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Common Planning Problems With Destination Weddings

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Many think that destination weddings are simple to plan since they look at everything as being just a vacation in another country. Unfortunately, planning a trip to any country is dozens of times faster and easier than organizing a wedding there. Here are some of the really common challenges you will want to remember, according to professional tips offered by specialists, no matter where your dream wedding is going to take place.

Exchange Rates

Exchange rates are fluctuating and you need to keep an eye on this. Your wedding budget is going to be highly affected by this. A really good idea is to create your budget directly in the currency of the country where the wedding is going to take place. This means you get quotes that are much easier to manage. Whenever you plan a wedding it is the budget that is the foundation of everything and if you do not take currencies into account it is a certainty problems are going to appear.

Communication Barriers

When you organize a wedding in a seafront villa in Siracusa, there won’t be many problems in terms of language but if you go to a remote location in Norway, you will find it difficult to find people that you can properly communicate with. Do not assume that everyone speaks English. This can be a fatal mistake. If you have people that do not talk your language and that you have to talk to you can be faced with the immediate need to hire translators.

Cultural Expectations

One hidden cost that people tend to overlook is related to tipping culture. This is one of the event management tips rarely considered. Tipping is approach differently around the world. You would normally tip around 15% at restaurants in US but at an Italy café you may be expected to leave a different amount. Tipping amounts expected will vary from one country to the next so you need to talk to a local wedding planner or coordinator to know what is custom while being able to figure out if other cultural expectations that would exist.

Making The Marriage Legal

The fact that the special one says “I Do” does not make the marriage legal in the country where you live. Getting married in the US for instance requires visiting the local court house, a marriage certificate and go through a strict procedure. In other countries processes can be quite different, as you can see in the EU. You want to do your research and you want to see if there are not some rules that exist and that would make marriage impossible.

Shipping Costs

Most couples forget about this hidden wedding cost. When you get married in your country it is easy to store everything but when you are in another country and you want to send something back home, the budget is going to be impacted. Shipping items for the venue automatically means you will need to have finances prepared for that. Also, it is normally better to ship everything in one go to save money as multiple shipping trips would cost more.

 

WHY STAYING IN GREECE WILL LEAVE YOU WITH HOLIDAY BLUES

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Greece is one of the most popular holiday desitinations amongst travellers of all ages. If you’ve never visited the island before, or want to be reminded of its serenity, below is a list of the Greek blues you’ll feel after visitng.

THE ATHENS BLUES

Greek civilisation is more than 3000 years old and Athens is punctuated with dozens of monuments from the ancient past. The most recognised one being the hill in the centre of the city named Acropolis, which is surrounded by primeval temples and buildings. Among them, Parthenon is the most important temple and is prehistorically devoted to the goddess Athena.

Throughout Athens, you would find sanctuaries, libraries, bridges and a lot of other memorials. Furthermore, no history enthusiast would want to miss two of the world’s most extraordinary museums, the Acropolis arts centre and the archaeological museum.

THE VIEWS BLUES

Greece will leave you speechless with its rugged mountains, olive plantations, soothing beaches and beautifully queued hills of bright white houses all in the same backdrop. Now, perhaps you have an idea why many fashion designers use Greek islands as their background. Greece has substantial diversity spanning from modern cities (Athens, Heraklion and Thessaloniki) to agricultural grasslands filled with fig trees and olives. Greece is a photographer’s dream destination.

THE ISLANDS BLUES

Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Milos and Crete, all these islands are out of this world. You would think you are in a different world with some of the most scenic views you will find across these islands. The most popular among the tourists are Mykonos and Santorini. However, a serious tourist would want to visit other islands that are less populated yet more beautiful and close to nature.

The best island for that type of tourism is Crete. The dynamic capital city of Heraklion with a scattering of Venetian architecture offers excellent food markets in Chania and historic vineyards. Moreover, Crete offers activities such as scuba diving, cycling, gorge walking and safaris in the White Mountains, the island’s most popular destinations in the Aegean.

Crete villas are the perfect choice to experience this Greek island in all its splendidness, offering you the luxurious comfort whilst sightseeing. Crete villas enable you to experience exclusivity, privacy and personalised services from the moment you enter Crete until your last day on the island. Their concierge services always ensure that you do not have to say anything twice to get your needs and desires fulfilled and whilst staying in a Cretian villa you have so many opportunities to discover all the historical sites scattered across the island.

 

Ensure memories of a lifetime by renting a Crete villa next time you land at the most magical island in Greece. After doing some research of villas online, I found that the the Blue Villas Collection of Crete villas offer all these features and many more, the prices of their villas fit the needs of anyones budget, but still offer the high quality services included in their more pricey villas.

 

THE FOOD BLUES.

The most satisfying experience of travelling the world is trying all kinds of different cuisines and local delicacies, and Greece is world famous for its sumptuous food. The country is perfect for vegans and carnivores as the local foods are abundant in fresh vegetables, grains, legumes and beans, seafood, and meat (primarily lamb, goat and pork). Also, make sure not to miss various goat cheeses and wine.

The fruit in Greece is more sugary and riper than many countries in the world and once you have a taste of the Greek figs, watermelon, grapes and pomegranates you will never want to stop eating them.

 

THE NIGHTLIFE BLUES

The inhabitants of Greece love to celebrate life and it shows in their nightlife culture. If you are in Athens, you are advised not to miss a visit to the Bouzoukia (pronounced boo-zoo-kia). The place is a consortium of big concert halls where renowned artists regularly perform.

Therefore, look your best and expect to be dancing your heart out. If you are on the island you are never too far from a nightclub or a beach bar where you can tap your feet to vintage European jams, party all night or take an early morning dip in the Mediterranean.

THE LANGUAGE BLUES

Despite the fact that Greek is a difficult language to learn, it is still one of the most beautifully complex languages in the world. You use Greek every day as almost 1/3rd of all the English words originated from the Greek language. The New Testament was also inscribed in Greek and it is such an expressive language that everyone should be exposed to it.

THE HISTORY BLUES.

Greece has one of the most distinguished world histories. The founding place of Western civilisation and democracy offers many edifices and artefacts that have survived thousands of years of hostilities, disorder and the sheer trial of time. Moreover, while subways were built before the Olympics, the labourers found so many ancient artefacts that they framed them inside the subway walls. Therefore, you can literally observe ancient coins and pottery while you are waiting for the subway.

 

5 Interesting Things to do in Montenegro

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As small a country as it may be, Montenegro makes up for its size with extraordinary beauty. One of the youngest countries in the world, it’s still not teeming with tourists and that only makes it all the more appealing now. If you are looking for a quite scenic getaway or a fun adventurous time in the rocky mountains or the beautiful pebble beaches, Montenegro has it all. This beautiful little country surely deserves a visit for its rich heritage and natural beauty still remaining intact from urban pollution. However tricky flights can be, seeking help through holiday agents and asking about Montenegro holiday packages is sure worth the trouble!

Once you are in Montenegro, you could do the following on your visit to this little eastern European country:

 

  1. Visiting Kotor

Named as a UNESCO world heritage site, Kotor is a charming little medieval town with stone walls and beautiful arches. The Old Town is protected by a fortress and holds hundreds of years of history within it. Not usually crowded by tourists it’s a lovely and peaceful place to start of your Montenegrin trip. While there, make sure you visit Perast. You can even climb the walls over the fortress to get a fantastic view of the bay below.

  1. Lovcen National Park

This beautiful national park consists of the mausoleum of Peter II PetrovicNjegos, the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro and beloved political and cultural leader. The mountain top in which he was buried can be climbed up to after hiking up 400 steep steps carved out into the mountain. Even if you aren’t interested in seeing the mausoleum, the climb is still a worthwhile trip because the view from there is incredible.

  1. Skadar Lake

Another UNESCO world heritage site, the freshwater lake lies at the border of Albania and Montenegro and is surrounded by enormous and grand karst mountains and rocky shores. The lake is home to a variety of over 260 different species of birds, fishing villages and monasteries and beaches. The rustic beauty of the area is sure to make you want to spend a few night or two in the neighboring villages. You can even take a nice boat tour to visit ancient island prisons and monasteries and explore the wild wonders of this beautiful place.

  1. Canyon Nevidio

This strange natural structure is hidden away into inaccessible terrain. Because it was inaccessible, the canyon was quite unknown to tourists and was widely unexplored for quite a long time. After it was finally conquered in 1965, the canyon was finally open to welcoming adventurous journey deep into the mysterious caves. The gorgeous beauty of the gorge, cascades and waterfalls make Nevidio one of the most exciting places to visit in Montenegro.

  1. Budva

While most of the places in Montenegro offer a more natural and earthy travel experience, Budva is the perfect town to visit if you want to bathe in the cool blue ocean and party Montenegrin style. It is the centre of Montenegrin tourism so it is relatively more crowded than the other towns. The town offers nice beaches with pretty sand and fancy clubs and hotels that offer you with grandiose luxury experiences. The lively bars and vibrant nightlife is sure to provide you the kind of positive energy that is the essence of a fun nightlife scene.

  1. Savin Kuk

If you are planning on a winter visit to Montenegro and are up for some exciting activities, you can try skiing down the Durmitor Mountain in Savin Kuk. The beautiful ski resorts there can accommodate you perfectly for a lovely vacation in winter. Withy almost 120 days of snow each year, Montenegro is truly a paradise for winter sports lovers. You can also find skiing facilities on Bjelasica Mountain.

  1. Sveti Stefan

One of the more picturesque areas in Montenegro, spend a day relaxing on the beautiful beaches and visiting the charming little villages of Stevi Stefan. It’s the perfect place to be if you are simply looking for a quiet place with beautiful views where you can relax. Eat the local dishes and take a walk in the streets or on the sandy shores during sunset. The beautiful coastal weather and the sun dropping under the beautiful stretch of mountains makes for some wonderful memories.

 

Montenegro may be small, but if you truly want to explore a new and unique place with a unique culture of its own, do considering exploring this lovely quaint little eastern European country.

Finance Your Next Vacation with Savings from Your Move

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It can be easy to underestimate how much a move can cost. The process is one that has to do with quite a few moving parts, and the list of expenses that are involved with moving from point A to point B can add up with a quickness. That being said, trying to cheap out on the move completely can be a devastatingly bad idea, but there are many intelligent ways for you to save quite a bit of money on everything from the initial packing to getting unloaded at the new place without having to cut corners.

You might even save up enough money to finance the perfect ski vacation with your savings.

Get Rid of It

Moving companies typically base what they charge on things like how much you are moving (in pounds), and the number of vehicles the move will require. This means that your upcoming move can be a fabulous excuse to get rid of those things you no longer have a use for. By making the load lighter, you will be able to keep more of your hard-earned money in your bank account. Getting rid of the things you no longer use is a bit of good advice, whether you might be using professional North American moving services, or you happen to be doing it in more of the DIY style. Either way, you look at it, you will save money because you are moving less stuff.

Save on Your Taxes

You might be wondering what this has to do with moving, but it definitely is one of the budget friendly moving tips that you need to know.

Taking those items that you no longer use and monetizing them can go a long way towards saving money on your move. You can do that by having a garage sale, selling them on eBay or Craigslist, or on apps like LetGo or 5Miles.

You can also turn them into a tax deduction. There are quite a few charitable organizations that will actually come to your home and take those unwanted items away. Always get a receipt for any donations too because you can itemize them on your taxes for deductions. Anyway, there is never a point in moving something that will never be used again by you or someone in your family.

Packing Supplies

You can go out and buy all new supplies for packing. This covers everything from Sharpie markers to tape, bubble wrap, boxes, and even blankets to protect your furniture. Why would you do that though when you can get boxes for free and you more than likely have the rest of your items in your home right now, whether you realize it or not?

Boxes – you can get these for free at places like your local liquor store, grocery stores, drugstores, or even offices. All it takes is for you to screw up the courage to ask for them. Copy paper boxes happen to be excellent for moving. They tend to be quite strong and are the ideal size for most items in the typical household.

Bubble wrap – this is something that can be replaced by other things that you probably already have. For example, you can use clean socks for your drinking glasses. They are the ideal size for a glass and will provide the necessary cushion so that the glasses don’t break. You might have Styrofoam plates on hand too. Put one of the between each of your real plates to keep them from breaking. Old newspapers can also be used to protect your breakables.

If you have kids, maybe they have some markers that you can use to label all of your boxes so that you will know which room they go in and what they contain when you unload the truck. Tape – you might need to go out and purchase this, unless you keep a supply of packing tape on hand.

As you can see, there are quite a few ways to save money on your move. Will you be able to plan that dream vacation with your savings? It depends on which money saving tips you will use. There are more out there, you just have to look and be creative.

 

5 largest sea freight travel destinations to check out

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If you are looking for a unique way to see the world and are in need of some inspiration in terms of where to go that doesn’t involve scouring Instagram for inspiration, then you will most certainly want to read on. We have compiled the following list of travel destinations based on their scale when it comes to handling vast amounts of freight shipment- behold the largest ports in the world! The following sea ports are famous in terms of being key players of the freight forwarding industry and considered to be the ultimate in trade destinations due to their ability to process huge volumes of goods from overseas. These places also serve as wonderful travel destinations so we thought it would be worthwhile to combine the two, giving you an insight into the largest sea freight travel destinations to check out!

Shanghai

The port of Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River (something that has played a key role when it comes to furthering its economic status) and is considered to be the largest port in the world based on Cargo throughput. Shanghai is one of China’s most prosperous cities as well as being its greatest economic and cultural centres- this is one of the main reasons why China is always regarded as being so modern. For a blend of culture that combines influences from the East and West, Shanghai will never allow you to get bored!

Singapore

Singapore is the 2nd largest port in the world and has port terminals located across parts of Brani, Pasir Panjang, Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Sembawang and Jurong. This port is one which plays a vital role when it comes to catering to the export market on an incredible scale. Nicknamed the ‘Lion City’, Singapore not only offers state of the art accommodation but also plays host to some incredible culinary creations and nightlife. With endless cultural delights and festivals of all types, there is no reason why this gorgeous city should not earn its rightful place along some of the most unique and exciting new travel destinations in the world in years to come.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam port is the largest within Europe and covers an incredible 42 km of space, with the port being the 6th largest when you take into consideration annual cargo throughput. Situated in Holland and considered to be its ‘second city’, Rotterdam has a great deal more to offer than some people may expect. From its futuristic architecture and incredible array of food venues, this city is on the brink of never being ignored in favour of Amsterdam ever again!

Freight forwarding has played and incredibly intrinsic part in the development in these three incredible colourful and exciting cities and this has helped them to contribute to the economy in these areas significantly which is why we think it would be well worth paying them a visit!

 

 

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