If you are visiting multiple European cities on a single itinerary, then you may no longer require train trips and Eurail Passes, because the low-fare airline boom in Europe has revolutionized travel overseas. Now, budget-savvy travelers can fly around Europe rather than taking the long train rides, and complete the same journey in a quick hour-long plane ride, often at less cost than the train. Here’s a list of European budget airlines and some basic information about them:
Ryanair - Image: www.terminalu.com
The notorious European budget airline, RyanAir
will increase their checked-in baggage fees 150 percent than what passengers pay now. Travelers checking in a bag at the airport without booking ahead face a fee of £100.
The concept of house-sitting is becoming popular across Europe and North America by providing the service of taking care of people’s property (and sometimes pets), in exchange for free accommodations. It’s a great way to make new friends out of some fabulous home owners and neighbors and spent ample time in places where you could never otherwise afforded to stay. If we assume savings of $60 a night in hotels, which of course is a very conservative estimate, then that is over $6,000 saved in travel costs for a travel of 100 days.
Photos by Sandeep Chaugule
Transportation is often one of the most expensive part of traveling so it’s nice to get a free ride. And for people traveling around the United States and Toronto from January 4 through March 1, 2012, Megabus is giving away 200,000 free seats.
Planning a trip can be stressful, especially if it covers multiple countries over a long period of time. It surely makes you look forward to that dream vacation you’re about to have or that journey you’ve always wanted to take, and you should do the necessary preparations before you head out. Here are some tips on how to prepare or plan for that next big travel:
Traveling during the holidays can be expensive and a major chunk of your expenses goes in to hotels. If you’re traveling with friends or family then consider renting an entire apartment or house-sit for someone else who’s traveling instead to save money and get more amenities.
This journey through the Julian Alps is one of eastern Europe’s finest railway journeys. Known as the Bohinj Railway
or Transalpina, the line between Jesenice and Sezana was likened to the feat of building the Suez Canal when it opened in 1906, on account of the engineering challenges in building its numerous tunnels, viaducts and bridges.
German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram
, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile.
The family of a man who died on board a flight to Miami in May has sued American Airlines and Sky Chef, the company that provided the in-flight meal, alleging that airplane food is what caused the passenger’s death. We are not a fan of airline food either and would sue them for lack of good taste.
An erupting volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning the war-torn African country into an unlikely tourist destination. Tourists have been visiting the Virunga National Park
on overnight treks and in increasing numbers to witness the latest lava eruptions, spewing red hot lava 300 meters in the air from the volcano, which have been flowing since November 6.
Galapagos (Michael Nagle for The New York Times)
Due to a misunderstanding created by a press release issued on 11 November (“Ecuador to Limit the Number of Visitors to the Galapagos
”), Ecuador would like to clarify the new rules and regulations in regard to cruise routes and frequencies to and around the Galapagos Islands. These regulations come into effect on 1 February 2012.
The wooden penis left by men & women
Photos by Shumon Itat Mamoon
If you are on Couchsurfing then you know the concept of free accommodation and hosting. That is one of the best ways to experience a destination, get the best advice on all things-to-do and above all, meet a local and make a friend. But there are concerns in terms of compatibility with your host or your traveler.