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How Lost Luggage Is Traced

Travelers at the Airport rolling luggageBaggage check-in is, inescapably, one of the most time-consuming and frustrating elements of taking any flight. No matter how hard airline staff and those of other carriers work to streamline the process, it’s impossible to eliminate the manual element of the passenger having to hand the items which they wish to be placed in the hold of their plane to a member of their airline’s staff, and for it to be logged into their computer system and given a unique code which, in theory, ensures that it travels on the right plane, and is ready to be collected at its destination when the passenger arrives.

Items getting lost in transit happens relatively rarely. For example, according to the American Department of Transportation, 7.25 bags in every 1,000 didn’t reach their destination at the first attempt in the first nine months of 2007. Worldwide, that figure is more than double that, at 18 bags per 1,000 not getting through first time, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

With nearly two-thirds of those losses occurring when a passenger’s route involves changing between planes, it’s clear that this – and specifically, a lack of time between connecting flights – is the single biggest contributory factor to luggage going astray.

Why Do Bags Go Missing?

Transfers account for the greatest proportion of luggage mishandling.

  • Misconnected at flight transfer point (52%)
  • Failure to load (16%)
  • Ticketing error/bag switch/security/other (13%)
  • Loading/offloading error (7%)
  • Airport/customs/weather/space-weight restriction (6%)
  • Arrival station mishandling (3%)
  • Tagging error (3%)

Automated ticketing systems for baggage

Automated ticketing systems for bagging, which see a unique ticket being printed out and attached to each bag as it is checked in, should, in theory, go a long way towards eliminating lost baggage. And the truth is that they certainly play a role in tracing a bag which ends up on the wrong carousel or trolley on its journey. One way of trying to eliminate this is to ensure that the tag on your bag contains the details of your correct flight. Where staff from the airline operating your flight also hand the check-in procedure there is less risk of this happening, but at some airports this is in the hands of their own staff, so it pays to be wary in these instances.

Multiple tracing factors for luggage

Lost luggage is most usually traced through a combination of the information contained on the tag issued when it is checked in, and the unfortunate passenger’s description of it as given to the airline. This is why you will see many seasoned travelers toting luggage which has clearly seen better days. They know that, to begin with, their bags will be less attractive to anyone who might be tempted to make it ‘go missing’ in transit, but also that it is more easily spotted by them in the hurly-burly of baggage reclaim areas.

So any airline or bagging handling company’s attempt to trace a lost item will be helped greatly if they are given an accurate and detailed description of the bag or case, because if computer systems have failed to turn up the missing bag, then it will be down to the initiative and observation of the airline and baggage handling company’s staff themselves to locate it.

Human elements

Checking-in baggage is, to a large degree, a mechanical process, but with human elements which also add to the risk of something going wrong. Recovering lost luggage is similar, but in reverse, with the electronic records issued when a bag is checked in being examined manually to try to find clues as to where the item has finished up.

So there are a few handy pieces of advice which all travellers should follow to minimise the risk of their bags going astray. Foremost is to place a tag with your name, address and phone number inside every piece of luggage, as this will help in an instance when a luggage tag has gone missing. Also, airport x-ray machines can easily detect items which look suspicious, but aren’t at all, such as an alarm clock. Finally, you can never have too many labels or other unique identifiers on your luggage, and the more you can tell the airline and baggage handling staff about if your case goes missing, the better chance they have of ensuring a happy reunion.

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Hayley Spring is a freelance travel blogger who highly recommends Left Baggage for sourcing and tracking any lost or delayed luggage

Secrets Of Getting Amazing Florida Flight Deals

Secret Florida Flight deals

If you’re planning on going to Florida for a vacation, it only makes sense to try to get the cheapest flight possible so you’ll have extra cash for having fun in the sun. Luckily, there are a number of little-known tips and tricks for saving money on flights. Knowing how and when you should book your flight to Florida will mean your wallet will also get a little vacation.

Fly in February

After the end-of-year holidays, everyone is tired of traveling and spending money. Airlines know this. The best time for Florida - January, FebruaryTo encourage people to book flights during January and February, prices are dropped significantly during these months. This airline formula works out especially well for travelers planning to go to Florida as these months are notorious for being the most popular months to escape the snow and cold and head to the warmer south. Plan your Florida vacation in January or February to get a much-needed break from the chill, and for far less money than you’d expect to spend.

Buy and Fly on a Tuesday

Fly on tuesday, wednesday, saturday

If you’re flexible with exactly when you can leave and return, you’ll be able to find the best flight deals. Flying is significantly cheaper when you hit the skies on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are both the busiest and most expensive days to fly. If you’re able to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, you’ll pay less money and get to deal with less hectic airports, which is a great way to start and end a vacation.

As for buying your tickets, airlines release their best deals on Tuesdays at 3pm. Many discounted flights can be found at this time, but you’ll have to buy fast. These cheaper tickets are usually pulled from sale on Thursday.

Sign up for Email Alerts

AirFareWatchDog’s fare alerts and email newsletter is an excellent resource for finding great airline prices and deals that leave from your home airport. It isn’t unheard of for flights to Florida that cost $100 or less to be advertised through this system. Signing up for these alerts will let you know when the cheapest prices on flights to Florida are available for you to snag while they last.

Shop Around

When it comes to finding flight deals online, there are a ton of websites offering price discounts and you should be exploring as many of them as possible. Fare Compare is a great resource for finding the best rates from a number of different websites. You can enter your travel requirements and preferences and Fare Compare will compare flights and return the lowest rates available. Never look at just one website or you’re missing out on finding a great deal that someone else may be offering.

Use Social Media

Follow a number of airlines on Twitter and Facebook and regularly check tweets and posts that the airlines are publishing. Great flight deals are typically offered through social media sites for very short periods of time and only to followers. You never know when you’ll find a fantastically low price on a flight to Florida just by checking your news feeds.

By being a smart flight shopper and utilizing the secrets of the airline industries you’ll be able to get a good flight for the lowest fare possible and have extra money to spend on more important and memorable aspects of your Florida vacation.

Sara Pegarella is a freelance writer located in Philadelphia, PA. She is a frequent contributor to Vacation Rental Pros.

Fully Experience The Rio De Janeiro Carnival – A Beginner’s Guide

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

You are about to venture into the world of the amazing Rio Carnival…great choice! It will most likely be an experience you will never forget. However, unforgettable experiences aren’t always a good thing, right? So, if you are a Carnival “beginner”, you will want to be armed with as much information on this major event as possible to get the most out of your trip.

I am going to share some basic information for people who have never been to the festival. But, I also recommend that you read up on it further to gather some of the massive amounts of information available. The more you know about it ahead of time, the better equipped you will be to take it all in and enjoy.

Out of the many Brazilian festivals and carnivals, the Rio Carnival is by far the most authentic and intoxicating. After all, Rio is notorious as the Carnival Capital of the World. Mark your calendar…February 28 – March 5, 2014…for a truly unforgettable event!

In the Beginning…

You will find multiple theories on how Carnival actually began, including tales of pagan celebrations in Rome from ancient times. However, Carnival Balls grew in popularity in Rio de Janeiro back in the 19th century, with the Municipal Theater and Copacabana Palace Hotel as the hosts. Afro Brazilian dance and culture became a strong influence with samba taking lead in the Samba Parades, starting in the 1930’s.

Rio boasts a wonderful blend of ethnicity like no other region in the world, which makes this festival an amazing experience. The diversity of culture is evident as you take in the uniqueness of Rio’s Carnival.

Where to Stay

While you can experience Carnival in other areas of Brazil, the heart of it can be found in Rio de Janeiro. It might be intimidating to think of where to stay, if you have never been to Carnival, or even Rio. However, the majority of hotels in Rio will offer deals and packages during the festival.

All inclusive packages are readily available for the 6 nights the festival runs, which will often include airfare, as well as food and beverage. The list of great hotels to choose from is long with popular options such as Nahuel Huapi, Minas Colonial, Mercure Grand Hotel Internacional Foz, and Zona Sul which is located seaside.

Samba Schools and the Sambadrome

Rio Carnival SambadromePhoto by Sergio Luiz: licensed under the Creative Commons

There is plenty to do during Carnival, with many attractions and activities going on for the duration. Without a doubt, the main event is the held at the Sambadrome, located in the heart of downtown Rio. This is where the Samba Parade takes place…and should not be missed! The parade includes many samba dancers who are competing for their schools.

Porta Bandeira Flag Bearer

It won’t take long to figure out the crowd favorite of the parade…the Porta Bandeira. While women make up the majority of the parade, the Porta Bandeira, otherwise known as the flag bearer, is the show stopper with an amazing and ornate costume with feathers and sequins galore! You will see incredible samba dance moves as she continues through the parade.

She is not alone though, as the Mestre Sala is there as her “protector”, in an equally amazing costume. One key point to note is that Porta Bandeira is not allowed to let the flag touch the ground, or she will lose points in the competition for her school.

You will also see impressive floats, with beautiful women and costumes dancing the contagious samba steps to get the crowds going.

The city’s normal day to day activities pretty much come to a halt as soon as everybody starts arriving.

Four Nights of Competition

Rio De Janeiro Carnival competition

The competition continues for 4 nights of the festival. It begins with the opening ceremony on Friday, with the Mayor of Rio crowning King Momo. The evening then continues with a parade of children and kick starts the mood and tone of the entire festival. And then each of the samba schools will have 80 minutes of parade time, which makes for a spectacular show.

For the next few days you will experience music, theater, dance, and arts like you never have before. On Sunday and Monday, the top 12 samba schools will compete for the championship.

2014 List of Attractions and Events

There are many events and attractions to see while you are experiencing Rio’s Carnival. It’s nearly a week of never-ending action and fun. Take a look at what you will be able to see or partake in:

  • Samba Parades
  • Carnival Balls
  • Magic Ball
  • Rio Scala Balls
  • Samba Land
  • Samba School Nights
  • Street Parties
  • Street Bands
  • Sambodromo Rehearsals
  • Street Rehearsals
  • Samba City
  • Merry Making in Lapa

In fact, there is so much to see and do in Rio that I couldn’t possibly get into significant detail for everything without writing a book. I suggest you take the information above and research it further to see what you don’t want to miss. One thing’s for sure, it’s a party you will never forget!

Hopefully I gave you enough information to pique your interest in gathering more information to tailor your very own Rio Carnival experience!

This article was contributed by Rick Mercado. As a successful online marketer and author, Rick Mercado finds himself on the Internet multiple times a day. He takes advantage of that by gathering information for upcoming series, such as his Brazilian series when visiting Celebrate Brazil. Rick enjoys working from home, but can also be found at the local coffee house on his laptop. When he is not working, he is often outdoors in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife. In his downtime Rick loves hiking, kayaking, and hopes to become a helicopter pilot someday.

What Kind of Tourist You Are?

Luxury Whare Kea Lodge in Wanaka New Zealand

As we wrote in the past there are many types of tourists. We see them every time we travel; some are party animals, others are low key with a book-in-hand, soaking in the sun’s rays. Whatever type of tourist you should remember one thing:

All tourists are created equal

If you are not sure which genre of tourist you are; this article may shed lit on how to label yourself, and which destinations may be suited for you.

Action Tourist

Paragliders meetup in the air

When you picture yourself traveling to distant lands, do you see yourself jumping off a cliff into an ocean pool of crystal clear water? Or how about jumping off of an old Soviet plane with a parachute sewn by the pilot’s Baba. If so, you may just be the “Action Tourist”. Action Tourists love their adrenalin rush and have trouble understanding those under-the-radar travelers. To keep them satisfied; all that is needed, are a rope of some kind and the latest machinery for propulsion in that region. Recommended destinations for these Evel Knievels include: Mexico, Hawaii, Thailand, Spain and New Zealand.

Kodak Tourist

Do find yourself posting every vacation picture you ever had on Facebook? Have you ever traveled without a camera. Then you just might be our “Kodak Tourist”. Whether traveling for a day or a month, your camera flash card seems to be extensive enough to make a feature Disney film. But, don’t fret! There are many people like you, and they all seem to find their way back on Facebook, posting pictures that nobody even cares to look at. Recommended pictures…I mean…destinations include: Peru, Australia, Thailand, Saudia Arabia, China, France, Italy and Indonesia

Party Tourist

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign

Traveling? What is traveling, I just want to party!

Doesn’t matter where you are, or who you’re with; your taste is simple –

Take me to the closest brewery, please!

The Party Tourist enjoys loud music, nightclubs and of course booze. These fun seekers are most compatible with our Action Tourist, because after a few drinks, they seem bold enough to follow suit. Party destinations include: Ibiza, Cracow, Rome, Bangkok, Beirut, Las Vegas, and Tokyo.

Historical Tourist

Ah, yes! History is not dead, because you strive to keep it alive. Of all our tourists, the Historical Tourist is our more scholarly candidate.

Historical landmarks all around the worldYou revel in telling your companions your knowledge of the local history. God gave you an encyclopedic mind, and boy do you use it! When you envision yourself traveling; you see yourself with a whip and satchel, Jones-ing around Asia with a map written in Sanskrit, trying to find the last relic of the Aryans. But remember this is far from the truth, most likely you’ll be just daydreaming somewhere in a museum. If you are this tourist type; I need not tell you where you should go, but for the sake of humour: Italy, Vatican City, France, China, India, Israel, Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, and Greece.

Note: Side effects of excessive traveling include culture shock, hangovers, illusions of grandeur, loss of travel insurance, monetary depletion, and addictions to air travel.

John is a travel writer who spends most of his time hopping from one country to another, hope you enjoyed his article!

Don’t Serve To Travel, Travel To Serve

The purpose of travel

Travel Road going for better purpose

We travel for different purposes – business, pleasure, educational, and many other reasons. However not many have gone to travel for a more “meaningful” purpose; and I mean, in a philanthropic way. More than just meeting people, visiting other places, tasting different food, understanding varied cultures, or learning new things; to travel with a cause to serve creates a different spark. Leaving a piece of yourself by way of sharing what you have to people of different races and cultures makes even your shortest trips meaningful and memorable.

A willing and compassionate heart, not an impressive bank account, is what it takes to be an accomplished philanthropic traveller. Even a penniless wanderer like Alexander Supertramp managed to share something out of nothing, by sharing his thoughts, learnings and skills and being compassionate to people he met along his solitary sojourn. Philanthropy doesn’t entail money, for money isn’t the only thing we have to give. Sharing means giving people what you have or a part of what you have, tangible or not, however big or small, without condition, for the purpose of helping them live better lives.

Anyone with a sound mind and body is capable of sharing himself to the world. In this era of high technology, one can sit in a corner and explore places as far as beyond the outer space, at least virtually. The need for help and the act of helping and reaching out to those in need can be established virtually.

Yet, for the passionate adventurer, there’s still no match for actual and real-life journeys and encounters. As a self-dependent travel junkie who has travelled mostly for socio-cultural reasons, I deliberately and joyfully got myself into mashing up travelling and participating in socio-cultural causes as one epic hobby, with much determination despite a decrepit wallet.

Pure volunteerism: more than just living is living to serve

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer,” a real, life-long volunteer and war hero once said.

As a volunteer for years, I couldn’t agree more. Yes, it takes courage and compassion to be doing something for others, without claim to financial or any material compensation. Sometimes you even have to dig out your own cash to give to those you’re helping, or worse, sacrifice your job. A volunteer must be ready to make sacrifices to live up to his cause.

The first time I got into voluntary service by joining the Red Cross Youth Sector, I thought it would be a one-time thing and just another point to my extracurricular credits in school. However, I felt an insatiable sense of fullfilment that got me participating in future outreach activities, fund-raising events, basic life support trainings, seminars and conventions that brought me to places and led me to meet inspiring people and experience life-changing events.

After years of battling the ups and downs of being a volunteer who loves travel and adventure, I have come to affirm that:

“I don’t serve to travel, I travel to serve.”

“To whom much is given, much is expected.”

In a societal sense, we can take this biblical quote to mean that the more skills and possessions we have, the more we should be contributing for better changes and improvements in various aspects and areas of our society.

If you are a talented artist who’s also fond of traveling, why not travel and at the same time use your skills to spread or promote a good cause? Going on week-long volunteer holidays that let you share your artistic skills to people in remote locations will be worth your time, effort and money. Being good at something is not for the superficial purpose of showing off. It’s better and much more fulfilling to attach a deeper purpose to any skill you’re good at and share it to inspire people around the world.

There’s this person I personally know who loves to travel and tries to use the many skills she’s gifted with to take on social responsibilities. As an aspiring musician, writer and painter, she actively participates in benefit concerts and health and environmental programs, totally pro bono. She travels to perform in benefit theatrical shows even if it meant canceling professional stints. As she does short volunteer work overseas, her motivation is the uplifting fullfilment she gets as a volunteer. Being one of those who have experienced abuse in their childhood, she continues to be an advocate of the usage of music and the arts as tools to inspire the youth and empower them to effect better changes in our society.

To travel with a cause is to give value to humanity and to one’s self

The more you do unconditional service for others, the more you see yourself in a better light. As we help others, we also help ourselves in aspects concerning self-esteem, self-respect, emotional awareness and mental growth. As travellers, the meaningful volunteer holidays we spend, our intercontinental hopping and interracial acquaintances are building blocks of bridges in the unending journey of bettering ourselves.

Here’s a constant reminder to all who travel for humanitarian causes: “Keep doing what you’re doing, and see the world differently, in a good way. Continue your selfless acts like humanity depends on it, even if your deeds remain unsung. The value you give to your fellows will come back to you a thousandfold.”

DebraBy Debra Wright

Debra Wright is a creative online writer who supplies cyberspace with interesting and informative write-ups about her favorite topics including volunteer travel. A wide reader and ardent web surfer, she believes she can do anything as long as she has an Internet connection.

3 Vacation Rental Scam Scenarios: Detect and Prevent!

Vacation Rental Scam: Detect and Prevent

Scammed in Vacation Rental

Recently, we have been hearing more and more about occurrences of vacation rental scam. This news is not only harmful to owners, but also to the industry as a whole. We want to arm you with essential tools to identify common tactics and take preventative measures before it is too late. We wrote about some of this before and then again but still wanted to keep you in a loop on the latest news and measures.

Let’s face it, emails written in broken English, requesting a wire transfer to Africa, are a thing of the past. Today’s fraudulent schemes have become much more sophisticated, but don’t fret. Whether you are a traveler, homeowner or property manager, the following tips are crucial to consider:

INITIAL RED FLAGS (PERHAPS IT’S AN ONLINE SCAM)

  • If a payment is requested through a wire transfer service such as MoneyGram or Western Union or there is a request for a cashiers check, you should investigate further.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true for the type of accommodation and the area, it should raise a red flag.
  • If the only way to contact the owner is via email and no phone number was provided or no one ever answers the number given, you should immediately question the credibility of the source.
  • If the emails you receive have obvious English grammar errors, you should investigate further.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK TO IDENTIFY VACATION RENTAL SCAM

  • Do your due diligence and complete a background check on the owner and rental.
  • Conduct Google and social media searches.
  • Check reviews from past clients.
  • Become familiar with most common vacation rental scam scenarios and make sure you don’t follow the same trap.

We have outlined a few scenarios below.

Scam scenario #1: 

A Great Deal Not to Miss, But The Property Doesn’t Exist

Craigslist Scam Alert about Waikiki Listings

A snapshot of a Scam Alert published on Craigslist

Vacation rental scams may not all display the most beautiful property photos, but they will typically offer a great discount to tempt potential visitors

If a great property is offered at half price with one condition that money must be sent via wire transfer, watch out. Just because they may be only asking for a deposit, it doesn’t mean it is not a scam.

Scammers accepting reservations many months in advance could collect 10%-50% of the total, multiple times, before anyone raises an alert. And, at the time when would-be travelers discover that the place simply doesn’t exist, it will be too late.

Back in June I received a call from a guy, urgently looked for same day accommodation. Distressed, he claimed he had just arrived to New York from San Diego, and learned he was the victim of a fraudster. He found a craigslist ad showing an amazing loft for rent in the heart of New York’s SoHo district and connected via phone with an advertiser who requested to wire him a one-night deposit of $140. The remainder of the balance was due at check-in. Unfortunately there was neither a check-in point nor anyone who knew the advertiser at the address provided. The traveler had to learn the hard way that even at a rate of $140 a customer, fraudsters exist.

Scam scenario #2:

The Property Is Real But The Rental Is Not

Scammed in Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rental plot

It goes like this:

Traveller: “Hello, we are here! We booked your house!”

Homeowner: “Really?”

Check out this Easter weekend case from Fort Myers Beach

Classified sites like Craigslist provide a plenty of room for misrepresentation. An advertiser could pretend they are someone else by supplying real names and addresses with legit profiles, hoping nobody will double check.

Here’s another incident when scammers poached information from a legitimate real estate website. A property manager had listed the property, but scammers fashioned a phony advertisement with an irresistible price tag:

Scam scenario #3:

Beware of Vacation Rental Phishing

 Vacation Rental - No phishing

Image a courtesy of Ann F Brundige

Those of us who follow the vacation-rental phishing saga are probably aware of this scenario:

  1. Emails exchange via email or a platform similar to VRBO
  2. Money wired via bank transfer
  3. No answer.

Phishing schemes fraudulently extract personal information by e-mail (the e-mail log-in credentials of a property owner). The fraudster then impersonates the owner, requiring customers to wire money.

Ann Schutte, who found a rental villa with a “million-dollar” view in Sedona, Arizona, through the rental web site VRBO.com, became a victim of such phishing plot.

HomeAway, which owns VRBO and other vacation rental web sites, reported 3,000 phishing cases as of last fall.

Still unsure if any of those scenarios applies to you?

Take a rental scam quiz to evaluate your chances of being scammed. This quiz urges you to evaluate possible scenarios and run a reality check.

Rental Scam Detection Quiz

In summary, don’t forget the three simple steps below, great preventative measures against scammers:

  1. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Run away.
  2. If wire transfer payment is the only option, insist on a credit card payment.
  3. Use vacation rental websites that hold guests’ payments in escrow until the check-in date (rentini.com is one of them).

Just put yourself in scammer’s shoes and try to deal with a customer who follows those 3 simple steps. Would you succeed? At Rentini, we promote these simple measures and see scammers run away!

How to Report Scammers

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet crime, or if you are aware of an attempted crime, you can file a complain at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C):

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

In addition, if you’ve been ripped off or scammed, complain to the Federal Trade Commission. It can help put the bad guys out of business. Watch this video to learn how to proceed:

To file a complaint, just go to http://www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Have you heard of any other stories or want to share your own tricks how to detect scam?

Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Five Good Reasons to Travel to the Cultural Heart of Ireland

People on bench by the waterfront in Galway, Ireland

Ireland’s Cultural Heart, Galway, is really a city worth traveling to. This city isn’t just a great location for stag and hen parties as it truly has so much to offer its visitors. Here are five of the reasons why travelers should visit this city that happens to be the sixth most populous city in the Emerald Isle.

As a cultural Mecca, anyone that wishes to know exactly what Irish culture is all about should definitely visit Galway. This city is known as the home of a number of traditional or folk artists like Dolores Keane. What’s more, this city hosts a lot of festivals that are truly worth going to.

The city isn’t just a great place to see and hear traditional Irish music, dances, and language. Classical music lovers will also have a great time in this city during the summer season. Since 1994, Galway Cathedral Recitals are held from July to August featuring an international series of concerts.

Fresh Seafood

Oysters plate in Galway Restaurant

Another reason for travelers to go to Galway would be the fact that there is always fresh seafood to be had. Those that love clams, oysters, crabs, shrimps, and fish can easily have a feast in this town. More importantly, they can easily get those fresh from the markets in this city.

Having an awesome gastronomic experience is a treat for anyone that loves to eat. Anyone visiting Galway can get that.

Restaurants

Restaurant scene in Galway, Ireland Not a lot of people know that this city has a lot of good restaurants as well. That means, visitors in this city can get a good taste of all that fresh fish and seafood. Irish cuisine is quite distinctive too and this is one of the best Irish cities to get some of that.

Aside from Irish cuisine, there are also restaurants that feature international cuisine. Expect to see a number of Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean, and Spanish restaurants.

Pubs

McSwiggans Bar & Restaurant Galway

Pubs in Galway are more than just places to grab a pint of Irish beer or eat an affordable meal. These are the best places to meet and greet locals and other tourists. What’s more, most pubs also turn into music venues when the evening comes. For those that wish to have an evening of live entertainment, make sure to check out who’s playing at certain pubs.

Aside from traditional Irish music, there are also pubs that feature rock, pop, jazz, and other musical genres. There are a lot of pubs in this city which is why it has become a popular stag and hen party location. A pub crawling experience is a must for those that enjoy the nightlife.

Festivals and Events

Street scene in Galway

This city is known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart partly because of its numerous festivals each year. One of the most notable festivals that shouldn’t be missed would be the Galway Arts Festival which takes place every July.

In addition to annual festivals, this city is also known for having 51 event venues. Some of those are even multiple event venues. That will include visual arts galleries and other concert venues.

Medieval Structures

There have been settlements in this city since the 11th century when the King of Connacht built Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe. That is also the reason why there are a good number of medieval structures that can still be seen today in this city.

Some places of interest worth checking out include Lynch’s Castle, the Church of Ireland St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Spanish Arch, The Hall of the Red Earl, the remains of Claddagh and Menlo Castle. Those are just some of the spots worth seeing in the city.

Now, those are just five good reasons to visit Galway. Don’t just go to Galway. Stay for a while and make sure to experience everything that this Irish city has to offer.

This article was contributed by Sabrina Mable who is an author and recognized authority on planning hen parties. She currently works for http://www.Henit.ie and specializes in creating hen party packages for fun and memorable hen parties in Ireland. She has succumbed and joined the world of social media. Follow her on Twitter.

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