Las Vegas has always been known for iconic hotels. A few decades ago, resorts such as the Luxor and the MGM Grand were among the first to thrill visitors, and more recent additions such as the Bellagio and Venetian have continued in that same tradition. However, it appears that Las Vegas may have outdone itself with its latest addition to the Las Vegas Strip – the ARIA Casino.
Everyone wants to, at least at one point in their lives, be able to travel. To step outside the confines of what is familiar, and be surrounded by all things new and exciting. Travelling used to be something only the rich and famous can afford to do, however, with proper planning and some know-how, anyone can now easily travel.
Budget airlines offer affordable flights, travel agencies give early bird specials, bed and breakfast facilities, and backpackers or hostels are now gaining ground and have become suitable alternatives to traditional hotels. So many changes have happened in the last decade which have made travelling easier even for the budget conscious traveler. However, before you buy your ticket and pack your bags, make sure that you are able to enter the country you want to visit.
One of the minor inconveniences of traveling is getting permission to cross the border. Unfortunately, not everyone can traipse in and out of countries like most people go in and out of their front door. In some cases, countries require their visitors, depending on the kind of passports they carry, to have visitor or entry visas before they can set foot on their soil.
According to the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, travellers holding passports issued from Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom can enter 173 countries without needing a visa, while travellers holding passports issued from Pakistan and Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan can only enter 32, 31 and 28 countries without a visa, respectively.
The list of countries with the most and least visa free arrangements with other countries can be viewed below.
173 countries – Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom
172 countries – Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, USA
171 countries – Belgium, Italy, Netherlands
170 countries – Canada, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain
168 countries – New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland
32 countries – Pakistan, Somalia
31 countries – Iraq
28 countries – Afghanistan
If the country you want to visit does not have a visa-free arrangement with your homeland, you have no other choice but to apply for an entry or visitor visa. An alternative would be to consider visiting the countries you can enter without a visa. That will spare you the stress and might even save you a bit of money which you can use for more important travel expenses (shopping).
You’ve bought your plane tickets, booked accommodation and organized all the internal land-transfers of your grand holiday. All that’s left for you to do is to pack your bags and you’ll be ready to go! However, packing for a trip is a challenge in itself. You never know exactly what you have to bring and you also have to take into account the maximum baggage weight limit in your planning. Here are 5 packing tips that could, perhaps, make selecting your holiday wardrobe (and fitting it all in your suitcase) a little bit easier.
Unless you’re royalty, a popular celebrity, or swimming in cash, traveling still means sticking to a budget. You’ll want to maximize the buying power of your money by taking advantage of discounts and deals and also getting the best exchange rate.
Aside from the aforementioned tactics, do you know that packing smartly can also help you save money? By bringing the right stuff with you on your trip, you can keep some of the costs down while enjoying your trip. Here are some items you should be bring with you when you travel that will help you save money. [Read more…]
Studying abroad for a semester just may change your life in all sorts of wonderful ways. Whether you’re an English or biology major, there are so many wonderful places you can visit that narrowing down where to go may seem impossible. Consider adding these top 5 picks to your travel wish list for study abroad.
Paris, France: Paris has been tempting Americans for decades. You’ll benefit from a working knowledge of French to really take advantage of this study abroad program, but even if you don’t know any French at all you can still get by. A major cultural capital of Europe, Paris offers incomparable eating, shopping, art and fashion opportunities. Paris consistently ranks among the top 10 study abroad locations. Dust off your beret and prepare for an amazing French study abroad experience!
Dublin, Ireland: If you’re bad with languages but want to experience a semester in Europe, set your sights on Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Dublin has lots to offer, from pubs to arts to green spaces. Raise a glass of Guinness, learn Irish step dancing or catch a rugby match; the locals here will soon become your friends. The Irish are known for their charm, which helps make Dublin number two on the list of most livable cities for study abroad programs.
Lima, Peru: If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box study abroad adventure, give Lima a try. Sure, you’ll get to experience nearby Machu Picchu, but you’ll also love the rich culture of Peru. Learn traditional dancing or drumming, take a Pacific Ocean dip with the sea lions or explore the city’s wealth of museums and architectural treasures.
Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne gives visitors the opportunity to really get a taste of local color and blend in with the natives. Cultural fit can be so important when you study abroad, so the generally welcoming nature of Australians plus the English language really make Melbourne an easy hit for college students. This booming metropolis offers tons of events, concerts and programs for young people. Don’t miss the Royal Botanic Garden, one of the best in the world, or the stunning beaches.
Bangkok, Thailand: Bangkok serves as Thailand’s cultural capital. Both the nightlife and restaurant culture of Bangkok are world-renowned—and you don’t have to spend a lot to eat well here. After you’ve found the best places to eat, take in the Buddhist temples, ride an elephant or a traditional longtail boat and try your hand at bartering in the markets.
Before you leave home, find out which travel documents you’ll need, pay a visit to your doctor for a check-up and commit to learning the basics of how to communicate. You may also want to purchase study abroad insurance to be sure you’ll have health coverage while you’re away. Take care of all of these little details beforehand so you can relax and enjoy peace of mind on your study abroad trip. Safe travels, wherever your semester away takes you!