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Cheap Trip: 3 Travel Tips For The Most Affordable Trip Ever
May 30, 2014



Cheap Trip: 3 Travel Tips For The Most Affordable Trip Ever

The World Tourism Organization recently documented that international tourism generated $1.4 trillion in export earnings. The data also showed that the rise of low-cost airlines aided the sudden surge of tourism, with tourists taking advantage of cheaper travel costs and other discounted services.

Look for a free lodging abroad

Using the power of the internet, connecting to hospitality exchange websites such as CouchSurfing to look for possible hosts can be a variable that might lower the cost of your vacation significantly. Aside from getting free lodging during your overseas trip, you can also get to know locals who are also fond of frequent traveling.

Be wary of airline promos and discounts

While some airfare promos can cut your airfare by up to 50 percent, some discounts can actually increase the overall cost with hidden add-ons. These bogus promos may reduce the cost of tickets initially, but put a premium on other fees such as fuel surcharges, travel tax, processing fees, and various other charges. According to Parking 4 less, some renowned airlines charge passengers with hidden fees that can inflate your bill by more than you can imagine. In a blog post titled Beware of cheap flight extra costs, airliners can get away with charging more through booking fees, credit card usage fees, hand luggage fees and seat reservation fees. Before paying your bill, make sure that your final airline fare is free from these charges—or you’ll end up paying more. And, what's of paramount importance is that you always check the small print.

Use a guidebook

Travel guides like the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides are handy tools when traveling. Guidebooks, which you can easily pick up at any bookstore, can provide travelers with detailed information regarding things such as places to visit, things to do, and the local cuisines. Renowned travel author Rick Steves advised adventurers to pick up a guidebook whenever possible. "Guidebooks are $20 tools for $3,000 experiences. Saving money by not buying one is penny-wise and pound-foolish. An up-to-date guidebook pays for itself on your first day in Europe," he said.


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Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
February 1, 2014



Rome, Italy, is such a wonderful and amazing city filled with magnificent historical buildings and places. In October 2012 I had the fortune to spend a lovely weekend there. The only negative about my trip was that it was way too short! But having said that, I still managed to take thousands of photos of the city and its sights, but obviously I cannot post them all here at once. So below are some glimpses of my weekend in Rome, Italy - for now. ;-).

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
First stop was - the Colosseum. Originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, the largest ever built elliptical Amphitheatre in the Roman Empire.

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Entrance to the magnificent Colosseum.

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Respect.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Overview, lots have happened over the years...

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
There were many places to stop and enjoy the sights that surrounded the Colosseum.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
And it was not only humans who reflected over the views.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Not sure what building that was, but it sure looked more than a few years old.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Another view from the Colosseum. The Arch of Constantine, built by the Roman Senate to celebrate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Fontana Di Trevi, which was a very tight and crowded tourist location indeed.

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I was here (in pink). ;-p

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Fontana Di Trevi from another perspective.

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The Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe.

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Where you could enjoy a drink from this fountain if you wanted to (I did not). Hehe.

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Aww. :-)

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Another gorgeous building - The Ministry Of Culture And Heritage.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
With its many stunning sculptures, this was one of my favourites. So vivid, and sad at the same time.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Strolling at The Ministry Of Culture And Heritage.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
On our way along St. Peter's Square to the spectacular St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
After a few hours of queuing to get into the St. Peter's Basilica we finally made it inside. Phew!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
But it was so worth the wait!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
The Vatican Museums. What a roof!!! Wow!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Countless of breathtaking paintings everywhere I turned as well.

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What can I say...

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
There were of course also many, many amazing sculptures in there as well. This one was of Laocoön and His Sons. Laocoön was a priest who advised against letting the wooden horse inside Troy, but not only was his warning ignored the Gods also sent serpents to kill him and his sons. 

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Finally we made it to the notorious Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s artwork on the roof.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Up there were, among other masterpieces, Michelangelo’s infamous "Last Judgment".

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
We could not leave without making our way up to the "Cupola".

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
It was a long and narrow climb... Phew! Even though we took the elevator half the way...

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
But also very well worth the effort to be able to see this view over the St. Peter's Square, where you can also see the endless queue to get in...

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Selfie. ;-)

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And so back down...

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A common sight in along the streets of Rome.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
As was this, roasted chestnuts stands.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Gelato Shops were popular as well.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
And pizza shops were all over the place naturally!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
As were Trattorias.

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Of course I could not leave the birthplace of Pizza without having of of these! Yum!!!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
Or a bowl of this (Pasta Carbonara) with a glass of red wine. Yum again!!! :p Love that Italiano food!!!

Glimpses Of My Weekend In Rome, Italy
So Grazie Italia - sarò di nuovo. ;p

To see many more photos from My Weekend In Rome, Italy, feel free to head on over to the Travel Italy section of my personal blog. Welcome! :-)

Cheers for now!

/A.L


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