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6 Travel Safety Tips for Couples – Before You Travel

Part one, “Before You Travel”, of our two part Travel Safety Tips for Couples series. Read our tips to minimise your risks on your next travel adventure.

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Adela Snowboarding Broken Collarbone

Note: We actually wrote these travel safety tips for couples before we heard about the tragic killing of the solo female traveller Sarai Sierra in Turkey last week. Our travel safety tips can be used for solo female travellers (and males) as well as travelling couples.

We get asked a lot of questions regarding travel safety tips for couples because we like stepping outside of our comfort zones. That is not to say that we put ourselves in harms way, we aren’t that stupid. But we travel with open minds rather than being shrouded in fear.

Mint Tea in Egypt

If we heeded everyone’s advice we wouldn’t have enjoyed this mint tea in a local Egyptian market.

6 travel safety tips for couples, before you travel

Don’t listen to what others, mostly the media, have to say.The world is NOT dangerous or unsafe. While there are dangerous people and destinations, they are a really small percentage of the world.

You are probably more likely to get into trouble in your home country rather than from travelling.

Most of the unfortunate bad experiences that happen to travellers arise from them being stupid, drunk or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it has happened to us. We think we travel smart and our experiences prove that. But we have also had our fair share of things go wrong while travelling.

A broken collarbone, internal bleeding, lost luggage and lost passports to name a few.

Travel Safety Tips for Couples, Broken Collarbone

But after 3 years of travel we think that is pretty good. Especially since we have yet to have anything stolen (touch wood). By using a few simple travel safety tips, we have cut down our risks.

And minimising risks doesn’t start when you begin travelling. Travel safety starts at home before you go.

By using our travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers, you can minimse your own travel safety concerns.

Before you go: Travel Safety Tips for Couples

These are the travel safety tips you should implement before you actually leave home.

Travel Safety Tips: Do your research before you travel

The first thing you want to do is research the destination. You can quite easily find out from locals, not other tourists, the safest places in a city. Online there are local forums, websites and other travel blogs for every destination in the world.

Read it all and talk to your friends. But please don’t discount somewhere just because of one persons bad experience. Use your own common-sense to decide if you really should go or not.

No two peoples travel adventures are ever the same.

Travel Safety Tips: Buy Travel Insurance that covers everything

So far our travel injury bills after 3+ years have totalled more than $105,000.

Adela broke her collarbone, I ruptured my appendix and had internal bleeding from a snowboarding accident. Luckily our comprehensive travel insurance meant that we were fully covered for the full amounts.

New Zealand Snowboarding Grim Lab

Take a moment to think about what you might get up to while travelling as not all travel insurance is the same. For example, some may include snow adventures and other extreme sports, while others won’t. You can usually add on extras if you know what you what activities you might be doing.

We recommend you check out World Nomads Insurance who will cover most situations. Just be sure to read the fine print.

Travel Safety Tips: Leave your valuables behind

In most countries you should try and blend in and not advertise that you are a tourist. And more importantly, a wealthy tourist. You will likely stick out like a sore thumb anyway, but advertising it by wearing fancy jewellery or carrying an expensive camera around is best avoided.

Adela always leaves her jewellery at home but will usually end up buying something locally made. It supports them and ensures you won’t get your nicest stuff stolen, or lost.

Depending upon where you travel, you may also want to consider leaving laptops and other expensive gear at home. If it is not feasible like us, as we travel with a lot of gear to keep this travel blog running, you can usually lock gear in your room safe or behind the check-in desk.

Much better than carrying it around all day too. You might also want to consider buying a “money belt” (examples here) that wrap around your waist underneath your shirt.

Travel Safety Tips: Get vaccinated

Vaccinations can be quite tricky to organise. We recommend visiting your doctor a few months before you travel to find out what you may need to get vaccinated for.

Some vaccinations/immunisations for certain destinations will actually require you to have several injections over the course of a few months. You may also need to prove to border control that you have been immunised when you travel.

Travel Safety Tips: Scan all your major documents

The final travel safety tip is to make sure you have a copy of all your travel documents. We used to carry around a folder with photocopies of our passports, relevant visas, travel insurance etc. As well as leave copies with our families.

Now we are able to just use Dropbox to store all our important travel documents online. Extra travel tip: We also use Dropbox for storing our photos online so that we won’t ever lose them.

These online copies can then be used if we ever need to print off documents or in case we lose something important while travelling. Of course if you are trekking through remote areas it might be best to print them BEFORE you leave!

Travel Safety Tips: Notify your bank

While notifying your bank that you are going overseas won’t stop your credit cards or money getting stolen. It may stop them (hopefully) from cancelling any cards that they suspect are being used fraudulently while you still have them.

Banks monitor suspected fraudulent use and will stop a card from working if they suspect it has been used in the wrong place. It should only take one phone call to reactivate it but letting them know your travel plans never hurts.

They can also provide advice on who to contact should your cards be stolen. Which means that you should keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank phone numbers if you need to cancel them. Just don’t record the security numbers too!

Do you have any special travel safety tips you do before you leave home?

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  1. Larissa

    February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Great tips-and I’m proud to say we’ve done all of the above 🙂

    I woud also add that it’s good to check into if you’ll need malaria medication where you’re headed, and if so bring the meds with you (or possibly even start the regimen before you leave home).

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Malaria is a good point Larissa! We haven’t needed it yet so it slipped our minds for the list 🙂

  2. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com

    February 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Great list…we really need to get our docs on Dropbox too!
    Another tip we use is to research and always travel with reputable bus companies, especially in countries like Colombia. It is better to pay a little extra to stay safe, plus we got stuck on a really crappy bus (that was a replacement for another one that never bothered showing up!) because we left it too late to book our tickets. Planning ahead is one of the best ways to avoid being stuck in dangerous situations too!
    Happy and safe travels!
    Steph

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Great extra tips Steph! Definitely a good idea paying a little extra for transportation. I have also found that the longer we travel, the less planning I do. I guess I am happier taking chances and going with the flow now 😉

  3. Micki

    February 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Excellent tips.

    I think that sticking to the common sense safety tips you use at home is a great starting point; things like being careful where you walk (especially at night), keeping expensive gear out of sight, and keeping your wits about you when drinking (or having someone watch out for you).

    It’s funny how many people seem to think that when they’re on vacation, and taking a break from their every day lives, that these rules somehow don’t apply any more.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Definitely Micki! Like I said, everyone seems to forget their common sense and brains when they travel, when in reality this is when you need both. It is fine to relax, but still be cautious 🙂

  4. Rachel

    February 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    I sometimes think of traveling alone, but these kind of tragedy is stopping me, or maybe I’m just not that independent? or brave enough? Maybe flying solo isn’t for everyone.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Hey Rachel, thanks for your comment. It is a shame that you are worried about travelling alone but you are right, it isn’t for everyone. I suggest though that you go on Twitter and search for the tag #WeGoSolo. Lots of female solo travellers writing about how safe solo travel is at the moment using that #Hashtag!

  5. Vera

    February 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Good tips! I think you basically have it covered with this post, and I’m glad travel insurance made your list:) I just always try to think ahead of the worst case scenario (comes naturally…) and then try to keep the risk of it happening as small as possible, or the consequences should it happen as less impacty as possible. With that kind of mostly mental preparation I feel more in control. And nothing bad has ever happened to me *knockonwoood* but to be honest, I believe there’s a portion of good luck involved, as well, and it doesn’t matter if you’re travelling or at home when your guardian angel looks away for a second. Also, devastating stuff is always going to be devastating, and it happens at home as well. Stay safe, whereever you are:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Brilliant points Vera! Mentally preparing is a good idea for any situation. Expecting that nothing will happen to you is probably a bad idea so any preparation is time well spent. And agree that there is luck involved, to a degree anyway 😉

  6. Wends of Journeys and Travels

    February 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    great tips and one which I have had yet to do even after traveling solo for sometime now. will definitely get insured 🙂 thanks for this post.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      We have had wayyyyy too many problems not to travel with insurance any more! Definitely check out World Nomads, they cover everything 🙂

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  8. Jeremy Branham

    February 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Yikes on the shoulder injury. Just reading about it sounded pretty gruesome.

    As a budget traveler (most of the time), I pack light and don’t carry many valuable things. However, I did forget to notify my bank on a trip to Europe once. What a pain!

    Another travel tip – don’t go snowboarding with you two 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Haha definitely don’t go snowboarding with us 😉 They refused to take Adela down in the ambulance until I handed over my credit card too! Crazy.

  9. Suitcase Stories - Nicole

    February 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great tips! I am happy to say we did/do all of these for our travels. We’ve been traveling as a couple full time for almost 12 months now and I think its because we were so prepared that we haven’t run into any problems. It worries me when I hear of travelers not getting travel insurance (to save money!) and your incident just proves why its SO important!

    Thanks for the tips.. I will forward this post to a friend of ours who is just about to take off on a 12 month trip!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      When we first started travelling we hated buying insurance as we thought it was such a waste of money! Fair to say we were glad we did 😉

  10. Brandon Elijah Scott

    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Great blog!!

  11. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    February 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Great tips guys! I get a bit blasé about keeping my electronics locked away when I’m out of my hotel room. I’m thinking I’ll need to get better about it when we travel through Central America. Maybe a pacsafe for our laptop backpack?

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      We haven’t used a pacsafe ourselves, but have heard good things about them. It totally depends on where you are travelling, and while I actually don’t think Central America is any unsafer than Europe, it is probably a good idea!

  12. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    February 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Most important part of this: don’t trust the media when it comes to safety while traveling, or safety in other countries. This is especially true in Western countries where the media looooves to spread propaganda regarding how “dangerous” and “backwards” other countries are in comparison.

    Otherwise, good notes, especially the insurance if you plan on doing any adventure activities.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      I am sure that when you tell people that you live in Mexico they freak out and tell you that it is a drug-infested unsafe country because the news told them that! Frustrates me so much. People need to open their own eyes and ears.

  13. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    February 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I thikn I’ve been extremely lucky when I’ve traveled, and that I’ve gotten out of sticky situations unscathed (having my room ransacked in Acapulco while I was down at the pool sticks out at the most potentially dangerous – the door was broken and the wood split!!).

    I’m now struggling with what to do with my eletronic while I walk the Camino de Santiago in August – I would love to take my reflex and Air to document it all, but the thought of carrying them and risking that they could get taken in the albergues makes me nevous (one stolen laptop this year is enough!)

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      As long as you have backed up all your photos and documents before you go, and leave them at home, then I think you should be fine to take your gear with you. Of course making sure that insurance would cover them in the event they were stolen. My friend did it and said she had no problems 😉

  14. Angela

    February 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    While I think it’s ridiculous to fuel fear on traveling, either alone or in a group, I also believe dismissing precautions is dangerous. I’ve just been robbed in Fortaleza, Brazil, I didn’t even have my camera, just a small bag with only my keys inside. I was on the beach in the morning with other people around. I confess it scared me how easy it was for that guy just to snatch my bag off my neck. Needless to say, locals had warned me that even if I had a small bag I would have been robbed 99%, but I didn’t believe it was so dangerous. Serves me right, now I’ll sure avoid going out taking photos, either alone or with other people.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Not quite sure if you are agreeing with our points or not Angela… But that really sucks that you just got robbed! Horrible experience and I am sure it has left a bad taste in your mouth about the area. Hope your luck changes!

  15. Dana

    February 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Thanks for the tips! We are getting ready to go on a cruise to Mexico and the Caribbean and this is the 1st time we’ve bought travel insurance. I hope we don’t need it, but we’ve got it if we do!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Good idea getting the travel insurance. The one time you forget you will need it!

  16. Ali

    February 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Male, female, couples, solo, we all need pretty much the same safety precautions. Definitely get your vaccines, though weigh the pros and cons of malaria pills and if the area you’re going to *really* has a risk for it. I try not to bring anything with me I wouldn’t mind losing, although I would be devastated to lose my camera or laptop. And good tips on scanning your documents and notifying the bank, I always do those too. Luckily I’ve never had any issues, but always worth taking that simple step to protect yourself.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Probably one of the reasons why you have never had any issues is because you are so prepared Ali 😉

  17. Val-This Way To Paradise

    February 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Great advice!! Thank you…

  18. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    More info about the travel medical insurance you guys have….we gave up our US insurance policy years ago because it was a waste of money that did us no good on the road. Not happy to have no coverage so let us know the name of the company you guys are covered with…

    • Cole Burmester

      February 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      The insurance we had while we were in North America covered everything but was organised through a company in New Zealand called IEP. They help with visas etc. We definitely recommend World Nomads now though as they will cover every situation. The link is in the post 😉 I am sure they would love to work with you guys too as you are completely unique!

  19. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    February 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Great tips, and ones we usually follow as well! I’m surprised by how many people I come across who are afraid to travel — or who are afraid to travel outside of group tours — simply because of a few fears that could be easily addressed.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      We get asked about our safety all the time. Even for countries that basically have no risk. Most peoples own cities are probably more dangerous than the places we visit!

  20. Linda McCormick

    February 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Here’s one more travel safety tip: don’t wear your passport/money pouch around your neck… on the outside of your clothes! If I had a dollar for the amount of times I’ve seen this I would be a very rich woman.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I know! I totally don’t get why you would be a pouch if you were just going to leave it in plain sight!

  21. Mary - Green Global Travel

    February 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Great tips. I’m especially a fan of photo copying all the contents of your wallet.

  22. The Guy

    March 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Some good tips here, thanks for sharing. I think travel insurance is the one most and you should always seek the best deal, not the cheapest.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Getting the right travel insurance is definitely one of the main travel safety tips you should do before you travel. And you are totally right, cheapest is not a very good option!

  23. Suzanne

    March 8, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    The most important thing to consider is the safety prior travelling. Getting a reliable insurance is a wise step but it’s wiser to research all the details of the place where you’re heading to avoid any problems. When you are well-informed about a certain place and you get the idea on how and what to act in the instance that you’re already in that place. Blogs and travel magazines are great resources.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Definitely agree with you Suzanne 😉 Can’t prepare enough before you travel. But you also want an openmind and lots of flexibility!

  24. Liz

    March 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I would also say one of the most important things to do is READ the terms and conditions of your travel insurance. What is omitted? Can you claim for the same thing twice e.g. theft? It’s worth paying more for travel insurance if the terms and conditions are good.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Great points Liz! You can’t be too careful with insurance, and what looksmlike a good deal couldmend up costing you more money in the long run.

  25. cuttysark

    March 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Nice Tips!

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5 Unusual Casinos to Visit Around the World – You Won’t Believe It

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There’s Nothing Like Beating the Odds in a Very Odd Place

Taking a trip on the wild side is so passé now, so how about something more off-the-beaten-track both literally and mentally. Here are the top 5 most-weird places you can gamble in the world… so much so it’s like it’s off the planet!

Now, these are real casinos you can enter so let your mind expand as we step into the ridiculous but frankly genius concepts of gambling, in the most unlikely of casinos.

How Casinos are Take the Game to a New Level

The gaming markets may have shuffled off into the digital age and can be found through online sites such as https://www.casinobonusesindex.com/ which offer an easier way to access casinos and exclusive free games, but there are a few that know there is still a passion for land-based entertainment. These people, however, have taken ‘niche’ to the next level in service.

You’re not in Vegas anymore! 

  1. Playing in the Future Now

Whilst all other casinos are currently in 2018, this casino is in 3018. This is Virtual Reality gameplay. Though an old concept that we never thought would happen, has! SlotsMillion (which can be found through CasinoBonusesIndex.com), opened its doors in 2015 to launch a world’s first. Goggles on, it’s about to get insane! The VR gameplay doesn’t require a plane ticket to get to, here you escape in the comfort of your own home as you enter and play VR tables and chat with other players. If the roulette tables don’t put you in a spin, this will.

  1. The Casino Boat that’s not a Boat

Sneaky, sneaky! Hats off to the brains behind this venture. So in Illinois, the laws only allow for Riverboat casinos so thusly the developers decided to build the casinos on a small table of water, thusly complying to the state laws and certainly annoying a lot of political powers in the area.  Drive or walk up to this casino, the River Casino, and you’ll not step foot near water. Out of the box thinking merited its inclusion.

  1. Taking Gambling Underground quite Literally!

Enter the Desert Cave Hotel, which can be found in the Australian outback and enjoy a selection of casino games as part of your stay. With the nearest casino being over 850km away, it’s fair to say this get quite popular with locals and tourists looking for an alternative evening or stay. It takes the term going down under quite literally.

  1. Not the Mile-High Club You’re Thinking Of

The Casino Jet Lounge is not one for those with a fear of flying, but if your bucket list contains playing poker at 35,000ft, then would you believe that it is possible to tick off. This concept is trying to bring back the golden-age of how air travel used to be, more social and fun. Time will come that this feature, like on cruises, will be commonplace on long-haul flights.

  1. The Basement

Off-putting enough by the ominous name thinking that it’s a kidnapping rouse, the basement casino is nothing but a lavish underground set up set in Yeovil, UK. As part of a private house that boasts 21 bedrooms alone, guests can take a wander into the basement which can hold 30 people and offers a section of roulette, poker and blackjack. This is perhaps the smallest casino in the world and as such bookings must be made to experience it.

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Holidays for When You Want to Get Away from the Heat

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If you are like most people, you probably can’t stand the heat. Me, I love the heat. I can deal with the heat anyway over a cold winter morning. That painful feeling of having to exit your warm, cozy, and soft bed is one of the worst feelings.

But this isn’t an article that is about debating which season is worse; winter or summer (which winter is the worse by the way), this article is to help those who can’t stand the heat and are looking for a destination where they can chill and relax for their holiday.

If you are someone who is just tired of the heat and would love to go book a last minute ski holiday, then this is the article for you. In this article, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of ten holidays spots for when you want to get away from the heat.

If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the city, right, and with these fantastic destinations, you will be thrilled that you read this article. Here are our nine places of recommendation. Enjoy!!

9 Holidays Spot For When You Want To Get Away From The Heat

# 1 – Seattle, Washington

Hitting off the list, we start in one of the most chill places in America, and we aren’t talking solely about the climate. Seattle has such a chill relaxed vibe that it can be anyone’s place of destination to visit for any time of the season.

Offering its residents and travelers an excellent climate where it is neither too hot or too cold this “Goldilocks” state is an excellent destination for vacation and perhaps one of our favorite places of all time (yeah we are a bit subjective here).

# 2 – The French Alps 

For centuries, people in Europe have known that heading up to the Alps to get away from those unpleasant summers in the low-lying areas, and there’s certainly no better part of Europe for that than the French Alps. People often think of the Alps as a skiing destination, and while this is obviously very true, there is no shortage of things to do in the summer. You can count on white-water rafting, rock climbing and even straight-up mountain climbing, hiking, etc.

# 3 – Victoria, B.C.

Victoria, B.C. is a great place for anyone who is a die-hard NHL fan. Also, Victoria also held the Winter Olympics, so if you are die-hard sports and athletic fan, then this is a great destination to go and sit back and relax as you go out on the town and explore, sightsee and take in the beautiful atmosphere.

# 4 – Patagonia

Transitioning out of North America but still in the Americas we head down to South America. Patagonia is an excellent place for those who like to backpack and be a bit adventurers.

The cold climate makes this one of the ideal places to visit. You can take a cruise and see all the fantastic sites – which will leave you awestruck. There is something about nature that just resonates with us, and you most certainly will be at peace by just sitting back on a cruise and taking “life” all in.

# 5 – Montreal

Heading back up north again; Montreal is a fantastic city and not solely for the climate. There is so much to do in this bustling city that you could very much fall in love with the city.

One of Canada’s most diverse cities you will find a wide array of cultural areas where you can try a variety of foods as well as different experience cultures and all without having to leave to far out of your country. Small steps, right?

Just know that although the official languages of Canada area English and French. In Montreal, they speak a lot of French, depending on the area (especially if you go east/south), so you might want to brush up on that a bit.

# 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Heading over to our neighbors across the Atlantic. Denmark is a fantastic place to get away, and if you are someone who really cannot stand the heat, then Europe is the place for you. Denmark is one of the friendliest and happiest places to visit.

And this is not an exaggeration. Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest places on the planet, and the reason is that people don’t take things to serious. You make a mistake…oh well, that’s how you learn.

The people there aren’t as uptight s another part of ten worlds and for this reason…

Excuse me I am getting my bags packed.

# 7 – Reykjavik, Iceland

With a name like Iceland you probably think the land is made of ice, but to the country, Greenland is most ice whereas Iceland has much more green and we aren’t talking money.

This is perhaps one of the most exotic places on this list. if you are looking to step out of your comfort zone really and want to experience seething different Iceland is the pace and more then likely you will get the chance to visit the famed “Golden Circle.”

# 8 – Burlington, Vt.

Back in the United States. Burlington, Vermont is one of our personal places to visit. Not solely because of the scenery which is to die for. Not because the atmosphere and the culture are very much ahead of the curve. Not purely because it is just a good state to be in but because it was this state that gave the world Ben and Jerry ice cream and if that hasn’t sold you then maybe the other prior reasons will.

# 9 – Chile Skiing

Lastly what kind of vacation away from the heat would be a vacation if it didn’t have some kind of skiing. Chile skiing is perhaps one of the best places for you to go skiing and although the Swiss Alps have such prominence in the skiing community, it would be remiss of us not to include the Chile skiing as this is one of the places that is unjustifiably overlooked.

Chile itself is such a fantastic place to visit and the scenery and mountains that you can see, and experience is really to die for.

Have a Cool Vacation Away At These Chill Location

If you cant stand the heat, then we are quite confident that a destination that we have provided will be more then satisfying for you when the summertime comes rolling around.

Summertime isn’t for everyone, and it is for this reason that you should consider these locations. I as I already said am a summer and heat kind of guy. But this is no competition. To each his own and more importantly…the cold is a nightmare.

Just joking (not really).

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Top Reasons to Travel to Valencia to Study

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Valencia is one of the most visited cities in Spain – and in the world. It is a popular travel destination famous for its beautiful beaches, great architecture, and incredibly rich cultural roots just waiting to be explored. Valencia is also home to the best amenities, allowing you to explore the city in utter comfort.

Aside from being a popular travel destination, Valencia is quickly becoming a prime destination for students looking to study abroad. The University of Valencia is the primary choice of thousands of students from around the world for several reasons.

Close Proximity to the Beach

Studying in Valencia means being close to the beautiful beach of the city. The University of Valencia is just minutes away from the famous Malvarrosa beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Valencia. There are plenty of beach bars and an exciting nightlife to keep you entertained.

Malvarrosa beach is not the only beach you can visit while studying in Valencia. You also have areas like Sagunto beach and El Saler, each with its own exciting attractions. You will never feel bored in this city, even when you have a lot of assignments to do.

A Cultural Hub

Valencia has been known to have rich cultural roots due to its role as a port city. For many years, Valencia has been the home of a very diverse community; traveling to Valencia to study means you can tap into the rich culture of the city. Even students studying in Valencia come from different cultural backgrounds. Staying in the best student accommodation Valencia has to offer means connecting with fellow students from around the world and learning about their cultures.

Endless Culinary Adventures

The rich culture of Valencia also makes the city perfect for those who love delicious cuisines. The local cuisines alone are exciting to explore. You get to try authentic dishes like paella and turron as you venture further into the culinary scene in Valencia.

Interestingly, there are some amazing restaurants that serve traditional dishes from around the world in their authentic state. Finding a good Mediterranean or Middle Eastern restaurant is not difficult at all no matter where you are in the city.

A Great Community

What’s even better about Valencia is the thousands of students sharing your passion. Student groups are easy to find, so finding like-minded people to connect with is easy. Adapting to life in Valencia will never be a challenge.

Finding student accommodation available in Valencia is just a matter of visiting the right website and comparing options. You can get everything ready before you arrive in the city thanks to service providers like Collegiate.

The experiences you will get as a student in Valencia are too good to miss. You have multiple cuisines, historic sites, and plenty of other cultural elements to absorb as you pursue the degree of your choice. Even better, the city’s best structures offer a unique take on history. Of course, you also have the option to explore the rest of Spain – and the rest of Europe – when you study in Valencia.

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