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Map of Italy

map of Italy

When travelling to Italy make sure you do your research. Find a good map of Italy! With this map in front of you it is always easier to plan that vacation. There are the obvious holiday destinations to visit, like Rome, Pompeii, Lake Como, Venice and Tuscany . However some of the less traveled Tourist spots are also an option, they add flavor to a holiday.

Travel Insurance is always a good idea. Taking a holiday without travel insurance is just not worth it. The peace of mind you get, knowing that if your luggage gets lost or a flight gets cancelled you are covered by a good insurance policy that will get you into a hotel and replace the luggage you have lost. Some parts of Italy are still quite under developed and really do require good travel insurance if you are planning to go to these destinations.

In no way should you let this discourage you from travelling to these places, in fact they are some the most beautiful places imaginable, it is just better to take the necessary precautions. Be prepared for any eventuality and keep yourself covered for any circumstance.

Italy has nearly always been at the center of European culture. The only other country that can claim a longer and arguably more successful European culture is Greece. However, Italy can definitely claim having the biggest and longest lived empire of ancient times. Italy’s influence on the Europe has been immeasurable and as a result is a great place to start any European holiday. Italy has much to give to an enthusiastic tourist, not just the ancient sites, although these should never be overlooked. Italy boast some of the most idyllic and secluded beaches, although a cafe is rarely far away. The provincial areas match anything you will find in the French countryside and the food is better if anything. The Alps border the north of the country and Milan is the hub of all activity in this region. You can not mention Milan and not mention shopping and in particular fashion. Milan matches and in some expert opinions over shadows Paris, in the fashion world.

If by chance you feel you need a change from Italy’s beaches, then it is just a short hop over the Adriatic Sea to Croatia. This can be a day trip, you can sample a new culture for the day and be back in Italy that evening. Italy has everything to offer the traveller. It is definitely a must do on any European vacation.

Here are some facts about Italy
Official name is the Italian Republic. It is situated in South Central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland. The Seas that border it are : Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean Seas. The land mass is 301,338 km/squared and a population of approximately 60.5 million people. The capital city is Rome. Italy’s political system is a democratic republic and official language is Italian.

Map of France

map of France

France has one of the strongest tourism industries in Europe. Travelling around France has become one of those must do travel experiences. The south of France although expensive, has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Cheap tickets are available on rail and with most airlines these days, so you can really make your travel dollar/euro work for you. Group travel is especially welcomed in France and its tourist industry has a long history of catering for this kind of travel.

Like Germany you can find a tourist destination to cater for any taste. If you are planning a vacation that takes in natural wonders like mountain, forests, beaches and fields. Then nearly every region can cater for this. If you want history and culture, then every region can cater for this, especially Burgundy, Normandy and Brittany. Each region has its own culinary delights and specialities, you will find Wines, cheeses, hams, seafood, sausages and restaurants that are putting all the local delicacies on their menu’s. So a food buff touring France could spend years and not have tasted the wonders of every region.

There are few towns in the world more history rich and cosmopolitan as Paris. The capital of France has its own wonders for travellers to explore. History is everywhere in Paris, you can’t get away from it. Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe are but a few sites to visit. Every era has left its mark on Paris. From the days of the Romans through Napoleonic times to modern day. Paris has absorbed it all and is a town willing to steep itself in it’s past but also looking to the future. Whether you want to take in the tourist sites or whther you want to while taway the hours in paris’ thousands of cafe’s or whether you want to shop your heart out. Paris has it all. There are direct flights to Paris from almost any major city in the USA, Europe or for that matter almost anywhere in the world. A map of France is a must have when travelling around counry side as it can get a little confusing

Always remember to take out travel insurance, it is one of the last things we think about when travelling. However a good travel insurance policy is the best investment you can make. Make sure you read and understand what you are being covered for, as all insurance policies are definitely not equal.

Here are some facts about France
Official name is the French Republic. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Germany. The Seas that border it are : the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 547,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 61.7 million people. The capital city is Paris. Frances political system is a Unitary semi-presidential republic and the official language is French.

Map of Germany

map of Germany

Tips to consider before flying to Germany
In summer there are the amazing forests and foothills and mountains of the Alps, Great resorts on the Baltic Sea and wonderful villages to explore. In the cities there is shopping equal to that found in Milan, cafe’s equal to those found in Rome and all manner of performing arts. From street performance all the way up to opera.

However Germany is a true winter wonderland. Skiing is now very established and so are most of the other winter sports. Truely experience a white christmas, those same Alps that offer such wonderful bushwalking and natural adventure during summer become some of Europes best ski resorts. You can get a map of Germany that has all the ski resorts high lighted, I totally recommend getting a hold of it.

Although flights to Germany are cheap, you will still want to have Travel Insurance to cover any possible problems that might arise. Knowing that any eventuality will be covered by your insurance allows you to enjoy your holidays without the worry of always thinking what would happen if you lost your luggage. Being able to book a hotel if your cheap flight is cancelled is a real bonus.

Here are some facts about Germany
Official name is the Federal Republic of Germany. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Denmark, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic. The Seas that border it are : the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The land mass is 357021 km/squared and a population of approximately 61.7 million people. The capital city is Berlin. The German political system is a Federal Parliamentary Republic and the official language is German.

Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina

map of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tips to consider before flying to Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small European country on the south eastern part of Europe. It is about 51,209 sq. km in size and has an estimated population of over 4,613,414 as of July 2009. Upon looking at the map of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country is boarded by Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. There are three main ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina which are; Croat, Bosnian and Serb. The main languages spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian. The capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo.

Before you travel Bosnia and Herzegovina, make sure you are covered with a good travel insurance policy. The travel insurance policy will come in handy should you lose your luggage or fall sick during your journey. Travel insurance policies are not costly, as the policy price differ from company to company. The travel insurance takes care of you and your children in the entire period of the journey therefore, once you are covered, you can be sure you are in safe hands. You should also do some research online to find out more information about car rental services so as to get along the cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina without any problems.

There are numerous tourist attraction sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most common one is the Bascarsija, which is Sarajevo.s ancient city. Since the 15th century, it has been the meeting place as traders from Asia and other parts of Europe meet here to discuss business or simply to trade. Then there is Mostar’s Stari Most which is the old bridge between the east and west banks of the Neretva River. The bridge was built ages ago and is made up precious stones. It is a good example of the Dalmatian masonry in the western part of the Balkans. There are other breathtaking tourist sites in other major cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and more information about them can be found from the tourism board of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina experiences the four common seasons like any other country in Europe. They are summer, autumn, winter and spring. Summer seasons in Bosnia and Herzegovina are usually cool and moist with long pleasant sunshine hours.Winter seasons are usually very cold and damp. There are no heavy rains at all during summer but occasional mild showers. The best time to fly to Sarajevo is during spring. Summer is also a good season for travelling to Sarajevo, but the only problem with travelling in summer is the fact that there are numerous tourists travelling around this season, therefore, flights could be a bit expensive in summer.

Always carry with you a map of Bosnia and Herzegovina to help you get around the city. It will help you easily identify places and in case you get lost, you will find your way around the city without any fears. Sarajevo dwellers are friendly people to interact and socialize with. The only problem is that they do not speak English so communication between you and them will definitely be a tricky affair. If you wish, you can find an English speaking guide to help you around the city and other destinations around the country.

Map of Belgium

map of Belgium

Having three different national languages might make you think that travelling around Belgium would be difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact not knowing any of the languages will not hamper you. Most of the population has a good understanding of English. Beer is another thing Belgium is famous for and as a result the nightlife is incredible. You could spend your whole holiday just going from bar to bar and not get bored. They cater for every taste and the variety is astounding.

The bed and breakfast niche is covered well in Belgium and is highly recommended for those on a budget while travelling. With a mild climate similar to the netherlands, you could pretty much holiday any time of the year. One particular town that should be visited by all holiday makers is Bruge. It is considered the venice of the north and with its quaint canals and sea side living, it is a place to come and relax. Don’t forget to get yourself a good map of Belgium, to help you navigate around the country.

Three recommendations when travelling around Belgium are

  • Car rental, being such a small nation lends it perfectly to a driving holiday. This way you are in complete control of your destinations and you are never more than 5 hours away from Brussels.
  • The railways, belgium has an excellent railway network and is also a part of the Eurorail network. So travelling around Belgium by train is an easy option. Also it will be a nice and scenic way to enter and leave the country.
  • Travel Insurance, Always take out travel insurance. No matter where you go in Europe. Do this! It is always wise to have a good travel insurance policy up your sleave.

Remember there are cheap tickets available with airlines and eurorail being offered all the time. Times are tough and competition is fierce so make sure you haggle for the best price on travel you can possibly get.

Here are some facts about the Belgium
Official name is the Kingdom of Belgium. It is situated in North West Europe. Bordered by the countries : France and the Netherlands . It is bordered by the North Sea. The land mass is 30,528 km/squared and a population of approximately 10.8 million people. The capital city is Brussels The political system of the Belgium is a Federal parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy. The official languages are Dutch, French and German