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Travel Guide: Holiday Trip to Greece Islands

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With the season of spring just started bringing a big relief from chilly winters, I am sure most of us would be considering planning a vacation somewhere away from home and work. I had the same feeling and this time it got me landed in Greece.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world gets even more attractive in Summers. If you are in Europe then you are really missing something if you haven’t had Greece holidays in summers yet.
In a time of economic crisis, the Greek government is trying hard to attract tourism in order to support its dying economy, so if you are thinking this year might not be the right time to come, you could be wrong. Though there are some negative changes as well, due to bad economic conditions (apparently the international train services have been stopped by the government).

As a first time visitor to this country, I made a travel plan after doing some research. I was mostly interested in visiting various Greek Islands and so I divided my trip into two parts. First is from Athens to Eastern and Southern Islands, and second is from Athens to Northern and Western islands.

When I landed in Athens I had a specific image of Greece in my mind. I was expecting the famous whitewashed homes with blue windows and churches with blue domes, but was surprised to see the regional architectural diversity.

The new airport in Athens, Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, is one of the most attractive airports in Europe that I have seen. The airport was opened in 2001 as part of infrastructure improvements in preparation for the 2004 Olympics games.

Athens International Airport, Photo taken by Caribb

Athens International Airport, Photo taken by Caribb

In my opinion, the best way to go to the city from the International Airport (27 KM or 17 miles) is by metro train for €8. Group tickets (2 or 3 people) are also available and they provide some discount. The airport Metro line is an extension of Line 3 (blue line) that takes you to the downtown Syntagma and Monastiráki stations.
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Athens Airport Metro, Photo taken by Jennie

It was a great day at Athens, around 20 degree Celsius and sunny, though most pleasant weather occurs in May-June and September-October. It was nice to see that evening tends to get colder, the low levels of atmospheric humidity in most areas of the country preventing the air from trapping a lot of heat, and temperatures tend to dip to very pleasant levels in the evenings.

Being a historical place and capital of Greece, you have lot of things to see and do in the city of Athens, but I had planned to do all that after completing the first part of my trip. After resting and shopping in the local markets of Athens for a day, the next day I planned to go to by ferry from Piraeus, the harbor of Athens, to the Mykonos Islands. There is another port, Rafina, on the west, from where you can reach Mykonos one hour earlier and, due to shorter distance, the ferry prices are also slightly lower. While Rafina is not that popular for travelling to one of the Cyclades Islands, for those who are going there directly after landing at airport, Rafina could be a better choice.

There are two types of ferries, normal and high speed ferries and travel time to Mykonos from Piraeus could range from 3 hour 30 minutes to 5 hours 15 minutes. Economy ferry is my cup of tea and I bought the tickets from the port on the same day. Those who are planning to be there in the month of August should buy tickets in advance, as it is tough to get availability due to festival rush (“Assumption of our lady” Festival).

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Blue Star Ferries, Photo taken by Zoe

On a slow ferry, a seat in economy class may cost upto € 32, whereas on a highspeed service costs may go upto € 54.50. If you are going by slow ferry your departing port gate will be E1, otherwise, for high speed ferries, departing port gate would be E7.

If you are going from Rafina port, the journey time could range from 2h 10min to 5h 30min, depending on the type of ferry you are taking. On a regular ferry ticket, costs may go upto € 23.50 per person for a seat in economy class; on a highspeed catamaran service expect to pay € 52.50.

Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destination in Greece. In fact, it is second most preferred tourist destination in Greece (I wonder which is on top? Will let you know as I write more in coming articles on my full trip). Mykonos is the island of youth and fun and it is sometimes also referred to as ‘Ibiza of Greece’. The island is famous for its picturesque towns, all day and night parties and beach sports. Follow this space or Subscribe to TWR Travel via RSS, as I continue my journey to the Greek islands, you should not miss the main attraction of Greece.

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How much money do you need to live comfortably in Spain?

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There are plenty of reasons why you may be thinking about living in Spain: its population is friendly and kind; its climate, especially in the coastal areas, is enviable; its gastronomy is incredible… but, what about its prices? What is the most affordable way to live in Spain?

Perhaps the most important question if you decided to go: would it be better to buy instead of renting a property in Spain. Or yet living in a Spanish residence?

Spanish cities where to live cheap and well

In the geographical variety that Spain presents, we can find many differences in average salaries and the standard of living that reside there would require. The areas of Galicia, Extremadura, Castilla y León, together with Almería and the south of Alicante usually have a lower price of euros/square meter in their homes. The quality of life is really appreciable, but you should know that there are fewer possibilities for business and transports.

The autonomous community of the Basque Country, Catalonia, and Madrid, which have higher than average incomes (normally more than 24,000 euros per year), also have higher prices. However, Madrid has such a wide range of rents that it sometimes makes them cheaper than other countries. 

In addition, and taking into account the tourist seasons, the areas of Valencia and Andalusia are normally a preference when it comes to living in Spain for a while or even spending your retirement. Although day-to-day life can be more expensive than in other areas of Spain, the mild climate and variety of leisure options are often worth it in the long run. 

Whatever your option is when moving to another country, especially if you don’t know its legal system, can be very tiresome. That’s why our advice is to try to contact local agencies (that speak English) to give you fair and fruitful advice. For example, to move to Andalusia, we usually recommend Tejada solicitors

I have already decided on the place. Now what?

Well, if you have already fully immersed yourself in the streets of a beautiful city that we have talked about, what should be your first step?

Decide what kind of stay you want to be in (since your future economic situation will also depend on this: taxes, permits…). You may have already chosen, for example, property conveyancing in Marbella, but it is recommended that you also think about renting a property, because it can be very profitable while you are in your other place of residence.

To sum up, before moving to a Spanish city, decide if you want to spend a little more money per month in exchange for the exceptional conditions that their precious land can give you; secondly, contact a reliable agency that will help you make the best investment and even more, apply for a Spanish residency if you are decided to stay for a long time.

And remember: a move is always a new beginning.

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Have everything ready for your next trip

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If there is one thing everyone loves is to travel. Whether we do it for business reasons or simply for pleasure, traveling brings us the opportunity of experiencing new alternatives and discover new places we would not be able to enjoy on a daily basis. But a lot of planning needs to be put into any travel in order for it to run out smoothly. Down bellow, you will be able to find some tips that could come out handy during your next journey. 

Moving around in a rented car

Renting a car is always an amazing option when it comes to moving around  a new and unfamiliar area. It gives us the option to move around freely, without the constraints or the language barriers that could be associated with public transportation.

A good example of this could be seen if you plan to visit the touristic island of Maui. This beautiful island has a lot of hidden gems that can not be reached using public transport. Rent a car Maui is an amazing affordable option to make sure you do not miss out anything on this marvelous island. They offer a big variety of rental cars, all with one of the best customer services in the island. 

Because we do not have why to miss out anything when we travel. 

Starting a new life in a new country

Sometimes, when we travel to a different country, it is not something temporal, but a permanent change. Starting a new life in a different country can seem like a scary experience at first, but with the right preparations, it should be a smooth transition.

A popular destination that people are choosing to move to permanently over the last decades has been Spain. But you may be wondering, how to move to Spain

Moving to Spain is a relatively easy process, but there is a series of steps you need to take in order to do so

  1. Check out the different types of resident permits and Visas and choose the one that better suits you.
  2. Check the requirements for said permit.
  3. Find out if you can submit the paperwork before moving to Spain or you need to do so once you arrive to Spain as a tourist.
  4. Prepare all the documentation needed for the paperwork.
  5. Get your Visa and start enjoying your new life in Spain.

Choose an option for your stay according to your needs

One of the key aspects of every travel is to decide where we are going to be spending our stay in our destination. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of resorts available on the main tourist destinations, so spending time to decide on which one would be a better fit for us is always a good idea.

Take for example the beautiful city of Cancun. Cancun is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are a lot of luxury resorts in this city, but if you are looking for an original and exciting experience, we can not stop recommending Temptation Cancun Resort

Temptation Cancun Resort is an exclusive resort that only admits adults +21 on their installations. They have recently reopened their doors with a timetable full of fun and sexy events you can not miss out. Because life is too short to spend it on traditional family destinations, try something original like Temptation Cancun Resort and live an once in a lifetime experience. 

Save money by using public transport

Public transportation is an affordable option available wherever we decide to travel. A fast and safe way to travel around any country has traditionally been the train. Thanks to websites like Trenes.com you can check the schedules of all the trains available, buy your ticket online and get amazing discounts on the final price. This makes moving around a different country easier than ever.

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6 Things you can do in Tijuana

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Tijuana is one of the largest cities in Mexico. Located in the northern part of the country, its proximity to the US border has make it a popular tourist destination among American citizens looking to experience all the recreational activities this beautiful city have to offer. If you are planning to visit Tijuana, we have a list of our six favorite spots in the city, so make sure you do not miss them.

1- The Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium

Soccer, simply known as football in Mexico, is the country’s favorite sport. And there is no football team with more devoted fans than Los Xolos. It does not matter if you like football or not, visiting the Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium while you are in Tijuana is a must . On the days there is a football match scheduled, you definitely need to go to the stadium a few hours early, since there is a big party going on on the parking lots of this stadium. People park on the parking lots and eat roasted meat while drinking beer with their friends. Then you can head to watch the football match. Los Xolos enthusiasts are known to be among the most friendly football fans out there, and will make sure you feel welcome and have an experience you will never forget.

If you want to stay close to  the Caliente Xoloitzcuintles Stadium, we recommend you check out in a nearby hotel like Tijuana Marriott Hotel since its proximity make it pretty convenient.

2- Morelos Park

Morelos Park is one of the best destinations in Tijuana if you are traveling with kids. This park is the biggest in the city and features a lot of green areas, a huge artificial lake where you will be able to see ducks and fish, and even a small zoo featuring native animals like iguanas or jaguars. 

There is a small train that will take you for a ride around the lake. On this lake you can also find a small dock with small boats for rent. 

On weekends, you will also be able to enjoy public performances especially created for children, like clowns shows or puppet theatres.

3- Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral

The cathedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is also known as Tijuana’s Cathedral due to it being the most important one in the city. Although this cathedral dates back only to 1909, its beautiness immediately made it one of the most visited tourist spots in the city. This building design used as inspiration Mexico’s traditional temples, which made the local authorities give it the accreditation of historical monument.  

This monument is located just a few minutes away from the city centre, so if you are looking for accommodation in the heart of Tijuana, we recommend you check out Hotels like Fairfield Inn & Suites Tijuana due to its convenient location.

4- Wax Museum

Tijuana’s Wax Museum is one of its most original buildings. Across 10 different halls, you will be able to enjoy many wax figures, all divided according to different themes like Mexico’s historical figures or Mexico’s legends. One of the most curious things about this museum is that it has a Horror hall, where you will be able to enjoy the scary figures of Dracula or Frankenstein, although we do not recommend this if you are weak of heart. 

5- Tijuana’s Cultural Centre

Its modern sphere design has make this building one of the most visited locations in Tijuana. This Cultural Centre was created to try and promote art and culture in the area. On the different rooms of the building we will be able to find an art exhibition, an aquarium, an event room and a film library. 

6- El Trompo Museum

This amazing museum is the perfect mixture of science and fun, helping us to introduce our kids to new knowledge by using games and interactive activities. The museum also includes a 3D cinema and a concert room.

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