Whilst Istanbul in itself is teeming with cultural, historic and interesting attractions, the rest of Turkey has much to offer international visitors. From easy day tours to overnight or weekend stays, there is an option for all tastes close by. This is a great way to utilise ones time, whilst adding depth to a prolonged holiday in Istanbul. People like Bonnie Meyer, a university student from the Gold Coast, Australia had no idea just how diverse the country is. “I didn’t know much about Turkey before going, I absolutely loved it when I arrived though,” she said. She spent more than a week in Turkey with Istanbul as her base. “If you had the time I would recommend staying a little longer and doing more day trips or even spending time in another city or town,” Meyer said. Day trips: Princes’ Islands (Adelar) Just an hour by ferry from the city centre, a trip to this chain of nine archipelagos islands in the Sea of Marmara is a great way to get out of the …
Fun fact: Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents; Europe and Asia. And with ancient history to rival the likes of Rome, world-class attractions and an ambient atmosphere, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
If you’ve managed to Google even one thing about Budapest, then you probably already know about the ruin bars. Tucked away in the Jewish Ghetto of the Pest side of the River Danube, the bars are an array of old abandoned buildings, left behind after the Jewish community were forced out during World War II.
Beautiful Austria. Picturesque green fields, surrounded by rocky, snow topped mountain ranges. It is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful and naturally stunning places to visit in the world. My last visit to Austria was a cold, snowy stopover in Vienna whilst on a European tour. This time, with only 24 hours in Austria, we packed in two major towns, Innsbruck and Salzburg.
Gone are the days of getting around with a printed map, eating at terrible restaurants and having to go to a travel agency to organize a holiday. Technology has come a long way in recent decades and one of the easiest ways to access all of these new tools is via apps on your smartphone. Cutting to the chase, here are some apps that will be saviors on your next trip.
It’s always one of the biggest questions people ask me about travel, and for good reason. Flight’s can be expensive. And if not, the cheap options can be dodgy and take 31 hours to get anywhere because of multiple stops along the way. Having always booked my own flights, and always searching for a bargain, I’ve created some of my own techniques that have saved me hundreds of dollars.
Apart from teaching me how to take a killer selfie…
L.A. One of the most tourist driven places in the world. This year I went on my second trip to the city of angels, the first being in 2009 and I can honestly say, twice is more than enough. The celebrity capital of the world is filled with tourists, is smoggy, dirty and filled with some of the rudest people I have ever encountered. But here’s a more detailed list of why I think it’s very overrated.
Wanna know a secret to cheap flights? http://www.skyscanner.com.au is probably the best website I have found that provides cheap flight options from almost every flight company around the globe. It is easy to use and combines not only different airlines, but sources from other travel agencies such as Flight Centre and STA Travel as well as other budget flight sites such as Skiddoo, ifly.net and eDreams.
Twitter is fast becoming an everyday tool for receiving important information. This doesn’t stop at travel information. Many travel bloggers take to Twitter to share links to their blog posts or post short tips, tricks and handy hints. As well as bloggers, you can find travel companies releasing holiday package deals, competitions to win holidays and handy travelling tips.