Adventure Is Out There, The Cost Doesn’t Have To Be!
When getting ready to travel, planning is of the utmost importance. You don’t want to sit back at the end of a trip moaning about what you missed out on.
You will need:
1. An itinerary
– Consider dates out of season, so away from the school holiday, unless you are travelling with the kids, of course! Most of Europe have their summer holidays during the months of July and August, making everything busy and expensive.
– If flying, consider indirect flights, these are usually cheaper and who knows, you could have a meal in a completely different place on your stop over.
– Travel by bus or train or tram. Find out what travel pass tickets are on offer, these are usually good value for money. This is also a cool way of meeting new people and getting tips from the locals.
– A great way of seeing a lot and learning the history and fascinating facts about places, is the Hop On Hop Off or City Sightseeing tours available in many cities worldwide.
– Check what excursions are recommended for your destination. Plan your own excursions around your own interests.
– Investigate Cruise options. Cruise ships often have really good deals at the end of season when they need to make up the numbers and this is the ideal way to explore more than one place while having a good time. The best deals are usually on inside cabins, comfortable for sleeping, which is their main purpose.
Purchasing a drinks package when booking your ticket is a great idea and a real cost cutter in the long run, make sure to ask what packages are available, you don’t want to miss out on the cocktail of the day.
According to “World’s Leading Cruise Lines”, good lines to investigate are P&O, Carnival, Princess are worth looking at.
2. Good, suitable luggage
Make sure you understand any restrictions on luggage weight or size imposed by whichever means of travel you plan to use (even donkeys can only carry so much)
– A light weight rucksack is ideal for hand luggage. It can double up, as a carrier bag for shopping. Take your own shopping bags.
– A soft suitcase on wheels is often more portable, especially when you are walking.
3. Good walking shoes
Burn up that shoe leather, you can get fit, while undoing any damage from holiday over indulgence.
– Remember cheap accommodation is not always good and good accommodation is rarely cheap. You can check for reviews on Booking.com and Trip Advisor, just remember reviews are subjective.
– Try to book a bed and breakfast deal, this combined with a late lunch/early dinner can save on meals.
– Get a local sim with data.
– Make data calls from your mobile.
– Develop a fondness for coffee or tea, most coffee shops have free wifi and fairly cheap meals.
– Often the accommodation will have free Wifi too.
6. Airmiles – Say what?
Yes, you read right…I said Airmiles! You can finally put those miles to use…I mean really, why not? Depending on the amount of miles you’ve collected, you can use them for flights, or any other discounted deals that specific company has.
“Travel leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.”