10 tips for a perfect vocation
Going on vacation one has to keep in mind so many things, and still want not only to spend a good time, relax and refresh yourself, but also save money. We offer you some reliable advice that will greatly facilitate the preparation of your trip, and also save a bit of your budget:
1. Plan and pay all in advance. Today you can find anything on the Internet: photos of all hotels and guest houses, prices for restaurant menus, the most interesting places of visit and cultural events in the country where you plan to fly to rest, but the most important thing is that it will not be difficult to pay for all this today, So your money will not be under the threat of theft and you will not need to sew an extra pocket on your underpants.
The same can be said about the time of payment: so ordering tickets for half a year ahead will significantly reduce your travel budget, as well as paying for hotels, renting a car, etc.
2. Flight. The fastest and most convenient way to get to where you need to, so you need to take care of it first. But here as there are some tips:
1. No need to take tickets for holidays and weekends: a ticket a few days before the event and on weekdays is much inferior in price to a ticket purchased from the peak of the season, on Saturday or the first day of the Brazilian carnival.
2. No need to take a ticket to the most popular airport: The ticket to Charles de Gaulle will far outweigh the price ticket for the airport of Beauvais, which is only 60 km further than the first. The plane is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the city of your dreams.
3. Tools: there are various programs where you can buy a discount ticket for your birthday or another holiday, purchase gift miles, with which you can later change the class of service, pay for luggage or get a free ticket, and Also, programs providing discounts for the services of airline partners - restaurants, shops, banks, hotels, etc.
4. Ticket from one company: If you are going to fly with transfers (which is usually cheaper than direct flight), try to take a ticket for the entire route from one airline. In this case, the carrier will be obliged to take you to the final destination, whatever unforeseen circumstances may arise in transit. If one ticket from Turkey to Moscow is taken from one airline, and a ticket from Moscow to Bishkek - from another, and your flight from Turkey is late, then the ticket from Moscow to Bishkek will simply disappear. From the point of view of the second carrier, you just did not show up for your flight and you must buy a new ticket for the full price.
5. Do not be lazy to compare low-costers and classic air carriers. It may well be that tickets for flights of the latter are cheaper.
3. Train or car rental. Have you landed at the airport and want to rent a car to see the planned locations? Do not be too lazy to book a car also in advance, as the office for the provision of such services, located a few kilometers from the airport will give you a much more attractive price than the office located at the airport itself. As well as renting a car for a long time and with a manual gearbox will cost you less than a car with a box machine for 2-3 days.
The train is also a good option for those who are not going to sit still. The network of railways in Europe is perfectly developed and the route planning will not take long. Just note that train tickets are quite expensive. There are rules similar to those for air travel fans: you want to save - buy tickets in advance and on the Internet. Please note that the so-called "group ticket" is always cheaper (and "group" is two or more passengers). Pay attention to the class of the car, the kind of place (usual chair, separate sleeper, accessibility of bicycle transport, etc.). Look at what type of train you have chosen - express, express or local (IC - InterCity, ICE - Intercity-Express, L-local).
4. Hotel, hostel or couchsurfing? The choice of place of residence depends on your budget and habits. If you want to stay at the hotel, then book the room in advance and use the large, trusted services (eg, Booking.com). If you are not completely sure about the choice, look for options where you can cancel the reservation for free a couple of days before settling in, and pay already on the spot. By the way, rooms without breakfast - cheaper, so decide if you need it.
The same story with the hostels - learn how convenient it is located, whether you want to sleep in a room with bunk beds or to rent a separate room.
Another option - couchsurfing - guest network, whose members provide each other with free assistance and accommodation during their travels.
Here it is difficult to look for housing before 2 weeks before the trip - your landlord may not know in advance whether he will be at home and will be able to take you. Carefully study information about the "host" - profiles in social networks, reviews of other guests, can tell a lot about. Do not hesitate to bring a souvenir with you, offer small help - the host will be pleased and this will motivate him to make your stay in the city as convenient as possible. And do not be too lazy to prepare a backup option - anything can happen, and staying on the street in an unfamiliar place is not an option.
5. Public transport. Everywhere you do not walk on foot, because you still have to think about public transport. Do not be lazy to study the information about the fares before the trip. In some cities, if you stay more than three days you can use the so-called "city pass" - so you will save much. Do not risk riding a "hare" - in most countries fines are very high. Sometimes it is cheaper and more convenient to rent a bicycle, especially since this is one of the most economical means of transportation.
6. Cultural program. In advance, ask when the country hosts the main cultural events, the Days of Museums. Before buying tickets for exhibitions, concerts, etc. On the Internet, check what is included in the price, whether there is an opportunity to receive a discount. In museums, ask about discounts for children, students, pensioners. And journalists with a certificate (preferably with data in English) are almost always allowed to enter museums for free. Do not rush to buy tours and excursions at the airport, city center or hotel. Do not be lazy and plan a route yourself before traveling.
7. Shopping and food. Discounts and the scale of sales depend on the season. It is best to search for such information for each specific city separately. After spending 5 minutes on the Internet, you will learn that in Italy, winter discounts start on January 10, and in Germany almost all shops are closed on Sunday.
Of course, it's cheaper to buy food in supermarkets, eat in budget cafes or get along with fast food. And in all major cities there are network establishments with a buffet, where for a small fixed amount you can choose food yourself. In each city there is a culture of street food. Do not be afraid to try national dishes on the street. Yes, and Turkish or Chinese cuisine in many cities - it's very tasty. In many EU countries - tap water in the hotel and apartments - is safe to drink, so you can not spend money on water from a store or bar. Ask the hotel or travel agency about the tourist map - you can often get to good discounts in cafes and bars. If you are going to a popular restaurant, do not forget to book a table in advance.
8. Money. Because of the course jumps, the question of how to prepare for a trip financially is especially relevant. The main options for storing money: cash, plastic cards, traveler's checks. Prepare a small amount of cash - to pay for a taxi or small purchases. In the hotel, cafe, during shopping - better to pay by card. Check in advance which cards are working where you are going. In many countries in the course of cards with a chip, and terminals with a magnetic tape - a rarity. Think about where you will exchange cash. Most often, the course at airports and hotels is not as profitable as in a bank (but abroad they rarely work on weekends and after 17.00). Traveler's checks are a convenient and safe way to store money. They can be paid in shops, hotels, restaurants. They can also be easily exchanged for cash in a bank or an exchange office. In case of loss or theft, traveler's checks are easily repaid anywhere in the world.
9. The Internet. Before the trip ask about the situation with points of wi-fi and tariffs for mobile Internet. In most large cities, it's easy to find profitable tariffs with 3G Internet and keep in touch. In European cities there are urban wireless Internet networks.
Access usually requires registration - most often you need to enter your e-mail address. The same system operates in many airports. In the hotel in advance, find out what conditions are given access to the Internet - whether use is included in the price per room, what is the quality of access.
10. Insurance and documents. Do not spare money for insurance. Do not buy the cheapest - "for a visa" - if something happens, you can not use the help in full and spend a lot of money. Find out about all offers in the insurance company and choose the optimal type for your holiday.
Before the trip, make photocopies of all important documents: from passport and insurance, to hotel booking and travel card to it. Save the photo documents in your smartphone and, just in case, in the mail or in some "cloud" service. Save the SMS with the address and phone number of the nearest embassy or consulate of your country, which you will receive from your mobile operator immediately after landing at the airport, or crossing the border.