How To Get a Travel Visa

A visa is an official stamp of the embassy or the high commission of a country. This stamp in the individual’s passport or the traveling document authorizes him to travel to that country for a period of time which is stated on the visa and also for the particular purpose which is also stated.

In case an individual, visits a country without a visa then he may be repatriated in case he is caught by the authorities of that country. Visa can be issued to any person who satisfies the visa rules and regulations. Most of the times people get denied to get a visa and the reason is not that they are not qualified to get a visa, but the reason is that they refuse to use the simple knowledge to understand what the visa officers want from them. Here we have for you a list of things that you must do to ensure that your visa does not get rejected.

The first thing to check is whether your passport is virgin or not. A virgin passport is one that is issued newly. It may have been issued earlier but if there is no stamp of a visa on it, then this shows that the bearer of the passport has not gone overseas after the issue of passport .On the other hand if a person has got a visa to another country earlier then his passport is said to have lost its virginity. This shows that the country issuing a visa to him had confidence in him.

The important thing to learn here is that you should not apply for a visa in a high rejection country with a virgin passport. Chances are high that your passport will be stamped as “visa refused” this will have other effects such as discrediting your passport in case of other visa applications and you will also lose the visa fees as in most of the cases it is nonrefundable.

Now the question arises, how can you first use your passport? The best way to do is through travel and tours company. There are a lot of Travel and Tours Company and for a small fee you can get assistance in acquiring your visa. Here is a list of certain questions you must be prepared with before you face the embassy.

1. Do you have valid letter of invitation?

2. Where do you plan to stay? Do you have hotel reservations?

3. The financial status and a copy of the bank statement may be asked for.

4. Have you been denied visa earlier?

5. You may be asked if you have been convicted of any offence.

6. Your purpose of travel may be questioned.

7. You may be asked the name of the person who is sponsoring of your travel.

Preparing for these questions is important but most important is having another

counties visa on the passport.

Reasons to Travel

There has been an inherent thirst in human beings to look for and explore new places. Right from the cave men, traveling was looked on as a form of exploration and recreation. Travel was the mother of many inventions like wheels, cart etc. If a particular tribe liked a specific place then they fought with the existing tribe for the ownership of it and then go on to settle on it making it cultivation land. Though for some traveling stopped with finding a suitable place to settle, others continued to move on.

It was because of the travel lust that many new places were discovered. People looked for new places not just to occupy it but also to establish a trade with the people living in these territories. Hence in the old ages, India was known as a good place for trading of exotic items like spices, silk, etc.

Travel has also been a basis of many fictions. One of the most popular one in the Old English Period is Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” where a group of people of diverse personalities go on a pilgrimage and in the process share stories with each other. Now in this modern age there are various travel magazines and paperbacks available from which a person can get information about a particular place. And the onset of internet has made looking for a particular place quite easy and fun. There are many reasons for a person to travel. They range from tourism to trade, from commuting to visiting friends or family members. And a new bunch of globe trotters has made the whole world their playground. They change their jobs so frequently and join new places so easily that they are comfortable and familiar in all places.

Now with the onset of many modern vehicles like airplanes, trains, buses, motor cars, ships, etc, traveling has taken on an added appeal. No place is inaccessible for this modern day traveler. They have uncovered many isolated and unknown beauties. With many facilities at their fingertips, climbing Mount Everest is also no big deal. In fact the tougher the challenge, the more pleasure it gives them. And they look for new and harsher terrains for adventure and also to test their mettles.

At present the tourism industry is experiencing and enjoying a new boom and because of this they are throwing out new offers and discounts in a bid to compete against each other. There have been a new surge of low budget aircrafts, and many airlines and top rated hotels are offering discount packages if you book thould be good to refer a Travel Guide and pay to plan it well in advance. You can take the help of the internet to find the Best Travel  destinations and all about that place and also to browse on different Cheap Travel Destinations and offers that are available. Also make sure to inquire about all the activities that are on offer and about other attractions such as food, local handicrafts, etc. so that you get the full benefits out of your travel.

Some Tips for Traveling to Australia

Australia is a very tolerant country with people coming from different cultures. Although Australia has a lot of traditions, each member of the community is encouraged to maintain and share cultural values and religion within the framework of the French law as well as respect the rights of others. To adapt to the life in the Australian community, it is important to be aware of this custom.

1.Meet and communication

When meeting someone for the first time, you usually have to shake their right hand with your own right hand. People will not kiss or hug you, though when meeting for the first time. Australians would not feel comfortable if they are asked questions relating to age, marital status and finances. When talking to an Australian, you should look in their face because they assume that you respect them and it’s a sign of you listening carefully. Australians tend to think that the fact that people do not say “please” or “thank you” is the lack of courtesy. Therefore, “Please” and “thank you” are useful words when you come to this country. These words help you build better relationships with Australian when communicating with someone or when you are purchasing something.

2.Dressing

Australia is a multicultural community. The variety of clothing people wear here also partly reflects this diversity. There is no specific provision on how to dress. Many people dress according to social situations and weather. For example, when they are at the beach, they can dress very casually.

3.Cost

In Australia, people never bargain when shopping except when they go shopping to the second-hand market.

Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’m not even sure how to approach this book. On the one hand, Cassandra Clare has made some awesome side characters that I have come to adore, as well as some amazingly hilarious and witty one-liners (which I have mentally noted down in hopes of using it one day). On the other hand, I felt as if the actual main characters and the plot and just everything was, well, meh.

 

I’ve read Cassandra Clare’s works before- I read The Infernal Devices (a prequel series) before I even touched these books and they were pretty good. Not amazing or anything, but good. So, since this was the ‘origin’ of the whole franchise, I decided I had to try it. People had been screaming in my face (in the nonliteral sense you get on the internet where they use caps locks and talk about it all the time) about it, so there must have been something that made it click. So I read. And got bored. And finished the novel. Then I read the rest of the trilogy for the sake of it.And then I found out there were three more books. Easter eggs rule.

 

Now, I’ve heard a lot of speculation about the whole ‘Cassandra Clare uses other stories as a basis’ theory. Yes, I’ve heard about it. No, I don’t want to talk about it because this is a book review. End of story.

 

Let’s talk about the things I liked first- the side characters. From Alec Wayland, best friend and parabasal (which is basically like having a best friend be your warrior soul mate) to Jace and Simon Lewis, Clary’s so-called best friend, Cassandra Clare has managed to make some pretty awesome side characters. They had their own backstories, weren’t cardboard plot pieces and to be frank, any of them would have made better main characters than the actual main characters. We’ll get back to that later.

 

What I really, really loved about this book though- was the dialogue. The dialogue was amazing- and I felt that it showcased Cassandra’s writing skills more than her flowery descriptions ever did. I’d seen some of it before in a Victorian time period with Infernal Devices, but the dialogue was really something that I enjoyed. Cassie was just really in touch with her characters- she knew how they spoke and none of the dialogue was awkward. Take a passage from my favorite character, Simon:

 

“That’s why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don’t say anything, they just nod. The nod means, ‘I’ am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,’ but they don’t say anything because they’re Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.”

The awkwardness is so beautiful. Now, talking about beautiful, let’s mention some people who were somewhat less beautiful in my eyes as they graced the pages.

 

Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, our two main characters.

 

What can I say about them? They’re just very standard YA characters in today’s world- especially in the paranormal world, it seems. Clary is whiny and isn’t very interesting but boys adore her. Jace is a bit of a prick (and has a dark, dark past), but girls adore him. Don’t defend Jace here- he admits it right here (as a shameless way for me to show you more pretty dialogue):

“The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”

It was the dialogue and the fact that Jace knew he was being mean that saved him just a little bit, but he was just very standard and I didn’t have a huge swoon fest as I did with the boys in Infernal Devices. I mean, I got the appeal- I just didn’t like it as much as others did.

 

The plot was pretty much the same as Jace and Clary- not particularly interesting, nor amazingly spectacular. It was passable, and while there were some areas where I was vaguely interested, it wasn’t the most exciting read, plot wise. The world building was decent- maybe it’s just the whole paranormal thing that put me off.

 

Speaking of things that put me off- the writing. It was just so flowery and over similised (which is not a word,but it refers to the overuse of similes) and it was just so unnecessary at times. A small description would have been fine, and I felt that some areas were just overstated. It would have been nice to keep it simple.

 

Overall, City of Bones was a pretty unremarkable read. It wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near my favorites. The dialogue and side characters were a saving grace, but I never really connected with the story. 2.5 stars.

The minimum salary. A necessity or should it go?

Its reared its ugly head again: the Law Society’s minimum salary currently 18,590 (London) and 16,650 for trainees working outside of London. It’s controversial stuff and raises strong emotions from law students and law firms alike. And rightly so. Some firms take on paralegals (read: wannabe solicitors if you care to) in order to avoid paying a trainee the minimum salary which they deem too expensive to fund; or else they choose not to. Many paralegals do the work that trainees would be doing had they committed to training someone up. But these aspiring lawyers will instead accept peanuts for pay will little choice.

Without the minimum salary would a firm have taken on a trainee solicitor instead of taking on a paralegal at a lesser cost? If so, there we have one more trainee without a training contract. Multiply that by hundreds, if not thousands and we see the bigger picture.

But this leads to another issue: would these aspiring trainee solicitors rather get their training contract completed but at a wage less than the minimum salary? The crucial questions here is: which of those could afford to do so? Which leads to that other burning issue of accessibility to the legal profession.

Some young law students I know could not afford to work for much less than the minimum salary. But others can. Thats life sadly. And life is often unfair. I could not have qualified when I did had I not had a husband who could fund my basic living costs.

But are those who can afford to train at a low salary in danger of being exploited by employers if the minimum salary did not exist? Is the current minimum salary helping prevent potential lawyers being exploited?

The issue has been in the legal press time and time again over the past couple of years: desperate aspiring trainees working unpaid or low paid as paralegals just to get their foot in the door. Or taking on any law-related work or other experience just to try to get an edge over the competition.

And we must not forget the huge debt many ends the LPC or BPTC with. Working at a low salary prolongs the agony of debt with no promise of a fat lawyers salary for years (if ever).

A minimum salary reduces the number of training contracts undertaken. It also undoubtedly minimizes exploitation of some aspiring lawyers. But it means the pool of aspiring lawyers trying to secure a training position remains eye watering large.  Removing the minimum salary would increase the number of training contracts, diminishing the pool of potential trainees desperate to secure a training position. But could exploitation of some trainees increase? If only the better off can qualify, the implications are pretty clear: the profession could in the years to come predominantly comprise of the white middle classes. And this would be a huge backward leap that no one wants to see in the 21st century.

And so we swing in roundabouts. What is the answer? I don’t know. The profession doesn’t know. Im strongly of the view that reducing the number of LPC and BPTC places available will help. Further possibilities on a postcard, please.

Fun Things to do in Italy – Le Marche

Enjoy a concert in a historical theater.

Our region has the highest number of historical theaters in Italy. If you are an Italian classical music lover, an opera aficionado or you simply would like to visit the smallest and most beautiful historical theaters in the world, Le Marche is for you!

Visit  Venezia

The Casino di Venezia is established within the Ca’ Vendramin Calgeri, which is a castle along the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio quarter of Venice. The palace was built in the early 1500s, and over a hundred years later around 1638, it became a gambling hall for rich Venetians. As a palace, it also features apartments and rooms for the influential Venetians who lived there.

Visit the world’s accordion capital

In Castelfidardo are manufactured the best professional accordions. Read about the story of this typical Italian instrument and visit the accordion museum of Castelfidardo.

Find your hat in Montappone

Montappone produces half of Europe’s hats and most of the Italian production and has been manufacturing high quality hats since the 17th century.

Visit the amazing hat gallery and buy the hat you always wanted during the Montappone festival, a celebration of Italian crafts, a fun thing to do in Italy.

Buy a house in one of Italy’s beautiful villages.

Do you think the properties in Tuscany and Umbria are outrageously expensive? Well, you may be right. Try next door region, Le Marche. The villages are charming
and still unspoiled.

Experience the designer shoe outlet therapy

Every woman knows that nothing is more relaxing and satisfying than browsing luxury shoe shops and designer handbags outlets. Our region has been manufacturing the best Italian shoes for centuries, enjoy a great shoe shopping session in Le Marche.

Discover Italian wildlife

Protected areas of Le Marche amount to the 8% of the entire territory and yes, there is a wide range of wild animals in Italy.

Encounters with wolves, wild boars, bears, eagles and lynxes are not a rare event.

Drive carefully through the protected areas especially at night, wild boars are massive and have no traffic sense!

Explore a castle with your kids

In our region there are enough castles to keep your children busy for years and exploring them is one of the fun things to do in Italy.

Explore Mondavio dungeons, dance with the fairies in Gradara and enjoy Italy with your kids.

Enjoy Active Holidays

Taking a cooking holiday, learning Italian, painting landscapes or participate to a dancing festival are great ways to get in touch with Italian people culture and enhance your holidays.