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Best Countries For History Buffs

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Some people want sun and sand, others want adventure, and some people just want great food and drink. But you might not be bothered about any of that. Maybe it’s a rich historical heritage that you’re looking for. Your family might roll their eyes when they find out that you’re taking them around yet another museum, but exploring the history of a country doesn’t have to be dull. There are all sorts of places that you can see history up close and personal, rather than behind a glass case in a museum. If you want to plan a historical trip that the whole family can get behind, try one of these countries.

Cambodia

Temple Angkor Wat Cambodia

Cambodia has had a very rich, but troublesome history and you can see some of the remnants of it today. The temples at Angkor Wat are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good reason. It’s the largest religious monument in the world. The stunning temple complex, boasting some of the most impressive architectural features in the world, was originally built as a Hindu temple in the 12th century and has since been adapted into a Buddhist temple. These days, it draws tourists from all over the world who are keen to marvel at its grandeur. Interestingly, it’s the only temple in the country that faces west.

Peru

If you want to visit the site of one of the most iconic ancient empires in the history of the world, look no further than Peru. The remnants of the ancient Inca civilization have been perfectly preserved. G Adventure Peru Treks are the best way to see the amazing temples and cities, set in the heart of the deep jungles. The people that live in Peru are still very traditional so you can get a glimpse of what life might have been like in these ancient civilizations and find a truly unique vacation experience.

Egypt

Egyptian Pyramid Pyramids Sphinx Stone Egypt

If there’s one place in the world that’s famous for its impressive historical monuments, it’s Egypt. The pyramids are an iconic feature, recognized by everybody in the world. The main sites to see are the pyramids in Gaza, the Great Phoenix, and the Valley of the Kings. The atmosphere that you find there is something that you can’t find anywhere else. Visitors to the area always report that one of the best things about it is the way that it transports you back to that ancient civilization.

Rome

Once the centre of the most powerful empire in the world, that shaped modern society in numerous ways, Rome is littered with so many amazing sites of historical interest. The big tourist attractions like the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus are all incredible sights to see, but they’re just the well known ones. The entire city is full of amazing renaissance and Baroque buildings so every street is a historical wonderland.

It’s always a struggle to get your family on board with educational outings, especially if you’ve got young kids. But if you take them to one of these countries you can be sure that you won’t get any complaints.

Travelling For Two: Secret Solutions For Holidaying When Pregnant

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Vacations are the highlight of anyone’s year, right? And, if you’re in the habit, you won’t want to put it off for anything. Not even the baby bump that graces you for nine months when you’re pregnant. After all, this will be your last chance to go away and kick back. It’s understandable you wouldn’t want to give that up!

The good news is, there’s nothing to stop you going on vacation during pregnancy. As long as you don’t go when you’re due to pop, of course. In fact, the relaxing nature of a holiday can work wonders for pregnancy. The more chilled you are, the better it is for the baby, after all.

That said, it would be naive to assume that a pregnant vacation is all plain sailing. There are some steps you need to take to ensure things run smoothly. And, we’re going to look at them here.

Talk to your doctor or midwife

Before anything, you should take the time to talk to your doctor or midwife. Tell them what you’re planning and get their honest opinion about whether it’s safe. They’ll be able to do checks on baby and you, and let you know whether you’d be risking anything by going away. They’ll also be able to inform you if you’re too late to be leaving home. They can also develop coping mechanisms and plans for if anything does happen when you’re far from home.

Consider staying close to home

If your doctor’s uncertain about the safety of flying, you could always consider a staycation instead. If you’re facing problems in your pregnancy, flying might be too much of a risk. But, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. You could always drive to a part of the country you’ve never been to before. It’ll feel like a holiday, but without the stress of getting on a plane pregnant!

Pack wisely

No matter where you’re going, it’s essential you pack wisely. Your comfort should be at the forefront of your mind. As such, you might need to pack extra pillows or other forms of support. You can forget about those high heels, too. Take comfortable shoes which ease your ankles. It’s also worth stocking up on some new maternity wear from companies like Peekaboo Baby. That way, you can ensure you’ve got a sunny day wardrobe which will fit your new figure.

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Take it easy

We all vacation in different ways. Some of us love to laze by the pool, while others embrace every task with gusto. If you’re in the latter group, you’re probably used to being pretty busy when you go away. But, you can forget that this time around. Leave the jet skis for a future vacation. For now, keep in mind that you need to stay safe and calm at all times. If sitting on sun loungers doesn’t appeal, settle for strolling around local villages and enjoying the sights. The fast-paced stuff just won’t serve you well in your condition!

Off The Beaten Path: Easy Ways To Make Your Vacation A Little More Unique

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There are few things more exciting than travelling to a new place and getting to experience that strange, unfamiliar excitement. Being able to find new places and experience things that you’d never otherwise have a chance to. However, for a lot of people, it can start to feel as though you’re doing the same things over and over again. Even when you go to a new place, it can get a little bit boring if you’re only ever doing the same, basic tourist things every time. With that in mind, here are a few simple things that you might want to try in order to go off the beaten path and make your vacation just a little bit more unique.

Find new ways to get around

When it comes to getting around on vacation, there are plenty of options, but a lot of people rely on either renting a car or getting something like an Uber to drive them around. But why not try something a bit different. Why not hop on a local bus and see where it takes you? Or, if you’re by the sea and you wanted to try something particularly fun you could always hire a boat and explore the coast that way. Finding new ways to get around can often totally change the way that you experience a place, even somewhere that you’ve been before multiple times.

Put away the map

You can always tell the tourist by the map that they’re carrying all of the time. Sure, we’ve replaced giant fold-out paper maps with our smartphones, but the basic idea is still the same. Instead, why not ditch the map for a little while? Say you’re walking around a city, you’re not sure what to do, and you want to find something a little more unusual and surprising. If that’s the case, then one of the best things that you can do is just to get a little bit lost. Wander around for a while, let your feet guide you. Sure, you might not find much of interest, but you might also come across something truly strange and remarkable. Most places have a few hidden gems tucked away here and there.

Ask the locals

Of course, if you really want a flavour of what a place is like, the guidebook isn’t going to help you. All a guidebook can do is show you the kinds of places that tourists go already. If you want a really authentic experience then why not just ask the locals? Most people are pretty friendly and (provided you both speak the same language) are often willing to help you get the most out of your trip. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a guided tour.

Of course, it’s important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with wanting something a little bit more familiar. After it’s your vacation and if you want something more comfortable then that’s totally fine. However, it’s nice to be able to have the option to take the road less travelled just in case the desire should take you at some point during your vacation.

Dog-Friendly Travel Tips

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Traveling with kids can be difficult, but, sometimes taking your furry friend away with you can be even harder. Dogs, much like children like the safety of a routine and find holidays distressing. This can lead to poor behaviour, changes in eating patterns or even illnesses. But, this shouldn’t stop you from going away with your pet and having a brilliant break. Finding ways to holiday with an animal can mean your family gets a lovely, fun vacation without having to leave a vital member behind.

The Journey

The best way to travel with an animal is by car. They’re safe, comfortable and in a familiar environment. But, you still need to be prepared. Take your dog on some long car journey’s beforehand, so it’s not new to them. Try to make their space in the car as comfortable as possible by taking their favourite blankets and toys, perhaps even their bed if it fits to make them feel safe. Then, make sure you take them for a long walk before you start your journey. This way they’ll have had plenty of time to do their business, and you might even tire them out that much that they sleep for most of it.

Accommodation

Where do you plan to stay while you are away? Some campsites and even hotels are pet-friendly, but you’ll need to check. You might want to check out the Best caravan for travelling with kids and pets. A caravan reduces a lot of stress and can be an excellent home away from home. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you plan to travel a lot. You wouldn’t want to see the country without your best friend after all.

Go for a Check Up

Head to the vets a few weeks before you are due to travel to make sure your dog is in good shape. Make sure his vaccinations and wormings are up to date and ask for some motion sickness medication while you are there, as some dogs struggle with car travel.

Be Prepared

Dogs all have very different temperaments, and you probably know yours very well. So, think about how changes have affected them in the past and how you could do things differently to avoid the same reactions. You may even find your dog tries to run away when you reach your destination, so keep a firm hold.

Stick to Their Diet

cute puppy chewing

Dogs can find adapting to a new diet difficult, just like some people. So, take enough of their favourite foods with you to avoid any upset stomachs and make sure they are eating enough.

Research Location

dog at the beach wet

Take a good look at your destination and do some research online. Is it known for ticks, fleas or anything else that could harm your pet? Try to pick somewhere safe.

Check Out the Facilities

Make sure there are plenty of dog-friendly facilities nearby. Things to look out for include parks, beaches where they are allowed off their leash and restaurants and cafes that allow animals inside.

Taking your pet on holiday can be fantastically good fun. Just make sure you are prepared and make the change as easy as possible for them.

Road Trip Checklist

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Road trips are incredibly exciting. Is there anything better than packing up your car or caravan and hitting the road to see somewhere new? Now so many of us make regular big trips, flying all over the world whenever we can, the sheer joy that comes with traveling can be easily lost. When it comes to a long road trip, the destination is fantastic, but it’s the journey that makes it special.

While road trips come with a brilliant sense of freedom, there are some essentials that you can’t afford to forget. Here’s a quick road trip checklist to help.

winding mountain highway

Car Checks

The absolute first thing on any road trip checklist should be car safety and caravan repairs if you are taking one. When we’re driving about at home, we assume our car is fine. We take it in for a service and get it seen if we have concerns, but few of us perform regular safety checks. It’s essential that you do so before any long road trip. Some of the things you need to check include:

• Tyre tread and pressure (don’t forget the spare)
• Engine
• Oil levels
• Brake fluid
• Engine coolant
• Screen wash
• Foot and hand brakes

If you are taking a caravan, it’s essential that you also check out quality caravan service and repairs to make sure it’s in good condition before you travel. Repairs on the road could be costly.

Route Check

Think about your navigation options. Do you want to use a satellite navigation system, or stick to a good old-fashioned map? Either way, sit down and look at a map beforehand and plan your route. Check online for any changes to the roads and make sure your satellite navigation system is up to date.

Packing List

When it comes to packing clothes and toiletries, it vastly depends on where you are going and for how long. So, write yourself a personal checklist and remember to include the essentials such as medication, sunscreen, insect repellent and fashion must-haves.

Plan Overnight Stays

If you are going on a long journey, you will need to plan any overnight stops along the way. If you plan on sticking to a firm itinerary and like your comforts and fancy some luxury after a day in the car, book hotels for stops along the way. Alternatively, if it’s freedom and flexibility you are after, pack a tent and camping equipment or look for caravan parks you can pitch up at along your route.

Documentation

Be sure to pack booking documents, ID, insurance documents and passports if you need them. Keep these safely in the front of your car for easy access.

Snacks

One thing all good road trips need is snacks and drinks. Think about everything you need and make sure you get filling and nutritious options as well as sweets.

Games

This is especially essential if you are traveling with children. Think about games you can play along the way and look at travel games online for some ideas.

First Aid

Make sure you’ve got a well-stocked first aid kit for the journey. Include plasters, bandages, anti-histamines and anti-bacterial wipes at the very least.

That’s it; you are good to go! Have a great road trip.

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