Scotland is a fantastic destination with plenty to see, and Haggis Adventures is the perfect tour company to experience Scotland with!  Scotland is well known for a few things, and we thought we would share a few of their claims to fame with you: – Whiskey is Scotland’s national drink, and it means ‘water of life’ – The Scottish invented the telephone, the bicycle, the television and pennicillen. – The Scottish have won approximately 11% of all Nobel Prizes ever awarded. – Bag Pipes are well known for being Scottish, but they are in fact dated back to 1000BC in Asia.  The Scots took on the bag pipes in the 1st C AD and they are still a popular instrument in Scotland. – The Scots are well known for wearing their plaid kilts.  Men who could not afford armor originally started wearing the kilt with heavy pleats for movement and some protection…… –  How could we forget the mysterious Loch Ness Monster that is said to live in the Loch Ness of Scotland. – Last but not least, Scotland is known for their national dish Haggis.  Haggis is essentially lamb or beef heart, liver, lungs, oatmeal and onions stuffed in an animal stomach and boiled for 7 hours.  Something you have to try if you visit! Traveling to Scotland can be relatively cheap if you are looking for a tour on a budget.  Haggis Adventures offers a great option that includes your transport, a local guide, and a few extras.  Haggis pre-books hostel rooms for your convenience, but they do not require that you take this option.  You can pay on arrival for the hostel for the reservation Haggis has made for you, or you can choose another type of accommodation if you would prefer.  
TravAddict is all about finding the perfect tour for you, and sometimes when you have spare time in a major hub, a self-guided tour can be very helpful!  TravAddict recently published an article with our self-guided tour of Rome and the Vatican,  so if you know you are going to have some spare time in Rome, check it out! If you are interested in traveling to Italy, Busabout Adventures, G Adventures, and Intrepid Travel offer some great touring options.

- Turkey is the world’s largest producer of hardshell nuts, figs and apricots

- Turkey borders 7 countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria).

- Turkey is one of the top 12 travel destinations in the world, with more than 17 million visitors every year.

- Turkey’s national drink is Raki.  Raki is a clear brandy made from grapes and raisins, and tastes like licorice.  It is very comparable to Ouzo.

- Turkey is famous for their rugs/carpets.  The oldest Turkish carpet discovered to date was made in the 5th Century BC, and contains 347 000 Turkish double knots per square metre.

- Camel wrestling is very popular in Turkey.  They use long-haired cross-bred camels called Tulis, known for their aggressive nature.  A trained camel can learn to trip his opponent, force him into submission, and push him to his knees with his head!

- The Doner Kebab is Turkey’s national dish.  Doner Kebab translates to ‘turning roast’.

- The Turks are said to have an average of 14.5 sexual partners in their lifetime, which means they have more sexual partners than any other nationality in the world! (Australia comes in at a close second).

- The Turkey bird was accidentally named after the country.  After the Spanish first found the bird more than 400 years ago and brought it back to Europe, the English mistakenly thought the Spanish brought it back from Turkey, and named it after the country.

Tucan Travel, G Adventures, Intrepid Travel, and Busabout offer some great options for traveling to Turkey. 

Ever wanted to travel somewhere really different? Well, Antarctica is probably as different as it gets! The unique animals, landscape, and climate of this amazing continent is what attracts people here. The only human life on Antarctica are people working on scientific bases.  During the summer that is no more than 4000 people.  The remoteness of Antarctica is spellbinding, and the uniqueness of the landscape and the animals is what will make this trip one you will always remember.  The season for traveling to Antarctica is limited due to the harsh weather, so November to February is really the only opportunity to visit this magnificent land. Antarctica is definitely not a place you can travel to on your own, and TravAddict recommends you check out our G Adventures options for traveling to this region on their cruise expeditions.
The Eiffel Tower is iconic  and a must-see if you are traveling to France, so we thought we would share a few fun facts about the structure with you: – The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the 1889 World Expo by Gustav Eiffel, and was originally intended to only be a temporary exhibit. -Initially the Parisians did not like the tower, but as the world’s interest grew in this architectural feat, the locals began to think it wasn’t so bad, and they eventually decided to keep the expo exhibit permanently. – When the tower was built, it was the tallest man made structure in the world.  Prior to the Eiffel tower, the Pyramids of Egypt were the tallest man made structure. – The Eiffel Tower is 320 m tall, and weighs 10 000 tonnes.  It is made up of 12 000 pieces of steel and is held together by 2.5 million rivets. – The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower receives approximately 6 million visitors every year. We hope we have intrigued you enough to want to see it for yourself!  Intrepid Travel, and G Adventures offer some great options to travel through Paris on some of their Europe tours.
If you plan of traveling to Ireland and you want to make sure you trip includes adventure, then Shamrocker Adventures is who you want to travel with.  Their goal is purely to make you love Ireland!  All of their tour guides are Irish,  and they are knowledgable and passionate about their country.  Shamrocker aims to make your trip as flexible as possible by not including the accommodation , but still pre-booking a great hostel option for you if you wish to use it.  Shamrocker guarantees all of their trips, and they have never cancelled a departure!  Their prices are fantastic, and you are sure to have a great craic!  TravAddict recommends the Shamrocker 7 day All Ireland Rocker tour.

A lot of travelers like to have a keepsake of every destination they visit on their travels. I personally consider my pictures to be my souvenirs because I am not a fan of clutter at all, so I always remembered those travelers who would collect the same souvenir in every country/city they visited. Some were quite common, like bracelet charms, postcards, fridge magnets. But some were just a little weird. The most memorable was definitely the girl who wanted to eat a Big Mac in every city she visited, and save the wrapper. First of all, I'm sure the big mac grease made the collection smell, and second of all, there is nothing about it that makes any sense to me. She was a lot of fun to be around, and completely normal in every sense…..I suppose not in the souvenir sense though. If my memory serves me right, we were on a two week Europe tour. She had a large scrap-book where she would paste the big mac wrapper/broken-down boxes, label them, and rate them from 1-10. I believe Austria received the highest store. I hope if I ever run into her again, she owns her own McDonald's franchise:-)

It is certainly not enjoyable having to think about the ‘bad’ things that could happen to you while traveling abroad, but being prepared for the worst can help you out in an un-foreseen situation.

Our TravAddict team has put together a list of recommendations for ‘being prepared while traveling’.

1.  Always  be insured.  Travel Insurance is different to medical insurance.  It will be a savior in medical emergencies, if your luggage is lost or stolen, if your flights are delayed or canceled, if your tour is canceled, if you have to cancel your trip due to an emergency or medical situation, if you miss your tour departure due to a flight delay……..and so many other situations.  Please check-out our insurance page to find out more.

2.  Always have an emergency money source.  Hide a money source in your luggage for emergencies.  Putting all of your money sources in one place is setting yourself up for a lot of hassle if your wallet happens to go missing or gets stolen.  Keeping a spare credit card, or $50 in cash in a hidden compartment of your luggage will save you in this situation.

3.  Always leave a tour itinerary with someone at home before you leave.  It can be tough keeping in touch with your loved ones back home when you are always on the go.  If your loved ones know where you are on specific dates and any flights you are scheduled to catch, you will keep their mind at ease and it will help them to locate you in an emergency situation.

Australia is one of our favorite destinations, so we thought we would list our top 3 Australian destinations of the season, hand-picked by our TravAddict team.  If you prefer to take it a little slower on tour and prefer scenery and outdoor activities, then Australia is a great destination for you.  The beaches, the unique flora and fauna, the adventurous activities, and the people (of course) are definitely highlights.  The options for a tourist in Australia are endless, but we thought we would tell you a little about three destinations that we think are amazing:

The Whitsunday’s.
The Whitsunday’s is made up of 74 beautiful islands off the Great Barrier Reef.  It is is a beautiful coastal destination with great options for  sailing, island stays, swimming with tropical fish and visiting beautiful beaches.  Topdeck Travel includes a great Whitsunday’s 2 night sailing package on their Capricorn Suntanner 2011.

Kangaroo Island.
Australia is home to some very unique animals, and it can be exciting to meet a lot of them for the first time.  Getting up close and personal with a lot of these animals is very rare in the wild, and most tourists will encounter them in a zoo.  On Kangaroo island however, you can experience a number of Australian animals in their natural habitat.   You are likely to see wild koala’s, wallabies, Australian fur seals, dolphins and more…..

Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy is considered to be the Opal Capital of the world.  It is also very well known for it’s unique style of under-ground living.  Due to the intense weather in this outback town, many buildings were established underground.  You can visit underground shops, drink in an underground pub, and they even have underground hotels.  It is a unique town, one like no other in the world and it will definitely be one you will remember.  Intrepid Travel offers a great 10 day outback adventure that passes through this amazing gem that not many tourists have heard about.

Packing is a very important component of preparing for a trip, and it can be hard sometimes to remember everything…….I can't even count the amount of times I have left something at home!  But the  TravAddict team thinks we have found a resource that is going to impress you and assist you in hopefully remembering everything!  It will also assist those 'over-packers' to cut down on what they pack.

The Universal Packing List breaks down your personalised packing  list by the destination, the type of luggage you are using, the amount of time you will be away, where you are going, the type of transport you will be traveling on, and it even allows you to specify how you would like the packing list to be displayed!

Check it out, it will save you packing time and peace of mind:-)