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If you have absolutely no clue how to get and use a local SIM card abroad, do not worry. I’ve been traveling for five years now, and JUST figured it out about six months ago!

It partially had to do with the fact that getting a local SIM card abroad seems too confusing to be bothered with, but I also didn’t have an unlocked phone until now. That being said, you’ll need an unlocked phone to use them!

There’s a complicated explanation for how to use them, especially since each country has different SIMs that need to be activated differently. But I like to go with the easy route; asking the people working at the kiosks to help me. This so far has worked without fail in every country I’ve been to, you just need to remember a few things, like how much data is enough, and if you need to buy it separately.

So let’s begin with the easy-route of how to use a local SIM card abroad:

1. Look For SIM Card Kiosks at the Airport

After you’ve arrived at the airport, you should see stores or kiosks selling SIM cards around where you’d find money exchange, rental cars, etc. Look for words like “telecom”, “tele”, or basically any photo of a phone or wifi signal. If you don’t see anything, just go to an information desk and ask where you can find one.

2. Which SIM Card Company to Pick

Always look for signs that say 4G first. You can try comparing prices but they’re pretty much all the same. I usually just pick the one that looks easiest to use, which is usually ones offering “tourist packages”. Each country has different telecom companies, so I can’t name exact ones to use, but looking for advertisements around the airport usually helps! Or you can always ask the info desk or a security guard!

3. How to Install a SIM Card

I’d first suggest not attempting it yourself. The people working in the SIM card kiosks will usually ask for your phone and do it for you, and if they don’t, ask them to. It’s their job. Essentially they/you will pop out your existing SIM card (keep it in a safe place!), and pop in the new one. 

Then they/you will call a number associated with the SIM card company that’s on the little card it comes on, and it’ll activate the card/data. The SIM cards can come with or without local calling/texting, and also with or without data. Make sure you choose what you need.

4. Do You Need Local Calling/Texts?

If you plan on just using data for WhatsApp, Social Media, Internet Browsing, iMessage, etc., you probably don’t need to include local calling/texting. If you think you’ll need to call your local hotel, driver, guide, etc., then go ahead and get it. Either way, it’s not expensive at all.

5. Make Sure You Get DATA!!!

Some SIM cards you can buy pre-loaded with data, and others you need to buy and load the data separately. If you’re confused what data is…

DATA = INTERNET

So the easiest way to do this, is say you need a SIM card and Data. Then you get to the next hurtle, which is how much.

5. How Much Data Do You Need?

How much data you need depends on how much you use your phone/the internet. For someone like me who works from their phone, I need a lot. If you are just planning on texting home every so often and doing a few social media updates, you probably don’t need as much. 

Usually if you tell the kiosk worker how long you’re in town for, they can suggest amounts accordingly.

For example, 2 GB should last you for 5-7 days. 

When I was in Bali exploring on a budget for a month and knew I’d be working the whole time…I got 32 GB. And used the whole thing. It’s always better to get more if you’re not sure because…

6. Getting a SIM Card and Data is SUPER CHEAP

I hate to admit that since I’m also a big fan of SkyRoam Wifi Hotspot, but I have to be honest with you…local SIM cards and data are super cheap. Like you’ll probably be pissed at how much you pay for cell service back home once you start using them.

I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $20 for a SIM card and data (again, as someone who uses A LOT of data), and for most  people it’s under $10. Well worth it to have guaranteed connection and not have to rely on free WiFi.

7. What to do if you Run Out of Data

Story of my life. But easy to fix. Just go to any convenience store or ask your hotel, hostel, or AirBnB host where you can go to reload it. You’ll just need to remember which SIM card service you got (pop out the card if you forgot) and you can easily buy a little token to load more data.

You’ll need to dial a number to do it, but again…if you just ask someone for help, it’s MUCH easier.

8. Things to Know That Will Happen When You Switch to a Local SIM Card Abroad

If you don’t get international service anyway, you won’t receive calls to your normal number. If receiving calls to your normal number is imperative, I’d suggest switching to a company that includes international, or buying an (expensive) international plan with your provider.

If you don’t care about receiving calls to your normal number, great! But for those who receive unplanned work call inquiries, you may want to think about that.

That being said, when you text normally, a foreign number will show up to whoever you’re texting. Be sure to let them know it’s you. If you’re using WhatsApp, you can keep your normal number, just be sure to press that option when it pops up on your screen.

You may also start to get text messages in another language. Some are updates about how much data you have left, some are advertisements. That being said, don’t click anything.

9. How to Make International Calls Using a SIM Card

Unfortunately you can’t just call home on a local SIM card. You’ll need to tell whoever you want to call to download WhatsApp or Viber or use Facebook Messenger to call for free using your data. If you need to call a land line, I’d recommend purchasing minutes through Skype; it’s easy, cheap, and reliable. 

Some SIM card companies do offer add-on international calling options. Just be sure to compare the cost of it to the cost of your alternatives first!

10. Alternatives to Using a Local SIM Card Abroad

Again, I didn’t figure out SIM cards until recently, so I had to always opt for other options. In the very beginning, I relied solely on free wifi. Meaning I couldn’t use my phone until I got to my hotel or a cafe. That totally works, but isn’t totally convenient.

The most convenient option would probably be to use a SkyRoam. It basically acts like a local SIM, but in over 150 countries, so you never actually have to deal with the SIM/data situation. It costs about $9 a day, plus the fee to rent or buy the device. It can also power up to 5 devices, so it’s usually what I use to work remotely from my laptop.

The last option is purchasing an international plan through your service provider or switching to a service that includes international data. The first option is slightly more than the SkyRoam and doesn’t automatically connect other devices, and the second option usually has limited speed. 

SO! Overall, in my opinion, it’s always nice/cheap to get the local SIM card abroad in case you can’t find WiFi or your SkyRoam runs out of battery. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy, I swear! 

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If you’re wondering how to meet people abroad when you travel solo, don’t worry, it’s basically inevitable. Even if you’re an introvert like I sometimes am, I guarantee you’ll quickly find yourself in a conversation! 

You may be wondering about language barriers, rejection, safety, and what to even talk about. Let me just assure you right now that most people abroad LOVE to talk, especially about their country or travels! It all starts with a simple “Hello”! And usually proceeds with “Where are you from?” Then results in a life-long memory about that time you befriended a local Rapa Nui guy on Easter Island and he showed you all the secret ruin spots on his motorbike.

Anyway…Of course there’s other things to consider; like where to go to meet people abroad, if it’s safe to talk to them, and so on, so I’ll start basic, and get to it all!

I Just Came to Say Hello

“Hello!” A universal word that almost anyone on Earth can recognize. Also a great way to put it out there that you speak English. While typically I also recommend learning to say it in the local language, saying it in English will usually instantly spark the question, “Where are you from?”

Don’t be scared of this question. They’re not asking for you’re home address. Most people are just genuinely curious! Plus it opens up the flood-gates for a conversation since usually everyone has some friend of a cousin who has been to somewhere near where you’re from.

If you’re not asked where you’re from, ask them! People love to talk about where they’re from, and if they don’t, you can ask questions about what it’s like there.

Where the Travelers Hang

If you’re really keen on meeting people, like you don’t want to be solo at all, I’d recommend staying at a hostel like ones you can find at Hostelworld. Hostels are basically meant for travelers to meet each other. I personally don’t do hostels, because I’m an “outgoing introvert” and also an entrepreneur who needs her own space to work, so I usually do hotels and end up talking to the people at the bar.

Which brings me to my next meeting-spot no brainer: bars and cafes! I’m not saying AT ALL to go to a bar or nightclub alone at night. I’m talking like hotel bar, happy hour, maybe a beach bar, etc. It’s safe, and your more likely to find people who want to talk about substantial topics and not just try and take you home.

Travelers also obviously tend to be around the best photo sites (like these best 8 Bali Secret Photo Spots!). This makes it really easy to spot them, and easy to drop the question, “Where are you from?” If you’re not that bold, consider asking what kind of camera they have, or if they saw any good view points.

Striking Up a Convo With Locals

Since you don’t know who you could be talking to at a bar or on the street, I always suggest striking up conversations with locals who are working! Sit at a bar or cafe and ask your server if they have any tips for things to see in their city! It’s a great way to meet people abroad while you’re also doing things on your bucketlist.

Ask what their favorite thing to do is on the weekend, or if there’s any must-try local dishes. Since they’re working, this provides an easy-to-access, yet safe environment for you to be in. 

Try Using a Dating App

Yep. You heard me correctly, I’m recommending trying out a dating app to meet people when you travel solo! I’ve done it tons of times, mostly to find people to hang out with or take photos, and I’ve always had good experiences!

You don’t need to be looking for romance or a hook-up, you can simply say on your profile that you’re just looking for friends while you’re in town.

If you’re going to try a dating app when you travel solo though, definitely check out my post on Safety Tips for Using Dating Apps Abroad!

Forget About Being Shy or Embarrassed

You’re not at home, and you’re no where near anyone who knows you. You have absolutely nothing to be shy or embarrassed about when it comes to striking up a conversation. If you’re worried about people thinking it’s weird that you’re alone, just remind yourself it’s bold AF of you to be traveling solo, and also that it’s a popular trend to travel solo right now as well!

Some people also heard the lie that foreigners don’t like American travelers. This is absolutely false if not the exact opposite. You must keep in mind that the majority of Europeans and Australians travel ALL THE TIME, and doing it solo is no big deal at all, so for other travelers or locals to see an American abroad also isn’t that big of a deal. Except for the fact that a lot of countries look at Americans as celebrities sometimes!

Fun fact: I used to be embarrassed of being a U.S. citizen when I traveled. I thought everyone hated Americans; thought we were dumb, loud, fat, and spoiled, hated our president, and shook their head at our mass shooting problem. Five years of traveling later and I proudly say “U.S.!” when someone asks, and flaunt my passport at the airport.

That’s all because the positive reactions I’ve gotten over the years when I say I’m from the U.S. albeit a few laughs about how we talk. If you’re wondering why, just consider the fact that there’s only one Hollywood. And we can all basically do whatever we want – including meeting people abroad! 

Always Be Safe and Vigilant!

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Balancing travel and a relationship is not easy. Just ask anyone who’s done it before!

There’s generally two scenarios where you might find yourself balancing these two passions: 

  1. You’re in a relationship but heading out on a solo travel adventure, or
  2. You and your significant other are going on a travel adventure together.

Both scenarios bring the thrill of exploring new places, people and cultures. But they also require a little bit of work to make sure you (and your significant other) are having the time of your life traveling while enjoying your relationship. 

So, we’ve rounded up some key tips to help you strike the perfect balance between your travels and your relationship, no matter which of the above two scenarios apply to you. Keep reading to find out more!

Traveling Solo While Your Significant Other Stays Home Communication Is Key Image via Kevin Laminto 

Obviously when you’re traveling, you want to be in the moment and really experience and enjoy the place you are visiting. So, naturally, your relationship will probably be the last thing on your mind. 

Which is totally fine, and hopefully your partner lets you enjoy and explore without you having to message them non-stop throughout the day. 

However, communication is the key component of any relationship. So while you may want to live in the moment, it’s also important to make some regular time to converse with your partner while abroad.

Whether it’s first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed, or maybe if you have some time to chill out during the day, take the time to call, FaceTime or message your partner.

PRO TIP FROM ALYSSA: Calculate the time zone differences before your trip and write out the time frames when you both are awake, that way you know when to try to chat and can plan accordingly!

Sharing (Information) Is Caring

You’re likely to have lots of exciting bits of information to share about your travels. 

Maybe you saw an epic sight like the Eiffel Tower, maybe you tried some new cuisine, or maybe you met some awesome locals. Or, and this is super cute, maybe you saw or experienced something that reminded you of your partner or your relationship!

Take the time to reflect on whatever it was that you saw or experience or learnt, and actually share this information with your partner. They’ll probably be excited to hear about your experiences, and feel like they were there with you enjoying the moment.

Ask Questions Image via Simon Rae

Yes you are traveling and yes this is a really exciting time for you! But, a relationship is a two-way street, so it can’t be all about you.

Ask your partner about what they’ve been up to while you are away. And, take the time to listen to their updates and stories. It’s such a small thing to do, but it has a real positive impact on your relationship.

Keep Things Interesting

Pro Tip from Alyssa: Only talking about your travels or their work day can get exhausting or even redundant. Try to find other ways to keep things interesting like by playing games!

There are several apps you can download that require two people like Trivia Crack, or you can play text-games like “Would You Rather”.

If you want to be super cute and intimate, you can also play “3 Things I Like/Love About You” every day, and of course…there’s always sexting.

Traveling With Your Significant Other Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!  Image via Timo Stern 

We did say it’s the key component of a relationship. 

Communication with your partner is especially important when you’re traveling with your partner. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together. So, you need to make sure you’re aware of each other’s thoughts and feeling as much as possible.

Ahead of your trip, take the time to sit down together and share what sights and activities each of you wants to see and do. Then, categorize each site and activity into a list of the things you both want to do, and the things that only one of you wants to do. 

From there, you can plan an itinerary that ensures you can both enjoy all the sights and activities you want to, without one person feeling like they missed out. 

Once you’re on your trip, be sure to communicate with your partner when you’re ready to move on to a new sight or activity (or if you’re not ready to move on). And, always let them know if you need to sit down and rest or get some fresh air, or if you need to have a slow day. 

Similarly, at the end of the day, take the time to reflect on the day with each other. What did/didn’t you love? Did you learn anything? Would you be happy to see or do certain things over and over again? You’ll both enjoy your trip more when you’re across how the other person is feeling!

Eat Well And Stay Hydrated 

Anyone else guilty of getting hangry and snapping at those around them?!

Being well fed will guarantee you and your partner get the most out of your travels and your relationship.

So be sure to eat regularly, and keep some snacks with you at all times to avoid moments of hanger. 

And, as always, be sure to drink lots of water while traveling. Your body and brain need water to function well, so keep those fluids up! 

This is even more important if you and your partner are traveling in warmer climates. The last thing you want is for one or both of you to end up dehydrated or get heat stroke.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is super important for you to maintain your health and wellness while traveling.

But did you know it’s super important for the health of your relationship too?

If you and your partner are well rested, you’re more likely to be able to function well each day and enjoy your daily adventures. Annnd, you’re way less likely to snap at each other. This can happen easily when you’re spending a significant amount of time with eachother. Which brings us to our final tip …

Give Yourselves Some Alone Time

When traveling, you and your partner are going to be spending every minute of every day together. 

Of course spending a ton of time with your best friend is never a bad thing.

But, let’s face it, no matter how much you adore someone, you need your space from time to time! And this is totally ok!

One of the best ways you and your partner can have some alone time, without sacrificing travel time, is to separate and see sights or do activities that only one of you wants to see or do.

It may sound silly, but having some alone time will really help you and your partner balance your relationship while traveling.

Have you ever had to balance travel and a relationship? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below, and, happy traveling!


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Europe is one of the most popular romantic destinations for couples looking to getaway together. The most romantic European city that couples go to is Paris, which is dubbed the ‘City Of Love’. But Paris is not the only romantic city in Europe, as many people think!

There’s Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Istra, Santorini, Vienna, Amsterdam, just to name a few less considered romantic cities in Europe!

In this post, I will focus on Amsterdam and show you the most romantic things to do in this capital city of the Netherlands.

Why You Should Travel To Amsterdam For A Romantic Getaway?
  1. Amsterdam is easily accessible from most Europe cities. By using the train, plane or road you can be in Amsterdam from Paris, London or other Europe cities in a few hours. Given its good location, Amsterdam is perfect for couples who want to explore several romantic cities in Europe. You can get to them faster from this metropolis, but to do this ensure you comply with ETIAS travel requirements.
  2. Amsterdam respects and loves people regardless of their sexual orientation. That’s why members of the LGBTQ community love this city. If you travel to the Dutch capital you can enjoy yourself and not worry about being bothered. You may not be able to do this in other cities where LGBTQ are still unfortunately marginalized.
  3. Amsterdam has many romantic things to do from taking romantic walks along the city’s canals, having romantic moments in the lush green parks, etc. I will get into more details about things to do in Amsterdam in the next section.
  4. Paris is always packed with couples from around the world. These huge crowds can be a bother when you want to spend some quality time with your loved one. You could, for example, not be able to get reservations at a top restaurant you hoped to enjoy a candlelit dinner with your love because of too many people. Don’t get me wrong, there also may tourists in Amsterdam but numbers are not as bad as those in Paris.
Romantic Activities to Do In Amsterdam Take Walks along Amsterdam Canals Photo via TripAtEurope.com

Amsterdam has 165 canals. You and your partner can take romantic walks along these canals, preferably in the evening as the sun sets.  If you don’t enjoy walking, you can cycle instead!

Cycling is big in Amsterdam and is the preferred mode of transport to get around for most residents. The city has cycling paths which you can use to ensure you are safe as you cycle. To make this activity more fun, instead of each of you getting their own bicycle you can pay for a tandem bike and cycle together!

Visit Amsterdam Art Museums and Galleries Photo via IAmsterdam.com

There is something magical about admiring art with your better half. And, in Amsterdam, there are many art museums you can tour to marvel at paintings done by world-renowned artist together. Museums you can visit include:

  • Van Gogh Museum. The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh lived in Amsterdam and they have a museum which displays some of his best paintings like The Starry Night. You can visit this museum in the afternoon and once done admiring the artwork you can enjoy a cocktail at their open bar.
  • Rijksmuseum. This Museum was built in 1800. It is Amsterdam’s most visited Museum which showcases paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, etc. If you don’t want to find huge crowds at the museum plan to visit early in the morning.
  • FOAM Museum. If paintings don’t excite you try this museum which displays photography, videography, and multimedia works. You’ll love the amazing visual arts here.
  • Erotic Museum. Amsterdam is famous for its red light district, it is therefore not surprising that a city where prostitution is legal has an erotic Museum. As a couple, if you’re looking to spice up your sex life, think 50 Shades of Grey, a visit to this museum will be interesting.
Become Foodies Together

One of the pleasures of traveling is that you get to taste different types of meals from what you’re used to. When you get to Amsterdam, you can sample the local cuisine together and find out if you like it. To taste Dutch foods you can go to the Amsterdam food markets or dine at fine restaurants around town.

I recommend you try the pickled herring which the Dutch say will help lower your cholesterol! Also, try the bitterballen. These are meatballs which are deep fried with bread crumbs. The crunchy snack goes down well with a Dutch beer.

Also after a day of sightseeing, you can go to a café and enjoy some Dutch pastries with a cup of tea or coffee. As you enjoy the pastries you can have intimate conversations and recap your day’s adventures around Amsterdam. Visit a family-owned coffee shop because these are more relaxed, affordable and the owners are very welcoming!

Enjoy a Picnic at One of Amsterdam’s Parks Image via Wikipedia.com

The city has many parks you can go to for a stroll, people watch, exercise or do other fun activities. The largest of the parks is Vondelpark. This park is covered in trees, flowers and has several ponds which makes it a nice picnic site. 

You and your love can buy some cheeses, snacks and a bottle of wine and head over to Vondelpark for some quality time outdoors. The park has an open-air theater and if you are lucky you may catch a free concert! Something that may also interest you at the park is a statue built by world-famous artist Pablo Picasso. 

Dance the Night Away

Amsterdam’s nightlife is lit with well-established clubs that cater for every music taste. A night out dancing can help you bond as you party the night away and create amazing memories. If you’re really good at moving your feet, be part of the many dance festivals in the city. You can register for a dance competition at the festivals and work together to ensure you win!

Visit the Flower Gardens at Keukenhof

Ladies (and some men!) love flowers and what better way is there to get her some than at the world’s most famous tulip gardens. Here you will find large fields covered in tulips that look like an Instagram-dream! They are not only beautiful to look at but they also smell beyond delicious! At the flower gardens you also get the chance to handpick your own bouquet to take back home, how cute would that be to do with your partner?

Have you been to Amsterdam for a romantic holiday with your beau? Share with us your romantic experiences in the city below!

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with and contributed by IAmsterdam.com however all content is edited and approved by Alyssa Ramos (Editor in Chief of MyLifesAMovie.com)

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Did you know that Turkey is one of the most visited countries in the world? In a survey done in 2017, the country was ranked 8th in a top 10 list of the World’s most traveled to countries with 37.6 million tourists! 

Its seaside resorts on the Mediterranean Sea, historical sites, world-renowned museums, rich culture, delicious food, and welcoming people are some of the things that attract millions of tourists to the country annually!

If you’re thinking about going, check out this list of Turkey travel tips you should know before your trip. These tips will help you plan better, feel confident about being prepared, and make the best out of your trip.

1. Apply Online for the Turkey eVisa

You’ll need to apply for a visa to gain entry into Turkey. You can easily apply for the visa online and if your details check out, your visa will be sent to your inbox in just  24 hours! The Turkish e-Visa given will be valid for six months, but you can only stay in Turkey for 90 day periods within that time. 

Ensure your passport is valid for more than 60 days when you travel to Turkey. If it’s not you’ll be denied entry!

2. The Best Time to Visit Turkey

Turkey is an all year round travel destination, but I recommend traveling in summer, which is June, July, and August. The weather then is good for spending time at the beach and sailing in the sea. If you’re a foodie you can travel to Turkey during winter to enjoy its unique winter cuisine! 

Spring and autumn which fall between the months of April, May, September, and October are also good times to visit. Temperatures then are mild and skies are clear.

3. Turkey Travel Tips for Safety

Your safety when traveling is important and I’m sure a key question you might ask as you plan your trip is how safe is Turkey? You will be happy to know that the level of crime in Turkey is low. However, you have to take precautions to ensure nothing happens to you while there. 

For example: 

  • Let people know where you are all the time. 
  • If you go to a bar don’t drink beyond your limit and don’t leave your drink unattended. 
  • Use licensed taxis, avoid dingy places and take care of your belongings.

Terrorism may be a concern for you, but this is a concern you might have regardless of where you travel in the world these days. The Turkish government has put in place major security measures, especially in major cities to avert any terror attacks. So you can move around without any worries.

4. Learn Some Turkish

In cities like Istanbul and Ankara, people speak English but if you venture outside these Turkish cities it will be difficult to communicate with the locals.  Locals will communicate to you in Turkish, which is the national language and it would be nice if you learn a few Turkish words. 

For Example:

  • Evet = Yes 
  • Hayir = No 
  • Tesekkür ederim = Thank you 
5. Turkish Currency

The Turkish Lira is the currency used in Turkey. The currency is available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes. When traveling around Turkey always carry cash with you because using credit cards may not be acceptable when making payments in smaller towns or simple establishment in the larger cities. 

The cash will also come in handy as you tip waiters, use taxis, and buy souvenirs from markets.

You can convert your US dollars or Euros into Turkish Lira at currency shops or banks, these offer the best rates. ATMs are also available across Turkey but don’t rely solely on them as you may go to areas that have cash machines that don’t accept your card.

6. Street Cats and Dogs

Be prepared to see a lot of street cats and dogs. You’ll see this at the entrance of your hotel, as you stroll on the Turkish streets, at the beach, basically everywhere. The locals help take care of these animals and you will see them with tags showing they have been vaccinated. Istanbul has a statue of Tombili, a famous street cat which died in 2016.

7. How to Dress

Turkey is a Muslim country but unlike other Muslim nations, they are more relaxed on how one dresses. They don’t require women to cover-up unless they are visiting rural towns or religious sites. If you dress modestly you won’t attract unwarranted attention during your trip.

8. Turkish Food

One of the pleasures of traveling is that you get to taste different food from what you’re used to. Be sure to try some Turkish cuisine which is meat heavy but there are some good vegetarian options. I recommend trying dishes like lahmacun and gozleme.

Be prepared to drink a lot of Turkish tea also. Turks take a lot of teas and don’t be surprised if a shopkeeper offers you tea as you shop. If you’re invited to a Turkish home you’ll be offered a freshly brewed tea. Tea is offered as a sign of friendship and if you refuse to drink it the host may be offended.

9. NO Drugs Are Allowed in Turkey

Possession of drugs is illegal in Turkey. I know the legalization of marijuana is now happening in states around the US and in places all over the world, but if you’re found with this drug you will be in serious trouble. Carrying or buying any drugs in the country will land you in jail.

10. Traditional Turkish Toilets

When was the last time you had to squat to use the loo? Be prepared to do that when in Turkey. You’ll find western toilets in hotels, restaurants, museums, etc but outside of these places, squatting toilets are commonly used.

If you encounter a squatting toilet take out your phone, wallet or any other valuables you have in your pocket before you squat. If you don’t, good luck retrieving them if they fail into the toilet. You will also need some money and toilet paper to use public toilets.

Final Words

I hope these tips help you while in Turkey. A trip to the country shouldn’t cost you much. How much you spend will depend on the places you visit, but I believe you can experience Turkey even on a tight budget. Meals, for example, cost about $1 to $40. If you plan to buy souvenirs for your trip at the market you should pay almost the same amount.

Enjoy your trip to Turkey and let us know how much fun you had when your back.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with and contributed by ViasasTurkey.com, however all content and information has been edited and approved by Alyssa Ramos (founder and Editor in Chief MyLifesAMovie.com).

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The US states are a very popular destination for both national and international tourists! Statistics show that in 2018, international visitors to the United States reached 78 million and that figure is estimated to grow to 89 million by 2022!

There are many reasons why people travel to the U.S. that you may not automatically think of if you live here. Some travel for business or to tour its major attractions which include Disneyland Parks, Hollywood, Las Vegas casinos, National Parks, etc.

If you’re traveling to the United States or are planning a trip here I can guarantee you’ll not be disappointed by what this country has to offer! 

For international travelers, to gain entry into the country you’ll need a valid passport, a US visa and you might have to fill an EVUS enrollment form that determines your eligibility to travel to the US.

But don’t worry, that’s not the hard part! The hard part is deciding where to go! Being a large country with 50 states and over 300 million people, deciding what and where to go during your trip can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, I will make it easier for you to plan your trip!

In this article, I will show you some of the places you can visit and activities to do there.

Let’s get into it.

New York

Everybody wants to go to New York. The Big Apple has been featured in tons of movies, and is a must visit city otherwise your trip to America would be incomplete. 

In New York City, you can visit the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Wall Street, United Nations Headquarters, the new World Trade Center, and Times Square. You can also visit Broadway or go for a music concert; there are many held in the city by famous musicians, or wine and dine at five-star restaurants around the city.

Niagara Falls — three massive waterfalls in Buffalo, New York should be in your itinerary when you’re in this American city as well. The falls receive over 14 million visitors annually making them one of the world’s most visited tourist’s attractions!

The Corning Museum of Glass in Finger Lakes is also located in New York, and is actually one of the top visited destinations by Asian tourists in the U.S.!

Washington D.C

Washington D.C. is the capital city of the US and where you will find the White House, where the U.S. president lives (when he’s not at his penthouse in New York or mansion in Palm Beach).  You can take photos outside the White House, or schedule a tour inside of it, which will surely make your trip memorable. 

To learn more about American history you can also visit the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and The National Archives. A trip to Capitol Hill, the home of the U.S Congress will also be worth your time.

Florida

If you’re looking to have the perfect beach holiday in the U.S. then head over to Florida. The Sunshine State has year-round warm weather, amazing beaches and tons of outdoor activities you can enjoy. 

In 2018 Florida was voted the number one place where US travelers would love to spend their summer. That shows you how awesome this state is! If you decide to make a trip to Florida, here are some places you can visit for some R&R:

  • New Smyrna Beach. The sunsets in this city are intense. During the day you can swim and surf at the beach or play some beach volleyball. If you’re into art there are a number of art galleries you can visit. 
  • Key West. Happy hour at this island starts at 3p.m, this goes to show you how laid back the place is! I recommend you visit the Key West Aquarium where you can feed sharks and enjoy marine life displays. 
  • Amelia Island. Apart from just chilling on the pristine beaches, you can try kayaking or play a couple of rounds of golf. The island also has amazing seafood which you can enjoy while taking a sunset boat cruise. 
  • Palm Beach Island. Home to the rich, famous, and legendary, but also accessible to tourists wanting a truly posh and fabulous American experience. Recognizable figures like the Kennedy’s, Audrey Hepburn, the Pulitzer’s, and even Donald Trump have had homes on the island, and it’s where you’ll find Worth Avenue, which is the equivalent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Hawaii

This is another wonderful U.S destination to take a beach holiday! The state has over 100 islands but only seven are inhabited. Some of the Hawaii islands include Hawaii, which is the biggest, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.

The weather in Hawaii is beautiful all year round so you can plan a trip there at any time. Activities you can indulge in when on holiday in Hawaii include whale watching, surfing, touring volcanic sites and sunbathing at the beach. There’s also some of the most stunning hikes to do, including the famous Stairway to Heaven.

Hawaii is also the place where the 44th President of the United States Barrack Obama was born. So when you visit the island you can get to see where he grew up!

California

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Happy Sunday Funday from warm and sunny California! . I’m taking some time to catch up on the super fun (aka not fun at all) business backend that goes into being a full time blogger so will be showing you my glorious, beloved LA, before popping into Vegas, Miami, and NYC before heading abroad again! …and by “taking some time” I apparently mean a couple days in between trips, and most likely spending that time looking for a new assistant to do said non-fun tasks. . Is there anything you want to see or hear about LA? I lived in West Hollywood for 6 years, and now I claim Venice Beach as my “home” when I’m in the US, and will be hanging in both! . #venicebeach #venicecalifornia #venice #california #LA #iloveLA #californialove #beachvibes #endlesssummer #mylifesatravelmovie #alyssaramostravels #travelblogger #sonyar7iii #sonyalphasclub #ootd #sundayfunday

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LA is the second largest city in the United States and a huge tourist magnet (also where Alyssa, the founder of this website has a home base!). In 2017 close to 48 million people visited Los Angeles and the City mayor hopes to increase this number to 50 million by 2020. 

So what do all these tourists do when they visit LA.? Here are some of the activities you can spend your time doing:

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Where my travel movie all started 8 years ago when I came to LA for a weekend and never went back home. . I still get excited to see the Hollywood Sign, and it’s even more surreal to see up close which you can only do by hiking a few miles, or if you’re a model on a photoshoot… . Clearly I am not a real model (just a model for myself and IG ), but after hiking 3 miles with this gown in my backpack, I took a wrong turn and discovered this photoshoot set (you can’t have cars in this location) minus the models who were all running late, so I used it instead. . When the French photographer first saw us in our workout gear he was literally like “you can take pics until ze models get here” which I wanted to say “betch I do way cooler/meaningful things than just model”, then I put on this dress and heard him ask the PA “wait are they ze models?” . Just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover, even though everyone does…and also how lame it is that so many people are infatuated with just beauty over things like…idk starting your own business and traveling the world? . Anyywayyyy you can still see how to do this hike on my Stories plus the full story on this photobomb photoshoot and how I left my GoPro in their van (and why I was even in a van), but I’ll also be making a video and blog post with the new trail routes, and how not to get lost! . Huge shout out to @jenafit2fly who did this hike w me and helped me get these shots! . PS How funny is it seeing a pic of me in a gown next to one of me covered in mud with an elephant? . Have you ever done the Hollywood Sign hike? …or taken over a photoshoot? . #hollywood #hollywoodsignhike #hollywoodsign #girlswhohike #girlswhohikeindresses #mylifesatravelmovie #alyssaramostravels #cadillac #sonyalphasclub #LosAngeles

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  • Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame and take photos next to stars with names, hand, and footprints of your favorite actors and musicians.
  • Go up to the famous Hollywood sign you have seen in hundreds of movies if you’re willing to hike (see this post for hiking directions).
  • Go to the venue where the Oscars are held annually, Dolby Theatre.
  • Chill at Venice Beach and peruse the quirky art stands along the boardwalk.
  • Take photos at the famous Melrose Avenue wall murals.
  • Window shop (or for real shop) at the luxury stores on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
  • Have dinner and a movie at The Grove.
  • Have some fun at Universal Studios where you can ride movie themed rollercoasters like Transformers-The Ride 3D and The Jurassic Park Ride.

Of course, there’s tons of other things to do in California as well! There’s San Diego, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and let’s not forget, some of the most famous National Parks!

Nevada

I couldn’t finish this article without mentioning the US state where Sin City, as Vegas is popularly known, is located in Nevada! The city is widely known for its gambling scene but it has a lot more to offer than that. When you visit this vibrant city you can enjoy its lit nightlife, attend riveting concerts and performances, go to the city’s theme parks or attend endless pool parties.

Las Vegas is all about fun, fun and more fun, that’s why it has been dubbed the entertainment capital of the world. So when you make a trip there be prepared to have a blast, and remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Nevada is also home to some stunning National Parks as well like Death Valley, and is very close to the famous Grand Canyon!

Final Words

These are some of my top picks for places to visit in the U.S. It may not be possible to visit all the places I have mentioned in one trip because the areas are large and offer a lot of things to do. 

To make it easier to decide where to go ask yourself what type of holiday you want. If you want to have a beach holiday visiting Hawaii or Florida will be a better plan.

Wherever your travels take you hope you have a good time!

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with and written by a guest writer for EVUS, however all content has been edited and approved by Alyssa Ramos, founder and editor of MyLifesAMovie.com

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You’re probably of the view that traveling is a form of self-care, and you’re not wrong! After all, it’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons, meet new people and switch off from the daily grind.

But while travel is one of the most exciting things you can do, it can also be full-on and fast-paced.

And we all know the first thing to go when things are full-on and fast-paced: taking care of ourselves.

Taking care of you should be a number one priority, always. Why? Because you can’t pour from an empty cup.

In the context of travel, it becomes harder to enjoy your destination and live your best travel life if you are not looking after yourself.

So, we’ve rounded up our 13 favorite ways to practice self-care while traveling. These tips are super easy to follow and won’t break the bank. Keep reading to find out how you can look out for yourself while on an adventure!

Relax And Do Nothing, Because This Is Self-Care

We know, this is easier said than done when you’re traveling. But trust us, you will be likely to enjoy your travels even more if you take a day, or even just a few hours, to do nothing.

Literally lay by the pool (or in it), with a cocktail in hand and chill out – it’s fun, but the relaxing, quiet kind.

Touch Base With Friends And Family

A little bit of friend and family time is good for the soul. As fun and exciting as travel is, sometimes you just miss being at home.

So why not give your loved ones a call using a free service like Skype. You’ll be able to share stories about all your adventures and hear what they’ve been up to as well. You may not realise it, but connecting with loved ones really is one of the best forms of self-care out there.

Go For A Walk

Fresh air and some blood circulation works wonders for your body and mind!

So put on your walking shoes and get moving. Not only will you be taking care of yourself, but you’ll be able to take in some sights while you’re at it.

Put Your Phone Down – Trust us, This Is Self-Care At Its Finest!

Yes, we know that your phone is your lifeline! There are Instagram posts and stories to put up, plus photos to upload on Facebook, emails to reply to annnnd you have to scroll through your various social media feeds to see what everyone else is up to all the time.

But really, what’s the worst that will happen when you put you phone down for an hour, a couple of hours or (gasp) a whole day?!

You’re traveling, so live in the moment! Unplug from your phone and take in all the sights and sounds of your destination instead. You can check your phone and upload photos later – when your soul is full and your mind is clear after a period of no distractions.  

Go With The Flow

Having a plan of things you want to see and do is always helpful, but it’s also good to be spontaneous once in a while.

Allow yourself some days where you don’t have a plan and you’ll see what we mean. Heading out and seeing where the wind takes you is such an exhilarating feeling – aka a great way to practice self-care.

Connect With Locals

The best way to learn about a new culture or a destination is to talk to the people that live there.

You’ll learn so much by connecting with local people, and learning is basically food for your mind, which is a great form of self-care!

Don’t Underestimate the Power Of Sleep

You know the drill, getting in a solid eight to nine hours a night is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself.

This is especially important when you’re traveling as you’re doing so many activities and taking so much in all the time. Trust us, you need your sleep!

Hit The Dance floor – Yes This Counts As Self-Care!

Because it’s fun and exhilarating and the best way to let loose and look after yourself. 

Whether you’re on your own or with some friends, put on your dancing shoes and get out on the dance floor!

Go To The Spa

Ah, the ultimate way to practice self-care. Going to the spa and getting in some relaxation time really helps to relax and rejuvenate your whole body.

And the options are endless – massages, facials, saunas, hot pools – the world is your oyster!

Keep A Healthy Diet 

A healthy, balanced diet helps keep your mind and body in check, because you’re getting the nutrients you need to function well.

So eat those fruits and veges, and drink plenty of water!

Meditate – It’s Self-Care 101

Meditation is a really great way to practice self-care. 

With its focus on breathing, it can help relive stress and anxiety and keep you feeling balanced overall.

Plus you can easily fit this into your schedule – meditating for just five minutes a day will go a long way to helping you feel like your best self.

Take Things Slowly

A slow travel day goes a really long way!

Sleep in, have a long and luxurious breakfast, and go for a slow and casual stroll. 

Slow travel days help balance out the fast-paced days full of endless (fun) activities, and help give you a boost so you can make the most of your travels. 

Go On, Indulge A Little!

That’s right, treat yo’self! 

First of all, you deserve it, and second of all, you’re taking care of yourself.

Whether you indulge in a fancy meal (dessert and all) or buy a trinket or two from a local store, it’s nice to give yourself a little something once in a while.

Will you be practising self-care on your next travels? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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