Staycation vs Vacation
Mar14

Staycation vs Vacation

 If you’ve started thinking about where you will travel in 2016, you may be considering the idea of doing a staycation. Unusual and unconventional vacation destinations can be appealing. However, can it be just as while to stick around in your own country and discover new sites there? Let’s weigh up some of the pros and cons of staycations and vacations. Firstly, travel. Flight prices are becoming more and more competitive. Low-cost airlines now mean that depending which country you are in, you can take the plane for significantly cheaper than a train. That being said, across the world, public transport costs vary dramatically. In Italy, for example, train travel is very cheap. However, in the UK, it is very expensive. The key here is to do tailored research in advance of travel. For example, if you are planning to hop across a few different European countries, you might be cheaper to fly from the UK to Italy. However, it might then save you money to take the train from Italy to your next destination, as opposed to a flight. You’ll be surprised how much you can save for other things, like upgraded accommodation. When it does come to choosing your accommodation, bear in mind that hotels aren’t the only viable option anymore. This goes for whether or not you go for a staycation or a vacation. Nowadays, holiday apartments are a great option too. They allow you to be self-catered, plus you get more space to yourself than you would in a standard hotel room. London short let apartments are especially appealing as London hotels are typically bank-breakingly expensive. Staying in an apartment can also give you a far more authentic experience. Now, what about the weather? If you live in a country where the weather is unreliable or changeable, it’s tempting to head somewhere with a more stable climate. This is a very valid reason to travel abroad. If you want a week of sunbathing and swimming in the sea, leaving your home to find the sun makes sense. But think again if your main aim is sightseeing. Doing lots of walking means spending lots of time outside. Doing this in the hot sun can be quite tough, and could lead to you feeling overly tired and quickly dehydrated. Instead, if sightseeing or backpacking is your aim, go slightly out of season when the weather has cooled. It will also be less busy. What about a big benefit of going for a staycation? Well, that has to be currency. If you stay in your own country, there is no need to change your money for the currency...

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The Best Ways To Save Money On Traveling
Feb28

The Best Ways To Save Money On Traveling

 Who doesn’t love traveling? Even if you took a trip to the closest country possible, you’re bound to have some amazing experiences. I’ve had some of the most memorable times of my life out of my home country, but there’s one thing I don’t like about travel: how expensive it is! If you find you have this issue too, here are some great tips for saving money on travel. My first tip is to choose the best time to travel. I know there are certain destinations where this isn’t really possible. Obviously you don’t want to take a ski trip in the height of summer! However, if you’d be willing to shift your trip forward or backwards by a few weeks, you could end up saving a lot on the price of your flights. You may only have to change your plans by a few days! Weekend tickets to certain destinations are far more expensive than ones during the week. I understand that it can be pretty tough to check when the most economical time to fly is. Luckily, there are several tools for this. Why not try these price alerts from Skyscanner? This next tip is more for when you’re out there: scrimp on food. Obviously when you’ve gone to a different country, you’ll want to sample the local cuisine and immerse yourself in the culture. However, eating out every day you’re there will end up being extremely costly. If you make a point of staying somewhere with kitchen facilities, you’ll be able to save a lot of money by cooking your own meals. Obviously, you’ll want to eat out at some time or another. For this, I recommend keeping an eye out for lunch specials. There are many countries, particularly in Europe, where you can get massively discounted food around lunch time. This will mean you can save money without having to miss out too much on the great cuisine. My final tip is to plan your travel within the country well ahead of time. The cost of getting from place to place can be very substantial, especially if you’re somewhere with a good tourist trade. If you’re planning to hit several different locations in a fairly rural area, then I recommend checking out some HotWire car rentals. These packages are geared specifically towards tourists, and in a lot of cases end up being a lot cheaper than paying your own way. If you’re visiting one city, on the other hand, then I advise you to get a public transport travel card. Almost every city in the world runs discount schemes on their public transport. If you...

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A Guide To Organizing A Girl’s Skiing Break
Feb25

A Guide To Organizing A Girl’s Skiing Break

 Do you love to travel with your girlfriends? If the answer is yes, the chances are that whenever you and the girls go away, it’s to a hot location, where you sunbathe and sip cocktails, are we right? Well this year, why not plan a girl’s break with a difference and go skiing? Beach breaks are great, but sometimes, it pays to mix things up a little. They still sell cocktails in ski resorts; you just can’t sunbathe while sipping them. Whether you’ve skied before, or not, a skiing break could be the perfect girl’s getaway. There might not be any white sandy beaches – sorry girls, but there will be beautiful mountains to glide down, and apres bars to drink in. Not to mention the fact that the accommodation on offer tends to be incredibly luxurious. A ski vacation can be a lot of fun and can make a welcome break from your normal beach trip. To plan the most amazing girl’s skiing break, keep reading. Book a chalet, not a hotel Believe it or not, chalets often work out cheaper than hotel rooms, if there’s a group of you, that is. Plus, by opting to stay in a chalet, you’ll have an entire ‘house’ to relax in, instead of just a hotel room. You’ll have a kitchen, so you can cook whatever you fancy. Plus, you could even have household help if you opt for a catered chalet. The great thing about opting for a chalet is that you can get some fantastic deals. If you go for a package deal, like these Mont Tremblant rentals, you can save money and spend your break living in luxury. It’s just a case of being smart about the accommodation you pick and where you book it from. Hire a ski instructor If anyone in the group can’t ski, it’s a good idea to hire a ski instructor. While you could opt to take part in group classes, private lessons will see you progress more quickly. As a group, hire a ski instructor for the week and then split their time up between you so that you all have the chance to improve your skiing abilities. It’s a good idea to specify that you’d like an English-speaking ski instructor. As otherwise, you may end up learning from someone who doesn’t speak very good English. This will make the learning process much more difficult and may hinder your progress. Reserve your lift passes in advance Whatever you do, don’t leave buying your lift passes until the day you arrive, else you’ll spend hours queuing for them. It’s best to reserve them...

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Unconventional Vacation Ideas for Web City Girls Like Us
Dec17

Unconventional Vacation Ideas for Web City Girls Like Us

 If you’ve caught the travel bug, you’ll understand our urge to see as much of the world as possible. There’s a whole planet out there to explore, and over at Web City Girls, we want to see it all. (Okay, probably not every last inch, but most of what’s out there, anyway.) The main problem for us travel lovers when it comes to seeing the world is money. Traveling can take a lot to fund, even if you do it on the cheap. Luckily, if you take the leap and get a little unconventional about the way that you travel, you can make globe trotting a little more doable. There might not be any luxe hotel rooms – sorry girls, but by switching up how you travel, you can see all four corners of the globe. And all without putting too bigger a dent in your savings. For everything you need to know, make sure to keep reading. Road trip it One of the best ways to see and explore the world is by taking a road trip. You’ll save on accommodation and won’t have to stress about buying plane ticket after plane ticket. All you’ll need is a motorhome, fuel money, and food. Today, travel trailers and motorhomes are incredibly spacious and comfortable. They even come with built-in bathrooms – neat, right? The main reason girls like us love the idea of taking a road trip is because of the freedom it brings. Having a set of wheels with beds, a mini kitchen and bathroom in, allows us to go wherever we want, whenever we want. Plus, we don’t need to stress about the cost of accommodation – always the most expensive part of traveling. Couchsurf If you’re willing to forgo the luxury of a hotel room and instead, sleep on a stranger’s couch, you can make traveling more doable. It might seem a little risky – going to a stranger person’s home alone, but there’s a website dedicated to Couchsurfing. (If you’re choosy about who you stay with, and don’t go it alone, Couchsurfing is fairly safe.) The best thing about this informal accommodation is the fact that it’s free – 100 percent free of charge. Of course, your host might appreciate you splitting the cost of food, but as far as money goes, that’s about it. If you’re skint, Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to see the world. All you need to do is save for a plane ticket. Volunteer abroad Want to give your karma a boost and see the world at the same time, and then volunteer abroad. At some point or...

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Travel Journey: #webcitygirlsEnMexico
Oct11

Travel Journey: #webcitygirlsEnMexico

 Mexico diversity and rich culture has been forever embedded into my heart and brain. It started with an invite by Tourism of Mexico City to be part of the inaugural JetBlue non-stop flight to Mexico City followed by a two-day intense educational tour. The thought of visiting Mexico as a tourist was mind blowing, as I have been traveling to Mexico City since 1999 (I owned a production company in Mexico) and had never had time to play, mainly I just worked. Three other wonderful journalists were part of this experience: Carlos Ayan Benitez, Paola Serna and Edgar Galvis. Bueno Amores comenzo la diversión con @JetBlue! Nos vemos en #Mexico en 3hrs 🇲🇽. #webcitygirlsEnMexico #JetBlueMex pic.twitter.com/vdFbcQPw0r — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 1, 2015 We checked in at Fort Lauderdale Airport where a press conference was taking place and of course Mariachi’s had to be part of JetBlue celebration. I have flown close to a million miles in my lifetime and never experienced an inaugural flight. It was special and celebratory from the moment we arrived at the Jet Blue counter to our arrival in Mexico City. Among fun highlights of the trip, I created a Snapchat video inside the cockpit with Captain Patrick and Co-Pilot which happened to be a woman, Diane James. Met Captain Patrick, CoPilot Diane James crew inaugural @JetBlue 1st flight #Mexico #JetBlueMx #webcitygirlsEnMexico pic.twitter.com/aq0Yn7Fisr — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 1, 2015 Once in Mexico Airport we attended a formal press conference with distinguished members of the Mexican Government like Miguel Torruco Marques, Minister of Tourism of Mexico City, Dave Clark, vice president network planning, JetBlue and top Mexican media coverage. Our adventure in Mexico City started with dinner to the sound of Mariachis, folklore dance and a delicious meal. Followed by check-in at the most legendary hotel in Mexico City: Hotel Geneve. Its Mariachi time at dinner in #Mexico 🇲🇽 Gracias @TurismoCDMX @TorrucoTurismo #JetBlueMex #webcitygirlsEnMexico 💙 pic.twitter.com/UOr7TEBgTN — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 2, 2015 Early next morning on Friday, October 2, we were off to visit a historic site called Plaza Three Cultures in Tlatelolco which happened to be memorial day for the 1968 Mexican Student senseless and sad massacre of a ferocious violence unleashed by government forces. Nevertheless this historic site was stunning and we got to learn about this historic moment. Visitamos Plaza 3 Culturas con historia desde Siglo XlV parte del viaje con @turismocdmx #webcitygirlsEnMexico pic.twitter.com/TfQRCTM4pj — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 3, 2015 One hour away from the city we drove towards an ancient Mesoamerican City and visited Teotihuacán Pirámides: Pasamos increible hoy en las Pirámides Teotihuacán 🇲🇽 Gracias @TurismoCDMX @JetBlue #webcitygirlsEnMexico...

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Have A Happy Historic Holiday In #Florence
Mar26

Have A Happy Historic Holiday In #Florence

 If you enjoy a bit of European history, there is plenty of it to see when you travel to Europe. Greece, France, Italy and England are particularly rich in historic sites. Each country caters very well for the tourist and provides a wealth of tours and museums so you can really feel the history unfold. Of course, each country has so much to offer it would be impossible to see it all. While you may relish the thought of  seeing six or seven countries in just a week, Europe is vast and full of interesting places you just could not get around to in that time. Florence, in Italy’s Tuscany region, is one such place that could fill your entire week. There is so much to see and do here. If you are interested in history, then you will be delighted to hear that Florence is widely considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Some even declared it to be the Athens of the Middle Ages. Much of this era survives in and around the city. The city itself has been declared one of the most beautiful on the planet. Awe-inspiring architecture, and incredible art and sculptures are on display everywhere. Florence Duomo If you are thinking of visiting Florence for a holiday, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodation. There are some beautiful luxury hotels, quaint little B&Bs, and some excellent apartments to choose from. Use a website like Venere to see what is available on the dates you wish to travel. Florence boasts good weather most of the year, so you could visit and enjoy this city anytime. Much of the region of Tuscany is beautiful countryside, so try to make time for a few excursions outside of the city walls to take in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Italy really does have so much to offer, but each city has its own unique flavor. Choose from Rome, Venice, Pisa and Florence to see some of the most famous and most extraordinary places on Earth. Florence is so beautiful, and much of that beauty is man-made from hundreds of years ago. It reminds us what we are capable of, and how talented those early architects, builders, sculptors and artists must have been. Florence really does boast the best of the best. Should you be touring Italy, a visit to Florence is absolutely essential to take in some of these incredible sights. Wherever you visit in Europe, there are amazing things to see. You may be doing a historic tour, or you may be cruising along the Mediterranean to soak up the sun and enjoy...

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