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Finding Great Deals on Cyprus Holidays

There are so many really wonderful holiday destinations around Cyprus that it can sometimes prove a tricky task to narrow down your options of a specific destination to visit. Areas in and around the city of Paphos on the south-west cost of the island tend to be among the most popular for Cyprus holidays and with good reason. There is a huge amount to see in the seaside city and a truly amazing variety of world renowned sites of historical interest to check out.

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Other places across Cyprus that have proven reliably popular with tourists from across Europe for decades include the likes of Larnaca, which sits on the southern coast and boasts some of the best views on the island. Meanwhile, the regions around Limassol offer arguably the very finest beaches in Cyprus and a wealth of holiday activities and attractions for visiting families to experience and enjoy.

Key to finding the right deal on the perfect holiday in Cyprus, whatever time of year you have in mind for your trip and whatever the budget you’re working with, is heading online and carrying out some research to find the best prices. There are all inclusive deals being offered at high quality hotels and apartments across the island and landing a bargain is highly possible and a near-guarantee of a great week or so in the sunshine.

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How to save money in London

London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, but it is also one of the most expensive as well. The good news is that there are a number of ways to save money while visiting here. It is still possible to enjoy London without a lot of cash.

Transport

If you are from far away, the first thing that you will need to do is to get to the centre from the airport. If your goal is to save money, then you need to avoid getting taxis. Getting a taxi from Heathrow airport will cost you at least $70 and about twice as much from Gatwick.

It is going to cost a lot less to take a train or the tube. Take the Piccadilly line from Heathrow for less than $8 and you will pay about from Gatwick $13.50 on a Southern line. Other options would be a coach, which is $8.50 from Heathrow. Just remember that these are extremely slow, so do not opt for this route if you are in a rush.

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Getting your hands on an Oyster card is a very good thing to invest your money in. This card can be used to save you lots of cash on buses, the tube, tram and even the river bus. It will only cost you $28for one card. You end up paying $5 for the card and $23 credit. Visitor Oyster cards will save you time by cutting out having to stand in queues. Simply swipe the card at the specially designed readers and the machine will automatically select the cheapest price.

On top of all the savings you will already get with the Oyster card,  all children between the ages of 11 and 15 can travel for free anytime on buses and . An Oyster Photocard is an extra $16. Children under 11 travel for free if they are with an adult who has a card. The cards never expire, so if you have any credit left over, you can keep it for the next time you are in London.

Sightseeing & Entertainment

Sightseeing in London doesn’t have to be expensive. Vouchers can be bought online and have the ability to save you tons of cash. There are vouchers that will get you half-price entry to the London Dungeons – a place you really do not want to miss out on seeing.

If you book early enough online, it is also possible to get 2-for-1 offers on many of the top attractions such as London Eye. Combination tickets that include a River Cruise down the Thames before going on the Eye are also available, but you need to get in quickly.

Walking tours are another great and cheap way to explore London and all that it has to offer. There are a number of wonderful walking tours available, where you can see all the hidden sights that the city has to offer. Many of these tours include maps and an audio accompaniment to help you get around better. Walks are from $9.50 per walk. Some take you through Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Westminster, while others take you to the Royal Parks, the Malls, Buckingham Palace.

Also, why not try a treasure hunt as a way to see the city? London has various different treasure hunts available where you can explore the sights using a rented tablet with a GPS app installed that challenges you to test your knowledge of the attractions. You’ll see all the main attractions and have to find clues, answer questions and take photos during your hunt to find your next location. Visit the Wildgoose website for more info on treasure hunts in London.

Most of the time, the walks can be found on the internet, which allow you to browse and download them to your MP3 player when you need to. There are also maps that you can download, which mark an easy-to-follow routes.

Keep an eye out for “tkts” booths. These booths are where you will be able to get your hands on official tickets to West End shows at discounted rates. The one option is to get  an ‘advanced purchase’ for tickets up to a week in advance and the other is to ‘tickets for today’ if you want to watch a show at the last minute.

There a number of free attractions in London such as Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Big Ben. There is also the Natural History Museum, the Science museum and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, which are all free to visit throughout the year.

Eating

Buying a special Tastecard allows 50% off and 2-for-1 meals at over 5,500 restaurants across London. This is a great option if you are the type of person who enjoys eating out more than getting fast foods.  At $110 for the whole year, it is the card that food lovers need to get as soon as they get off the plane.

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Tips on Saving for a Holiday Trip

With creative thinking and a good planning your coming holiday trip will be more exciting and adventurous than any trip that you have even gone before. All you have to do is to sit down and think of ways in which you can make your trip better, surely a cash ISA will help you on having more money.

This article will help you on how to save enough money for your holiday plans.

To start with, open an account to save money. Remember that this account should only be meant for your holiday plans and not for shopping or for any other things that you don’t need. You should also limit yourself and never withdraw money from this account as you will be cutting your holiday budget.  Set a certain amount to deposit on that account at the end of each pay day with out failing, this will help you save money and can take you to anyplace depending on what you want to see and where do you want to go.

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How to Make your Holiday Better

With this tight budgeting,  the only way you are going to reach your goals and get all the money that you need for the coming holiday  is you should give up nasty habits such as smoking and drinking. You should realized that you spend so much money on these useless thing without getting anything on return.  Stop these habits and  instead deposit all the money and add them into your holiday pot.

Budget from your spouse

If you are married then you should not ask for any gift during special occasions,  instead ask your spouse to save that money for the holiday trip you are planning.  Doing this, you will save enough money and you will surely enjoy your trip to the fullest without setting limitations on what to spend.

Furthermore,  you should also analyzed your budget at home and check the money that comes in and what goes out. By doing this you can evaluate  what are things you cannot live without buying and will  help you save more money for the coming holiday trip.

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