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Ancient ruins, Vatican City, delicious pasta and not to forget over 200 sorts of gelato. This is Rome, capital city of Italy, with over 3 mil inhabitants and the 16th most visited city in the world in 2016 with a number of over 7 mil tourists.

Now you arrived at Rome airport and you will need to reach your accommodation which most of the time will be located somewhere in the centre of the city or at least in a central area. You can purchase a bus ticket for 5€ one way to bring you to the city. If you want a faster way, you can take the train and in about 25 minutes you will reach Termini train station which is the main central area.

Hotels in Rome are plenty to find. But if you compare the hotel star rating with other European cities, Rome hotels are less luxurious and less spacious.

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When in Rome and want to visit several attractions it is best to get a Roma Pass that is valid from 12 up to 72 hours. This pass includes unlimited bus and subway access and even helps you skip the line entrance to few Rome attractions. The Roma pass comes with a city map and a paper guide.

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A tour of Rome is best doing by subway because this way you will avoid all traffic jams especially in the rush hour.

Be aware of the busyness in all touristic areas like Colosseum, Spanish Steps or Vatican City.

Expect to find many ice cream parlors which have hundreds – yes, hundreds – of gelato flavors.

At this moment almost 30 years had passed since Romanian people freed themselves from the communist regime.
Since then, Romanians open their arms to all tourists who chose to visit this amazing country.
Romania is a mixture of brand new luxurious life, tradition and a touch of communist regime.

A coast line stretched along 275KM, mountains with 12 peaks over 2500m high and a whole other natural beauties like salt mine, valleys, caves are the landscapes what Romania can be proud of. And the famous Dracula, Vlad Tepes, who lived in the forested area called Transylvania must be mentioned.

Romania has the perfect weather of all four seasons. In the summer temperature will go as high as 40 degrees and in the winter as low as -10 degrees. This makes it perfect for the many swimming pools Romania has or the ski trails in the high mountains.

Bucharest, the capital, is the home of People’s House, a building which is considered the second largest building in the world after Pentagon.

In Bucharest you will find many night clubs where luxury is taken to another level. From VIP tables to go-go dancers, where the fashion is at home, Bucharest is a city what must be visited at least once in your life.

Preserved medieval towns like Sighisoara, and many castles and fortresses are between most visited Romanian tourist attractions.

When to visit?

Best time to visit is depending of what you are looking to get from visiting Romania.
If you want to ski, then for sure best time is to visit between December to March.
If you are a sightseeing tourist then best is from June to September.

Where to go?

You can fly to Bucharest, Henri Coandă Airport, spend couple of days in the capital to visit the main attractions like People’s House, Triumph Arch or Old City.
Then you can take the train and go to the mountains; get off the train at Sinaia, book a cabin on the mountain, eat some traditional Romanian food and hike up to enjoy the cleanest air and see the stunning views.

Not to miss is the Transfagarasan road, named by Top Gear the most spectacular road from the world. With a length of 90KM, reaching the altitude of 2000m, Transfagarasan road is the only way to Balea Lake, a glacial lake who became one of the main Romanian attractions.

Mountain area in Romania is extremely vast and you will need proper planning before going. Take your time and google all places, see how you can get to the point what interest you.

Thailand it’s a beautiful country with amazing white sand beaches and crystal clear water and where the sun smiles at you almost daily.  When you  prepare for a holiday in Thailand, best is to make some research before you leave to have an idea how the things works there and whatnot.

Here is a list with the most important things you need to know before going to Thailand:

  1. Do not show the soles of your feet. This is considered tremendously rude and unpolite. The reason is totally cultural; Thai people consider the head to be holy and feet to be filthy
  2. No shoes indoors, even in restaurants, shops or massage parlors. This rule doesn’t apply everywhere but in most of indoor places
  3. Starting with 2017 its illegal for venders to rent umbrellas on some particular beaches.
  4. Some beaches does not offer beach chairs but mattresses
  5. To travel from one coast beach to another its much easier and faster to do it by long tail boat. They are lined up on the shore of every beach and sometimes is more cheaper to share a boat than take a tuk-tuk
  6. When you order a dish, rice is not included. You must order it apart and If you don’t mention it, you will not get it, even if the dish must come with rice
  7. There is not hot water in any hotel shower but anyway the cold showering water is not cold, but lukewarm
  8. Everyone smiles at you, so its polite to smile back. Its not for nothing called the Land of Smiles
  9. When you visit a Buddha statue or a temple, as a lady you will get a long skirt to cover your legs.
  10. You will need bugs creams or spray! And sea sick pills if you plan to do island hopping
  11. Every time you will withdraw cash you will pay a fee of 200BHT, approximately 7 euro
  12. A Thai massage costs around 7 euro for a full hour and each masseuse has her own style of massaging

If you want to know more Do’s and don’ts about Thailand let me know in comments below and I will write another article with fresh information

 

This travel article is for you to explore a few yet best must visit places, when you travel to Dubai, “A Paradise in Desert”:

  1. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Rising 823 meters high, this phenomenal skyscraper is the World’s tallest building. Gathering a huge crowd of travellers, it is a record setting masterpiece with stunning views. The building has the highest observation deck on the 124th floor. It’s a delight to visit the sky soaring Burj Khalifa. Inclusive of the world’s highest restaurant, Burj has undeniable excellent works of art and architecture.

      2. The Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the best place for all shopping freaks. It has entrance to both Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. The Mall is loaded with endless entertainment and fun options which make it another must visit in Dubai. Annually, Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises Festival are held inside the mall. You could also enjoy blissful live music and fashion shows there in.

  1. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek

Originally, served as the country ship harbour, Dubai Creek is the most beautiful natural place when you see when you travel to Dubai. It’s a salt water creek differentiating two districts of Bur Dubai and Deira. The place is great for a blissful stroll in the soothing wind along the water side.

  1. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque

The finest example of Islamic art work is this lit and beautiful mosque of Dubai. Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque that welcomes non-Muslim guests six days in a week. Stunningly carved, it is renowned as the most photographed mosque in Dubai.

        5. Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the oldest existing traditional building of the emirate. It features a sequence of artistic works from the era before the discovery of oil. The place is best to unravel the history of the Arab including the majestic Al Fahidi fort and exhibit works of historical Dubai highlights. The museum is packed with colourful and antique things unfolding Dubai’s history.

         6. Sundowner

Sundowner Dubai
Sundowner Dubai

One of the best activities in Dubai is the “dunes dinner”. You will drive your 4-wheeled drive land cruiser (they will give it to you) in the desert to the east of Dubai. You can even ride camels or stay in an Arabian tent under the stars. You can buy your ticket here or ask your hotel to arrange for you.

        7. Dubai Fountains

Dubai Fountains
Dubai Fountains

A breathtaking experience of a display of the fountains dancing to music! The magnificent fountains playing every 30 minutes, an attraction free of charge where you can go and enjoy daily from 1PM-1.30PM and from 6PM-11PM.

Best beaches of Phuket, Thailand

Not many islands has so many white sand beaches and turquoise waters as Phuket. This 540-square-km island offer fabulous sea views and easy access to some of the world’s finest coasts.

Here is a list with best best beaches in Phuket area:

Patong Beach

With a variety of activities and great nightlife, Patong is with no doubt the most popular beach. Patong beach stretches over 3km of soft sand and clean water. A pretty busy beach best for young people or the ones who doesn’t mind busyness and crazy nightlife.

Karon Beach

On the west coast, Karon beach is extending all the way to Kata beach.  Not so demanding as Patong, Karon beach is for those who are looking for a more family oriented beach. Large beach with small restaurants, fresh shakes stands and plenty beach massage beds, Karon beach deserve a good place on our list.

Kata Beach

Just under Karon beach you will find another large beach with beautiful rocks and corals making it great for snorkeling. Like Karon beach, Kata is more family oriented and great for a quiet day at the beach.

10 things you must know about Thailand beaches

Kata Noi

This is a small bay, white soft sand, separated from Kata by a small coast, is a calm and peaceful place. A enjoyable place for a relaxing snorkel or a dip.

Freedom beach

A secluded white sand, crystal clear water beach, this beach is no.1 in our top preferences beaches from Phuket island. On the west coast of the island, reachable by foot or boat only this small place of paradise is still not well know to tourists. Or maybe its is, but due the difficult way to the beach is mostly avoided so makes it one of the less busiest beach from Phuket. On the beach is located just one restaurant and one shop. Food must be ordered in advance and is served twice per day. Couple of bed massages are also available. Entrance to the beach costs 200BHT/person.

Kamala

This well-enclosed bay and fishing village, developed fast over the last 5 years, Kamala Beach is best for families and quiet seekers. Great snorkeling opportunities!

Amsterdam is not known for how inexpensive it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to visit Amsterdam on a budget. The skilled frugal traveler knows how to visit even the most expensive countries for less – you just have to follow the insider secrets.

Luckily, globetrotters follow some pretty simple rules for saving money, so you don’t have to be an expert to travel for less. Anyone can do it!

Visiting Amsterdam can be cheap from the moment you arrive in Amsterdam Schiphol airport. From there you can buy train tickets for a fee of around 5 euros and it will bring you exactly in the centrum of Amsterdam in less than 20 minutes.

The first thing you need to know is how to get around town. Because Amsterdam it’s a relative small city, traveling from one side of the city to another can be affordable and even you might even enjoy. For example a tram/bus ticket costs you 3 euro for 1 hour – you can buy the ticket inside the tram/bus, ferry it’s for free and to rent a bike costs you around 15 euro for a full day. After 12PM there are always night busses, just download the app called 9292 and you can plan your city trip.

The city is made for cycling, but you have to keep in mind this doesn’t automatically mean cycling around the city is a walk in the park. Cyclists move along at high speeds and follow special traffic signals, so having a good amount of prior experience on a bike will be helpful.

Whenever you can, forget about paying for transportation and walk. This is not only free (the best deal you can get) but the best way to experience the city. Because Amsterdam is small and easy to travel, try and walk as much as possible. This is also a lot of fun and will give you enough time to admire the architecture and the famous bridges and canals. Only walking you can find the hidden gems which Amsterdam has to offer. Like the quirky shops, or small snack bars, or unique museums and galleries.

You’re going to need to eat at some point in time. It’s possible to enjoy some fantastic grub on a budget if you know where to look. Bars and coffee shops also sell food, which usually costs much less than meals in a restaurant. A variety of delicious sandwiches are available in these establishments for a very low price. Or take a walk in Chinese town and there you will find several Asian places with affordable prices.

If you are in for some pancakes try one of the famous pancake houses which are almost at any corner of the street. For around 10 euro you can have a pancake with chicken or full with vegetable which can be like a full meal.

Or, buy your entire meal from a vending machine – in Amsterdam, vending machine meals are sold for low prices. The snack bar is called FEBO and for less than 2 euro you can get a delicious chicken or beef burger.

Another tip: vegetarian and whole food restaurants offer moderately priced food and a healthy dining experience. If you’re not into vegetarian, check out the Leidseplein area – here you can find Greek, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, and Indonesian food in addition to the traditional Dutch fries. In this area prices are a bit higher due the fact it’s a highly touristic area.

Amsterdam doesn’t have to be expensive, so what are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip to this delightful city and you’ll be enjoying a holiday without overpaying.

Amidst the sky-scraping Burj Khalifa and a series of luxury shopping malls, is the grand city emirate of the United Arab Emirates, ‘Dubai.’  The city is so developed that it is considered as one of the leading cities of the world. Apart from being a top business hub, Dubai is a fascinating place to travel and explore. Located in the country of warm weather, it dwells between the deserts. If you are looking for a superbe holiday spot, Dubai is your place. Everything you might think of can be mixed and found in this amazing place; from white sand beaches, to amazing skyscraper, to miles long desters. Counted as an expensive place to visit, Dubai is the land of profound traditions and royalty. In the middle of the desert, Dubai has the sun at its hottest possible which makes the city life dehydrated without air conditioners. But, the pull of the city is so enthralling that every year; thousands of foreigners are seen arriving in Dubai.

Its well known that Dubai is an luxurious place therefore might be more expensive that you are used with. This fact is true, but only if you go to some places where are well known  for that, like a famous night club or for example if you go to dine in Burj al Arab hotel. For example, we had lunch at an American spot with gorgeous views on the beach called Eggspectation and our brunch consisting of eggs, coffees and croissants costs us around 30€ for two persons.  In the evening we eat at an amazing restaurant with arabic kitchen and astonishing view of Burj Khalifa and the check did not exceed 60€. If you are living in Europe you will find that the prices are kind of like home. Of course you can make it as expensive as you like, but I just want to tell you that you can visit Dubai on a budget too. 

Dubai Marina Beach Tourists
Dubai Marina Beach Tourists

Another thing what had me surprised me was how open and accepting are the locals of Dubai when tourists are visiting their country. Majorly, the city has Islamic roots with most of the population being Muslims. Although, when at the beach for example, i captured this where a lady wearing a burka and another one wearing a swimsuit were sharing the beach without any troubles.

Dubai Marina Beach Rules
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At Dubai Marina beach you can find a sign with courtesy policy you must follow if you don’t want to  disrespect the locals. The rules i did not find them more than the usual common sense which everybody must have in any country they visit.