Net Neutrality Threatened by Trump Administration

Tom Wheeler, the former chair of the FCC, used his final speech before stepping down to warn businesses and consumers that their choice of cloud services and business applications could be severely limited if the incoming administration strikes down the 2015 open internet order that he and his group put in place. This order positioned the FCC’s net neutrality regulation that prevents Internet Service Providers from slowing or blocking traffic on their networks. This gives all traffic equal opportunity and speed and prevents network favoritism.

Wheeler also showed concern for the Internet of Things, an area of economic growth that is quickly becoming top of mind to many businesses and policy makers in Washington.

“[T]he growth of the internet of things is another area that depends on the open connectivity of those things,” Wheeler said. “If ISPs can decide arbitrarily which IoT device can be connected, or favor their own IoT activity over their competitors, the bright future of IoT dims.” Wheeler continued, “As everything goes into the cloud, the ability to access the cloud free of gatekeepers is essential. If ISPs get to choose which applications and clouds work better than others in terms of access, speed and latency, they will control the cloud future,”.

Wheeler’s position may not be a surprise now but given his past as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless sector his support of net neutrality may come as a shock.

Bill Wilson, a consultant for Broadband Landing, said, “Wheeler may be underplaying the seriousness of the situation. Net Neutrality is the biggest deal that no one really understands. If consumers and small businesses actually realized what the internet would look like after it was bought and sold by large corporations that was be worried. This would be all that was being talked about.”

Wheeler has the same question many businesses do, namely will Trump dismantle a policy that is clearly working? With republicans openly opposed to net neutrality things do seem dire for the policy.

Wheeler’s speech not only acts as a warning to the incoming administration but also clearly attempts to widen the scope of the net neutrality debate as a whole. Consumer impact of the open internet order is almost always the lead in any discussion of net neutrality but here Wheeler’s focus was on the danger to businesses and their increasing use of cloud computing. Interruption or the slowing of these services is a bit more destructive than a video playing slow. Businesses might be required to completely change back office management systems. A company like Salesforce.com could have their customer base divided between users that have an ISP that allows their traffic and ISP’s that won’t. Situations of this type could be repeated across many business services. If AT&T buys a firm that provides CMS to sales and marketing groups, it is not unthinkable that they would show preference to this firm over others.

Wheeler specifically calls out Verizon and AT&T for the “zero rating” programs that give some companies free access by not charging customers for the data they use. While this isn’t the feared “Fast Lane” net neutrality has been trying to avoid, it may actually be worse.

Wheeler finished his speech with, “It now falls to a new set of regulators, to a new FCC and to those who advocate before it and the Congress to determine the road that they want to take from here,” Wheeler said. “We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward and the other leads back to relitigating solutions that are demonstrably working.”

While the fork in the road analogy fits, it’s actually a bit more drastic than Wheeler makes it seem. One road leads forward and the other leads back a decade and then off a cliff into a hole filled with alligators.

Saudi Arabia Work Visa; Business Visas to Visit KSA

Visas to work in Saudi Arabia

If you are going to be working in Saudi Arabia then you will need a Saudi Arabian Work visa or a Business Visa.This article will discuss the types of visas that you need as well as the various problems that you may encounter;

There are several different types of Saudi visas that you can apply for but only the work visa allows you to work within Saudi Arabia. A business visa is often procured for people to work there, but this often being misused to get around restrictions that have been placed on the company.

This hub will detail out my experiences of getting a Saudi Arabia Visa and the MANY problems that I have encountered, I have been thrown out of the Saudi Embassy in London after I was insulted by staff, had documents destroyed, been forced to pay bribes and even ended up as an illegal alien that had to be smuggled out of KSA illegally.
Saudi Visas
Saudi Work Visa
Saudi Work Visa | Source
Saudi Business Visa
Saudi Business Visa | Source
Types of Saudi Visa

There are 5 main types of Visa that you can apply for when looking to enter KSA for either work or just to visit;
Saudi Business Visa;

This is for business men and women working for companies outside Saudi Arabia so that they can come into the Kingdom to work with or for a Saudi company. The duration can be one, three or 6 months. It can also be used by companies to bring you into the kingdom to work on a short term contract or to try you out during your trial period, although this is not what the visa is for. Often, if a company has problems gaining a work visa due to not being able to get authorization due to employing too few local Saudis they will bring an employee on this visa.
Saudi Work Visa;

This is for those that have been offered a contract to be working in Saudi Arabia, you will require to have medicals and submit educational certificates, all of which have to be legalized. Use an agent to do this as you will have to complete a large amount of paperwork. This visa is valid for 90 days at the end of which the company has to convert it to an Iqama which is your residency and work permit to allow you to stay and work in the country.
Saudi Holiday Visa

It is available, but unless you are Muslim with family in Saudi Arabia to sponsor your visit you are unlikely to get it! They do however want to develop the tourist industry so it will be interesting to see how this develops.
Dependent visa for Saudi Arabia

This is for the family of those that have an approved work visa. Please note however that only legalized marriage will be recognized, you can’t bring your girlfriend even if you have been together for 20 years.
Umrah/Haj Visa

This is for those that wish to visit to make Umrah/Haj, religious pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca). This is only for Muslims and the visas are limited by number and through approved travel agents only.

Saudi Iqama

Your Iqama or residency permit has to be applied for within 90 days of your entering the country on a work visa. This entitles you to stay and work within the country for your sponsor (employer). Without an Iqama you will not be able to open bank accounts, send money out of the country or even buy a SIM card for your phone.

The application is pretty straight forward and should be done by your sponsor. You will have to undertake another medical which will be pretty straight forward. This should be paid for by your employer and will probably cost around 250 Saudi Riyals.

You will also be fingerprinted and your eyes will be scanned.

Iqama or Saudi Residency Permit
Saudi Iqama
Saudi Iqama
Saudi Azad Visa

BEWARE – There is actually no such thing as an “Azad” Visa but many people offer to sell these visas to people at a huge cost. The Azad visa is often advertised as a visa that will allow you to work freely within the kingdom, however this is far from the truth.

To get into Saudi Arabia you need to have a sponsor (employer) who can provide you with a visa, this has prompted a small industry to rise where many Saudis will sell a visa to an expat and then allow the expat to work where ever they wish to. Often this visa will cost between 10 Thousand to 20 Thousand Riyals.

However, you are not allowed to work for anyone other than your sponsor! This means that you cannot work for anyone else legally. There is, however a thriving black market for illegal workers and many people do find work, often on lower wages and with worse conditions than those legally employed. But the government is cracking down on these practices and if you are caught then you will be sent home and there will not be any refund of the money that you have spent! This is a very risky way indeed to work within the kingdom.

Far better to just apply for jobs advertised within the kingdom, if you are hired your sponsor will pay for your visa in full and you will be fully covered by Saudi Labor Law. Avoid the Azad visa as it really is a huge risk.

Funchal, Madeira; a Travel Guide

Madeira is a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, about 600 km off the coast of Morocco. Up until the 15th century the island was uninhabited, but soon after Portuguese explorers first landed on the island in 1418, its strategic position in the Atlantic led to the establishment of Madeira as an important trading outpost. Despite a few upheavals, the island remains Portuguese territory to this day, though now with a largely autonomous local government which handles most of the island’s affairs.

Only 56 kilometres (35 miles) long, and 20 kilometres (14 miles) wide, the highest mountain of Pico Ruivo rises to 1862m. Indeed most of Madeira is more than 500m above sea level, so the island has what is essentially a mountainous geography. And this, together with the location of Madeira in the subtropics, ensures that the island enjoys a mild climate, albeit with diverse local weather patterns. As a result, Madeira is a green and pleasant land, but a land where the majority of the non-farming population live on the narrow coastal strip. And of these by far the largest number of Madeirans live in the capital, Funchal. 110,000 people call this their home – nearly half the total population of Madeira. This page is a brief guide to the town of Funchal.

All photos were taken by the author in and around Funchal in March 2011.
The red-roofed town of Funchal, photographed from the cable car to Monte
The red-roofed town of Funchal, photographed from the cable car to Monte | Source
Christopher Columbus sailed in the Santa Maria, during his epic 1492 voyage of discovery to the New World. Today, a replica of the Santa Maria offers short tourist trips from the harbour at Funchal
Christopher Columbus sailed in the Santa Maria, during his epic 1492 voyage of discovery to the New World. Today, a replica of the Santa Maria offers short tourist trips from the harbour at Funchal | Source
Funchal Cathedral stands in the town centre, and dates from the late 15th century
Funchal Cathedral stands in the town centre, and dates from the late 15th century | Source
A turret at Sao Tiago Fort
A turret at Sao Tiago Fort | Source
The History of Madeira and the Town of Funchal

Even from the very earliest days of Portuguese colonisation, there was a natural harbour on the southern coast of Madeira which soon became the site of a major settlement, This was where the island’s capital town, Funchal, was established. One visitor in these early days was Christopher Columbus, who married a Madeiran girl, Filipa, in 1479. Christopher and Filipa then lived briefly in Funchal, but in 1484 the marriage sadly came to an end when Filipa died in childbirth.

During the following centuries, the island’s sovereignty would come under dispute from Spain and France, and it was only in 1662 that Portugal finally established its permanent authority. Although during the Napoleonic Wars, the island again briefly became a focus of tension, and Portugal’s long-standing ally Britain temporarily took control of Funchal in order to remove a French army which had taken up residence.

As an island community, the exports trade was always critical to the survival of Madeira’s economy. Initially, the key crop was sugar cane. Later, various other crops, as well as the famous Madeira wine and Madeira lace, would become significant, though the benefits which accrued from this trade in past centuries were largely confined to the wealthier sections of the population.

The majority of Madeirans remained poor farm workers. However, recently the island has benefited considerably from the establishment of democracy in Portugal and the setting up of a regional government in Funchal, as well as EU grants for road building projects, and above all, the growth of tourism. Madeira is now one of Portugal’s most affluent provinces, and Funchal is prospering.
Sao Tiago Fort was built in 1614 to defend Funchal against pirates, and was later briefly occupied by 3500 British troops defending Funchal during the Napoleonic wars.
Sao Tiago Fort was built in 1614 to defend Funchal against pirates, and was later briefly occupied by 3500 British troops defending Funchal during the Napoleonic wars. | Source
The Convent of Santa Clara was founded in 1496, but was later destroyed by pirates. It was rebuilt in the 17th century.
The Convent of Santa Clara was founded in 1496, but was later destroyed by pirates. It was rebuilt in the 17th century. | Source
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Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I? Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I? Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I? Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I? Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I?
Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I?
Many of the streets of Funchal are decoratively tiled in black and white in various designs. I seem to have taken lots of photos of these; sad aren’t I? | Source
The Modern Town of Funchal

Set in front of – and encroaching up the side of – the mountains of Madeira, the red-roofed, white stone houses of modern Funchal make this one of the most attractive of towns. There is a relaxed feel to the place, as you walk around its picturesque squares and along narrow side streets, cobbled or decorated in black and white paving tiles. Dotted around the town are civic buildings, and churches, and shops, many of which cater to the needs of tourists. A number of museums in the town reflect Madeira’s history and culture. And everywhere there are cafes and restaurants, almost all with outside street seating, which serve Portuguese and Italian dishes, but also Chinese and a range of other cuisines.

In a central location is the Praco do Municipio, Funchal’s main square, surrounded by historic buildings like the Town Hall and a 17th century church, the Igreja do Colegio. And not far from the square is Funchal’s cathedral. To the east is the old town, which includes the coastal fort of Sao Tiago, and the town marketplace. And to the west lies the so-called hotel zone, where the majority of tourists who arrive on the island by plane will be housed.

Today the built-up area extends to include several neighbouring coastal resorts and mountain villages, and yet the modern conurbation of Funchal still retains the air of a small town, with plenty of open spaces and greenery.
There cannot be many capitals, where you look in one direction and see subtropical seas, and look in the other direction and see snow-capped mountains
There cannot be many capitals, where you look in one direction and see subtropical seas, and look in the other direction and see snow-capped mountains | Source
Boats in the marina at Funchal
Boats in the marina at Funchal | Source
The Harbour and Marina

The harbour was the place where the first settlers on Madeira landed, and it has remained the key reason for the growth of Funchal since then.

The harbour today has a marina which is home to a variety of yachts and day trip boats, but such has been the growth in the tourist industry that these are all too often dominated by the vast cruise liners which dock here each and every day to churn out thousands of tourists on to Funchal’s streets.
The Reids Hotel is world famous. Built in 1822, guests have included Winston Churchill and Captain Scott of the Antarctic, as well as kings, queens and film stars
The Reids Hotel is world famous. Built in 1822, guests have included Winston Churchill and Captain Scott of the Antarctic, as well as kings, queens and film stars | Source
The Funchal fruit and vegetable market (the Mercado dos Lavradores)
The Funchal fruit and vegetable market (the Mercado dos Lavradores) | Source
Tourism and Industry

With an influx of nearly one and a half million visitors each year, tourism is now Madeira’s biggest money earner, and a large proportion of the population are now engaged in some aspect of this industry.

But the traditional economy of Madeira has been built on agriculture and wine production. Agriculture is practised on small terraced farms on the island’s hillsides. And the farmwork remains traditionally manual, simply because the undulating landscape precludes the use of heavy farm machinery.

The main market of Funchal, is well worth a visit as a place where all the local produce of fruit and vegetables are on display in an array of stalls set round a central courtyard. There’s also a fish market here, as well as stalls of wickerwork and other local crafts, and cut flowers. The market gives a real feel for what has made Madeira prosperous.

Schengen Visa Requirements for Filipino Citizens – Successful Application in the Philippines

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The easiest way to get a Schengen visa in the Philippines without a personal interview (possible) is discussed in this page together with the application process and list of requirements for Filipino citizens to get a Schengen visa and travel all the countries and territories listed under the agreement. How much will it cost, where can you get the insurance requirement and the like. So let’s proceed.

Schengen Visa will allow anyone including Filipinos to travel and visit 22 European countries and 3 non-European in just one visa. If you want to visit Europe and some countries around it without processing and attending lots of visa appointments, the Schengen is for you. We all know that as a Philippine passport-holder, we are required to obtain visa in traveling and visiting countries around the world except some ASEAN countries and few more. However, countries like USA, UK, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and more, require us to process visa before out travel. But with Schengen, in one visa, you can visit the following countries and places as long as the visa is valid. Imagine how much money we could save and how many appointments we won’t need once we have this special visa. So so much!

Top Ten Underrated European Cities

Everybody knows cities like Paris, London, Rome, and Barcelona are among the best in Europe, but there are many other fabulous European cities that just don’t get their fair share of the limelight. Whether the country’s capitals and bigger cities steal their thunder or official city tourism authorities don’t advertise their cities well, the cities on my list are slightly overlooked by travelers. And if you are looking to broaden the scope of your trips to Europe to include some less-talked-about but very unique places, add one of my ten most underrated European cities to your must-see in Europe list.
The Palio, Siena Italy
The Palio, Siena Italy

Siena Hotels Guide
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Siena Italy

Italy unquestionably is most desirable travel destination in the world. Everyone dreams to see Rome, Venice and Florence at least once in a lifetime. The country is full of popular vacation spots and attractions. But even the savviest of travelers exploring Italy could miss Siena, Italian capital of the Middle Ages. ‘The Beloved’, the jewel under the Tuscan sun, Siena is a unique city with historic architectural treasures and traditions which go back to the thirteen century, to the times when the city flourished as one of the major cities of Europe. And now sites like Piazza del Campo, the Duomo, Palazzo Pubblico and Palazzo Sansedoni, remind us of long history of the city. The Palio, the traditional horse race, which is held twice during the summer, is one of the most famous attractions of the city. And if you decided to visit Siena, better plan your visit around the Palio race, and you will enjoy best of Siena at the same time: the city under the sun, the Palio, Sienes specialties and great Tuscan wines!
Lyon France
Lyon France
Lyon France

It would be fair to say that Lyon is world-wide known city. The city, together with its suburbs and satellite towns, is the second-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris. However, Paris stole from Lyon not only the first place in size, but also in popularity. Most of tourists, visiting France, go to Paris, The South of France and French ski resorts, slightly overlooking Lyon. Meanwhile, Lyon is a very beautiful city with its architectural renaissance buildings and monuments, many museums and gardens, a famous opera house and great night life. And not everyone knows that Lyon is considered to be the gastronomic capital of Europe. With the big number of Michelin starred restaurants and finest chefs in Europe, the huge variety of local specialties and delights, Lyon is truly French cuisine paradise.

Bratislava Hotels & Tourist Guide
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Bratislava Slovakia

Prague is the most lovable Eastern European travel destination, and the city definitely deserves it. But, what about Prague’s little sister Bratislava? Unfortunately, Bratislava has to exist in the shadow of gorgeous Prague. And that’s too bad, because Bratislava is a beautiful old city with its own fascinating history, impressive castles and churches, charming squares and streets. With history going back to 200 BC, Bratislava was formed under many cultural influences from the Celtics to Romans to Germans to Hungarians. Six centuries of Roman influence left many architectural sings of Roman culture in the old city, with the finest one – the Bratislava Castle. The castle, built above the River Danube, now is home for Slovak National Museum and a great viewpoint of the city and the river. The city and particularly Old Town has been completely and stunningly renovated with new real estate developments, great accommodations, diverse restaurant and nightlife scene. Prepare to be charmed and even consider extending your stay!
Copenhagen Denmark
Copenhagen Denmark

Hotels in Copenhagen
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Copenhagen Denmark

Nobody could say that Copenhagen is unpopular or unknown. Still, I think, that the city deserves more attention and popularity. And why not, the city is absolutely fantastic – beautiful canals and cobbled squares, copper spires and narrow streets, quaint old homes and blooming gardens, cozy sidewalk cafes and tempting pastry shops. Certainly the most famous attraction is Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park and pleasure garden right in the heart of Copenhagen. Best known for its flower gardens, Tivoli Gardens is also home for one of world’s oldest wooden roller coaster and the world’s tallest carousel. And of course another reason to visit Copenhagen is beer. Now Copenhagen is becoming one of top beer-drinking destinations in Europe. The city has many top class beer bars, brewpubs and beer shops. Here you can even easily find beers even from Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Utrecht Holland
Utrecht Holland

Utrecht Hotels Guide
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Utrecht Holland

Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. The city was founded in AD 47 as a Roman garrison. Standing on a tributary of the Rhine, Utrecht has several canals with Oudergracht, the oldest one. A walk along Oudergracht will give you a great tour of the old city. But the most romantic way to see the city of Utrecht is by horse-drawn carriage. The beautiful Gelderland horses will take you around the outer canals, parks, narrow alleyways, the inner canals and most impressive buildings of Utrecht. The skyline of Utrecht is a mass of spires – the city is full of beautiful churches, monasteries, castles and convents dated as far as 11th century. So, if you decided to visit ‘the country of windmills and cheese’, don’t limit your trip with Amsterdam, take a day or two to explore the Netherlands and include Utrecht in your itinerary.
Brussels Belgium
Brussels Belgium

Brussels Hotels Guide
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Brussels
Travel to Brussels – things to do and places to see

Brussels Belgium

Tourists zipping between Amsterdam and Paris by train usually miss Brussels, but its rich, chocolaty mix of food and culture pleasantly surprises those who stop. As the capital of the European Union, the city is multicultural with a world of ethnic restaurants, not to mention Brussels specialties: mussels, Belgian fries, waffles, chocolate and yeasty local beers. Relax on the Grand Place, Brussels’ main square in the heart of the old town, enjoy Belgian cuisine and watch the parade of tourists from around the world. Or take a walk around old town, the city is great for walking tours, and stop by in a couple of Brussels museums. You can spend a few days in Brussels or just a few hours – Brussels is a great place to visit at any occasion.
Bruges Belgium
Bruges Belgium

Bruges Hotels Guide
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Bruges Belgium

Most of the people probably never heard about Belgian city Bruges before recent Colin Farrell movie In Bruges. In fact, Bruges (Brugge in Dutch), is one of the most beautiful and well preserved medieval cities in Belgium with Renoir canals, gilded architecture, Flemish art and stay-a-while cafes. What can be better than ride a bike along a canal, then munch mussels and wash them down with the world’s best Belgian beer. Or make your trip to Bruges a romantic getaway – the city is perfect for a romance. Whatever you do in Bruges, you would feel like you are in a different world and even with the touristic crowds, Bruges is the kind of place where you don’t mind being a tourist.
Edinburg Scotland
Edinburg Scotland

Scotland Hotels Guide
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Edinburgh Scotland

Even being Scotland’s capital and second-largest city Edinburgh is slightly overlooked by travelers. Meanwhile, Edinburgh is a unique combination of spectacular landscapes, elegant streets, cobbled alleys and incomparable sunsets. The buildings of this vibrant capital city, from the historic houses and famous Edinburgh Castle of the Royal Mile to the elegant Georgian terraces and crescents of the New Town, offer the perfect complement to the natural setting of hills and crags. Even though Edinburgh is most known for Hogmanay celebrations of the New Year, the city is perfect for a visit any time of the year. Don’t miss the surrounding Scottish lowlands and coastal villages on the outskirts of the city.
Tallinn Estonia
Tallinn Estonia

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Tallinn Estonia

The capital of unknown for many but totally fabulous the Republic of Estonia, Tallinn is quite different from any city in Scandinavia or Europe. The cobbled streets with old merchant houses and medieval castles, church spires and red-tile roofed homes, the Old Town with ancient stone walls – Tallinn is surprisingly well preserved medieval town on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. And the city has managed to keep its uniqueness and style in spite of commercial and cultural European influence for last fifteen years. For those travelers who are looking for unexplored but civilizing and stylish destinations, Tallinn is a perfect choice. But hurry up, before Tallinn really takes off.
Lviv Ukraine
Lviv Ukraine

The Churches of Old Lviv, Ukraine
Lviv Info
Travel guide to Lviv, tourist information and hotels reservations

Lviv Ukraine

Ukraine as whole country should be on top of the list of underrated destinations in Europe. And even though some adventurous travelers and brave businessmen take a chance on Crimea and Kiev, Lviv doesn’t get enough attention. Lviv, the architectural jewel of western Ukraine, is a noticeably different from any Ukrainian cities. The city with quite and quaint old town, exquisite churches and cathedrals, wooded hills, charming cafes and cozy coffee shops is ideally suited for a walk and relaxation. Something you cannot say about many Ukrainian towns. A few hours spent in the old town would make you forget about any of Lviv’s shortcomings, such as traffic and pretty bad roads. But don’t forget you wouldn’t need too much money to enjoy memorable trip to Ukraine, and that makes the country a very desirable budget destination in Europe.

Cheap Europe Travel Tours: Plan Your Trip Now!

Traveling to Europe was never so easy and reasonable. The cheap Europe travel tours have made it possible for you to conveniently plan a holiday that too at affordable rates of interest. The beautiful country has so much for history lovers and nature lovers. The beautiful continent is the second largest continent and bestows so much. Every year Europe enjoys various tourists from all around the world and leaves keen visitors spellbound with magnificent and beautiful destinations.

Rome, Paris, London, Italy, Denmark, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Spain and Switzerland are some of popular countries of Europe that enjoy huge visitor rush. Intriguing cultures, wonderful sceneries and places of historical importance are common places. From Eiffel tower to Colosseum museum in Rome, you will be able to visit and see some of the world famous places at reasonable rates.

The contrasting culture and customs that you will encounter while moving on from one destination to other will be a totally unforgettable experience. You can take help of travel guide or itinerary can be consulted to plan your trip. You can easily find useful and reliable information about all the tourist spot and will enable easy navigation.

Cheap travel Europe is a complete tour package and is made available by many travel agencies. These travel agencies make all the arrangement from tickets to room reservation, food and transportation arrangement and various such things. These package tours are specially designed to provide complete insight of Europe keeping your budgetary allocations in mind. These agencies provide these services at affordable rates as they have tie ups with the hotels, transportation service providers etc and get discounts.

To access any information or to apply for cheap travel to Europe you can easily search online. Get information, compare various packages and select one that suits you.

Travel In Hungary: Free Pocket Travel Guide Of Budapest By Flashbooking Accommodation Website

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre. The official language spoken is Hungarian. Budapest has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the amalgamation on 17 November 1873 of right-bank (west) Buda and Óbuda together with Pest on the left bank. It is the ninth largest city in the European Union.

Those who love travelling light, those with a sense for adventure, those who love flexibility in their trips, those who like meeting locals and travelling slow and low… those are Flashbooking happy travellers!

Flashbooking chose to provide backpackers, students and families with a list of budget selected and independent accommodations worldwide, mostly run by locals, in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies. For this and other reasons Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online.

Flashbooking cheap lodging solutions are all available for online bookings and divided by Countries. Travellers have free access to the updated list of Europe hostels and budget hotels, North and South America hostels, Caribbean and Central America hostels as well as for Asia cheap accommodations, Oceania youth hostels and Africa hostels.

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Travel Guide To Sicily

Sicily has made an indelible mark on the European traveling scene. Is it because of the Volcano that is still burning, or is it because of the rich cultural heritage that the city carries? The European experience has been adorned by the Italian influence. The Greek domination has left such marks on the settlements around Rome and rest of Italy including Greece and Sicily that it has become next to impossible to miss it. The roman leftovers are grand enough to attract the historians as well as the tourists.

Sicily is one of the most sought after destinations in Italy. The tourism advantage that Sicily can give is just an added feature. The reason for this is that it is essentially a culturally charged city. The city has in itself treasured the exploits of the second Great War as well as the ancient historical facts that a significant part of world history. The city holds a distinct aura as differentiable as its language, which is a mixture of many nearby languages. The Mediterranean influence on the place can be felt by the cuisine that is served in its lavishly decorated restaurants.

Sicily holds a unique history that is flanked by the exploits and rule of many dynasties. The geographical location of the place gives a very wrong picture of it being part of the Italian rule. Though it is now a part of Italy but its origin and history is different from that of Italy. The main land of Sicily is separated from the Italian land and thus it finds many indigenous people living in it. How ever it has been a favorite of almost all the empires. The Carthage, the Greeks and the Normans fought over the land too much and it saw the changing the hands. Rome was finally the victor and they ruled it for a long time. Then in the late 19th century Italy took over the control. However the impact of mafia on the island is too much and large part of the land is still under its influence. The city also has the honor of perpetrating the mafia concept.

The Greek and the roman influence on the city can be seen by the architecture that is seen around the city. The enormous size of the cathedrals and platforms dazzles the mind of the visitors. The Sicilian backdrop has been used by many film makers and performers. The sheer grandeur of the roman and Greek constructions makes it one of the most sought after destination in southern Europe.

Mount Etna is one of the volcanoes that is still active apart from being the tallest in Europe. The rich thick forest cover around the Etna region is an added attraction to the tourists. Apart from the seldom traffic problems and delays in flights and trains, the city offers a vista of traveling experiences.

The city is easy to approach, as it is a part of most of eastern and southern European tours. The individual visit can also be a good idea. From romanticism of the mafia to the raw power of nature Sicily has it all.

All About Travel Guides

When a person hears the phrase “travel guides” two things may come to mind. The first thing appear to be various types of catalogues that outline specific destinations. The other type of travel guide that concerns mind is an actual person who leads a group while on a break.

The first type of travel guides are catalogues, pamphlets, books and other reading material that gives a traveler a very good idea about a particular destination. They will often comprise such facts such as where hotels, restaurants and other facilities used by people traveling are situated. They will likewise give info about these places including their ratings and even prices. In the same way as prices, travel guides can also be useful for people who need or like to travel on an allowance as they can suggest the greatest resource to get the greatest deals. For individuals who know where they want or must go, but have no idea how you should behave once they have arrived, guides are perfect for listing the attractions and sites available in that location. The’re many types available, which are geared certainly types of travel. Some guides may concentrate on one aspect of a location like information for families, where other travel guides may focus on facts that an individual occurring business would find most of assistance. These travel guides can be found in many different places.

For people that possess ample time to prepare for their trip, two good sources are the travel and tourism office for the sought after destination. By contacting this office, they can provide you with a package of info all regarding their location. They could even comprise some coupons. For those that are online frequently, the phone numbers and even email and internet site address can all be found internet with a basic search. Another good source for those who’re online is by simply searching using the text “travel guides.” There are many sites for sale to choose from that provide internet guides which can be printed up, or there are many guides which can likewise be ordered and typically for free.

The other type of travel guide is actual people hired to take either individuals or groups of people once at the destination and show them around, going to the most popular sites and attractions. While those traveling within their own individual country don’t generally need this service, perhaps it is a valuable service to those traveling outside of their country. It can be reassuring to know there is someone available who knows about the nation and the best places to visit.

Travel guides, whether paper or a person is a fantastic source of info when planning a trip. Nevertheless, along with these guides a person should likewise regard having available a map. While most guides do include some type of map, having other sources of maps like a road map will make the trip even more enjoyable since the more maps are used, the less likely a person will learn themself lost, which can create a pleasant trip turn bad. Using the amalgamation of travel guides and maps is the best way to produce a good trip great!

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A Short Note About Travel Guides

A travel guide book is the best travel companion. It is an essential part of traveling. It offers wonderful knowledge about the places you must see, the place where you will get good food and the place for your accommodation. It also explains the culture and more insight about the travel destination. This would save the time of searching the resources. With the help of travel books, you can get complete knowledge about the place and become more accustomed to a place within a short period.

We find a broad range of travel books. Some books would only cover the main things that would help the traveler. Few books are specialized and explain to you starting from the basic things. Some travel books are more specific for a particular sort of travel groups. You can find a wide range of travel books for individual travelers, backpackers, adventure travelers and vegetarians.

Generally, travel guide books would help you by explaining about all the information required to reach the particular travel destination and this would help you to get rid of the inconvenience. But then, few travelers would feel uncomfortable to use precious luggage allowance for simply carrying books. For these kind of travelers you get travel ebooks which could be easily carried and accessible.

The advantages of travel ebooks

A wide collection of ebooks are available on the web. Most of the travel websites provide travel guides as a PDF download. These can be downloaded onto a reading device and it can be carried wherever you go. Most of the E books contain photograph and illustration of the place, though they are in black and white. The advantages of travel E Books are:

1. It is easy to carry. You can download number of e books that interests you and some time you can keep them as a PDF document

2. The cost would be much less than the travel guide books you purchase.

3. Travel ebooks can be browsed and purchased from the internet. You can download them instantly as soon as you complete the payment.

4. Travel ebooks are easily accessible using the reading device provided along with that.

5. Reading devices contain additional functionality such as bookmarking. This could help you to have an instant access to the specific pages. For example, if you need an information about the particular place from over a wide range of book. You no need go through each page, instead you get a quick access to that particular page you are looking.

Travel ebooks are always economical while we get many options along with that. It provides wonderful information about the destinations. Apart from E books, we get travel guides in wide formats. Even you can purchase the audio travel guides. This would be really interesting and we can feel like going with the human companion. Over all, travel guides are mandatory to have a safe and wonderful adventure.

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