Savannah’s Charm

As I lay on my bed this morning, I could not help, but miss Savannah’s Charm. From historic streets, buildings, to great conversations with locals and visitors alike and let’s Not forget the amazing food!

On my day of arrival, I chose to stay at the Hampton inn in Midtown to be closer to friends for a wedding that weekend. The hotel had a fresh look and smelled fresh and clean. The room I stood in was extremely spacious! Every morning they had breakfast from eggs to waffles, pastries and oatmeal, fresh smoothies and more. However if you want to get a real taste of Savannah, a must is the Hyatt or one of the local hotels on the river.

Get a room with a balcony overlooking the river for a nice romantic stay. Shops, restaurants and tours are all within walking distance and feels like a quaint little town. Take a Steam boat dinner cruise for a view from the river!

As you walk or drive down to the river you will feel as if you’re in Europe with cobble stone streets and old architecture. Take a tour to learn about the history or take a ghost tour, if you like getting spooked! There are hop on, hop off type of tours as well.

The parks here are lush with Plenty of Trees, grass and plant life. Street artist are everywhere!Not only is the BBQ great! But there are endless varieties of great restaurants serving great food! Here we are all eating at a Sushi restaurant and it was amazing! I’m the one at the end waving. 😂 Nothing like breaking bread with wonderful people. Savannah just might be my next home.

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Accommodation Options and What to Expect at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

For many families visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a dream come true. Adults and children both enjoy a variety of activities and amenities at Walt Disney World. However, in order to enjoy the park, you need to find a place to stay. There are almost as many accommodation options at Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look at what to expect and offer a few tips to help you decide where to stay.

Resort Location

Disney World Resort hotels are located all around the property and are positioned near the individual theme parks. If you plan on spending more of your time at any particular theme park you may decide that it makes sense to stay near that park. If you’re getting an all parks pass then you can enter and leave the theme park without having to wait in long lines. That means you can head back to your hotel for a swim and a nap before returning to the park for evening activities. 

You can find resorts in The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Area. 

Resort Category

Do you have a preference when it comes to accommodations? For example, do you love camping and the lodge experience or do you prefer the feel of a seaside resort? Disney accommodations are divided into moderate, luxury, and value resort hotels. You can also enjoy villas and a camping experience. 

There are family friendly resorts and resorts designed for adults who appreciate luxury and high end accommodations. And of course you can enjoy the best of both worlds at a moderate resort. 

What to Expect

At any Disney resort, regardless of the nightly rate you can expect to be treated like a welcomed guest. You can also expect a wide variety of dining options in and around your hotel and transportation options around the park. Resorts all have pools so bring your swimsuit. Each resort has their own activities and events so check with the hotel staff to find out what is in store for you. Enjoy nightly concerts and family friendly events as well as behind the scenes opportunities. 

Each resort can help you plan your stay and provide you with the reservation assistance and ticketing assistance that you and your family need. Disney has a reputation for top quality guest accommodations, they’re committed to making your stay memorable. 

Travel Tips to European Countries: Italy

About the county

Italy, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isn’t crowded much and things can be enjoyed in leisure.  Incase of emergency call 112. For fire call 115 and for ambulance call 118.

Culture

Italian is widely spoken and is the official language. English isn’t very familiar to the locals. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. There is a great impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here. There is a high content of chlorine in tap waters, so bottled water is recommended for staying fit during the trip. Since Italian is spoken on a wide scale, it is highly recommended to learn few common Italian phrases which can be of great use. Social gatherings call for formal wear, but one can dress in casuals otherwise. At some religious places, sleeveless shirt and shorts are frowned upon. So they are better avoided. Purses and wallets should be well guarded and in case of any theft, police should be informed about the incident. 

Site Seeing

The first thing to check out is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. At places like museums and art galleries, photography, especially flash photography is restricted. Check out the ticket counter for more information. Italy should be majorly discovered on foot for a thorough viewing of all the beautiful buildings and monuments. Coaches and trains are a good option to get to a tourist spot.

Shopping

Shops here are open from 9am to 8pm, closed for lunch. Quality of goods is great although the prices are very less. Items like crystals, lacework, leather good, and jewelry can be bought at the stores. Remember to hold on to the receipt. Tipping of 10% is customary along with the service tax levied on the bill. Italy is famous for top designers of the world, so do buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe. Cruises have formal gatherings in the evening, so ensure to buy a cocktail dress or some formal wear, though casuals can be worn at other times.

Electricity

The voltage used is 220 volts and 50 Hz frequency.

Getting there

Alitalia is the national airline of Italy.  Many other flights connect to Italy from USA, Canada and Australia and there is big competition to attract passengers giving a wide range of offers to travelers.  Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport.  Trains connect directly to Termini Station from where one can take taxi to get to their destination. Duty free shops, bank, car hire and restaurants are the other services provided at this airport. Milan has another famous airport here, which is at a distance of 45km away from the city. 

Brindisi, Ancona, Naples and Venice are the major seaports of Italy. Italian State Railways connects many European cities. But, Eurostar provides the fastest train service.

If choosing to drive, don’t forget to carry international driving license and international insurance certificate. Roads connect Italy to France, Austria and Switzerland. Many coach services are provided from the neighboring countries. 

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 2liter of wine and 1liter of spirits (over 22 per cent) or 2liter of fortified or sparkling wine
3. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (if over 15 years of age)
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
5. Gifts not exceeding €89.96 (if entering from an EU country), €175 (if entering from a non-EU country).

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The Best Places to Travel Alone

The world is an adventure waiting for you to experience. Maybe you are traveling alone because you didn’t have friends willing to join you, or perhaps because you enjoy moments of solitude that traveling in groups doesn’t offer. 

Maybe you have a personal bucket list of destinations and you are having difficulty finding a travel partner who holds the same passion as you for the places you desire to explore. In any case, check out these destinations that are welcoming to single travelers.

Australia

Australia is a great destination for those who are looking for a variety of adventures. Many women travel alone in this country. From sunny beaches and snorkeling, to the excitement of big cities, Australia has unlimited options for the solo traveler. You can rent a variety of rooms and private apartments there as well, which means you can save money and live quite comfortably while on your travels.

Thailand

Thailand is a welcoming place for the solo traveler. Bangkok in particular is an amazing place to travel alone, yet you will find that you do not feel alone for long there, due to the many amazing people you will meet. Beautiful temples and amazing walking trails are among the many activities you can enjoy in this country.

Tanzania

Tanzania has many rich experiences that await the solo traveler. Going on a safari is a must, but there are many other great adventures – such as hiking Kilimanjaro. Both places have many companies that offer group trips. You will find the people who live there very welcoming, and make you feel at home.

Ireland

Ireland is a fun country for the individual who chooses to travel alone. It is normal for women to be alone there, and there is no language barrier to face which makes the journey a little more manageable. Even strangers are friendly, and those who are from Ireland will be happy to help you out if you need directions or ideas about what to do next. Take time to soak in the beautiful scenery that Ireland offers, and be sure to visit a few pubs while you are there.

Japan

Japan is a wonderful country full of rich experiences. People there have a reputation of being welcoming to visitors, and you will have no trouble finding help when needed. Consider visiting some temples and museums there, and enjoy the tasty cuisine, which is generally healthy and light.

Spain

Spain is another place to visit where solo travelers are not out of place. Hotels generally give you a reasonable rate when traveling alone, which is not the case in all countries. Short and extended study vacations abound in Spain, so it is a great place to travel alone when learning is one of your goals.

Traveling alone is an experience that will help you learn more about yourself, become comfortable in your own skin, and gain a new confidence that will always stay with you. Consider trying at least one of the locations on this list if you desire to learn more about the world, and have a wonderful, unforgettable time on your trip for one.

Travel tips to European Countries: Greece

About the county

Being one of the earliest civilizations known to human kind Greece is a country with rich history, heritage and culture. It is the place where Byzantine Empire once ruled and also great Ottoman Empire. It is also considered to be as the birth place of Democracy. Athens is the capital city of Greece. The Olympic games originated in Greece. Not only that, it was the world center for western philosophy, political science, astronomy, mathematics, major scientific studies and what not. It is also known as a Mediterranean country as it has Mediterranean Sea in the south. It is a popular destination for world tourists in that region known for its beautiful beaches, reach history and charming villages. The Greek islands are one of the most wonderful places to be explored by Cruise or Yacht. The trip of Greece will definitely be one of the most memorable to remember in one’s life.

Population & Languages

The population of Greece is around 11 million and the official language being spoken is Greek. The other popular languages are English and French.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plug used are round pin with attachment, round pin with ground, Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

It is located in Southern Europe bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea between Albania and Turkey. It is situated in the southern side of Balkan Peninsula. It is also bordered by Bulgaria and Macedonia in the southeast.

Climate

It has three distinct climates namely Alpine, Mediterranean and temperate climate with mild and wet winters and also hot and dry summers due to Mediterranean affect. Alpine system is seen in mountainous regions. The temperate climate is seen near border along Macedonia. Athens has both temperate and Mediterranean weather.

Local Customs

The Greece is a place with strong historic and cultural background. There are different traditions and customs in different parts of the Greece. The throwing back of a hand is considered to be a negative gesture here in Greece. Casual dress can be worn most of the times. Smoking is prohibited in public transport services and public buildings. Tipping 12 to 1 percent is customary in restaurants, hotels and taxis.

Attractions
* The Olympic Games in Athens (the spot of the historic 2004 Olympic Games)
* Mardi Grass Celebrations in February
* The Parthenon in Athens
* Skiing in Arahova Mountains between October and March
* Easter Celebrations
* Thessaloniki’s White Tower and country’s rich Byzantine culture
* The south of Corinth
* The beaches in Lesvos
* The wine vineyards in the countryside
* The islands near the Aegean Sea
* The wildlife preserve in Alonissos (Sporades Marine Park)
* The famous, Moni Panagia Chozoviotissa, a Byzantine monastery in Amorgos

Travel

By Air – The national airline of Greece is Olympic Airlines. Many popular airlines like British Airways and Delta Airlines operate daily flight from Athens. The biggest airport is newly constructed Athens International Airport which is located like 17 miles northeast of the city. The other international airports of Greece are Heraklion (Crete), Thessaloniki (Macedonia) and Corfu (Kerkira).

By Sea – The popular Greek ports include Corfu, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa, Patras, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Volos. Shipping vessels and ferryboat lines link these ports with Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Russia and Turkey. Some of the popular cruises operating in Greece are Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Festival Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Silversea and Swan Hellenic.

By Rail – If one is coming from UK, the best way is to take Eurostar train to Brussels or Paris and from there take connecting train to Greece.

Duty Free Items
1. Up to 200 cigarettes or 250 gm tobacco
2. 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars
3. 1 liter spirit over 22% or 2 liter wine
4. Perfumes – 50 gm or 250 ml
5. Gifts up to €175

Prohibited Items

Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.

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