Wonderful Trip In Iceland

Accompanied by the serenity and vastness of the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland serves as one of the most peaceful yet extraordinary retreats for the aspirant ones who find salvation in travelling around the world. It in-fact has been ranked as the most peaceful country of the world by the Global Peace Index of 2017.

The quietude of the country along with the abundance of natural marvels is incomparable as well as astounding. Intense volcanic and tectonic activity that happened in the past gradually led to the formation of distinctive land forms that are nowhere to be seen in any other part of this planet. Apart from natural brilliance Iceland is also known for its bustling night life full of parties and entertainment.

Here are your tips to enjoy Iceland Travel with adventure and serenity
Firstly, it is always best to prepare before the trip. This should be everyone’s first step to enjoy a hassle-free experience amidst the scenic heritage of the world’s most peaceful country. Due to the inflating amount of tourists every single thing ranging from hotels to flights and transport services gets flooded and so instant bookings become a vague possibility.

Consulting a travel guide and tour operator would be the most effective thing to do because such agencies can help fix accommodations, flight bookings and tour packages at affordable rates. If the traveler pursues his/her journey by pre-booking all the necessities there will be no hindrances in the future.

Such measures are suitable especially during holiday seasons such as Christmas, when millions of tourists flood the entire country to enjoy invigorating moments. It even becomes impossible to get instant bookings for holiday activities like taking a fresh dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Places you can go for
One of the best tours for Iceland would be around the Golden Circle. This part of Iceland encompasses volcanic terrain, glaciers, beautiful farmhouses for leisurely stops, an earthquake exhibition center, the Thingvellir National Park and the highly renowned Gulfross Waterfall.

One will have several options to learn about the Icelandic culture and geography, witness nature, venture into thrilling parts such as volcanic craters or perhaps ice-formed caves and altogether obtain spiritual bliss amidst the breath-taking falls.

Other popular destinations include a tour to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), which is also a very occasional event and the Southern Coast. The southern Icelandic parts also include popular tourist destinations such as hot water springs and the world famous black beaches (coastal regions shrouded by black sand).

What can we summarize?
It’s safe to say that one single visit to Iceland is not enough to fulfill a traveler’s wanderlust. The country has so many naturally enriched destinations, adventure-filled spots and a colorful city like Reykjavik that it indeed lures people back again.

The tourism industry has progressively expanded with a significant rise in international visits every year. This in-turn has solved various regional as well as economical issues of the country. The amount of tourists has reached thrice as higher than the native population and is likely to grow even more due to the distinctive features which this beautiful snow-capped country offers.

With pre-booking methods and help from significant operators tourists will have all the comfort they need during the trip. Such agencies suitably arrange mini-bus tours, accommodations and also include extra-tour-breaks for the leisurely delight of visitors. Hence, over-crowded places can be avoided and people can travel in luxury, altogether enjoying the sublimity of the Icelandic heritage without having to go through a scarcity of hotels.

Parking Issues In Every Country

A common dream is to see the places you see in movies. The most common is dreaming to visit the United States and to name a few are Chicago, Washington, Miami, LA, New York, Boston and so on. These have the resources and there is nothing to stop you from seeing these places in reality.

If you are fortunate and have relatives, you can travel solo and the key is to have an appropriate visa. Visit the US with a B1 or B2 visa that refers to a non-immigrant visa. This is given to people desiring to see the US for medical treatment, pleasure or business. Applying for visa means you should show a sponsorship letter from a close family member or by your employer to get a residency permit.

You will have to answer question in the embassy, so determine the purpose of the trip and avail the right tourist’s visa. Bear in mind to show that you have sufficient money to bear your expense during the trip, besides air tickets, insurance, transportation and other tourism expenses.

If you are from the Europe or USA, travel to Asia sunny part. It offers the comfort of technology and different culture. If you love shopping, visit Bangkok and enjoy shopping galore all day and night. The night market is full and the beaches are inviting.

The Philippines is also a vibrant and colorful country featuring tourist destinations. The culture is different in each island based on the religious festivals. Enjoy different spots such as scuba diving and the beaches white sands.

If you belong to Asia, travel to snowy places or sunny places, of the USA and Europe. Visit the Las Vegas or Hollywood and see the city at night as it comes to life. Taste the snow in winters. Visit the Hawaii and enjoy the fun culture, the poi and the hula girls. Get a firsthand experience with the volcanoes. They are the best places to retire and explore. Plan your itinerary and ensure the best of your trip.

With it comes the major cities experience that includes lots of struggles regarding parking. The parking is a task even to the residents. Individuals living in big cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Washington and San Francisco are aware of the fact that finding a parking spot is time-consuming task and very difficult.

Major cities are compelled to deal with the parking spaces chronic shortage issue, whether it is on the street or in the garages. Moreover, the large cities in most areas have to pay on weekdays and Saturdays for on-street parking, whereas it is free for parking on Sundays.

Looking for parking is frustrating and very stressful. The usual complaints are:

  • No enough space, spaces are far away, too much parking cost, where to park, double-parking or finding and parking in an illegal spot.
  • Car getting towed, non-availability of parking permit, rude parking staff

The Difference Between USA and Europe

So, to the meat and potatoes (arroz y habichuelas in Puerto Rico)! These observations are purely facts (with a little bit of my opinion thrown in) and not listed in any particular order. Thanks for reading this far! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the rest. Of course, I have to mention that I did lump Europe, a continent composed of 50ish countries (depending on your political views), into one entity, but I was careful to select things that I have personally seen and experienced in at least a couple different countries in Europe. So, that should count for something, right?

1. Smoking
I remember a time in the US when you would go to a restaurant and they would ask you, “Smoking or non-smoking?” Now, everything is non-smoking. Most public places are smoke-free zones. As a non-smoker, I love this. However, moving to Europe may not have been the wisest place to move for a non-smoker who is bothered by the smell.

The Europeans smoke – in public, at home, or wherever they want. Granted, there are some locations where you’ll see a no-smoking sign, but they’re few and far between, especially if you want to go out for nightlife. And even if there is no smoking indoors, there are, without fail, at least three smokers sitting right in front of the door of whatever non-smoking establishment. Europe seems to be receiving the “smoking is bad for you” rhetoric and scientific evidence to back it up, just a little bit later than the US. Although, I am aware that France is aggressively tackling the issue and has seen decent results.

2. Driving
I cannot say with any confidence that European drivers are worse than American drivers. I can say that certain driving expectations are different and therefore affect how drivers act. For example, on European highways there are not exits every 12 miles with food and gas options, like in the states. Or, that Americans will pass you on the right side, but this is blasphemy in Europe. Or, that you can turn right on red in America, but this is illegal in Europe. And, my personal/least favorite, there are no highway cops, and any ticket you’ll get will come from a (sometimes cleverly hidden) camera on the side of the road that flashes a bright white light of guilt at you, and you get to lament speeding, all the way home.

3. Food
Americans are the undisputed champions of food consumption. Food is cheap and accessible. The grocery store in the states is quite similar to a European grocery store, but just add two more cereal aisles, a full chips-candy-soda aisle, three more health food aisles, remove the wine and beer aisle(s), and voila, the stores are identical.

At restaurants, if you order a large meal in the states, you expect to take home what you didn’t finish. In Europe, typically the rations aren’t large enough that there will be any food left, but if you request to take the food home you may received some confused stares, and may possibly leave empty handed.

4. Nature Calls
In America, if you gotta go, it is quite easy to find a restroom at a gas station or a public place (excluding New York). In Europe there are several countries that charge you to use the toilets at gas stations and in public places, but there are some others that simply don’t even have a toilet to offer. If you are accustomed to not going before you leave the house in the states, when you travel to Europe, I wouldn’t recommend taking that chance.

5. Customer Service
We all knew it was coming. Anyone who has been to Europe (or Europeans who have visited the US) knows that most European countries are not known for their stellar customer service (*cough, cough* France & Germany *cough,cough*). Shoot, if you have ever seen a movie or heard someone else talk about their trip to Europe, you probably knew that!

A poor customer service experience in Europe is one of those things that isn’t always as bad as it sounds, but it will for sure happen to you at least once; just like in the US! But, the differences are the motives and your recourse. In the US, customer service in restaurants is over-the-top because waiters work for tips. In Europe, they don’t, so kissing your butt is not vital to their livelihood. Also, in Europe, there is no Better Business Bureau, so if a bank teller or store owner is rude to you, you just have to suck it up and not shop there anymore.

So, what do you think?
If you visited Europe and the US, what differences have you seen? Am I 100% right or only 99% right?

Thanks for reading!

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Things To Prepare Before Going Tour

If you want to enjoy a safe vacation, you need to know a few things to get ready before you leave your house. Listed below are a few things that you may want to consider before you leave your house and go on a tour.

Take photos

You may think that photos are taken while you are there in the destination country. It’s not the whole truth. What you need to do is use your smartphone to take photos of important documents, such as medical prescriptions, passport and other documents that you may need. Instead of carrying around a lot of files, you can use the digital copies of those documents.

Get paper copies

Of course, you need to keep your passport with you while you are in a foreign country. It’s better to keep a photo copy as well.

Inform your credit card company

You may want to let your credit card company know that you are going to use the card. This will help avoid any issues that may arise in case the company assumes your credit card is stolen.

Hold newspapers

It’s better to hold any newspaper that you may have subscribed to. This is to keep the burglars from knowing that you are away for a few days.

Consider a house sitter

When you are away, it’s better to have someone in your house. You can consider someone in your community for this job.

Look for a gardener

If you have a lawn in your house, the plants need to be watered and taken care of while you are away. Therefore, make sure you ask someone to do the job. You may even pay them for the service.

Remove the spare key

Some people have a spare key to their house in case they need it in an emergency. If you also have one, make sure you remove it or take it with you.

Drop the curtain

Burglars may look into your house if the curtains are not dropped. So, make sure you drop all of the curtains before you leave your house.

Activate a timer

To reduce the likelihood of burglary even further, consider installing a timer to turn on a few lights at night automatically.

Switch off water supply

You may consider turning off the water supply to different appliances in your house, such as ice-makers, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets.

Unplug other devices

Obviously, no one will be using the appliances when you are gone. So, it’s better to turn off your computer, toasters and ovens, to name a few.

Check your wallet

Make sure your wallet has only the times you will need while you are in another country.

Pay the bills

Bills must be paid before the expiry of the due date or you may have to pay fees for late payment.

So, if you are going to travel in the new future, we suggest that you consider the tips given in this article. This will help you keep your house and get the most out of your tour.