White Nights in St Petersburg

St. Petersburg during White Nights
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From the end of May to the beginning of June St. Petersburg is lit both day and night with a golden glow that provides a relaxed atmosphere and a romantic aura. This celebration of light has enchanted visitors, inspired poetry, and given rise to the name White Nights.

“On such nights, it’s hard to fall asleep because it’s too light and because any dream will be inferior to this reality. Where a man doesn’t cast a shadow, like water,” Joseph Brodsky – Russian Poet

At 59 degrees 57′ North, St. Petersburg is in the same latitude as Olso, Norway and Seward, Alaska. It is also the world’s most northern city with a population over 1 million and holds the largest celebrations in the world for this gift from nature. The phenomenon called White Nights occurs when the sun is hanging on the horizon and causes the city to be light both day and night. During this time the city comes alive with tourism, festivals, and a breathtaking show from nature. The dusk meets the dawn and the people of the city are active at all times of the day and night.

White Nights in St. Petersburg is booming with tourists and shore excursion passengers. Finding a hotel in St. Petersburg can be very difficult and most tourists  and cruise ship passengers book their rooms well in advance. The best location for enjoying white nights is in the center of St. Petersburg. A note for handicapped visitors – There are not many hotels with wheelchair access. One hotel which includes handicapped access and rooms is Hotel Vera.

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What to do in St. Petersburg during White Nights

The City of St. Petersburg has created a festival with various cultural and musical events called the White Nights Festival. The Festival includes performances by Russian singers, ballet dancers, musicians, opera singers, and famous guests.

Stars of the White Nights

The “Stars of the White Nights” includes classical ballet, opera and musical performances at the famous Mariinsky Theatre and Concert Hall and is one of the main attractions during White Nights. Most of the performances start in the evening (at 7:00pm) but day performances also sometimes available. Again, best to book  in advance as tickets to these performances can be sold out in advance.

Walking in the City

Walking in the city during White Nights is a very popular activity for both tourists and local residents. The air is warm and the sun burns bright enough in the sky that street lights are not necessary. Many of the main attractions in the city can be seen simply by taking a walk through the historic center of St. Petersburg. Some notable attractions that are within walking distance include St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the State Hermitage Museum, and the Church of Our Savior. As this is a very romantic time many couples can be seen walking arm in arm through the city streets.

Bridges of St. Petersburg

Walking along the Neva River can really give a clear picture of why White Nights is such a special event. Along the way tourists can see the bridges opening to allow ships to pass. Each bridge opens at a different time (near 1am) and close again in the morning (near 5am). Be sure to check with your hotel or tour guide to know the bridge schedule. In the evening the Neva will be bustling with people waiting to watch a bridge open to the heavens.

Scarlet Sails

With an annual estimated attendance more than 1 million people, the Scarlet Sails celebration is the largest public event anywhere in Russia and is another main attraction during the White Nights Season. Many of the guests at this celebration are high school and university students celebrating the end of another school year. The Scarlet Sails celebration includes fireworks, musical performances, and spectacular water-show including battle with pirate boats on the Neva River.

The celebration began after the end of World War II and was created to symbolize a popular children’s book by Alexander Grin, also titled Scarlet Sails. The celebration includes a boat with scarlet sails which sails along the English Embankment and the Admiralty Embankment towards Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum.

Carnivals of the White Nights

Various carnivals are organized in and around St. Petersburg during White Nights. The largest and most famous of these carnivals takes place in the suburb of Peterhof. Historic events from the time of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great are reproduced by professional actors with costumes from the same time period. Carriage rides abound and the atmosphere is regal enough for a Tsar or Tsarina.

Another such carnival is organized in the suburb of Pavlovsk. Finally, Palace Square in St. Petersburg also hosts multiple carnival events and performances which give a glimpse of the opulence enjoyed by the Tsars and Tsarinas.

Super Star Performances

White Nights attracts international superstars who perform each summer at Palace Square for hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans. Famous groups such as The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Scorpions, and even Paul McCartney have graced Palace Square with their musical talents. As each year brings different performers it is best to check in advance to see which artists will be arriving to St. Petersburg.

About the Author: TJ Travel is a fully authorized and licensed tourist company offering a selection of St Petersburg shore excursions for cruise ship passengers and general St Petersburg tours. Our friendly and multilingual St Petersburg tour guides will ensure your visit to our beautiful city will be truly unforgettable. The shore excursions and city tours we offer include the most famous and memorable sites in St. Petersburg including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Pushkin, and perhaps some sites you can’t find in a guidebook.

Planning your Visit to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great place to visit, no matter the time of year. So if you’re heading there for business or pleasure, you should be sure to hit some, if not all, of the following locations. Here is a list of some of the top things to do in Philadelphia to make your trip planning even easier.

The Franklin Institute

Dating back to 1824, The Franklin Institute is a museum dedicated to science and technology. Kids will be in awe at the giant walk-through model of a heart, which has been a museum staple since the 1950s. The Institute is also home to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Be sure to also visit the Fels Planetarium and the IMAX dome theater while you are there!

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is a museum that helps people understand the United States Constitution. Exhibits feature the history of the Constitution and how it has been interpreted over the years. In the Signers’ Hall exhibit, visitors can wander between forty two realistic statues of the signers of the Constitution.

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo is known for its ability to breed animals that have been difficult to breed in captivity. The Zoo offers close-up and personal views of several of the world’s most endangered animals in the Rare Animal Conservation Center. Make sure you watch out for the freely roaming peacocks as you tour the zoo!

Adventure Aquarium

This aquarium is home to nearly eight thousand animals and over two million gallons of water tanks. At Adventure Aquarium, visitors can see many species of nautical life, including: penguins, sea turtles, hippopotamuses, and sharks. Visitors can also feed sting rays by hand! The Adventure Aquarium is technically in Camden, New Jersey, but it’s just across the river from Philadelphia so you should take the time to head over and see it.

The Academy of Natural Sciences

Having one of the largest collections of natural history specimens in the United States, visitors will not want to miss The Academy of Natural Sciences. Here, you can learn about dinosaurs and see full skeletal mounts of the reptiles. The Academy also features 37 dioramas depicting North American wildlife.

Phila Trolly Works Tour & The Big Bus Co

This tour is perfect for seeing several of Philadelphia’s landmarks in one day! Open-top tours allow visitors to fully experience the incredible city views without the hassle of driving. Experienced tour guides ensure that you learn random and interesting tidbits about the history of the city.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Designed to resemble a castle, the prison is a unique building that was designed to evoke fear and deter would-be criminals. Al Capone once called a cell home in this prison. Visitors can tour cellblocks, solitary confinement cells, death row and even Capone’s former cell.

Please Touch Museum

Known as one of the best children’s museums in the nation, Please Touch Museum is perfect for those with young ones. This Museum lets children learn through play as they explore exhibits on urban life, flying, cars and rivers.

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is a well-loved American landmark. Known for its crack, it hung in the steeple of Independence Hall. This bell has served as the symbol of many causes such as the abolition of slavery, an icon of the Cold War, and of course, American independence.

As you can see, visiting Philadelphia can be a great cultural experience if you know where to go and what to do. It’s best to plan your trip out ahead of time so you can make sure to make the most of your time in the amazing city.

Traveling to Find Antiques

People travel for a number of reasons, which can be group into two categories, business or pleasure.  Typically when traveling for pleasure, people have a certain goal in mind.  Some choose to travel to relax, some to create memories with family without the direct sat tv, and some are traveling to find or discover something.  Often, those looking for something special when traveling are antique collectors who are hoping to find rare items to add to their collections.  Typically people who enjoy antiques like the rich history behind a piece.  When people travel to go antiquing, they look for places that are full of history and unique people.  Here are three places that any antique or history lover should visit in their lifetime, and each of the three places is located in the Southeast. 

If you want to find deep history and a town with vast influences, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina.  Charleston was founded in 1670.  Today, you can still see the Continental, European, and Asian influences all around you.  The influences of King Charles II, the “Merry Monarch,” for which the town was named are still very present as well.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, Charleston’s seaport was of most importance, importing materials and cultures.  In the town and countryside, two major wars were fought, and invasions were commonplace.  Pirates, Indians, and armies frequented the town of Charleston, only adding to its unique influences and past.  Each year Charleston hosts a large antique event that features timeless pieces that any antique enthusiast would be thrilled to add to his or her collection.

Head to the Northwest a ways and you will find another spot rich in treasures and history.  Asheville, North Carolina has had quite the past.  The first settlers came to the area in 1784.  In 1864 the population was 500, and today it is around 85,000.  A Confederate military hub was located in Asheville during the Civil War. Shortly after the Civil War, the now historic Biltmore House began construction.  Still, the Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in the country.  Years later when the economy was booming in the 1920s, Asheville hosted a variety of people from famous authors to presidents.  F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented the town.  Of course, the 1930s brought a time of depression, and Asheville was one of the hardest hit cities of all.  However, today you will find the city bustling.  Still you can witness the history of the town when you are visiting.  For antique lovers, the best antiques can be found in the Biltmore Antique District.  There you will find the Sweeten Creek Antique Mall which hosts 31,000 feet of antiques, and the Antique Tobacco Barn has 70,000 square feet of antiques.  If you are looking for treasures, you will surely find them in Asheville.

Staying in North Carolina, but heading east, the small town of Cameron is a huge antique destination.  It has repeatedly been voted “Best Antique Area in North Carolina” in North Carolina’s Our State Magazine.  The humble beginnings of this tiny town are like that of many of the towns in North Carolina.  It started with the railroad track, and the town was built around it.  Along with the railroad, the town also featured the Fayetteville Plank Road.  In 1875 when the track came through, so did the people to settle in the area.  The most prominent businesses of the time were turpentine distilleries and dewberry farming.  The antique stores found in Cameron are all in the original buildings that were once homes, doctors’ offices, and general stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The antique fairs and festivals are spread throughout the year in Cameron, and often even more vendors come into the town with more selection.

5 Amazing Spots for Rural Tourism in Europe

Do you ever feel as though you could use an escapade? A chance to get away from your busy routine… and spend time in a relaxed environment? Then rural tourism is an option you should consider. You can easily find vacation houses for rental in quiet villages where time stands still.

And it can be rather inexpensive, comparatively to conventional urban tourism. If you don’t know quite where to get started, this article highlights five of the coziest spots for rural tourism in Europe.

1 – Campo do Geres, Portugal: You might have heard of the Portuguese natural reserve called the Geres, and there’s good reason why. With luxurious vegetation, unique wildlife and pristine water fountains, it’s one of the best natural spots in the country to get in touch with nature. Campo do Geres is one of the least touristic villages in the area, and it’s where you should go if you’re serious about staying away from the crowd.

2 – Orgiva, Spain: If you’re looking to spend some time in a pretty house nestled in idyllic settings which aren’t entirely reclusive or detached from civilization, Orgiva may be the thing for you. This charming municipality is located in a depression between two mountain ranges (Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Lujar), and it’s usually regarded as a gateway for travelers looking to spend some time exploring those high grounds.

3 – Midi-Pyrénées, France: Roughly translated as the “middle of the Pyrenees”, this area provides a good showcase of all the charms available from rural tourism. You can find inexpensive holiday houses with breathtaking mountain views, or you can look for accommodation in picturesque villages next to the region’s main walking trails. One thing is for sure, you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with this mythic mountain range.

4 – Tuscany, Italy:
Not only is this widely known as one of the most exquisite and beautiful natural regions of Italy, but its strategic location also lends quite well to rural tourism. By looking for farmhouse accommodation or cottage in this area, you will be immersed upon extensive vineyards and olive groves, and at half-hour’s drive from urban hubs such as Florence, Siena and Pienza.

5 – Smolyan, Bulgary: For anyone who’s determined to walk away from the touristic hubs, this is probably one of the most beautiful and romantic options. Bulgaria is not one of the most popular destinations for rural tourism, but it’s certainly one of the prettiest and most untamed. You can easily rent a house in Bulgarian villages where it feels as though the XXI never came by. If that’s something you find intriguing, you should look into this secluded European country.

Do some of these locations sound intriguing to you? Rural tourism is a great opportunity to explore natural settings across different countries, and besides relaxing it can be very inexpensive, since it’s all about looking for the road less traveled.

This guest post was written by Nextor, a group of travel specialists who focus on UK holiday destinations and beyond. Come visit our website, when planning ahead your vacations!

Taking Mobile Broadband Abroad – Dont Get Ripped Off

Taking Mobile Broadband Abroad

Mobile broadband is one of the most popular and revolutionary advances made in telecommunications in recent years. Once restricted to the possession of military groups transmitting bulk operational data and video feeds, it now serves common civilian purposes for business, entertainment and social connection, the same as a grounded communications network. Mobile broadband allows you to take full web access and downloads with you worldwide, taking advantage of both ground antennas and satellite networks to guarantee global coverage for all your communication and data needs, whether you’re sending e-mails for the office or simply keeping in touch with your friends from university.

Mobile broadband is fraught with dangerous catches, however. Individuals must be very careful with their roaming charges. Much as roaming charges were the silent killer for wireless billing at the advent of cellular phones, roaming charges are now applied to data plans, and applied aggressively, often under other titles. Simply having coverage available for traveling out of the designated area can, in some cases, incur a charge that the user may not anticipate for their monthly fees.

Mobile broadband plans come in a variety of fashions. Some are intended solely for local, urban use, often anticipating that the user will be leeching broadband from various free internet providers around the city. Other plans are actually intended for on-the-go, letting individuals roam anywhere within a country or on a continent without consequence. However, the distinction is not always clear between these. Well before the time of signing, the purchaser should make absolutely certain they understand everything in their contract, what they will need to pay each month and, especially, how much use of any additional amenities will cost them on a per-use basis, if any, as well as what overages may be incurred from excess data or from roaming out of the intended service area.

Mobile broadband is a staple amenity of the 21st century growing more and more popular with each passing day, but it is not yet perfected, nor is access to it a utopian gambit either. As with older cell phone plans, users must be very aware and very conscious of what they do each day with their access to data, primarily for their own financial benefit. However, mobile broadband is only growing more widespread, with the market opening wider and wider each day with lower and lower monthly rates and fees; it will persist and become more available, and then, it will be completely safe to take abroad.

48 hours in Munich

Best known for major beer festival Oktoberfest, it should come as no surprise that Munich is one of Germany’s liveliest destinations. Built on culture, eclectic architecture and a buzzing nightlife scene, Munich is a spirited and stylish city. But with only two days to explore, planning an effective sightseeing itinerary can prove something of a challenge.


A great way to start your visit is with a trip on Tram 19 which is far cooler and cheaper than any sightseeing bus. An hour or so along this tram-line, beginning at Hauptbahnhof and heading to Ostbanhof, affords views of the palatial courthouse at Justizpalast, the cobbled streets filing down towards Maximillianstrasse, picturesque Lenbachplatz and the Bavarian Stock Exchange building before winding up to the quiet style of the hip French quarter. This relatively short trip allows you to get a feel for the city layout, as well as the spread of its history.


To discover the city’s spiritual side, head to Frauenkirche at Ludwigsvorstadt Frauenplatz. This is one of Munich’s finest and best loved churches and although bombed to near total destruction during the Second World War, the sections of reconstruction seem only to enhance the sense of enduring peace enjoyed here by tourists and locals alike.


As one of the world’s most celebrated science museums, the Deutches Museums is a must-see. Go early, while it’s quiet, and fuel up on strong coffee and sweet kuchen in order to make the most of your visit. Pick up a map on arrival and prioritise your areas of interest as you could spend weeks wandering the curious corridors of this sprawling institution.


If you find that you’re in need of a little refreshment while on your whistle-stop culture tour, look no further than Englischer Garten. Spreading its green fingers farther than the likes of London’s Hyde Park or New York’s Central Park, this is one of the world’s most expansive public gardens. Its grounds are shared peaceably by students, buskers, cyclists, street performers and retirees, making this an excellent place to people watch before nightfall.

 

When night does fall, find a spot of cultural entertainment at the National Theatre which boasts a thriving programme of music, dance and drama all year round. Home to both the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet, there’s no better place to enjoy a performance from one or two of Germany’s most celebrated cultural troupes. The building itself, reconstructed by Gerard Moritz Graubner in 1963, based on the theatre’s original 1818 plans, is well worth a look, even if you’re too late for tickets.


And of course no Munich bound city break could be complete without giving the local beers a thorough tasting. Weissbeer – a pale, wheat beer – is Munich’s tipple of choice and you’ll find plenty of beer gardens in which to sup a pint or two. Four of the most popular beer stations are found in Englischer Garten, with the largest in Hirschgarten. But Augustinerkeller – 52 Arnulfstrasse – boasts a homely interior as well as large garden making it a great choice at any time of year. It is also one of the city’s few remaining beer houses to serve Weissbeer straight from the wood. Prost!

 

Adriano Comegna writes on behalf of Thomson holidays, a leading travel operator specialising in Package holidays.

5 Best Beaches to Visit in California

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Best Beaches in California

California is famous for its varied landscape, which includes everything from deserts to snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests. But the Golden State is especially well-known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, especially in its southern portion. If you’re planning a California vacation this summer, here are the top 5 beaches you have to check out.

Venice Beach

Los Angeles’s Venice Beach has a long and colorful history. It was the home of Jim Morrison back in the 1960s, and is today famous for its eccentricity and boardwalk, which is always bustling with tourists, local shops and eclectic street performers. On any given day, you’ll find jugglers with power saws, street musicians, rollerbladers, painters, acrobats, graffiti artists and many more sideshow attractions lining the Venice Boardwalk. You can get a workout done at Muscle Beach and even get a lesson from one of the regulars. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops to enjoy, so no matter what you’re into, you’ll never find a dull moment while taking a stroll or bike riding along Venice Beach. Next time you’re visiting Venice Beach, check out some great resources for California vacations rentals.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach in San Diego is one of the most relaxed and laid back beaches in California, and one that offers plenty of unique attractions to enjoy. OB, as the locals call it, is just south of Mission Beach and 7 miles away from downtown San Diego. OB’s dog beach is popular with dog owners. Other attractions include the OB pier, the tide pools, the Sunset Cliffs Park and the Point Loma lighthouse. Look for resources for San Diego vacation rentals if you’re visiting anytime soon.

Black’s Beach

Black’s Beach, in the city of La Jolla, is one of the best secluded beaches in California. To get there, you have to make your way down the Torrey Pines cliffs, via a path of wooden steps. Once you make it down, you’ll find wide stretches of sand and placid waves to swim in. With the massive Torrey Pines cliffs towering above it, Black’s Beach is the perfect place to have a bonfire at night or enjoy a calm, secluded picnic in the sand. The north side of Black’s Beach is a clothing-optional area, so watch out for nudists.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is actually located just south of the city of Huntington Beach, and it stretches for several miles. The south end of Huntington Beach is a nesting place for the rare California Least Tern. The area where the birds dwell is fenced off, but you can enjoy some good bird watching if you bring binoculars. Huntington Beach is also a popular spot for beach volleyball, due to its soft sands. Biking, surfing, body boarding and basketball are also popular activities.

Zuma and Surfrider

Yes, this is technically cheating, but you have to include both Zuma and Surfrider Beach if you’re going to talk about the Malibu coast. These two legendary beaches are prime destinations for surfers everywhere, and were the beaches that inspired much of the 1960s surf rock movement.

New York City- Visiting a $24 Island

New York is not only a fun and exciting place to visit, all the Burroughs that make it up have their own stories to tell along with all the exciting activities and historical points of interest. Manhattan, the $24 Island, is one such area with interesting beginnings. The story goes that in 1926, the Canarsee or Shinnecock Indians sold Manhattan to Dutchman Peter Minuit for $24. Today he is commemorated through the Peter Minuit Plaza. These days you’ll find and upper and lower Manhattan and together they represent all of the best of New York and New York City and everything that makes it the perfect vacation destination. You’ll also find a wide range of cheap hotels in the area within easy distance to all the best attractions that New York has to offer.

If you’re like most people who visit New York you’ll want to see the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and of course, Time Square. There’s nothing like Time Square during the Christmas holidays and especially to bring in the New Year with their seasonal decorations and fantastic fireworks display.

To get a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty you’ll want to take the Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. The ferry is free and is used by tourists and local commuters alike. In mid town Manhattan you’ll find Rockefeller Center which is well known for its magnificent Christmas tree and wonderful ice skating rink. You’ll want to visit the Rock Observation Deck for panoramic views of the city and Radio City Music Hall for star studded performances. The area is also brimming with a number of dining and shopping opportunities that will keep you coming back for more.

Central Park offers a beautiful getaway from New York’s vibrant city life when you feel the need for some tranquility or relaxing outdoor activities. You can enjoy a walk through the park, take a boat ride or have a picnic on the beautifully landscaped lawns. You can even find special vacation promotions that give to several opportunities to find cheap hotels in New York that will place you within walking distance to this amazing park.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum provides guests with an intriguing look at the immigrant experience. The museum offers walking tours, interactive exhibits and movies, educating the public about the challenges and hardships that are experienced by immigrants.

Of all the wonderful neighborhoods in New York City the West Village neighborhood is one you should definitely see. It is dotted with charming brownstones nestled along cobblestone, tree lined streets and for the most part it hasn’t changed since the 19th century. Highlights of the West Village neighborhood include Bleecker Street and its wonderful shops and the Jefferson Market Courthouse, once a women’s detention center that actually held Mae West many years ago.

Visiting the $24 Island, is a vacation opportunity of a lifetime. Even if you’re on a budget, like most of us, by planning ahead you’ll easily be able to find a variety of cheap hotels in NYC. Almost all of the hotels are within easy walking distance to all the amenities and you’ll also find ample transportation opportunities.

Things To Do in Malaga

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Malaga, Spain is located on the Spanish “costa del sol,” or “sun coast.” It is a truly beautiful spot. It offers many opportunities for couples, individuals, or families on vacation, and it ranks high as a relaxing holiday destination in Europe. Malaga is located in Andalusia, Spain, and borders the Mediterranean Sea. With a dry, sunny climate and good weather all year, it is the perfect holiday destination. Malaga has mild winters, and the summers are comfortable, with cool breezes and temperatures that are not too hot to enjoy.

Visiting travelers might wonder how to get to Malaga; whether it is possible to connect directly through the Malaga airport without hassle. They need not worry; Malaga has an excellent airport, and travel to the city is easy, since Malaga airport is the fourth busiest airport in the country. It is one of the first airports ever established in Spain. Busy travelers can easily connect to flights going to many different destinations throughout Europe.

Car hire Malaga is also a great way to get around in the city, with many international chains having car hire services in the city, and at the airport itself. Hiring a car will allow a traveler more flexibility to move around Malaga at his or her own pace while seeing the many sights the city has to offer. There is also a high-speed train which services Malaga, and numerous roads, highways, and commuter train lines.

Malaga is a historic city with a past extending back thousands of years. There are caves around the city which have prehistoric etchings on them which tourists can visit. Malaga is also notable for its beautiful architecture, stunning cathedral, and ancient “alcazaba,” meaning castle. It also has a music museum, city museum, and many ancient and historical remains, including those of an ancient Roman amphitheater which dates from the first century BC. It also features a beautiful and scenic harbor which dates as far back as 600 BC. For those interested in soaking up the sunshine, Malaga has many beaches to visit. It is surrounded by mountains to the north of the city, called the “Montes de Malaga,” which are very scenic.

Spanish cuisine is delicious. A hungry traveler can sample tapas or pallea at one of the many restaurants Malaga has to offer. Most Spaniards prefer to eat dinner late, and most restaurants do not open until late; much later than restaurants in other countries.

For people interested in learning the art of flamenco, multiple locations offer classes and teach visitors the famous Spanish dance. There is also a beautiful “Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga,” or “Museum of Glass and Crystal.” There are also numerous spas and country clubs around the city. If you don’t want to do too much walking while seeing Malaga, there is even a Segway tour which will take you around the most famous historical sites. Malaga is a beautiful tourist destination with much to offer travelers from all around the world.

This was a guest post by Martina for car hire Malaga company Malaga Car

Tips For Taking a Road Trip

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road trip

It may be winter now, but one of the seminal experiences of those who live in the United States is the road trip – don’t ask me why, I’m not quite sure – but for those that wish to partake in this great American tradition, there are a few things you are going to seriously want to consider and plan for when road-tripping.

Make Your Car Your Home

For the foreseeable future, your car is going to be your main base. You’ll be eating, sleeping, playing, talking, working and who knows what else in your car. First things first – make sure it is cleaner than it has ever been before you leave and maintain the clean on the road. You won’t realize how disgusting it is sitting in piles of wrappers and food remnants until you do. Bring garbage bags if you have to (and this might be a good call anyway if you’re traveling as more than 2).

You’re also going to want to make sure that your car has had all of it’s regular maintenance done before you leave – oil change, tire rotation and whatever else may need to be done with the mileage that you already have on your car.

And after your car is in tip-top shape, make sure that you are going to be ok if something happens to your car or if you get pulled over – that your insurance and registration cards are current, that you have a clean record on your drivers license, don’t have any outstanding tickets, etc. It could also come in handy to sign up for emergency roadside assistance programs and/or bring an emergency kit with you. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Don’t Overplan

Don’t plan things down to the minute, or even down to the hour. Have a loose plan so that you’ll be able to get off the highway and enjoy the scenery, or pull off at that diner claiming to have the world’s best po’boys. Leave room for adventure and exploration – but do have some sort of plan, because if you don’t have any kind of plan, you’ll end up trying to cross the GWB at 5PM on a Friday or worse.

Plus, a reality of any kind of road travel is that there will be construction. It happens. Work it into your schedule and be flexible. The best laid plans will occasionally get waylaid by the most amazing scenery, or just a lack of will or desire to continue. Listen to your body. If you can’t continue without two cups of coffee and a shot of Red Bull then don’t force things.

Know Who You’re Traveling With…Well

Whether you’re traveling with your friend, lover or family, know them well – and understand the way that you interact with them. If you’re traveling with a friend that you know will get on your nerves after hour 46, then you might want to consider just flying to whatever destination you’re trying to reach.

 

You’re also going to want to know where their (and your) weaknesses lie – are you a good navigator, but a horrible planner – are they someone who thinks that cheese-puffs and drive thru are a good meal? Play to each others strengths and weaknesses.

Enjoy the company of whomever you’re traveling with – you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them – random conversations at 2AM when you arrive at your final destination for the night after a long day of travel, you’ll see their habits when they sleep…this person is going to be your bosom buddy. Make sure you know what you’re getting into!

While these are some of the big things to take into consideration when planning a road trip, here are a few other things that should be on your list:

    • Bring your own food and water
    • Bring music/iPod/satellite radio
    • Don’t go through the drive thru all the time
    • Drive safely
    • Use the toilet whenever you find one (you don’t know when you’ll find another)
    • Don’t wait until your gas is at empty to start looking for a gas sation. Aim for 1/4 tank left to start looking.
    • Take turns driving

Jade Evans loves travel, but does not envy those who have to follow movers cross country to a new home and deal with car transport. She hopes to travel to Peru on her next trip.