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    Secret places in Paris

    Which you won’t find in a typical guidebook

    Every tourist knows how great it is to find places hidden from public views and to learn a unique atmosphere of a big city. Paris is not the exception. This huge capital of France hides a lot of secrets and mysteries on its streets. Here are some secret places of Paris that are definitely worth your attention.

    Promenade Plantee Park

    This kingdom of greenery lies between the Place de la Bastille and the ring road Peripherique, Paris Ring Road. With the length of 4.7 km, this park was built on the site of abandoned railroad tracks in 1993. According to legend, this green boulevard was built under the inspiration of the myth of the Gardens of Babylon. One-half of the park is a ground pedestrian mall. Other so-called “gallery” is located on the viaduct (bridge-type building, located at the intersection of the road with a deep ravine). Here you can see spectacular panoramic views, as well as enclosed spaces, which are surrounded by tall old and new buildings.

    Grande Arche in La Défense

    La Défense is an ultra-modern quarter in the close suburbs of Paris, which is the largest business center in Europe, and even called “Paris Manhattan”. The length of the pedestrian zone equals to 1.2 km and the width is 250 m. Roads, along with the railway and subway, are hidden in the underground tunnels. Grande Arche (La Grande Arche de la Défense) – a modern version of the famous Arc de Triomphe – is a cube with the correct form of a passage inside. RER (suburban express subway) and underground connections are located under it. Government and commercial offices occupy side “columns”. On the upper floors, there is the Informatics museum, a restaurant, and an observation deck with great views of the city and the “historical axis” of Paris, stretching from the Grande Arche in La Défense to the Louvre.

    Edith Piaf Museum

    Edith Piaf is not just a great singer. She is a true embodiment of the spirit of France. The house-museum of Edith Piaf is a small two-room apartment, located in a building on the right bank of the Seine. Rooms are filled with relics associated with the different stages of the life of the famous singer: posters, CDs, portraits, accessories, and even the famous black dress. The entrance is free, although private, so you can get there by appointment only. The owner of the museum is a true fan of the singer – Bernard Marshua.

    Bois de Vincennes

    Bois de Vincennes will be a real paradise for lovers of the beautiful green landscapes. It is a park of 995 hectares – the largest green area in Paris. It is also called “the lungs of Paris.” In the past, it was a hunting estate of all the kings of France. The area was planned in the style of an English park with a developed water network of lakes and canals, as well as bridges, fountains, and restaurants. Moreover, in the Bois de Vincennes tourists can find a hippodrome, zoo, tropical and botanical gardens, and the Buddhist pagoda. You can also take a boat for rent.

    Carnavalet Museum

    Locals believe that the Carnavalet Museum is “the most Parisian museum” because it is the city museum of Paris history. By the way, the entrance is free. Carnavalet museum is located in a mansion of the 16th century, which is decorated with bas-reliefs and has several gardens, decorated with floral ornaments and statues of the famous French sculptor Jean Goujon.

    Museum of Magic and Wonders

    Museum of Magic and Wonders was opened in 1993. It is located in the basement of a building of XVI century, under a mansion of the Marquis de Sade. Georges Proust, a collector of magical attributes, is a founder of this museum. It is worth noting that the pride place is given to Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, who is considered the father of modern magic. The museum exhibits various items for magic tricks: boxes for sawing people, flying man, magic wands, and mirrors.

    Paris is breathtakingly beautiful and atmospheric. It is really a place that worth seeing!

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    Secret places in London

    Which you won’t find in a typical guidebook

    Travelling – is the best way to relax and enjoy new sensations and experiences. Every city in the world has a great cultural heritage of the people who lived and live in it. Millions of tourists from all over the world form a completely chaotic flow of people who want some novelty, and services respond to it.

    London as any other major city conceals many secrets and mysteries that you will not see during a normal tour. These sites may not be in the guidebooks, but they are definitely worth seeing.

    Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

    This museum reveals the entire history of consumer culture starting from 1800 to the present day in one place. This specialized museum contains more than 12 thousand of original items from the unique collection of Robert Opie. Here you can find out how many of your favorite brands sought the loyalty and recognition thanks to a creative approach to packaging and advertising of their products.

    Rolling Bridge

    It is a miracle of engineering. At first glance, it may seem that this is not a bridge, but some huge animated mechanical caterpillar. Initially, the creators of the bridge solved a quite usual problem: they needed to build a footbridge, which from time to time allows boats to swim underneath. But the decision was unusual. Even in the video transformation of this bridge is fascinating. Imagine what it is to see it live. That’s what means to use a creative approach to solving quite trivial problems. Thomas Hizervik, the creator of this bridge-transformer, received a prestigious architectural award Вritish Struсtural Stеel Dеsign Awаrd.

    Ripley’s London Museum

    In fact, this is a whole network of museums scattered throughout the world, and London is one of its branches. What is so interesting and unusual in it? Everything. The slogan of the museum is the phrase “Believe it or not” and the exhibits fully justify it. Here are collected the most unusual items from around the world – dinosaur eggs, wax copies of “non-standard” people, stuffed animals with the most incredible forms and mutations. Exhibitions are complemented with all sorts of recreational activities: a mirror maze, journey into a black hole, laser show trials.

    Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

    The last thing you expect to see in London is a Hindu temple. However, it is there, with the size and appearance that is not just surprising. Domes of this architectural masterpiece make people literally freeze in surprise. This is a fairly young building (the temple was built in 1995), but it is truly unique. There are no Hindu temples of this size in other places of the world outside of India. Inside of the temple, you can fully experience the atmosphere and philosophy of Hinduism.

    The Cartoon Museum

    In London, there is a huge selection of museums, but the cartoon museum is one of the most unusual. This is a small, cozy exhibition, which makes every visitor feels like a child, and reveals the wonderful world of cartoons. The museum features more than 5000 cartoon characters and 4000 characters of comic books. Moreover, the exhibition reflects the history of quite serious animated paintings affecting the current social issues. Also, the museum is known for his political satire. You can find not only the image of Winnie the Pooh but also, for example, a caricature of Elizabeth II.

    Wooden escalator at the Greenford Underground station

    London Underground – is one of the oldest in the world. Its first branch was opened in 1863. Structurally, it turned out that the London Underground has the longest escalators in comparison with the systems of underground communication in other cities and countries. Previously, wood was used for the manufacturing of the moving staircases-transitions, and on the Greenford Station, one such wooden escalator still works.

    In fact, the list of such places in London is almost endless. In this list, we’ve tried to collect places that are not only unusual, but also have a certain kind of atmosphere. Visit them, and you will leave London with a huge baggage of emotions and impressions.

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    10 Best Cycling Cities In The World

    What could be better on a nice summer day than riding a bike around town? Only riding a bike in the unfamiliar city and exploring its attractions. In this article, we will tell about the 10 best cycling cities in the world.

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    In Copenhagen, about 35% of citizens are cyclists. Almost every local resident has an own bike, and for tourists and “horseless” citizens about 2000 bikes for rent are available in the city. Overall, the city has 400 km of cycle paths.

    Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo is a huge metropolis with the developed transport network, including a bike one. It’s much faster – no traffic jams, and more useful – the Japanese monitor their health. Don’t be surprised if you see the clerk in an expensive suit with a briefcase on a bicycle. All private bikes are registered at the police office. A unique number is assigned and a nameplate is glued to the frame.

    Barcelona, Spain

    In Barcelona, cycling was born in 2007 and is still gaining momentum. Today, over 30,000 of Barcelona citizens are – cyclists. The city has about 100 rental stations: any resident or tourist can take a bike, and then return it to the same or another location. The number of car parks is constantly increasing.

    Bogota, Colombia

    Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is perhaps best cycling city in Latin America. There is an extensive network of cycle paths – about 300 km. The cycling culture was implemented thanks to the mayor Enrique Peñalosa, who, in order to improve the ecological situation in the city, began to encourage cyclists and beautify the city with green spaces. Each year, in Bogota, Ciclovia – a day without cars is held, when traffic is blocked for cars and all people ride bikes.

    Budapest, Hungary

    The Hungarian capital is experiencing a real boom in cycling. If two decades ago the bicycle was not considered as a means of transportation, but rather a means of entertainment, but now Budapest is one of the most adapted for cycling cities in Europe.

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is not only the economic and cultural capital of China, but also a cycling capital. Officially, the city has over 11 million registered bikes. But the ecological situation in Beijing still should be improved, so the authorities are actively developing urban cycling.

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam is the European capital of cycling. More than 40% of urban traffic belongs to bicycles. There is more than 400 km of cycle paths, equipped with special signs and traffic lights. The city has a lot of parking and bicycle rental stations. You can not only rent classic bikes, but also children’s bikes, tandems, and others.

    Malmö, Sweden

    The city authorities have invested € 47 million in the development of cycling culture – the construction of tracks and parking lots, as well as the holding “days without cars”. About 25% of Malmö citizens are biking daily. The feature of bicycle paths Malmö is that each of it has a name. They are named on purpose to make it easier to find them on the GPS.

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Sunny Rio is a very sporty city. Many people are running around in the morning, doing surfing and cycling. Bicycle paths began to appear along the Copacabana beach before the climate summit in 1992. Since then, the network is constantly growing.

    Christchurch, New Zealand

    Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as the most bicycle city in the country. Locals scrupulously monitor the health and, therefore, changed cars to bikes happily. The picturesque nature contributes to prolonged cycling, especially in the city – even highways are equipped with tracks for cyclists. But the most surprising, in Christchurch, an open-air cinema for cycling fans was opened. Do you want to watch a movie? Pedal on the exercise bike, otherwise there will be no electricity.

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    Safe Trip: Tips For Hitchhikers

    Travel is becoming more and more popular. And if you have a lack of money, but a lot of the craving for adventure, then hitchhiking is what you need. However, you must know a few rules to help you on the road.

    Cleanliness is the first of all!

    You must be washed, shaved and cleanly dressed. No traces of blood (this is not a joke, everything happens on the road) and sweat. Lack of beard allows the driver to see your face better. It seems that drivers with great pleasure take a passenger that looks like a student heading to the place of study, then human that looks like a member of a rock band.

    Take off the sunglasses

    It doesn’t matter if they are cheap or very expensive. Anyway, you need to take them off. The driver should see your eyes.

    Maintain good relations

    This advice is not for long-distance travel, but for cases if you need to get somewhere in the city. By maintaining good relations with the neighbors, you can sometimes ask them to drive to the destination you need.

    One traveler – one bag

    You should have minimum luggage items. Ideally, this should be one not too big backpack with essentials. It is better if you can put the luggage on your lap in the car, and you do not have to strain the driver to open the trunk or clean the back seat.

    Use a creative approach

    Hitchhikers use various tricks to attract drivers’ attention. Some of them chase the car or perform some stunts. If you know how you can stand out, then use it.

    Choose the right place

    If you need to start your journey from the big city, reach the countryside by public transport or on foot (20-30 kilometers from the city). More likely you will catch a car heading to long distance destinations there. Don’t forget to learn the laws of hitchhiking in the city where you are located. For example, highway hitchhiking in New Zealand – is illegal.

    Make a sign with the destination name

    On the one hand, there is a chance to catch the car, which goes directly to the destination, and on the other hand, cars traveling to other destinations not so far away will not stop. If you are traveling within the foreign country and do not know the language, use a dictionary and also write: “I can speak (specify language).” Perhaps, the driver wants to have a conversation with a companion.

    Choose the right time of day

    At peak times (in the morning from 7 to 9 in the evening from 4 to 6) you will remain standing on the road, despite the fact that dozens of cars are passing by. The driver, who would gladly pick you up during the day, does not want to do this in the morning when he takes his child to school. In the evening, office workers think only about how to get home faster, and they also do not need companions.

    Being pathetic often help

    The travelers may be lucky if they are pathetic: rain, empty country road and a hitchhiker is so unhappy and lonely in this unfair world. Very often drivers can also feed such travelers.

    You are not exclusive

    You never have to think that you have a special exclusive right for this trip. Of course, it is very unpleasant and tiring to stand in the rain or in the heat, looking at cars that are passing by. Remember that it is an honor that the strangers pick you up, so you should tell strict “no” to your sad thoughts.

    Have a safe trip!

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    Secrets that the Airline Will Never Tell

    Have you ever wondered whether aircraft pilots are awake during all the flight? What about free pillows – do you think you’re the first person to sleep on it? Airlines professionals (flight attendants, pilots, engineers) have uncovered some interesting facts about the flights.

    Subdued light in the plane is needed to prepare for evacuation

    When the plane lands at night, a dim lighting turns on to prepare for the evacuation of passengers. Your eyes adapt to the dark, and you will see better outside of the aircraft.

    You can unblock a toilet from the outside

    The lock mechanism of toilet door is usually hidden behind the “No smoking” sign. You just need to lift the flap and move the bolt to unlock the door.

    Your blankets are not washed

    Pillows and blankets can be fresh only on the first flight in the morning. On all subsequent flights, they are simply removed and reused without washing or disinfection.

    You breathe in the air from the engine

    The air that you breathe in the plane is a compressed air from the engine. Most of it (25% to 50%) is blown out, and the remaining passengers breathe.
    Air goes out through a small hole in the rear of the fuselage. It does not sound very nice, but from the technical side, it turns out that you breathe air from the engine compressor instead of the engine. On their site, Boeing company explains that the air passing through the engine compressor is warmed and then directed into the cabin.

    The captain can arrest you during the flight

    When the aircraft door is closed, the captain of the aircraft is given unlimited powers. He can arrest the passenger, issue a fine and even take the last wish of a dying man.
    Of course, he does not have the full legal right to arrest someone, but a pilot can limit your freedom on board and hand over to the authorities after landing. The local police do the further procedure, however, on board, you will be limited in your movements.

    You may be transferred to the first class after takeoff

    Flight attendants may transfer passengers to business class after the aircraft doors are closed. Of course, this does not happen so often, because sometimes they have to make reports of such events and their causes. Yet, people who paid for the economy, sometimes fly the first class. Most often it is well-dressed, attractive people, pregnant women, very tall passengers, and, of course, friends and acquaintances of the flight attendants.

    Sometimes flight attendants do not serve dinner, hoping that you fall asleep

    Sometimes on night flights, flight attendants retard the moment of food supply for as long as possible. They hope that the passengers fall asleep, and they do not have to bother with the food supply.

    Employees are paid only when the plane takes off

    Some airlines are paying their employees only when the chassis are off the ground. So, the delays are not paid, although sometimes the difference in time that an employee spends in the air and his actual work time, including delays on the ground, just enormous. For airlines, this is a great way to save. Of course, it is not the rule for all airlines.

    Pilots get different meals to avoid poisoning

    Some airline pilots are served with different food, which they cannot share between themselves. This is done in case if something causes food poisoning. In this case, there will always be the co-pilot, who can properly control the aircraft.

    Flight attendants do not comply with the rules for mobile phones

    After the flight attendants say to turn off all electronics, it is possible that they would be using smartphones by themselves.

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    How to fall asleep on the plane?

    It is not so easy to sleep in the transport, whether it is a bus or plane. It will not be so tedious if the flight duration is 3-4 hours, and 8-9 hours without sleep will affect the state of the body in a very sad way. Upon arrival, you will dream only about how to sleep.

    What place to choose to take a nap comfortably?

    The best location is near the window at the emergency exit. At this place, you will not be bothered by the neighbors, who need to leave their seats. In addition, you will have extra legroom. You can enclose your hand luggage under it.
    The worst place to sleep is next to the toilet or place of the flight attendants. People will always hang out there. If you bought a ticket in advance, but chose not the most comfortable place, then look around immediately before departure. Sometimes, there might be some free seats that are more comfortable than yours and you can ask a flight attendant to change your seat. And, of course, it is highly recommended to choose unpopular days for flights, when there are fewer passengers. For example, Friday evenings and Monday mornings will be very busy on business routes.

    About pillows, earplugs and other “sleepy” props

    Some people have the opinion that if you want to sleep, you will fall asleep even under the roar of cannon fire with the own sweater tucked under your head. This is true, but it is better to provide yourself with the maximum comfort. This means that you will need: a neck pillow that suits you; a comfortable mask over your eyes; earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. You can pre-load some relaxing meditation music to your playlist.
    Another tip: grab a thin blanket or your own hoodie, which you can use to cover yourself. One thought about how much dust, dirt and even microscopic creatures are in the blankets served on the board can not give you sleep.

    Comfortable clothes

    During the long flight, most probably you will not feel comfortable wearing your favorite jeans, which seems so convenient during short flights. Bring soft sweatpants and soft t-shirt or hoodie. Change clothes in the plane, and you will feel the joy of comfort. By the way, grab a pair of warm socks. When the legs are warmed – it is much easier to fall asleep.

    Make sure that nothing and no one bother you

    Fasten your seat belt over a sweater or blanket that you use to cover. Thus, a flight attendant sees that you are fastened, and will not wake you up in a case of turbulence. If you cannot sleep on an empty stomach, then have a snack. In order not to wait for food on the board, you can bring some snacks by yourself. Use the toilet beforehand. In general, try to disable all of the factors that can disturb your sleep.

    How to sleep without sleeping pills and alcohol?

    It is unpleasant to be in a situation where you have a long flight and don’t want to sleep, while it is desirable to be hearty after arrival. In order to encourage Morpheus, some people take sleeping pills or “sleeping” dose of alcohol. Of course, neither the first nor the other option will contribute to a healthy sleep. Perhaps, there is only one option to fall asleep without any stimulants: become tired before the flight. Get up early a few days before the flight. And, of course, do not sleep before the trip, and enjoy the thought that once you get on the plane, you will have 8 hours of peaceful sleep.

    Good luck!

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    Etiquette Secrets: How to behave in Japan

    Japan is a country of high technology, sushi, Sakura and Mount Fuji. Its culture – is complex and mysterious. Foreigners do not understand why Japanese people smack loudly at the table, do not open the door for women and do not pass them forward.

    The Japanese are always polite and calm. They understand that for people of other cultures, it is difficult to adapt to their culture and relate to tourists’ mistakes with good irony. That is why knowledge of Japanese tradition by foreigners is respected.

    Body Language
    The words are secondary to the Japanese. They express most of the emotions via body language. The main rule in dealing with the Japanese – do not violate personal space. When talking to the unfamiliar person, try to keep your distance.

    The Japanese are not used to flaunt their souls; they almost never look into the eyes of the interlocutor. So it happened since ancient times: it was impossible to look into the eyes of people, standing above you on the social ladder. Nowadays, in Japan, the direct look is a sign of aggression and challenge. For example, when parents scold their children, teenagers, they do not object to them, but simply look into their eyes. If the Japanese during the conversation constantly looks away, do not think that a person is hiding something. This is normal and you have to get used to it.

    Greeting, gratitude, apology, and respect – all of these are expressed through the Japanese bows. Bow (ojigi) – is an integral part of Japanese culture. Some people bow even when talking on the phone (unconscious). The right bow is a sign of good breeding.
    There are three types of bows:
    Eshaku – is a short and barely perceptible bow. A curve of the spine is less than 15º. It is widely used in daily life, to welcome friends, unfamiliar people or as “thank you”. Keirei – is a deeper (30º) and a little bit longer bow. It is used to greet esteemed colleagues and business partners.
    Sai-Keirei – the strongest (45º) and the longest bow, which expresses a deep respect.

    Note that the Japanese are very progressive. During the communication with foreigners, they are using usual handshake (especially in business).

    The Japanese rarely invite guests to the house (especially foreigners). If you have received an invitation to come for a visit – it is a great honor to you. It is extremely rude to refuse.

    Guests should always bring gifts. Gifts – is an important part of Japanese culture. They always make presents: on holidays, on special occasions, as a sign of respect, and so on. Foreigners should follow some basic rules of gift giving:
    A gift must be packed.
    A gift (like any other thing) should be transmitted and received with both hands.
    It is impossible to unpack a gift immediately (a sign of curiosity and greed).
    A gift should be practical and fit the occasion.

    In America and Europe, people do not take off shoes when entering the house. In Japan, it is mandatory. Enter a house wearing shoes is a rude violation of Japanese etiquette. Japanese forgive inexperienced foreigners a lot of mistakes, but not this one.
    In Japan, in some provincial cities, shoes are taken off even coming to work. So, before you cross the threshold of the Japanese house, you need to take off our shoes. Sometimes you will be offered slippers, sometimes not. That’s why you should always ensure the purity and integrity of your socks.
    Near the entrance to the bathroom or toilet in the Japanese house are some special slippers. A foreigner can step over, but to visit the restroom it is necessary to change the shoes.

    Japanese etiquette is complex and, at times, incomprehensible. By following these simple rules you will gain the respect of the locals.

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    Finding the best hotel for staying with children

    When you make the decision to go on vacation with your family and have already scheduled the time and country where to go, it remains to find suitable hotels for families with children.

    First of all, you need to consider several options. To do this, you can contact the travel agency or find a hotel on your own. Before you give preference to one of the options, it is recommended to study all aspects in detail.


    Location of the hotel should be far from the nightlife centers, but close to the beach and the airport. Find out the distance from the airport to the chosen hotel. If you need to ride for an hour or more by bus after a long flight, it will tire you and your child.

    Do not book a hotel, which is located in the center of the city, as there will be quite noisy in the evenings due to the entertainment. Also, it is important to clarify information on how far it is from the parkland and trails, and distance to the nearest shop.

    An important aspect is also the local topography, as the distance to the beach may be small, but you will have to go up and down, and it will be a real agony for both child and parents.


    For families with children, it is best to choose hotels with sandy or pebbly beaches. The presence of concrete slabs or large stones pose a risk when entering the water. Still, it is necessary to clarify the presence of beach umbrellas, deck chairs, as well as the value of their lease.


    Healthy food for children in the hotel is very important! In the list of services, hotels indicate child food, as it’s important to know what is offered. Diet menu may be an alternative to child food. Some hotels also provide the opportunity to custom a meal for the children.

    In cases when you have to bring child nutrition by yourself, be sure to ask about the availability of home appliances for storage and reheat. Many family type hotels provide guests with special sterilizers for bottles and other accessories that you might need for cooking.

    Activities for children

    Entertainment and animation for children in the hotel will help you relax, while children are having fun. These include children’s playgrounds, swimming pools, an entertainment program, babysitting services, and for older children, it is the desirable availability of cinemas, discos, and clubs.

    Choosing a hotel to visit with a child, remember that the playground next to it must be equipped in the shade or on the beach under a canopy. Sometimes a water park or zoo can be located on the territory.

    The best hotels for families with children organize various entertainment programs with games, workshops, and displays of favorite cartoons.

    If the resort has a children’s pool, then be sure to specify the depth and the presence of hot water. Also remember that it is not recommended to visit the pool in the child’s acclimation period.

    Rent of child’s accessories

    When booking a room at the hotel, check whether there is a possibility of renting strollers, cribs, and pots, trays for bathing and other accessories. The information about the list and the cost of rent, as well as the description can be viewed on the hotel website or you can request this information from the manager.

    Before you finally decide in favor of either option, read reviews from other parents who have already visited the hotel you selected. Possessing all the necessary information, you are sure to make the right choice and spend an unforgettable holiday with your family.

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    Lessons That Every Trip Teaches Us

    Besides enjoying the beauty, independent travel is enabling a unique experience of a different kind. These are special life lessons that can be learned only by you, and only in certain circumstances.

    The most difficult thing is to get out home

    At home, it seems that a million dangers would expect you on the road, and you will have to decide where to sleep and what to eat every day. Financial and language problems will slow you down. But in fact, most of these fears are completely baseless, and all problems are not worth the experience. So, the most important thing is to be courage to go out of your home.

    Most people in the world are quite friendly

    For people visiting the “civilized” countries, there is nothing new. But once you visit so-called “problem” regions or countries with a bad reputation, you will immediately realize that indeed this is the case. In any country, ordinary people treat travelers with maximum courtesy, politeness and a desire to help. They will show you the way, tell about the best places of the country, and be sincerely interested in your adventures, especially, if you show proper respect to them, their customs, and language.

    It is not so dangerous as your mother may seem

    The vast majority of places are no more dangerous than your hometown. Yes, some countries are notorious, but as a rule, it is greatly exaggerated and untrue. The same applies to the wildlife. Basic safety rules and sanity are enough to completely avoid any hassles.

    Journeys do not cost a lot of money

    Of course, if you are not fixated on the idea of the yacht cruise on exotic islands. Basically, all of your costs for independent journeys consist only of three categories: food, lodging, and transportation. And here you are free to choose what to save on. Someone chooses a hike with backpacks during which you do not have to spend a lot of money, someone travels by buses and lives in hostels, others prefer to rent cars and hotels. In any case, you have plenty of opportunities to meet precisely that financial framework, which is suitable for you.

    Don’t be afraid to travel alone

    It is not always possible to find travel companions for a trip. And even if you could find any, then you must also agree on the vacation plan of all the team members, and solve the problem, the number of which is increasing according to the number of participants. Therefore, many people consciously prefer independent travel. There is nothing dangerous or extremely bad. You will not be alone, because you will be surrounded by people everywhere, and even, perhaps, will find a new love or friends. Besides, it is a unique spiritual experience, which will help to know you better.

    Prepare for disappointment

    In preparation for the next trip, you are sure to look at a large number of brochures, photos of sights and relics descriptions. However, arriving at the site, you may be faced with the reality, which can be different from the expected. Giant waterfall appears to be a sparse trickle, ancient ruins look like a pile of construction debris, and the paradise beach of a tropical island is not quite suitable for life. You should be prepared in advance and to perceive this side of reality easily. On the other hand, you can always be amazed by the sunset somewhere in the field, fragrant cup of tea at a local eatery, or by other unplanned things. The world is beautiful not only in places that are publicized and prepared for tourists.

    The most pleasant thing is to come back home

    No matter how interesting the trip, but you always have to come back. And this is really the climax of the trip. You look at your city, house, work, and relationships a little bit differently than before. Because your environment has remained the same, but you had already changed. So the main lesson is that travel changes people, and always for better.

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    What is jet lag and how to overcome it?

    If you travel often, you know how it is to change time zones and suffer from jet lag. This problem is quite predictable, but this infuriates no less. It cannot be ruled out entirely, but you can reduce the time it takes for the body to adapt. And here are some tips on how to do it.

    Jet Lag Reasons

    Jet lag is a number of symptoms that occur when your body’s internal clock is broken. One of the most powerful incentives that set the rhythm of the body is the light, so our hours are subject to the position of the sun.

    When one person changes the time zone, it takes about a day to make a body get used to the new conditions. This would explain why the unpleasant jet lag symptoms last a few days. After all, if you have crossed several time zones, the body needs more time to adapt.

    Moreover, jet lag slows the growth of neurons in the brain, reduces the learning ability, makes memory worth, and causes a general stress. It seems there is enough reason to fight against this phenomenon and try to adapt to the new conditions as soon as possible.

    How to deal with jet lag

    If you don’t want to go through the jet lag symptoms, there is only one way to avoid them: to adjust quickly. Here are a few techniques that will help to do this.

    Adjust the schedule before departure

    A few days before the departure, adjust your schedule so that it coincided with the arrival place. For example, if in the place, where you are going, the night comes two hours earlier, try to go to bed 1.5-2 hours earlier. So upon arrival to the place, it will be much easier to adjust.

    Keep track of the illumination level

    Dr. Smith L. Johnston states that the illumination control is the best that can be done to prevent jet lag. It is important to choose the right lighting at different times of a day. For example, if you are traveling to the East, you need to spend more time under the sunlight in the morning and try to avoid the light in the evenings and do on the contrary, when you are traveling to the West.

    Take melatonin

    You can consult a doctor first, although small doses of melatonin are not harmful to health. Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced in the body to regulate circadian rhythms and helps sleep. Studies have shown that only 5 grams of melatonin will help to adapt to the new time zone much faster. Take small doses of melatonin before going to bed every night, and your internal clock will set up quickly. If you travel to the West, it is better to take the melatonin in the second half of the night.

    Stay at home time

    If your trip is short enough, e.g. no more than three days, it is better not to adapt to another time and continue to live the way you are used to at home. Three days are a too short period to worry about the local time, because as soon as you pass through the jet lag, you will have to get used again, but this time to the home time zone. So, it is better to continue to live the way you are used to in your time zone. Hopefully, these tips will help you to cope with sleepiness, loss of appetite and other annoying symptoms quickly.