Archive July 2018

5 Road Trip Ideas that will Change the Way you Think about Travel

Remember when you were little and every family vacation felt like an exciting adventure, filled with the emotion of discovery and the thrilling anticipation leading up to the big day? Unfortunately, as we grow old, vacations turn from much-awaited getaways into a routine that can feel almost as tedious as going to work. Struggling to find cheap plane tickets and accommodation, dealing with long airport queues, going through customs, finding airport taxis, all of these are stressful tasks that can take away from the pleasant trepidation of vacation planning until you slowly start losing your...

Budgeting your Next International Vacation – Your Must-Knows

So you have already chosen the location for your next international getaway, but you have started to think about the expenses involved, and concluded your budget is rather limited this time around. Canceling on a trip due to financial inconveniences is certainly not a pleasant prospect, so instead, you should come up with ways of keeping the vacation most to a minimum, while still enjoying your long awaited adventure. Traveling internationally doesn’t have to involve spending a fortune, at least if you handle your budgeting accordingly. There are a few tips you should know on the subject,...

5 Things You Should Know Before Searching Hosts

So, you are planning your long awaited trip to that wonderful place you always wanted to visit. Or perhaps you have just received the essay assistance you needed from a do my math service. This is great news! You now have plenty of time on your hands to visit the place you always wanted to visit. But how do you find a reliable, trustworthy host? Most websites will just present you with various offers and fail to tell you how to avoid getting scammed out of your money. So let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know before you start searching for the perfect host. Reputation Is...

The curious story of Denmark’s rebel cakes

After a long, uphill cycle to the Danish battlefield of Dybbøl, I stopped to gaze at the brilliant-white windmill with its black-capped roof and great red sails, sitting high in the clouds above the fishing town of Sønderborg. I was cycling from the German border to Copenhagen across Denmark’s islands – but had been side-tracked by the curious story of southern Jutland’s rebel cakes. Dybbøl Windmill had ground wheat into flour across the centuries from 1774, despite being pummelled in two Schleswig wars and destroyed more than once by...

Why no-one speaks Indonesia’s language

The woman stood in her roadside stall in a quiet neighbourhood in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, chopping tomatoes, beans and spinach, plus one red chilli. Mixing everything in a peanut sauce, she handed the salad, called lotek, to customers who puttered up on motorbikes and waited on blue plastic stools. She was curious about me, full of questions, and the feeling was mutual. It was to chat with people like her that I had moved to Indonesia and enrolled in intensive language study. Yet after hundreds of hours of classes, I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Everything she...

The five countries that set world culture

Global influence is often measured by military, political or economic might, but for some countries, it’s the strength of the culture – its food, fashion or entertainment – that most strongly impacts the wider world. These culturally influential countries were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report, based on factors like being perceived as prestigious, fashionable, trendy, happy, modern or culturally significant in terms of entertainment. While many of the top 10 countries were in Europe, including Italy, Spain, France and the UK, the list also included Japan...

The epic story of the map that gave America its name

St-Dié-des-Vosges is a small, leafy town in the Meurthe valley in north-east France. It lies 68km south-west of Strasbourg in France, 93km north-west of Basel in Switzerland and 74km north-west of Freiburg in Germany. Today, due to modern maps and precise methods of measuring longitude and latitude, we can pinpoint exactly where it is on the planet. However, a few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, a group of European humanists came together here to produce an extraordinary map of the world – one that differed radically from what came before,...

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