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Places You Should Travel to Before You Die

There are infinite stunning locations all across the planet to visit at least once before you die. From stunning towns to picturesque landscapes. The upside of every travel loving person is too many places and too little time. 

This planet is full of places you should visit but even if you are a frequent traveler or avid explorer. The number of interesting places is still too huge. To help you start on that bucket list we have created a list of beaches, resorts and natural wonders you should visit atleast once:

1.Phi Phi Islands

Tourism in Thailand has gained massive access by visitors from all over the globe, over the past few years. Phi Phi is a group of 6 Islands, dating back to the prehistoric era of Thailand. It’s clear water and beautiful beaches makes it an attraction for underwater sports and activities. Scuba diving is among the most popular. Vacationers get to see dolphins, leopard sharks and black tipped reef sharks in their underwater adventures. Most popular times to visit are May and November, when the frequent rainfall is minimal.

2.Santorini, Greece

Best known for its dramatic vistas, colorful pebbled beaches & soul soothing sunsets, Santorini is one of a kind volcanic island you don’t want to miss. Santorini is a high cliff island with traditional architecture, authentic wineries and ancient ruins. The capital city Fira is all white be it shops, taverans, cobblestone streets, hotels and cafes etc. For stunning sunsets head to Oia, a town along Ammoudi bay. This side of the town is whitewashed and decorated with majestic blue domes. The most popular times are May and October. A charter plane or ferry can get you to the island. 

3.Galapagos Island

Galapagos Islands is home to one of the most fascinating and rarest plant and animal life in the world. Located 1000 kilometers off the southern american coast of Pacific ocean, Galapagos is made up of 19 islands part of Ecuador. Peak seasons for natural life lovers are December and May while wildlife is also active in July and August. Remember to do your boat booking way in advance. Also go snorkeling to see marine wildlife,  check out the Charles Darwin Research Center and climb the Bartolome hill for the view of it. 

4.Positano, Italy

One of the most romantic people in the world are by far Italians. Positano is their most visited town in the Amalfi Coast south of Italy, for couple holidays. Visitors while experiencing mouth watering cuisines can expect to see pastel colored houses with charming medieval architecture throughout the town. The city is built on the face of a cliff and became popular with artists and writers in the 1950’s.The best way to get around Positano is by walking, be ready to take lots of stairs and remember to try their drink, limoncello. 

5.Maldives

Maldives are among the most exciting and stunningly gorgeous places on our globe. It consists of 26 atolls in the Indian ocean, near the subcontinent. The islands are popular for its beautiful blue water and peaceful resorts attracting people from all over the world. It’s a popular honeymoon destination. In the past Maldives used to be for luxury holidays only with their 5-star accommodation but with the rise of Airbnb that has changed. Now you can stay in the Maldives for as low as 50$ a day. This island is a perfect blend of peaceful holiday riding on your bicycles to adventurous thrill seeking fanatics, it has something for everyone.

Traveling speaks to the soul whether it is luxury, full of dirt road trips or other adventures. It’s a wonderful and beautiful world we live in. We hope you cover these places and immerse yourself in the splendor of nature all around you. We would love to know about some of the places on your bucket list that are rare and unexplored.

How To Pack Light For A Long Trip

Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move”. Packing lightweight doesn’t mean sacrificing vogue or comfort, however, it will need rethinking such travel basics as suitcases and shoes. Long stays will require a huge backpack and if you are wondering how to pack efficiently, this article will help you pack light for a long trip. 

Shoes For Multiple Occasions 

The requirement of a long trip is a couple of different shoes. For instance, comfortable walking shoes, flats for dressier occasions, comfortable slippers, and hiking boots. Boots are life savior especially when it comes to saving the limited space. Just try to use every inch of space in the boots. Things like extra socks, underwear, swimsuits, belts, anything that is soft and can fit put it in the boots. When it comes to shoes, put hiking shoes at the bottom so the bags are not top-heavy. 

Travel Wardrobe 

Fold over your pants and then fold over the shirt in the middle so it’s putting a perfect line. One can put his socks and underwear in the same fold to have your whole outfit picked out for the day.  Rolling everything saves space and can also help with some wrinkles. One should usually wear clothes two or three times because changing every day is not an option. 

One should bring a dress just for a nicer occasion for whenever one goes out on a nice dinner. The folding method is something that we should learn and use for single items more so and then you bring the arms into the middle and make it into a straight rectangle turn it over and you roll it in the bottom part that you rolled you tuck everything else in it and you just have a little burrito baby. One can do it with pretty much anything. This rolling method is great for pajamas or anything lightweight and then just tightly rolls it up voila so we’re going to have four outfits; a dress and a jacket, some pajamas, and the outfit to wear on a special dinner. 

Pack Multifunctional, Durable Travel Accessories

 One should always bring a small going-out bag. When it comes to me, I won’t bring the big old backpack with me every time.  When one goes out on a trip, he should leave the big bag at home and bring the small bag. The small bag will hold everything that one needs. For instance, passport, money, facewash, tissues, and a pair of extra socks. One can put credit cards and money in minting and that’s kind of also a good way to hide some of your money.  

Before leaving the hotel, check the weather forecast and if it rains, bring a small umbrella. If you’re out in nature you can also bring a poncho to save some space and only try to bring what one is going to need. Leave big bottles at home so putting in a contact case is a great solution it’s compact and if one is on a flight or at a high altitude you know it’s not going to burst out of the bottle. If one knows you might need to do laundry you can pack a little bit into a small container. If you’re worried about toiletry spilling, putting some plastic wrap over the top and then putting the cap on it can help prevent leaks.

Opt for Protein-Rich Snacks:

High-protein snacks can increase feelings of fullness and decrease total calorie intake at the meal. For instance, a high-protein yogurt decreases hunger more effectively than high-fat crackers or a high-fat chocolate snack. It is very important that you don’t want to be starved on the trip. Every trip is different so just plan accordingly you might need to pack more than this. 

A beautiful quotation sums up the essence of traveling, “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow”.  One might need to pack less but hopefully, you found some of these tips useful especially if you are an over-packer. 

11 Gift Ideas For Your Backpacker Friends

Every social group must have one member who is filled with wanderlust and is super excited to be on the road. It can be quite tricky to buy the right gift for them since; they are rarely home to us and cannot carry everything in their backpack. So here is a list of a few gift ideas, you can refer to, while  buying something for them. Nothing will cause them more comfort on the road than a thoughtful gift from you.

Travel Journal 

Every traveller needs a journal to keep track of all their adventures or human interactions. A diary to note down their thoughts during lonely nights on a solo trip. A travel journal will act as if you are listening to their heart even from a distance.

Backpack

A lightweight and compact backpack with maximum storage that can hold maximum things without being heavy. These can be very expensive and their travel blogger budget might not be enough to afford it. So an upgrade will make their life very much easier.

Travel Pillow

A travel essential while living a transient lifestyle. A soft and comfy travel pillow will be a blessing during the hours long flights, airport waits, camping nights, and cheap hostel stays. Such a gift will ensure that they enjoy a good night’s sleep while hopping  from one country to another.

Aquavault

Everyone faces the problem keeping their possessions such as mobile, wallet, and keys secure while swimming in the ocean. Consider it as a waterproof portable safe, they can put their belongings in, to enjoy a relaxing swim. A safe and easy way to keep track of their valuables.

Filtration Bottle

Finding clean drinking water can be a struggle for travellers and buying packaged water bottles is not ideal for our environment. Luckily, some brands have understood this problem and have taken the initiative to launch reusable bottled with a filtration system built in it. The filters installed in the bottle will purify the water as one sips through it.

Thermal Clothing

These are professionally designed to keep travellers warm and toasty in freezing temperature. Most importantly, these are lightweight, take up less space when folded, and do not restrict any body movement.

Leatherman

A minimalistic tool with maximum functionality. It is a handy gadget with a saw, scrapper, sander, and grinder, all in one body.  You can get their initials engraved on it for a personalised touch and also to make it feel special.

Gift Cards

Adventures like paragliding, skydiving, and scuba diving are often the highlights of a trip but they can be financially taxing as well. Most of the time, travellers have to cut down on some essentials just to afford them. Therefore, gift cards to such attractions which they can avail during their travels will be highly appreciated.

Shampoo And Conditioner Bars

These will make their life a whole lot easier while reducing their plastic waste as well. With these bars, they would not have to worry about their shampoo bottle exploding in their backpack resulting in a nasty mess. 

Hammock

Hammocks are easier to set up than a tent and ideal for warm climates where one wants to sleep under the glittering night sky. Most importantly, these can be packed down to the size of a water bottle and takes up less space in their carry on.

Solar Charging Power Bank

While roaming through offbeat tracks, your friend might struggle to find a power source to charge their phone. In that case, a power bank that charges itself using the energy from the sun will be a life saver.

These practical gifts will act as a token of your love and affection to your friends even when they are miles away from you on the other side of this world..

Ways To Motivate Yourself To Travel

As famously said motivation doesn’t last more than a day and so does bathing which is why we have to do it every day. Have you been feeling very low lately when it comes to traveling? When you are busy working and you have lived around family and friends it gets comfortable. This causes us to leave our beachy and mountainous travel plans for tomorrow. 

Years go by and you realize you haven’t even stepped out of your city for a while. While planning a trip you might get demotivated not only because life happened to you but also sometimes our family and friends just disparage the whole idea. Here are some tips to avoid thinking I should listen to mom, these long road hours are killing me:

1.Devote time

Let’s face it, stuff is always going to keep coming up and you will always have laundry pending when you sit down to plan your trip. We recommend devoting proper time to planning your trips from accommodation all the way to the places you are going to want to visit. Making it a consistent habit and part of your routine just 30 minutes a day of planning and keeping it on your calendar will help you be regular. After all it’s your calendar, you cant skip it. 

2.Hold yourself accountable

One of the best ways to keep us humans on track is holding ourselves accountable to others. Whether it’s a friend checking up on you, betting money, or just having someone involved in the plan. These tricks will help you stay focused. The societal pressure will also make sure you don’t fall off the wagon and give an extra boost of motivation to follow through

3.Make a list of places

Having a list of places you want to visit and regularly marking where and how you would like to go there. Seeing all these places helps keep the motivation in check. If you are creative pick a medium to express your love for travel such as a scrapbook or an illustration.

4.Meet other travelers 

It’s near to impossible to stay motivated for longer periods of time if the people around you keep questioning your decisions of traveling. If you are struggling to lurk around travel forums, attend travel story events. You can also use apps like couchsurfing and meetup to get together with other travelers. Moreover, try to distance yourself from naysayers till you get back on the road.

5.Read Travel blogs

Last but not the least, reading about other’s experiences of travel helps you realize that it’s much easier to travel than most people think. Advice and tips also assist us in realizing that gone are the days when travel used to be a luxury. It’s not only practical, realistic but also financially possible as well. 

It’s perfectly natural to lose motivation while traveling for long or not having traveled at all. Like most people, we all get excited about a trip, and then the doorbell rings, and it’s uncle sam asking for some salt. We usually forget things in the hustle-bustle of our life. Hope these tips keep you motivated and put you back on the road/airplane

5 Amazing Tips to Help Settling Abroad

No matter what drove your decision to leave your current course of conduct and move to a new country, maybe some family commitment or work requirement or studying in your favorite university influenced your mind but settling in a new country is no piece of cake. Although it is exciting to experience a new place, its traditions, culture, language, and people, the transition could be overwhelming and you need an integrated plan to adapt and settle into a new living atmosphere. Let’s find out these five amazing tips that help you settle in a new land more quickly and successfully. 

Learn the language

The key to settling in a new country is being optimistic and proactive about the adaptation and integration to the new life and the first step you can take about it is to learn their language. This will show your interest in the new culture and people and it will make your life easy as you will be able to converse with the new people easily especially if you are thinking of staying there for a longer period of time. You can also join a group or take up a course, this will allow you to meet people with the same interests and you will make friends in no time and it would be easy with the same language.

Understand their culture 

Dress color and hand gestures, table manners, and conversing etiquettes are different in different cultures. For example; the French appreciate the gathering of the whole family every day at the dinner table with a special arrangement of meals. For Americans, family gatherings at mealtime are rare and they prefer fast food while taking a stroll. As red color is a sign of good luck in China and bad luck in Korea, starting the meal or leaving the table before elders come is deemed rude in Asia and Europe. Burping is normal in the Middle East but in Asia, it is frowned upon and against table manners. When you make an effort to understand their tradition and manners, the locals are more appreciative and amicable towards you and it helps you settle better. 

Always go along 

Never miss the chance for a get together with your new people in the new land. Always be a yes man when your friends or colleagues or neighbors offer you to join for a cup of tea or official dinners or a day out. This will help you learn more about their culture, way of living, beliefs, and manners. Plus you get to make friends and free drinks. Not a bad deal, right?

Explore your new home

The second thing that would help you settle in your new home and country is when you stop comparing your new home with the birth or the previous home. And the first and the foremost thing that would help you settle at a new place is your optimism, willingness, and positive attitude towards the change. We know it’s a big change in your life and of your families. The kids are away from relatives, their schools, and old friends, but your positive attitude will help them explore and acknowledge the new country as their home. And make them understand that there is a lot in the new land that needs to be explored and enjoyed. 

Ask for help 

We understand that there are several instances that require you to support or help in any way. The transport route could be problematic or check out about the nearby market, the language barrier or the hotel address, anything or everything could be baffling in a new state. So it’s better to ask for help rather than googling or researching every time. The locals are accommodative when you are struggling to settle abroad. A little talk would help loosen your nerves and make things easy for you. 

6 Necessary Things To Do Before You Travel Abroad

Believe you’re prepared for that outing of a lifetime? Regardless of whether it’s examination abroad, a global entry level position, work experience abroad, or simply a deserved beach session on some fascinating island, the measure of planning you do before jumping on the plane will have a major effect as far as you can tell. Take the additional time presently to get ready and plan, so you can augment your time abroad. Wandering through side roads and eating local food seems like significantly more fun than agonizing over why your phone has unfamiliar connectivity issues.

To assist you with getting prepared, here’s a list of things to remember before going to the airport:

1. Get a Passport.

Before you can begin gathering beautiful stamps from everywhere in the world, you need some place to put them first. Apply for passport a month before your flight date to avoid any problems. While the identification cycle is generally pretty straightforward, now and again regulatory issues disrupt everything and cause everything to take any longer than you suspected.

In all likelihood, you should apply in person at your neighborhood passport agency. Be set up to give evidence of citizenship, an additional type of character, and latest record photographs. Check your neighborhood office for certain requirements before you head in to complete that application!

2. Apply for Visa.

Visa particulars vary for each country, however the primary concern is the equivalent: it’s monotonous and the process can’t be rushed.

Do some research and see whether the country you are going to requires a visa. Provided that this is true, what sort of visa will you need? A little over half of the world’s countries require visas for any length of stay, a large portion of these as a standard visitor’s visa. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you will study or interning for in excess of a short semester, you may need to apply for a student visa. If you want to work, you will require a work visa (however you might have the option to work abroad without a visa, as well).

3. Get done with your Routine Checkup.

This step may likewise not be fun, however consider the amount more dull it tends to be to go get a routine checkup or tooth cleaning in a country where you don’t communicate in the language and the “workplace” is a messy corner in somebody’s front room. Get a clinical registration and a proper checkup, so you can eat whatever you want with no concerns in the back of your mind and travel easily. Take all the measures as prescribed by your doctor.

4. Make a Budget.

This is especially useful on the off chance that you will invest your time and energy abroad with a study or volunteer program. Research the average cost for basic items in that specific area, and see where your costs will go each month: convenience, food, transportation, entertainment. In the event that you are simply going on a personal outing, make a detailed list about the amount you will spend on restaurants, travel, shopping, and so on.

5. Search the Country and Learn about it.

Regardless of how cool and receptive you are, you’re likely going to encounter culture stun (they eat what?!). No measure of exploration will change that. In any case, it’s great to go prepared with the goal that your time abroad can be spent enjoying and just being yourself as opposed to flipping through new manuals. Search the spots you need to visit, any festivals that occur during the time you’ll be there, and events that you can take an interest in.

6. Find out a way to communicate with your loved ones.

Regardless of whether you’re going out traveling to move away from everything, it’s in every case great to realize your alternatives to connect with loved ones back home (for when you do wind up in that dental specialist seat or get that undesirable mosquito bite). In addition, it’s ideal to call and tell your parents that you made it to the opposite side of the sea safely and you are enjoying every day.

Be open to challenges and enjoy every minute of it all. The process might look a little stressful but eventually you are going to live your dream so get excited!

Here’s Everything You Should Pack When Traveling Alone

If you have never had the chance to travel anywhere by yourself, there is a lot of planning you need to do. As a first-timer, you might be confused. You may want to travel light, but at the same time, you do not want to forget essentials that may lead you to have troubles during your solo travels.

Of course, there’s nothing more rewarding than exploring a new place all alone: the places you get to see, the new people you interact with, and so much more. But traveling alone also means you need to be all prepared because there will be no one to guide you or help you in case you forget to bring something.

Here’s a list of top essential go-to things you need to pack when traveling to a destination on your own:

1.     Your Very Own Smart Carry-On 

It would be best if you went for a carry-on, TSA, and compliant approve by the airline you choose to travel with. A 360 spinner is a fancy option for many travelers. Go for a carry-on, which is spacious and has a USB charger port in it as well. Such a suitcase will help you charge your devices on the go. You also need to make sure that it has sufficient pockets for you to add items for different sections. 

2.     A Secret Scarf

As mentioned above as well, traveling alone can be scary. Roaming around with your stuff in one luggage can give you some major anxiety. It is essential that when you are traveling, you travel without any worries. Therefore, we suggest you get a multi-use (and of course, a worry-free) traveling scarf. The scarfs come with a secret pocket that can hold your valuable documents such as credit cards, passport, and license.

You really need to get this!

3.     A Comfortable Pair of Sneakers 

This one is a given when it comes to traveling. Regardless of what sort of location it is – be it a dessert or a hilly destination, you need to invest in a good pair of sneakers or joggers. By ‘good,’ we mean a comfortable pair. You do not want to be in a rotten mood because your feet feel uncomfortable or have a bruise because of the cheap pair you got from an untrustworthy brand. Investing in a good pair of fleets can go a long way. You won’t regret it.

4.     Anti-Theft Backpack 

Keeping your valuables close is essential when it comes to traveling. It would be best if you had a tech-friendly, water-repellent, and tear-resistant bag for your travels. The anti-theft zippers on such bags will keep your devices from any theft. Such a bag comes with a built-in USB port, so you may not want to get yourself a power bank because this bag would be enough for you.

5.     eAlarm

Speaking of safety (because that is a number 1 concern of many travelers on their solo trips), you need to get an eAlarm for yourself. An eAlarm is the smallest SOS alarm present in the world. It is the one thing you need in emergency cases. By pulling the black pin and re-inserting it, you activate and deactivate it on the go. 

6.     First Aid Kit 

This one is pretty self-explanatory, no? A first aid kit must include Tylenol, gauze pads, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, cleansing wipes, and all the medical prescriptions your medical advisor gives you. You do not want to leave without medicines, and the above mentioned medical gears.

Now that the list has been shared with you make sure you do not skip on any items. All of the mentioned items are equally important. Make some adjustments if there are weight issues, but do not exclude them from your traveling essentials.

Happy tripping!

Traveling safe: the definitive guide for travelers

Traveling safe: the definitive guide for travelers

According to research conducted by the International School of Ethics and Safety, as many as eight out of ten Italians do not take precautions before traveling to travel safely. A complaint resulting from a survey conducted in collaboration with tour operator security operators.

In fact, only two out of ten Italians leave a trace of the trip they intend to do, set their smartphones with the emergency numbers and with the contact of the diplomatic mission of the destination they intend to reach or provide alternative communication systems (such as social networks, for example) in the event that access to telephone lines is lost.

For many years, institutional bodies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Farnesina Crisis Unit have been distributing information material and providing behavioral codes to be used during those emergency situations that may occur during travel.

Unfortunately, however, media attention and people’s interest tend to focus on a particular event, such as a catastrophe, an earthquake, a flood or a terrorist episode. Business travelers and companies that send their employees overseas are also often not very security conscious. In fact, it seems that only a very low percentage of the 30 thousand Italian companies working abroad know and apply the regulations on the safety of employees abroad.

“When we organize a trip, we automatically inquire about mandatory vaccines, pack suitable clothing and get supplies of medicines, to be ready to overcome small difficulties, but we think very little about the risks connected to environmental, terrorist or related phenomena. local crime ” , explains Professor Paola Guerra, founder and director of the International School of Ethics and Security . “Not paying attention to these facts is probably a psychological defense: it does not depend on the fact that we do not know the actual risks, but on believing that those risks will never directly affect us. An attack of gastroenteritis is taken into account but not to be one of the Bataclan’s guests ” .

In those situations, everyone’s spontaneous reaction is to cancel the trips already planned or to postpone any travel. But once the fear of the moment has waned, we forget to organize travel in total safety.

Health on the road: the tips to leave safely

Health on the road: the tips to leave safely

Diseases, natural disasters, political unrest: anything can happen when you travel. If one thinks about it, one does not move from home. Fortunately, this is not the case, even if, sometimes, giving up a trip, even if organized long ago, is the best solution.

SiViaggia interviewed Paola Guerra, founder and director of the International School of Ethics & Safety, asking her for some advice on how to behave in the event that a trip can be put at risk by unexpected events. In a previous interview we had anticipated a project aimed at travel agencies with specific leaflets for travelers. Here’s what he recommends.

How and where to find information on protecting your health while traveling?
“Traveling health is very important, when we work with companies we prepare them for this theme which is often overlooked: the organizational unit and the numbers to call in case of need (sometimes it is enough to have even the help of a doctor who speak your language to deal with a health emergency), the ongoing consultation of the Farnesina ‘Viaggiare Sicuri’ website for the latest information on health, environmental, social or political risks, first aid kits, reporting periodic of your position to be able to intervene promptly, the correct eating behaviors.

These days, the site of the Ministry of Health and that of the World Health Organization are also related to Coronavirus. We prepare leaflets and communication campaigns for the employees of the companies with which we collaborate; in fact, companies have the responsibility and duty to inform their employees about the risks and safety when traveling abroad. “

What factors should pandemic travelers consider?
“In the first place, undoubtedly, those who travel in high-risk situations, such as in the case of health epidemics, must rely on secure, reliable sources of information.

The World Health Organization, the Farnesina, the embassies of your country are reliable sources. Unfortunately, not all government bodies in different countries demonstrate transparency and timeliness in information. You should not rely on social media and last-minute information, word of mouth which is often heavily influenced by panic and fear.

Professionals who need to move for work can turn to their companies for timely information and risk indications. The safety of its employees is under the responsibility of the employer always, during a trip and also in his spare time. It is a responsibility but also a legal obligation. It is the company that must implement the security measures necessary for the specific situation and for that area of ​​risk. The risk assessment must include risks related to health, accidents, the environment (earthquakes or calamities), terrorism, crime, just to mention the most important.

It is not uncommon in our job to be called by companies to assess the risks and come together, to the conclusion that it is better not to undertake that trip or that transfer, moving it for some time waiting to move in a safer perimeter “.

What precautions should travelers take to avoid getting sick?
“Of course, there are all the precautions to which, perhaps, we are more used to: washing your hands very often, wearing masks if you are present in the hot zone of the epidemic, not eating fresh food and using packaged water. And then common sense: using technological tools for a period of time, more conference calls and fewer trips … “.