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Things You Need to Do to Prepare for Your Trip

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In 2020, the tourism industry was facing unprecedented challenges. The situation with travel during the coronavirus is still quite sad. Quarantine locked people at home, depriving them of the opportunity to travel abroad. However, even with closed borders, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only failed to dampen people’s wanderlust but has made it even stronger. Each country takes different measures during a pandemic. Some countries declare a state of emergency; others introduce curfews and require a two-week quarantine for all those who cross the border.

WHO warns that the world will not return to the normal rhythm very soon. However, most countries around the world have started to adapt to the new pandemic reality and open borders – for business travel, for study and even for tourists. Let us take a closer look at how to plan basic things for your trip and what additional information you may need.

Get General Information about the Country You Are Going to Visit

There are many useful things you may check before your trip – exchange rate, security, transport, current situation, etc. You can find many online resources with relevant information and the latest news. Whatever trip you are planning, you will make it even more exciting if you properly prepare for it.

  • Download offline maps and travel guides of the places you are going to and mark the places you want to visit. This way, you will be able to create your alternative route and avoid the crowds of tourists.
  • Check the calendar of events and festivals in the locations where you will stay. It will make your trip more enthralling and allow you to see its characteristic attractions.
  • Learn some basic vocabulary in the local language. The best approach is to take a few lessons from a certified tutor if you are going to visit an exotic country like Korea or India. It is especially important to be able to tell about yourself, learn greetings and pleasantries, and understand something from a local restaurant menu.
  • Read about the customs and traditions of the destination country. It will help you better understand the new culture and easily establish connections with locals. It is also crucial to have an idea of the norms of behavior abroad.

Learn What Countries Will Let You Visit

The situation with the coronavirus is constantly changing around the world. Countries are constantly changing the rules for entering their territory. The best source of information is the official embassy page of the country you plan to visit. But there are other resources that will tell you about quarantine rules, testing and other restrictions. The EU has created a single site Re-open EU with rules for entry and stay in all European destinations. On the site, you can find out about the mask mode, whether you need to follow two-week isolation after arrival, whether you need a test for coronavirus to enter. You will also learn useful information about where and how to take a test in the country, what services and transport work and much more. This resource also provides links to the official websites of all 27 EU countries, other resources on rules for tourists, telephone numbers of hotlines and more. The information is constantly updated.

Travelbans.org is another site with similar information, but it covers the whole world. You will be able to learn the situation in 243 countries and regions and the latest restrictions introduced there. It will help you to find out under what condition you can visit a certain country and what rules you will need to follow.

Check the Available Flights

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created the Timatic service, which provides information exclusively for air travel. To check the information about the conditions of travel to a particular country, you need to enter specific data in the form of the date of the planned trip and other details: the place of departure and arrival, citizenship, travel document, country of residence, etc. The information is updated daily, so it is recommended to check it regularly. You can also follow an interactive map on the site based on Timatic data. It shows how the airports in different countries work.

Prepare All Documents

Even if you are going to travel within the country, you need to have an identifying document. And traveling abroad presupposes a whole list. Make sure to have the following papers ready for the time of your departure:

  • A valid passport allowing you to travel abroad;
  • A visa. You should check well in advance if a destination country requires a visa for entering it;
  • Tickets. You can use services that allow you to find the best cost option. 
  • Accommodation booking.
  • Insurance policy. Basic insurance gives the right to receive free emergency medical care in a foreign country. Make sure your travel policy includes additional treatment coverage in case of COVID-19 while traveling abroad.

Also, take care of the documents that may be required to check into the hotel and additional tickets for transport or to the museum if you are traveling to another country. After all, by buying a ticket online, you can avoid queues and save time.

It is advisable to take copies of all your documents. Then upload scanned copies to the cloud storage -Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and so on. It may significantly help in an emergency.

Be Aware of СOVID-19 Passport

You may soon need an additional document to the above list. Some countries are going to introduce digital vaccination passports, which will allow their owners to travel without restrictions. But it is not yet clear how these documents will look like and what data they will include. Currently, vaccination certificates are called immunization passports, i.e., documents confirming the presence of immunity to coronavirus. However, the very fact of vaccination does not prove 100% the presence of such immunity.

Digital versions of such certificates in the form of QR codes, smartphone applications and even electronic bracelets are already being developed in Denmark and several other European countries. They may contain information about the COVID-19 test, antibody test results, vaccination certificates. More information is expected during the next few months.

Take Some Cash Money

It seems obvious, but still remember that it is better to take money in several currencies and always have a reserve on your bank card. After all, if you have a passport and money, you are not afraid of any force majeure.

It is important to find out where and under what conditions you can buy the country’s currency. As a rule, there are no problems with buying dollars and euros. You can take them with you in advance. But travel may require a less common currency. In some countries, you can get it at the airport.

Do not forget that the banking system is not very developed in some countries, and there are no ATMs at hand. So it will be reasonable to have some cash. It would be enough to have several hundred dollars and do not keep them all in one place.

Put Together a First Aid Kit

A properly assembled first aid kit can save a vacation, and it is as essential for a trip as a passport and bank card. It is a must-have for people with chronic diseases or a predisposition to some kind of disease, such as seasonal allergic rhinitis. Make sure to add the following to your bag:

  • motion sickness pills;
  • antipyretic and pain relievers;
  • sorbents for eliminating digestive problems;
  • antiallergic and antiseptic medications;
  • antiviral drugs.

The first aid kit is important, as there may not be suitable medicines available in another country.

Think about How You Will Keep in Touch with Your Family

There are two options to stay connected while traveling – roaming or a local SIM card. The easiest way is to see what your provider offers for international connection. If the price is affordable, you just need to order a package without the need to change the card in the phone.

A local SIM card is a suitable option for trips of a week or more. In many countries, you will need to submit a passport to purchase a local sim card. You can check mobile tariffs for all countries and operators on the Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki site. It will allow you to choose the most profitable operator in advance and find its local office.

If an internet connection is important for you, check ahead if it is provided in the hotels and places you are going to stay.

Preparing for a trip can take longer than the trip itself. You need to look through dozens of forums and arrange a lot of things. However, all efforts will be paid off during the trip because an hour spent reading travel forums can save a day on the road, not to mention money and spoiled mood.

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Tips for Your First Visit to a Washington Dispensary

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If you’re taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest, a visit to one of Washington’s recreational dispensaries is probably on your list. Washington was among the first states to allow adults over 21 buy marijuana for recreational purposes. If you are not from a legal weed state, the process of buying in a dispensary may be unfamiliar. Just use the tips below for a smooth and enjoyable dispensary experience.

1. Bring government-issued photo ID.

You wouldn’t expect to buy a drink at a bar without showing ID. Since marijuana in Washington is for people 21 and up, you’ll also have to show you are of age in any reputable dispensary. Be ready to pull out ID at the door, since most will not allow entry without it.

2. Bring cash.

Most dispensaries are cash only, as credit card companies have been leery of handling their business. While you may be able to find an ATM on-site, it’s best to be sure. Bringing cash can also help keep spending in line. It can be easy to get carried away when you see the variety of goods that are available.

3. Review their menu online before you go.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you see the many strains and delivery systems you have available. From a wide range of flowers to edibles, waxes, and concentrates, it can be hard to take it all in.

To make it all a little easier, see if the dispensary you are considering has a website with a menu you can browse. The menu will tell you about the characteristics of different strains and allow you to get a little information about unusual formats such as tinctures, resins, and vaping products.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Everyone was a newbie once. It is perfectly okay not to know everything about the products the first time you go. Budtenders are knowledgeable about the marijuana products they sell and can help you understand the offerings.

They’ll be able to answer basic questions about things like indica vs sativa, THC content and more. They’ll also be able to make recommendations based on your needs and preferences. For instance, if you are looking for something that will help you sleep, they’ll be able to tell you about strains that have helped others get a good night’s rest.

5. Keep your phone in your pocket.

You may be tempted to take photos of all the wonderful things for sale. Don’t. Most dispensaries have strict no-photo policies.

End any phone calls and delay that reply to your last text when you go inside. While you may just be trying to make dinner plans, staff can be concerned that you are going to try to sneak a photograph of the inside of the shop.

Plus, you are enjoying an unusual opportunity if you are not from a state with legal recreational dispensaries. Give the experience and your budtenders your undivided attention. You can always show off your stash later on.

6. Tip your budtender.

The staff at the dispensary should be tipped just as you’d tip a bartender. They take the time to show you products and explain the best options. Showing your appreciation with a tip can help ensure they remember you if you stop in again.

In general, a $1 to $3 tip is fine for small purchases. If a budtender has spent a good deal of time with you or you are making a large purchase, a tip of $5 of more is appropriate.

7. Open your purchases at home.

It can be so tempting to break out your brand-new edibles or flowers as soon as you leave the dispensary. However, it’s better to keep your purchases wrapped up until you are back at your home or hotel.

Just as there are laws against public consumption of alcohol, there are laws about where you can and can’t use marijuana. Plus, if you are trying an unfamiliar product, it’s best to be in a safe and familiar environment.

8. Go easy with new preparations.

If this is your first time trying something, start slow. It can take some time for marijuana products, particularly edibles, to take their full effect. Start with a small quantity, then wait thirty minutes or so to see what happens. Taking more too soon can mean taking too much.

Above all else, have fun with your visit and enjoy your first trip to a Washington dispensary. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The people who work in the dispensaries are usually passionate about the products that they sell. Take a chance on some new experiences and be sure to be safe with your purchases!

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Travel Tips: Fun Things to Do in Your Hotel Room

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Whether you’re stuck inside due to weather restrictions or simply want some relaxing time while on holiday, there are plenty of fun things you can do in your hotel room, in addition to playing games on your phone.

Let’s be real! There can be a lot of waiting around when on holiday. There’s the waiting for conveyance to arrive, the relocation, and a slew of other times when you can’t do much but wait. It’s great to have things to do during these periods of waiting. You might wait anxiously, gaze into space, read a book, or pass the time by playing a travel game! In fact, there are a plethora of travel games available, and no matter what your preferences are, you’ll be able to discover one that suits your needs!

Travelling for lengthy periods might exhaust you, and playing games is one way to recover while having a good time! If you’re travelling with your family, bring some travel games with you to keep the kids occupied throughout the day! I played many of these games during multiple road trips, and they were always entertaining and exciting! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the essential games you should have in your suitcase to prepare yourself for summer.

Monopoly Deal

One of the best games you can play on your travels is Monopoly Deal. It is perfect for two or more players to enjoy while travelling. During road trips through Australia and other countries, I played this game a lot! One reason for this is that it is condensed into a card game rather than a board game, making it easier to pack. The game is based on the Monopoly board game. The goal is to acquire three complete sets of cards that represent the original game’s attributes.

You can do this in various methods, including personally playing them, stealing them, or collecting them as rent. The numerous cards in the deck, such as Monopoly money values and wild cards, make the game an exciting and delightful concept!

Tiny Epic Galaxies

In my opinion, any game in the Tiny Epic series deserves to be on this list. Each one has its own set of mechanics and themes and it is packaged in a little box. The beautiful thing about these games is that, despite their small size, they all pack a punch in terms of gameplay. They’re continuously releasing new games, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy that fits conveniently into a backpack. One of my faves is Tiny Epic Galaxies, which manages to condense an entire galactic conquest game into a few cards.

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Cinko Linko

Cinko Linko is a game that is meant to be played while travelling. It can be played almost anywhere, and anyone can learn to play by simply gesturing a lot. As a result, language barriers are no longer an issue, and anyone can participate. It’s small and has a carabiner so you can attach it to your backpack without taking up space, and it’s also fun to play with youngsters. Consider it a more tactical version of Connect 4 without the upright plastic board.

Catan

Catan is easily one of the most enjoyable board games I’ve ever encountered. It’s an entertaining strategy game that’s simple to pick up yet difficult to master. The purpose of the game is to construct roads and settlements and trade with your fellow players, with the winner being the first person to reach ten victory points. Because of the nature of the game, it may get somewhat competitive as players compete for settlements and points! The big box is one of Catan’s drawbacks. It’s not a game you’ll be able to carry in your travel bag! However, if you’re going on a road trip, you can easily fit it in the car. Catan is a fantastic game that you’ll want to keep playing while you’re on the road!

Codenames

Your spies are concealed all over the place, and it’s up to you and your team to find them and bring them back! Codenames is an easy-to-learn party game. Players try to find their team’s concealed spies on the board without hitting a civilian or assassin in the process. It’s mostly a word game in which one player provides easy clues to help their team find the relevant card on the board. It’s a tense event that’s best done with larger groups. If you don’t have many players to join, Codenames Duet, which is geared for two players, is a good option.

Final Thoughts

I enjoy both travelling and playing board games. There’s always time for a board game, whether you’re on a plane, sitting in your hotel room, delayed in the DMV, or out enjoying a great day. That doesn’t mean you have to bring a bag full of big-box games with you. Some games are designed specifically for travel and can even be carried in your pocket. Hopefully, this list has given you some great ideas on what sort of game you should take with you on your next trip.

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The Most Popular Gambling Destinations in the World

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Gambling has always been a fun activity, which people have used to pass the time. Records show that gambling, as an activity, has existed since the beginnings of Ancient Egypt, and many speculate that it most likely originated far earlier.

Regardless of its history, there is no denying that in the modern age gambling has become one of the most common social activities. Whether poker night with friends, low-stake amateur tournaments, betting on sports, or high-stake, professional Blackjack matches, gambling is an activity that most people have engaged in, in one way, or another.

A testament to the popularity, and appeal of gambling is the numerous cities built all around the world, which have become monuments to the dice. Most of these places, like Atlantic City or Las Vegas are synonymous with gambling. In this article we will take a look at a number of the most popular gambling destinations in the world, and talk a bit about their inception. 

One’s Own Home

Starting out with a bit of an easy pick, one of the most popular gambling destinations is the home of any person who wants to try their hands at gambling. How, you may ask? Simple. Thanks to the advent of online casinos, anyone can experience the thrill and fun times of casino games without having to deal with the hassle of traveling to a land-based casino. Online casinos offer a wide variety of games, such as poker, blackjack, roulette, even slots, and many, many more.

If casino games aren’t your thing, many online casinos, like the one at https://sport.netbet.com/in/, also feature a sports betting option, where any sports fan can bet on their favorite sport, game, or player. The best part about online casinos, is that they will often times let prospective players play a few free games, so that they can get a feel for the game, and decide whether they have found themselves in it. 

But, while online casinos are in many ways better than land-based casinos, there are still a number of people who prefer the face-to-face contact, the atmosphere, and the hustle and bustle of the land-based casino. For those people, here are a few of the most popular destinations in the world for land-based gambling.

Las Vegas, Nevada

First on the list, and most likely the most popular gambling destination in the world, is the so-called City that Never Sleeps. Immortalized in song, Las Vegas is the biggest gambling city, not just in America, but in the world. The Las Vegas central avenue, commonly called “The Strip” is absolutely clustered with casinos, ranging from small venues, to towering mansions built to mimic the greatest of the world’s wonders. 

Of course, Las Vegas is not only a gambling city. It is also the center of magic shows, housing some of the biggest magic shows in the world, most famously Penn and Teller, and Siegfried & Roy. It isn’t just magic shows and gambling that lures people to Las Vegas. In fact, the city offers many attractions both for fans of gambling, and casual tourists, just looking to sight-see.

Macau, China

For those who love to travel, and want to experience something different culturally, Macau distinguishes itself from most gambling destinations in the world, by being direct competition to Las Vegas, for the title of the world’s gambling capital. The Chinese gambling center derives more than half of its economy from the numerous casinos that pepper its streets, and in fact, estimates show that more money is gambled in Macau’s casinos than anywhere else in the world. When talking about Macau, we would be remised not to mention Stanley Ho, the Chinese tycoon who made the city of Macau what it is today. Mr. Ho passed away last year in Hong Kong, but his legacy as the King of Gambling will forever remain.

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