Europe’s Best Destinations for Retirees on a Budget

Europe, it’s truly one of the most magical and beautiful parts of the world. There’s the old world beauty of Paris, the stately grandeur of London, and the unforgettable beaches of the Mediterranean.

Unfortunately, many European cities can cost a pretty penny (Euro penny, that is), making travel difficult for some seniors living on a budget. But those with a little travel savvy know that there are many great parts of Europe that are still affordable, and offer experiences that will rival or even best the classic destinations. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of these fantastic destinations across the whole continent, and learn a few neat tricks to make sure getting there is cheap and easy as well.

Berlin

11

Let’s start our eurotrip off with one of the biggest names out there – Berlin, Germany.

Just because we’re travelling on a budget, doesn’t mean we can’t get cultural and historical amenities on the scale of London and Paris. While those two cities have become obscenely expensive, Berlin has managed to retain most of its downmarket charm, all while conveniently staying in the Eurozone.

Don’t believe us? Well, Numbeo.com’s cost of living calculator proves that Berlin is a whopping 30% less expensive than London.

So what are the best things to do with those savings? We’d say make use of all of Berlin’s amazing museums! While the city is filled with hundreds of world class museums and galleries, we’ve got some favorites, including the Hamburger Bahnhof: an amazing contemporary art museum located in a beautiful former train station, and the very Germanic Museum for Architectural Drawing.

Of course, no visit to Germany would be complete without touching on the country’s dark history, and there are a number of powerful institutions that will assist you with this. The DDR Museum and the Stasi Museum offer looks into the workings of old East Germany, and its espionage activities, respectively. The Jewish Museum and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe offer two very powerful insights into Jewish experience in Germany, and the tragedy of the holocaust.

Next, there’s the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 kilometer long section of the former Berlin Wall. Just as it stood as an amazing graffiti art project during the time it divided Berlin in two, it continues to be an eye-catching mecca for street art, all visible completely free of charge.

All this museuming will leave you hungry, so cap your adventure off with a visit to the Currywurst Musuem, and sample many varieties of the city’s most famous food. Best of all, Berlin’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn train systems cover the entire city, so you’ll be able to get around from destination to destination with an affordable multi-day pass that also gets you discounts on many of the city’s tourist highlights.

So as they say in Germany, auf widersehen!

Greece

12

Our next destination is also in the Eurozone, but has a decidedly different climate. While many head to Italy for warm weather, delicious food & wine, and millennia of history, they quickly find their pocketbooks drained.

Instead, head to Greece, a land so rich with history that many of its amazing archeological sites were already considered ancient history during the time that Rome ruled the earth. While an amazing meal and wine may set you back at least $30 in Italy, you’ll find you can have that same experience in Greece for under $10.

Consider starting off in Athens, the country’s charmingly chaotic capital. Ever since investing billions for the 2004 Olympics, getting around town has become a lot simpler for tourists, meaning you can easily access must-see sights like the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archeological Museum.

Once you’ve had your fill of the city, head to the coast!

Greece is full of many amazing and affordable beaches, both on the mainland and separate islands. Mykonos and its surrounding islands are renowned for their warm water, beautiful sand, lush sunsets, and laid back vibes. Or save yourself the ferry fare and head to somewhere like Corinth, where you’ll have your choice of beaches on both sides of the country’s narrow isthmus, as well as more ancient historical sites to keep your mind full of wonder.

Czech Republic

13

If you want to stretch your savings even further, look to a country that doesn’t use the Euro. We heartily recommend the Czech Republic, especially its fairytale like capital of Prague. People of all ages will love strolling the historic Old Town Square (featuring the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock), or crossing the Charles Bridge, first built in 1357.

Anywhere you look you’ll see the country’s rich history, including the Vyšehrad (good luck pronouncing that!), a beautiful historic castle on a hill overlooking the Vltava River. For an only slightly less ancient castle, head to Prague Castle, home of the country’s president, and the largest castle in the ancient world. Next, mix your state with some church, and take a look at the breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral, first founded over a millenia ago.

If those are enough historical sites for you, Prague has some great modern offerings as well. The Dancing House, an amazing contemporary structure designed by the world renowned Frank Gehry, is a feast for the eyes, and completely free to view. And for those that still love The Beatles, don’t forget to stop by the lovely Lennon Wall, a free artistic tribute to the late, great John Lennon.

Croatia

14

Looking for a beach getaway that’s even more affordable than Greece? Then head to Croatia, a European country that, like the Czech Republic, hasn’t yet adopted the Euro. This means you can head to historic beach towns like Dubrovnik, and still manage to snag a high amenity, well located hotel for under $100 per night. Renowned as “the Mediterranean as it once was,” you’ll find this to be a quiet getaway, with many hotels having their own private beaches, all with crystal clear water and warm waves lapping at your feet.

The country is lined with hundreds of other amazing beaches, such as Zlatni Rat (meaning “golden horn”) or the island of Rab. While some locales may become a bit hectic with nightlife, such as Zrće, for the most part you’ll find every inch of sand to be more enjoyable than the last.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of the sea, head inland to Zagreb, the country’s capital. While the city might not have the most name recognition, you’ll quickly find it to have an unexpectedly rich history, as it dates back to the first century, and is adorned with many historic sites and wonderful museums. The Museum of Contemporary Art is especially well regarded, while the Museum of Broken Relationships is a humorous testament to the frailties of love, and something unique to only Zagreb.

Getting There

15

These destinations may all be affordable and senior friendly, but what about getting there?

Depending on which country (or countries) you choose to visit, a rail pass can be quite affordable, starting at under $100 for multiple uses within a month. Europe is also rife with discount airlines, such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

While these airlines may have some amazingly cheap fares (for example, you can fly Ryanair from Athens to Berlin for under €20,) they might not be the most senior friendly, as they contain very narrow aisles / seats, and like to trick you with hidden fees and upcharges. So, make sure to do your research before you book a flight with them, or stick to the wide aisles and low hassles of train travel.

Getting to Europe is also surprisingly inexpensive right now, thanks in part to lower oil prices. While this means traditional carriers are offering lower fares, we also recommend checking out a new carrier: Wow Air. If you book far enough in advance, they’re offering deals as low as $400 round-trip from America to Europe. They may not serve every city yet, but if you live near LA, SF, DC, or Boston, they’re worth checking out as an affordable way to cross the Atlantic.

Brought to you by EVELO Electric Bicycles, the maker of amazing bikes for people of all ages and abilities.


5 types of shoes to travel with for comfort

download (5)

Besides being an everyday essential, the type of shoes you take on a trip contribute to your comfort on your journey and even after you get there, Just imagine if you were to a jet off to San Francisco with a pair rugged trekking boots as a friend told you it was a hilly location – only to find out that they didn’t mean the trekking kind of hills and to your dismay, you’re on your feet a good part of the trip – walking to and from sightseeing locations. Now, not only have you earned a chunky travel buddy who can also moonlight as a pair of dumbbells, but you also have blisters the size of pancakes to go with it.In short, it’s very important to pack the right types of shoes, no matter what your pre-flight itinerary. Remember that true style and fashion, comes from a place of comfort. Now we don’t mean that you’d have to settle for a dull pair of your best walking shoeslike grandma’s knitted slippers but there are plenty of designs in the market that cater to various aspects of traveland that are ideal for a number of temperatures and terrains. When you discover what it is you need, you’ll be able to find a perfect balance between comfort, fashion andstyle.

Rubber flip flops/Sandals: This is an obvious essential especially if you’re headed towards a more humid clime or are going to be lounging poolside for a good part of your trip. A pair of flip flops are light to carry, doesn’t take up much space and if they ever get wet, well, they dry out in no time at all.

Mesh sneakers/Runners: There’s no better way to be prepared for a few hours of exploring the city than, than with a pair of stylish comfort shoes. You may have to traverse through malls, markets, streets, parks and so forth and a pair of sneakers are ideal for all these aspects of a new city.

Polished Oxfords/Stilettos: With the promise of ‘meeting new people and learning about new cultures’ comes the lovely prospect of being invited to or stumbling upon a great party. A pair of polished oxfords or patent stilettos is definitely a pair of stylish shoes you shouldtravel with. These will always add a dab of sophisticated appeal to your get-up on that special evening.

Loafers/flats: No matter the length of your expedition, a pair of comfortable shoes for travel is always a good idea. A pair of loafers or flats are not only practical but can also be casual or dressy depending on the itinerary for the day.

The infamous pair of trekking boots: Now although these beasts may take up considerable space and weigh more than you’d like it to, a sturdy pair will surely give you all the protection and support you need – especially if you’re headed to a destination whose terrain will let nothing else endure or survive (footwear-wise of course).

In addition to carrying along the right pair of shoes, make sure you have the right accessories to go with them plenty of clean socks, insoles and so on. Most importantly, break-in your new shoes, much before the trip to avoid unnecessary discomfort, shoe bites or blisters.

With this list of 5 shoes, you are well-prepared to meet any crazy or new experiencethat awaits you. Know for certain that you’ll be well prepped to face your adventure inreassuring comfort and fashionable style.


Life aboard a classic 30 Meter Phinisi schooner at Komodo

Boat trips have been around for many decades, and they are one of the most favorite ways of spending a holiday. However, when planning a boat trip, people tend to overlook some great destinations in favor of the more known ones, such as the Caribbean or Mediterranean, where they are promised world class boat trips. However, this does not mean that the overlooked destinations are not as great, and sometimes, even better.

A good example of an overlooked destination is Indonesia, which offers travelers looking to explore the world a unique chance of visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world. If you visit the country, you also have a chance of enjoying an unforgettable experience of sailing in Indonesia waters aboard a Phinisi schooner (traditional Indonesian sailing ship).

Liveaboard experience in Indonesia

Indonesia offers a wide variety of liveaboard diving holidays that give even the most popular destinations around the world a run for their money. Travelers visiting the region have the choice of choosing various destinations, but Komodo is the most popular for people interested in diving. A trip to Komodo allows you to explore various amazing locations, such as the Komodo Island National Marine Park, which is a group of volcanic islands that are home to a large population of giant lizards, also known as the Komodo dragons.

Located in the Nusa Teggara region of Indonesia, Komodo is one of the most popular diving destinations in the country, and it is quickly establishing itself as one of the must-visit diving destination in the world.

How does it feel to dive at Komodo?

While sailing in the region on a livaboard diving yacht, your boat will wend its way between these beautiful islands that offer a breathtaking scene when viewed from the horizon. The region has a very unique ecology, thanks to volcanic activity, and the underwater is a divers paradise that offers beautiful muck diving sites, coral reef walls, and one of the most amazing marine life. Diving here allows you to experience this natural beauty, which is even made more amazing by the region’s immense biodiversity that include:

  1. Pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks
  2. Filter feeders such as sea squirts, sea apples, and tunicates
  3. Macro life such as frogfish and pygmy seahorses

However, what makes the diving experience even more unique and exhilarating are the vibrant, colorful reefs that are popular in this region of Indonesia.

With more than 200 coral species, about 70 different types of sponges, and more than 1,000 fish species, the Komodo region is one of the most exotic dive destinations in the world. While touring the region on a boat trip, you will get to visit the different diving sites in the region, each having something unique to offer. Diving on each one of them is a beautiful experience as they are located in areas with crystal clear ocean waters and good visibility.

Most of the dive sites have also managed to remain largely unspoiled, meaning you will get to enjoy the beauty of different marine species that are rare in other diving destinations around the world. The region also enjoys strong water currents, and while they may be a bit tricky at first, they are quite exciting and exhilarating once you get used to them.

The experience of diving at Komodo is better if you have a camera, as the coral reefs, volcanic lava ridges, and the wide variety of marine life in the region offers one of the most beautiful sceneries, whose images or videos will tell a unique and unforgettable story.

Komodo liveaboard vessels

If you are planning a trip to Komodo, there are several livaboard diving yachts that offer diving holidays in the region, which can range from a few days to even weeks if you like. Each boat offers a different itinerary to various dive sites in the region. And while a tour of the region on each boat is unique, there are those that stand out from the rest, for example, touring the region aboard the wonderful diving yacht -Calico Jack.

Why should you choose Calico Jack?

Calico Jack is a classic liveaboard vessel that offers diving holidays and luxury cruises to vacationers wishing to explore the beauty of Indonesia. The boat takes you around the long stretch of Indonesia archipelago, composed of about 18,000 tropical islands that offer an exciting holiday adventure, which includes exploring the beautiful sandy beaches, the amazing natural landscape of the country, a diverse marine life, and interacting with more than the 200 local ethnic communities. However, what makes the experience more fulfilling is living aboard the vessel.

The boat and the crew

Calico Jack is a 30-meter Phinisi schooner that was built using tropical forest hardwood trees. It features a beautiful, hand-made traditional design, and is built to the highest standards by the master boat builders of Sulawesi. And while Calico Jack is a traditional livaboard diving yacht, it comes with several modern amenities, alongside a very professional crew, thus ensuring you get to enjoy a very comfortable holiday. The crew is very friendly, and comes from various countries all over the world, with all of them sharing a unique bond of the love of the ocean and diving.

The accommodation

The accommodation offered on Calico Jack is very comfortable, and it includes 5 luxurious cabins with a capacity to accommodate 10 people. All the cabins have adjoining toilets and hot showers, and are fitted with air conditioning. The boat also comes with communal spaces that include a galley, an outdoor dining area, a saloon, a sun deck, and loungers, where you can relax in the boat’s amenities, while enjoying the breathtaking changing scenery.

The boat also comes with a diving platform, for when you need to explore the Indonesian underwater. There are also other facilities offered, which include electrical sockets, flat screen TVs and DVD players, top-notch sound system where you can plug your smartphone or iPod, computer, board games, and photography and video equipment that you can borrow when diving, or to just take pictures and videos as you sail around the Indonesian waters.

Food

Calico Jack offers full board accommodation, where you are breakfast, lunch and dinner, which features very delicious Asian cuisines. Dinners are especially events to look forward to, as they are a 3-course gourmet. Snacks, and water are also served on the boat throughout the day, and the boat also offers a variety of alcoholic beverages (not included in the full board), for those who would like to indulge. You also have the option of bringing your own food and drinks, which you can enjoy throughout your holiday.

All in all Calico Jack has been the best diving experience we have had in Indonesia and we are sure to re-join the crew for further adventures onboard this majestic schooner. Where do you go to dive? Tell us your experiences and recommendations.

 


Neve Tzedek – The Perfect Destination for Families

Neve Tzedek may be a sought after tourist destination at times with people meandering through its quaint streets exploring charming restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, designer boutiques, and more, but the delightful neighborhood is also the a perfect place for families to settle down in and enjoy a high-quality lifestyle. In fact, the very name Neve Tzedek means “Oasis of Justice” and that’s exactly what the quarter offers — an oasis, or respite, from the tumult of its neighboring city, Tel Aviv. The area is also eminent for its splendid architecture and offers a unique and quiet ambience, making it the perfect location for families.

image2

Neve Tzedek offers families a choice of extremely high quality properties to rent or buy and there is something for every taste. Once can find ultra-modern luxury apartments and homes with breathtaking views and contemporary designs, or choose one of the beautifully restored homes that are reminiscent of the area’s rich legacy.

The area is family oriented and residents are close to Shabazi 22 where the wonderful Neve Tzedek Community Centre is located. The centre welcomes everyone — from youth, to children, adults and new immigrants and offers them a wide variety of community and cultural activities and events. The centre features its own café, fabulous communal gardens and happenings during the holidays. There are also the traditional Memorial Day observations, Earth Day, Hebrew Book week, white night events, lectures, cooking classes, end-of-the-year celebrations, and much more.

Another draw-card for families is the Neve Schechter Legacy Heritage Center for Jewish Culture, which is home to Israel’s artists and intellectuals seeking to get in touch with Jewish culture and thought. The center’s educational and cultural courses attract a multitude of Tel Aviv residents of all ages. There are also activities such as story time for kids, art workshops, theatre, and a lovely playground where parents can spend time with their children.

If you have children, Neve Tzedek offers several excellent educational possibilities. Besides regular Israeli schools in the area, families from abroad often prefer the French International School, The Collège Français Marc Chagall de Tel-Aviv, which is located in Neve Tzedek itself. The curriculum is taught in French and Israeli children and those of other nationalities receive a very high level of education. Also nearby are the Collège des Frères de Jaffa, and the Tabeetha English-medium primary and secondary school where all subjects are taught in English, except for foreign languages, which include Hebrew, French, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. While children pick up languages quickly, for parents it is more of a challenge. Those wishing to study Hebrew or brush up on their skills can sign up at Neve Tzedek’s Ulpan 7 Lindenblum.

Neve Tzedek is also a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv’s breathtaking and famous beaches where you can take the kids for some fun in the sun. If the weekend has left you a tad exhausted, just make an appointment at Neve Tzedek Spa where you’ll be spoilt and pampered with ancient treatments designed to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed!


Package holiday injuries, students do you know what to do?

If you are a student and you have been unlucky enough to have suffered an injury while on a package holiday, then it is important to find out if you can make a claim for compensation. The best thing to do is get in touch with a lawyer who specialises in personal injury claims and ask them for advice about your case and this should always be done through a lawyer that offers a no win no fee service. If you are a student and you were injured while on an organised trip with your friends over the summer in Ibiza or with your loved one during a romantic package holiday in France, you will need to find out if someone else is to blame for the accident and if so, if you can claim for compensation.

Going on holiday can be loads of fun but wherever in the world you choose to go, there is always an element of risk from slips and trips to falls and other injuries. In order to find out if you can claim for your holiday injury, you will need to contact a professional lawyer with experience in the sector and you can find someone with a good reputation by doing some research on them online.

Document the Accident

The first thing that you should do is document the accident and you will need to do all of the following:

  • Take photos and/or videos of the scene of the accident and the injuries sustained
  • Take contact information from witnesses willing to make a statement about the accident
  • Report the accident to the hotel management, your rep and the head office of the travel company
  • Get copies of medical reports and bills

The more information and evidence that you have to give to your lawyer after your accident, the higher the chances of a successful claim.

Types of Accidents

As a student on a package holiday, there are lots of accidents that can happen to anyone at any time and the following are a few examples of the most common types of accidents that happen to people on holiday:

  • Slipping over as a result of a lack of warning signs
  • Falling over due to poorly maintained pathways
  • Tripping over unmarked items leftover after cleaning or building work
  • Scolded by a hot drink or food in your hotel
  • Road accident while on an organised tour
  • Food poisoning
  • Fall during an excursion
  • Fall due to faulty steps

The success of your claim will largely be based on two factors, namely:

  1. If someone else is to blame
  2. How much supporting evidence you can supply

Accidents while on holiday can happen during relaxing, sedate holidays as well as on crazy trips filled with activities and partying. So whatever type of holiday you are on you may be entitled to claim for compensation so make sure you find out by contacting a claims lawyer for further advice and support.

 

 


The Fun of Travelling across the European Continent

Seldom in your life will you come across a person who does not like travelling. Well, yes, travelling is fun and nothing can be as satisfying as travelling to new places, meeting new people, trying out new cuisines and doing some of the craziest things in life. You feel absolutely free and relaxed when you are travelling. However, travelling does not always mean leisure and holiday travels. There are millions of people who travel for business or academics. But travelling for fun essentially implies leisure travel and here in this page we are going to unleash the magic of travelling across Europe witnessing the treasures.  If you are a wanderlust and are always planning your next holiday, make sure that you have your bags ready to set out for a new fun-filled and adventurous journey of Europe.

image2

Touring across Europe

Generally, it has been seen that most of the people who likes to try out new places and different culture and cuisine often travel across continents and that happens mostly between Europe and Asia. These two continents have vast differences in geographical features, culture, cuisines, people and their traditions. That makes the tourism even more interesting for the travellers living in these continents. Europe travel is a brilliant and fascinating travel idea for many Asians. People from India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Japan and many other countries travel in hundreds every year to visit various European tourist destinations. Some of the most visited places in Europe are France, Switzerland, Austria, England and Italy. However, there are other adventurous tourists, who visit the not so popular destinations like Ireland, Norway and Finland to experience and enjoy different types of adventurous activities.

European holidays

If you are travelling from an Asian country like India get set to be mesmerised by the spotless beauty of the European Alps and places such as Switzerland which is considered to be the perfect paradise on earth. While making plans for European holidays using the Musafir promo code do not forget to include a few days stay in Switzerland, or else you would be missing on something really special about the beautiful continent of Europe. While it is really safe to travel all across Europe either alone or with friends or family, there are no alternative of being cautious and attentive towards your belongings wherever you are. Once you are in this picturesque continent, you are sure to get swooned by the natural beauty everywhere.  So, it is wise to plan your European holiday wisely so that you can witness most of the popular places.

Europe travel tips

Every year hundreds of travellers from Asian countries like India visit the divine and charming destinations of Europe. However, before you plan your journey get some good travel tips from the experts or the tour guides of the reliable touring operators to make the most out of your journey. Another important thing that you need to remember before setting off is booking a good hotel prior to your travelling. It always helps to have a place to put up in a new place after a long haul flight. Since, the European continent has diverse culture, climate, tradition, people and geographical features, your planning would depend upon a particular place you would be visiting. The vast diversity makes this continent extremely alluring and mystical and this is the reason that you need to plan your tour itinerary wisely so that you shouldn’t regret later for not visiting any place that you wish to visit.

So, are you ready for your trip to Europe?


RV Touring – The Ideal Way to See Australia

This magical land of kangaroos and wallabies is so vast, it has the illustrious title of a continent, making it a tourist destination of many faces. The long distances between towns and cities do not deter the locals, who would consider a three-hour drive, a visit to the next door neighbour! The country is rich in culture and tradition, with a diverse climate and friendly locals, making for a popular holiday destination for Europeans and Americans alike.

Freedom to explore

With so much to see, what is the best way to experience Australia? A self-driving holiday is by far the most popular way to see this amazing continent, or at least part of it. Vast areas of rich vegetation, combined with stunning beaches and tropical forests, provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing break. Forget hotel or resort accommodation, as there are many campsites where one can berth for the night.

Tailor your tour

Australia is huge, which gives the tourist a range of options, from the white sandy beaches along the Great Barrier Reef, to the tropical rainforests in the north. An established RV rental company will not only provide the perfect vehicle, they can also suggest suitable routes, based on your interests, allowing you to make the most of your downtime. You may want to drive along the southern coastline, or are perhaps looking for holiday ideas in Tasmania, both of which have so much to offer the visitor.

Consult the experts

Touring Australia requires a level of preparation, and fortunately there are experienced outfits that provide the perfect vehicle, whatever the size of your group. Fully equipped to make your journey comfortable, an RV provides the ideal platform to see the real Australia, without the additional cost of accommodation. There are reputable RV suppliers with depots in all parts of the country, which means you can leave the vehicle at your destination, then continue on with your holiday adventure.

Extensive amenities

Driving around the country isn’t just a tourist trend, with the locals firmly embedded in the outdoor lifestyle, which means a large number of campsites, with all the facilities one would expect from a top rated camping venue. A popular campsite would include,

  • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Power supply
  • BBQ facilities
  • A bar and restaurant

Budget friendly

Taking a self-drive holiday not only gives you the freedom of choice, it is the most cost-effective way to experience the marvels that Australia has to offer. Accommodation costs are a thing of the past, and with all the modern conveniences aboard, there is no need to sacrifice comfort.

Your trusted ally

The vehicle supplier will have a wealth of experience facilitating holidays, so nothing will be overlooked. After a short session to familiarise the driver with the controls, and a demonstration of how to use the many items stored away in the RV, you can be on your way.

If you have decided on Australia from a shortlist of exotic locations, you made a wise choice, and by touring in a motorhome, you get to see more of this spectacular land.

 


How to survive in the wilderness like a boss

You’ve watched a lot of Discovery Channel and think that you’ll be good if you ever get lost when bushwalking or exploring the wilderness huh? Think again. A few hours of watching survival fantasies involving urine-drinking and frog-licking might not save you, what you need are the basics if you are to survive in the wilderness.

We’ve complied what you need in order to survive in the wilderness like a boss – straight from a cadre of survival experts. The key to surviving in while in the wild is preparation. However, this post won’t be about preparing for disasters at home or stockpiling food. This will be a short article about the skills, tricks and the essentials you need in the wilderness.

First, your priorities

  1. Your immediate security. If you see an impending forest fire, run like hell. If you see a wild animal rushing you, do the same. If someone is shooting at you, move to cover. Whatever the immediate danger, get away ASAP.
  2. First aid. There will be no convenience store in the wilderness, so stock up on the essentials. Put together a medical kit that includes cold and flu tablets, anti-allergy medication, something for diarrhea and indigestion, and so on. Add bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, etc. and keep it accessible.
  3. Self-protection. If predators are a danger, you must arm yourself. It could be a sharpened stick, a machete, a knife, shotgun, banjo, etc. At least have something to attack and defend yourself.
  4. Physical necessities (in order): shelter, fire, water food and hygiene.

Also, every survivalist (including myself,) paramedic, teacher and doctor will recommend one key survival tool that everyone needs to follow: positivity. Sounds silly, but this can provide you with mental fortitude to keep yourself safe in any kind of situation. Our own perception of sickness and the potential for treatment can have an effect on the outcome. In short, mind over matter will help you survive.

Learn basic first aid techniques (with or without a kit)

Cut and scrape first aid. Most cuts and scrapes can be ignored, just remember to keep the would clean and watch it for possible infection. If the wound is too deep, and the blood won’t stop, you should tourniquet to stop the blood flow. Tourniquets must at least be one-inch wide (a strip of belt, shirt or anything can work) tightened around the limb above the injury. Tighten until the bleeding stops or slows down and cover it with any clean material available.

Mending dislocations and fractures. If you or someone dislocates a bone, you need to put it back in place. For shoulders, you can either hit it on a hard surface or roll on the ground to reset the bone. You can pop back kneecaps by stretching out your leg. Fractures need a splint (a couple of sticks will do.) Stabilize the injured part and tie them together to hold the brace in place.

Self-defense against wild animals. No, you can’t just hit it in the face. The best way is to slowly back away from it, do not run, play dead or approach the animal. Make yourself as big as possible by spreading out your arm and making a loud noise. You can also try throwing anything at the animal. If these doesn’t work, you may have to fight it. Block its mouth with your non-dominant arm and smash your fist into its snout or eyes. After disabling it, find a tree to hide in before attempting first aid.


Visit the Childhood Home of Queen Victoria when in London

No visit to London would be complete without a visit to the childhood home of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace. The palace is set in the most beautiful grounds and has been the home of the royals since the 17th century. Get a fast track entry by buying a London pass which will help to save you cash too. This amazing palace that was built in 1605 is now home to Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge. The wonderful architecture of the building is Jacobean. Kensington Palace was first known as Nottingham House and is now a very popular attraction with holidaymakers from all over the world.

Make a point of seeing the:-

  • Famous Orangery
  • The King’s staircase with frescoes of the court of King George I
  • Queen Mary’s state apartments which have been carefully preserved
  • The spectacular palace gardens where you can sit, relax and watch the world go by

Buying affordable Kensington Palace tickets means you can spend a day or days here, soak up the atmosphere and get a feel of times gone by.

Plenty of history to learn about

Kensington Palace has such an interesting history too. Queen Victoria who reigned for over 60 years spent a lot of her childhood here. The composer Handel was invited to the palace by King George II to perform for him. Some Leonardo da Vinci drawings were discovered in the palace in 1778 and then taken to Windsor Castle while Princess Louise allowed soldiers who were injured during the Great War to recuperate in her private apartments in 1914.

For fashion lovers a must-see at Kensington Palace are many exhibits of royal dresses that were worn by queens and princesses:-

  1. Dresses from the 1950s right through to the 1980s are on display
  2. Silk and satin gowns worn by the Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana are also featured.

See how fashion has changed over the years with Diana’s glamorous dresses standing out from the more conservative gowns worn by Queens of yesterday.

Kensington Palace online info

Visit Kensington Palace using your London pass. Before your visit take a look at the online info regarding opening times as well as an online map of where Kensington Palace is located. There’s even information of attractions nearby for instance, the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen’s Gallery, Wellington Arch, Apsley House and Westfield, London, a huge shopping mall, one of the best in the world.

Check out online reviews about Kensington Palace from visitors who have used their London pass for entry.  Opening times do differ from March to October and November to February, so make sure to check opening times in advance.

Why not opt for a London pass with an Oyster travel card? Kensington Palace is situated in Zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in the package. How about that for a great money saving deal?


Jewish Birthright Trip for College Students – A Unique Way to Discover Israel

Image.jpg

Israel is one of the oldest existing countries, and Jerusalem is widely regarded as the center of religion in the world. It is one of the oldest places in the world, with historic landmarks that are revered by Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. If you are a Jew, it is your birthright to visit the Holy Land. However, many Jews do not have the finances to go on a trip to Israel and explore this beautiful country. Thankfully, you don’t need money to visit Israel! With the help of the Jewish Taglit Birthright program, you can easily explore the Holy Land without having to spend a penny!

What Is the Trip All About?

The Jewish Birthright trip is sponsored by Israel Experts and the Taglit Birthright Organization. This is a non-profit organization that sponsors up to 40,000 candidates each year to go on a trip to Israel. The eligibility requirements for the trip are pretty simple – you must be Jewish and between the ages of 18 and 26. Also, you cannot have visited Israel on any other peer program that lasted three months or more before you turned 18. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can easily sign up for the trip online.

Other Information

You should know that the groups depart from the New York and Los Angeles areas. If your application is accepted, you will be granted airfare for the trip as well. You will need to make your way to the airport on your own. After you arrive, a member of the organization will meet you and help you board the plane. Then, when you land in Israel, a member of the organization will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. From there, you will receive your itinerary and other details of the trip, thus making it easy for you to adjust and plan ahead.

What’s Included in the Trip?

One of the biggest benefits of the trip is that it includes everything. You will just need to bring a little bit of money for lunch and snacks, as well as some spending money. That’s all you need! Everything else is included in the price of the trip. Many people think that this is too good to be true, but there really is no catch! The Jewish birthright trip is an excellent choice for people who don’t have enough money to explore Israel. You will have an amazing experience!