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Five beautiful places you probably haven’t thought of visiting

Get off the beaten track and plan your next trip to one of these less-frequented destinations, as chosen by our community of travel lovers.

Five beautiful places you probably haven't thought of visiting
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We recently launched a group on Facebook in partnership with Lufthansa, calling on members to share travel tips, stories and inspiration. It’s tempting to share every single post but for now we’ve handpicked five that showcase some of the more unusual destinations recommended by our community.

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Presenting five beautiful and slightly more out-of-the-ordinary places we sense will quickly creep to the top of your travel wish list.

1. Jordan

See Terhi Vallineva’s group post here.

Who

Terhi Vallineva

Take a look at Lufthansa’s city guide to Amman, Jordan

When

February 2018

Who did you go with?

I was travelling with my 16-year-old son. He was obviously excited to walk in Indiana Jones’ footsteps!

Why did you choose Jordan?

I love to explore countries and places I’ve never been before and I was interested in the Middle East.

See Terhi Vallineva’s group post here.

What was your overall experience?

Jordan is quite an expensive country but we managed to stick to a low budget by bargaining down the price of tours. The local taxi drivers were willing and open to negotiate and we are actually still friends with the driver we had our trip with. The food was amazing and we tried to stick to the local dishes to get familiar with Jordanian food culture. We also brought a lot of local spices back home.

What was your favourite part of the trip?

Take a look at Lufthansa’s city guide to Amman, Jordan

The most unforgettable experience was the night in Wadi Rum desert. We stayed in a humble bedouin camp. Our host was singing songs by the fire while we were enjoying bedouin tea under the stars.

What advice would you give someone planning a trip to Jordan?

I recommend travellers to go and explore and keep their minds open. Jordanian people are big-hearted and we felt welcome everywhere we went. Respect the culture and religion and you will be respected as well.

2. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

See Francesca Baggio’s group post here.

Who

Francesca Baggio

When

August 2018

Have a read of Lufthansa’s Split city guide

Who did you go with?

My boyfriend and two friends

Why did you choose Plitvice Lakes?

We were visiting the stunning city of Split in Croatia and, on our way to the capital Zagreb (which is a really nice city as well), we wanted to see one of the amazing natural areas of Croatia.

What was your overall impression?

We bought the entrance ticket for the afternoon since we had a tight budget. The park is really huge and I would recommend to buy the full day ticket and spend an entire day there. There are plenty of picnic areas and inside the park there are buses and an electric ferry that make it easier to visit the entire area, which is 296.85 km2.

See Francesca Baggio’s group post here.

What was your favourite part of the day?

The big waterfall was really amazing but the park itself is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Check out Lufthansa’s Zagreb city guide

What advice would you give people planning to visit Plitvice Lakes?

I would say to take an entire day to visit it and to stay in one of the B&Bs in the area. Being summer, it was really full of people so it’s important to pay attention in order to not fall into the water. Instead of visiting during the summer, I think it would be better to visit during the spring or autumn.

3. Bosnia

See Jenn Fuller’s group post here.

Who

Jenn Fuller

When

March 2018

Who did you go with?

This was a solo trip.

Check out Lufthansa’s city guide for Sarajevo, Bosnia

Why did you choose Bosnia?

At the end of March I made the spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia. Whenever I travel, I always look for something non traditional and more exotic. I was browsing ‘things to do’ on TripAdvisor and I saw a full-day tour to Mostar, visiting the Old Bridge and Turkish House, with a stop at Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

See Jenn Fuller’s group post here.

What was your overall impression?

The first stop was Kravice Waterfalls; it is truly majestic and so worth a visit. The next stop was the city of Mostar, where we were transferred to a local Bosnian guide. She was amazing. The tour was extremely informative and I highly recommend it. It’s very enlightening and will change your perception of Bosnia.

Check out Lufthansa’s city guide for Sarajevo, Bosnia

What was your favourite part of the tour?

The attractions themselves are quite beautiful. The turquoise river that runs through the city under the Old Bridge is breathtaking. The Turkish house is beautiful and has original artefacts inside.

What would you say to other travellers considering Bosnia?

Go with the guided tours. They are low-cost, informative and rewarding. The Old Bridge is quite slippery on dry days, so wear comfortable shoes with good traction!

4. Malta

See Nowshir Fatima’s group post here.

Who

Nowshir Fatima

When

December 2018

Who did you go with?

My husband and two daughters (9 and 1.5 years old)

Take a look at Lufthansa’s Malta travel guide

Why did you choose Malta?

We thought of any sunny warm place in Europe to visit and get away from Swedish darkness and make the most of Christmas vacation. We have been to Spain, Italy and Greece before so were looking for somewhere different. So we picked the small English-speaking country of Malta.

See Nowshir Fatima’s group post here.

What was your overall impression?

Our expectations weren’t wrong. It was sunny and not that cold (almost like May in Sweden). Public transport was cheap and there are restaurants everywhere. People are nice and friendly to tourists. Though it’s very small, I felt it has a unique character; the different language, Mdina glass and smell of the sea all create a memorable experience.

Take a look at Lufthansa’s Malta travel guide

Where was the best place you visited?

The first place that springs to mind is the Blue Lagoon and Comino. Blue Lagoon is just unimaginable – no touch of modern life. It’s really wonderful in Mdina and my daughters loved the chocolate factory in Buggibba. Of course, you mustn’t miss going around Valletta.

What would you say to others planning a trip to Malta?

I suggest not to drive, it’s better to take public transport. Since it’s small you can go around the island in a short amount of time. But as a family with a small kid, we took a longer pause at different places. Whatever you do, you will like this island any time of the year.

5. Tbilisi, Georgia

See Elena Maximiuc’s group post here.

Who

Elena Maximiuc

When

Christmas 2018

Who did you go with?

A good friend

Why did you choose Tbilisi?

My friend, who is Russian, wanted to visit.

Check out Lufthansa’s Tbilisi city guide

What was your overall impression?

My impression is that Tbilisi breathes history. Tbilisi comes with lots of colours and lots of offers like cheap food and cheap transport. Every second building there is a hotel, then a coffee shop, then a pharmacy…! It’s not clean but it’s not dirty; almost everybody speaks Russian and it’s the first city where I have not heard my language, Romanian.

Where was your favourite place in Tbilisi?

It’s hard to choose a favourite place. Tbilisi is heaven for photography, and I love photography! Anywhere I turned my head there was a ‘postcard’ shot. The Old Town is fabulous, all the markets, people selling everything! The hanging sweets made out of some kind of jelly filled with nuts, all the amazing handmade rugs, paintings, cheap souvenirs, local wine. They are very proud of their wine and for 15 euros you can go on a private wine tasting tour and see some beautiful places.

What would you say people planning a trip to Tbilisi?

Go there if you are seeking authenticity! It’s one of the cheapest destinations. A taxi from the airport to town is about €7-8 ($8-9), so you can imagine how cheap the rest of the trip will be! I only needed €200 ($227) spending money on my 7-day trip and I went to restaurants, had street food, wine, champagne and bought souvenirs! Tbilisi is an extraordinary place.

See Elena Maximiuc’s group post here.

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Lufthansa.

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What is the fine for not filling out Switzerland’s Covid arrival form?

There is one essential form all travellers to Switzerland must fill out, but many don’t. If caught, border guards will hand out fines.

A 100-franc fine could be imposed on those who don’t fill out the Personal Locator Form
Important paperwork: Switzerland-bound travellers must fill out the PLF form or risk getting fined. Photo by Zurich Airport

With constantly changing travel rules, it is difficult to keep up with all the regulations that need to be followed to enter Switzerland (and all the other countries, for that matter).

Since September 20th, everyone arriving in Switzerland, regardless of their country of origin, mode of transport, or vaccination status, must fill out the electronic Personal Location Form (PLF).

Once filled out and registered online, you will receive a QR code which you will have to show when entering Switzerland.

However, some people may be unaware of the requirement and enter the country without this form.

READ MORE: Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Checks are done randomly, so many travellers slip in without having filled this form. But if caught, you will have to pay a 100-franc fine.

So far, 200 people had to pay this fine, according to Tamedia media group.

The only people exempted from this rule are transit passengers, long-haul lorry drivers transporting goods across borders,  children under 16, cross-border workers, and residents of border areas.

The PLF requirement is an addition to other travel regulations the Federal Council implemented in September:

Two tests to enter Switzerland are now required for the unvaccinated and unrecovered.

Unvaccinated arrivals and those who have not contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months must show two negative tests. 

The first proof should be presented when arriving in Switzerland.  Then, four to seven days later, travellers will have to undergo another test, which they must pay for themselves.

Both PCR and antigen results are accepted.

These rules only apply to arrivals from nations not on the Switzerland’s high-risk list. As the United States and United Kingdom are considered high risk, only vaccinated people from those countries can arrive in Switzerland.

This article contains more information on the rules which apply. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s new travel and Covid certificate rules?

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