Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Get on Track for Summer with the Halifax!

Looking for somewhere to go on holiday this summer? The chances are that your budget is restricted and you need to make sure that you can afford it this year, but then you don't want to compromise on the destination either. Well, it is your one chance to get away for a week to relax after all. So what should you do? Well, consulting the Halifax is a great place to start.

The "Halifax Travel Money Matchmaker" is a Facebook application that is designed specifically for the purpose of giving you tailored advice on your next holiday. You don't have to be a Halifax customer to use it because it is there for everyone to take advantage of. It can tell you everything you need to know about your destination, right down to how much a pint would cost. First though, it helps you by selecting the best holiday to suit your needs. It is very easy to use so all you have to do is add it to your Facebook profile and follow the instruction that appear on screen.

From there, you can calculate exactly how much it will cost to have a good time! Just login to your Facebook and search for the "Halifax Travel Money Matchmaker" or go to the Halifax Facebook app . It is as easy as that!

*This article is sponsored by Halifax.*

Monday, 6 July 2009

Summer Travel And The Credit Crunch: Save Money!

The 2009 holiday season is well and truly upon us now. The sun is out, the heat is high and most people want a break to get away from the troubles they face at home every day of the week. Unfortunately though, that may not be possible this year on account of the tight financial situation that many households will be experiencing. However, there are ways and means that you can save money on your summer travel plans and enjoy a few days away from the stresses and strains of daily life.

You can save money and enjoy summer travel via the following travel tips:

1 - Use A Price Comparison Site - Price comparison sites are not just for insurances you know! In fact, many of them are now offering travel deals comparison so you can find your dream holiday at the lowest possible price. It goes without saying that fewer people use this but it is important to consider using it to get an idea of the travel deals to save time and money.

2 - Go On Holiday In The UK - We have become accustomed to going abroad for sun, sea and sand but this year you may want to consider going on holiday within the UK. There are ome beautiful locations within the UK that are a pleasure to visit so why not try them this year? There will be an article later on this week about the top 10 places to stay in the UK. In the meantime though, you might want to look yourself and see just how many cheap travel deals within the UK you can find.

3 - Cut Out Added Extras - It may not save much money but do you really need to reserve a seat, extra luggage or book a meal on a two hour flight? Do you need to pay for all the added extras when you are guaranteed a seat, are only going for a week and can eat before you go and when you arrive? The savings soon mount up on these travel deals if you avoid all of the above for a family of four!

4 - Choose Cheaper Accommodation - A five star hotel is brilliant when you can afford it but travel deals with B&B accommodation, two star hotels or even campsites can save you hundreds. It is better to book in advance because just turning up at a hotel will cost you more. However, if you choose to lower your own standards a little through a trusted provider then you may be pleasantly surprised at how cheap holidays can be!

All of the above tips can help you to save money on travel deals and I will be posting some of the best bargains an destinations in the UK abroad in the coming months. However, there is hope. You could still get away for a week and relax on a budget.

If you want a laugh and to discover a great provider of cheap travel deals then check out the videos at the top and bottom of this page. They can both lighten your mood and help you to discover some of the best deals around.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Visit Dublin: A Quick Introduction To The Irish Capital

There are many places that I old like to visit at some stage and Dublin is one of them. Apparently Dublin is the heart and soul of Ireland. If the pictures are to be taken into account then it is certinly one of the most beautiful places to visit within the British Isles. It is located close to the eastern coast and sprawls out from Dublin Bay thus giving breathtaking views.

Fascinatingly enough, Dublin was once a Celtic village until it became a Viking settlement. It expanded during those ages and contains many remnants from the past today. You can find artifacts in museums as well as viewing the rich history of the city in its many aged buildings. Dublin has become one of the most visited cities in Europe as a result of this history as well as the culture and adventure it can provide.

The home of the Guinness Brewery, Dublin has a reputation for being a party city but it is so much more than that. Dublin also has a rich educational heritage and is home to the University of Dublin, which is over 400 years old. Trinity College is another institution that is found in the city and is architecturally beautiful. The library there is home to the famous 'Book of Kells', transcribed by Celtic Monks over 1000 years ago.

Of course it is so much more than that, but you'll have to check in later in the week for more information about Dublin!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Budgeting Tips For Your Vacation

I'm just weeks away from my vacation and I cannot wait! I really need a break now because I've been working so hard for months and could do with getting away. However, we're on a major budget this year as a direct result of debts and my husband losing his job a while ago so we're on a budget.

To be honest, I'm not really bothered about a budget because we're half board anyway so our food is in with the price. Also, I'm off to Sorrento and walking around the town makes me incredibly happy and I don't feel the need to spend spend spend there. I don't need to because there are plenty of free attractions. In some places this is not as easy. For example, if you're heading to a Spanish resort then, short of lying on the beach all day, there isn't that much to do if you have no money.

However, there are some travel budgeting tips that can really help you to bring down the cost of going on vacation and leave you more money to spend:

1. Avoid spending at the airport - Airport products are expensive if you buy in the shops there (with the exception of duty free) so make sure you have everything you need before you go.

2. Only spend on the last couple of days - It is tempting to buy everything you want when you see it if you are on vacation but then it becomes hard to draw the line. I have two words for you - impulse buys. They are a waste of money and you won't use or even want half of them. If you leave it until the last couple of days you will only buy what you truly want.

3. Take only one credit card on vacation - Taking your credit cards on holiday is extremely bad because you are always tempted to spend on them. You should take one for emergencies just in case but do not take any more than that because you'll come back in debt. If you don't take credit cards then you can't spend on them.

4. Use your hotel room safe wisely - Most hotel rooms have a safe in them so why not use it? You can then choose to take only what you need out with you at any given time. This will stop you overspending.

5. Don't put everything on our hotel room tab - There is no worse way to round your holiday off than to have to pay a mssive tab because you've put everyhing onto it. Always pay cash whenever you can so your final bill is minimal.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Italian Travel: Find The Summer Tourist’s Paradise

If you are heading to Europe in the near future and want to try somewhere new, or maybe even travel up and down a country then Italian travel may be the thing for you! You can take in the architecture, art, food, heritage, adventure and gorgeous weather. If you would like all that then Italy is the only place to go this summer. There are millions of reasons why you should visit and below are just a few.

Whether you are on the lookout for a city break or a week or two long holiday, then Italian travel should be one of the first ports of call. Italy has it all (after all, it is a rather large country!). You can find skiing in the North to summer sun in the South to fabulous cities all over the country to the beautiful views and climate of the Mediterranean Sea. Italian travel literally has it all! We all have different wants and needs when it comes to going on holiday or vacation and you could easily find some sort of Italian travel to suit your wants and needs, thus making you feel at home.

Italian travel is easy. It is three to four hours via airplane away from every other country in Europe at the absolute maximum because Italy is central. When you get there, there are plenty of car hire companies around so you can literally hire a car and just take off. You can then get around as and when you like. A word of warning though - the Italian blood can be feisty and that especially applies on the road!

If you head to the north of Italy, you canfind Italian travel options in the form of the fashion capital Milan or you could head down to the former world capital of Rome to see the historical and architectural sights. Speaking of architectural appeal, Florence may be the place for you if architecture appeals. The beauty and heritage of the architectural decoration of buildings there is unrivalled. It is definitely one of the best places in the world for it. Alternatively, you could take a gondola ride in Venice before it sinks under water completely, as it is rumoured to be doing. The list of places to visit could go on forever. Italian travel certainly offers you some of the best travel options so why not take them?

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Places To Visit: Sorrento

When it comes to travelling, there are a few places that I will advocate as amongst those you absolutely must see. The first of those places is Sorrento in the Neopolitan Riviera, Italy. I got married there last year and it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth... and my personal favourite! Take a look at the pictures to see a sample of just how gorgeous it is!

Just one of the amazing views in Sorrento!

Piazza Tasso

The view from the harbour - The Bay Of Naples

The gorgeous but imposing Mount Vesuvius - the view from Sorrento

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The World Travel Tip

Hi all, and welcome to The World Travel Tip!

I've always said that I have diverse interests and my latest blog is here to prove it! I've had an interest in travel ever since I was a child. I grew up in a small village in the West Midlands, UK and couldn't wait to get out. As soon as I had the chance, get out I did.

I moved to Lancaster to go to university and then spent a year in North Carolina at UNC-CH. During my time there, I travelled every chance I got, and have done ever since. I even got married in Italy last year.

Well, now I want to share my travel experiences with the world and offer reviews, hints, tips and all of the latest information to try and offer those of you with the travel bug a little more information so you can live your lives to the full!