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Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Europe, Tips and Tricks |

Heading to Euro 2016? What You Need To Know About Travelling In France

The biggest ever Euro Championships is taking place in the world’s most popular tourist destination… needless to say, it’s going to be a pretty amazing few weeks for anyone heading to France this summer! Whether you are arriving from one of the European countries playing in the tournament or from further afield, here are some basic tips and advice so your summer 2016 in France is one to remember! Transport Getting to France should be pretty easy for most people. There are so many options: plane, ferry, train and bus services are available for visitors. France is going to be hectic this summer so it’s best to plan and book whatever transport you can well in advance of any journeys you are taking within France. Public transport options and costs may vary from city to city so make sure to research local public transport for each city you visit. If you plan on renting a car, make sure to read up on the rules of the road as they may differ from the rules you are used to at home. Visas & Passports If you are travelling on passport from an EU country or from Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland you do not need a visa to travel to France. Visa requirements vary for holders of passports from other countries so check with Visa First to see if you need to arrange a visa before you travel to France. All travellers should ensure that their passport is valid and in date and kept secure while in France. Money The Euro is the currency in France so you are sorted if you are travelling from another Euro-zone country. However, credit cards are widely accepted so if you don’t fancy getting cash converted or having a wallet full of notes and coins, bring your cards with you. Language Parlez-vous français? Even if the answer is a resounding “non”, try to fit in few French words here and there. A “merci” and “s’il vous plait” will go a long way. There are also many language apps and online resources so asking for directions,...

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Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Tips and Tricks, Travel Destinations |

Explore Auténtica Cuba

Over the past 18 months, Cuba has been in the news more than it has been in recent years. This is obviously due to the normalisation of U.S.A. – Cuban relations and the relaxation of the Cuba Trade Embargo. However, there have been many media reports pointing out that soon Cuba will be a changed country due to an influx of American tourists and goods; Cuba will be a homogenous tropical tourist destination, just like anywhere else in the Caribbean. Of course, anyone who has been to Cuba knows that this is unlikely to be the case. Millions of Canadian, Australians, Europeans, Russians and Chinese people visit Cuba each year, bringing with them plenty of the culture these nationalities share with Americans. It surprises many people but in some regards, Cuba is more modern and developed than people realise. Here’s a quick run-down of what to expect and what to do when you get to Cuba: Cuban Surprises You can get Coca-Cola! And Heinz ketchup, Nike clothes, Marlboro cigarettes, Disney toys and many other products by American brands. The products are usually manufactured or produced in Mexico or other Latin American countries but Cubans have access to these goods. Not everyone drives a Lada or a 1950’s Ford. In fact, contemporary motors by European and Russian manufacturers are just as plentiful as classic cars. Virtually every Cuban you meet will be bi- or tri-lingual. Spanish is the national language but most people can speak English as well as French or German. Prior to 1991, Russian was taught as student’s second language in schools so many Cubans are fluent Russian speakers too. Cuba has the best education system in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba also dedicates more of its national budget to education than any other country in the world! Plus, education is free in Cuba which means most Cubans are highly educated to third or even fourth level. However, the most sought after jobs in Cuba are careers in the tourist industry. Tourism jobs pay more than most jobs – partially due to tips, so it’s not unusual...

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Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Tips and Tricks, Travel |

15 Tips for a Better Flight

You may have noticed that most of the countries have different policies concerning the items you are allowed to have with you when on board so you may wish to contact them and try to get more information before you start packing but here you are some basic general tips that are useful in any case. 1. Know what items are allowed to avoid being asked to leave something behind at the airport. 2. Check the allowances and charges for baggage as they are constantly changing. 3. Take your laptop from your baggage and put it in a plastic bag. 4. Keep your boarding pass with you. 5. Never ask someone else to watch your luggage and don’t do this for someone else. 6. Keep it quiet in the airport and on the plane. While you might be going on a vacation, the passenger next to you might be working or trying to get some sleep. 7. Put carry-on liquids in a separate bag. Remember, no containers over 3 ounces. 8. Respect other’s personal space – this relates to both physical and mental space. 9. Do not over pack. Don’t bring with you items that you never use, especially if you plan to visit different locations. 10. If you use medications that you need to carry with you, declare this to an airport security officer and they will be screened at the checkpoint. Mind for medicine without proper labelling and if possible bring your doctor’s prescription. Baby food and formula should also be declared and labelled properly. 11. Be careful with lighters, pocketknives, needles, nail cutters. Some airlines will not allow you to bring any of these. 12. Bring your shoes and belts in a separate plastic bag. 13. Wear noise-reducing headphones – very useful if there are unhappy kids around. 14. Dress up comfortably. 15. Be friendly and acknowledge others. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about moving abroad, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Tips and Tricks |

10 Money-Saving Tips While Travelling Abroad

It’s super important to save money while travelling abroad as this might give you a chance to extend your trip. And it’s good to do this wisely. Visafirst has been assisting travellers for many years now, so we’ve learned some useful tips that we want to share with you:  Get a Working Holiday visa. It will give you an opportunity to work, save money and travel a lot. Choose indirect flight routes. They are more time consuming, but always cheaper! Book your flights in low season and at the cheapest days. If you travel off-season, you’ll find better bargains. Avoid weekends and organize your travel from Wednesday to Wednesday rather than from Friday to Friday. Avoid travelling during the holiday season as well as before and after the major holidays like Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving. Weigh your luggage before leaving home. Take out all unnecessary items. Thus, you won’t need to pay higher charges at the airport because your baggage is over the limit. Don’t book your tickets too early or too late. Most of the travellers book their tickets too early because of a misconception that the earlier you get them, the better. Another misconception is that the flights’ prices lower when booked at the last minute. Book your flights three or four months in advance – not sooner or later. Use cheaper accommodation options! Instead of booking a room in a hotel, get a private room or apartment. Or if you want to save money, get a 10 or 12 dorm room in a hostel. You can meet other travellers like you there and exchange ideas and experience. Eat like a local!Eating at the local restaurants might be too expensive. Top tip in money saving is shopping in the local supermarkets for lunch. Or, if you are curious what the local cuisine like is, go aside from the main streets and you’ll find some beautiful restaurants for half price. Save on foreign currency exchange.You can save a lot of charges on foreign currency exchange. Using debit card is cheaper than using a credit card but you will...

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Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks, United Kingdom |

Online Investigations for Your Travel to London

Before planning a trip abroad, you must always do your homework. From checking visa requirements to flights and booking an accommodation, it important to have, everything planned ahead of time. If you search the web, you will get all information about your travel in detail. I first visited London in 2008, with a lot of planning and homework. While doing my online investigation, I came across few websites that help every traveller coming to the capital. These websites will make your travel smooth and successful. On these sites, you will find details about visa, flights, accommodation, sightseeing, and food in London. Here is a detailed list, where you can investigate online: Visa Enquiry The first step for any holiday is to get your visa. If you are travelling to London, then make sure you contact UK embassy or consulate in your country for visa. If you want to visit London on a holiday, or just want to visit a friend, you must apply as a general visitor. To visit a member from your family, you can apply visa as a family visitor. For further details about how and where you can apply for an UK visa, please visit VisaFirst website. Flight Information No matter from where you travel, it is always important to find an online source to book cheap flight tickets. Skyscanner.netis one such destination, where you can easily book your flight tickets to reach London’s major international airports – Heathrow, City, Gatwick, and Stansted. On this site, you will get cheap deals and offers to book a flight of your choice. Make your bookings in advance and avail special discounts offered here. Airport Transfer Transportation in London is quite easy and comfortable for travellers. I prefer tubes, as they are the most convenient means to travel within the city. For getting around in London from the airports, you can take buses, taxis, local trains, DLR, tubes, or even car rentals. If you visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/, you will get detailed information about transportation in London. London Accommodation When I visit London, I usually book my accommodation through www.londonhotels4u.com, a...

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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks, Working Abroad |

Working Long Hours: 5 Ways to Improve Your Sleeping Habits as a Travel Nurse

In the medical field, work never stops. Hospitals, ERs and care facilities are open around the clock, and as a travel nurse, you’re probably asked to work swing shifts, night shifts and long shifts, different from week to week and place to place. All these long and shifting hours can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle, which is essential for keeping you healthy and alert on the job. Work the best you can with the schedule you have and improve your sleeping habits with a few lifestyle adjustments. It may take some time getting used to the changes, but the results are worth the effort. 1. Earn an Advanced Degree Adding more work to your already-packed travel nurse schedule may seem counterproductive, but earning an advanced degree or enrolling in an RN to MSN bridge program offered online – discover more here – will give you more clout wherever you work. If you have an advanced degree, you’re not only more likely to earn a promotion or raise, you can also request better hours or transfer to a stable position with more regular daytime hours. If you choose a specialization, you’re even more likely to be attractive to potential employers. Being in demand gives you the ability to pick and choose where and when you work, as a travel nurse or as a nurse with a permanent position. Plus, opting for online courses means you can study when you have the time, no matter the hour. Study on the plane or train. If you stick to your steady sleep schedule, you’ll have plenty of time to study at night on your days off when most colleges are closed. 2. Keep a Steady Sleep Schedule If you regularly work at night, continue to stay awake at night even when you have time off. Staying awake at night is less preferable than staying awake during the day, as the body’s natural rhythms are naturally attuned to sleeping at night. However, changing when you sleep is even more destructive to a sleep cycle than sleeping during the day regularly. If you work...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Australia, Tips and Tricks |

Planning Your Wedding In Melbourne

Melbourne is well known for its industrial design and blend of classic architecture with unique urban spaces. So what could be more perfect than utilizing this appeal for your big day? There is more to Melbourne that just the urban landscape – it has history that you can feel around every corner and of course there is the fabulous harbour. What you can expect from a wedding in Melbourne is a day filled with romance, design and historical value. The Venues Weddings in Melbourne are as diverse as the city is, from industrial blank canvases, to urban rooftops. Each will hold their own appeal to couples and as with every decision you will make when planning your big day, they really do need to be 100% a personal choice. To lend a helping hand, here are some of the most unusual venues Melbourne has to offer. Starting with The Substation. The Substation is located to the west of the city. It is historically important and with its arched ceilings and huge windows, it is light, airy and stunningly beautiful. A blank canvas for any couple that loves historical architecture and old fashioned romance. Next on the list of must see venues in Melbourne is The Willows. The Willows is one of those venues where you can blend the city with the countryside – a perfect pairing. This beautiful venue is situated within the cities prestigious Boulevard and offers you a European flavour, whilst incorporating good, old fashioned, Australian hospitality. This is the perfect sport for lovers of chic, urban living and great design. If you’re looking for a more classic and elegant venue for your wedding, then look no further than Rydges. Conveniently located close to the city, the stunning venue will not disappoint. Choose between celebrating in the elegant ‘Bell City Ballroom’ or if you’re after something a bit more relaxed, then go for the ‘outdoor wedding’ in the breathtaking resort style gardens. Whatever you choose, you will be guaranteed a day/night you will never forget Bring the Urban Out With a city wedding, your colour choices for...

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