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If you already have your summer holiday booked, good for you! The sun is fast approaching, and you’ll be jetting away before you know. For the less lucky among us, we have yet to book. Deciding where to go isn’t always easy, especially for those who jet away often. The travel inspiration well doth run dry, and it’s hard to know how to satisfy that travel bug. The good news is, there’s plenty of travel inspo out there if you know where to look. And, if you don’t, we’ve got a few tips to help you out!

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LITERATURE

Literature may not be the first place many of us go to find travel inspiration. But, there’s a lot to be learned about every subject in a good book, even traveling! If you’re not sure where to jet to next, turn to the people in the know. You could opt for classics, like Kerouac’s ‘On The Road,’ or a more literal travel memoir, like Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Getting lost in travel writing is sure to lead you to your next ideal location. You might want to get reading, though. You don’t have long to decide!

ONLINE, OF COURSE

Nowhere gives us such easy access to destinations as the internet. We have the whole world at our fingertips. So, make use of it when searching for new locations. Travel blogs can be a fantastic way to read up on a variety of destinations. They’re a good place to head if you have no ideas. Or, if you’re having trouble deciding between a few locations, research each. See what they have to offer, and compare. The good news is, you can book a trip to the loser next year!

MAGAZINES

Never underestimate the power of travel magazines. Many of us forget about these gems because of our internet exploits. But, there’s something about a travel magazine that can’t be beaten. They outline locations in a way a lot of websites fail to, and come complete with pictures. You could opt for a general travel mag, or something more specialized, like a ski or cruise magazine. These are a fantastic way to gain inspiration throughout the year. That way, you won’t struggle when next summer rolls around. A subscription would find a little piece of travel inspiration landing on your doorstep all year round.

TELEVISION AND FILM

For the more visual, television and films may be the first port of call. There’s no denying that this can be a fantastic way to see the scenery of a place. If you make your travel choices based on appearance, this would be perfect for you. Turn to programs set in other countries. With film, there are plenty to choose from. Some worth mentioning are ‘Into The Wild.’ ‘Seven Years In Tibet.’ and ‘Midnight In Paris.’. And, if you’re not keen on reading, skip the literature step and see if there are any movies of the books that appeal. Most of the time, you’ll find there are!

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Whether you’re thinking of visiting Florence soon, or you’d just like to learn more about this incredible city, you’ve come to the right place! Here we have 11 fun facts about Florence, so you can decide if this is somewhere you’d like to visit for yourself. Take a look at them and see what you could discover if you planned a visit. Enjoy!

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Nearly A Third Of The World’s Art Treasures Are Located In Florence

If you’re interested in art, Florence is the place to be. It’s not only a piece of art in itself according to UNESCO, it also has a third of the world’s art treasures here. The Uffizi Gallery, for instance, has the largest collection of Renaissance art. There are so many more art museums in Florence it would take longer than a month to visit them all! If you’re there for the art, try to make sure you book an extended trip! You can enjoy beautiful sites, as well as art in the many museums and galleries here. Don’t forget your camera.

Florence Was The First City In Europe With Paved Streets

It was in 1339 when Florence became the first city in the whole of Europe to have paved streets. Maybe this means all roads lead to Florence!

The People Of Florence Are Called Florentines

You should call the people of Florence ‘Florentines’, or ‘Fiorentino’ if you’re practicing your Italian. Florentines actually have their own unique dialect. This dialect is the parent dialects for modern Italian!

Pinnochio Is From Florence

You must know of Pinocchio, even if you’ve only ever heard of the Disney film. Pinnochio is actually a Florentine! The original book was published between 1881 and 1883 by a Florentine named Carlo Lorenzini. This pretty much makes Pinocchio a Florentine too.

Florence Nightingale Is A Florentine

Florence Nightingale is named after the place she was born. She was born in Florence on May 12th 1820. A famous nurse who helped nurse soldiers from the Crimean war back to health, she was the founder of modern nursing, making people see that clean hospitals and trained nurses helped people to get better. She died in 1910 after electricity, cars, and planes were invented.

The Emblem Of Florence Is A Red Lily

This flower is derived from the Florentine iris; a white flower that can be commonly found in the local area. See if you can find one on your travels!

Florence Is Traditionally Divided Into Four

Florence is traditionally quartered and named after the most important churches in the area. The Santa Maria Novella, San Giovanni and the quarter of Santa Croce are on the right hand bank of the Arno river. The only quarter south of the river is the Santo Spirito church. That’s a funny way to quarter a city, but it works for them! If you wanted to see these for yourself and learn more, there are lots of Florence tours you could look into booking.

The Piano Was Invented In Florence

The piano actually came to be in Florence. The instrument was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofor. It was originally known as the Piano Forte, and evolved from the harpsichord around 1700-1720. If you play the piano or anything similar, you may have Florence to thank.

Tuscan Bread Is Made Without Salt

The story behind this is very interesting. The bread has been this way since the 12th century, due to a historical rivalry with Pisa. Pisa blocked shipments of salt to Florence to force them to surrender, but Florence just decided to make their bread without any salt. They still do to this day! The bread is still lovely though, so don’t be afraid to eat it!The

Food Is Almost As Important As Their Art

The Florentines consider food to be almost as important as the art in the city. Here you can sample the best wine, cheese, and steak you’ve ever had. Just beware that the steak is almost rare! Locals are very passionate about food, so you can guarantee to strike up a conversation or get into their good books by bringing it up. Bear in mind that Florence is in Italy, so pizza, pasta, seafood, and ice cream all make delicious choices too.

Florence Used To Be The Capital Of Italy

Florence was actually named the capital of Italy back in 1865. It was named so thanks to it’s incredible art and architecture, as well as it being the birthplace of the Italian renaissance. However, it later switched due to the symbolism of Rome as the head of the Roman empire. The ancient city was also more central than Florence. After just six years, in 1871, the government officially moved to Rome. Although only brief, Florence’s time as the capital had some benefits. The population grew tenfold, and the city continued to grow well into the 20th century. If it wasn’t for this brief stint, who knows where Florence would be now?

There are so many more amazing things to learn and see, so make sure you plan a visit soon. You can learn just about anything there is to learn by taking a tour with a reputable guide, or even by buying a guidebook and going on your own walking tour. Many of the things you can see here are beautiful and free, so don’t worry about spending a fortune.

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We overheard a conversation recently about traveling alone where both of them were against the idea of it. But you never really travel alone – not really- because the world is jam-packed full of people, friends you haven’t made yet, adventure buddies that you have yet to laugh with.

Don’t get us wrong, running off with your childhood sweetheart, vacationing with your family, a weekend away with your BFFs; it’s all amazing. But there is an ocean of stars out there, and each star represents a reason to go it alone.

Single, loved-up, outgoing, introverted, lost, happy, newly-wed, bereaved; it doesn’t matter, there are so many reasons that make traveling solo a must-have experience. And here are the best of the bunch:

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You Get Around

The one thing a group of travelers doesn’t have is the privilege of spontaneity. The more of you there are, the harder it becomes to move around. Booking a trip becomes harder. Planning a tripper becomes needed. Flights, boats, buses, hitchhiking, it all becomes more challenging when you are in a group. But not when you’re riding solo. You pick a time and place and ba-bye everything else.

It’s Your Bucket List

When you try to please everyone you rarely please anyone. Yes, we know life is all about sacrifice and compromise, but it doesn’t have to be, not when you are traveling by yourself. If there is somewhere you want to go then go. You can work through your bucket list in the order you want to do it. Want to see Canada, then Petra, followed by the Maldives and then get to Aus by working your way there on a boat because, well, because you can, then do it. You can entertain your dreams and no one can stop you.

Make The Heart Grow Stronger

We’re not saying you should spend all of your weekends and all your allocated holiday time going it alone, just every so often. Trust us, it will be an incredible thing for you and those you are leaving behind, whether family, friends, loved ones or whatever. Your heart grows stronger, your trust increases, your independence gets that kick it needs. You could use it to your advantage too. How? Well, imagine you find paradise somewhere. That place you love. That place you need to share with that special someone. Why not take them there. Send a personal invite. Get yourself a postcard maker and use an image of your new paradise on the cover, an address and a date and have them meet you there, or book a holiday to come back and show them. What’s more romantic or special than that.

Make New Friends

Half hour friendships or lifelong bonds, it doesn’t matter; meeting new people is one of the greatest things any of us can do, and traveling alone almost forces our hand. It’s incredible how a simple hello can lead to a thousand possibilities, and it is incredible how your perspective changes when you take that experience home. All too often we tell ourselves we are too busy to meet new people, but that shouldn’t be the case. So travel alone and strike up conversations with random people; locals, the person sat next to you on the bus, people in your hostel, that backpacker that’s by themselves. Everyone has a story and it those stories you hear while traveling that tends to be the best.

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I’ll be honest, I think I’m past the age where I think festivals are fun. To quote a good guy friend of mine: “festivals are a great idea until you get there and it’s hot and crowded and you want to go home.” I will always love my Warped Tour, but that’s just one day. And I’m not sure how I used to think I could actually travel with the tour. I did Firefly a few years ago, and did have fun, but the crowds and heat and not having a shower was a lot.

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But now we’re entering festival season, and I’m getting a little nostalgic! How many of us have been waiting to kick back and get lost in festival living? If you’ve never done it before, now may be the year to try. It’s a fantastic way to get away without going far. Though tickets aren’t cheap, they’re cheaper than flights to somewhere exotic. And, you’re sure to have an experience unlike any that have come before. There’s no denying that you’ll have to get down and dirty during your time away. And, it will involve tents. But, all is not lost. Even those with an aversion to camping can enjoy festival life. All it takes is a little preparation. It can also help to keep yourself looking glamorous for the duration. Here are a few ways you can ensure you stay isn’t bogged down in the mud.

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TAKE A SUITCASE, BUT PACK LIGHT

Surprisingly few of us consider that we may need a suitcase during a festival. It doesn’t seem like the place. In fact, most attendees will have nothing more than on them than a rucksack of crumpled clothes. But, we think it may help first timers to take a suitcase along. After your first day or two, you won’t relish the idea of putting on crumpled clothes. That’s when field fever can set in and ruin the rest of your experience. Taking a suitcase means that you can keep your clothes neat and ready for each day. It also means you can keep things organized. Piles of clothes could stress you out during the later stages of your festival fun.

That said, it’s important you don’t go over the top. You are going to be living in a tent. So, you want to take a small suitcase. That means you need to choose your outfits carefully. We’ve all seen the festival fashions that look amazing, but they aren’t always practical. Pack an outfit for each day, but don’t pack unnecessary extras that will take up too much space. One pair of shoes, for example, should last your whole stay.

REMEMBER YOUR REGIME

Festival life is different from anything you’ll have experienced before. You may find that you’re having too much fun to follow your usual beauty regime. Or, you might find that you let things slide because you don’t think you can keep on top of the issue. We’re here to tell you that sticking to your beauty regime is essential. Not doing this could do significant damage to your skin, not to mention that it’ll leave you feeling worse. If you keep on top of things, you can stay feeling fresher for longer. It’ll make all the difference to your mentality!

The most important point to note is that you should take your makeup off every night. This will help your skin and will ensure you don’t look a mess in the morning. While you’re at it, you might also want to keep up your regular skincare routine. Remember that you’re packing light, though. Take only essential products with you. Remember, too, that you’ll need to find a way to remove your hair. Underarm hair and fuzzy legs will leave you feeling more like the wooly mammoth than a glamorous babe. A hair laser removal machine might be your best bet here. They’re quick, easy to use, and don’t require water. And, let’s be honest, water isn’t going to be easy to come by. There certainly won’t be any showers around. Speaking of which…

STAY CLEAN WITHOUT SHOWERING

Feeling dirty is sure to ruin your experience. We all know that feeling when we can imagine nothing better than a nice long wash. But, that won’t be possible when you’re in a field. (Or the showers could be worse than not showering, as with Firefly) So, you need to find ways to stay clean without showering. You should leave your last shower as late as possible before you set off. That way, you’re starting on clean footing. But, even this step isn’t going to save you in the later stages.

It’s worth taking along a few bits to help you stay fresh. Wet wipes will make all the difference, so stock up on a few packs. They may not be the same as a proper wash, but they’ll help a little. You could even rub shower gel into them and get a bit of a lather. That way, you’ll smell fresher, too! Dry shampoo will also be a lifesaver. It’s hard to feel glamorous with greasy hair. A few sprays of this and that won’t be such a problem.

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One of the best things about going traveling is getting to relax on stunning beaches. After all, as well as getting to soak up the sun, you get to enjoy the beautiful views of the sand and sea. And if you opt to visit one of the most stunning beaches in the world, you will also get to experience the crystal blue waters and soft sand. Also, beaches are a lot more useful than just for sunbathing! You can do a wealth of fun water-sports like diving and surfing which are memorable on your travels. And I think we all have a list of beaches that are must-do at least once during our lifetime.

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Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Australia is known for its beautiful beaches. In fact, thousands of travelers head there every year to enjoy the stunning beaches in the country. There are some in particular though that have everyone flocking year after year. The most famous one is Bondi Beach which is situated in the capital of the country, Sydney. The beach is one of the most stunning on our list with plenty of gorgeous sand and blue waters. It’s also brimming with life all year round. You can expect activities a plenty to be happening on the beach. They have events like kite flying and surfing competitions during the summer months. And if water sports are what you are after, you will love the opportunity to surf on the beach. In fact, you will find locals who will be willing to show you how to catch some waves. And you can also hire a jet ski if you fancy getting your adrenaline pumping. If you want to enjoy a coastal walk, you can do this as well at Bondi Beach. And then you can spend the evenings at the beach where you can find plenty of food and drink places. Also, beach parties are common and last until sunrise! Remember if you want to get some space to sunbathe, you have to go early as the beach is so popular. For somewhere less touristy, you could always go to Turquoise Bay. It’s stunning with its turquoise waters and pure white sand. And you can even get closer to marine life by snorkeling at the Ningaloo Reef!

Kailua Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii

If you think of a country with the best beaches, it’s likely that Hawaii will spring to mind. After all, thousands of people go there every year to enjoy the stunning beaches on offer. As well as the amazing hula parties and delicious food! However, one beach in particular which often gets people talking and is on my bucket list is the stunning Kailua Beach Park in Oahu. The beautiful beach boasts three miles of glorious sand and crystal-clear water. Therefore, thousands flock there to enjoy some sunbathing while on their travels. And not only is it good for topping up your tan, but it has plenty of water sports too. For example, there is a volleyball court, and people willing to teach you how to windsurf. And there are even picnic areas so you can have a break from your sunbed to enjoy some grub when it’s time for lunch. Or you could even head to one of the eateries. Former President Obama can often be spotted in the Island Snow one which is close by to the beach! And you could even consider camping on the stunning beach at night. After all, you can then get a great spot in the morning! And there are plenty of fun things to do in Oahu. Therefore, if you want a break from the beach, there is a lot more you can do in the surrounding area!

Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Italy

When it comes to Italy, there are many reasons why people visit there every year. The amazing landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum are definitely a draw. Also, the delicious food also gets people’s mouth watering. After all, we all love a pizza or a pasta dish. In fact, Italian is one of the world’s favorite cuisines. But it’s also the beaches which are a draw for many people. A lot of people go to places like Sicily and Sorrento for beach holidays every year. One place you might not have heard of but is a beach which you should add to the bucket list is Rabbit Beach in Sicily. The stunning beach has been even voted the best beach in the world by various surveys. For one thing, people visit for the stunning features of the beach. Not only has it got clear water and white sand, but it’s surrounded by gorgeous hillsides. The small beach is also a favorite with marine life fans. After all, you might spot a sea turtle laying an egg which will be unforgettable! And you can enjoy a spot of sunbathing if you manage to grab a spot early at the beach.

Pink Sands Beach in Harbour Island, Bahamas

The Caribbean is definitely one place a traveler would go if they were looking for fabulous beach. In fact, it’s often named to have the best beaches in the world at its many islands. In fact, thousands of travelers head to the islands like Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Bahamas to make the most of the gorgeous beaches. Therefore, it can make it a challenge to add just the one to the list of fantastic beaches. But one beach which is unique is the Pink Sands Beach in the Harbour Islands. With the stunning pink backdrop, it’s no surprise that it’s often used for photographs and in films! The pink color comes from the crushed coral which creates a dramatic effect. Not only will you want to take photos at the beach, but you will want to relax on the stunning sand. And it’s also an ideal place to snorkel as it boasts shallow waters!

Just remember to always check the weather before visiting any of the above. After all, it will definitely rain on your experience if the weather is bad!

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