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    How to Avoid Getting Sick on Holidays

    So you’ve spent months doing your research to plan the perfect holiday. You’ve saved up as much money and leave needed and you’re all hyped up. You arrive, have a meal…and next thing you know, you spend the night next to the toilet bowl; something you ate didn’t agree with you. You wake up the next morning completely exhausted with no appetite to eat and no energy to walk around. It takes you at least 3 days to recover and these 3 days feel like hell, it completely ruins your trip…Does this sound familiar?

    Even for the most seasoned traveler, sickness can hit you unexpectedly.

    Whether it be a scenario like the above, or falling sick due to other reasons, it is definitely not a fun situation to be in. Even for the most seasoned traveler, sickness can hit you unexpectedly. I mean, if you can get sick at home, your chances of getting sick whilst traveling multiplies – as you are exposed to more foreign elements.

    Although, I can’t guarantee a fool-proof way for you to not get sick on holidays, I can give you a few tips on how to avoid it and prepare your body as much as possible.

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    48 Hours In Barcelona, Spain

    After a quick visit to Nice, Monaco and St Paul de Vence, we hopped on a plane to Barcelona, Spain. From Nice, it was a short 1 hour 20 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with EasyJet.

    If you know you will be catching the train 10 times, do get a T10 Transport Ticket

    Once we arrived in Barcelona, we caught an Aerobus from outside the airport to Placa Catalunya. A return ticket cost 10.20€ (valid for 15 days) and the ride took roughly 35 minutes. Placa Catalunya is the Main train station, so from there you can find connecting transportation to other parts of Barcelona.

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    Half Day Trip To St Paul De Vence, France

    This Last year (Happy New Year!), we took a half day trip to St Paul De Vence from Nice. Most visitors to Nice use Nice as a base for exploring the French Riviera as it has good access to accommodation, food and transportation (refer to my Nice blog post for more information on visiting Nice). Even if you’ve never been to Nice, I’m sure you would have heard of the neighbouring cities of Monte Carlo (check out my Monaco blog post) and Cannes, but have you ever heard of St Paul De Vence?

    At the end of our Europe trip through 21 different cities across Europe, I discussed with my boyfriend and sister which places we enjoyed the most. We came to a consensus that St Paul De Vence was one of the most memorable.

    I first heard of St Paul De Vence on Fodors, where it was highly recommended. The romantic-sounding mountaintop village, filled with cobblestones and art sounded like something from a fairytale. Best of all, it is easily accessible via public bus (Yay!).

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    Half Day Trip to Monaco

    Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (only 2.02 km2), so it doesn’t take long to explore. We only needed half a day to go sightseeing at a comfortable pace. BUT, of course, if you plan to do any activities, you will need to plan ahead and allocate more time.

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    Airbnb scams: And how to avoid them

    Whenever people ask me for recommendations on accommodation the name Airbnb seems to pop up a lot. I’ve used Airbnb many times in the past and 99% of the time it has been a good experience.

    For example:
    – In Japan we were provided with free pocket Wi-Fi, which meant Wi-Fi everywhere!
    – In Lisbon the host picked us up from the bus station and walked us to the apartment. She even got her husband to help us with our luggage.
    – In Antwerp, our host treated us with a bowl of free chocolates which we snacked on everyday.

    Airbnb usually provides a more personal experience and makes you feel like you are staying in a home away from home. If you’ve never booked with airbnb before, click here to make an account and get a discount off your first booking.

    With everything, where there is money involved, there will always be people out there trying to benefit illegally. I have heard many horror stories about Airbnb scams. The most common being people turning up to find a home that looks different to the listing. But, if you stay wary, there are many precautions you can take to avoid a nightmare experience:

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    48 hours in Nice, France

    July this year we swapped the gloomy winter in Sydney for a Mediterranean summer in Nice.

    We spent roughly 48 hours in the city seeing and eating as much as we could before we moved on to our next destination. After 26.5 hours of travel time from Sydney to Nice, it was totally worth it!

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