Are You on a Budget? These Travel Destinations Might Be Right for You

Do you have to travel on a college budget? That is not a problem in 2020-2021, and here is why. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry will lose almost 35% from the previous year. That is why many companies in this sphere will have to cut prices, offering cheaper trips.

Some travel destinations will remain cheap, while others will have to reduce prices for tourists. We will cover the top travel destinations for students in 2020-2021.

Amsterdam

Despite the piquant details, this city in the Netherlands is a perfect destination for students from the US. Western European countries usually offer an expensive vacation. However, some countries and particular cities might be an exception. One of them is this capital.

The Netherlands, as the country, has a lot to offer to the brave and enthusiastic travelers. Most of the long flights over the continent take place in Amsterdam (or its airport serves as the transition point). You will easily find plenty of flights to this city at any time of the year. Schiphol is the main Euro hub (it is the local airport). Some of the city’s attractions arrive at no charge:

  • Walking tours
  • Gigs and events
  • Canal cruises
  • Museums

We recommend avoiding touristic agencies when planning your trip to the Netherlands. It is possible to find way better and cheaper offers on your own. It is friendly to the wallet.

Madrid

Even though most experts in tourism recommend visiting Barcelona and Catalonia in general, arguing that Spanish capital is less breathtaking, Madrid can still be a perfect stop for an average student looking for nightlife, entertainment, and attractions. This location is a perfect place for larks (meaning those guys who go to bed late and rise late). The lunch alone is available only starting from 4 p.m.

Most of the clubs are opened until the sunrise. Madrid is home to scores of restaurants, casinos, and concert halls. You can find gigs for all music tastes. The bars are full of menus of all types. As for your excellent wake-up, experts recommend having the local breakfast made of churros with chocolate for breakfast.

London

Perhaps, you’ve all heard that song with the words, “London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down…” Samuel Johnson used to admit that people who get tired of the UK capital get tired of life, too. This location is a must-see place for people interested in music, as it is the heart of many genres of rock and heavy metal legends.

A melting pot of cultures is one of the main reasons to attend this city. There are many hot spots to view. Do not forget to dedicate some time to such places of sightseeing as:

  • Oxford Street
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Tower
  • Brick Lane
  • Southbank

Among the most famous shopping malls, one can name Spitalfields and Portobello. The city is also renowned for its atmospheric pubs and cafes. We recommend attending Irish pubs to feel the culture. Once again, even such options as London will become more affordable within the next couple of years due to the range of changes, as can be seen from this Forbes article.

Morocco

Yes, we’ll say a few words about the entire country, not just parts of it, as it is hard to choose one. This country became widely famous after “The Clone” series premiere. It has most of the tourists from Latin America every year. This region of Northern Africa contains the entire coloring of the Arabic culture. When choosing the right place to visit in this country, come up with a table with the pros and cons and prices for different hotels and attractions (or ask for Excel homework help to speed up the process).

It is impossible to ignore the beauty of Essaouira with its amazing opportunities for windsurfing. The local touristic agencies sell tickets for different excursions that cost way less than in Egypt. One of the most popular destinations is the Sahara Desert, the largest one in the world. It is an opportunity to see places where “Star Wars” were filmed.

Except for sightseeing, tourists can try camel and jeep riding. Another option is star-gazing. One more place of interest is the Atlas Mountains. You’ll enjoy the craggy mountain passes. Do not forget to take your camera and take some cool pics during your trip!

Albania

One of the poorest European countries still can boast magnificent nature and places of sightseeing. Besides, at any time, you can cross borders to see Macedonia or Montenegro – two other beautiful countries with plenty of water and mountain chains. Albania might belong to the undeveloped countries, but the local tourism is at the same level as Greek and Italian.

An average student would love Albania and almost see no difference with Italy and other more popular yet expensive regions. The remains of ancient empires can be discovered in Albania, and that is a great advantage for students interested in history, anthropology, and geography. There are many cheap hotels and hostels there. The country used to share culture and history with Ancient Greece and Rome. The best yet affordable beaches are located in the Southern part of Albania (a.k.a. Albanian Riviera).

Las Vegas Travel – Too Soon To Reopen?

As the world continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, many eyes are looking toward the best way to secure an economic recovery at a time where many businesses are still struggling – one of the latest to make a move in this area can be seen with sin city itself as Vegas officially reopened the doors to its casinos, hotels, and restaurants – but is this too soon?

It’s a welcome relief to punters – changes to regulation such as a recent credit card ban in the UK for online gambling, this comes alongside a change in an initiative called Gamstop which had been aimed at reducing participation from problem gamblers which was now made mandatory – there are those which have registered outside of this initiative such as these ones, but has also led to an increasing demand for a traditional brick and mortar experience. 

There have already been videos emerging of the packed floors for casinos in Vegas just days after the reopening – the issue comes with the methods employed to reopen. For the state of Nevada, whilst employees are required to wear face masks for safety, there are no such restrictions on guests as social distancing, protection in personal uses and protection for guests as a whole aren’t in place – which brings into question whether or not it’s too soon for such a wide scale opening to be in place.

It’s also worth noting that the US is still dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus as the worst hit region in the world, given that the country is still in damage control there is a risk that reopening will cause a second spread of the virus and make an already tough situation much worse – there is already news coming through that there are spikes in cases just two weeks after reopening which may lead to a u-turn causing many locations to close once again, just at a time where recovery was a primary concern. 

It does provide a learning opportunity for other countries around the world however – many have been easing measures but not dropping them completely, whilst slowly accelerating reopening methods, but given the current situation in Vegas it may cause some leadership to rethink strategies – if numbers continue to rise within the US it may cause other countries such as those in Europe to rethink their strategies for allowing travel and businesses opening once again.

It’s certain that many will be monitoring the ongoing situation in Vegas closely now that numbers are increasing, but this was something quite expected too which the footage that came out showing just how lax the safety measures were. Some have been readdressed, particularly the requirements for masks inside these locations, so it’s yet to be seen if these changes have any impact, but for now the answer is that it does seem it has been far too soon for the reopening to happen in the way it has, and the approach for an economic recovery has backfired in this instance.

Top Travel Tips for the Ultimate Adventure This Year

Travel is so important, and there are so many wonderful things to think about when it comes to having the perfect travel experience. You need to think about how you can enjoy the best possible journey you can, and this means planning. Any tops vacation experience is one that you have to make sure you get right as best you can. So think about what you can do to get the best travel adventure imaginable.

Consider what has to go into the process of having the perfect travel adventure. You need to think about the factors that matter before you actually do anything else. There are so many things you need to keep in mind when you make the decision to go traveling properly, and these are a few of the key things you must do to ensure you have the perfect trip.

  • Stay Secure

Being safe and secure on vacation is so important, and this is something you need to make sure you take steps to consider. There are a lot of things that can affect this, and you will need to make sure you research where you’re staying thoroughly. Carry out a people search on tour guides, and make sure you travel with friends. These are some of the best things you can do to help you stay safe and secure during travel.

  • Pack Properly

Packing ranks as one of the most important aspects of the world of travel, and it is imperative that you make sure you get your packing sorted out as quickly as you can. There are so many things you have to keep in mind when it comes time to improve and enhance your packing, and coming up with a list is perhaps one of the best things you can do to improve this.

  • Make the Most of the Trip

You have to make sure you do what you can to make the most of your travel adventures. And this means seeing the sites and experiencing everything these places have to offer. There are so many wonderful things to see and do when you embark on your travel adventure, and you have to make the most of this. Research before you travel and make sure you enjoy as much as you can when it comes to your journey abroad.

  • Take Enough Money With You

Taking plenty of money with you is really important for ensuring you get the most of the trip. You’d hate to run out of money halfway through and not be able to enjoy things as much. So try to do a bit of homework and find out what it costs to visit the town or city you’re going to, and try to come up with a daily budget to work with.

As you can see, these are some of the ideal things to keep in mind when you want to have the perfect travel experience. There are so many things you have to think about when it comes to exploring and seeing the world, and the best thing to do is to follow these ideas in order to ensure a better experience.

Travel Plans for 2015? Check out Trafalgar!

It’s not too early to start thinking about 2015 travel! Sure, the holidays are right around the corner, but the greatest choices and travel deals for next year are available right now. In fact, leading international guided vacations company, Trafalgar, recently released its 2015 programs available for sale now and many of their packages have early payment discounts– which means you can save a lot of money!! For example, if you book one of their Europe & Britain vacations, you can save 10% if you book and pay for it by Dec. 18th.

Some of Trafalgar’s new programs include Europe & Britain (which includes 117 vacations across Trafalgar’s 10 travel styles and 44 countries), CostSaver Europe (budget-friendly Europe trips with more experiences that are optional), worldwide At Leisure (relaxed trips with lengthier stays), Family Experiences (action-packed trips for the whole family) and Hidden Journeys (tours with smaller groups). All of the Trafalgar vacations offer unique Insider Experiences like getting to dine with a local family– how cool is that?!

Visit www.trafalgar.com or talk to your local travel agent for more information! Oh and if you happen to be in any of these cities– they are hosting what’s called Travel Talks– FREE event where you can go to talk to travel experts, learn more about vacation packages, savings and even get a chance to win some cool travel prizes! Sign up to one of their upcoming Travel Talks.

Enter to Win “Hector And The Search For Happiness” Travel Prize Pack [ENDED]

To celebrate the release of Simon Pegg’s “Hector And The Search For Happiness”, Media Mikes is excited to giveaway the following travel prize pack! If you would like to enter for your chance to win one of this prize, please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite Simon Pegg film. This giveaway will remain open until October 3rd at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to all of our Media Mikes readers worldwide. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

One winner will win a HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, which includes the following items:
$50 in Orbucks (Orbitz Rewards*)
“Handy Dandy” travel candy (featured in the movie)
Branded travel journal
$25 Fandango gift card

*Earn and redeem rewards in an instant. Join today at Orbitz.com/rewards and get Instant Vacation Gratification!

Release: September 19, 2014, NY/LA
September 26, 2014, Limited
October 3, 2014, Expansion

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

Book Review “Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection”

Author: Martin Handford
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: March 12, 2013

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love Waldo? This compact compilation features all seven of his renowned excursions in one nice travel collection. Included are: “Where’s Waldo?”, “Where’s Waldo Now?”, “Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey”, “Where’s Waldo? The Wonder Book”, “Where’s Waldo? In Hollywood”, “Where’s Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt!” and “Where’s Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase”. This book is a must own for any fan of Waldo. In terms of kids, the font is very small so I wouldn’t say under 5 years old.

I can see this book very handy when taking long road trips with the kids. It is compact and each to pop in your page on the way out.  Martin Handford, who is the man behind these Waldo books and these books have never aged. They are still just as fun and entertaining even for the adults. I would love to see new version of Waldo in the future. Candlewick has been the company to keep this series going.