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How to Successfully Travel Alone

Travelling the world is one of the best things you can do, and if you’re got the time to spare than what better way to use it! Most people travel with a friend or even with family members, however if you’re thinking of travelling alone this summer, there are plenty of things you should watch out for.

Traveling along means that you have to be on the ball all the time, and you can’t rely on other people to make decisions for you. Where you go is entirely up to you, and you must be responsible enough to manage your money, and save enough for emergency situations too.

Travelling solo can be one hell of an experience, but only if you follow a few simple tips – let’s take a look at some of them.

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Planning & Saving

Get a plan in place for saving money monthly – cut down on buying lunches, coffees, cut down on transport where you can, switch bank accounts where you’re offered a cash  incentive to do so. Simple things like this can help you save money to prepare for your trip.

Remember to get several photocopies of all your travel documents, in case you need to present them anywhere and if you lose them you’re only losing a photocopy of your passport & not the real thing.

When booking your trip, shop around for round the world flight tickets – you can often find great offers with stopovers in several countries at a reduced rate compared to if you book your flights separately.

Research The Local Language

Before jetting off to a foreign country to begin your around the world tour alone, don’t rely on the locals to speak your language. There’s no need to be fluent, but it will help to get a grasp of the basics jus to tie you over until you can speak English. Additionally, bring phrase books for every country you intend to visit too.

Know Your Religions

If you consider the numbers, the majority of the world follows the Muslim religion, however that doesn’t mean that that’s all there is to see. Most of the time, religion won’t mater, and you’ll be able to go about your travels without being pestered about what your beliefs are. But you should still keep track of other people’s beliefs, and how to approach them in a respectful way about the subject.

Gestures are also very important when travelling, and you must ensure you get them spot on so not to offend anyone. For example, placing your hands in the prayer position on your forehead and bowing slightly is a respectful way to say thank you in Thailand, and you must also take off your shoes when entering a person’s home or a shop.

In some countries, it’s frowned upon to talk to the opposite sex without their husband or wife being present, and although you mean no disrespect, it can cause some problems. Furthermore, in places like Dubai, showing off too much skin is also frowned upon, and you’re not allow to hold hands or kiss in public. The punishment for this can be severe.

Trust Your Gut

Above all other things, always trust your instincts when travelling alone. If something is too good to be true, that means it probably is, and no matter where you travel, remember that every local or business is trying to make a quick buck out of you. Don’t get sucked into the trap!

Social Media

To keep your parents’ worries at bay, use social media of smart phone applications to ‘check in’ at places on your travels. Facebook allows you to pinpoint your location and tell friends and family where you are, and there are also applications for the iPhone that will allow your family to track you wherever you go!

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Holidays in Spain without Breaking the Bank

It’s that time of year when thousands of Brits across the country escape their everyday life and enjoy a week or two in the sun. With the kids off from school, it’s an ideal time for you to check out some of the fantastic deals for holidays available for families this summer.

If you have little ones, it may be best to stick to the short haul flights. We all know how bored young ones can get and there’s nothing worse than trying to entertain them on a plane when they can’t go outside to play. To make sure you can take your brood on holiday without unnecessary costs, booking one of the cheap holidays all inclusive could mean that spending money can be kept to a minimum.

How about an all inclusive trip to the Balearics this summer? Only a two hour flight separates you from fantastic beaches, family friendly resorts and weather that the UK rarely sees. Visit Majorca or Menorca for a relaxing time. Sip an ice cold drink whilst watching your kids enjoy the swimming pool and making friends.

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Enrol them in one of the popular kid’s clubs that are available at many family resorts, so that you and your other half can spend some quality time together. Spend the evenings enjoying the organized entertainment. From discos to bingo, there’s sure to be something that will keep you and your kids amused.

The advantage of all inclusive holidays is just that – all is included. All meals, snacks at specific times, ice cream for the kids and alcohol for the adults mean that there’s no reason why you should spend on food and drink whilst on your holiday. You may even come back with cash to spare.

Cut out the middle man by booking your vacation on line. By going straight to the source and booking through a reputable discount firm, you’ll be sure to guarantee the best price for your family retreat.

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Travelling On a Shoestring: How Far Away Can I Holiday On a Budget

Every now and again, taking time off from a stressful job and busy schedule to go on holiday is somewhat essential. Whether you’re interested in discovering more about a certain country’s history or simply want to rest and relax by the beach, a holiday gives us the chance to escape the regular routine.

However, more often than not we are restricted by a tight budget meaning our options become limited. There are still some fantastic destinations out there that won’t do too much damage to your wallet. Here, we look at some of the top contenders.

Europe

With a diverse mix of cultures and traditions on offer in Europe, every kind of holidaymaker is sure to find that perfect destination. What’s more, affordable holidays on the continent are readily available.

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The resort of Opio en Provence, in the south of France, is an ideal getaway for travellers interested in peace and tranquillity. Located between Cannes and Nice in the heart of a beautiful olive grove, this particular location is also great for families.

Kamarina, on the Italian island of Sicily, is another magnificent resort, boasting numerous leisure activities and local tourism sites like Agrigente, Syracusa and Etna.

Indian Ocean

As close to paradise as you can possibly get, Club Med long haul holidays to the Indian Ocean offer luxury, grandeur and magnificence.

The tiny island resort of Kani in the Maldives is a divine destination thanks to a turquoise lagoon and white sandy beaches. Available for less than you might think, guests can explore underwater life on the coral reef and sample exquisite Asian cuisine.

La Plantation d’Albion Club Med in Mauritius is another heavenly getaway where travellers can relax in sight of the beautiful sea or a stunning mountain. The resort also benefits from lush vegetation and numerous leisure activities.

Africa

From remarkable natural beauty to a wealth of fascinating wildlife, Africa is yet another popular setting for travellers. In addition to these attractive characteristics, locations like Egypt and Morocco are also very affordable.

Egypt’s Sinai Bay gives guests the opportunity to visit nearby Israel and Jordan for some history and tradition, while Morocco’s Marrakech Le Riad is an intimate resort featuring fabulous cuisine and palatial surroundings.

All of these destinations are easy on the wallet when it comes to booking costs, but those planning trips should look into the cost of daily essentials, such as food, at their chosen destination. If prices look a little steep, opting for all-inclusive packages could be a wise way to keep things within your budget.

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