Tips to Save Money while Travelling Europe

Travelling Europe is every traveller’s top most priority. But very few of us actually plan to visit the exotic destinations of Europe, since most of the places which are worth exploring there are among the most expensive destinations we have on this planet. So what can be done? Are there any secret tips or tactics that we can employ in order to save money while travelling Europe? Yes, there are, read on –

Avoid Travelling During Summers – Prices are at their peak during the summers, plus you’ll not find a moment of peace since all the places become overtly crowded. Also, getting a good hotel deal is really difficult during this season. Travel off-season and you might be able to grab discounts of up to 40 percent on your accommodations.

Pay Visits to Tourist Information Points – Every city has a tourist information centre where you can get all the information regarding cheap hotel accommodations, best restaurants and cafes of the area and information about the local attractions and events which are worth exploring.

Use Public Transportation – Some cities like London and Paris can be best explored on foot and when you get tired, take a public transportation instead of a cab (which are really expensive, by the way). Travelling in a bus can be really fun when you are in London or in Paris, but the most preferred medium of transportation is the underground tube system.

Apply for Travel Passes and Tourist Cards – You can save a lot of money by using a particular city’s exclusive tourist cards such as Berlin’s Berlin Welcome Card, London’s London Pass and Oslo’s Oslo Welcome Card. You get amazing discounts when you visit the local attractions of these places, plus you can use these passes while travelling in order to get additional discounts.

Follow What Locals Say – Be friendly with the locals while being in Europe and they’ll tell you the best places you can visit in order to enjoy great meals at discounted prices. European cities host a large number of local festivals and fairs which you can enjoy for free.

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Great Books for Long-term Travelers

According to me, there are two ways of finding more about the world around. These two ways can prove to be the best and the most elaborate perspective about things we see and feel around us, no matter which part of the world we live in. These two ways are often the most interesting chapters of our learning process. These two ways are called reading and travelling.

For a long time now, reading and travelling have been coexisting. First we learn about something when we read it in a book, develop an interest in it and then pack our bags and head to that place. Or we may come across something interesting on our travels and want to learn more about it so we read a good book about it. For travelers, it is very important as well as interesting to keep updating their information on the favorite and upcoming destinations around the world, travel trends, best ways to travel and more such information which may assist them in their journey across the globe. Here is a list of some of the best books you should keep in handy if you share the same zest of finding more about world of travel.

Vagabonding – This book is a legend amongst solo-travelers and has inspired innumerable people to hit the unknown roads. This book won’t give you tips on how to save money here and there, but it will be your guide during your traveler, just like an old experienced traveler friend, who knows how to spin a yarn.

The Practical Nomad – Apart from philosophy, you will need the kind of knowledge this book offers, to live the life of a globetrotter. Here you will learn how to plan your travels, where to go, what to expect and how it’s done, in detail.

Work Your Way Around The World: The Globetrotter’s Bible – Those bitten by wanderlust will need this book to simply survive when they have nothing left, but the will to travel more. This book will prepare you for the world way better than many real life lessons.

Take Me With You- This is something many things will cry out to you when you are leaving a city or a town. This is a story you can easily relate to and something you would want to read again and again.

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10 Free Things to Enjoy in London

London is an amazing cultural pot of a city where anyone can have a great time. Yes, it is pretty expensive if you are planning to stay in one of the best luxury hotels or eating at the best fine dining restaurants, but if you are happy to pick a cheap London accommodation and do not mind exploring the city via the underground, you too can have a superb time in this iconic city. Here are a few things you can do in London for absolutely nothing –

Piccadilly Circus – This traffic junction is the main road junction of London, located in its very heart. What’s great about it? Well, everything! The place is full of glowing neon signs and there are a number of historical architectures and structures in its vicinity. Visit Piccadilly Circus and understand why London is called a fast paced city.

Natural History Museum – One of the best museums in the world, Natural History Museum London houses more than 80 million items including rare dinosaur fossils, preserved specimens collected by Charles Darwin and a life-size model of a blue whale.

Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park – The best thing about London is its parks. There are so many of them and all of them are free! These two in particular are definitely worth exploring.

Changing of the Guards Ceremony – Irrespective of the fact that whether you are a budget traveler or not, you have got to see this iconic royal tradition. Reach the Buckingham Palace sharp 11:30 in the morning and witness this fabulous tradition along with other spectators.

Street Performers of London – If you can’t afford to enjoy those classy theatrical plays or dance performances inside the royal theatres of London, enjoy the talent our street performers are displaying in the streets. You’ll find them around the Covent Garden Market or along the South Bank.

Westminster Abbey – If you are staying in a cheap London accommodation near the Parliament Square, you are at a walking distance from this historical attraction. The abbey serves as the Coronation Church of the country and it is also the burial site for many historical figures.

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Budget Bus Companies For Your Next Trip to Europe

Have you packed your bags and are ready for a trip across the most beautiful part of the world, the European continent? There are a zillion reasons to visit this beautiful continent over and over again. And there is just one reason why you may not want to go there again, it’s the money. Of course a place as exciting as this would charge a little extra from its tourists, who come here in huge numbers every year. To be fair, one luxurious trip to Europe is good enough. Instead of repeating the routine of staying in the best of hotels and travelling by air or Interrail, you should take a bus trip this time and save a lot of money. Once you find out good bus companies to take you across the continent, you will not miss the comfort of trains too much. Here is a list of bus companies which you should definitely check out for your trip –

National Express – Travelling across UK can be as cheap as £1 if you find the perfect deal. It is quite similar to finding cheap London hotel deals, once find a perfect one you will end up saving a lot, but you have to make advance bookings to save heavy.

Berlinlinienbus – With facilities like stewardesses on long routes, luggage service and comfortable coaches available at about €9, the Berlinlinienbus is definitely worth checking out.

Megabus – This is the best carrier if you want to travel from London to Paris or Amsterdam. There are many more destinations which Megabus can connect you to, that too at a price of around £1 upon pre-booking, so it is doubly good for budget travelers who have been saving by going after cheap London hotel deals and cheap ways to travel across the land, in order to make the most of the trip.

ALSA – This Spanish company operates on major country routes as well as connects tourists to international routes leading to France and Portugal. They offer some pretty awesome pre-booking deals which can get you upto 50% discount on the lovely France to Spain route.

PolskiBus – Travelling around Poland is best done with the help of PolskiBus which has a strong network across 20 Polish cities. Their service is luxurious and cheap, what else could we ask for?

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Best Time to Book Thanksgiving or Christmas Flights

You might be thinking why you are seeing such an article during this time of the year? Thanksgiving and Christmas are several months away right now and most of us haven’t even planned our summer vacations yet, but since Christmas time is the most chaotic time of the year for the travelers, you need to start looking for your options as early as possible. June and July are the best months to book flight tickets for the month of December. First week of June are the least expensive days of the year (on an average) to book flight tickets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Such time frames change with every changing year and it also depends on the destination you have to visit. For example, if you are looking for packages offering cheap flight tickets and London hotel offers during the holidays, the best time is the month September. But on an average you can conclude that the months of June, July and August are the best months to book flight tickets for the holidays. When you are away from your home for almost an entire year, you feel desperate to visit home and relax with your folks for a while. In order to be with our loved ones we often end up paying way more than we have anticipated, especially when it comes to flight tickets. You can change that, by booking your flight tickets as early as possible. The key is – sooner the better!

If you’ll wait for another month or so, not only you’ll be compromising with the fares (by paying a higher price), but also, you’ll get terrible seats and in-flight services since all the best flights will get booked by the time you’ll make reservations for yourself. Start looking for London hotel offers and options of cheap flight tickets as soon as you can.

The fact that you don’t know the exact dates of your holiday also bars you from booking early flight tickets, But what you can do is, calculate an estimate that when you’ll be flying and accordingly book refundable flight tickets. Even if you postpone or cancel your ticket, you’ll not be at total loss.

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Best Road Trip Apps for Your Smartphone

When you are on a road trip, you never know what you might have to face since such type of trips are absolutely unpredictable. So what can you do in order to safeguard your vacation or to make it a little more organized? Use your phone! Yes, you heard it right, use your smart-phone. There are a large number of travel apps online which you can make use of. Here are some of the best road trip applications available on android and iOS which you can download –

Waze Navigation – This app is like a combination of GasBuddy and Trapster. You get crowd-sourced information regarding fuel prices, speed traps and road conditions of the route you’re following. Plus, you can navigate turn-by-turn along with relevant traffic information.

Food Tripping – This restaurant finding application allows you to discover popular food joints. You can find healthy alternatives instead of typical junk food joints or you can search for places where you can enjoy local delicacies or simply find the best coffee shops, whatever you want.

Hotel Tonight – Yes, there are thousands of applications to find hotel accommodations, but don’t you think those applications are all a little too complicated? Try Hotel Tonight, it’s an extremely user-friendly application, which allows you to identify best last-minute deals in more than 12 countries.

TripIt – It is a trip organizing app which allows you to store all the information in one place. It helps you in making hotel reservations, travel plans, itineraries and it stores all the information you’ve collected regarding the attractions and local events you want to visit. It is also capable of organizing your flight schedules as it includes aeronautical travel.

Glympse – This is a very popular trip sharing application. You can share your location with a selected bunch of friends or with all the members of your lists. It can be used to track a friend or a member of your family, in order to make sure that he/she is alright, without actually calling the person.

Sit or Squat – Probably one the most essential road trip apps. This one allows you to find the location of the nearest restroom.

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Affordable Family Holiday Offers in Delightful London

Nothing is better than a family holiday. For me, the best part about travelling with my family is that I will not need to explain to them through pictures and otherwise, whatever adventures underwent on the trip or which places I saw and how it really was being in that place. Of course going on a trip with friends is a different affair altogether and travelling alone teaches you a lot, but when you are on a trip with your family, you build some amazing memories which help strengthen the bond between you even more.

London is one of those few cities which offer a wholesome family holidaying experience. It has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, which is ideal for my wife. My kids have always loved being to the museums and so have I, which is perfect because London has some of the best museums in the world like the Natural History Museum, British Museum and the entertaining Madam Tussauds’ Wax museum. Whenever I used to come to London on business tours, I used to love hanging out around Central London, where I fell in love with the quality and sheer variety of food.

During my business tours, I always used to stay at London Shaftesbury hotels. Over time I developed a nice relationship with them and so I decided it was the best place to take my family to. Moreover, London Shaftesbury hotels were offering nice family discounts and packages at that time at several of their establishments, so our timing was perfect.

I would suggest that if you are travelling with your family, do not compromise on comfort even one bit. Stick to the hotel which has the highest ratings amongst family hotels but if you are offered a nice discount or deal like an extended stay after 3 or 4 days or you are offered special privileges as a guest and access to lounges and other luxuries, you should consider because not only do these things can make your stay more comfortable, you will save some money and the kids will love the freebies and presents offered to them.

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A Road Trip through Big Bend National Park

Located at East of El Paso, the Big Bend National Park of Texas is one big joyride. The wide, never-ending sky and a landscape that is rarely seen anywhere in the world, this borderland national park is a traveler’s delight. Once you take a glance at the photographs of this region, you’ll soon find the rugged mountains, the desert, the curves and the grassland very familiar. Many films including the likes of ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’ were shot in this region. Gas up your car and pick up a few sodas, because it is time for a road trip.

Starting up from the Oil Town of Fort Stockton, you will have to make this your base. From here, you can take up day trips to the Big Bend Country and the fort buildings in the small town are something to look forward to. Before you begin your journey, make sure that you have accommodations reserved at your final destination. There are a few accommodation facilities available within the park but depending upon the time of your visit, they can be hard to book at the last minute.

Road Trip through Big Bend National Park
Your next stop would be town called Alpine, for which you will need to take up Interstate 10 towards west and exit south for 67. Going west on Highway 90 will take you to the town Alpine where you can enjoy Mexican snow cones and other such Mexican delights. You won’t have much trouble finding a good place to eat around this resurgent town. As you head west on Highway 90, you’ll set course for the famous Marfa, known for mysterious floating lights.

Crossing the ghost town of Shafter while moving south on Highway 67, look around for River Road to reach a beautiful stretch along the banks of a muddy river and some interesting resorts till you reach Study Butte. From here on prepare for your final destination, the huge park, which will keep you occupied whether you are interested in a long trek, a drive in the desert or look for tall grass, animals and pink cactus. From the entrance of the park till Marathon, keep your cameras ready because there is plenty of amazing things to capture.

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5 Money Saving Tips during Train Journey to France

One of the most beautiful countries in the world France is not only pretty but culturally and historically rich too. Every traveler or just anyone who wants to taste the best of wine or cheese has a crush on France. Only a nice, long and fulfilling trip can satisfy the taste buds of France hungry people. When there is so much love, what is it that stops you? Oh yes, of course, money. As pretty as it is, France can be really expensive for a traveller.

5 Money Saving Tips during Train Journey to France
You will need to keep aside a good amount of money for decent trip to this country. It is all the more necessary for people who are on a trip around Europe. If you are starting from the UK, start your savings there. No need to pre-book hotels, you will easily find in London cheap last minute hotel. Reserve all of your planning for the train trip because you can save a good amount of money, by planning and following these 5 simple tips –

1. Doing things at the last minute can really work wonders, especially if you do not have panic issues. Deals like London cheap last minute hotel can pop-up anytime and you will have to keep your eye on them. Similarly, if you are flexible with your timings and dates, you can save around €50 on train tickets for two.

2. Take up the low cost train Ouigo from Marné la Vallée, which is around 15 minutes away from Paris CDG airport and will cost you nothing but €10 to €15 and will take you to Lyon or Southern France.

3. No need to fly from Paris to Milan when you can travel for just €29 in a 7 hour comfortable journey on a TGV high-speed train. All you have to do is check Voyages-SNCF site and find a suitable time of journey.

4. Travelling at night can be tiring for some but perfect for those who want to save on accommodation. Intercites Night Train network offers a super comfortable 2nd class reclining seat for around €37 and will connect you to Monaco, Perpignan or Cannes.

5. If you plan to break your journey at key points like Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice or Marseille, dump your extra luggage at the Left Luggage facility at the station for €7.5 for 48 hours.

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5 Things You Thought You’ll Do in London But You Won’t

London is a fabulous city to explore but since the city is in news from the very beginning of time, it has become quite crowded. Everything is super expensive in London and some things (attractions and local events) are simply over-hyped. We are not saying you need to look for an alternative destination, just go through these pointers. They’ll help you in deciding which places you can skip from the itineraries you’ve made for your London breaks –

Shopping at Harrods – Harrods is one of the most popular shopping complexes of England. The gigantic shopping centre stores everything one can imagine to buy from a shopping mall. But is it really worth visiting? You can visit shopping malls everywhere these days. Shop at Oxford Street or at the Liberty instead.

Don’t take a Ride on a Tourist Bus – These buses are often touted as the best way of sightseeing London. Really? All you can see is the back side of other vehicles and the traffic is so loud most of the time that you can’t actually hear what the tour guide is saying. Travel on foot instead.

You Can Skip Hyde Park – “Your London breaks are not complete unless you’ve seen the Hyde Park.” Not actually! Yes, the park is pretty and there are many activities one can enjoy but if you really want to visit an elegance royal garden, explore Richmond Park instead.

Madam Tussauds Museum – Not only this place is exorbitantly over-priced, but also, there are such long waiting lines that you’ll waste an entire day, trying to get inside this museum. And when you finally get inside, you’ll have to fight a long battle in order to get a single ‘great picture’ with your favorite celebrity wax statue. The crowd here is maddening.

You can Skip Attractions like London Eye and Tower of London as well – Although both these places are stunningly beautiful but again, the crowd is way too much at these places. Instead, explore attractions like Hampstead Heath, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Natural History Museum.

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