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Guest post: Dublin on a Budget

Submitted by Alex Siborn

The perfect city to visit on a shoestring, Dublin is home to museums and galleries offering free admission, along with a wealth of other things to see and do. Book yourself into a great value room at one of the Travelodge Dublin hotels and prepare to enjoy the city without breaking the bank.

Getting Around

Dublin is a relatively small city which you can enjoy on foot with ease. If you’d prefer to explore on wheels however, why not hire a Dublinbike? For just 5 Euros for three days, you can hire a bike from any of the 15 locations dotted throughout the city, enabling you to get around at a somewhat quicker pace. Continue reading Guest post: Dublin on a Budget

Budget accommodation at Hotel Lucia, Marseille

In Autumn 2013, I visited Marseille with my family to explore the French coastal city whilst also taking advantage of an opportunity to explore the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship.

Travelling in a group of four and seeking an affordable way to stay relatively central to the city, we opted for accommodation at Hotel Lucia, a budget 2-star hotel that feels more like a 3-star.

Located on a main road that’s also home to a clothes and accessories market, it’s very easy to locate (directly opposite Vapiano) and is a short walk from the nearest metro station. Continue reading Budget accommodation at Hotel Lucia, Marseille

Guest post: Budget-Friendly Fun in Malta

Submitted by: Alex Siborn

If you’re looking for a break that won’t break the bank, there are more than a few possibilities on the holiday shortlist. One sun-drenched destination that ticks all the right boxes is Malta – a sunny, cheerful little island anchored in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can expect a plentiful supply of sun, sea and sand, along with stacks of heritage and a fascinating culture. Continue reading Guest post: Budget-Friendly Fun in Malta

High and lows of planning a surprise getaway – with a difference!

Canal, Amsterdam
Panoramic view of canal

It’s been in the planning for months. A surprise getaway for my boyfriend to celebrate the end of his twenties and the start of officially hitting the big 3-0.

As somebody that loves to plan travel, I could think of no better way to surprise him than a short getaway with a difference – I wouldn’t be accompanying him. You see, on all of the trips that we have taken, we’ve always travelled as a couple or with a group. He has never had a lads’ holiday.

Now this was something that I thought about in great depth. Some suggested that it was unwise, sending a man away with a group of friends would be bound to end badly. On the other hand, I considered it important that he take this type of trip. It offers a new perspective on travel and I’ve always loved my girly getaways as they have a completely different dynamic. Why shouldn’t he have the same opportunity?
Continue reading High and lows of planning a surprise getaway – with a difference!

Travel planning for the year ahead: It’s all in the preparation

imageI was recently leaving work, when I noticed the first signs of the autumn season kicking in. An overcast sky, rain in the distance and needing to put on the car headlights at 5.30pm. Darkness had settled in for the night before I had even arrived home!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Until it reaches the Christmas holidays, it becomes a mix of dark mornings and even darker evenings. But, there is always a silver lining – making travel arrangements for the coming months, ideally with an escape to a brighter, sunny climate for my necessary dose of Vitamin C.

So, that kick-started my evening, consulting a range of different websites to start shopping around to plan flights and accommodation. Continue reading Travel planning for the year ahead: It’s all in the preparation

Credit cards & travel: ‘The Balance of Britain’s Breaks’

Tesco Bank have recently carried out a study of British holiday habits, that revealed a few interesting trends about how Brits tend to use their credit cards for the purchase of travel-related expenses as well as costs incurred within the country. For example, did you know that people who travel to Scandinavia are most likely to use their credit cards to pay for their flights, hotels and/or purchases abroad, while only 36% of people who go to the Canaries use their credit card to pay for their holiday?

Further information is shown in the infographic below. For tips of how to budget responsibly when travelling, have a read of my earlier post. Continue reading Credit cards & travel: ‘The Balance of Britain’s Breaks’

Financial responsibilities whilst travelling

You’ve saved for the trip of your dreams and are all set to go. But, there are always a few things to consider before you depart, and unfortunately it falls onto – finances.

Knowing the limits of your expenses and sticking to that can make all the difference in having a trip from hell and one that is filled with a lifetime of memories.

Below are my top five tips for helping things to run smoothly whilst on your travels: Continue reading Financial responsibilities whilst travelling