There are a variety of individuals you may encounter on the street, such as over friendly vendors, unofficial tour guides, and costumed gladiators!
FORCEFUL STREET VENDORS
In regards to the street vendors they can, at times, be a tad invasive and forceful. If they become a nuisance, ignore their advances, make very clear you are not interested and keep on walking.
UNOFFICIAL TOUR GUIDES
Around monumental sites, especially Vatican City, you may be approached by unofficial tour guides. You are not obligated to pay them anything other than a tip as they are often only scouting tourists to practice their knowledge and expertise on. Regardless of their intention, ask outright if payment is involved, to avoid any potential confusion.
The costumed gladiators outside the Colosseum are definitely a sight worth seeing. However before you have your photograph taken with them, know that a ‘customary fee’ is part of the equation. Many tourists have found themselves in a modern day battle to the tune of five Euros and up. In order to avoid unleashing any pent up, medieval aggression, don’t take any pictures with the gladiators, unless you’re prepared to hand over the funds.
Travelling the world on a tight budget is not easy, but it is possible, and it’s all about careful planning. You need to be an expert in researching areas and timing your travel so that you pick up the cheapest flights, stay in the most budget accommodation and eat without breaking the bank. Some countries are naturally more expensive than others, so you can’t exactly travel the world with a few hundred pounds in your pocket, but budget travel is all about finding options others may not have thought of, such as camping, staying in shared hostel rooms or doing all your sleeping on night buses and trains. In an ideal world, you should look to work and travel, so that you can keep the bank balance topped up, but it’s no secret that if you did decide to visit hundreds of countries across the glove, you will need a good amount of money behind you.
Tintagel Castle has to be one of the top places to visit in Cornwall, especially for those who love a bit of medieval history and the classic tales of King Arthur. The site has been inhabited since the late Roman era, and a community is said to have flourished here in the 5th to 7th centuries, however, it is most famous for being named by the place King Arthur was conceived, by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Other than the rich history here, which you can discover when you get to Tintagel, it’s also a hugely popular location for videographers and photographers because the scenery is incredible. With the coast crashing against the cliffs, and the castle’s remains at the peak, it will be a stop off that you’ll never forget, and you only need to read through the reviews to see what other people have said about this fabulous location.
Iceland is a beautiful country and a place you may want to add to your list if you have not done so already. In Iceland, you can see the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, which is a green glow in the sky created by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen.
You can also enjoy Reykjavik, the beautiful capital with lots of local fisheries and beautifully coloured buildings too. With tumbling hills in the distance, the city is close to the water and fishing is the main industry, but the people are lovely, as are the sites and it’s basically a haven for wildlife and nature photographers. Another activity you will want to do is visit the Blue Lagoon which is a geothermal spa so you can dip into the beautiful warm water even though you’re surrounded by snowy hills and mountains.
If you are thinking of what to do this new year’s eve, why not try something a little bit different. The Northern lights in Iceland are a unique and wonderful experience that can be seen in Iceland, and what better way to start the new year.
The best time to see the northern lights is during the darkest months between September and may, meaning December and January fit in perfectly with this time. Although you are not guaranteed to see the northern lights on one particular date as they are truly unpredictable if you stay a few nights you increase your chances of seeing this natural display of dancing lights.
There are many great places to stay in Iceland to make your trip even more incredible, from wooden log cabins to Aurora bubbles there is something for everyone. You can plan your trip yourself or you could be part of a tour which may improve your chances of seeing the northern lights.