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SEPTEMBER 2018: PART ONE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA

I spent the past weekend exploring three new countries on a short solo adventure. After the fun coach trip from Cardiff to Gatwick with National Express (£16), day one saw me land in Vienna, Austria. A country in all honesty I have never really thought about visiting but it was such a cool place.

I departed from London, Gatwick with a relatively new budget airline known as LEVEL (£46). Although a delay in take off this airline did not disappoint showcasing a menu full of Austrian snacks and drinks as well as USB charging which I have never experienced on a budget short haul. I would definitely fly with this airline again!
43058604_532876857138274_8922602946064023552_n.jpgArriving in Vienna I decided to splash the cash on the CAT (City Airport Train) (€11) which gets you to the city centre in 16 minutes and the 24 Vienna Travel Ticket (€8)
which allows unlimited on the cities travel network which was definitely worth the investment.

I booked one nights stay in Hostel Ruthensteiner (£19.06) making use of a 10% off coupon on hotels.com, not the most low cost for Vienna but definitely the best. I’ve never felt more welcomed at a hostel! Workers and other travellers were friendly, I wish I could have stayed longer!
43168406_250579699135746_1228430457054429184_n.jpgWhen I go away I like to do what the locals do and one of the Austrians past times is my favourite sport – Ice Hockey! So I spent my evening watching the Vienna Capitals v Moser Medical Graz 99ers. The ticket cost €18 which is a pretty standard price for European hockey. Good atmosphere, Great food and not a bad overall first game in Austria!

The next day before my coach to Country #2. I spent exploring the cities sights making use of my travel pass. Highlights were KugelMugel an Austrian Micronation that declared Independence in the late 70s and the view from the top of Vienna’s famous Ferris Wheel aka Wiener Riesenrad (€10).
43049781_466888593822306_8603502470997475328_nI also love checking out fast food in other countries especially, when the likes of Mcdonald’s has menu items you have never seen before. You just HAVE to try them! Biscoff Mcflurry, Rice crispy-esque coated chicken selects and waffle fries = 10/10. The Austrians national snacks and drinks were awesome too. I’d definitely recommend trying Almdulder and local bakeries!


Even though my time in Vienna was short, I definitely want to head back and explore more of this country.

PART TWO – COUNTRY #2 UP NEXT!

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SIMPLE TRAVEL SAVING TIPS (PART THREE – THE FOOD)

You have arrived at your destination…but where will you eat?!

Part three (THE BEST PART) is all about THE FOOD!

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                                                                        THE FOOD

(i) SUPERMARKETS // CONVENIENCE STORES
I love a foreign supermarket! Nothing beats trying all the snacks and foods you can’t get back home. But buying foods here can help you save costs!

If your hostel has a communal kitchen try cooking for yourself as this will save you money. As well if you make friends you cook for each other to help split food costs further!
If not there are some great supermarkets and convenience stores that offer food to go such as Hot dogs and build your own salads which taste great and can cure that hunger.
img_9088.jpg(ii) Fast Food Chains 
This option can sometimes not be the healthiest but tastes great and can help save on the cost of a sit down meal. I always like to live like a local so make the effort to try the local fast food chains and many have been great.

Sweden’s MAX Burger  is my favourite fast food chain, who are all about natural ingredients and reducing their carbon footprint. THEIR BURGERS AND CHICKEN RULE! As well in Germany I went to Kochlöffel, they cook a mean half a roast rotisserie chicken and chips for around £5-6!

39575706_327574404645969_6231696877310443520_n(iii) Tripadvisor 
This is the only ever time I will use Tripadvisor. I usually search on google Best fast food in “insert city” or Cheap eats in “insert city” and the first result is Tripadvisor which lists some great eats that allow you to cut costs.
IMG_9049.JPG(iiii) Leave the tourist areas
If you are dreaming of sit down restaurants meals make sure you leave popular tourist areas! Even just walking 15 minutes away from main squares can help you save on good local restaurant meals!

What to talk about next?! Its either gonna be getting around or things to do!
PART FOUR COMING SOON PALS.

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SIMPLE TRAVEL SAVING TIPS (PART TWO – THE ACCOMMODATION

So you have picked your destination but where are you going to stay when you arrive?

Part two is all about how I save on accommodation!
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THE ACCOMMODATION

(i) Do you have to stay overnight? 
As I mentioned in part one point five if you are city hopping, travelling through the night can help you save.

(ii) Hostels > Hotels 
I know in some countries you can get a hotel for the same price as a hostel bed especially when splitting with your travel pal but when travelling solo a hostel can help keep costs down. Many countries offer dorm beds for some times less than £10!!!!
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(iii) Where to find your accommodation?
Again I use comparison sites, mainly Hostel World and Hotels.com as well as Booking.com and Last Minute. But after searching through these sites I will head over to the accommodations self-run website to see if it is any cheaper or they have any other deals.

(iiii) COUPON CODES
I ALWAYS search google for coupon and voucher codes. I will just type in for example ‘Hotels.com Voucher Codes’ and look through the listings. This can sometimes get you 10% off your booking, if not more so its always best to search! All savings add up! 

PART THREE WILL BE ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!
SEE YOU SOON

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SIMPLE TRAVEL SAVING TIPS (PART ONE – THE DESTINATION)

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Travel has quickly grown to become one of my favourite passions. Nothing makes me more happy then being able to visit new countries, explore new cultures and raid the supermarkets of local snacks and chocolate especially when I have got the most for my money.

But I don’t think many people realise that there are ways you can travel for cheaper and still see the world without breaking the bank.

This blog series is going to cover my tips on how you can also save on flights, accommodation, getting around and more! So that you are able to put that saved money towards future travels.

 

                                                     PART ONE – THE DESTINATION

(i) Travel anywhere at anytime.
Be open to countries you haven’t considered visiting. Even consider visiting lesser known cities as this can help keep costs down, give you a better experience of local culture and could turn out to be one of your favourite places! Also willing to go at anytime of the year could also save you.

(ii) SKYSCANNER is probably my best friend.
Using comparison websites like Skyscanner and Travel Republic help by listing the cheapest options possible for your desired destination from any departure airport in your country.

My preferred site is Skyscanner as it is very easy to use and USUALLY has the cheapest flights. Skyscanner include all potential destinations from your chosen departure and lists them from low to high cost.
They also offer direct and non-direct flights which can also help you save, if you don’t mind longer travel times. JUST REMEMBER TO DELETE THOSE COOKIES BEFORE BOOKING!!!!IMG_0414
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 One way tickets > Returns 
Choosing to book one way tickets to/from different cities in a specific country (or even a another country) can also help keep costs down, while giving you the opportunity to explore further.
Also flying to/from different cities in your home country can help keep costs down.
THIS ALSO WORKS WITH FLIGHTS OUTSIDE THE EU

My Example – August 2017
Bristol –> Warsaw (£20 – RYANAIR)
Warsaw –> Oslo Torp (£8.99 – RYANAIR)
Copenhagen –> London Stansted (£17.99 – RYANAIR)
TOTAL 3 FLIGHTS = £46.98 !!!

My Example – Baltic Getaway January 2018
London Gatwick -> Tallinn, Estonia (£33.77 – EASYJET)
Riga, Latvia -> London Luton (£16.99 – WIZZ AIR)
TOTAL 2 FLIGHTS= £50.76 !!!

(iiii) Hold Luggage? Whats that?
Learn to pack light. Making use of an airlines cabin bag policy can help you save further. I can fit 7 nights worth of clothing in this rucksack which is well within budget airlines baggage policies.IMG_9573

Example of Clothing packed in this rucksack
2 Shirts, 7-10 T-shirts, 1 Spare pair of trainers or shoes, 1x Jeans, 1x Shorts, 7-10 Boxers, 7-10 Socks and 1 Towel. Room in front pocket for Charging cables and medication (This list doesn’t include the clothes I was wearing which included – T-shirt, Shorts, Trainers, Hoodie and Raincoat)

 

PACKING CHEAT’S
ROLL UP T-SHIRTS AND UNDERWEAR
PUT SOCKS IN SPARE TRAINERS
ATTACH HEAD WEAR TO RUCKSACK
PUT COAT OR HOODIE THROUGH BACK STRAPS

I think those are all the ways I try to save when flying to my destinations
NEXT UP: PART TWO – THE ACCOMMODATION

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