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Inside the 2015 Venice Carnival

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The Venice Carnival

The Carnival of Venice is a festival that is held every year in the city of Venice, Italy. This carnival typically ends on the date that Lent begins, which is forty days prior to Easter and it is traditionally believed that this carnival was begun in 1162. The people began to hold reunions and dance in San Marco Square in celebration of a political victory that occurred during that year. In the following ages, this festival evolved to become something much larger than when it started! It was 1797 when the jubilation was banned by the King of Austria during his rule but began to make a return centuries later in 1979 and the cultural legacy has been building ever since.

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One of the most interesting traditions of the celebration that has continued as a main focus of the festival to this day is the donning of elaborate carnival masks. Originally made out of glass, the marvelous masks are generally constructed from leather and porcelain in the modern day but still evoke the same resplendence and sophisticated design. An important aspect of the carnival is La Maschera Piu Bella, a contest where the most beautiful mask is determined. The contest is judged, yearly, by international fashion and costume designers who visit Italy specifically for this honorary purpose!

Visiting the 2015 Venice Carnival

Binside-the-venice-carnival-italy-festival-of-masks-auto-europeecause the streets and city itself are relatively small, Venice is a locale which is usually toured on foot. The main square can be accessed through narrow alleys that are between buildings all around the downtown area. Traveling on foot is one of the best ways to see the city because you get the opportunity to explore things which are off the beaten path. Many locals tend to stay around the small squares in the city, which make lovely places to grab a lunch or sip some espresso at one of the many street cafes.

Venice is a series of islands, at its core. They are connected by bridges and are separated by lagoons and canals. Comfortable shoes are a clothing item that cannot be ignored. The Rialto Bridge is one of the largest and most beautiful bridges in the entire city. It is also an extremely popular attraction for visitors and has shops on both sides, but be wary that many of these shops cater to tourists with low quality and high priced items; shopping is best done on less crowded side streets away from big tourist attractions.  Venice is a city that can be hard to travel around without getting lost, but you’ll be able to navigate with confidence when you take advantage of a free portable GPS for your trip!

The Best Way to Get Around Italy

While you could utilize public transportation to get to the city itself, you’ll appreciate the added freedom you’ll find with your own car rental and you might be surprised by how much money you can save, too! Renting a car is simply more convenient than waiting on taxi cabs or buses and with all of the great rental deals and specials from Kemwel you’ll have plenty of capital left over for the rest of your trip.  Pick up your vehicle at a myriad of convenient locations, from the Venice Marco Polo Airport to the Santa Lucia train station to local rental offices downtown, and embark on an exploration of Europe that you won’t soon forget!

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Our Favorite New Year’s Resolution: Travel More in 2015

Our Favorite New Year’s Resolution: Travel

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With the New Year now upon us, you may be tempted to make your resolution something personal; something that you may keep to yourself or avoid sharing with your friends and your family. Fortunately, there is one resolution you can make that is very easy to share: the resolution to travel more in 2015! Sometimes we all get stuck in a rut and wind up in the same place for a very long time. The New Year is the perfect time to shake things up and change around your routine by traveling away from home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Making a resolution to travel is the first step in achieving the goal of expanding your horizons with exciting new opportunities!

The Best Cities to Visit in 2015

The world is full of awe-inspiring places to explore and experience! In the end it is up to you to decide where you want to go on your New Year’s travel endeavor but here are a few of the best globally renowned locales for tourism to start off your holiday planning enterprise:

 

  • New York City, United States – As a major hub of world commerce and entertainment, New York City is one of the most exciting places that you can visit in the entire world. If you have never been here, you simply cannot afford to miss it! Whether you are catching a show at a local comedy club or picking up a slice of world famous pizza from a vendor on the street, New York City has a little something for everyone.new-year-resolution-europe-travel-new-york-2015-kemwel
  • London, England – London is the backdrop for so many television shows, movies, and books that, when first visiting, it can almost feel like a familiar place. With traditional English culture abound, it is difficult to experience England in a better way than by visiting and touring the area with a rental car in London.
  • Las Vegas, United States – Las Vegas is one of the only areas in the United States to feature legalized gambling and, as a shining jewel in the desert, it has attracted high rollers and entertainers from all over the world. Even if you don’t want to gamble, Las Vegas has plenty of attractions to offer visitors and you’ll find yourself wondering how to fit all of the things to see and do into one trip!
  • Rome, Italy – The seat of the Roman Empire, the capital city of Rome is one of the most beautiful and historically rich destinations that you could ever hope to find. With the ruins of ancient Roman buildings all over the city itself, you will never be far from unique and intriguing attractions to visit.
  • Paris, France – As one of the most romanticized and beautiful cultural centers in Europe, Paris is still one of the premier travel destinations for the upcoming New Year. Do yourself a favor and make sure you tour Paris if you are traveling in Europe.
  • Berlin, GermanyVisit Berlin, a major industrial hub and the cultural center of Germany, for a wonderful way to experience the national culture. Visit during one of the famed seasonal celebrations such as Oktoberfest to make your holiday even more exciting!  Oktoberfest, is a huge fall festival that takes over the entire city and makes for a wonderfully festive focus on your next trip to Europe.

Treat Yourself to a Trip Abroad!

With so many fantastic places to visit you should have no trouble picking a destination once you’ve decided to take a trip in the New Year. You’re sure to delight in the new experiences to behold wherever you choose to go and Kemwel can help make your travel dreams a reality with some of the best deals on travel services and lowest prices in the industry! Browse our rates online or feel free to call one of our helpful reservation agents anytime you need assistance, 24/7 and toll free at 1-877-820-0668. With everything from car rentals and great deals on airfare to free GPS rentals to help you navigate with confidence, Kemwel is here to help you kick off the New Year with an exciting journey abroad at a pleasantly surprising price!

 

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Take It, or Leave It: Practical Travel Packing

Take It Feature_142747819-1Packing for me was once a struggle between want vs. need. Who can predict what chance meeting may suddenly whisk you away, far from your original travel itinerary on a whirlwind adventure? I wanted to be prepared for any possible situation that may occur, no matter how far-fetched, but I inevitably needed hardly any of the back-breaking baggage train that followed me. Here are some hard-earned packing tips I’ve picked up along the way that have unburdened my travels while still keeping me prepared for delightful surprises.

Size Matters

Take It empty baggage claim text_44974957Have you ever been waiting at the luggage claim to find out that your suitcases didn’t follow you to the final destination? It’s a terrible way to start a vacation. By keeping your bags with you, you’ve already avoided this pitfall!

Typically airlines allow one carry-on bag of 45 linear inches (cumulative height, width and depth), and one personal carry-on such as a purse, briefcase or small backpack. It is still wise to confirm the maximum size/weight capacity for these two items while purchasing your airline ticket. Failure to follow the airlines restrictions can mean that your bag gets checked as you’re boarding for not meeting the criteria. As the airlines have no streamlined regulations in place regarding bag check costs and policies, this gives them free reign to charge you not only the regular checked bag fee, but an additional late check charge, putting a woeful dent into your travel funds.

Liquid/gel toiletries are another area where you will encounter limitations. Their contents should be less than 100 ml/3.4 oz. and placed in no more than a quart-sized, re-sealable baggie. Solid toiletries are not size specific, but still factor in the weight limitations. This is a rule that you will also want to follow to the letter. Where you may encounter fees for oversized bags from individual airlines, TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is a different creature altogether and doesn’t take kindly to rebels. They may appropriate your belongings for containing items outside the designated parameters, which will disrupt, if not halt your trip when you’re forced out of line for further baggage inspection. Make this the last item you pack, as you will have to display it before being permitted through security.

When it’s time to choose your personal item, make it count. Don’t just bring the cute, little handbag or man-purse. Bring whatever the maximum capacity item is, even if you don’t initially fill it up. This is the bag that any electronic devices, travel documents, fragile goods and miscellaneous items to be used during the flight are best packed as it will fit snugly under the seat in front of you.

Making a List, Check it Twice & Always Bring a Bathing Suit
Traveling is not the time to procrastinate until the last minute to pack. Inevitably, there will be something that you want but have forgotten, starting a downward mental spiral as you fixate on the missing item. Yes, you can probably pop into a shop and make a purchase to accommodate your new plans, but being of a frugal nature myself, I’ve come to abhor what I see as frittering money away on something I already own just because it’s not immediately available.Take It packing

The average vacation lasts seven days or less. Consider your destination and possible available activities during this time frame. While there are well-established clothing staples, the family that’s skiing in Europe will have greater needs than the couple that’s taking a driving tour of Australia. Pick items that will create an interchangeable wardrobe with a basic color palate. Pack half as many bottoms (including skirts for women), as you do tops. I recommend the little black dress for the ladies and a sport coat for men. A cardigan, scarf, tie or other simple accessories can quickly dress up and dress down an outfit for both sexes, while fitting neatly into the nooks and crannies of your luggage. Any items that can serve a dual purpose like the pants that segment to become shorts or similarly structured shirts are a plus. If you can find them in the outdoorsman style of easy wash and dry, stain resistant type, even better. I also advise bringing a bathing suit; even if you think you’ll be nowhere near a body of water of rays of light hot enough to sunbathe. There are hot tubs and geothermal pools in some of the coldest climates. I’ve been more surprised by the number of occasions I’ve found a use for a swimsuit than not. Even if you’re headed to a warm-weather location, plan to wear layers on the plane. Flight cabins are usually kept cool and you’ll feel like you’re sneaking a few more wanted pieces into your trip.

When it comes to footwear, this is an individual battle that we must all face alone. Admittedly, sandals that can double for a warm setting or dress pairing, sneakers because I like to run, and a pair of colorful heels always accompany me. Packing the smallest of the three and wearing the running shoes definitely helps!

Now that you feel comfortable with your selections, plan on crossing half of them off the list. You’re not fooling anyone, you’ve already overcompensated. Coco Chanel has been quoted as saying, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” Take that principle to heart when creating your packing list.

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If you’re traveling with friends, or family it’s helpful to consolidate whenever possible. Unless there are special individual needs, more than one tube of toothpaste, sun-block and similar items aren’t really necessary, which can free up room in your luggage.

Rolling clothes conserves space in your bags, or use compression sacks so long as you can deal with a few extra wrinkles. This does not mean you should pack more because you’re creating space! It’s fairly certain that you will return from your sojourn with more than you left with, so it’s a good idea to use that extra room to include a compact duffle bag or similar item that you can then fill for the trip back home.

It’s not going to be easy the first time; you’ll want to grab last minute items “just in case”. But, don’t do it. Stick with the packing list and the plan. Allowing for spontaneity and the inevitable surprise encounters that do actually happen you can pack practically, while leaving a little wiggle room for the exciting element of the unknown.

At Kemwel Car Rental, we’re always looking for ways to improve your travel experiences with advice and suggestions from where to go on your next vacation and useful travel gadgets to important driving information. Contact one of our rental car specialists at 1-877-820-0668 to complete your travel itinerary with a Kemwel car rental today!


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