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Whether you have a break during your studies or want an extended holiday travelling around one of the most culturally diverse places in the world, interrailing around Europe is an amazing experience. With the ability to buy a singular ticket and travel around Europe as much as you want will you selected time, interrailing is the perfect getaway. But before you set off on the experience here’s a look at some interrailing tips for 2019.

 

Additional Charges

Although the price of the ticket is fair and affordable, there are some extra charges to expect while travelling. For longer journeys, some train stations will ask for a booking fee to reserve your place on the train. It usually occurs for the longer trips to the more popular times to travel, I.e. travelling from Barcelona to Rome during the evening, will be costly as most people try to save on accommodation by using evening travel.

 

Travel Route

There might be a dozen cities you want to visit and heading to the one you’re most excited about from might not be the best plan. Mapping out all the places you want to go to and working out the shortest routes to avoid extended train journeys helps you make the most out of each city. Trying to fit in 5-8 cities is a difficult task if you want 3 or 4 days to really explore the area, and tactically changing your train duration from 8 hours to 3 hours will add up over time. With the right travel accessories, you can also consider overnight trains to save on spending money on a hostel for the night.

 

Protect Your Money

You have to put a lot of trust in hostels with your luggage, and at times you might feel like you are at a crossroads with whether you should take all your money out with your or leave some in your bag. Luckily for the past few years, a travel card is the safest way to store your money. Working as a modern-day traveller’s cheque, a traveller card works in the same way as a debit card, you simply transfer your daily or weekly funds onto it and pay for goods and services on it. With better foreign rates and the ability to keep your money safe on it to avoid being robbed of all of your money, it’s one of the most important things to get before you set off interrailing.

 

Review Your Recommendations

Online articles about where to visit in a city can quickly become outdated, along with the prices of goods and services. When you arrive at your accommodation, it’s worth speaking to the owners and other residents to see if online information lines up with locals and peoples recommendations.

Skiing in November is cheaper and more convenient than in high season. Many winter resorts start opening only in December, but those located on a glacier or at high altitude, are ready to welcome you in early November. November is a low season, which means that prices for hotels, car rental and ski passes will be lower, and there won’t be queues at the lifts and at the reception points. If you want to ski, not waiting for the Christmas holidays, we have prepared the list of the best resorts in Europe with early snow…

Tignes, France

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Tignes ski resort is situated in the highlands, at the Grande Motte glacier, surrounded by 3030-3600 meters-high mountains. Due to the glacier itself and high altitude, snow in Tignes falls in October. On steep and wide slopes there are 20 kilometers of tracks – two ones are blue tracks for beginners, two red and one black track for advanced skiers. The resort offers ski schools for adults and children, where kids are put on a snowboard even if they are only 2.5 years old. Also, there’s a snow park with one of the largest and fastest half-pipes in the world and freeride tracks. In addition to bars, clubs and restaurants, in Tignes you can dive under the ice of the lake and try bungee jumping.

The price for 1-day ski pass: 33 Euros for adults, 27 Euros for children until November 23, from November 24 till December 21 – 45 Euros for adults and 36 Euros for children.

 

Solden, Austria

Sölden

Sölden is located in the Ötztal valley in Tyrol, where 40 kilometers of excellent trails are waiting for you between Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers. The slopes in Sölden are long, with elevation differences, most of them are of simple and medium difficulty. Experienced skiers prefer the Gaislachkogl expressway. There’s a separate park for snowboarders with springboards, rails, fan boxes and a half-pipe. In addition to skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering, the resort offers hiking, snowmobiling, sledging and a bowling. Other entertainment venues include cinema, swimming pools with a sauna, skating rinks, night clubs, restaurants and bars.

Price for 1-day ski pass: 53 Euros for adults, 30 Euros for children.

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Surrounded by Dufour (4,654 m) and Matterhorn (4,478 m) mountain peaks, Zermatt is among the top alpine resorts. The ski area is divided into 3 ski sectors with 200 kilometers of tracks of all levels of difficulty – each sector has its own lift system. Most of the slopes are red and black, with sharp elevation changes. In addition to the ski slopes, Zermatt features trails for mogul skiing, cross-country skiing and sledging. On the Theodul Glacier you’ll find Gravity Park Zermatt – the largest snow park in Europe with rails, kickers and a two-hundred-meter super-pipe. After skiing, you can go to the pools with saunas and steam baths, tennis courts, discos and restaurants.

The price for 1-day ski pass: 75 Euros for adults, 38 Euros for children.

 

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the highest mountain ski resort in Europe, which is located at an altitude of 2300-3300 meters. 77 out of 150 kilometers of tracks are blue, 59 kilometers are red, and 14 kilometers are black tracks. In Val Thorens, there’s a unique 500-meter Fun Slope track with obstacles – tunnels, bridges and spirals, a snow park with jumps and a quarter-pipe, night skiing and cross-country skiing tracks. The resort is very popular among free-riders due to its vast virgin fields in the area of ​​the Thorens and Bush glaciers. Val Thorens has a lot of entertainments: aqua clubs with pools and Jacuzzis, tennis courts, golf and basketball courts, restaurants and discos.

The price for 1-day ski pass: 44 Euros for adults and 35 Euros for children.

 

Are, Sweden

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Are is the largest ski resort in Sweden, with 100 kilometers of slopes, a height difference of 900 meters and 40 lifts, many of which are quite high-speed. The resort consists of four separate villages connecting by a free bus. The resort offers 5 black slopes, 39 red, 39 blue, and 12 green tracks. Many of them are well lit and open for night skiing. On the green slopes cross-country and downhill skiing is allowed. All tracks are open for snowboarders, and there’s also a snowcross park. In Are, you can jump with a parachute, fly a hang-glider, ride a dog sled and hit a fish under the ice of Lake Oreshchen.

The price for 1-day ski pass: 45 Euros for adults, 35 Euros for children.

 

Cervinia, Italy

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Cervinia is a high-mountain resort on the southern slope of the beautiful Matterhorn Mountain featuring 146 kilometers of tracks and 23 lifts. The elevation difference is 1,438 meters. Most of the tracks are red and blue. Experienced skiers will be happy to try several black tracks, the most difficult of which is Bardoney. Cervinia’s blue tracks attract many tourists due to the fact that they pass almost all the slopes – this allows beginners to ride around the whole resort. For freestylers and snowboarders, there’s Indian Park with rails and kickers. What’s more, ice karting with two ice tracks is available for those who like racing. Cervinia is famous for excellent restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a bowling and a swimming pool.

The price for 1-day ski pass: 43 Euros for adults, 31 Euros for children.

 

So, are you ready for a trip? The things are packed and the hotel is booked. All that is left is to check this website and rent a car for a trip. It is very comfortable to use mobile apps for booking a vehicle. Or you are still saving money for your holidays. However that may be, you’d better to plan your budget. It doesn’t matter where you go and what is the goal of your trip. You’d better to plan your trip expenses in the best way to have a good vacation and no stress! Honestly, how many times did you regret about wasted money? How many times did you want to get time back and cancel operations? We all want to get maximum feedback from that money you have spent during the vacation. You can’t have a good time thinking of your expenses the whole day.

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WHO NEEDS TO PLAN BUDGET?

Planning budget is especially needed for all travelers. If you are on a planning stage now, this article will help you to create a realistic plan and not to miss a thing. Are you ready for a trip? You should know that your trip planning is a kind of guide, but not a set of rules and limitations. Of course, you have a right to make mistake and also have an opportunity to correct your budget on the go. Remember, a good budget is a flexible budget.

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PLANNING BUDGET STEP BY STEP

  1. Tickets

Where are you going? If you are going somewhere a couple of hours driving from your home, it’s not a big deal. It doesn’t take much money. As a rule, air tickets take much from your budget. Just make a search. Upload one of useful apps to help you to buy tickets. Find out the price and the best route. Traveling between the continents means you have to buy air tickets. Traveling between the cities means you can easily travel by bus or train, or even rent a car that is much cheaper than the airlines.

  1. Transportation

Of course, you need a transport to get to the hotel from the airport. Public transport is the best variant, at least it seems to be the cheapest one. There are special apps where you can find out all needed information about the bus routes all over the city. Also, you may use taxi, but it usually takes much money from your budget. What about using rental car services? You can find prices with the help of mobile apps. Be careful! You need some extra money for transportation. Thus, if you are under 25 you will pay additional money for young driving.

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  1. Accommodation

You have to spend some money for accommodation. It also takes much money from you budget if you have booked the best city hotel. Stop and think. What kind of accommodation is the best for you? Do you want to stay in the hotel or hostel? If you don’t want to spend money for accommodation at all you may try couchsurfing. It’s ok if you will change the hotel on arrival. The point is to find out the prices for accommodation in the district you are going to stay and plan it in your budget.

  1. Food

Food can be the most difficult budget point to plan. Just think where you are traveling to. If you are going to somewhere to European cities, Australia, the restaurant prices are not much different from the USA. Canada and the USA have equal prices. Traveling to Asian cities or to the South America, you can find the cheapest food here. Of course, it is difficult to plan your budget if you don’t know the prices. Do this way: the average price for dinner is about $15-20 per person in the USA and Europe. You can take even more to be sure that you’ll have enough money for dinner and coffee during the day. Speaking about alcohol, the prices on it mostly depends on the place you are traveling through.

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  1. Attractions

Planning an excursion? Welcome to visiting national parks, historical museums, ancient ruins, and other city attractions? How about to go diving or surfing? Just learn as much as you can about the city and then plan your budget. Is there anything you want to try? What about shopping? Traveling to Europe, don’t forget to plan some money for shopping.

Do you really want to learn everything about how to save some money when you are traveling? Everything is simple. You can save money on every budget point. So, try to find cheap hotels, eat in the cafes, not restaurants, use public transportation or rental cars, forget about shopping, alcohol, excursions, and go walking around the city instead. Is that what you really want to do?

If you thought that a bottle of champagne and flowers are the best thing you could give to your loved one for Valentine’s Day, you were wrong. If you two are married or in a long relationship, the thing you both truly need is a weekend getaway. There are so many romantic destinations across the globe and with the help of modern transportation, you can get to any spot on the planet in a matter of hours. If you haven’t traveled much before, then you are probably wondering where exactly to fly out for Valentine’s Day. Well, the destination definitely has to be romantic and the whole trip has to be an adventure, so any of the following 4 locations fit the bill perfectly.

Talamore Golf Resort

Unfortunately, you are not going to just sleep through the mini-vacation, so there should an activity at the site that you both can enjoy in. Sports are an ideal pastime but not extreme ones, rather slow sports, such as golf. There are so many golf courses around the world that are located at the most beautiful of places but when it comes to romantic getaways, then Talamore Golf Resort in North Carolina, USA is the ideal destination. It offers various attractive courses and candlelight dinners in the club restaurant. Just make sure your partner is passionate about golf, or any other sport, as much as you are.

Hawaii

There is nothing more romantic than a sandy beach on some far away island in the Pacific. The island archipelago of Hawaii offers much more than white sand beaches and pristine waters as its hotel industry have been in operation for nearly a century. It is everyone’s favorite; especially newlyweds like to go there, so the local hoteliers know how to make this clientele feel comfortable. There are hula nights at the local bars and each visitor is greeted with a flower wreath around their neck. You can take advantage of this perk since it takes only 5 hours from the US mainland and some 9 hours from Australia to get to Hawaii.

Flying in

As we mentioned earlier, airlift is the best option to reach your dream destination, as there is little romance in driving a car for a whole day or sitting in a stuffy bus for hours on end. Even if there are no commercial flights to the destination of your choice, you can always rent a charter, like the ones operated by Air Charter Network who have flown countless celebrities to their respective destinations. You can get a piece of this exclusivity because a charter means that not will you get to your final destination faster, as there are no connection flight and lengthy layover, but you will have privacy all the time. The romance can start right there on the plane, miles high.

Sydney (city) getaway

Now that you have the whole world as your playground thanks to charters, you can pick any city on the planet to spend Valentine’s Day there. If you live a cold region, and February is a winter month, then you can consider flying to Sydney for this holiday. Besides the usually sightseeing around the Sydney Harbor area and the world-famous Opera House, where you can have photos taken for your Instagram followers, there are quite a lot of romantic things you can do as well. There are numerous beachside resorts that offer a romantic experience of a lifetime and restaurant in the nearby hills where you can dine overlooking the entire Port Jackson Bay on the shores of which Sydney lies, beautifully illuminated at night.

Whichever destination you choose in the end, don’t forget to unwind and enjoy this quality time with your partner. After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?

What are the main features of one of the largest states in America? First of all, it’s an interesting and rich history. Secondly, the state has unique and incredibly beautiful nature. Thirdly, this is a diversity of cities, among which you can find huge metropolitan areas, business and culture centers, as well as small towns, which have retained their originality.

What else Texas can offer? Actually, there are enough interesting sights in the state, but it’s impossible to describe all of them at once. Therefore, let’s check out the major ones…

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is one of the most popular naturally occurring water bodies in the United States. This is facilitated not only by the amazing appearance, but also by the purest jade waters of this small lake. Once upon a time this place was an ordinary cave, carved into the rock by an underground river, but time decided to introduce some changes in its appearance – many thousands of years ago, erosion destroyed the arch and the underground river saw sunlight for the first time.

The reservoir is a key part of the Hamilton Reserve, covering the area of 232 acres. It’s located 30 miles away from Austin, thus travelers usually have to use Enterprise rent a car at Round Rock TX, which is the nearest car rental pick up spot for getting to the pool. Those who come there for the first time, at first, are amazed at the place, fascinated by the unearthly beauty of the jade pool under a multi-layered limestone semi-dome with huge stalactites and a small 15-meter waterfall that falls from the very top.

The ceiling, walls and coastal cliffs are covered with a thick layer of moss, which gives this amazing place even wilder view, although due to the influx of tourists all this beauty gradually fades away.

A small parking lot with picnic tables and toilets is located nearby. This is done on purpose so that people don’t litter around the pool.

 

Downtown Aquarium-Houston

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An aquarium in Houston downtown was the result of the renovation of two buildings: Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Water Supply Building. This magnificent entertainment and restaurant complex occupies 24 thousand square meters. The world of aquatic miracles, with a total volume of one and a half thousand cubic meters, has become home to more than two hundred species of inhabitants from all over the world!

Combined with a great restaurant, high-class bar, fully equipped banquet hall, water and geographical exhibitions, shops and a wide range of entertainment – Downtown Aquarium-Houston is a truly remarkable and fascinating place where you can find almost everything!

 

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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A few blocks from San Antonio downtown, in Hemisfair Park, you’ll find one of the symbols of Texas — Tower of the Americas, which was built in 1968 according to the design of the architect O’Nale Ford. The height of the tower is 229 meters. On the upper floors of the tower at an altitude of 170 and 176 meters there are two observation platforms.

The list of notable places observed from the deck is simply huge, and historical facts make your visit fascinating and interesting. You can learn there about the history of six flags, once representing the six nations that ruled Texas, to get to know about the Mexican attack near the Alamo Mission, as well as explore the history of the three hundred year Spanish occupation and much more!

Also, in the Tower of the Americas there’s a magnificent restaurant, offering fantastic views of the city, which can be enjoyed while sipping a cup of delicious coffee!

 

NASA Mission Control Center

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Lyndon Johnson Space Center is one of Houston’s most famous and memorable places. This is an operating enterprise and a museum-training complex where spacecraft mockups as well as various computer simulators on which you can fly and land on other planets are presented.

Just a few years ago, access to its territory was strictly forbidden, since it was a closed military facility. Today, part of the buildings and territories is open to tourists who can see a lot with their own eyes. The main exhibit of the center is the Apollo spacecraft, which never flew to the moon. It’s interesting to know that you can also measure your weight and your strength on all planets of the solar system.

 

San Antonio Botanical Garden

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The atmosphere of the Botanical Garden in San Antonio inspires visitors to be alone with nature, emphasizing the important role that plants play in human life. The Botanical Garden is 176 thousand square meters of green space and the most beautiful representatives of the plant world, located in the heart of San Antonio.

The official opening of the Botanical Garden was held on May 3, 1980. Nowadays, visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll along the Texas National Trail, themed gardens decorated in the old style, the Kumamato Japanese Garden, visit the Lucille Halsell Conservatory and a magnificent rose garden. Your attention is offered such a large variety of exciting activities and events that it’s sometimes difficult to decide what sight is better to start with.

Covered with a thick layer of snow, the Italian Alps are a recognized paradise for the fans of alpine skiing. Italy’s ski resorts are not cheap, but their value is definitely worth it: they offer well-groomed ski tracks, excellent service, developed infrastructure and plenty of entertainments, including dog-sledding trips to outdoor thermal spas overlooking the snow-capped Alps.

The number of ski resorts in Italy is just endless – you’ll be able to choose a favorite spot according to your budget, mood and adrenaline percentage in blood. So, where to go and what to expect from the best Italian ski resorts?

 

Cortina d’Amprezzo

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This mountainous area is often called the Queen of Dolomites. It was chosen by wealthy tourists for good reason – the significant historical part of the resort was listed by UNESCO organization as a natural heritage site, and pink sunsets can be so magnificent only there.

Cortina d’Ampezzo consists of 3 main skiing areas – Tofano, Faloria and Chrisallo and with the use of Dolomites lifts super ski pass subscription tourists can ride in each of them.

Trails are designed for skiers and snowboarders with different levels of training, since beginners will be taught in the best local ski schools. Tofano hosted 1956 Winter Olympics, so there are several steep slopes for professionals. In addition to skiing, the resort also offers very unusual sports entertainment – ice polo and bouldering, which is extreme rock climbing on icy boulders.

If you rent a car at rentalcars24h, you can get to this ski region in 3 and half hours from Venice or in 4 hours from Austrian Innsbruck.

 

Cervinia

Apertura stagione Sciistica 2010/2011 a Cervinia

Located on the Matterhorn peak, Cervinia features the magnificent winter landscapes along with advantageous geological position. The wide slopes of one of the highest alpine regions attract numerous tourists with guaranteed snow cover.

Cervinia’s easy trails will be perfect for the beginners, but the more experienced skiers will be able to choose several tracks for professionals. The ace expects will get a significant bonus – riding on the northern Swiss slopes in the famous Zermatt. It’s easy to get to Cervinia from Geneva or Turin – they are situated literally two hours away from it.

 

Sestriere

Sestriere

The resort is a part of the so-called “Milky Way” and provides access to the ski areas of Sauze d’Oulx, Sansicario, Claviere and Cesena located near the French-Italian border. Additional skiing opportunities are provided by the nearby French resort of Montgenèvre, and in total, it offers nearly 400 kilometers of ski tracks.

Approximately 25% of the local slopes are intended for children and inexperienced skiers, and basically the terrain is suitable for tourists with an average level of training, although there are several decent routes for the advanced skiers.

It’s interesting to know that the Italians have a special leisurely approach to skiing. Therefore, neither in the morning nor in the afternoon you see the crowds at the ski lifts.

The nearest airport is located in Turin, which is less than 2 hours’ drive by car.

 

Courmayeur

Mont Blanc

Courmayeur is a popular typical alpine village with cobbled streets and the aroma of coffee hovering in the air. The area is part of the famous Valle d’Aosta with more than 180 ski slopes.

The region is ideal for all skiers, and well-trained masters can head to the nearest French resort of Chamonix.

On weekends, dressed-up Italian dandies come to Courmayeur from Turin and Milan. However, they don’t like to ski on the local tracks – they come there to enjoy the beauty of the countryside, food and shopping.

Also, the resort has some very interesting entertainments – dog sledding and heli-skiing, which is a freeride far from the circled tracks on the virgin ski slopes, to which you will be delivered by helicopter.

 

Selva di Val Gardena

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In the vicinity of the lively Bolzano city, in the valley at the foot of the magnificent Dolomites, there is a real ski paradise called Val Gardena. It’s widely known for holding the Alpine Skiing World Championships on its territory.

Such combined ski areas as Ortesei, Santa Cristina and Selva are suitable for all categories of ski tourists, and Sella Ronda circular route is especially loved by skiers. Snowboarders are attracted by the so-called powder – riding in deep soft snow.

Val Gardena is famous for its handmade wooden souvenirs, so it’s worth buying a few pieces for memory. Innsbruck is located 120 kilometers away from the resort, and Verona is about 190 kilometers away from it.

 

Alta Badia

Alta Badia ski resort is located in the south-east of South Tyrol at the altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, in the center of the Dolomiti Superski ski run. This place is perfect for exploring the Dolomites. The ski season is open from late November till mid-April – during this period there’s no better place for skiing and snowboarding.

Alta Badia is equipped with modern ski lifts and prepared ski slopes. This spot is especially popular among experienced skiers, but a small ski area for children and beginners is also available.

Amazing tropical paradise Puerto Rico fascinates immediately and forever: kilometers of snow-white beaches, eternal summer surrounded by monuments of the colonial era create a real paradise for those who always wanted to feel like a treasure hunter!

Because of its small size, Puerto Rico is very convenient for traveling by car. Moreover, the island has its own airport, where you can pick up Payless car rental at SJU immediately upon your arrival.

The local culture was evolved from the mixing of Indian traditions, the long influence of the Spanish colonialists, as well as the customs of the African population, brought to the island as free labor. As a result, Puerto Rico has become the bright and distinctive country to which you want to return again and again. Well, why do thousands of tourists choose Puerto Rico for a getaway at any time of the year?

  1. Beach holiday

Where, if not on the shores of the Caribbean, you can truly enjoy a beach holiday? Puerto Rico is among the greatest spots for this: the beaches stretch along the entire coastline, there are lonely towns, noisy youth places, beaches for those who want to “catch the wave” or explore the richest underwater world.

Puerto Rico Beach Scene

If the purpose of your trip is golden tan, then go to the center of beach life – Vieques Island. It’s also famous for its unique natural attraction – the Mosquito Bay, where glowing plankton creates an amazing night show.

 

  1. Amazing sights

Perhaps the major highlight of Puerto Rico can be safely called the nature of the country. Humid tropical climate without significant seasonal fluctuations formed there ideal conditions for the growth of tropical forests. Thus, it’s recommended to visit the untouched corner of this world in El Yunque National Forest.

Want to feel the spirit of the country? Then go to its capital, the city of San Juan. A walk through the historic center, the Old Town, will tell more than any guide book: that’s why this area is called an open-air museum. It’s worth paying attention to the fort Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, which since 1539 served as the main defensive fortress. Today, this fortification complex is open to the public and even listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site.

You shouldn’t leave Puerto Rico without tasting the famous Bacardi rum, which is the country’s iconic alcoholic beverage. This is best done at the existing plant, where you won’t only get to know about its history, but also see the whole manufacturing processes.

 

  1. Unique cultural features

Noisy and temperamental Puerto Ricans inherited their passionate temper from Spanish ancestors, and even today, being under the control of the United States, retain a national flavor. From the first minutes on the island, you will feel sincere hospitality, especially if you just as honestly admire the local beauty. The local population is very musical: the rhythms of salsa, reggae and calypso still sound in every corner of the island.

Puerto Rico

The dominant religion of the islanders is Catholicism. However, the religious traditions of the Indians and African spiritualism are woven into it. Communication for Puerto Ricans is the basis of life, and not only the verbal component is important, but also sign language, facial expressions and emotionality. Despite the preservation of cultural identity, the influence of the United States still affects different spheres of life: strict observance of laws, a high level of education, excellent roads and infrastructure that are difficult to meet in other Caribbean countries.

 

  1. Tasty cuisine

The world-famous cuisine of Puerto Rico has immediately Indian, Spanish and African roots at once. On an everyday table, the soup is the major local dish, and even the same recipe, each housewife prepares in her own way. The classic black bean soup will be an excellent option for those who are not used to exotic dishes.

2017 Latin Cuisine Summit - Arriba El Caribe

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Puerto Rican cuisine offers a huge selection of dishes for meat lovers: numerous stewed pork dishes, beef, baked chickens and meat pies have become an echo of Spanish cooking, unusually complemented with local traditions. Puerto Rican Beef Stew is a satisfying solution that knows no competitors at the local dinner table. Those travelers who want to pamper themselves with the best should pay attention to the signature dish of most restaurants – the Caribbean lobster.

Black Puerto Rican coffee completes the meal and has become a national drink. Freshly squeezed juices from local fruits and iced tea are indispensable delicacy in the heat. Unusual coconut-based desserts, sweet cakes and candied fruit also wait for a special attention of all the sweet teeth!

 

  1. Shopping

Shopping in Puerto Rico cannot boast of something special, however, the low tax rate makes many purchases profitable. In the elite shopping center Plaza Las Americas situated in the island capital you’ll find almost all global brands, while in the souvenir shops of the Old Town, skillfully made gizmos of local craftsmen are offered – ceramics, quality hammocks and coconut masks.

Plaza Las Americas

(photo by Carfer Lamor)

Shops are open from Monday to Wednesday from 9 am till 7 pm, Thursday and Friday – until 9 pm, and on Saturday the marketplaces are available only until 5 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing like escaping the winter blues with a wonderful holiday in the sun. When it’s grey and dreary at home, sometimes you need to get away from it all. So, if you’re headed off to a sunnier climate, then here’s a guide to what to pack for your winter holiday:

 

Where are you going?

First thing’s first, where are you headed? Keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure you’re packing smart. Perhaps you’re headed on an all-inclusive holiday in the Caribbean, or maybe you’ve opted for a cruise in the Mediterranean, either way, there is a small chance you may encounter some unpredictable weather. Keep this in mind when you’re packing your bag.

 

Essentials

Any fashion blog will tell you that there are endless trends when it comes to what to take on holiday. But you should forget them (for now) and take it back to basics with some much-needed holiday essentials. Remember your toiletry bag should be filled with all your favourite holiday minis, including antibacterial gel and after sun. Then there’s all the necessary travel documents and passport, best kept it a handy wallet to make sure everything is together.

 

Entertainment

Even if you’re only going to be on the plane for a couple of hours, there’s no harm in bringing some entertainment for the journey. Pack a couple of those unread books you’ve had sat on your bookshelf and grab a couple of magazine’s from the airport lounge. You can also download a couple of games you can still play on your phone while on airplane mode.

 

Key Outfits

When it comes to packing for holiday there’s one golden rule – less is more! Yes, you want to cram your suitcase to the rim with all your outfits, but every item needs to be well thought-out. It’s best to bring a couple of vests, t-shirts, womens sleepwear and basic cotton shorts. These will be your go-to items when you’re by the pool or chilling at the hotel bar.

Then, there are the other outfits for occasions where you’re headed on an excursion or out to dinner. Be sure to pack a little black dress, as this can be paired with practically everything! And don’t forget to pack some heels or wedges if you plan on visiting the local bars and clubs.

 

Accessories

Nothing says ‘beach babe’ than a well-accessorised look. Body chains, necklaces and some holiday-style anklets should all be considered essentials! A large beach bag is also a must, along with your favourite pair of sunglasses (and some spares). Accessories should be kept to a minimum, so as not to take up room in your suitcase that could be used for clothes!

Games of chance were legalized in Las Vegas back in the thirties of the last century. Since then, the city has become a real epicenter of casinos and other entertainment venues. The state of Nevada and especially Las Vegas has always been distinguished by its free character. For example, it’s allowed to smoke and drink alcohol in the streets and in many public places of Las Vegas. Only there you can leave the club in the evening and wake up with your wife in the morning. Only there even the most non-gambling person cannot resist so as not visiting the casino.

One thing is for sure – the Sin City loves fun and money! If you come there, get ready to fork out, otherwise it will be boring. The selection of entertainments, for which you can spend your savings, is just endless. However, you’ll need to rent a car at NU Las Vegas for trying them all. So, what interesting activities await you in Vegas?

Casinos and slot machines

Osheas Casino

For many people, Las Vegas and casino are synonymous. How many films have captured these velvet tables, blinking slot machines, placers of tokens, chirr of roulettes and eyes burning with excitement? Now there are about a hundred casinos, and thousands of gambling halls in Vegas. They are happy to welcome those people who willing to try their luck. Minimum bets are very small, so almost anyone can play.

All major casinos are located in Downtown area along Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, more precisely, its part, which is called the Strip. Anyone can visit the casino – the doors are open for everyone, but face control is not practiced in Las Vegas.

After each game the slot machine will give you a voucher, which can then be used as a “credit card” for other games. In short, it’s valid for all gambling devices. Its “shelf life” is six months. You can cash out a voucher there, in the hall, in a special machine for issuing money. Everything is easy, simple and clear.

 

Shows, concerts and performances

Jackpot - Las Vegas Style Show

All kinds of Las Vegas shows are no less popular than the casino. That’s why Las Vegas is considered to be the world’s entertainment capital. What shows are available in the city?

  • Comedy performances;
  • Illusionists and other magicians;
  • Circus performances;
  • Programs for adults;
  • Hypnotists;
  • Concerts of celebrities;
  • Musicals;
  • Dance shows;
  • Sport events.

The most popular are, for example, the famous Cirque Du Soleil, which offers almost a dozen different programs, Blue Man Group, David Copperfield, the Mamma Mia musical and others.

Price tags are very different: on average, from $30 to $100, but for all the most interesting and popular shows, you will have to pay from $100 to $200.

Water Show of the Bellagio / Las Vegas

Where to find information about the performances? At the reception of any hotel you can take a booklet, which will list all the most interesting upcoming events.

 

Night clubs and bars

Those who cannot stand still are invited to numerous nightclubs and bars. There are both establishments situated at large casino hotels, and separate ones. Las Vegas clubs are very unique – it’s here that you may come face to face with some celebrity.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Some of the most famous clubs are:

  • Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan
  • Voodoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel
  • Chateau Nightclub at the Hotel & Casino Paris
  • Moon Nightclub in the Palms

As for bars, their selection is just incredible! They can be found at any casino or even in the open air.

 

Entertainment venues

For those who like to tickle the nerves or see something curious, there will be a lot of interesting things too.

Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides

For example, the Stratosphere Hotel offers four attractions: the Big Shot, the SkyJump, the X-Scream, and Insanity. They are located at the very top of the tower, and each them will give a thrill and the opportunity to see the panoramic view of the city.

X-Scream - The Stratosphere

The Big Apple Coaster

This is one of the most exciting and favorite tourist rides available at New York-New York Hotel. It’s hard to describe it – you should try the roller coaster on your own. Schedule: Sunday-Thursday – from 11 am till 11 pm, Friday and Saturday – from 10:30 am until midnight. A single ticket costs $14, while a 1-day pass is available at $25/person.

Aquariums and zoos

You can admire the water attraction placed in the Mirage Hotel – Aquarium at The Mirage. It is located right behind the reception desk and you can look at it completely for free of charge. In addition, the fans of the underwater world can visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. One of the features of this place is the sensory pool, in which visitors can pet the fish. An adult ticket costs $18, and the price for a children ticket is $12.

Sharks!

(photo by Daniel Parks)

Street entertainments

While walking along the Strip in the evening, you can witness the amazing show of the singing and dancing Bellagio Fountains situated opposite the Bellagio Hotel. The spectacle is truly fascinating, even if you have seen more than one such fountain in your life.

The Venetian Hotel provides the opportunity to ride a gondola along an improvised canal recreating a piece of the Italian Venice.

On Fremont Street, you can become a spectator of the Fremont Street Experience light show, which involves screens that form a dome above the pedestrian section of the street.

 

It is officially Winter which means it’s time to ditch the swim shorts and sun cream and start layering up. Although Winter can often feel long, dark and dreary, there is no better way to cheer yourself up than investing in some seasonal knits. Knitwear is an important staple in any man and woman’s wardrobe. This year the runway has left you spoilt for choice as an abundance of styles hit high-street retail which means you’re bound to love one (or two, or three) and there is no excuse for being cold.

Statement

The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark, cold weather with a pop of vibrance. You can even take this to the next level by trying the psychedelic geometric patterns which will ensure you make a bold statement this Winter. Another way of turning heads is to try a neon or animal print jumper which were all the rave at New York Fashion Week AW/18.

Oversized

This trend is extremely popular this year which isn’t surprising considering it offers extreme comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with pretty much anything. You can find oversized branded jumpers anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top tip is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your oversized jumper with a pair of boots for that ultimate cute-chic look, or if the thought of bare legs makes you cold, then pair with a pair of jeans or tights for that extra snug look.

Crop

Whatever style jumper you like, you are sure to be able to find it cropped. Although a crop is not everyone’s cup of hot chocolate, a baggy cropped jumper can be super flattering when worn with a pair of high waisted jeans or trousers.

Crew Neck

The crew neck is a timeless cut within fashion and looks perfect on a jumper for that laid-back, uber trendy look. The crew neck jumper works perfectly when layering under a jack or on top of a roll neck. It also looks incredibly smart under a blazer.

Roll Neck

The roll neck knit is extremely popular and 90s throwback that everyone is enjoying. Roll necks work best in dark colours such as black, navy and grey and are perfect to wear under a big coat or a tailored jacket and paired with a scarf. It is important to remember that when you wear a roll neck, it is the pinnacle of your whole outfit, so make sure you dress around it. If you opt for a roll neck in a vibrant colour, then keep in mind to tone the vibrancy down with a heavy piece of neutral outwear.