How To Save Money On Transport While Travelling

During travelling unnecessary costs can easily build up, eating into your precious budget. Transportation is one of those factors that can prove expensive if not dealt with carefully. It’s easy to call a taxi and book the first flight you see, but shopping around and choosing more cost effective options can save you a lot of money.

Travelling From One Destination To Another

The initial flight to your destination can often be costly, especially if it is long haul. There are various levels of comfort, luxury, and prices you can go for. No matter what kind of flight you book, there are always ways to make sure you’re choosing the right deal.

Buy your tickets as early as possible; the closer to the flight, the higher the prices are. Make sure you shop around and check comparison sites for the cheapest costs. They will vary depending on the date and number of tickets left. Try to be as flexible as possible, as costs can differ dramatically; Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually cheaper. Flights with connections can also work out a lot cheaper, so if you aren’t in a rush opt for these.

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When you do arrive at your destination, make sure you have already planned how to get to your accommodation from the airport. Check the ‘how to go here’ instructions on your hotel’s website. It will normally list the public transport and directions needed, which will give you a good idea when you arrive. Most agents will direct you towards expensive taxi’s, but always check public transport too as this is normally a fraction of the cost.

Travelling Within Your Destination

When you are settled into your location, you will want to get around and visit the sites. For places that are too far to walk, you will need to consider transport options. The best option is to ask at reception. The staff are normally very willing to help, and as they are locals they’ll have all the inside knowledge. If public transport is unreliable, consider hiring a car rather than using taxis. Low damage excess car hire can work out very cost-effective, so ask around for recommended companies and explain what kind of journeys you’ll be making.

Where To Find Information?

It can be difficult to find information when you are abroad, especially if you don’t speak the language. But in most places, you only need to simply ask! Most locals will be pleased to show you around their home, and staff tend to go out of their way to assist you. There are tourist information points in most cities, and the staff here will normally speak English to some degree.

Failing that, the internet is a wonderful place for finding information quickly. It is relatively easy to purchase plane and train tickets online, with passes saving you money if you’re going to be doing a lot of travel. Take a photo or screenshot of maps, in case you have no internet access later, and write down directions where you can.

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24 Hours in Dubai? Here Are Some Things to Do

The city of Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates in an Emirate also called Dubai and is one of the major economies in the Middle East. The city’s main income now comes from tourism, however if you did not think there was much to see or do in Dubai, then think again. Follow our tips for how you can easily spend 24 hours in this unique city and find plenty to occupy yourself.

Shopping.

One of the main pastimes in Dubai is the shopping, however it is the experience that is unique rather than the stores themselves, which are all familiar to those who have shopped in other worldwide cities. Some of the unique shopping experiences on offer in Dubai include Souk Madinat in the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, where you can travel by water to and from the various shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, the Mall of the Emirates even includes an indoor ski slope with real snow in case you want a break from shopping. For a different shopping experience, visit the gold souk, where it is possible to haggle for gold, platinum and diamonds.

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Eating and drinking.

Eating and drinking will be part of any 24 hour visit to Dubai and it is possible to eat a variety of cuisines, from cooking by chefs with Michelin stars in the top hotels to the more traditional street food that is served in areas such as Al Dhiyafah Road. Places here will serve you with fresh grilled meat and fish as well as traditional salads. Due to the fact it is a Muslim state, alcohol can only be served in hotels, but the large number of hotels and bars within them means that it is not hard to find. On Fridays (the holiest day for Muslims), many city restaurants hold ‘champagne brunches’ where alcohol and food are available to consume to excess.

Other things to do.

Although it is a hotel, the 7 star Burj Al Arab has become something of a legend as not only is it the World’s tallest hotel, but it is also renowned for its opulence. However, if you are not a guest, then the only way to have a look around is to eat in one of the restaurants. For further examples of the extravagance on offer in Dubai, visit one of the reclaimed islands that the state is in the process of developing with luxury accommodation. Although Dubai prides itself on being a modern city, there is one part of the original city left. The Bastakia Quarter contains many old buildings and streets that are now home to art galleries and cafes. In addition, the textile souk also offers something of the more traditional Dubai. No visit to Dubai would be complete without a visit to some sand. Whether it is a public beach such as Al-Mamzar or a beach that charges a fee such as the Jameira Beach Park. Alternatively, take a visit out to the desert on a four wheel drive safari. The main sporting pastime on Dubai is golf and there are some famous and stunning golf courses if you want to practice your swing.

So, anyone with 24 hours to spare in Dubai will definitely find plenty of things to do and even if you have longer than that, you will be struggling to fit it all in.

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Preparation is the Secret to a Heavenly Vacation

As a frequent traveler, I have learned that the key to a perfect summer vacation is preparation. It’s important to make sure everything is in order before you set off on your travels. That way you don’t have to deal with any stress or problems. Use my advice below to help you prepare for the ultimate vacation right now.

Use a Folder for Important Documents

One of the main pieces of advice I can give you is to get a folder for important bits and pieces. You need to make sure you do what you can to keep this information safe. I always sort this out as soon as I book a trip anywhere. It doesn’t even need to be a folder; you might decide an envelope would be fine. But make sure everything goes into it. This means your passport(s), boarding passes and hotel booking information. You have to make sure you keep all this safe and with you at all times.

Pack Entertainment

I also think it’s worth noting that you’re likely to need some form of entertainment. Sure, you’re going away on vacation, and this should provide plenty of entertainment. Bout, you need to consider your flight and how long it’s likely to be. Also, you may have a lot of downtime at the hotel, so you need stuff to keep you entertained. This is even more important if you have kids traveling with you because they need stimulation. Pack your iPad, MP3 player, and perhaps your Kindle as well. Make sure there is plenty to go around everyone and that you can all keep amused as much as possible.

Remember the Toiletries Rule

Now, you need to think about the rules that a lot of airports have. Many of them will not allow you to have liquids in your hand luggage. Or, they will allow it but only up to a certain measurement. And only when it is displayed in a see-through plastic bag. You need to make sure you remember this and don’t pack all your toiletries in with your hand luggage. Make sure your wash bag, makeup, moisturizer, etc all goes into your hold luggage. The last thing you want is to be having to throw all of this away when you get to the airport.

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Sort Your Booking Well in Advance

It’s important to sort out where you’re staying well in advance. Most people will do this anyway by booking package holidays. But there are still a lot of people who simply book flights and then like to deal with the accommodation aspect later. I would recommend that you try to get it all sorted out in one go. The longer you leave it, the less chance you have of securing the hotel or apartment you want. Think about where you’re going and what you’re going to do. For example, if you plan to visit Walt Disney World you’ll need to look at Orlando Florida vacation rentals. It’s important to get this sorted well in advance to make sure you get what you want and make the vacation perfect.

Their best way of enjoying a successful and enjoyable holiday is to prepare in advance. I find that a lot of people don’t take the time to do this, and they live to regret it. You don’t want to forget anything or have to deal with last minute stress. So, it’s important to make sure you have planned and prepared all the important bits before you head to the airport.

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