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What you need to take on a trip to Europe

If you are going to go on a trip to European countries, you should take with you everything you’ll need during the trip.

  1. Travel Water Bottle.

You should take a bottle of water with you. Don’t take a plastic bottle, because plastic pollution is one of the problems in Europe. It is worth noting that you can drink tap water without fear for your health. If you decide to take a bottle, then it must be aluminum because it copes well with the hot sun.

  1. Sunscreen

Going on a trip to Europe, take a sunscreen. Of course you can buy it on the beach, but its cost will be more expensive.

  1. Travel Towel

In hotels you are provided with a towel, but it is forbidden to take it with you to the beach. So, you need to take a towel with you, and it is better if this is a microfiber one. Such towels are light and don’t cling on to sand or dirt.

  1. Hiking Sandals

Most European beaches are hard to get to and require climbing on jagged rocks. Hiking sandals will help you to deal with this problem. They do not collect sand and allow your feet to breathe.

  1. Travel Insurance

Going to travel, don’t forget about your travel insurance. You are going to a foreign country and don’t know what can happen, so you should be prepared.

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Nusa Dua – a resort area of Bali

Nusa Dua is the best resort and beach in Bali. It is ideal for those people who like the sea, sand and who want to enjoy the beauty of the nature. Who only wants to swim and sunbathe and nothing else. There are no shopping centers, bars, clubs, discos, attractions and entertainment after sunset (and in the afternoon, there is no place to go).

Nusa Dua beach is located in the south of the island of Bali in the east of the Bukit peninsula. Previously, there was a small settlement, the residents grew algae. They are still growing them, only moved slightly to the south. This resort is artificial and was created by order of the authorities, who decided to build the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in Bali. And not simple, but elite, with all the modern infrastructure.

Beach and sea

The area of Nusa Dua was chosen in Bali for that purpose because it is the best beach. It is no secret that the island is a Paradise for surfers,because almost all over the coast there are high waves all year round. For some people it is good, but for other people there is no opportunity to swim.

There are three beaches on the island where you can swim in calm waters – these are Jimbaran, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The first is located near the airport. The second has a lot of buildings, and the third, Nusa Dua, was an ideal candidate. Here you can see the beautiful landscapes, calm sea, completely lacking infrastructure. The exception is the huts of the locals, but you can meet them very rarely.

The Nusa Dua beach was planned to be an ideal place for a beach holiday, where everything you need is located here, and all the excess should be located beyond the resort area for a few kilometers. What is needed for a good beach holiday? Clean beaches without garbage. Only sun loungers and parasols, 1-2 souvenir shops, a museum for lovers of the island’s history, water sports, hotels with pools, restaurants, spas, gyms, and massage salons are needed. Nusa Dua has it all.

Nusa Dua became a certain state in Bali, an isolated area intended only for swimming and sunbathing. This resort has three entrances, which are guarded. The guards check all people on motorcycles and cars. Basically, they check the Balinese, so that a merchant did not accidentally penetrate and did not spoil the rest of the tourists. Foreigners are usually not checked.

Who will appreciate Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua in Bali should be visited by anyone who wants a comfortable beach holiday on the half-empty coast and is ready to pay extra for it. There are few people here. Those who want to have a romantic getaway, for example, newlyweds, and those who want privacy during a holiday, will appreciate this place. As a rule, they do not need shopping, nightlife and discos until the morning. They prefer beautiful natural landscapes.

Families with children will enjoy staying in Nusa Dua. This is one of the few places on the island where there are absolutely no waves, your child will splash in the shallow water and you will not fear for his safety.

Who shouldn’t go to Nusa Dua

Youth and active people. They will not find something to do here and get bored of lying on the beach all the time.

Rest on the beach of Nusa Dua is not suitable for budget tourists. There are no cheap guest houses and hotels not only near the sea, but also a kilometer from it. If you want to save money, do not even consider this resort as a place of rest.

If you want to shop or get acquainted with the life of the locals, with their restaurants and cafes, you will also be disappointed. There are no ordinary Balinese houses and cafes here. To be honest, all the locals are engaged in tourism and if you want to see the traditional way of life of Balinese, you have to go deep into the island.

How to get to Nusa Dua from Denpasar airport

The resort area is located about 12 km South-East of Denpasar airport. You can get to Nusa Dua from there only by taxi. Given that not poor people go to this resort, it is better for them to take a taxi directly at the airport, and not to look for a taxi on the street.

Hotels

In Nusa Dua, there are only expensive hotels, mostly 4 and 5 stars. Cheap accommodation is completely absent. Therefore, you should not consider this area to find a cheap hotel.

But those hotels, which are presented, have the entire modern infrastructure with restaurants, bars, playgrounds, tour desk, pools, spas, etc. The rooms are spacious and there is air conditioning, hot water, TV, fridge, mini bar, hair dryer, kettle, high speed Internet. In many rooms it is possible to install an extra bed for a child, and babysitting services for babies are provided. It’s better to book hotels in Nusa Dua in advance. 

 

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Top 20 Travel Startups

There are a lot of different startups all over the world. They appear very often and offer different services. Today we’ll look through the twenty best travel startups.

This startup has taken 7 years to crack the complicated technical problem of building a set of tools that can help ground transportation providers shift up a gear and run their businesses more efficiently. Bus-side mobile ticket scanning, accurate ridership reports, optimized pricing for demand, as well as mobile shopping and upselling.

  • Bidroom (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are squeezing independent hotels with commissions and costs that can total as much as 30%. Many owners are looking for alternatives. Bidroom offers one, charging hotels zero commissions after a one-time fee. Changes in contracts between the online travel firms and hotels allow each side to offer discounted rates via membership-based platforms.

Building a chatbot is not the same thing as building a business. Destygo, unlike other chatbot builders, is creating a conversational artificial intelligence platform specialized for the travel industry.

A lot of well-funded companies are wringing efficiencies out of the vacation rental sector with new tech and new business models. Evolve stands out by offering owners services a la carte. Its basic set comes with smaller commissions than some rivals charge.

This startup helps hotels preserve rate integrity. Fornova expands with an array of technologies that help hotels maintain the integrity of their rates. So far, Marriott, Accor, and other hotel groups use Fornova to monitor and benchmark online rates and automatically react to ensure they sell every room in the smartest way.

Managers of vacation rental properties want to market their properties on Airbnb and other platforms, and a lot of companies have popped up to sell software to help. However, almost none of these online tools are comprehensive in automating the tasks required after a traveler has clicked a “book now” button, such as handling any refund issues that might crop up. Futurestay strives to handle it all, leaving owners with less manual work.

A lot of hotel groups in India and emerging markets run server-based management systems at their properties and lack centralized control at the corporate level. The hoteliers also have little ability to transact with online travel agencies in real-time. Hotelogix combine all of this together with mobile-first, internet-based software for customers in many countries.

  • Ivvy (Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia)

The startup CEO Lauren Hall wants to take her booking engine for events to a global audience. Meeting planners and venue suppliers like hotels remain mired in systems that don’t talk to each other seamlessly. Other companies, like Social Tables, are also tackling overlapping parts of the problem. But Hall wants to create the first global distribution system for events.

Travel suppliers know that clients want seamless personalized experiences and relevant offers, but each brand only has a small set of data on any given traveler. Journera is trying to find a way to piece together the data and help firms make more relevant offers at each stage of a trip.

Kiwi.com offers a distinctive model of combining flights from non-partner airlines into single itineraries. Just imagine: flying first on Ryanair and then on easyJet on two one-way tickets to reach your final destination.

  • Lvji (Guangzhou, China)

Anybody who has traveled in China outside of its best-known cities knows that the amount of tourism information infrastructure is limited for Mandarin-speakers — let alone for international visitors. To fill the gap, Lvji has developed audio travel guides for mobile apps and electronic kiosks for destinations.

  • Mews (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Hotel innovation has been held back by the 300 or so property management systems. The majority property management systems are too complicated for new services to integrate with quickly and smoothly — either because they charge high connectivity fees or are clunky to use. Mews charges nothing for integrations, and it has built its property management system from scratch to work well with the APIs that enable digital innovation.

This is an online travel agency in the sense it takes payments and rebooks customers when anything goes wrong. But its search results look like a metasearch company’s, such as Kayak’s or Skyscanner’s. It has pioneered other innovations, too, such as letting consumers pay for their trips in quarterly installments and selling more fully flexible cancellation insurance than legacy players do.

Travelers shopping for car rentals, or ride-hailing apps get tired of trawling through long lists of choices. Mobacar taps machine learning to forecast the mode of transport and type of vehicle a traveler will want and aims to push only relevant offers first. It claims to be able to divine the mindset of any given traveler, such as how much he or she would be willing to pay and how much of a rush they may be in.

Major middlemen technology companies aggregate a huge share of the world’s airline tickets and distribute them to travel agencies. However, the giants leave gaps in coverage. A few upstart companies, such as India’s Mystifly, aim to plug those gaps with next-generation tech. PKFare is China’s star in this category. It is building a business-to-business marketplace where agencies, suppliers, and companies can access branded airline and hotel wholesale inventory.

RedDoorz is a network of budget branded lodging, with a lot of properties primarily in Indonesia but also in Singapore and the Philippines.

This company helps tourist sites, museums, and other attraction operators automate and digitize many of their administrative processes.

A lot ofof people go camping, but most still use old-school methods to plan their trips. The Dyrt has built campground search mobile apps that have aggregated many pictures, videos, and reviews of campsites.

This company helps to predict when a flight might experience a disruption many hours in advance. Then it helps airlines tempt flexible passengers with compensation in exchange for rebooking on other flights. Volantio tackles knotty operational, commercial, and technological problems. Its aim is to help airlines avoid drama at airport gates and boost overall airline revenue.

Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East and North Africa market have been underserved by Western and Chinese online travel multinationals. Yamsafer has successfully outmaneuvered other regional players to become one of the most-used companies for booking hotels and apartment rentals.

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How to Stay in Shape While Traveling?

Those who often travel know that sticking to the healthy habits you have at home can be a real challenge. However, it’s possible.

There are hotel gyms and healthy snacks you can pack, but there are some tricks that are time-efficient and effective for maintaining a fitness routine even far from home.

Remember, you don’t have to work out for an hour to get results. In fact, working out for a shorter period of time with a higher intensity can be even better.

Here you can find seven creative tips for staying fit on the road.

  • Use Your Bag as a Weight

When there’s no gym, use your backpack or bag as added weight. There are a lot of variations you can do here, for example overhead squats with your carry-on held over your head; and throwing the backpack on and doing push-ups.

You should put enough personal belongings in your bag to make the moves challenging.

  • Run Sprints in the Hallways

Running sprints is one of the most effective things you can do for burning fat, and they require less time and space than distance running. Find a good hallway in your hotel that allows you to sprint at least 20 yards in one direction.

  • Walk up the Stairs

Stairs are also a great option for more relaxed workout. Walk up the stairs, taking one or two steps at a time, for 30 minutes.

It’s better to start on the upper floors, where you’re less likely to bump into people, and remember that safety is the most important thing.

  • Use Your Hotel Room for Work Out

If the hotel gym is closed for renovations or doesn’t exist at all, a bodyweight workout right in your hotel room is an excellent option.

You can place a towel or yoga mat on the floor and do sets of push-ups, squats and crunches.

Be thoughtful of your neighbors. Don’t go too crazy with jump squats or burpees, especially if you’re working out early in the morning or late at night.

  • When You Arrive – Go for a Run

When arriving in a new city, you can go for a long run. You’ll get to explore your new surroundings and knock out your exercise for the day all in one shot.

Take in the sights, stop and talk to people or drop in to local shops along the way.

  • Exercise in the Airport

You can also put your downtime at the airport to good use and get a workout in while you wait for your flight.

Some airports now have gyms, or yoga rooms that are free to use.

If bodyweight workouts aren’t your thing, you can get your steps in and take a walk around the terminal. Go up and down the stairs a few times for an added challenge.

  • Lunch at Chipotle

If you’re traveling and need some quick food, it’s hard to beat Chipotle. There are thousands of locations worldwide, so it won’t be hard to find one. And the food is relatively healthy, if you make the right choices when ordering.

It’s better to stay away from burritos and tacos, as the tortillas are the largest sources of hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Stick to bowls and salads, with meat for protein and plenty of veggies. Don’t be afraid of rice, especially if you’re staying active.