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Travelling Cheaply Across Europe

Europe is currently plastered across various news sources as being “in a bit of a mess”, with
struggling finances and rather annoyed citizens. It’s true that things over here have been rather wobbly of late, but there is a bright side – sales. Everywhere, companies are dropping prices on everything from dinnerware and designer shoes to hotels and holidays, and it’s going some way to balance the unpleasant effects of the financial squeeze. It means cheap travel for you, too; if you’ve ever fancied visiting Europe but felt put off by its pricey reputation, now’s the time to check out car hire comparison sites for the most competitive rates, comb Groupon for deals on fancier rooms than you can usually afford, and head to Eurail for discounted rail travel from country to country.

Finding cheap flights in the first place
With air travel still heavily subsidised, flight costs haven’t really altered much, but there are always ways to reach Europe on the cheap. Sign up to all the airline newsletters so you’re first to hear about sales, and always compare multiple resellers for the cheapest deal possible.
Travel agents are competing heavily against online booking sites, so try calling them up to see if they’ll beat your online price just to get the sale. You may notice some airlines, instead of charging a return fare, are selling two singles – the single out will be nice and cheap, but they’ll try to recoup their costs on the one home. Get round this by booking with two separate airlines – if you’re touring Europe, you may well be travelling home from a different airport than where you arrived anyway.

Cheap accommodation using group buying discounts
Group purchasing sites like Groupon and LivingSocial have been a huge craze over the last
couple of years. Some of these deals offer good value, and some of them are just trying to
sell off hotel rooms during the rainy season, so really do your research before you buy them.
Look at when you can use them, and how close the hotel or hostel is to the centre of town, or
wherever it is you want to explore.

Does the deal include something you won’t use? Crucially, can you get a better price by booking somewhere else, instead? What about hostels, or camping? The trick is not to assume that group discounts represent unquestionable value for money, but do sign up to them in cities or countries you plan to visit. Even if you don’t get a good accommodation deal for a couple of nights, you might get some cheap tickets to the theatre, or a nice meal somewhere you’d otherwise be unable to afford.

East v. West

Eastern Europe is still typically cheaper than Western Europe, but it can also be harder to travel in, from a social as well as logistical standpoint. That said, some of Europe’s most astonishingly beautiful landscapes are in the East, with some iconic yet easily affordable train journeys, so it’s worth looking into.

Eating well for less

Food quality varies enormously across Europe, but trying any country’s food is part of the
adventure. Most people gain a few pounds in Italy, unable to resist its amazing cuisine and
good cheap wine, while in Belgium even the railway station food is better quality than an
embarrassing number of London restaurants, where profit seems to be top priority, at the
moment. The most affordable option is usually to buy food in the supermarket and prepare
it yourself. Otherwise, avoid the obvious tourist hotspots – usually near to major attractions – where quality tends to suffer and prices often rise disproportionately.

Sensation White 2012 Bucharest

All electronic music fans could enjoy a great electronic music festival, a brand name, a trademark in terms of house music – Sensation White 2012 Bucharest. Music fans only had to book a flight because this great event from Bucharest in 2012 gathered about 18,000 people under the same roof at Romexpo Exhibitions Hall.
This year’s edition was called “An Ocean of White” – a journey in the water world, with a great scenery and entertainment moments.

The line-up was amazing, too:

21:00 – 22:00 Doors
22:00 – 23:00 Mr. White
23:00 – 00:00 Greg & Onuc
00:00 – 01:30 Pete Tong
01:30 – 02:40 Fedde Le Grand
02:40 – 03:50 Eric Prydz – replaced by Mauro Picotto
03:50 – 05:00 Hardwell
05:00 Close

The entrance ticket fee was relatively acceptable, given the fact that Amsterdam, the “home-town” sold regular tickets for 70 EUR. The Romanian show welcomed its guests in regular areas, deluxes zones or VIP areas.

If you wanted to buy a drink or a snack, you had to pay for tokens (1 token ab. €1,20). You could buy yourself a big glass of water (you were not allowed to drink from the bottle directly), or a regular beer. A cocktail cost more, that is 3 tokens.

The atmosphere was unique, everybody singing, dancing and enjoying the moments to the maximum. The event had taken place in Amsterdam 2 years ago, but this did not hinder the electronic music enthusiasts have a great time at “An Ocean of White”event in Bucharest. Costumes, makeups, scenery, water, all made White Sensation Bucharest 2012 a memorable experience!

Of course, the dress code was white, expect for accessories and shoes, anyway, you had to wear 90% white on. You were allowed to record or take photos but not with professional cameras.

Also, many promoters offering toys, body creams, chewing gum made everyone have more fun.

Everybody claimed to have gone to the best electronic music ever, promising to join it next year, too!

Transportation to and from the event location was very affordable by taxi, in addition to the cheap tickets.

An Ocean of White - Bucharest 2012
An Ocean of White - Bucharest 2012

People Dressed in White at White Sensation Bucharest 2012
People Dressed in White at White Sensation Bucharest 2012

Sensation White 2011 Amsterdam Innerspace Preview

The highly awaited electronic music event of the year has recently announced his 2011 theme – Sensation White 2011 Amsterdam presents Innerspace, the world within. The extraordinary show will take place on Amsterdam Arena, in Holland on the 2nd of July. The event has become a trademark for electronic music fans, gathering about 40.000 participants every year. The first edition of the world music show was held in 2000 and until 2005 it took place only in Amsterdam. Afterwards, Sensation, as it was called at the beginning, spread to many other countries, such as Austria, Chile, Germany, Poland etc. Sensation music show used to be a trance event but in the recent years, it has turned into a house event. Everyone attending the party must be dressed in white. This is a general rule, maybe the most important of all. Along the years, the line up for Sensation White Amsterdam was made up from the best DJs in the world, such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, André Tanneberger, Darren Emerson, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Erick E, Erick Morillo, Ferry Corsten, Marco V, Paul van Dyk, Johan Gielen, Sander Kleinenberg, Steve Angello, Fedde Le Grand, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sander van Doorn, Mason, and many, many others.

The theme of Sensation 2011 makes the individual search within himself, look for the spiritual part: no past, no future, celebrating the now. This year’s show is an adventurous journey through the seven stages of enlightenment. Like every year, the tickets for Sensation house music event are sold very rapidly, maybe in less than 10 hours, so house music fans should hurry up. This year the tickets will be sold on March 26th, at 10.00 A.M., that is Saturday. However, becoming a member of the Sensation Club before February 24th facilitates you buying the ticket in advance, that is before March, 26th.

Sensation White 2011 Amsterdam Preview
Sensation White 2011 Amsterdam Preview

Here you can find the best guaranteed accommodation deals in Amsterdam for Sensation White 2011.
Tickets for Sensation 2011 Amsterdam Innerspace are of two types: Regular tickets and Deluxe tickets. The first category give you access to the main area and main dance floor, where the event will take place. The Deluxe tickets include separate entrance, access to the main area, main dance floor, limited number of free lockers, access to the Deluxe areas in the main building with extra entertainment, bars, catering and toilets, access to the stands, 2 drinks.

Sensation 2011 Amsterdam Innerspace
Sensation 2011 Amsterdam Innerspace

Sensation Arena, Sensation White 2011 Innerspace
Sensation Arena, Sensation White 2011 Innerspace