5 for Couples Traveling Abroad – Part 1

When planning a romantic getaway you are excited and filled with anticipation of a holiday filled with romance, fun and maybe even a bit of adventure. Before the hugging, cuddling and kissing can begin you need to properly prepare for your trip. Here are the five tips to get your vacation started on the right track.

Tip #1: Every country has a recommendation for immunization. Be sure to check with your state department when traveling abroad. A friend of mine just returned from India with a stomach virus. It was several doctor visits before she got a correct diagnosis of C. Difficile; and now she’s having a hard time getting rid of it. And my co-worker got malaria on his visit to Africa. You don’t want to catch a virus or disease while traveling abroad and bring it back to your home country. Needless to say medical costs can be expensive and there is the danger you could make others sick as well. So, be sure to get your immunization shots even if you hate needles. Bite the bullet and get it done. Staying healthy during and after your trip is the first step to a wonderful vacation.

Tip #2: Check the expiration date on your passport. While packing for my last trip to Mexico with a few friends, I pulled out my passport three days before the trip and was shocked to discover it had expired. Oh my God!

Let me tell you it is possible to get a passport in three days – but it ain’t pretty.

I live in Chicago and the only place I could get a short-notice appointment in a passport office was in Houston. I had to change flights to go to Houston first (an extra $200 cost). I had to leave work two days early (unpaid days off). While waiting in the passport office the computers went down. I waited there all day and they did not come back online. I came back the next day. System was down all day but I waited praying it would come back online. It came back at 4:00pm and the office closed at 4:30pm. Only a fraction of the 100 people waiting for a passport received them that day ($150 cost). My name was the next to last name called.

Despite my deep breathing exercises, my stress level was off the chart. That expired passport was both a time-consuming and expensive delay and it almost didn’t happen. Learn from my mistake. Make sure you check your passport and any necessary visas required for your trip weeks ahead of time.

Tip #3: When traveling abroad purchase medical travel insurance to cover you and your family members. If you’re pregnant make sure you check the policy carefully. There are some travel insurance companies whose policies do not cover pregnant travelers.

Tip #4: Be sure to check the expected weather for your travel destination. While traveling around all summer to hot locals, I forgot to check the weather in Peru, my final destination. It was winter in Peru and the temperature was in the 50’s. A little cool for my shorts and flip-flops. I had to buy sweaters and a jacket. Do not assume the weather will be similar to where you live. This is rarely the case.

Tip #5: Buy trip cancellation insurance. If you have to cancel or delay your trip at the last-minute it can be costly, so you want to be covered.

These tips can help you have a smooth and worry-free vacation. Hopefully, a romantic getaway filled with hugging, cuddling and kissing.

Marseille Top Attractions, Nightlife, Shopping and Travel Information

Marseille is also known as massalia. It is the most popular city in the France with the population of about 14, 20,000 urban peoples. There is France’s largest commercial port in the Marseille and third largest metropolitan area in the France. Marseille is situated on the south east cost of the France. As in the Paris and Lyon it is divided into municipal arrondissements. Marseille has 16 municipal arrondissements in the city. And each one has its councils there are about 303 councils in the city.

The last municipal elections are done in 2008. Marseille has divided into cantons also and has 25 cantons with member of general councils. The name European capital of culture is also given to Marseille. The education system of Marseille is very good as there are three universities in the Marseille named as university de Provence aix Marseille I, de la mediterrranee aix Marseille II, paul cezanne aix Marseille III.

Weather and when to visit

The climate of Marseille is divided into different seasons like summer, winters etc. In summers the temperature is about 27c to 30c, and temperature may rise in the month of July and august. These two months are the hottest months in the summer. In the winters the temperature is about 9c to 10c in the month of December and January. France is also known for mistral, it is a strong and cold wind. Which comes from valleys of Rhône and Durance River and the average speed of wind is about 50 km per hour. Summer season is also called holiday/best season to visit the Marseille, the month from July to September are the best months to visit.

Top Attractions

There are many theatres in the Marseille named as la criee, la gymnase and tourskey. There are many arts and literatures. One of the music hall “The Alcazar” is well known.

Opera house– it is situated nearby the old port. It is also historic place to visit in 1919 it was almost completely destroyed by the fire. But later it was reconstructed in art deco style. In a year there are about 6 to 7 stages of opera are held in Marseille.

La vieille charite is the place which is now functioning as a museum and cultural centre in the Marseille. It is made between 1671 and 1749 in baroque style. It includes a research library and a school of advance studies in the social science. On the first floor there is museum of Mediterranean archaeology. On the second floor there is another museum of art of Africa, which includes collection of artefacts and trophy heads from South Africa.

La Cathedral de la Nouvelle Major itwas built in 19th century, it has various features like sculpture and mosaics are used in this building.

Shopping and hotels

For shopping there are many shops like: – arts and crafts, books shop, cards, cloths, charity shops.

There are many hotels such as: -hotel le orbusier, hotel mascotte, le petit nice, sofitel Marseille vieux port, in these hotels you can get many facilities like restaurant, bar, jogging track, wading pool, fitness club, mini library, laundry service and dry cleaning.

How to reach

Train facility is very good to travel from London to Marseille, from London to Paris there is Eurostar facility to travel and after that, one can travel from the Paris to Marseille by TGV, and the distance is about 750km.

There is also an air service to travel from Paris to Marseille. The nearest airport in the Marseille is Marseille Provence airport is situated in marignane. There are two terminals of the airport. Bus facility is also there to reach Marseille; there are many international bus stands in the Marseille.

Local Customs and More on a Blog

Experienced travellers claim that you should travel light on luggage and heavy on knowledge. Genuine globetrotters point out that everywhere you go, the hotels, restaurants, and shops will have everything you need. Moreover, if you keep your suitcase empty on your outbound trip, you have lots of room for all the great one-of-a-kind items you will pick-up on your travels. You cannot and should not, however, keep your mind more than half empty, leaving yourself vulnerable to hijackers, pirates, and international incidents. Reading a good blog, you can develop an experienced traveler’s wisdom and insight without ever leaving home.

Rules, regulations, and requirements

A blog will detail the rules, regulations, requirements, and laws governing travel to any destination on earth. Learn whether you need special documents or identification; should you carry your passport and birth certificate wherever you go? Learn whether you need proof of vaccination to enter the country; should you protect yourself against malaria, smallpox, and other contagious diseases relatively uncommon in Europe and North America? What will you do if you are injured during your travels abroad; will your insurance protect you, or should you purchase extra “trip insurance”? Can you drive a car through the country; what are the rules of the road? A blog breaks-down all the information into its main ideas and details, placing emphasis where it belongs and adding information only the locals would know.

Currency and exchange rates

Although the vendors and merchants will help you with all your transactions, you should know enough about the currency and values that you can tell the difference between a genuine bargain and an over-priced touristy curio. A blog will advise you to carry a pocket calculator or get an app for that, so that you can go comfortably from dollars to Euros to rupees or pesos. When you have mastered the math, move on to mastering the etiquette of tipping: to whom do you offer a gratuity, and how much is enough? Perhaps most importantly, a blog will advise you about shopping-what about tariffs, duties, customs fees, and other costs. That little trinket that seemed like the most awesome bargain in the universe may become your most expensive mistake if you do not prepare in advance.

Customs and courtesies

Learn a little bit about common courtesies in the countries on your itinerary. A blog will advise you about the consequences of asking for a fork in Japan or China, the complications of violating a local’s “personal space” in New York, and the ramifications of belching or becoming belligerent in an Australian pub. What about handshakes, bows, and hugs? Who does what, when and why? People in California and Colorado believe in hug-at-first-sight; other places not so much. Women may discreetly inquire about proper headwear: what does one wear as she visits the Vatican, takes tea with the Queen, or travels anywhere in Iran?