2020 has proven one of the most challenging years world-wide that many have ever seen. With lockdowns, social distancing and travel bans it is understandable to want to get out and stretch your legs somewhere new. This is on most people’s minds and therefore making many places over-crowded to the point that social distancing is not possible. Here are a few places that should give you some much needed secluded, quiet time to enjoy life with those closest to you:
• Niehku, Lapland, Sweden is a newly opened lodge and a skier’s paradise, in winter months. With a name that means “dream”, in northern Sami, it is perfect for privacy, thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Niehku is housed in a former railway roadhouse, deep in the Arctic Circle between Sweden and Norway. The off-season is great for hiking, cycling, fishing and hunting.
• North Island, Seychelles is an island heaven of insurmountable luxury. Its glittering white sandy beaches, lush green forestry and cyan blue waters promise a quite and romantic getaway. It’s only a 20-minute helicopter ride from the capital of Mahe and offers must-see-it-to-believe-it scenes.
• Ponza, Italy is the largest of the six tiny Pontine Islands, in the Tyrrhenian Sea and very unique exception as Italian islands go. Cars are scarce, Italian is the only language spoken and simplicity rules here. There are no 5-star hotels, there is one main road but the untold beauty here will take your breath away. It embodies greenish-blue waters lapping golden shores that unite with marble grey cliffs below clear blue skies.
Having a baby shouldn’t stop you from going away on holiday or going a longer period of travel. Babies will learn a lot from seeing new countries and cultures and bonding with their family.
Flights- Airlines are great for long haul journeys and can help provide some entertainment for your little ones. you can watch some movies or play games, however it is recommended that you take some toys on board with you too.
accommodation- check beforehand that your hotel caters for babies. Do they have a cot? microwave? other facilities. Baby pools are great, so checking your hotel has one before booking is highly recommended.
Daytrips- It wouldn’t be a holiday without a few day trips out. Taking your infant on a day trip simply requires a little extra planning. Take a supply of food, milk nappies and otherr essetials and enjoy your trip away.
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.