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Turkey

Save Money with the Istanbul Tourist Pass When Visting Attractions

The Istanbul Tourist Pass is one option on the tourism market that has been rapidly growing in popularity with visitors thanks to huge savings and a wide variety of attractions and experiences offered. After a few slow years, the tourism industry in Istanbul is up and running again at full pace!

Tour operators pull out all the stops to offer visitors the best tours, packages, experiences and value for money possible. No matter your holiday style or budget, you will be able to find the tour you’re looking for and see the beautiful city of Istanbul your way! But we think this pass is worth looking at

What Sets the Istanbul Tourist Pass Apart?

Convenience

It is an online Pass. That means there’s no physical ticket, just a digital QR code to access through a user-friendly App or via the official website. This QR code is you ‘digital Pass’ that gives you access to guided tours and entrance to other attractions.  All you need is your phone!

Customize your holiday itinerary

With Istanbul Tourist Pass, your holiday itinerary is fully customizable, which means you pick and choose which attractions you visit depending on your preferences, interests on a city tour. The days of buying expensive full-day tours when you only wanted to see one or two places are long gone!

Save time

Skip the ticket line for all major attractions in the old city Sultanahmet district with guided tours to Hagia Sophia, palaces like Topkapi and Dolmabahce, the Basilica Cistern and more! In summer especially, the ticket lines are super long to these major attractions, so these skip-the-ticket-line tours will allow you to spend your precious holiday time seeing more of the city.

Save money

Instantly have access to more than 35 attractions, experiences and services. All you need to do is choose the number of days you want to use your Pass.  The more you use your pass, the more you’ll save! There’s a helpful list on their website at the bottom of the page here: https://istanbultouristpass.com/whats-included It sets out how much money you’ll save compared to paying at the door. Have a look to easily see what great value for money you get with this product.

Get help and advice from locals

Another bonus is the personalised service they offer their customers. You get a mobile number that you can message via WhatsApp to get in touch with their friendly, local team who can help with any issues or questions about the Pass or Istanbul more generally. It’s a thoughtful and helpful service, especially for first-time visitors.

How Much is the Tourist Pass?

The Pass offers the same 35+ attractions, experiences and services for each Pass. The only thing you need to decide is how many days you want to be able to use it and for how many people.

Options are:

  • 2-day Pass: €95 per adult, €45 per child (aged 5-12)
  • 3-days Pass: €115 per adult, €55 per child (aged 5-12)
  • 5-day Pass: €135 per adult, €65 per child (aged 5-12)
  • 7-day Pass: €145 per person, €75 per child (aged 5-12)
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United States

Transportation for the President of the United States

Have you ever wondered how the President of the United States gets from one place to another? How about the cost of that transportation? Today, we are going to break it all down for you, so you do not need to wonder any longer!

Now, you know that the President is a very important person and any minute that he is exposed to the public can become dangerous. Therefore, every single detail of his transport must be planned out to the second.

One of the most often used modes of transportation is the Presidential Motorcade. There are between forty and fifty vehicles involved and at least one hundred people. The route car leads a bunch of motorcycles before the lead car. Their job is to clear off the roads, so the motorcade can go through without an issue. The local police department takes care of the beginning part, so there are fewer vehicles involved in the true motorcade.

The main part of the motorcade contains two limos, but no one will ever know which one the President is riding in. Both limos are bulletproof and the only window that opens is the one on the driver’s side. Inside the limos are many different types of guns, oxygen tanks, and two pints of the President’s type of blood.

The Secret Service sits in the other cars within the motorcade and if you look closely at these cars when they are passing by, you will see that some cars have the Secret Service members sitting facing the back. They hold guns, so they can take care of threats if they occur.
An ambulance follows the Presidential Motorcade just in case there is an emergency along the way. Police cars also follow the motorcade, so no one can speed up and enter the pack.

The motorcades are only used for trips up to thirty minutes in length, due to the danger that is present with them. Any trips that are longer distances will have the President riding in Marine One.

Marine One is a helicopter, but not a specific one. The name is used for any helicopter the President is currently on and there are usually thirty-five that can be used at any given time. Once the helicopter gets up in the air, it is automatically surrounded by at least five identical helicopters, so no one truly knows which one the President is on.

Most of the helicopter rides that the President takes are to Andrews Air Force Base, which is where their plane, Air Force One, is located. There are two airplanes that are normally used as Air Force One, but another plane could be used as well.

Did you know that it only takes approximately one hour for the President of the United States to go from Washington DC to New York City? That includes a trip from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base via Marine One, the flight to New York City on Air Force One, the helicopter ride to where the motorcade will take the President to their final location, and the motorcade ride itself. It’s completely amazing!

Now, let’s break down the costs:

Air Force One flight time per hour: $206,337

Marine Force One flight time per hour: This isn’t as much of public knowledge as the flight above, but it averages around $2,199.

Other Helicopters Involved with Marine One flight per hour: $3,180

Massive Military Plane for Transporting Marine One helicopters per hour: $100,941

On average, it costs more than three hundred billion dollars to transport the President of the United States every year, which is about a quarter of the White House’s annual budget.

This is a huge number, but it is necessary to keep the President safe while they are in office.

Did you know all this?

If you didn’t, you do now!

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Cultural Japan Tourist Attractions

Why should Japan be on your travel bucket list?

Japan is a surprising combination of peace and chaos, old and new and has just the right amount of quirkiness to make it an addicting place to visit that will have you coming back for more!

Did we like Japan?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer: We’ll give you a little background about our first visit and we’ll share with you in this article what we want to see next time we travel to Japan. Come along on our trip through Japan and watch our crazy week in Japan.

Japan beautiful landscape Mountain Fuji and Chureito red pagoda with cherry blossom Sakura.
Japan beautiful landscape Mountain Fuji and Chureito red pagoda with cherry blossom Sakura.

Best Times of Year to Visit Japan

If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you’re probably wondering what time of year is best to visit. The wonderful thing is every season is a great time to visit Japan, and you will have a completely unique experience.

In short, there truly is no bad time to visit Japan. Each season boasts different highlights such as the cherry blossoms blooming in the springtime, Mt Fuji opens for climbing in the summer, the leaves changing colors in the fall and of course ski season in the winter.

Before you book a trip to Japan in the spring, know this…

Spring is considered by many as a great time to visit Japan for its comfortable temperatures, cherry blossoms and little chance of rain.

One thing you should be aware of is the so-called Golden Week which falls in the springtime and is made up of 4 national holidays which fall into a 7-day span. This means many Japanese people will also be traveling around the country and accommodation and tours are often booked far in advance.

Golden Week in Japan Dates

  1. 2018: April 28 – May 6
  2. 2019: April 27 – May 12 (Holidays are more spread out)
View of colorful Koinobori at Tokyo Tower. Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children's Day during the Golden Week.
View of colorful Koinobori at Tokyo Tower. Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day during the Golden Week.

Do I need Travel Insurance for Japan?

While it’s not required to enter the country, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance before any trip. It is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing you will be covered in case of an emergency or if anything is stolen.

World Nomads offers arguably the best, most comprehensive coverage out there. We also have used Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance and love their reasonable rates and easy to work with customer service.

This article walks you through everything you need to know about choosing the best travel insurance policy for your specific needs.

Asian woman wearing japanese traditional kimono at Fuji mountain, Kawaguchiko lake in Japan.
Asian woman wearing japanese traditional kimono at Fuji mountain, Kawaguchiko lake in Japan.

Fun Facts about Japan

 

These facts will be good conversation starters with other travelers or even locals! So break that ice and let them in on some fun facts about Japan!

  1. Japan has an average of 1,500 earthquakes each year!
  2. 6,852 islands make up the country of Japan.
  3. There are more than 200 volcanoes in Japan.
  4. Vending machines are super popular in Japan — there are more than 5.5 million of them around the country and they dispense everything from snacks to fresh eggs to toilet paper. (And some weirder stuff that a quick Google search that reveal to you.)
  5. The literacy rate in Japan is nearly 100%. We need them to teach the rest of us their ways!
  6. The first geishas were men. (The word “geisha” means person of the arts.)
Women in traditional japanese kimonos walking at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
Women in traditional japanese kimonos walking at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

Let us know if you knew the reasons to visit Japan or if you were surprised with this list.