King Henry V of England is said to have invented the first passport as a means of helping his subjects prove who they were in foreign lands. The earliest reference to these documents is found in a 1414 Act of Parliament.
Today, your passport is your entry into foreign countries as a tourist, student or worker.
Yet not all passports are created equally.
The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a visa. The rankings are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information.
Traveling is always full of entertainment and adventure. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying over the Atlantic Ocean, bussing through a busy street in Rome, or driving across a peaceful stretch of rural France, there is always fun to be had as you move from one tourist hot spot to the next.
When it comes to Europe, in particular, though there’s one form of travel that should always be seriously considered: biking. Most areas of the world don’t lend themselves to biking as easily as Europe. Distances between locations in places like Asia or the United States are typically vast and local civilization often sprawls over huge areas.
You don’t need a study to know that healthcare in the U.S. is expensive. But to put it in perspective, Johns Hopkinspublished a paper comparing U.S. healthcare spending to other developed countries. As you probably imagine, the U.S. is the priciest. Americans spend $9.892 per capita which is 25 percent higher than Switzerland, who came in second place with $7,919 and 108 percent higher than Canada’s $4,753. In a separate report breaking down the cost of healthcare in Europe, Spain’s spending is roughly $2,600 (adjusted from Euros) and France is approximately $4,000.
This is a natural reaction to our crisis. Alongside the infection itself, the situation surrounding COVID-19 has taken a significant mental toll on many of us. As highlighted in the resource, a study found that 35% of Tokyo telecommuters reported a deterioration in their mental health since lockdown began. Between the upheaval in our lifestyles, concern about health, and changes to working practices, the general population is experiencing a lot of strain. One of the strategies that can help maintain our mental health is taking time away for some travel.
For many, the idea of a European getaway is the ultimate dream. There are so many historical sights to see and adventures to behold that it almost seems like another world. However, while Europe has its share of gorgeous architecture and friendly people, you still want to travel with safety in mind.
Like all places, Europe has its dangers, so a careful approach to travel is a must. Whether it is avoiding theft, keeping your identity safe, or keeping an eye on dangerous world events, there are steps you should take to ensure the safety of you and your family. Here are some tips to follow so your European vacation is one you will always remember for all the right reasons.
International travel is always an education unto itself. Experiencing new food, language, lifestyles, habits, and an entirely different culture as a whole is one of the greatest learning adventures you can have.
Europe is particularly suited for this, as it consists of dozens of different cultures that have existed for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Switzerland alone has three primary languages depending on where you travel, and the food choices across the continent vary dramatically from the boot of Italy to the Russian steppe.
Ahhhhhhh … The Netherlands! Home to the Dutch people! You may think clogs, windmills and those special “cafes” where no one drinks coffee. Here’s our quick guide to help you explore the nine best cities to visit in The Netherlands.
Whether you’re planning a weekend trip away or just coming in for the day, Amsterdam is by far the best city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is not just the most international city of the Netherlands, but of the whole world! With around 181 nationalities living in the city it is quite the hub. Because of all this cultural diversity, there is something for everyone in this vibrant and open-minded city. Whether you prefer clubbing or interesting museums, Amsterdam is a city of gold for everyone.
It can be easily argued that Europe is one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Whether you want to go sightseeing, hiking, or sailing, Europe has something for everyone. The downside of this overwhelming amount of activity options is the throng of tourists and large crowds that dominate Europe’s beautiful cities and countries.
Paris, the City of Love. You’d think that it was the only romantic city in France from that name, however you’d be wrong. In this article we’ll look at 10 romantic hotels across France for you to escape to this season. And if you’re looking last minute, the best thing is you can book these with data from your My UK SIM Card, which you can use across the UK and Europe!
According to its definition, a ‘new year’s resolution’ resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve your life. Is your new year’s resolution to visit Europe in 2019? If so we’re going to tell you about the best events to attend in Europe this year.
From music festivals, to sports events, to folk event and to religious events, Europe is home to some of the oldest and yet most fun events you’ll ever attend.