Travel sans visa coming for European, Caribbean, Mauritius, and Seychelles nationals

A mutual agreement allowing Europeans, nationals from four Caribbean countries, and citizens of two island nations in the Indian Ocean is expected to be passed and approved by the end of March, which will allow for hassle-free and smoother travel.

If you hold a passport from any of the following countries, it means you’re that much more free to travel between those listed sans visa:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, and Seychelles. The maximum continuous stay in any one country will be three months (90 days).

I have a feeling this means we’ll be seeing more speedos and nude women on the beaches of the Caribbean very, very soon.

[via South Florida Caribbean News]

International Value Destinations

USAToday has put together an interesting list of 10 great international places to go for a value on your vacation. These places were specifically picked to allow us to get more bang for our buck when traveling abroad this year, something that seems to be on every traveler’s mind at the moment.

The list of locations really does span the globe, and there is something for everyone on the list. Want to head to the beach on your break? Then Bermuda is the recommended spot. Want something a bit more adventurous? Give LIma, Peru a go. And for a destination that is still a bit off the beaten path, they recommend Vietnam, where you can stretch your dollar a long way, without skimping on the amenities.

The list offers up some great ideas for international travel in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Each of the destinations has a link to a local tourism website where you can find more information about where to stay and what to do, and with a little creative planning it seems that you won’t have to skip that international vacation this year after all.

Take The Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter Tour!

No, you haven’t gone crazy — Hannibal Lecter is still a fictional character. However, in the novel-turned-movie, “Hannibal Rising,” the authors chose to set the serial killer’s youth in Lithuania, a choice that the country hopes will boost tourism.

Enter Saules Kelias, an agency that’s offering tours of “Lecter’s native land.” For only 100 euros ($131), you get a trip around Vilnius, a “Hannibal feast” (I can’t imagine what they’re serving) — even a visit with Lecter himself.

The character was created for the 1981 book “Red Dragon,” and made famous by Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs,” a movie that was adapted from a book by the same name.

Would you take the tour?