works with the meditation organization, Beeja. Beeja provides a easy-to-do, mantra-based meditation training and an alternative to mindfulness classes in London, as well as meditation retreats and wellness-focused music events.

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Top Food Tips for Travelers Who Hike

by Julia on October 8, 2019

Hiking is hard work. Add in the fact that many people go on long hikes after traveling for hours on planes to get to a special destination like a state park or mountain access point. Food is extremely important for hikers and the seasoned trekkers know a few secrets about how to survive the miles in good form. It’s all about the food and water. But what are the “smart” items to pack for a hike, and what are the not so smart choices? Here are a few of the core concepts that experienced hikers follow when they travel:

Know the “Water Situation”

Water is life. If you’re going to be in a location where there is no fresh water source, you’ll need to bring all you need. That can mean extra-heavy packs and can be a huge inconvenience. But if your hiking preferences are deserts and arid ranges, plan your water needs precisely. The general rule-of-thumb is that you’ll need two cups for each hour of hiking in average temperatures. Double that amount for hot-weather excursions.

Think “Light and Dense” for Foods

Pack weight is a core concern for hikers and travelers who do a lot of walking. Gardein products like meatless chicken are just one of the many options you have to make sure you get enough protein but don’t weight yourself down with heavy food items. Raisins, peanut butter, protein bars, jerky and other dense choices are always smart companions for hikers and casual travelers. The advantages are many: the cost is low, prep time is virtually non-existent, you get plenty of nutrition per serving and the items add little weight to your pack.

Keep an Eye on Price

Travel and hiking veterans know the importance of trip planning. One of the key points of planning is cost reduction. It’s easy to purchase boxes of high-priced protein bars and specialty snacks designed especially for hikers. But it’s important to keep your budget in line as well. One of the goals of bringing your own food on a hike or day trip is to cut down on spending at restaurants. Try to prepare at least half of your hiking food at home, from things you already have on hand. Peanut butter and raisins are good examples of nutritionally dense, low-cost foods that are ideal for hikers and long-distance rail travelers.

Avoid Candy Bars and Other Junk Food

Candy bars and junk food really don’t have a place on hikes. Some campers and long-distance trekkers do include one “treat” item for the end of the day but you need to be careful not to eat sugary foods while hiking. Not only will they deplete your stamina, they’ll cue your body to desire more sugar. The best thing is to avoid candy and sweets altogether when you set out to hike, climb or ride the rails from city to city.

Instant Soups Solve Many Problems

If you’re going to have access to hot water, instant soups make a perfect addition to your hiking pack. Remember to select nutritious soups that contain well-rounded nutrient profiles. Hearty noodle soups are usually a good choice as are thick vegetable and bean soups that pack in the nutrients.

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Why Kauai Is The King Of The Hawaiian Islands

by Julia on October 8, 2019

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Known as “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is one of the lesser-known of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. If you talk to travelers that have visited the Pacific Paradise state they will undoubtedly rave about which island is their favorite. The thing is, once people have visited Kauai, they always seem to come back.

Kauai has a little bit of everything that you would want in a tropical destination. The lush flora and varied geography are both reasons enough to make you feel like you are in paradise. If you have a sense of adventure or are just looking for a relaxing oasis, Kauai has everything that you could want.

This smaller Hawaiian island has a smaller population and is much less commercial than the Big Island. There are limited resorts to choose from that give this destination a more exclusive vibe. There are several premium luxury accommodations like Koloa Landing Resort, so make sure you book your dream vacation on the beach.

Not all of the Hawaiian islands are created equally. They all have their claims to fame, but Kauai has a bit of everything which makes it the King of the Islands.

Water Fun

One of the perks of vacationing on an island is your proximity to crystal clear waters to enjoy a range of sports. Kauai does not disappoint those who love to get in the water.

You can enjoy world-class surfing without the crowds or take a relaxing and exotic river cruise into the heart of the island. There are plenty of outfitters on the island that can help you get set for diving, snorkeling, surfing or fishing.

Spectacular Hiking

The varied landscape of Kauai is one of the reasons that it has become such a pleasure for hiking enthusiasts. You can follow the Na Poli coast and discover undisturbed beaches and coves along the Kalalau Trail.

If you love heights and panoramic views you need to check out Waimea Canyon. Climb up to the rim of the canyons and then descend down into the depths of the island where you will find a series of magnificent and unforgettable waterfalls and pools.

Wildlife

With a smaller population, Kauai has been able to preserve much of its natural environment without interference with commercial and tourist interests. With less natural disturbance, the natural and local wildlife still flourishes in the area. Countless bird species, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea turtles can all be spotted on your adventure.

Lush Fauna & Flora

Kauai more than lives up to its namesake as “The Garden Isle”. Along with thousands of native species, most of the natural land is still largely untouched, making this a glorious tropical paradise. The island is host to four Botanical Gardens, dozens of private garden parks and a creative natural sculpture park.

Conclusion

If you are planning your next trip to Hawaii and are looking for a more laid back and natural destination that still has all of the things you want in an island getaway, Kauai might be the gem that you have been looking for. With a more remote and traditional feel, Kauai will keep you coming back for more adventure again and again.

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How to Plan Your Next Trip to Denmark

by Julia on October 4, 2019

Aiming to go on a holiday in Denmark? The key to a great experience is to have a good plan to maximize your stay and make things as efficient as possible. After all, there’s so much to do and see in this beautiful Scandinavian country that it would be a shame to miss out on the most important experiences. This guide will lay out the most important aspects of trip planning to Denmark.

  1. Pin down your travel dates. If your travel dates are flexible, aim to schedule it on a week where something significant might happen in Denmark. For example, if you are planning a March or April trip then you might want to look into visiting during Easter, which coincides with the opening of the Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen.

  2. Create a day by day itinerary complete with time estimates. Making the most of your Denmark trip will mean accounting for every hour of your stay – in a healthy and balanced way! Ensure ample travel time to and from destinations so you are not rushing to complete everything in your list. Research how long it takes from one place to another, and back to your hotel so you have an idea of how many activities to schedule per day. Keep it manageable and always leave a little wiggle room for leisure!

  3. Prioritize your sightseeing. There’s so much to see and do in Denmark, but if you are there for only a few days then you need to think carefully about which activities to do. Check out this list of the best things to do in Denmark and choose the ones that will be interesting to 1) as many people in your group as possible (to maximize the utility value of the activity), and 2) special activities that any one in your group really wants to see and everyone is willing to take time out for.

  4. Craft a budget as you plan your itinerary. It’s best to have an idea of how much each activity will cost, and then allocate the corresponding amount for it. An even better approach is to research how much the fare will be, and add that to the allocation. If your activity falls near a meal time, research a must-eat place nearby to hit two birds with one stone (sightseeing activity + gastronomical experience) and factor that in your budget.

  5. Make a plan of what you want to buy and bring home. Travels often include shopping, so creating a list of stuff that you want to bring home will help organize your trip further. Make a list of the most popular packaged foods to bring home from Denmark and research where they are best or cheapest to purchase. If you’re bringing home perishable items, it’s best to buy them right before you leave. Bulky things can be arranged for shipment to your home address, if you don’t want to be bothered with having to lug it around or to the airport.

These five tips will do a lot to help make things a lot easier, organized, and on-point when you visit Denmark. While nailing down the little details is definitely important, it’s also good to be open to some changes in your plans. When serendipity strikes, you might want to go with it if it seems like it’ll make your Scandinavian memories a whole lot sweeter!

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How to Save Money for a Trip

by Julia on October 4, 2019

Do you want to take some time and travel the world? Or, do you want to take an epic retreat? To do so, you do not need to be rich. However, you ought to embrace some creativity on how to save money for travel. There is a prevalent fable circulating that traveling is an affluent and luxurious hobby. It is without a doubt that the majority of individuals who travel are rich, have high-paying jobs, or will lucrative lotteries. Also, normal people are unable to afford travel because it is too expensive for them.

But, you do not need to worry about anything. Many people who are not rich nor work at high-paying jobs do afford travel. Regardless of your form of income, you can teach yourself how to save up some money. And to do so, as aforementioned, you need to embrace creativity. For instance, you can transmute your lifestyle and consider living below your means by saving more, spending less, and making some extra money as a side job. At first, it will not be easy as it will require a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Additionally, below are some tips you can use to learn how to save money for a trip.

Draft a budget

The first step in learning how to save money for travel is drafting a budget. A budget helps you plan the amount of money you are willing to spend and on what. Before going on your trip, you need to calculate how much you will be willing to spend and the costs you will incur. According to essay writing service, if you are aware of what you are doing, you will not spend a lot of time drafting your budget. Also, having a budget will enable you to know how much money you have been spending on other things and how much you are remaining with.

Separate your travel money from the others

After drafting your budget, you will be aware of the amount of money you will need to travel. Separate it from the other money. Do not combine your travel savings with other savings not keep them together with your everyday accounts. This will help you to refrain from spending it despite the need or necessity. Also, do not let the temptation of purchasing something that you have been longing to consume you. Your focus ought to be on this trip that you want to go to. So, get your inspiration to save money from there and do not let anything trick you.

Evaluate your expenditure

Money is not a stressful thing neither is effective management. However, the stress lies in not knowing your balance or what your money is doing. But, this should not overwhelm you. Consider assessing your spending. Set a particular day aside and use it to find out more about your finances. Evaluating your spending is an integral part of learning where you can abate, or even do away with your expenses. The vitality of assessing your expenses is that it helps you to identify and recognize how much you spend in a month or things you do not need. Additionally, it helps you know how much to save each month.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and coffee

Vices such as coffee, cigarettes, and alcohol can make you spend a significant amount of money without you knowing. There are numerous money-saving ways to travel and spending your money on these vices is not one of them. So, you need to cut out cigarettes, and alcohol as they are good or beneficial to your health. Additionally, you need to cut out coffee because it affects your sleep quality and you need to write perfect essays to get the grades you have been yearning for.

Vend or peddle your unwanted things

Every human being has something which are no longer essential to them. And if you have an interest in going for that trip you have been longing for, you will consider selling these things which are no longer that crucial to you. It can also be things that you do not want. Vending or peddling these things will help you get the money you need for travel. So, if you want to go for that retreat or vacation you have been longing for, do not sit and state, “I do not have money” Instead, consider selling things that you do not want or need and save that money for your trip.

Consider working online during your free time

Every individual out there wants to make money. It is evident that it does not grow on trees. However, there are several opportunities you can use to earn money on the side. Your job may be well-paying or not. But, you do not need to rely on the money you make from it to save for your trip. You can consider working online during your free time. For instance, you can work for writing services where students who encounter paper writing difficulties can get essays for sale. This will enable you to save some good money which will help you go for that trip.

In conclusion, saving money is not a natural trait for many people. But, it is not a difficult thing to do. You only need to alter your lifestyle and live below your means. Doing so will enable you to save a significant amount of money which you can use for your travel. Additionally, you need to put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices. So, if you are looking for ways through which you can save money for your trip, consider transforming your lifestyle. Also, above are some helpful tips you can use to learn how to save.

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Going to Europe for the first time? Well, prepare to have the most amazing trip of your life!

From the magical view of the Eiffel Tower to the spectacular architecture in the streets of London and the picturesque glacial sceneries in Iceland, Europe is a melting pot of unique cultures, languages and lifestyles.

However, if you don’t do your research or take the correct measures before traveling, your trip could turn into a complete nightmare. Europe is known to be quite expensive and obviously, things don’t work the same way there as they do in your own homeland.

Don’t worry though. Here’s some advice to help you navigate your way around the European borders and make the smartest travel choices.

#1. Make Use of the Public Transport

When in Europe, public transport is the way to go. They have a very advanced network route set up for their buses, trains, metro and the tube. And these serve as the primary modes of travel for all citizens, regardless of class, profession or wealth!

As for travelers on a budget the fact that this is the most economic method of traveling is certainly beneficial. What’s more, it’s also the fastest and most efficient way to cover all the different places you want to see.

#2. Pick Housing Away from the City Centre

Sure, it’s great to be surrounded by the hubbub of the city center, where everything touristy is easily accessible. But if you want to save costs, it’s best to avoid these popular areas.

For example, if you’re planning a trip to Madrid, Spain, The Broke Backpackers recommends that it’s best to opt for housing nearby, but a little away from all the major attractions.

Even better is if you can book an Airbnb and live as the locals do. Each region in Europe is different in terms of expenses however, so you need to do proper research before settling in.

For instance, in France, Monaco has crazy accommodation prices, but Nimes has much more affordable housing.

#3. Make Sure You Know How to Communicate

Almost anywhere you go, you’ll always benefit from knowing the local lingo. So before stepping foot into a European country, you should be well versed in some of the common phrases in their language.

This includes how to greet and thank people, ask for directions, call a taxi and other important words like “hospital”, “help” and “water”. Also, do make use of the Google translate app, as it is truly a game-changer for communicating in a different language.

#4. Stay Safe

Although Europe is quite a safe place to visit, you can never really predict where you might find danger. And the fact that you’re in a foreign land, with little knowledge of your surroundings makes you at greater risk. So, make sure you have a good local knowledge base of the area you’re visiting.

You can find the most recent safety information and advice in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Advice platform. Be prepared for pickpockets in more crowded areas and take note of all the emergency helplines for each city. Remember, it always helps to stay vigilant!

#5. Travel During the Off-Season

As with all places, there’s a specific tourist season when flights are a lot more expensive. For Europe, the prime time that everyone visits are in summer and the month of August.

So, to get better deals on airway tickets, look for flights in Autumn or Spring. This will also give your bank account some relief because prices will be lower for everything during the offseason.

#6. Deal with Jet Lag Smartly

If you’re traveling to Europe from a far off country, jet lag is something you have to expect. But rather than letting it waste your first few days, you can actually take certain measures to reduce its impact.

Try to get on the local schedule as soon as you can. In fact, start before you even fly, by going to bed early the day before.

As soon as you step on the plane, reset your watch’s timing according to your destination and try to follow that schedule. And if you happen to get an overnight flight, don’t make the mistake of sleeping as soon as you arrive.

Try to stay awake until it is actually the local time for night and sleeping.

#7. Prepare to Walk Comfortably

When exploring Europe, long distances of walking are unavoidable. So you need to dress and pack accordingly. The most important item here is your walking shoes, which must be comfortable.

It also helps to travel light, and have hand luggage that is easy to carry. Don’t take unnecessary items that you can find in local markets. But make sure you carry a valid passport with you at all times, as well as some water.

#8. Use the Roads Less Taken

Of course, we all want to visit popular sites like Buckingham Palace in London. But if you have the extra time, definitely check out the other non-mainstream, yet equally beautiful sites as well.

The best way to find these gems is by asking the locals, as there’s nobody better to guide you.

This will allow you to mingle with the inhabitants of these exotic places and experience different cultures, all the while getting an authentic experience from wherever you’re visiting.

Also, another cool way to find out the most about European cultures and history is to visit all the museums.

#9. Plan the Money Matters Ahead

You might think that Europe, being an advanced region, will accept credit cards, wherever you go. However, this is not always the case and a lot of villages and towns actually only deal in cash.

So, relying solely on credit cards is very restricting. Always have a bunch of euros near you, so that you can travel and shop smoothly.

It’s also wise to let your bank and credit card companies know beforehand about your trip, or your account might be frozen due to the unusual expenses.

Final Thoughts

Everybody needs to visit Europe, at least once in their lives. And why not? You should definitely take advantage of the fact that you can visit multiple countries with the least amount of hassle.

Just make sure you plan certain things like travel and accommodation ahead, and you’re good to go. As for things like food, and sites to visit – knowing what to do will make your trip more organized. But it’s always more fun to go with the flow and blend in with the locals.

This way you’ll get the truest taste of Europe, without missing out on any of the magic!

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