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Revolut: Get 10 EUR with your BEST Travel Card Abroad

To give yourself the best possible rate at the time you are travelling abroad, you may want to get a card that is designed for overseas use. This will help you cut the additional costs of fees and currency exchange which are applied when you use your normal debit or credit cards abroad. The best solution is to get a FREE Revolut Card plus 10 EUR, a secure, mobile-based current account that allows you to hold, exchange and transfer without fees in 24 different currencies. Launched in 2015, Revolut has more than 4 million customers who, according to Revolut, have completed more than 250 million transactions with a total value of over £25 billion. Opening a standard free account with Revolut, you are able to get a UK current account, a Euro IBAN account, and a blueish or pinkish bank card (or it might be branded some a company who has collaborated with Revolut). With your card, you will get to do the usual things you can do with a current account like send money to friends, set up direct debits, and withdraw money from an ATM, you can use an impressive range of other features, including free international money transfers, fee-free global spending and access to cryptocurrency exchange. Revolut is aiming to break down the borders of banking. If you are travelling, use your Revolut to: spend abroad with a great exchange rate. have affordable worldwide travel insurance which overseas emergency medical assistance, and expenses of up to £15m. GET 10 EUROS FREE ON YOUR REVOLUT CARD One of Revolut’s appealing features is that it lets you spend fee-free at the interbank rate in 150 currencies. When you’re spending abroad, you typically get charged with transaction fees or hidden costs that you tend to discover later on your bank statement. That’s because your bank will either charge you extra fees to use your card abroad, or they change money at a less competitive rate or both. Revolut doesn’t do that, which is why it’s popular with those who have a global lifestyle. Using it abroad is [...]

2019-08-17T20:24:44+03:00April 12th, 2019|

UK Citizens: How will Brexit affect your holidays to Europe

So, UK is about to leave the EU this month, right before the Easter holidays. If the UK leaves with Theresa May's deal,  this means there will be a transition period until the end of 2020. As a UK passport holder myself, I'm writing down how Brexit will affect UK citizens traveling within the EU however, life must go on as normal for British families - and that includes making plans for their holidays within the EU. Brexit Timeline: key dates in the UK’s divorce from the EU What travel documents will I need to travel? European Commission reported that UK citizens will not need a visa even if there's no deal however, you will need a Visa to travel to US after Brexit, whether there's a deal or not. NO DEAL: According to the UK Government, visitors will be able to stay for up to 90 days out of any 180-day period. You might need a visa before travel if you intend to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days throughout of that 180-day period. DEAL: EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport or an ID card until the end of the transition period in 2020. Should I exchange holiday currencies before or after Brexit? The pound has lost its value against the euro and the US dollar. Nobody knows what is going to happen to the markets and the smallest piece of news can send the pound falling or rallying within minutes. A no-deal Brexit could see the pound weaken, while a deal may see it rise. However, to give yourself the best possible rate at the time, you may want to get a card that is designed for overseas use to cut the additional costs of fees and currency loading that are applied when you use your normal debit or credit cards abroad. The best solution is to get a FREE Revolut Card, a secure, mobile-based current account that allows you to hold, exchange and transfer without fees in 24 different [...]

2019-03-30T11:57:11+03:00March 30th, 2019|

Travel Writing Tips for Junior Travel Writers

Let’s get started. . . Whether you enjoy travelling and writing in your own blog or website as a hobby or seek a future career in the field of travel writing expertise the tips below will help you get started. It is significantly important to start off by saying what isn’t considered to be a piece of travel writing. Travel writing definitely isn’t writing about your family’s vacation or what you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy during your last journey. And of course, it isn’t writing about destinations so that you can travel for free as some people think. Travel writing is writing about places and different cultures, people and their manners and customs. It helps readers plan their own trips by giving tips on when and how to travel or giving advice on travelling. Your aim should be to spread your travel experiences and knowledge to others so that they can follow these suggestions or warn them not to make the same mistakes you did. However, try to focus more on the positive parts of your experiences as your job is to inspire people to travel not to prevent them. The key to a successful piece of travel writing is to always have the reader in mind. What do they need to know? Will this interest them? Is the information I am providing helpful? In order to answer these questions, you need to narrow down your target audience. For example, does your writing refer to young adults, families travelling with children, the elderly, people who seek adventure, or people who want to relax? By having your target audience always in mind, you will not lose track of your writing. If your target audience is ‘young adults who seek adventure’ you would probably like to mention places in the destination that will offer them the adventure they are looking for e.g. hiking, extreme sports, bars, and clubs. But if your target audience is ‘families travelling with children’ you will then have to include family-friendly places to visit, family excursions at the destination, etc. It is impossible to write a piece of [...]

2018-11-21T21:21:37+03:00November 21st, 2018|

Travel Supermarket – Search & Save

Travel Supermarket compares the best travel deals in one place. Compare everything from holidays, flights, car hire & hotels to extras such as travel insurance. Travel Supermarket is a travel site which offers people all the comparison tools they need when they’re planning their holiday and want to find the very best one for them. They compare package holidays, car hire, flights, hotels, cruise, and dynamic packaging by searching hundreds of travel websites. The information supplied is unbiased and designed to save customers time and money. They thrive on offering our users accurate real time availability by taking information directly from suppliers such as Opodo, British Airways, Thomas Cook, First Choice, Thomson, Holiday Autos, Auto-Europe and many more, ensuring users are presented the best possible price at all times. Car Rentals Compare Deals From Top Brands & Get Discounts. No Hidden Charges. Book Today! Book from 7$/day. Full Insurance. Free Amendments. Collision Damage Waiver. Theft Protection. No Cancelation Fee. No Hidden Costs. Compare Top Brands. Book in 24 h with -5% Unlimited Mileage. Top Car Tip! A larger car may not be as expensive as you think, so check the costs of both small economy-size cars as well as larger models to get best value for your money. Holiday Packages Cheap holidays just got cheaper Easily compare deals on thousands of holidays Compare package holidays Last minute breaks All-inclusive holiday deals Must Know: All of the holiday companies on the Travel Supermarket site are protected by ATOL Travel Insurance Compare the best holiday insurance Compare deals easily Search for a travel insurance Compare a huge range of deals from leading travel companies Save money - Free and easy to use Stress-free & Secure service Compare deals from over 30 travel companies Top Tip: When buying your policy it's particularly important to ensure that your holiday cost is covered for cancellation, you have sufficient medical cover and that you are aware of how your policy works should you need to make a claim. Travel Supermarket Testimonial Best holiday, car and travel insurance search engine I have used recently. Very user friendly and [...]

2018-11-23T17:28:10+03:00June 18th, 2018|

Spring Europe Travel Destinations

There's nothing like a last minute decision to spend a few days at a lovely destination before hot summer arrives. If you don't have schoolchildren, May is the best period to take your Europe Spring Holidays. Sea and skies are blue, flowers are blooming and everything is quieter and pricing wise, it's a better value. So here we are, proposing you 5 of our Top Spring Europe Travel destinations. 1. Bucharest, Romania 2. Seville, Spain 3. Krakow, Poland 4.Ghent, Belgium 5. Aveiro, Portugal

2018-04-21T07:48:33+03:00April 21st, 2018|

10+1 Tips on how to book the cheapest flight

I usually spend hours and hours before deciding and booking a flight. I search on various search engines, I watch the prices go up as the days pass by in order to book the cheapest flight, but usually, I end up booking a higher price (compared to the price I first found). Below I'm listing some tips you need to have in mind if you want to get the cheapest flight. 1. If you find a cheap fare just book it, don't think about it. If you think of it over and over again the fare will most likely go up when you decide to finally book it. The best time to book your flight is today, now. 2. Try to search and compare prices Skyscanner as far as I know if one of the most popular flight search engines. Momondo is another one. Try to search for the same flight on travel search engines but also make sure to check the airline's website too, it might be cheaper. 3. Book 6 weeks in advance Prices drop below the average fare 6 weeks before you travel. 4. Book last-minute flights When an airline hasn't filled a flight, they will cut down their prices. So if you are flexible you should try this. 5. Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday According to FareCompare Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days to take a flight while Friday and Sunday are the most expensive. 6.Combine two flights You might find it much cheaper to combine two low cost airline tickets compared to one direct. Make sure to check all the available options. 7. Become a frequent flier Sign up for the frequent flier schemes so you can gather miles and spend them later by getting cheaper/free tickets. 8. Fly early in the morning Early morning flights are the cheapest. 9. Fly off-peak Avoid flying during half term/school holidays, high summer season, bank holiday breaks. 10. Fly to the secondary airport Most destinations have two airports. The primary one is more expensive compared to the secondary one (low cost airlines fly there). 11. Join airline mailing lists By signing [...]

2018-08-27T14:46:48+03:00April 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:20+03:00January 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

2018-02-23T09:14:21+03:00December 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 [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:21+03:00December 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. 

2018-02-23T09:14:21+03:00October 8th, 2017|