3 Of Our Favorite Wine Regions For A Road Trip

3 Of Our Favorite Wine Regions For A Road Trip

This post was last updated on July 16th, 2018If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve likely caught on that we’re pretty big fans of road trips and wine. While this may sound like a dangerous combination (don’t worry Dan is a great designated driver), it actually makes a lot of sense. We got married at a vineyard, took an 8-week road trip for our honeymoon and have made it a travel goal to visit all the most prominent wine regions in the world. The fascinacion with wine and travel continues in our daily lives as Casey has opened up a Wine Bar here where we live in Costa Rica! Of course, the best way to taste and experience wine is straight from the source, the wineries themselves. And it just so happens that winerys tend to be located in the most beautiful of natural landscapes. They also tend to be rural and not easily accessible via public transportation. Which means the best way to explore any given wine country tends to be road trip style in a cheap car rental (so you can spend more on wine, obviously.) So without further adieu, here are our 3 Favorite Wine Regions For A Road Trip (so far) Poggibonsi, Italy Located in the heart of Tuscany, Poggibonsi itself may not be the highlight of your trip, but the surrounding medieval towns, rolling hills and seemingly endless wineries certainly will be! When we stayed here we ended up coming home with over 20 bottles from wineries all over the region. Be sure not to miss the Chianti region, known for its...
Why you should totally consider a travel insurance for your next trip

Why you should totally consider a travel insurance for your next trip

This post was last updated on July 13th, 2018 There are many contingencies that can put a strain on the success of a trip: the loss of baggage, flight cancellation or sudden medical expenses to be addressed. Guess what? Flights get canceled and, thanks to the travel insurance you can get your money back! There are different formulas and solutions depending on the needs of travelers. If you need travel insurance make sure to rely on some agency providing the best services, the highest coverage and, most of all, the chance to customize the insurance protecting everything matters for your trip. Choose the insurance formula that best suits your needs. For example, there are solutions for backpackers, for families, for groups, for students, for those who travel often or for those who carry sports equipment. Insurance premiums are calculated based on the origin, age, destination and duration of the trip.   But … What to insure? The main thing to know before taking out travel insurance is why we need it. Knowing your needs is essential. Once clearly this element will be enough to choose the policy that is more to our case among those for a study trip, for work or for pleasure. All holidays need to be secured because every holiday has its importance for us and for our life experiences. Health Insurance – Health insurance is very important and allows you to protect yourself in the event that you get sick or an accident during your stay. Insurance coverage may cover both medical and health care, medicines, surgery and hospital admissions, as well as early repatriation...
Top 10 of Europe’s most enjoyable cakes 

Top 10 of Europe’s most enjoyable cakes 

This post was last updated on June 27th, 2018With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make travel plans. And for those of us who love dessert, and think that food and a culture go hand in hand – why not plan a vacation around food? Specifically, where to enjoy Europe’s best cakes? Holidu, a leading global searching engine for vacation rentals, provides information about and where to find the most iconic delicacies and also recommends fun ways to burn off the calories consumed in each cake’s birthplace. Who knew being a tourist could be the best way to exercise?     Austria, Vienna – Sachertorte   Our gateau-inspired travels start in Austria, where chocolate-lovers can be inspired by the famous Sachertorte. This cake, made of chocolate dough and apricot jam, was invented by the young Franz Sacher while he was still a baking apprentice. He had to create a perfect dessert for Austria’s Prince Metternich. Nowadays, you can try this special treat in the luxury Sacher Hotel – or, if you’re feeling ambitious, bake it yourself! To burn off the 337-kcal gained from a piece of Sachertorte, you would have to walk for 96 minutes, which you can do exploring Vienna’s beautiful Belvedere gardens. Make it romantic by doing the stroll with your significant other and pausing in front of in front of the vibrant “Kiss” painting by Gustav Klimt, found inside the Belvedere Museum.   France, Paris – Tarte au citron meringue   Considered the favourite and most-sold dessert in France, countries across the world still fight about the tarte au citron’s origin. Many French people claim that it comes from Menton, the...
Europe’s Tourist Taxes Revealed: Where they’ve doubled, and where they’re more than 10% of your total accommodation costs

Europe’s Tourist Taxes Revealed: Where they’ve doubled, and where they’re more than 10% of your total accommodation costs

This post was last updated on June 27th, 2018 New in 2018: A doubled tax in the Balearic Islands, as well as new taxes in Portugal and Greece Highest taxes are in Italy and the Balearics Lowest tourist taxes are in Greece and Lisbon; no taxes in Madrid and the UK Tourist tax in Venice is almost 11% of total accommodation cost Tourist taxes are becoming more common. Many are introduced with short notice as the high travel season approaches. Oftentimes, travellers don’t realise a tax is in place until checkout because fees are usually incorporated into accommodation prices. To add to the confusion, taxes vary wildly from country to country – even city to city, and travellers might not know what they’re paying for. In addition to supporting tourist infrastructure, some places direct taxpayer money toward the region’s environmental efforts and sustainability. Others, toward maintaining cultural sites. Holidu, a leading search engine for holiday lettings, identified the less obvious costs travellers are likely to be hit with in Europe, to help people better plan for fast-approaching summer holidays.   What’s new in 2018? Starting this summer, visitors to the Balearic Islands, including the Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera islands, will face a doubled tax increase. This applies to everyone over age 16. While it differs slightly depending on accommodation type, it is an average doubling of €3 per person per night, starting May 1 until October 31. This tax, known as the “Tax for Sustainable Tourism,” applies to all types of holiday accommodation, including cruise ships – for the first time ever. These changes are due to the...
Top Important Things You Must Learn About ESTA

Top Important Things You Must Learn About ESTA

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization is a form needed for all the persons who want to visit the United States of America under the Visa Waiver Program. The VWP has 38 member countries, including most EU countries, as well as New Zealand and Australia. This program makes it easier for the citizens of those countries to visit the US, and they no longer need a visa. Applying for an ESTA is very simple, and you can do it online. Here are some things that you must know first though.   Complete the application When it comes to completing your ESTA for US, you should make sure that you do it early enough. It is recommended to fill in the form at least three days before you leave for the US. Usually, the answer comes back very quickly, but it is better to be safe. Before you complete your ESTA, you should make sure that you have some information at hand. You will need to fill in details about your passport, as well as flight information and the address where you will stay in the United States. Make sure that you use the correct information because you can change it afterward, except for the email address and the address. If there are any changes, you will need to reapply for the ESTA authorization. This could be the case if you change your passport for example.   The fee It will cost you $14 to complete your ESTA form. However, you should know that there are plenty of services who can help you if you feel like you are overwhelmed...
Must- Buy Items When Traveling to Bangkok

Must- Buy Items When Traveling to Bangkok

This post was last updated on May 4th, 2018The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is the most happening cities of Thailand is one of the must-visit places in Southeast Asia for many of the tourists. You may get many of the Delhi to Bangkok cheapest flights if you book in advance for your most awaiting holiday with near and dear. Bangkok is one of the comfortable places to stay with your family or friends. You can enjoy shopping, museums, palaces, temples and much more in Bangkok. Before you travel to ‘The city of Angels’ make sure to check what all vaccinations are required for travel insurance for Delhi to Bangkok cheapest flights Passport Thai SIM card Bus and Ferry tickets Visa Prescription for medicines A backpack Travel wallet Bangkok & Thailand map or guidebook Waterproof bag     Apart from the above mentioned, make sure to carry below list of items for a hassle-free Bangkok trip. Power Adapter: to make use of power sockets in Thailand hotels and other places, carry an international power adapter. It will save your time and money when in Thailand. Towels: most of the guest houses and budgeted hotels do not provide towels in the bathrooms; do not forget to carry your own towels. As regular towels are bulky and take most of the travel space and time to dry, quick-dry towels will surely serve the purpose in this case. Electrolytes: due to humidity and heat, there are chances for you to get sick or dehydrated while in Bangkok. Even though if you are not sick consuming electrolytes on a regular basis, is a...