Every big city referenced to you has a lot to enjoy. And surely the best way to do it is on your feet. Don’t hide away from everything you can see inside a taxi or a bus. Get your gear on and go find the smallest streets, the most traditional venues right alongside the postal card monuments and museums.
When you plan to go discover a city get these first: a map and guide of the city, a backpack (water and other hydrating fluids, healthy snacks, some currency money and your mobile contact), the most comfortable clothing you have for the weather conditions and the right shoes and socks.
Exploring a big city by foot is not for everyone – it will leave you exhausted by the end of the day but the treasures you can find when opting to lose yourself a bit are really worth it.
Shoes and socks are one of the most important things to choose from when trying to hit pavement on a city unknown to you.
We recommend that the shoe is fitting *you*. No brand or type of shoe is a guarantee of comfort. The flexibility of the sole, the support the shoe offers and it’s cushioning must fit your foot because no one’s feet is the same – don’t go by the advice of a brand or model unless you’ve tried it out for yourself.
Do you need to compensate for any particular stride issues you have? Having a more flatted foot or, on the other hand, an extreme curvature on the palm are things you must resolve before starting off – usually a doctor will indicate to you the best insole you can get to compensate for any problem you might have. Please take the time to care of these issues because they will help you in the long run, way after any traveling and beyond – and, in case you have an issue on your feet shape, it’s not recommended you walk without any type of additional support besides what the shoe has to offer – no matter how comfortable they might feel.
That first challenge hit, find shoes that are comfortable and never tight – your feet will swell a bit after a couple hours of walking, imagine how they will be in the end of the day! It’s always better to use a comfortable shoe on the verge of fitting loose than a tight fit or with no margin for the feel to swell. These can be in the form of boots or sneakers. Either way, you need to verify if the stitching of the sole is perfected, if you leave quite a bit of room for your toes (no toes touching the front of the shoe) and check out the materials – washable, breathable fabric and preferably, a waterproofed finishing (you can add this waterproof layer yourself easily with one canister of the product).
You have to consider, as well, space inside for adequate socks. This is the fabric that will either help you walk or destroy your feet due to heat, perspiration and friction.
The socks should be more on the loose fit. These should be higher than the top of your shoe – by the ankle, never less. The socks that only embrace the bottom of the foot are prone to slip away from the heel, leaving your skin prone to abrasion from the shoe itself, creating hurtful steps!
Socks made of 100% cotton are the best, you can choose from a variety of models and thicknesses. This fabric is also breathable and will prevent your feet from over heating.
A good option is to have some sort of sandals in your backpack – in the most hot days, it’ll be useful to change your shoes to something refreshing for a couple of minutes while having lunch while watching the sight.
Now that you have everything you need for comfortable globetrotting, pack up and walk on!
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, wife and ultramarathon distance runner. She spends most of her time on nicershoes.com, monicashealthmag.com & runnerclick.com and she has been featured on popular running and fitness blogs all over the world.
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Moving abroad is a big deal and there is a lot to think about when you finally make the decision. So, to get you prepared for the move of a lifetime, here are a few things for you to consider while you’re planning your new life:
Don’t forget the boring stuff
It’s easy to get swept up in all of the excitement of moving, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about all the paperwork you have to organise. Taxes, health insurance, Visa and pension are all absolutely vital to your relocation. These should always be the first things on your mind when you’re planning your move as well as any other important paperwork that needs mailing or filing. It’s also a good idea to keep copies of all the important forms and keep them together in a safe place.
Get your money in order
Are you transferring your money to a bank abroad? Are there any payment plans that you need to update? How much money will you need to get you settled and where do you plan to go to get that changed to your new local currency. When you start planning these aspects f your move you also need to think about the exchange rate and the cost of living in your new home. The more you plan the easier it will be to make the transition. If you’re planning on only staying temporarily, a lot of banks can also schedule regular transactions from your account, so you won’t need to keep transferring money to fund your life abroad.
Storage or removal?
Depending on how long you’re planning on staying abroad, you might have different plans for your belongings. If you’re only living abroad for a short time – or at least intend to return in the future – you probably won’t want to take everything you own with you when you go away. In which case, storage would be something you need to organise before you go. If you decide to do that, you also give yourself the option of renting out your home while you’re gone instead of leaving it empty or selling it. On the other hand, moving abroad permanently or for a long time would require you to pack up most of your life and take it with you. Instead of trying to pack it into a million boxes and haul it across the ocean yourself, look into removal services. Reliable removal companies like ‘Imove International’ provide removals to Spain and elsewhere around Europe, so you can focus on transporting yourself while they take care of the rest.
Where is what and how do you get there?
Do you know where the nearest hospital is from your new home? Which bus will take you to work? Where will you be buying your groceries? Before you rush into life in a new country you would definitely benefit from getting a lay of the land. Acquaint yourself with all of the local facilities and know all the places to go and numbers to call if there’s an emergency.
Get to grips with the cultural basics
If you’re working in a foreign country, culture can have a big effect on the way employees and employers interact. Learning the basics of culture and language can save you from a lot of embarrassing incidents and misunderstandings. Being knowledgeable in foreign etiquette and social convention can be a great help when the time comes to make new friends and settle into your new life.
Unknown to many people in the UK and other parts of Europe who have never been there before, Poland is a charming and wonderful place to travel through in winter. The Eastern European country offers truly authentic winter holiday experiences through a combination of history, culture, and cold weather activities.
Whether you’re into sight seeing, love getting active during your break, or a bit of both, our brief guide to winter travelling in Poland featured below will help you make the most of your time there:
Sights and Culture
As mentioned in the introduction above, Poland makes for a perfect winter getaway destination due to the wealth of both cultural heritage and winter activities the country has to offer. The country has a rich history waiting to be discovered and these sights seem to get even more special with a snowy background.
From the Royal Castle in Warsaw to St Mary’s Basilica, those interested in architecture will be spoilt for choice. Warsaw and Krakow in particular are home to many architectural wonders and cultural treats, including stately palaces and museums packed with historic artworks, sculptures and artefacts.
While there are many fascinating galleries, museums and Places to explore, the cities also boast many eateries and bars where you can keep warm, rest, and sample the countries culinary specialities such as Bararina,- roasted or grilled mutton.
The locals are warm and friendly, even to tourist’s eager trying share the funny polish phrases they learnt off the internet! Still, whether you are in the capital or further out in a city like Gdansk, the experience remains friendly and helpful.
There is no shortage of things to keep you active in Poland during the winter either, with Krakow’s nearby mountains providing crisp air for cold-weather walks or hiking, and great skiing opportunities.
In addition, there are cosy mountain villages which afford an opportunity to just enjoy the surrounding winter scenery. For ski lovers, Poland offers an ideal destination to enjoy a winter break without the crowds that normally come along with visiting the more commercialised ski resorts in other parts of Europe.
With Christmas one of the biggest dates of the winter it is also worth noting that Poland is a great destination for amazing Winter Wonder holidays and Christmas market getaways. There are bucket loads of old-style Polish charm within the gothic and Baroque architecture as cities like Krakow host their famous festive markets and winter celebrations. On offer is everything from jewellery to handicrafts, a variety of delicious foods and a buzzing atmosphere.
Here there is no need to break the bank in order to get that perfect unusual Christmas gift for friends and family back home, and you also get to refuel with a warming cup of mulled wine or cherry vodka!
Whether you prefer to visit historic cities and exploring their architecture, museums, culture, and cuisine, or you prefer more active pursuits; – Poland has lots of both to offer, even in winter. The guide to winter travelling in Poland above is a great place to start planning your own perfect getaway this winter.
Perhaps the best way to deal with the approaching cold weather this half term is for you and your family to chase the sun and take a European break in the last of the warm weather. There are a number of last minute trips that could be just what the doctor ordered for all of you. As part of your travel plans remember to apply for a European Health Insurance card for every member of your family, just in case the worst should happen. To apply for an EHIC just visit this site. Once your application has been approved, you’ll be free to relax in the European sunshine.
No matter how young or old your big kids are, there may not be a better place to take them than the Magic kingdom. The younger children will probably be more than happy meeting their favourite characters and witnessing a number of the shows, while there are also a number of tamer rides that they’ll be able to go on, plus there are high adrenaline rides for the big kids. You can also enjoy the many restaurants, hotels, shopping and a golf course.
Enjoy the peace and quiet with a tranquil break in Mallorca where you can stay in a 28 hectare farm, laze away the day in a hammock while your children can run around amongst the orange and fig trees. While you may struggle to tear yourself away from the villa, you can enjoy the best beaches on the island which are just a 40 minute drive away, and there’s also the old village of Sineu, where you can enjoy a donkey ride and browse the stalls of Mallorca’s most famous market.
Lemon Tree Villas provides families with the ultimate home from home when on holiday in the Atrotiri peninsula. There are a number of modern villas, each with a garden, patio and private pool. The blue flag Agios Anophris beach complex is within walking distance from the villas, which is more than ideal. Plus there is also a larger, communal pool complete with bar and sun terrace for when you feel like the time is right to socialise with the other tourists and locals.
Arrieta, on the north coast, lies the 30 acre Lanzarote Retreats, which is the largest eco energy system on the island, and provides the ideal spot for a pleasant family break. The resort consists of five yurts, vials, casitas and converted barns. 13 of the 15 available units are family friendly and deliberately come without Wi-Fi, in order to encourage your family to spend quality time together.
Britain is a small country, packed with so many things to see and do that it makes sense to pop in a car and go on a little tour. Whether you already live here or are thinking about travelling from abroad, I can’t rate a car holiday any higher. You take your car, rent one, or get a motor home and just go on a round trip, taking in everything from Land’s End to John o’Groats and all the magnificent wonders in between. It is quite a lot to think about it and can be quite tiring, though, so here are some tips that I have learnt that might help you make the most of it.
We might as well start with the most important factor of a driving holiday: the actual driving. Now, if you’re coming from abroad, you might want to make sure you’re prepared for driving on a different side of the road. Using a gear stick with the wrong hand can feel awful, so it’s best to either get an automatic, or practice in a carpark before you get on the road properly. If you’re a local you should be a very competent driver as driving the length of Britain will throw challenges at you that you might not have faced yet. My advice would be to brush up on your theory knowledge, by doing a couple of mock exams on toptests.co.uk, just to brush the cobwebs off, as you will find road signs and all sorts of situations that you might not see in your local area.
This is obvious to me, however you won’t believe the amount of people I’ve spoken to who just got in their car and went where the mood took them. It’s best to draw out a very specific map and time line and stick to it. This will mean that you will get to all the areas you need to get to and experience as much as possible. And on this topic, you should plan to see a variety of different areas, so don’t just stick to major cities, but go hunting for quaint Cotswolds villages and rugged highland lochs. There’s more to Britain than Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow.
A lot of people think that a car holiday would be cheaper than a regular holiday, but this isn’t always the case and so you will need to plan costs and try to find ways of doing this cheaply. Planning hotel stays in advance can be helpful as you will get good deals, or go with the motor home idea, which will drastically cut down on costs. It is also a good idea to drive a diesel car because even though it is more expensive for fuel, the fuel lasts a little longer for long journeys and so I would personally recommend it. Food is also another issue and you should be looking to buy as much food from supermarkets as possible and bringing it with you wherever you go, although don’t miss out on the local restaurants. If you want to try as much food from the various places as possible, I would check places like Trip Advisor first, just to see if people have already found bargains.
That’s the three main bits of advice I can offer you, but the biggest advice I can share is that you should see everything and anything as you never know when this little isle will throw another hidden gem at you.