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A day in Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie Republic (Transnistria)

A day in Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie Republic (Transnistria)

What to see, how to reach, and everything else you want to know about visiting Tiraspol, capital of Pridnestrovie Republic, also known as Transnistria.

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Belarus extends visa-free entry from five to 30 days

Belarus extends visa-free entry from five to 30 days

Belarus has extended the visa-free entry period from the existing 5 days to 30 days for citizens of 80 countries, provided they cross the border at the Minsk National Airport.

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New rules on powders on international flights to U.S. go into effect

New rules on powders on international flights to U.S. go into effect

Starting June 30th, a heightened security measure goes into effect requiring flyers to remove any powders in their possession over 12 ounces from their bag when they go through a TSA checkpoint.

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Self-guided Walking Tour of Warsaw, Poland

Self-guided Walking Tour of Warsaw, Poland

Self-guided walking tour of old town Warsaw, the capital and heart of Poland, that was completely razed down in World War II.

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Self-guided walking tour of Tirana, Albania

Self-guided Walking Tour of Tirana, Albania

Visit Tirana's main attractions within a 2-3 hour walk with the help of this map. Also covered are two other attractions, Bunk'art & Dajti mountain.

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Itinerary for twelve days in Myanmar. Plans, tips, day-to-day and costs.
Itinerary for eight days in Uzbekistan. Plans, tips, day-to-day and costs.
Itinerary for eight days in Cuba. Plans, tips, day-to-day and costs.
Itinerary for seven days in Georgia. Plans, tips, day-to-day and costs.
Itinerary for nine days in Peru. Plans, tips, day-to-day and costs.
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A day in Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie Republic (Transnistria)

October 3, 2018

There are 193 countries in the world recognized by United Nations, and then there are nations that are recognized by some countries but not all. For example, Kosovo is recognized by 111 countries in the world, but because of its territorial claim by Serbia, it’s not recognized by U.N.

The eastern province of Moldova, called Transnistria, declared independence from Moldova in 1990 before the fall of the Soviet Union. Officially known as ‘Pridnestrovie Moldovan Republic’ (PMR), Transnistria has pledged allegiance to Russian Federation and has its own border controls, currency, flag and government. Moldova has no control over this tiny nation, which is not recognized by any other country in the world. Well, except for the other two breakaway ‘nations’ of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The city of Tiraspol is the de facto capital of Pridnestrovie (as its locally called) and the biggest city in the country. Considering the unrecognized status of this country, there are no embassies anywhere in the world, so any traveler can visit Pridnestrovie and have to clear immigration at one of the many border checkpoints with Moldova and Ukraine.

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Tips for Travelers with Disabilities

July 31, 2018

By: Stephanie Bates
 

travelers with disability

We’ve soon a lot of improvement in the last couple of decades when it comes to adapting tourist attractions and destinations for people with disabilities.

Of course, it’s hard for anyone to adapt to remote locations which are naturally hardly accessible for all of us. Reaching remote locations like Machu Picchu is a hard pill to swallow even for those who are able to walk freely. But, there is an emerging trend with organizing disability-friendly tours.

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Belarus extends visa-free entry from five to 30 days

July 24, 2018

If you are a citizen of one of the 80 countries that has 5-day visa-free access to Belarus and want to spend more time exploring the country, then there’s good news for you. Belarus Telegraph Agency reports that President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree on 24 July, extending the visa-free entry period to 30 days provided foreign nationals cross the border at the Minsk National Airport.



New rules on powders on international flights to U.S. go into effect

June 25, 2018

Traveling to United States can sometimes be a daunting task for all the additional security measures you have to go through. And the next time you’re flying to the U.S. from a foreign country, you should put all those spices and powders you bought in your checked baggage rather than trying to carry it on.

Starting June 30th, a heightened security measure goes into effect requiring flyers to remove any powders in their possession.

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Walking Tour of Celje, Slovenia

June 18, 2018

Celje is the third largest city in Slovenia, with a very old and very beautiful old town in the city center. Nearby is the Stari Grad castle sitting on top of a hill requiring a vehicle to get to. This self-guided walking tour will take you through the old town in the center, and all the beautiful sights this tiny town has to offer, within 2-3 hours.

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Warsaw Walking Tour

June 18, 2018

Royal Castle at Castle Square, Warsaw

Capital city of Poland that was razed to the ground during the World War II, Warsaw has come a long way of recreating the city to its former glory. Adorned with beautiful buildings, Warsaw’s Old Town has been placed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.

If you find yourself in Warsaw then you can see a lot of the main attractions within a 2-3 hour walk. Warsaw’s attractions revolve around the center of the old town (Stare Maestro).

Here’s our version of the walking tour that will cover the following sights:

  • Monument to Warsaw Uprising
  • Monument to the Little Insurgent
  • Barbican
  • Old Town Square / Statue of Mermaid (Syrena)
  • View point
  • Plac Kanonia
  • St John’s Cathedral
  • Royal Castle
  • St Anne’s Church
  • Mariensztat District
  • Royal Way

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Taking Lisbon Metro’s ‘1 day ticket’? Be aware of this…

June 13, 2018

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a great city to spend a few days and visit some beautiful sights and viewpoints. With Belem and Sintra just a few kilometers away, one of the best ways to travel around Lisbon and outside is to take the Metro trains or trams; in addition to the CP (Comboios de Portugal) trains to Sintra and Belem.

On my trip to Portugal in April 2018, my friend and I wanted to make use of the “1 day ticket” on Lisbon’s metro giving unlimited journeys on the metro trains and trams (carris), including CP trains to Sintra and Belem. The day pass costs 6.30€ (Metro & carris only) or 10.40€ (Metro, carris and CP) for 24 hours and is valid from first activation.

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3 days in Singapore

April 11, 2018

Singapore isn’t very big; in fact, with a map in hand and a list of places to check out, you can jolly well go the shank’s pony route, walking and using the MRT and the bus service to explore all of Singapore. All you need is a pre-paid EZ-Link card which helps you avoid the lines at ticket counters. Using the EZ-Link card not only helps you to avoid the lines at the ticket counters and affords you a 15% discount on top of it. Use our 3-day itinerary to get the very best out of Singapore; you’ll love it!

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7 most beautiful and best beaches in Alabama

February 13, 2018

Dauphin Island Beach, Alabama

Southern state of Alabama attracts over 20 million tourists per annum. The best part of the local glimpse here are the white sand beaches rich in wildlife and stunning natural beauty. Serenity and sand with coastal nature and life make these beaches the perfect places for your next vacation destination. Here are 7 best beaches in Alabama (in no particular ranking):

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Traveling as a Vegan in Japan

January 15, 2018

Traveling as a vegan is not easy, especially when you are in a foreign country. This summer, I traveled to Japan with two friends (who are not vegan) and experienced what that was like.

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10 Best Things To Do In Melbourne

January 15, 2018

Melbourne is located in Australia’s southeast state of Victoria, of which it just happens to the be capital. It was founded in 1835 and incorporated as a crown settlement just two years later. The New South Wales governor named it in honour of then British Prime Minister, the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, William Lamb. Not only has it hosted the Commonwealth Games, but also the Olympic Games. It’s rich in history and culture and is one of the favourite tourist spots in Australia.

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How a walking holiday can change your life

November 14, 2017

We go on holidays for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we just need a break from the everyday routines to recharge. Sometimes we want to see something different, or have new experiences.

But equally, there are times when we want more. There are those holidays that profoundly change us as humans by exposing us to cultures and ways of life that not only enlighten us to different human experiences around the globe, but also make us consider our own lives in the light of them.

A walking holiday is a great way to experience this kind of revelatory experience.

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Cheap ways to travel across the world while studying

November 6, 2017

If any period in your life can teach you how to be smart and frugal with your earnings, it’s college! The time when you start hacking life one buck at a time is a very struggling one for your typical student who tries to save up every dime and live by that famous “the best things in life are free”.

However, traveling is still one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and it often requires a pretty penny, but what would life be without a challenge? For students with a restless wanderlust and a tight wallet, you don’t have to deprive yourself of the cultural travel thrill. Instead, devise your smart approach with these tips and you’ll save up more than you spend while (a)broadening your horizons!

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Tirana Walking Tour

October 12, 2017

Pyramid of Tirana

One of the upcoming capitals in Europe is Tirana, capital of Albania. Well known for its Ottoman-era and Soviet-era architecture, Tirana is the beating heart of Albania, with its new cafe scene among Italians and other east European nations, Tirana has a lot to offer in terms of sight seeing and with day trips to nearby UNESCO World Heritage town of Berat, a lot of travelers around the world are exploring this wonderful city.

If you find yourself in Tirana then you can see most of the main attractions within a 2-3 hour walk. Apart from the two other sites – Bunk’art and Dajti mountain – which are also covered at the end of the tour below, Tirana’s attractions revolve around the center of the city, also known as Skanderbeg Square.

Here’s our version of the walking tour that will cover the following sights:

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Travel tip: Turn smartphone into an in-flight using Ziploc bag

September 25, 2017

We all find ourselves with no personalized screens in the seat in front of us when traveling budget. And that is when a lot of us pack our smartphones with movies or TV shows that will help us through the grueling hours of the flight. But holding your phone in hands or keeping in steady on the seat-back table is tedious and cumbersome. Watching the videos with your neck arched downward for a few hours may become uncomfortable.

But Redditor randomusefulbits posted a tip, which takes advantage of your airline seat’s tray table lock, using it as a clip to secure your smartphone.

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