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Places to see in Corfu

Places to see in Corfu

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Corfu is known as the second largest Ionian islands in Greece. The island has plenty of historical attraction and known to have the best-preserved buildings in Europe. Thousands of visitors visit the island every year to see it’s incredible landscape and beautiful beaches. Although it’s a small island, it has plenty of things to offer. Below are a list of activities and places you can see in Corfu. 

Angelokastro

The word Angelokastro translates to Angel’s castle. It is situated on the top of Corfu’s highest peaks. The castle is an integral part of the island’s history as it was used to defend and fight invaders off the island. The castle features high towering walls which proven to be useful back during an invasion.

Vidos Island

The Vidos island is situated in the port of Corfu just half a mile from the old town. During World War, the island was used as a quarantine hospital for sick Serbian soldiers who arrived in Corfu from a war retreat in Albania. Many Serbian soldiers who died on the island was buried off the sea due to the small size of the island. It is another historical attraction that you wouldn’t want to miss during your visit.

Achilleion Palace

Achilleion Palace

The Achilleion is a beautiful palace surrounded by statues of gods and philosophers. An Austrian Empress name Elisabeth designed the palace. Elisabeth fell in love with the island and decided to build the mansion based on a Phoenician style. After her death, the palace was used for different purposes during the World War.

Spianada Square

The Spianada square is the largest square in Greece and also the main square on the Corfu island. The area is surrounded by other monuments including the Palace of Saints Michael and George and the old fortress. Many people gather here during the daylight.

Backpacking Essentials

Backpacking Essentials

Backpacking is becoming a popular travelling trend where travellers would only bring a bag pack filled with their travelling essentials. It’s a minimalist way of travelling without carrying too much baggage. It is essential for camping trips, weekend trips or even longer trips. Below are some of the most basic things you should bring on your backpacking journey. 

Microfiber Towel

Microfibre towels are thin, lightweight and fast absorbing which is perfect for backpacking. You want to avoid bringing a large thick towel that takes up too much space on your bag. 

Power Bank

All travellers would usually bring devices that will help their journey a lot easier. However, finding a place to charge your devices may not always be easy, and in case you lose your power, it’s important to bring a backup charger. Power banks can charge all kinds of devices including smartphones and tablet. 

water bottle

Water Bottle

Having a water bottle will be handy for your trip especially if it involves a lot of walking. It will also help you save money on your journey as you won’t have to buy any bottle of drinks when you get thirsty. If you want to keep your backpack as spacious as possible, you can opt in for a folding water bottle instead of a plastic bottle. 

Basic Versatile Clothing

When packing your clothes, it’s ideal only to bring clothes that you would wear. Depending on how long you’re travelling, you may want to decide on how many clothing you will carry with you. The less clothing, the lighter your backpack will be. If you’re going for a weekend trip, you can bring two pieces of everything including your top, jeans, underwear, pyjama, jacket and socks. 

Swiss Army Knife

For travellers who are camping or will undergo long journeys, carrying a Swiss army knife can be useful for certain things. There are many ways you can use a Swiss knife, and you may want to do a few research on how and where or when you can use this tool during your travel. 

Toiletry Bag

Toiletries should include your essentials including toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. It’s important to freshen up during your travels.


Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam Travel Guide

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Amsterdam is a lively city filled with plenty of attractions and sceneries. If you’re looking to spend your weekend in Amsterdam or looking to stay for a few weeks, there are many activities that you can do and plenty of places to explore. 

Museums

Did you know that Amsterdam is known to have some of the best museums in the world? If you’re an art lover, you will be spoilt with choices! One of their most famous museums is called the Rijksmuseum which is filled with Dutch art and history. If you’re into paintings, they have the famous Van Gogh Museum. Other popular museums include the Anne Frank House and the Museum of Amsterdam Illusions. 

Bike Tour

The city of Amsterdam is filled with thousands of bike riders and travellers. The moment you step into the town, you’ll notice many bike travellers. If you want to experience the place on a bike, you can sign up for a bike tour where you can cycle with a group of people while exploring Amsterdam at the same time. 

Food

Food lovers will be surprised by how many places there are to eat in Amsterdam. They are known to serve the best-looking breakfast and tastiest desserts in the world! They are also known for having some of the best pastry shops. 

Amsterdam Sign

If you love taking pictures for social media, then don’t forget to visit the Amsterdam sign located just behind the Rijksmuseum. Plenty of tourist visits this spot to capture the perfect Instagram shot. To avoid the crowd and own the space, make sure you stop by early in the morning. 

Canal

The city is known for its famous canals, and the best way to explore this part of Amsterdam is by boat. Boat trips will take you around the canals where you can get to experience and see the different parts of the area.

What To Expect In New York City

What To Expect In New York City

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is New York City, in the state of New York, USA. Its many iconic attractions have their images plastered across our media and culture, so it’s no surprise that many people feel the urge to visit and experience it for themselves.

But apart from the obvious tall buildings and flashing lights, what can you expect from your trip? It’s a good idea to bear these things in mind, as they can help you plan your time as well as your spending.

It’s not as cheap as it was

As UK-based travellers, many of us are used to going abroad and finding everything is quite affordable. The pound has always been relatively strong and our prices in generally are fairly high compared to much of continental Europe, the USA and many other destinations. A lot in New York City is not expensive in real terms compared to places like London – perhaps one of the world’s most overpriced cities!

However, the exchange rate from pounds to dollars is pretty poor now, and prices haven’t adjusted to match. Gone are the days when a dollar only cost to 50p. The two currencies are much closer in value now, so you’ll feel like you’re paying over the odds.

Food is cheap enough if you like burgers

If you’re a fan of the American classic, the cheeseburger and fries, you’re going to the right place. There’s a huge amount of choice in New York City and it doesn’t have to cost a huge amount to get a great burger. If you fancy anything else, however, be prepared to pay a bit more. P.S. Pizza slices for a dollar are not a myth, but they are rare.

The road system is super efficient

If you’re used to driving (or walking) around the UK, especially in cities, you’ll be familiar with confusing and overwhelming road systems. The American grid system is almost unheard of here, but New York City offers an excellent example of it in action. Once you understand how the alternating one-way system works, you’ll be amazing how it keeps the traffic flowing. Pedestrian crossings are mostly made easy with precisely-calibrated timers to keep the pace.

It’s essential that you tip people

Tips are usually optional in UK restaurants, and that’s the only thought we give the matter. Meanwhile in the States, anyone who gives you a service will be hoping for a tip of 15% to 20% for their trouble. This can really push up your bill in a restaurant, especially if tax wasn’t included in the price either (this is pretty common).

There’s more to do than you think

Some of the best attractions in New York City are the most famous ones. The Empire State Building gives you an unmatched view of the entire city in the day or at night, despite no longer being the tallest point. But between the buildings, statues and other sights you planned for, you’ll probably find it impossible to stay on track. Expect to be sidetracked regularly and find ten new interesting sites for every one you visit.

Here are just a few more tips to help your trip go smoothly while you’re in New York…

  • Learn to recognise the coins quickly, especially the difference between quarters and nickels which look similar
  • Don’t accept “free” mixtapes from people in Times Square unless you want to spend the next 10 minutes negotiating a price
  • Remember to add approximately 8.75% tax on to prices in your head before paying, as it’s not normally included (except for some exempt items like clothing)
  • Be prepared for a no-nonsense approach when you have to deal with any police or security staff, especially at airport border control
  • Stop to enjoy the trip at every opportunity and try not to get stressed! It can be an overwhelming place to be, but New York City is designed to excite and entertain.