Food And Travel

Travel has taken on a whole new meaning lately, and it only continues to change. What does this mean? It means that in today’s day and age, there are so many more ways to explore this incredible world, it gives the traveler so many more options to really “see it all.”

For example, where you once had to rely on a travel agent to get you from point A to point B (and then possibly points C, D, and E.) Now, you can book an entire trip – from flight to car to hotel to city – with one click. Websites who once only offered one thing, now offer entire packages, without the added cost of a travel agent.

Second, group travel has become way more popular. People are now more open to this nomad-way of traveling and it’s primary benefit is saving money. Renting a house for 7 people can usually be cheaper than a hotel for two. Renting a van to transport you around is more affordable than a standard car. Hostels are more appealing to larger groups because typically it allows the entire group to sleep in one room together, without breaking the bank.

On the contrary, single travel has also become so much more popular. Thanks to popular books and movies like, Eat, Pray, Love, more and more people are opting to book a trip sans anyone else and have just as much fun. While this option can sometimes be a little more expensive, there are cheaper alternatives to help keep costs down. You can find accommodations using online coupon sites like Groupon for things like hotels, cars, and even entire travel packages. They even offer discounts on popular names like Hilton and other big-shot brands.

Lastly, expectations have dimmed down as well. Today, people are happier to just see a new place and don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on seeing everything, just what they believe to be important. If you ask me, it makes traveling a lot less stressful and a lot more memorable.

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the most common mistake which is made by all are as follows:

Buy Cubs Tickets in Advance

While going to Wrigley Field is viewed as an “unquestionable requirement” on any explorer’s Chicago agenda, you don’t have to spend a great deal for the experience, particularly in the event that you couldn’t care less much for baseball. The Cubs’ calendars implies there are a lot of day recreations, which once in a while offer out. You’ll likely discover face-esteem tickets available to be purchased at the stadium’s film industry upon the arrival of the amusement, and on the off chance that you request the least expensive tickets, you’ll score an incredible arrangement—and a decent seat, following there’s not an awful one in the house. On the off chance that the amusement’s now in progress, you can deal with any of the hawkers outside the stadium; most will give a break, particularly if the Cubs have been playing inadequately. Simply make a point not to miss the seventh-inning stretch, when the group gets to its feet and sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Eat at Chains

Chicago has some rich culinary customs, similar to the previously stated wieners and the acclaimed profound dish pizza. One normal error visitors make is to just adhere to an eating routine of franks and/or profound dish pies, while never wandering out of their usual range of familiarity. Different guests will essentially stick to recognizable names, picking to eat at chain eateries as opposed to investigating the energetic and clamoring eatery scene. The city dons some genuine eats; you can discover something better among actually several different choices than overrated, mass-created sustenances. Look at one of the numerous mother and-pop shops presenting slim outside layer pizzas. Despite the fact that the city is well known for profound dish pies, there are numerous delicious slender outside choices around the local area as well. You’re in another city (or perhaps the same city for a moment or third time); time to fan out, be brave and have a go at something new.

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Visit Willis Tower

The lines for Willis Tower’s Skydeck are scandalously long, but then sightseers keep on waiting for their turn on the perception floor. While there may have been great contention for this previously, Willis Tower (initially the Sears Tower) has been deposed as the tallest working in America; it’s currently just the second-tallest working in the country. Normal tickets are estimated at $19, however in the event that you need to skirt the line, it will cost you about twofold. In spite of the fact that the perspective from the 103rd story of the building, which is still the tallest in Chicago, is amazing, you can appreciate it the same amount of from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building, tasting a mixed drink at the Signature Room. On a sunny morning, you can see Chicago, as well as Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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Russia’s gateway to the West and the former imperial capital, St. Petersburg proudly displays its history. Peter the Great’s vision of opening his empire to the world transformed this marshland at the mouth of the Neva River into a sprawling metropolis and a celebrated center of arts and culture. The massive Hermitage is a must-see when you visit the “Paris of the North,” but these five museums also deserve a place on your St. Petersburg itinerary.

1. Peterhof State Museum Preserve

There are few places in the world where you can get closer to full royal splendor than at the Peterhof State Museum Preserve. This vast museum complex is composed of royal palaces, parks, and gardens, originally built by Peter the Great and then expanded by every subsequent emperor and empress. Use a trip planner to plan your visit. Here you’ll not only be able to admire the dazzling architecture and ornamentation, but you can also take a peek behind the scenes and see what the everyday life of the royals was like. Whether you’re an avid tsarist or just a hobbyist, the museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

2. Faberge Museum

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See an amazing collection of decorative items fit for kings and emperors at the Faberge Museum. Located inside the luxurious Shuvalov Palace in the city center, the museum displays the works of Peter Carl Faberge and other masters, which once decorated the wealthiest homes in Russia and Europe. The undisputed highlights of the collection are the world-famous Imperial Easter Eggs, items of unimaginable splendor. You can also admire the paintings, lavish furniture, jewelry, porcelain, and everyday items made of precious materials and adorned with colorful gemstones. If you don’t speak Russian, you can book a tour in English.

3. Pushkin Museum and Memorial Apartment

Imperial St. Petersburg was a renowned center of culture and the Pushkin Museum and Memorial Apartment celebrates this side of the city’s history. The museum is dedicated not only to the nation’s most beloved poet, but also an entire generation of artists behind the golden age of Russian literature. Spread over several locations throughout the city, the museum allows you to take a tour of the historical edifices and admire a great collection of artworks. A special treat is a visit to Pushkin’s own apartment, the place where he lived and died, and where you can see a selection of the poet’s personal items.

4. Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

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While on a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg make sure to stop by Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), the city’s oldest structure. The imperial capital rose around the fortification, built by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 18th century. Use a vacation trip planner to plan a visit here which gives you the chance to explore various sides of the city’s and the nation’s past, from the cells that once held political prisoners, to the grand cathedral that houses the remains of the Russian monarchs. Just outside the fortress is one of the city’s most popular sandy beaches, a great hangout spot during a summer vacation.

5. Cruiser Aurora

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A ship of outstanding historical importance, the Cruiser Aurora symbolizes the end of one era and the beginning of the next. Now permanently docked, in October 1917 the ship fired the first shot of the October Revolution – a turning point in the history of the entire 20th century that changed Russia forever. Climb aboard and learn the cruiser’s history, get to know about the battles it was involved in, and see what a sailor’s day-to-day routine looked like. As a symbol of the revolution, the oldest commissioned Russian ship, and a survivor of the famous Battle of Tsushima, the vessel is one of St. Petersburg’s most famous attractions and a must-see for any history enthusiast.

The jewel in the imperial crown

Even though St. Petersburg’s history might not be very long when compared to some other European cities, it’s a place of immense importance, grandeur, and cultural heritage. Touring St. Petersburg museums and immersing yourself in the spirit of bygone times will give you new insight into this regal metropolis.

By Nikola Mihaelj