Europe isn’t traditionally thought of as the cheapest place to travel, but there are ways to significantly cut down costs and enjoy all it has to offer without breaking the bank. Follow these tips and you have a good chance of exploring some truly amazing places on a shoestring.
Book a last minute package
If looking for a package deal, then booking later is the cheapest way to go about it. Last minute holidays 2014 are becoming enormously popular among travellers who want to visit grandiose European destinations without spending a lot. Tour operators become desperate to shift those empty rooms and plane seats the nearer the time for departure, otherwise they lose money. This is great if you’re happy to try just anywhere in Europe without being too specific.
Use the Megabus
The Megabus is one of the best ways to get around the UK with tickets around a pound. You can also get to Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels from London. They also run trains to selected destinations in the UK. For best deals, book a month in advance. Even if you miss the best deals, the prices are still very reasonable.
Some flights can be staggeringly cheap, and very often around the £20 to £30 mark, sometimes less with budget airlines. Cut costs by keeping within the baggage allowance. Travel light and your money can stretch a long way. For the best deals, book a month or more in advance. Remember, always check the small print to make sure you know the luggage allowance and any other stipulations to avoid unwanted fees.
If you’re looking to travel long distances via train, a rail pass is vital to cut those hefty fares. You could save hundreds by using a rail pass. As always, shop around for the best deal.
For travelling long distances across the continent, Eurolines is a good option and works out cheaper than train travel. Eurolines can offer travel usually at half the price of the same destination by train. It’s not always as comfortable, but you’re saving money, and if you’ve got some means of occupying yourself throughout the journey, the hours will roll by.
So travelling around Europe with all its magnificent architecture, its baroque palaces and distinguished plazas, doesn’t have to cost the earth. In most cases booking in advance is going to save your hard earned cash. In the case of packages, the later the better. In either case be flexible and you’re sure to see some truly world-class attractions in Europe without breaking the bank.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 April, 2014
Sometimes I found and instantly fall in love with the concept, packaging and design. This Cake In A Can from The Food Ministry made in Britain but ship everywhere… what a charming birthday treat! How awesome would it be to serve these at a party?! You can buy them here!
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 18 April, 2014
We love finding new designs that are in their first stages. This cool project is getting some attention on the crowd funding site Kick Starter. Pluk, a cool suspended fruit basket designed by Danish design studio, FACO.
If you like it you can get this project funded and help them to move to the manufacturing stage.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 27 March, 2014
There are a number of companies in the Philippines that have collaborated with international architects, designers, and organizations, and among them, Century Properties’ partnerships stand out the most.
The company has a number of impressive international brand collaborations under its belt. These include partnerships with the Trump organization, Paris Hilton, Philip Starck and John Hitchcox, Versace Home, Missoni Home, and, most recently, Daniel Libeskind, Giorgio Armani, and the Forbes Media Group—partnerships said to be initiated by its head of international collaborations, Robbie Antonio.
We read somewhere that Robbie Antonio is friends with some of these celebrities. He is the third son of former Ambassador Jose E.B Antonio, whose four sons have joined the company after working for other organizations.
The partnership with the Trumps has resulted in Trump Tower at Century City, which is currently being constructed in Makati City. Extensive media coverage was given to the Trump brothers’ visit last year, and hopefully their beautiful sister, Ivanka, will visit the country really soon.
In Century City, too, will rise the Versace interior-designed Milano Residences; the Libeskind-Armani project, Century Spire; and the Forbes Media Tower (the first Forbes Media Tower anywhere).
We have seen photos of Century City in Makati and it really is a dynamic project – something new in the Philippines.
But there are other projects in other locations too. One of these is Acqua Iguazu, interior designed by yoo inspired by Starck, and a residential tower within Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. It will rise on the banks of the regenerating Pasig River, which is the main river running through the capital. This is one of the projects that we are most excited about. We really love Starck’s work!
The MissoniHome interior-designed Acqua Livingstone is also within the same development. It’s a showcase of iconic Missoni patterns and colors and really brings the tower to life.
These buildings are something to watch out for, and not just by ordinary Filipinos but by foreigners too who are fond of high design. Century Properties seems to be on to a winning formula and once these projects are completed (all at some point in this decade), Metro Manila will be transformed for the better. Let’s all watch out for this emerging trendy city.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 February, 2014
I am in love with this incredible studio space which belongs to Danish artist Tenka Gammelgaard. I adore Tenka’s commitment to stripes and monochromatic color palette. The black and white colors are in everything she does, wear and live, she even painted her brushes in black and white stripes – Amazing!!!
“Tenka Gammelgaard is a danish artist who studied theatre scenography at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist she works on many decoration projects in Denmark and abroad. In addition to working as a visual artist she has created everything from porcelain for Royal Copenhagen to Irma carry bags. She is permanently represented in galleries in Tokyo, Singapore and Oslo. Tenka lives in and has a studio in the heart of Copenhagen”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 28 January, 2014