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

Map of Belarus

Map of Belarus

Buses and trains are the most common means of transport in Belarus. Bus tickets are cheaper compared to train tickets but it is hard getting a bus ticket. There are car rental services available inside and outside Minsk at affordable rates. Other car rental services are available from the Minsk international airport. There are also several online car rental services online so you should not worry that getting a good car rental service may be hard or tricky. If you are intending to take a flight to Minsk,the capital city, the cheapest airport to fly into is the Minsk international airport.

Belarus experiences the four common seasons. Summer,autumn,winter and spring. Summers in Belarus are normally warm and dry with more hours of sunshine while winter on the other hand,can be extremely cold with damp and wet conditions. Once in a while, snowfalls cause hitches in the city,but the time the situation returns to normal. The best time to visit Belarus is during spring when the weather is friendly. During this season, you can do a lot of things without having any worries about the weather.

Ideal places you can find decent accommodation is in big hotels and guest houses. Both of these facilities are available within the city at affordable rates. You may pay for your accommodation using any major currency but the most preferred currency is the Belarusian ruble which is the country.s main currency.

There are many tourist attraction sites in Belarus,some of which are great but little known around the globe. Some of the main tourist attractions are; Hrodna, Minsk, and the Belavezhskaja Pushcha Nature Reserve. More information about tourism and tourist attraction links is always available from the Belarus Tourism Board. Apart from the listed tourist attraction sites, there are also museums,theatres and galleries most of which have something to showcase about the world war two.

An interesting fact about Belarus is the fact that, Belarusians enjoy slowly cooked food. They mainly eat pork and bread and their biggest meal of the day is dinner. They eat and drink very little for breakfast. Belarus has two main state holidays; the Independence Day and the Victory Day, both of which are celebrated across the country with massive fireworks display and a showcase of the Belarus military forces. To ensure you do not get lost as you travel Belarus, always carry with you a map of Belarus with directions in English.

Map of Andorra

map of Andorra

There are no words that can describe Andorra. It is simply nature.s best friend and Europe fully agrees with this fact. It is a small country in Europe located among the Pyrenees Mountains. A brief look into the map of Andorra may make you think the small country has nothing to offer. But wait till you get there, then you realize you are literally in paradise on earth. The country’s mountainous terrain is a perfect feature for extreme sport lovers.

Before flying off to travel Andorra, take time to find cheap flights and other travel essentials like a good travel insurance policy. Cheap flights are available mostly during winter when tourists are not flying to Andorra in numbers, simply because of the cold weather. Alternatively you can have cheap flights to Andorra during one of the promotional offers that mainly come in festive seasons. As of the travel insurance, confirm with your travel agency and have them advice you on the best travel insurance policies.

Andorra experiences wet, damp and cold winters and hot dry summers. It has an estimated population of 83,888 as of 2009.Andorra is the sixth smallest country in Europe and its capital city is known as Andorra La Vella,meaning Andorra of the valley. The main revenue earner of Andorra is the tourism industry which receives more than 10.2 million tourists a year.

There are interesting facts about Andorra that attract tourists to the country each year. First, Andorra.s capital, Andorra La Vella,is the highest city in Europe, standing at a remarkable elevation of 1023 meters above the sea level. Also, Andorra has the second highest human life expectancy in the world that is,82 years at birth.

Any ski loving tourist will tell you that Andorra is the best place on earth to ski. But there are other tourist attractions in Andorra as well. Eglesia de sant Esteve where you can see the Romanesque style is a must see for any tourist visiting AndorraLa Vella. It is the central place of the city so with a map of Andorra with you or even without,you will easily find the place. The winter festival held every year is another big tourist attraction. There is also the Pic de Coma Pedrosa which is the highest peak of the region and stands at 2942 meters above the sea level. Tourists can also visit museums,theaters,art galleries,parks and zoos where they can have quiet time enjoying themselves.

Your travel agency will organize everything for you. This includes a guest house or a motel, most of which are affordable and are located in the outskirts of the city. Check with your agent and confirm if it will cater for any cheap flights back home. This is very important as some agencies sometimes cause tourists inconveniences during departure time.

Finally, sum up your stay in Andorra by socializing with the city dwellers. They are friendly people with a warm heart and some form of unexplained passion for their country. Alternatively, you can drive around the city just sightseeing or even visiting gift shops to buy souvenirs. You might even be tempted to stay for more days you had not planned.

Map of Austria

map of Austria

Austria is a small land locked country in Europe. It is a small mountainous German speaking nation and is a member of the European Union. The capital of Austria is Vienna, which is located on the Eastern part of Europe. The city lies near the borders of Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. It has an estimated population of over 8,364,094 people as of 2009. The main religion in Austria is Christianity with 78 % of the population being Roman Catholics.

Before you travel Austria for that holiday or vacation, ensure that you have all the travel essentials with you. One of the most important travel basics is the travel insurance. Good travel insurance will come in handy if by bad luck, you happen to lose your luggage. It will also cater for your medical expenses should you fall sick in the middle of your journey. Check with your travel agency to know more about the best insurance policy you can buy.

You should also be keen on the weather conditions of Austria. The country experiences the four main seasons; winter, summer, autumn and spring. Winters are generally cold and damp while summers are warm and dry. Flight tickets during winter are a bit cheap compared to summer. This is because; less tourists visit Austria during winter while in the summer season most tourists want to visit Austria and enjoy the warmth that prolonged sunshine comes along with.

Once you get to Austria, you will notice the rich cultural history that the country boasts of. The well preserved past artifacts and century old festivals and practices still observed in the modern day Austria. Austria.s artistic prowess is clearly found in its architecture and magnificent structures like the Saint Stephen.s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and the Melk Abbey Centre. Austria is also home to one of the world.s greatest composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Compared to other European countries, Austria has the richest culture and affluence in Europe.

There are numerous activities you can enjoy in Austria as a tourist. The most popular of these activities are hiking and skiing. This is because of Austria.s mountainous terrain which makes it suitable for extreme winter sports and activities. If you are a skier or want to learn how to ski, be sure to have a wonderful experience in Austria. One can also enjoy mountain biking on some of Austria.s bike friendly terrains.

For those who do not enjoy outdoor activities and sports there are theaters,art galleries museums, parks and zoos within the city. You can spend time in famous galleries within Vienna and have a look at Mozart.s masterpieces in major galleries. Have the map of Austria with you so as to easily find your way back to your guest house or motel should you get lost. If the map does not turn out to be helpful, just ask the city residents for directions. A good number of them understand English and can converse with you well. Getting lost only happens in rare circumstances as there is always a tour guide to show you around the city and other famous places.