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A Short Checklist for Preparing a Trip to Amsterdam

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Are you planning a taking a trip to the capital of the Netherlands? You certainly aren’t alone. Every year, Amsterdam receives about 20 million visitors

You might want to make a checklist of everything you need for your trip to Amsterdam, whether that be headphones to block out the city life or keeping your cash handy for the supermarkets.

Here is everything you need for your Amsterdam trip.

1. Take Cash With You

This may seem like a no-brainer, but keeping your Euros on you is just as important as keeping your clothes on. Like most of Europe, Netherlands tends to have a lot of farmers’ markets and small businesses that only have Maestro or accept cash.

Maestro is owned by Mastercard, but not all businesses accept credit cards from Mastercard. That is why cash is important, as it is universally accepted, unlike credit cards.

2. Have the Essentials in a Backpack

You’ll be doing a lot of walking or biking in the Netherlands, as they are known as the City of Bikes. Keeping everything in your pockets or purse may seem cumbersome as you move around the city, making backpacks more appealing.

Beyond that, Amsterdam is an older city, so expect streets and walkways to be narrower than here in America. Having items at your side may prove to be a problem for you and everyone around you.

Good essentials to bring on this trip would be a map, charger, headphones, and something to keep you dry, as Amsterdam gets quite wet.

3. A Portable Charger Is Very Handy

Because you’ll be on your feet or on a bike for most of your trip, be prepared to have a portable charger handy. While you can get around town by car, it won’t provide much charge time for your devices.

Beyond that, keep in mind that Europe has different outlets than here in America. So it won’t be as simple as plugging into the wall at the nearest cafe.

4. Keep a Map on You

Since you’ll be on the land a lot, you’ll probably want to keep a map on you. Whether that be a downloaded version onto your phone or a physical map that you can open up.

If you know there will for sure be destinations you’ll be visiting, you might want to get step-by-step directions for these places ahead of time. That’ll make navigating the streets of Amsterdam all that much easier.

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Your Trip to Amsterdam Will Be Amazing

The whole point of booking a trip to Amsterdam is to enjoy yourself and the scenery. Amsterdam is a beautiful city that features bright greenery and a sense of pride for how healthy everyone seems. Just be sure to stay out of trouble and not have too much fun.

If you enjoyed the article and want to learn more about how to travel properly to different locations, be sure to check out the rest of the blog. If you know someone with a trip to Amsterdam booked, be sure to send them this article!

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Traveling To Japan To Have A Sip Of Teacup Pig

We’ve seen cafes full of cats and guinea pigs… now the teacup pigs want to be a part of the fun.

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     Back in 1998, the world’s very first cat cafe – Cat Flower Garden – opened in Taipei (Taiwan). It was the ideal concept that allowed young city workers to unwind after a hectic day in the downtown office and for those who lived in nearby apartments that were unable to have pets of their own but sought companionship. Slowly but surely, the fascinating concept made its way to Japan where the idea instantly surged in popularity.

     As of 2015, there are over cat cafes in Tokyo alone. Since the advent of the cat cafe, several similar businesses have popped up since then, yoga with baby goats and a cafe with guinea pigs being just two. Even then, humans can also mingle with dogs, owls, and even hedgehogs while grabbing a bite to eat or while sipping their coffees. Nonetheless, the decision to bring the smaller, warm, and fuzzy friends closer to the people seems to be working out for everyone. Cats are adoptable, small businesses are gaining followers and patrons, and nearby locals are enjoying the benefits of the very temporary but very real “pet rental” business. As long as safe practices are put in place for customers and animals alike, this seems to be a perfect situation. 

 

Cu(t)e the Next Trend

     Yet another animal-focused cafe has recently opened up in Tokyo. This time, customers have the opportunity to have a cuddle with mini-pigs! A spokesperson for Mipig has mentioned that some of their pigs can actually fit into a teacup – thus real teacup pigs! The founders of the cafe explained, “We would like Japanese people to feel more familiar with the animal and eventually become a beloved member of the family.” While their invitation to adopt is legitimate, travelers should be aware that these are simply very young pigs. In other words, these pigs of no-specific breed, will eventually grow up and gain much weight. Still, until that growth spurt occurs, locals and visitors alike are absolutely enjoying the experience. One visitor mentioned to a CNN affiliate that “Their noses feel cool, but the bodies are so warm. How cute!” As we’ve personally not had any interaction with a pig (or mini-pig for that matter), we would be incredibly down to play around with several tiny piglets! 

No word on if you can feed them, people, food but we’re sure we can all partake in caring for these cute little guys.


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Traveling To Cuba Just Got Harder

In order to fight American dollars from empowering the Cuban regime, Trump’s security counsel has placed new restrictions on travel to the country.

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     Last week, the Trump administration placed further restrictions upon nonfamily travel to the Cuban country, a mere 100 miles from the tip of Florida. During a speech given to the veterans of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the failed 1961 event that sought to overthrow Fidel Castro, Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, added that the new regulations were also placed upon the countries of Nicaragua and Venezuela. Alongside Cuba, Bolton has stated that these three countries are “the troika of tyranny.”

     During his speech, he mentioned “The Department of the Treasury will implement further regulatory changes to restrict nonfamily travel to Cuba… These new measures will help steer American’s dollars away from the Cuban regime.”

Background

     For many years, tensions between the US and Cuba did not allow for travel. From 1999 until 2003, the US government allowed “people-to-people” licenses. These licenses allowed Americans to travel to the country if the purpose was for a short list of reasons. Educational or religious needs were two of these. During his term, President George W. Bush’s administration then restricted those licenses.

     However, in an effort to thaw tensions between the countries, the Obama administration granted the American people even greater opportunities. Americans who were not even journalists or scholars were able to visit the country – given that it was with an officially licensed operator. Come March 2016, Americans were free to travel to the country as long as they interacted with the Cuban people during educational exchange activities.

     This policy included 12 approved categories: family visits, support of the Cuban people, educational/religious/journalistic activities, humanitarian projects, professional research or business, private foundation activities, research or education at institutes, public performances, competitions and exhibitions, official US government matters, foreign government/intergovernmental organizations, export transactions, and transmission of information.

 

Easy No More

     In recent years, the process to travel was quite simple. Direct flights to Cuba could be purchased at airlines like JetBlue, American, Southwest, and United. Travelers would then apply for a tourist card, a Visa, that was valid for 30 days and that could further be extended for an additional 30 days in Cuba.

     However, in 2017, the Trump administration canceled the people-to-people licenses. Visitors were only given permission to visit if they were part of an educational program. As of late, American tourists are now banned from government-owned shops and hotels as they are controlled directly by the government.

     The Treasury Department has stated that Americans who are caught violating these new guidelines could face an up to $250,000 and be jailed for 10 years. So far, these two punishments have not been doled out.

     With much dismay, we suggest you find some sort of educational program, and quick… if you had ever planned on visiting our southern island neighbor.


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Do You Want In On A $1 Italian Dream House?

Don’t let your eyes fool you. Some Italian villages are selling homes for $1!

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“Honey, pack up your things, we’re moving to Italy!” Two villages in Italy are offering homes at little more than one American dollar to lure new residents to their towns in the hopes of offsetting their declining populations. They’ve even launched websites to best match potential home buyers with their “dream” property. Amazingly, potential suitors are even able to apply to purchase one of these homes even before setting foot in the country.

Paolo Caruso, the mayor of Zungoli, one of the villages offering this insane deal has stated “I’ve created a special task force of young volunteers who assist buyers, leasing with convenient construction firms on the restyle… Transparency is key but people must really come see for themselves the beauty of the place, taste the great good and breathe the fresh healthy air.”

Simplicity

The best part about this home-buying process… it’s super easy to get started! Even if you’re not interested, it might be fun to explore the numerous offers. To start, head over to the city of Zungoli’s official website – www.comunezungoli.it – on the left column, look for a bright link entitled “Case in vendetta a E(Euro)1”. Once you open the link, you will be greeted with a list of 50 – 100-meter homes available. They all require some renovation and restyling, which is demanded in the $1 agreement, but this cost is largely tax deductible. From there, download the application form for the properties you could imagine yourself moving into. It’s at this portion of the application at which you must decide if your home will ultimately turn into a private house, bread & breakfast, or artisan shop. Heads up, you must renovate your property, if chosen, within three years. Next, simply attach a copy of your ID and send all accompanying documents to the mayor’s office – email or normal postage is requested. Lastly, when all applicants have been picked, Caruso will send you an official contract regarding the property. This step requires you to actually fly to Italy and close the deal in person.

The fine print does require a 2,000 Euro security deposit and agreement to refurbish the property, but once the property is properly taken care of, the deposit is returned.

A Second Opportunity

There is also another larger town, Mussomeli, in Sicily, which has made this 5 step process even easier. They invested in a new, multilingual real estate agency to handle their own version of these 1 Euro deals.

As above, Mussomeli homes can be seen at www.case1euro.it. Even better, this site is in English. Take a second to look around and view the homes with tremendous potential.

Mussomeli Heritage councilor Toti Nigrelli has stated “Original owners calls us each day to dispose of their old houses. There are 100 on sale now and potentially another 400 are suitable… This project is my life mission but had I dealt with it on my own, I would have gone nuts.”

Clearly, this opportunity is an important call of the mayors and people of Zungoli and Mussomeli. The $1 is much more a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, it’s an investment into their towns for years and decades to come. 

 


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