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Allll righty then.

So, you’ve had the story of my 3 day snowboarding trip to Innsbruck, and how I snowboarded three different resorts in 3 days – NordkettePatscherkofel and the Stubai Glacier – well now here’s the spend report.  What did it all cost?

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Innsbruck Cost Breakdown

So in sort, 3 days (not counting the day I flew home) cost me £400.  The breakdown goes a little bit like this …

created amount in amount out local_currency category description
2019-03-18T16:10:21Z 200 GBP deposit deposit
2019-03-19T10:53:00Z 42.85 GBP cash Cash withdrawal – used for some meals + drinks
2019-03-19T18:00:56Z 9.85 GBP groceries Snacks + water
2019-03-20T07:34:53Z 26.95 GBP entertainment ski pass + lift transfers
2019-03-20T11:56:32Z 27.55 GBP entertainment ski pass
2019-03-20T14:21:21Z 9.5 GBP eating_out Lunch
2019-03-20T19:23:17Z 6.82 GBP eating_out Dinner
2019-03-21T08:36:53Z 43.48 GBP entertainment ski pass
2019-03-21T14:11:53Z 4.52 GBP eating_out Lunch
2019-03-21T16:50:49Z 5.82 GBP groceries Snacks + water
         
Location Spend Total   177.34 GBP
Flights 144 GBP British Airways
Airbnb 78 GBP 3 nights – private room in shared accom
TOTAL   399.34 GBP

The above is effectively my Monzo statement from my trip, with the cost of flights and my Airbnb added.  Unlike previous snowboarding trips, I now tend to take all of my own equipment and so incur no rental costs, I also get free London bus travel so did not incur any costs travelling to and from Heathrow.

Could I have done it cheaper?

So could that £400 figure have been reduced at all? Yes, I dare say it could have been.  Ultimately my choice to visit 3 different resorts added up, had I only picked 2 I might have saved myself €25.  Likewise had I taken packed lunches and not had the odd beer on the slopes I might have saved some €40-50 euro … but a beer on the slopes is all part of the fun right?

Flights wise I could have used air miles to bring the costs down, but I doubt I’d have got cheaper accommodation anywhere else.  In fact I did look, and hotels were almost triple what I paid for my Airbnb.

Money Saved

That said however, I would like to (or maybe I shouldn’t because its a bit sad) reiterate what I said it my ‘story’ post about snowboarding in Innsbruck, and that I was very well behaved come the evenings, and got my head down to do my revision, rather than head out to find some apres in town.  By doing so, I dare say I kept my spend figure considerably lower than it might have been.

Also to be taken into the consideration is the value of the free ski buses laid on in Innsbruck.  The J bus and various free resort buses are brilliant, and obviously welcome on anyones budget.

Check out this awesome PDF for details of the 18/19 ski buses.  I imagine a new webpage will be created for future seasons, but should be easy enough to find if you simply Google ‘Innsbruck free ski bus’, or something similar.

Snowboarding Innsbruck – Good Value?

So last years (2018) 4 night trip to Slovenia cost came in at £341.47, and the previous years 2 night trip to Olso totalled £379.48.

Innsbruck therefore falls somewhere in the middle, but arguably had the best (natural) snow conditions of all three, and a much much wider variety of slopes.

For the sake of the extra £20-60 I would potentially argue it is the best of the three, however the Slovenia trip did include an additional night away and Ljubljana is a lovely city to explore.

I know what I think, but will leave you to ultimately decide as to whether £400 for 3 nights in Innsbruck is worth it.

Until next year, thanks for reading.

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Hurrah, a new snow season is upon us.  From the garage can emerge my snowboard and boots, helmet and gloves, jacket and … whats this, NEW goggles??  Don’t mind if I do.

Yep, new season, new goggles. A welcome addition to this years kit bag are my new Sungod Vanguards goggles.

Now if you could click play on the video below please.  It’s time to have a peak at what the new Sungod Vanguards range are all about.

Sungod Vanguard Goggles
Introducing the NEW SunGod Vanguards™ - YouTube

Yes you heard that correctly, the Sungod Vanguards offer 20% more vision.

20%!

Seriously, these are an epic new range bought to you by Sungod.  As a big fan of their Revolts goggles (comparison below), I was super excited to receive my new Vanguards and experience this greater range of vision, and not to mention all their other great features.

Now all that remains is for me to hit the slopes, and for you to read the remainder of this post, which includes a chance (or two) to win a pair of the new Sungod Vanguards. Sweet!

Customisable design

What’s fun about uniform colours and styles? … the answer – not a whole lot.

Bright, unique colours for one make you easily identifiable to your chums on the slopes. but they also make you look awesome!

As with the Revolts, the new Sungod Vanguards have a serious number of options to choose from when customising your perfect pair of goggles …

  • 3 Frame colours
  • 6 Lens colours
  • 15 Strap colours/designs

… OK so that 1 less frame colour than the Revolts, but 5(!) additional strap colours/designs.

Big pictures though, thats over 1000 different potential designs.

Sungod 4KO® Snow Lenses

While the majority of mountain images you see on the web show bright white slopes glistening under beaming sunshine, the reality is that not every day on the mountain is a perfect day. Fog (see my post on snowboarding in Slovenia – Krvavec for evidence of serious fog), heavy cloud, those overcast days.  The weather at 2000m above sea level is certainly changeable your current set of goggles might not be set up to deal with certain conditions.

Here’s where the customisation element of Sungod goggles, including the Vanguards, come into their own, by allowing you to switch out the different lenses and therefore put yourself in a better, and safer, position to be able to deal with the days conditions.

As above, there are 6 different options:

Snow Fire

VLT: 11%

Sunny Days 

Snow Green

VLT: 21%

Sunny Days

Sunny Intervals 

High-Viz Blue

VLT: 38%

Snowy Days 

Snow Smoke

VLT: 17%

Sunny Days

Sunny Intervals 

Snow Purple

VLT: 23%

Sunny Days

Sunny Intervals 

High-Viz Pink

VLT: 38%

Snowy Days 

Features

Here’s a quick look at a full list of Sungod Vanguards features.

  • Super-flexible and lightweightTPU frames that forms to your face.
  • Triple layer, triple density foam that offers snug protections against wind and snow.
  • Active anti-fog vents.
  • 100% UVA + UVB protection exceeding EN ISO 12312-1:2013 (CE) and ANSI Z80.3 (FDA) standards.
  • SunGod 4K Optics®snow Polycarbonate dual layer spherical lens with impact resistance.
  • Advanced lens construction that enhances contrast and optimises clarity.
  • Triple-layer scratch resistant coating + anti-reflective inner lens coating.
  • Easy-switch lens system.
  • Grip Lock silicon-backed strap for a secure non-slip fit.
  • Covered by the SunGod Lifetime Warranty!

Vanguards vs Revolts (comparison)

To compare the new Sungod Vanguards with the older Revolts model would make a lot of sense, and was something I had planned, but when someones already beat you to it, and beat you well, you just have to hold your hands up.  That the person who beat me to it is a friend who run their own wicked awesome blog, AND is the person who introduced me to Sungods products in the first place, I feel it only right to shine the spotlight on them in this instance.

May I present to you, Simon from adventurebagging.co.uk, and his brilliant comparison video.

Kudos Simon.

SUNGOD VANGUARDS SKI GOGGLES UNBOXING & REVOLTS COMPARISON - YouTube
The Cost £££

The big question, the one you’ve most likely had lingering for the past 5 minutes whilst reading this review – assuming you didn’t just skip straight to this part.

How much do the new Sungod Vanguards cost?

The answer … £110 per customised pair 

Yes this is an increase on the Revolts, but as per all of the above, the Vanguards are a development on the Revolts, dare I say an improved model. Plus you also get a storage pouch and stickers for that price too.

… AND, because your Vanguards are over the £100 threshold, shipping is FREE too.

As with the Revolts, additional frames, lenses, straps and cases can be purchased at additional cost, but ignoring those for the time being lets just take a minute to appreciate that the Sungod Vanguards still represent great value, and still come in cheaper than most other top spec and top brand goggles, which hover closer to the £150 mark, but which are NOT customisable.

Of course its up to you guys, but as a self proclaimed budget travel and someone who is always a bit careful with the purse (wallet) strings, I feel as though the £110 is a decent looking price for what you get with the Vanguards.  Not cheap granted, but certainly value!

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Punta Prima is a small, family orientation resort in the south east of Menorca.

Having just returned from a weeks visit to this small part of the Balearics Islands, I thought I would drop some knowledge on what’s good there, and how we enjoyed our days eat all of the food and taking in its lovely coastline.

I should stress that this was no backpacking adventure, but a first foray into family package holidays for my gf and I, and our amazing 10 month old son. His time as a backpacker will come.

Anyway, Punta Prima

The Beach

Blue flagged, patrolled by lifeguards, and generally believed to be a great option for families with young children.

Upon our visit there was a lot of seaweed in the shallows, but once you swam out past the first metre of so the waters because a lovely clear type blue.

Temp wise the water was erm fresh (cold) at first touch, but you soon Adjust.

Back on the beach the sands are clean and safe. Very little by the way of rubbish or even ciggy buts were found away from the designated bin areas.

There are free toilet and changing facilities, although a limited number, and subbed rental is also available. Prices seemed steep to me, but I’ll let you be the judge.

All in all Punta Prima’s beach was a massive selling point for us, and proved to live up to the reputation of being excellent for young families.

The Restaurants

A 2 min walk from the beach will lead you directly to 3 or 4 restaurants, all advertising locally caught fresh fish among other more catered items (omelettes for the less adventurous Brits). We didn’t try all of the eating establishments admittedly, but of the best we tried, we paid 45 euro for a MASSIVE Paella.

Conveniences

Two small supermarkets adjacent to the teach. A Dr’s 5 mins walk from the beach.

If you’re self catering and want more choice food wise, there is a Lidl closer to Mahon.

Not sure what else you need really.

Things to do

Aside from the beach and pool, walking, water sports and tours, and day trips to the Mahon or Binibeca are where it’s at.

Waking wise, there is a path which stretches all the way around Menorca, going by the name of Cami de Cavalls.

Water sports wise there is stand up paddle boarding and sea kayaking. Is the winds pick up Punta Prima can also offer do surfing (although I didn’t see a rental shop of lessons advertised.

Boat tours are also incredibly popular, and can be arranged to include fishing for your super.

Another water ‘sport’ (but I’d a stretch this one) swimming and riding the tubes down the road at Splash World.

If you’d rather stick to dry land, a visit to Binbecca is a nice way to spent an afternoon. Grab the tourist ‘ting ting’ train from the beach, and in 15-30 mins you’ll arrived at the white washed architectural marvel that is Binibecca.

If you fancy going further afield, the capital Mahon is a mere 20 mins by public bus. In Mahon you can shop, take a tour of the gun distillery, take a cruise around the harbour or simply people watch.

AOB
Any other business …
Language I guess would fall under this. English, French, Italian and German all appeared to be spoken at our hotel. Menus on the beach were predominantly written in English.
For older kids – erm, there’s a basketball court and a dusty looking football pitch, but I don’t think teenagers would find a weeks worth of activities here. No doubt they’d be on their phones anyway (he says whilst writing this on his iPhone), but they’d have more of an excuse with only reason the pool and beach for entertainment.
One of the hotels has a kids centre as it were, including splash pool (photo below) and other sports facilities.  This I believe is opened to the public (at a price) on the weekends.
Nightlife – speaking of entertainment, nightlight appears to ended now further than a few brinks with your meal. There is a cocktail bar right on the sand whereby it could get a bit lively of an evening if people are in the mood. But there were no nightclubs to speak of.

Where in the world?

So one of the nice things about Punta Prima is the transfer time from the airport, 20-30 mins by bus, or probably 10-15 mins if you have your own car.Despite being so close, I do not believe Punta Prima is on a flight path, and so there was no airport type noise pollution.

It’s a small place as I’ve already mentioned, but it’s fairly well connected to the rest of the South/East of the island.

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