When deciding where to go on holiday, it can be as much of a struggle deciding where you want to spend your time as it is deciding where to buy your travel insurance from. You want it to be a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget, but so many times that dream can be ruined by lack of research. You turn up at the best hotel you can find, only to discover that it’s the busiest weekend of the year, meaning that everything is busy, everywhere is full and all the museums and tourist destinations are packed to the rafters. That’s not how you want to spend your holiday.
So why not do a bit of reading up before you go. Here are a couple of suggestions for little known and little visited places.
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – This city has been through some tumultuous periods in the last two decades. But it’s coming out of that now with its head held high and becoming an exciting capital city in its own right. The tourism market is only just starting to ramp up, so a lot of the places you will visit and places you will eat are as authentic as they can get.
Oslo, Norway – Not traditional considered a tourist destination, there is a lot to take in that your ordinary holiday guide won’t tell you about. Whether you’re after some traditional food and drink in one of the many traditional-style eateries, or want to see some sights, you won’t be disappointed.
With so many cities building themselves up to be the next big tourist destination, it often pays to look for places that are just in the business of keeping themselves quiet. The night life will often leave a little to be desired, but the traditions are still strong.
Things to remember
However if you’re spending your holiday time in a place where the tourism scene isn’t as big, it pays to make sure you remember a few things. Some of them will only be useful in rare situations, but it’s better to be safe than sorry…
Phone numbers – If you’re backpacking across Eastern Europe and misplace your phone or the battery goes dead, you’re likely to be stranded without any communication. But if you have the important numbers written down elsewhere then there is always a chance that you will be able to use a public phone or even use the phone of a shop or local hotel.
Travel Insurance – This might seem like a simple thing, but it can mean the difference between life and death – literally. The cost of a visit to a hospital in a place where they are not as familiar with tourists can come as shock to all involved, as well as causing you more hassle than you need.Endsleigh Travel Insurance will ensure that you are at least covered in case of any serious accident or injury.
Something to do on long journeys – Whether you decide to keep a diary of your travels or simply bring a book or two to enjoy during downtime you will be glad you did. Enjoying the scenery can be just as enjoyable, but if you’re stuck in a hostel after curfew and have nothing to do, it might just be the thing you need to send you off to a good nights sleep before the early start in the morning.
These few simple tips might not save your life, but they will definitely make sure that the entire experience is as enjoyable as possible. After all, that’s what getting away is all about.