Budget Travel

Low-Cost Train Travel in the Balkans

Priceline Coupons Can Only Do So Much.

priceline promo codes - 2018Promo codes can make European train travel more affordable, but sometimes even then, taking the train in Europe can be prohibitively expensive. If you dream of traveling around Europe by train but can’t afford the high cost of InterRail passes and not-so-budget-friendly cities like Paris and Rome, then you might want to look for a train adventure further east, around the Balkans to be precise.

When people think about this region, images of conflict and war-torn ex-Yugoslavia tend to come to mind. But those times are long gone. The Balkans are now a very safe, multicultural and traveler-friendly region, full of experiences to be had that would please even the pickiest of travelers: from natural wonders such as mountains covered in luscious forests and white sand beaches, to night-long clubbing in cosmopolitan cities and a plethora of international music festivals that attract world-renowned artists.

The region has been reborn. Like a phoenix that rose from the ashes of a tragic war, it is now young and vibrant, having made peace with its past and moving on to become an exciting, fun-loving place that is still – lucky for you – affordable for anyone on a student budget.

If your idea of fun is to spend some time traveling around Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey, then by all means, hop on!

You have two options:

The Balkan FlexiPass. You can get it either online or once you land there. You can pick a pass that suits your needs: either 5, 10 or 15 days of travel within a one-month period. Best of all? If you are under 26 years old, you automatically get a discount.

Freestyle It. It’s the Balkan way. Train schedules are not very reliable in the region, but train travel is very cheap. Even internationally! All you have to do is go with the flow and show up at the train station whenever you’re ready to move on to your next destination.

Here’s a little traveler’s tip:

If you want to see it all – and more – the best idea would be to start in Venice, Italy. From there, head on to Ljubljana, Slovenia and then down to Zagreb, Croatia. Then it’s up to Budapest, Hungary and off to Bucharest, Romania. Next, go to Belgrade, Serbia, perhaps down to Greece, and stop in Sofia, Bulgaria on your way to your ultimate destination: Istanbul, Turkey. This way you will take in all the major sights between Italy and Turkey! You will have literally spent weeks traveling from Europe to Asia, for about the same cost as a week in Ibiza.

Ready to pack? Don’t forget your passport, and a lot of patience. The Balkan Express always comes by, but not always on time.

Budget Travel

Finding a Great Hotel in Turkey at a Reasonable Price

Turkey recently ended its losing tourism trend with an 18 percent rise in tourist arrivals in April this year. This year is a great time to join more than 2 million visitors of the country in rediscovering wonders and beholding its amazing culture.

Start a Turkey journey by finding the best holiday hotel. It may sound peculiar but here are a few things you should remember when booking accommodation in the land that bridges the East and the West.

Bed and Breakfast – Never expect a full English or American breakfast that goes with packages of “bed and breakfast”. Almost all hotels come with a Turkish morning meal of cheese, eggs, tomatoes, and cucumber. It is recommended to book an accommodation then run to the nearest restaurant for meals.

Bathroom Arrangements – Basic accommodation in the country offer a wet room that includes a shower hose installed on the wall. A three-star hotel offers a cubicle book while a five-star hotel will give an actual bath.

Plan the budgetTurkey is not a cheap destination although there are places and destinations which can be explored at low prices. Hotels can be quite an expense so try to check some inns and other types of accommodations when travelling on a tight budget.   Here is what you can expect traveling through Turkey.

Check the location – Finding the right hotel depends on a tourist’s lifestyle. Someone fond of nightlife can choose a hotel within the city while a person who wants sightseeing and cultural immersion can find an accommodation beyond the pricey locations in the country.

Ratings and Reviews – A lot of travel websites provides ratings and reviews of hotels and other types of accommodations in Turkey. Take time to read some feedbacks posted just recently. Don’t get hooked on reviews that were written on the hotel’s website as employees usually do these. Find real comments on general message boards and free blog forums.

Services – Aside from the price, check out other services offered. WiFi is a necessity, but not all accommodations in the country offer free access. Internet services are not inclusive, then find out how much would it cost to buy a local sim card bundled with data services. Also, ask for car rental assistance that might help save a few bucks compared to taxi rentals.

Finding a place to stay in Turkey is easy if visitors take the time to research online and book a hotel depending on their lifestyle, needs and purpose in travelling.