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Edinburgh is, undoubtedly, one of the gorgeous cities in the world. I also had a chance to visit this beautiful city. Its cobblestone streets, stunning buildings, and rich history can impress any traveller. Edinburgh is also one of the sought after destinations for weekend getaways, pub crawls, and there are lots of hidden gems to explore.
But, the city’s only downfall is that it is quite costly. Yes, I won’t include Edinburgh in the budget-friendly destinations. While some attractions of the city are unavoidably inexpensive, you can visit various free museums, historical sites, reasonably priced restaurants & hotels, and a huge variety of outdoor activities to offset the costs of its costly attractions.
So, here are the six ways you can save your money on your holiday.
Enjoy Sampling The Drink
If you really love scotch whisky, then it is advisable you should book a tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience. But, here is the sad part, this tour will cost you £14.50, are you saying it is costly, indeed it is. But, wait you can still taste the national drink of Scotland. All you need is to visit one of the whisky bars here. Bow Bar is known to have an insane variety of single malts on offer and Whiski Rooms brags off a combined restaurant and bar. It has a specialist Whisky Shop as well.
Avoid Travelling By Taxis
It is quite costly when it comes to travelling from one place to another from a taxi. So, if you are on a budget, then make sure you avoid at all costs. If you still looking for any other alternative, then you can take the services of Uber. Trust me, the service is good and moreover, it is cheaper than other cabs you will find in Edinburgh. This will certainly help you in saving some quick money.
I really liked the fact that Edinburgh is amazingly compact, this makes it a walkable city. Now, this means you can explore the city by foot, especially when all the major attractions are located within neighbouring New and Old Town. If you want to use the public transportation, the buses are the inexpensive and convenient option.
For a single ticket, all you need to pay is £1.50 and the price for a day ticket is £4.00, the best part is that it includes unlimited travelling by trams as well. If you are looking to use transport for a number of days, make sure you have opted for weekly passes, this will surely help you save money.
Make sure you visit one of the popular and historic pubs here, but the prices for pints and cocktails are quite high. But, you don’t need to worry as there are various bars and pubs where you can enjoy cheaper pints and cocktails specials.
If you are visiting New Town, make sure you have visited Lucky Liquor, this is the place where you get to enjoy a beer at £6, The Basement has some of the best collection of inventive cocktails and it starts at £5.52. Rose Street is quite famous to have some of the best pubs, The Black Cat being one of the reasonably priced. Here, you can enjoy affordable pints and you also get to enjoy live music on Monday and Wednesday.
Sandy Bell’s is a must-visit in Old Town. This is a folk bar and its traditional music makes the whole ambience pleasant. Enjoy your pints at around £3.54. Banshee Labyrinth is quite popular amongst the tourists and locals alike. It has seven rooms, two jukeboxes, three bars, and huge underground dance floor. The mixed drinks and pints will cost you less than £5. It is said to be one of Edinburgh’s haunted bars as well. Enjoy international bottled and draught beer at The Hanging Bat by paying just £6.
Cheaper Accommodation Options
Finding reasonably priced accommodation in Edinburgh is quite easy. The price for a hostel dorm room starts around £30 per night. If the hostel is not what you are looking for, then there are cheaper hotel options like Motel One and Cityroomz, charging you £90 per night.
If you want to cut down on the costs related to accommodation, then you can go for the options like HomeAway and Airbnb. If you are a student, then the University of Edinburgh offers dormitories, of various types & sizes, to the students. You will be staying at Pollock Halls and you have to pay a reasonable amount, even during summers.
Avoid Visiting In The Month Of August
The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival and it takes place in in the month of August every year, the festival goes for three weeks. The festival is attended by the tourists and art lovers from around the world, owing to this, the prices for the accommodation increase dramatically. If you have plans to visit Edinburgh during August, then, if possible, reschedule your visit to save on accommodation.
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Croatia is a very tourist friendly country and it has unique landscapes and impressive historic constructions. There are over 1000 islands in Croatia and five of them are really special and they provide a unique vibe and a special experience for all their visitors.
Hvar is one the best islands in Croatia. With its magnificent Venetian-style architecture, Hvar has been a favorite destination for many people from across the world. Walk through Velo, the old hill town and later visit the marvelous Stari Grad Plain which dates back to 385BC. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and Museum in Hvar and experience beautiful views of artwork and historical architecture. This museum overlooks a gorgeous cove and a garden with a cypress tree that is said to be 300 years old. Visit Hvar’s fort up on a hill built in the 16th century, be part of lavender festival and have a great time.
Korcula is an island known for its dense forests with several vineyards, olive groves and stone quarries. Korcula’s many winding streets are an excellent example of the work of the island’s legendary stone workers. While in Korcula, sail to the wooded Badija (an island monastery) or go to Lumbarda that is rich in vineyards and beautiful sandy beaches. Have you heard about the legendary dance called Moreska? This is Korcula’s traditional combat sword dance that has been performed by generations on the island.
Kornati is more than just an island, it is actually a nautical paradise, featuring 140 distinct islands. Most of these islands are part of the National Park, for their unique sighs and natural wonders. Many tourists visit these islands daily and the only way to reach them is by sea. That’s why, a ferry is available for daily trips, from the mainland to the islands and back. Other tourists are more up for a more unique experience and decide to rent a boat from a local charter. This provides a unique experience and the possibility to really enjoy the trip, as much as the destination. The blue waters and the amazing forests, will make any person feel like he’s an explorer and he just discovered these places.
These islands represent a huge treasure for Croatia and for the whole Europe. It’s impressive to see how history blends in with nature and with the modern constructions. The overall feeling is intense, and that’s why, more and more people decide to visit them every year.
Have you still not visited Europe? Well, it is better late than never! Europe brings you a string of hot destinations where you can have an unforgettable few days with your wife. Honeymooning in Europe is the best way to start your wedding chapter. There is nothing more romantic than European cities which despite being modern still remind of classic times. Take for instance, the pure beauty of Switzerland! Of course, the Swiss country has developed along with other parts of the world but its personality and outlook have stayed unchanged. It is still that simple and landscaped country with sparse vegetation, low population and plenty of space for the sky to sneak in.
Switzerland is famous for a number of things all at once. Its mesmerizing beauty needs no reminder. Those who have been feeding on romantic Bollywood capers will never forget the charming landscape and gardens shown in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ which is considered amongst the most romantic films of all times. Opportunities for skiing too are many and the rustic shops lend a very warm appeal to the whole setting. From shopping to sports, you will love every hour you spend in this country. Your stay may be a short one but the memories will be there with you for at least one lifetime, if not more.
Italy is another country which is high on a honeymooners’ list. Europe holiday packages to cities like Rome, Venice and Milan can leave you in a state of frenzy. There is so much art and history to explore. Besides, Italy has always been the fulcrum point of world fashion. Shopping is a way of life here. Bringing your wife to Italy and then permitting her the ecstasy of picking up apparels and accessories can be a sweet way of letting her know that you love her.
Strangely so, Spain, which wasn’t amongst the most popular European destinations till recently, has now sprung up as a hot favorite by many honeymooners. Its beaches offer plenty of sun to a forlorn honeymooner, there are some quiet luxury resorts and the lifestyle is quite laidback and appealing. Europe holiday packages to Spain can drop you to a destination which can be quite different from India. For the diversity it offers, this country can be amongst the top choices for a romantic and quiet getaway.
Greece is another country which can leave you spellbound with its history, architecture and mythology. Someone who has a profound interest in mythology can spend half his life in this part of the world and still not get bored. There is a lot to explore and so most Europe tour packages from India to Greece are at least a week-long. Greece is made up of many small islands amongst which Crete, Rhodes and Santorini are the biggest draws.
Other best honeymoon destinations in Europe are Paris, Naples, Bremen, Bulgaria and Lagos. Each place has a magic of its own. You just have to decide whose spell you would like to face.
The origin of Dublin can be traced back to more than 1000 years from when Vikings had settled there to the cosmopolitan city that it is today. This is the reason that the city is full of historical sites, from the 16 Moore Street to Ashtown Demesne and many more. Even if you have only one day to spend in Dublin, make sure you do not miss the following top 5 popular historical attractions in Dublin.
1. Moore Street
As you walk up Moore Street, you will notice the traditional red-brick building known as 16 Moore Street on the left-hand side. Over the ground floor level of the building, a small plaque is displayed that has “Éirí Amach na Casca” written on it, which means “The Easter Rising, 1916” in English. After the shelling of the GPO, the leaders had retreated into this house, and it was in this house that they decided that they should cease hostilities and surrender because escape was not possible.
Aldborough House is one of Dublin’s most important surviving historic houses. The house is situated on Portland Row, and is the city’s last great mansion that was built during the latter half of the eighteenth century. It was Edward Stratford who built Aldborough House back in 1796. However, after passing out of the Stratford family’s hands, it became a Feinaglian School, then a military barrack, and then a branch of the GPO. The building has some integral architectural features that are listed with IMRO.
3. Ardgillan Castle
Ardgillan Castle is located between Balbriggan and Skerries on an elevated coastline and it enjoys magnificent views, which makes it unique among the Regional Parks of Dublin. This park measures 194 acres, consisting of gardens, mixed woodland and pastureland, all of which overlook the bay of Drogheda. The meaning of Ardgillan in English is “high-wooded area,” and indeed the castle is a sanctuary for various species of birds and mammals. Ardgillan Castle consists of two stories along with a basement extending under the south lawns.
4. Bank Of Ireland-College Green
The Of Ireland-College Green, which is currently in use by a bank, was once the Irish Parliament House, the first purpose-built parliament house in the world with two chambers. For most of the eighteenth century, this building served as the seat of the two chambers of the Kingdom of Ireland’s Irish Parliament. The building also became a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain after the abolishment of that parliament by the Act of Union of 1800, but is also a part of Ireland too.
5. Ashtown Demesne
You can access Ashtwon Demesne on Chesterfield Avenue off the Phoenix roundabout. Whether you are old or young, it has plenty of attractions for you. These include Ashtown Castle, Phoenix Café, Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, picnic area, new universal access playground and woodland walks. The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre has an audio-visual presentation that will allow you take a glance at what the park was like throughout the ages, which gives it somewhat of a historical interpretation.
From the city center, all of the above historical attractions are within easy reach, especially if you decide upon traveling by car. If you wish to drive yourself and have a UK driving licence, then you can even exchange it for an Irish driving licence.
Places change and so do favorites, cuisine change and so do dishes but still there are some evergreen restaurants which have managed to maintain their glory and presence in the culinary culture of the city. Star chefs have been targeting the city to spread the aroma of their signature dishes. It would be correct to proclaim London as a city having some of the world’s best restaurants.
I present to you a list of top 5 restaurants which I personally found to be the best and are a must try while you are in England. I am sure if any of the readers have been to London, they would easily be able to relate to this.
Situated on the Royal hospital road, the restaurant requires prior booking. Now that is something common but what would be your reaction if I said the reservation has to be made a month before? This says it all about the restaurant. Even though the Chef has expanded the chain of restaurants, it makes no difference to the quality and elegance which the restaurant has on offer.
The Chutney Mary
Without a doubt, this restaurant is one of the most sumptuous Indian restaurants in London. The restaurant was opened in the year 1990 and continues to dominate others in the league of Indian curries.
I opted to try out the curry platter which gives you a mini version of all the popular dishes of the restaurant. Other things which one should also try from its inventive kitchen are crab claws, seared scallops, tandoori platter along with the exotic chutneys. Make sure you also try out the signature cocktails out there, ‘Bombay Blush’ and ‘Goa on the Rocks’. The restaurant is run by Masala World, which also runs other famous Indian restaurants like Veeraswamy, one of the oldest Indian restaurants in London.
The Wolseley is one of the most popular restaurants of the city. Even this requires booking well in advance. Fortunately, we got a table after making a spontaneous booking and waiting for about half an hour. The restaurant, which was transformed from an art deco car showroom is now a plush cafe cloaked in the European traditions. Be it a quick bite for breakfast, corporate lunch or a family dinner, the food and ambiance is just perfect for everything. Celebrities like Jack Nicholson are a common sight there. However I was quite unlucky not to spot any of them.
Galvin at Windows
Grab peerless views of the attractions that the English capital has on offer from the 28th floor of the London Hilton. With the likes of Chef Chris Galvin and company, the restaurant has recently earned a Michelin star which helped it become a part of our yummy itinerary. I got to eat one of the finest dishes from the French haute cuisine like the Marinated Loch Fyne Salmon, Dorset crab and Foie gras and truffle. As a chocoholic, I would personally recommend you the Valrhona chocolate fondant for oodles of chocolate.
The Michelin starred Quilon restaurant is situated in the Taj 51 Buckingham gate suites and residences. You certainly feast like a king here. I was lucky enough to have this restaurant within my hotel. The Quilon serves South West coastal Indian cuisine and has various progressive and ethnic dishes to taste.
If your palate craves for South West coastal Indian cuisine, Quilon is one of the finest places to eat in London.
These restaurants are synonymous to the city’s culinary traditions. So make a point to visit these top shots and take a gastronomical tour of the city. I would love to hear your experiences and explore them the next time I visit the city.
Whether you’re planning a cheeky long weekend along the Costa Blanca coastline or a full-on two week family fun packed holiday, Alicante is full of fantastic tourist attractions and great things to see and do! Here are five great places to enjoy a wonderful time with family or relax by yourself in Alicante .
1 – Take a trip up to Santa Barbara Castle : this stunning medieval fortress looks out over the city of Alicante and has all the things you would come to expect in a castle. You can cross over the moat, explore the dark dungeons, check out the cannons, and keep watch in the lookout tower. But the best feature of the castle is its price: it’s totally free to visit. Now that is a nice touch that we don’t often see anymore: a free attraction!
2 – If it’s long sandy beaches you are looking for, then there can be only one: Playa de San Juan . This beach stretches over four miles and has some of the finest white sands you will see in Spain . But keep an eye out when sunbathing, as the beach has an 18-hole golf course alongside it, and who knows the quality of golfers playing there! Of course you also have other beaches at your disposal, such as Playa de la Albufereta next to the city centre. It is, however, always packed and full of tourists, so if you want to enjoy yourself in a more calm way, Playa de San Juan is the perfect place.
3 – Alicante city centre is one huge attraction in itself. Just stroll through the historic streets where you can admire the architecture of the buildings; it’s a great way to spend a day of your holidays! A few buildings to keep an eye out for are St. Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, and the Chapel of Santa Cruz. In these old streets you can also enjoy the finest food during the day in the best bars and restaurants of the city, or party till dawn in the most famous clubs on El Barrio Street , placed in the heart of Alicante ’s Old Town .
4 – Don’t miss the amazing Island of Tabarca ! You can take a boat from Alicante harbour to this delightful paradise. The island is full of great activities for a great day of chilling at the beach, scuba diving in clear waters, exploring endless caves, or eating delicious seafood in the famous “chiringuitos“. It only takes 30 minutes to arrive on the island. You will be able to spend the day surrounded by charming nature and enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the ocean waters.
5 – Our last recommendation takes you away from the city centre and out into the surrounding area. Make the perfect day trip to Benidorm, located only 30 minutes from Alicante city. In Benidorm you could visit one of the most famous theme parks in Spain : Terra Mítica, where you will go back to the ancient Spanish civilizations and enjoy amazing roller coasters in a magical atmosphere, perfect for kids and adults. Another great option is Terra Natura Wildlife Park, where you will find more than 150 different animal species surrounded by plants and trees from all around the world. To make sure that you can make the most of city and its surrounding area, it is a good idea to hire a car in Alicante, allowing you to explore the region with convenience and at your own pace.
Whether you are travelling with friends, family, or by yourself, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Alicante , and enjoy a memorable vacation under the Spanish sun. With historical sites, beautiful architecture, white beaches, exciting activities and delicious cuisine, Alicante truly has it all!
Do you plan to go on a vacation so that you can relieve the day to day and the office stress? Do you plan to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones? Well it doesn’t matter what the reason for travel is, the significant thing is to find a hotel like billige hotels in münchen that provides the good and friendly service as a whole.
However, before you start to check out for a hotel to stay, you need to do one important. You need to check out for some important aspects before choosing a hotel and making sure that it is worth of your money, unless you are choosing some of the best hotels in münchen. First and foremost thing that you need to find out is the location.
No one likes to live in a hotel that is located in a remote area away from the civilization. You are trying to spend your vacation and having an enjoyment, not trying to hide out away from the cops or your enemies. Therefore, it is kind of important that you take into account where the hotel is situated. There are various hotels like billige hotels in münchen, but how can you confirm that the location of the hotel is good.
Well, it is simple. You need to find out whether the transportation is accessible and the place is beautiful. This will ensure that you can easily go to places that you want. Another most significant aspect that your hotel should have is cleanliness. Of course, just imagine if the hotel is dirty and unclean, you will not find any person stepping into it. No one will dare to stay in that hotel for a night. In addition you are bound to get stressed if the hotel in which you are staying is not clean.
Therefore, it is quite vital that you ensure the hotel in which you are staying is clean as it will really help in making you feel fresh throughout the entire vacation. Basically on a vacation, we always want to relax and eat good food. So, it is important that you choose the best hotel like best hotels in münchen. Therefore, it is important that before you choose a hotel, you have to do an in-depth research. Once you choose a hotel, you need to remember that there is no turning back.
Christmas season brings chilly weather and snowy delights for the persons who love to take pleasure in the freezing climate and enjoy playing with velvety snow. People who love showers of snow would pray to get their desired fulfilled on the day of Christmas to get the double treat of Christmas merriments. However, not all the area contains such weather settings to have feathery snow especially at the time of Christmas. That’s why people intended to head to those areas, which are famous for heavy snow showers during the Christmas. One of the outstanding destinations those are renowned for white Christmas atmosphere. You would love to enjoy the scenic landscape with load of snow and celebrative activities. Well-decorated ethnic villages, towns, streets, and markets with glistening lights will captivate your attention to make you indulge in lifetime experience of white Christmas.
Austrian Christmas traditions more or less resemble with mainstreams customs of the world.
- Starting from the St. Nicolas festival who come along with devil and distribute desired gifts, sweets, apples and nuts among kids according to good and bad deeds they have done all through the year.
- People love to gather around the open fireplace to enjoy the play of nativity and later they surround the Christmas tree for midnight mass to open the Christmas gifts with high zest and zeal.
- Carol singers visit every house with burning torches and playing brass music instrument to wish everyone the holy eve. This tradition has been started in 1818 accidently and then followed each year until now.
- Christmas cannot be completed in Austria without warm home baked cookies. And the Christmas tree is secretly decorated by parents while kids can only see it after they hear the bell ringing.
Austria is extremely romantic destination to celebrate grand event of Christmas. It contains marvelous panoramic views that outshines in the season of winter with white furry snow layers. Some of major Austrian attractive places are suggested here.
Vienna offers you lots of interesting places to visit during your stay on the occasion of Christmas. As it has been the imperial court for 6 centuries, it contains a fascinating array of architectural legacy that you never want to miss. To relish the flavors of Vienna you can find diverse kinds of restaurants that provide traditional treats along with the high class sophisticated dinner deals. You can take services of guide tours of all around the Austrian region. Attractive Danube River can be enjoyed while visiting the historic Silent chapel. The ‘December Market’ in Vienna city has been established since 1294 and known to be the innovator of the Christmas markets in the world.
Salzburg opens another façade Austria towards you to let you enjoy more with exciting activities and heart throbbing sightseeing. Here you will find historically and culturally rich spots, most prominently fortress – Hohen Salzburg is a must-see location. Neighboring town of Salzburg can also be explored where you can visit the exclusive salt mines with tempting activities and attractions.
The most exciting part of this city is the Crystal work of Swarovski where you can mesmerize your eyes with translucent glowing crystal artifacts and also can buy the affordable. Furthermore, you can explore the Christmas markets by strolling on the snow carpet at the old town square built with landmark golden roofs. Traversing through the market provides you charming gift ideas for Christmas celebration as a gesture of kindness for relations encircling you to elevate the pleasure factor.
All these thrilling temptations of Austria can make your Christmas incredibly exciting to be an unforgettable affair of your life.
It is estimated that over 53 million people were traveled globally in the US during 2011. According VISA, American’s plan to spend 40 % more than last year on their next international trip.
People are extensively visiting the top US destinations like Louisville, Fairbanks, Alaska; Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York etc. it is known that approximately 90 million American adults using internet to plan travel during the past year and 76 % of online travelers planning leisure trips online.
Most of the online travel planners are extremely satisfying with their experiences in using the Internet to plan and selecting travel destination they visit. In 2012 travel sales US reached 162 billion dollars. In 2011 10.1 million traveled to Europe from USA and Middle East had over a million US visitors. In 2011 Asian region had attracted 3.8 million US visitors. It is known that 57% of all travel reservations are made using online services.
Business travel to London is far different from leisure trip to the city as you have a specific purpose in mind while you are on a business travel. Not only you need to make your business travel productive but it should also be organised and economical. Given below are few tips through which you can achieve both these aims:
You are going to visit London for business purposes. Therefore, it would be unwise if you book a family or luxury hotel. Book only from those hotel websites that boast a good range of business hotels in the city.
While you are booking a business hotel in the city, see to it that the hotel has comforting facilities like central London location, in-house bar and restaurant, conference and meeting rooms and other such services. This will help you in saving your time in the city.
Going for Thrifty Packing
When you are travelling for business to a mega city like London, you are the thriftiest packer as you do not have your family with you. Take full advantage of this and pack only essentials as a heavy baggage will not only be inconvenient but prove costly as well (due to weight charges of airlines).
Check thoroughly all your items before packing the bag. Do make sure that all the important business and travel documents are snuggled into a plastic envelope. In addition to this, do not bury down the travel and business documents with clothes and other such things. It would be better if you keep them into a separate briefcase.
Selecting Appropriate Clothes
Pack formal clothes and do not forget to pack jacket or woollens as London weather is extremely unpredictable. Men should go for coats, tie, formal trousers and shirts whereas women should opt for knee-length skirts and coats other than formal clothes.
If there will be an informal get-together after your business meetings in the city, pack dark coloured jackets for that. However, do not stuff fancy clothing patterns.
Keeping Electrical Plug Adapters
Do not forget to put plug adapters while you are hurrying to the journey. You never know how long your business trip might take to conclude. Therefore, it would be a good idea to stock plug convertors for computer, cell phones and other gadgets which you use. If you are still confused about what plug adapters to pack, visit countryplug.com to get detailed information.
Maintaining a Routine while on-board
If you are a frequent business traveller to London and your journey happens to be a long one, then you should definitely frame a routine. Keep your favourite books, portable DVD players and other such leisure items into a separate bag so that you do not have to rummage through your luggage while you are on-board.
Eating and Sleeping Right
It is of prime importance that you have an optimum amount of sleep before you embark on your business trip to the city. It is often seen that many business travellers skip meals and follow a disorderly sleeping pattern due to anxiety. This practice, however, reduces your efficiency and working abilities. Stay away from unhealthy eating habits too, like gorging on junk food and having alcohol before taking a flight.
Keeping Medications at Hand
Researches have shown that one in five people catches cold within a week of flying. Therefore, it is only apt that you keep hand sanitizers and nasal sanitizers for your business travel so that you don’t catch germs while in-air.
Your business travel to London should be a productive affair not a disarrayed program. Use the tips given above and plan an organised business travel to the city.
Author’s Bio: Author Mohit is a frequent business traveller to different parts of the world. He loves passing on his advice regarding different aspects of business travelling.