travel tips

/travel tips

European Shopping Destinations

This post is expected to raise interest to shopping lovers. Below you’ll find my favourite five European shopping destinations.  The following cities offer you the ability to make purchases ranging from cheap buys up to expensive designers – the choices are endless. London Oxford Street 1. London, UK London is one of the best places for shopping, specially during its big sales during the Christmas period. The best places are the famous Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.  Other areas which are enjoyable for shopping include Russells Square (Brunswick) or Enfield Town (Palace Gardens). There are also many shopping malls e.g. Westfield and Hammersmith Broadway. Here you’ll find all the high-street shops with the best prices. Brent Cross shopping centre is another place you can go shopping in North West London. For more luxury purchases visit Knightsbridge and step into Harrods. Don't forget  Selfridge & Co in Oxford Street. For a more characteristic shopping taste visit Camden Markets in Camden Town. Sales Period: The big sales start on Boxing Day (26/12) and end around mid January.  Summer sales start around min June and end around mid July. If you’re in London beginning the sales period make sure to go shopping early in the morning. 2. Athens, Greece  McArthurGlen Athens Outlet I love shopping here. You can find anything from leather goods around Monastiraki area and its surrounding small markets - called Monastiraki Flea Area. You will find chic stores in Kolonaki and Tsakalof Street or by visiting Attica.  For more down to the earth shopping try Ermou Street and the Mall of Athens. If you wish to purchase branded clothing visit the McArthurGlen Athens outlet or the Factory Outlet.  I prefer McArthurGlen since it's big with many brands and it's surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Sales Period: Summer sales start mid-July and run throughout the end of August whilst winter sales begin mid-January and run throughout the end of February.   3. Brussels, Belgium Avenue Louise in Brussels In Brussels you can find all sorts of shops in Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. In the lower part you’ll find exclusive designer shops (Avenue Louise) and in Rue Neuve you’ll find [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|

Best in Travel 2018 by Lonely Planet

The annual bestseller, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018, ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year's worth of inspiration to take travellers out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable - firmly setting the travel agenda for 2018. As self-confessed travel geeks, from Lonely Planet collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. And every year, we ask ourselves: Where are the best places in the world to visit right now? It's a very hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more discussion than any other. Best in Travel 2018 is our definitive answer. Inside, you'll discover : Top ten countries, regions and cities Best value destinations Best culture trips for families Best new openings and experiences Best new places to stay Top destination races, from walks and marathons to cycles and swims Top vegetarian and vegan destinations Top small-ship expedition cruises Best places for cross-generational family trips Best private islands that everyone can use

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 December 27th, 2017|

Reasons to book your hotel via Booking.com

I'm not going to try and convince you to use Booking.com but I'll just explain why I use it to book hotels and why I believe someone should use it based on my experience. 1. Incredible choice Whether you want to stay in a chic city apartment, a luxury beach resort or a cosy B&B in the countryside, Booking.com provides you a diversity of amazing and breadth of choice options to select from, all in one place. Booking.com 2.Great look and feel The look and feel of the website is stunning, providing users the best experience in finding easy what they need. The search form provides you a variety of creative filters, interactive maps and an optimized search engine that will assist you in finding the best accommodation based on your needs. You can filter your search by Budget, popularity, star rating, things to do, beach access, property type, bed preference, facilities, room facilities, neighborhood etc. Have a look at this search to see what options you may have.  3. Secure bookings Booking.com facilitates hundreds of thousands of transactions every day through their secure platform, and work to the highest standards to guarantee your privacy. I can guarantee you that I've never had any issues with them during the last 10 years I've been using them. 4. Faster booking process If you're a registered customer they already have your details on file so you don't have to enter them everytime you make a booking. Booking.com 5. Best possible prices Booking.com aims to provide its customers the highest customer satisfaction rate mainly due to the competitiveness of pricing, providing the best possible prices. 6. Secret Promotions As a Booking.com member you'll get access to secret promotions and discounts e.g. you'll get an extra 10% off at thousands of popular properties worldwide. Just look out for the Genius logo when you search. Genius accounts also get free travel perks such as late check-out and free airport shuttle. 7. Book now, pay later Booking.com allows you to book your hotel now and pay it upon check-in or check-out [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 December 26th, 2017|

The Global Top 10 Destination Cities

Mastercard, released the Global Top 10 Destinations cities which define that tourism is driving the economic engines of growth and development around the world. Since 2009, international travel and spending by overnight visitors to cities have grown faster than real GDP (Gross domestic product). To help cities understand key drivers and unlock the value of tourism, Mastercard released its annual Mastercard Destination Cities Index with Bangkok the top one with 19.41 million visitors. 2016 International Overnight Visitors Bangkok - 19.41 million visitors London - 19.06 million visitors Paris - 15.45 million visitors Dubai - 14.87 million visitors Singapore - 13.11 million visitors New York - 12.70 million visitors Seoul - 12.39 million visitors Kuala Lumpur - 11.28 million visitors Tokyo - 11.15 million visitors Istanbul - 9.16 million visitors   About the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index The Mastercard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2016, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for 2017. Public data is used in deriving the international overnight visitor arrivals and their cross-border spending in each of the 132 destination cities. This Index and the accompanying reports are not based on Mastercard volumes or transactional data. 

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 October 8th, 2017|

Top 5 Holiday Autumn Destinations

There's nothing like a last minute decision to spend a few days at a lovely destination before winter actually arrives. If you don't have schoolchildren, it's the best period to take your European spring/summer holidays in autumn. Sea and skies are still blue, everything is quieter and pricing wise, it's a better value. So here we are, proposing you 5 of our Top European Autumn destinations. 1. Verona, Italy 2. Seville, Spain 3. Krakow, Poland 4. Chania, Crete 5. Aveiro, Portugal

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

Top 10 Cyprus Luxury Hotels

After receiving a few messages questioning me about recommendations on Cyprus luxury hotels I’ve made a research and found the top 10 five star luxury hotels which have been rated by visitors over 8.7 (on Booking.com). But first let’s explain what we mean with Luxury Hotel. A Luxury Hotel will provide you privacy, room comfort, great service, outstanding dining and a variety of activities to choose from. It will provide you extraordinary experience, it will exceed your expectations and will create life-long memories. Stay at the best hotels, enjoy the luxurious style, and enjoy the Mediterranean views and Cypriot hospitality. Columbia Beach Resort Rating: 9.3/10 Columbia Beach Resort is located on the 2km-long Pissouri Bay, a peaceful and rural area situated 20 minutes from both Paphos and Limassol.  The five-star beach resort has earned an identity for itself within the island’s wider hospitality sphere that is synonymous with exclusivity and exceptionality in regards to its facilities, its exceptional service and superb experience. All suites have stone floors, natural wood furnishings and shutters, and overhead ceiling fans to keep them cool. Each has a balcony with views of the gardens or the sea. Facilities include Nespresso coffee makers, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. SHOW PRICES Four Seasons – Limassol Rating: 9.3/10 Four Seasons Hotel lies on a private part of Limassol’s sandy beach offering 5-star accommodation amongst tropical gardens with 2 free-form pools and 2 floodlit tennis courts. It features 3 award-wining restaurants and the exclusive Shiseido Spa. All rooms, studios and suites are elegantly furnished and come with a satellite LCD TV, safes and coffee makers. Most rooms open out to a private balcony. You can enjoy an exotic cocktail at one of the four bars and try freshly made Sushi and, Oysters at the Vista Terrace. SHOW PRICES Anassa – Paphos, Polis Chrysochous Rating: 9.3/10 Anassa Hotel features breathtaking sea views and a wealth of spa and leisure possibilities within a luxurious village setting. Anassa combines tasteful decoration with elegant furnishings for a [...]

2018-02-04T18:19:26+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Missed Flight: Find out how to get Flight Compensation

Problems with your flight? Missed Flight? Have you had any idea that you are able to claim up to 600 per traveller if your flight was overbooked, cancelled or delayed? Know Your Rights When you miss a flight, you may be able to get either compensation from the airline or you may be able to get a refund of the taxes you paid the airline for your flight. In this article, we will explain when you qualify for both of these categories. Flight-Delayed.co.uk is an organisation that helps air passengers claim compensation from the airline when they have experienced a flight delay, cancellation, or when they were denied boarding. They also help travellers with general travel information. Compensation Claim - EC Regulation 261/2004 Most people have no idea that if they missed their flight, they are entitled to receive compensation, you just have to be checked in. The most important thing has to do with checking in. In most cases, airports advise travellers to come to the airport at least two hours before the departure of their flight, to make sure there's sufficient time to check in and go through customs. If you arrive at the airport late, most probably you won't be allowed to fly. Most airlines require you to have checked in at least 45 minutes before the departure of the flight. If you still arrive late at the check-in desk they are allowed to deny you from accessing the aircraft. If an airline allows you to check in after the 45-minutes, the flight will be delayed since you won’t have enough time to go through customs or have your luggage loaded on the plane.  It is very common that travellers arrive at the airport earlier than their flight but have to face long queues. In most cases, despite the fact that there are long queues an airline might deny you to board if you haven’t checked in on time. In order to be able to claim your compensation you have to check-in before the closing time. Prefer to do it online. If the flight is [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

Best Winter Travel Destinations

You might see winter travel destinations and what will come to you mind is snow right?  But this post its not only about cold freezing places. This is a collaboration post with other travel bloggers who are recommending a city for winter either because crowds are smaller compared to other seasons and this is the best way to explore the city. Off season also means that its cheaper because the city is not that popular compared to higher seasons. Some others cities in this post have been recommended just because they are very popular for Christmas time and some other places are just great to travel too just because its summer! Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm for winter? Yeh, its pretty cold but why not? A recommendation from me after visiting this city in winter. The city is covered with snow and looks beautiful. There are less tourists which makes it easier to see the famous attractions without having to wait in long queues. I encourage you to take a look at my post: Stockholm Highlights & Facts and see how many things you can do in Stockholm during winter time. When I visited it was February and it was cold however we enjoyed everything about it. Paris, France Katie from Creative Travel Guide is recommending us Paris the beautiful and romantic city of France as a winter destination. Paris is the perfect place to visit in the Winter. The crowds are a lot smaller than the Summer and the city is full of lights and Christmas decorations. The early evening sees the Eiffel Tower light up, illuminating the sky perfectly. This is my top city to travel to in Winter, it still holds all the beauty and romance you can expect from Paris but has that extra magic only colder weather can bring. You can find more about Paris at Katie's travel blog.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Kristine from Pretty, Wild World is recommending us Sarajevo the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a winter destination. Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 December 5th, 2016|

Black Friday: Book an Adventure Trip 50% Cheaper

Finally, Black Friday is here! TourRadar's Black Friday Sale is now live. Click below for access to exclusive deals across the globe and save up to 50% on hand-picked tours and 5% on all other tours from the world's leading tour operators. Black Friday Sale - Save up to 50% on exclusive travel deals! You only have 4 days to book, so don't hesitate. Check out Tour Radar's Black Friday deals and invest in the adventure of a lifetime.  Don't know Tour Radar? TourRadar is a travel website where travellers and tourists are able to book a group tour, as well as featuring user-generated reviews of individual tours and of the Tour Operators. It has more than 20,000 tours available from more than 250 different tour operators worldwide  and acts as an online marketplace for third party tour operators to list their tours so that users can find them. As well as offering booking and reviews of tours, they also allow travellers to meet before their tour departs through their iOS and Android applications. 

2018-01-30T08:55:32+00:00 November 25th, 2016|

4 Cheap Travel Destinations

Another collaboration post with three great lady travel bloggers recommending cheap travel destinations. This posts will introduce you 4 places to travel on a low budget (if you are looking for that option!). Destinations reveal in this post include, Krakow in Poland, Albania, Lambok and Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia. Enjoy reading the following recommendations based on real stories. Albania: Katalin from Our Life Our Travel  Albania is one of the cheapest and most beautiful countries in Europe. Me and my husband spent there a month this year while traveling around the Balkans, and it was our top country. The mountains are amazing, the beaches have crystal clear water, and they are less developed and less crowded than elsewhere in the continent. The hostel prices start from 5 euro per night, the hotels are also cheap, although we decided to rent our own house which costed the same as the hostels would have. Local food and good beer have low price. Fresh products are sold at the market places every day. Eating out is easily affordable even every night, just make sure you eat with locals and don’t end up a place serving only tourists. The public transportation is cheap as well, but we warned, it is quite slow.  An own car gives you mobility, and the road conditions not as bad as they were ten years ago. Only the driving culture needs more improvement. One of the best beach we’ve been was at Borsh. The seaside is surrounded by hills with olive trees. The beach is wide, clean, and the hotel business just about to starts. Check out and interesting story on: Road trip on the Albanian coast: our favourite beaches Read more stories from Katalin on her travel blog at Our Life Our Travel, check her Facebook page and Instagram for more amazing photos.   Lombok, Indonesia: Lauren from THE TRAVELLER'S GUIDE BY #LJOJLO Lombok, Indonesia is my little piece of cheap paradise. Situated east of Bali, Lombok is Bali’s lesser known yet cooler neighbor. Not riddled with tourists the island is obviously [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:32+00:00 November 16th, 2016|