Why You Should Pick Bologna for Your Next Trip

The Italian flag

When it comes to planning a trip, picking the right location is vital. Your trip can quickly go downhill if you don’t do research beforehand. However, one location has mesmerized people from around the globe for years, and it’s always a great place to visit. And that is Italy. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who regrated visiting this wonderful country. But Italy is a big country that would take a long time to explore. So, we narrowed down our choice to one specific place, Bologna. When people visit Italy, they mainly focus on Rome and Florence and ignore so many other incredible parts of the country, which is a big shame. So we decided to share with you some good reasons to pick Bologna for your next trip.

A plate of pasta Bolognese
If you pick Bologna for your next trip, you will get to enjoy one of the best cuisines in the world

The food scene

When we talk about the best cuisines in the world, Italy is always on top of the list. And if you asked Italians what the area of Italy that is the center of the food scene is, they would all say the same. It is Bologna. Bologna is famous for its meat, cheese, soups, pastries, gelato, and pasta. And if you haven’t already guessed by its name, Bologna is also the birthplace of the world-famous Bolognese sauce. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna area, famous for producing balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. So it is no wonder Bologna is so widely renowned in the world of food. Some of the dishes everyone who visits Bologna should try are:

  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese
  • Lasagne Verde al Forno

And the best part is that it is all very affordable. There are high-end restaurants that are more expensive, and then there are those affordable ones that also serve incredibly delicious food.

Fontana di Trevi
Places like Fontana di Trevi are always annoyingly crowded, but that’s not the case in Bologna

There will be fewer crowds

As we said previously, when people visit Italy, they mostly visit Rome, Florence, or Venice. And these cities are usually filled with tourists. I m sure you have at least once seen a picture of the crowds at Fontana di Trevi. And Rome is so famous that it is crowded almost all the time. Big crowds like that can take the joy out of a trip and leave you frustrated. Well, you won’t have to worry about that in Bologna. It is not as famous as Rome or Venice, so you can peacefully walk around the city and enjoy the experience. You won’t have to run to get tickets to museums or make restaurant reservations, so some other tourists don’t take it before you. Also, the locals will be a bit more friendly and welcoming than in Rome, for example, because tourists are not crowding their city and making their traffic more difficult.

It’s cheaper than other European cities

Budget plays a significant role when planning a trip. You must carefully research how expensive a city is before you travel there; otherwise, you can end up in an awkward situation. Thankfully Bologna is a very affordable city compared to others in Europe like Paris, Madrid, or even Rome. Food is affordable, and so is housing. It’s also a very walkable city so you won’t need much money for transport. This makes Bologna a perfect destination for a longer trip. An average-income person can afford to stay here for a couple of weeks without it obliterating their budget. And because it is so cheap, you will have enough money to finance renting storage while traveling to keep your valuables safe. Don’t underestimate the importance of budgeting when planning a trip like this.

Pick Bologna for your next trip and explore its many museums

When you visit Bologna, you won’t only get to eat amazing world-class food but also have a great learning experience in Bologna’s many museums. It’s not a big city, but it has rich history and culture that is celebrated in these museums. Let’s start with Museo Della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna). This museum tells the story of Bologna that spans many years to the Etruscan era. In this museum, you will learn how Bologna changed and flourished over the years. And it will be easy as the exhibits in the museum are set up in chronological order. There will be classical museum exhibits and also some fun interactive ones. You will have a very helpful guide as well. Then there is Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna ( The National Art Gallery of Bologna), where passionate art lovers can see paintings from the 13th to 18th century period by famous artists.

It’s a beautiful place

Even if there wasn’t an incredible food scene and museums filled with amazing works of art, there would still be one reason good enough to visit Bologna. And that is the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful place. There is an interesting mix of rolling hills and beautiful gardens with impressive architectural sights that make Bologna a must-see destination. You can visit the Park of Villa Ghigi or Giardini Margherita, the largest city park in Bologna. On the other hand, you can see Teatro Anatomico, Fontano del Nettuno, and Basilica di San Petronio. This mix of nature and architecture gives Bologna a special kind of charm that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Woman with a suitcase
Pick Bologna for your next trip and have the time of your life

In conclusion

These are just some of the reasons you should pick Bologna for your next trip. But there is so much more. Bologna is a good destination for a fun family holiday, a celebratory weekend with friends, a solo trip, or a romantic getaway for couples. You will enjoy amazing food, nature, culture, art, and impressive architecture. And the great thing is it will all be affordable. As you can see, there is something for everyone in Bologna, and you won’t regret visiting it. Now, all that is left to do is book those plane tickets and get ready for an Italian adventure!!

8 Affordable Places to Visit in Your 20s

Life in your twenties is all about having fun. Your career is on the rise, so you may not have much money, yet you have more energy and time to enjoy life. Very often, young people in their twenties have started their careers but haven’t started a family yet – a great time to travel the world. Well, if you’re one of them, this is a guide for you. Here are eight affordable places to visit in your 20s. The best locations to see something new, have fun, and don’t break the bank!

Reasons to travel more in your 20s

Still not confident about their job or future family, many young people are unsure of the best way to spend their free time in their 20s. But, we wanted to list a couple of reasons why traveling in your 20s is the best way to spend your money and time. Here’s why you should start planning your next trip as soon as possible:

  • You have more energy and time to travel at this age – the enthusiasm is pretty high in our twenties, once we’re independent and have more free time.
  • Urge to meet new people and have some fresh experiences – making friends is probably easier when you’re younger. That’s why traveling in your twenties and meeting new people and cultures makes sense.
  • Fewer responsibilities – as you’re independent now and still don’t have a spouse or children, you also have fewer responsibilities. This makes it easier to leave home and stay on the road for a while.
  • New experiences and connections – an excellent foundation for the social and business situations that are expecting you in the future.

Finally, traveling when you’re younger will ensure you’ve got a ton of stories to tell when you’re older. This will surely make the relationships with your future spouse, kids, coworkers, and friends much more exciting and prepare you for the new life chapter.

Where should you go next? Some of the best affordable places to travel when you’re younger

Thailand

If you’re into exotic travels and enjoy pristine beaches bathed in sunshine, then Thailand is a destination for you. Locals are friendly and welcome travelers with the biggest smile. Thailand is a country of beautiful natural landscapes – you see it in movies. Clear waters, greenery, and picturesque cliffs truly offer unique experiences to those who visit them. Combined with rich history, temples, and fantastic food, there’s not much you can go wrong with in Thailand. Finally, visiting this country will certainly not break your bank. Accommodation, food and drinks, and day excursions are much cheaper than in similar locations, so start browsing your next destination now.

Thailand scenery and nature
Thailand will astonish you with its powerful and breathtaking nature.

Cuba

If you’re into unique cultural experiences, then Cuba is the way to go. This colorful country has a lot to offer to its visitors – at very low prices. If you’re into sightseeing, active vacation, or just enjoying a resort – Cuba’s got it all. You can see some fantastic architecture, meet extraordinary people, try out Cuban cigars, and have a ride in their one-of-a-kind cars. One thing is for sure – Cuba is one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s.

Eastern Europe

One of the places you can be pleasantly surprised with is Easter Europe. The beauty of this area is that you can enjoy so many different things but still not travel a lot. Start with experiencing one of the best cities with exciting nightlife, Belgrade. Serbia and Croatia can also offer some first-class skiing resorts in winter. And if you’re visiting in the summer, don’t miss the beautiful coastline of Montenegro and Croatia. You can plan the route to have it all, enjoy it to the maximum and spend a minimum amount of money. And if you decide to make this travel a bit longer, take care of your items at home while you’re on the road. Place your valuables in storage so you can travel without worrying, knowing your belongings are kept safe.

Aerial view of Croatia
Easter Europe is undoubtedly one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s – you can do and see so much here!

South Africa

If you’re ready for a one-of-a-lifetime adventure, you have to visit South Africa when in your 20s. The country can offer so much, as it is home to amazing wild animals, plants, and the most beautiful natural sights. Night camps, safaris, and other experiences are available at different price ranges – depending on how much luxury you want. Its breathtaking coastline offers many ways to have fun and enjoy your best time.

Bali

The place that is also quite affordable and exciting is Bali. Its astonishing scenery perfectly blends with history and culture. At the same time, young people can enjoy lively nightlife at low prices. It’s probably one of the best locations in Indonesia, so it’s undoubtedly worth visiting. But, while you’re visiting Bali, Transparent International recommends storing your most precious items in sturdy boxes. You will want to make your trip longer and see other Indonesian gems. That’s why your 20s are the perfect time to do this tour – pack your bags, store your other valuables safely, grab your passport and go!

a historic building in Bali
Bali is for those enjoying exotic destinations filled with a rich history.

Turkey

The country is known for amazing shopping deals, unique souvenirs, the tastiest food, and rich culture. Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Izmir – there’s so much to see. It’s well connected by local and international flights so you can reach this country easily (and affordably) from all around the world. You will be able to enjoy cheap accommodation and be in one of the best places to visit while you’re in your 20s.

Cappadocia aerial view
Hot air balloon ride early in the morning? Visit Turkey for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Kos, Greece

Yes, Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos are popular and therefore more expensive, but there are far more affordable places to visit in Greece. The country includes over 200 beautiful islands, and Kos is surely one of the locations to go to if you want to experience the vibrant nightlife and the most incredible beach times.

Nepal

Last but not least, Kathmandu in Nepal is one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s that we couldn’t skip. It offers a unique experience to its visitors that mixes breathtaking views, rich culture, and history. It’s a place for those into adventures and active vacations – probably most people in their twenties.

12 Smart Tips To Improve Your Traveling Experience

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Like most areas in life, you are not born a savvy traveler; smart travel comes with experience and with making a lot of travel mistakes! Some traveling mishaps can be avoided and some of them are just a part of traveling. You cannot plan for everything, however, keeping a few things in mind will make your travels more enjoyable and make you a better traveler.

Now that things are opening up once again, I want to start booking trips and visiting new places. These smart tips to improve your traveling experience will enable you to save money, sleep better, and be safe.

1. Do Your Research

When you are planning a holiday, you are going to want to find the best deal when it comes to flights and accommodation. The best way to do that is to investigate deals from different travel companies as well as independent travel sites.

When traveling, research can significantly impact your time for the better. Researching prior to setting off can give you deep insights into the area, telling you places to avoid and places that you must go.

When you have settled on a destination, here are some things that you should research:

  • What are the country’s visa requirements?
  • What’s the weather/climate going to be like?
  • Are there any public holidays going on?
  • What is the tipping etiquette?
  • What clothing is culturally appropriate?

As well as being completely relaxed before you even leave, being prepared to travel in advance will make your time in-country a more joyful experience as you will have reduced any potential risks. Here are 5 things you should research when you have chosen a destination:

  • Currency and exchange rates
  • Mode of transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Culture – what is acceptable and what is not

2. Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can give you extra protection if our holiday doesn’t go ahead as planned especially when it comes to the COVID pandemic. It is particularly important to take out travel insurance if you are traveling independently because you may find yourself stranded due to unforeseen traveling problems.

If you are planning to engage in holiday activities such as water sports, it is vital that you check that your insurance policy covers you for activities like diving for example.

3. Make A Packing List

Before your trip, you should make a list of everything you need to pack. Writing a packing list is a great way to stay organised whilst traveling. It is important to write a list so that you do not forget vital travel documents and essentials that you will need. Using a list when you are getting ready to pack can save you time as well as reduce stress.

4. Stay Near Or At The Airport The Night Before

If your funds allow staying overnight either at or near the airport, you’ll start your holiday a little earlier! Instead of rushing to the airport on the day of your flight, you can relax and have a slower start to your day. You will be able to eliminate the stress and worry of being stuck in traffic or missing your train.

5. Take A Credit Card For Emergencies

Disasters can happen. It is always a good idea to have a backup in case you lose your card or even worse, you are robbed. You do not want to be stuck somewhere without access to your funds. It is important that you check your bank when it comes to withdrawing money abroad to ensure that you do not incur any fees. Also, let your card company know that you are traveling and where you are going before you leave. This will enable them to track any fraudulent activity on your account.

6. Take The Correct Plug Adapters

Different countries have different plug sockets, so ensure that you have the right one – do your research! Better still, invest in a universal adapter (covers all sockets worldwide), so that you don’t need to worry. You don’t want your camera, phone, or electric toothbrush to run out of charge!

7. Make Extra Copies Of Your Passport And Important Documents

Don’t forget to email yourself a copy as well. You never know when you might need to have some sort of documentation with you as you may not want to carry the originals. Additionally, if your passport is stolen, having a copy will be helpful for your police report and any trips to the embassy that you may need to make.

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8. Don’t Forget An Extra Camera Battery

You never want to reach for your camera to take a photograph of a memorable moment and realize that your camera battery is dead. By bringing an extra battery, you can always ensure that you have one on charge and you can alternate. That way, you’ll always be ready to capture those favorite moments!

9. Roll Your Clothes!

The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to roll your clothes. Lay tops face down, fold in the sleeves, and roll from the bottom up. For trousers, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Place your shoes and heavier items in first and place your clothes around them. Alternatively, once you’ve rolled your clothes, put them in packing cubes – another space saver.

10. When You Go Out, Take Only What You Need

You should limit the amount of cash and bank cards you carry with you, so if something does go wrong, you can easily recover.

11. Drink Responsibly

This has to be one of the most important safety tips for travelers. There is nothing wrong with exploring the local nightlife. However, keep in mind that it’s even more important to drink responsibly when abroad. When you are away from home, you are more likely to get lost or end up in a dangerous neighborhood. Keep an eye on your drink at all times and don’t accept any from strangers.

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12. Make Sure That You Know The Phone Number For The Emergency Services

Be sure to look up the emergency services number for your destination, even before you get there. It is also a good idea to look up the number for your home country’s nearest embassy before you leave. Save them in your phone, so you will have easy access to them in the event of an emergency.

What Are Your Travel Tips?

These are my top 12 travel tips to help you have a safe, enjoyable, and stress-free holiday. What is one travel tip you would give? I’d love to hear in the comments.

This post was written by Lauren, Bournemouth Girl. She is a creative and personal development blogger from Bournemouth, England. Lauren is a lover of travel among other things.