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Tips for Couples Travel: Keeping Romance alive

Travelling as a couple on the road can be extremely hard. Use our tips for couples travel to help your travels especially in time for Valentines Day.

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When you are travelling as a couple it is really important to remember to keep romance alive. These tips for couples travel will hopefully help.

You have to take great care to not only keep each other happy but also to celebrate special events such as anniversaries and other romantic moments in your lives.

Why?

Because travelling can take it’s toll on even the strongest relationships.

A lack of sleep while crossing different time zones will leave nerves frayed. While the stress of navigating your way around a foreign country will rattle tensions further. And to top it off you will be in each others faces through the good times and the bad 24/7.

Hospital Broken Collarbone Marmot Basin Ski Area

Adela in hospital after breaking her collarbone

Considering that with most budget travel, your savings will not usually allow for extra expenses such as romantic dinners which can help to recharge those relationship batteries. Instead you will find yourself arguing over whose turn it is to cook the spaghetti on toast!

With Valentines Day nearly upon us it might be worthwhile sharing some of our own little secrets of how we travel as a couple.

So how do we find the energy while on the road keep from tearing each others heads off every second day?

It’s easy!

Think outside the box

You shouldn’t have to look very far from where you are at that moment to gain just a little bit of inspiration. Travelling is romantic in it’s very nature!

Valentines Day in Paris

Sure you may not be in one of the most romantic cities of the world like Paris or having an epic Hawaii holiday on the beach. But, you are likely to be somewhere that isn’t home! That is what makes it special.

Stop being a tourist and slow down

I don’t mean for the entire time you travel but you can definitely spare a day or even an hour to slow down. For that short period you need to stop, think and act like a local.

What do locals do to keep their romance alive wherever you are? I am sure that they don’t wake up at the crack of dawn to be the first in line at the local attractions! No, they sleep in and savour each others company. Or they just stroll hand in hand through a park.

By slowing down you will enjoy those moments of madness as you run to make your train travel trip because you know you can chill out sometime soon.

Samoa waterfalls

Don’t be selfish

Travelling as a couple is all about compromise. If you have chosen the last 2 places to eat at or the last activity then it is time to hand over the reins. There is nothing worse than just getting to enjoy what you want while the other grins and bears it.

Other selfishness acts can be as simple as showing a little bit of courtesy. All it may take is to help her put on her backpack after a long day of hauling it around a dusty city and the romance will be kept alive.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

You need to let the small things slide. You know that really cute chewing sound she makes when she is eating her food? Well that kind of starts to grind on your nerves when it is just the two off you.

But if you cannot learn to accept those small imperfections (and face it everyone has them and I am clearly no god myself) then the bigger worries are really going to set a wedge between you.

Time outs

Travelling is all about sharing special moments together. But, and I cannot stress this enough, everyone needs space.

Whether you like to chill out by going for a run, reading your book or just pondering life’s mysteries with a beer in hand then make time for it. Just tell them upfront and trust me they will understand.

In fact they probably can’t wait to get away from you too!

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Take time out when travelling as a couple

Laugh

We have had some epic fights on our travels and have spent whole days silently driving across America not talking to one another. Do you know how hard it is to give your significant other the silent treatment for 8 hours when they are sitting next to you in the car?!

Let me tell you, it is near on impossible.

Those times are tough but as you sit in silence you will realise just how stupid the situation is. Here you are halfway around the world from your family and you only have one other person to rely on.

When you are laughing most of the time then the small arguments will bounce right off.

Four Jandals Maid of the Mist

Laugh at how ridiculous you look when acting like a tourist!

Spend time with others

Human beings are social in their very nature. Why do you think girls like to sit around with other girls and talk at a million miles an hour? It’s because we crave interaction.

I am quite happy to just chill out and be quiet. Adela on the other hand loves to talk. Early on in our travels I could not figure out how she can sometimes stand my quiet moments? Then it dawned on me.

It’s because we always find the time to interact with others on the road. If you spend your whole time abroad and only talk to one another then it is going to be one helluva boring trip.

Travel is about meeting others. When you do finally get that time alone together you will relish in it!

Date night

Most couples usually have date nights when they are at home. So why not when you are travelling?

I know I said earlier that most of the time budget travel won’t allow for you to go out for romantic dinners. But who said you have to spend $200 on a meal with a bottle of wine. Instead make a picnic and go chill out on the beach for a few hours.

Or just blow that budget and splurge! While your wallet might hate you, your relationship will thank you and the romance will be kept alive.

Splurging on chocolate in Quebec City

Splurging on delicious chocolate in Quebec City

Do you have any couples travel tips you want to share?

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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  1. Laurence

    February 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Travelling 24/7 with someone is a serious test of a relationship 🙂 Still.. if your relationship survives it.. you’re pretty much ready for anything!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      I think it is the ultimate test for sure Laurence! Going pretty well after over 2 years on the road 🙂

  2. Trudy Florence

    February 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I really liked this. It’s a lot of the things that my boyfriend and I did while we were travelling. We both love meeting other people and would sometimes spend every night with groups of people. Occasionally we would just pull each other aside and say, hey lets just have dinner by ourselves tonight. Looking after each other is also one of our key motto’s. He’s great at helping me with my bag, carrying some of my heavier things while I like getting up and making or buying him breakfast because he’s a later sleeper than me. Travelling together made our trip so nice because we always had each other to talk to and help with everything. I wouldn’t give up our travel adventures for anything!!

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Totally agree with you on all your points Trudy and we are the same! It’s funny the roles that you assume on the road just to help each other out a little bit 🙂 It’s amazing how much we rely on each other all the time actually!

  3. D.J. - The World of Deej

    February 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Great tips you guys…We learned many of these the hard way, but tend to stick to most of what you’ve listed. Our biggest is the alone or quiet time…It’s good for us to venture apart for a few hours and recharge the batteries…

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Totally need that space D.J! Admittedly we are still learning as we travel but I am sure no couple is perfect 😉

  4. Sam

    February 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Nice article. Good ideas. Relationships do need work and travel can create some pretty big ups and downs. Knowing there will be times when your relationship isn’t the happiest can certainly help you move past it faster and reduce the frequency and severity of the downers.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Thanks Sam. It is good when travelling as a couple because when the going gets tough you can learn on your other half.

  5. Andrew

    February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Are you eating the ears first? So they can’t hear the rest?

    We have done some travel together. Actually a lot of our time together has been in travel mode for one or the other of us. We are learning alot about each other doing it. We push each other and support each other. We are also learning that we travel much better together than apart.

    I like the list. Especially the part about spending time alone as well as with other people and not just the 2 of you 100% of the time.

    • Cole

      February 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Hahahaha definitely ate the ears first for that reason. It was too cruel otherwise! Love that you guys travel better together rather than apart.

  6. Jade - Ouroyster.com

    February 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Great article! I think james and I need to try to “date night” idea 😀

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Just a little bit of time out on a “date night” works wonders Jade 🙂

  7. Nomadic Samuel

    February 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Nice tips for couples. As a solo backpacker I can barely take care of myself 😛

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Haha yea I struggle with most things while Adela goes around behind me sorting it out 🙂

  8. Steph

    February 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I definitely agree with these! Taking some alone time is always really important for me. I’m a pretty independent, solitary person so it can be rough for me to spend 24 hours a day with someone else. It helps sometimes just to go out for a walk alone or spend some time reading.

    Another one we’ve learned? Never fight on an empty stomach!

    • Cole

      February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Hahaha I am terrible at being hangry! Hungry and Angry if that didn’t make sense haha 🙂

  9. thetravelchica

    February 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I’ve never traveled with a significant other, but I’ll keep these tips in mind when I do.

    • Cole

      February 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Thanks Stephanie!

  10. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    February 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Great tips even if you aren’t on the road!

    • Cole

      February 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Thanks Andi 🙂

  11. sharon

    February 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Hi there. I read your blog / adventures with interest. You are quite the duo 🙂

    I decided to nominate you for the versatile blogger award today. Here is the link
    http://abumptothehead.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/920/

    Cheers

    • Cole

      February 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Wow thanks Sharon! Will get on to that 🙂

  12. nomadwayoflife

    February 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Oh, puppy love. It warms my heart and gives me warm fuzzies inside. Well, you two certainly seem to have it all worked out (love the part about being one of the locals). Congrats. If only I wasn’t stuck on the lone ranger bit I would definitely follow the same path. My story is a little different. James Bond. I ride alone 😉

    • Cole

      February 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Hahaha well Bond does get quite a few chicks!

  13. cheryl

    February 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Great tips! And glad to see you two manage to keep your romance alive. 🙂

    • Cole

      February 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Cheers Cheryl we try our best. Definitely not always the role model couple though 😉

  14. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Great tips! I’ve been traveling as a couple now for a year and eight months. Funny thing is-we’ve been a couple for that long haha. You really do get to know a person when traveling with him or her, but a significant other even more. It’s amazing having someone to share your adventures with, but it’s important to remember that not every day will be perfect. Hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day!

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Thanks Bobbi. We are not too big on Valentines Day and our anniversary is the week before (lucky for me, not so lucky for Adela haha). Glad you are enjoying couples travel!

  15. Asia

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Love this article- thanks a ton you two!! My husband and I have been country-hopping since November and so far we’ve been in the craziest situations that have not only tested our comfort levels to some pretty high points, but also our marriage in ways we never could’ve imagined! It’s a crazy, fun, scary, insane game- taking your relationship on a ride like this. But like Laurence said, and we totally agree, if our relationship can survive this…then bring it on!!

    Great post and happy travels!

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      No problem! Travel is the hardest thing for a relationship in our opinion. Super hard but it is all worth it 🙂

  16. desert safari dubai

    March 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Lovely posts by Cole& Adela

  17. Megan Jones

    August 7, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    What great advice. I think that you could take all the advice out of the context of travelling and it would be just good relationship advice! I particularly liked your advice about not sweating the small stuff. I think we often get caught up in minutiae and lose perspective. Just take a step back and take a breath and I bet the fight will melt away!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Totally agree with you Megan. A little bit of space works wonders for us. The only problem is in the heat of the moment you often forget that!

  18. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    February 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Agree on all points!

  19. Jewel

    December 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Two Jandals missing from the bikini shot buddy!!

  20. Adam Burton

    December 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Love all these tips. I have learned a lot on this post, will apply these on our next romantic trip next year.

  21. Jeff

    December 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Great tips man. I do agree with you a little space works wonders. It has been working to us very well. It gives us the opportunity to reflect back and to face the situation squarely.

  22. Hannah

    December 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Awesome tips while traveling. Especially now that I have been traveling with my husband for almost half a year already.

  23. Ivana

    December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Lovely… Time spent alone helps, indeed.
    We just started our journey, so most probably we will need some tips 🙂

  24. Carlene Lowe

    December 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Haha! I can really relate to this. My husband and I been traveling since 2010 and I couldn’t count the argument, debate and cold war but it ended up to a deeper bond and love. Such a great site you have! Keep the love burning.

  25. Renuka

    December 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Great tips! Yes, travel in itself is romantic. 🙂

  26. Jade Adele

    December 11, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Great tips 🙂

    It definitely isn’t always easy to stay cool and collected, but remembering that you guys are made for each other always helps!!

    Looks like you guys are doing a good job of it too 🙂

    Yeay for happy couples!

  27. Doula Training by Doula

    December 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Thanks for all this lovely tips. They are so sweet. 🙂 Keep posting.

  28. Rashad Pharaon

    December 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Love these tips and think a lot of them apply to solo travelers too! Being willing to slow down, take in a new place like a local, talk and interact with other travelers and locals, and be willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone – everyone can benefit from these tips for couples.

  29. Ashley Johnson

    December 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Superb Tips!.I use to travel a lot with my wife and we always enjoy our trip where ever we go.Keep on posting such a lovely tips.

  30. Zara @ Backpack ME

    December 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Traveling as a couple is “the ultimate test of true love”. After traveling full-time long term with my partner I knew this is the man I would marry and have a family with! I can’t recommend it enough for couples.. even if it is to travel for a shorter period of time, you learn SO MUCH of one another!

  31. Susan

    December 28, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Hi Cole,
    Can’t agree more..This is basically a summary of the life of an ideal couple..Great read and worth sharing.

    Thanks
    Susan

  32. Adam

    December 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We personally love to travel but we never considered most of these things, and they are all great advice so they will help make our trips much better.Thanks For sharing good Points

  33. Julio Moreno

    December 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Oh date night… truer words were never spoken. Great tips!

  34. ethanbrown

    December 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Really great post…Thanks to share your great advice and experience..

  35. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    As someone that has been there/done that and has the scars to prove it, I think this very good advice. Especially the not sweating the small stuff. Good advice for life too!

  36. Adrian Tanase

    January 11, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Lack of sleep always makes you nervous, so sleep more.

  37. Katie

    January 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Giving each other space is vital, as most people don’t spend time in each other’s company 24/7 all the time … we all need our alone time!

  38. The Runaway Guide

    January 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Silently driving across the US sounds familiar haha.
    I would definitely say laughing is key. If you can laugh about anything and everything you’ll be in good shape. Nice tips Cole.

  39. Melisa Lissa

    February 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I’m not sure about the Martin Luther’s quote, or how relevant it is in our modern society; But I love likening marriage to a garden. Sometime you just can’t sum up the energy or enthusiasm, but when you do…. it is well worth the effort

  40. Julie Danes

    February 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Honestly, I think that a beautiful holiday, even on the lowest budget, can help any relationship. We all need that “alone time” in two. 🙂

  41. Tom

    July 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Trust and space, both are the most important components that help to keep any relation alive. If you cant trust your mate, you will always find yourself alone.

  42. Tom Miller

    June 15, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Hey,

    Thanks for this, I’ll definitely use this in my next Dubai Tour with my wife.

  43. Robert SSteven

    July 2, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Nice Post. Blog Entry give satisfactory fixation. The offer effects on various standard stresses of your mind.

  44. Kelvin Gary

    September 29, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    A great read. Every couple can relate to this.

  45. Smith Johnson Singapore

    October 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Aww. Such a romantic experience. Where is my boyfriend? ehe should see where we are headed next…haha

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Planning to Visit Sweden? It’s Important to Learn About Snus

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As the largest country in its region, the Kingdom of Sweden holds great significance in Northern Europe. Known for its green living practices and investment in social services, Sweden also has countless picturesque sights for tourists.

Like any other country on the globe, Sweden also holds its customs that are deeply embedded into its culture. The most interesting part? Some of these items are quite different from the rest of the world.

One of these popular yet wholly different staples is snus. So if you are wondering how to use snus and wanting to learn more about how Swedish culture in general read on to find out more.

Remember that it is a fascinating culture and there is much to learn about how the people of that land lives to have a broader view of the world.

Let us find out more about the culture and become more knowledgeable about the world around us.

What is Snus?

Snus is a smokeless tobacco powder product that is consumed by a large segment of Swedes. In fact, Sweden’s affinity towards snus is known to the point where the country is immediately associated with this tobacco product throughout the world.

Snus is popular due to its distinct tobacco taste and its smokeless consumption. Since the powdered tobacco is directly placed in the mouth instead of being consumed through a cigarette, it doesn’t expose its users to smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer.

How Important is Snus in Swedish Culture?

Snus has been a part of Swedish culture since the early 1700s. It has sustained its usage through centuries, and still stands tall as one of the most popular tobacco products in the country.

The fact that snus is considered safer than cigarettes only adds up to its popularity in Sweden. Due to its ties to Swedish history and lifestyle, the tobacco product is consumed regularly by Swedes throughout the country. However, it is especially sought after by those who live outside of urban areas.

Snus is also used by those who are trying to quit smoking. Since the product has sufficient levels of nicotine, it serves as a great replacement method for smoking.

Snus’ smokeless quality and its overall taste contribute to tourists and foreign residents becoming quick fans of the product. This is why, you can now easily find snus through specialized vendors in other countries as well.

Snus and American Snuff Are Different Products

In Sweden, snus is also known as dip, which is a big reason why it’s sometimes also conflated with American snuff (dip).

While both are similar tobacco products in a loose powder form, they differ in their manufacturing process. Snus is made from steam processing, while snuff uses fermentation. Snus is also saltier in flavor.

Choosing between snus and American snuff completely depends upon a consumer’s preference. However, those who have used both products often rule in favor of snus due to the distinct experience it brings to the table.

Where Can You Find Snus?

Whether you are visiting Sweden for a recreational or business trip, you can easily find snus throughout the country. Since it is considered a typical consumer fare, you don’t have to go looking for it in certain places.

However, if you want to get a taste of snus before or after your Sweden trip, then you can contact local suppliers who sell snus products on a regular basis. This ensures that you can get a taste of Swedish culture even when you are not roaming its lands.

Planning to Visit Sweden? It’s Important to Learn About Snus

As the largest country in its region, the Kingdom of Sweden holds great significance in Northern Europe. Known for its green living practices and investment in social services, Sweden also has countless picturesque sights for tourists.

Like any other country on the globe, Sweden also holds its customs that are deeply embedded into its culture. The most interesting part? Some of these items are quite different from the rest of the world.

One of these popular yet wholly different staples is snus. So if you are wondering how to use snus and wanting to learn more about how Swedish culture in general read on to find out more.

Remember that it is a fascinating culture and there is much to learn about how the people of that land lives to have a broader view of the world.

Let us find out more about the culture and become more knowledgeable about the world around us.

What is Snus?

Snus is a smokeless tobacco powder product that is consumed by a large segment of Swedes. In fact, Sweden’s affinity towards snus is known to the point where the country is immediately associated with this tobacco product throughout the world.

Snus is popular due to its distinct tobacco taste and its smokeless consumption. Since the powdered tobacco is directly placed in the mouth instead of being consumed through a cigarette, it doesn’t expose its users to smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer.

How Important is Snus in Swedish Culture?

Snus has been a part of Swedish culture since the early 1700s. It has sustained its usage through centuries, and still stands tall as one of the most popular tobacco products in the country.

The fact that snus is considered safer than cigarettes only adds up to its popularity in Sweden. Due to its ties to Swedish history and lifestyle, the tobacco product is consumed regularly by Swedes throughout the country. However, it is especially sought after by those who live outside of urban areas.

Snus is also used by those who are trying to quit smoking. Since the product has sufficient levels of nicotine, it serves as a great replacement method for smoking.

Snus’ smokeless quality and its overall taste contribute to tourists and foreign residents becoming quick fans of the product. This is why, you can now easily find snus through specialized vendors in other countries as well.

Snus and American Snuff Are Different Products

In Sweden, snus is also known as dip, which is a big reason why it’s sometimes also conflated with American snuff (dip).

While both are similar tobacco products in a loose powder form, they differ in their manufacturing process. Snus is made from steam processing, while snuff uses fermentation. Snus is also saltier in flavor.

Choosing between snus and American snuff completely depends upon a consumer’s preference. However, those who have used both products often rule in favor of snus due to the distinct experience it brings to the table.

Where Can You Find Snus?

Whether you are visiting Sweden for a recreational or business trip, you can easily find snus throughout the country. Since it is considered a typical consumer fare, you don’t have to go looking for it in certain places.

However, if you want to get a taste of snus before or after your Sweden trip, then you can contact local suppliers who sell snus products on a regular basis. This ensures that you can get a taste of Swedish culture even when you are not roaming its lands.

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Travel Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid

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If you travel a lot, you’ve probably made at least a few travel mistakes, learning some lessons the hard way which can mean financial losses and headaches or simply missed opportunities. Even the most experienced travelers can make a mistake, but learning about some of the most common ahead of time can help you avoid them so that you can enjoy a fun vacation with fewer bumps along the way.

Using the Airport Currency Exchange

While getting currency for your destination at an airport’s currency exchange facility when you arrive is convenient, it’s the worst possible way to do it as you’ll pay the highest exchange rates. Whether money is tight because you just purchased property among Vancouver real estate, or you’ve got plenty to spare, no one should pay more than they have to. Most airports have plenty of ATMs, which will give you a much better rate. If your bank doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, that’s even better. Be sure and call yours before you go to find out about any fees and let them know you’ll be traveling so that the transaction isn’t declined for potential fraud.

Being Too Cheap When Buying Airfare

While we all want a good deal, sometimes that cheap airfare isn’t the best value. Some airlines advertise extremely low prices only to tack on fees for just about everything afterward. That means not only baggage fees and fees for upgraded seats, but fees to reserve any seat, even in economy. Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks used to be included on just about any flight, but now many low-cost carriers are charging for those too. 

The other problem with that cheap airfare may be customer service which can turn a minor inconvenience into a nightmare, say when that flight is delayed, causing you to miss your connection which was the last flight going out that day. It’s just not worth the savings in most cases to book a seat on a bad airline – Consumer Reports’ readers gave low marks in every category to Frontier and Spirit Airlines, in its latest survey, for example, ranking them among the worst with American, United, and Allegiant not far behind.

Forgetting to Check Passport Validity In Time

It’s important to check the expiration date on your passport as soon as you book your trip if not sooner. Many countries will deny you entry if there aren’t at least six months left before it expires. And, another problem that frequent travelers may encounter is running out of blank pages for passport stamps. As it’s no longer possible to have additional pages added, you’ll need to renew with plenty of time to do so before your departure date. Otherwise, you’ll face some hefty fees to expedite.

Packing Too Much

It’s easy to pack too much with the worry that you won’t have the right outfit for every possible occasion, but you’ll probably end up lugging around that heavy suitcase, exhausted only to realize that you’ll never wear it all. Then there’s the anxiety that comes at the airport baggage scale, wondering if you’ve accidentally exceeded the weight limit. There are few places in the world where you won’t find laundry facilities, take advantage of them, or bring along a trial size box of detergent and hand wash a few things. Many Airbnb and other vacation rentals even come with a washer/dryer. 

Trying to See and Do It All

You won’t truly enjoy your trip if you try to do too much. A jam-packed itinerary means you won’t have time to discover those hidden treasures, and you’re likely to feel more stressed than relaxed. Be sure to allow plenty of time to immerse yourself in the destination for the best experience.

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Reasons Why You Should Go to Venice Before It Is Too Late

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Venice is sinking. This is an irrefutable fact and with the authorities floundering as to how to deal with the ever encroaching sea, it seems only a matter of time before the city begins to limit the number of tourists who visit its otherworldly canals, narrow streets and stunning piazzas.

Of course, tourism is hardly the solution to the city’s problems, with the huge influxes of foreigners forcing locals out of their homes and exacerbating issues such as inflation and gentrification. However, steer clear of the hideous cruise ships and Airbnb flats, and you can still visit this European gem with a semi-guilt free conscience.

Here are some of the reasons you should go and soak up the city’s charms before she lowers her mast for the final time and submits herself to the sea.

Despite all its existential issues, Venice is still one of the most alluring cities in the world

La Fenice – Gold Leafed Opera House That Takes the Breath Away

This incredible performance space is so intricately designed and lavishly decorated that it is worth taking a guided tour to get it all out of your system before you go to watch a show there.

First built all the way back in 1792, La Fenice has played host to operas written by some of the greatest artistic minds ever to have existed, including Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Its name is translated as, The Phoenix. This is due to it rising from the ashes on multiple occasions, once after an accidental fire and again following an arsonist attack.

Operas are performed here between September and October, and from January to July, so make sure you book early and turn up smart on the night, because if you go there wearing baggy shorts and flip-flops you will be refused entry.

Many venues and sights in Venice are only accessible by water

Casino di Venezia – The Grand Canal’s Grand Old Dame

Dating as far back as 1638, Casino di Venezia is not just the oldest casino in Italy but is thought to be the oldest anywhere in the world, with its original structure being part theatre and part gaming den. It moved location in 1950, but still has all the authenticity and class you would expect of such a piece of prime Venetian heritage.

The only way to arrive on the casino’s jetty is via gondola, meaning the moment you step from your vessel you’ll feel like a film character preparing him or herself for a night to remember at the tables.

Basilica di San Marco – Putting All Other Cathedrals in the Shade

There are too many architectural gems to highlight in Venice but one that you really would be silly to miss is the Basilica di San Marco, whose rich history reads like a novel. The building was constructed to house the body of St Mark, his remains cunningly stolen from the Egyptians by Venetian merchants who got the job done with help of a vat of pig fat.

Despite its rather gruesome raison d’être, the cathedral is beautiful, especially at sunset when the sun brings to life its myriad golden mosaics. Once you’ve taken in the building’s façade, dodging selfie sticks as you go, you should queue to get inside, where yet more mind-blowing domes and statues await. Then let everything you’ve seen sink in, with a quiet stroll around the city’s famous bridges and water flanked pathways.

La Biennale di Venezia – The Art World Docks in Venice Twice a Year

Although Florence is the place to go in Italy if art sends you weak at the knees, Venice is the proud host of the most prestigious arts showcase on the continent, with aficionados jetting in from all over the world to set eyes on the latest trends and masterpieces.

For those visitors more intrigued by architecture than art, then the Biennale also has you covered, with exhibits on show outside the Arsenale and the Giardini.

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