Got an Unlocked Smartphone? Having an unlocked smartphone gives you the freedom to swap to a local SIM but it used to be a real chore having to buy a new SIM for each European country you visit. Fortunately the EU’s new rules effectively eradicating roaming charges took effect in July 2017. Now it’s possible to buy a SIM (or ask one of our local staff to take care of that for you) in the first country you arrive to. There are some gotchas – some carriers are quite mean when it comes to roaming data allowance (we’re looking at you Poland, Latvia and a few others where data is ‘too cheap’). If you’re going to non-EU countries you’ll still need to buy a new SIM for each country most of the time. Our local staff can advise on the best option. There are cases where some mobile network operators in non-EU countries have agreements with neighboring country operators.
What if your phone’s locked to your carrier? This is all fine and dandy if your smartphone is unlocked – usually the case if y..
If you want to base your next vacation on where you’re going to feel safest, then Iceland might be the place to visit. It’s on top of this year’s Global Peace Index – for the 11th year in a row. It looks at factors like crime rates, terrorist attacks, murder rates, weapon imports and exports, rates of people being incarcerated, corruption and the government functioning.
The island’s crime rates are tiny, with just 1.8 murders per 100,000 people per year in a population of 300,000. Iceland also has no military, which means less risk of war, and its police are also not armed. However, there are other European countries in The top 10 safest countries in the world:
The romantic castles simply leave you astounded. The Schloss Durnstein provides a magnificent view besides the River Danube. A 10% tip should be paid to the taxi drivers, which is customary here. Wurm and Kock provide cruise passenger service. Along with the cruise trip, packages include staying at a hotel. Chec..READ MORE
From the sparkling conifers, to the midnight mass fabulousness,
From the fragrance of rum cakes, to the welcome with a kiss!
From the grins that the endowments bring, to the ones that we genuinely miss,
It’s the most loved time, that feels nothing not exactly sheer joy!
You got that right! 2019 is arriving at an end and celebrations are simply round the corner. Also, with regards to fantastic festivals, everything we could consider was which of these future the best places to spend Christmas in Europe?
With the snowfall covering the housetops, Christmas conifers available to be purchased, the essence of cinnamon and ginger breads noticeable all around, and with the hurrying around of best Christmas advertises in Europe, it’s without a doubt going to be an excellent show. What’s more, for the individuals who can’t resist the opportunity to be a piece of this Uber festivities, move to these 20 best places to spend Christmas in Europe that will add enchantment to your winter occasion!..READ MORE
When is the best time to visit Europe weather-wise? Well… when is the best time to have a piece of chocolate or a leisurely nap? The answer is obvious. Always! The continent of Europe is a rather large place, it spans many different longitudes and weather zones.
Anytime is the best time to visit Europe. It all depends on where you’re going.
Below you can see the average temperatures of the different parts of Europe. We’ll also take a look at peak season (summer) VS low season (winter) VS shoulder season (spring & autumn). We’ll also give you some season travel tips for your European holiday.
Top Tip! As a general rule of thumb, summer in Europe equals perfect weather. But it also means lots of crowds (meaning long lines) and an exodus of locals. In terms of budget, it has high accommodation prices. Winter means freezing temperatures and short days. Your budget will be lower here, as you have affordable rates on just about everything. The downside? Lots of closed attractions. Spri..READ MORE
Your 20s are without any doubt your primetime during which you are supposed to broaden your horizons and there’s no better way to do that than by traveling as much as you can. Of course, not all the experiences you’d come across would be positive and instructive, but look guys isn’t this what life is meant to be! Well, dudes if some of the reflections above rings any bells with you keep on reading, you are knocking on the right door. Here are the most important things to do in your 20’s.
1- Don’t be afraid to travel solo
Take the opportunity to spend some time in your own company. New experiences are amazing when shared with friends, but you’ll find them equally rewarding in a different way when traveling alone.
2- Travel light
Leave room in your bag for memories. Take only the absolute essentials and you’ll be freer to explore new possibilities you encounter.
3- Take advantage of your freedom
You’ll never have fewer commitments, so spend that time wisely and book off-peak. ..
You look at the calendar and sigh. A dream vacation seems impossible in the middle of bundling kids up for school, shoveling snow, and scraping ice off your car windows.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can turn that dream vacation into reality. But you’ve got to start a vacation savings plan now.
Let’s be honest — while the itinerary for a vacation probably falls into place pretty easily, the finances will need some time. Fortunately, time is on your side. Summer is still a few months away, which is why today is the best day to get going.
To help you out, here are six steps to kick-start your vacation savings plan.
1. Keep your dream vacation reasonable
The first step of any journey is to understand your starting point. The Baby Step you’re on right now will help you determine what’s possible this summer. For example, if you’re walking through Baby Steps 1 or 2, your expectations need to be different than if you’re in Baby Steps 3 – 7. Your dream vacation for a given ..READ MORE
If you’ve never done it before, spending the night aboard a train might seem a bit odd. For most, the driving factors for train travel in Europe is the scenery, which you obviously can’t see when the sun goes down. For others, it’s about getting to the destination as quickly as possible – which means taking the express train connections Europe is famous for.
But anyone who’s been aboard a train after midnight, even if it’s a local connection on the way home from a party, will tell you that there’s a special charm to spending a night on a train.
Overnight trains operate at a different pace. They usually feature comfortable cabins that allow you to fall asleep to the rhythmic clicking of the railway tracks, and wake up to the sunrise in a brand new city. And even if you’re not spending the full night on the tracks, some midnight trains offer other unique experiences worth seeking out.
Paris to Venice
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I boarded the first class carriage of Switzerland’s famous Glacier Express – possibly the most luxurious scenic train in Europe – and instantly felt out of sorts. One month of travel had not been particularly kind on my Converses – they were battered and caked in a layer of mud courtesy of the Italian Alps, as was my once-red backpack that had been through the wringer. My jeans had ripped at the knee a few weeks earlier somewhere in France, and I’d stopped caring too much about combing my hair.
I found a seat two away from a man in a crisp navy golf shirt and a fedora, and a woman dressed entirely in white except for her dark glasses. As I sat down, he subtly nudged her. They exchanged a few hushed words, and when the conductor walked the carpeted aisles I’m pretty sure they adjusted their seats to get a good view of my imminent ejection. But it never happened, because clenched in my fist was a 1st class Eurail Global Pass, with which I was cruising my way across the continent.
This month's Pathfinders round-up includes a rundown of Prague's top attractions © Roman Borodaev / Shutterstock For many of us the first month of the year can often be a sleepy one, slipping by before we’ve even had chance to ponder potential holiday plans. This is not the case for our globetrotting Pathfinders community, however, who have wasted no time embarking on a miscellany of exciting adventures, from hiking hair-raising trails in Spain to uncovering the highlights of Prague.
To inspire you to kick-start your own 2019 travel plans, here’s a selection of our favourite blog posts, Instagram snaps and video content produced by our Pathfinders in January.
Best of the blogs The Coral Gardener of Caramoan – Richard Collett
Richard's post focuses on his experience meeting an inspiring tour guide from the Caramoan Islands © Alexpunker / Shutterstock Why we like it: regardless of how breathtaking a destination may be, it is often the people we meet on the road that mak..