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3 Must See Places While Vacationing in Tahiti

Tahiti is famous for turquoise waters, a diverse and colorful culture to rival any other and beaches of the yellowest color. But those are things Tahiti is known for, and they’re all great. Today though, we want to mention a few other places that aren’t as famous.

These are great amazing places that you honestly shouldn’t miss seeing on your next trip to Tahiti.

 

  • Overwater Bungalows

You won’t believe the beauty and awe inspiring experience you’ll receive by staying in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti. They’re literally bungalows erected atop the water with glass floors.

Tahiti is an island in French Polynesia and no one can deny how beautiful many of its attractions are, and these overwater bungalows are some of the finest and most significant.

They are idyllic and look very traditional. And yet, they still fit perfectly in the modern world. Bora Bora and Morea, in particular, have many of these lovely structures. Make time and go see them when you’re in Tahiti.  Better yet, we’ll book your stay in one.

 

  • Natural Aquarium

Marine life aficionados, Tahiti will definitely be a fun place for you. Even f you’re not into marine life, the Huahine Natural Aquarium will have you gawking and pointing at all the color and beauty under water.

You can either relax and take in the view from a platform or get up-close and personal and dive into the water. Either of the options is a great one, so take your pick.  If you so wish you can also stroll over to the Intercontinental’s Lagoonarium located at the heart of the resort.

 

  • Three Waterfalls

It’s impossible to deny the number of beautiful waterfalls falling from many of Tahiti’s’ heights. The majority of them will have you trekking through the lush and beautiful rainforest before you see them, but that’s an added bonus for you. The best is still yet to come, though…

Make sure you’ve packed your swimming suit in your backpack because when you reach the waterfalls, no one will stop you from diving into and piercing through the rockpool below the falls. It’s going to be a new experience as well as a refreshing swim, that’s for sure.

If you’re wondering why the region is called the ‘Three Waterfalls’, it’s because there are indeed three waterfalls there. The locals call them the “Faarumai Waterfalls’ or the “Les Trois Cascades.”

 

Tahiti is calling you, so what do you do? You make a call to Journeys of a Lifetime Travel. Matter of fact, why not just come over to Greenville, SC, and have a one-on-one chat with us?  We’ll take your adventure ideas and give it life. As an experienced travel agency, we will deliver beyond your expectations. So, reach out to us and let’s make sure your vacation in Tahiti is your best one yet!

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What You Need to Know About the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act? What is it? What’s a Real ID, even? If you’ve never heard of it, chances are you’re not a frequent domestic flyer in the United States.

Go to any airport in the United States and you will see unavoidable signs at TS checkpoints that indicate imminent changes to what entails ‘acceptable identification for air travel’. This change is what the Real ID is all about.

 

  • What is the Real ID Act?

The events that transpired post the 9/11 attacks forced the government to make drastic changes to the United States’ flight policies. It passed this act in 2005.

The act outlines the minimum security standards for all state-issued ID cards and also driver’s licenses. Federal agencies will neither recognize nor accept the said IDs and licenses from non-compliant states. The reason for all this? To help curb airline terrorism, so you can understand how important this act is.

 

  • Do I Really Need a Real ID for Domestic Flights?

Yes. It is imperative you get one before the 1st of October, 2020, because that’s when the act will be fully implemented into law. Simply put, if you don’t have a Real ID by the aforementioned date, you won’t be able to fly domestically using your usual means (driver’s license, etc.).

You can fly from one state to another using your passport, of course, but that will be the only legit and acceptable means of identification you can use if you don’t have a Real ID, come the appointed date.

 

  • How Soon Can I Get a Real ID?

It begins with your state. If it passes the Real ID approval, then you can begin to process getting the ID card itself.

Mind you, the process might not be as smooth as you might hope. Getting the Real ID entails you take a trip to a DMV along with all the necessary paperwork (proof of lawful presence in America).

Non-citizens can also get the Real ID, though it will obviously be a more complicated process altogether. The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘DHS REAL ID FAQ’ page should have any questions pertaining to complicated cases such as this, so check it and see if it answers your inquiries.

 

  • I Have a Real ID. Does That Mean My Passport is Now Irrelevant?

No, you still need a passport to fly outside the country. And remember, you can still use your passport for domestic travel. Your passport can get you through airport security in both instances, but your Real ID will only suffice for domestic travel.

 

So how important is the Real ID? Lifetime Time Travel ranks it as VERY important because not everyone has an international passport. And getting a passport now might require even longer times than is usual, so make it a priority to get your Real ID if you don’t already have it; or try to get both the Real ID and passport, if you have neither.

If you still need more information on the Real ID act, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to enlighten you on all you need to know. We’re a full service travel agency based in Greenville, SC, but you can easily contact us via our webpage.

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4 Things to Know About Albania Before Traveling There

Albania is probably one of the most misunderstood and underrated vacation spots in the world, but believe us when we tell you this country has so much going for it that you would be pleasantly surprised at what you see when you get there.

To call it an interesting country would be an understatement. We’ll give you a bit of information about the place, then you decide if it’s not worth your time.

 

  • Deep & Interesting History

Reading up on this history of Albania won’t be amiss. For one, you would know a little bit more about the country you’re planning to visit. And for another, you can understand more about the people and why the term, “Great Albania”, is so often used and repeated. Plus, Albania’s history is a rich and interesting one, which should make it a pleasant read.

 

  • Bunkers Galore

How often do you visit a place with over 700,000 concrete bunkers dotting the landscape? Albania is one such place, so don’t be surprised when you see them as your bus drives around the towns. The bunkers are relics of a time where paranoid leaders ruled.

Many Albanians regard these bunkers as much more than just round slabs of concrete though. These people see the bunkers as cultural artifacts. Others even see them as business opportunities because they have transformed the bunkers into tattoo parlors, hostels, restaurants, storage facilities and even nightclubs.

 

  • It’s All About the Zeroes

You might find this odd but Albanians have a habit or adding an extra zero to the end of a number. So, when you go to buy something and you’re told the price is 1000 lek (official Albanian currency), ask again just to ascertain that’s the real price. For all you know, what you want might actually be 100 lek, not 1000 lek

We’ll point out right now that Albanians don’t do this to be shady or cheat people out of money; rather, it’s more like a habit they find hard to get rid of. Most of them apologize to you the moment they realize their blunder.

 

  • A City of Colors

Tirana, Albania’s capital city, is a very colorful place. It stands out from any other place in Albania. You can’t help but be impressed at the city’s use of colors to express itself.

Unlike Bucharest, which is washed with grey and with concrete everywhere, Tirana is green with a color riot that you have to see to believe. It’s going to be a pleasant sight, that much is given.

The city might be more expensive than other places in Albania but it’s still more affordable than western European capitals, so the prices should not be much of an issue.

As we said, Albania may not be the first country that comes to your mind when you think up vacation spots, but you’ll like what you see when you head there.  Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, is prepared to guide you throughout your vacation planning to Albania. We will make sure you make the most of your time there. Just give us a call whenever you’re ready and we’ll help you make all the necessary arrangements.

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3 Packing Tips When Visiting France

“Bonjour, Monsieur! Bonsoir, Mademoiselle!” Brushing up on your French, eh? Yeah, we can relate. Back during our first visits to France, you could always find a small, French-learning book or two in our bags or pockets.

Because we’re a travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina means that we pretty much know everything about travel and knowing what will make your trip to France a whole lot more fun is part of that.

This blog is going to talk about PACKING.

 

  • Tip No. 1: Pack a Light Load

We know, we know. It’s tempting to stuff your bag full of stuff you think you might need but, in the end, all the weight and excess items just make the bags heavy and a terrible discomfort to lug around.

And because France is a haven for stairs and walkways, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Pack smart, okay?

 

  • Tip No. 2: Pack for Unpredictable Weather

Yeah, mother nature is to blame for this one. The weather in France can be quite unpredictable.

You could wake up, look at the sky and breathe in the fresh air blowing under a bright sun. Go to sleep and booming rain clouds could be what wake you up the next day.

Despite all this, we still advise you to go over weather prediction reports just to have an idea of what the sky might be like.

More importantly, though, pack clothes and items that cater to this odd weather and the season you plan to visit France in.

An umbrella is always necessary, of course. But if you plan to visit during summer, pack some light and breathable clothes. For spring, light sweaters are a smart choice. Leather works great in Autumn.

 

  • Tip No. 3: The Perfect Bag

This one is up to you but there are two contenders: a backpack or rolling suitcase. The former makes it easier to move around and take your possessions up flights of stairs, but the latter permits you to arrange your clothes neatly without risk of them being squeezed-a backpack doesn’t give you this luxury.

So, it ultimately comes down to what you want: a bag you can easily carry around or a bag that keeps your clothes in the best possible condition, among other things. Make a choice based on the activities you plan to engage in while in France.

 

Well, that’s the last of our packing for your trip to France tips for today. If you’re ready to start talking about your vacation to France, please give us a call.  As a full service travel agency in Greenville, SC, we’re here to plan it all for you so that all you have to do is pack.

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3 Iconic Must Eats While in Italy

Would you believe it if we told you Italy has a treasure trove of foods as iconic as the pizza which is so synonymous with it? Matter of fact, pizza isn’t even close to being tastiest of the lot. We should know because we’ve tried them all.

Lifetime Travel may be based in Greenville, SC, but we’ve set our feet in every corner of the globe.  We take the experience and knowledge we’ve gathered in our travels and share it with you, and this is what we have to say: honestly, it matters little how many times you’ve traveled to Italy because as long as you’re yet to have a bite of its edible wonders, you haven’t really been to Italy.

Today, you find out about some amazing and iconic Italian grub you may have been missing out on. Be warned though: you’re liable to get hungry while reading this.

 

  • Pizza

Of course, this is going to be at the top of the list. It might very well be Italy’s mascot now. What makes pizza so great is because it’s cheap and easy to make, but it’s still oh-so-satisfying.

In Italy, you have two main types of awaiting your eager teeth: The Roman-style and Neopolitan-style pizza. The former is thick and fluffy (just the way we like ‘em) and the latter is lighter but larger. You can’t go wrong with ether choice though.

 

  • Pasta

Yes, pasta is the second-runner up, but putting in first place won’t be amiss. The biggest advantage it has over pizza is variety. Different places in Italy serve different types of pasta, so there’s something new to try wherever you take a trip to.

For instance, Rome is famous for the alla carbonara, made with Pecorino cheese, black pepper, eggs, and guanciale. We don’t even know what some of those ingredients are but does it really matter? Nope. That pasta is heaven on the tongue, and that’s all that matters.

 

  • Fiorentina Steak

What’s a food list without some good ol’ juicy steak? Tuscany has maintained exclusive bragging rights as the only place in Italy to serve the best Florentina Steak.

This is not just your average steak, no. Also known as the bistecca fiorentina, the massive slab of T-bone steak is sourced, prepared and cooked in the most specific of ways, so you know much care and attention was invested in making it as scrumptious as possible.

All the effort paid off because it’s arguable if you can find a steak that tastes so good anywhere else in Italy. The next time you travel there, make sure you stop by Tuscany. You’ll thank us you did.

This isn’t even barely scratching the surface though. To really appreciate the delicacies Italy prepares, you have to go there and try them all yourself. That beats anything you can ever read. Bon appétit! (we know that’s not Italian but it still fits, so yeah).  If you need help booking that iconic trip to Italy, please give us a call.  We’re a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina and here to make your trip everything you hope it will be.