How To Dress Like A Local In Vienna

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vienna-933500_640Vienna is one of those tourist attractions that can please almost anyone. With a rich history, amazing architecture, famous museums and plenty of options for those looking to party, it is a must see for anyone getting the chance.

As with all places that you visit, it is recommended to look for an experience that brings you as close as possible to the lifestyle of the locals. Travelling is all about discovering new things and following them, an excellent chance to go out of your comfort zone. Being rigid in your behavior may have you miss a lot when it comes to the culture you are exposed to. Besides eating the most popular foods, following the customs of a place and taking part in their celebrations, dressing as locals is another way of becoming one with the world around you. It will help you socialize easier, as natives will always appreciate when foreigners show respect to local habits.

Before going into tips regarding your apparel, we will answer a common question for those travelling to Vienna.

What is the best way of getting to my accommodation place from the airport?

Vienna’s public transportation is overall excellent, yet it is not the best choice when you’ve just arrived in the city. First of all, you will most likely be exhausted and carrying the luggage with you. What you need in these conditions is reach your accommodation place quickly, comfortably and with no worries regarding the route. Doing that using public transportation is impossible.

What we recommend is that you use Vienna airport taxi services for your first trip within the city. It is a convenient solution that will let you reach your destination with no effort, letting you quickly become ready for the activities you have ahead. Due to its speed, comfort and good value for the money, there is simply no better option upon arrival.

How should I dress to match the locals in Vienna?

Locals in Vienna dress in a casual, yet elegant fashion, even when it comes to everyday activities. This means that things like yoga pants or sweatpants with tennis shoes can make you seem out of place. Nobody says you will have to wear a formal attire everywhere, but something like more elegant pants and decent shoes is enough to show your respect for the local culture.

Certain events or places will, however, require you to wear strictly elegant outfits. Operas and classical concerts will require men to wear tuxedos and women to wear gowns that go down to the floor. Vienna is quite famous for the quality of its balls, making them essential for an authentic experience. What this means is that you should always pack your best clothing for formal events or be ready to go shopping for some, once in Vienna.

Weather is also quick to change, meaning that you should be ready for cold rains and winds even during the warm summers. Having a jacket or sweater at hand is always recommended. Its winters are quite harsh, so planning according to the season is crucial.

All in all, dressing like one of the locals in Vienna is not difficult. As long as you stay away from ultra-casual attires and have something elegant prepared for its balls, you should be ready to blend in.

Gap Year and Other Vacations in Barcelona

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barcelona-838716_640Barcelona is undeniably one of the most famous cities in the whole world, and so many people have heard of the amazing Spanish city. It has so much to offer, if you’re a sports fan you can visit the camp nou, home of world known Barcelona FC, if you like architecture you can bask in the beautiful historical buildings that line the city, and if you like culture and food the amazing restaurants and nightlife may take your fancy.

If you’re on a gap year or you’re a student looking to explore, your budget might not be the highest, or you may just be a young person who likes the idea of the community spirit within a hostel. Barcelona can still be a great destination. You want to be well connected, so a youth hostel close to Barcelona Sants, the main station in Barcelona from which you can get to places both locally or further afield. Staying nearby can also mean you don’t have to pay for transfers to and from your accommodation. If you’re arriving via the air, the airport is a short bus or train ride away so it isn’t too hard to find yourself in the heart of the city.

If you’re visiting or touring around Europe, then you must visit Spain, and specifically head to Barcelona, whether you’re a foodie going for the fresh seafood or you’re an architect going to see Gaudi’s amazing work, visit the museums or take part in the endless activities you can find in the city, it is a must visit.

Traveling to Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

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sea-696731_640Fiji is one of the most stunning parts of the world. An archipelago of islands with over 300 islands in total, and over 100 of these are inhabited. The word ‘paradise’ is thrown around a bit too much when it comes to travel, but truly, some of these islands fit the bill. White beaches with beautiful sand and stunning cobalt seas, full of coral reefs and watersports to explore, this is an amazing place to visit should the opportunity ever arise. The fact that there are many different islands means there is always something new to visit, and each island tends to have its own villages and settlements with their own traditions, there is so much to learn about the way of life both now and historically in this collection of islands full of a rich and exciting history.

The glorious Yasawa Islands are some of the most stunning. This chain of around 20 ancient islands is remote, old fashioned and definitely offers a huge amount of culture. The islands are absolutely a standout amongst the most amazing districts of the Fijian islands. Forged years prior by volcanoes, the southern islands of Kuata and Waya Lailai are around 600 metres over sea level and offer some of the most stunning views, flora and fauna you’re likely to find.

A number of islands are home to customary small settlements and towns and it’s these individuals who make Fiji what it is. There are quite a few resorts around the islands, generally Fijian run, meaning authenticity is easy to find and the locals are known for being friendly and helpful.

The Mamanuca Islands, not far from Denarau, are impeccable and beautiful little islands with golden shores and exotic flora such as palm trees. These islands offer some of the clearest seas you’re ever likely to see, coral reefs and plenty for tourists to do, as snorkelling and swimming are popular activities which you can arrange when you’re there. If you want to have an adventure and explore lots of different places as well as be a daredevil and participate in lots of activities, you can do that in Fiji, and if you just want to sit on a beach sipping a cold drink, the islands are just as well suited.

Traveling around can prove a little bit of a challenge, but it is made a lot easier by the seaplanes which are available. These seaplanes mean you can reach where you want to go to from centralized airports, and also mean that it is simple to see more than one island, and say you wanted to split your trip up, you could get a seaplane such as one from Turtle Airways from one island to another. Getting to remote islands is a bit of a challenge, but is made easier by these services, and is certainly worth it.

A trip to Fiji is definitely one that should be on the ‘bucket list’ and is somewhere well worth visiting at some point in your life, offering some of the most stunning views you’re likely to experience in your whole life.

Where Can I Find the Best Electric Scooters?

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scooterAn electric scooter is a big investment, they’re not the cheapest items and unless you’ve got money to throw around, buying one is something you’re likely to give quite a lot of thought before you take the plunge, so how can you make sure the best electric scooter for you is the one you actually end up ordering or buying in person?

The first thing to consider is the fact that you should work out what you’re looking for, do you want speed? Reliability? Long battery life? A mix of all the best features? Also considering your size, and whether it is being bought for a kid or adult and how much weight is going to be handled on it. Do you want a self balancing scooter (some people call these hoverboards) or do you want something with a handle for added stability?

Looking at reviews online is a must. If you were going to buy a car, you’d want to know what other drivers of the car had said about it, and though this isn’t quite as big a purchase, the same principal applies, luckily there are reviewers out there who have tried a lot of models of electric scooter and can give a good overview of numerous models.

Deciding on a budget, comparing features and listening to the thoughts of others are essential before purchasing, and visiting the right websites, dedicated to this exact subject, can lead you to the correct choice when it comes to the world of electric scooters.

Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide

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rinjaniIndonesia is a truly stunning country, something of a gem in Asia with a huge variation of flora and fauna and a wonderful amount of scenery, including volcanoes and truly stunning sights such as this, mount Rinjani. The second highest volcano in Indonesia, it is now protected by a national park and the surroundings are among the best views in the whole of Asia. So no wonder then that people want to trek the volcano, the Mount Rinjani Trek has become one of the things on to do lists everywhere when people are holidaying or backpacking in Indonesia.

Of course, an active volcano is not an easy place to start trekking so it is important that you know what you are doing and have some experience beforehand, precautions need to be taken and the best way to do the trek is with a guide. The temperatures can vary greatly and it can even get very cold if you’re spending a night out in it. The hiking is best for those who are in shape but it can be a hugely fun experience, not to mention that once you reach the top it is one of the most peaceful and serene environments you’re ever likely to experience as well as having godly views. The experience can be verging on spiritual.

Be sure to check out the trekking guides and services before you go, this is not something to attempt without help, but having someone there to show you the way, help with food and drink etc. can be a great help!

Why Hunting is a Good Hobby While Traveling

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animal-17760_640Are you considering taking up hunting as a hobby? Hunting is perhaps one of the oldest hobbies in the world, of course it comes from necessity but nowadays the hobby is more designed for adventure and sport as well as being a great way to see the world.

As someone who loves travel, the world of hunting can be tied in to your trips and some people even venture abroad in order to find hunting retreats and opportunities to hunt in new and exciting locations. The trips can even be a spiritual experience and particularly North America is renowned for its hunting community.

The hobby has benefits too, it can develop a character and teach skills such as patience and attention to detail as well as hand eye coordination and the incorporation of camping and even survival skills.

The hobby requires equipment, which you can find detailed reviews of over at one of our favorite sites, http://thesmartlad.com – a detailed website which includes hunting reviews and information as well as adventure and climbing which are often incorporated with this type of hobby.

Hunters are renowned for being passionate and skilled and the process of learning can be very good for people of different ages and genders, however you should always ensure you are practising the hobby legally and hunting only what is allowed. Organized hunting trips can be great for sticking to the regulations whilst enjoying the sights and traveling alongside your new found passion! Experienced hunters will tell you just how rewarding it can be.

Things to Consider When Moving Abroad (Or Traveling for Extended Times)

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flightIt is easier than ever to travel abroad with cheap airline tickets and information at our fingertips, but there are a lot of things to consider, especially if you plan to move somewhere or just spend longer out there than a typical vacation.

Whether your are looking at staying in one fixed location or moving about different areas, you will require access to some sort of lodging whether a hotel or rented accommodation. How and where you discover this is totally subject to your needs and circumstances but airbnb is good to get you started, and there are lots of places online where you can look to find somewhere to stay.

In the event that you plan to move or spend long abroad, you will probably need to discover some sort of job to cover the living costs. Contingent upon the nation you are from and where you are heading out to, your capacity to work will differ, but applying for a visa is usually essential for this kind of thing and there is help out there to assist with applying for visas of different kinds and in different countries.

Learning the language – if you’re going to stay a long time in somewhere with a foreign language, learning at least the basics will help no end.

The culture change of moving abroad can be huge, and depending on what you’re used to, you may need to consider whether this will make you have second thoughts. If you’re certain that this exciting move is for you, the steps ahead will help you out.

Laos Caves – Some of Asia’s Travel Gems

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konglorAsia has long been, for tourists, one of the most interesting and beautiful areas on the planet for exploring, and though Laos is perhaps not the most high profile of the countries in Asia, it offers some truly beautiful sites, and in this article we are discussing the caves which can be found in various parts of the country. The mountainous nature of Laos makes for some really interesting geography and exciting places to explore. It doesn’t have a coastline, so beach holidays aren’t on offer here, but don’t let that put you off as the stunning landscapes more than make up for it.

Konglor Cave – this is an amazing cave in Laos which offers over 7 km of limestone tunnels to explore which can be done with local guides, the tourism industry has cottoned on and there are places to stay nearby which can help you with exploring this stunning area.

Tham Pa Fa – the Buddha cave – this is another brilliant place to visit, the buddha cave of course has cultural and spiritual meanings as well as being truly wonderful to look around.

Vieng Xai – this is one of the most interesting historically as it served as shelter during wars when the US were bombing Laos, this network of caves has become like an underground dwelling and has a fascinating history.

Laos is a beautiful country and there are so many reasons to visit, but the Caves truly stand out as some of the most stunning and interesting wonders to look at in South East Asia.

Stay Organized on the Go: Our Top Tips

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Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 02.15.13Whether you’re always on the go for work or you are perpetually traveling either for work or travel, here are some enabling on the go ideas that I have put together to help you staying organized. You don’t need me to tell you how important it can be, and how much easier life can be if you are organised.

Everything that is in your bags and laptop case which isn’t essential speaks volumes about choices that have not been made. If you don’t need something, ditch it.

Arrange as much as you can ahead of time.

A couple of minutes of arranging and arrangement can spare hours, not to mention the hassle of something going wrong. Think ahead and make decisions… What will you require? What issues may come up? What do you know now that you could get out of the way and take care of before it turns into an issue? This is good for peace of mind too

When traveling, Bring a little diary, journal or folio out and about. These diaries aren’t only to write memories in, they are an awesome approach to catch, store and show things you might need later. Think business cards, receipts from your meals, tickets, and so forth. You can likewise scribble down notes you’d like to recollect.

Getting the right luggage is key and traveling with suitable bags and cases can be hugely helpful, making sure you have a place for everything and even use portfolios not only designed to contain your devices such as laptops or iPads but also well designed with holders for documents and everything else you could need. We love the luggage, bags and folios which can be found at icarryalls.com, great for business not only because they look good, but because the designs are so sensible and simple, plus they have variety so you can choose what suits you best.

It is important to get packing right too, especially if staying away from home.

  • Make a plan before you start. It doesn’t need to be excessive, yet a general framework of what you’ll need.
  • Roll your garments. You’ll fit a heck of a lot more stuff into your bag.
  • Bring additional plastic bag and you’ll be astounded at how frequently they prove to be useful
  • Decide what you’re wearing beforehand and avoid taking clothes which won’t be used.

Be sure to pack layered garments such as undershirts and outerwear. Odds are the temperature might change. You will need to shift your garments by how hot you are potentially a few times during the day. You may also need clothes for both business and leisure, so think ahead.

Keeping everything you need in an organized folder is a lifesaver, especially if you need things like travel documents. Organizers, bags and portfolios are amazing for business men and women, not only because of keeping life organized but lets face it, they look good, and give off the right image about being both in control and having a bit of style at the same time!

Finding Furnished Apartments in Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is an amazing part of the world, both culturally and literally. As Australia becomes a more and more popular place to life, and Melbourne is one of its hotspots, a true hive of activity, property is in high demand. We’ve put together a few tips for finding long term apartments or a short term rental Melbourne

The shortest term rentals are normally a large chunk (at least half) of a year or more frequently one year (for a home)

Before you lease you should pay a deposit, this is usually demanded and generally equivalent to 4 weeks full rental, if the rental is AUD 1000 then you’re looking at a 4000 deposit, for example. There are websites out there also offering short term leases for vacations or longer trips to the area.

Organizing rental in Australia is moderately tough matter and you are emphatically encouraged to visit the rented condo/house in individual before agreeing to a lease arrangement. It requires some investment to a find reasonable spot, you should check the conditions and the local area.

You can find listings on noticeboards and newspapers, but realistically, the best places to find a home, housemates and look through listings is online, with websites such as the one mentioned above providing a great place to see exactly what is on offer and to filter and sort by prices, areas and more. Create a shortlist before heading to visit places and seeing the logistics of the deal and if it works out. You can also find out info such as price, facilities and even make enquiries.