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The Colosseum is a spectacle worth exploring      

Italy provides an outstanding collection of venues that will astound, amuse, and enthrall you.  However, tourism is beginning to overwhelm  Rome, Florence and, especially, Venice. Examine our guides to these iconic destinations to discover the best places to visit and how to avoid the worst of the crowds.

World-class attractions, museums, and scenery await you throughout Italy  - although you may find that dining on fine Italian food is the best treasure of all. Don't get us started on the "dolce" or our encounters with the yummiest gelato ever - in Florence.

  The variety of gelato in Italy is wonderfully amazing


London is an attractive destination at night and during the day

See our London Travel Guide to begin your exploration of the Best Places to Visit this amazing city.  While London is captivating, why not spread your visit around the United Kingdom and explore the best castles in England, Scotland and Wales?


Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle is a highlight of a trip to Germany

Germany offers diversity in abundance. From elegant castles to vibrant cities, Germany is fast becoming the face of modern Europe. Click here for our guide to the best places to visit in Germany.

Paris     The Montmartre area in Paris is yet another reason to visit the City of Light

Paris, known as the City of Light, is an enchanting destination that is best experienced by walking its scenic avenues and lanes.

Read our  Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Paris for recommendations on optimizing your time when touring this romantic city.

Travel 2017 - A Time for Caution

For the foreseeable future, all travelers should expect to encounter intense security and be prepared to navigate the heightened security-related precautions deemed necessary to counter the current terror threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist organizations.

Due to the looming threat of terrorism, travel today, whether by land, sea or air, may be dangerous throughout the world, but especially so in portions of Europe, the Middle East, and some areas in Asia. Unstable situations in Turkey and Egypt  lead us to  recommend not traveling to these countries at this time. In addition, delaying planned travel in Belgium, France, Germany, or Israel should be considered.

We recommend that travelers review country-specific security issues by checking on the advisability of foreign travel with the agency in your nation that is responsible for providing travel guidance to the public, especially on topics such as "travel warnings or cautions."

Please note that our expression of concern is prompted by an abundance of caution for your safety. If you are uncomfortable with potential terrorism or political situations in any geographic location, then, you should avoid any travel that could possibly expose you to danger, regardless of the destination.


Dubrovnik, a walled city, is one of the gems of Croatia

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Travel can be daunting, if you let it get the best of you.  The team at ThereArePlaces has been "smartened up" by millions of miles in the air and on the road.  During our travels we have made almost every travel mistake possible.  Eventually we learned how to avoid common travel blunders and how to bypass the travel "Gotcha's" that can take the fun out of touring   Our section "Things Travelers Need To Know"  provides our recommended best practices for travelling safe and  well.  It includes:

  • the advice you need to plan your trip, and
  • recommendations you may need to negotiate potential problems while on the road.

We cover using foreign money, passports and visas, thoughts on buying the right luggage, ideas for packing clothes, hints for map use and useful tips on travel topics. We provide hundreds of travel advice articles and each is direct and to the point. Click to see the list of articles covered in our information guides for travel planning.






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The new World Trade Center is a spectacular addition to the New York skyline

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Egypt - Land of Antiquities

The Colossi of Ramesses II at the Temple of Karnak

Many travelers are interested in Egypt and its famed antiquities. Due to the current unrest in Egypt, which has included the attempted suicide bombing at Karnak Temple in Luxor in June 2015, and the suspected bombing of a Russian-based airliner later in the year, we recommend armchair travel as the safest and best way to experience the Land  of the Pharaohs. 

If you are interested in "discovering" the best places to visit in  Egypt, you can do so by paging through our photo-rich guide to the marvels of travel in Egypt. 


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