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Traveling is always a fun time. From the pre-planning of picking a destination to actually exploring it, there is a lot that you can get excited for when it comes to travel. While there is excitement, travel can also be a time of stress if you do not prepare enough in advance. Thankfully, there are more than a few common sense tips that you can implement to reduce stress while traveling, allowing you to have more fun in the process. All you have to do is follow them.

The first thing that you will want to do, before traveling anywhere is sit down and make a list of everything that you are planning on packing. Once your list is created, give it an honest examination and determine if there is anything that you do not need to bring with you. Read more… »

Switzerland is one of the 22 countries (or I would say 23 over-all including my second home Germany)  I visited last 2013. It was so far the most traveled year I had during my existence on planet earth. I am wondering if it will happen again? As of now, I had visited 6 countries and many cities especially in Asia and Europe.

St. Moritz is one of the places I experienced in Switzerland last summer 2013. During that time, we took the Bernina Express from Tirano, Italy to Pontresina, a municipality in the district of Maloja in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. From there, we took the bus going to St. Moritz.

The Tower of the Church in St. Moritz. This was taken during my visit in summer 2013.

It seems that somebody is traveling again soon. This will be my first official  travel in 2014. I am not really an official but I am  just saying that this will be my first  long trip  for this year.  This was already booked  last year and it was  very cheap considering all the things that are included in this holiday.

With this coming travel, I am already researching the main sights to see or things to do  in these places that we will be visiting.

The Doumo or Florence Cathedral during my visit in autumn 2013. It is also known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

We actually had a discount because we booked it earlier last November 2013. I received a travel flyer  saying that if we book it before November 11, we will have a discount of 200.00 Euros. This is really a great holiday package.  Read more… »

There are many festivals you can experience in Germany.  Whatever time  and season it is  of  the year, festivities are all year round.   I miss this interesting festival known as Tillyfest. It is celebrated annually in Breitenbrunn every month of September. My last visit in Tillyfest was in 2010. I should be going there last year but it was a conflict with my other appointment.

Musicians playing drums and trumpets at the Tillyfest in Breitenbrunn. This  is a municipality in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany.

This is so far the biggest festival in this town. It is visited by locals and tourists. Americans who live and work in the US Army  Training Area in Hohenfels are also visiting it.    Tillyfest is actually a historic festival in commemoration of Johann Tserclaes von Tilly during the Thirty Years’ War in 1618-1648. Read more… »

This is  very interesting to know that the travel industry has provided millions of jobs to people  not only in the United States but in the whole world as well.  The tourism business is growing from year to year. Whether a traveler is going for business trips, leisure or recreation, it is good to know that he or she is contributing to the  economy of a country by means of providing jobs to people especially in the tourism industry.

As a traveler, I truly found the   facts and figures enumerated in the infographic below  very  interesting.  Traveling  has been my passion and I believed it made me a better person understanding many aspects of life thru the experiences I had from my travels. Read more… »

After St. Petersburg, our destination the next day was Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It was our fifth day of cruising the Baltic Sea, called by Germans as Baltikum or Ostsee. The Baltic Sea is a mediterranean sea located between Central and Northern Europe.

The Promenade at South Harbor in Helsinki. You can find a lot of tourists in this are especially during summer season. There were also kiosks and stands selling different foods and products. Taken  during  our cruise last summer 2013.  

Helsinki was founded in 1550, the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg.    Read more… »

I had a great time visiting Linz especially its Christmas Market. Thanks to this bus company from Regensburg, Germany, who offered a cheap trip to Austria’s third largest city. I did not regret booking that trip. Even though I was alone during that travel, I still made the most and best of it.  It  was so far a wonderful   time  for me visiting  Linz!

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The Christmas market in Linz Hauptplatz or Main Square.

Christkindl Market Main Square
The scenery for the lovely Christkindl Market is the baroque main square. Here you will find handicrafts, warming drinks and delicious gingerbread.
Where: Main Square
When: 23rd November – 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 08:00 p.m. Read more… »

Turkey has been one of the countries that is included in my bucketlist. I thought it was just a dream when I visited it but I was truly there! I can’t believed that this country has a lot of interesting sights to see including its history, culture, traditions, its people and all its historic monuments and buildings. There are simply a lot of things to experience in  Turkey!

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The hot springs and travertines in Pamukkale, Turkey. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year. These petrified waterfalls/travertine are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read more… »

There are so many amazing family holiday destinations to choose from these days, especially in the Mediterranean. How are you to know which one is best for your family however, if they’ve all got amazing beaches, great climates and exciting activities to experience? The island of Gran Canaria has been popular for many years with sun-seeking tourists, and for good reason.


It literally has everything a family would ever need when it comes to a vacation destination, including plenty of fantastic entertainment options for the kids! If you’re thinking of travelling to Gran Canaria this summer, let’s take a 48-hour tour of the best things to try out. Read more… »

One of the largest cities in Germany, Frankfurt is not only beautiful, but rich in history and culture. Its striking modern skyline is deceptive; the streets are actually full of elegant old buildings and places like Römer Square, which have barely changed in a century. It is also a tremendously cosmopolitan city, with almost half its population having been born abroad and this has contributed to its rich character and thriving arts scene.
The Römer in Frankfurt. Taken during my second visit last Nov. 2010. ©

Museums and galleries

There are a great many museums in Frankfurt, but exploring them is easier than might be expected, as no less than 20 of them are clustered together in the Museumsufer, on either side of the River Main. A festival is held to celebrate them each year, at the end of August, with live music, street performances and other cultural activities. The most significant of these museums is the Städel, which houses one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, with work by the likes of Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet and Picasso on display. The Modern Art Museum is also not to be missed; it has pieces by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol. Finally, there is an enormous and eclectic collection of marvels from around the world at the Senckenberg Museum.



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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.