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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.

Winter in Europe

Post written by Kate Robinson
My favourite time of the year to travel is the winter. I think it gets to that stage when I have had enough of the cold weather, and I just need to get away for a break. Normally I am not too fussy about the destination – a change of scenery does the trick. However, I do like the south of Spain or Italy as the temperatures are mild and there are fewer tourists at this time of the year. It is always easy to find last minute flights online and airlines are usually trying to sell off flights for January and February, the two quietest months of the year. If you would like to travel within Europe you are also at an advantage. Low cost airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling are just some of the most popular carriers which offer routes between destinations in Europe. The cost of flights is generally lower than those of standard airlines and they are usually even cheaper during these months. I personally prefer easyJet out of all the low cost airlines, because it flies to the main airports of cities. (Ryanair normally flies to secondary airports). If you are flying long-haul I should expect that you will also find some travel deals for this period.

One thing to remember is that the low-season lasts from January until the start or mid-March in Europe. If you aren’t worried about the weather and are more interested in sightseeing, this is the perfect time of the year to go. Accommodation is usually much cheaper, so you could perhaps afford to stay somewhere nicer than you would normally. Tourist attractions also have low-season rates and restaurant waiters will be standing on the streets trying to lure you in by offering a better deal than the one beside it. In my opinion the best thing about travelling at this time of the year is that you won’t find hordes of tourists, which will make sightseeing more pleasant.

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Top Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a very romantic celebration all around the world. Therefore, the following guide highlights the most special destinations for romantic travellersLas Vegas, Paris, Seychelles are just some of the most attractive places to spend this holiday of February, 14th. Montego Bay, Jamaica is the heating resort for your relationship. You can enjoy the sunset together with your beloved one along the clear water. Las Vegas is a very attractive destinations when it comes to celebrations and parties. Chapel, a hotel break in glitzy Las Vegas is sure to light up Valentine’s Day. However, a cool Valentine’s Day celebration is also welcome – for instance, in Sweden, in a two-persons igloo.

Las Vegas
Las Vegas
The reindeer blankets can make you feel warm in your igloo at the Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel in the Swedish Arctic Circle. New York City, both crowded and attractive, is one of the best choices to have a special dinner, without forgetting to book in advance. Heading North, towards Montreal, Canada, you will find that this city is full of historical atmosphere. Don’t forget your ice skates and go to Le 1000 De La Gauchetière.

Laguna Beach sound great but don’t expect to find a very warm place here. However, you and your lover will have the extraordinary chance to celebrate your love in a rather intimate atmosphere, as it is not very crowded during winter. Why not go skiing on this occasion, for example, in Stowe? The breathtaking scenery will be more »

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