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Food Delivery: 1 cool way you can use to make money to travel

There are a lot of options to earn some extra money to travel, but at this moment food delivery is surely one of the best ways. Why? Because the request is increasing. Many people want to have food from restaurants in their offices or houses. Especially in bigger cities, there are services like this and not only proposed by restaurants. Companies specialized in this hire who need a job and send them around to pick food and to bring it to the client. The commission is not so high, but with a huge quantity of delivery, you can earn extra cash. How does it work?

It is easy because people order and you have only to go on their behalf to the restaurant. Of course, don’t eat the food, but bring it to them. Before to go deep into the topic, let me share some considerations. Maybe you are scared by the competitors. If you are searching for a company to work with or if you want to set up a business on your own, don’t worry. In both cases, you will find a lot of opportunities. Why food delivery is successful? Because people don’t need to drive around. They can save a lot of time and stay in the comfort of their home.

Food delivery: your new job

Open your smartphone and check how many restaurant takeout delivery apps are available. UberEats, GrubHub.com, Glovo, just to mention some of the most famous. All of them are ready to hide drivers for food delivery. They generally don’t give you a car, a motorbike or a bicycle. You need to use yours, but everything depends on the company and on the area where they provide the service. The requirements are not many. Show driving skills, the ability to work fast and to be kind in the approach with people.

Food delivery is a good opportunity to earn some money. If you work for one of the big companies you can choose how much time to dedicate because they hire also part-time workers. It is not hard to combine the requests of the company with your needs in terms of time. If you want to do it by yourself you have some costs and also you need to plan the activity to not be in competition with big brands. Otherwise, you will never survive.

Do you like to work alone? Find an area with a potential client, but not too big. So you can easily satisfy the requests and not have competitors. To get more information about this activity and do all the steps, I suggest you visit the website of GrubHub. Then you can search for the other companies, the ones present in your area. Invest your free time in this work and you will get some money to travel.

Check out also my other guides to get some tips and inspiration.

Work on your own

If you live in a small town not served by those type of companies, you can try on your own. I mean that you can offer the food delivery service directly to people. What do you need? First of all, you have to study the situation. Yes, check the needs, the restaurant present in the area. This is useful to search for customers. In the beginning, you will serve a few people. Then you can involve someone else to help you. Anyway, to start you need a bike, a phone to get in touch with clients. 

The investment for food delivery is not that big. You can consider it as an option to make money. Of course, one of the differences between the companies in the market is that you need to work more hours. You are alone and you have to cover many services. It can be hard, but profitable. This can be good if you have no job at the moment. Focus on your goal and you will have success. This is an opportunity you can catch in case your area has no service in this field.

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Create online ebooks

Money to travel. This is your goal. Well, I have an idea for you! Create online ebooks and sell them. This will give you the chance to have an extra income to buy your tickets and pay the bills during your trip. How can you do it? It is full of opportunities the web and there are also tools to support you. But before you need to think about your skills and your competencies.

What is your knowledge about? What can you explain or teach to the others? Answer these questions and you will know what to write. You will have the necessary idea to create online ebooks. The topic and the way to realize the contents are the things that you need to decide. When you will be ready with this information you will get all the help directly on the internet.

How to create online ebooks

Once you defined the topic and you prepared the first draft, you can check the resources to publish it and to promote it. It will be a small business that will help you to have a good income. You can create online ebooks also for more topics. Select the ones you are experienced with. It doesn’t matter what they are. People are searching for a lot of tips and knowledge.

The digital format will reduce the costs to publish them and it will give the chance to choose to people. They can read the books on their devices or print them out. You can prepare PDF files and post them on your own website or Amazon Marketplace. The hardest step is to create online ebooks, but it is not the only one. When the text is ready you have to work on promotion using advertising, content marketing, blogging, social networks and all the channels you know and find. Do you need some advice? Check these guidelines.

If you are searching for other ideas to get extra money to travel, read my tips.

New Year’s Eve in Europe

The New Year’s Eve is getting closer and we need ideas. Till today I was thinking of a relaxing night with friends or something like that, but one of my friends proposed me to search for a short trip. Well, he literally asked me some last minute proposal. I am still not convinced to accept, but at least I want to help him. That is why I started my research online.

I love to travel so it is certainly not a big deal to prepare the luggage and to go abroad for a few days. But I travel often and maybe I can enjoy these holidays at home. Maybe just visiting friends around me. Anyway, I am not here to share my wish about the New Year’s Eve, but to tell you about my research and to ask you some ideas also.

New Year’s Eve trips

Generally, when I search online for some advice I have already a general idea, but not this time. So I have to combine the last minute proposal according to my (and the ones of my friends) interests. The New Year’s Eve offers are really a lot, also if many hotels, at least in Italy, seems fully booked. Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin and many other destinations in Europe.

Stay in Europe is better to not lose too much time in traveling. I decided to check the various events around the main cities. It can be funny to attend a concert. It is also better to see something innovative or exclusive. What to do? Where to go? These questions are in my mind all the time, but I need to win the challenge: find a good place for New Year’s Eve.

The events of New Year’s Eve

Rome, Milan, Turin, Naples will host big concerts, but Italy is not in our wish. We want to go out of our country. Then it is not a too crowdy place, but just some fun with new people. There are also proposals for a break in nature, mountains to see the snow and stay close to the fireplace. We need a last second travel offer for the New Year’s Eve.

A plane, a room and nothing more. This is what we are searching for. Of course, it has to be a good destination, where to have fun. Possibly a place where I have never been. Maybe this is too much for my friends. Reading the New Year’s Eve idea I get confused. What to do? Maybe you can help and maybe my friends will easily decide.

European cities and New Year’s Eve

The first proposal in Madrid, Spain: the capital appears as a must for party lovers. There are a lot of events, some places where to drink and dance and they have also a good cuisine. At midnight they eat, as the tradition says, a bunch of grapes. Then there is Madeira Islands in Portugal. There is a cruise ship that starts from Funchal and there are fireworks on the sea. In 2006 they were recognized by the Guinness World Records for the largest display of the fireworks in the world.

The New Year’s Eve is cool also in London, UK. The sky at midnight becomes a blaze of light and colors. They organized a big firework show. On 1st January there will be a parade with 8,500 performers from 20 different countries. In Berlin, Germany, at the Brandenburger Gate they will have more than two kilometers of fun stages for shows, party tents, light, and laser shows as well as a mass of food and drink stands. An amazing street party.

Other proposals

In Paris, France, the New Year’s Eve will have a magical setting with the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the bridges. They offer a special festive menu: scallop céviche, duckling breast, Christmas Log. All accompanied by a live orchestra. Edinburgh, Scotland, host Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, one of the biggest world’s celebrations. It consists of a Torchlight Procession that will end with a fireworks show.

In Brussels, Belgium, they will play more than 60 DJs in 15 different New Year’s Eve parties around the city. The charming streets will become a big discotheque. They will play from rock’n’roll to hip-hop. Dubrovnik, Croatia, will be full of performers to entertain people, also with music. Then in Vienna, Austria, in the City Hall Square and in Prater there will be great events. The first one is a gala dinner with festive ball and opera. The second one is a concert with a hip club and sophisticated bar.

Among the proposals, there are many other cities as Prague and Stockholm, but I guess there is enough to choose. Also, research on Booking.com gave me some ideas. In fact, there are some hotel offers. Now we need only to prepare our credit card.

And you?

What will you do for your New Year’s Eve? Any ideas? Do you have some tips? What would you choose among the proposals that I found? Share your traditional party or just some curious way to celebrate. I will appreciate it a lot. You can just write in comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The castle in Milan: 1 amazing way to improve your tour in the city

In many posts, I wrote about luxury experiences in the capital of Lombardy. It is surely a city I love. Now I want to write about the castle in Milan. It is one of the main attractions of the city, also if it is not well known by most of the travelers. Art, architecture, and history are mixed in the building, that tells a lot about the capital of Lombardy. The place is located not far from Duomo square.

Starting from the cathedral you walk along Via Cordusio and Via Dante. It is 15-20 minutes away by foot. Otherwise, the underground takes you directly in front of the castle (two stops from Duomo). Well, now you have the directions, but why you should go there? Let me give you some information and impressions.

The castle in Milan: history

First of all the name: Castello Sforzesco. In English, we can translate it as Sforza Castle. Sforza was the name of the family who built it and owned it. Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan, commissioned the construction in the 15th century. The architect started to project on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. During the next two centuries, the family enlarged the castle in Milan in order to obtain one of the largest citadels in Europe. The battles happened in the different periods made some damages and for this reason, the entire complex was extensively rebuilt between 1891 and 1905.

The first construction was made in the second part of the 14th century by Galeazzo II Visconti. It was a huge castle enlarged step by step, but it was almost all destroyed by the Golden Ambrosian Republic. Sforza wanted to recreate the structure as a symbol of its power. For this reason, the hired Filarete, an important sculptor and architect of his time. With a team of painters, after the construction of the walls, they decorated all the castle in Milan. Inside and outside.

The importance of the castle

Sforza Castle became a citadel during the Spanish domination. The governor established in the building his seat for a while before to move to the Ducal Palace. Thanks to its position, the castle in Milan was always the landmark for who ruled the city. Another reason to be the favorite place was also its size and the structure, well fortified. Inside it was possible to host a garrison made by 3,000 men. The fortification offered a lot of space, but also bastions to defend the building from the attacks.

Some battles made damages, but between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, they realized the biggest restoration. Not only of the castle but also of the medieval streets around. In particular at that time was realized Via Dante, to create a direct connection between the Sforza Castle and the Duomo. Also after the Second World War, they rebuilt some parts, but all the times they respected the original Sforza architecture.

The architecture of the castle in Milan

The shape of the castle in Milan is really interesting. It is a hexagon, in the beginning, was a pentagon, with 12 bastions added. The length is about 3 km, meanwhile, the whole area is about 26 hectares. Entering the castle you can see a big courtyard called Piazza d’Armi. In some of the small open spaces, they realized some pools as decoration. Also, the facade shows a lot of different decors to remind the main steps of its history. Let’s see a bit more in details.

The plan of the castle, now visible, is quadrangular. It has square towers and an ogival gate. Each tower has a name coming mainly from Sforza period. A huge park appears behind the complex. It is connected to the castle by a drawbridge. There are two entries: the main one is located in Piazza Castello with a fountain and the other one on the back to go to the park. The walls inside the courtyard have different paintings dedicated to the important people who stayed in the castle in Milan and about the most famous facts of the various periods.

The towers

On the main entrance external side, you can see two round towers, as requested by Francesco Sforza to the architect who built the castle in Milan. In the 14th century, they built square towers, but the Duke decided to replace them. Because those type of towers is more efficient against fire weapons. The visitors generally stops in front of the main tower, because it is part of the entrance. They called it Torre del Filarete, in honor of the architect who made it. What you see today it is a modern reconstruction.

The main gate conducts to a large court surrounded by Tower of Bona of Savoy and Rocchetta, that is an internal defensive ridotto. The Rocchetta includes the coat of arms of the Sforza family. The internal court has a portico on three sides. It has arcades constructed in the 15th century. Another court has two loggias, the smallest on the left and the bigger on the right. This one has a fresco with an elephant and for this reason, they called it Loggiato dell’Elefante. The castle in Milan is really a great example of architecture because it is a combination of different styles. Of course, very well united.

The fountain

I am not going to write a lot about it, because it is a modern construction. Just in front of the main gate, there is a fountain, with some water games. It is no so big, but nice, especially to take some pictures before to enter the castle in Milan. I let you see my picture.

Museum and exhibitions

I guess you found some answers to your curiosity about the castle in Milan, but Sforza Castle is much more. You can just have a walk in the courtyards and in the park, admiring the architecture, or enter in the rooms. Inside it is visitable the Pinacoteca, a great collection of art that includes masterpieces signed by Mantegna, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and other famous artists of the past. The Museum of Ancient Art counts a huge collection of weapons of different periods, a tapestry room and some funerary monuments.

The castle in Milan counts also a Museum of Musical Instruments, a small Egyptian Museum and collections of archeological finds, prehistoric items, applied ars and sculptures. The most famous is the Rondanini Pietà realized by the master Michelangelo. Experts are still working in Sforza Castle to discover frescoes, paintings, and archeological finds. The last masterpiece found in the building was in 2012: a painting of Michelangelo.

During the year the Municipality and some private bodies organize events like fashion shows, concerts and art exhibition in the different rooms and courts of the castle in Milan. So there are a lot of reasons to visit. I recommend you to explore the place when you plan a trip to the fashion capital.

Christmas gift idea: how to find the best one now

You have already read some posts about my gifts for Christmas holidays. Now I want to share the best Christmas gift idea. Or better I am going to explain what I had the chance to learn: how to find easily and quickly the best present. Some tips are useful, especially when you don’t know what to buy and to give to a friend, a relative or also to the special person of your life. The worst thing that can happen it is to bring the wrong gift to a person. That is why I started to collect some hints. Now I propose them to you.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so why to transform it in the most horrible? We all need some shopping advices. The first step I generally do is try to catch what people want. The direct question is just a fail. Infact the answer of relatives and friends is always the same one: “I don’t need anything”. This means the opposite, we all know it, but what do they want? The question mark will remain untill you will give them your present. It is a big risk…

With kids it can be a bit easier, because they are used to write to Santa Claus, but what to do with the others? You need a real strategy to find the Christmas gift idea. Good, here I have the solution for you. Follow all the steps carefully and you will be smiling together with your friends and relatives on Xmas day. It is not difficult, you only have to pay attention and to act.

1. List the interests of the person

The first rule to find the best Christmas gift idea is to make a sort of list about what the present receiver likes. Write down as many elements as you need, because this is only the beginning. Maybe you will need to select the main one, according to what you can purchase or what the person wants. Once you have listed all the topics you need to brainstorm to write at least one item for each passion of your friend or relative. Combine them to search the ideal gift. It has to be something persona and thoughtful. This is the goal of the present.

2. Look to the past

You need facts. A recent success, a sad story, a dream from childhood. Each detail is very important. To find a useful Christmas gift idea focus on something that can give a pleasant experience. For example for a recent graduation you can buy a weekend package for the celebration or something that will be useful for the future job. In case of a dream you can think about something that can help your relative or friend to realize it. For instance there are box with some particular experiences offered: drive a Ferrari, fly with an hot air balloon.

 

3. What does that person need?

You have to answer, without asking to her/him, to this question. This is a necessary step to reach your goal. Maybe you think that the person has everything, but are you sure? I mean that today there are many items that you can buy to make the people daily life more efficient. In this case focus on the main activity and imagine what can help her or him to live easily. A university student is maybe searching for some instruments. A busy worker need free time, so find something that can give the chance to develop an hobby.

4. Become a stalker

Are you in trouble with the wishlist? You can’t find anything that can be adapt to the person. No idea and a big lack of information about her or his interests? There is only one solution. Stalk. Not literally, of course. Check the social pages, try to find out if exists a wishlist on Amazon or some other shop online. Don’t ask, but investigate on habits and some posts online. People sometimes share some products they want, spreading their thoughts and opinions. They are the answer. Find it and you will be on the way to the Christmas gift idea.

 

5. What about charity?

If you realize that this person doesn’t need anything, there is another way. Be sure before to act. I never think that a person can really have everything, but it can be hard to find something new for her or him. The alternative is charity. How? Well, think about the experience and the interested of the gift receiver. For example the person did some volunteering in an NGO or she/he has a passion for kids or animals. Donate to that NGO or to one association that take care of childrens or animals. Write the name of the person as donator.

6. Organize an experience

Imagine that the person likes a lot a movie or a book and she or he already had the chance to see the film and to read the text. Maybe there is a representation of it at the theatre. Buy the ticket and use it as Christmas gift. This is an example, but it can inspire you, because sometimes attend to a show or live directly a particular experience is the best present. The sign of it will remain in the person’s mind for a very long time. Of course if the experience is good and if it matches the interests.

7. Make the gift to be an event

Once you found the proper Christmas gift idea and did your purchase it is time for the next steps. It is common to say that the most important thing is the thought and not the present, but is this true? Well, in part yes! Prepare the package with creativity. Don’t use a traditional wrapping paper, but work to realize an event, to give a unique experience to that person. You need to be sure that she or he can enjoy your gift. What can you do? I can’t answer to this, but surely I can give you some examples. Hide the package and send a message, maby leaving a card somewhere with some hints to find it. Try to make the package a bit difficult to be opened. It has to be funny and pleasant to open the gift.

8. You have to be part of the gift

Include a bit of yourself in the present. Your Christmas gift idea has to show your touch. You need to make it personal because the item is from you to her or him. That means that the gift contain something concerning to your relation. It can be a sign of something that you know about the person, or maybe it reminds to a specific past experience. The personalized gift is anyway always something pleasant.

9. Laugh is important

The last tip to share with you concern smiles. If you want to make special your Christmas gift idea, make the person laugh. For example the present receiver loves tomatoes? Give her or him 1 kilo of tomatoes. Of course this is not the real gift, but it is funny and it create a funny situation. It surprises, it causes a reaction and in the end it makes laugh. Then you will be ready to bring the real present.

 

So now you have all the tips to quickly find the best Christmas gift idea. Also you know how to present it. If you will follow this strategy you will have success.