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Tips for Travelling to Scotland

I have recently been to Scotland with a pack of my friends and the trip was just amazing – much more than my expectation. We enjoyed a great time there. But before you start planning for your trip, you must know some important facts about Scotland. It will definitely help you enjoy more fun from your Scotland travel.

Tips for Travelling to Scotland

Restaurants and Pubs

You will be a little bit surprised on your visit to a restaurant or pub because no waiter will come up to the guests and ask them what they like to order. Instead, it is the guests who need to accost the bartenders and place their order. Strange it is but you have to adjust to their bar and restaurant culture. And don’t think Scottish are rude, they are very polite instead.

National Dish – Haggis

Haggis is the most popular dish in Scotland and offered in every restaurant. Its main ingredient is the intestine of a sheep. Haggis is a salty meal and generally served with mashed potatoes (tatties) and yellow turnip (neeps).

Car Renting

You need transportation service for visiting a plenty of sightseeing spots in Scotland. The rented car is a good idea instead of a bus or other types of public transport. But car renting facilities are available only to the adults. The car rental places lease cars only to those aged more than 20. If you are less than 20, be prepared to a pay more in addition to regular rental price. Younger drivers are considered more prone to accidents and so need to pay a higher price. The cheapest car rental deal is available only when it is booked with traveller’s plane ticket.

Raincoats

Weather in this country is quite strange. Heavy rain continues for several days without stopping. It is really frustrating for the visitors. So before landing in Scotland, you must pack waterproof clothes in your bag. Travel boots are also a must during your visit.

Youth Hostels

There are plenty of options for staying while visiting Scotland. Youth hostels could be a great option. They are very clean and offer great service. It is also a wallet-saving choice if you register your name with SYHA (Scottish Youth Hotel Association). And becoming a member is very easy and you don’t need to spend anything for that.

Scotland is not a small country. So there is a chance that you will miss a lot of sightseeing opportunities if you are not armed with a great deal of right information.

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Tips for Travelling to Israel

A visit to Israel will take your breath away in a true sense. It will be a refreshing vacation but more than that, you will return as a changed person in different ways. The country is beautiful without even a shade of doubt but it is equally – if not more – magnetizing for its cultural confluence, historical architectures and Jerusalem which is known as a sacred site for three sects – Jews, Christians and Muslims.

It will be quite normal for the Israel-bound travellers to get overwhelmed during their first-time visit to this country. Here are some simple tips to help them plan wisely and make the most of their memorable journey.

Carry it light

During your Israel trip, you will move between places a lot of times as there are many historical sites to explore. Will it be a practical idea to shoulder a heavy bag all around? Sling on a sachet and take another extra backpack to pack your necessities. These bags are roomy to accommodate plenty of things but make sure not to pack too heavy items.

Put your necessary items in a vacuum pouch as that will save a lot of space. After reaching the hotel, ask your room boy to get you a vacuum cleaner to secure pouched up things again. Stay away from packing too many toiletries as these are easily available in hotels. You can also buy them from nearby shops. The power supply in Israel is AC-50 cycles 220 volt and so you won’t have any problem with recharging your electrical gadgets.

Dress Code

There is no strict dress code in Israel. However, if you are visiting holy places, you must be properly dressed. General Israelis are open-minded and don’t wear an orthodox attitude when it comes to dressing codes. However, there are some who expect women to be modestly dressed which means they must not wear a short skirt and sleeveless top. Take a shawl in your bag as it will be helpful to cover your bare legs and shoulder.

Good Food

Another reason that could make your Israel trip most memorable one is a variety of delectable food. The country is famed for its mouth-watering spreads that will tease even the most jaded palate. Some must-try dishes are shawarma (sliced beef or lamb in pita), falafel (fried peas with salad), baklawa (sweetmeat), moussaka (baked eggplant with veggies and mean).  The most popular American fast food brands are also present in this country.

Shopping Spree

Shopping in Israel is a real fun. A myriad of shops on either side of the road is selling beautiful items which are great to gift your near and dear ones. Most shops, especially the shopping malls accept credit cards though you should carry travel checks as well. For quick cash exchange, banks are the best option as you will get a low rate at hotels or money exchange offices.

Learn a few words in local language like Shalom (hello), todah (thank you) etc. The local people will appreciate your effort to speak their tongue and it will also help you converse with them, order food and bargain at shops.

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Tips for Travelling to Jamaica

Jamaica is the third largest country of the Caribbean islands. The natives in Jamaica have their ancestral linkage deeply rooted in Asia, Africa and Europe. Over thousands of years, Jamaica has been a big draw for the travellers cutting across countries, continents and cultures. Its culture and history are intimately woven and date back long ago. The country is also endowed with plenty of natural resources, which have attracted lustful glances of the potential investors to come here and wing out their business tentacles.

The country has a pleasant climate. This is another reason for the heavy incoming of foreign travellers to this country. Ahead of your Jamaica visit, it is important for you to keep yourself informed about local customs and culture. It will keep you safe on foreign soil and also show that you are respectful to the natives and their customs. Jamaica is a country with a myriad of cultures and customs. Let us take a quick look at traditions over there to make sure your safety during your visit to this beautiful island.

Tips for Travelling to Jamaica

Hand-shaking

Firm handshaking is the most traditional and standard custom of greeting in this country. If you make an acquaintance with a local person, it is highly likely that you may be invited to his/her house. Accept the invitation cordially. Most of the Jamaicans are Christians. So, don’t be surprised to hear biblical quotes during a conversation. The nation is steeped into a tinge of tradition and being in the know-how of all these will help you gel well with the locals.

Know what must be avoided

Beaches and resorts in Jamaica are safe; still, there are some perilous places that you must avoid during your trip to this country. It will be better not to visit places like Kingston’s Trench Town. Jamaica ranks third in terms of murder cases. To ensure safety for yourself, avoid visiting dangerous neighbourhoods.

Learn to protect yourself

If you are making your way through bad neighbourhoods with your car, never forget to keep the car door locked and windows shut. There may be some advances from drug peddlers. Verbally reject their approach. Carry not much of cash with you. The best is to leave your valuables in the hotel room while exploring the country.

Find out your government embassy

Following the above-said tips will help you stay safe and protected during your Jamaica visit. Still, you must locate the embassy of your government. It would be of great help if you are robbed.