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Spring Garden Destinations

Millions of tourists flock to the Netherlands each spring to take in the beauty of the tulip fields. Most have no idea that further south, Belgium is a garden lover’s paradise.

The following list contains 10 spring garden and nature destinations in Belgium that are not to be missed. I hope you find one that inspires you to enjoy Belgium’s natural beauty.

Vredehof Tulip Garden

While definitely not as large as the Keukenhof Bulb Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands, The Vredehof is no less special. This garden, in Kessel, was started by one man, Fernand Geyselings, when he retired in 1987, as a tribute to his late wife. Geyselings planted over 200,000 different bulbs, by himself. There are 200 different varieties of tulip and 185 other spring blooms, from daffodils to hyacinths. There are also a number of flowering trees and garden decorations.

Address: Torenvenstraat 28, Kessel

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens

The Groot-Bijgaarden is another must-see for tulip and spring bulb lovers. The grounds of this castle are open to the public for a month in the spring. As well as the stunning castle grounds, there are also indoor displays by local growers. The Garden is open this year from from 8 April until 6 May.

Address: Is. Van Beverenstraat, 5 – 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden

The Japanese Garden of Hasselt

Although you wouldn’t expect it, the largest Japanese Garden in Europe is in Belgium. The Japanese Garden of Hasselt is magical in the spring as its 250 cherry trees burst into bloom. The garden is based on 17th Japanese Garden architecture and was constructed with the help of Hasset’s sister city in Japan, Itami.

Address: Gouverneur Verwilghensingel – 3500 Hasselt

Cherry Blossoms in Brussels

If you can’t make it all the way to Hasselt to admire the Japanese Gardens, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in Brussels. Although there are cherry trees in bloom at various locations around the city centre, one of the best places to view them is in Park Leopold, near the European Parliament. There are various spring blooms in this little park, which is a hop skip and jump from the larger Parc du Cinquantenaire, also in full bloom in the spring.

Address: Park Leopold, 1040 Brussels

Belgian Royal Greenhouse at Laeken

One of the most anticipated spring garden events in Brussels is the opening of the Royal Greenhouses at the Palace in Laeken, Belgium. The palace is the main residence of the Belgian Royal family and their private grounds are only open to the public for several weeks in the spring. The Greenhouse complex was built between 1874 and 1895 and is 2.5 hectares. The plant collection includes giant palms and ferns from Africa, azaleas, geraniums, orchids and bleeding hearts among many others.

Address: Domaine Royal de Laeken, Avenue du Parc Royal, Brussels

National Botanic Garden of Belgium

The National Botanic Garden of Belgium is located just outside of Brussels in the town of Meise. The garden is 92 hectares and holds 18,000 varieties of plants from magnolias and rhododendrons to medicinal plants and wild roses. There is also a large glass house with tropical and dessert plants, a traditional farm house and garden and a garden shop. At the centre of the Botanic Garden sits Bouchout Castle which is often open to the public and is available for receptions.

Address: Domein van Bouchout, Nieuwelaan 38, Meise

The Grand Béguinage of Leuven

The Grand Béguinage (Groot Begijnhof van Leuven in Dutch) is not specifically a garden destination; however it is a quiet oasis in the centre of the Flemish city of Leuven. The Béguinage is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It dates from the 13th century and was a refuge for unmarried semi-religious women. These days the Béguinage is owned by the university and houses visiting students and professors. You can wander through the quiet cobbled streets and admire the small gardens and climbing roses that decorate the living quarters.

Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven

Hallerbos, The Blue Forest

Hallerbos is a beech forest near the town of Halle. Throughout the year it is a haven for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. In spring however, the forest acquires a magical carpet of blue, created by millions of Bluebell flowers covering the forest floor.

Address: Near Halle in Flemish Brabant

Villers Abbey Medicinal Garden

Belgium is famous for its many abbeys and the wonderful beers brewed in them. Because the monks were often the area’s physicians, many abbeys had medicinal gardens. One great example can be seen at the Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) in Wallonia. In addition to the garden, there is a working vineyard as well as the ruins of the abbey which are stunning to wander through.

Address: Rue de l’Abbaye, 55, B-1495 Villers-la-Ville

Ronquières Inclined Plane Boat Lift

I admit that a boat lift may seem like an odd choice for a post on gardens and nature. You can’t however discuss gardens in Belgium without a nod to the country’s agricultural heritage. Farming remains a mainstay in this country and what better place to admire the fields of Belgium than 70 metres in the air. The observation deck at the boat lift offers panoramic view of the countryside as well as the Brussels-Charleroi canal.

Address: Ronquières, 7090 Braine-le-Comte

Belgium is often overlooked as a travel destination in Europe. For garden and nature lover’s, however it has many hidden jewels just waiting to be discovered.

The Taste Of Travel

Culinary journeys give my clients a feast of local flavor. I always incorporate favorite restaurants, street food vendors and cooking classes if of interest in my European travel itineraries.

One of my favorite ways to experience culinary travel is wine tasting. So many countries offer fabulous wine roads and fun small wineries to enjoy a taste of the grape.

While Napa Valley is the US comparison for wine travel, European wine tasting is very different and offers a great new experience.

Foodie Festivals are also notable ways to a divine culinary experience and I like to make sure I offer this fun way to really taste the country your are visiting!

Make sure you include cuisine in your travel plans, it is such a natural combination and immerses you in the culture of the country you’re visiting in a such a delicious way!

Europe’s political capital offers much more than Art Nouveau architecture or impressive art collections-what I focus on (always!) is the culinary offerings in this most beautiful of places in France. Did you know that Belgium invented moules frites (mussels & french fries) and you won’t find better mussels in the world-gently cooked in white wine and garlic broth (my mouth is watering, is yours?). This is also the place to get your fries fix, served in cones and dipped in mayonnaise, all washed own with one of the 500 different varieties of beer. Not to mention chocolate!. Beyond these great culinary feasts, this destination has Michelin-starred gourmet cuisine for those so inclined. Brusselicious! kicks off in 2012 with culinary events scheduled throughout the year. Just next to the Grand Place, one of the prettiest squares in Europe, you will find the beautiful Hotel Amigo. Having hosted dignitaries and stars and the award winning Italian restaurant, the Bar Amigo, a great gathering place.

Take a seat at one of the many “sidewalk” cafes in the Galleries Royales Saint-Hubert and order a cafe creme before the crowds arrive. Rain or shine, the covered shopping arcade is a sublime spot, surrounded by luxury boutiques, for a cup of coffee (the original Neuhaus chocolate shop is located here). Enjoy the cast-iron columns and glass-paneled roof of the Galeries. Next, stroll up the Place Royale to the Magritte Museum which opened in 2009 to much fanfare. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium renovated one of its buildings, powering it with green electricity and transforming it into a cutting-edge temple to Magritte, the world’s most celebrated surrealist and Belgium’s native son. Follow a chronological journey through some 200 works by this mater. TIP: Pick up the Brussels Card for city exploration and you will get free admission to 30-plus museums and free use of public transportation.

Stave off your hunger with a sugary pick-me-up at Laurent Gerbaud’s chocolate shop. After all, Belgium is the world’s chocolate capital and its citizens consume an average of six kilograms (over 12 pounds to us). Even the pickiest of chocoholics will be drooling over Gerbaud’s artisanal creations.

Now its off for lunch to the trendy Chatelain neighborhood, perhaps eating at La Quincaillerie, a lively brasserie housed in a former iron monger’s shop complete with brass fixtures and an enormous rail-station clock. The fabulous oyster bar here is not to be missed, as are the seafood specialties and gourmet classics, such as honey-glazed duck.

Comic book fan? Check out Brussels’ Belgian Comic Strip Center. It is fun to see Belgium’s beloved comic-strip hero, Tintin, with Snowly the dog. But the building alone is worth it, a masterpiece in glass and steel created by architect Horta who championed the Art Nouveau style at the turn of the 20th century.

OK, the day is winding down, it is about 6 PM and Sante’ – aperitif hour/ Forego wine for one of Belgium’s famous beers. A rich brewing tradition with hundreds of diverse varieties, each served in its own unique glass to maximize the flavor. Try a pale ale made by the Trappist monks.

Dinner attracts a fashionable and fun crowd at the Belga Queen, a restaurant that occupies a landmark 18th-century building with stained glass ceiling and a Cigar Lounge Bar in the former bank vault. The cuisine highlights the best of Belgium, even the Arabica coffee beans are roasted locally.

As always, I can give you the culinary additions to your European travel plans that will take your vacation up to the next level and guarantee your vacation memories will be most vivid for a long time.

International Travel Tips For a Wonderful Experience

International Travel Tips For a Wonderful ExperienceTravelling is something which most of us look forward to. It is exciting but somehow can be quite taxing for some people if too many activities are squeezed into a short period of time. Travel is fun and exciting, but yet it can turn out to be a nightmare for someone newly travelling. Thus, it is very important for new travelers to seek good international travel tips from those with lots of travelling experiences.

Therefore it is crucial and indeed helpful if we can grab hold of useful International Travel Tips from multiple websites before the real travel.

Tabled below are some good international travel tips to be used as reference and guidelines:

i) If you are travelling to some developing countries, such as Vietnam, India, Cambodia, it would be good to get yourself some necessary vaccination or immunization at least 6 weeks before the travel. Some vaccine will take at least 6 weeks to reach its highest level of protection.

ii) Check out if there are any widely spread of diseases such as malaria, diarrhea in the country which you tend to travel to or any of its neighboring countries which you might want to avoid or be prepared for. Bring along some insect repellents if you are visiting some country side lakes or mountain resorts which might be disposed with mosquito or other types of insects.

iii) Check out the latest weather changes in your target destination. Call your travel agent and check if they are aware of any possible sign of Typhoon or earth-quake happening in these countries which might impact your travel later. It is always good to have backup plans ahead of time.

iv) Get necessary medical and dental checkup before your trip. Find out from your health insurance company if they will cover your claim if you visit a doctor in a foreign country if you are sick. Bring some regular medicine that you used to take with you, along with your prescription, best if you can bring along their original containers.

v) Eat and drink cautiously. Steam-hot, well cooked and bottled water from the hotel are usually safe to be consumed. Avoid street food, raw seafood and unpasteurized dairy products, and ice as they might not be safe for consumption.

vi) If you are concerned about your safety, check out the Embassy website and find out where is the embassy for your country in your travel destination if you really need to get help in emergency especially for your passport and medical assistance. Keep their address and contact handy all the time.

Belgian Chocolate Sites Are a Must See and Do!

Belgian Chocolate Sites Are a Must See and Do!Belgium, specifically Brussels, is well-known as the chocolate capital of the world because of its contribution to the history of chocolate as well as its enduring popularity to many chocoholics around the world. Belgian chocolates have made its mark in the chocolate industry through the praline which was created in 1912. However, it was the Neuhaus chocolate shop, which opened in 1857, that became the birthplace of Belgian chocolates. Today, Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year with more than 2,000 chocolate shops throughout the country. Since earning the title of ” Chocolate Capital of the World,” Belgium has become the number one destination and Mecca for all chocoholics across the globe.

There are several travel agencies offering chocolate-themed packaged tours in Belgium and these include Intrend Tours’ 7-days Chocolate Lovers Paradise Tours. This escorted tour will provide you a chance to:

– taste gourmet chocolate and pralines from Belgium’s finest chocolatiers
– participate in chocolate-making demonstrations at chocolate factories and even get a certificate from the best chocolatiers
– have delicious chocolate desserts and samples
– discover more of Belgium’s history, art, food and architecture
– buy all the chocolates you can eat and bring home to your loved ones

Aside from the Chocolate Lovers Paradise Tours, there are other chocolate-themed travel packages that you can enjoy such as those provided by Belgium-based travel agencies. These include guided chocolate walking/tasting tours, visits to chocolate museums & chocolate factories, and the Ultimate Chocolate Workshop that includes a visit to the Brussels Onstage exhibit underneath the Gallery Saint-Hubert. This interactive workshop focuses on the origin and history of Belgian chocolates.

If you opt to make your own itinerary when visiting Belgium, here are several destinations you might want to consider for your chocolate-themed travel in Belgium:

Chocolate Museums & Demonstrations

Brussels

– Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat – showcases the different production phases of chocolate making
– Planete Chocolat – chocolate demonstration
– Le Chocolatier Manon – guided tour
– Chocolaterie Duval – history of chocolate demonstration and tasting
– La Maison du Chocolat
– Chocolaterie Jamart

Bruges

– Choco-Story – history of chocolate demonstration and tasting
– Roose’s Chocolate World

Chocolate Events

Bruges
– The Chocolate Festival – get a chance to taste different chocolates and see creations from craft chocolate makers and major international brands exhibit.

Brussels

– Aroma Festival – festival that features coffee, tea and chocolate

Famous Chocolate Shops in Belgium

Found throughout Belgium:

– Leonidas
– Neuhaus
– Marcolini
– Godiva
– Galler
– Flanders

Found in Brussels specifically:

– Chocolat Manon
– Debailleul
– La Maison du Chocolat Artisanal
– Mary Chocolatier
– Wittamer
– Wallonia

Safe Travel Tips For Young People

Traveling abroad, student travel, safety and road trip planning

It is no secret that when young people vacation with their friends, alcohol consumption is high and partying is the primary past-time. However, with the unfortunate tragedy of Natalee Holloway’s death while on vacation in Aruba, it is important for young people to keep safe while traveling. Irresponsible drinking is not the only issue involved with unsafe travel; there are several safe travel tips that need to be kept in mind while vacationing to ensure your safety.

Whether you’re traveling abroad to Paris, spending spring break on South Padre Island, Texas or taking a summer road trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, it is important to keep safe and aware of your surroundings at all times. By following just a few, small travel tips and keeping a few things in mind, you can ensure that your vacation goes smoothly and that you have a great time.

Basic safe travel tips:
Knowing your limits

Hangovers are not the only thing you need to worry about when partying; binge drinking can lead to black-outs, alcohol poisoning and even worse – death. Most importantly though, alcohol clouds your judgment severely and makes bad situations and decisions look alright. Try to monitor your alcohol consumption and the alcohol consumption of those traveling with you. This leads me to the second rule: the Buddy System.

Buddy System

Remember those afternoon buddy checks at the local swimming pool? The buddy system, it is tried and true and it works. Wherever you go with your friends whether it’s the bar, a club, the beach or a party, keep tabs on each other. Try to stay together at all times. Realistically this doesn’t always happen and people get separated. If you do get separated or you decide to go your own ways, which is not recommended, try to check in with each other at least every hour or so. Also, plan ahead a meeting place if you cannot locate each other. It is important to remain with your friends or close by them at all times. For guys, if you find yourself in a fight, you have your buddies there to help you out. For gals, if you’re receiving unwanted sexual advances, your ladies are there to help you out of an unwanted situation.

Don’t take candy from strangers

When young people vacation, they are out mingling, partying and meeting new people. You need be careful of strangers though and shouldn’t completely trust anyone. Be careful of what they’re offering you; there are a lot of scam artists out there. For women, if a man buys you a drink you need to be aware of the fact that he may try to drug you or if he buys you an excessive amount of drinks that he may be trying to get you drunk and take advantage of you. Not to sound like EVERYBODY is out to get you, but you need to be aware of the possibilities and be wary of trusting people you have just met. Most importantly though, never leave alone with someone you have just met and never give them the number to your hotel room.

Think of the consequences

To take risk of sounding like my mother, you really do need to think of the consequences of your actions. They need to be kept in mind, especially when traveling abroad.

Traveling abroad and student travel tipsKnow the rules, customs and laws

Each year more than 2,500 Americans are arrested abroad and more than one-third of those arrests are drug related and student travel related. Simply because it’s legal to smoke marijuana in Amsterdam, doesn’t mean that it is legal to take it with you to Germany. When you’re traveling abroad it is vital to be completely aware of the rules, custom and laws that are associated with the countries you are visiting. Young people and students are commonly arrested for being intoxicated in public areas and for drunk driving; this is common for not only people traveling abroad, but also for student vacationing in the United States. If you do get in trouble while traveling abroad, contact the local US embassy.

Dress to unimpress

Theft is another common vacation mishap. Leave the bling at home, don’t carry excessive amounts of cash and don’t bring with you unneeded credit cards. Dressing nicely, wearing a Rolex and flashing your cash screams steal from me. In case items do get stolen, you should make two copies of your passport identification page before leaving. This will help expediate the time spent getting your passport replaced if it is lost or stolen. Leave one copy in your hotel room and the other back home with someone easily contacted.

Road Trip Tips:Plan ahead

Before embarking on your trip, you need to plan ahead, and come up with a travel itinerary that should include what roads you will be traveling on and where you will be staying. The travel itinerary should be given to someone who is not going with on the trip so they can know where you are at all times in case something does go wrong.

Check it out

It only seems logical to have your car tuned up before heading out on the road; however, this is a step that is often overlooked. Before leaving on a road trip take your car to a local car shop and have them check it over, change the oil and have the tire pressure checked. It is also recommended that you have access to AAA or some other emergency roadside service in case something does go wrong.

And last don’t pick up hitchhikers. It is not 1960 anymore and it is not safe.Vacations are supposed to be fun and by keeping these few safe travel tips in mind, you can make sure that they remain that way.

Travel to Europe

If you are decided to do a trip to Europe, or you are a European inhabitant planning to tour the continent, the first decision you should take is to know exactly which part of it do you want to explore, or which cities you are planning to stay in. To give a bit of guidance in your decision, this article looks at one of the popular regions in Europe: France and the Benelux, being this last one the area that includes Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.

One thing is for sure if you are visiting this zone of Europe. You must be in love with city tourism. If your passion is for the landscape, sightseeing, high mountains, lakes and running crystal water streams, this is probably not your place. Of course France has many interesting natural places to visit, but what I really mean is that you have better places to do this kind of tourism, such as Austria or Switzerland, which are discussed in another of my articles.

Again, the main attractive you will find in this region is the cities themselves. France has by far some of the most beautiful cities you can encounter, many of them with interesting cathedrals, churches and squares. Starting from Paris, next to the worldwide famous Eiffel Tower that so many tourists come to see from everywhere, you can walk up along Champs Elysees, considered one of the most romantic avenues in the world. Visiting the Louvre Museum will give you an insight into the past, as many treasures from the whole world are kept there inside.

Going to Belgium, you will find out that Brussels is such an impressive city too. It is not only about the monuments, but it gives this kind of cozy feeling when walking through its narrow streets. Simply enjoy every corner, and cross your fingers to claim for good weather, as it happens often that you will miss the blue of the sky. Luxembourg is a very small country placed just next to Belgium, but the capital claims for itself to be an independent region. Far from being of the size of Paris or Brussels, it gives many sightseeing opportunities.

One thing to know about this region, even if the train transport can be very good, is that at same time it will be incredibly boring. The landscape is pretty much always the same. Unless you are one of those rail lovers, I highly encourage you to take one of this quick Ryanair flights to cover the big distances. In any case, the train will be useful for the short rides, or in case you have bought one of this rail passes for the whole region.

The similarity that puts together all this people is their language. In any case, we can find very big differences between its habitants. While the French nation has adopted a kind of more luxurious and fashionable life-style, their partners in Belgium are a lot more into the casual way of life. When it comes to characters, you will find the French more arrogant, while the people in Belgium and Luxembourg are from my point of view the most nice guys you can find in the whole Europe.

Whatever you do, in conclusion, take with you the reminder that you go this region to specially admire architecture and beautifully designed cities with a lot of history to tell you. Forget a bit about the natural spots as you can find them in other places in Europe and… Practice your French!

Traveling Tips You Must Know Before Traveling Overseas

Traveling could be exciting or frustrating depending on traveling journey you’ve experienced. However, if you are fully prepared for your traveling, then everything should be more enjoyable than miserable. Here are 15 useful traveling tips you must know before traveling overseas. I advise you to go over all of them before you plan your traveling journey. You’ll be surprised how easy to neglect some of these traveling tips, and how important they are for ensuring a successful and enjoyable journey.

  1. Avoid wearing anything that contains metal when traveling through the security checkpoint. Things such as clothing, jewelry, or other accessories that contain metal should be avoided.
  2. A valid passport is recognized internationally as a travel document. Some countries requires a visa to access. If you need a visa, apply two months ahead of time to avoid paying high-fees for emergency situation.
  3. If you travel with a child who has your custody, make sure you have a passport for that child as well. If the child is not yours, make sure you bring along a signed, notarized document from the parent(s).
  4. Be familiarized yourself with the destination. Find out its culture, food, laws, and mostly avoid known dangers.
  5. Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime. If you become a victim of crime, contact consular officer to solve the problem.
  6. Avoid to travel to the country that your own country has no diplomatic relation with.
  7. Be familiarized yourself with conditions at destination that might affect your health. Make sure you check your overseas medical insurance coverage. It may not cover you overseas. If you plan to stay long, you may consider to buy a short-term policy to cover you there.
  8. Consult your doctor before you bring medications or fill prescriptions. Carry a letter from your physician if necessary. Always put your medications in your carry-on bag for easy access.
  9. For people who wear glasses/contact lens, it is advice to take an extra pair of glasses or take disposable contact lens with you. Always put your glasses or contact lens in your easy-access bag.
  10. Make sure you have a photocopy of your passport, credit cards, or any other import items with you while traveling. Keep one set of these copies at home.
  11. If you travel with your pet, find out ahead of time to see whether you are allowed to take your pet with you. If you are allowed, get some tips of traveling with your pet from your vet.
  12. Disabled travelers have to find out the standards of accessibility in certain countries. When making reservations, inform the travel agent about your disability and may request a wheelchair be brought to the gate upon your arrival.
  13. For people who adopt a child oversea, you need to obtain an immigration visa for that child in the country of adoption.
  14. Don’t carry too much cash with you for your trip, but make sure you have enough money in case of an emergency. Avoid putting all your money in one place.
  15. Find out what items you can or cannot bring back with you upon returning to your home country.

In short, one must plan well for traveling overseas. Knowing the above 15 traveling tips before traveling overseas may have saved you tons of headaches. Your traveling journey may bring you more memorial joys than unpleasing experience.

How to Pack For A Business Trip

Use these business travel tips pointers to create and plan a stress-free business packing travel plan.

Ladies:

  • When you are putting together your clothes for business, experiment with one color instead of all your favorites. This makes it simple for you to combine and present an ideal business persona for your meetings. With a one color-scheme, you will not need to pack multiple pieces of clothing.
  • If you’d like to add a bit of color, you can include a colored shirt or scarf you like (maybe it is your favorite, or it gives you that ‘extra OOMPH’ that you need for self-confidence – or to compliment your look).

Tips on packing shoes: As much as shoes are something that some women say they can’t ‘live without,’ pack no more than two or three sets. Make certain you have a set of flats and only one set of high heels in your luggage. If you wear high heels all day and evening long, then during your company trip, when what you want (need) most is to shine, you may be experiencing painful leg and back discomfort.

In addition to sensible shoes, women who travel may want to pack makeup. On a business trip and with makeup – Less is better. Makeup during a business trip really should be minimal so that you present an experienced, knowledgeable and professional look. Foundation, powder, mascara, lip gloss, eye liner, and eye shadow, are a few of the things that you need to consider in packing. Less is more – mascara and lip gloss can go a long way in making a professional looking presentation.

All Travelers:

  • Frequent business travelers should make it a habit of packing their bags as soon as they return from a business trip. This way, when they have to travel on short notice, the stress and worry of packing is diminished.
  • Frequent travelers on business really should try to use regional airports instead of major air-ports. Local and small airports are less congested, and then there are fewer security hurdles.
  • When you are on company business, choose the most direct routes instead of the least expensive routes. The least expensive travel arrangements usually make for the longest distance, and this also means you will likely have to use your precious time for traveling and staying in hotels.
  • So, instead of saving money, your cost may actually go up, with the less expensive, less traveled route, Because you’ll make up for the cost with longer flights and maybe even an extra day stay at a hotel – which means more money all the way around (food, cab or car rental,.. ). Consequently, it’s always best to go on a direct flight route to save time and expense, even if you have to fly first class.
  • If you’re able to fly mid-week, you will be happier because you may be able to save money on trip expenses. Traveling on a Monday or Tuesday normally costs more. Take these travel tips into account when you are paying your own personal air flight to help you cut your costs.
  • Also think about the distance from your hotel room to where you are meeting. Have a look on the internet on a map so you see exactly where you’ll be meeting, compared to where you are going to be staying. In case you do not know the local or surrounding area, you might want to stay near a company or civic facility in which your company is holding their business.
  • Business travelers understand how to make the most of the resources offered to travelers specifically on business. Find hotels that focus on the travelling business person. These hotels won’t have amenities for families and neither are they attempting to attract buses of adolescents in route to a camp. When you need to pay attention to business details and not the kids running in the hallway, this will help you find appropriate (and professional) lodging.
  • Packing vital electronic things is likewise one of several business travel tips. In case you are traveling overseas, make certain you are aware of the telecommunications requirements of the country. Make certain you pack a couple of USB memory sticks. You will never know if they may require them.
  • Never pack your laptop inside your luggage. Your laptop may be a pivotal element of your trip. Inside a flight terminal in an unexpected emergency situation, your wireless laptop may be used to adjust reservations so that you can prevent all those long lines for getting your next flight out. You’ll be able to arrange accommodations by automobile or snag just one of the few remaining rooms in hotels in the city straight from the convenience of the seats in the airport terminal.
  • If you plan well, then you can normally just walk to your meeting or hotel, while the people around you are stressed – simply because you knew the way to balance technology plus the need to help yourself out of a situation that could have been a problem.
  • But one way to use your laptop computer to help yourself if there is a situation where the airport terminal is shut all the way down would be the limited electric power of laptop computers. To see your electric battery go lifeless just when you wanted it by far the most is a lot like watching your tire go flat on the freeway because you drove over glass on your way to the meeting.
  • What few people know is that you have open electric-powered outlets in air terminals which are there for cleanup crews. Once you are at the airport – discover exactly where those outlets are. Normally you can find these outlets just underneath the windows that look over the landing strips. If you can secure a seat close to these outlets, it is possible to replenish your laptop computer and maintain your lifeline to everyone you need to.

Belgium: Sweets, Fun and Relaxation

Belgium chocolates and Belgium waffles have made this small European country famous around the world. But Belgium offers more than just sweets and breakfast items. In fact, Belgium is known for hosting more street and music festivals than any other country in Europe. After all, this is where the Saxophone was invented, by Adolph Sax, in 1846. Belgium’s historical sites, small towns, and peaceful countryside make it an excellent destination for inquisitive travelers.

Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual. Flanders, in the north, is a land surrounded by canals that hosts medieval art cities such as Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. Wallonia, in the south, leads you to the hills of the Ardennes, countless castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur, and Tournai. Brussels, the capital, is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities, home to the European Union, NATO and the Atomium monument. All these cities and regions are connected through a train network that makes it easy and simple to hop on and hop off at your desired destination.

What to do?

Christmas in Belgium, with Christmas markets in Brussels, Bruges, Liege, Antwerp and in other cities, is really an experience you cannot miss. Every winter, Brussels features a magical decor, superb Christmas market, illuminated Big Wheel, roundabouts, street activities, music and the famous skating rink. Winter in Bruges is a month long celebration of the holidays with carillons concerts, Christmas markets and processions making it an original Christmas wonderland.

Looking for something to do during your vacations? Belgium has become the hot destination in Europe for the 20-30 something set. Students and young travelers are gathering at cities like Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and Namur for stylish shopping, inexpensive hotels, great food, and a pulsating nightlife.

Looking for rest and relaxation? Belgium offers you the original Spa. Located in the middle of the Ardennes and surrounded by forests and rivers, the city of Spa is famous for the mineral springs that initiated the hydro-therapy industry centuries ago. In addition, Belgium offers 67 km of coastline along the North Sea in the Flanders region where you will find beautiful beaches such as De Panne, Ostend, De Haan and Knokke-Heist.

Where to eat?

Trendy cafes throughout Belgium are crowded with students and young professionals. In most places you will find Brussels legendary “frietkots” where they serve Belgian fries for those who want to hang out after the restaurants close. For those blessed with a sweet tooth, Belgium can be paradise offering exquisite chocolates, pralines, and waffles. For more information, here is a complete list of restaurants.

Visas & Documents

Visas for stays of no more than 3 months are required by all except EU/EEA nationals and citizens from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, United States, United Kingdom and other countries. A uniform type of visa, the Schengen visa, is issued for tourist, business and private visits. All visas cost either US$44 (short stay; up to 90 days) or US$64 (long stay). For more information, contact the Belgium embassy or consulate in your country.

Great Travel Tips for a Comfortable Trip

So, heading towards a fun trip for coming vocations? No doubt, you deserve some fabulous weeks after giving hard time all the year. Travelling is assumed to be relaxing most of the times however, it happens less. You have to face hard luck that is for sure. It is good to learn travel tips so that you have a comfortable and joyful trip.

Travel Tip 1: Be Prepared for Customs

So finally you are going to check in and thinking of going through customs at earliest. Recognize the fact that you will have to spend unwanted time at customs. When you are tired and had too long hours in plane, it becomes more tedious for you. Dedicate your first day for these mess ups rather than making outdoor plans. Make your mind that it happens. Entertain yourself by playing music on your iPod while you are in customs waiting list and be calm.

Travel Tip 2: Do not Mess Up with Minor Things

Most of hikers crumble into small stuff and get nothing out of their trip because they think to be cheated by overcharging of local taxi drivers. Bargain with them, yes, but do not bounce off. You may save some pennies out of fare but in the end your entire day will be lost. Think what should be the regular fare, haggle with 3 drivers and see which driver makes a closer offer. This way you will be travelling inside city peacefully.

Travel Tip 3: Expect the Misfortune

While travelling to your next destination, you may find roadblock, tire blast or a huddle and you will be helpless and stuck for hours on the road. For locals such situations are normal however outsiders become very stressful since they are unfamiliar to such stuff. In these circumstances, decide to take short walk and explore what is popular place near you. If you are smart, then try to be sociable and mixed with locals. Your experience will turn out to be stunning.

Travel Tip 4: Be Watchful on Valuables

Snatchers and thieves are mostly found everywhere – don’t be stressful. If you learn how to take necessary precautions then you do not have to worry about. Avoid carrying healthy cash and credit cards in pocket. Keep your precious items and extra cash in locker of hotel room. Carry small cash in your wallet or pocket and keep extra cash and credit cards in hidden pocket or belt. Keep probability in your favor. While it can be possible that someone will enter the room in your absence, it cannot be possible that someone will enter the room and steal all valuables from your locker. So, enjoy your trip and stop worrying.

Travel Tip 5: Spend Quality Time

No doubt, time is less and you want to have fun up to maximum extent. But you will easily be drained especially if you are in cities like Paris, New York or Dubai. It is not possible to explore everything in a limited time. Try to get most out of places you explore instead of getting nothing out of everything.

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