Planning an Affordable European Vacation
Mar16

Planning an Affordable European Vacation

How would you like to plan an affordable vacation to Europe that proves to be friendly with your budgetary restraints? Most American travelers have obviously felt betrayed by ways in which their national currency was behaving in the last few years. However, with $ gaining some firmer grounds, its value seems to be on a gradual rise—with the currency increasing 9.2 percent between January 2010-2012 against the Euro.  If you pair off a virtually stronger dollar against the currencies of growing tourist markets, European economies and emerging destinations, you will come to a happy conclusion—traveling to the scenic locations in Europe is no longer unaffordable and can spring some very pleasant surprises. With raw deals making a comeback with  a vengeance on hotel rates and   flight fares alike, the budget traveler can now look forward to debiting fewer dollars before traveling to quite a few destinations in the European continent. For instance, Berlin boasts of a slew of new hotel accommodations—with currently 30,000 more lodging facilities than that available in New York City. This rising competition has contributed to a stoic decrease in the prices of average room rates (which is in the line of $111 per night or slightly more) and is creating interesting avenues for tourists looking for smarter ways of traveling on its foreign soils. So, if you are travelling to Berlin, then do remember to carry the Berlin Welcome Card, which allows you to avail two days of comfortable public transportation and access to160 urban attractions—just for $22.75. Try New Routes The all new Brandenburg International Airport (BER) is set to provide you with new airway routes to lesser visited and up-and-coming destinations in Eastern Europe. Believe it or not, Cities like Bucharest, Romania, Zagreb and  Croatia offer great value on their hotel tariff rates and are now offering reduced rack rates (up to 20 percent in 2011). The cost of exploring the many attractions of Hungary has also dipped for Americans, with the Dollar upping against the Hungarian currency since July 2011. (Image by TOM BIHN) If you are intending to travel westwards , then Iceland continues to be a hotspot and savings hub for tourists desirous of Europe travel. There are special packages and rates on offer from  Iceland Air, which flies from USA to Continental Europe with a small stop in Reykjavik. If you are lucky, you end up getting hotels, spa treatments and meals –all for as low as $80! It is interesting to note that eating out in Lisbon often costs a fraction of what you may otherwise pay in European capitals. So, along with providing an appeal that is...

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Honeymooning Vacation in Albufeira – Cherish Those Moments
Sep09

Honeymooning Vacation in Albufeira – Cherish Those Moments

If you’re about to tie the knot and are trying to plan the perfect honeymoon then there are a few key ingredients you’ll need to look for in a destination. Guaranteed sunshine and golden sandy beaches are among the most important, allowing you and your partner to unwind and spend some quality time together. Interesting culture and history can also add a little extra spice to a honeymoon, and Albufeira is one place that has all of these in abundance. Located in the central Algarve, Albufeira enjoys more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it an instant hit with couples looking for a romantic break. Having only been a city since 1986, the place has retained much of its original charm and still bears all the hallmarks of a small fishing village. As a result, it’s got a wonderfully relaxing vibe and is the perfect place to really get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Choosing the right accommodation can also make or break a honeymoon, and you’ll find a great range of Albufeira hotels at vacenza.com. Great beaches It goes without saying that you’ll want to spend some time on the beach when you’re on your honeymoon, and one of the great things about Albufeira is that it is surrounded by dozens of sandy stretches, each one offering something a little different. Several of these bear the prestigious Blue Flag, including Praia Olhos d’Agua, which is situated in a small secluded bay and is a fishing hub. Albufeira’s main beach, Oura, is the place to go if you want to take part in water sports or fancy some vibrant nightlife, although as this is your honeymoon you’ll probably want to get away from all that, so a trip to the stunning Belharucas beach, which is flanked by pine cliffs, is a great alternative Praia das Pescadores, meanwhile, is located near to the old city of Albufeira, and is lined with small seafood restaurants offering the freshest dishes caught that very same day. It’s the perfect place to come for a romantic evening meal looking out over the ocean. Charming history As previously mentioned, Albufeira is traditionally a small fishing village that has only held city status for a couple of decades. Exploring this history is like stepping back in time, and makes for a great adventure to start your married life together. The small fisherman’s huts that line Praia Olhos d’Agua are a charming reminder of the region’s past, while exploring the old city is a good way to learn more about the many civilizations that have controlled the region at different times. (image...

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Top London Christmas Markets to Visit This Year
Aug17

Top London Christmas Markets to Visit This Year

There are two possible responses to being told how many shopping days are left until Christmas.  Response number one involves flat panic and a hastily written Christmas list.  Response number two is a happy little smile to yourself because you know that it’s getting a little closer to Christmas market time.  Here, in the UK, we’re very lucky as there’s a long tradition of these wonderful seasonal events and if you plan ahead, you can get to quite a few. Since most of the Christmas markets take place at around the same time, the best way to ensure you get a chance to visit as many as possible is to find an area where there are several markets and book yourself into a hotel for a few days.  Naturally, there are a lot of Christmas markets in the London area, so with Heathrow Hotel and parking within range of all of them, it’s an ideal location for the well-organised Christmas shopper. One of the most popular Christmas markets takes place at the Southbank Centre in London, from mid November to Christmas Eve, including traditional German style stalls and decorations.  After all, who does Christmas better?  In a range of chalets, you will find beautifully crafted Christmas items while choir performances get you into the festive spirit.  Over in Hyde Park, a whole section of the park is set aside for the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market from late November until early December, so you can shop early for next year as well!  With seasonal lights, Christmas craft stalls, amusement rides and an ice-rink, it doesn’t have to be all about the Christmas shopping; you can make time for other kinds of fun, too. If you arrange for your tour of the Christmas markets to include the last day of November and the first day of December, you can stop off at the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair, where you can wander around their heated marquees, buying unique jewellery, clothing, seasonal foods and other gifts, including garden-related items.  You might even want to taste the house speciality of game stew, followed by a few mince pies.  One place that really knows how to get shoppers into the right frame of mind is Covent Garden.  Although their market, which opens in late November, is focused on the piazza, the smaller roads radiating from the piazza also share in the festivities.  There’s a mulled wine hut that also serves hot apple juice for the drivers, as well as a wealth of stalls where you can tick off plenty of your Christmas gift needs before you pay a visit to the chocolate bar to...

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Vacation in Europe? Here is Where to Stay
Jun20

Vacation in Europe? Here is Where to Stay

Europe is, understandably, high on most travelers ‘must-see’ lists. Whether you’re coming from a different continent or from a neighboring country, the variety of European culture, destinations, history and landscape is all there to explore. Hugely diverse, hugely interesting and, frankly, just huge, it’s difficult to discuss in general terms. Accommodation options are, equally, huge. Right across the continent there are different options available depending on your budget, your location, and your personal preference. Bear in mind that costs and standards will vary country to country but, in general, Eastern Europe is cheaper than Western, and the Scandinavian countries have a reputation for being on the expensive side. Best Hostels in Europe At the lower end of the accommodation scale, most parts of Europe are well served by a network of hostels and dormitories. There are independently run hostels, backpacker hostels and those run by bodies such as the Youth Hostel Association. All are reasonably cheap and cheerful, offering beds in shared rooms, shared bathrooms and, normally, a kitchen and lounge where you can prepare and eat meals, relax and meet other travellers. Hostels are great if you’re travelling alone and want to meet people, and there are some real gems available. They’re invaluable if you’re on a budget. A few (mostly city centre ones) will also offer slightly more expensive private rooms, which are sometimes en-suite, and whole dormitories can be booked at once – good for groups travelling together. Private Apartment In Europe If you’re a group or family looking for somewhere for a week or so, it’s well worth looking into hiring a holiday cottage or private apartment. From Budapest’s city center to Scotland’s remotest countryside, you should be able to rent accommodation which is self-contained and equipped with everything you need. Many will also allow dogs – great if you’re traveling with the family friend! This can be a very cost-effective option, depending how many are in your party.  Also, if you want to find accommodation in London, apartment is a great option. If self-catering isn’t your style and you’re after a bit of luxury, then look into the top-end hotels. These will offer restaurants, bars and well-appointed en-suite rooms. Many also have fitness and leisure facilities – ranging from a small gym through to a full-blown spa, swimming-pool, tennis courts and much much more! Luxury Hotels Europe Top-class, luxury hotels will certainly pamper you (you won’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to!) and your stay will be a memorable one – but expect to pay handsomely for the luxury. Of course there are plenty of other, cheaper, less luxurious hotels...

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Visting or Living in Madrid? How Will You Get from Place to Place?
Apr23

Visting or Living in Madrid? How Will You Get from Place to Place?

  Do you live in Madrid? Are you an expat? Living in a big and active European city as Barcelona or Madrid might requiring you to drive to places to enjoy what the city has to offer. Madrid had some great destination that can and should be reached by driving.  Some of the very famous sites include Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park, Pureta de Sol, and Alcala Gate. Before you enroll for on-line driving education, first consider at the type of driving classes they offer, the driving skills they teach, flexibility of the schedule, communication effectiveness between the trainer and you and finally the quality service they offer. It is better to look for driving school which will offer both online and classroom courses. This is You should also choose driving schools in Madrid which emphasizes on all the road signs especially the ones you will encounter while driving. The school should also offer safe driving techniques and defensive driving techniques. The driving course should also cover different aspects such as operation of the vehicle including driving and the repair itself. Beside all these, you must choose a driving school which is flexible according to your plans. The official location of the driving school should be near so that you can always get there in time. The teaching should also take place when you are available. This means that, you will miss no lesson enhancing your chances of catching up. This will favor you since you will be through within a short time. The school should also offer practical lessons using various vehicles like the personal cars to the range of heavy commercial to help you gain confidence in driving. Finally, you must choose a school which suits your driving skills best. This simply means that you must choose your driving school wisely. This will make sure that you achieve the best skills suited to your driving wish. So visit Spain now and you will find a suitable place to have new driving skills. You are also required to look at the effectiveness of the language used by the trainers. If they are using Spanish which you are not used to, just find your way out of that school and look for another one which you will be comfortable with this is because Madrid, Spain’s capital has many driving schools using different languages such as English, German and even Arabic. because they give one a chance to choose the best in terms of one’s budget. It is also good to look for a school which will even teach how to deal with emergencies like accidents. You also need to have...

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