Tuesday Travel Tips: Croatia

Have you ever traveled to Croatia?

Some Kosher Travelers will be headed for Pesach to the Bellevue – one of Croatia’s most luxurious hotels.

Travel Tips: Croatia

After being treated to a Glatt Kosher LeMehadrin gastronomic experience by the culinary genius Chef Avi Steinmetz. – under the supervision of Rabbi Nahmia Rotenberg shlit’a – Vienna.

Our Kosher Travelers often spend their days as tourists in Croatia.

Here are some of our favorite destinations.

1. Old City Tours

Thanks to the preservation of history, unique lifestyle and impressive museum, a tourist hotspot is the island’s ancient villages.

2. Jeep Tours

Challenging and especially fun Jeep trips from mountaintops 598m above sea level, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Losinj and other islands’ landscapes.

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3. Day Trip to Venice

Venice – one of the world’s most popular tourist destination, built on wooden foundations constructed on 118 islands, interconnected with 400 bridges.

About 170 water canals pass through the islands, leading to sailing being the primary method of transportation in the city, making the visit an experiential and unique one!

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4. A tour of Croatian Islands

Tours in the spectacular islands of the area – we will visit ancient villages, including “Candrija Linadrik”, the picturesque fishing village “Valon”, the island “Cres” which offers a historical experience in the ancient city and a unique shopping experience!

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5. Trips in Nature

An afternoon on the Losinj Island offers a magical tour of nature.

Groups and individuals enjoy attractions including water sports, cruises, hikes, a flight in the island’s skies and more.

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Whatever You Decide

Travel to the best sites on the island and surrounding areas.

Swim laps in the outdoor or indoor pool.

Be inspired by shiurim.

Play sports.

Entertained by evening performances.

Enjoy Your Trip

#wetravelkosher

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10 Essentials on a Kosher African Safari

By: Eddie’s Kosher Travel Staff

An African Safari vacation is on the top of millions of bucket lists.

Traveling with your family on an African Safari and showing your children the wonders of wildlife is a rewarding experience.

Traveling with your family means that you must be even more organized and prepared.

Next week, David and Chana Walles are traveling with their children to Africa joining Sivan Ya’ari and Innovation: Africa. Innovation: Africa proudly applies Israeli solar technologies to bring clean water and electricity to rural African villages.

Following the mission, the Walles family, will be experiencing first hand a Kosher African Safari.

What’s In Your Bag?

Chana, a seasoned traveler, swears by packing lists.

“Over the years, I have forgotten essentials at home.

Frustrating.

I created a set of packing lists that I now use whenever I pack.

Frustration eliminated.

Now, my luggage and handbags are organized and I am ready to relax on vacation.”

Here is Chana’s list of the ten most important things you need to pack in your handbag on an African Safari.

Chana’s Packing List

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10. #wetravelkosher

Even if you are traveling with a kosher tour like the Walles family, always remember, to pack kosher snacks in your bag.

It can be a challenge to find kosher food along the way. You will be so happy to pass your kids a granola bar or snack or some almonds.

Carry your Tefillat Haderech card along with a pocket siddur and proud Israeli citizens always travel with our Israeli flag.

Here you can find the Prayer for Travelers Tefillat Haderech.

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9. Glasses

You will be outdoors for much of the time, so make sure you have a strong pair sunglasses.

If you wear prescription glasses, be sure to pack more than one set (in case you lose one or they get broken).

Safarieyewear has a great selection of sunglasses.

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8. Hand Sanitizers and Wipes

Trust us - you will be covered in dirt.

The Safari vehicles are usually open (windows and roof). Be prepared to be exposed to a cloud of dust during your trip.

You will get dirty - enjoy it!

Be prepared with wipes or hand sanitizers to easily freshen up before a meal.

Your kids may like the Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Antibacterial Sanitizers Safari Animals.

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Elephant spraying zebras with water to keep them away from waterhole

#7 Emergency Kit

Bandaids and gauze
Sunscreen (to reapply)
Tissues
Eye drops
Lip balm
Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
Muscle rub or anti-inflammatory cream
Brush, comb, clips and tie-bands for long hair and an extra one for your friend that forgot theirs.

Store your emergency items in this leopard print fashionable kit.

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6. Medications

Before traveling read the CCD - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Health Information for Travelers to South Africa Traveler.

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5. Light Raincoat or Poncho

Are you planning on gorilla and chimp trekking?
You will most probably encounter rain.

Chana recommends the Mac in a Sac.

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4. Electronics

What's In Your Bag?/ African Safari

What's In Your Bag?/ African Safari

Camera and Video Equipment

Africa is a dream destination for photographers both pros and rookies. Beautiful landscapes, outstanding light, sensational wildlife make Africa so photographic.

Don’t miss out. Buy a camera, if you don’t already have one.

Which camera should you take on a safari? Check out the options at B&H Photo

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#3 Binoculars

Most people will remember to take their camera and/or video but many people forget to pack binoculars.

Binoculars are ESSENTIAL for optimum wildlife viewing on safari. A good pair of binoculars will make a big difference to your safari.

Try to find binoculars with at least 8x or 10x magnification.

Your kids will love the Carson MicroMini 20x Pocket Microscope (Safari Green).

#2 Flashlights

It is a good idea to bring your own flashlight or two.

Flashlights can lead you back to your tent in the middle of the pitch black night.

A rechargeable flashlight is ideal but a small battery-powered torch is sufficient. The new LED miners lights fits right on your head and frees up your hands.

A smaller flashlight for emergencies or looking at star maps is also worth considering.

A great option to consider is Kohree LED Miner Head Light Headlight

#1 Important Documents

Always carry a copy of your e-tickets, passport, itinerary, travel insurance and other travel related documents.

A great inexpensive passport holder that will keep your cash and documents safe is the Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch Neck Wallet with RFID Blocking.

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African lions resting in the grass

Are You Ready?

Double check your flights. Confirm your hotel reservations. Pack your luggage.

Don’t forget to carefully consider the essential items that you need to carry in your hand bag.

Have an amazing experience with your family on your Kosher African Safari.

Bonus Tip: Pack Non- Electrical Entertainment Items

Most of the day is spent on long rides. Don't rely on electricity.

Make sure you are prepared.

Take along playing cards, good books and your travel diary.

We recommend that you and your children chronicle your adventures in a travel journal.

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Game drive. Safari car on game drive with animals around, Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.

Tell other Kosher Travelers about your African Safari experience tag your pictures #wetravelkosher.

So, what’s in your bag? Comment below.

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Packing Tips Your Mother Never Told You: The Right Way to Pack Shoes

Packing Shoes

Packing Shoes

By Chana Walles, Operations Manager at Eddie’s Kosher Travel
[and highly experienced traveling mom]

Pretty shoes getting squished in the suitcase? Here's how you preserve the shape of your shoes AND conserve valuable space in your suitcase: pack your socks inside your shoes.  For narrow, pointy shoes, roll one sock into the toe area.

Wrap the shoes in a small, lightweight plastic or cloth bag to protect the rest of your things from getting dirty.

Lay shoes in the suitcase as they are packed in the shoebox (heel to toe) for best space management.

For an ingenious and easy-to-pack pair of shoes, try these shoes from Timberland that zip completely into themselves.

Timberland Radler Trail Camp Shoes

Timberland Radler Trail Camp Shoes

No matter what shoes you take, make sure they’re broken-in long before you leave home. The last thing you want to worry about is tending to blisters while you’re trying to enjoy the vacation you’ve been waiting for all year long!

Check back often for more packing tips your mother never told you.
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Useful Travel Gear: 10 Things to Pack That Will Save You Money

Travel Gear to Save Money

Smarter Travel

For travelers watching their wallets, it's important to stick to a budget, find money-saving travel deals, and get the best possible exchange rate. Additionally, those looking to save cash would do well to pack strategically. The right travel gear can help you keep costs down while seeing the world. Pack the following 10 items to save money on airline bag fees, laundry-service charges, and other expenses.

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Useful Travel Gear: GorillaPod

This funky flexible camera tripod makes taking photos while you travel more fun than ever. Designed with self-timer photography in mind, the GorillaPod lets you mount your camera just about anywhere you want with its three flexible segmented legs. Secure your camera to a nearby tree branch, fence, park bench, or anything else that’s convenient. Say goodbye to holding your camera at arm’s length to take a photo of yourself and your fellow #koshertravelers!

The GorillaPod weighs just 1.6oz (45 grams) and fits easily into any purse, backpack or even jacket pocket. Want one for your next vacation with Eddie’s Kosher Travel? You can find them at http://joby.com/gorillapod.

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