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Venice: Protest against mass tourism

Tourists at St Mark's Square in Venice

Tourists at St Mark’s Square in Venice

September 12 (TravelAndy): Hundreds of Venetians took to the city streets with trolleys today in protest against mass tourism, said reports.

The protest was organised by Generation 90, a group of people in their twenties and thirties worried about how the local residents are affected by the millions of tourists who visit the city every year.

With “Ocio ae gambe che go el careo (meaning ‘Watch your legs — I have my trolley’ in the Venetian dialect)” on their lips, the protesters hit the streets of the car-and-two-wheeler-less World Heritage Site city with shopping trolleys and strollers.

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How to have the local experience

Tourists queue up to get into the bell tower (out of frame in the left) at St Mark's Square in Venice

Tourists queue up to get into the bell tower (out of frame in the left) at St Mark’s Square in Venice

I hate to queue up to see a ‘tourist spot’ while visiting a new place. When I am travelling, I try to experience a slice of the life of the local person because, to me, that’s the best way to get a feel of a new place.

If you look at travel from a similar perspective, here are seven ways on how to have the local experience.

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8 things to know about trains in Europe

A high-speed train that runs between Paris and a small station on the border of France and Spain.

A high-speed train at a Paris station

Trains in Europe function in a considerably different way than they do in, say, India. So, it helps if you are somewhat aware of how things work before you get on a train in this continent. Here are 8 things to know about trains in Europe.

Great way to travel: Europe is very well-connected by the railway networks and for someone who does not have a car, trains are certainly a great way to go around and experience Europe. Continue Reading →

How to find cheap flights

Flying is costly and airfares usually form a major part of people’s travel budgets. However, if you are determined to travel more and travel cheap, there are ways in which you can spend less on flying. Here’s how to find cheap flights.

Be flexible with dates: This is the factor that usually makes the biggest difference.

I went to Canada in 2013 and had planned to arrive in Vancouver in July. But that was around the time the Calgary Stampede took place and airfares were ridiculously high. I checked June prices and they were nearly INR30,000 less. I bought the June tickets.

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