Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cheap Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore is an expensive place to visit. There’s no way around it. The small city state is priced relative to the United States. On a small stop over trip this isn’t the problem. However, on a big trip through the region, a trip into Singapore can elicit sticker shock. For those still wanting to visit this country, here are some tips for traveling around Singapore and saving some money.

Get Free Train Tickets
Singapore TrainAt the airport, the Singapore Tourist Authority hands out free ten passes to the Singapore subway. Each pass is worth two dollars so that saves you twenty Singapore dollars- more than plenty for a few days in the city.

Cool Off in the Underground Malls
Singapore Malls The best places to go to cool in this very hot city is in the underground malls where the A/C is cranking and all the city is connected. You’ll be able to move around most of the city and never exposure yourself to the heat and humidity. Since it gets cool at night, it can save you from having to pay extra for A/C at your hotel or hostel.

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Cheap Ways to Travel Across Europe

Europe is not always the cheapest place to travel around. Transportation costs can cause havoc on any budget, especially if you are traveling long distances. The increasing value of the Euro and the decreasing value of the US dollar has made traveling across Europe even more expensive. It’s especially ridiculous in England where they use a pricing method similar to the airlines (book early). Just hoping on a train can be as (or more) expensive than hoping on a flight. It cost me more for a 2 hr train ride than it did to fly to Amsterdam from London. Despite the expensive Euro, high transportation costs, and the general expensiveness of Europe, there are still a few ways to travel around Europe cheaply:

MegabusA cheap way to travel get across the United Kingdom as fares can cost as little as one pound. You’ll need to book at least a month in advance on popular routes to get the one pound fare. Even if you don’t scoop up these amazingly cheap deals, you can still travel for a fraction of the cost you can on the National Rail system. Fares rarely top fifteen pounds. Most Megatrains and buses leave from London but you can also get intercity links from many of the country’s main destinations. (As well as major destinations in Wales and Scotland.) It’s simply the best deal around. Travel in the UK is ridiculously expensive and even if you change your plans, you are only losing a pound. This should be your first option for UK travel.

BusaboutA hop on/hop off again service similar to the OZ or Kiwi Experience. You can get on and off whenever you like and, once you buy the ticket, you don’t have to worry about transportation the whole way. There is an onboard guide that can help you with accommodation. They’ll help plan events and tours for you too. Busabout is not the cheapest option on the list but for those looking for something different, it is a good way to get around hassle free while knowing you’ll be around other backpackers. What you are really paying for is a scaled down tour and, for the first time traveler, this can be a good option if they don’t feel comfortable yet traveling on their own.

Low Cost Carriers
RyanAirBy far the cheapest option for traveling Europe, these airlines are so prolific that excess capacity and competition help keep fares cheap. You can often find tickets where the fare is just the taxes. Companies like SkyEurope, Transavia, EasyJet, and RyanAir offer flights throughout the continent for dirt cheap. It cost me 20 pounds to fly from London to Amsterdam, 25 euros to fly from Paris to Germany, and 60 euros to go from Stockholm to Amsterdam. Book early and you’ll scoop up the best deals. Remember though: read the fine print as not all airlines offer refunds for cancel flights. Moreover, check what airport they fly into. Many fly into secondary airports to keep costs down but sometimes those airports are so far from the city center, transportation from them can be very expensive.

EuroRail Pass
EurotrainGetting a rail pass is a good option if you are going to be traveling across vast distances. The European rail system is very good and very cheap over short distances. However, when you start boarding night trains across multiple countries, the rail system becomes a bit more expensive. Rail Passes are a great way to save quite a few euros and are a must for anyone looking to take the trains over long distances.

Use these options and you are bound to save money while you travel around Europe! Europe is expensive but there are still cheap ways to get around!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Outstanding Holidays: Sardinia Doesn’t Disappoint

By: Moe Tamani

Are you in need of one of those terrific holidays? Sardinia may just be your answer. This island is one of the most popular destination sites found in the Mediterranean and you can be certain it will quickly become yours as well.

No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it on the isle of Sardinia. Beautiful white beaches, perfect holiday villas, wonderful activities all await you here. Take a few minutes to think about this paradise and book your holidays to Sardinia today.

Enjoy Diving Holidays in Sardinia

Diving is undoubtedly among the most popular activities in Sardinia. There are over twenty caverns and caves that draw thousands of divers to this island every year. The famous Neptun cave, which is located here is a huge magnet for divers from across the world.

Choice of Accommodation during your Holidays in Sardinia

For accommodations on your holidays, Sardinia has a lot to offer. For those that want the utmost in comfort and pampering on their holidays, Sardinia doesn’t disappoint. Five star accommodations, as well as bed and breakfast, holiday houses, and great seaside villas are all available for holidays. Sardinia has some of the best beaches in the world, and as one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations, you’re sure to enjoy fun in the sun.

Depending upon whether you want an ocean view, you will find that many hotels offer discounts for extended holidays. Sardinia also has a ton of private villas for rent and sale. If you plan to have several holidays, Sardinia may be just the place for you to purchase one of these villas. There are several of these properties that are close to the beaches, but you will also find many that sit in the foothills of the mountains. Depending upon how you wish to spend you holidays, Sardinia has properties to suit just about anyone’s wants and needs.

Relaxing on your Holidays in Sardinia

If you are looking to spend a relaxing time on one of your holidays, Sardinia has just the ticket. The cultures and traditions of this island are somewhat different from other hot vacation spots. Everything moves at a somewhat slower pace, with one of the favorite pastimes being the evening meal. There are a number of fine dining establishments here and the Sardinians love nothing more than to linger over dinner with friends for hours. While it is a great place for relaxing, if you are looking for a wild exciting time on one of your holidays, Sardinia may not be your best bet.

For nightlife, Sardinia is probably not what you would expect. While there are a few clubs around the island, most of the locals are rather "laid back." They appreciate a good meal, with great conversation, and a terrific bottle of wine. The cuisine here is hearty and somewhat rustic, with a definite Italian flair. For most people, dinner is the most important meal of the day, meant to be lingered over and enjoyed.

There are other attractions for vacation holidays. Sardinia has many archaeological sites, including Roman ruins. You will find shopping too, is one of the favored pastimes. While it might not compare to Milan, you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy.

When you get to Sardinia, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to fall in love with this island destination. Sardinia is not your run-of-the-mill holiday. This island caters to many of Europe’s elite but will also fit perfectly into a family’s holiday plans. If you want a beautiful, tropical vacation, get started with making plans for holidays in Sardinia.

Seomul Evans is a senior Dallas Search Engine Optimization consultant, and copywriter with leading Sardinia Bed and Breakfast booking services provider.