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Five Reasons Why September Is the Best Time To Go InterRailing

When you stop to think about it, Europe is actually pretty small. Look at a World Map and it becomes apparent that you can get from Dublin to Athens quicker than Perth to Sydney. It’s no surprise then that InterRailing has been, and will continue to be, one of the most diverse summer adventures you can have, and on a budget too!

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A Crazy Cheap, Six-Stop InterRail Route For Your Summer!

InterRailing season is in full swing with carriages upon carriages being packed out with excited students and graduates exploring the very best that Europe has to offer.

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Enormous 3km Art Installation Allows Visitors To Explore Lake Iseo, Italy

Ok, so it’s not quite ‘walking on water’ but it’s about as close to it as you can get in Italy for the next 16 days…

Lake Iseo 2
An expected half a million people are expected to visit in the 16 days!

The Floating Piers are a spectacular 3 kilometre gangway across Lake Iseo from the small Italian village of Sulanzo to the small island of Monte Isola in the province of Brescia, northern Italy. Created by artist, Christo, the gangway is made up of 200,000 cubes of high density polyethylene and from an engineering point of view is quite an ambitious feat to achieve! Without any guardrails, just a 53 feet wide fabric covering the cubes, the installation looks like it actually breathes. Check it out…

At first, the installation might appear as a very cool, albeit ultimately useless endeavour however practical uses of this kind of engineering innovation start to become apparent. What about access to safety in areas of severe flooding? What about something like this proposal to create a ‘Bubble Bridge’ walkway on the Hudson to relieve New York’s subway congestion? Wouldn’t that be pretty awesome?!

Whatever your thoughts may be on the future of walkways like this one thing is clear, we would love to take a serene 3km stroll around Lake Iseo this June.

Did you know USIT offer packages throughout Italy all year round? You can check them out here or enquire at info@usit.ie

Original article posted by Gizmodo on 20th June

 

World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

We think even Poseidon would struggle to get his head around the size of it…

After a 10,000,000 hour build, undertaken by 2,500 workers the Royal Caribbean’s new flagship vessel, Harmony Of The Seas has set sail on it’s first trial run. Set to officially become the World’s Biggest Ever Passenger Ship when it welcomes it’s first 6,000 passengers from Southampton to Barcelona in a couple of months, some of the numbers behind the ship boggle the mind…

For starters the total cost of the ship is £770m and end to end it’s 125 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is high. What results is a vessel that weighs 120,000 tonnes, has an incredible 18 decks, 2,300 staff, 7 differently themed ‘neighbourhoods’, 23 swimming pools and 2,747 cabins.

Harmony

Fancy a tour? Royal Caribbean have been allowing prospective passengers to examine the inside of this monster for the last 6 months and have even put together this ‘one-minute’ Guided Tour to make you realise just how big the ship is.

Packages aboard the Harmony of The Seas are now available starting from €1479, taking in the likes of Barcelona, Rome and Naples.

5 Alternative InterRailing Final Stops

Many a wise man has once said in order to get the most out of something you should ‘save the best until last’. Whether that’s leaving the best looking chicken wing until the end, eating around the core of a HB Feast or using it as your excuse for a woeful performance at anything athletic, it’s never let us down. Well, this is a summer where you should certainly take heed of this advice when it comes to your InterRailing swansong.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t end up in Budapest or Athens but if you want to finish up somewhere a bit different then we’ve taken on board the experiences of hundreds of USIT InterRailers with 6 Alternative Final Stops…

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River Boat Tours Are On The Rise, But Why?

If you’re a bit of a nomad holidaymaker then chances are you’ve spent at least one of your breaks on a Cruise ship, whether on The Med, The Caribbean or the Indian Ocean. Cruise holidays are absolutely great for setting sail, unwinding & escaping from the stress of work. However, if you’re the type that wants a more immersive travel experience and are worried that days upon days travelling the ocean will cause you to get a bit fruity and befriend a volleyball, then maybe a River Tour is the adventure for you in 2016?

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Ireland & Scotland Make List of Most Scenic Airport Approaches

I’m sorry but if you’re one of those people who doesn’t possess any real fear of flying but doesn’t make a concerted effort to get a window seat, I’m labeling you as a buzz kill! We cannot understand why these type of airline passengers aren’t more stoked to get to see the world from above, especially when flying into these 10 Airports, voted for as the Most Scenic in 2016 in a poll run by PrivateFly. How many of these have you flown into?

No.10 – London City Airport, England

London City

I know you’re thinking “how could a London airport be cool to fly into, it’s just a field an hour away?!”, and if we were talking about Heathrow or Gatwick you’d be spot on. But this one is different. Approaching London City Airport brings you past the very heart of London, not the suburbs but Canary Wharf, The O2 & Westminster all within a stones throw. It’s quite a sight and once you land, no messing about getting into the City Centre as you’ll get there in >15 minutes. Lovely hurling.

No.9 – Los Angeles International (LAX), USA

LAX

Maybe surprisingly the only airport approach in the USA that makes the list so by default this one must be the best? Downtown LA reaches skyward and dazzles in the California sunshine. Depending on your approach you’ll probably see all of the Cali desert, the city of LA & the Pacific which hugs the coastline and as the 3rd busiest airport in the US we can bet many of you have soaked it up.

No.8 – St Maarten Airport, St.Maarten

St Maartens

The first truly exotic destination on the list is in the Caribbean and anyone who has had spent any time on Maho Beach will be arguing that this should be higher. Arriving into St.Maarten you’re greeted with bluer than blue Caribbean sea and with the runaway next door to a public beach, the resulting pictures 100% look photoshopped. We assure you, they’re not.

No.7 – Donegal Airport, Ireland

Donegal

Ireland makes the list! Hands up how many of you have flown into little Donegal Airport though? Well, next time you visit arguably Ireland’s most beautiful county (they’ll be up in arms in Kerry after that one), leave the car at home at take in the wild Atlantic coast as well as Mt.Errigal. Beautiful.

No.6 – Toronto City Airport, Canada

Toronto

Anyone who has spent time in Canada will know about the island airport of Toronto. This is almost two separate experiences in your descent, the one hand you have the tranquil beauty of Lake Ontario, the other the dramatic skyline of Toronto complete with the CN Tower & Rogers Center. It’s a smashing sight and chances are you’re about to start your Work in Canada Visa. Even more excitement.

No.5 – Sabo Airport, Sabo

Sabo

The second entry from the Caribbean is unique as all flights will allow you see your island destination on approach before banking left and down onto the ground. It’s probably worth noting however that Sabo has the World’s Shortest Runway so you’d want to trust your pilot!

No.4 – Barra Airport, Scotland

Barra

A previous winner of the poll situated in the Outer Hebridies, Barra is probably another airport too close to home for you to have appreciated just yet. Don’t feel bad about this however as it’s largely seaplanes that land here given that the tidal current actually encroaches the runway making for a pretty surreal landing!

No.3 – Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

Queenstown_in_Winter

Just, wow! The Land of the Long Cloud will genuinely take your breath away on approach to the Southern Island airport of Queenstown. You’ll feel as if Frodo and his mates are enviously watching your descent as you’re surrounded by snow capped peaks, wild rivers and barren tundra that still looks untouched by human hands after all this time. It’s a special journey.

No.2 – Cote D’Azur Airport, France

Nice

Anyone who has been in the South of France will notice a smile form across their face at the mention of the Cote D’Azur. Almost surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean, you’ll be still be able to make out the mountains to the north and if you look hard enough, the perfect spot for a glass of vino in the sun after you leave the airport. C’est magnifique!

No.1 – Malta Airport, Malta

Malta

The Med scores a 1-2 finish in this year’s PrivateFly.com poll as the rock of Malta is crown the Most Scenic Airport Approach you can take in 2016. While the scenery of Malta and it;s sister islands of Gozo and Comino are a spectacular enough sight, the true beauty of this approach is at sunset or sunrise. If you end up getting emotional, don’t come crying to us. Just pretend you hit yourself in the eye with the seat belt or something.

So there you have it, this year’s Top 10. How many have you flown into so far? How many will you before the year is out? USIT Travel offer packages globally all year round and you better believe these approaches are included. Email adisa@usit.ie for details.

 

 

Interrailing 2016 – 10 Cities to visit

Picking your route for Interrailing this summer is serious business. Chances are you’ll probably have a monster bucket list the length of your arm so to make it a bit easier, we’ve put together our top 10 list of places we love in Europe – pick and mix as you please! Continue reading Interrailing 2016 – 10 Cities to visit

Top Cities to Have your Stag Weekend

Following on from last week’s post about the Best European Cities for a hen weekend, we’re moving onto the stags, lads!

Having your stag party abroad generally costs the same amount overall as having it someplace in Ireland, plus you get the added bonus of getting to explore another city, experience the culture, and most importantly sample all of the fine beers it has to offer!* Continue reading Top Cities to Have your Stag Weekend

Best Spots in Europe for a Hen Weekend

Here at USIT towers, we’ve just added Hen & Stag weekend trips to our catalogue, so if you or one of your mates is getting married in 2016, look no further – we’ve got you covered (or rather, Jonny has…) Continue reading Best Spots in Europe for a Hen Weekend