Month: October 2017

Travel Tips

This is the Secret to Traveling More Often

Being able to travel regularly is a privilege that not everybody has. It would be great if we could all jet off around the world whenever we wanted to but, unfortunately, you’ve got to pay for it. When you add up the costs of flights, accommodation, and spending money, you end up needing a lot of money. Spending money and the cost of accommodation can both be reduced fairly easily if you’re willing to stay somewhere a little more basic and just enjoy the free attractions that the country has to offer. Getting cheap flights is a little trickier, but it isn’t impossible. Flights are usually your biggest expense, especially if you’re going further afield, so cutting the costs of them is key to being able to travel more often. If you’re still struggling to afford your next adventure, try out some of these methods for slashing the price of flights.

Minimize Luggage

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When you’re looking for flights online, the airlines are pretty sneaky. The price will come up and you’ll think you’ve found a great deal. It’s way cheaper than you thought it’d be until you actually go to book it that is. That’s when all of the extra charges start popping up and you realize that the real price is nothing like the one that enticed you in the first place. Extra luggage charges are a favorite of airlines and they can be pretty steep. Usually, you get free hand luggage but that’s not enough to take everything you need for one trip. Any suitcases that you take are going to be extra money on top of the ticket price. If you can limit it to one suitcase you’ll save so much money. People often end up taking more bags so they can separate toiletries from their clothes and other bits in case of spillages but you can easily solve that problem and get it all in one bag if you use packing cubes. They’re small bags that you can use to create a lot of subsections in your larger case so you can get everything in there together without worrying about it. You also need to be ruthless when it comes to choosing what to take. Only pack what you’ll actually need to use when you’re out there and think about what you can buy when you get there.

Layovers

Direct flights are almost always more expensive, and usually by quite a lot. People are often put off layovers because it’s going to take far longer but it’s worth the sacrifice for reduced fare. It also gives you the opportunity to fit another city into your trip which you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to visit. It’s only a brief stop but it’s still another place to add to the list.

Go in Winter

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It’s no secret that flights are more expensive during the summer, especially when kids are off school. Most people prefer to go when the weather is better of course, but if you can’t afford it, why not consider going in winter? The prices will be slashed and you get a different experience in a country during winter that most people don’t get.
You’ll have to make a few sacrifices to get cheaper flights but if you want to travel more regularly, it’s worth it.

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Afford to Look After Yourself – And Actually Do It!

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There seem to be many rules when it comes to life, along with many stresses and worries, like making sure the bills are paid on time. And while these are essential things, it’s still important to take time out to enjoy the treasures and treat ourselves occasionally, otherwise it will just feel as though we’re in a miserable cycle that repeats itself every week – and life should be so much more than that. There are so many beautiful things to see and do that it’s essential you get out there and be selfish every now and then. Here’s how you can do that:

Saving Up
The best way to have enough money so that you can indulge, is to save it. Work those extra hours, cut down on the unimportant purchases, and put all the spare change you have to one side. As tempting as it may be – think of the bigger picture – that’ll make it worth it. If you aren’t earning as much as you would have liked and you aren’t able to get another job just yet, maybe you should consider taking out a loan. Sometimes though, if you already have a bad credit score, your bank won’t want to lend you any money, and in that case, your best option is to go through a private money lender. They specialize in providing people with money fast and efficiently without all of the hassles.

Take a holiday
Jet off somewhere exotic for a week or two. That may be with your friends, your other half, or you may prefer to fly solo. Visit a place that you have always wanted to go to but never had the opportunity. Remember that if you book in advance, you will be saving an awful lot of money than if it was short notice. You will be able to get brilliant deals on flights and accommodation. Just think about all the delicious food you will be tasting. – Fresh seafood from the restaurant on the beach as you gaze off into the turquoise ocean and the crystal white sand… – The dream, right?

Get pampered
Have a pampered day, weekend, or even week! Sometimes it’s important to have some ‘me time’ that doesn’t involve anyone but yourself and the wonderful people that are pampering you with massages, champagne, and mani-pedis. Lose yourself to the calm music, the soothing water, and all the other wonderful sensations that touch every sense of yours. Forget about all your responsibilities and worries, and just let yourself drift off to a dreamland that you’ve created.

Throw a party
Not your birthday? … So? You can throw your own party whenever you want to. Celebrating life should be enough of a reason – it’s awesome. So contact all of your closest friends and family and give them a time and a place. You could even choose a theme and have everyone dress up accordingly – that just makes everything even more fun. If your house isn’t big enough, rent out a party house for the night, or even the weekend to extend the good times.

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Traveling Light and Far with Nothing but a Backpack

Backpacking has become one of the most popular forms of travel for those looking to explore the world. If you have a case of wanderlust, then nothing will sate you like a backpacking adventure. You’ll experience the world up-close, you’ll meet new people, indulge in unique cultures and sample delicious food that you won’t find in a restaurant. However, one of the major concerns for backpackers is, well, packing.

You see, backpacking is supposed to be light so you can move around easily. You won’t see backpackers with a suitcase and several bags dangling off their shoulders—it’s just not practical. At most, a backpacker will have one main backpack and perhaps a small shoulder or side bag, but that’s it. Everything they’ll need for several days is going to have to fit in the main bag, and it’s important to pack the right things if you’re going on a backpacking trip that will last several days, weeks or even months.
To help you pack lightly so you can go further, here are a couple of handy tips.

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What’s your food and drink situation?
Food is going to be heavy. If you plan to carry several bottles of water, a stove and raw ingredients to cook a meal, then expect to add a lot of weight to your backpack. The remedy? Don’t pack too much food. Learn to live off lighter snacks that don’t take much space or weight, such as protein bars. In terms of water, carry a bottle but nothing more, and take the chance to fill up the bottle whenever you can. Be careful, because some water sources aren’t palatable. Take a look at a water purification guide so you can learn how to source clean drinking water instead of carrying several litres with you.

Focus on sturdy, not fashionable
A mistake that some people make when picking gear for backpacking is they’ll go for fashionable items. It’s understandable that you want to look the part when you approach people, but if you’re backpacking you can’t compromise function for form. Take a look at inexpensive tactical gear for the best backpacks and survival gear that is made to last. Don’t walk into a designer store or your average high street clothing store. You need items that are built to be sturdy and used in survival situations.

Learn the layout
Backpacking should be explorative and fascinating, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. Whether you’re planning on taking public transport or exploring the city on foot, make sure you include a map in your backpack. Yes, a physical map, not a GPS device or your phone. The problem with phones is that they run out of battery fast, and battery banks that hold a lot of power are heavy and bulky. A physical map should weigh hardly anything and it can easily fit in your pocket. Together with a small compass, you can get around easily with a hardcopy map.
If you’re planning to go backpacking, do yourself a favour and skip all the unnecessary items. Focus on lightweight and learn to live off the land, not your technology.

 

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Don’t Fly Away: The Best Ways to Explore Europe

Flying is incredibly convenient, especially if you’re going somewhere far away like Europe. But much like everyone should try a road trip through America every once in a while, there is more than one way to explore the European continent. After all, it’s only the size of Texas, so it doesn’t take as long to cross so many borders. Ultimately, getting off the planes and traveling through Europe in alternative ways lets you get off the beaten path to see more of each country. Here are just a few options you could explore.

Boat

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You might not believe it, but there are some fantastic things to see along the European coastline. You can plan your perfect trip by buying a boat with help from boatfinancing.co – and the boat doesn’t need to stay in US waters to qualify – or you could get some friends together and split the cost of hiring a chartered boat for the duration of your travels. If you’re charting the course, you have full control over where you go, and how long you stay there. Alternatively, there are some amazing cruises with cruisecritic.co.uk that let you see more of Europe; cruises around the Amalfi coast in Italy, or around the Mediterranean are extremely popular, and full of history and culture. Not to mention the cruise itself has a lot on entertainment and activities on board, so you never feel bored while you’re traveling.

Road Trips

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Europe is incredibly well-connected, and thanks to ferries traveling to nearby islands, you don’t even have to find alternate ways to get to England or Ireland. One of the best road trips in Europe is the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. It’s the longest coastal route in the world, spanning 2500 km, and has incredible views of the sea, cliffs, and beaches. Even if you’re driving a really fast car, it can take between two and four weeks to complete this trip, so make sure you plan a few stops to some Irish pubs along the way. Besides, it would be a shame to see all those amazing beaches and not stop to take a dip. There’s so many offbeat things to do on Wild Atlantic Way that will let you stretch your legs, so it may take you even longer to finish.

Backpacking

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This is your last reminder that Europe is not a huge continent; it can take you a single day to walk from one country to the next depending on where you are. There are so many breathtaking routes across the continent, that even the most reluctant hikers will find something they love. England has the Lake District, Scotland has the Hadrian’s Wall trek and Three Lochs Way, France has the Alps, and Albania is fast becoming a popular destination for backpackers because of its climate and close proximity to Greece, Corfu, and Italy. With so many backpacking routes available, it’s no wonder most people have “Backpacking through Europe” on their bucket list.