Friday, June 26, 2009

Travel tips to European Countries: Ukraine (holidays destination)

Holidays destination

About the county

Ukraine which is located in Eastern Europe is one of the largest country in that region of Europe bordering Russia in the northeast, Belarus in the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west, Romania and Moldova in the southwest and also Black Sea and Sea of Azov in the south. It is a popular tourist destination especially for tourists from Western Europe and North America. The main selling point is the rich historical character of the country with as many five hundred cities dating back as early as nine hundred years. Visitors are spellbound by the architectural beauty of Ukraine. Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine where most travelers begin their journey.

Population & Languages

Ukraine has a population of roughly 46.7 million and the official language is Ukrainian. The other languages spoken here are Russian, Romanian, Polish and Hungarian.


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Geographic Location

Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe bordering Russia in the northeast, Belarus in the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west, Romania and Moldova in the southwest and also Black Sea and Sea of Azov in the south. The strategic location of Ukraine between Asia and Europe made it a transportation hub in the region.

Local Customs

Ukrainians are warm hearted and welcoming people. Casual dressing is mostly worn here though it will be a good idea to wear smartly for theatres. Small gifts are appreciated. Tipping is not very common; service is usually included in fine restaurants and hotel bills.

Places to see
St Sophia Cathedral – As old as nine centuries, it is one of the architectural marvels of Ukraine.
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Caves Monastery) – These caves are as old as one millennium and dating back to 11th century.
Great Patriotic War Museum
Statue of the Motherland, Kiev


By Air – The national airline of Ukraine is Ukrainian International Airlines. In collaboration with Aer Fi Group and Austrian Airline it links Kyiv to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Vienna and Zurich. There is one more airline in Ukraine called Air Ukraine which serves relatively less number of European cities. Lviv is also connected to New York, Warsaw and Washington. It is connected to Turkey through Simferopol and to UK through IvanoFrankivsk. The major airport is Boryspil State International Airport (KBP) which is located twenty five miles from Kiev.

By Sea – The primary ports of Ukraine are Izmail and Odessa which are situated on the River Danube. The ferry services connect Ukraine with Russia and Georgia. They also connect various cities on the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Sevastopol is the port which connects Istanbul, Turkey.

By Rail – Ukraine has approximately 14,000 miles of railway tracks linking most towns and cities. Kyiv and Lviv are the main stations which connect with Moscow on a daily basis. Ukraine also has direct lines to Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Warsaw (Poland) and Bucharest (Romania).

By Road – Ukraine has an extensive network of roads with approximately 107,000 mile of road network out of which nearly 18,000 mile is main or national roads.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

How to Save Money for Traveling

by Teeny

There are a lot of ways that you can save yourself a lot of money on travel. Many people are traveling less these days because it can get quite costly and expensive, especially for a whole family. Traveling with the whole family is important to do, because it is an opportunity in our busy lives to spend time together and have fun. Our lives could become so hectic that this doesn't happen often.

Saving money on travel is all about planning and preparation. The more time you take to plan your vacation, the more time and research you can put into finding a good deal on your dream vacation. You will need to have access to a computer with an internet connection, as most of the great travel deals are found online. You can have a travel agent do the searching for you, but you will have to pay them a fee.

Decide on a destination that you would like to travel to. Most major destinations have peak and off peak time, and if you travel there in a non peak season, you can typically get a cheaper hotel rate, as well as discounted admission to any parks or admission you might want to see and do. There are also many tips about travel and finance at for you to read.

You can find a lot of inexpensive travel deals if you have flexible travel dates. If you can alter your vacation a day or two, you can save yourself a lot of money. You should research on travel websites online to find the best deals. It can be quite expensive to travel on weekends and holidays, but less in the middle of the week. You may skip an airline flight and take the time to drive to your destination, or taking a bus.

Whenever you plan to travel, you can also save yourself some money by bringing snacks, drink and food on your vacation. This will eliminate eating out so much, which can be really expensive. You may also take advantage and stay at places which have free continental breakfast, which will save you the cost of one meal a day.

You may also like to travel in a large group that will give you the availability of getting a discount for the larger group. If you are traveling for a wedding or other occasions, ask the hotel in advance if you can set a block on a few rooms, they typically will give you a lower price.

There are a lot of ways you can save money on travel, making the vacation dream that is affordable an actual reality. You just need to have the time to plan, prepare and search for the best deals.

Teeny is a writer for finance, computer, travel, cars, shopping and other subjects for many years, please visit for more information.

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Top Places to Visit on Your Holidays to Costa Blanca

by Jessica Nielson

Costa Blanca is one of the most favored destinations not only among Europeans but as well as different nationalities all over the world. It is an island rich in culture and sceneries. Each place in Costa Blanca has a distinct feature to offer.

To sort them up, here are the top places to visit in Costa Blanca:


Guadalest is a famous stopover for many tourists and visitors holidaying in Costa Blanca. This town goes back to 715 and brings forward the touch of the ancient time, when moors stayed over. Authentic village life soon becomes a thing of the past, the locals concentrate on relieving the tourists of as many Euros as they can and the whole experience becomes nothing short of tacky. Unfortunately, Guadalest has reached this level of development. Having said that it is still located in a spectacular setting at 600m above sea level in a rugged mountain range. This town is a tourist destination in itself, as most of the people of the town dedicate themselves for boosting the tourism of their land. When visiting this Spanish coastline you can always take a tour of this gorgeous old town and enjoy their craft shops, gift shops and even the history rich museums.

Terra Mitica

For a great family holiday in Costa Blanca TerraMitica proves to be a perfect tourist destination, as the theme park is not just fun and exciting, but also the largest and major theme park on this Spanish coastline. Flight on phoenix, falls of Nile and many other shows as well as adventurous rides make TerraMitica a must to visit.


This tourist destination of Costa Blanca is an interesting bird park and marine. The park has lot to offer, in terms of breathtaking marine life and variety of amazing animal collection. Many tourist and visitors when holidaying in Costa Blanca visit Mundomar for its remarkable sea lions and dolphin shows along with a tour of penguins and parrot. Jalon

This wine valley has range of wine cellars to choose or pick from for your wine shopping or wine tasting. Tourist and visitors on a holiday in Costa Blanca must not miss this tourist destination. This Spanish coastline sees a heavy and busy Saturday on Jalon with biggest and most loved boot sale or Rastros.

Tabarca Island

Only occupied or populated island of this Spanish coastline, Tabarca has also been declared as a 'Natural Marine Reserve'. Tourist and visitors can always make use of regular trips, which take place from mainland to this island. When on a holiday in Costa Blanca, you should always take some time to cherish this natural tourist destination and experience its sparkling clear and beautiful water for that clear view of underwater marine life, which is why many scuba diving lovers can anytime be seen at this island. Tabarca also has snorkeling, bars and great restaurants to choose from.

The main beach on the island, Levante Beach, is approximately 250m in length. Located nearby is the village, which has been listed as both a Historic-Artistic Monument and a Cultural Asset. The beach patrol and lifeguard services are operational during Easter and between the 1st July and the 15th September. Beach facilities include access for the handicapped, toilets, foot showers, tourist information point during the summer season and a Civil Defence post.


Aqualandia is located near to Mundomar and is a beautiful water park for all the fun and family time, when holidaying in Costa Blanca. This tourist attraction offers amazing collection of pools and slides, a large garden and many more thrilling rides for an adventurous and awesome experience.

Cheap holidays 24 is a UK based company that specializes in writing guides to your holiday destinations. To be more specific, you can read a guide on your {a href=""}Holidays To Costa Blanca. Costa Blanca is well favored among tourists of different nationalities.

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