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8 Food Lover Tips for Visiting Budapest

Hungry for Hungarian?  Read Our Top 8 Foodie Choices in Budapest

   Budapest is a city made for fairy tales – and one of our favorite destinations.  Combine a Budapest visit with one of our favorite river cruise routes along the gorgeous Danube to the Czech Republic, and you’ll be sure to be back for a more in-depth look at magical Budapest.

   Let’s face it – the castles and history are amazing, but food is what often creates the memories that linger.   Don’t leave without indulging in the delicious authentic dishes served throughout the nation of Hungary.   To guide you to some of the best spots to grab food in the capital city of Budapest, we’ve created a list of 8 foodie tips for your visit.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been a favorite of ours, whether as a beginning to a river cruise, or a destination before a multi-country European tour.  And it is delightful year-round, whether in the spring when the tulips are in bloom or the famous Christmas markets.

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we’ve decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you’re in Amsterdam.

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To Fly Or Not To Fly

When the pandemic started, most people cancelled their travel plans and did not want to travel by plane.  As summer approached, Paul and I were trying to decide if we would make our annual summer trip to Bay View, Michigan, I have never missed a summer there in my life.  And when the airlines came out with the policy of waiving penalties for any changes, we thought, what the heck, we will plan and see what happens next.  Fast forward to July, with our travel dates approaching and the worsening of the pandemic, we were questioned by friends and family, are you really going to fly?   I had been following the industry announcements and webinars with great interest and was confident that if the proper protocols were in place, we would be safe flying.  So, on July 17th, we boarded our flight to Chicago armed with masks, face shields, wipes, and hand sanitizer.

 

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

At Bay World Travel, our highest priority is the safety and well being of our travelers. As we continue to see COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all over the news, we’ve been working to compile the most reliable information from local, state and national governments, as well as from travel industry sources. We understand that every traveler has a unique set of circumstances and your own individual risk tolerance when it comes to making a travel decision. We hope to provide as much information as possible so we can help you make the best decision that you’re most comfortable with regarding your trip. Please keep in mind that much of this information is changing daily and we’ll continue monitoring any announcements and provide general updates on this page as frequently as we can. Here is list of travel specific resources and guidelines that we’ve been using to stay up to date:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

State Department Travel Advisories

Travel Insured International

 

The Zen of An Ocean Crossing

Mary & Bill Cross the Atlantic on the Royal Clipper

Working in the travel business I meet people with 2 divergent opinions of cruising –

Opinion 1:  I want to enjoy the port experience.  Cruising is a convenient way to get from port to port.  Yes, the cruise ship and its amenities are important but the immersive port experience is what drives the choice of cruises.

Opinion 2:  I want to enjoy the ship.  In fact, I don’t care if I ever get off the ship.  I love the casinos, the onboard entertainment, lectures, and the food and drink.   I love hanging out in the lounges, restaurants, library, and coffee shop – hanging out with new friends I meet onboard.

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