What If You’re Given a Day to See Madrid

What If You’re Given a Day to See Madrid

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Tenerife, Marbella, and Playa Blanca  –  these are just three of the many Spanish isles that are touted as the most sought-after Iberian getaways, with millions of tourist from around the world visiting these island getaways.

But, if you’re a first time visitor to Spain, skip these prime destinations, and instead, go for its beautiful capital– Madrid. Not only does it offer loads of fun, but furthermore, it must be one of the cheapest European cities, if not the cheapest. That means, you get the most out of your hard-earned euro, whether it be food, visiting sights and attractions, or buying souvenirs.

What if you are given just a day to roam around and see Madrid. Honestly, it is such an amazing place that there is so much to see and do. It might take one more or less a month to experience and enjoy what Madrid has to offer.

Indeed, if you have only one day to see Madrid, here are the must-see sites and attractions to visit and relish:

  1. Palacio Real de Madrid

The Royal Palace of Spain is first on your list of must-see sites, if you have only one day to visit the city.  It is one of the grandest and most pompous in all of Europe, where every nook and corner is decorated with precious artwork and lavish furniture. And for only 11 euros, you have the chance to marvel at the Official Residence of the King of Spain.

  1. Catedral de la Almudena

Perhaps, the most visited church in Madrid, Catedral de la Almudena is also the most popular since it is recognized as the seat of Catholicism in all of Spain. Just in front of the Palacio Real Madrid, most of the city’s religious celebration is celebrated in this cathedral. It is open 7 days a week, up until 8:30PM, and the entrance is free, although a small donation of 1 euro is requested, the money will be used for the continuing maintenance of the cathedral.

  1. Retiro Park

Parque el Buen Retiro is the official park of Spain, grazing a vast land in the middle of the city. Here you will find the gargantuan man-made lake or estanque, where the monument to Alfonso XII stands. Likewise, popular landmarks found within are the famous Crystal Palace, which was used as the venue for the 1916 exposition, and the Palacio de Velasquez.

  1. Puerta del Sol

The Gate of the Sun in English, Puerta del Sol is a popular square of Spain, and situated within the heart of the touristy area of Madrid Centro. Be astonished by this plaza surrounded by boutiques of all kinds, restaurantes serving various Spanish comidas, and numerous souvenir shops offering trinkets, postcards,shirts, and various similar items that will help tourists remember Madrid by, In the middle of the square is the impressive fountain around which people gather and idle by, the equestrian statue of Rey Carlos III, and the statue of El Oso and El Madroño, one of the popular symbols of the city.

  1. Museo del Jamon

Speaking of comida Español, the one that is nearest to these attractions is the Museo del Jamon, a popular restaurant that offers a great variety of delectable Spanish fare. Tourists should not leave Madrid and not pass by Museo, if only to have a taste of its bocadillo de jamon or camarones (squid). Paella, a traditional rice dish, is also a favorite dish among locals and tourists. Order the seafood or marinera paella — I assure you that its taste is heavenly.

  1. Plaza Mayor

Another popular square, Plaza Mayor Madrid is gargantuan in size, a sprawling enclave with main gates and arches at strategic areas serving as access points. Tourists troop to the modern Tourism office of Madrid, the headquarters of which is the Casa de la Panaderia, one of the buildings enclosing the plaza. Did you know that the Plaza Mayor once served as a bullfight stadium? And that the defeated bulls were brought to a nearby carneceria. Now, the place is home to a great number of businesses and establishments, making it a highly busy tourist spot of Madrid. Come the Yuletide season, the square is brightly lit with a thousand or so colorful Christmas lights, and the center area becomes the spot where the Nativity scene display is put up for everyone to see.

 

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How To Get Around New South Wales

How To Get Around New South Wales

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New South Wales

NSW is by far the country’s most populous state and travelling from Sydney to any other places in NSW is a common occurrence. In this post, we look at several transport options worth considering.

Flying

Flying is probably the best way to cover the large distances in Australia in as short a time as possible. The country has a number of domestic airlines that serve all the capital cities along with several regional cities, making it a quick and favoured way to travel between the country’s many iconic destinations. Since competition is rife between domestic airlines, you can get great value fares, especially when booking in advance.

There is also the option of hiring Sydney HeliTours helicopter charters. This is a fast and efficient way to travel around New South Wales and means that, via helicopter, you will arrive at your destination quicker, saving you a great deal of time. It also means you won’t have to rely on airline schedules – you get to fly off whenever you want to.

Getting Around by Bus

Bus and coach travel in the country is efficient, comfortable and not badly priced. The country’s long-distance coaches usually have air conditioning, adjustable seats, reading lights and in some cases, free Wi-Fi. Australia’s national coach operator also offers hop on hop off passes for the more popular routes, flexible passes and short trip passes – all based on the distance you want to travel.

Using a Car to Get Around

In Australia, there is a vast network of well-maintained roads and, perhaps, some of the most stunning road trips on our globe. While the drives vary in length, you can choose from an array of routes to get to your destination. Some routes may take several days, but you can enjoy beautiful attractions along the way, along with plenty of accommodation choices and loads to do in the villages and towns you pass through. Once you get to NSW, you can go on so many scenic drives, such as the 300km Snowy Valleys Way where you travel through the Snowy Mountains; or the 200km Waterfall Way. If you’re a foodie, you should travel along the Poachers Way, a stunning food and wine trail.

Getting Around by Train

Train travel in Australia is convenient and another scenic way to see the country. Services run between Sydney and other areas in New South Wales, as well as along the country’s east coast to Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.  There are even some sensational rail journeys such as the Indian Pacific and The Ghan that sweet right across the continent and offer a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Getting Around with a Disability

Ferries, buses, trains, airlines and helicopters in Australia are accessible to people using a mobility device or wheelchair. The airport alone provides services for those people with disabilities and there’s always someone on hand at helicopter charters to assist with getting on and off the aircraft.

Overall, if you’re looking for the fastest way to get around New South Wales, consider a helicopter charter. It’s affordable, scenic and incredibly quick!


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How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

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Stay Healthy While Traveling

During the holiday season, most of us are traveling to our families or a holiday destination. These occasions are perfect excuses to avoid healthy foods. After all, we have been following a strict regimen throughout the rest of the year or, at least, we should have.

But, what if we want to remain healthy while traveling? What are our options for foods, especially when visiting different cultures or the holiday destination that is laden with the temptation of pizza and cakes? What about jet lag and how that may affect your appetite and mess up your system? Customer Review provides information for some good solutions to help you overcome some of these problems.

To opt for the healthy route, you have two choices as a traveler.

  • Bring Your Own Grub (BYOG).
  • Buy meals while at the airport or on the road.

For all the health fanatics, you will be thrilled to discover that most airports around the world offer a healthy option for foods. Outlets that sell healthy foods and beverages are available around the world.

The foods that are usually available at the airport outlets are the following:

  • Bean burritos.
  • Green salads with raw vegetables.
  • Smoothies with low-fat dairy and plenty of fruit.
  • Grilled chicken sandwich.
  • A slice of cheese or a vegetable pizza.
  • Pasta with red sauce and lean meat.

What To Pack?

Frozen Bottle Of Water

Yes, the water is for you to drink once the ice has melted. Until then, use the frozen bottle to keep all the perishable foods chilled.

Breakfast Bars

The collection should not consist of chocolate bars, rather power bars that contain at least 3 grams of fiber and at least 5 grams of protein. The bar should contain very little sugar and fat.

Shakes

Who said that you had to eat your meal instead of drinking it? Meal replacement shakes are a great source for substituting the junk food while on the road or in the air. The shake should consist of 10 to 17 grams of sugar per 11-ounce and at least 3 grams of fiber. The shake should also contain at least 10 grams of protein.

Pack A Salad

Before you leave for your destination, get a grilled chicken salad or a green salad and ensure you keep it chilled with your frozen water. When you are hungry, you can add a packet of reduced-calorie dressing to make it more palatable.

Deli-Style Sandwich

One of the healthy options is to pack a deli-style sandwich for the road. Make sure that you pack it with the frozen water. To pack the sandwich, you need to also use a firmer sandwich bun. While preparing the sandwich, opt for mustard instead of mayonnaise and turkey breasts instead of salami or tuna that is fraught with mayonnaise.

What Else Should You Do?

Sleep

Although you are traveling to a holiday destination to explore and have as much fun as possible, do not forget about sleep. Your body can quickly become weary from all the activities, as well as from traveling into different time zones.

Stretch

We know you have heard this advice before, but how often do you follow it? Before you go out to explore your holiday destination, make sure that you stretch for at least 10 minutes every morning. Stretching your limbs will ensure that you feel refreshed.

Walk

If you are not going to have time for the gym while traveling, you can still stay healthy and fit by walking everywhere. If the beach is a mile away, instead of taking a taxi, opt for a walk. While going down to the hotel lobby, forget the elevator and walk down the stairs.

Hydrate

You should carry a water bottle with you wherever you go whilst on holiday. Drink as much water as possible during the day and plan the refill stops ahead of embarking on your day.

Avoid Alcohol And Soda

While on holiday, avoid alcohol and soda as these drinks are filled with calories. Ensure that your intake of sugar and calories is lowered by choosing water.

Eat A Lot Of Fruit

Ask the hotel assistant for directions to the closest fruit and vegetable shop. Your holiday diet should be filled with lots of fruits such as oranges, bananas, grapes and apples.

 


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How To Stay Safe While Travelling The World

How To Stay Safe While Travelling The World

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When travelling the world – especially if you decide to go solo – it is so important that you know exactly what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what you need, as you may be putting yourself in rather vulnerable positions. It’s an incredible experience, and you shouldn’t be put off by the idea of venturing out alone, but you just need to familiarise yourself with as much as you can before you jet off.

Here’s how you can keep yourself safe while away.

Emergency fund

As well as all the money that you will need for transport, accommodation, and food and drinks, you should also make sure you have an emergency fund. This is so (God forbid) if anything happens, like you get injured, you lose something, or get into any other kind of trouble, you will need money to sort out the situation. If you’re already worried about not having enough in your budget, you may want to look at cash loans. These are great for giving you exactly what you need, when you need it. Just make sure that you are able to pay it all back within your next known payday; otherwise, the interest rates will become rather expensive.

Sleep safe

Regardless of where you sleep, you need to make sure that you’re safe and off the streets. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a five-star hotel, or an independent b&b, just as long as you have somewhere to put your head down and get the rest you need to recharge, without worrying about any potential dangers. If you have your own vehicle with you, you may want to invest in a second lock so it’s extra secure. And if you’re backpacking, always be sure to find a hostel and check it out while the sun is still up. Never leave it too late because it’ll be dark, you’ll be exhausted, and may not make the best decision.

Don’t carry your valuables

If you are seen having fancy things, like a pretty watch, a phone, or jewellery, you are essentially just putting a bullseye on your back. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with having nice things, but you need to know that if they are out on show for everyone to see, someone may just come along and attempt to grab them. So before you leave the hotel, (or wherever you’re staying) think twice about wearing that Rolex.

Befriend the locals

When you arrive at your destination, it’s wise to get friendly with the locals, not only because it’s nice for your social life and you may learn more about the area you’re in, but because you’re less likely to be targeted by a criminal. A lot of thieves will pick out tourists to steal from because they’re seen as an easy target as they tend to be alone. So if you are seen speaking to the locals, they may just rethink who they’re messing with. Remember that sometimes it’s not about what you know – it’s who you know. If you are travelling to a non English speaking country, it is highly advisable to learn some basic local words and phrases. Also you can purchase a T-shirt with most common travel icons.


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Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

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I often wonder whether there is going to be enough time to visit some of the places we put on our bucket lists. Many of us can have dreams and aspirations of seeing some of the most famous places on the plane,t but often we have to cherry pick due to commitments at home. I guess that is why so many students decide to take year ong excursions traveling over several different countries at once, so that they can really experience some of the beauty this world has to offer. However, not all of us can just do things like that, which is why we all have some form of bucket list and hope that one day we will get to tick the destinations off one by one.

It got me thinking about some of the popular destinations, or indeed some of the further Eastern points of the world that we may not necessarily get to frequent as often as we would like. I wanted to share with you some of the best destinations, offer insight on some pf the places to visit if your find yourself there. Who knows, maybe a few more places will be getting added to your bucket list come the end of this article.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the Southern Pacific ocean that is made up of two main islands. North island and South island. The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, which is situated on the North island. Both islands have volcanoes which makes it quite the mountainous and green visual beauty. There are certainly plenty of things to do in this country. However, if you are fan of the Lord Of The Rings films, then you will know that some of the filming took place on the South Island. So much so, that you can still go and see some of the sets such as Hobbiton. You have plenty of other great sites and cities. Along with the capital city of Wellington you also have other popular destinations like Auckland. Some of the popular tourist highlights are the Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, and the Waitomo caves. Wherever you are traveling from, New Zealand is one of the first countries to start their day, and quite often can be on the bucket list for many people to consider exploring in the future.

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Australia

Australia. Possibly one of the most popular bucket list destinations of all time. Australia is a vast country, with so many places to see that many travellers can spend months touring the country just to ensure that they take it all in. Different regions of Australia are different, and both seasons can be experienced at different times of the year due to how big it actually is. Melbourne is classed as one of the most popular destinations and actually has been named the most liveable city in all of the world. Known for its coffee culture and laidback city lifestyle Melbourne is quite the destination to visit. But let’s not forget some of the other iconic places such as Perth in Western Australia. With a great town and also some of the smaller more rustic places like Freemantle, there is a great laid back vibe in this region. Then you have iconic Sydney with possibly the most known sight of Australia the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Adelaide, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Cairns, there really is much to see and do there. One of the most requested things to do would be to swim in the Great Barrier reef. However you choose to spend your time in Australia, it is clear to see that you won’t be disappointed with your time there.

Japan

Japan is a mecca of possibility out in the Pacific and it has dense cities, mountainous regions, many beautiful palaces and thousands of shrines. With a population of 127 million people, it’s easy to see why it could be a destination not to be missed for you in the future. Tokyo is Japan’s busy capital city and is bustling with the ultramodern which meets the traditional in regards to buildings and culture. It is an extremely metropolitan city, and technology is vast here. Tokyo is well-known for its skyscraper building and shopping culture. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, tends to be known for some of the most out there and modern technology pieces, with toilets that can talk to you and an AI culture that would certainly fascinate even the most scientific among you. Which lends itself to be the perfect destination for an extended holiday if this sort of field happens to be of interest. Japan is certainly a destination that wouldn’t be for someone who wants to just sit and relax, there is too much to explore and see. There are also the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone.

Indonesia

Indonesia is fast a region that is growing in popularity amongst people wanting to take advantage of some of the most unspoilt places in the world. Bali is actually a real popular destination and can be one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Sitting on the beach taking in the beautiful surroundings of the ocean and beach, not to mention some of the most luxurious resorts available. There is Ubud, which is the cultural heart of Bali that will help you experience some of the more diver side of this place. However, Jakarta is the Indonesian capital and it is a great city to see and spend some time in. As a matter of fact, it can often be a destination where people choose to have extended holidays as they can see so many other places on this side of the world. Websites like https://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-selatan/rumah-murah can be useful when looking for places to stay or invest in while you are there. Indonesia is a great place, and often the regions sits on peoples bucket list just because there is such a diverse amount of things to do and see in the area.

China

China may already be on your bucket list, and I guarantee that is probably for one reason only. Walking the Great Wall Of China. One of the seven wonders of the world and something that can actually be seen from space, which is mind blowing on its own. While, of course, that is something worthy of your bucket list there are other factors to the country China that you should definitely consider adding to your trip. Of course, one main factor being the food. But other places to see would be the capital of Beijing. This is the place where you could witness the Forbidden City palace. However another city to see would be Shanghai, which also has many historical tourist sites that are worth a visit. China is vast, and happens to be one of the most populated places on earth. It is such a vast place, that there is often things to consider doing that perhaps will enable you to avoid the initial tourist hotspots. Perhaps venturing into smaller towns, or experience the true Chinese culture.

Thailand

Thailand is definitely more well-known for its beaches and is certainly a destination that is popular with backpackers. With Bangkok being a real vibrant city, you also have some of the beautiful and unspoilt islands that will give youa true authentic and relaxing take on Thailand. One of the popular things to do while you are in Thailand is visit a Full Moon party. It is certainly one of the highlights of some of the backpackers and students that venture over their just for this event. Some of the best islands to see would be Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and the Phi Phi islands. There are some famous beaches and one in particular is iconic film called The Beach which is located in Phi Phi Leh island near Phuket. Which is also another destination to see. You can find more online on websites like http://www.phiphi.phuket.com. You can see why Thailand is on the bucket list for many people, and how you can really spend a great deal of your time exploring some of the beautiful islands.

India

Finally, India may not be seen as a huge holiday hotspot, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t consider a trip there as it definitely has much to offer. One of the big reasons to consider travelling to India would certainly be for the food. Indian food is loved by the whole food, but nothing could quite beat actually eating it authentically. Another reason would be to consider taking on a big challenge such as trekking the Himalayas. New Delhi is the capital, and it certainly is a city fit for anyone wanting to enjoy a real metropolitan and vibrant destination. Finally, one of the most famous sites would be the Taj Mahal, where you can have your photograph sat outside, just like some of the most famous people in the world have done.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the Eastern destinations that are either on your bucket list or that need to be added to your bucket list pronto.

 


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