Dauntless Jaunter Travel Site http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com Travel Blog, Destination Guides, Information, Advice, Stories from the Road, Etc. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:46:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 The 5 Worst Travel Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/27/5-worst-travel-mistakes/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/27/5-worst-travel-mistakes/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:46:11 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15203 Random Paris FranceNo matter how seasoned you are when it comes to traveling, there are some mistakes you almost inevitably make every single time. They are annoying, they waste your time, they don’t let you get the best of the destination you’ve chosen, and they may as well spoil the entire experience for you.

Here I’ve gathered some of the most commonly made traveling mistakes – you’d better learn from them than from your own bitter experience!

Planning your trip

A major mistake you can make (or possibly have already made) is not thinking about other events taking place at the time of your trip. You certainly don’t want to miss your brother’s wedding over a summer trip to Europe, do you?

Tip: Talk about your plans with your family. If they have information about other important events overlapping with time of your trip, they’ll let you know.

Taking too much pictures

I admit I make this mistake EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I don’t know why I do it, but, judging from the flashes around me I assume I am not the only one. Well, yes, you have to take a few pictures of the Colosseum (definitely include a few pictures of it at night), but what’s with photographing your lunch? Have your Facebook friends not seen what spaghetti Bolognese looks like?

Tip: Forget about the camera for a moment (or a few) and enjoy the real thing. Whether it is a bear playing with a truck tire in the Lisbon Zoo or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, looking at the video you recorded does not come even close to the real thing. Ask me how I know.

Not packing your hand luggage wisely

If you have experienced a delayed flight, followed by lost luggage, you’ll totally understand my point. As a traveler, who always (ALWAYS) experiences some sort of a flight drama, I can assure you that wondering if your makeup foundation is considered a liquid or not should be the last thing to worry about when it comes to hand luggage.

Tip: If you want to save yourself some really unpleasant situations, make sure to always have these items packed in your hand luggage: an extra pair (or two) of underwear and socks, a scarf (that can work as a substitute for a jacket/blanket as well), a T-shirt, and a sweater. And, if there’s anything that makes you think “I would HATE to lose this” in you checked luggage, move it to your hand luggage now. You’ll thank me later ;)

Substituting your long-awaited vacation for a race

Trying to do too much in one trip will totally spoil your experience and you’ll end up feeling unsatisfied, miserable and tired (not the way you want to feel at the end of your vacation, right?). There are only 24 hours in a day and you cannot make more, no matter how hard you try. Besides, rushing is reserved for your work days, not for your holidays.

Tip: No matter how much you want to see/visit/experience everything your travel destination can offer, make sure to save some time for just wandering around. Enjoying simple pleasures, like eating a “gelato” (Italian ice cream) and sipping on a drink while watching the locals, is just as exciting as visiting the next museum. Again, ask me how I know.

Sticking to tourist traps

They are called “traps” for a reason. I am not suggesting you miss the Vatican city altogether, but there are a thousand interesting places you will stumble upon by just taking a turn from the beaten tourist paths. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed if you do so!

Tip: Walk away from the crowd. It is noisy, pushy, and annoying. Soak into the atmosphere of the place you chose to visit and instead of being around a thousand of different HEs and SHEs, choose to find a thousand different YOUs within.

What’s the worst travel mistake you’ve made? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Weekly Travel News Recap: March 15 – 21, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/21/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-15-21-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/21/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-15-21-2015/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 01:31:05 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15218 Ryanair
Taken by Flickr user Juanedc.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

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Weekly Travel News Recap: March 8 – 14, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/14/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-8-14-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/14/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-8-14-2015/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:14:34 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15217 Norwegian Air Shuttle
Norwegian Air Shuttle. Taken by Flickr user Aero Icarus.

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Weekly Video: Lofoten. One Flew over Norway http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/08/weekly-video-lofoten-one-flew-over-norway/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/08/weekly-video-lofoten-one-flew-over-norway/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:32:16 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15194 Lofoten. One Flew over Norway Featured

Here is just the most beautiful video ever, borrowed from Vimeo. Igor Byrko filmed the Lofoten Islands of Norway using a multicopter and a GoPro 3+ BE.

Film locations include: Å, Moskenes, Reine, Hamnøy, Kubbholmleia near the Fredvang, Bøvatnet Lake, Gimsøystraumen Bridge, Steinøya near the Henningsvær, Svolvær, Sildpollnes Church, Kinnarvika, Holdøya, Storvatnet lake, and Duorggajávri lake.

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Weekly Travel News Recap: March 1 – 7, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/07/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-1-7-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/07/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-1-7-2015/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:13:33 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15189 Delta Airlines
Photo from Delta.com

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Better plane tracking year after MH370 – A year after that horrendous loss of the missing flight MH370,  Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia are launching a trial to allow air traffic controllers to track aircraft more closely. (Reuters UK)
  • MH370 black box battery expired – A new report on the downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 found that the battery inside the black box expired a year before the plane disappeared. (Verge)
  • Delta introduces new fares – Delta has come out with new flight products, including Basic Economy, Main Cabin, Delta Comfort, First Class and Delta One, in the hopes of giving passengers more options and to drive revenue. (Skift)
  • Ryanair rebrands again – The European budget airline is limiting the use of bright yellow in its cabins and uniforms as they try for a more refined look in line with a push to improve customer service and dilute its no-frills approach. (Bloomberg)
  • Singapore “world’s most expensive city” again – For the second year in a row, Singapore topped the list of the Economist’s World’s Most Expensive Cities. (Independent)
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Weekly Travel News Recap: February 22 – 28, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/28/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-22-28-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/28/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-22-28-2015/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:54:45 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15174 Laguardia Airport Rendering Neoscape
One Laguardia Airport Rendering by Neoscape.

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Up to 10 Countries in Southeast Asia for $160! (USD) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/27/10-countries-asean-160-usd/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/27/10-countries-asean-160-usd/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:46:13 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15175 Southeast Asia is already quite the backpacker’s paradise: cheap costs, delicious foods, an abundance of history, hundreds of cultures, etc. But now, a new deal lets travelers hop around between cities in the ASEAN community for just $160!

The ASEAN countries (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are made up of ten Southeast Asian countries, including: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. And with a special deal from AirAsia, you can visit all of these countries for pennies on the dollar.

AirAsia ASEAN PassAirAsia is a Malaysian-owned airline that is large enough to include subsidiaries throughout Southeast Asia. It tries to follow a budget-travel style similar to Norwegian. Now, they’ve rolled out a travel pass that allows travel between city pairs within these ASEAN countries on a credit system.

There are two tiers of their new AirAsia Asean Pass: For $160, you get 10 credits with up to 30 days of validity; for $290, you get 20 credits with 60 days of validity. Now, you can fly to all 10 countries, it seems, for only $160 – an irrefutable bargain. However, some city pairs cost more than one credit each; other flights cost three credits.

Here’s an example:

AirAsia ASEAN Pass Example

For the complete breakdown of the city pairs and credit cost between cities, check out their website: http://www.airasia.com/ot/en/book-with-us/asean-pass.page

*Photos taken from AirAsia site.

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Weekly Travel News Recap: February 15 – 21, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/21/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-15-21-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/21/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-15-21-2015/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:51:52 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15157 Visit Ithaca NY Keys Website

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • New York gives up – It has become so cold in the northeastern US, with so much snow accumulation, that the tourism board’s website for the city of Ithaca, NY had a popup on their homepage (shown above) that directed people to visit the Florida Keys instead. (Visit Ithaca)
  • FCC publishes drone rules – In the United States, commercial drones are edging a bit closer to normalcy as the FCC comes up with its first set of rules. (Skift)
  • Delta, Gulf carriers in exchange of words – Delta’s CEO suggested a link between some Gulf carriers to 9/11 terrorism; an apology later was rejected by Emirates and Qatar Airways. (WT)
  • London-Marseille route a surprise hit – The Eurostar rail line of 6 hours and 1,235 km (767 mi) from London St. Pancras to Marseille, France was a surprise success. (Bloomberg)
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Facts You Didn’t Know About Bulgaria http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/17/facts-about-bulgaria/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/17/facts-about-bulgaria/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:31:30 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15142 Bulgarian flag
Taken by Flickr user anjči.

Bulgaria is a small country somewhere in Europe. Perhaps everybody knows that. When a foreigner thinks of Bulgaria, Stoichkov probably comes to mind (a famous football player who used to play for Barcelona). Then yogurt comes to mind (the live culture of Lactobacillus bulgaricus that is needed for its production originates from Bulgaria).

But, there are some astonishing facts about Bulgaria that very few people know about. Here’s a list that will surprise you!

HISTORY:

  • Bulgaria is the oldest European country that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established.
  • Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest inhabited city.
  • Bulgaria (together with Denmark) was one of the only two countries that saved their Jews from the Nazi concentration camps during the holocaust.
  • The Bulgarian army has never (NEVER) lost a single flag in battle, even though it actively participated in European wars since the 19th century.
  • In 716 AD it was Bulgaria that saved Europe from islamization. In a key battle in 718 AD the Bulgarian cavalry overpowered the Arabs with a courageous victory that put an end to the Muslim Arabs’ penetration into Europe.
  • It was the Bulgarian Air Forces that formed the basis of modern combat aviation. They were the first to use a plane in combat, dropping bombs.
  • The oldest golden treasure in the world is found in Bulgaria (Varna Necropolis).
  • When it comes to archeological sites, Bulgaria comes third (after Rome and Greece).

CULTURE:

  • Bulgaria is among the very few countries in which nodding means NO (the other ones being Greece, Macedonia, and Albania)
  • “Name Days” are celebrated in Bulgaria – they are sometimes considered more important than birthdays.
  • The bagpipe is a traditional instrument that is played in Scotland, Ireland and Bulgaria.
  • A recording of the Bulgarian folk song “Izlel e Delio Haydutin” has been played in open space together with Bach’s and Mozart’s greatest works.
  • One of the most used writing systems in the world, the Cyrillic alphabet, used by about 250 million people, was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire.
  • You will find 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria (7 of which are cultural sites).

INVENTIONS/TECHNOLOGY:

  • Mark Zuckerberg has a Bulgarian origin!
  • Penicillin was invented by a Bulgarian – Stamen Grigorov (he is the one who also isolated the yogurt live culture of Lactobacillus bulgaricus)
  • The prototype of the first computer in the world was created by person from a Bulgarian origin (John Vincent Atanasoff).
  • The first digital wristwatch was also invented by a NASA scientist from a Bulgarian origin – Peter Petroff.
  • The average broadband speed in Bulgaria is the second highest in the world (after South Korea).
  • Bulgaria takes the honorable 2nd place in the world in Mensa IQ test-scores and Bulgarian students rate second in the world in SAT scores.

NATURE:

  • The roses grown in Bulgaria are used for the production of 70-85% of the world’s rose oil.
  • Bulgaria has a notable place in the wine industry – it’s been in the wine business for over 1200 years.
  • With a relatively small area (111,000 square km), Bulgaria is third in Europe in biodiversity (with a number of rare and endemic species).
  • With hundreds of mineral springs, Bulgaria is among the richest European countries (when it comes to geothermal resources).
  • As per data from 2012, Bulgaria is second in the world in gold ore export.

As you see, Bulgaria may be small, but it has a lot to offer. We dare you to come and visit it and make your own list of the best memories you’ll take with you from Bulgaria!

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Weekly Travel News Recap: February 8 – 14, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/14/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-8-14-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/02/14/weekly-travel-news-recap-february-8-14-2015/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:59:54 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15148  

A320 JetBlue
jetBlue Aircraft. Taken by WIkimedia Commons user Maarten Visser.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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