Travelling Tips

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Travelling makes us feel excited and allows us to experience new places and different cultures, however, they can also sometimes make us feel stressed or overwhelmed especially when they are not planned properly. If you want to enjoy your holiday, it’s important to be always prepared beforehand. So to ensure you have a smooth and stress-free travel, make sure to use our following tips below.

Important documents

Before travelling, there are a few important documents that need to be checked and organised. The first thing is checking the expiration date of your passport and making sure it’s in date otherwise you cannot go anywhere without an up to date passport. Having copies of your passport is also essential for extra precaution. The next thing is checking if the country you are travelling to requires a visa.

Mobile phone

Most tourists rely heavily on their phone as it’s useful for many reasons. Inform your provider that you will be travelling away and wish to use your phone in a different country. The phone will be activated to ensure it works in a different country.

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Travellers must inform their bank when they are travelling outside the country. This prevents your card from being blocked when used in a different country outside the UK. It’s also ideal to take out cash and exchange them for the currency you need. You want to prevent using your debit or credit card as there’s normally a charge for withdrawing money when you’re in a different country. If you do prefer to use a card, you can sign up for a currency card with a bank and this allows you withdraw in many countries without a fee.

Research

Before you plan or even pick a destination, make sure you have done enough research about the area. It’s important to know that your destination is a safe place to visit. Furthermore, you can get an idea of where to visit and what kind of activities they have available.

The Best Wester Ross Holiday Cottages for your UK Short Break

When it comes to British minibreak destinations, Scotland’s rural Wester Ross region, located in the Northwest Highlands, sets the bar pretty high. With picture-perfect vistas, amazing wildlife, and so much to see and explore, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better to spend a couple of relaxing nights.

You can stay in traditional lodgings, on the shores of Scotland’s famous lochs, spending your days hiking, exploring or just chilling out, and your nights enjoying characterful bucolic pubs with new friends. Here’s some of the very best cottages for you to choose from, allowing you to create the perfect Scottish getaway.

An Cos, Shieldaig

An Cos

An Cos image © An Cos Shieldaig

 

This luxury highland holiday cottage sits on the shores of Loch Shieldaig, and is not only breathtakingly beautiful and secluded but is also relatively easy to get to. Featuring luxury self-catering facilities, as well as local award-winning restaurants, there’s plenty of options when it comes to food.

This traditionally styled, but modern built cottage is perfect for a family, or a group of up to 10 people. The local village, Shieldaig, offers lots of different activities and sports, not to mention a top-notch pub. It’s also utterly gorgeous, and a conservation village.

 

 

 

Cruinn Leum Round House, Toscaig

Cruinn Leum Round House

Cruinn Leum Round House image © Unique Cottages

When it comes to finding a really unique option for your highland getaway holiday cottage, look no further. The Cruinn Leum Round House in Toscaig offers luxury, environmentally friendly lodging, with an original twist. As the name suggests, it’s a quirky round house!

With its ancient looks, spectacular views and luxuriously designed interior, this cottage was originally built as an artist’s retreat but has since proved incredibly popular with a holidaymakers. This is perfect accommodation for a couple or small family. Continue reading

How to Plan a Wedding in Cyprus

For a lot of us, the absolute dream wedding is a Cyprus wedding. The gorgeous scenery, the reliable weather, the local customs and culture you can incorporate, it just makes for a smoother, happier, easier wedding, while helping create a truly magical experience.

That’s not to say it’s without its difficulties, however. Planning a wedding abroad can be pretty tricky, but with a little research, and our guide, you’ll find yourself putting together your dream wedding in no time at all.

Choose the Perfect Location

By that, I don’t mean just pointing at a whole country and saying ‘there!’. You need to be specific, and ideally, you should have already visited the location you want to have your wedding.

That means expeditionary holidays to check out different locations and see where would be absolutely perfect, unless you already know the country well.

When it comes to actually choosing the location, do your research, and make sure it’s somewhere you really love. What’s the point of travelling so far from home if you’re not going to be finicky about the location?

Hire a Great Wedding Planner

The whole point of having a wedding abroad is being relaxed! That’s why we all go on holiday, after all, to get away from all the stresses and tensions of everyday life. That’s exactly why you need a quality wedding planner. Finding the right local wedding planner can be its own hassle, however.

When it comes to finding the right wedding planner, you need to make sure you talk to a range of proven local options, getting quotes and having chats with everyone. Read plenty of online reviews, and make sure you know you can trust them completely.

Weddings are a special, powerful day in anyone’s life, so it can be very hard to let go of the reins and allow the planner to take over properly, even more so if you don’t trust them completely. That’s why you need to find someone absolutely perfect for your wedding.

Use the Internet Extensively

When it comes to wedding planning, the internet is easily the greatest tool in the world. It’s a directory of millions of businesses, ideas, images, tutorials and stories. In short, it’s everything you need when putting together a really special day.

It seems obvious to state it, but just make sure you’re making full use of the internet, from wedding planning forums, to YouTube tutorials and guides, to Pinterest idea boards, all the way over to wedding service companies, there’s absolutely everything you need online.

If you’re looking at planning a fabulous Cypriot dream wedding, give us a call at +357 23 744195, or drop us an email at info@marriageincyprus.com, and at Aphrodite Wedding Services, we’ll help you craft an extraordinary wedding.

Useful Apps for Travelling

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Apps are becoming a useful tool for many things including travelling. Whether you’re trying to find a cheap hotel or a place to eat, we’re pretty sure there’s an app for that. So to make your travelling smooth and hassle-free, we’ve listed a few useful apps that can help you during your travel.

Airbnb

Whether you’re booking an accommodation a few days before your travel or in advance, Airbnb is your best friend for booking affordable accommodations. Airbnb tends to be private owners who hire a spare room or a flat to travellers in their area. They usually are cheaper than booking a room in a hotel and can sometimes be even less expensive than hostel if the flat is shared

uberUber or Lyft

You have probably heard of Uber which is one of the most popular apps for looking for a taxi near you. Uber is much more favourable and much safer than calling a taxi as you’ll be able to track where you’re going, and all information about the driver is visible. Uber also tends to be cheaper than a regular taxi. Just keep in mind that you’re more likely to find an Uber in popular cities rather than small locations. If you’re unable to find any uber, we recommend an alternative app which is called Lyft.

Airline App

Airline app is useful for travelling as it allows you to download your boarding pass digitally straight to your mobile devices. This app is super helpful for travellers who tend to keep their phone with them at all times. There would be no need for bringing any paper documents with you apart from your passport. The app is compatible with most airlines including British Airways, Thompson and many others. Another useful feature includes notifications alerts whenever there’s a delay or changes to your flight.