Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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Do you want to visit Brazil, but it’s difficult for you to decide the best to time to do so?

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro Skyline

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Well, the most popular period for going to Brazil is December through March.

This is the season when Brazilians have summer vacation, and it’s the timeframe of the most popular Carnival in the world – which takes place just before Lent, sometime between early February and the middle of March.

Prices during this period are significantly higher, and there are not always enough rooms in the hotels.

So if you are interested in visiting Rio de Janeiro for the festivities, it is highly recommended to reserve accommodations several months before traveling.

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Rio de Janeiro is quite hot from December to March, so the off-seasons from April to June and from August to November could be ideal times for your trip. It can also be rather cool in July.

The Amazon Rainforest has high humidity year round, and the average temperature there is about 27 degrees; however, it can go up to about 35 degrees.

The period from December to March is a little rainier than the rest of the year; however, as a rule, the weather becomes warmer when it’s raining – but not for more than an hour.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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The Pantanal (wetlands): the best time to tour is from June to August when the water level is lower and lagoons are more accessible.

Northeast beaches, including Resif and El Salvador, are terrific places to go as they are sunny and warm throughout the year.

April through October is also a good timeframe for visiting Rio de Janeiro. The advantage of going here, or any place in Brazil, during this period is that the temperatures are not very high and the number of tourists is low, so you can enjoy a calmer and more pleasant atmosphere in the city.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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Capital: Brasilia

Currency: Brazilian Real BRL

Population: 207,350,000 people (2017 estimate).

Brazil is a country of tremendous beauty. The dazzling beaches and boundless rainforests display only part of the magnificence that millions of tourists expect to find here.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil is an extremely rich territory with over 2000 beaches and more than 1000 islands off its Atlantic coast.

The culture of Brazil has been formed over hundreds of years by people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That diverse heritage is expressed in the art and architecture of historical cities, as well as the holidays and the richness of Brazilian cuisine.

Tips for Visiting Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian Carnival

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The brightest celebrations of Brazil, especially the ones that take place in Rio de Janeiro, are well known around the world for their scope, chic, and fun.

The most exciting cultural events are, of course, the famous Brazilian Carnival and New Year’s. Many guests dream of being part of these tremendous events!

In 2018, the dates of Carnival in Rio are February 10-13. Be prepared to book flights and hotels well in advance, as people make reservations six months ahead of this renowned happening.

 

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Exciting Cave Nightclub in Trinidad, Cuba

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You may have heard of the wonderful city of Trinidad in central Cuba. It is known for its colonial history and old cobblestone streets.

Exciting Cave Nightclub in Trinidad. Ayala nightclub. Trinidad

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Among the city’s major attractions are the Museo Romántico, Palacio Brunet mansion, Museo de Arquitectura Colonial, and Palacio de Cantero. But there is one spot that differs from anything else you can experience in this tremendous location. (more…)

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Best Places for 5 O’clock Afternoon Tea in London

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What could be more charming than having afternoon tea in the heart of England?

Just imagine you are sitting in a small café looking out the window onto a busy street in London.

Outside it is mild, a little obscure and foggy; the London weather makes your afternoon even more pleasant. You sense the aroma of a traditional English bakery as you observe the people sitting at nearby tables. Isn’t that a lovely vision?

Best Places for 5 O’clock Afternoon Tea in London

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Five o’clock tea is a quaint, long-lasting English custom. It all started during the days of Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who was a lifetime friend of Queen Victoria. Before then, the English were in the habit of eating only two meals a day, having breakfast early in the morning and taking the second meal late in the evening.

Weary of late afternoon hunger and inactivity, Anna initiated an innovation that has become one of the oldest and most esteemed culinary traditions in Europe.

YYZ Travel Advisors have made a list of five cafes in London that should not be overlooked, where you can choose from a wide variety of teas, delicious baked goods, and scrumptious deserts.

Best Places for 5 O’clock Afternoon Tea in London

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THE GORING HOTEL

A wonderfully flavored traditional English tea has been served here for more than 100 years. Tea and  gastronomy experts give this place their highest evaluation – plain but tasty food and flawless service.

At 5 o’clock they serve a special set menu with Darjeeling tea, a glass of wine, and a savory snack of lobster and eggs. We suggest you don’t miss the chance to try the delightful pastries that are also available there.

It is no wonder that in days past a frequent visitor to The Goring might have spotted Catherine Middleton – just before she became Duchess of Cambridge.

Best Places for 5 O’clock Afternoon Tea in London

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CLARIDGE’S

Traditional yet very stylish and up-to-date, this café is a must-visit place for every guest coming to London.

Claridge’s is popular for having not just one but two tea ceremonies – in the morning and in the afternoon – featuring a big tea card, live music (with melodies from the 1920s), and a  fashionable menu of salmon and fennel sandwiches, four types of freshly baked rolls, plus a selection of amazing desserts.  

Afterward, a walk in Hyde Park is strongly recommended.

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SAVOY

 The Thames Foyer was always a place where you could show yourself off and observe others strutting their stuff. The after-dinner teas are highly popular in London and have become a prime reason to visit the Savoy Hotel.

In the evening, savor the sandwich menu of eggs, cheeses, salmon and mango, as well as fresh pastries with strawberries and cream, éclairs, and macaroons.

In addition, you can enjoy a glass of Champaign while listening to wonderful piano playing.

Best Places for 5 O’clock Afternoon Tea in London

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GEORGE

This café is acclaimed by many visitors for its delicious deserts as well as the excellent bakery and cocktail menus. Here you can mingle with a variety of visitors from fashionable socialites to lovers of tradition.

We recommend that you try The Earl’s Tea, Chamomile Flute, and Queen’s Tipple — a mix of green tea, cucumbers and roses. You should definitely try this terrific combination.

The Queen would certainly say, “Yes!”

THE LANESBOROUGH

This is an amazing option for those who take tea ceremonies seriously.

Here everything is done in the best traditions: a tea sommelier serves you the most popular types of tea in the country, and the Michelin-starred hotel chef composes numerous variations of individual offerings.

All activities are held in the luxury restaurant Apsleys, and the ceremony itself has earned every award possible.

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Visit a living fairytale: Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is an extraordinary destination – an unimaginably surreal landscape shaped by the forces of nature and human history. Take it all in from a sunrise hot air balloon tour before exploring Göreme Open Air Museum. Rejuvenate with a soak at a traditional hammam. Watch the sun set over an exquisite meal at Lil’a, then retire to an opulent suite at a one-of-a-kind luxury cave hotel. 

Visit a living fairytale: Cappadocia

MUST-DO EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the rock-cut Byzantine monasteries and Christian churches of the Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Soar over vast valleys, volcanic peaks, and fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon.
  • Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view from atop Uçhisar Castle.
  • Admire the well-preserved frescoes at Elmalı Kilise, a 12th-century church.
  • Visit an underground city, carved into the soft rock thousands of years ago.
  • Stay at a luxury cave hotel, nestled under the cliffs of Uçhisar Castle.
  • Take a moonlight horseback ride across the dramatic landscape.
  • Soak in the therapeutic Ziga thermal springs.
  • Discover the hidden backcountry trails by foot or mountain bike.
  • Savor exquisite regional cuisine at Lil’a Restaurant (at the Museum Hotel).

Visit a living fairytale: Cappadocia

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Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoon

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Every couple wants to make their honeymoon as awesome as possible – a stupendous, unforgettable experience. It can be difficult, however, to make all the arrangements necessary to have such a great trip.

Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoon

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Experienced YYZ Travel Agents have made a list of things to avoid when planning your perfect getaway:

Don’t leave everything to the last moment

You should book your trip at least six months in advance. It is also important to reserve the most popular hotels and resorts, and to plan excursions to top sights and attractions.

Not knowing exactly what you want

A common mistake that a lot of couples make is that they don’t approach the decision with exact ideas of what they really want to get from their honeymoon.

The ideal plan for a perfect wedding includes a honeymoon destination and activities that will absolutely suit the bride and groom. It should be a joint effort to come up with a holiday that will be comfortable and enjoyable for both newlyweds.

Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoon

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Copying someone else’s honeymoon

If you hear about the wonderful honeymoon your friends had in Europe or the incredible time someone spent at a Caribbean destination – it doesn’t mean that you would also enjoy such a vacation.

It is totally normal for different couples to like different activities. So, before using someone else’s idea of a perfect honeymoon, remember that for you it might not be so awesome. The best way is to consult a travel agent who will advise you on the best destinations and activities – and then make all the arrangements.

Relying on the Internet

Google can give you some good ideas, but don’t rely too heavily on Internet sources because they often have outdated information, or they don’t tell you about certain “hidden gems” at a location.

Sometimes the information is incomplete or even wrong; you never know if the source is exactly reliable or not. So again, the best idea is to consult a travel advisor who knows everything about your honeymoon destination.

Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoon

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Not seeking professional advice

The ideal honeymoon is a perfectly romantic holiday with no problems and nothing but happiness. Any travel agent will tell you that planning a honeymoon is not as easy as it might seem. Isn’t it better to hire a professional who will guarantee that your trip is the best possible, rather than spend the same amount doing everything yourself?

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How to make it “Despacito” in Puerto Rico

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How to make it “Despacito” in Puerto Rico

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It has been a few months since the famous Latin American song “Despacito” (“Little by Little, Softly”) was released, and in that time it has garnered more than three billion views on YouTube! Despite being published in January, the song can rightly be considered an anthem for summer 2017.

Thanks to the great performing artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rico has become a top destination for millions of tourists, and its popularity continues to grow.

Today we are going to make suggestions for splendid holidays you can have in Puerto Rico by following the lyrics of the song:

How to make it “Despacito” in Puerto Rico. Despacito Puerto Rico

“Vamos a hacerlo en una playa en Puerto Rico” (“Let’s do it on a beach in Puerto Rico”)

What’s the main reason people come to this stunning island for vacation? Beaches – of course! The sparkling white-sand coastline, exquisite scenery, palm groves, and terrific undersea life exemplify Puerto Rico’s undeniable reputation as a great place to visit.

If you are looking for a high-class beach holiday, you should definitely come here! But let’s be more specific: What are the acclaimed tourist getaways and “playas” that Luis Fonsi sings about in his hit?

  • Flamenco Beach (Location: Culebra Island – known for gorgeous diving sites, shallow coastal waters, and sparkling white sand)
  • Playa Sucia (Location: Cabo Rojo – one of the most popular sites for Puerto Ricans; seems to be undiscovered so far by tourists)
  • Sun Bay Beach (Location: Vieques Island, a large coastline with palm trees and sparkling sands)
  • Ocean Park Beach (Location: San Juan – relaxing, rather secluded, and extremely romantic)
  • Isla Verde Beach (one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Rico; here you can enjoy numerous hotels and beach activities)
  • Playa Tortuga (Location: near Culebrita Island; accessible only by boat)
  • Barrero Beach (Located on Rincon, Puerto Rico’s west coast – a most romantic getaway)
  • Isla Palomonitos (a real heaven on earth; Location: Puerto Rico’s east coast)
How to make it “Despacito” in Puerto Rico

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“Tengo que bailar contigo hoy”  (“I have to dance with you today”)

For those who love dancing, the islands of Puerto Rico offer a range of local dances you can try to better explore the culture and get a feel for Latin rhythm. Join a variety of street and night clubs or take part in dance festival activities during your vacation; you will never regret giving the experience a go!

A famous and truly exalted popular dance in Puerto Rico, MERENGUE, is so well known that its rhythm is widely used in modern songs of famous Latin artists such as Shakira, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, and Enrique Iglesias. Merengue was first composed in the Dominican Republic; in Puerto Rico it has two variations:  classic and figure merengue, which differ by steps and style of dance.

How to make it “Despacito” in Puerto Rico. Salsa

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Another popular dance is PLENA, which is dancing in pairs, but originally partners danced separately. Some variations of plena dancing are accompanied by drum beats.

BOMBA is an active, vivid, and very Puerto Rican dance. Developed at the end of the 19th century, it was initially used to commemorate baptisms and was mainly celebrated by West African slaves. The dance consists of fast steps, quick moves, and a very seductive rhythm.

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Mykonos – a True Greek Paradise

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Mykonos is a Greek island with luxury resorts and a festive indulgent atmosphere – which is why it is often compared to such top party spots as Ibiza and Saint Tropez.

The island is a paradise for tourists, romantic couples. and solo travelers. Besides regular parties and events with internationally known DJ’s, Mykonos has a lot of other opportunities to offer travelers.

Mykonos - a True Greek Paradise. Mykonos

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The flow of tourists here increases every year, and the number of hotels, luxury resorts, seaside bars, nightclubs and tourist activities are likewise mushrooming.

Mykonos is famous for its kite- and wind-surfing centers. If you like active vacations – visit one of the popular surf clubs and enjoy a ride: Windsurf Center Mykonos in Kalafati Beach or Kite Mykonos at Korfos Beach.

You can also take a cruise around the islands of Mykonos on a traditional tour boat or yacht: this is a superb opportunity to explore the area from the sea and enjoy romantic views of the Greek shoreline. Such activity is perfect for romantic couples and tourist groups.

Mykonos - a True Greek Paradise

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Mykonos is also a fantastic venue to enjoy snorkeling and diving. Marine life of the island is unbelievably beautiful, and the vibrant colors of the undersea world will amaze you. Snorkeling is available on Tragonissi or Dragonissi, islets located near the coast of Mykonos in the Aegean Sea – which are popular among those who are fond of underwater photography, diving, and marine life in general.

Mykonos is greate place for travel

The area surrounding the islets is protected by the Natura 2000 project because of the seals living in the coastal waters. Romantic, inspirational, and awesome –  Mykonos is a place where you can get away from everything, forget about daily routines, and enjoy a Mediterranean holiday.

Mykonos - a True Greek Paradise

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Don’t forget about local cuisine, which is more than acceptable – it is a must-try experience that should be on your list of most important pursuits. Try Mykonian spinach pie (Spanakopita), a traditional Greek dish popular around the world, loved by locals and visitors alike.

If you would like to savor other gastronomic favorites of the local cuisine – try cheese tyrovolia, noumboulo (smoked pork fillet), delicious sausages, typical Mykonos meze, and famous mostra. Remember that the culture and traditions of the island are well perceived through its gastronomy; sampling various restaurant dishes and home cooking will help you  to know more about the Island itself.

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The Cutest Pet Cafes around the Globe

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There is a famous quote: “The journey of life is sweeter when traveled with a dog.” We totally agree with this statement by Bridget Willoughby.

It is always more pleasant and fun to travel with your pet, to explore new countries and continents together; however, it is not always possible. In cases when you don’t take a pet with you on a trip, or if you don’t have any pets but really love animals, you can go to special pet cafes.

Here is a list of the cutest ones:

Harry Hedgehog Cafe

Tokyo, Japan

The Cutest Pet Cafes around the Globe. Harry Hedgehog & Bunny Cafe

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Tokyo is one of the most pet friendly capitals in the world. Here, in the heart of Japanese culture, the level of cuteness is extremely high; this is one of the main features of Japan.

You can see a lot of animal cafes in Tokyo, as they are really popular here. Relatively small but very pleasant, Harry Hedgehog Cafe is located in the hip Roppongi neighborhood. You can take pictures of the adorable animals and even pose with them. But don’t forget to make reservations in advance as the place is extremely popular among city guests and tourists.  

Thank Nature Cafe

Seoul, South Korea

The Cutest Pet Cafes around the Globe

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This café is cute and delightful. It seems completely normal when you look at it from the street, so visitors may get quite a surprise upon entering. Here, in the capital of South Korea, you can have a meal while surrounded by sheep!

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience made possible through “Thank Nature Cafe” in Seoul. Don’t worry – the sheep are calm and amiable; plus, they are used to people and very agreeable with kids.

Meow Parlour

New York City, USA

The Cutest Pet Cafes around the Globe

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Nowadays, cats are not just the most popular animals on the Internet. Here in the so-called second capital of the USA, there are a lot of pet-friendly cafes. Most of them have cats on-site, which makes the ambiance of these places so cozy and homelike that you’ll want to come back again and again.

What is interesting: Meow Parlour not only offers food for people, but it also has plenty of different snacks for cats. Moreover, if you come with your children during certain hours, you can enjoy special programs for kids.

Crumbs & Whiskers

Los Angeles, USA

The Cutest Pet Cafes around the Globe

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Here is another friendly cafe in the United States which is well-known for being the first cat cafe in the City of Angels. They serve a lot of brightly decorated desserts and drinks, but most importantly, a percentage of the purchase price of every dish you order is donated to cats in need.

What is interesting: those cats live on the premises of the café, so you help the exact kitties you are holding and playing with. Isn’t that super cute?!

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Cheap flights to Puerto Rico

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Cheap flights to Puerto Rico

No matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, Puerto Rico is where you want to be! The famous Caribbean island is warm and inviting, with lush geography and plenty of culture and excitement.

The Castillo San Cristobal is the kind of destination that you’ll never forget, and Hacienda Buena Vista will delight coffee-lovers and fans of natural beauty alike. Pack your bags, the amazing Puerto Rico awaits!

Cheap flights to Puerto Rico. The old rusted and deserted military tank of Flamenco beach on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra.

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Cheap flights to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s famous Old San Juan – Where history and holiday collide!

Puerto Rico is rich with history and tradition, and the impact of that heritage is nowhere more present than in Old San Juan.

Cheap flights to Puerto Rico. The edge and coastline of the El Morro Castle in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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With stunning architectural design found in places like the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and Castillo San Cristobal, you’ll think you’ve gone back in time.

And with the stunning natural beauty of La Coca Waterfalls only forty minutes away, you’ll never be far from where you want to be.

Discover The Puerto Rico region

The island of Puerto Rico has an approximate population of 3.4 million and is an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, the rich history is still visible in many parts of the island. Music is a major part of life on the island, with many influences from Spanish and African cultures.

Cheap flights to Puerto Rico. View of the coast from the cemetery at Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Across the island there is no shortage of attractions to see or things to do. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, mountain peaks, hiking trails or beaches, or architectural marvels like the Castillo Serralles, Puerto Rico has everything you’re looking for!

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Why a Travel Agent is a Traveler’s Friend

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Why a Travel Agent is a Traveler's Friend

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The travel industry is changing rapidly – especially with the Internet easily accessible from practically any point in the world. A lot of travelers have decided to book flights, hotels, and tours by themselves. Some were pleased by being able to do everything independent of travel agencies, and some were not satisfied with arranging travel on their own. Today we are going to cover the most important issues for any traveler to consider when deciding whether to use the services of a travel advisor or to plan their own trip

When you are thinking about a future trip, you imagine it a certain way. You want to get particular emotions, experience specific activities, and have positive feelings and memories when you return home. Imagine that you had followed advice from the Internet or the suggestions of some friends, but your emotions at the end of a trip were not as bright and favorable as you had hoped they would be.

Why a Travel Agent is a Traveler's Friend

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Why did it happen? You seemed to gather enough information, prepare wisely and be 100% ready for your trip. The answer is simple: people are different and so are their tastes and preferences. You could never be sure that the hotels, resorts, and activities that your friends suggested would also be good for you.

You may have different aims and goals for your travel; you may like different activities, be fond or not of sightseeing, shopping, museums, or sports. Or you can simply have different values: one person will put accommodations first on their “list of travel issues,” and another one doesn’t care much about the conditions s/he lives in – but adores tours, diverse activities, and nightlife.

How to choose smoothly and find the best variant for your future trip?

Why a Travel Agent is a Traveler's Friend

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The answer is simple: ask someone who has traveled to a particular destination dozens of times and knows PRECISELY about various activities, accommodations, transfers, and tours in the chosen destination. It is hard, however, to find such a person –especially one who has recently been to the preferred location and knows the latest trends and news from there.

If you succeed in finding this person – how lucky you are! But if you don’t – you can just ask for advice from a travel agent. They will understand the type of traveler you are and give you the most current, useful, and specific suggestions.

Why a Travel Agent is a Traveler's Friend

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He or she will plan your trip in the best possible way. Travel advisors do not just arrange a trip by booking flights, hotels, and tours; they know everything about your travel and almost go with you, constantly asking for feedback and sharing your emotions.

If you want your trip to be ideal – ask a professional Travel Advisor for help. This person will become your friend and make your travel perfect.

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