Tourism In Saudi Arabia: What Is There To See

 

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The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Arab country located in the west of Asia. Although it is a deserted land, the huge modernization and developments make this country an attractive place for tourists. Another reason for its being worthy of a visit is history. There’s a long list of wonderful historical places in Saudi Arabia. Their wonderful cities, peninsulas, museums, mosques and other historic places make it a worth traveling country. Their culture is also unique and appreciable. Due to its history, Saudi Arabia is a holy place for Muslims all over the world. Keeping all these aspects in mind, here we’ll discuss some top places to visit in Saudi Arabia. This article also discusses the ease of access to the availability of e-visa for Saudi Arabia.

 

1- Al Wahbah volcanic crater

This is a camping and hiking point located more than 200 km away from the city of Taif. The place contains a salt field in the center of a desert. Vegetation is rarely found but it is surrounded by springs.

 

This place is rather a hiking point for competitive people. It takes almost an hour to get to the bottom of the slippery carter. In recent years there have been many upgrades to the place which make it more attractive for tourists. Therefore this place is really worth visiting in Saudia Arabia especially for adventure-seeking tourists.

 

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2- The ancient city of Mada’in Sale

As already mentioned Saudia Arabia is a historic country with monuments from thousands of years. This city is a good example of wonderful historic places. It was the second-largest and developed city back in ancient Arabia. The present-day place contains the ruins and remnants of Necropolis. These ruins include up to 130 tombs, adobe houses and a few alter houses. For people who are interested in history, The ancient city of Mada’in Saleh is a dream place.

 

 

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3- King Fahd’s Fountain

This fountain is another point of tourist attraction. It was named after King Fahd who donated this fountain. It is located in Jeddah city. The distinguishing feature of this fountain is the shoot of more than 250 meters. It’s the world’s tallest fountain. Luminated by 500 spotlights at night, this fountain presents a mesmerizing sight.

 

4- Masmak Fortress

This Fortress is part of the capital of Saudia Arabia that is Riyadh. This place is also related to Saudi history as it served as a base when Abdulaziz conquered the regions and united the today called Saudia Arabia in 1902. Therefore this place is also of interest to history seekers.

 

5- Umluj

Umluj is the name given to the sandy beaches of the Red sea. They are also called Saudi Maldives. The beach itself is a breathtaking sight and the sight of mountains and inactive volcanoes makes it something special.

 

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6- National museum

The national museum located in Riyadh is representative of the history of Arabia. Modern architecture makes it one of the finest museums in Asia. They’re a wonderful display of Arabian art along with rock carvings and Nabatean tomb. Travelers recommend this museum as a must-visit place.

This list is just a few names among many. Saudia Arabia is full of amazing and wondrous places that are worth visiting. A great number of huge Mosques in the whole country add colors to their beauty. The beaches and mountains, the Seaview, the peninsulas, the historic cities of Taif, Tabuq, Mekkah, Madinah are also among the top attractions in Saudia Arabia. The great deserts are also part of their uniqueness.

 

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One most important development that took place in Saudia Arabia in recent years is the availability of electronic visa also known as e visas. Ease of getting a visa online for traveling purposes is appreciable and it has comforted tourists who wanted to visit Saudia Arabia. The visa travel application for tourists is a completely online process. This allows tourists to stay up to almost 90 days in the country. Also, the cost of this e visa is affordable and the organization of the whole process is satisfactory. Therefore people who wanted to fulfill their dream of visiting Saudia Arabia and enjoy the huge developments and historic places of the country can now apply through an e visa.

Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”

Tempting Activities To Try This Winter

How are you chilling this winter? Do you like this freezing weather? Many like and dislike winter, but we will tell you there are many fun activities that you can do in winter. If you hate winter maybe you should try out some activities from our list. That way, you will probably enjoy this chilling season more than you used to.

Hiking trails



activity


Although some may decide to stay put in the home, we say that hiking is an excellent activity in winter. You can go out with your family and friends and have a fun time together. When you go out, you need to be careful though, winter is exciting but not kind all the time. There are avalanche, frostbites, and other threats to watch out for.

However, if you are careful, you can have a great time hiking in winter. Rather than closing up yourself in the house, if you go hiking it will boost your health mentally and physically. Being out in the open space gives you fresh air, strengthens your immune system and keep you healthy mentally. When you are communicating with your friends and family, it keeps your mind off from any type of problems.

Although many hates winter because of snow, we think it is snow that makes winter wonderful. First of all, the snow naturally changes the entire landscape. There are many hiking trails popular for winter. Why not try them out this year? Hiking in the winter means there are no bugs bothering you while you are out. You can enjoy hiking at the fullest during this time of the year.

Once you start hiking in winter, you will cherish the surroundings and snow in no time. After that winter, it will be something you look forward to every year instead of distaste.

Motorized Bicycle ride



activity in winter


Another fun activity that will make you admire winter is riding a motorized bicycle. When you are riding, your body burns fat to produce heat which helps you deal with the cold winter. People who tend to stay at home in the winter develop mood disorders. Being limited to movements and openness can do that to you at times. But if you plan on cycling in the winter, you are getting exposure to nature that is needed. It is known to release antidepressant chemicals that keep you happy and healthy.

If you are going for a ride keep in mind that you need to be extra careful about the winter snow. Change the tire of the bike before taking it out in the cold. Every time you need to keep the bike, make sure it is a warm place. In low temperatures, batteries are less effective. So, charge it before taking it out for a ride.

Paintballing with friends


activity in winter


Paintball isn’t the best game for winter. But it still has some advantages over the other seasons.

First of all, the adrenaline rush and the excitement is great for playing the game in winter. It keeps your body warm, there is no irritation from the sweat or bugs that come across your face in other seasons. Apart from its benefits, another good reason to play paintball in winter is the time slot. Since paintball is not a popular game in winter, you are likely to get a game slot of your choice.

In the other seasons, it is hard to get the desired time slots because all good slots are booked. If you want to play paintball in winter, there are many things you need to consider. For a good game, you need the paintballs in good condition. Many people think the balls will not work or paintball is not a winter game. But playing paintball can be as fun as playing in the summer.

You just need to maintain the game accessories carefully to have a fun game. One major problem in the carbon dioxide tank. It does not function well in winter. But if you get one that has high pressure, then it will be suitable to support the winter paintball game. If you are a little careful while playing the game, paintball can be an enjoyable game in winter.

Final words


Many take winter as a gloomy cold season to stay at home. However, winter can be great if you step outside and get involved with numerous sports. Some of them are discussed in this article. Of course, there are other winter activities like skiing, sledding, ice skating, etc. Winter may be cold, but it is not a season to sit inside the home. This is one of the best times to go out and have fun with family and friends.


Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”

5 Of The Most Fun Sports, You’ve Never Played

Having played hundreds of games from when you were a kid, it might sound awkward hearing that there could be a fun sport out there that you are yet to play or even hear about. The truth, however, is that you haven’t even scratched the surface of the sporting world. Besides hockey, basketball, football, soccer, and baseball, there are many sports that will obsess you once you learn about them. You will realize that people continue to create new sports as they try to come up with fun and cost-effective outdoor activities, both for adults and kids. So, if you are tired of playing the same old games, you are welcome to sample one or several of the 5 fun sports discussed below.

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Hungerball Soccer

 You will need a regular soccer ball and an inflatable circular Hungerball arena- some kind of a circular bouncing castle- in order to play this game. The arena has 5 goal openings that are evenly spaced around the arena’s circumference. This is a social game because it involves 6 players; five goalkeepers who defend each of the 5 goals and one attacker who plays from the center and tries to score in any of the 5 goals.

The game starts with the attacker standing at the center in possession of the ball, then all the goalkeepers advance towards him/her with the goal of pushing him/her as far away from the goal as possible. Note that none of the players has the right to touch the ball with their hands not unless it rolls out of the field of play. The attacker gains a point when he/she scores and then trades places with the goalkeeper who he/she scored against. That keeper does not only become the attacker but also loses a point.

Ideally, a Thunderball game should last 15 minutes, with the players ranked from 1st to 6th depending on how many points one earned before the game time ran out.

Paintball

Ditch your old work out plan and embrace the coolest sport in town- paintball. This game involves players who shoot at each other using paintball guns. It is fun when you play as a team, although some people opt to play with every man for himself. The goal here is to dodge “bullets” and shoot as many participants as possible. A player becomes inactive after he/she is shot. And because the sport involves a lot of diving, sprinting, and crawling- fundamentally all warzone stuff, it gives you the chance to have a full-body workout while having fun with people closest to your heart.

Croquet

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This sport used to be popular in the mid-20th century but it has gradually been forgotten as more exciting, new sports continue to be discovered. Many people nowadays have never heard of it, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Traditionally, croquet was played casually in the backyard, especially during family parties. It requires participants to play balls through gates, mostly by hitting them with mallets. Once a player plays his/her balls through all the gates, he/she is then required to hit his/her ball off the center peg in order to win the game.

Swamp soccer

This is ordinary soccer only that it isn’t played on a regular soccer pitch. It involves getting yourself dirty in a giant pool of muddy water. All normal soccer rules are applied here. Good luck finding your stability in the absence of grass.

Yankball

 A yankball can be a special spherical ball or just an ordinary soccer ball. The goal here is to bounce the yankball into 3 feet by 6 feet box that’s painted on a wall, 4 feet above the floor. The game involves two opposing teams that comprise of four players each. A point is scored when the ball bounces into the painted box, with the team that scores the most points within a 40-minute period winning the game. Note that the ball cannot be kicked into the goal. It can only be passed around by running, throwing, or heading it towards the goal or to a member of your team. It is also illegal to pass the ball backward.

Conclusion

Did you find any of your favorite sports on the list? Probably not. It is now time to ditch the big five sports- hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, and football- and explore other fun sports. The mainstream sports aren’t necessarily fun by the way.

 

Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”

Pet-Friendly Hotels: Where to Travel to in Europe

Pet owners are familiar with how difficult it is to go traveling and leave your furry companion alone. This can affect both the length and the quality of your holiday, and while you can leave them in the hands of a trusted person there is a better option – traveling with them!

While not every accommodation allows pets there are plenty which does, and Taxi2aiport.com decided to have a look at the European countries with the highest and lower number of pet-friendly hotels. Simultaneously, they looked at which countries have the most and least 5-star hotels, for those who want a luxurious experience for themselves and their pets.

To get the data, Taxi2airport.com had a look at Booking.com for the number of accommodations that allow people to bring their pets along, for all the countries in Europe. No particular dates were chosen, so the results showed all the accommodation available in those areas.



 

So, what are the European countries with the highest number of pet-friendly hotels?

 The study has revealed that the country with the highest number of pet-friendly hotels is Italy, with 18,176 hotels available at the time of the research.

In second place is Russia with 10,831 hotels, followed by Poland (8,521 hotels), Croatia (7,794 hotels) and Spain (6,945 hotels).

When it comes to the countries with the fewest pet friendly hotels, these are revealed to be:

Greece (2,733 hotels), United Kingdom (2,690 hotels), Serbia (2,638 hotels), Slovakia (2,493 hotels) and Romania (2,448 hotels) were revealed to be less pet-friendly for travellers.

However, if you would still like to visit these countries, don’t be afraid, there are still plenty of hotels to choose from.

Which countries have the highest-rated pet-friendly hotels?

When it comes to quality, the country with the highest number of 5-star pet-friendly hotels is France, with 217 hotels. In second place is the United Kingdom with 166 5-star hotels, followed by the country with the highest number of hotels, Italy (157), proving they are not only about quantity, but quality as well.

Our top tips for traveling with a pet

1 – Know embassy requirements

If you are looking to travel abroad with your pet, make sure you know the requirements of the country you are looking to travel to, as some have different laws than others, such as quarantine times and shots for
your pet.

2 – Have a health certificate

You will be required to have a health certificate for your pet by not only airline and border authorities but also hotels and pet care centrals, so don’t forget yours. Have an electronic copy of it as well if possible.

3 – Check with the airline

Just like for people, airlines have traveling requirements for pets too, so make sure you check with the airline what theirs are, such as pet carrier dimensions and health certificates.

4 – Have a pet first aid kit

You never know when an emergency can occur, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


For more information don’t hesitate to get in touch!

How much baggage gets lost at international airports?

It’s a traveler’s worst nightmare: you are the last person standing at the baggage reclaim when slowly, you realize that your luggage is not coming at all. If your baggage is lost on your outbound flight, you immediately face extra costs. You’ll have replacement clothing and toiletries to buy, and then the challenges you’ll face when returning home.

Is this an issue faced by travelers worldwide? And how do you get your baggage back if it’s lost? Taxi2Airport decided to look into this issue as a follow-up to the recent SITA-report: ‘Baggage IT Insights 2019’.

How much baggage is lost worldwide?

Worldwide, the number of passengers choosing to fly increased by 76 percent over a decade, from 2.48 billion in 2007 to 4.36 billion in 2018. Where the number of baggage issues totalled 46.9 million in 2007, this number actually fell in 2013 to around 22 million pieces of baggage either lost or damaged. However, the problem has grown again over the last six years – reaching around 25 million reported issues in 2018.

 

The number of problems with baggage fell for several years, despite the huge increase in passenger numbers. The decrease was mainly due to better infrastructure, smarter sorting techniques, and new automated processes. However, it has been rising more recently due to an even larger increase in the number of airline passengers.

Issues with baggage defined

Baggage issues can be defined as: delayed baggage, damaged baggage, baggage of which (part of the) content is obscured and the most inconvenient for travelers: lost or stolen baggage. Fortunately, this last category limits to only 5 percent of the total issues, but still amounts to no less than 1.25 million pieces of baggage per year.

 

Issues with baggage

A small proportion of issues with baggage is caused by malfunctions within systems (3 percent). Last year large-scale incidents were reported at several European airports. For example, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, London Gatwick and Heathrow Airport all had major problems with their baggage systems last summer, leaving passengers without their luggage for days, or not receiving it at all.

List of issues

  • Issues with transfer 46%
  • Issues with loading 16%
  • Errors with ticket or security 16%
  • Customs and Weather 9%
  • Errors on the tag 5%
  • Issues with arrival 5%
  • Error with systems 3%

Continental differences

Europe has the largest share of baggage issues with about 7.3 million pieces affected over the last year. This makes Europe the largest worldwide contributor. North America had 2.85 million pieces of baggage with issues and Asia totaled about 1.8 million pieces.

The worldwide share of problems has remained static since 2007. At the time, Europe had 16.6 million pieces of baggage with issues, in retrospect, North America had issues with 7 million pieces and Asia had issues with 3 million pieces.

 

What does the future look like?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently agreed upon a resolution with its affiliated members, including airlines and airports, to fully track baggage from A to B in order to reduce the number of items with issues. Eventually, all connected members will implement a system that uses RFID-chips over the next couple of years.

For example, travelers can use their smartphones to track their baggage in real-time and see exactly where their luggage is in the sorting process. This causes less stress at the baggage reclaim and hopefully fewer items becoming lost or stolen.

Lost baggage, what to do?

Airports generally have lost and found departments, where you can hopefully reclaim your lost items of baggage. However, as a traveler, you should not wait too long, because after a certain time your luggage can, in some cases, become the property of the airport.

For example, Schiphol Airport has a policy that lost baggage becomes their property after three months. Schiphol auctions these items four times a year at the Veilinghuis de Eland auction house in Diemen. Other airports such as Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Aeroporti di Roma have similar policies.

8 Epic Adventures To Try During Your Life

Is there an adventure that you wish you could accomplish before you settle down in marriage or before age ties you down to your home compound? If yes, the worst thing that can happen to you is the failure to undertake that venture or at least give it a try. Many people who fail to chase their dream end up regretting their decision later in life, when they are old and tired. Don’t be like them; stop procrastinating and go find that adventure. Even if you don’t have the fortune to spend on adventure, you still can actualize your dream if you put your mind to it.

This post seeks to push you out of your comfort zone by highlighting 8 epic adventures that you ought to try before you die.

Hop on an Antarctic cruise

Arguably one of the coldest places on the milky galaxy, Antarctica isn’t on the travel bucket list of many travelers. If you want to do something that will give you the bragging rights among your close associates, then this would be a great adventure to undertake. As a matter of fact, you will be among the few people in history to have set foot in this frozen continent. Those who have been there say that the hiking and kayaking experiences are on a level of their own. You will have a chance to try that yourself.

Go cave exploring in Florida

Many people visit Florida for the beaches. Make a point of visiting for a totally unique reason: cave exploration at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. You can camp in the cave if you are feeling strong, but if you want a better place to spend the night, you can always book a vacation rental.

Drive at top speed on the Autobahn

What is your personal best driving speed? Most people drive at 60mph top speed, and they have to keep looking over their shoulder for cops. On Autobahn, however, you are allowed to reach whichever limits you want. There aren’t speed limits here and no cop will pull you over. So, find the fastest car that you can get and improve your personal best to 200mph or more.

Cycle on the North Yungas “Death” Road in Bolivia

Many people have died through road accidents on this road over the last two decades. The road is the narrowest that you’ve seen yet, the bends are tighter than what you are used to, and the drop-offs are over half a kilometer long. To make things scarier, there are no guard rails. That is why the road has injured and claimed the lives of many cyclists before you.

The paragraph above is a precaution to you and not just an idle threat to scare you off. Many cyclists have cycled the entire 64kms and came out unscathed, so you should be confident that you too can. The important thing is to cycle carefully and watch your step.

Try Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

If you really want to challenge your self and walk one of Europe’s longest distance trek than you should definitely try the Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights. These highlights are known to provide some of the most beautiful and renowned mountain views, that stretch into three countries- France, Italy, Switzerland. The best way to experience all of these in a 7-day itinerary is by booking a Mont Blanc tour right away and explore the Europes highest peak from all sides.

Go castle climbing in London

Previously a Victorian pumping station, The Castle Climbing Centre is a must-visit for every lover of adventure. The next time you visit London, be sure to take a free walking tour around Manor House tube station and ask the tour guides to help you locate this center. While there, climb up the castle using one of the 90 roped lines placed at your disposal.

 

Hike the Himalayas

The serenity up there is unimaginable and the views utterly breathtaking. It is very unfortunate that many travelers are avoiding the Himalayas and Nepal as a whole because of the mega earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people 4 years ago. Don’t be like those people!

As a matter of fact, visiting Nepal now will be more ideal for you if you are on a budget because the tourist traffic is minimal, so you will find cheap accommodation. Also, you will be able to hike the Himalayas without having to rub shoulders with too many people.

Take a self-guided tour of Antelope Canyon

Although there are many guided tours of Antelope Canyon, it is more adventurous and cheaper to go on a self-guided tour instead. One way of doing this is to kayak for about 2 miles starting from Antelope Point Marina, through Antelope Canyon cove, and up the Slot Canyon. It is quite an experience.

 

Lirika Hart is a young ambitious girl who has been researching self-development for the past three years and is now focusing on her career. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; “Because of you, I never gave up.”

Hoeveel bagage gaat wereldwijd verloren op vliegvelden?

Het is de nachtmerrie van iedere reiziger: je staat als laatste persoon te wachten bij de bagageband en langzaam daalt het besef in dat jouw bagage niet meer van de band komt rollen. Als bagage verloren raakt op je heenvlucht sta je direct voor onverwachte extra kosten tijdens je reis, bijvoorbeeld voor frisse kleding en toiletartikelen, maar ook bij thuiskomst sta je voor uitdagingen. Hoe groot is dit probleem wereldwijd? En hoe krijg je je bagage weer terug?

Taxi2Airport keek daarom aan de hand van een recent rapport van de SITA ‘Baggage IT Insights’ naar problemen met bagage.

Hoeveel bagage gaat wereldwijd verloren?

Wereldwijd is het aantal passagiers dat het vliegtuig neemt in ruim 10 jaar gestegen met 76 procent, van 2.48 miljard in 2007 naar 4,36 miljard in 2018. Waar het aantal stuks ‘bagage met problemen’ in 2007 nog 46.9 miljoen telde, daalde dit tot 2013 naar ongeveer 22 miljoen stuks. Het gegeven dat mensen hun koffers delen kon hier iets mee te maken hebben.

Sinds 2014 is dit aantal echter weer in stijgende lijn en bereikte dit in 2018 ongeveer 25 miljoen stuks.


Het aantal stuks bagage met problemen daalde jarenlang, ondanks de enorme toename van passagiers. De daling was voornamelijk te verklaren door betere infrastructuur, slimmere sorteertechnieken en nieuwe geautomatiseerde processen, maar het aantal stijgt weer door de nog grotere toename van wereldwijde reizigers die het vliegtuig nemen.

Wat worden verstaan onder bagage met problemen?

Onder bagage met problemen kan worden verstaan: vertraagde bagage, beschadigde bagage, bagage waar (een deel van de) inhoud van is verduisterd en natuurlijk de meest vervelende voor reizigers: verloren en gestolen bagage. Gelukkig beperkt deze laatste categorie zicht tot ‘slechts’ 5 procent van het totaal, maar dit komt alsnog uit op liefst 1.25 miljoen stuks bagage per jaar.


Problemen met bagage

Een klein deel van de problemen met bagage wordt veroorzaakt door storingen met de systemen (3 procent). Afgelopen jaar was sprake van verschillende incidenten op de Europese luchthavens.

Zo hadden bijvoorbeeld Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, London Gatwick en Heathrow Airport (beide in Londen) deze zomer problemen met hun bagagesystemen waardoor passagiers dagen lang zonder hun bagage zaten, of deze zelfs helemaal kwijt waren.

Redenen Percentage
Problemen met transfer 46%
Problemen met laden 16%
Fouten met ticket, Beveiliging / Overig> 16%
Luchthaven / Douane / Weersomstandigheden / Gewicht 9%
Fout in de bagagetag 5%
Verkeerd behandeld bij aankomst 5%
Laadstoring 3%

Bron: SITA Baggage IT Insights 2019

Verschillen per regio

Europa had afgelopen jaar 7.29 miljoen stuks bagage met problemen. Daarmee had Europa het grootste aandeel wereldwijd. Noord-Amerika telde 2.85 miljoen stuks en Azië telde 1,8 miljoen stuks bagage met problemen. De intercontinentale verhouding is ongewijzigd sinds 2007. Destijds telde Europa 16.6 miljoen stuks bagage met problemen, Noord-Amerika 7 miljoen stuks en Azië 3 miljoen stuks.



Hoe ziet de toekomst eruit?

Internationale Luchttransport Associatie (IATA) sloot recent een resolutie met haar aangesloten leden -luchtvaartmaatschappijen en luchthavens- om bagage van A naar B volledig te gaan tracken om het aantal stuks bagage met problemen terug te brengen. Uiteindelijk zullen alle aangesloten leden een systeem implementeren dat gebruik maakt van RFID-chips.

Bagage verloren, en nu?

Luchthavens hebben doorgaans een speciaal ingerichte -lost en found- desk om je verloren bagage te claimen. Hiermee moet je als reiziger echter niet te lang wachten, want na een bepaalde tijd wordt de bagage eigendom van de luchthaven.

Zo heeft luchthaven Schiphol het beleid dat verloren bagage na drie maanden eigendom wordt van de ‘ongeclaimde bagage’. Schiphol laat deze bagage vier keer per jaar veilen Veilinghuis de Eland in Diemen. Andere luchthavens, zoals Barcelona-El Prat Airport en Aeroporti di Roma werken met een soortgelijk beleid.

The Global Beach Index: These are the best countries for beaches around the world

Every year millions of people travel all over the world in search of the perfect country to spend their time laying on beaches and soaking up the sun. These styles of holiday are still regarded as many consumers preferred type of holiday, with the lure of crystal-clear waters and warm sandy coastlines winning out over busy city breaks.

Beach holidays are highly competitive with hundreds of incredible contenders all over the world. Holidaymakers tend to look for beauty, the scope of options and how warm sea temperature are to ensure that they’re not let down by their chosen destination. However, more recently pollution has become a key factor when finding the best beach destination with plastic pollution becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Travellers are also becoming more interested in ecology, wildlife and activities leading people to search for countries that offer an array of vibrant marine wildlife for them to find when snorkelling and diving.

That’s why at Taxi2Airport we’ve ranked every country in the world on which has the best beaches, by analysis a variety of factors including the number of Blue Flag beaches – an esteemed award given to the world’s most environmentally friendly beaches, diversity of marine wildlife, sea temperatures, coastline, pollution of the ocean and how beautiful the beaches are. 

Results

The Global Beach Index: These are the best countries for beaches around the world

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Ranking as the top country for beaches in the world is Italy, with Spain not far behind. 

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and is billed as a key getaway for those looking for culture, history and gorgeous weather. With coastline like the Amalfi Coast and islands like Sardinia, there’s a range of beaches available from miles of beautiful sand to hidden gems nestled between limestone cliffs. 

It’s no surprise then that Italy topped our list of the countries with the best beaches. The country ranked highly for almost every category, scoring top spots for its number of Blue Flag beaches, length of coastline, the myriad of marine wildlife, ocean health and Instagrammability. The country contains the fifth most Blue Flag beaches in the world with an incredible 384 while 0% of the country’s plastic is inadequately managed leading to excellent ocean health and clean seas. 

The Blue Flag is an esteemed accreditation offered to beaches by the Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches which meet its standard of environmental management across water quality, safety and public environmental education.

In second place is Spain, scoring similarly to Italy but with slightly less for Instagrammability eluding to Italy having more beautiful beaches. Spain is a popular tourist destination with plenty of beach destinations including Majorca, Costa del Sol and Alicante. The country has the most Blue Flag beaches of all other countries in the world with a staggering 557 and similarly to Italy, excellent ocean health.

The full top 10 best beach destinations are:

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Brazil
  • UK
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Turkey

Remarkably, six of the top ten countries are based in Europe including Greece, UK, Portugal and Croatia providing a strong case for the continent’s great beach tourism. All the European countries scored top marks for Blue Flag beaches with a combined 1989 of these shores situated in these six countries including some internationally acclaimed beaches such as Martinhal in Algarve, Portugal, Zlatni Rat in Brac, Croatia and Petani Beach in Kefalonia, Greece. 

These European countries also have the cleanest oceans of all other countries with most of their plastic waste managed correctly to ensure their oceans don’t become pollution. The results 

continue to show that the beaches in these countries are some of the most beautiful in the world with continuously high Instagrammability scores.

Typical tropical beach destinations such as Indonesia and Thailand which are known for having some of the most incredible beaches in the world missed out on the top ten due to their country’s incredibly poor ocean health. In fact, 81% of Indonesia’s plastic waste and 73% of Thailand’s were mismanaged leading to dirty seas and poor ocean condition.

Japan ranked in 9th spot, an up and coming beach destination that travellers may not normally associate with the country. However, Japan has 29,751 km of gorgeous coastline and an incredible 9100 variety of marine life to explore. The oceans are clean giving travellers the perfect chance to explore the ocean floors in search of rich wildlife. They have a concept called Satoumi which is the belief that human intervention can help lead to greater biodiversity in the country’s oceans, so people often participate in acts to conserve and help their marine wildlife.

The results by continent are as below:

  • Best beach destination in Europe: Italy
  • Best beach destination in South America: Brazil
  • Best beach destination in North America: Panama
  • Best beach destination in Oceania: Solomon Islands
  • Best beach destination in Africa: South Africa
  • Best beach destination in Asia: Indonesia

Methodology

To create our Global Beach Index, we looked at the following factors: 

  • Blue Flag Beaches
  • Coastline
  • Marine Life
  • Warm Seas
  • Ocean Pollution
  • Instagrammable Beaches

Using these categories, we established an overall Global Beach Index score by scoring each country out of 5 across the elements and totalling this together, allowing for the highest available total score of 30. Full dataset available on request.

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Hoe viert Nederland de kerstdagen?

Kerst staat weer voor de deur. In aanloop naar kerst 2019 kijkt Taxi2Airport naar de manier waarop Nederlanders dit feest vieren. Wat doen Nederlanders graag tijdens de kerstdagen, en wat zijn de laatste trends en ontwikkelingen? We zetten een aantal zaken op een rijtje.

Het kerstfeest is erg populair in Nederland. Liefst 85 procent van de mensen viert kerst. Hiermee wordt dit feest vaker gevierd dan het Sinterklaasfeest.

 

Verwachte kosten voor kerst 2019

De uitgaven die tijdens de feestdagen worden gedaan vallen qua kosten vaak hoger uit dan de uitgaven in andere maanden. We verwachten in aanloop naar kerst 2019 gemiddeld zo’n 350 euro kwijt te zijn aan uitgaven die met de feestdagen te maken hebben. Cadeautjes vormen, met gemiddeld 122 euro, de grootste verwachte kostenpost. Maar ook eten (109 euro), reizen (78 euro) en socializing (32 euro) zijn noemenswaardige kostenposten die men verwacht.

 

Budget voor kerstcadeautjes

Qua budget voor kerstcadeau’s is een mooie spreiding te zien; de meeste mensen (32 procent) geven gemiddeld minder dan 50 euro uit aan. 30 procent geeft tussen de 50 euro en 100 euro uit, 18 procent geeft tussen de 100 euro en 200 euro uit, en tot slot geeft de laatste 20 procent meer dan 200 euro uit.

 

Cadeautrends

Wat cadeautjes betreft zijn Nederlanders nog niet volledig gedigitaliseerd. De meeste mensen halen hun inspiratie, ideeën en adviezen voor kerstcadeautjes nog steeds het vaakst in fysieke winkels. Ook kranten en magazines zijn een vaak-geraadpleegde inspiratiebron voor kerstcadeaus.

Wie kerstcadeautjes toch online bestelt, moet wel rekening houden met vertraging. De afgelopen drie jaar is een stijging te zien van het aantal cadeaus dat tijdens de feestdagen te laat aankomt.

En tot slot wat het vaakst cadeau wordt gegeven tijdens de feestdagen? Chocolade (35 procent), boeken (34 procent) en cosmetica en parfum (27 procent).

 

Eten tijdens kerst?

Nederlanders houden tijdens kerst wel echt van ouderwets uitgebreid tafelen met de familie. Een ruime meerderheid van 56 procent kookt thuis zelf een groot kerstdiner klaar. Een ander groot gedeelte (27 procent) haalt de gourmette- en/of fondueset uit de kast om er een gezellige kerst van te maken. Ruim een op de tien (12 procent) grijpt kerst aan om uit eten te gaan.

 

Kosten van een kerstetentje buiten te deur

Mensen die uit eten gaan voor een kerstdiner betalen hier gemiddeld 61 euro per persoon voor. Hiervoor genieten ze van een diner van vijf gangen. Wel bestaan er regionale verschillen in deze kosten. Zo is het kerstdiner in het Noorden gemiddeld zo’n vijf euro goedkoper (54 euro per persoon). Het Zuiden spant daarentegen de kroon met een gemiddelde prijs van 65 euro per persoon (zo’n vijf euro duurder).

 

How to travel with your Dog

Having a dog in your life is one of the best things that could happen to you. Not without a reason, they are called Man’s best friend. However, there are a lot of things you should consider if you are planning to take your furry friend with you on vacation. This is the ultimate guide to save you and most importantly your beloved pet a lot of trouble.

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Before the trip

Before starting your journey, you should bring your dog to a vet and get him checked out. Traveling can be very exhausting, so it is critical that your buddy is healthy. Since all of the trips will cause your dog stress, you should train your dog long before you are going to take the actual trip. On the one hand, you need to make sure that your dog listens to basic commands. Only a well-trained dog should be taken on a journey. This ensures, that neither of you gets into dangerous situations. On the other hand, if you need to put your dog into a crate, you should get him used to it. Try to associate the crate with nice things, like toys or going into a park for example. Only if your dog is relaxed during the trip, it will enjoy traveling as much as you do!

The perfect destination

You should consider that not all dogs were made for all climates when planning your trip. For example, bringing your Husky to Spain in Summer or your pug to Alaska in Winter might not be the best idea. Dogs are highly adaptable, but trying to get them used to a different country only for a short trip might not be worth. However, there are a lot of helpful gadgets that can help your best friend, if you still want to travel to a country with a different climate. For example, a warm jacket for cooler regions and a cooling vest for warm areas. You should think about getting your dog’s shoes as well if you want to go to a hot and sunny. Yes, shoes! Walking barefoot – or in this case, bare pawed – can quickly feel like walking on hot coal.

On the way

In the following, you will find some important information, regarding the type of transportation that you are going to use.

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Plane

Traveling by plane is the least suitable way of traveling for dogs. Big dogs are usually considered as cargo. The cargo hold doesn’t make the trip a pleasant experience – even for the calmest dogs. This should only be your last option! Apart from that, small dog owners are a bit luckier. Some airlines allow you to bring your pet if it fits under the seat. Checking out the regulations of the airline is a must-to-do!

Train

Going by train is also very advisable. In most countries, dogs are allowed to travel on public transportation. However, you should not miss to check out the regulations in your destination country. They are not allowed to drive in public transportation in Asian countries like Vietnam for example. Some train companies even demand your dog to wear a muzzle in other parts of the world. Even if your doggo is a good boy!

Car

You should definitely consider driving by car if you own one. The chances are high, that your dog is used to it and stays calm while a ride. If not, you can again try to associate it with nice things, such as going to a park by car. Being able to take a break whenever you or your four-pawed companion wants to, is one of its biggest perks. Making sure to follow the necessary safety precautions goes without saying of course.  This includes things like putting your dog in a crate for example.

You would really like to travel by car but you do not own one? Bring your own crate and enjoy the ride with one of our dog-friendly taxis. Book now!

Dog-Friendly Hotels

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Finding a nice and dog-friendly accommodation can be quite challenging. Here is a small list of places you could go to.

Menorca, Spain

Fjords of Norway.

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Fort De Soto Dog Beach Park, Saint Petersburg

 Le Touquet beach, France