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EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine – You as a Tourist and a Football Fan

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EURO 2012, Poland-UkraineIf you were to ask me today what the most gratifying way of spending my little hard-earned money will be – it’s definitely to watch the EURO 2012 in the flesh! Yes, all you football fans out there, you know what I mean. Don’t like football? No worries, read on…we’ll have you convinced…  

The ongoing (8 June – 1 July, 2012) UEFA European Football Championship or simply Euro 2012 in short, is being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine – with the tournament being played across eight venues, four in each host country. Aside from venues, the host nations have also invested heavily in improving infrastructure, such as railways and roads.

So what does that mean? Killing two birds with one stone; win-win situation and all that… I know we hate clichés too! As a football fan, the tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of this experience – new stadiums, the atmosphere and the whole bit really!  Especially if you are from any of these countries – Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Germany – that have reached the Semi-Finals stage – what are you waiting for? Stop being an armchair pundit, be there already – show your patriotism by supporting your country and basically go have fun. Go paint that face of yours with the colour of your national flag, stand tall and be there rooting for your country. And the best souvenir you can ever have out of this is your used/old ticket that will give you the bragging right down the years – ‘I was there when we won the Euro Cup!’ Believe me; you won’t regret being part of this!

As a traveller, it’s the right time too to be travelling to the two cities; you can’t possibly have a better time of seeing these two countries at their best – with new infrastructure and facilities, the tournament has been a catalyst of many changes. Developments range from new airport terminals to spanking new hotels and renovated and re-equipped accommodations that are set to enhance the tourism appeal of both destinations for decades to come. With a whole lot of people from different countries coming together for the tournament, this is the perfect way of meeting new people from all across Europe as well. And of course why not go sight-seeing when not watching the match? There are many places to see in Poland and Ukraine.

Royal Castle, WarsawPoland: Whether you take a sightseeing tour, visit the concentration camp or the Auschwitz – Birkenau Tour, Krakow City Sightseeing Tour or to Tatra Mountains and Zakopane – there are interesting places aplenty!

Ukraine: Each Ukrainian town boasts a lot of cultural attractions; from the Crimea to the Carpathian Mountains, castles and churches, palaces and museums, and stretches in several cities where virtually each building is an architectural monument – we are sure there are interesting places for you to enjoy!

Let us know how you enjoy your visit – the places you see, and of course share us your experiences if your country brings home the trophy, in the comments section below.

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How to go green with your travels

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Traveling can sometimes be stressful. Between the airlines, living accommodations, sight-seeing (although ALWAYS easier with the help of isango!-duh) and all while being on a time crunch could drive any totally-sane-completely-in-touch-with-reality-happy-go-lucky-person, kind of frightfully mad. And to throw in the conscientious effort to go green, you scoff ‘Well it can’t be done!’ But I assure you my friend, it can be done AND will make your travels all the more better because of it.

TIP # 1 – Starting with the home

Going green when you’re traveling starts with the home. Make eco-friendly decisions that not only helps the enviornment out, but also yourself once you’ve returned home from your travels.

-Take the time out and call your local newspaper to stop their services for the X amount of days you’ll be away. This not only saves you the hassle of dealing with the armfuls of newspapers once you return, but saves the paper for someone who will actually be enjoying the local happenings.

- Turn your heat or air conditioning to the lowest possible setting. Why waste money or fossil fuels for no one?

- Pull out any chargers (especially cell phones!) that are not using to charge anything. When left plugged in, these end up eating tons of energy.

TIP # 2 – On to your travels!

So you’re trying to figure out how to get to your destination, which usually consists of looking up airline flights, but how could you possibly go green when it comes to flying? Well being green is even possible with the airlines now, if you know where to look.

- Do a little research and look into airlines with a green friendly policy.

- For example, airlines like Southwest and British Airlines both have green policies and recycle all waste left in cabins.

- Look into electronically checking into your flight, the less paper the better!

TIP # 3 – Arriving at your destination

Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll probably be tired and just want to get to where you’re staying, but keep in mind how you’re getting there!

- Book ahead with a mini van or bus that will take you and fellow travelers to your hotel or place of stay. This option is much cheaper than a cab, and much more eco-friendly.

-If you’re feeling adventurous try public transportation! For the first day this may be a bit much, but try to use your destination’s public transportation as much as possible. This will give you a real feel for the location, and will give you a great chance to interact with the locals and find out some things you never would have known!

-When using public transportation look into a discounted travel card to help give you access to any form of public transportation for even lower prices.

TIP # 3.5 – A quick note about your living accommodations!

If staying in a hotel read this quick tip to turn your suite into a green paradise!

- Let the concierge know you are eco-friendly and ask that your towels/sheets need not be changed every day. Many hotels will assume you want this feature if you don’t tell them otherwise. Let towels air-dry, and let’s be honest how often do you change your sheets at home? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

TIP # 4 – Now, really start enjoying your travels

There are so many ways to make the most out of your trip, all while staying green and eco-friendly!

- Think about what activities and tours you really want to participate in and if possible try to find it through a local business. This way you’re not only sustaining the local tourist trade within the community, but you’ll recieve a more intimiate feel and understanding of your location with a local tour guide.

- This green tip is even easier with isango! We provide local businesses from every corner of the globe in order to give you the best vacation ever with their knowledge and expertise.

-Lastly, think about tours in a different way. Instead of taking an all day driving tour, think outside the box while still being eco-friendly. Ride a camel or swim with the dolphins

So now that you’re green savvy and know it’s possible to have the best travel experience while being eco-friendly, go out and test your knowledge! Happy travels!

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Giants Causeway During the Winter

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There’s no question why people flock to Northern Ireland to visit Giant’s Causeway.  With the natural beauty of the basalt columns arranged in a unique hexagonal patterns, looking out over the sea and distant landscapes, this natural beauty and geological wonder has gotten international attention and praise for years.  Due to the geography, Northern Ireland is sometimes best to visit in the warmer months, to make hiking and water sports possible.  Lately though, we’ve been finding that even during these months where the nights are progressively getting colder, travelers still are wanting to visit the Causeway.  Now, we know it’s breathtakingly beautiful, but still a little thrown on the high volume of visitors we decided to take a closer look at why Giant’s Causeway is desirable all year round.

ancient-castle giants-causeway-rope-bridgeFirst, as long as you have proper apparel to keep yourself warm, most of the outdoor activities are still within reach, walking along the infamous columns, crossing over the rope bridges, exploring around ancient castles and the rocky shores.

But if you’re looking to enjoy the warm and cozy qualities of Northern Ireland and the Giant’s Causeway, you’re in luck!  With multiple different trains to take you on a scenic rail ride, you can stay out of the cold while still enjoying this spectacular stretch of land.  In addition to great and unique shopping, the area is known for having luxury spas, so if you did explore the outdoor opportunities (or just because you want to be pampered!) you can reward yourself with all natural treatments that are common in Northern Ireland.

The area offers a wide variety of museums as well, many of which are great for kids and families.  And finally, you can’t forget about the charming localities with numerous pubs that are just as delicious as they are welcoming. ireland-pub

Don’t let the weather scare you off from an area that is beautiful all year round, Giant’s Causeway has proved to become a hot-spot for tourists 365 days a year.

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Traveller Tip: Santorini-Greece

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Some people just live a magical life… Shivi Singh is currently travelling the world and has given us the following report from her 11th stop: Santorini.santorini-by-shivi-singh

Santorini is magical, it has spectacular views, romantic spots, fun recreational spots, it has history and adventure, its all in one, you can not get bored there! We went on a sail boat tour to see the volcano and the hot springs which we swam in; that was interesting because that’s the volcano that split the islands up of Santorini and is still active today.

santorini-3Santorini gets very touristy in summer. The people are friendly and you can never get lost or be short of information. Everyone is willing to help. I loved Santorini I would come back any day! The views all around the islands are just indescribable magical, the views up on the cliffs are beautiful and the sunsets in Oia are a dream.santorini-2

The other side of the islands has beaches and each beach has its own beauty: there is a black sand beach and a red beach, which has red rocks surrounding it. They are coloured that way because of the volcanic rocks and formations. Lastly, there is a white beach which has white pebbles instead of sand.

In short, Santorini is magnificent and a must see for all age groups!

Visit Shivi’s Santorini and take in all the splendour of the island with a cruise in the Santorini sunset.

Shivi receives an isango! gift-voucher for her tip – For a chance to receive a voucher, send us your Travel Tip at competition@isango.com with Travel Tip in the subject line.

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Traveller Tip: The Forum in Rome

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rome-august-2011-154I went to Rome last week and The Forum was so amazing – was just like actually being in Ancient Rome.  There is an amazing view as you enter through Arch of Titus – it just leaves you standing in awe.  Although the buildings are ruins,  the site is so much more than a few bricks on the ground: it fees like you can actually see where the Roman’s lived.  It is astonishing how all this has survived. It feels like the ancient Romans just left it one day:  you almost expect to see a Roman walking through, just going about their day!  It is great just to sit and imagine what it was like. There is not much written information, so to visit with (an audio) guide is good: they will tell you the stories as you wonder around. – Victoria Badger

Discover the Forum in Rome for yourself and skip the queues by booking a tour in Rome ahead.

Victoria receives an isango! gift-voucher for her tip – For a chance to receive a voucher, send us your Travel Tip at competition@isango.com with Travel Tip in the subject line.

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