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Preparing To Travel To Europe ? Four Important To-Dos
You have your tickets, your hotel or vacation rental reservations, passports are up to date, and you are ready to go. Not yet! Here are four important things to add to your preparation list:
1. Prepare Your Bank
Exchanging money in Europe is usually easiest and least expensive through an automated teller machines in Europe. Be careful to withdraw using your bank ATM card rather than your credit card. If you use your credit card for withdrawing cash, you may find yourself taking out a high interest loan.
Must dos with your bank:
2. Safeguard Your Documents
Photocopy your passports and airline tickets and stick them in a few places in case something gets lost and you need to recover. Ensure some of those places are in your carry-ons.
A high tech way to keep track of your passport info and other important documents in case of loss is to scan them in and email the scanned document to yourself at an email address you can access from anywhere. For example, one of our guests in an apartment in Florence found herself locked out of her apartment, so she went to a nearby internet point, retrieved the electronic copy of her apartment information from her email and made the call to be let back in.
3. Buy a Good Map
If you are visiting only major cities, your guide books and the inexpensive maps you can obtain at tourist offices will be all you need. But, if you are driving, you need a good, detailed regional map.
If you wait till you get to the region you are visiting, I guarantee that you will waste time looking for your map and the only one you will be able to find for your region will be in Swedish. A map of the whole country is not detailed enough for driving, get a regional map.
4. Buy a New Guidebook
Be sure to take recently published guidebooks with you. Sights open and close, hours change, phone numbers change, and they move things around in museums. You will experience frustration and lose time if you take an old guidebook; take my word for it.
To avoid having to carry a whole book, pull out and take just the pages for the places you will visit. You can do this for the trip and for the day.
Don't count on finding a good guidebook when you arrive. I find the English language guides published in non-English countries are often hard to read and filled with stuffy direct translations from the original language.
Pat Byrne is the president of Excellent Europe (http://www.ExcellentEurope.com) a company that selects exceptional vacation rentals in Italy. She is also the author of the Kids Europe Italy Discovery Journal (http://www.KidsEurope.com) a resource book, journal, and guide just for kids traveling in Italy that has over 500 ideas for free and fun activities in Italy.
I am in a Snit
I am in my yearly snit. Now my wife would contend that I am in a snitty mood daily and sometimes more often than that. However, I am in my Yearly Snit-it's the Tourist Season.
Boston, a Bargain Travel Guide
Made famous by Revolutionary events, infamous by cold winters, and both by the World-Series winning Red Sox, Boston has its fair share of reasons to visit. With such a reputation, however, comes high prices, and it has become increasingly difficult to find bargain deals in the city. That is why we created a list of budget restaurants, bars and activities that both locals and tourists can use when going out in Boston. Spanning the unique Boston neighborhoods, we have suggestions whether you are with family, friends or single. We also provide ideas for dates that won't break the bank - great especially for a first outing, yet perfect also for a change of pace in the old routine.
Honeymoon Cabins in Gatlinburg
Surrounded by the romantic and beautiful Smoky Mountains, a Gatlinburg cabin is the perfect spot for a honeymoon vacation. Each year hundreds of newlyweds enjoy their memorable first days alone in Gatlinburg. So many people have recognized Gatlinburg as an ideal honeymoon location that the town has been nicknamed a "Garden of Eden" for lovers.
Top Family Vacation Destinations
Planning a family beach vacation? Looking for destinations with family resorts that have fun sports and activities for the whole family, all inclusive resorts where meals are included and kid clubs? Here are some of the most popular beach destinations for families to unwind and relax:
Timeshare Presentations: Scams or Opportunities
Timeshare presentations are tricky animals. They can either be an excellent method of obtaining expensive vacations for nothing more than a couple of hours of your time or they can turn into pricey burdens on your budget. Depending on your approach, timeshare presentations can either work for you or against you - the trick is making it worth your time.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina ? Is It A Family Or Golfers Vacation Destination?
Before finding the answer to this dilemma, let's take an overview of Hilton Head and its surrounding area.
Vacation Rentals on Lake Tahoe?s South Shore
South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are particularly in demand with those folks who crave the excitement of being near the variety of entertainment choices and the abundance of recreational facilities for which the area is well known. Here at South Lake Tahoe you have your choice of world class hotels with all the amenities, beautiful houses for rent, condos, cabins, apartments and the smaller, less crowded facilities popularly known as boutique resorts.
Oceanside Vacations on Hilton Head Island
The largest barrier island on the Atlantic coast between New Jersey and Florida is Hilton Head Island. This beach paradise is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. Because of the high Atlantic tides, the twelve miles of beach are wide and clean, with a new selection of seashells each time the tide goes out. The island's latitude contributes to its mild climate, with normal temperatures that range between 55º and 75º F all year round. The ocean breeze provides the island's air-conditioning. Hilton Head oceanfront rentals are available in all price ranges, to allow each visitor a place to lay rest in between treks on the sand.
Holiday time is around the corner and its time to plan where to go and what sort of holiday you prefer.
Vancouver, Hidden Jewel Of The Pacific Northwest
Vancouver will receive a lot of attention as the 2010 Olympics approach, but why wait to visit during the most crowded, tourist deluged period since they hosted Expo 86?
Wiltshire - Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, & Much More
Wiltshire is a large English county situated in central southern England. Although it does not boast any coastline, it is crisscrossed by beautiful rivers teeming with rainbow trout.
Have you ever wanted to travel to far away places and live like a native but somehow there never seems to be quite enough money to get you there? Well have you ever thought of Home or House exchange holidays? It's the vacation with a difference, because you find the dream destination and all you have to book is your flight. You stay in the house exchange family house and usually have the use of their car also and they in turn stay in your home and have the use of your facilities. If you like the sound of this then visit www.homeisaway.com for your one stop Home or House exchange holiday vacation.
Costa Rica - A Paradise in Central America
Family Vacation in Costa Rica
Visiting Whistler Before The 2010 Olympics?
As a resident, business owner and frequent skiier at Whistler, I have realized that there are "secrets", things to see and do that the average visitor to Whistler has NO idea about. I'll try to pass along a local's knowledge, but know that Whistler is a paradise all of its own - these secrets merely add to the magic!
Villa Rentals on South Carolinas Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island is a vacation destination for over two million people each year. While the beaches and facilities are still not crowded on this large island, vacationers value their time, and want a truly restful experience. Many times, vacationers want more room, more amenities, or more privacy than is available in a rented room or small condo. Villa rentals fill the needs of the larger family or travel group, the group that would like a more comfortable and longer stay, or the visitor who wants the luxury offered by a stand-alone villa. Villas are the accommodation of choice for two thirds of island visitors.
Family-Friendly Vacation Condos on Hilton Head Island
Many vacationers on Hilton Head Island have discovered a simple fact -- a family vacation is much simpler and more economical in a condo. A condominium offers more space than a hotel room. The living room, dining room, kitchen, bath, and bedroom areas are separated, thus allowing privacy for each family member, and also giving the sense of a home away from home. Families with small children can cook simple meals and maintain nap and bedtime schedules, while allowing adults and older children to enjoy a change of pace. But no one is confined to the kitchen; there are many options to enjoy a variety of cuisine on the island.
Customized Services is What makes a Vacation Rental the Best
The home away from home but a little bit more better is what the vacation rentals should be. They should be a lot functional and provide you with a lot of facilities and amenities that you would find in your home and a little bit more. This article looks at what makes these chalets or condos the luxurious properties which the clients crave to rent each time. Luxury could mean very different based on the locality the property is in. If you are in a Ski resort you would want the hot tubs and the cozy fireplaces to make the stay a wonderful experience. If you are in one of the exotic places deep in the jungle where Mosquitoes and insects have the best of the place; then luxury means a simple Mosquito net and a small spray to get these pesky creatures out. In this article let's see what it means to spend time in luxury in the beautiful ski resort area of Whistler.
You Have To Love The Location, Say These Owners Of Orlando Florida Villas
It has been said that in real estate there are three things that count the most: location, location and location. I recently discovered how powerful this concept can be.
The Bed and Breakfast Experience
The bed and breakfast experience is unique. You get the benefits of living at home with service that rivals the best hotels. If you travel to the biggest cities or the smallest towns, there is a good chance there is a Bed and Breakfast available to you.
Hampshire - Mild, Convenient, and Full of Variety
The southern English county of Hampshire is only two hours from London by car or by frequent rail services. The county has much to offer regardless whether you seek fast moving cities, rural open countryside, or beaches and boat trips.
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