When you travel you are in a new environment without any idea of how safe you are. You can easily find yourself in the wrong part of town or unaware of the hazards you might encounter. You might be alone or have lost the people you with or simply cannot find them. There are ways to reduce your risk and also some handy apps that can help you be more safety conscious. These are some apps that can help you assess the safety of areas you might be considering travelling to, help locate you and make you feel more safe.
Milan: former capital of the western Roman empire, famous for fashion and art, as well as being Italy’s centre of commerce. Although not as steeped in historical buildings or as aesthetically pleasing as some of the more classically Italian cities, Milan still attracts crowds of attention through its love of everything stylish.
Travelling by yourself is a great experience and can be a huge personal challenge. It allows you to go where you want and do what you like, without needing to consider anyone else. It does have its downsides, you can feel lonely and it can be quite daunting to dine alone. Luckily there are some tricks you can use to make eating when travelling solo more enjoyable.
“That’s the villa there, with the guest house next door”. A group of expats were talking quite loudly about a certain Mr & Mrs Clooney’s abode as we sailed by on the slow boat around Lake Como. It didn’t look like they were at home so popping round for the last pod of coffee was out of the question. Never mind! The journey itself was serene; a sublime panorama featuring a shoreline littered with elegant grand residences. We glided by mansions used in movies perched magnificently on the water’s edge and were given useful photo opportunity tips by the friendly boat crew.
Travel can be a life-changing experience in many ways. But why do it? It’s the biggest question. It can be a very positive pursuit and even addictive. However, travel is expensive, it can put you in danger and it takes you away from your home comforts, as well as your support network of family and friends. People may try and dissuade you from travelling and question why do you want to do it in the first place. Here are some reasons why travel is good for you and how it can change you for the better.
‘It is the most beautiful walk and it is free,’ the girl in the cafe told us. Sold! What could possibly go wrong? We had just arrived in the area of Italy famous for five multi-coloured cliff-hugging villages and hungry for an adventure. Cinque Terre is made up of the pretty towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarolo and Riomaggiore. The hike from Levanto to the most westerly Cinque Terre settlement of Monterosso was our first activity. Levanto was a short cheap train ride from Vernazza, our base for the weekend, which we chose as it was noted to be the most beautiful and easily accessible by boat.
She clutched the cake to her heart and smiled. I couldn’t resist. Through a series of gestures I got the gist of what she was trying to communicate, this was her favourite, ‘Turta del Dunizet della Bergamasca’. I really hadn’t counted on there being two signature cakes in Bergamo, as well as a famous ice cream, but hey, in for a penny, in for several pounds of sugar! The best sales lady ever worked at La Marianna, Bergamo’s most revered pasticceria.
You have bought the flights, found the accommodation, arranged your foreign currency, researched activities, and packed the sunscreen. There’s one last thing to do, and that’s getting almost every eventuality backed up by insurance. So why is it a good idea to buy travel cover? Here are a few reasons to consider why buying adequate insurance is a good idea:
“If a virgin crosses the bridge, the dragons swish their tails”, so the legend goes. Apparently, Jason, of the Argonauts fame, killed a local swamp dwelling dragon in Slovenia as part of his epic quest for the Golden Fleece. A few of his crew stayed behind and settled in the area, establishing a hamlet that would grow into modern day Ljubljana. Today, the dragon is the symbol of the city and one of the earliest constructions of a river crossing using concrete is festooned with statues of the beast. Whether they actually twitch their tails or not is yet to be confirmed, so keep your eyes out for any movement. Nevertheless, the bridge is a great place to start a little tour around the city, which is small enough to easily be covered by foot.
Once upon a time, you travelled with a heavy guidebook, a muster of courage to ask a local for more information and by crossing your fingers for luck. These days all you need to know is condensed into a small gadget; all that nervousness, excitement and air of uncertainty has vanished. Information is available to you anywhere there is a network or WIFI signal and you have a smartphone device loaded with lots of useful apps. But which apps are the best? Here’s a guide to some of the handiest apps out there.