Travel insurance: what are the benefits? 1

I hope most of the people know what exactly travel insurance is & how it is beneficial for you if are traveling quite often, but however, in case you don’t know. This article is worth reading. Travel insurance is an umbrella term that encompasses several insurance benefits offered to a traveler before, during and after the trip. This catch-all like trip cancellation insurance, baggage insurance, personal accident insurance & so forth.

Why should you go for travel insurance policy?
Taking out a travel insurance policy is never an obligation. However, it is strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance if are traveling abroad, especially outside of Europe. In case of accident or illness, medical costs can be particularly expensive, and the question of their management is not negligible. Moreover, particularly in countries with low medical facilities, repatriation is very useful. About material insurance, such as trip cancellation, baggage, etc.., their interest is more subjective. In all cases, to overcome the risks of travel, buying insurance is essential to minimize financial loss.

Where and how to purchase travel insurance?
Travel agency: When you book your trip with a travel agency, In most of the cases they offer travel insurance to purchase a travel insurance policy. Generally, this contract is with an insurance partner in your agency. Taking out travel insurance in this way is usually the simplest solution & that best suit your trip.

An insurance company: You can choose to purchase travel insurance directly from an insurance company. Some insurance companies may offer you, in your usual insurance (comprehensive household type), an additional security assistance worldwide covering traveling (usually for a period not exceeding three consecutive months). If you travel regularly, this may be the most practical and least expensive.

The bank: Most banks offer their customers insurance attached to their bank cards, including travel insurance. However, it is necessary to find out precisely the conditions of use of such insurance, In most of the cases, such insurance only works if the payment was made with the card.

In all cases, when buying travel insurance, remember to check.
- Who needed to be insured and the insurance benefits, spouse, child, etc..
- The countries where your travel insurance works.
- The extent of benefits to which the insurance contract provides right.
- Which is not included in this insurance contract.

Top 5 most beautiful bike paths in France 1

Before the Second World War, the use of bicycles in the flat country was dominant as in other European countries. But the economic boom of the postwar period and cheap energy has propelled millions of cars on the road and transformed urban landscapes. The parks have become parking lots.

France is one of the best countries in Europe with bike paths. Another way to “see the world” and discover France is roaming on the bike paths with family or friends. To get started, all you need is to pack your luggage,  tune up your bike & get cycle racks from BikeDockSolutions,  Here are some details about the 5 most beautiful bike tracks in France.


 The Velodyssee track

The Velodyssey
1200 km between Roscoff and Hendaye, in Britain in the Basque Country. Obviously, you can “cut” the route, especially after the Landes where Velodyssee gaining height at the approach of the Pyrenees.

The Veloscenic bicycle track

The Veloscenic
The Veloscenic connects Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in particular through the Beauce, Perche and Maine before arriving in Normandy. Count between 400 and 450 kilometers of track. Very beautiful.

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The Loire
Between Nevers and Saint-Nazaire , 800 kilometers await you. Program, the Castles of the Loire (Chambord, Cheverny …) as well as the vineyards of Sancerre …

Veloroute cycling

Veloroute 
Undoubtedly one of the finest golf “cycle” of France. The cycle route linking the Atlantic and the Mediterranean that is about 632 km along the main canal banks of the Garonne and the Midi.

Rhona

 Rhona
To discover the Rhone Valley on bike is one of  the most enthralling activities you could ever had, ie linking Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea . In total, the Via Rhôna stands on 650 km.

Must-see attractions on a Greek island cruise

A Greek island cruise is a great way to see several different destinations on the same voyage, and if you are keen to experience Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini on your next holiday, this could be the perfect opportunity. Read on to find out about the island destinations you won’t want to miss on your voyage.

scenery in Santorini

Stunning scenery in Santorini
If you are looking to experience some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Greek Islands, you won’t want to miss a stop in Santorini on your cruise. This stunning island is home to a fascinating volcano – you’ll notice that there are stretches of black sand and pebbles on its beaches as a result of its presence.

Some of the best views from Santorini can be seen from the Caldera – the western side of the island. From here, you’ll not only be able to spot the volcano, but will also be treated to stunning vistas of the surrounding islands, as well as the Aegean Sea.

Santorini is also a great place to indulge in a bit of shopping. If you plan your cruise during the summer months, you will find that late-night shopping is very popular, with some stores remaining open past midnight.

Marvellous Mykonos

Marvellous Mykonos
Whether you are a Greek history buff, a shopping fiend or a culture vulture, you will find plenty of things to like about cosmopolitan Mykonos. This Greek island offers a blend of old and new, and if you’re looking to get a glimpse into its fascinating past, you’ll have plenty of opportunities. In the town of Mykonos itself, pay particular attention to the winding labyrinth of streets. It is thought that centuries ago, pirates used Mykonos as an escape route due to its narrow, winding layout.

While you are in Mykonos, you might also want to enquire about making arrangements to travel to the nearby island of Delos, which was one of the most sacred and spiritual sites for the ancient Greeks. Today, this island can only be reached by boat from Mykonos and is not an overnight spot – just an easy 45-minute day trip away.

island Corfu Greece

Cultural Corfu
The stunning island of Corfu off Greece’s west coast is a feast for the senses – and if you are looking to experience true Mediterranean culture, this is the perfect place to begin your journey.

Traditional olive groves can be found throughout the island – the relatively mild and sunny climate in Corfu has resulted in lush greenery and excellent growing conditions. Here, you’ll find exceptional food and wine, as well as the opportunity to experience life like the locals. From agriculture to fishing, the island is a hub of industry – and whether you choose to explore or simply relax and enjoy the bustling atmosphere, Corfu has something to offer everyone.

It’s a good idea to start planning your Greek Island cruise as far in advance as possible. With so many things to see and do, you will want to make the most of your itinerary. You can often find great offers on cruises online, and when you visit Cruise.co.uk, you’ll be able to compare Mediterranean voyages from a selection of leading providers, including Princess Cruises. 

4 cool things to do in Alicante

Like Spain? Good. Want to learn more about one of Spain’s most exciting cities, Alicante? Great. So just sit back, relax, and get ready to experience this delightful destination and all it has to offer.

Let the adventure begin!
The first – and last – thing you need to know about Alicante is that you are spoilt for choice. The huge range of activities on offer, as well as the stunning nearby towns means there’s always something to do in this beautiful city. As a huge equestrian fan, I couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle and go horseback riding – and I found the perfect place along the unspoilt Costa Blanca, the renowned Rancho La Ofra. Heading through the mountains, the views went on for miles around; and the horses were so well-natured that they put even the most nervous of beginners at ease. Despite travelling alone, as they needed the minimum of 2/maximum of 4 in a booking, I got partnered with quite an advanced rider – who admitted that even after years of riding, had never experienced anything quite like this.

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Balcon del Mediterraneo
After getting my fill of the amazing scenery, I got bit by the scenic bug and couldn’t (more like wouldn’t) rest until I had explored some more of what Spain had to offer. I did some research into the neighbouring areas and after asking the locals, was recommended to head to Benidorm – and check out the sweeping ocean sights of Balcon del Mediterraneo. Debating between taking over an hour in public transport or driving for just over half an hour, I looked into car hire from holidayautos.co.uk and got a great price – meaning I could save time (and pocket) money as I drove off into the Benidorm sunset.

And I’m pleased to say that the stunning Balcon del Mediterraneo didn’t disappoint. With its meandering streets and the beautiful church, there’s a lot to take in – but the best is yet to come. Once you’ve made your way up the harbour steps, you can look out across the Levante and Poniente Beaches; and believe me, after working up quite an appetite the rewards lie in the delicious tapas bars nearby. But don’t forget to take your camera, as the views across the bays are phenomenal. This travelling malarkey really takes it out of you, so it was a pleasant night’s sleep for me at the Hotel Abril. Great service and fab location, you’re only a mile away from the Balcon del Mediterraneo.

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Aqualandia
So I had done the nature bit and also the cultural thing, and now it was time to get some fun into my system – and what better way to have fun than for a great day out at one of Spain’s most enjoyable water parks Aqualandia,  Family-friendly with plenty to do, from lazing out in the Wave Pool to sliding down the highest water chute in Europe, it was just what I needed – and it was affordable too.

aqualandia alicante

You didn’t have to worry about bringing your own food as there were restaurants galore, with a yummy pizzeria and a selection of refreshing ice creams available – and if you didn’t feel like getting your feet wet, then you had the option to chill out on the sun lounger. Well, it would be rude not to!

Not so surprising fact of the day: Luck seemed to be on my side during my Alicante adventure, as I’m not really that good a traveller, but I was extremely fortunate with my holiday – and after the driving experience I had, I’d happily relocate and rely on car hire in Alicante at Holiday Autos.co.uk.

But given my driving and for the sake of others, it’s probably best that I don’t.

The Fuentes del Algar
I’m not usually at a loss for words, but nothing prepared me for the incredible sight that was the waterfalls of the Fuentes del Algar. As one of the most highly ranked attractions in Spain, I decided to make my way to the Costa Blanca and see for myself what the huge fuss was about – and to sum it up? Breathtaking. The Callosa Waterfalls of Algar is one of Spain’s most popular attractions, and it was easy to see why.

waterfalls of the Fuentes del Algar

Paying only 4 EUR for entrance, the waters were clean and clear – a joy after embarking on quite a trek upon arrival. Though I have to warn you, the waters are freezing; but for those more interested in dry land, you can always enjoy a picnic in one of the secluded areas.

Choosing the right cruise for you


cruise

Considering a cruise holiday this year? Let’s face it, given the chance to wake up to a new destination every morning, and the opportunity to get out and explore a different city or port location every morning, wouldn’t you consider a cruise holiday? If that sounds like your cup of tea, there are various cruise experiences available to suit many different tastes and budgets. Here are just a few of them.

Mini Cruise
A mini or ‘taster’ cruise is a great way to get a feel for life at sea without committing to a full week or more. With a mini cruise, it typically lasts for just a couple of nights and offers a condensed cruise holiday, often with all the usual onboard facilities and entertainment, just a lot shorter than usual. You could take a short trip to visit the fabulous city of Amsterdam, or opt for Bruges for a flying visit during Christmas market season. As well as being easier on the pocket, mini cruises are great for first-time cruisers or anyone who’s a little skeptical about spending a holiday at sea. You’ll also find plenty of cruise deals on mini itineraries, so it’s a popular one for budget-conscious travellers.

cruise holidays

Fly-Cruise vs Cruise-Only Holidays
A fly-cruise is a holiday that incorporates a flight as part of the travel arrangements, which might be the outward journey, the return, or both. It’s a great way to visit far-flung destinations like the Caribbean or Australia, without spending days at sea. On the other hand, a cruise-only holiday is one that doesn’t involve flights at all. It either means you will be expected to book your own flight arrangements, or it means that the itinerary is purely sea-based – so this is an obvious plus point for anyone who doesn’t like flying.

Cruise and Stay
With a cruise and stay holiday you can book a cruise and then bolt on a land-based holiday afterwards. Or, take the land-based holiday first and follow it up with a cruise, whichever you prefer.

Brussels! Business and pleasure in the heart of europe

brussels streets

Brussels is a fine city, bursting with culture, amenities, food and beer. It is the perfect city to do business in because it presents you with the best of both worlds – everything you need to ensure you can work efficiently plus all you could want for entertainment during those non-working hours. Considered the Heart of Europe, Brussels is the capital of Belgium and provides a warm welcome for every business traveler – especially those seeking some quality free-time activities too.



Business
A city ideal for business, Brussels bird eye viewBrussels has an impressive infrastructure and support network that ensures companies can work without a hitch and business travelers can conduct their tasks with ease. In fact, each year Brussels is home to more than 70,000 registered meetings and exhibitions – and that’s because of the range of venues available.

Holiday Inn Meetings, for example, are designed for the professional so if you’re in Brussels for business, you should consider using the facilities. Whether it’s a fairly intimate meeting you want to arrange or a massive theatre-style conference for hundreds of colleagues, Holiday Inn can meet your needs. As food matters in Brussels, you can be sure of a hearty working lunch or breakfast during your meeting too.

Brussels also benefits from a central location, making it easy to reach from other European cities including London, Paris and Berlin. The links are excellent to major cities so you can hold meetings in Brussels in the morning and return home again in the afternoon, or simply enjoy a leisurely few hours meandering your way around the city.

As a compact city, walking is an option for getting around Brussels in a stress-free manner. Rather than waiting for a cab or fighting your way onto public transport, like you have to in London for instance, you can stroll from meeting to meeting. Plus, there isn’t the language barrier of many major business cities in Europe as most people in Brussels speak English and certainly business is conducted in English.

Brussels city center
Pleasure
When your meetings are over, why not discard your laptop and tie, pop on a pair of comfy shoes and head on out into the city of food, beer and culture?

If you enjoy food, Brussels will delight. And you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant to be sure of a really good meal, either, as most cafes will serve delicious bowls of the classic Belgian dish mussels and chips. Other favourites include waterzooi soup, a stew-like soup traditionally made with fish and vegetables, and waffles. To top off your meal, you can choose between the 400 different types of beer that Brussels has to offer!

Brussels is also a paradise for chocolate lovers, where you’ll find streets lined with the finest chocolate shops in the world as well as a Chocolate Museum which lets you watch as the delectable sweet brown stuff is made right in front of you. After all, this city is home to famous chocolatiers like Godiva.

Of course, there’s more to this city than food and beer, and you’ll find ample activities to keep you busy for an hour or two in between meetings and also for whole days. There are museums, art galleries and fairs that are worth exploring, and cities like Amsterdam and Luxembourg are only a stone’s throw away and perfect for a day trip. In addition, the beautiful squares, historic buildings and sights are enough to make simply walking around Brussels a delight.

Why you should spend your holidays in Corsica? 2

Corsica

Corsica is located just off the French coast. Its varied topographic of 600 miles long beaches on one side, mountains on the other side together with charming small villages in between turn Corsica into a popular self catering villa rental location. If you are considering renting a villa in Corsica, here are some of the questions you might have and their answers.

Passports and visas – Ultimately it is your responsibility to check which legal documents are required based on your country of origin and nationality. While EU members do not require a visa, a valid passport is always required. If your party includes an individual from outside the EU, they should check with their local embassy or tourism office before making the booking, as some visas take longer than others to clear.

Travel insurance – Personal and medical travel insurance is required whenever you are leaving the UK.  As well as obtaining valid travel insurance policy you will require The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC card, which is free to issue, will ensure that you get the same level of medical care in Corsica, as a local resident will. In fact the EHIC will serve you well within the entire EU. If you have one already, check its valid till date.

Corsica beach
Transfers are usefully excluded – Transfers refers to the way in which you travel from the airport to the holiday villa. It is excluded from the price and should be dealt with before commencing on your journey. If you are booking a holiday villa from a travel agent they will be able to recommend suitable means of transpiration in the form of taxies and minibuses.

Driving in Corsica – Driving in Corsica like most parts in Europe is done on the other side of the road. If you are planning to explore Corsica by car be sure to bring a valid UK driving license. Bear in mind your road position at all times and drive slower than you would otherwise.

Popular casinos in Las Vegas 1

casinos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a popular destination when partaking on a gambling holiday. This iconic city is one of the most well known gambling venues in the world. With well over 100 casinos, the city offers travelers many options. One of the most popular casinos on the Strip is New York, New York. The theme of the casino revolves around the city of New York. Another casino that is a favourite among visitors is the Bellagio Casino. The Bellagio is the home to outstanding gambling as well as synchronized show with their fountains.

Bellagio Casino Las Vegas

Both of these casinos feature a variety of games including poker. New York New York casino offers different variations of poker including three card poker, Texas Hold ‘Em and Crazy 4 Poker. The Bellagio Casino also offers three card poker. However, it does offer some variations New York New York does not. This would include Let it Ride Poker and Pai Gow Poker. When planning your visit to Vegas, you may want to experience table game play. However, perhaps you are not confident or even understand some of these varieties. You’re in luck because many online casinos offer these poker games on their sites. This would permit you time to either brush up on a poker variation or even learn it.

Las Vegas nights

Let it Ride Poker can be found at some online casinos, to play Click here. Many people play this game because it is possible to win a sizable payout. With this game, players are not competing against one another or even the dealer. On the table, there are three circles in front of each player. They are marked 1, 2 and $ and an equal bet is placed in each. Three rounds ensue where players can look at their hand and decide to leave the bet on the appropriate circle which is known as letting it ride. They may also opt to remove the bet.

Embrace your inner Indiana Jones in Central America

Palenque Maxico

Indiana Jones has been hailed as the greatest film hero of all time and his whip-cracking antics are still delighting film fans more than 30 years since ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ first hit cinemas.

But as well as pleasing movie buffs with his signature look (bullwhip, check; fedora, check; leather jacket, check), wisecracks and all-action approach, Indiana Jones can also provide a source of inspiration for young travellers as they traverse the globe looking for adventure. As the man himself says, “If you want to be a good archaeologist, you gotta get out of the library”, so if you want to explore ancient ruins and learn about cultures past, you’ll need to close your internet browser, pack your bags and get ready to embrace your inner Indy on a Central American adventure.

Central America is the perfect place to indulge in archaeological antics because it is literally littered with spectacular sights of historical interest left behind by the Mayans and other Mesoamerican civilisations that ruled the roost in the region before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

Chichen Itza Maxico

Mexico
Mexico is a veritable hotbed of ancient ruins, with some of the region’s most revered sites located here, including the world-famous Chichen Itza, with its iconic El Castillo providing unbridled photographic (or should that be documentation) opportunities.

Others such as Palenque are like something out of a Hollywood film set, with the jungle threatening to engulf the crumbling buildings, while Monte Alban has a spectacular hilltop location that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

Guatemala
Across the border in Guatemala, you’ll need to journey through the rainforest to reach the sprawling remains of Tikal. If you thought El Castillo was impressive, it is dwarfed by Tikal Temple I, which stretches an incredible 155 feet into the sky. Fronted by a steep staircase leading up to a funerary shrine, it is a sight to behold – the holy grail of Mesoamerican structures if you will.

Tikal Temple

Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent, comprising 222 square miles of jungle and rubble, and excitingly, there is much left to be discovered.
A good deal of Indian Jones-style work at Tikal has been done by the University of Pennsylvania, which spent 13 painstaking years uncovering ten square miles of ruins so that you can enjoy it today.

Honduras
Journeying across yet another national border into Honduras, you come to Copan, a Mayan settlement abandoned in the 10th century. It laid undiscovered until 1570, when it was happened upon by the Spaniard Diego Garcia de Palacio. However, it would be several hundred years before Copan was excavated in the 19th century, when its temples, plazas and terraces were finally revealed.

Copan

As you stand among the ruins, try to imagine what it would have been like to live in Copan more than 1,000 years ago among the lush hills of western Honduras. You can also try out your archaeological skills by attempting to translate the numerous hieroglyphics carved into the structures around Copan.

If all that translating makes your head spin you can take a dip in the natural springs located just outside the city to end a perfect day of Indiana-style action. Just remember to take off your leather jacket before you jump in.

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Personally, I love exploring Europe – it’s definitely home to some of my all-time top holiday destinations. So, when I heard about the suggested EU referendum, I couldn’t help but wonder about the impact it might have on us UK-based travellers – and that took me on a trip down memory lane through some of my favourite holidays.

So, I thought I’d share some of these places with you – it might give you some inspiration for destinations to visit this year.

Let’s take a look at my favourite spots in the UK first. These include:

Exmoor National Park

  1. The Forest of Dean: Located in the west of Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean is a beautiful place. This is part of what makes it such a fantastic place for holidays, but for me it’s also its huge selection of activities that appeals. Walking, cycling and adventure sports are all possible here, so it’s perfect if you love exploring the great outdoors.
  2. Devon: A really peaceful place for a holiday, Devon is another wonderful spot for outdoor activities. Not only are there gorgeous beaches here, but also places of outstanding natural beauty, like Exmoor National Park.
  3. Cornwall: Of course, Cornwall’s a really pretty spot that’s also famous for its beaches (it’s actually one of the best places in the UK for surfing), but it’s the food that really attracts me. The idea of a Cornish pasty and a proper cream tea is enough to make me want to come here again and again!

Plus, if you work in the civil service (or ever have done) and you join a members club, you can get some great discounts on holidays to destinations like the above – you can click here to find out more.

European suntraps and cultural hotspots
The beauty of having Europe right on our doorstep, and being part of the EU, is that travel to some of the world’s prettiest and most interesting countries is wonderfully easy. Here are some of my favourite places to visit:

Florence Italy

  1. Florence (Italy): An art lover’s paradise, Florence has it all – sunshine, gorgeous architecture and a whole lot of art galleries. I particularly recommend climbing to the top of the famous Duomo, and taking a horse and carriage ride round the city.
  2. Santander (Spain): A city in northern Spain, Santander’s got a great blend of sun, beautiful beaches and cultural attractions. El Sardinero is probably the most popular stretch of sand, while I’d also recommend trips to the Cantabrian Maritime Museum and the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology.

Santander in Spain

Paris (France): OK, I realise this is quite an obvious choice, but it’s hard not to love Paris – the city really does have that air of romance it’s so famous for. Plus, getting there is really simple on the Eurostar or by ferry, so it’s feasible to nip there for a quick weekend break whenever you like.

How would splitting from the EU affect travel?
Well, that’s a question that no one really knows the answer to in any detail yet. Of course, the referendum itself is a reasonably long way off – proposed to be held by the end of 2017 after the next general election – so there’s plenty of time to ponder!

Right now, it’s nice and simple for UK residents to travel to and from other EU countries, so I’d expect us leaving the EU would make that process a little bit harder. I think that’d be a real shame, since there are so many wonderful places to explore in the EU – and them being so easy and quick to reach really adds to their appeal.