Here is a list of some of the top must see destinations, ideal for tourists looking forward to experiencing the versatile beauty of China.
The summer months may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for next year. From historic traditions to beer tasting festivals, there’s bound to be an occasion for everyone in this guide to events for your European road trip. Start 2014 as you mean to go on!
Recently, my friends challenged me to do something different and learn something new. Not one to back down from a dare, I jumped in with two feet and that’s how I found myself sipping on some Moroccan tea, looking at the ocean in Essaouira, waiting for my very first kitesurfing lesson. Yikes!
Bed bugs! Two words that are guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any traveller, conjuring up images of fearsomely hungry invisible creatures that can turn a peaceful nights sleep into an itchy nightmare.
The reality is that they are an inescapable part of travel. And the good news is that bed bugs don’t carry any diseases. The bad news is that an encounter can leave you looking like squadrons of angry mosquitoes have blitzed your skin, as well as possibly turn you and your gear into a mobile bed bug palace.
So, an encounter is something you want to avoid. Let’s take a look at how you might be able to do that when travelling.
While preparing for my first big travel venture - a six-week backpacking trek through Europe - a friend said to me, “Hey you’re on couchsurfing.org, right?”
“No. What’s that?”
“It’s a database of people that let you stay with them for free in places all over the world.”
“What??” I replied incredulously. “For free? But why would they do that? And how do I find them? And how do I know I can trust them?”
I took a chance. My very first couchsurfing host (in Paris) picked me up from the airport, cooked us delicious French food, showed me around the city on her day off, then left me alone in her home with a set of keys while she jetted off on her own vacation. I could get used to this.
First of all, I want to take a bow at Brandon’s work on this blog. It is inspiring and makes me want to jump into these boots that were made for walking! Brandon and I met each other in a cozy pub in Ireland, the one he describes in his article as “A perfect pint and perfect night in Doolin”. He asked me if I would write about safe traveling from a woman’s point of view. Before I start to tell you about my experiences, there is something important to say: I have travelled around only in Europe, my home continent, so far. I have never experienced a real culture shock, nor have I found myself in a situation where I could not communicate through a (foreign) language. I have read Brandon’s tips to travel safe, and of course all of these are also useful for women. Here, I’d like to give you an insight of my traveling experiences from the last couple of years.
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