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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

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So you bought a ticket to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, but other than knowing it’s the capital of Portugal, you really don’t know much about the city. Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

 

 

Baixa & Rossio

When you stay in either Baxia or Rossio, you are staying in the heart of downtown amongst many of Lisbon’s best-known landmarks, so these neighborhoods are a great choice because they are just so dang convenient. But the benefits of staying in Baixa and Rossio don’t end there. These streets are littered with delectable restaurants and the shopping of a lifetime.

 

Bairro Alto

If you’re looking to spend your nights out then the buzzing Bairro Alto is for you. Around here there are a ton of super fun bars where you can spend your nights dancing the night away. But not just bars, you will also find fantastic food, coffee, and even some tattoo parlors if you’re looking for a way to memorialize your epic Lisbon trip.

This neighborhood is hilly and has a very authentic bohemian vibe, if you’re looking for some fun weekends then Bairro Alto is for you.

 

 

Alfama

Alfama is actually the oldest part of Lisbon and it is the most traditional, as well. If you want to get a feel for old Lisbon then staying here is your best bet. While the streets around here might be a bit confusing, this is one part of town you don’t mind getting lost in. Pop into a restaurant for a traditional meal. Listen to fado, which is as old as Lisbon itself. Come see Lisbon at its most romantic.

 

Alcântara  

This river side neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars right alongside the river in what is known as Docas. Also, you can experience the artsy side of Lisbon when you see amazing converted factories that now house awesome stores and even more great restaurants.

 

 

Príncipe Real

Do Portugal in style in Príncipe Real, a super hip neighborhood that is full of class and definitely hifalutin. You will love the beautiful gardens and the fun stores. This is a quieter neighborhood as it is more residential than the others, but the vibe makes it super cool and fun.

 

Parque das Nações

Lisbon of the future, Parque das Nações is a fun modern place you will love to stay. This neighborhood was actually built for the World Exposition of 1998. You will be right on the water here and will have a bunch of fun bars and restaurants everywhere.

It doesn’t matter if you go to the Lisbon of the past in Alfama or the Lisbon of the future in Parque das Nacoes because anytime you’re in Lisbon you’re having a good time.

 

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Renewing Your Passport May Take Longer This Year

If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for…

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If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for passport processing. The State Department recommends renewing your passport at least nine months before it expires, and routine passport processing can take up to six weeks. Additionally there are at least fifty countries that require U.S. citizens to have at least six more months left on their passport in order to travel there. 

The increase in demand for U.S. passports at this particular time is in large part due to the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which made it necessary for U.S. citizens returning from Mexico and Canada to show a passport. Now, ten years later, all of the passports acquired at that time will be expiring. The need for first time passports has also increased because of the Real ID Act, which requires residents of certain states to show an alternative form of identification for air travel, this goes into effect January 22, 2018. It is easy to renew your U.S. passport, current passport holders can renew by mail on the State Department website. 

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Never Drink Out Of The Glass In Your Hotel Room

It is always wise to stay hydrated, especially while traveling. Traveling takes a toll on your body, dehydration being a common problem. In an effort to avoid becoming dehydrated, when traveling we tend to drink as often as possible. Since it is not always possible…

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It is always wise to stay hydrated, especially while traveling. Traveling takes a toll on your body, dehydration being a common problem. In an effort to avoid becoming dehydrated, when traveling we tend to drink as often as possible. Since it is not always possible to have a bottle of water handy we find ourselves drinking from other, sometimes less germ free options. A recent study of hotel rooms across the country has shown us that the glasses in your hotel room are usually one of the less hygienic options. 

A recent ABC News investigation analyzed 15 different hotels across the country to evaluate the cleanliness of the glasses in their rooms. The study found that 11 of the hotels failed to take the glasses out of the rooms to be sanitized between guests, simply rinsing them out and replacing them. One Cincinnati housekeeper was even caught dousing dirty glasses with mildew remover as a means of cleaning the glasses. It is suggested that before you settle down for the night in your hotel room you see what the hotel has to offer in the way of drinking vessels. If you are supplied with cups wrapped in plastic, then you are all set for your late night hydration needs. If not then a quick trip to the vending machine for a bottle of water is needed, after all, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

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Discussing the Future of Travel and Leisure Industry

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Hold your horses! The future of travel and leisure activities may change. Hotels.Com is offering a glimpse of how an intergalactic vacation may look like.

The COVID-19 pandemic made a catastrophic impact all across the globe. Because massive lockdowns were put in place to help halt the rapid increase of transmission, travel and leisure activities were temporarily stopped.

Honoring the National Aerospace Week

To honor the National Aerospace Week, however, Hotels.Com announces its mission to lead intergalactic space travel bookings. Avid travellers can now visit their site to check out the different space destinations that may be offered in the future.

Space travel will have to wait, however. These space destinations have to be prepared and hotels there have to be built first. Nonetheless, earlier this summer, NASA and SpaceX sent astronauts outside the planet to begin their “Launch America” initiative. Virgin Galactic featured its new spaceship design, as well.

Possibility of Travel and Leisure in Space

Josh Belkin, VP of global brand at Hotels.Com says that the site is proud to showcase the top properties on Earth. Due to the current conditions, they are now thinking of ways to make space travel and leisure activities a possibility, however. “This announcement is our hope to encourage and move forward the concept of space tourism, while revving up excitement for that aspect of the travel industry that is sure to come sometime in the near future,” he shares.

While awaiting this venture to push through, the company decides to give travellers a glimpse of what space travel and leisure can be. The company created offers that depict how travelling in space could look like. Travellers are provided with space-themed vacations complete with implements including moon-boot slippers, spacesuit robes, space snacks, Martian martinis, and robot bellhops.

20 Lucky Winners

To further complete this future project, the site is providing 20 travellers the chance of a lifetime. Twenty travellers will be awarded $250 travel gift cards that they can use in the future. Note, though, that these destinations will be on Earth, for now.

The catch, though, is that this space travel and leisure contest is only open to anyone who is named after one of the 8 planets. So, contestants must have a first, middle, or last name that is synonymous to one of those 8 planet names. This could be a problem as not many people have planet names, although with the extreme diversity in today’s world, there may be a good number of visitors with names depicting the said astronomical objects.

Summary

Travel and leisure activities may have halted due to the on-going pandemic. However, travellers need to remember that this COVID-19 situation doesn’t have to stop future vacation plans entirely. Notwithstanding the fact that domestic and international travels are greatly reduced at the moment, future ventures are still possible. If you are dreaming of intergalactic travel in the near future and you have a planet first, middle, or last name, then join the said Hotels.Com contest. You may be one of the lucky 20 who gets to receive a $250 gift card to experience a future space-themed vacation.

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