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Home Exchange Holidays

Home ExchangeWith budgets being squeezed and people increasingly looking for an ‘authentic cultural experience’ during their holidays, it is little wonder that home swapping is becoming an ever more popular phenomenon.  Websites are available to organise these exchanges with thousands of properties available to stay in all over the world.

 

For a yearly fee, house swappers can list their property and browse others in any part of the world they would like to visit.  When they find somewhere they would like to go, they simply contact the owner of the house/flat and see if they would be amenable to a swap.  The big advantage of this type of accommodation is that it is free.  It also allows travellers to experience real life in their chosen destination rather than sticking to tourist areas and hotels.

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Alternative European City Breaks – Tallinn, Estonia

City BreaksTypically, when people think about city breaks in Europe they think of Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona etc. but a cheaper and absolutely beautiful alternative lies in Estonia with the walled coastal city of Tallinn.  A wide range of low cost airlines regularly fly there directly in under three hours.

With terracotta roofs, Gothic spires, cobbled streets and very well preserved city wall, Tallinn is a very picturesque city.  Not only that, it offers a wide range of activities and amusements to suit any type of traveller.

 

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Multi-Generational Family Travel

Travel with your family“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

This quote by Saint Augustine is being taken to heart by the young and the old, alike, as the trend of multi-generational family travel has steadily grown over the past decade and is cited to be one of 2014’s major travel trends.

 

Reasons Behind the Trend

A majority of travellers today utilize their vacation days to attend family events, such as weddings, anniversaries, milestone birthdays, reunions or holiday gatherings.  In many cases, they do this by planning a multi-generational family trip, which allows families who are far apart to come together according to their busy schedules by setting a pre-planned travel date and destination.  Modern times has brought with it faster-paced lifestyles, far-flung relatives and little time to dedicate to the multi-generational family.

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Affordable Restaurants In Paris

Restaurants in ParisFrance is known for its rich cuisine … and oftentimes, you’ve gotta be rich to enjoy what France has to offer.  But if you look hard enough in the City of Love, there’s an Eiffel Tower full of cheap and delicious restaurants where any budget traveller can sit down after a hard day’s sightseeing and have a decent meal for under €20.  Here are just a few:

 

1.       Chartier restaurant, Paris

Timeout calls Chartier “a rough and tumble old-world brasserie that serves up basic French fare at even more basic prices.”  Chartier opened its doors in 1896.  As one of the most famous budget restaurants in Paris, Chartier allows even the tightest of budgets to enjoy the glorious event that is a French meal.  And the restaurant doesn’t sacrifice quality or skimp on size, either.  You can eat a healthy portion for around €10.

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Free Apps To Plan Your Holidays

Planning yourVisitEurope App trip is half the fun, and free apps make planning all  more easy: searching for must-sees and hole-in-the-walls; finding hostels, hotels or B&B bookings, restaurants, upcoming events, museums, attractions.  In essence, all of your adventures can be easily planned by an app.  We have listed a number of apps that will help guide your planning.

 

VisitEurope

VisitEurope was created in partnership with the European Travel Commission in order to inspire travellers and to aid the planning process.  This umbrella app covers the far reaches of Europe, from the hottest cities to the hidden gems.  Via inspirational photography and videos, the user can browse VisitEurope, creating a travel plan with the app’s detailed map.  Pinning European destinations, the user may even complete bookings via a VisitEurope merchant partner website.

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Tips for the Solo Traveller

Travelling AloneAccording to a recent survey, only 6% of British holiday makers prefer travelling alone while the vast majority stated that they preferred to go on holiday with their partners. Most people do not like the idea of travelling alone but they may be missing out if they haven’t considered the benefits of flying solo. Without other people to worry about, a tourist can go where ever they fancy, when ever they want and don’t have to make allowances for other people. For people thinking about going it alone for the first time, here are some handy hints to make life easier.

 

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Best Street Food Stalls in Thailand

street thai foodFamous for its fresh ingredients and strong contrasting flavours, Thai food has won the world over.  Though Thai restaurants have popped up in practically every major city, few can match the flavours and variety found on the streets of Thailand itself.  In Thailand, locals will tell you that simple and fresh street food is as good as it gets.  There’s no need to make reservations at a fine dining restaurant to experience Thai food at its best.  Instead, all you need to do is head to the best food stalls located right on the street. 

 

Bangkok

Bangkok is far and away Thailand’s food capital.  Food from all corners of the country can be found lining streets and marketplaces.  If you’ve been to Bangkok you’ll know that it’s hard not to run into a food vendor on the street.  There are, however, a few places to eat that are better than others.

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UK Summer Holidays Guide: 2014

UK Summer HolidaysAfter a long and rainy winter, spring is finally on the horizon here in the UK. As flowers begin to bloom and the sun starts peeking through the clouds, it’s time to start thinking about the summer holidays. Though the thought of jetting off to an exotic location abroad certainly is tempting, don’t overlook the UK.

Bathed in the warm glow of the summer sun, the UK’s diverse landscapes can certainly rival major holiday hotspots around the world. To get your holiday planning gears in motion, here’s a guide to some of the top summer destinations in the UK.

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Travelling by Bike – Things You Need to Consider

travel-by-bikeTravelling by bike can be as simple as a weekend trip on a local route, or as colossal as an adventure around the world that could take years to complete. But, no matter what type of trip you choose, you can be sure it will be an enriching and inspiring experience. And what’s best is that anyone can go on a bike touring adventure, regardless of how little experience they have with cycling.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind when planning to travel by bike, no matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced cyclist.

What Type of Tour Would Fit You Best?

There are four main types of tours, each with its pros and cons, and deciding on one of them will depend on the time and budget you have available, the effort you are able to handle and the adventure level you are looking for.

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Travelling with Kids? Family Travel Clever Games Guide

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATravelling with kids and babies can be challenging. Sometimes children sleep on long journeys, and sometimes they don’t.

When they are awake you’ll probably hear the classic phrase, “are we there yet?” When you have only just set off, and still have hundreds or even thousands of miles to go…

There are lots of things you can do to keep them occupied while you’re travelling. You might decide to get them a couple of bags of sweets, however you might regret this when your children are bouncing around or worse, throwing up into a paper bag.

A clever idea is to prepare some games to keep them entertained. Many of the games you can get involved in too, even if you are driving. All you need is a little imagination and I’m sure that your children have plenty of that.

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