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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
14.04.2018

Places on Planet Earth, which You Should Visit Before Dying

Life is a summary of memories, experiences, and impressions. The man collects the puzzle of his life, putting the particles one by one. The brighter the memories, the more beautiful the picture is. Well, why did we start our article in philosophy mood? This is because we want to show you some places on our planet Earth, which can become the brightest particles for our life-puzzle.

Machu Picchu, Peru

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Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city, located high in the Andes mountains was founded in the 15th century.

This mysterious and spectacular archeological site attracts millions of tourists every year. The huge blocks of stones form temples,  walls, and terraces, and no mortar was used to build them. The “lost city” is built in the refined style of Incan architecture, with amazing precise lines and it seems as though no human hand touched those buildings.

 Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China

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One of the most stunning views in the world is Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China. The multi-colored sandstone makes the hills an artwork, a piece of unreal beauty. Red, blue, green and yellow stripes of sand look different depending on weather, and each time unbelievably beautiful.  The place was listed as World Heritage Site in 2010.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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No, no, it is not a Photoshop effect, this is a huge natural mirror! This is the largest salt flat in the world, located in southern Bolivia. Once a prehistoric salt lake, it occupies 10,582 square kilometers.  Covered with glittering salt particles, Salar de Uyuni reflects even the clouds above. A tour to this amazing spot will ensure not only unforgettable emotion but also heavenly beautiful photos. Make sure you have data SIM card with you to share this amazing views with the entire world!

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

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Are you a photographer? Do you crave for new, striking, unreal photos? Well, book a flight ticket to Japan, start packing and get your travel SIM card ready. You are going to visit Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan. All year round the park is covered with a sea of flowers, which provide a spectacular view especially from above. The most extravagant part of the park is formed with lines of Kochias, which change their color from emerald green to purplish red depending on the season.

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

As you are already in Japan, don’t hurry to leave this amazing country, we have one more fairytale place for you: Sagano Bamboo Forest, a tranquil, alien place where you feel yourself in an adventure movie. The feelings you have standing amidst this up to 30 meters high bamboo plants cannot be described in words, and no picture can show those sensations. This is a fantasy world full of alien sounds of swaying stalks, governmentally recognized as one of the hundred protected sights of Japan.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Next destination is a unique natural wonder, as it is the largest living structure on the planet Earth. Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than  2000 km down the coast of Queensland. It’s home to the world’s most diverse coral reef ecosystem. Swimming with multicolored fishes, turtles and admiring the mesmerizing colors of the underwater world is an experience to be long remembered and cherished. A helicopter ride above the islands and crystal clear waters is another breathtaking experience.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

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Antelope Canyon in the state of Arizona is one of the most photographed places in the entire world. The amazing rock curves, lit by sunbeams at special hours of the day attract photographers from all over the world. The Canyon has two parts: The Cork, which is the upper part and is easy accessible and the Corkscrew, which is even more amazing, yet hard to access. Antelope Canyon is included in wallpaper images gallery nearly in every gadget, due to its unsurpassed and almost unreal beauty.

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Close your eyes and imagine a paradise. What do you see? Emerald green meadows and forests, numerous cascading waterfalls and iconic caves covered with moss, tranquil hiking trails and turquoise ponds? This is not the Garden of Eden, this is Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.

The best season to visit the park is Spring when the water level is high and waterfalls are rapid, though autumn is also magical here with an array of colors.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

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Located in Kakslauttanen forest, this glass igloo resort is like a settlement for Santa’s elves. This fairylike resort is an ideal place to observe Northern lights, enjoy arctic nature and have a unique, magnificent Spending the night in a glass igloo is awesome, as it is warm inside, but transparent glass allows to admire all the miracles of the winter forest.

Naica Mine, Mexico

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The greatest architect of all times, Mother Nature, has created a natural wonder: a cave with giant crystals of selenite. Some of the beams are 1.5 meters long. You should be brave to visit the mine, as it is a working, active mine of lead, silver, and zinc, and the temperature inside is changing rapidly. It is not very easy to get an entrance to the mine, as it’s not generally open to the public. If you are a tourist, keep your telephone ready in Naica, and have an international SIM card inserted and connected, so as to be able to a make a call in case of emergency. Anyhow, once in a mine, and seeing these breathtaking huge crystals you understand it was worth it.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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The most iconic temple in Cambodia, Angkor Wat, has become one of the wonders of the modern world, due to its otherworldly splendor and grandeur. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman the Second, Angkor Wat is one of the biggest religious monuments in the world with the most detailed carvings and decorations. It is the best-preserved sample of Khmer architecture. It is believed, more than 300 thousand workers and 6000 elephants were used for constructing the temple.

 

 

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31.03.2018

Where to Go for Easter Holidays?

Easter holiday colors the entire Christian world into bright, vivid colors, announces the arrival of Spring, brings hope and light. Even though Easter is considered a family holiday, many families prefer to spend it abroad, get to know traditions and customs of other nations, and take part in Easter observances. We have compiled a list of countries, where Easter traditions are so amazingly beautiful, bright, and of course different. Travel with us, let’s start.

Brazil, Rio De Janeiro

Brazilians are masters of celebrations and Easter is no exception. In Brazil, the holy week starts the Easter observances and marks the resurrection of Christ and the end of the lent. Easter is one of the most important holidays in Brazil, as Brazil hosts one of the largest Catholic populations in the world.

The holy week starts with the waving of palm branches in the shape of crosses, letters and other various objects, and continues to Lava-pés – Washing of the Feet, Good Friday, The descent of the Cross, Canto da Verônica, a very important passage. The holy week is finished up with Festive Easter Sunday Procession and Mass.

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The whole nation celebrates, visits church ceremonies, stays at home with friends and family or takes part in Easter processions.  Traditional Easter food includes salt cod- bacalhau, pacoca, a sweet dish made from ground peanuts, and Easter chocolate eggs.  The spirit of Easter hovers over this magical land, where extreme religiosity and love for wildest carnival shows go hand in hand.

 

 

Corfu, Greece

Easter celebration is a wonderful reason to choose Corfu as Easter holiday destination. Being the most important time of the year, Easter holiday is celebrated with unbelievable splendor. During the holy week, the Greek celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, starting from Palm Monday. This is a family day when people gather to make cakes from almond and honey. On Good Friday, in the morning the island is filled with the ringing of the town’s church bells, and several hours later the Easter processions begin.

CorfuEasterThe statues of Virgin Mary and  St. Spiridon are borne along the streets by the heads of the church, other clergymen, town officials, music bands and most of the population of the city. When at 11:00 am the resurrection of Christ is announced, the crowd begins shouting Christós Anésti, which means Christ has risen, and just at that time people from the balconies drop down clay pots. If you are planning to be in Corfu at that time, be sure to keep a safe distance. The sound of the smashing of pots adds up to the tolling of bells and crowds shouts and makes an extraordinary, joyous atmosphere to be long remembered.

At midnight, the resurrection mass gathers the faithful at one of the squares of the town, Pano Platia, and the night sky is lit up with the light of thousands of candles.

Easter Sunday is a family reunion day, it is the time to gather, and have various previously prepared Easter dishes.

 

Washington D.C., USA

Have you ever heard of White House Easter Egg Roll? No? If your children are 12 years old and under, book the tickets, which are given out as lottery and if you are lucky, you will take part in fun activities which are held on the South Lawn of the White House from 8 am to 9 pm.

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The tradition of Easter Egg Roll started its history from 1878 when President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife opened the South Lawn for children and their families and founded one of the oldest annual traditions in US history.  Ester activities once included egg croquet, picking of eggs, egg ball, toss and catch, which are no longer popular now, but egg rolling is still one of the most important activity.  On this very colorful day families enjoy playing with a huge Easter Bunny, storytelling, Easter egg hunt, musical events and egg-decorating. In the end, each participant is presented with a special wooden egg with the signatures of the president and first lady.

 

Bermuda

According to legend, a teacher in Bermuda used a kite to demonstrate the students the resurrection of Christ, and since then, on Good Friday, thousands of colorful kites float in the sky of Bermuda. Kite competitions are usual for this holiday; there is even a category for the ugliest kite.

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Thousands of families gather on the Horseshoe Bay Beach to take part in kite competition, colorful activities and enjoy music. The island is decorated with Easter lilies, a flower most often associated with Bermuda.  On Easter Sunday,  Bermudians and island visitors attend sunrise services iconic St. Peter’s Church in the town of George.  St. Peter’s Church the oldest Anglican church, and is listed as UNESCO world heritage site.

After church service, families gather for Easter brunch and enjoy codfish cakes and hot cross buns.

Seville, Spain

Easter is a favorite celebration throughout Europe, and Seville is one of the best European Easter destinations. Easter in Spain lasts for a whole week – Semana Santa. The whole country is transformed into a religious festive party, with streets full of locals and tourists. This solemn holiday in Seville stands out for its spectacular processions. The statues of Virgin Mary and Jesus are carried on floats, decorated with hundreds of candles, flowers, jewels, accompanied with The Nazarenos – the members of the cofradías, under the sounds of brass music. Black-dressed women, called penitents, follow the floats and carry a long candle and rosary beads.

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Seville’s 60 brotherhoods and their 2000 members thoroughly prepare for this grand holiday, and the visitors will, by all means, get the holiday vibes.  Many people avoid visiting Seville at this time of the year for security reasons, but if you know how to get prepared, you will just enjoy the splendor of rituals and Easter traditions coming from the 14th century.

Tips: Carefully study the schedule of processions and have connected mobile phone preferably with the active internet, to use navigation, so as to feel safe and secure.

 

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25.03.2018

What is a Travel SIM Card and Why Do You Need It?

Travel SIM card is also called “travel SIM” “data SIM card”, “roaming card” “international SIM card” or sometimes a “global SIM card”. They are either prepaid SIM cards or cards with pay as you go plans, they can be for a specific country or have a wide coverage of different countries. In any case, they are what savvy travelers need for reducing the roaming charges and getting a bunch of benefits. For those, who still haven’t used a travel SIM card while traveling, or for those, who have bought a “wrong” travel SIM, we have written this blog article about all the features and benefits of a real international SIM card.

Well, what is a travel sim card and why do you need it?

Reason #1. You save up to 90% on international roaming

Everyone knows that international roaming charges are awfully high. You have probably heard stories about people who have been charged huge bills as a result of accidentally turned on roaming option in the mobile phone. Maybe you were badly in need of internet while traveling and there was no Wi-Fi around?

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So you used the internet while being abroad and you were shocked by the bills? Most of travel SIM cards offer affordable internet bundles, so having a card and activating a bundle is the first and most important thing you should consider before traveling.As a rule, calling and SMS rates are also several times cheaper, and staying in touch with friends and family becomes easier and more affordable.

 

Reason #2. You save time

 

Sometimes people say. “Why should I buy a travel SIM card, if I can buy a local SIM card, which is cheaper?

When you take off the plane and appear in an unknown airport, not everything is as easy as it seemed when you were still in your home country. You begin asking where you can buy a local sim card if you find someone who understands your language. Very few airports sell cards inside, most often you should find mobile care centers outside the airport. You can’t use a navigation app as you don’t have internet.

Even if you have found one, you should present documentation and sign a contract for buying a card. Then you will read the leaflets and ask some questions so as to pick the best available tariff for you. Buy the way, not all local sim cards are cheap, and not all data tariffs are affordable. Very often tariffs offered by international SIM cards, like HelloSIM travel Sim card are more affordable and easy to use. Well, you have spent pretty much time on buying a local SIM card, which is not the best option if you are short on time.

 

Reason #3. With travel SIM card you feel secure

 

 If you are smart enough to have bought a travel SIM card beforehand, you don’t have the feeling of anxiety after landing. You already know that you have a secure connection. Already landed? Call your mom, then use, say, UBER app to order a taxi, maybe you will need navigation to find the hotel or a shopping center? Have an important e-mail to read and answer? You have internet from the moment of landing, so feel free to enjoy it!  Oh, we know, you want to make a selfie just in front of the airplane and upload to say Instagram? That’s a really crazy good idea, go on, you have the internet on your card. Maybe all this sounds like a good advertisement, but the truth is that it’s really worth trying.

 

Reason #4. Not all Wi-Fi that shines is good Wi-Fi

 

 Most travelers hope to find Wi-Fi connection here and there. We are here to disappoint you. Public Wi-Fi is far from being secure. So if you are going to log in to your accounts, to your e-mail or use a credit card for online operations, keep in mind that your sensitive data are highly at risk. and there is also the threat of a fake Wi-Fi connection, especially in open-air locations.

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We have already spoken about this in another article here. Besides, Wi-Fi connections at hotels are often very unstable and speed is rather low. Don’t take our word for it, check other travelers reviews on any forum or hotel website.

Reason #5. One SIM Card – Suitable for different countries

 

Most international sim cards can be used in different countries. There are also travel SIM card intended to use only in one country, like a US travel SIM card or a UK travel SIM card, anyway, cards with global coverage and with more countries are a better option, especially for frequent travelers. It is just comfortable, you don’t have to browse the internet in hope finding an appropriate and reliable card for that specific country. HelloSIM travel SIM card has a coverage in more than 207 countries.

Travel SIM Card

This means you buy a card once, get your own number, keep the card, and use it in any corner of the world. You can top up your balance online, call the 24/7 support, activate internet bundles, make calls and write SMS.  More detailed information about the card and coverage can be found here. So it’s simply comfortable: you know you have a card for traveling, one that can be refilled, used in different countries, and save your time, money and become a number one travel accessory.

 

 

 

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15.03.2018

March Destinations: Celebrate Spring!

March is not usually considered a holiday month but, there are destinations on the globe that are attractive for tourists, and March is a perfect month to head for those alluring locations. After snowy and cold winter, when spring blooms, travelers start packing for sun and leisure. Many festivals and major events and take place at the beginning of the Spring, to celebrate the awakening of nature and new life.
To help our readers to find absolutely perfect places for March travels, we’ve listed some of the most vibrant and warm places, so go ahead and choose yours!

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Imagine a vibrant city, blue-blue sky, captivating beaches and a lot of sunshine. Is it what you crave for? If yes, book your flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico! San Juan boasts of colonial architecture, historic forts, epic mountains and waterfalls, mesmerizing sunsets and active nightlife.

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For those who want high-adrenaline activities, Puerto Rico travel agencies offer unforgettable tours with best adventures. Here you will have a chance to enjoy waterfall slides, hiking, climbing, cliff jumping, rope swings, snorkeling and scuba diving Add breathtaking zip lines and largest Arialpark in the world!  Are you already breathless! Lie on the beach, sipping one of those phenomenal cocktails and enjoy the tranquility of the ocean.Bwindi

Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Uganda, South Africa

March is a nice month to plan a safari, and what we have picked for you, is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve in Uganda, South Africa. Lush rainforests blanket the high mountains and are also home to most of the endangered mountain gorillas left in the world.

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The air habitats of the forests are more than 360 species of birds and more than 200 species of butterflies. The Reserve boasts of more than 120 species of mammals. Here travelers can have one of the most dramatic and unforgettable adventures ever: Gorilla trekking, like in a famous Tarzan movie! Only 8 persons in a day are allowed to see gorillas’ families. Be sure to have at least $1000 for this magical experience, as it is worth it!

Phuket, Tailand

 

The largest Tai island is all year favorite, so choosing this destination for March is a good choice. Once a secret paradise, now Phuket attracts millions of tourist from any corner of the world each year.  The surrounding  famous islands are easily accessible from Phucket . The vacation in this paradise-like region  is one to combine fresh, amazingly delicious food, good weather, dramatic views, luxurious accommodations , lively nightlife and warm, soul-healing waters of Indian Ocean. The must-dos in Phuket include a visit to Phi Phi islands and sunrise tour, Kayaking Tour of Hong &Panak Islands, Similan Islands Snorkel & Swim Trip, Snorkeling & Dolphin Spotting in MaitonIsland , watching a performance at Siam Niramit Show and Simon Cabaret Show.
Well, what else the travelers need for complete happiness?

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Hurghada, Egypt

Once a simple fishing village, Hurghada has turned into a luxurious resort on the Red Sea coast, attracting tourists from all over the world. Hurghada is believed to be one of the best places for snorkeling, scuba-diving and kite surfing.

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The place also provides tourists with all necessary conditions for having relaxing vacation and ideal suntan. Hurghada is also ideal for budget travelers, as you get high-class service and perfect vacation at affordable prices. Along with Sharm-El-Sheikh, it is also the safest destination for Egypt travelers, as it is far away from country’s political life. The other benefit of Hurghada is that it has direct flights from nearly all the major airports of the world.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations of the Caribbean. It is embraced by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Large tourist areas offer sun-kissed beaches, luxury hotels, various tours and exotic trips.

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The average yearly temperature is 25°C. The sun-kissed beaches of Punta Cana are simply majestic: calm, warm waters wash the white sandy stretches. This is the real picture of leisure; this is where you really feel the spirit of the ocean. But don’t stick to the beaches alone: Climb to the summit of Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Central mountain range or watch crocodiles and iguanas at Enriquillo Lake.  Take a horseback ride to the epic waterfalls of Jarabacoa. 6 International airports on the island will make the traveling from one side of the island to another an easy task.

 

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun has a reputation of a party and nightlife town, but actually, it has more to offer. Situated on the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, where Maya culture emerges at every corner.  Cancun is a true piece of paradise on the earth. A travel to Cancun promises to be unforgettable, full of vivid memories and absolutely amazing photos. Cancun boasts of dramatic beaches washed by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, epic sunsets and dramatic views. Here, tourists have the chance to see the historic wonders – ruins which date back to the era of Mayan civilization, and feel as if you are a time traveler. The must visit list should include a 100-feet high stone pyramid with a temple on top, where sacred rituals took place, the remnants of a mysterious Mayan city Chichen Itza, considered to be one of the seven modern wonders of the world and the ancient city El Rey. This is surely not the complete list of historic sites in Cancun, and if you have more time, make sure to spend more time on exploring Historical Cancun. Now let’s return to snorkeling, stunning beaches, boat tours and water shows, fishing and golf courses. Time to enjoy what Cancun offers, and it will fill every moment of your holiday with something amazing and extraordinary.

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Kyoto, Japan

A travel to Japan is always a memorable and outsdanding experience, but we listed it in March destinations for one reason: Sakura. Sakura, meaning “cherry blossom” in Japan, announces a welcome to Spring. When these tender, aromatic flowers blossom all over the country, Japan starts celebrating the “Cherry Blossom Festival”. People organize gatherings, eat, drink together, enjoy outdoor picnics and barbeques and call this tradition Hanami, which means “watching blossom” in Japanese. This is also the time to make new acquaintances and get friends. Most Japanese schools begin the new academic year in April when sakura trees are in blossom in front of every building. In 2018, Sakura is expected to blossom earlier, starting from 22 March in Kotyo.

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Whatever destination you choose, don’t forget to take HelloSIM travel SIM card with you, so as to be able to share all those scenic views with your loved ones.

 

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13.02.2018

Celebrate Love: 7 Getaways for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air, shops burst in plush hearts, teddies, balloons, chocolates and love cards. Couples book romantic dinners in restaurants, prepare proposal speeches, buy rings and make traveling plans. Which is the most romantic city in the world? Paris? Venice? New York? Check our list of love cities, choose your destination and may love always be with you!

1. Bali

Are you looking for a candlelit dinner with scenic ocean views? A place very different, unique and stunningly beautiful? Welcome to Bali, Indonesia. Bali is by far one of the most romantic destinations in the world, which attracts more and more honeymooners. Bali hosts the most luxurious hotels and restaurants.

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Accommodations are mainly tailored for couples and offer exceptional service of sensual massages, open-air spas, fitness centers and lagoon-style pools.

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Sun-kissed beaches, magical volcanoes, tranquil lakes and dense jungles make Bali a real heaven for travelers, and St.Valentine’s day in Bali promise to make the love vacation one you should never forget.

 

2. Crans-Montana

Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps is a scenic alpine ski resort with luxurious hotels, shopping centers, and spa facilities. Valentine’s Day in this panoramic resort is for the couples who want to combine winter activities with relaxing evenings, gourmet dinners and luxury shopping.  Besides skiing, Crans Montana offers a large specter of winter activities, like tobogganing and snow-tubing, ice skating, winter walking, and snowshoeing.

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3. Santorini, Greece

If you truly want to impress your best half, arrange a trip to Santorini, the island of breathtaking sunsets in Greece. The air is chilly in February, but the views remain amazing, and it’s no wonder that Santorini ranks as one of the most romantic getaways in the world. Arrange a romantic candlelit open-air dinner and get immersed in the true magic of sunset colors, beaches, and the sparkling wine glasses. Santorini turns into a big Valentine island on the 14th of February, and you think you already see flying cupids singing love songs everywhere.

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4. Nuremberg, Germany

Can You think of anything more romantic than spending the Valentine’s Day in a cozy medieval town? If this is what you pictured to yourself, than Nurnberg-Bavaria’s second largest city, is the place you should head to. As Martin Luther King once said, “Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars”.

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You and your better half will get immersed in a real adventure in this wonderful city. Don’t miss the chance to visit Kaiserburg Castle, the German National Museum, St. Sebaldus Church, German National Railways Museum, Albrecht Dürer’s House, which is now a museum and Nuremberg Toy Museum.

One of the miracles of medieval architecture is  Schöner Brunnen, a nineteen meters fountain in Gothic style, located in the main market square. Go for a walk in Nurnberg, try Lebkuchens, famous Valentine cookies, and Nürnberger Bratwurst, sausages protected by EU law and made only in Nurnberg feel the special atmosphere of the city!

5. Seville, Spain

Seville is a charming city for lovebirds, with picturesque cobblestone streets, scenic bridges, beautiful parks and very good restaurants. Seville is a great city for outdoorsy couples, as strolling in the streets is by itself an incredibly romantic experience.

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If the weather is fine, you will meet local musician playing hot flamenco on the guitar, you will cross through peaceful squares with gorgeous historic monuments mainly in Gothic and Baroque styles, with some influence of Moorish architecture. One of the must-see sights of the city is La Giralda, the most iconic sight in Seville. From the top of it, you can admire the panoramic view of the city, breathtaking sunset view and make really amazing photos!

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La Alcázar of Seville is another gorgeous building. Once a Moorish fort, it is now one of the rare palaces in Europe, which is still used by the royal family.

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Seville is actually packed with architectural masterpieces, and spending love day here will not be enough, consider at least a love week!

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, so romantic and gorgeous, with snowy rooftops and fairy-tale buildings! Prague hosts the gorgeous historic buildings, famous museums and exclusive galleries that are home to great cultural and historical masterpieces. The city of hundred spires welcomes couples and promises the most memorable trip ever.

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Can you imagine anything more romantic than taking a cruise on a river, with a candlelit table and music of live band? The charm of Prague sights around will indeed add a special spice to all the romance.

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Or maybe you would like just to stroll in the idyllic streets of the city, to take lovely photos on the Charles Bridge, under the astronomical clock, and near the Prague Castle? Eat A traditional Bohemian dinner in one of the amazing restaurants of the city? In any case, you are the winner, and you will surely woo your sweetheart!

7. Whitsundays, Heart Reef, Australia

Mother Earth celebrates Valentine day here, join the celebration! Corals that naturally shaped a heart, can be viewed and admired during one of the helicopter tours from above. This is an ultimate romantic trip, so hurry to impress your loved one, and become the unique and best Valentine. If you previously purchased an internet SIM card, and have an internet connection, share this unique sight with the whole world!

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Impress your special someone with one of the unbelievably gorgeous lodges on the Great Barrier Reef, relax, relax and relax… Enjoy sun, sand, and surf, taste exclusive dishes at intimate cozy restaurants, attend spas, try cocktails and go snorkeling in the Australian magical underwater life.

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11.02.2018

5 Most Visited February Destinations

Longing for a vacation in February? We have compiled a list of February destinations worth visiting. Some of them boast with sunshine and sandy beaches, the others offer enchanting snowfall and winter magic.

Rio de Janeiro

When we search the web for February events, Rio de Janeiro Carnival tops the list. Rio de Janeiro is, without any doubt, the most mesmerizing city in South America, and if you have managed to visit Rio in February, especially for Carnival, you’ve hit the jackpot.

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Though Rio de Janeiro is a dream destination for millions of people, and it has become much safer now, than it was ten years ago, the festival attracts not only tourists, but also criminals, robbers, and tricksters.
Tip: Always have charged and functioning phone with you, activate your roaming to be able to call at any time, or, which is even better, get a travel SIM card beforehand so as always to be connected with friends, family, and call the police if necessary.
This year the great show officially started on 9th of February with the Rio’s outstanding samba schools in the Sambadrome stadium.
It is hard to describe Rio’s biggest party; we’d better show some memorable moments.

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Maui, Hawaii
Travelers granted Maui the title of “the best island in the world”, and it is truly considered one of the top destinations for especially honeymooners as one of the best places in the world to get married. Maui wedding planners and coordinators offer amazing wedding ideas and plan the big day in all details.
The valley island hosts luxurious resorts and stunning beaches, recreation and entertainment centers. Well, the destination is chosen: Maui, and the next step is to find out what to do in Maui?

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Best way to explore and admire Maui and Hawaii, in general, is to take a helicopter tour, as there are places of unbelievable beauty, which are inaccessible and can be viewed from above.
Another memorable experience is the whale watching cruise. The cruise usually takes two hours and becomes one of the brightest memories from Maui vacation. Visit Haleakala Crater for breathtaking views and epic sunrise, have an outstanding experience snorkeling with extraordinary fishes and turtles, visit museums, churches, and cathedrals. If only it was possible to bring a piece of Hawaiian sunshine with us….

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Curaçao

Another February destination for sunshine seekers is Curacao, the hidden gem of the Caribbean.
Curacao is a mosaic of many-faced culture: African, Latin, European, Caribbean.
Being a Dutch colony once, Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao boasts a number of candy-colored buildings.

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Museum Kura Hulanda in Willemstad exhibits the history of slavery and is without any doubt one of the most intriguing museums in the world.
Cruising in the crystal-clear waters of Curaçao, sunbathing on white powder-like sands of Curacao beaches, strolling in the old town of Willemstad, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, taking helicopter tours… this is not the complete list of must-dos in Curaçao.

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Park City
Situated high in the Wasatch Mountains, once mining town – Park City, in the state of Utah, differs from any other skiing resort in the world. This epic mountain town is 35-minutes away from Salt Lake City International Airport.
In 2002, Park City hosted winter Olympic Games. Here skiing lovers will find from gentle slopes for beginners to world-class terrains for professionals.

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Park City offers a number of fun activities for families, like a zip line, amazing Adventure Zone and one of the longest alpine slides of the world. Another great experience is hot –air balloon ride.

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Beijing, China
China celebrated Spring Festival in February, so if you are eager to feel authentic Chinese culture and traditions, consider China as one of the best February destinations. Activate your China internet bundle from HelloSIM to be able to capture and share all the beauty of this great Asian event.

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The Festival is the biggest event in country’s life, it is a time for family reunions and shiny festivities.
According to Chinese lunar calendar, Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, begins with the New Moon and ends on the Full Moon- the day of Lantern Festival.
The Spring Festival carnivals take place at this time of the year. Holiday atmosphere is everywhere, the country is shining and glittering in lights, tables are full of traditional food, people celebrate the end of winter and old year, and greet spring, the new year.

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29.01.2018

Why You Should Avoid Public Wi-Fi

While making the traveling to-do list, some people prefer to skip “Buy international travel SIM card” part, hoping for free Wi-Fi connection in the destination country. Free Wi-Fi sounds great, but let us decide, is it really worth the hassle?
In the modern world, cybersecurity is a global challenge, it is not only an IT problem.

 

Using public Wi-Fi can seriously put your data at risk. The problem of public Wi-Fi is the open nature of the network, and connecting to public Wi-Fi can very often be incredibly dangerous for your shared information. Even the Wi-Fi in your favorite pub or coffee shop seldom uses strong encryption technology, as having a secure connection is rather expensive. So, anyone can see what you are up to over that particular network. They can monitor what sites you are visiting and even what you are typing into those websites. In case you are accessing encrypted websites, they know exactly which ones you are visiting, although if the site is secure, they can’t know what you are doing there.

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One of the widely used types of open Wi-Fi threats is MiM, i. e. Man in the Middle attacks. The technique is known as eavesdropping, when the hackers intercept and relay messages between two parties, and control the whole communication.
In other words, instead of dealing with the hotspot, you are sending your data to the intruder. The hacker has control over every piece of information you share—emails, financial information, business data, contact numbers, login information.

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Another common practice is setting up fake Wi-Fi connections. This works especially in open-air areas, like parks and stadiums. You connect to Wi-Fi listed as free and deliver your sensitive data on a silver platter.

Surely, there are institutions with more secure Wi-Fi, like banks or government offices, but you will never know, whether the hotspot is infected or not, or the Wi-Fi saying XXX Bank Wi-Fi is the one set up by the bank or not.
However, there are endless situations, especially while traveling, when you need internet connection badly, and you don’t think twice before connecting to open Wi-Fi. For these cases, we have made a list of precautions you’d better take.

1. Have tested and working antivirus program. Make sure it is updated and running.
2. Ask the business owner, whose Wi-Fi you are going to use if the name is correct, so as to avoid connecting to a fake hotspot.
3. Don’t visit unknown websites or websites with low security.
4. Use A VPN for browsing
5. Do not perform financial operations if possible
6. The best way is purchasing a travel SIM card, like HelloSIM. Use own internet bundle for browsing and relax.

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22.01.2018

Traveler’s Fears and Frustrations

Travelling is the most exciting and desirable experience for a lot of people. They yearn for something new, they crave to explore, to remember, to enjoy, to experiment. The idea of flying over mountains and oceans, sailing through seas, conquering the new and unknown gives thrills. NO? Don’t you agree? Ahhh… those traveling fears….
Every traveler runs into some fears at least once in the lifetime. Just read our article, we have tried to make some research, why some people are travel-sick, and what the solutions can be.

The most common traveling frustration is the fear of flying. From anxiety to the horror of flying and panic attacks, this is the thing that can spoil one’s life. It doesn’t always work, but try to read a lot about airplane travel and use relaxation techniques.
Surely you have heard thousands of times that air travel is the safest mode of mass transportation. And yes, it really is. Moreover, commercial airplanes can fly safely with only one engine and can land without any at all. For overcoming the flying phobia it’s a good idea to seek psychotherapist’s help. Currently, a great number of people choose a variety of techniques offered by professionals and crush the fears once and for all. We hope you will also succeed!

Many people often ask them before the trip “What if I get homesick? What will I do without people I am used to?” This is especially tough for expats and people who are planning long-term traveling. One of the best solutions is the use of different video calls. Our information technologies era offers a huge variety of messaging and video transforming platforms choose your favorite one and keep communicating! Purchase an international travel SIM card and activate the most cost-effective internet bundle. Be careful not to be overcharged with international roaming with your local SIM card.

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The fear of disaster sounds a little absurd, but there are a lot of people living with this fear, and skipping all the chances to see, explore anything new, just because they are afraid something bad will happen.
The solution for this problem lies in the admission of the fact that our own environment is not always the safest place on the planet Earth. Terror, plane crashes, fires, and earthquakes happen in every corner of the world. Being informed and choosing the right destination for traveling is sometimes the best answer.
The fear of language barriers. English speakers overcome this barrier more easily then non-speakers, just because the in most countries of the world people know and speak at least a little English. If You are afraid you will not be able to understand anything, and you will be simply lost in, say, Nepal, learn some common Nepali phrases, like greeting, common questions, appreciation phrases, and purchase a phrase-book.

Rather a significant number of people are scared to stay without connection to the internet. “What if I don’t find a free Wi-Fi there? Free Wi-Fi is surely a great option, but secure yourself purchasing a travel SIM card with affordable internet bundle. Choose one that can use your credit card, and has best tariffs for internet and calling.

Let’s discuss the gastronomic aspect of tourism. Travelling to various countries means acquaintance with different cultures, cuisines, and habits. It is essential to get informed, whether the tap water in that specific country is safe to drink or no. In any case, for safety reasons, buy bottled water to avoid digestion disorders. As regards to food, don’t avoid local food, as cuisine is also an important part of traveling, just get to know what you are eating, and always have some medications with you.

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17.01.2018

8 Underrated Cities You Should Visit

Travelling is that unique period of your life when you observe the world surrounding you from a different point of view. Choosing a travel destination can sometimes be a hard task. Each of us has dreams about a lot of cities and countries in the world, but traveling the globe is not for everyone. Well, You have visited Paris, Madrid, New York and maybe London, it’s time to choose something off the beaten road. Have a look at our list of 8 amazing yet underrated cities in the world.

 Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is more than a pretty old town, with fairy-tale cobblestone streets and epic views. Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro with breathtaking fortified walls. As you enter Boka Kotorska, you fall in love with the jaw-dropping scenery.

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Make sure to walk in this medieval city and visit Church of Saint Ana (12th  century),  the Church of Saint Luke (13th century), the Church of Saint Mary (13th century) from the 13th century, the Prince’s Palace (17th century) and the Napoleon’s Theatre (19th). Kotor is also famous for its traditional manifestations like masquerades, carnivals, fisherman’s fiestas, and other cultural events for young and old

Innsbruck, Austria

This unbelievably beautiful and cozy town is tucked in the Alps and offers its visitors dramatic Alpine views, great ski resorts, impressive late-medieval architecture and fresh, fresh air. As the town is located high in the mountains, the locals use various funiculars and cable cars as transportation. For tourists, they are a perfect way to admire the city views, take amazing photos and go live on social media. There is no public WiFi at this height, so make sure you have activated your internet bundles beforehand.

 

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One of the main attractions in Innsbruck is Altstadt von Innsbruck, the old city center. The buildings here stand for more than half a century and a promenade here will make your day. Get your chance to have a tasty coffee with freshly baked strudel in one of the cozy restaurants here.

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Visit museums, cathedrals, magical Swarovski Crystal World, The Innsbruck Zoo with indigenous animals of the area. If you get tired of busy touristic areas, have rest in luscious and tranquil Hofgarten, the Garden.
Be sure, every part of this amazing Alpine city is worth visiting, so take your time and enjoy!

 

Nara, Japan

Another world, another universe. Those who are used to western culture and architecture will spend probably the most memorable and amazing trip in Japan. Compared to its neighbor, Kyoto, Nara has fewer visitors, though the town offers its visitors historic gems, like picturesque gardens and the oldest and biggest temples and shrines in Japan. Nara – the ancient capital of Japan, is believed to be the birthplace of Japan and hosts 8 registered World Heritage Sites.

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Feeding deer is one of the most exciting experiences in Nara. These amazing animals, living side by side with locals, bow their heads to take the desired cracker from your hand!

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Ghent, Belgium

Situated in Flanders region of Belgium, Ghent is truly believed to be the hidden gem of Europe. However, Ghent attracts more and more tourists year after year and opens the college town with amazing architecture to their view.

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Right in the middle of the city, you will find Castle of the Counts (Gravensteen), with impressive walls and amazing views atop.
There are several quarters in the city of Ghent; most of them are out of the historical center. Make sure to visit at least Klein Begijnhof, a small historical quarter.

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Ghent is a pedestrian-friendly city, so walking or cycling is the best way to explore it. While walking through the streets of Ghent you appear in a historical painting, with numerous castles, old merchant houses, cathedrals, and churches. It’s a great idea to view the houses from above and go up the Belfort tower for mesmerizing views! And again keep your internet bundles activated not to miss those unique moments!

 Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is enchanting, Essaouira is an amazing, Essaouira is a part of an Eastern fairy tale. Moroccan tourists generally prefer Fes and Marrakech, while Essaouira is a true Moroccan gem.

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“Medina” or town center is colored in vibrant blue and white, attracts tourists to admire the spice-scented bazaar, taste local food, make amazing photos and buy really unique souvenirs.

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The blue of the buildings seems to merge with deep blue sea making the scenery not realistic. This cozy port city hosts some of the best Moroccan hotels. Due to strong winds, Essaouira beach attracts surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers. This is the reason it earned the name “City of winds”. A trip to this unique Moroccan city gives the travelers vibes and chills which cannot be described in words, check yourself!

Puebla Mexico

Founded in 1531, at Cuetlaxcoapan area,  Puebla is a neighbor to Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, and visitors enjoy the breathtaking views of their snowy peaks. The city is of particular interest to tourists, as it has well-preserved colonial architecture.

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This is the reason the city was chosen as  UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some visitors consider Puebla the gastronomic capital of Mexico, so don’t miss your chance to try famous Mole poblano – a symbol of Mestizaje: the mix of Indigenous and European cultures. When in Puebla, pay a visit to Cholula, a small town a few miles away from Puebla. It is said the town has 365 churches — one for each day of the year.

Palm Springs, California

Do you need hot springs, spa therapy, luxurious hotels urgently? Welcome to Palm Springs! Already relaxed? Let’s explore Palm Springs!

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Head for Joshua Tree National Park, a true oasis in the center of the desert, visit The Palm Springs Art Museum, founded in 1938, take photos of bighorn sheep, mountain lions, meerkats and more than 1,400 species of plants in The Living Desert. If you are seeking breathtaking scenery and a glance at Native American history and culture, visit the Agua Caliente tribe’s Tahquitz Canyon.

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A must-visit place in Palm Springs is The Palm Springs Air Museum that hosts a unique collection of aircraft from World War II.

Cork, Ireland

After Dublin and Belfast, it’s time to visit Cork, a picturesque city in the south of Ireland, and is connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. According to the locals, Cork is the real capital of the country.

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They will tell the visitors how this amazing city survived Viking rides, violence, great fire, and bloodshed. Now it is an eye-catching coastal city with a lot of sights of interests to offer to visitors. Among the most famous ones is French Early Gothic style Cathedral of St. Fin Barre’s, St. Anne’s Church where visitors can ring the bells, and admire 360° stunning views of Cork City, Crawford Art Gallery with its growing art craft collection.

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Blackrock Castle Observatory is one of Cork’s must-visit places. The observatory offers fun and educational activities for families, school groups, and science enthusiasts.

 

Bonus

The Azores

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Why are the Azores on our list? Because they are the secret treasure of Europe, and a trip to the Azores is a lifetime gift for those who want to be closer to nature, inhale the emerald of epic scenery, explore and relax.

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Plan the must-do activities in the Azores, and enjoy every single moment in this heaven-like archipelago. Paragliding and horse riding, hiking and diving, swimming in the hot springs, heading for various expeditions, whale-watching, surfing, and canoeing….
You will never, ever regret visiting the Azores, this stunning land in the immensity of the blue ocean, ready to be fallen in love with.

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11.01.2018

Travelers’ Lifehacks: Rome

Well, next destination is Rome, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The eternal city continues to attract millions of tourists every year, and millions of tourists fall in love with this luminous megapolis. The cosmopolitan city with rich history and culture will give you a warm, hearty welcome. Check our list based on different travelers’ experience and opinions before visiting the capital of Italy, the city of seven hills, where all roads lead to.

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Navigation in the city

Rome is a perfect city for walking. It is said that the city itself is a big museum, so put on comfy shoes and start exploring the eternal city. However, if you prefer transport, do not buy a lot of single-use public transport tickets. A 3-day, 7-day or 30-day pass is always a better and cheaper option.

ATM

Don’t get confused when ATM doesn’t give you out the money you want, and the transaction is rejected.  Based on travelers’ experience, most ATM-s in Rome have a limit for more than 250euro money withdrawal. Try again, this time with a smaller account.

 

Gifts from Strangers

Never, ever accept flowers, small toys, little calendars or anything else from people you don’t know. Say “No” firmly and go away. It seems that this nice guy offers you a red rose just because he liked you, but that’s not actually the thing. Folks handing you flowers, trinkets, cheap bracelets, and small holy pictures expect money in return.

 

Learn basic Italian phrases.

You are not expected to speak Italian in Italy, but it’s always a good idea to know a few basic words.  Greeting Italians in their native language will make them smile, it is a sign of respect.  Here are some, if You liked the idea

Buon giorno – Good Day

Buona sera – Good evening
Arrivederci – Goodbye
Grazie – Thank you

Prego = You are welcome
Sì – yes
No – No

Ciao = Hello or Goodbye
Per favore -Please
Mi scusi = Excuse me
Be prepared to heat

Summers can be really, really hot in Rome, so always carry a bottle of water, a hat, and sunglasses with you. Umbrella is also an acceptable option for those who don’t want to get tanned.

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Drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and skip the walking tours in the afternoon. By the way, there are a lot of fountains with drinking water in Rome, so reusable bottle is a must in Rome, otherwise, you’ll have to pay 1.5-3 Euros for a bottle of water.

Try Italian food

Italian food is damned good. Do not limit your menu to pasta and pizza. Order from the variety of tastiest dishes that Italian restaurants offer, and yes, eat GELATO twice a day. At least once a day, it’s worth it. Most Italian restaurants have a table fee, called “Coperto” some 1-1.5 euros for each person.

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