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How To Travel Happy!

The annoyance of planning a vacation actually makes some people think twice about taking one.It can be stressful trying to keep all the details of a trip. The following advice can help you plan and enjoy your very next trip.

Losing track of a child in a foreign place can be very stressful and scary.

TIP! Write down all the important information you will need when going overseas. You should have contact information for your embassy or consulate in your destination locale.

Be flexible when choosing your vacation destination. While it may be fun to revisit your favorite spots, maintaining some variety in destinations makes your vacations more memorable and relaxing. You can also pick another location to save additional money by picking an alternate destination.

Sign up for alerts on travel price watching site. This allows you to enter your destination and the website alerts you are interested in visiting. When the hotel price or airfare goes down to the price you pick, you will receive an email from the site about the changes. This saves you from having to check the price.

These cookie sheets can be a flat surface for kids to color on or coloring books on.

Check the dates on your passports. Many countries have specific rules concerning passports. Many will not let you entry into the country if your passport expires soon.

It is typically more expensive to just ride into the day you fly.

Sign up for online newsletters from the major airlines.The savings you will enjoy will more than make up for having to deal with a few more items in your email address.

TIP! Keep a photo of your children on you at all times, in case they become lost. Losing track of a child can be very frightening.

Consider using a variety of transportation. Buses have come a lot of modern benefits. You can find bundle deals from some lines that will make your travel planning a cinch.

You do not always have to wander far from home to enjoy a fun weekend getaway. There are probably places you haven’t enjoyed in your own home state or perhaps one that is close by. You can significantly reduce travel expenses and support your local businesses by remaining close to home. You can be delighted to discover a great place to visit right near home.

Sliding Doors

TIP! If you are a visitor to foreign cities, keep your eyes open for thieves that might be dressed as law enforcement or government personnel. Do not ever give someone your passport; they may steal it.

Try to get a hotel room that is on a upper floor.You should also avoid staying in rooms with sliding doors whenever possible. Rooms with sliding doors are easier for thieves to break into.

You do not to bring luggage when you are going on a plane. You will save lots of unnecessary travel and frustration. You can send your belongings to your destination via FedEx or FedEx. This will be worth it over the long run even though it may cost you some more money but it is valuable.

Don’t forget to pack your child’s car seats if you hire a rental car. Chances are, which is why it is more beneficial if you bring your own.

TIP! When planing for a vacation, choose the digital camera that will meet your needs. For example, if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, you probably don’t want a camera that has a rechargeable battery.

Check your radio alarm works before you sleep. You have no way of knowing what the alarm is not going to go off during the night and wake you up.

Some countries have difficulty changing currency outside of normal business hours.You can go to any large bank and exchange foreign currency before you even start your trip.

Sometimes the only thing wrong with these rooms is a hotel will classify a room as being out-of-service for minor cosmetic needs.

TIP! Provide yourself with what you need to be comfortable on a flight rather than counting on the services of your airline. And items you may need, such as a pillow or blanket, should be packed before your flight.

If your trip does not have specific dates that need to be adhered to, you can adjust your frame by a couple days when looking for deals. You could get a better deal and you can save money.

Frequently, but not always, though occasionally it is not an option. After you have booked your flight, keep checking the booking website for seat-picking optoions as soon as they become available. You will be a significant difference over just settling for what is available.

This can ruin your cruise adventure. You might end up in bed for days recovering from seasickness and not enjoying the cruise. If you learn that you are prone to becoming seasick, you can buy the medicine at its normal price and bring it along.

TIP! When setting a reservation for a hotel stay, be sure to ask about dates for possible renovations. You don’t want to be woke up while on vacation.

If you’re going on a long-distance trip, you may want to rent instead of using your own car. You don’t want to degrade the value of your car through that abuse.

Plan your travel well when traveling by road.You can use the trip online or visit a travel club or insurance agent to create your itinerary.This will help you maximize your time and protect you need with ease.

You should do this to ensure that you’re always alert while driving and need to stop to take a break. Stretch you limbs, use the restroom, eat a snack, and think about a catnap if you’re super tired. You can keep going on your trip now that you’re ready.

TIP! Join forums and social websites that are travel-centric. Getting information and sharing experiences with fellow travelers is a great way to prepare yourself for a trip.

Travel can be very enjoyable. You have learned how to easily plan your next trip, and you can now raise the chances that your vacation will be successful. If you want to enjoy your vacation, follow the guidelines listed here.

The Key To A Great Vacation Is Preparation

It matters that you are preparing for a recreational trip across state lines or across the border; a trip away from home is cause for great excitement and possibly a great deal of stress. The beneficial travel advice in the following article is here will help you enjoy your vacation.

Avoid public computers for banking information. There is a keylogger that take your info.

You can use them to keep a door closed.

Do your research before making a booking. Look at different websites with reviews about the places you want to travel to. Ask people you know who have traveled there. This will give you to anticipate everything that you will encounter.

Pack some clothespins on your upcoming trip. They can be a useful item when you go on a trip, but they actually can prove to be very useful.

TIP! Keep notes of all important documents when you travel abroad. Keep copies of your travel documents with you, and make sure that you always have all the contact info for the US embassy that is located in the areas you will be traveling.

Make sure there is someone close to who you can get hold of your travel itinerary. This makes it possible for someone to be familiar with your location all times. Stay in contact to maximize your own safety.They will not be as concerned if you stay in on predetermined basis.

Travel is a great way to educate family members on the ways of the world. As long as you are careful, the developing world can be a good place to visit, as they can offer extremely enlightening experiences for your children and you.

Join forums and social networks. A great way to prepare for your trip. This will put you in a group of people who share experiences to avoid making their mistakes or missing some great spots on your own trip.

Rental Companies

Use environmentally responsible services on your trip. Many hotels have been re-using linens, energy-efficient appliances, low-flow showers, using low-flow plumbing and using alternative energy sources. Tour companies, car rental companies, auto rental companies and other service providers are looking for innovative ways to let travelers go green.

Jet lag is an all too common complaint for you and your family. You can’t avoid it completely, but you can start shifting your sleep and wake times before you leave. You should also try sleeping during the flight if possible.

TIP! When venturing abroad, be cautious about getting into taxis. Some “taxis” are not legitimate.

Your dream vacation can turn into a nightmare if not take the time to do some research before planning. Read the reviews from others who have stayed there before. These reviews can help you avoid bad hotels or dangerous parts of town.

You don’t have to travel far from home to enjoy a great day trip or weekend get-away. There are probably places you haven’t enjoyed in your own home state or the neighboring ones. You can support your local businesses by remaining close to home. You might even learn about a place you never knew existed.

Foreign Currency

TIP! If you don’t want to leave your pet behind, plan a vacation that includes them. There are many resorts and hotels that now allow owners to bring their pets along, and travelers are flocking to these types of places.

Try to avoid exchanging currency when you visit a different country. There is an easier way to obtain your hands on foreign currency. You can obtain the foreign currency from an ATM in a bank ATM. These machines will usually offer better exchange rate available.

Make sure that you remember all your medications. It can be almost impossible to get the medicine you are on vacation.

If you are traveling for an extended amount of time, make sure to periodically get up and stretch your legs.Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause blood clots and actually harm your muscles.

TIP! Keep close track of your belongings while traveling, especially important things like money and identification. When carrying a purse, make sure you keep it tucked under your arm.

A wonderful travel tip is to make your luggage stand out from other luggage. You can place stickers or tags to ensure it stands out. You would hate to have someone else to mistake your luggage for their own!

Save Money

Invite friends on your vacation to save money.Many travel spots offer discounts for larger groups. You can really save money on anything from dining to airfare simply by getting a group rate. See if any of your friends want to come too.

TIP! When packing light for longer trips, try bringing a softly-lined raincoat. You can never be certain about weather changes.

Long flights across continents can be stressful. You can avoid some of this by planning in advance.) and then relax until your flight lands. You should awaken refresh and ready to start the day!

If you want to take a pet on vacation, you need to find a hotel that will allow that and see what type of fees they charge.

These will allow you to use your computer through the television provided in your hotel room.

TIP! If you are traveling by vehicle, plan your road travel to miss rush hour in any city you will be in. Try to plan around those hours.

Research the laws and customs prior to traveling.You may do something that is considered offensive or possibly illegal, despite you thinking otherwise. Always be respectful and conduct yourself properly when you are visiting.

Sometimes you can choose where you want to sit on the plane, but there are times when you have no choice. After booking a flight, be sure to visit your airline’s booking site and see if this option is available. You will be a significant difference over just settling for what is available.

Female travels may find advantages in wearing a shawl rather than a coat. This can warm your feet and make luggage easy to carry. It is also be used for disguising your belongings inside the car whenever you are out and about.

TIP! When traveling abroad, prepare for emergencies ahead of time, such as losing your U.S.

Planning in advance is the best thing that you can do before your trip. Use the advice that you have just read so that you can really enjoy your next trip, no matter where you may be headed.

Vouni Palace

There is less to be seen than to be felt… The ruins of the Palace of Vouni have a mystic kind of feeling to them. The views from its hilltop position over the bay of Güzelyurt and the Troodos Mountains are spectacular. Built around 480 BC by the pro-Persian king of Marion as an outpost in order to intimidate and control the pro- Athenian citizen of the city of Soli below, Vouni is the only structure of the Persian period that survives in North Cyprus.

Tip: we recommend walking from the bottom of the hill to the site on top. The view changes around each turn and you can observe interesting geological layers and features right next to the road.

Story: The palace was destroyed by fire after 80 years after being build. During the Swedish excavation of the site, an amphora blackened through the fire and filled with gold ducats, was found under one of the stairwells leading to the now none existent first floor of the building.

St. Mamas Monastery

St. Mamas Monastery is the third most important place of worship for the Greek Orthodox in North Cyprus after St. Barnabas tomb at Famagusta and Apostolos Andreas Monastery at Karpaz. Most of the compound dates from the 18th century but its Iconostasis is a gorgeous sample of artful wood carving of the 16th century. A splendid crystal chandelier surprises every visitor upon entry through the side entrance and its plain outer façade gives not hint of its splendid interior.

Story: St. Mamas is shown as a relief on the outside of the church as well as on several icons in the interior of the church. Local legend has it that St. Mamas, a devout Byzantine hermit who refused to pay tax since he had no income other than alms and lived in a cave, was ordered to be arrested by the local Governor. As he was escorted into custody the group encountered a lion about to devour a lamb along the roadside. The saint commanded the lion to stop, picked up the lamb, mounted the lions back and rode on the back of the lion into town. Upon seeing this, the Governor exempted the saint from taxes thereafter; hence he became the patron saint of tax-evaders and animals.

Soli Ancient City

The archaeological sight of Soli is located about 1.5 hours drive to the west of Girne. Dating back to the 6. th Century BC, Soli was one of the approximately 10 city-kingdoms of Cyprus. Most of what you can see today dates back to the roman period. In particular the ruins of a very large 5.th century basilica with its splendid abstract as well as animal mosaic floors are of interest to the visitor. It is here that you will find the famous “swan mosaic” of Soli. The mostly rebuild small theatre above the basilica offers a fine view over the bay of Güzelyurt.

Story: The area surrounding the sight was and still is, rich in copper ore and has been mined since the ancient times until the outbreak of the war in 1974. You will notice the derelict remains of the abandoned American “Cyprus Mining Corperation” right next to the road when you drive towards Soli.

Nature and Archeology Museum

The nature and archaeology museum of Güzelyurt consists of two different sections. Most interesting is the small, first floor permanent exhibit of artefacts dating from the Neolithic to Byzantine period. It is here that your will find the statue of the fertility Goddess Artemis which was discovered in the sea, just of the ruins of Salamis at Gazimağusta.

TIP: Currently running until further notice, a very special exhibit in an extra room upstairs! “The golden leaves of Soli”. An absolute must if you are interested in archaeology and history. On display are amazing gold artefacts which were excavated from Greco/Roman tombs, discovered two years ago at Soli.

St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Sophia Cathedral was built by the Lusignans in the 13th century. It is the oldest and one of the finest examples of Gothic art in North Cyprus. Within, Lusignans Princes were crowned kings of Cyprus. When the Ottoman’s took Cyprus in 1571, they converted the cathedral and because of this, it features a unique mixture of typical medieval gothic church architecture and Muslim adaptations in form of a Mihrab (indication niche towards Mecca) and a mimber (pulpit) and a women’s gallery in the north transept amongst. The cathedral was renamed in 1954 as Selimiye Mosque (cami).

Tip: If you go around the old Cathedral and you will find a small square behind it. There you can suddenly smell fresh coffee… if you follow your nose you find a small Turkish coffee factory… Don’t miss the public market hall to the right of the Cathedral… great place for fresh vegetables, fruits, Turkish delight and much more…

Nicosia City Walls

The Venetians started to build new walls in place of the old Lusignan walls ringing the city, so as to be able to defend Nicosia in 1567, just before the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottomans. A famous Venetian engineer named Guilio Savorgnano drew the plans of the walls. The walls have a circumference of three miles, eleven bastions each like a castle, and three gates. The walls consisted of earth ramparts with a stone facing. The names of the gates were: “Porta Del Proveditore – The kyrenia Gate” in the North, “Porta Guiliana – The famagusta Gate” in the East, and “Porta Domenica – The Paphos Gate” in the West. In order to build the walls, the Venetians demolished the houses, palaces, monasteries and churches outside the three-mile circumference of the city and used their stone in the construction of the walls. The bastions were named after the nobilities and other people who contributed to the construction of the walls (Rochas, Loredano, Barbaro). The Venetians were defeated by the Ottomans before they had time to finish the construction of the walls.



Mevlevi Tekke

Located south of the Kyrenia Gate, this Museum was constructed towards the end of the 16th century by Arap Ahmet Pasa after the conquest of the island by the Ottomans. The commander of the conquering army, Lala Mustafa Pasa, Arap Ahmet Pasa, and the first kadi and mufti of the island were members of the Mevlevi order. Inside the building, there are tombs and a semahane (dervish meeting-house for religious music and whirling). Until Ataturk banned the lodges in 1920, it served as a Mevlevi Lodge; its last sheikh – or head of the order – died in 1954. At the entrance to the lodge there is a panel and a fountain. Sixteen Mevlevi sheiks are buried in the six tombs in the building. The building which constitutes a different aesthetic sight in the city centre is now used as a museum of ethnography.

Great Inn

The Inn or “Büyük Han” was built by the Mustafa Pasha in 1572. Its function was that of a trade station in which traders could safely store and sell their goods in the downstairs rooms, while the upstairs rooms served as overnight accommodation. The building was recently restored and after its re-opening in 2002 , its 68 rooms have become home to local artists who use these rooms in order to display their paintings, woodworks, lace and other works.

Tip: Sometimes Friday’s, sometimes Saturday’s shadow play theatre performances take place in one of the upstairs rooms. You are most welcome to watch the performance and have the figures explained to you! Look out for the small cafe downstairs – hidden in its corner, you can usually observe local women preparing local dishes the old fashion way…. always fun to watch and taste!

Dervish Pasha Mansion

The Mansion got its name from its previous owner Dervish Pasha, who besides being the last judge of the country also published its first Newspaper “Zaman” (Time). The Mansion was restored to its old former glory. Nowadays it harbours an ethnographical museum, displaying typical artefacts from the Ottoman period.

TIP: Being located in the Arab Ahmet Quarter of Lekoþa, you could stroll from the Dervish Paþa Mansion down the road and have a look at a recently restored section of this quarter, which features lovingly restored old houses dating back to the 18th and 19th century. What an atmosphere! In one of these restored homes you can find a very nice restaurant with a different flair to it. We recommend you visit and have a drink in their courtyard or even a meal.

Buyuk Hamam

The Grand Bath was built on the remains of an old Latin church. The bath still functions today. It is evident from its ornamented Gothic style arched doorway and its stone walls that it was built in the Lusignan period. The name of the building was St George of the Latins. A feature of the building is that it is 2-3 meters below road level.

Bedesten

The building was constructed in the 12th century as a Byzantine church (The St. Nicholas Church). It was later enlarged by some Gothic annexes built by the Lusignans. Some more changes were made in the Venetian period and the building was given to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis. With its different architectural styles it is of a hybrid nature. In the Ottoman period, it served as a depot and a market where mostly textile products were sold. The masonry on its northern entrance resembles the masonry on the entrance of the St. Sophia Cathedral.

Salamis Ruins

The ancient city of Salamis is a must to see in North Cyprus. The remains were first excavated in 1882 and stopped in 1974. There is still vast areas of the ancient city waiting to be discovered.

The current excavated site is about 1 kilometer long, along the coast.  Salamis, once the main commercial centre of Cyprus, serves her visitors with a beautiful gymnasium, an amphithatre, roman baths, the basilica and the forum.

The Gymnasium:
With mosaics and malbe statues, was once the school and main cente rof attraction of the ancient city. The columns were reassmbled after being victims of a major earthquake in the 50’s. Sadly, none of the statues have their heads in place.

The Roman Baths:
Much of the roman baths were covered with their Byzantium replacements; but some remains of Romans can still be seen beneath the Byzantium pools and steam rooms. Bases of pools are covered with mosaics, and amongst them is the famous Legend of Leda and the Swan.

The Basilicas:
Ayios Epifanios basilica was once the largest basilica in whole Cyprus. And towards the sea is Kambanopetra  basilica.

The Amphitheatre:
The theatre with and original capcity of over 15,000 people and 50 rows of seats, now has 18 rows. As a typical Roman theatre, it still hosts concerts throughout the year.

Kantara Castle

The Castle is the most easterly of our three mountain castles. 645 m above sea level, it was built by the Byzantines to use as a watch tower in 10th century. From the so called “queens window” which is actually part of the old signal tower, a commanding view over the northern as well as southern coastal plain can be obtained. On a clear day you can see almost all the way to the end of the peninsular of Karpaz!

Story: Its been said, that Richard the Lionheart, who’s fiancé had been treated like a hostage after her unfortunate emergency landing during a storm on the coast of Cyprus, imprisoned and shackled the self pronounced Byzantine king of Cyprus, Isaac Comnenos in gold chains in the dungeons of the Castle of Kantara as a punishment.