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Things to do in Prague (that have nothing to do with beer)

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Most people know the capital of Czechia for its beer. This is, of course, a huge attraction; it’s amazing that even the places with the nicest beer gardens or the best views still have beers for around €2… but this is by no means everything that Prague has to offer.

Pedal boats

One of the most scenic spots in Prague is the river, and here you can rent a pedal boat for an hour or two. It’s a fun way to cruise around the islands in the middle of the river and see the city from a different angle. Make sure to bring a portable speaker so your boat can be the party boat!

Sunset in Riegrovy Sady Park

Locals, expats and tourists unite to watch the sunset in this beautiful hilltop park overlooking the city. It’s one of the best views in Prague because you get to appreciate the unobscured sites of the opera house, castle and river all at once. The sun sets across from a sloping viewpoint where many people gather on a summer’s evening with laughter and picnic snacks.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of the main sites of the city. It actually resides within the Castle District, a large and very beautiful area with a park and garden, extensive grounds and beautiful views. With market stalls, the changing of the guard, and the various options of paid entry, wandering around this area can fill hours.

Prague” (CC BY 2.0) by SciF0r

Museums and Galleries

As with many European capitals, Prague is full of diverse museums. Some of the most interesting include the Museum of Communism, the KGB Museum, and the iconic Národní Muzeum, which you can enter for free or at a reduced rate depending on seasonal offers. Always double check deals are still applicable on the museum’s own website.

Casinos

Prague is a fun city, and this doesn’t end with its bars. Casinos are scattered around the city and vary from casual gaming to sophisticated nights out. One of the most popular and centrally located casinos is Rebuy Stars Casino Savarin. Dating back to 1905, this baroque-style casino is full of history and glamor and is sure to create an excellent atmosphere for a good night out. While online casinos have had a meteoric rise in popularity, many of which you can use with some great deals found here, there’s still much to enjoy at venues such as Rebuy Stars Casino Savarin.

Petrin Hill

Keen hikers will enjoy the walk up 299 steps to the top of Petrin Hill, where the reward of a beautiful view awaits. For the lazier among us, there is also a funicular leading up to the top, costing the same as a metro ticket, which is around €1. If you want to upgrade the view, you can climb the lookout tower at the top, which resembles a small Eiffel Tower-like structure. For free, you can simply enjoy walking around the park.

Prague” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Euan

Jazz clubs

For evening entertainment, there is live music to suit many budgets and tastes. Prague is well known for its jazz and classical scene, being the hometown of many well-known composers. There is the aforementioned opera house, hosting regular concerts, and there are also many jazz clubs. Jazz Dock, by the riverside, is one of the most popular venues, but for those on a tighter budget, Jazz Republic may be of interest as its events are based on a free-entry concept.

Lime scooters

These e-scooters are all over Prague at the moment and get you from A to B to C of all the sites in a speedy and fun fashion. The rules are pretty lax, you can ride on the roads, pavements and parks and even fit two people on one. Download the Lime app and scan a scooter via QR code to start riding in (albeit slightly goofy) style.

There is so much to see and enjoy in the capital of Czechia, and it’s not all about the beer! Make sure to include Prague on your Europe destination list to enjoy the sunny summer weather, stunning architecture and fun activities from pedal boating to listening to some smooth jazz.

 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Tips for Celebrating Christmas While Travelling

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Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spend with those closest to you and showing them how much you care. However, it can be really tough if you’re travelling away from home. Whether you’re backpacking and hostel hopping or living away in another country -Christmas doesn’t quite feel the same if you’re not at home. However, there’s plenty of things you can do to get into the spirit of things and enjoy your own celebrations.  

Video Call 

One of the most valuable things you can do if you’re away from your loved ones is to call them on Christmas Day. Make sure you establish a time which will work for the both of you as you will have to factor in the time differences. Even though you won’t be in the same country a video call means you can still spend part of the day celebrating together. You can use whichever app works for you. 

Posting Gifts

Just because you’re not in the same country over the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t send one another gifts. You could send your family and friends festive parcels. They could send you things you miss from home, and you could send them trinkets from the country you’re in. Photos and personalised cards are also a great addition to make the gift even more thoughtful. It’s important you use a reliable courier system – like Parcel2Go so your packages get there safely and in time for Christmas.  

Embrace the Experience

If you’re travelling to new places over Christmas, it gives you a great opportunity to do something different. You won’t get to do the normal family traditions so why try something completely new? This could be particularly special if you’re somewhere warm. You could spend Christmas Day on the beach, having a barbecue or swim in the ocean. There’ll be plenty more times with your family and loved ones. Embrace the adventure and see where the day takes you. 

Meet People 

No-one wants to be alone on Christmas. If you’re solo travelling, the thought of spending the whole day alone can be daunting. However, the wonderful thing about solo travel is you’re rarely by yourself. Get talking with people in the hostel, or whatever place you’re staying. You could arrange to do something together.  Or, why not research the place you’ll be in beforehand and see what events are being hosted? You could see what the locals are up to. There are so many possibilities and people waiting for you. 

Just because you’re away from home for Christmas, doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun celebrating it. Whatever you end up doing, you’re bound to create some unique memories for yourself. Do you have plans for Christmas celebrations while travelling? 

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Finding Culture in the Tourist Hotspot of Benidorm

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Benidorm is a popular holiday destination with UK families and it is easy to see why because it is an easy and affordable way to have a sun, sea and sand holiday. This does mean that Benidorm doesn’t have the best reputation if you are looking for culture, but there is another side to this sunny Spanish seaside resort which will give you an authentic Spanish experience.

Here are a few of the best things to do in Benidorm that will allow you to escape the crowd and find the hidden gems. 

Placa del Castell

The beautiful Placa del Castell is situated at the point of the promontory between the two beaches and it is perhaps the prettiest area in the resort. Featuring checkerboard tales and white balustrades, this is where Benidorm Castle previously sat but is now an idyllic spot with beautiful views and plenty of surroundings bars.

Old Town

Benidorm’s quaint Old Town feels almost like stepping back in time and can be a refreshing change of pace from the chaotic beaches. With twisting backstreets, whitewashed buildings and impressive architecture, Old Town is a charming place to explore on foot with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to visit along the way for an authentic Spanish experience.

Tapas Alley

Leading on from this, in the heart of Old Town is a small, covered alley called Calle Santo Domingo which is lined with inviting tapas bars. This is the best place to sample authentic Spanish cuisine in Benidorm and a chance to see how the locals live – try sampling some wine and tapas and sitting on the tables out in the alley where you can mingle and people watch.

L’Aiguera Park

This long Parkin neoclassical style separates the newer parts of Benidorm from the old and can be a nice place to visit if you are looking to relax and recharge. In addition to the lovely green areas, the park also features two amphitheaters which host a range of cultural shows to check out.

Getting Around

These are a few of the best cultural activities in Benidorm which will allow you to escape the hordes of families. Keep in mind that as such a busy place with tourists, it can be hard to get around which is why it is a good idea to book your transport in advance, including Benidorm transfers from the airport. 

Benidorm has a reputation as being somewhere cheap and cheerful for Brits to enjoy a sun, sea and sand holiday. While there certainly is this side of the Spanish seaside resort, there is also a more cultural, authentic and enjoyable side beneath the surface which is not to be missed and somewhere that allows you to see the real heart and soul of Benidorm. 

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Essential Things to Equip Yourself for the Perfect Camping Trip

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Camping has always been a popular way to take a trip. It can be done in so many ways from a family excursion with all the associated things you need to keep everyone, including children, happy to a solo trek going hiking and climbing in rough and remote terrain. But no matter what form of camping you are getting involved in you need some essential kit that’s important for everyone. 

Tent

Well, you need somewhere to sleep. So no matter what happens a tent is an essential part of the trip. So firstly it needs to be waterproof, and windproof. So although you can indeed pick up a cheap pop-up tent for a few dollars it’s likely that it won’t be up to the task. If you are taking the family then you can get large tents with several rooms and even a living area.  

Sleeping Bag & Mattress 

Next up you are going to need something to sleep in. So a sleeping bag is the first thing to consider. Sleeping bags are rated in two ways, by seasons, as in a four-season bag that will be suitable for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. They are also given a temperature rating, this is done via two values, a comfort value and a survival value, so the first temp, if it is 6 degrees you should be nice and comfortable at that level and then if it has a survival rating of -2 degrees you will survive but it wouldn’t be fun. Also, you will need a sleeping mat or a camping mattress as well.

Transport

You may be hiking and in that case, then you are your own transport. But if you are driving then you need to consider how to transport everything. Often the more space the better but there will always be decisions to be made so try and keep everything to essentially what is useful. You can even think about converting an old vehicle to turn it into a camping van, check out parkedinparadise.com for some great info and guides on how to achieve this. 

Cooking Equipment

Hungry? Of course you are! So we’re going to need cooking equipment. Camping stoves come in a variety of sizes, from a small single burner to a double burner with grill and even bigger barbecues, etc. You also will want to consider camp cookware rather than traditional pots, pans, and plates as the size and weight of the camping versions are designed to be as small and light as possible.

Camp Furniture

You are going to want to sit down and relax, so there is a whole range of camping furniture available these days. You can get everything from normal camp chairs to full inflatable sofas, armchairs and you can get camp kitchens and stores. You can get a fold-away picnic table and even separate pop-rooms to use away from the tents as well. 

So no matter how you do it be sure to enjoy your trip, make sure you have a checklist and bring everything as well.

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