Best time to travel to Europe -Europe is always a good idea!

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Europe is full of exciting destinations. However, they cannot be all covered in one go. Therefore pick places on the ‘must visit’ list and plan the rest of the vacation around them. The main three travel seasons in Europe are high season, low season and shoulder season. It all depends on where you’re headed to as the continent of Europe is a rather large place that spans many different weather zones and longitudes. The high season, commonly known as the peak season in Europe or more often the summer travel season is the most popular time to travel. High season travel months are from June to September, and during this season, longs days (it doesn’t usually get dark until about 9.30 or 10.00pm), sunny weather and ebullient nightlife turn Europe into a powerful magnet.

Low season or the winter season is from November to March and days can be short and the weather can be cold. Except for ski resorts, hotels close down or drop their prices during this period and if you enjoy the lack of fellow tourists, the crisp air, then this is the ideal season to visit Europe. From April to May and from September to October are Europe’s shoulder seasons – that beautiful time of the year when the windows are flung open, when the weather is mild and fewer crowds.

Consider booking day tours in destinations as it can be tedious standing in line especially when travelling in the summer. The longer tours have meals thrown in and they all have experienced tour guides to explain everything. Visit forums, travel sites and watch vlogs to discover hidden gems and get tips on planning. Aitken Spence Holidays is one of a premier travel agency in Sri Lanka that offer well coordinated and extensive tour packages to multiple European destinations.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

Things to know when travelling to China – an essential guide

The very first thing you need to plan before travelling to China is your visa. You cannot claim for your visa on arrival, so have your Chinese visa ready before finalising any other arrangement. Your passport needs to have at least six months or more to go before it expires. If you purchase your ticket through a travel agency in Sri Lanka, you may be get access to better rates than if you were to book directly with an airline

When you are in China, you won’t be able to use US Dollars in most normal shops. You need to convert your US Dollars into Yuan, the official currency of China. The currency is available in denominations of 1, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Make sure that you always carry cash, as most outlets do not accept card payments. However, there are ATMs available. If you intend to use your card at an ATM, do not forget to inform the local branch of your bank before travelling to China.

However, if you have chosen a travel agency like Aitken Spence Holidays, you are likely to need money only for certain things as the travel agencies usually take care of accommodation, transport and meals with their tour packages. Do not forget to hire an interpreter if you are not conversant in Mandarin. China achieved a rapid growth of development without depending on the English language. So it goes to say that you can’t expect the majority of locals to understand English. If you are travelling to the country for a business purpose, an interpreter is an essential requirement. You will need their service, especially if you intend to travel by taxi. If you cannot take them everywhere you go, get them to write down what you need on a piece of paper and hand that to the taxi driver.
When you are shopping, remember to put your bargaining skills to good use. If you are good at bargaining, you will be able to buy an item for an amazingly low price.

When you are in a restaurant, remember waiters do not just come to your table. You cannot expect them to be at your service all the time, especially when you are in a crowded restaurant. When you do want to get the attention of one, simply wave your hands to call a waiter over, and remember, the waiters never expect a tip. There is no custom of tipping the waiters among the Chinese.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+