Retirement is the perfect time to travel. After years of being restricted in the amount of time you can spend exploring the world because of your job, your time is finally yours to do as you please and live your dreams.
The only snag is how to finance it. While some people are lucky enough to retire with enough of a nest egg put away to see them through a more than comfortable retirement, for others the end of work means a reduction in income as earnings are replaced by your pension.
But where there is a will, there is a way, and if you have your heart set on exploring the world in your golden years, you shouldn’t let small matters like money stop you. Many, many people have budget travel down to a fine art and it is perfectly possible to have unimaginably good travel experiences on a shoestring.
Here are the best tips we have seen for older travellers to stretch their travel funds as far as they will go.
Get travel insurance from a specialist provider Travel insurance can become a serious expense once you reach the age of 60. That is because older travellers are considered a higher risk in terms of making a claim, so providers hike up their prices. Worse, many mainstream providers will increase premiums incrementally by age, a crude approach that can make policies eye-wateringly expensive by the time you reach 70. Bespoke travel insurance policies for the over 70s, on the other hand, from providers who specialise in cover for older travellers, will base prices on your own personal circumstances and save you considerable amounts for the trouble.
Plan your travel itinerary around prices There are some obvious tips older travellers can take advantage of, like travelling out of season (especially avoiding school holidays) when prices are lower because demand is lower. But with a little research and advance planning, it is possible to book flights all over the world for unbelievably low prices - in some cases even pennies.
Websites like Skyscanner and Kayak are your friend here. If you search for flights based around price, rather than dates or even a specific destination, you will see just how cheap you can still book flights. And if you are prepared to take your times over travelling, try hopping from country to country using the cheapest flights you can find, rather than search for long haul direct routes. It is best to do this with stopovers and take your time as it can be exhausting, but it can also add to the adventure!
Consider alternatives to hotels Hotels are usually the most abundant accommodation option wherever you travel, but they are also often the most expensive. While easy and convenient, sometimes it can add to the travel experience to make a point of not staying in hotels - and it can save you considerable amounts of money, too. Far from the stereotypes about young backpackers, hostels often offer great facilities for all ages on a par with a mid-range hotel at a fraction of the price, while homestays the world over are perfect if you want to meet people and immerse yourself in the culture of a new destination.
Rent out your own home This is not so much a money-saving tip as an idea for helping to fund long-term travel plans. If you fancy setting off for a considerable length of time to explore the world, you are probably going to have to plan for leaving your house empty, shutting off utilities, making it as secure as possible and so on. Or alternatively - why not get someone else to live there while you are away?
There are plenty of options for turning this into a money spinner while you are away, killing two birds with one stone - someone is occupying and looking after your home, and you are making money in the process. Whether it is holiday rentals, long-term homestays or even home swaps, where you switch houses with home owners from another country for a specified period of time, you can either make or save a tidy sum.
Modern Dubai is often seen as a tribute to consumerist luxury: a self-indulgent haven of magical hotels, superlative bars, restaurants, and extravagantly themed shopping malls. But this one-eyed cliché does absolutely no justice to the city’s enchanting contrasts and rich cultural make-up.
Many people simply fly to Dubai for a weekend getaway or week-long trip. But did you know you can also visit this city during a Dubai cruise, which is probably one of the most pleasant ways to travel?
Regardless, my advice is to look beyond the popular perception because you’ll quickly find out that Dubai has much more to offer than is generally supposed.
From the fascinating old city center, with its labyrinth of bustling souks and old Arabian houses lined up along the Creek, to the quirky postmodern architectural skyline of southern Dubai, you will find plenty of things to do on a budget here.
Walk in Creekside Park Creekside Park is a top choice for jogging, rollerblading, biking, and other activities that will help you stretch and burn some calories, especially if you've just arrived here by cruise boat. Situated along the Creek in the heart of the city, it offers pathways with fishing piers, botanical gardens, playgrounds, barbecue sites, restaurants, and an amphitheater. Concerts and other special events are often held here on holidays and during Dubai Shopping Festival.
Take an Abra Ride on the Creek Dubai Creek, washed by the waters of the Arabian Gulf, is the lifeblood of old and new Dubai. The contrast of traditional wooden dhows against stunning modern architecture, such as the glass dome-fronted Bank of Dubai and the giant ball-topped Etisalat building, is fascinating. A walk along the Creek is an enjoyable way to discover this multi-faceted city. The most authentic way to get across is by abra or little-motorized boats that have been ferrying passengers back and forth for decades.
Window-Shopping You don’t have to spend any money to enjoy Dubai’s incredible array of shops, although I cannot promise that you won’t decide to loosen your wallet. A walk through the souks is as much a shopping as it is a cultural experience. Another must visit is the world’s largest shopping mall. This monument to consumerism houses over 1,000 stores, an ice rink, an aquarium and a vast cinema. The mall also boasts over 150 food outlets offering everything from fine dining to casual eateries.
Visit Bastakiya Walking through the historic quarter of Dubai is totally free and you will easily find yourself in a fascinating representation of what Dubai used to look like over a century ago. Bastakiya is an idyllic neighborhood of meandering lanes, traditional Gulf houses, and ornate wind towers. The coral stone and cement wind towers once lined the Dubai Creek, keeping the historic houses cooled using innovative air current systems. Although the area dates from the late 1800s, it was completely restored in recent years.
Go to the Beach Dubai has a number of excellent public beaches. They are clean, safe, and family-friendly. Most people are surprised by just how beautiful Dubai’s beaches are, with powdery white sand and turquoise-colored water. Plus many offer watersports and activities for kids so they are the perfect place to spend a fun day relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of Israel’s busiest—and simultaneously slowest—times of the year is coming up. Starting with Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, October 2 (or the Shabbat the day before) through the end of Sukkot on Sunday, October 23, the nearly month-long celebration of holidays will bring long lines and large crowds to religious sites and pretty much all other commerce to a halt.
Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish new year, runs from Sunday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 4. No work is permitted and most people will spend the days in observance of rest and prayer.
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, beginning on Tuesday, October 11 and ending on Wednesday, October 12. No work is permitted and most people will spend the day in prayer as well as fasting.
Sukkot is the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles and runs from Sunday, October 16 to Sunday, October 23. No work is permitted the first two days of the holiday week.
What to Expect
In 2016, the Jewish holy days stretch across nearly the entire month of October. While only a handful of the days require businesses to close and for religious rites to be observed, this time period is a notoriously difficult one for tourists who come unprepared. Here are some of the potential drawbacks when traveling during the holiday season:
● For any of the dates indicated as non-permitting of work, you can expect that most businesses will not be in operation.
● You can also expect the popular holy site destinations to operate with very limited hours.
● Prices for accommodation, food, and other tourist activities will be extremely high.
● If you’re not staying with friends or family, accommodations may be limited, so you’ll have to book early.
● If you plan for more typical tourist activities, you can expect longer lines and larger crowds wherever you go—and with increased crowds comes an increased risk of theft.
● Public transportation will have limited operability, so foot, bike, or rental car travel is suggested.
● Sukkot is a very popular vacation time for Israels who often choose to visit national parks and museums, so expect those to be extra busy during that week.
That being said, Israel is a wonderful place to visit any time of year. If you’re traveling on a religious pilgrimage or to spend time with family during the holidays, the above will just be something you have to accept and prepare for. If you’re traveling to Israel simply for the sake of travel, you can still visit during the month of October. It’ll just be important to have a solid plan in place that accounts for the limitations during that time period.
Holiday Planning Tips
Regardless of your reasoning for an October trip to Israel, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help make your holiday season travels a little less stressful:
1. Plan and book your trip as early as possible. You’ll not only be competing with other tourists, but also with Israelis who travel during that month.
2. Always keep your passport on you at all times and make sure not to leave any bags unattended wherever you go.
3. If you have friends or family in Israel, plan to stay with them, when possible.
4. If you’re not visiting for the sake of the holidays, try to travel before or after them. The weather is better the later you get into the fall season, so you may want to plan for after Sukkot.
5. As many restaurants will be closed for Shabbat and the holidays, seek out local markets where you can purchase fresh produce and other foods that you can prepare on your own and ahead of time.
6. If your plan involves visiting religious sites during the holidays, make sure you’re prepared: bring water, wear layers, wear comfortable shoes, rent a car, carry sunblock, pack your passport, bring your mobile phone, download the Waze app, and bring your patience.
7. If you visit during Sukkot, take time to walk around the city to check out the sukkahs. These are the little wooden booths built in commemoration of the holiday and that serve as a physical representation of the booths Israelites used in the desert after their exodus out of Egypt. They’re quite a sight to see!
8. While Israel is rich in both historical and religious history, the country has so much more to offer. While visiting during the holiday season, consider opting out of the traditional religious sites and museums and instead visit some natural ones. The Dead Sea, Tel Aviv’s beaches, the Golan Heights, and the Negev Desert are just a few of the sites to consider.
If you’re planning a trip to Israel during the month of October, make sure to plan well in advance. There is a lot to be aware of (as evidenced by the above), and having the right preparations in place—and ahead of time—can help you set the right expectations and be ready for what’s to come.
There are treks that feel like a stroll in the woods, but there are those which also offer endless explorations, a great insight into this big, beautiful world. These adventures are an ideal way of ticking things off your thrill list and walking among treacherous slopes and dangerous heights amid the very best of nature and mountainside culture is a sure way to up the ante: both in terms of the eventual experience and also in terms of your heart rate.
The following trekking routes are like no other, for each offers something stunningly unique, something so spectacular that it has to be seen at least once in a lifetime:
It’s become incredibly popular now, but a Mount Kilimanjaro trek still counts as one of the greatest bucket list adventures today. Rising to a height of 19340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point of Africa, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Needless to say, anyone interested on conquering the greatest adventures on the continent will fall in love with a trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro. But you don’t have to be a seasoned pro to do this. There’s a reason why more than 20000 people climb this mountain each year. It’s not that hard, irrespective of your skill level. What awaits you in Mt. Kilimanjaro are 5 unique eco-zones that range from banana trees to massive glaciers. And once you climb to the very top, the gorgeous views of the surrounding savannah grasslands really make you fall in love with the continent. The wide range of climbing routes also ensures that there’s a perfect way to reach those mesmerizing views above the clouds. We recommend to check out the travel booking portal Bookmundi for price comparisons of different Mount Kilimanjaro treks.
If you’re hoping to combine an archaeological experience with your trek, it doesn’t get better than Huayna Picchu. The legendary Inca Trail gets far more attention as the most celebrated route to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, but it’s Huayna Picchu that always promises a grander experience. The trek itself has been termed as one of the grandest hikes on the planet and catching a glimpse of the fabled city is surely a sight for sore eyes. The Inca Trail may ask you to navigate thousands of stone steps, but it really isn’t scary and it’s certainly not wild. Huayna Picchu surely is! The route takes you through exposed ledges rocks jutting out of the cliffs with nothing but a huge abyss below, slippery stone steps and cable handholds. You often wonder if it’s really worth all that risk, but as scary as it sounds, the trek is quite safe and the view above the ruins totally makes this experience worth it.
Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike
A Grand Canyon hike gives you an unparalleled insight into one of the greatest features on the planet. Considered to rank among the top 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon bamboozles you with its sheer physicality, mesmerizing views and that jaw-dropping scenery. The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is between the months of March to May and September to November.
Everest Base Camp Trek
If you’re searching for a grand adventure, a trekking route that gives you bragging rights wherever you go, look no further than the Everest Base Camp trek. Coming close to the highest mountain on the planet without having to navigate its horrors and treacherous routes is surely an experience worth savoring. The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to Kala Pattar, a place known to offer the best view of Mt. Everest on the planet. The route itself is an experience in itself as you pass through terraced villages, beautiful cultures, stunning rivers and majestic suspension bridges. You’re accompanied by the legendary Sherpas on your journey and despite the apparent dangers and gravity-defying feats, you’re always in safe and experienced hands, so the only thing you need to work about is basking in the beautiful scenery.
Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc not only lets you trek through three countries, but also presents unique alpine meadows, majestic mountain passes and glacial valleys that need to be seen to be believed. Stretching over 170 kms in Switzerland, Italy and France, this incredible journey offers trekkers a great adventure amid mind-blowing scenery. The region is also known for its exotic species and wild alpine goats aren’t the only creatures you get to see. This high altitude trail also presents all kinds of snakes, lizards and jumping fish and more marmots than you can possibly count. The best time to go for this adventure is between the months of July to September.
If you’re desperate for a vacation and need to leave everyday stressors behind, if you’re feeling a bit like Ash after all those Pokemon Go trials and tribulations, it is perhaps time to embark on an epic hiking trail. Bon Voyage.
Europe has been always the top destination for tourists to explore. Whether it is exploring the ancient architectural work, the lifestyle or the bylanes of the cities, European countries offer many things that are worth exploring. From beaches to islands, there is no dearth of places to explore in European countries. If you love exploring beaches and have chosen Europe then there are some top 5 beaches you should not miss to explore.
Sicily, Italy: This is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is blessed with some amazingly designed Greek Temples, Norman Churches, and Baroque Palazzos. Also known as the Riserva di Toree Guaceto, the beach has protected marine life and is the most active nature reserves. This clean beach has diving center, hiking excursions and snorkelling. Bike rentals are also offered to explore the place around.
Ramla I-Hamara- Gozo: Also called as Red Beach, it is located in Malta and is the largest sandy beach in Europe. It has bright orange-red colored sand and is blessed with crystal clear beach. The entire region is virgin with having beautiful looking curving bay with rocky cliffs. The place is widely known for snorkeling and other water adventure. In the year 1981, the statue of Virgin Mary was erected which still stands high. If you love hiking, then visit Calypso Cave which is located on the cliffs. Standing on this cliff, one can get the best view of the beach and surroundings.
Vik, Iceland: Visit Reynisfjara shore close to Vik, Iceland and get enthralled with the beauty it offers. The beach is famous for its black pebble sand and features some amazing cliff which is naturally made up of basalt columns. Along with this, there are some amazingly looking basalt sea stacks and is blessed with rich birdlife that makes this place worth visiting. One has to be careful while visiting this place as the waves are quite strong and unpredictable.
Praia da Cova Redonda- Portugal: This is the real paradise that attracts tourists towards it. The bay here is not the large one but has enough space with full of sheltered nooks and crannies. Its quite extraordinary shape that has been formed in the cliffs due to the erosion looks amazing. Tourist coming from far countries do enjoy visit this place. There are flights from all countries flying down here. Tourists can enjoy cheap tickets offered to fly down to Portugal and get blessed with this amazing beach view.
Virgin Island's Creek- Brittany, France: There is no doubt that France is the top tourist destination and is blessed with some amazing beaches. One of the worth visiting is the Virgin's Island that has Mediterranean beach like setting and has natural cave of lle Vierge which is known as Point of Saint Hernot. It is also the most unusual place in Brittany. There are a number of water sports activities including snorkeling and kayaking that can be enjoyed.
There are many more beautiful beaches in Europe that attract tourists from across the world. If you're planning for long Europe trip then make sure that you visit any of the above-mentioned beaches and enjoy the best moment.
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Everybody should be happy if can fly on the plane every time they travel. Traveling by airplane offers a lot of benefits. Airplane gives you shorter travel time, resulting in more time to spend at the destination. During the flight, you will be immersed in a comfortable cabin plus the great service from professional crews. Besides, ride on the airplane also feels more elegant and high class. Isn't it?
Back in the past, the airplanes are presented in high prices. Only certain people with higher social economic status can afford to take a trip on a plane. However, the reality is now evolving to the other side.
Nowadays, everyone can afford to buy the flight tickets. It is supported more by the presence of budget airlines that grow so fast these days.
Not only the budget airlines, but the price competition also makes everybody can fly now. The competition directs each airline from each class competing with others to offer the cheaper airfare in order attracting more passengers. As a result, we can see there's plenty special promo is offered by the airlines.
But again. Is everyone can enjoy the promo? Of course, you are, as long as you know the right way to do it.
Already eager to be a travel master? These 7 tricks will show you how easy peasy to always get the cheap flights promotion. You can do each of them one at the time or separately some of them.
1. Follow the airlines social media, especially your favorite one
Besides the official website, social media is one of the most active and responsive sources of information. The entire worlds' popular airlines must have the official social media account. Keep up to date with any newest news about the airlines each time you access your account. The airlines always share the special promo via social media pages. You can also win the interesting price if you actively join the games of the quiz they held. From the social media, the airline company can direct you towards much useful travel news, even to their own blog, official website, and secret pages!
2. Use online travel agent to search and book flight tickets
An online travel agent may become the next primary player in the travel industry. This is one stop solution to book cheap flights after you have been served by detailed and useful infos from the complete list of flights schedule and airlines.
The OTA usually holds their specific special promo. It means, booking a flight on this site directing you to get double deals (one from the official airlines and one specifically from the agencies). You can enjoy the special promo from any airlines just by visiting one website only! No need to take more time browsing!
3. Be a member of the online travel agencies
Enlarge your possibility to earn more special promo by registering as a member of your favorite OTA. As the registered member, you will get more personal and useful update from it. The more you use the OTA, it will offer you more benefit.
4. Subscribe to travel newsletters from airlines and online travel agencies
If you are not feeling secure or willing to be a member, you can choose to just subscribe to the newsletter. Simply give your email to the airline company or the OTA so they can send you the newsletter regularly. Newsletters are filled with more detail travel info and updates, including more specific special promos you can enjoy.
5. Join as frequent flyer miles
If you have favorite airlines and frequently fly with it, consider joining in miles program. It's the priority membership program. This exclusive membership not only promises you more special ticket price, but also many personal benefits. As the miles holder, you can grant the access to the executive lounge, more baggage capacity, and prior check in.
6. Using credit cards as a payment method
Though credit card is risky; we can't deny that this magic card is being the primary payment tool in travel because it's accepted globally. Furthermore, the airlines and affiliate merchant also often hold the special promo for certain credit card holder.
7. Always visit the travel fair in town
Another promo source can be found on the travel fair event. The bigger and more trustable the fair, the bigger and more tempting its promo.
Travelling to the Philippines can be an amazing experience. Pristine beaches, beautiful catholic churches, mesmerising views, volcanic adventures, diving and much more, there’s a lot to visit and do in the Philippines.
So, if this stunningly beautiful country is in your travelling bucket list, then here are a few Philippines travel tips that can help you save a lot of money and enjoy the amazing beauty of this inimitable destination in much lesser price than you have ever expected.
Book Early One of the best ways to save money on your travel bookings is to plan in advance. The earlier you book, the higher are the chances that you would have to spend less as compared to the ones who book after you.
Don’t Travel On Weekends and Holidays While the holidays are the best time to travel, but, if you book your flight or hotels for the weekdays you would be able to book for cheaper prices. Moreover, don’t travel on the holidays or peak tourist season. Plan a bit in advance and choose the days wisely to save money.
Choose Vacation Rentals Over Hotels The Philippine vacation rentals offer you a much cost-effective way to spend your holidays as compared to hotels. They are not only economical but also, have given you better options as compared to hotels. You can book a lavish villa, enjoy all the amenities and stay the way you want. The vacation rentals give you the comfort of home at an international destination.
Eat from Local Eateries Eating from the local restaurants and eateries is one of the best ways to save money, and in fact, an incredible way to explore the food culture of the foreign place. The cuisine and the delicacies of a place can be best tasted at the local food streets, and the Philippines is quite famous for its local Filipino cuisine.
Travel Using Public Transportation Hiring taxis or private vehicles may cost you higher, and if you want to save money yet, visit the various tourist spots, one of the best ways to do it is by hopping on the public transport. In many tourist places, there are tourist buses for sightseeing, and they take you for a half day or full day tour, and have halts at various tourist destinations. This way, you won't miss a single destination, yet travel at lower prices.
Shop from Local Markets When you are in the Philippines, you will get tempted to shop a lot of things, as they are not just cheaper but also are of high quality. However, if you want to save some more bucks, then don’t buy from the malls. Instead, visit the local markets, interact with some local people to find out the best markets and purchase from there.
Hire a Bicycle For health conscious people, what can be better than visiting a new city on the two amazing wheels. You can get a bicycle for hire on much lesser price, and you can explore the surroundings and the city in a cost effective yet healthy manner. Moreover, cycling ill allow you to have enough time to behold the beauty of the place.
With these money saving tips, you would surely be able to visit the Philippines in budget and save a lot of money.
Imagine driving away from close family and friends in a limousine after the most important day of your entire life. Where does that road lead to? Not sure yet? Not a problem. Picking the perfect honeymoon destination is one of the most important decisions any couple can make when planning their big day. With that in mind, here are five of the most romantic destinations from all across the globe that are sure to heat things up and create memories to last a lifetime.
Morocco No place on earth overwhelms the senses – in the best way imaginable – than the truly remarkable gem of North Africa: the Kingdom of Morocco. Morocco’s culture offers one-of-a-kind experiences for travelers seeking enlightenment and who wish to spend their honeymoon exploring a truly energetic city. From exotic local cuisine , which guests are encouraged to eat with their hands and forgo utensils altogether, to exploring crowded bazaars hand-in-hand with their loved one finding trinkets and ‘magic’ lamps, newlyweds can expect to never find a dull moment while their feet are on Moroccan soil. Visit the ancient city of Fez where donkeys are the common mode of transportation or travel just a bit farther North to Chefchaouen where locals paint every inch of their city the most vibrant shade of blue to remind themselves to lead an honest, spiritual life – it is a truly awe-inspiring sight travelers won’t want to miss.
French Polynesia Located about halfway between the California coast and Australia, this nearly perfect stretch of paradise is made up of more than one-hundred uniquely formed islands – the most well-known of which being Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora. Newlyweds can enjoy private over-water bungalows which offer a unique look into exotic marine habitats right in the comfort of their living quarters. Islands in this corner of the world have beautiful white, pink and black-sand beaches that make exploring with a new spouse an adventure all its own. The mysterious volcanic mountain ranges of Mo’orea await travelers wishing to step up the adventure and take a leap of faith with one another. Bora Bora, alternatively, offers one-of-a-kind glimpses into colorful coral-gardens which can be enjoyed while snorkeling, diving or even just swimming in its beautiful waters.
Walt Disney World Disney World isn’t just for kids – it has a lot to offer adults. For budget-conscious newlyweds looking to stay in the continental United States, Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort offers the perfect setting for a fairy-tale bride to ease into wedded bliss with her very own Prince Charming. Spend all day enjoying adventures in-park and all night experiencing local nightlife and live entertainment at neighboring Disney Springs. Nearby exclusive Orlando-area resorts offer a necessary home-base for busy travelers to unwind. Unique vacation packages make traveling to the ‘happiest place on earth’ the gift that keeps on giving as couples explore the multitude of offerings these truly magnificent parks have to offer. Whether you discover the African tundra on safari at Animal Kingdom or traverse the wonders of the globe at Epcot’s multi-cultural smorgasbord of nations, Disney World has something for every interest.
From tropical getaways full of passion and adventure to trips rooted in mystery and native-immersion a honeymoon can mark the beginning of a new chapter in any couple’s sparkling future. While the most important decision might seem to lie in picking the right destination, the takeaway should be that no matter where you spend the first moments of matrimony, the important thing is that you’re together – ‘til death do you part!
Katie Parsons is a communications specialist with Westgate Resorts. She’s also the creator of parenting blog Mumbling Mommy and mom to 5 of her own little ones. Photo by Juan Antonio Segal via Flickr Creative Commons
Summer holidays are around, and you must have started planning for the season. However, sometimes our plans get canceled by seeing very high prices for the air tickets and the holiday packages. If this is the case with you, then don’t worry. There are many ways in which you can save money on summer holidays while having complete fun with your friend and family.
So, if you want to go on a holiday this summer, but are looking for the best places and deals so that you can have a break from your day to day routine yet don’t have to spend a lot of money, then you can check the following budget holiday destinations where you can spend some amazing time.
1. Vietnam Completely natural and unspoiled, Vietnam is not just a beautiful country, but also a cheap holiday destination for the summers too. The sweeping white sands and lush mountainscape sake Vietnam an amazing holiday destination for the summers, and the best part is that you can easily spend an entire day here in 10 – 15 Euros. Hanoi and the Ho Chi Min City are the best destinations where you can not only enjoy the natural views but can also indulge in a number of relaxing activities.
2. Bulgaria The black sea resorts of Bulgaria offer a mesmerizing holiday experience. You can soak in the sun, enjoy the beaches, be the part of beach parties, have great food and drinks, and that too without burning a hole in your pocket. There is a plenty of cobbled lanes and old churches which you can explore apart from the stunning black sea coastline.
3. Argentina From the rugged Andes mountains on the country’s western border to the jungles of the La Pampa, there’s plenty to do and see in Argentina. Buenos Aires, which has recently earned the reputation of one of the most exciting and amazing cities in the world offers an incredible nightlife. The food is amazing and you can enjoy a variety of drinks, all at low cost.
4. Greece Owing to the ongoing financial crisis in the country, the cost of holidaying has become much lower than what it used to be earlier. However, if you plan to visit the most famous Greek islands like Mykonos or Santorini you might have to spend a lot of money. But, by staying in quieter Greek getaways like Skiathos or Paros, you can enjoy stunning scenery, amazing climate, delicious food and an array of drinks at half the price.
5. Ireland The airfare prices for the Ireland have tumbled over the past few years, and that’s why it's now much cheaper to land in Dublin than you expect. Also, if you want to save even more money, try booking the air tickets well in advance. Due to the high population of students in the city of Dublin, you can enjoy great nightlife here.
For the shoppers, Dublin is an excellent destination and they can pick up some amazing stuff from the Dublin’s weekend Blackrock Market. Overall it's an amazing place and you can have a memorable vacation here.
You can check the most astounding deals for the summer holidays on MyVoucherCodes, where they offer incredible discounts and unbelievable deals. Photo by Loi Nguyen Duc via Flickr Creative Commons
Are you about to take a trip? People love those times when they get to forget about the real world and luxuriate on a vacation. Still, you need to do a bit of planning before you pack your bags. One of your most important decisions is how you'll communicate while you travel.
Here's a guide on how to choose the right phone for your next vacation.
You'll first need to decide which phone features are important to you. Buyers in search of a bigger screen should consider a phablet. The most popular models, such as the Google Pixel XL, have screens of at least 5.5 inches. As Google's signature product, it's on the pricy side, costing $1,099 without a contract. A less expensive option with an even bigger screen is the Huawei Mate 9, which doesn't have the pure processing power of the Pixel XL. At 5.9 inches, it's one of the largest phablets on the market, though.
The controversial choice for Android fans is also arguably the best. Apple's iPhone 7 smartphone requires you to change ecosystems, but the underlying quality of the phone makes the change worthwhile. Plus, the smaller iPhone 7 is 4.7 inches while the iPhone 7 Plus has a massive 5.5-inch screen. With a monitor that big, you can use your phone as a combination of video maker and binoculars. You'll have the best view possible of faraway shots.
Battery Life Your phone won't help you any on your trip if it's constantly out of juice. While plenty of tips exist for maximizing your battery life while traveling, your phone's battery is still the most important element. You want to choose a device that can hold a charge for the body of the day. That way, you'll only have to charge your phone overnight during your trip, alleviating you from the aggravation of carrying an extra battery all day.
CNet regularly tests battery life, and it maintains an updated list of the phones that score the highest. Among Android devices, CNET's current favorite is the Motorola Moto Z Play, which it calculated can last more than 23 hours per charge. The Huawei Mate 9 again scores high in this category, and various models from the Samsung Galaxy 7 line also enjoy charges of 16-21 hours. Any of these will guarantee that you don't have to worry about battery life during your trip.
Coverage Area and Data Plan Roaming fees are the worst part of travel. Before you choose a new plan, you must verify that you'll have cell-phone service at your destination. While most carriers claim that they cover more than 95 percent of North America today, you must verify that you're not in the wrong 5 percent.
Similarly, when traveling abroad, you need to make sure your carrier serves the country you're visiting. You also need to check that you won't absorb roaming fees during your trip. Finally, you need a plan that will offer enough data that you won't exceed your bandwidth while traveling. This area is particularly important since you'll use your phone more when you're away.
The best strategy is to buy a phone that includes an extensive amount of data from a carrier with a large coverage area. Again, T-Mobile is the choice here since analysis proves that it's the best carrier today. It also offers Simple Choice and T-Mobile One, both of which offer phone coverage in more than 140 countries for a single monthly cost. You can travel without worrying about roaming fees.
Protection During your travels, your smartphone will get knocked around some. It's inevitable. Even if you keep it in your pocket most of the time, you'll still thoughtlessly toss it on a table. If you do anything involving the great outdoors, water sports, or amusement parks, you're likely to drop it at least once. You'll want to use a case at all times, preferably a waterproof one. You should also research which phone screens are most likely to crack. The last thing you want while on vacation is get stuck without a phone.
Selecting the right phone for your vacation requires a bit of research. You may even have to go outside your current ecosystem and consider an iPhone. Still, using the tips above, you'll find the perfect phone, guaranteeing an unforgettable vacation.