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The 2nd Edition of Baku Shopping Festival: A Bargain Hunters’ dream come true!

** This is a press release of the OurAzerbaijan.com**

 

The month long affair will have awesome activities great deals, discounts, offers, and prizes throughout many of the city’s shopping spots.

It’s all delight, joy and smiles as Azerbaijan gets ready to welcome a splendid festival full of fireworks, plethora of deals to purchase and discounts to bag!

 

If you have been to Baku, you acknowledge that it’s a city with a thrill. Apart from the stunning nature, and the mind-boggling mixture of modernity and old age beauty, the discounts, the bargains and the offers just heightens the charm of Baku to a whole new level.

This is Baku’s second first shopping Festival. Shoppers and families will enjoy a jam-packed set of events, at this Edition that’s set to kick off on October 15th. The month long affair will have awesome activities great deals, discounts, offers, and prizes throughout many of the city’s shopping spots.

 

 

The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the promoters of the Baku shopping Festival 2017 revealed their plans to make the world take notice by including fashion shows, unique product launches, live entertainment, street parties, concerts, and ruffle draws.

Rashid AL Noori, the Chairman of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in GCC, said “The 2nd edition of the Baku Shopping Festival is one of the most important on Azerbaijan’s annual events calendar that will significantly enhance Azerbaijan’s stand as a favorite year-round tourism destination offering unique shopping experiences. Baku Shopping Festival is part of our endeavors to leverage large-scale events to reach a bigger goal – that of making Azerbaijan a regional leader in the tourism industry. Baku Shopping Festival 2017 will be strong, in terms of interesting offers for shopping, chances of securing major prizes, and sensational entertainment experiences.  We are expecting lots of shoppers and families to visit Azerbaijan for the Baku Shopping Festival, a festival set to exceed expectations. Working with our partners and collaborators, the Representative Office team has brought in place discounted offers to facilitate whole families and individuals travel to Azerbaijan for this extravaganza, with regular favorites and plenty of new events for everyone to enjoy.”

 

 

It is worth to point out, the Festival includes a VAT refund program for foreigners and local citizens, for purchases at the official Festival merchant stores. Major hypermarkets and shopping plazas and malls, including premium outlets, traditional gift stores, leading hotels and restaurants will take part in the festival, providing exceptional value offers and discounts.

“The Baku Shopping Festival is already an international brand and will shortly shift into a household affair. We welcome all those who want enjoy an excellent autumn holiday while taking advantage of great value in Baku to visit Azerbaijan.” Concluded AL Noori

 

About Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is one of the most beautiful countries located at the joint of Europe and Asia. The country sometimes referred to as the land of magic colors has proven to be a successful host of many international and regional events and competitions, including 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2015, Chess World Cup 2015 and Inaugural European Games in Baku. In 2016, this beautiful country hosted F1 European Grand Prix, World Chess Olympiad, UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals and UEFA European Football Championship. With the  4th Islamic Solidarity Games, Baku Grand Prix and the 2nd Baku Shopping Festival coming up; Azerbaijan is coming up first as the hottest destination to visit. A truly a unique country that welcomes all.

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Don’t Make These Typical Mistakes When Travelling in Spain

Travelling through Spain is wonderful. Warm weather, friendly people, stunning beaches and a relaxed lifestyle. Spain truly is somewhere you can go when you need a break from the daily hustle and bustle. But, as with any other foreign country, you need to be prepared for what could happen on your trip. Many people make mistakes when planning a trip to Spain. Don’t let it happen to you.

 

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Driving Through Spain

Looking at Spain on a map and actually being there are two very different things. Driving through Spain looks as simple as simple can be on a map, but you may find it stressful if you decide to take the challenge on. Firstly, Spain is a much larger place than most people realize, and secondly, Spanish drivers aren’t exactly known for their courtesy. If you’re planning to drive on your vacation, you could be putting yourself through unnecessary hassle. There are much easier ways of getting around.

 

A Secluded Hotel

The thought of being away from city life and taking time to relax is tempting, but being too far away from town and city centers could be a mistake. The point of travelling is to experience the culture of a new country and you won’t get that experience if you’re forced to stay in your hotel. You may find that you waste a lot of time going to local shops, restaurants etc. and travelling back to your hotel. Being within walking distance of main attractions will allow you to experience authentic Spain and be near local amenities for emergencies.

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Sticking to Your Own Habits

When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. While you’re travelling through Spain, you may notice that the locals have different eating habits. The timings of their meals are often different to other countries, but it’s important to go with the flow. Many people make the mistake of eating lunch at their normal times and then venturing out of their hotels to find that local shops or attractions are closed. Spaniards usually take long breaks to avoid the midday heat and eat lunch afterwards. So, it’s worth waiting to eat your meals the same time as them and join in with the locals and learn Spanish so you aren’t caught out.

 

Pack Heavy

Most people visit Spain during the Summer months, but if you’re planning a trip when the weather is colder, don’t be tempted to pack heavy. Spain is full of long walks and stairs and steep hills. Each time you leave your hotel, you may have to be prepared for a work-out. Similarly, you don’t want to be dragging a heavy suitcase through cobbled streets and alleys that are difficult to navigate.

 

Open Jaw Ticket

When travelling through Spain, many people make the mistake of flying to and from the same city. Having an open jaw ticket will ensure you can fly into Barcelona but leave from Madrid, saving you time and hassle.

 

Travelling through Spain is certainly an experience, but don’t make the common mistakes of others.

 

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Think You Can’t Afford Travel To Europe? Think Again!

If you’re planning a trip over to Europe, then the chances are that you have a pretty big trip planned. If you’re heading over from the US, then the flights alone to get there can cost quite a lot as it is. Plus, the travel time to get there can be quite a lot too. So it’s not a destination that you’ll just go to for a long weekend, is it? It makes sense that when you’re over there, you will look to spend as little as possible. So here are some tips and tricks for making travel to Europe more affordable. There is no need to spend a crazy amount of money when you’re there.

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Internal Travel

When you’re over there, you might have just chosen one country to visit. And that is totally fine. But with so many of the countries close together it means that seeing quite a few different countries is definitely an option. Take the UK, for example. Using something like https://www.megabus.co.uk is a great way to travel around. You could arrive in London, but see cities like Manchester or Edinburgh inexpensively as part of your trip. Boat trips in countries like Greece and Cyprus can be pretty cheap, as well as train travel on the Eurostar. So don’t think you will always need to hire a car.

 

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Accommodation

The lucky thing about travel in Europe is that there are so many options of accommodation available. But if you’re looking to save, then hotels might not be the best route to go down. If you’d prefer to rent a room in someone’s home in a city like Copenhagen, then looking somewhere like Airbnb can be a really cheap way to do it. Hotels in a lot of capital city locations can cost a lot of money. If you’re staying by the beach or traveling with children to somewhere like Greece, then a villa like these, http://www.villasingreece.co.uk, could be a better option. You still get the comforts of home but get more for your money than a hotel room. Hostels can be inexpensive too but would be better if you’re traveling as a couple or solo, rather than for family travel.

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Food

Eating out when you travel can cost a lot of money,  especially if you’re in the tourist parts of a city or country. So if you can, the best thing to do is to predominantly cook for yourself, and then eat out occasionally, so you still get a feel for the country and culture. In Europe, the best supermarkets to look out for, other than small independent stores, are Aldi and Lidl. So if you see one of those, that is more than likely going to be your best options for a cheap place to buy groceries. Stock up on drinks from a supermarket too; bottles of water or Coke in places like Paris can cost over €4! So buying your own is the way to make the trip more affordable.

 

 

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The Travel Bug Is Biting

Posted in Europe, European getaway, lifestyle, personal, travel, vacation
on August 10, 2016

People close to me know that I am a traveler and I love it! I enjoy going out of town even for just a day. I love seeing new places and it is my way of de-stressing. It’s a semblance of normality for me when I go somewhere and just soak in the beauty of a new place I haven’t seen yet.

Just last Monday, my colleague and I applied for a Schengen Visa. It is her first time and it’s my 5th time. I love visiting Europe because I love their culture, the beautiful architecture and old cobblestone streets. I just love the old feel of Europe. It’s something I always miss each time I fly back to Dubai from Europe. I just look forward to the next one.

I am not divulging the whereabouts of my next European sojourn. Let’s just say, it’s a very beautiful place and somewhat farther from the other European countries I have been to in the past. We will be visiting this place for just 4 days and 3 nights. We both can’t afford a longer vacation at this time since I am spending Christmas back home.

I am excited! I wish to get approved for multiple entry as I plan to visit the Christmas Market before flying to Manila for the Christmas holidays.

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Read This Before Visitng Paris!

Paris is one of the most romantic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Now that’s really saying something! When you visit this amazing metropolis, you see immediately why so many people make it a stop on round-the-world trips. Although beautiful, Paris is also pretty fast-paced and frantic. If you’re planning to visit Paris, then here are some tips to help you avoid sticking out too much!


The first tip I can offer is to learn at least a few French phrases. In France, like a lot of continental Europe, English is widely taught and spoken. You’ll usually be able to find someone who speaks decent English, but they may not always be that friendly! Although a lot of Parisians do speak English, many of them are very proud of their language and culture. If you approach them and begin speaking in English, they won’t appreciate how presumptuous you’re being. No one’s expecting you to be fluent, but learning a few common words and phrases will be highly appreciated. I’ll start you off with one you’ll be using a lot: “parlez-vous un petit peu d’anglais?”.
You should be on the lookout for pickpockets in Paris, particularly when you’re passing through metro stations. This is a big risk in any European city, especially if you’re a tourist. The worst spots for it are on the metro, on lines that go past many popular attractions. French pickpockets know a tourist a mile off, and will see you as an easy target. Luckily, there are some easy ways around this. The easiest precaution to take is simply making your valuables harder to reach. Put them in smaller pockets deep in your bag, rather than carrying them on your person. Stay vigilant about common tactics as well. Many pickpockets wait for that crushing swarm of people getting on or off a train to dip their hands into people’s bags and pockets. You can find a more complete guide on the French US Embassy website.


Finally, be sure to get a lot of navigation materials if you’re planning to get around yourself. Most tourists in Paris, and a lot of the locals to be honest, rely entirely on public transport. This is mainly due to how hard it is to get around in a car! Paris is a truly ancient settlement, and many of the roads were built for horses and coaches. This of course leads to a lot of traffic jams. There are odd-angled boulevards and avenues wherever you go, and finding somewhere to park can be an absolute nightmare. This has given rise to a lot of services such as Paris France Parking. This allows travellers and day-trippers to reserve spaces on certain roads. In general, my advice about driving in Paris is not to! If you are though, make sure to research rush hours, routes to attractions, and parking.
Hopefully, these three tips will do something about the big “tourist” label hanging over your head! Visiting Paris can feel a little daunting. However, a little preparation really goes a long way!
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