Helpful Sites

I wanted my final post to be something that would help people to start their own travel adventures and be able to give reviews of apps and told that I have used to help me when I am overseas.

The first website I highly recommend is Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a very easy to use website and mobile app thats helps you book flights and hotels. The site scans all over the web for the best deals on flights and hotels before directing you to the website where you can then make your purchase. One of the features that I love about Skyscanner is that you can easily make multi-city flights searches in one go unlike other sites where you have to make multiple single searches.

The next sites are similar however are used in different countries. Yelp is very popular in California however overseas it is not used as much. The site that I like to use which is very similar to Yelp is Trip Advisor which not only reviews places to eat and drink but hotels, tours, attractions you name it. TripAdvisor is always the first site I look at when I am travelling as it has great information and reviews.

I hope that these sites help to make planning your future trips both easy and fun!

Hostel vs Air BnB

On my recent trip to Prague I stayed in both a hostel and an Air Bnb and in this post I am going to discuss both options and why you might go for one over the other.

First off is the hostel. For those of you unaware of what a hostel is it is cheap accomodation that is usually in a dorm style setting with shared amenities. The main thing that turns people off hostels is the fact that you don’t have your own space in this dorm style living however this can be one of the things that people also choose hostels for. Hostels are great for meeting new people in shared common areas and are great for finding out information from the staff and other travellers. I would recommend staying at a hostel especially if you are travelling alone as it is very easy to meet new people and to do group activities even when you are not travelling in a group.

Air BnB is a new phenomenon taking over the world of travel and I have used it both in the US as well as overseas. Air BnB allows people to rent out their homes or rooms in their house for a limited time to travellers. This option is great for small groups and families as it allows you to live in a home style setting and to have your own privacy. Air BnB’s also allow you to save money by cooking your own meals. I would recommend staying in an Air BnB with a group as you are not so much looking to meet as many people as if you were travelling alone.

 

Both of these are great options and should be tried out to see what works for you on certain trips.

Stopovers

The art of the stopover or layover is something that I personally have not yet mastered but is something that I want to talk about regardless. A stopover is when you have a number of hours or possibly a night in between two connecting flights or other forms of transports. This stopover when you have enough time to leave the airport without missing your flight can be a great way to tick of a few more cities on your list or to test out the destination for future trips. When on a stopover there are a few key things to remember:

  • Time is key so you need to make sure that you are back at the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight. Checking your bags all the way through can help with this. It is also good to check online to see if your departure time has been delayed or not.
  • Plan ahead. Planning ahead makes sure that you can be efficient with your time and see all the sites that you want to in time.

So next time you book flights don’t always be so hasty in getting to your final destination, a few extra hours walking around Amsterdam or Tokyo might be exactly what you need!

Why travel?

So why should you travel? Everyone travels for a different reason whether it be to experience different cultures, to go to major events or festivals or simply just to visit friends or relatives. Travelling is a truly personal experience and that is why it is great. Whether you want to party all night or visit amazing art galleries or do both your trip is exactly that, YOURS! For this reason I believe travelling is for everyone. You are able to cater a trip to what you want to do and how you want to do it. Now obviously things like budgeting and time come into play whilst planning your trip, but this should not be a deterrent with low budget options such a hostels and budget airlines allowing for costs to be kept down. So open a map (or Google Maps as it is these days) and start looking because the world really is your oyster!