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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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To Hire or To Buy? Which is Best for Ski Gear?
June 8, 2013



It’s a common question asked by skiers of all capabilities. As a beginner, do you need to buy your own gear or can you hire it? You’ve mastered some skills, so is it time to invest in your own kit? You’re a regular skier and frequent the mountains as often as you can, is now the time to spend your savings on some skis you can call ‘mine’?

There is no right answer to these questions – it mainly depends on your own personal choice. While ski hire definitely has its advantages, having your own equipment has its pros too. As a beginner skier, it would probably be advised not to shell out hundreds just yet – after all, if you’ve never been on a slope before, have a go and decide you never want to use a chairlift ever again, what would be the point in wasting all that money? If you have skied several times and can see yourself skiing often over the coming years, now might be the perfect time to buy your own.

Skis, poles and boots don’t come cheap so you need to make sure that the purchase will be a worthy one. If they’re just going to gather dust in the back of your wardrobe and will hardly ever be used, perhaps it’s safe to say that hiring will be the best option for you. If you find yourself spending hefty amounts every ski season on hiring your gear, buying your own would be more of an investment.

Hiring skis can be the ultimate in convenience. You wouldn’t have to lug them around the airport every time you head off on a ski holiday and you can be sure that as times change and skis develop, you’ll always have access to the best, meaning comfort, wearability and technology will always be on your side.

Buying, on the other hand, will mean that they will be fitted perfectly to suit you, your stance, your personal preference and your size. You won’t have to worry about having to make do with what the people in the resort fit to you – you’ll already have your bespoke equipment with you, ready to glide.

Ski hire can be an incredibly useful asset to consider for your upcoming ski holiday. Weigh up the pros and cons and, if you choose to hire, do so in advance to guarantee availability.

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Zante Holidays: Your 7 Day Itinerary
June 2, 2013



Although small and perfectly picturesque, with its flora adorned mountainous landscapes and lagoon coves, do not be fooled into thinking that there is nothing to do in Zante but lie back and bask in the beauty of your surroundings.

While it is undoubtable that you will want to make the most of your visit to this paradise, Zante Holidays can be enhanced with a number of excursions, all designed to help you uncover the hidden gems of this gorgeous island.

  • Day 1: Dive into the Deeps

    Take advantage of the crystal clear waters surrounding Zante, and spend a day scuba diving in your resort.
  • Day 2: Bathe with the Caretta caretta

    Don’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with these impressive reptiles – snorkel offshore at Dafni Beach.
  • Day 3: Visit a Taverna or Two

    While in Greece… dining out at an authentic Greek tavern or two is a must. Ask natives where to dine and take tips from the locals for a traditional taverna experience.
  • Day 4: Lap up the Lasers in Laganas

    Relax for the day on Laganas beach before heading onto the strip for some serious sundown shenanigans. As the party capital of the island, Laganas is every party rocker’s dream come true.
  • Day 5: Island Hop

    Although you may not be able to visit many more Greek islands during your stay, do take short ferry ride from Zante port to Kefalonia and explore the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
  • Day 6: Take to the Chutes and Flumes

    No holiday is complete without a visit to a waterpark for some adrenaline based fun in the sun. Just outside of Laganas Zante Water Village is full of thrills and spills for all ages.
  • Day 7: Sail to Smugglers Cove

    Round off your week on this glorious island with a visit to Smugglers Cove, where children can pretend to be pirates, while the beauty of the scenery will blow parents away.


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Seeing the World Before Graduation
June 2, 2013



When you are exhausted from your studies or when you just need to get away from town for a while, you'll find that the world is never as open to you as when you are a college student. Though a college student's life is full of stress and trial, you will find that it is also a fantastic time to step back and to consider what you need to do to get away from it all for a while; this is where world travel comes in. If you are between jobs and even between apartments, there is no better time to do a little bit of globetrotting. What do you need to do to get out of the door?


Cash in Hand?
The big thing that stops many people is the idea of money. While it is true that you might be a broke college student, that doesn't mean that you always will be. This is where a little bit of research and faith come into the picture. Take a moment and look around for the low-interest student credit cards out there. There are many people who find that they can fund their round the world adventure simply by taking out the right credit card. Not only do you avoid annoying currency exchanges whenever you move into another country, you will find that you can take advantage of the ATMs wherever you go. Make sure that you learn about the ATM rules in the different countries that you go to, and that you figure out what you need to stay covered. This may seem like an extreme way to fund your trip, but many people do it and applying for the right card will be the cheapest way for you to travel.


Pack It Up
You may know what you want to bring, but how are you going to drag it along? For many people, packing things up involves a backpack of some sort, so make sure that you consider your options. Your best bet is going to be something with a light frame and a sturdy cover. If your backpack is made of thin nylon, there is a chance that people can cut it to get at the things inside. Instead, look for a very sturdy backpack that allows you to lock the zippers together or otherwise secure it. If you are going to be doing a lot of moving around, you need to make sure that your things will stay in one place. Having locks on your bag mean that no one will be able to tamper with your things. This is also handy because you won’t have to pay bag fees when flying!


Resting Your Head
You can make a lot of progress if you are willing to stay in hostels instead of hotels. The issue that many people run into is that hotels are quite pricey. If you are willing to stay at a hostel instead, you can cut your costs down significantly. A night at a hostel might not cost you more than forty dollars per evening, but always make sure that you check the hostel online. Did other people have a positive experience and were they satisfied? Also make sure that you know what kinds of rules are enforced. Do the check in and check out times match your schedule? If you are not getting into town until 11 o'clock, you will find that it is a lot more difficult to stay at a hostel that closes its doors firmly at 10! Always make sure that you know where you are staying ahead of time.


Take a moment to learn more about the ways in which you can see the world. World travel is a lot less scary and expensive than you might think, so pause and consider what kind of rules you might be looking at. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself!

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

For more useful travel information, check out:

http://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/student/

http://www.overboardusa.com/backpacks/adventure-backpacks.html

http://www.hostelworld.com/


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Perfect Portugal
May 20, 2013



Europe offers some of the most amazing holiday destinations anywhere in the world, but we take them for granted as they are on our doorstep. The Greek islands and coastlines of Spain can rival many exotic vacations, especially if you pick the more exclusive resorts. However, when it comes to Portugal holidays, this is one hotspot that's right at the front of the pack - and it's not hard to see why.

Portugal is a beautiful country nestled against the west border of Spain. It offers some amazing holiday resorts with superb hotels surrounded by beautiful coastlines, silky soft sand and clear turquoise seas, all baked under a hot summer sun. It’s understandable why so many people love this country.

Depending on the sort of holiday you want to have will depend on which resort you travel to. The beautiful relaxed beaches of the Algarve welcomes tourists and offers a relaxed sunbathers' paradise, where as the bustling city of Lisbon invites those that want to explore and soak up the history as well as the sun.

If that tickles your fancy, booking Portugal holidays is pretty straightforward. Travel agents such as Thomas Cook will be able to offer a range of resorts that can cater to holidaymakers from all walks of life, and accommodate all types of budget. You can choose from self-catering apartments to villas of various sizes, or go for a more relaxed way of living, by opting for a catered hotel on a full-board or all inclusive basis.

Aside from room only and self-catering, the main hotel boards are half, full or all inclusive. This offers you either just the breakfast, all of your meals, or all meals and drinks included - depending on how you intend to spend your time in Portugal. If you plan to explore and travel out and about each day then it would be wise to take the self catering option, likewise if you will be staying poolside then full board or all inclusive will usually be the most cost efficient option.

So, which perfect Portuguese escape suits you?


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Ayia Napa Clubbing Holidays 2013: Top 5 Itinerary Fillers
May 6, 2013



Before we get into the nitty gritty of the immensity that is Ayia Napa itinerary fillers… have you booked your break? Spring is upon us, people, and the later your leave it the more likely you are to miss out on a mega session in the sun. Top tip, number one? Book with the meisters of madness, Club 18-30, have a tinkle online for the best deals: http://www.club18-30.com/ayia-napa-cyprus.

The good thing about booking with a reputable clubbing holiday company is that there will ALWAYS be a party oracle on hand to make sure you do Ayia Napa so right, it’s wrong.

1. Glow Party

This is the big un, lads and lasses. Held at Blue Moon, you’re pretty much heading underground to get your rave on. Neon and plenty of UVA are absolutely compulsory, and don’t forget it.

2. The Linekers Boat Party

Everyone loves the Linekers. It’s up there with the best boat parties going. Not only do you have the opportunity to chillax offshore and bronze your bits, unlike many other parties of its kind, Linekers presents party peeps a 3.5 hour free bar for those hardcore holidaying hooligans.

3. Geek Chic

This has got to be the biggest trend going right now. Pack your bow ties, specs and suspenders and prepare to do your thang to some clubbing classics.

4. Naparazzi

Get ready for some serious strip hitting with the barmiest army of clubbing kings and queens that ever did live. Also includes entry into a freakin’ amazing foam party.

5. Silent Arena

It’s an oldie, but it’s a bloomin’ funny goody. Silent Arena, you know the score, two DJs battle it out to win over the dance floor, while you wear headphones and pick your playlist.

Get on iiiiiiiit! Ayia Napa clubbing holidays 2013, what the bloomin’ ‘eck are you waitin’ for?

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Fun-Filled Family Favourites
April 14, 2013

Family holidays are a magical time of year. There's nothing better than whisking your little ones away for the first time and watching their faces light up as they paddle in the sea, or build sandcastles on glittering golden sands, or splash about in the pool to their heart's content. Whether it's the first or the umpteenth time that you're taking the kids away, for many families, every time is just as special as the last.

So where will you go this year? There are plenty of wonderful destinations that offer plenty of fun in the sun, with stacks of local activities to help keep the kids entertained and to keep that dreaded phrase - "I'm bored" - safely at bay.

Spain is one such holiday hotspot. In the lively Costas you'll find plenty of activities for all ages, from theme parks and aqua parks to watersports and wildlife centres, and that's because these resorts grew with holidays in mind. Whether you opt for cheap holidays to Benidorm and enjoy all the fun of the fair in Costa Blanca, or soak up the non-stop buzz of Costa Dorada, there's always plenty to see and do.

Of course when it comes to keeping the kids entertained, you can't go far wrong with a Florida holiday. There's so much to see and do, you won't know where to start - let alone how you'll fit it all into one holiday. There's the fascinating Kennedy Space Center, the incredible swampy expanse of the Everglades, the Alligator Farm, the long and shimmering Florida Keys, the fabulous marine creatures of SeaWorld, and so much more. And that's even before you've met Mickey Mouse or let the kids loose in the theme parks.

From Florida to the golden Spanish coast, there's plenty of family fun out there - it's just a matter of finding your favourite.

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Easing the Journey: Top Ways To Avoid Being Seasick
March 13, 2013



Whether you’re a seasoned cruise addict or a first timer, feeling a little seasick at some point is a real worry. Going a little green in the gills when you’re still trying to find your sea legs is thought to be part and parcel of ocean trips, particularly if the seas are a little rough.

Nowadays, the chance of getting sick aboard a cruise, particularly the larger vessels, is slim to none, but that doesn’t mean it can never happen. With high-tech gadgetry and technology that helps to realign the hulls, even the choppiest of waves barely knock the larger cruise liners, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Whether you’re aboard the P&O Azura on your way to Northern Europe, or you are planning on embarking on a cruise to faraway shores, there are ways in which you can try and avoid a bout of seasickness including:

  • Use preventatives – whether that’s the acupressure wristbands, natural remedies (including ginger) or over the counter seasickness tablets, there are plenty of things available that are tested successes.

  • Avoid end of season sails because colder weather makes for choppier seas.

  • Choose the larger ships such as the P&O Azura or the RCI Oasis of the Seas – the bigger the vessel, the less it’ll get thrown around. You can easily book a cheap cruise on a large vessel, online.

  • Choose a central cabin and you’ll be closer to the ship’s centre of gravity and therefore, will move around less.

  • If you are faced with a bout of seasickness, try and look at the horizon to try and recalibrate your sense of balance.

  • Avoid copious amounts of rich food and alcohol, because a hangover certainly won’t help a gippy tummy.

If you head on to your cruise prepared, you can tackle seasickness head on. Hopefully, if you book a cheap cruise aboard a large ship like the P&O Azura, you’ll have no problem at all – rather than concentrating on the horizon, you can just focus on having an unforgettable trip.

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Seeing the World Before Graduation
Perfect Portugal
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Fun-Filled Family Favourites
Easing the Journey: Top Ways To Avoid Being Seasick
 
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