Common Ways to Get Around Europe

Ask anyone who’s been and they’ll tell you that Europe is unlike any other place on Earth. The birthplace of Western culture and civilization, the continent is a diverse collection of cultures that share common histories and exciting new challenges. Whether it’s the architecture, the culture, the mix of Old World charm and modernization, the food, or the ease of getting around, Europe provides travelers with an experience that they’re unlikely to get anywhere else in the world.

It’s no wonder that traveling through Europe is especially popular with tourists. Previously on the blog,

we discussed ‘Top Tips to Plan a Multi-Destination Trip’

If you’re the holder of a Schengen visa, you can visit 26 out of 44 European countries, which makes a multi-destination trip even easier. Today, we’ll talk about how to do just that. Here are a few of the most common ways to get around Europe.

Bus

While traveling by bus might take longer than other methods, it also happens to be one of the cheapest options to getting around in Europe. If you don’t mind spending a little more time on the road, then buses are a great way to see the local landscape.

According to Lonely Planet

they’re an especially popular option for travelers going through Portugal, Greece, and Turkey. Travelers should look into getting a Eurolines Pass, which allows visits to 49 cities across Europe.

Airplane

Airplanes are a bit of a pricier option, but they’re the fastest if you’re planning on crossing large distances. Budget airlines like RyanAir and Easyjet operate in routes across all over Europe, so getting a good deal on a ticket isn’t too difficult. If you aren’t afraid of the price tag and want to plan your own route,

‘Wheels Up May be the New Amazon for Business Aviation’ by Aviation JobNet

claims that spontaneous personal and business air travel is possible through the innovative company. Wheels Up has over 80 charter aircraft operating throughout the continent, which will certainly make for a unique experience.

Train

Popularized by movies like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995), trains are perhaps the most well-known method of getting around Europe. Train travel is faster than bus travel, and unlike planes has the added perk of no check-in procedures. Trains are also more flexible in terms of meals (you can bring your own), and there’s nothing more romantic than watching the European countryside flash by your train window. If you’re unsure how to start,

travel blog The Man in Seat 61 has put together a starter pack on taking trains through Europe

Travelers can also make use of the Eurail pass, which could be cheaper than buying individual tickets.

Car

While not especially popular, car travel stands out from the other options because of the flexibility. Rather than following a strict schedule, you decide where to go, when to stop, and what to see. Renting a car in Europe might be pricey, but this method allows you to get up close and personal with the landscape, and also provides the most chances for wandering off the beaten path. If you don’t want to pay for a rental,

BlaBlaCar is a rideshare service that crosses several European cities.

While not as flexible as an individual rental, it is much cheaper, and might be a happy middle for travelers who are looking to save.

Top 5 beaches in Croatia that you must visit

Croatia is famous for sailing and beautiful weather. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations for yacht lovers. And where to rest when you are at the seaside? Only on the beach!

Plan your yacht charter Croatia today. Once you see it, you’ll always miss these beautiful beaches!

Sometimes even a sea dog must moor and discover the beauty of dry land. The YACHTIC.com crew will tell you which beaches you must visit during your cruise. Ready for sunbathing among the crystal clear water?

Červar-Porat, Istria

Červar-Porat is a resort with a beach about 1.5 kilometers away. Unlike a large part of Croatian beaches this one has a sandy surface so it is great for spending time with children. The beach is 500 meters from the resort center. Arriving there you can count not only on sea bathing but also on well-developed tourist infrastructure (restaurants, shops, bike paths).

Rabac, Istria

Another paradise for tourists! Rabac is a well-developed resort with atmospheric pubs, a beautiful promenade and summer houses. Residents who dealt exclusively with fishing until the nineteenth century, today fully devote themselves to tourism. Rabac offers several beaches – we recommend the rocky one which is surrounded by beautiful Croatian vegetation.

Copacabana, Dalmatia

Everyone who likes to have fun in the rhythm of club music has heard about this beach! Copacabana has bars that are full of dance and party life in the evening. However, during the day the beach is an attraction for both young singles and whole families. You can actively relax here, for example renting kayaks.

Banje, Dalmatia

Although Banje does not belong to the beaches whose infrastructure would be the best, it is a very popular beach located in the favorite city of tourists – Dubrovnik. It is located in the center of the city and it’s descent is rocky. On the beach you will find small food outlets, pedalos and beach equipment rentals. Everything you need to relax.

Paradise Beach, Rab

There is a reason for it’s name. Every year Paradise Beach receives a blue flag which is a symbol of clean water and high quality of services. It is sandy, has a gentle descent and a lot of attractions that will please everyone. You can eat well on the beach, rent umbrellas and sunbeds, play mini golf.

Understand the Features and Advantages of Using Pillow While Travel

Discomfort due to pillow can result in poor quality of sleep. Pressure points in the body and improper support of the pillow can lead to discomfort. An inflatable neck pillow provides excellent support to the cervical area and relieves neck pain, headaches, and joint strains and also decreases snoring by opening up obstructed airways.

Features

An inflatable Sherpa neck travel pillow often comes with an air pump which helps to adjust firmness thereby providing support with a squeeze of the pump. It can also act as a cervical neck pillow which cradles the neck in its natural position while you sleep and provides therapy for both back sleeping as well as side sleeping. To fill the amount of air desired. It is ideal for back or side sleeping; the air pump has adjustability and can be used.

It is designed to provide proper support to the head and neck during both back sleeping and side sleeping. It supports the head at the proper height no matter whether you sleep in the back position or the side position. While you sleep on your back, it prevents the head from rolling sideways and fits the head in the proper position during back sleeping. It also provides support to the neck and upper back while you sleep on the back.

An inflatable Sherpa neck travel pillow supports the head and also provides support to the cervical region. Customizable support zones are available in most pillows which provide inflatable firmness and support. They can be customized to contour with a twist of the valve and are adjustable. The inflatable valve control provides cervical spine support that relieves tension in the muscles and neck which lead to pain. To provide a customized fit, the valves are easily adjustable.

Advantages

Since an inflatable neck pillow can be deflated, it is a good traveling companion. A good pillow should blowup easily. A few of the inflatable pillows available in the market blowup in just a few puffs of the breath. Most are made from plastic and hence it is essential to look for one with a soft cover.

The amount of air inside an inflatable travel neck pillow should be adjustable and it is good to have one with an air release valve which can release pressure from within the pillow if required, thereby providing a good fit around the neck. One of the main advantages of an inflatable neck pillow is that it can be decompressed and stored in a smaller space even a handbag to be used during travel.

The inflatable neck pillow uses air cell technology which greatly reduces pressure points compared to other pillows. It also helps to maintain blood flow and proper alignment of the neck. They are lightweight and serve as a good travel pillow too. While you change the sleeping posture, the inflatable pillow technology adjusts automatically. It permits proper blood flow by diminishing the peak pressure and letting you enjoy a relaxed sleep.

The Internet is flooded with neck-support pillows in various shapes, sizes and materials. To promote better sleep, relieve neck pain and prevent episodes of stiff neck and frozen shoulder, many of these pillows claim.

Tense muscles, pain and discomfort are becoming increasingly common health complaints.

Often they result from pillows that are too high, too soft or too stiff for the individual user’s needs. For bad pillow design, working overtime to ensure proper alignment of the head and neck, the muscles of the neck and back often have to compensate.

No wonder so many people wake up feeling worse after a full night’s sleep!

Most episodes of neck pain, back pain, and shoulder cramps can be prevented by specially designed neck pillows. To support the lordosis (natural curvature) of the neck and to support the head and enable shoulder rotation, the best neck pillows are designed to align the cervical spine in a neutral position.

Volunteering in Europe – A Great Way to Spend a Little Longer

I’ve seen it time and again, people visit a place and are completely taken in and all they want is to stay a little longer. Getting a work permit seems like a bit of a headache, the application process might just take too long and they just can’t face the mountain of paperwork.Slowly but surely they run out of money and have to return home. But back at home their longing keeps on growing and they start seeking ways to return to the place that captured their heart. While some of them eventually give in to the realities of daily life at home, others start saving to venture off once more. Except it may take a long time to gather sufficient cash for traveling. Others still suddenly discover that there is another way, a way to spend a long time in a place without needing much money – they stumble upon the volunteering option. On making this discovery, the frantic search begins and soon they realize that there are lots of organizations looking for long-term volunteers in all sorts of areas of work. From partaking in the running of sports tournaments, to helping homeless people and all the way to working with kids with special needs, the array of options is amazing.

Volunteering in Europe is a great way to spend a little longer, to even settle down for a few weeks or months and this is why:

  • Savoring a New Culture & Way of Life: When volunteering in a different country, you become part of the community and experience the life locals lead. Soon, you will be familiar with the way of life, know lots of people and become an expert in all aspects of life there. This is full-immersion and if you are also learning a new language, your horizon will be broadened even further.
  • Getting to Know Lots of New People: Volunteering is a great way to meet people and make lifelong friends and everyone that has done it only has the best of stories to tell. Volunteering can be life-changing and is certainly one undertaking that will broaden your mind and give you a deeper understanding of people and the world.
  • The Feel Good Factor: Not that you need to be some sort of a saint to volunteer, most people volunteer abroad, primarily to be able to live and work abroad without spending a fortune, however, there is a feel good factor. For starters, many organizations heavily rely on volunteers and could not operate without them and secondly, when working for and with others, you do do some good and that will build your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Your Time Off: Even if you are a full-time volunteer, you will have some time to travel and explore, party and shop and enjoy life at your favorite destination.

Your Options

A simple online search will guide you to relevant websites, the European Union as well as individual countries have websites showing lists of organization looking for volunteers. You will also find out, how to apply, what requirements there are and what criteria you must meet. There are lots of options from volunteer stints of just a few weeks, to year-long volunteering programs. In most cases, you will be provided with food and accommodation in return for your work and in some cases, organizations may pay you pocket money and even contribute to the price of your plane ticket to get there in the first place. Each organization is different, so make sure to find out as much information as you can before applying.

The Paperwork

The following website will give you a brief insight into the criteria and requirements to meet for volunteer work in Europe:

ec.europa.eu/immigration

Make sure to check it out and ensure that you qualify. Essentially, these are the basic requirements you must fulfill:

  • Be of the age as set out by the country and organization of your choice
  • Show in writing that you have an agreement with an organization and that you will be able work as a volunteer for them, clearly indicating the time frame. Often, the organization is requested to take some responsibility for your health and safety.
  • You must provide financial information, sometimes even proof of your own funds, along with details from the organization indicating how they will provide for you.

If you have fallen in love with a place, long to spend some more time there, enjoy teamwork and meeting people, volunteering is a great way to do just that.

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