Planning the Euro Trip

Probably, there is no funnier way to travel than just to pop out a road trip with your friends. The abruptness is always a bonus, although not if you’re willing to launch a cross-country journey around Europe. Travelling around the Old World, which is in sober fact a set of different people and cultures united by common history, might require a thoroughly carried out plan. To make it easier, think over forthcoming journey bit by bit.

Where to go to?

feature pictureObviously, people often visit the places they have dreamt of quite long time. Though, such an option might not work if a group of buddies head off together – you must admit that people rarely pursue the same dreams or have the same preferences, and the one on where to travel to is not an exception. By the way, it is also better to make some agreements on possible conflict situations right away, as even the closest friendship might experience the toughest times, especially when travelers are closed up in one hotel room or, more exemplary, in a car.

However, let’s get back to travel destination choice. In Europe, the variety of lands can truly knock out one’s imagination; North Europe that is Scandinavian peninsula, Denmark, partially Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, reflect the idea of woody and contrasting marine landscapes, old-fashioned architecture in the cities, taverns and pubs; the same might be told about Germany yet one should add mighty castles in the sightseeing list; France has probably everything one can await from genuine travel – beaches on the south, wineries and exquisite restaurants, magnificence of Paris, Marseilles, Nice and other big cities, etc.; South Europe can boast of top places to shop in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece alongside charming sandy beach lines of the Meds. Admittedly, where to go in Europe is an intricate question, even if you plan to visit several countries.

Documents

If the choice is made, then the Embassy to attain visa is defined. Besides, you should look into if Schengen Visa is needed, as not all the states in Europe keep visa regime.  Besides if entering the country from neighboring lands, make sure that car documents, including driving license, green card, registration certificate, are ok.  Europeans put some of the following requirements for the vehicle: the presence of warning triangle, towing rope, spare extra wheel and main wheels with tread not less than 4 mm deep, car’s homeland sign that is placed on the rear window, a set of spare bulbs for headlights and lamps. Also include a first aid kit separately and fire extinguisher that must be purchased no earlier than six months before the trip. Kit should be composed of 18 items – the so-called eurokit.

Road fees

Either you’ve entered European borders by land or by air, thus rented a vehicle, you should be aware that most of autobahns are paid. Thereby, it is recommended to turn to national web-sites where fees are distinguished; the same goes for road traffic regulations, as each country keeps own speed limits and further peculiarities of driving (for instance, www.autobahn-online.de)

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Booking hotels, hostels and other accommodation

Surely, popular apps and web-portals might be at hand, for instance, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Venere.com, which also provide comments from customers and their pros and cons. By the way, pay attention to exchange rates; regardless of euro currency priority in many countries, rates might slightly differ.

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Soccer continues to grow Down Under

Anyone who has visited Australia will be well aware of precisely how popular both rugby and cricket are, but it’s soccer that continues to be the fastest growing sport Down Under. With the international team now a consistent presence at World Cups and the A-League improving year-upon-year, soccer in Australia could well be a future challenger to rugby and cricket as the country’s national game.

The growth of soccer has been highlighted by sales for October’s Sydney derby between Sydney FC and cross-town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. With 5000 tickets already sold for the game at the Allianz Stadium, the A-League fixture has already sold more tickets than both the upcoming NRL finals at the same stadium.

With the game still weeks away, both Sydney clubs will be well aware of the excitement building ahead of their round 2 clash. The impressive ticket sales have shown just how popular soccer is becoming in the Harbour City, especially between two clubs expected to be in the A-League title mix this season. Anyone in Sydney on October 18th could do a lot worse than getting themselves tickets to the derby.

Able to hold 44,000 sports fans, the Allianz Stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, has been one of Australia’s most impressive arenas since being built in 1988 and has replaced the Sydney Cricket Ground as the city’s premier sports arena. As well as Sydney FC, NRL side Sydney Roosters and Super Rugby franchise New South Wales Waratahs also call the Allianz Stadium ‘home’.

Next February thousands of teenage girls will descend on the Allianz to scream at the One Direction boys when the band perform at the arena across two dates as part of their Australia tour. It remains to be seen whether that atmosphere will top the one created for the upcoming Sydney derby.

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Best Mosquito Repellent Items

Mosquito bites are so annoying, insanely annoying! They don’t bring real harm to your health but if you’re allergic, they get all big, red and swollen. It can drive you nuts not to scratch it and if you do, you might get that skin infected, it will leave an ugly scar and take a long time to heal. Other dangers of getting mosquito bites are diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, which if left untreated and depending on which strain you catch, can be fatal. It is pertinent to prevent mosquito bites and it is the best way to avoid getting the two serious disesases. There are many products you can buy to repel those nasty bugs depending on your preference.

The most important factor is to look at the percentage of DEET which is the chemical compound that repels mosquitoes.

Mosquito Repellent

1. Spray

The most common type of mosquito repellent is the spray. You can find sprays with a low DEET content of 5% to up to 98%. This is a very easy and efficient way to protect yourself but make sure to wash it off at the end of the night and don’t touch your eyes!

2. Clothing

Some outdoor stores sell clothes with DEET built into the clothes so you don’t need to put on any additional products. There are DEET shirts, sweaters and pants if you don’t want to carry around extra bottles or cans.

3. Bands

Some people don’t like to be putting chemical products all over their body so another option are wrist and ankle bands. For full and extra protection, wear a band on each ankle and wrist and some last anywhere from 12-24 hours. After that time, just throw it away and put on a new one.

4. Lotions

Another way to apply DEET is by lotions. Same concept as a spray, just rub in the lotion which can contain anywhere from 10% to 50% DEET in all exposed areas.

5. Eat garlic

This one hasn’t been scientifically proven but there is a claim that eating more garlic can help mosquitoes. Mosquitoes do seem to have a preference of who they take a bite out of. You can have bites all up and down your legs but your friend who has been sitting and standing in the exact same area as you may have 1 or even none! You can always try this, anything to help prevent getting any bites!

What are your favorite mosquito repellent items? Share them in the comments below!

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The Dam

With over 4.63million people travelling to Amsterdam each year, the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe, and rightly so. The Dam is an eclectic mix of new and old, resulting in one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the world.

If you were planning on going to Amsterdam then you will want to go sooner rather than later. Holland are currently caught up in World Cup fever and if bet365’s odds are anything to go by the country should do well, creating a party atmosphere that really has to be absorbed.

There are numerous places to visit in this intricate city.

Of course you cannot go to Amsterdam and not visit De Wallen, the Red Light District to you and I. Many may be perturbed by the sexual nature but it is nowhere near as garish as you would think and with a history dating back to the 18th century, it is very much engrained in Dutch culture and identity. With sex museums, shows and of course prostitutes there is plenty to see and experience, whilst the nightlife is electric.

At the other end of the cultural spectrum you have the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Both are found at Museum Square. The Van Gogh museum has the largest curation of Vincent van Gogh works on the planet. The works showcase the sublime brushstrokes of the tortured soul – a raw beauty that is most often missing in conventional paintings. A short walks is the Rijkmuseum, which according to Taco Dibbits is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” With works from Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer, it is a mecca of Dutch art and it gives any visitor a Dutch cultural awakening. The Anne Frank museum is also worth a visit. The sacrifices that girl made were incredible and the museum really pays credence to her role in history.

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Estimates suggest that 3.66million people visit the city to try out the cannabis, which, as to be expected, is pretty awesome.  There are over 200 coffee shops in the Dam, all of which cater for experienced and novice smokers – i.e. you can get your hands on a pre-rolled joint or a vaporiser depending on your poison. Places such as the Grasshopper and the Bulldog are synonymous with weed tourism but you’re best of avoiding them. These places are packed to the rafters with fellow tourists and sell their product at a premium, considering it is not the best smoke in the city it a slight rip-off. All coffee shops in Amsterdam are quirky and unique. There’s no need to be sucked in by the established shops, rather, ask a native and see where they smoke – they go to the best places.

The beauty of Amsterdam is how cycle-friendly it is. The mass network of cycle lanes is simply incredible and makes getting round the city extremely easy, and more importantly, safe. A city like Amsterdam has numerous little places for people to enjoy, many of which will not be in a handbook. The best thing to do is get blissfully lost in the grids of alleyways and the intersecting canals; it is guaranteed that you will find something of enjoyment along the way. Holland as a whole is very much a country for going off the beaten track, as to is Amsterdam.

There is so much going on in Amsterdam, more than enough to saturate any demanding tourist. As for the natives, they are some of the nicest and most welcoming people you will ever come across. Speaking in perfect English they always have time for a tourist. The reason why everyone likes the Dutch is because they are stand-up people.

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