There are so many things that make Switzerland popular with tourists, and we just managed to put five of them in our title, and for a good reason. Switzerland is famous for its breathtaking mountain landscapes and scenic lakes dotted with picturesque villages that can host a story of a fairy tale without much trouble. Production of chocolate, cheese and watches is something Swiss are very proud of and they became synonyms with quality in those industries.
Your travel documents, such as passports, IDs and visas are essential for your travel and especially if you are travelling abroad. Having passport/national ID will enable to cross country borders, register at the hotel, rent a car (this will require valid driver’s license as well) and do several other activities that require identification.
Travelers usually rent a car for two occasions – to move from city to city, or from A to B (or between attractions) and this is simple rental, you rent a car and drive between two locations to avoid buses, trains or other public types of transport. The second type of rental is when renting car during entire duration of your vacation and use it as you would use your own car back home – move around, go shopping, go between places, etc.Renting a car has many advantages and some disadvantages, and we will explore them here.
Staying in touch while travelling and having access to important information while on the move is essential nowadays more than ever. Every aspect of our lives has changed dramatically in past decade or so due to rapid technology advances and travel is very much dependent on Internet technology and online resources. Booking a flight or a hotel, renting a car, buying attraction tickets, booking a table in a restaurant, flagging a taxi, are all activities you can do from your mobile phone while having a coffee or walking around your favorite destination. Not to mention that you can check at any time weather forecast so you don’t waste your tour on a rainy day or transfer emergency money in case of urgent need.
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of two main islands, covered by volcanic mountains and glaciers, and another thirty smaller ones off the main coast and each with unique natural characteristics. The country has deep roots in Maori culture and art that is present in every corner and preserved by ongoing efforts by the government and people of New Zealand.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. It is known globally for its unique, sail-like design of the Sydney Opera House, which became recognized symbol of Australia when it was inaugurated in 1973. Large Darling Harbor and the smaller Circular Quay harbour, with the arched Harbor Bridge and the prestigious Royal Botanic Garden in the vicinity, are the hubs of waterfront life. The outdoor platform of Sydney Tower, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and surrounding areas.
Sydney’s life is very much determined around outdoor experience, with two popular surfing destinations nearby: Bondi and Manly Beaches. Focus on nature and wildlife preservation is successfully maintained in Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and Wildlife Sydney Zoo with thousands of animal species.
The name of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, means fair winds or good air in Spanish. It is one of the biggest city in Latin America and one of the main points of entry into Argentina. Its inhabitants are nicknamed porteños, or people front the port, as Buenos Aires was initially founded as a port to defend land from pirates, all the way back in 16th century. Today, it is a modern cosmopolitan city with unique charm and beauty.
Buenos Aires is a center of trade, art and fashion in South America and it is diverse melting pot of different cultures and ethnic origins. Mostly originating from Italian and Spanish descendants, emigrated from Europe since foundation of the city, Buenos Aires also has largest Jewish population in Latin America.
Peru is an amazing South American country with a spectacular historical heritage that attracts tourists from all over the world. Archaeological findings date back to year 10,000 BC in Guitarrero Cave in the northwest. Since then, there were many traces of human life discovered all around Peru and last great ancient civilization was that of famous Inca Empire, that left great impact on the country to this day.
Magnificent Machu Picchu is just one of the Incas preserved legacies and there are more in famous Sacred Valley. For explorers of mysteries, there are world known Nazca Lines, incredible land drawings of colossal proportions, usually observed only from high ground or from the air.
Brazil is a large and populous country in South America, with land stretching from the Amazon basin in the north and, across the equator, down south to Iguaçu Falls and Porto Alegre. It is a country of incredible diversity, from busy and crowded cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to laid back inland towns and tranquil beaches along the Atlantic coast.
Argentina is a huge South American country with land stretching from the mountains of the Andes, through glacial lakes and the grassland of Pampas to the Argentine Sea in the South Atlantic Ocean and from Iguazu Falls in the north all the way to the ‘End of the World’ in Ushuaia.
With its iconic and memorable beauty, San Francisco is wrapped in cultural attractions and filled with many globally known landmarks. To name a few: Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district and list goes on.
The art scene is very rich and delivers top of the class theatre, opera, symphony and ballet performances, with frequent premieres of plays from Broadway. Many museums and galleries are at disposal to offer exquisite local and international collections of fine art.
City’s diverse communities bring various cultures into a wonderful melting pot, welcoming visitors with open arms. Visiting San Francisco also means great food from around the world, making it also word class dining location.
Los Angeles is an amazing city and one of the top US destination. It is also congested with traffic so much, that writers in Saturday Night Live (SNL) have ongoing skeet named ‘Californians’ where characters keep talking about commute and highway exits (among other, telenovela like, dialogues). But it is not that bad, once you get used to it; millions of tourists are flocking to the LA every year and there is a good reason for that.
Australia is both a country and a continent between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Majority of population lives in coastal areas where largest cities flourish: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. The capital, Canberra, is the only major city located inland. The vast inland area of country is called Outback and it is dotted with small towns and wilderness parks and wildlife habitats worth exploring.
Australia has strong Aboriginal heritage and history of indigenous people inhabiting the country way back 65,000 years ago. Arts and crafts with Aboriginal motives and style are very popular and can be found in every corner. Nowadays, Australia is a melting pot of nations and cultures, similar to the US, but in a much smaller scale.
The country iconic landmark is Sydney Opera House, unique architectural gem in Sydney Harbour and, among others, symbol of Australia’s modern age. There are many national parks where visitors can enjoy wonderful nature and engage in activities such as hiking camping and wildlife watching.
Coastal cities offer various entertainment activities, including water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving and marine life exploration. Australia has something to offer to every type of visitor and it is family friendly destination. Enjoy!
Las Vegas is located in the middle of Mojave Desert in Nevada, but that didn’t upset city’s position as a top gambling and entertainment spot in the world. Almost 40 million tourists visit this unique city every year, which makes it one of the most popular destinations in the US. Between gambling, crazy entertainment and instant wedding chappels, no wonder Las Vegas has earned a phrase: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, initially used as a tourist advertisement, now almost a city’s motto.
Winter is a season for having fun in the snow, at least in the northern hemisphere, and since Christmas holiday is behind us, let us look into some recommendations on where to spend some time to cheer up during these cold days. Some of these locations are chosen as something that would be unusual to every day skiing enthusiast. Enjoy!
New York City is a global center of culture, art, fashion and finance and the most populous city in the US. The city is made out of five boroughs sitting on the Hudson River’s entry into the Atlantic Ocean. Manhattan, with iconic skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, its green core of Central Park and bustling Times Square and Broadway; Brooklyn, diverse borough with areas featuring indie music, art and nightlife and beachfront amusement parks; Queens with Flushing Meadows, featuring Unisphere; Bronx, in the north of NYC, hosts Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo; Staten Island in the south offers great panoramic views of a city and iconic Statue of Liberty.
NYC is a massive city and it will take a week or two to fully explore it or at least to visit all major landmarks. But don’t worry, once you visit it, you will always come back for more!
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, was founded by Vikings in 10th century. Its rich history is what is defining it as a city with a character and everlasting charm. Seated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is dissected by River Liffey, flowing into Irish Sea.
Ireland, or as they call it ‘Emerald Isle’, for its gorgeous landscapes, is an island off the coast of England (and Wales). The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island, with Northern Ireland in the north, being part of the United Kingdom.
With rich history, culture and arts, this beautiful country attracts many visitors every year, greeted by friendly locals in relaxed atmosphere around the island. Home of Guinness beer, Ireland has many pubs where this stout is served and enjoyed immensely in a great company and music, especially during not so friendly weather periods.
The capital and the largest city of Massachusetts, Boston is also one of the oldest city in the US – it was founded in 1630. It was one of the main cities during American Revolution, where it played an important role, commemorated now on the famous Freedom Trail – a walking route along historic sites telling the story of a birth of a nation. Boston metropolitan area is home of several world known universities, such as Harvard, MIT and Tufts.
The US is a huge country comprising of 50 states in North America, bordering with Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. It`s an amazingly diverse country (expression ‘melting pot` came from the US) that attracts millions of tourists every year and it tops world tourism rankings for decades. And this is not an accident, there is so much to see and do in the US that this post will not do it justice. That`s why we will try and write about various destinations within the US during next couple of weeks.