Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Easy Remedies to Ensure A Healthy Trip

Susan Repetto, of Nutrition House in St. Catharines, Ontario, is an expert on keeping healthy and knows how important it is to keep the germs at bay while traveling. We have the inside scoop thanks to Susan, who was happy to give us her top tips to avoid getting sick while traveling.

Susan has traveled with her family, (which includes young children) to Cuba, Jamaica, Italy, on cruise ships, and to Disneyland– and none of them has ever been sick, she says!

Read on to find out how to use natural supplements and remedies to help you stay well during your upcoming travels.*

Take these powerhouse natural supplements

First up on the list? Oregano oil! This is Susan’s “go-to” remedy: she refers to it as “the medicine of the gods”.  If you had to choose just one natural remedy, Susan advises, your top choice should be oregano oil.

It can be taken orally as an antibacterial aid, but also makes a superb spray. Just mix a few drops into a spray bottle to cleanse the air around you (of course, you need to do this with care!)– and voilà–  you’ll effectively create own personal germ-free bubble. This solution can also be used to cleanse surfaces. According to Susan, this is a crucial precaution to take whenever traveling by plane.

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Susan’s next recommendation is to take probiotics for intestinal “stamina”. If you take these regularly, just carry on with your usual regime. If not, add them to your daily routine for your trip. She recommends a supplement that contains a minimum of 10 billion live bacteria, in tablet form since these are more convenient for travel. With a higher amount, you will receive additional beneficial strains that may even help prevent unpleasant ailments such as food poisoning.

Typically, you will find that some high-quality probiotic formulas are indicated and labelled for special needs– labeled as especially beneficial for travelers or seniors, for example.

The third natural remedy Susan recommends for your adventures away from home  is activated charcoal. To be taken in tablet form this literally acts like a “sponge”, according to Susan. She recommends 2 or 3 tablets for the most unpleasant of travel experiences: diarrhea. This remedy can also be useful in helping to ease the symptoms of a hangover, she adds.

Her next recommendation is for travelers to take flax seed (ground or whole) during your trip. You can easily sprinkle it on your food and can add  it to anything, really– from yogurt and cereal to salad. Flax has a great nutty flavour, and is full of nutrients, including fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Delicious, soothing tea, anyone?

Next, Susan says, bring along a good detox tea in your suitcase. She refers to drinking beneficial herbal teas as “cleaning house”, and something that just makes everything “work better” in the body. She recommends an organic tea called Teatox, and notes that you can use the same teabag 2 or 3 times. This mini-cleanse will be helpful to liver, kidney and colon alike. Enjoy your tea hot or cold, depending on your preference.

Eat more fermented foods

Last but not least, try to eat fermented foods, such as kimchi and yogurt with live cultures, if you can during your travels. Again, this will act as a friend to your digestive tract, and help you to stay well.

Susan’s parting words? As an experienced traveler, she notes that we spend so much money to go on holiday. It’s worth it to spend a few more dollars to create your own “health kit”– avoiding getting sick and instead having the time of your life!

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

A word of warning:

We suggest that you not order anything supplements or other consumable products from Amazon. There are no ‘international’ control or standards applied to products ordered from Amazon; therefore, there exists a possibility of purchasing knockoff products without intending to.

Just about everyone has a reliable health food store in their neighbourhood or town where they can pick up these recommended items. You can also order online from Susan’s corporate website (her store is a franchise).

We’d also like to recommend this great article from Mary Elizabeth Dallas of Nutrition House with more great tips for beating jetlag.

Here’s the list of Susan’s recommendations, for easy reference:

  • Oregano Oil
  • Probiotics
  • Activated charcoal tablets
  • Flax seed, ground or whole
  • Detox tea
  • Kimchi or other fermented foods

With thanks to Susan Repetto for her helpful recommendations. If you’re in the Niagara Region, you will find Susan at her store, Nutrition House, located at the Fairview Mall in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Do you have your own favourites? Drop us a line in the comments field below.

*DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various travel topics that may also include various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

Top 15 Ways to Budget Your Trip: Money-Saving Strategies

Top 15 Ways to Budget Your Trip: Money-Saving Strategies

Going on a vacation? There’s no reason you have to spend a fortune to enjoy a great getaway! A few money-saving tactics can really stretch your dollar and give you a more authentic-to-the-country experience. Here are 15 great ways to budget your trip. 

Travel in the off season

One of the biggest ways to save serious money while traveling is to visit in the off-season. In most places, this is October to April. You’ll get cheaper airfare, hotels, and sometimes even cheaper tickets to attractions. Cities are calmer and more laid back, so you’ll end up spending far less time in line.

Stay local

It’s always cheaper to stay in a B&B or a rented private residence than it is to stay in a hotel, and with homestays or apartments you typically get a more authentic experience. Time spent with locals exposes you to the language, food, and traditions of actual citizens of the place where you’re traveling, and you can make some great friendships to boot!

Avoid tourist restaurants

Any establishment catering to tourists will almost always upcharge their products to travelers who don’t know any better, so visit local establishments to get authentic tastes at lower prices. A good tip off is to avoid any place that advertises English speaking servers or menus.

Can’t read the menu? Just ask for the daily special!

15 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Trip

Pay in cash

A quick stop at an ATM can save you a ton of money in international currency conversion fees. It’s also faster to pay in cash, and small stores and restaurants really appreciate it. When you’re getting cash, try to withdraw as much as you’re comfortable with at a time, since ATMs charge a flat withdrawal fee.

Exchange currency at your bank

Exchange bureaus charge a fee for their services, and they’re often not up front about what exactly you’re paying to get your currency. There’s a buying and a selling rate, and some bureaus don’t show you both. Get your currency from your bank before your trip and save yourself money in fees.

15 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Trip

Skip the rental car

Renting a car is prohibitively expensive in most urban areas, and on top of that, it’s just inconvenient. Between finding parking and the potential for costly repairs if you’re in accident, it’s just not worth the effort.

Take trains

Instead of renting a car, hop on a train! Railpasses can save you tons here if you’re traveling a lot, but if you’re just taking one short trip, stick to a point-to-point ticket. And don’t be lured in by first class tickets: second-class tickets get you there just as fast and cost half as much.

15 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Trip

…Or take the bus

Some cities with expensive train tickets have much cheaper options for local or inter-city bus travel. Britain is a prime example of this; bus tickets are generally available at around a third of the cost of a train ticket! Reserving them in advance online can bring down the cost of travel even more. That said, buses are much slower and don’t give you as much of a chance to see the countryside, so spending the extra money might still be worth it.

Buy souvenirs where they’re cheap

If you’re on a multi-stop trip, get your souvenirs wherever they’re cheapest. Countries with open air markets often have a huge range of gifts for purchase at extremely low prices, and the offerings are usually more memorable than store bought ones in larger cities that are massively marked up. Plus, at markets you can haggle!

Don’t overtip at restaurants

Americans are used to tipping around 15 to 20 percent, but in most other places, this isn’t the custom. While your server will certainly appreciate it, know that it may not be expected. Check online to find out if your destination expects tips. Don’t ask an employee at the restaurant.

Skip hotel food

Eating in your hotel can be convenient, but you’ll be upcharged like crazy for the convenience. On that note, skip room service and the minibar in your hotel room.  

Buy your own food

Very few things beat a picnic, and you can have a grocery store feast just about anywhere at a really low price. It’s a great learning experience to shop at a grocery store, and you can stock your hotel fridge up at the beginning of your trip to save time and money.

Eat what’s in season

This is true even when you’re not traveling, but produce that is in-season is both cheaper and better tasting. Take advantage of daily specials for great deals and fresh produce.  Local farmer’s markets are a wonderful source of cultural color, tradition, and delicious native goodies, too– see our complete guide to some of the world’s best food markets for inspiration

15 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Trip

Drink at the bar

If you’re stopping for a drink, order at the bar rather at a table. Prices are usually lower because there’s no server to attend to you. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to make friends with the people around you– especially if you’re traveling solo! While you’re at it, order what the locals drink. You get a sample of what’s popular in the area, and locally popular drinks usually come at a cheaper price. Think Sangria in Spain, rum in Cuba, and regional wines in France. You get the picture! 

Get a museum or city pass

We’ve talked a lot about city passes here at Loftus, and for good reason! Travel passes can save you a ton of money if you’re visiting a lot of attractions, and you only have to buy the travel pass once and get access to all the sights without waiting in ticket lines.

Because the passes can be expensive, it’s worth it to check your itinerary to make sure that the pass is actually cheaper than buying the tickets individually. Note that they almost always come with a few days of unlimited public transport in the mix.

Have a clear budget

Sometimes the best way to save money is to keep track of it. Having a daily spending plan for your food, hotels, attractions, and incidentals can be a huge money saver. There are some great apps you can get to log your spending and make you aware of where your money is actually going, and having a plan will help you to feel way less guilty about the money you do spend. Happy travels! 

15 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Trip

10 Delicious Moroccan Dishes to Try (at Home or Abroad)

10 Delicious Moroccan Dishes to Try (at Home or Abroad)

If you’re a fan of delicious and flavorful food, Morocco is one of the best places in the world to visit. Boasting a cultural character whose diverse roots resemble an elaborate quilt more than a mashup, Morocco’s medley of Arabic, Berber, sub-Saharan, Spanish, and French cuisine is unparalleled. And if that sounds like an overstatement, a visit to Morocco (or at least a restaurant serving the country’s wonderful fare) should be on your short list of adventures to take. Here are some of the best Moroccan dishes you can try the next time you get a chance– whether at home or in cities such as Marrakesh and Fez. 

CLASSIC MEALS

Moroccan cuisine is, as mentioned, incredibly diverse. Yet a few favorite staple dishes feature on most traditional menus.

Couscous

Tiny steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina, couscous is traditionally served for lunch on Fridays after Friday prayers. Trust us though, it is delicious all week long. Served in a round platter and topped by heaps of vegetables such as eggplant, squash, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions, and chickpeas, you can eat it vegetarian or serve it with meat, traditionally beef or chicken.

Where to eat it: Restaurant National, Oujda

Located in Morocco’s largest city, Restaurant National is one of the most popular restaurants on the Algerian border. They make incredible couscous every Friday, and their rotisserie chicken is delicious.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Tagine

Tagine (also spelled tajine) is a savory stew made from sliced meat and vegetables that are slow-cooked with spices and nuts. It gets its name from the distinctive peaked top earthenware pot in which it’s cooked, and it combines the savory warmth of soups without ever getting too heavy. They’re commonly prepared with ginger, turmeric, saffron, cinnamon, and cumin, and served with chicken, fish, or lamb. They are usually served with bread. There are a huge variety of tagines you can try, and each region has its own specialty.

Where to eat it: L’ibzarMarrakech

This modern, stylish restaurant serves distinctly home-cooked Moroccan food, including some incredible tagines. The owner and operator is usually onsite, and there are great options for vegetarians and vegans here as well!

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Tanjia

Local to Marrakech, tanjia is a specialized tagine that is traditionally prepared by men by slow-cooking an entire lamb over coals that heat local hammams. Fresh meat (usually lamb), herbs, preserved lemons, and spices are placed in a tanjia pot, which is then covered with butcher’s paper. It roasts for at least five hours and is then served in a tagine pot with the juices.

Where to eat it: Latitude31, Marrakech

With its leafy courtyard and traditional cooking techniques, Latitude31 is the perfect place to get some tanjia.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Pastilla

Originally from the Spanish region of Andalusia, this flaky stuffed meat pie is commonly made of pigeon or chicken meat. Though originally from Spain, today it is a favourite in Moroccan cuisine and generally served as a starter at the beginning of special meals. You can usually find it at food stalls in medinas. The Fes region is famous for their pastilla, which are flavored with almonds and savory spices. Don’t forget to wash it down with some mint tea!

Where to eat it: Darori Resto, Fes

This elegant medina restaurant has classic Moroccan cuisine and flawless presentation, and their pastilla are amazing!

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Mechoui

Another of Morocco’s excellent slow-cooked dishes is mechoui, a whole lamb cooked overnight in an underground oven. The end result is meat that is so tender it literally falls off the bones, you don’t even need a knife to eat it! Because of the labour-intensive nature of the meal, it’s a favourite at special occasions, like weddings.

Where to get it: The appropriately named “Mechoui Alley,” Marrakech (Jemaa el Fna near the olive souk)

Or, if you prefer a setting that isn’t an alley, the other end of the spectrum is La Grande Table Marocaine, a restaurant so nice that the Moroccan king owns it.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

SMALLER DISHES

In addition to the major staple items listed above, these smaller dishes add to the distinctive flavors and surprises of Morocco’s gastronomy.

Sardines

Whether you’re eating them grilled at a restaurant, in the open souks with tomato and onions, or served in a tagine with bread, sardines pop up all over the place in Moroccan cooking. The Safi region is justifiably famous for their fresh sardines, though you’d do well to be a little wary of street sardines. Don’t forget to try charmoula, a Moroccan traditional marinade that pairs really well with fresh sardines.

Where to get it: Essaouira harbor

There’s nothing better than fresh fish, and vendors at Essaouira’s seaside will barbeque the fish right in front of you.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Makouda

Makouda are beautiful, golden, deep-fried potato cakes. They’re delicious served on their own, with salad, or in a sandwich. They’re available in many medinas as a snack, but they’re especially prevalent in the north of Morocco: Meknes, Fes, Essaouira, and Moulay Idiss are all hotspots for makouda.

Where to eat it:  Café Clock, located in Fes, serves up makouda with harissa yogurt and fresh salad! Because makouda are so carbohydrate heavy, this is a great way to have them.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Patisseries

Morocco’s baked goods use some of the most beautiful ingredients in the world: orange blossom water, rose water, almond paste, and delicious dates, among others. Pair these delicacies with a steaming cup of delicate Moroccan tea served in a small glass, and you have a place that really knows how to do teatime.

Chebakya, a fried pastry covered in honey, sesame seeds, and rose water, is perfect with a bowl of harira soup. Or try almondy ghoriba biscuits with a cup of hot tea for a sweet afternoon pick me up.

Where to eat it: Patisserie des Princes in Marrakech is one of the finest bakeries in Morocco! Don’t miss their mint tea and delicious treats.

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Dried fruits and nuts

If all this eating has exhausted you, you may need to opt for a snack instead. You can’t beat dried fruits and nuts when it comes to a quick energy boost, and the fresh nuts grown in the Atlas Mountains, such as almonds and walnuts, are locally roasted right in Morocco. And don’t forget dates and figs from the south!

Where to eat it: Souk Al-Attarine in Fez is home to some of the world’s best spices, dried fruits, and nuts. This market is definitely one to visit!

The Diversity of Moroccan Cuisine 10 Dishes to Try

Seoul Travel Guide: 7 Key Sights And Attractions

Seoul Travel Guide: 7 Key Sights And Attractions

Seoul, South Korea is a huge, vibrant city that is home to more than ten million people. With a population that size, it’s no surprise that there are endless things you can do while vacationing there. From its historic palaces, serene gardens, vibrant shops, incredible food, and some of Asia’s coolest night spots, this capital has pretty much everything you could want and much more you never knew about. If you’re looking for a good Seoul travel guide for the curious beginner, you’ve come to the right place. 

In no particular order, here are 7 key sights and attractions you should check out if you’re visiting South Korea’s largest city. These are essential, but also original and intriguing: the perfect places to encounter the city for the first time in an authentic way. 

Namsan Park

Once the site of a protective city wall, Namsan Park is famous for its incredible city views over Seoul. Palgakjeong viewing pavilion is a free spot to appreciate the view, but it’s definitely worth it to buy a ticket to the viewing platform of N Seoul Tower. At 1,500 feet in the air, the views are breathtaking, and lovestruck couples can attach padlocks to the fence to celebrate their love. On Saturdays, you can stay on the observation deck until midnight, and the night views are incredible. Bring a jacket: It can get windy at the top! If you feel like a treat, there’s also a restaurant in the rotating platform at the very top of the tower.  

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks

Changdeokgung Palace

Though this palace isn’t the largest one in Seoul, it’s my personal favourite for its incredible landscaping and architecture. As Korea’s longest, continually inhabited palace, and its most intact royal residence, Changdeokgung has well earned its UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Aside from the stunning, colourful architecture, the real treat at this palace is the incredible “Secret Garden” that takes up about 2/3 of the property. Traditionally reserved exclusively for the monarch, visitors can now take guided tours of the garden, which features a model nobleman’s home, some incredible scenery, fountains, and even a lotus pool!

The Secret Garden tour and the palace tour require two separate tickets, but they’re inexpensive and well worth the price. English tours run Tuesday through Saturday, and the palace is closed on Mondays.

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks

Hongdae

If you want a taste of Korean youth culture, Hongdae is the neighbourhood for you. Located around Hongik University, this area is a great place for tourists to stay because of its incredible night life, street food, and art. If you’re a night owl, Hongdae is one of the best places to go! Hongdae’s “Club Day” on the last Friday of each month gets you access to the hottest area clubs and music venues for around $14 USD, and you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants.

But if you’re looking for something a little less festive, don’t miss the weekend markets near the university on Sunday. Hongdae’s student-heavy population means shops here are a bit cheaper than the rest of Seoul on average.

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks (3)

Insa-Dong

This neighbourhood is the place to be if you’re hunting for traditional Korean goods. Tea, ceramics, calligraphy, and wooden carvings are all popular wares, making this area a perfect place to hunt for souvenirs and local art. Plus, the whole neighbourhood is picture-perfect and full of windy, adorable alleys lined with street merchants, musicians, and street performers adding a lively energy. Come on weekends to experience the area without any vehicle traffic, and you can almost imagine you’re back in the Joseon Dynasty! Weekends do tend to be a bit more crowded, so for a more laid-back experience, come on a weekday.

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks (4)

Bukchon Hanok Village

To get a glimpse at the traditional style of a Korean home (called a hanok), Bukchon is a beautiful neighbourhood to check out. Located in the hilly north-central area of Seoul, Bukchon Village is comprised of around nine hundred privately-owned hanoks that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Visiting here is free, though you can stop into some of the hanoks that have been converted into coffee shops or art galleries to take a look inside! Additionally, you can rent a hanok as your home base while you travel.

The area is very hilly, so wear walking shoes and expect to be on your feet for a while. Since it is also a neighbourhood where people actually live, remember to obey noise rules and be respectful of the people who live there.

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks

Cat Cafes

Korea started the cat cafe trend, so you definitely shouldn’t miss visiting one! Visitors to cat cafes can hang out with a small herd of beautiful, friendly cats while drinking coffee or tea. For sanitary purposes, you sanitize your hands upon entering and you usually take your shoes off and replace them with slippers. Then you order your drink or food and take it into the cat section!

You can hang out with the cats as long as you like, and the owners and workers are usually characters who have a lot of passion for their feline friends, so it’s a great place to people-watch. And cat-watch.

Cat cafes are a great place to rest on a busy trip. Who wouldn’t feel relaxed with a cat on their lap and a hot drink?

There are a ton in Seoul, but here are a few recommendations:

  • Y Cat Café: 3F, 358-125, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Café Café MyeongDong : 8-5 Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks

Jongmyo Shrine

Built in the 14th century, this incredibly well-preserved Confucian royal shrine was once the worship place for the Joseon Dynasty rulers. The original temple was destroyed during the 16th century Japanese invasion, but the 17th century rebuilt temple still stands today. The main shrine and the Hall of Eternal Peace are the notable buildings on the site, and every year the Jongmyo Jerye ritual attracts huge crowds to honour rulers of the Joseon dynasty.

Except on Saturdays, you can only visit the site through a guided tour, so remember to think ahead. A tour is really the way to experience this place; the peaceful atmosphere and restrained decorations might make wandering around here without any context a little dull.

Still, the shrine is incredibly beautiful and relaxing in and of itself, so it’s worth a visit for the peaceful atmosphere alone.

Exploring Seoul, South Korea Our Top Picks

I amsterdam City Card: Should You Get One?

I amsterdam City Card: Should You Get One?

Famously known for its cyclists, lively atmosphere, and chocolate, Amsterdam is a terrific place to travel. It has all the charm of Europe without any fuss, and you can have some really unique cultural experiences. If you’re currently planning a trip to the Dutch city, the I amsterdam City Card might just be for you!

(And yes, that’s the official spelling with a lowercase “A.”) Without further ado, read on to learn why the pass might be a good option on your next trip. 

I amsterdam City Card Should You Get One (3)

THE BASICS

The I amsterdam City Card uses the same basic model as other travel passes: you buy the card and get free entrance to museums, attractions, and public transport systems for the duration of your travel package.  

Here’s what the City Card includes:

  • Free entrance to 50+ museums and attractions
  • Free unlimited public transport
  • Free canal cruise
  • Discounts and coupons
  • A city map and guide book

How it works:  

You buy your City Pass online, and you can choose between 24, 48, 72, or 96 hour passes.

You’ll get a confirmation email immediately, and then you pick up your City Card at any of the following locations:

  • Amsterdam Central Station:  I amsterdam Store, on the North side of the station
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: I amsterdam Visitor Information Centre Schiphol Airport, Arrivals Hall 2: Holland Tourist Information
  • Amsterdam Central Station: I amsterdam Visitor Information Centre at Stationsplein, Stationsplein 10 (opposite the main station entrance)

Your pass becomes active the first time you use it.

Included attractions:

The City Pass covers most of the big name attractions in the Amsterdam area. The Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Zoo, Rijksmuseum, and about fifty other attractions are all included. Here’s a link to the full list of participating attractions.

Plus, you can take a canal ride on any participating tour boat company! We suggest taking a tour that goes out onto the sea. Seeing the city from the water is an incredible experience, and even on cloudy days, the views are incredible.

The Anne Frank Museum is the only big name attraction not included in the City Card, so you’ll have to buy a ticket separately. It costs nine euros, and while the museum is being renovated you must purchase tickets online.

Getting around:

The I amsterdam City Card includes unlimited use of the GVB public transport system, including all buses, trams and metros in the city for as long as your pass is valid. One important point of note here is that your card does not include train rides, including the train you’ll need to take from the airport to Amsterdam Central station. You will need to purchase your own tickets to get from the airport into Amsterdam itself.

Pricing:

Pricing is solely based on the duration of your stay, so in terms of pricing structures, it’s very easy to decide which pass to get.  

Duration lengths:

  • 24 hour pass: €59
  • 48 hour pass: €74
  • 72 hour pass: €87
  • 96 hour pass: €98

SHOULD YOU GET ONE?

Some pros:

  • With one pass, you get access to almost every attraction in the city. It’s a massively simplified touring experience that saves you a lot in terms of planning time.
  • The pricing structure is very simple and easy to understand, and the website purchasing process is seamless. This pass is seriously low-fuss.
  • If you love sight-seeing, the City Card will absolutely save you money. Individual tickets can really add up, and you don’t have to see a ton of sights for the card to end up being the cheaper option.
  • You don’t have to worry about figuring out how to buy tickets for public transport, which can ease a lot of travel anxiety. Just scan your card and hop on!
  • The free canal boat trip is awesome. Boating around the city is one of the best ways to experience it, and the canal boat drivers are usually funny and friendly.   

I amsterdam City Card Should You Get One (4)

Some cons:

  • The card won’t give you travel from the airport into the city, so you’ll have to arrange your own transport.
  • You have to physically pick the card up at a pre-determined location, and that means you can’t pre-book tickets for larger museums until you physically have your card. This can be annoying if you’re trying to plan an itinerary, since you can’t pre-book before your trip. 
  • Your pass will automatically expire once your time frame ends.
  • You can’t go to the same museum a second time; your pass only includes one visit to each attraction.

Should you get it?

The short answer is: Yes! If you like to visit attractions, then the I amsterdam City Pass is a money-saving and convenient way to do it. You only have to buy one pass, and in return, you get access to museums and attractions without having to wait in ticket lines. The pass makes public transport easy and convenient, and you get some extra perks.

That said, the pass may not actually be much cheaper for shorter stays. The longer the pass, the greater the savings, so do some quick math on a short itinerary to see if you’ll actually save money. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of public transport. And, of course, use your best judgment for your trip!

Happy planning and safe travels!

The World’s 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

The World’s 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Getting married, although an exciting time, is also exhausting. From the cake, to the guest list, to the constant planning, and everything in between, it’s a pretty good thing (and a must) that most people take a vacation after tying the knot. The honeymoon after the madness of the wedding is there to give you a break after the best day of your life, and you can use the happy occasion as a reason to see the world!

Without further ado, read on for what we think are the 10 most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world: beautiful, exotic, exciting and relaxing places to get away  together following the big day. 

Bali, Indonesia

Featuring forested volcanic mountains, stepped rice paddies, stunning beaches, and coral reefs, Bali is home to some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. A trip here is a feast for the eyes and the senses, and it’s a popular honeymoon destination for a reason.

Aside from the beaches, the island is host to amazing temples, as well as yoga and meditation retreats. The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple rises 200 feet above the ocean on a rocky cliff, and it’s one of the world’s most beautiful places to take in a sunset. The nightly kecak dancers are incredible. If you want more of an earthly experience, the southern beachside city of Kuta has a more urban scene with bars and dancing to help you cut loose after all your wedding planning.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Bali Indonesia

Orkney, Scotland

With its ancient structures and stunning cliff views, Orkney is the perfect destination for couples who like being outside and experiencing history. Located on an archipelago on Scotland’s northeastern coast, Orkney’s Neolithic sites, green islands, and sandstone cliffs are one of a kind.

The Neolithic sites at Orkney are totally unique! More than 5,000 years old, the sites include Skara Brae, a preserved village and a model house, and Maeshowe, a burial tomb with 12th-century Viking carvings. Or take a day trip and see the Neolithic Ring of Brogdar, which is as unsettling as it is cool.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Orkney Scotland - cliffs

Cape Town, South Africa

If you don’t want to compromise, Cape Town offers a slice of everything in one of the world’s most gorgeous settings. Beaches, nightlife, and incredible natural wonders, Cape Town has it all. The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas at the very southernmost tip of the African continent are truly a sight to see, and a visit to Boulder Beach will get you up close and personal with the cutest warm-weather penguins.

Cape Town’s neighboring Table Mountain is accessible by slowly rotating cable cars, giving you a view of the whole city, and the flourishing downtown scene offers some of the world’s best cuisine.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider Cape Town South Africa

Vancouver Island, Canada

If you prefer to stay in North America, Vancouver Island is perfect for any couple who loves getting outdoors in the fresh air. From walking on the Pacific Coast beaches, to biking through pristine forestland, Vancouver Island’s mild climate makes outdoor pursuits genuinely pleasant almost year round. Plus, you can take a boat to the hot springs in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and soak in the hot water. For a less adventurous outing, Vancouver Island also has a thriving arts scene and lots of good food.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Vancouver Island

Corfu, Greece

Corfu, a Greek island on the Ionian Sea, is home to the stunning Greek scenery that you see on postcards without the expense of cities like Santorini. Though you still get your selection of resorts and luxury, Corfu is laid back and less expensive.

Ruled by the Venetians, French, and British before it was reunited with Greece, Corfu’s colourful political history gives the town a charming variety of architecture. French arcades and British palaces are very striking against the bright blue ocean, and you’ll get picture-perfect views at every turn.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Corfu Greece

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

With its crystal clear waters, beautiful mountains, and sandy islets, Bora Bora is a honeymoon hot spot for a reason.

Craving adventure? Scuba dive with colourful fish, or charter a helicopter to see the stunning views from the air. Rent a bungalow suspended on stilts above the turquoise lagoon and get a massage in the sun. Tour a black pearl farm and taste fresh vanilla beans.

Beachy, beautiful, and luxurious, Bora Bora is one of those unforgettable places that will be your computer background for years to come.  

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Bora Bora

Udaipur, India

A town of white stone palaces on interconnected artificial lakes, Udaipur has been delighting visitors since its founding in 1559. Famous for its lavish palaces, Udaipur looks like a fairytale city. Don’t miss the City Palace’s monumental construct of eleven palaces, residences, courtyards, and gardens, all ornamented with one of a kind peacock mosaics.

We suggest staying in the Jag Mandir, a luxury hotel and spa located in a 17th century palace in the middle of a river. Also, don’t miss Jagdish Temple’s incredible terraced architecture; people have been worshipping there since 1651!

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Udaipir India palaces

Kyoto, Japan

Japan’s former capital is now a slower, less stressed-out destination than Tokyo. Located on Honshu Island, Kyoto is a place where the ancient history of Japan lives on! Experience hundreds of classical Buddhist temples and shrines, as well as gardens, traditional wooden houses, and imperial palaces.

The spring cherry blossoms are world famous for their beauty, and the Gion district’s teahouses and the Shirakawa canal are amazing for entertainment. You can even meet a real geisha!

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Kyoto Japan cherry blossoms

Anywhere in Iceland

New advertising campaigns and government programs have increased the popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination, and it’s still a pristine place to experience some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.

From moon-like rock landscapes, to the Blue Lagoon hot springs, Iceland is the trip of a lifetime! We recommend Snaefellsjökull National Park (say that ten times fast!) for its incredible hidden waterfall. To make the occasion slightly more romantic, get an in-water couple’s massage in the Blue Lagoon. Don’t miss out on Reykjavik, Iceland’s colourful capital, which has a thriving arts scene.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Reykjavik Iceland

Loire Valley, France

As the home of some of France’s best vineyards and country castles, the Loire region is a feast for the senses and one of the most romantic places on earth. You can tour the Loire region on a wooden boat, stopping to sample some of the best wine in the world.

The central part of the Loire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so definitely take time to tour some of France’s most famous châteaux and historical locations. The region has been inhabited since the Middle Paleolithic Period, which means history is everywhere!

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations 10 Options to Consider - Loire Valley France

We hope you enjoyed this list, and we at the Loftus Guides wish you a great honeymoon!