Saturday, June 30, 2012

4 Ideas For Cheaper Accommodation When Travelling To The UK: itravelnet.com Travel Blog

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4 Ideas For Cheaper Accommodation When Travelling To The UK

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 07:48 AM PDT

The UK has so much to offer the visitor, from the modern wonders of the historic cities through to ancient ruins and a magnificent range of landscapes. It also boasts some great ways to save money on accommodation costs – but how can you make your money stretch further?

Budget hotels

Hotels are the obvious choice but for many, especially those travelling as a family, the costs involved can be prohibitive. The UK has several low cost hotel which are present in most major towns and cities and offer good quality comfort for some rock bottom prices. Many are in city centre locations meaning that sightseeing travel costs can also be kept to a minimum. There are also some great online resources which offer fantastic savings on late bookings, working on the principle that even the most exclusive hotel would rather have a room busy at a lower rate leave it empty.

B&Bs

Bed & Breakfast, commonly known as ‘B&B’ has a peculiarly British feel to it although of course it is a concept used around the world. In the UK, the traditional B&B is based in seaside resorts, although many ‘hotel pubs’ around the country have long offered the service and traditional farmhouse businesses are also getting in on the act.

You can expect clean, welcoming facilities, now often with en suite bathrooms, and of course the ‘breakfast’ in the title. Often some of the best examples of the ‘traditional full English’ breakfast are found here too.

4 Ideas For Cheaper Accommodation When Travelling To The UK
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Hostels

Youth hostels are a traditional way for students and younger people to make their way around on their travels and the UK’s YHA has around two hundred properties across England and Wales. These are available in a variety of buildings which includes mansions, lodges and even castles.

Most are self-catering although some offer in-house menus. The type of hostel you select will depend on your personal preferences but, with such diversity on offer, it is guaranteed that you'll find something unique and welcoming.

Caravans

Caravan holidays come in two ways – either by hiring a static caravan which is permanently parked on a purpose built site or by using your own caravan or motor home to tour the country.

The static option includes top of the range contemporary holiday homes with the emphasis on comfort and living space, situated in great locations around the UK. Those with mobile homes can choose to visit these sites on their holidays or set up elsewhere, giving them total freedom.

Companies like The Caravan Club have all the information you need to plan your trip, giving the access to all the information you need on all the quality caravan parks and caravan sites in the UK and Ireland. If you plan to hire a caravan, you can also buy suitable caravan insurance on the Caravan Club site as well.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Fishing Boats, Lovina Bali – Indonesia: itravelnet.com Travel Blog plus 1 more

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Fishing Boats, Lovina Bali – Indonesia

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 09:39 AM PDT

Fishing Boats, Lovina Bali - Indonesia

Fishing boats on Kalibukbuk Beach in Lovina, Bali – Indonesia.

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Air France Summer Super Sale – Fares from $791!

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 07:14 AM PDT

Low Fares to France and Europe

Save a bundle to your favorite summer destinations with these great deals to Europe this August.

Sample Fares* include:

New York – Paris $1,092
Los Angeles – Moscow $1,111
San Francisco – Barcelona $1,152
New York – Frankfurt $791
Miami – Paris $1,305

Air France Summer Super Sale – Fares from $791!

Travel Deals: Air France

* Fares are round-trip and include taxes, carrier surcharge and applicable service fees. These fares are valid for departures on or after August 12, 2012. Tickets must be purchased before August 11, 2012 11:59PM EDT. There is an additional $20-$30 weekend surcharge each way. Tickets must be purchased at least 7 days before departure date. A minimum Saturday night stay is required and a maximum one month stay is permitted. Fares are non-refundable. Changes are allowed for a $250 fee plus fare adjustment fees. Additional conditions may apply. Fares are subject to class of service availability and may be changed or withdrawn without notice. Additional baggage fees may apply. Non-stop flights from the USA to Europe can be operated by Air France, KLM, Delta Air Lines, or Alitalia. Segments within Europe can be operated by Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Air Europa, Transavia, Brit Air, CCM, Flybe, City Jet, Olympic Airways, TAROM, Aeroflot Russian, Bulgaria Air, CSA Czech Airways, Twin Jet, Regional, Ukraine Intl, BT, B2, Finnair, Rossiya-Russian Airlines, Austrian, JAT Airways.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World


Majestic Road from Te Anau to Milford (New Zealand)

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 04:18 PM PDT

While it is only the third best way of arriving at Milford Sound (hiking the Milford Track or arriving by boat win hands down for the two most rewarding), the 120 km drive from the touristy township of Te Anau to Milford is a world class highly scenic drive highlighting the dramatic scale and natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed area. With a strong recommendation to hit the road early,...

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Festivals and events in Dublin: itravelnet.com Travel Blog

Festivals and events in Dublin: itravelnet.com Travel Blog

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Festivals and events in Dublin

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 03:02 AM PDT

Dublin is an exciting and beautiful place to visit. Alive with music, history and literature, it has many varied festivals and celebrations throughout the year waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Here are just a few suggestions for those visiting the city.

The Dublin Dance Festival takes place in May from the 11th to the 26th. It is an international festival celebrating and promoting the best of contemporary choreography from around the world.

The festival was established in 2002 but only became a yearly event in 2007. It had previously been biennial and is the premier dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Festival passes are available for €220 but there are limited early-bird passes for €180. Tickets can also be booked at the venues.

For those of a more literary bent, there is the chance to Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. This new event has readings and short plays from works by local authors, from Maeve Binchy to James Joyce.

The event runs from 14th May to 23rd June with shows on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tickets are €8 and can be booked through the Centre. There is also a free guided literary walk on the days of the shows for participants.

At Dublin’s only race course, Leopardstown, there is a series of racing and boutique musical events throughout the summer, from 8th June until 16th August. The festival only began in 2011 and will have a different line-up of acts appearing each year. Tickets are €15.

Another event taking place through the summer is the Summer of Heritage programme, from 27th June until 2nd September. The programme has been running for five years and has been expanded, with many activities for adults and children.

The main attractions of the programme are the tours of historical sites in the county. These tours are interesting and informative and feature living-history performances from professional actors in period costume. Best of all, the programme is free for everyone.

Started in 1970, the Liberties is one of the oldest festivals in Ireland. It is named for the area in the south-west part of Dublin’s inner city, a place steeped in history. The name originates from the 12th century – jurisdictions tied to the city but outside its walls were called Liberties by the Anglo-Normans.

The Liberties Festival is one of the highlights of the summer. It boasts a wide range of sporting and community events that the whole family can enjoy. There is also an arts and multi-cultural programme that features literature, music, dance, comedy, film and visual art.

The festival only lasts a few days, from the 18th to the 22nd of July. Fortunately most of the events that take place are free, which is a tradition for the Liberties Festival.

Running for 18 years and the largest multi-disciplinary arts festival in Ireland is the Absolut Fringe Festival. Up to 650 events are staged in over 40 venues and, unlike many other fringes in other countries, it is a wholly curated festival.

The Absolut Fringe is a showcase for fresh new Irish arts companies as well as the best international touring dance and theatre shows. A city-wide event, it runs from the 8th to 22nd September. Ticket prices vary depending on the show and venue.

For an event with a difference, there is the International Puppet Festival. It has been running for over 20 years and features performances from local and international puppeteers. The festival takes place from the 19th to the 28th October and ticket prices vary.

From April through to October in Dun Laoghaire, the Pavilion Quarter is hosting a multitude of events for all the family. These include fireworks, street entertainment and music, as well as free food samples from local restaurants. The events are free, but times and dates vary.

With such a wide array of things happening all year long, the only difficulty when visiting Dublin will be trying to decide what to do.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ditch the ‘staycation’, refuel on a mini-break: itravelnet.com Travel Blog

Ditch the ‘staycation’, refuel on a mini-break: itravelnet.com Travel Blog

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Ditch the ‘staycation’, refuel on a mini-break

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 10:58 AM PDT

Burnout is a very real problem for many young professionals and with many of us working increasingly long hours it's hardly surprising that people are starting to realise that leisure time is not just a luxury.

Times are tough, but although the global economy has still not yet risen from the ashes of recession, many see the benefits of time away from work, and want to make the most of their holiday-entitlement even whilst tightening the purse strings.

A holiday needn't break the bank, and with many low-cost airlines competing for your business with offers on cheap fight tickets, it's a great time to recharge those batteries on a mini-break.

Short breaks are the answer to many of our holiday dilemmas and for time conscious young professionals and families, a short break away from it all may be just what's needed before getting back to the business of 'real life'.

Time spent with loved ones and family is time well spent, and a week off at home, if you factor in going out for dinner, buying a coffee or snack, enjoying a movie or visiting attractions like the zoo or amusement parks, can work out almost as pricey as going away.

With affordable flights leaving daily to destinations across Europe a short holiday is not only easy to organise, it's also the perfect way of taking a break without eating into all your yearly holiday entitlement in one go.

Families with young children may want to consider a close sunshine destination, such as the Algarve, for a short break. Although ideal for a week or fortnight away, many people see Portugal as perfect mini-break material too.

Cheap flights to Faro are relatively inexpensive and with an average flight time of less than 3 hours in duration from UK shores, a short break of two to four days is more than achievable. Faro airport is the gateway to the Algarve and once there you'll find family-friendly resorts, great beaches and a range of accommodation options to suit every budget.

Alternatively couples may prefer to stay in Faro itself, a great city filled with unrivalled dining and sightseeing opportunities, or opt for a different destination all together. London, for example, is a popular weekend break haunt, not just for visitors from the UK and the Republic of Ireland, but with travellers from across Europe also.
Still buzzing from the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and gearing up to the Olympics there's never been a more exciting time to visit the UK's famous capital city.

With many hotels and restaurants offering substantial price reductions, 2 for 1 offers and incentives, a holiday to London needn't cost the earth either. Plus with so many beautiful parks and gardens you can always pop to the supermarket and enjoy picnic lunches during your stay; the perfect way to save money.

There are various sights to check out such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral, plus a wealth of art galleries and museums – many of which are free to enter or which stipulate a small discretionary contribution.

With cheap flights to London leaving from all major UK airports, and Europe daily, booking and travelling has never been simpler and a ten minute internet search will uncover a world of affordable flights and travel opportunities.
Money is important, and whilst it's always wise to save our reserves when times are tough, it's also important to relax, refuel and look after our personal well-being, so next time you think about putting off your holiday, think again; getting away might just be a worthwhile investment.

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