Monday 19 August 2019

Wrap up travel tiredness in a scarf

Sleeper Scarf
Sleeper Scarf
Stunning: The sights of Budapest
La Belle France
Julai Roberts in Eat Pray Love

Anna Coogan

The first ever scarf with a built-in inflatable neck pillow has arrived on the market. The aim is to let you nod off on long journeys, while keeping you looking stylish every inch of the way.

Sleeper Scarf has a "U" shaped pocket around the neck of the scarf, which holds the neck pillow in place.

The easy-to-inflate neck pillow will inflate with only a few breaths and deflates with the push of a button.

The neck pillow is removable, so the Sleeper Scarf can be worn with or without it.

The scarf length is 77 inches. It comes in a selection of colours, and the fabric is 95pc cotton, 5pc spandex, and is machine washable.

It is priced at approximately €57, and international shipping starts at around €17.

www.sleeperscarf.com

Brad believes in Budapest

Brad Pitt is one A-list star who has soaked up the culture of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which is divided by the Danube River into peaceful, hilly Buda in the west, and the flatter, lively Pest in the east.

Seven pedestrian bridges - and two railway bridges - join Buda and Pest, and the city of Budapest was formed in 1873. Today, approximately 1.7 million people live within the city's limits.

Budapest is big on culture, and there are more than 40 theatres and over 100 museums and galleries in the city.

Yet what Budapest is probably best known for is its medicinal baths, and a public bathing culture which dates back to Roman times.

Budapest's architecture makes it picture-postcard stunning, and sights include Roman amphitheatres, Gothic-style cathedrals, and traditional Turkish baths.

Cafe culture has long been a tradition in Budapest, since the 6th Century. www.visitbudapest.travel

French style with an Irish twist

Tootlafrance.ie is billed as an "online magazine", and a rolling smorgasbord of news, views, interviews, videos and articles on all things French for an Irish audience: the only publication of its kind in the context of a whole plethora of British versions.

It's the brainchild of travel writer and journalist Conor Power. The travel pages are full of lively articles based on personal experiences, sometimes with video content strictly featuring French music only (refreshingly entertaining). The news items give you a flavour of what's happening in France and there are many other aspects worth browsing too: the "My France" section has a list of well-known Irish personalities sharing their own experiences of France.

www.tootlafrance.ie

Keep safe as a solo traveller

Annabelle Thorpe, editor of 101 Short Breaks, offers tips for solo travellers on www.101holidays.co.uk, which specialises in holidays for singles - should you wish to do a Julia Roberts from Eat, Pray, Love, above.

1. Act confident. Look like you know where you're going even if you don't.

2. Dress sensibly. Mimsing around in tiny shorts and a vest top is going to attract more attention than linen trousers and a T-shirt.

3. Get comfortable with driving. A car gives you freedom from taxis and buses.

4. Book a guide. There's no greater barrier to hassle in the streets than a guide.

5. Learn the art of being firm but polite. Being able to say no with charm is handy.

6. Trust your instincts. If something or someone feels wrong, they probably are.

See more tips here.

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