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Travel tips to help you make the most of your European trips. Tips on the best things to see, places to stay and eat in European destinations.. The lowdown from locals and experienced European travellers to help you plan your travels.

7 Sure-fire Ways to Make Travelling Stress Free

They say that ‘half the fun is getting there.’ However, this is not always true. Travelling not only leaves you exhausted and fatigued, but commercial flights also waste your time and can potentially kill your excitement. Regardless of whether you are a business traveller, leisure hunter, regular tourist or honeymoon goer, you can make your travelling experience stress-free by preparing for it in advance.

Here are seven sure-fire ways of making your travelling experience stress-free and exciting.

Create a Handy Itinerary

You might have already done your research about places to visit and things to do. For a stress-free travelling experience, it is necessary to do thorough research about hotels, transport services etc. Prepare a handy itinerary which contains information about the hotel’s address and number, details of the transport service and number and address of anyone you know at the destination.

Use a Flight Radar for Optimum Safety

Delayed flights, late arrivals and other such incidents will not only leave you stressed, but can also worry your family and friends back home. Using a live flight tracking application such as http://www.flightradar.co.uk/ can help relieve the stress in many ways. An online flight radar obtains all the information of domestic and international flights round the clock. The application works as a radar to provide you with the necessary information, including updates on flight timings, delays, late arrivals or any kind of weather changes that may cause a delay. These insights keep your family updated about the status of your flight.

If you are a business providing pick-and-drop services from the airport, you can obtain flight updates simply with the help of a flight radar. Flight tracking is highly effective for staying updated and keeping your loved ones stress-free. All it requires from you is a good internet connection!

Pack Light

Lugging around heavy baggage can be stressful. Do you want to spend one hour every day packing your stuff and checking the drawers and cupboards of your hotel room before moving to the next

place? Also, it is difficult to travel with lots of bags, especially if you’re using the public transport system. If you are a tourist, make sure to pack minimum luggage. By packing light, you can avoid carrying heavy suitcases or shopping bags.

Learn Common Words from the Local Language

Communication is one of the biggest problems, especially if you are unfamiliar with the language of your destination. If you are planning to hire a tour guide, learn simple words, such as thank you, welcome, please, sorry etc. If you are not planning to hire a tour guide, learn some basic words and short questions, such as where is this place, which bus I should take to reach XYZ place, etc.

Create a Personal Care Pack

You may easily be able to get anything at your desired destination however; searching in aisles marked in the local language can elevate your stress and even make you feel homesick. A useful tactic is to create a personal care pack that contains basics such as lip balm, lotion, face mask, sunglasses, cotton balls, medicines and other products which you cannot live without.

Carry Copies of Your Important Documents

Important documents include your passport, biometric residence permit, national insurance number and your photograph. Make sure to carry at least three copies of your passport when travelling abroad. You might be required to submit a copy of your passport anywhere. When travelling domestically, make sure to carry a small diary with the names and numbers of people close to you, including your family members, friends and colleagues.

Keep a Track of Expenditure

You can choose to travel modestly or spend as much money as you want – it all depends on your budget. Let’s be honest and accept that when we spend extra money on travelling (which we definitely love to), we all are stressed afterwards.

When planning your trip, calculate your budget and create a list of affordable activities. Distribute the budget into obvious expenses, such as accommodation, transportation, food and souvenirs. Keep track of your expenses from the very first day. Even if you exceed your expense limit in the first few days, you can adjust the expenses after that to ensure that your vacation remains within your determined budget.

Overall, calculation is the key to setting up a stress-free trip. Follow the aforementioned tips faithfully to make the most out of your vacation.

How Distance Learning is Revolutionising Your Education

Distance Learning is fast becoming a popular alternative to the traditional university education, and so many are benefiting from its practicality
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A typical university student is bound to experience heaps of debt, surrounded by personal torment and an ever growing appreciation for sleep. As tuition fees rise, so does the mountain of work you’re expected to tackle.

Three years in the same place can be a strain, even if you’re enjoying the uni lifestyle. But that feeling of being locked in, with no real escape, is something that can be avoided through the new dawn of distance learning.

With that in mind, here are a few reasons why distance learning could be perfect for you.

1) Your time, your rules

Many of us are extremely busy with our own personal commitments. Once engaged with a distance learning course, you can complete your educational story while still balancing your work and life.

The opportunity to travel is such an important factor for many students. Ever thought about a trip around Europe, exploring new cultures and visiting famous sights? Take inspiration from us and see what you’re missing out on.

2) Saving Money

Student loans are still available to those who choose distance learning. This means that the government will provide financial support for your tuition fees, which you’ll repay once the course is complete.

Also, boarding costs can be a real pain. Accommodation is always expensive, whether it’s halls with ants in the kitchen or a brand new, catered, on campus complex.

3) Prove yourself, to yourself

Nothing shows independence more than handling six different aspects of life in one, especially when one of them is a degree.

And imagine how impressed employers will be when you’ve managed to complete a degree-level qualification alongside every other aspect of your life. It’s a balancing act which shows how reliable, flexible and hard-working you are.

4) Name a time or a place

Many universities, such as Anglia Ruskin, have a growing range of distance learning courses that could be ideal for you. From business and management, to finance and law, a formidable number of learning opportunities are just a few clicks away.

5) General Convenience

Travelling to university not only costs money, but takes up a lot of time. If you move across the country, you’ll have to fork out plenty of cash to see your loved ones back home. Staying within close proximity to your family, job and childhood haunts could be the perfect blend for you.

Now it’s your turn. There are so many avenues to travel. It’s just about finding the one that’s perfect for you.

Distance learning is taking over, and it could be the right time for you to jump on the bandwagon.

Barcelona City Guide: 5 Top Tips You Need to Know

Whether you’re heading off for a romantic break, a reunion with friends, a solo adventure or a family trip, Barcelona won’t disappoint.

With beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants and relaxing parks around practically every corner, there’s so much to do.

Let yourself get too sidetracked by sangria and afternoon siestas, and you’ll end up missing all the city’s wonderful, unique highlights.

To help you tick off your entire sightseeing to-do list, we’re sharing five top tips for making the most of Barcelona. Take a look.

#1: Use the buses to get around

Barcelona is big and the main sights are pretty widespread, so in the middle of the day when the sun is at its most powerful, you don’t want to be walking too much.

There is an underground, but buying a hop-on hop-off bus ticket is by far the best way to get around. The tourist buses will take you to all the major landmarks and tourists hotspots, plus you’ll get a sneak peek at the rest of the stunning city as you go.

#2: Treat yourself to a beach day

There aren’t many cities in the world that also boast a beautiful, sandy coastline, so it’s definitely worth taking a break from Barcelona’s historical landmarks to spend a day at Barceloneta beach. It’s only a short Metro ride away, so it’d be rude not to.

Whether you work on your tan, get your heart racing with water sports or indulge in some seafood tapas, you’re sure to leave feeling completely and utterly relaxed.

#3: Dress for the weather

Do not underestimate how hot and humid Barcelona gets, especially in the middle of summer. To stay comfy, cool and in good spirits throughout the long days and nights, you need to think practically and pack appropriately.

We recommend loose, flowing maxi dresses or lightweight shorts, flat and supportive footwear (definitely no heels, there’s far too many cobbled streets) and some decent sunglasses.

#4: Be safe

You’ll no doubt spend a lot of time getting happily lost in and around Las Ramblas, but it’s important to be careful as you wander about. Although it’s got plenty of fun shops, bars and restaurants, the street is also infamous for pickpockets.

Don’t worry about it too much, though. So long you’re aware of the risks, only carry one day’s worth of money at a time and keep an eye on your bag, you should be able to enjoy yourself without encountering any problems.

#5: Buy tickets online

From museums and art galleries to the many Gaudi landmarks dotted around the place, visiting Barcelona’s biggest tourist attractions can soon start to get pricey.

To keep your budget and sightseeing plan on track, your best bet is buying tickets online before you jet off on holiday. Whatever you do, make sure you check out La Sagrada Familia. The UNESCO World Heritage site is always packed with tourists but the queues are worth it.

Do you have any other top tips for making the most of a city break to Barcelona?

Why You Should Walk Around and Risk Getting Lost in Cities

When I was in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. I decided to walk the two miles to the Botanical Gardens. Although I could have used my Gothenburg City Card to take the tram, I wanted some exercise and the route looked interesting.

I found several interesting sculptures in Kungsparken.

The concrete oval sculpture provided a frame for the buildings on the other side of the river,

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I was intrigued by the huge, patchwork head-shaped sculpture.

Sculpture in Per Angers Plats Gothenburg Sweden

There were two large openings in the shell on the other side of the piece, which revealed a yellow suspended blob, which looked like a nerve cell. in the middle.

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The deer had a lovely expression.

Deer sculpture in Kungsparken Gothenburg Sweden

I missed my turning to head south. ending up in the Haga district. Several of the pieces in the ceramics shop looked like cacti. Very appropriate, as I was heading for Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

Ceramics shop on Vastra Skansgatan Gothenburg Sweden

As I made my way back east, I happened upon some boat sculptures in small garden square.

Boat sculptures in Vintervag-halles ej in Gothenburg Sweden

Although walking to Gothenburg Botanical Garden took more than twice as long as anticipated, due to getting lost and stopping to take photos, it was time well spent. It enabled me to see a lot more of the city than simply taking the tram.

Making the Most of Your Gothenburg City Card

If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, it could be worthwhile buying a Gothenburg City Card.

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The Gothenburg City Card costs:

Adults: 24 hours – SEK 375, 48 hours –  SEK 525, 72 hours –  SEK 675
Children : 24 hours SEK 245, 48 hours –  SEK 345,  72 hours –  SEK 435

At the time of writing the exchange rate is 11.14SEK to £1 Sterling.

The Gothenburg City Card offers free public transport including trams, buses and some ferries. The standard flat fare is SEK 25. Although you could walk between many attractions around central Gothenburg, it’s a good idea to use trams or buses, if you want to save time.

You can visit the islands in the Gothenburg Archipelago, such as Saltholmen and Vinga, using the City Pass. The adult price for the cruise to Vinga is SEK 220.

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The island of Vinga

If you mainly plan to visit museums, then paying the SEK 40 (around £3.60) adult admission fee at any of the museums listed below, gives you to annual pass to all the museums on the list.

  • Natural History Museum
  • Art Museum
  • Gothenburg City Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Rohsska (Design) Museum

If you are under 25 years of age, admission is free to the above museums.

Dress by Franco Moschino and Roy Lichtenstein at Rohsska Museum Gothenburg Sweden

Dress by Franco Moschino and Roy Lichtenstein at Rohsska Museum 

If you wish to visit other museums, e.g. the Volvo or Aviation Museums, most cost around SEK 100 for an adult admission, but are included in the City Pass.

I visited Martiman, a floating maritime experience centre. Standard adult entry there is SEK 120, but it’s included with the City Card.

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The SEK 95 admission fee to the Liseberg amusement park is waived if you have a Gothenburg City Pass, but rides are an additional cost. When I was in Gothenburg in December 2004, I really enjoyed walking around Liseberg. There were three million Christmas lights, reindeer drawn sleigh rides and a mini ski slope for toddlers.

The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is lovely. If you visit in Summer, the long opening hours from 9am to dusk, offer good flexibility of times to visit. There’s a voluntary admission fee of SEK 20, With an additional charge of SEK 20 to enter the greenhouses. Entry to the garden and the greenhouses is included with the Gothenburg City Card.

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The Mansion Garden in Gothenburg Botanical Garden

If you have any questions about the Gothenburg City Card, the online chat facility, found at the bottom right of the Tourist Office website is great. I asked about the opening hours at the Lipstick building, and my query was answered with a few minutes.

My top tip for getting the most from the Gothenburg City Card is to do your research in advance, carefully checking days and hours of opening and ferry timetables. Then add up the admission fees and transport costs to check that these outgoings come to more than the cost of the Gothenburg City Card.

Be prepared to get up early, enabling you to arrive at the first stop on your itinerary just after opening time.

Tips on When to Book the Cheapest Flights

Research by Opodo has identified the best days and months to book cheap flights. Analysis of the average price paid during 2016 for return flights from the UK, booked on the Opodo website, uncovered the optimum times to find the lowest prices for flights.

Evidently, flights are cheapest if booked on a Saturday or Sunday. While I was aware that it was cheaper to fly on certain days of the week, which is why I had booked so many flights for travel on Tuesdays, I didn’t realise that day on which I booked the flight would have any bearing on the price of the flight.

There are some price variations between different categories of flight, depending on whether you book on a Saturday or Sunday. As an example, you can save 2.63% by booking a long haul flight on a Saturday. Whereas, booking a long haul flight on a Sunday will only net a saving of 0.84%.

The more expensive the flight, the more money you can save by finding the cheapest flight. Therefore, I’d put more effort into searching for the cheapest flights to Australia from the UK versus a domestic flight.

I’m not sure why it’s cheaper to book flights at the weekend. Maybe there are no searches being made for business trips, so lower prices are required to attract leisure travellers?

The month in which you book a flight also has an impact on the cost of the flight, with September and October being the cheapest months in which to book. Again, there are variations depending on the length of the flight. The largest saving of 13.89% is for domestic flights booked during October. You could save an average of 13.67% by booking a long haul flight in September. It’s a lower saving of 7.81% if you book a short haul flight in September.

As ever, being flexible with your dates and not traveling in peak season, e.g. school holidays, leads to much lower prices for flights.

I reckon that choosing a popular destination where there is plenty of competition between several airlines flying the same route is likely to save you money, compared to a less popular destination which only has one flight a week.

For domestic travel, the three most popular destinations are London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. In Europe, it’s Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam. If you are venturing further afield, the three top choices are New York, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Edinburgh Castle

It’s also worth looking out for promotions. Some airlines offer a discount on flight prices, e.g. flash sales and voucher codes.

Top 5 Golfing Destinations in Europe

Where are the best places to play golf in Europe? What a question that is! If you like Links Golf then Scotland and Ireland would probably come out on top, if you love to play in the sunshine you will find yourself heading off to Spain, Portugal or Perhaps somewhere like Cyprus or Turkey, Europe really does offer something for everyone.

With all of this in mind, we have written this article to help you to choose a destination for your next golf holiday according to a range of different factors.

Best Value Golf Holiday Destinations

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There is a little place called Balchik which many golfers have never even heard of, however this small town in Bulgaria is the home of three great golf courses and two excellent hotels.

The one course that you might have heard of in Balchik is called Thracian Cliffs. Venue for the Volvo World Matchplay Golf in 2013, Thracian Cliffs is an outstanding golf course with some simply amazing golf holes. But don’t take our word for it, Gary Player described this course by saying that “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet”.

National Club Golfer have got a pretty high option of this course as well, they rated it as the “2nd Most Scenic Golf Course in the world!”.

However Balchik isn’t all about the Thracian Cliffs Golf Course, there are two other great golf courses here as well. The Lighthouse Course at the Lighthouse Hotel was designed by Gary Player and offers an excellent level of resort style golf which is challenging enough to low handicap golfers but forgiving enough for the higher handicappers as well.

There is also the sometimes forgotten Blacksearama Course at the Tracian Cliffs Resort. This course was also designed by Gary Player and was named the Best New Golf Course in the World in 2009 by Golf Inc Magazine.
Due the favourable exchange rate between the pound and the Bulgarian Lev, Thracian Cliffs offers outstanding value for money. Visitors can choose to stay in the 5* Lighthouse Hotel, the Club Residence Studio’s and Suites or in one of a whole host of beautiful resort villas and apartments.

Best All Inclusive Golf Holiday Destination

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One of the great advantages of a golf holiday that is based at a hotel which offers all-inclusive accommodation is that there is nothing more to pay once you are in your resort. However, most all-inclusive hotels are based in beach locations and far away from a range of high quality golf courses – that was before they built the resort of Belek in Turkey.

Belek is a purpose built holiday and golf resort which features a huge range of very high quality all-inclusive hotels and 14 golf courses which range in quality from very good to world class.
All of the infrastructure in Belek is based around making all of the elements of your golf holiday flow seamlessly into each other.

When you arrive into Antalya Airport you will be met by your driver who will take you to your chosen hotel. A shuttle is on hand at the hotel reception to take you to the golf course of the day and at the course they will be waiting to welcome you with open arms.

You can even play Night Golf in Belek at the Carya Golf Club. And this is no gimmick! The Carya Golf Course is just superb, the fact that you can also play it at night just adds another fun element to this fantastic golf resort – the No.1 Choice for an All-Inclusive Golf Holiday.

Best Golf Holiday Destinations for Party Animals

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If Ibiza had more than one golf course we are pretty sure it would win in this category, but it doesn’t so it hasn’t, but at least that will give you an understanding as to what we mean by a party animal.

This section is aimed at people who want to have at least one night out on the town, probably have more to drink than they should and probably be in an environment filled with loud music and dancing before returning to bed in the early hour of the morning. Sound like you? Then read on…

There are a few contenders for the Best Golf Holiday for Party animals category, Paphos in Cyprus would make a great choice, as would Puerto Banus in the Costa Del Sol. However, in our view the island of Majorca and the regions of Magaluf and Palma Nova fit the bill perfectly!

Not only are you sure to find lots of other revellers in this part of Majorca, but you are also very close to a range of excellent golf courses. So with cheap and cheerful accommodation available, lots of nightclubs and parties all year around and some great golf courses, Majorca is, in our opinion the best golf holiday destination for party animals.

Best Golf Holiday Destination for Foodies

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At the other end of the spectrum for the party animals is the foodie. This is a huge new trend in the golf holiday sector catering for the more discerning individuals who are looking for quality accommodation, high quality golf courses and beautiful food served within a lovely environment.

So where is this fabulous destination we hear you ask… the answer is Girona! The small Spanish town of Girona is home to an amazing 4 Michelin Starred Restaurants including one, El Celler de Can Roca which has repeatedly been voted as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’.

Girona is also the location of PGA Catalunya an excellent golf resort which features two courses, one of which – The Stadium Course – has been voted as the best golf course in Spain on numerous occasions.

With many other great restaurants and golf courses to choose from, as well as a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, the region of Girona is Spain, is the Best Golf Holiday Destination for Foodies!

Best Golf Holiday Destination

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All of the above destinations are fantastic for their individual reasons, however when it comes to an all-rounder and overall winner, we think that it is pretty hard to beat the region of the Algarve in Portugal.

The ‘old classic’ destination has stood the test of time and still offers something for everyone. With a huge range of accommodation, good nightlife and restaurants and golf courses to suit all budgets and abilities the Algarve really is a great all-rounder!

Your Guide to Cruise Packing

Packing for a cruise is a lot more complicated than throwing your summer wardrobe into a suitcase. The number of destinations that you will visit on your holiday makes it tempting to pack your entire wardrobe, just in case.

Here’s a guide on what you need to consider when packing for your cruise holiday and how to keep your luggage at a minimum.

cruise-ship

Plan Ahead

Before you start shopping for your holiday wardrobe, remember to look at whether your cruise line has a dress code. Many cruises set a number of formal nights and even some themed evenings, so research this in advance to avoid being caught unprepared!

Take into account the potential temperature differences between ports. There are many different cruise packages available, such as those offered by Bolsover Cruise Club, so have a look at the variety on offer and pack accordingly when you’ve booked your favourite.

Packing Tips

When planning outfits for your cruise, try to select pieces that you can easily mix and match to keep your luggage at a minimum and also pack clothes that you can layer up, which will allow you to add or remove layers as required. You can easily cut down on your packing by finding out whether your cruise ship has a self-service laundry on board.

Make sure you leave some room to bring back souvenirs for your family and friends, or pack an extra bag to carry them in on your way home.

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Carry-on Essentials

In the event that your luggage is lost by the airline on your way to the cruise, pack a few essentials in your carry-on – it could take your luggage a while to be located and then shipped to the next port of call. Also, remember that it may take hours for your bags to arrive in your cabin, so pack the following necessities in your carry-on:

  • A change of clothes, socks and underwear
  • Medications – you may not be able to get your prescription on-board
  • Electrical items, such as your laptop and camera
  • Important documents, like your passport, ID, cruise documents, credit card/cash

Extras

If you have extra space in your bag, try to bring items in advance that will be expensive to buy on-board. This includes over-the-counter medication, batteries, sunscreen, ear plugs and power adaptors so you can charge all your electrical items at once.

The most important thing to remember when packing for your cruise is to plan ahead. You don’t want to arrive with multiple bags of luggage, but you also don’t want to pay increased prices for items you could have brought with you from home. Follow this guide and look forward to having all the essentials for a relaxed and stylish holiday.

Essay: Tips on Traveling in Europe Alone

Europe has always been one of the most popular and desirable places of interest. Tourists from all over the world come to the European countries to see their culture, history and people.

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This ‘old world’ is especially attractive to the people who live in America or Australia whereas Europe is a completely different place. It has its ancient atmosphere in combination with modern technologies and innovations. It is the place of synthesis of the medieval buildings and horse carriages and brand new skyscrapers and fast transport. When you decide to visit Europe alone, you ought to pay attention to the specific features that make it different from other cultures.

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The foremost decision is the choice of transportation. Many peoplemistakenly think that Europe is a small place. However, it consists of numerous different countries that can be crossed in several hours. This diversity of Europe is your major problem and attraction at the same time. Every European country has its system of transportation with its own schedule and prices. Most often, the cheapest means of transportation is bus. In fact, it is always difficult to find a bus to your destination at the very moment. Thus, you should travel by train whereas they go to the smallest towns and villages. Moreover, they are fast and frequent. If you miss your train, the next one will be in an hour. Train will let you cover long distances rapidly. In addition, you will be able to visit more places of interest. You can visit small towns and enjoy the countryside that is impossible if you travel by plane. It will be smart to install some apps that will helpyou find the right train to your destination.

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If you have decided to organize a solo euro trip, try to visit as many countries as you can. If you choose five or six countries that are located far from one another, you will need to travel by plane. It is possible to save much money if you travel by low-cost airlines. Ryanair, Wizz Air and Easyjet are the most affordable airlines that will help you reach your destination for cheap.

Hviezdoslav Square market

Very few people understand that the main attractions are not located in the European capitals. If you want to see the real German culture, authentic food and beverages, you do not need to go to Berlin. You will not find anything there. You ought to go small towns and villages that are hidden from the main touristic routes. Go to the markets and look at the real people who sell their genuine products. What is more, you will save much money whereas the prices in small towns are much lower. Such cities as Berlin, Paris, London, Rome or Prague are very similar. The majority of people are foreigners there. Therefore, you will hardly find the real Frenchman or German in a capital. The real culture of Europe is located in the suburbs and countryside.

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Be prepared to the problem of communication. Bear in mind that Europe consists of dozens of countries who speak different languages. Thus, your knowledge of German, Russian, French or Spanish will be very useful. In some small towns you will hardly find an English speaking person who will help you find yourself in this settlement. If you know that you will go to Italy, Spain, Greece, Slovakia or Lithuania, you should purchase a small phrasebook to be able to say at least the simplest phrases or words. Although English is an international language, you will realize that in many countries people do not pay attention to this fact and neglect foreign languages.

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What about cash? Although euro is the major currency in the EU, there are many countries that have their own national currencies. You can easily exchange your dollars in numerous money changers located at the railway stations and city centers. You can pay with a credit card; however, many vendors require only cash. Therefore, you need to possess the local money if you decide to buy souvenirs or have a snack in the ‘wild’.

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Probably the biggest problem is the apartment. Of course, the choice of the apartment depends on your budget. If you have money, you can live at a hotel or hostel. However, there are many people who want to have an affordable trip. In this case, you can couchsurf and spend time with the locals or rent a flat. Most often, flats are cozier and much cheaper than hotels. Moreover, you can cook yourself and spend time in the apartment in any way you want.

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In the end, if you are interested in tasty and cheap food, avoid tourist areas. There are many authentic restaurants that offertraditional dishes that cost little. They are located not far from thecity centers and not overloaded with crowd.

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Take the World Languages Quiz

You can have some fun trying your hand at ‘The What Languages Do They Speak’ quiz below.


The What Languages Do they Speak Quiz was developed by Morningside Translations

I decided to have a go at the quiz.

With the recent Olympic Games having been held in Rio in Brazil, most people should be able to answer the first question ‘which language in spoken in Brazil?’ correctly.

Some of the other questions are a bit trickier.

word languages quiz aruba

I wasn’t even sure of the geographical location of Aruba. It’s in the Caribbean Sea. But even knowing that doesn’t help much to know which language is spoken there.

world languages quiz kosovo

I did know that Kosovo was in the Balkans, probably part of the former Yugoslavia. Looking at a map confirmed that Kosovo is bordered by Serbia and Montenegro to the north, and Macedonia and Albania to the south. After the break up of Yugoslavia, Kosovo became part of Serbia. In 2008, Kosovo declared its independence.

world languages quiz cape verde

I’ve heard of Cape Verde as a Winter sun holiday destination. The ten island archipelago lies in the Atlantic Ocean, 350 miles off the west coast of Africa. The current capital Praia is on the largest island of Santiago,

I scored 86% in the world languages quiz, so was graded as having expert knowledge.

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That’s a joke. I’m a typical Brit. My best effort with languages is to string together a few words in French when I am on holiday in France. My feeble efforts are appreciated by the locals, who often think that I am a German trying to speak French (it must be the Scottish accent).

I was in Sweden last week, and was again impressed by the Swedes’ excellent English.

Having English as your mother tongue allows you to be lazy, as English is so widely spoken.