15 Flight Booking Tips you should always use

1.Incognito mode: First things first. Always use incognito mode. When not in incognito mode, your browser keeps all your previous searches and preferences. When you keep searching for a specific destination, the prices seem to be increasing. That is the website or airline’s way to scare you into booking right now.

2. Check Everything: Let’s say you find a good deal in airtickets.com for your flight to Milan with AirBerlin. Just to make sure, check the same ticket through the official page of AirBerlin. Most of the times, you will get the same price, but sometimes you might find a cheaper one.

3. Flexibility in Dates: It would be great if you could be as flexible as possible with your travel dates. Then you can play with the dates and find the cheapest tickets. However, I understand flexibility is not an option most of the time. In that case, search for tickets before applying for your days off from work.

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4. Flexibility in Destinations: This option is great for those who simply want to travel somewhere, without having a specific destination. All you have to do is go in websites, like Ryanair (Plan – Fare Finder). Just type where you are flying from and your budget. You will get all the possible destinations with dates and prices from cheapest to most expensive. Another good website for that purpose is Kiwi.

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5. Last-minute deals: Nope. Do not wait for them. They are not really last-minute. They just want you to think they are. If you know your dates and destination, then book your flight as soon as possible.

6. Check other currencies or countries: Websites that operate in many countries, will also have different currencies. If you have the time go through as many as possible. It may be more beneficial to book in another currency or through another country. For example, when I wanted to travel to London, I paid through the Greek version of the airtickets website, rather than the German one for a difference of 10 euros.

7. Midweek Searches: The slowest days for booking flights are between Tuesday and Thursday. People usually decide for a trip during the weekend and that is when they look for tickets, when the prices are the highest. Airlines have sales or various offers, during these 3 slow booking days. So, take advantage of them. Be careful: Prices are lowest for all flights if you BOOK them during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. But the cheapest days to travel are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

8. Always Book Return: It is nota secret that booking a go-and-return flight, will save you a lot of money. And I mean a lot.

9. Book a package: Sites like Expedia, offer great deals on travel packages. You book your hotel and flight for 1 or 2/3 of the price you would pay if you booked them separately. For my summer holidays, I made the mistake to book everything separately. As a result, I paid 400 euros more.

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10. One at a time: When booking for more than 1 person it is best to look for tickets one at a time. There might be a sale or offer and 1 seat available. So, one person might book the ticket for 50 euros and the next ones for 70 euros.

11. Off-Season: Try to fly off-season to each destination. You will find the cheapest tickets and enjoy the country more, since there will not be as many tourists. For example, Greece is best to visit from May-September. Try to visit in April or October. The weather will still be nice and you will get the best our of your trip.

12. First and Last Flight: Almost always, especially when you have to do with low-budget airlines, the first and the last flights of the day are by far the cheapest.

13. Six Weeks Ahead: The ideal period to book your flight is six weeks before. 1,5 month prior to your trip is the perfect combination for finding cheap flights and arranging your dates and destinations if it is not set.

14. Holidays: Do not be afraid to travel on the dates of the actual holidays. For example, If you travel on the 25th or 31st of December, you will most definitely find the most affordable tickets. You may be a bit late for the family gathering, but compared to the days prior or after these days, you will pay close to nothing.

15. Social Media: Most traveling sites along with airlines, will post to their social media accounts offers and sales that last for a few hours or are available for the first few customers. So, follow them, turn on the notifications and choose to be alerted by email, because you do not want to miss these deals.

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5 items you Must Not touch in a hotel room

When you travel and you arrive at your hotel, you expect everything to be clean and pretty much perfect. Or at least to look decent. But you can never know how truly clean a hotel room is unless you have cleaned it yourself.

The truth is that hotels rooms are not really clean. If you have high cleaning standards like me, then you will definitely be disappointed. Cleaning services cannot spend over a specific amount of time in each hotel room (30 minutes). So, they clean only what the eye catches. There were so many times that I found hair in the bathroom or stained sheets. Just know you have every right to ask for someone to clean your room again.

No matter what, there are always some things that are filthy and full of bacteria since they are probably never cleaned.

1.Remote Control: Imagine thousands of people before you going to the bathroom without washing their hands and then touching the TV remote control. Or touching anything before the remote. Statistically, the TV control has one of the highest contamination percentages of bacteria and possible infections, such as E-coli, than anything else in the room.

 

2. Bedside Lamp Switch: Same as the remote, it is a room item that everybody will touch during their stay. It has way less bacteria since they have probably been transferred to the remote.

 

 

3. Door knobs: Bathroom door knob? That was your first thought, right? Nope. Actually, the bathroom door knob is the safest one to touch. When people usually come out of the bathroom, they have either washed their hands or had a bath. All the other door knobs, however, have NEVER been cleaned before. Although they may not look dirty, they really are filthy.

 

4. Glasses and coffee cups: It has been found that maids, only rinse the glasses and cups and put them back to their place. They might be washed once per week or month. Definitely making it the most disgusting item in a hotel room. I personally never use them. Just the thought of not having been changed makes me nauseous.

 

5. Floor: By far, the dirtiest part of your hotel room. What happens is that the maids have one cleaning mop for all the rooms. So basically, without knowing it, she transfers bacteria from one room to another. Your room floor will never be clean, since it has all the dirt from all the other rooms in the hotel.

 

What to do:

1.Use antiseptic wipes for the door knobs and remote. Many say it is better to wrap the remote in a plastic bag and use it without touching it at all.

2. Do not use any glass, plate or cup in the room. Bring your own bottles of water and order your coffee from the hotel bar.

3. Always have slippers with you in order to walk on the floor or even better shower with them. The best choice would be an extremely cheap pair of slippers (1-2 euros) that you can use once and then throw them out.

5 European destinations for your Easter holidays

91.Budapest

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If you want to relax during your Easter holidays, then visit Budapest. Besides the beautiful buildings all around the city, you can visit the Széchenyi or Gellért Thermal Baths. The city is known for its thermal baths and during the night you can even party in some of them.

Where to go: Parliament, Széchenyi Baths, Chain Bridge, Danube Cruise

2. Berlin

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The weather is getting warmer in Berlin, and it is ideal for someone to explore this beautiful city by foot without freezing. You can explore the parks, walk around town and of course go shopping. At night, you can visit the local bars or restaurants, as well as the clubs. Berlin is famous for its unique and all-style clubs. But before visiting, check the entry requirements.

Where to go: Reichstag, Museum Island, Berliner Dom, Berlin Wall

3. London

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Similar to Berlin, London is such a big city with so many things to see, that is better to visit during warmer months. It is probably the best time to visit, since the pound has dropped and everything is a bit more affordable. Prepare your tour plan carefully, so you do not end up going in circles, as I did.

Where to go: Warner Bros Studio Tour, Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, Big Ben, Kensington Gardens

4. Prague

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A gorgeous historical city for a weekend. The incredible architecture, along with the castles and palaces, will give you a fairytale vibe. The Old Town is not particularly big, so in order to fully enjoy it, you should explore it by foot.

Where to go: Charle’s Bridge, Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem

5. Amsterdam

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I can give you so many reasons to visit Amsterdam, but you are probably already convinced. Besides the great weather all year long, Amsterdam will amaze you with its unique culture and artistic vibe.

Where to go: Red Light District, the Canals, the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Palace

10 Best Free Museums in London

1. British Museum

The British Museum is one of the largest and most famous museums in Europe. You will find artworks on human history, art and culture originating from all over the world. Some of the departments are of Ancient Egypt, Middle East, Greece and Rome

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:30, Fridays open until 20:30

Location: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

 

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2. Natural History Museum

A true gem of London, where you may find yourself spending hours in there, without even realising it. With more than 80 million items on zoology, palaeontology, botany, entomology and mineralogy the Natural History Museum has become a MUST. What makes educational, entertaining and interesting is the fact that there is a lot of interaction for the visitors.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:50

Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD

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3. National Gallery

With a collection of more than 2,300 paintings, the National Gallery stands in the middle of Trafalgar Square. Some of the paintings displayed are by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, El Greco, Claude Monet and Michelangelo, making it one of the most visited art museums in the world.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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4. Science Museum

With a collection of more than 300,000 items, the Science museum is an extremely interesting and fun museum. The galleries are of the modern world, flights (including the very first jet engine), robots, space and others, with most of them being interactive.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00 (Robots open until 22:00 every Friday)

Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

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5. Museum of London

It’s all about London. By visiting this museum, you can fully explore the history of London from prehistoric times until now. Learn everything about the Great fire and the years before and after. Explore the times of Medieval and Roman London, as well as the revolutions in technology, fashion and culture and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

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6. V&A Museum

With 4.5 million objects, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. The collections display costumes, textiles, photographs, paintings, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, etc from Europe, Asia, North America and North Africa.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:45 (Friday until 22:00)

Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

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7. National Maritime Museum

For those who love navigation, ships and sea history, the National Maritime Museum is a great choice for an afternoon in London. The museum includes paintings, ship models and flags. When there, be sure to visit the Caird Library, the world’s largest maritime library, with over 8000 rare books, 20.000 periodicals, 100.000 books etc.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Location: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

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8. Tate Modern

The country’s national modern art museum is ideal for those that want to explore the British culture from an artistic point of view.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

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9. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Being a part of UCL, the Petrie Museum has 80.000 artefacts of Egyptian Archaeology. The collection is fascinating with many unique items, such as the oldest dress, the only veterinary papyrus and the largest architectural drawing.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 13:00 – 17:00

Location: Malet Pl, Camden Town, London WC1E 6BT

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10. The Grant Museum of Zoology

Also a part of UCL, the Grant Museum, contains 67.000 rare zoological specimens. Some of the artefacts you can see are Thylacines, the Quagga Skeleton, bisected heads and more.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 13:00 – 17:00

Location: 21 University St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6DE

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5 Accommodation Choices for your trips

All travellers are unique and they want different things from a trip. Some seek for adventure in Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, while others want a relaxing weekend in an Italian winery. No matter what kind of traveller you are, you will need a place to stay. From great deals on luxurious hotels to camping, you need to find what works for you and your budget.

1. Try Couchsurf

Couchsurfing has been becoming more and more popular, especially for those who travel alone or find hotels a waste of money. Couchsurfing is free. All you have to do is make an online profile by adding as many information as possible about yourself (for safety issues) and then contact possible ‘renters’ to impress them and seal the deal.

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2. Worldpackers for longer trips

Worldpackers is probably the most interesting kind of accommodation. I came across the website by accident and I found it a great opportunity for people who want to travel from 2 weeks and more. What makes it special is that you stay anywhere for free, in exchange for work. For example, you may be asked to work 3 days per week for 5 hours each day. By doing so, you pay for your accommodation by working, you gain experience and you are left with lots of time to explore the city.

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3. Flight & Hotel Deals

Choose any accommodation booking site you wish (ex. Expedia). Most of them will have an option for booking your flight and hotel together in an offer. Trust me!! They are good offers. Having tried multiple times, I have realised that trying to book a flight and hotel separately, takes a lot of time, organisation and I will definitely end up spending more.

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4. Airbnb

One of the most growing communities lately. Even though there have been some problems between all parties, it still remains one of the best ways to find either cheap or luxurious accommodation. You can find the cheapest place in Barcelona, but you can also book a villa for one night.

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5. Hostels

All time classic!!! Hostels never seem to disappoint. They are cheap and a great way to meet other people, especially if you are travelling alone. Make sure to always read the reviews before booking a hostel, since there are many with awful living conditions.

 

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10 Things to do for Free in Prague

Prague is the perfect destination for everyone and the best time to visit is… all year long. Summer, Christmas, Valentine’s Day… Prague is the perfect combination of romance, culture, architecture and nature beauty. However, no matter when you visit, there are some things you must see and do for sure.

1. Old Town Square

Most of the things you must see in Prague, if not all, are located next to or around the Old Town Square. From architectural buildings to local coffee shops and restaurants.

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2. Charles Bridge

The most beautiful place to spend your time. It is ideal to visit both during day and night. It is almost always packed with tourists, but you can still enjoy the breathtaking view. During the day, there are many artists and craftsmen around.

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3. Kampa Island

The second most beautiful island within a city in the world, is about to amaze you. The island is filled with gardens, amazing views and vineyards, with its own little ‘Venice’.

4. Astronomical Clock

Prague’s famous medieval Astronomical Clock is located in the middle of the Old Town. It is definitely one of the most popular sights in Prague. Visit every hour for a great mechanical performance. But be prepared to have a lot of people in your way.

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5. Dancing House

You have to see it, because is a dancing house. This modern and unique architectural building is located by the Vltava River, between two of the most famous historical buildings. Only the top floor of the building is open to the public, where the restaurant Ginger & Fred is located. You can dine there with the most beautiful view of the city.

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6. Shooters Island

Nothing better that visiting this park during the day and relax. This little “island” provides amazing views around it.

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7. John Lennon Wall

On the other side of the Old Town, after crossing Charles Bridge, you can find the John Lennon Wall, filled with all sorts of graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs. He still remains as a symbol of peace with so many people visiting every day to see the wall made in his memory.

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8. Statue of Franz Kafka

A 42-Layer rotating sculpture is on display outside the Quadrio shopping center. It is a very unique sculpture, and it can be quite tricky to photograph, unless you are fast.

Video: Rotating Franz Kafka Sclupture

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9. St. Vitus Cathedral

Even though a ticket will give you full access, you can still get in for free. Located in the Prague Castle, you can see this Gothic masterpiece from any point of the city.

 

10. Free Walking Tour

The Royal Walk Free Tour, is completely free of charge (tips are welcome) and lasts for about 2,5 hours.

When: Everyday at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00

Where: Old Town Square at the Discover Tour Prague Office (Celetná 12), where the people with the yellow umbrellas are.

Sights Seen: 

  • Astronomical Clock
  • Church of our Lady Before Týn
  • House of the Stone Bell
  • Palais Kinsky
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • Rudolfinum / Czech Philharmony
  • Charles Bridge
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Old Jewish Cemetary
  • Powder Tomer
  • House of the Black Madonna
  • Municipal House
  • Pinkas Synagogue / Memorial for the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust from the Czech lands.

 

5 Cities to visit Before they Disappear

1. Venice

One of the most romantic and beautiful places you have to visit. However, US scientists report that Venice is sinking 5 times faster than Italian scientists think. Is no secret that almost every afternoon, the water levels rise and the city fills with water. You see tourists walking around the city barefeet.

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2. Maldives

An exotic holiday destination, ideal to visit during the summer. But the waters around the island have been constantly getting warmer and rising. The government wants to invest in making the island carbon neutral by 2020 in an attempt to save the island and its people.

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3. Seychelles

No doubt this is an amazing destination for a vacation. Even though the water keeps on rising. Locals say there was much more land available for tourists a few years back. Now, with each year passing the water comes closer to the sure, leaving less land free.

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4. Mexico

The city has a population of 122 million people. As the population rises, the demand for water does too. Therefore, the aquifer beneath the city is on the verge or collapsing. In this case, Mexico is sinking into the ground.

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5. Bangkok

Sadly, Bangkok may not exist in 15 years. Having the same problem with Mexico, Thailand’s capital uses too much water from the aquifers. Besides that, the sea levels rise dangerously.

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