Some countries can seem prohibitively expensive. Tourists on a budget often opt for so-called “backpacker destinations” because of their cheap accommodations and cheaper eats. However, any destination can be explored cheaply. Some just require a bit more travel savvy if you want to stay on a tight budget. Notoriously expensive places such as New York City, Japan, and Scandinavia are actually within reach of many travelers with limited travel money. Here are some tips for enjoying a budget vacation in an expensive destination.
Some might already know my dislike towards the budget airlines and especially Ryanair. It’s the whole story of non-existent service and rather ridiculous extra charges for nearly everything. I’m not going to bore you with details and have a rant and rave about it, but fact is that there are some journeys that, unfortunately, leave you with no other option but Ryanair. This little set of instructions will show you my technique of surviving this rather unpleasant experience and is based on my own experiences and proven in practice a lot of times on budget and in fact non-budget airlines as well.
- Be as time-efficient as possible.
- Spend the least amount of time possible in undesired places (airport and airplane).
- Hand luggage only.
- Checked-in online.
- Travelling alone.
Most people, even those who fly frequently, are unaware of airline alliances. Alliances are basically agreements between major carriers that often include things like code-sharing on certain routes and a pooling of resources at major airports. Airlines are members of these alliances because they can lower their operational costs and increase their reach and the number of routes that they offer. Airline alliances create partnerships that can positively affect the bottom line for member airlines, but they can also provide benefits to fliers. If you are aware of how airline alliances operate, you can take advantage of the perks and services that they offer to save money and to earn better frequent flier perks.
One of the biggest disappointments for vacationers is when the weather does not cooperate with their plans. This can be especially problematic at a beach resort where the holiday’s highlight will most likely have to do with sun and outdoor activities. Yes, it is impossible to control the weather. The best that most tourists can do is plan a vacation for the season that has the lowest average rainfall. Of course, in many destinations, rainy weather is not the end of a vacation. It is merely a reason to spend a few hours relaxing indoors before the the sun returns. Whether your entire vacation is a washout or you just need to come inside to escape a passing rain shower, here are some ideas for things to do when it rains on your beach vacation.
Hungry travelers should think about taking their next trip to Turkey. With a culinary culture incorporating a melting pot of Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Balkan cuisine, these dishes have been refined to be authentically Turkish. You’ll find many dishes with flaky golden pastry, flavorful minced meat, oozing cheeses and freshly grilled meats. To help guide you through the Turkey’s tasty side, here is a culinary guide to the country.
The US and Canada have a lot of different airlines. Air Canada is the national carrier of Canada, and the US has a number of large airlines (often referred to as “legacy carriers”). Unfortunately, when respected airline survey firm Skytrax publishes its annual list of the best airlines, US and Canadian carriers are nowhere near the top of the list. Air Canada has managed to crack the top twenty, but, this past year, no US airlines were in the elite group of the 20 best airlines. Still, some North American carriers do stand out and perform well in certain categories. Also, large US-based airlines have a very high volume of passengers and manage to do a respectable job when it comes to on-time performance.
If you take to the skies in North America, these airlines are your best options.
For travelers who love to eat, Argentina should be on your bucket list. Showcasing some of the world’s juciest meats, heartiest stews, satisfying street food and indulgent desserts, you can spend your entire trip learning about the culture through food. But, where do you begin? With these five culinary staples.
It is always nice to find yourself on a comfortable airline no matter how long your flight might be. Some airlines seem to have more comfortable cabins on short flights, while others seem to have better seats and more leg room on their long haul planes. Often, this just depends on which airplanes in the carrier’s fleet are newer. Anyone who has taken a long flight knows that it is much more preferable to have a comfortable seat when flying overseas than it is to be comfortable if you are only going to be in the air for an hour or two. Certain airlines stand out above the rest when it comes to overall comfort and positive passenger experience on long haul flights. These carriers have more leg room, more comfortable seats, and better food. While every airline offers a higher level of comfort to people flying in premium classes, some stand-out airlines even give economy-class flyers a great long haul experience.
Here are the best airlines for flying long haul in economy class.
Many people have the goal of learning a foreign language at some time in their life. One of the best ways to speed up the learning process and increase your motivation is to learn a language while traveling in the country where it is spoken natively. Learning a new language can be very challenging, especially when you need to use your newly acquired skills to get around. Nonetheless, learning a language while traveling can be a great way to increase your speaking ability quickly while also helping you create memorable experiences while traveling.
Here are some things to consider as you try to learn a new language while traveling.
With the festive season upon us, many of us will be swapping the snow for sun soaked beaches and jetting off for hotter climates. Holidays are a very exciting time, but in order to enjoy your trip abroad it’s important to take precautions to keep yourself safe and prepared.
Here are ten travel tips to help you make the most of your holiday: