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5 Reasons Why This Lesser Known Mediterranean Island Is The Perfect Fall Destination

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Bridge Of Lovers In Cyprus, A Mediterranean Island That Is Part Of Europe

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The Mediterranean is one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Known for its turquoise waters and verdant nature and home to cities and civilizations that are thousands of years old, it is arguably the best spot for both beach and culture.

Not all Mediterranean countries are well known to the American public, however, who will often falter in naming countries that are not Spain, Italy, or Greece, when in fact, one of the most beautiful islands in the basin does not belong to any of these major states – and believe it or not:

It is simply the perfect fall destination, being best enjoyed in the off-season. Here are 5 reasons why Cyprus should be your next international trip:

Bridge Of Lovers In Cyprus, A Mediterranean Island That Is Part Of Europe
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The Gateway To Olympus

Before our European readers rush to the comment section to denounce our classification of Cyprus as a ‘lesser-known’ country, you must know it is very much so an off-path destination for a majority of Americans, who rank nowhere in Cyprus’ top-ten most frequent visitors.

To our American readers who might never have heard of Cyprus before, it is an Eastern Mediterranean island just south of Turkiye (formerly spelled Turkey) with Hellenic origins. This means Cyprus is, in essence, a Greek-speaking island, except it is not part of Greece.

Aerial View Of Larnaca, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean
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Cyprus is its own country, and although the Greek language is most widely spoken, and ethnic Greek Cypriots form a majority, Turkish is also an official language at the national level due to the island’s strong cultural ties to its closest neighbor.

A bit of History, if we may: Cyprus has been an island divided since the 1970s, when Turkish forces occupied the Northern third of the island, and the self-declared, breakaway state of TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) was declared to very limited international recognition.

You can learn more about Cyprus’ division, which in no way affects tourists or their safety, here.

Picturesque Whitewashed Greek Church With A Blue Door Etched Onto A Cliffside In Protaras, In The Mediterranean Nation Of Cyprus
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A Middle Eastern Island That Is Part Of Europe?

If you look at a mapa mundis, you will see Cyprus is firmly planted in the Middle East, which would make it in theory an Asian country, as it is closer to Turkiye (70 km), Syria (110 km), Lebanon (200 km), and Israel (300 km), and Syria than it is to Greece, the closest European neighbor (800 km).

Still, Cyprus is geopolitically and culturally a European nation, being a member of the European Union (EU), and having the Euro as its official currency.

Now that we have got the technicalities out of the way and given you the shortest possible introduction to Cyprus, here’s why it is perfect for an autumn getaway:

Limassol, The Second Largest City In Cyprus, A Mediterranean Country In Southern Europe
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Prices Will Drop This Fall

As it is remote, being the Southeastern-most country in the EU, Cyprus is very remote and trickier to get to, especially if you’re traveling from America. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

It may not host nonstop Transatlantic flights, but it is served by several low-cost airlines operating in Europe and the wider Mediterranean region, with airfares as cheap as $39 departing from certain British hubs.

As traveling to Cyprus will inevitably require a layover in a third European country, Americans get to pick which departure point is the cheapest out of a vast continent with plenty of budget-friendly offers – and lucky for them, prices are set to drop significantly this fall.

Paphos City Center, Cyprus, East Mediterranean
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Great Connectivity

Fall is the off-season in Europe when air passenger numbers plummet as a result of the start of the school year and end of the summer holidays, and though connectivity to Cyprus is affected – some Cyprus-bound routes are seasonal – connectivity to mainland Europe is certainly not severed.

Traveling from Paris (Beauvais) to Larnaca (LCA), the busiest airport in Cyprus in late September, Americans can find flights as cheap as $38 one-way flying WizzAir, as seen on Skyscanner, while London Luton departures start at just $27.

Cyprus is served by budget airlines from all over Europe, and you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice as long as you get to Europe first.

Travelers Jumping From A Cliff In Cyprus, Mediterranean Sea
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Maybe couple a beach break in Cyprus with these other trendy European countries, using the mainland as a starting point.

It Is Unbelievably Hot

One of the reasons why Cyprus is still so well-frequented in the off-season is its amazing weather.

As you might have guessed glancing at the map, it is essentially a Middle Eastern destination more than it is Southern European proper, which means the shoulder seasons are pretty mild.

While you do get snow in the mountainous inland of Cyprus over winter, the coast remains relatively warm, enjoying highs of 68°F even in February. If winters are that mild, you can imagine how warm autumns are.

Wooden Staircase Leading To The Sea In Protaras, Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus, Southeastern Europe, Western Asia
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According to TUI, a Britain-based travel agency, ‘days are usually hot with balmy evenings’, and tourists are encouraged to ‘pack light and cool clothing’ long after summer is through. The average daily maximum is 89°F in September, with a minimum of 71°F.

In October, the temperature remains high at 82°F, on average, dropping to a pleasant 73°F in November. In sum, Cyprus stays warm the entire off-season, and as it is a Mediterranean island, the seas also remain much warmer than other European swimming sites.

It Is A Year-Round Destination
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This fall, Cyprus is expected to register a high occupancy, with hotels close to being sold out at least two months after the peak of summer.

Looking at its gorgeous weather, this is hardly a surprise, but it’s maybe the first time Cyprus has had such a long and successful tourist season.

In a way, it seems to have consolidated its spot as one of the top shoulder season destinations not only in Europe or the wider Eurasia but the whole world.

It seems the Tourism Ministry’s efforts for Cyprus to become an all-year-round tourist destination have paid off, with recent data pointing that ‘tourist units will have high occupancies until mid-October’.

Aerial View Of Paphos Castle, Paphos, Cyprus
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Our tourism partners report that in some areas, such as Paphos, there will be an increase in tourists from November 2023 – February 2024, compared to previous years‘, he added, referring to one of the trendiest resort cities on the island.

Paphos is best known as the birthplace of Aphrodite and an ancient port home to UNESCO-listed monuments, including the landmark Tombs of the Kings, a vast necropolis with well-preserved Doric columns and frescoes.

While there has not been a ‘uniformity’ across Cyprus, with other resort regions like Famagusta reporting a drop in bookings as early as June, the overall picture looks good.

Agios Nikolaos Church In Protaras During Sunset, Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus
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Cyprus Is Still Not As Touristy As Other Mediterranean Countries

Finally, Cyprus is less busy than Greece or Italy. That’s not to stay it is a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

It may not be the first destination Americans think of when planning an off-season beach vacation, either due to a lack of knowledge on Southeastern Europe, or the absence of nonstop flights which makes getting to Cyprus harder, but it is a hugely popular sunny getaway for Europeans.

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You should expect well-frequented beaches and lively cities brimming with life and tourists, but it is still nowhere near the crazy levels of tourism seen in Italian hotspots such as Rome, Florence, and Venice, or neighboring Greece’s Santorini and Mykonos.

Visitor numbers will probably not dwindle significantly in the fall, but Cyprus will still be considerably less hectic than its European counterparts, as its all-time high for yearly figures peaked at only 4.12 million in 2019.

Last year, only 1.94 million tourists vacationed in Cyprus, a majority having arrived between the summer months.

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JooJoobs Leather Wallets Review – Personalised Travel Wallets

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It’s crucial to safeguard your information and documents when traveling. Nothing is worse than losing your credit cards, passport, or immunization booklet. One of the best ways to make sure you never lose track of things is to have everything in one location, both at home and on the go. Now introduce yourself to JooJoobs and their range of custom leather wallets designed for travelers.

Having everything in one location has been my only method of keeping track of all of my possessions over the years. Having a spot for everything makes keeping track much easier, whether it’s locating my passport in my luggage or putting my phone in a certain pocket. Travel wallets are a lifesaver in this sense, providing a specific location for all of your travel essentials.

I still use my leather JooJoobs travel wallet to organize my IDs and important travel cards even after all these years. If you’re unsure if JooJoobs’ collection of handcrafted leather travel wallets is right for you, then read our review of their wallets.
Which travel wallet is better, JooJoobs or Passport?

Although JooJoobs offers a large selection of goods, travelers are probably mainly interested in the passport and travel wallets. In case you’re in the market for one, they also make standard wallets and iPhone cases.

The handmade nature of all these JooJoobs goods is their one commonality. It’s odd because, despite the fact that I’ve used conventional wallets and have never given any thought to the leather, this travel wallet’s feel is unmistakable.

Your passports are protected from the wear and tear of travel with passport holders. Passports and other items like credit cards and frequent flyer cards can be stored in travel wallets. My passport, vaccination record, emergency credit cards, and an expanding assortment of metro cards from throughout the globe are all in mine.
The Leather and Quality🎠

These wallets are available in multiple colors and are handmade from distressed leather. They work with full grain leather, which is the best kind of leather.

It’s true that the wallet had some scuffs and veins when it was delivered, which may have offended some. However, I believe that a few small flaws indicate that it is handmade and distinctive rather than merely mass-produced. To me, the wallet’s stitching demonstrates the level of attention to detail and skill that went into its creation.
Customized Text

I believe that what would most thrill people will be the personalization, not the fine craftsmanship or high-quality materials. My wallet was embossed with the phrase “Travelsewhere,” as you can see, and I think it looks fantastic. With their extensive personalization choices, you can have travel wallets adorned with inspiring words, monograms, or any other design you like.

All things considered, this is a really amazing product and a fantastic choice for anyone who is still Christmas shopping. This could be a great gift option if you’re searching for something to give to a loved one who isn’t a vegan, obviously.

Concerning JooJoobs WalletsLocated in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai, JooJoobs is a multigenerational family enterprise. They put decades of experience into their job, and it shows. This neighborhood company started growing online in 2013 and now has a website and an Etsy shop.

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This Is The Fastest Growing Travel Trend In The U.S. Right Now

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Are you eager to travel the world without having to deal with numerous flights? There is a very good reason why cruise travel to the United States is increasing dramatically at the moment.

The number of Americans opting to cruise has skyrocketed, with North America now accounting for 33.5% of all cruise travel worldwide.

People are willing to spend money traveling and exploring the world. However, they also desire as easy, convenient, and inexpensive a travel experience as possible.

Here’s why cruises are currently the most popular travel trend in the United States:
An Inexpensive Mode of Transportation
The fact that practically every aspect of your vacation is included makes cruising one of the most alluring travel options available.

A cruise ship offers a variety of shore excursions, entertainment, dining options, and activities all in one convenient package.
The majority of cruise fares cover meals, lodging, entertainment during the day and night, and of course, transportation between locations.

Getting to your ship by plane and all-inclusive drink packages are frequently not included, especially if you choose with a less expensive cruise company. However, you can choose to pay for them in advance so you won’t have any additional expenses to worry about while on vacation.

If you’re on a tight budget, you can choose to skip the shore excursions and just explore each port on your own without having to pay for what your cruise line offers.
Several Locations With Simplicity
Having to load and unpack your stuff has to be the worst part of traveling. However, no matter how many places you visit while on a cruise, you only have to unpack your bag once.

You may glide from place to place without worrying about making reservations for lodging, flights, or anything else. When you cruise, all you have to do is fall asleep in one place and wake up somewhere else.

For tourists who wish to visit as much of the world as they can in a comparatively short amount of time, this is fantastic.

Take a cruise if you’re having trouble deciding whether to go to Barbados or St. Lucia in the Caribbean or between France and Spain in Europe. Select a cruise line that offers itineraries that include every city on your wish list; some cruises even offer daily port calls.

Want to take a day off and relax? Taking a cruise holiday also simplifies that. You can attend an informative lecture, unwind by the pool, or spoil yourself in the spa. Dance sessions, wine tastings, and pottery painting. There is an almost infinite selection of entertainment alternatives, and many of them are included in the cost of your voyage.

Simple To Arrange
Planning a cruise holiday is really simple. You don’t need to plan your journey between destinations or look for hotels that fit your budget or are near the attractions because a cruise covers both your transportation and lodging in one convenient package.

Choose your cruise company, vessel, schedule, and package; the rest will be taken care of for you.
You can even ask your travel agency to book your airfare if you’re extremely pressed for time or just want the peace of mind that everything will be taken care of.

Cruise lines may also organize group travel, and many will even provide extra benefits for group reservations. If you’re planning a large gathering of friends or family, they can also arrange for group travel according to their tried and true strategies.
An All-Inclusive Cruise Line
Not every cruise ship or cruise line was made equal, and not every cruiser is the same.

The myth that cruise ships are only used by elderly people is no longer true. Sailing has significantly expanded in popularity, although pensioners still make up a significant portion of the market.

This indicates that a growing number of aspiring tourists are becoming interested in cruising. And anybody can find the ideal cruise line.

For families, there’s no question about the Disney cruise line. However, cruise companies like Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises also provide amazing family-friendly amenities like zip wiring, climbing walls, water parks, and other heart-pounding activities.

Young adults in their 20s and 30s have excellent options when it comes to cruises: Virgin Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. They provide fantastic entertainment, a ton of deck parties, and an amazing atmosphere.

Finally, consider cruise lines like Holland America Lines or the smaller Viking River Cruises ships if you’re an older traveler searching for a classic cruise ship where you may rest and relax while at sea.

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New Report Reveals Top 5 Most Visited Countries By American Travelers

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Even while Christmas travel overseas has somewhat plateaued, longer-term patterns clearly show that Americans are traveling abroad at a rate that has never been higher.

But when seeing every place on the planet is on your travel bucket list, choose which place to spend your hard-earned money and time at can seem more like a job than an enjoyable experience.

Which nations do Americans like to visit when they travel abroad?

According to Statista’s recently released data, there were five undisputed leaders among U.S. tourists’ most favorite foreign locations last year.

5. Italy

Italy offers visitors the classic European city break, with its rich history, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and a plethora of things to do and see. Perhaps the best thing about this Mediterranean nation is that there is so much to do and see that American tourists never run out of things to do while visiting.

If you’re traveling across continents, it’s likely that you intend to explore your destination for at least a week, if not a month or longer. Italy is the ideal location to fit into a rather lengthy itinerary.

You’ll spend your days touring cities full with attractions that will never leave you bored, such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Bologna, and Verona (or short of gorgeous views).

Famous sites like the Colosseum, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Grand Canal should not be missed, but the same is true of at least a dozen more attractions spread out around the nation, so make sure to prioritize the places you most want to see.

After all, it would take a lifetime to fully appreciate Italy’s abundant, varied, and vibrant natural beauty.

4. The French

France is the world’s most visited country for good reason—its breathtaking architecture, rich cultural legacy, and romantic appeal have made it the pinnacle of traveler’s paradise.

While there are plenty of beautiful places throughout France, Paris is the clear tourist draw that has helped the nation achieve its current status as a world-class destination.

With its seemingly limitless attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral, the City of Lights continues to draw record numbers of visitors.

But if you want to see France outside of the city, the glitzy beaches of the French Riviera, the Bordeaux wines, and the quaint villages of Provence may have what you’re looking for.

3. Britain

The UK more than makes up for its lack of Mediterranean appeal (and heat!). Its rich cultural heritage seems to be exactly what American tourists are searching for at this time of year, as record numbers of Americans visit their European neighbor.

Though most American tourists visit Europe primarily for its unique museums and grand theaters, London in particular is the ultimate tourist destination. But the UK is home to more than simply its vibrant city.

A peaceful counterpoint to the bustle of London may be found in the countryside, which is home to castles, undulating hills, and charming villages. Not to be missed are Stonehenge, the Scottish Highlands, and the Lake District’s literary landscapes.

2. The Canada

You may always go up north and see Canada in all its splendor if you want to avoid the transatlantic flight; in fact, 12% of American tourists did just that last year.

Canada is the most obvious destination for American tourists wishing to spend some time overseas because of the country’s natural beauty—the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park, the urban sophistication of Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, and the general convenience of speaking the same language and being close to home.

1. Mexico

If you’ve been following recent travel news, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Mexico topped yet another list of the “Top Destination For American Travelers.” The coastal nation garnered an astounding 36% of U.S. tourists, securing a lead that, if past performance is any indication, will only get stronger over time.

There are countless reasons why Americans travel to Mexico, but the main ones are its breathtaking scenery, friendly people, and rich cultural legacy.

Mexico can satisfy all of your desires, whether you want to soak in the sun on the Cancun beaches, party all night long at a Tulum club, or explore the region’s ancient history at sites like Chichen Itza.

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