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Oktoberfest

Let the Drinking Begin

Oktoberfest – from the humble beginnings of a Bavarian royal wedding has become the world’s largest fair. For 16-18 days each Fall, Munich, Germany is transformed into a boisterous city of beer “tents” (think temporary structures) big and small. Each tent serves only certified Oktoberfest Beers, which must be brewed within the city limits of Munich, and delicious Bavarian food. For the beer connoisseur in you, this place is heaven, even the tents names are beautifully Bavarian!

Munich mayor taps the first keg of Oktoberfest

The Café Kaiserschmarrn is the Oktoberfest-paradise for pastry-lovers, while the Münchner Knödelei serves an icon of Bavarian cuisine: the dumpling.

Another traditional meal you’ll find a lot of while strolling from tent to tent is roasted duck and chicken, Heimer’s is popular with the locals and we strongly suggest trying it.

Be sure to stay informed by stopping by the Schottenhamel tent, as all official Oktoberfest events are kicked off here.

From the midnight tapping of the first keg by the mayor of Munich until the traditional closing ceremonies Oktoberfest is a world-class party, so it naturally attracts some of the worlds most recognizable people. Everyone who is anyone is likely to be there, from sports stars to actors and actresses, producers, models and you can even expect to see a few modern members of Europe’s royalty.

Making History

Long before the American release of Beerfest in 2006 Oktoberfest tents have been popping up across the United States. Many of the nations best festivals form in cities big and small.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Columbus, Ohio
Dever, Colorado
And several in California – San Fransisco, Bear Lake, Los Angeles

Whichever Oktoberfest you decide to attend you are sure you have a wonderful time. The atmosphere is welcoming and electric with everyone having a good time, but of course, when large crowds and approximately 7,100,000 liters of beer are served there is bound to be a few dust-ups. We would like to remind you that these disagreements can often be defused before they get rowdy with a little bit of common courtesy (you’ll be amazed how fair saying, “I’m sorry, can I buy you a new stein?” will go). Besides, everyone is there for one reason – to have the time of their lives!

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Athens, Greece!

After booking a night at a luxurious hotel in Athens, Greece, board your cruise ship, get settled in and start your relaxation!

Taking a cruise is the most luxurious and comfortable way to spend your holidays. You get on board, unpack your suitcases and act as if you are living in a luxurious hotel. Cabins are obviously smaller in size, but the other entire facilities make up for this inconvenience of space.

Many Greek cruises are organized at regular dates and include some Greek islands (it isn’t possible to include all of them, as Greece has 69 inhabited islands), usually the most popular ones and also some other Mediterranean destinations, such as Venice, Istanbul, and the Turkish shores. Apart from the great Mediterranean cruises that make the tour of the Mediterranean Sea and include almost all Mediterranean countries in their schedule, there are also others cruises around Greece and the Greek Seas. These cruises are of shorter duration and depart from a Greek port or island.

Timeline

The high cruise season starts in April and lasts until October. Summer months are the most crowded because Greece is famous for its warm weather and clean beaches, and that is what most people are looking for during their holidays. Have in mind that temperature reaches 40-42 Celsius in summer, so this may result troublesome for some people who can’t stand the heat. It is suggested that these people choose other months for their cruising around Greece and the Greek islands; in fact, May and September are particularly recommended for cruises because the weather is warm but not extremely hot and resorts are not overcrowded, so this will be more relaxing for you.

Some cruises last for one day and others for three days, four or seven. They have itineraries that include a visit to the most popular Greek islands and a short visit to a Turkish resort. The cruise vessels may be small or big, depending on the number of people on board and the duration of the journey, but they are bound to have all the conveniences you may need along traveling. Apart from the cabins, you will find bars and restaurants, pools, lots of decks to stroll around, TV-sets, commercial centers, laundries, pet cabins, medical services, facilities for the disabled and many other amenities, depending on the maritime company and the type of vessel. All cruise ships are also safe and conform to the international safety laws.

Comforts

Cruises in Greece offer you a great chance to have a view of the Greek islands in the best possible comfort and luxury. The cruise ship makes regular stops in the ports of the islands and, therefore, you take your time to have a walk along the island’s seashores, swim on the beaches, view its sights, taste traditional food and take photos and videos to remind you of your holidays when you go back home. At the end of the day, you return to the cruise ship and relax, without any unpacking inconvenience, nor issues about transfer to the next destination or booking problems.

What is important to pay attention to in your cruise is the cabin. There are lots of cabin types. Of course, there are inside cabins, which are obviously more economical but may result a bit depressing; however, these cabins are fine if you are not planning to spend a lot of time in there. Moreover, there are outside cabins that include a window with a view to the sea; it would be nice to relax in your cabin and watch the sea surrounding you from the window, wouldn’t it? You certainly picture it as an extremely relaxing moment. Furthermore, if you are looking for even more luxury, you can book a cabin with a private balcony.

Regulations

Cruise lines have different regulations as for booking and canceling a cruise. Most companies ask for a deposit in advance, when you book, and for the remaining amount to be paid 2 months before the cruise. If you are booking the cruise two months before the departure date, you may be asked to pay the whole amount at once. As for the cancellation, you will probably have the whole amount returned to you if you cancel more than 70 days before departure, but you are unlikely to get any refun if you cancel less than 2 months before the departure date. However, these terms are general; when you decide to book a cruise with a cruise company, ask this company for more specific information.

When you embark on an island, there will probably be a short tour around the area, including visits to the most popular sites of this resort. However, if you decide to do something extra, for example, to visit a museum that is not included in the tour, then you will have to pay for the museum tickets yourself.

Amenities Needed

When packing your things to go on a cruise, make sure you take with you only the things you need, which are your clothes and personal things. However, since there are laundry and dry-cleaning services on board, you may carry with you fewer clothes than originally planned. If you are taking a multi-day cruise, make sure you take a formal clothes-set with you because they will probably be a formal dinner to attend on board. Moreover, there may be some theme evenings organized, for example, Greek nights with traditional Greek food, music, and dancing.

Not to mention, before starting your cruise, you have to think about some medical issues. Firstly, if you suffer from seasickness, make sure you take the necessary medication with you. The same stands if you suffer from allergies. Furthermore, have in mind that there are a lot of insects, especially mosquitoes, in Greece, during summertime, which may result annoying sometimes.

 

Another point to mention for your cruises is tipping. There are some cruise lines that strictly forbid the acceptance of tipping and some others that have no problem with that. In general, Europeans are not as used to tipping as Americans. In every case, it is up to you whether you are going to tip or not. Have in mind that some cruise lines include tips in their cruise fare.

Conclusion

One thing is for sure: you will certainly enjoy yourself during the cruise and will have the chance to visit the amazing Greek resorts in the most comfortable way.

Practical Travel Tips for Teens

Traveling while young is a good jump-start to a self-fulfilled life. While everyone is not fortunate enough to travel beyond their hometown or across the world at the young age, you are blessed to have the opportunity to see more of the world. Whether you are a college student, working youngster or an ordinary teen craving for independence and adventure, leaving home is a seemingly difficult task to bear in mind. Keep cool and don’t worry, here are some useful travel tips come in handy to prepare and brace yourself for the exploration.

Plan, get familiar with the destination

Nothing will go wrong for a careful and strategic planning after all. If you’re going overseas, have a passport and other pertinent travel documents complete and ready. Furnish photocopies of it at home. You’ll need it the most. Confirm your bookings, accommodations, and itineraries. Beforehand, study, do some online research and get familiar with your destination. Take note of time zones, train schedules, bus stations, transfer routes, business & banking hours, hotel guidelines, exchange rates, dining etiquette, traffic rules, state ordinances, customary traditions, contact persons, emergency hotlines and everything you need to know. You can make a checklist for further reference. A well-informed traveler is an edge over a half-baked explorer.

Travel light

When packing things up, consider mobility. Though you still have the physical energy to carry out heavy loads or baggage, it is likely inconvenient to bring with you unnecessary, less beneficial and redundant stuff as well as bulky bags. Don’t bring an entire home with you. Take the only considerable amount of clothing particularly lighter ones, minimum valuables and lesser gadgets.

Be street smart

Going outdoors is a true test of traveling, you’ll learn from catching up a public transportation, getting discounts on sales, exposing to budget-friendly restaurants, tasting a local food, finding a good read, meeting new acquaintances or simply strolling around the sophistication of metropolis. Be cautious of local gangs and other forms of lawless elements, though.

Stay within the boundaries, avoid deserted areas

Yes, it is plainly fun to mingle around with locals and go around to places but refrain roaming beyond your itineraries. Avoid walking towards the outskirts, remote areas, and unfamiliar locations. The thrill might want to lead you to these places, better have a company or go with the team. When going to public places, stay along with the crowd. Don’t wander off to oceans, beaches, wide malls, open parks, alleys, thoroughfares, entertainment houses and other recreational facilities all alone.

Wear a smile, be polite

What’s rather important to wear daily around is your cheerful, positive smile. It will go a very long way. Smile accordingly and be polite always. It will leave a good impression of you. While you may experience inconveniences, traffic congestion, long queues, delayed flights, canceled trips or impatient individuals, don’t be outright rude. Know the situation first. Contact authorities. Stay calm. It will help you to think better of alternatives and solutions.

Don’t get drunk

Parties and socialization events are expected. It is a good avenue to meet new acquaintances and foster connections. Alcohol and spirits will be likely served. In most states and countries, legal drinking age is eighteen (18) while some at sixteen (16). When you are of legal age, you are safe and allowed to grab a drink but rather take cognizance of the outcomes. Drink moderately and don’t be drunk. Politely refuse when already feeling dizzy or discomfort. But in most cases, refrain from alcohol drinking while on travel instead channel your energies to adventure-inducing activities. You don’t want to spoil the trip by getting badly and overly drunk and spending the remaining days nursing hang-over and upset stomach, right?

Bear in mind that in every traveling stint always promises an underlying quest for happiness and fulfillment waiting for you and your company to unravel. Make the most out of it. Ready, set, go. Have fun!

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