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Almost everything leading up to your next holiday is filled with excitement; from planning the trip, to making all the arrangements, and even counting down the days until the holiday starts. But the one thing that fills many travellers with dread is the thought of actually packing for the trip. There is only so much space available, leading to the almost inevitable elimination round where you decide against certain items, mostly due to their size. But even if you’re able to skip packing some bulky items you’re still going to find it tough to pack everything you need in a way that doesn’t take up too much space, but still avoids you ending up with a holiday wardrobe that looks like it’s never seen the flat end of an iron.

There’s no shortage of travel hacks on the internet, so we’ve spent time sorting through them to find these clever luggage hacks that – despite their simplicity – you may not have thought of before.

Cling wrap & ice-cream containers

Discovering that your toiletries have leaked all over your clothing is no way to start your holiday, but there are two simple ways to avoid this. Remove the lid of any liquid toiletries you’ll be packing and cover the top of the bottle with a little bit of cling wrap before twisting the lid back on. This not only helps contain the liquids, it also prevents the lid from coming loose during transit. Alternatively, you can pack your liquid toiletries inside an old ice-cream container to curb any spills. The container will also come in handy if you need to wash any small items of clothing during your trip and don’t have access to a laundry or basin.

Pack some dental floss

Dental floss is not only good for maintaining oral hygiene, it can also act as a makeshift clothesline to hang your laundry on to dry. But even if you don’t expect to be doing any laundry during your trip, dental floss can come in handy for other reasons too. These include emergency shoe laces, a temporary replacement for screws on spectacles or sunglasses, and even acting as thread if you need to temporarily repair any clothes. Just make sure it is the thin dental floss and not dental tape.

Include a cheap door wedge

Even if you’ll be staying in high-end hotels throughout your trip, there’s no guarantee that your hotel room door will have a door stop to keep the door open if necessary. But apart from being used to keep a door open, a door wedge can also be used to keep a door closed: a bit of added security at night when you’re sleeping.

Buy some dryer sheets

Dryer sheets are generally used in clothes dryers to add a bit of a fresh scent to your laundry, and to prevent static build-up. And you can layer a few sheets between the clothes in your luggage for the same reason. If you do a lot of walking in the same pair of shoes, you can also ball a few sheets up and leave them in your shoes overnight to help draw out moisture and odours.

Use your shoes

Speaking of shoes, they also make excellent holders in your luggage for small items such as charging cables, jewellery, and even socks and underwear. This prevents these items from disappearing in your luggage, or from taking up other valuable space.

Keep an empty lip balm tube

An empty lip balm tube – like those used by Nivea, ChapStick, or Labello – can be used as a discreet storage container for cash. It doesn’t replace your wallet or purse, but instead is used to keep your excess cash hidden – and safe – in the event that you are robbed. Keep a minimal amount of cash in your wallet, and the rest rolled up inside the lip balm tube.

Use the cloud

It has always been advisable to make copies of all your important travel documents, including your itinerary, passport, flight tickets, and travel insurance (for Australia). The copies should be given to family or friends, and also packed in your luggage separate to the originals, so you have access to copies if you ever happen to lose the originals. But with the proliferation of cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive, it is also smart to upload electronic copies to one of these as an additional safeguard. As long as you have access to the internet you will be able to retrieve them without having to disturb your family and friends, especially if you’re travelling across time zones.

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Travel is a popular activity for many seniors and retirees, and while senior travel insurance is offered as a separate form of travel insurance, it is by no means an inferior product to regular travel cover. But irrespective of whether you are going on a cruise, a tour, or a self-guided holiday, there are some travel tips you should always follow to help ensure you have the best time possible, and that should anything go wrong, you not only have the right travel cover but also know how to go about making a claim.

Health & Safety Advice

The Smartraveller website is provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and includes up-to-date travel advisories for all countries, along with other valuable travel information. Registering your details and travel itinerary with them allows you to receive the latest travel advice, along with notifications for you and your family in the event of an emergency.

Visit your GP at least two weeks before your departure date to find out if you need any vaccinations, and to get a letter that clearly states what prescription medication you are taking with you, and what each medication is for. It is possible that some of your medications might be illegal in the countries you are travelling to, and your doctor will be able to advise you of this and suggest alternatives where available.

Avoid tour packages that include too many activities in a short period of time. You could end up overexerting yourself, and not having enough time to rest. It’s meant to be a holiday, not a marathon.

While some destinations have a higher crime rate than others, you could be mugged anywhere. Carrying a dummy wallet, filled with old cards and a small amount of cash, can help you avoid losing everything if you are robbed, as can splitting your money between your wallet, your luggage, and the hotel safe. And definitely avoid wearing expensive looking jewellery.

With a bit of research ahead of time you’ll know whether the tap water at your destination is safe to drink. If in doubt, stick to drinking bottled water and soft-drinks, and also using bottled water for brushing your teeth.

Alcoholic beverages should be safe, but if the tap water isn’t safe to drink then you should ask for your drinks without ice.

Cruising Tips

Australian residents are not covered by Medicare or private health insurance on cruises, even when the ship never leaves Australian waters. If you don’t have travel insurance, any medical expenses incurred on the cruise – including medical evacuation – will be for your own cost.

Make sure your travel insurance for seniors includes cover for cancellation, including for any services you have pre-paid. With the right travel insurance, if you need to cancel your trip or any items on your itinerary, you’ll be able to recover some of costs.

If you’ve never travelled by sea before, or know that you get sea sick, pack a natural remedy such as ginger, or ask your pharmacy to recommend a treatment before you board.

You can avoid expensive roaming charges on your mobile phone bill by putting it in Flight Mode. This will still allow you to use many of the features on your phone, including the camera and alarm.

General Travel Tips

Make copies of your travel itinerary and seniors travel insurance documents for your family, or close friends not travelling with you.

Avoid having your bank and credit card company freeze your accounts by letting them know when and where you will be travelling.

Try to take out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. Some policies have a 7-14 day waiting period before they are active. Also make sure the policy has the correct dates on it, offering coverage from the day you depart, until the day you return to Australia.

When taking out travel insurance, always declare any pre-existing health conditions you have. Not all policies cover pre-existing conditions, while some will require you to undergo a health assessment before covering pre-existing conditions. Failing to declare a pre-existing condition can result in your travel insurance claims being denied.

Most travel insurance policies include an excess, which you will need to pay out-of-pocket before a claim can be processed. However, some policies will allow you to pay a small amount extra when taking out travel cover to avoid any excess.

Make sure you travel insurance cover is sufficient for your needs. Basic cover might be cheaper, but it comes with fewer benefits. Cover for cancellations and lost deposits might seem like an unnecessary benefit, but you’ll be happy to have them if your plans ever change unexpectedly.

Making a Travel Insurance Claim

Read through the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before choosing a travel insurance product. It will include important information on the benefits you are entitled to, along with the requirements for making a claim.

Store all the contact numbers for your insurer on your phone, but write them down too and keep these in your wallet and luggage. This will ensure you always have quick and easy access to any numbers you need to contact for a claim or assistance.

Claims for lost or stolen goods must be accompanied by a police report or police reference number. The insurer will normally also require proof that you owned the items listed on your claim, with a copy of the receipt being the preferred proof of ownership. However, you won’t always have the receipt for older items, so a good practice is to photograph everything you are packing for your trip, especially high-value items.

For both medical assistance and claims on lost or stolen items contact your insurer as soon as possible to start the claims process, and for practical advice. Provide them with as much detailed information as possible.

If you need to mail the insurer a claim form with supporting documents, make a copy of all the paperwork for your own records. But if your insurer offers an online process for submitting claims, try to use it instead since it can speed up the process.

Check that you have filled in all the required fields, and provided as much information as possible, along with supporting documents. Also check that you have signed and dated the forms wherever necessary. The claims department for all Australian insurers are required to follow the General Insurance Code of Practice, so will process your claim as quickly and fairly as possible, but following the steps above will definitely assist.

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When you plan a trip to Europe there are a few countries that comes first to the mind like London, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France etc. These countries no doubt are amazing places and have beaches, mountains, markets, nightlife, culture, history, food, lifestyle and everything to attract tourism. But there are parts and countries in Europe which are less explored and visited. These places though not very famous yet are special in their own ways and will not disappoint you if once visited. After a research, we have short listed three countries of Europe, which are still virgin in the sense that they do not experience many tourists. Once you visit these countries your opinion will change and most likely for good. Also, with SpiceJet your travelling will also become fun. It has budget friendly offers and with SpiceJet offers, you can bag discounts on booking of your flight tickets.

FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF THOSE COUNTRIES-

  1. CZECH REPUBLIC

A very small country in Europe Czech Republic is famous because of its capital Prague. But it is just not the capital that the country has to offer to the

tourists. Do you know this country has the largest number of castles in the world? Despite its size, it is very rich in culture, history, places to explore, architecture, food, beer and many more things.

You will simply fall in love with the peaceful, quiet, comfortable nature of the country. It has over 2000 castles; some as old as belonging to the 13th century. Both Karlštejn Castle and the Trosky Castle are in this country. Apart from this the country has a very complex history- from bohemian empire till the Czechoslovakia. If you love greenery, nature and sight scenes, then you should not miss this country.

The country is the home to 12 UNESCO heritage sites. The surprising fact is, with respect to the size of the country it has the maximum number of heritage sites per sq. km. The oldest castles and Kutna Hora are the examples of it.

Beer tradition in this country is very old and is dated back to the 10th century around in the year 993. Some of the beers made in this country are world famous for their delicious taste. Even the wine produced in the south Moravia is extremely popular for the taste as well as the variety. The clubs and pubs in the country serves some of the best beer and wine in the world. The food of the country is also quite diverse and you are going to love the potato soup, and Knedlíky, Guláš, roast pork are some of the best dishes the country serves.

The country is extremely suitable if you are planning a budget friendly trip. And as compared to other countries in Europe the prices here are pocket friendly. Coffee here is as cheap as 1euro, and a trip around the city will cost you as low as 4 euros. Food and hotels are also quite cheap in the country. And it has the cheapest beer in the world. This country is a paradise for shopaholics as well because of the low prices of clothes and other things.

  1. SAN MARINO

Tiny San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world. Enclave country surrounded by Italian territory from all four sides, the mountainous microstate is 23.6 sq. miles in area, roughly half the size of San Francisco. Its most notable features are the three towers that sit on three peaks which make up Monte Titano ridge line. The three towers are also depicted on national flag. This country should be now on the top of the list for all those who love to explore and are history lovers. Surrounded by Italy, this place can be an easy trip from Italian cities.

Those who love history must visit this place. Tower of Guaita: Iconic 11th century fortress, The Fortress of Guaita, exhibits panoramic views. It served briefly as a prison. However, the construction continued till 15th century to attain its current size. Tower of Cesta: It is a 13th century fort constructed out of remains of Roman fort. In 1956, Sammarinese Museum of Ancient Arms was built inside the tower in honour of Saint Marinus. Tower of Montale: It was constructed in 14th Century and it also served as prison.

Monte Titano is the highest peak in San Marino which stands 739 m above sea level. it is a home of capital, City of San Marino and three peaks topped by Medieval towers. It is designated as world heritage site in 2008 (32nd session). The other attractions include neo-classical basilica of the 19th century, 14th and 16th century convents, 14th century church Chiesa di San Francesco and the Palazzo Publico of the 19th century, as well as the 18th century Titano Theatre. Mount Titan, San Marino National Park & the Piazza Della Liberta are among the other attractions of this country.

The country has simplicity in its food to offer with deliciousness in it’s soul. The food is highly influenced from its neighbouring countries mostly Italy, only their herbs and ingredients differentiate their food from others. The list of distinctive cuisine adds up more than a dozen foods but there are few dishes that are been loved by all who visited such as “torta tre monti”(chocolate and hazelnut layer cake), “faggioli con le cotiche”(bean and bacon soup), their local wine “tulis” and San Marino Moscato (a sweet local muscat).

  1. MONTENEGRO

Our fascination for places depends on words of mouth and the reviews we read around. Some places for this reason get un explored and under-rated most of the time. Montenegro is one such country. While planning a trip to a peaceful place, we generally look for the mountains or if to relax, we look for beaches. Montenegro is one such place, which satisfies the need of an explorer or traveller and has everything one can look for. Being only 13,812 square kilometres, this place is situated at the edge of Mediterranean Sea, it has a lot to offer, and there is a reason why it is called “the land of six continents”. This trip can be more fun with SpiceJet. One of the best airlines, it has many amazing discount on booking of the tickets. So use the SpiceJet offers for your booking and bag heavy discounts.

With over 100 beaches on the 295 kilometres coastline this place is home to the beautiful beaches. The south coast is among the largest coasts of Europe. This place had been the heaven for sea and beach lovers and it also has unique pink sand beach. There is another surprise that the beaches have for the people, every year in July, the country hosts a sea dance festival.

Riveting history of Europe and it’s mythology has a deep connection with this country. So, for those who think that Rome and Athens are the only places which connect the ancient mythology, need to explore the city of Kotor. Nobody knows clearly the true facts and the history is still a mystery, but according to the archaeologists it used to be the ancient city of Acruvium. The bay of Kotor is one of the world heritage sites under UNESCO and is a must visit.

As the most part of the country faces the water, you will have a chance to taste an exceptionally large sea food variety such as Hungarian, Serbian etc. the Turkish sweet is another very popular dish of the country. The country is also famous for its smoked ham(prsuta) and the traditional cheese and rakija (type of brandy) which you will find in the village of Njegusi. From breakfast to dinner this place is a joy for foodies and doesn’t cut your pockets.

This place is no less than Venice also it had been the substitute of Venice from 1420 to 1797. The citi’s architecture is spellbinding to say. Its beauty includes 17 churches, 16 baroque places and innumerable museums. “A journey on foot is well observed” hence this city gives you that chance as there is no vehicle you have to explore on your foot. There is also an island called “our lady of the rock” which is a man-made island.

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Summary: India is the land of divinity, yoga, and serene beauty. Read the blog to know how the experience of doing yoga teacher training in India is really like.

One surely falls in love with yoga as soon as they step onto the yoga mat. The asanas, pranayama, meditation, and other yoga activities have the power to transform the lives of the practitioner. There are many yoga enthusiasts who crave for more and their longing and passion for yoga leads them towards the intensive learning of the science that is safely accomplished through yoga teacher training. A yoga teacher training program is a step towards attaining an in-depth and authentic teaching of yoga for a life-changing experience. The best place to commence the journey of this profoundly concentrated course is on the yogic land of India. Yoga teacher training in India dispenses the traditional teachings of this ancient science of healthcare in the most perfect manner.

So here are the experiences you can count on during yoga teacher training in India.

Lineage- Learn from the land of origin

5000 years ago, the ancient practice of yoga was originated in India. Being the birth land, the country hoards the ancestral art of yoga. Through the authentic and traditional practices, you gain the treasure of good health and enjoy a happy life. Yoga teacher training in India is not merely about practicing the asanas but adopt the yogic values as well in perfect harmony. Learning yoga in India also helps you attain knowledge from the ancient yoga scriptures and grants with yogic wisdom and valuable life lessons.

Teachers- Abode for traditional yoga gurus

Being the land of origin, India is the abode of the most-renowned yoga teachers and gurus. Learning under their guidance surely lets you experience the true essence of the yogic practices. The expert yoga teachers deliver the traditional knowledge of yoga and also pass on the experience they gain to the students with intensity and perfection. You can visit places like Dharamshala, Rishikesh, Mysore, Kerala, etc., for discovering the ideal yoga teacher training program.

Awaken The Spirituality- The land of divinity

Yoga teacher training rewards an ample number of inexplicable experiences to cherish. India is also a popular place among the spirituality seekers across the globe. Yoga aims at unifying the soul to the universal consciousness, and no place is better than India for the practice of the same. The pure and pious atmosphere makes you feel divinity in and around, and motivate you towards the practice to attain tranquillity, harmony, solace, and positivity. Visit divine places like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Khajuraho, Varanasi, etc.

Ayurveda- Heal within

Ayurveda is the sister philosophy of yoga and India is the place where Ayurveda came into existence as the natural medicinal system thousands of years back. Designed to heal the ailments, the ancient practice of Ayurveda is the system of preventive and curative medication. Ayurveda identifies the ailments with the study of the body’s constitution and provides intercession to restore the health. During the yoga teacher training in India, a person learns and uplifts the Ayurveda services and experiences deep relaxation. Visit the land of origin ‘Kerala’ and avail the best Ayurveda therapies and treatments.

Diverse Terrain- Take the nature therapy

Another reason that makes India worth visiting for yoga teacher training is its diverse natural terrain. The land of the breathtaking Himalayan ranges, enthralling coastline, scintillating deserts, mesmerizing flora and fauna, dense forests, surely provides a soulful and visually-soothing experience. Practicing yoga and meditation in such a serene and beautiful environment works wonderfully on the health and is truly inspiring.

Wanderlust- Travel, Adventure, and Explore

As mentioned, India is one diverse land and yoga teacher training in India is an ideal way to explore this majestic land while uplifting the wholesome benefits of yoga and meditation. India has many things to offer its every kind of traveler and when it comes to satiating the wandering soul, India is the place to be at. Whether a beach lover or mountaineer, want to try desert safari or go on a wildlife safari, love camping or just prefer to stroll the high-end cities, pick your ideal way to relax and relish every moment of your yoga teacher training in India.

Cultural Heritage- Dig into the roots of the yogic land

India is one culturally diverse country. Visit any part of India and you get to experience something new, something unique. From religion to tradition, to apparel to languages, India is a colorful, vibrant land that offers different flavors. Yoga teacher training in India gives an opportunity to garner and learn more about the yogic land.

Satiate The Palate- Enjoy the delectable Indian cuisines

A trip to India is incomplete without tasting the delectable and varied Indian cuisines. During the YTTC, you get an opportunity to taste different kinds of delectable foods. Many renowned Yoga schools offer three times a day yogic meals and herbal tea to their students for complete health and vitality. India offers a variety of food that is both healthy and palate satiating.

India is an ideal place to commence the yogic expedition,  journey towards finding peace, solace, spirituality, awareness, and joy. Visit this divine and pious yogic land for yoga teacher training and unfold the layers of a happy and healthy living to experience wholesomeness.

Author Bio : Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.

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Coffee is such a regular part of the lives of many it is difficult to imagine a day without this delicious beverage. It does not matter whether it is on a train, at home, in the office, or on a trip, people want access to their preferred flavour. However, being able to get the same taste at all times takes planning. There are a variety of coffee products in the market. Some are expensive while others are not. Nevertheless, it is possible to have that unique taste at all times and in every place. Gourmesso is a cheaper alternative to other Nespresso capsules. This enticing Nespresso capsule alternative comes in 25 distinct varieties. Tasty latte or irresistible cappucino like the ones in local coffee shops can be produced from Espresso capsules.

Where coffee began

The historical events surrounding coffee dates back a few centuries. There are a lot of speculations though. Nonetheless, one of the most reliable assumptions is that, coffee was first processed in Ethiopia. But, commercial cultivation of this remarkable crop started in the Near East around the 15th Century. As the fame of coffee spread far and wide, it advanced to social gatherings and was no longer limited to household settings. This led to the establishment of coffee houses in many ancient cities. European travellers who visited the Arab world brought back coffee to the continent and about the 17th Century, coffee was prominent in European society. Coffee business is now so well known and lucrative it contributes immensely to the GDP of many countries. Colombia is one of the foremost producers of coffee.

Coffee in Colombia

This celebrated crop is a cultural identity in Colombia. The coffee beans are raised in small farms or huge agricultural establishments. In either case, the outcome is the optimal beans specie. Colombia has a weather condition slightly lower than Argentina. It has constant rainfall and the temperature is high all year round. Up to 99% of the population speak Spanish. Each region has a unique weather condition caused by winds, the landscape, and ocean currents.Coffee is such an integral part of Colombian life that it is commonly the preferred choice for breakfast.

The allure of Colombia

It is an enchanting country of diverse man-made and natural features. It is made up of winding river basins, coastal plains, highlands, and breathtaking mountains. The best way to visit this beautiful South American country is by air. Connecting flights from many major international airports go directly to Colombia. In the country, the best option is bus services. These come in all categories. There are the locally run buses which are usually overcrowded. Then, air-conditioned buses although they cost a bit more. The Amazon forest is one of the reasons tourists visit Colombia. Boats that connect nearby cities and towns give a good view of these captivating forest. The constant fluctuation in weather condition will affect your travelling time and what you can see. Cars are excellent for local sightseeing. For longer trips, a bus should be the preferred alternative. Colombian meals fall into different classifications. There are a range of Italian and Spanish dishes available in the restaurants. Irresistible sea food are among local menus.

A taste of local recipes

The meals are specific for each region. A dish that is highly cherished in one may not be so in another. A typical meal in Colombia contains a lot of meat. This is definitely not a vegetarian community. The further to the coast you go, you will realise their Gourmesso is a cheaper alternative to other Nespresso capsules. A couple of the meals are prepared using coconut milk. A number of the fruits are virtually unknown to visitors from other parts of the world. A typical Colombian breakfast comprises of coffee, fruits, bread, and fruit juice. The main course for the day is the lunch which is a large meal of delicious fish or meat, tasty wine, palatable traditional soup, and sweet dessert. Dinner comes in a simpler form as a snack

Health benefits of coffee

The number one useful component in coffee is caffeine. When coffee is consumed up to 400mg or 5 cups per day, there is no recognizable harmful effects. Nevertheless, it is important to identify a person’s tolerance level. Each coffee tree, the beans, and beverages have particular levels of caffeine. The amount of caffeine present in each coffee bean is dependent on the bean specie itself, and also the processing and storage method. There are some notable advantages of coffee consumption: caffeine can avert liver disease. It assists in enhanced cognition function in adults. It increases athletic endurance. Caffeine as well lessens the possibility of type 2 diabetes. It can boost longevity in some cases. There are situations whereby the consumption of coffee is associated with a sharper memory.

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Planning for and taking part in vacation is undoubtedly the exciting part of travel. However, the costs of flights, food, accommodation, entertainment, and local transportation can put a real dent in your wallet. Without proper planning and preparation, a remarkable travel experience can turn into a financial nightmare once you get back home.

Below are practical tips to help you save your hard-earned money on your forthcoming trip.

1. Enjoy Your Signature Meals for Less

Expenses on food may not command lots of attention in your travel plan. Unlike airfares and accommodation cost that you can determine and pay for before departure, food expenses are less predictable. Failing to budget for food properly can easily wreck your budget. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower food costs.

  • Eat heavy breakfast and reduced lunch to a fast snack. Do some research and identify restaurants in your destination that offer big breakfast along with all the trimmings at a cheaper cost compared to lunch or dinner.
  • Stay in hotels that offer free breakfast to its guests. These hotels are available in big cities throughout the world.
  • Leverage sites like Wikitravel.org, Tripadvisor.com, and different coupon websites to search for affordable restaurants or eatery deals and coupons.
  • Go to local markets or grocery shops, buy and prepare your meals. Many hotel rooms have microwaves, fridges, and other critical kitchen appliances. Therefore, if you have essential utensils, you can fix simple dishes yourself.
2. Reduce Your Flight Costs

Airfares take a big percentage of your travel budget. An ideal way of saving a substantial amount of money on flight costs is booking in advance. Book at least 2 to 3 months ahead for domestic flights and at least 6 months ahead for international destinations. Get reasonable prices on flights by traveling on Tuesday. Get amazing deals by booking midweek departures and returns rather than flying on Fridays and Sundays when prices are high. If your travel destination is Cape Town, look for airlines that offer cheap flights to cape town. Do a thorough online search and compare several airlines to identify one that suits your budget needs.

3. Search for Local Deals

Look out for local deals in your travel destination to reduce your expenditure. Check your destination’s newspapers, hotel concierge, and informational centers on a regular basis. This way, you may come across discount coupons for local restaurants, entertainment spots, and attractions. Sites like Yelp, Groupon, and Livingsocial are also helpful when it comes to searching for local deals.

4. Look for Affordable Accommodation

Accommodation fees can eat a huge hole into your travel budget. You will need to incorporate some aspects of creativity to lower your expenditure on accommodation. Here are ways to save your time and money by staying at a reasonably priced accommodation facility.

  • Stay at apartment rentals where you can prepare your meals. Use sites like Tripping.com and Airbnb.com to find apartment rentals in your destination.
  • If you are passionate about nature, you can significantly cut down on your travel expenses by camping. Search for local homeowners in your destination who will allow you to camp in their private gardens.
  • You can also search for locals providing free accommodation on websites like HomeBaseHolidays.com.
5. Take Advantage of Local Public Transportation

Local transit expenses can wreck your travel budget and keep you from enjoying your trip. Renting a car downtown will help you save more money compared to renting it at an airport. Remember to bring a credit card that contains collision damage waiver insurance. Alternatively, use a local means of transport for all your transportation needs. Most cities across the globe have multi-day or weekly transport passes that will minimize your local transportation costs significantly.

Traveling shouldn’t be a costly and time-consuming process. Instead, it should be stress-free, affordable, and most importantly, fun. The above 5 actionable tips will help you lower your travel expenses significantly while boosting your travel experience in a creative way.

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Europe may still be the most popular continent in the world for travel, but it isn’t the cost effective destination it once was. From France to the Netherlands, prices have soared in recent decades, making things tough for budget travellers.

Fortunately, Central Europe offers many of the attractions the West does, but at prices that are much more reasonable. Below, we’ll lay out an itinerary which will help you make the most of your time in this magical part of the continent.

1) Berlin

Start your Central European trip in Berlin. Just a generation ago, it was a symbol of the Cold War between West and East – today, it is a cultural hub, as its affordability relative to the rest of Western Europe has given artists from across the continent a place to call home.

Nowhere is more clear than at the East Side Gallery – here, sjilled muralists have used the largest remaining segment of the Berlin Wall as an outdoor art gallery, painting compositions which both reference the tough times of decades past and modern pop/political culture.

Elsewhere, you’ll find flea markets where various bibs and bobs can be purchased, restaurants which serve up international cuisine from around the globe at accessible prices, and museums where the past comes alive.

After a long day spent seeing the various sights for which Berlin is famous, you might not always be up for hitting the clubs. On nights when you choose to stay in, don’t feel like you have to be boring – instead. Seek out the best entertainment the internet has to offer by logging on to your favourite online interactive casino.

These sites offer games like blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and various slot games, allowing you to find a game which offers the sort of adrenaline high you are after.

2) Munich

Whilst this city may be famous for Oktoberfest, the beer-soaked two week festival which happens annually in late September into October, Munich has so much more to offer than that. Start in Marienplatz, this city’s historic town square which was meticulously reconstructed after being bombed to the pavement in the Second World War.

After you have admired the architecture found there, move on to the Asam Church, a privately built church which is considered to be a masterpiece of Bavarian architecture

Inside, you’ll bear witness to incredibly detailed frescoes, expertly carved pillars, and brilliant trim – whilst many attractions charge questionable amounts for entry, you’ll be glad you paid the entry fee in this instance.

3) Vienna

Following your time in Munich, jump across Germany’s southern border to Austria. Take several days to enjoy the mountains, then make your way to Vienna. Culture enthusiasts will adore this city, as it is filled to the brim with gorgeous palaces, museums, and opera houses.

The Schönbrunn Palace should top your list, as this 1,400 room manor was once home to House Habsburg. Whilst its many rooms will keep you busy all day, don’t neglect to check out the gardens either, as it has numerous features like fountains, faux Roman ruins and what is claimed to be the oldest in the world.

When darkness falls, put on your best duds and head to the State Opera House. Here, plays, orchestras, and operas are performed on a regular basis. Check to see what shows are playing when you arrive, and pick up tickets early to ensure your seat is reserved.

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Planning a vacation with your spouse serves as an excellent way to bring fun back into life. However, planning and executing are two different things. Many couples let go of the thought when they see the price tags on everything associated with a vacation such as traveling expense, accommodation etc.

Holidays are expensive, but if you plan properly you can easily afford one as there are ways to save money on everything from food to tickets to accomodation. It is all about having the right kind of information and planning properly to make sure you save money whenever you can.

Instead, smart couples find ways to minimize expenses by picking out best deals, planning in advance and choosing to go offseason. Decisions like these help save a lot of money.

If you are struggling with the budget then you have landed on the right page.

Here are 5 ways to save money on a vacation trip with your spouse:

  1. Skip The Hotel

As strange as it may sound, it’s worth it. When it’s just you and your partner on a trip then you don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to book a hotel room. Instead, look for cottages or self catering houses online that are up for renting.

There are many benefits of living in a self catering house. It does not only offer you great privacy, but it will cost you about half as well, which means you will be saving about 50% on accomodation.

If we consider the expenses of a hotel, it includes laundry bills, food bills, room service, tips and whatnot. On the other hand, living in a self catering house while you’re on a trip can help you save these kinds of expenses.

You can wash dishes and clothes yourself, cook food for yourself or fetch from restaurants. While there is a side effect, you will not be able to enjoy the luxury that a hotel or couples luxury beach resort offers, so make sure to consider this opportunity cost. If luxury is all that you want, then pick a resort.

  1. Early Bookings Can Get You Discounts

Do not be the person who makes last minute bookings. These are very costly. You need to plan in advance and book everything from tickets to hotels in advance.

To be on a safe side book hotels that you can cancel without any charge. Many hotels offer on-the-counter payment, which is a great option if your plan is not confirmed. Other than this, you can also go for flexible ticket dates in case the plan might change.

According to reports, you can save up to 20% by booking about 40-60 days in advance. However, make sure not to book in too advance as it might backfire as well.

  1. Go Off Season

As per various surveys, around 80% of couples decide to go on a vacation during peak tourist days. This includes Christmas, easter and holiday seasons.

A great money saving decision will be to go off season. You can save up to 30% by going off-season as rates are low during off season due to low demand. Other than that, most places are also less crowded offseason so it’s a win-win situation for a couple as you get to enjoy full privacy with your partner.

  1. You Don’t Need To Order Every Meal

Ordering food thrice a day can add up a lot to your budget. You can buy fresh raw materials from the market nearby and cook it yourself at the place you’re staying. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save this way. Moreover, self cooked food is healthier and you two can help each other out while preparing food.

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If you’re thinking of going to Cuba you’ve probably heard that the best way to get a feel for local life and mingle with the locals is to book a casa particular, which is the equivalent of a bed-and-breakfast. If you’ve already decided to stay in a casa particular and don’t need any convincing, you can book a nice casa particular with these guys – www.cubacasa.co.uk – otherwise read on!

There are two types of casa particular in Cuba, both of which are better than staying in a hotel. You get the proper family casa particular where you’re welcomed with open arms by your hosts, and made to feel like you’re ten years old again visiting your lovely grandparents showering you with love, warmth and essentially anything you want! The other kind of casa particular is more like a boutique hotel as good hosts were successful and used their income to invest in improving the casa over time. These premium casas are generally full of antiques and art, tend to have something special like balconies, patios or roof terraces, and their staff are likely to be both professional and welcoming.

Whether you opt for a family casa or a premium casa, you can be sure of a friendly welcome and probably a coffee, juice or mojito when you arrive.

One of the main questions is whether you should book just a casa particular in Havana for your arrival, or whether you should book a casa particular in Trinidad, Vinales, Varadero or wherever else you plan to travel to. There is a bit of a trade-off here.

On one hand, if you book in advance you generally get the best casas which would otherwise be booked up, but this means you don’t have much flexibility in case you want to change your itinerary. It also means you save time by having somewhere to go to immediately when you get to a new place and don’t have to visit different casas with the crowds of casa owners waiting for travellers at bus stations.

On the other hand, not booking in advance means you can go with the flow and stay in different places for however long you like, depending on how much you want to stay or move on. However, this is likely to be in lower quality casas that are either really new or haven’t managed to create a reputation for themselves.

The deciding factor here is probably time. If you want to experience great casas and don’t have time to fish around or be flexible with your itinerary, then it probably makes sense to book the casas for your whole itinerary in advance. However, if you’ve got time to spare you might prefer to see where the wind takes you and see if you can uncover a hidden gem of a casa – they do exist, they’ll just take quite a bit of effort to find as they’re well promoted and people tend to snap them up well in advance of their stay. Most people at least book a casa particular in Havana for their first few nights to avoid the extra hassle when landing, then it’s a question of preference.

Whether you’d prefer a family casa or a premium casa, or fancy staying in established quality casas particulares or fancy trying to uncover a hidden gem, the choice is yours and you’ll no doubt find a route that suits you best. So, at the end of the day (and this blog-post), the question of whether to book or not to book a casa particular in Cuba is up to you!

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It may seem impossible but you can indeed travel the world and live out of just 1 carry-on sized bag. I can give you many reasons why this is a good idea. De-clutter the way you live and begin by changing the way you pack. You will not need those 3 extra pairs of jeans for a weeklong trip, nor will you need a ton of makeup that fits into 4 different makeup bags. I prefer walking around the airport with my hands free. I enjoy not having to worry if I leave my luggage at the hotel because I will carry the important things with me. Here are a few ways you can pack light, travel the world and still have fun!

  1. Back to Basics

We often do not realize, we pack so many unnecessary things that we think is a good idea but it’s really not. I like to pack just a few outfits that I match with each other before I pack them. It’s like making 8 outfits out of 4 articles of clothing. Take the basics; a pair of black jeans because black goes with everything, 1 shirt or dress for a night out, 1 or 2 shirts to wear every day, something comfortable for the night, 2 undergarments and a pair of good socks. Oh and a towel, if you’re not staying at a hotel that might give you one.

  1. How to Fold

Finally, it’s great that you’ve decided to travel using just 1 bag and made a final list of the things that you want to take. Now, there are tricks to folding your clothes because they take up the most space in your bag. There are so many different tutorials for different ways to fold when you’re trying to pack light but this one is my favorite. If you try out one of these carry-ons by Briggs and Riley, you wouldn’t have to worry about running out of space too quickly. These carry-on bags are made very well, better than a few I have tried. They have numerous pockets for easy access and staying organized.

  1. Tiny Travel Toiletries

Say that 3 times fast! If you haven’t already heard, travel sized toiletries exist! And they save up SO much space! From shampoos to soaps to toothpaste tubes, everything is downsized to fit into your jean pocket. Don’t actually put them in your jeans and then sit for an 8 hour flight. My point is that these tine bottles take up so little space that I live by them when traveling. The best part, you can get them literally everywhere! Almost all major brands make them. Even if your specific brand of shampoo doesn’t, you can still purchase empty bottles that are meant for travel and can be reused over and over again.

  1. Travel Apps

Now, while I know that this is not something you pack or can pack, they are still very helpful when trying to pack light. The normal booklets and maps you might take with you all now fit into your phone. Travel apps make life easier. They tell you the best places to eat and stay at. They tell you places you must visit and some even help you save money. I have tried and tested a few apps myself and made a list of the best travel apps.

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