Lying on the shore of Adriatic Sea, Split the second-largest city of Croatia boasting with historical sights that date back to the ancient times. Some of the best things to do in Split is to wander through the streets of the Old Town, sit by the shore on a sunny day and explore the markets to name a few.
When you think of Fort Worth, Texas, visions of cowboys and horses probably instantly appear in your mind. I mean, Fort Worth is the wild west, right? Well, not really! While you can see some of that, the true Fort Worth of today isn’t carved straight out of an old western. Fort Worth is actually one of the top destinations in the state of Texas, and rightfully so. Fort Worth is full of world-class museums, dance halls, awesome parks, and wonderful food.
After spending a little longer than planned in Riga – I realized very quickly I had fallen in love with the city, and it became my favorite of the Baltic capitals. Arriving in early summer, we were lucky enough to get the first of the good weather in Latvia and knew that this would only make our exploration of Riga more enjoyable. Interested in free things to do in Riga? Keep on reading!
Trip planning involves a lot of struggle with excel sheets, multiple websites that offer the best listings for accommodation and a lot of back-n-forth with various travel guides for actual end-to-end itinerary planning. When planning a trip for a longer duration or multiple countries especially, this gets super tricky and intricate.
Croatia is home to some of the most enchanting islands. There are more than 1000 islands most of which are tiny and uninhabited. To see
Things to know before going to Dubrovnik & important landmarks to visit
Often called the Pearl of Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a stunning city to explore. With its UNESCO World Heritage City Walls, Old Town, the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and breathtaking sunsets, the city will leave you amazed and full of different emotions. Here’s the ultimate guide of what to do in Dubrovnik, the majestic city of Croatia.
Planning a trip can be both overwhelming and exciting. It requires a thorough search, time, and commitment. The hardest part when you plan a trip is where to start, how to find a cheap airline ticket, and the desire to see it ALL. Therefore, here are my tried and tested tips to plan a trip on a budget.
Looking for essential travel items to buy for your next trip? You’ve come to the right place! This post includes a perfect travel essentials list to take on your travels, no matter if it’s domestic or international. Moreover, they double as carry-on essentials if you plan on taking a small suitcase or a backpack.
Steeped in history and culture, Cape Town is an explorer’s paradise, and there is so much to do and see here that it would literally take years to enjoy it all. Situated at the tip of Africa, it has become an outdoor adventurer’s paradise with mountains, forests, two oceans and incredible beaches. Here is a list of great things to do in Cape Town and around it.
Lviv is the most charming city I have visited in Ukraine. It’s not like any other post-Soviet cities you have seen. It’s colorful, lively, and simply gorgeous. With a century-old history, there are many things to do in Lviv, so this travel guide will help you
Even though it doesn’t seem like that, but Kiev (also written as Kyiv) has been there for a long time; before we all knew what Ukraine and Russia were. Considered as one of the oldest settlements in Europe, it’s one of the first in the Slavic world too. Wandering through its historic streets, visiting museums, admiring various architectural styles are some of the best things to do in Kyiv.
Finding accommodation for your next trip can be quite exhausting. You need to check out sites, read the reviews, and then decide which one you’d like to stay. And if you’re planning a trip to Tbilisi, you don’t need to look further – Fabrika Tbilisi Hostel is the most relaxed budget-friendly hostel I have stayed in so far.
We all know that the biggest expense when planning a trip comes on accommodation and airline tickets. It’s almost impossible to find cheap airline tickets and score a great deal. Yes, there are low-cost airlines where you can buy tickets at $15 if you are lucky, but sometimes that’s not an option. There are dozens of airline ticket search platforms to help you find the ticket tailored to your needs. Therefore, I decided to share my tips and tricks to find cheap airline tickets almost anywhere.
General tips on how to find cheap airline tickets
- First, remember that it takes a lot of time and effort to find cheap flights
- Use incognito window when looking at flight tickets. Search engines tend to observe your searching behavior so that it will show you a high price
- Book airline tickets at least four months ahead. It’s better if you buy tickets six months ahead
- Sign-up for newsletter or price alert emails
- If you are a traveler and plan on traveling around the country, always purchase a one-way ticket and fly out from another city
- Follow airlines on social media to see promotional posts
- Use Kiwi, Skyscanner, or eDreams
Break up your ticket
When planning your next vacation, you might never consider breaking up your ticket and destinations. What I mean is that you need to fly out from a hub airport. For example, I live in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the nearest hub airport for me is in Istanbul, Turkey.
Usually, flights from Tbilisi are costly and breaking up my ticket to Tbilisi-Istanbul and Istanbul-Whatever is much cheaper than direct Tbilisi-Whatever. Here is the example: I am going to Dubrovnik, Croatia in Septemeber and flights from Tbilisi to Dubrovnik on Skyscanner for one person one-way is:
Look at this! In January this year, I bought tickets from Istanbul to Dubrovnik, with a 20-hour layover in Athens for only $124.88 for two people. Not only I scored the cheapest ticket in my life for such a long trip, but I got to explore Athens as well. That’s a double win for me!
And a ticket from Tbilisi to Istanbul is just around the same price – about $60-70. With the above mentioned expensive ticket, I would get a 14h layover in Moscow without being able to leave the airport. Bummer!
Oh, I hear you saying “What about the return ticket?” I am getting there, just bear with me!
Check the website of the airline
Once you find the ticket that is most relevant to your travel plans, don’t buy tickets via ticket search sites right away. Another tip on buying cheap airline tickets is to go directly to the website of the airline. Usually, the search platform may add additional tax or fee, so the final price turns out higher.
However, sometimes that’s not the case either, especially when buying ticket very early. Like I did. When I found the ticket with Aegean Airlines on Skyscanner, I looked at the website, and the flights in September were not up yet. So I had to go to eDreams and buy my ticket there.
Sometimes, price on the official websites is higher than at ticket search sites. So you need to check everything to find the best deal. As I said, it’s time-consuming and requires efforts.
Sign up for price alerts
One of the best features Skyscanner has is the price alerts. You can set up email alerts to any destination you search for and get instant emails when price changes. However, you need to be quick. I got this email and was late for ONLY 10 minutes, and the prices were up. But I still paid less – $88 for two tickets.
Find the return ticket
So I looked at the nearest airport where Wizzair flies and found Budapest. One more city to explore. Yes, I have been there, but it was in 2012 on a field trip from the university. Now I want to explore it differently, plus Oto (my husband) hasn’t seen it. So why not?
I paid a bit more for the flight from Budapest to Kutaisi (the second largest city of Georgia) than I was planning to. But that’s my fault. I bought it a bit later as I was still deciding to prolong the trip or come back home. I am a travel junkie, I know!
How much did I save in the end?
For two people Tbilisi-Dubrovnik would have been $478 plus $133 Budapest-Kutaisi = $611
Therefore, I saved $265.12
How to find cheap airline tickets through Kiwi.com
Kiwi.com is one of my all-time favorite search platforms. It has great features that allow me to find cheap airline tickets anywhere I decide to go.
Search ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Anytime’ Features
I can’t stress more how important is to be flexible with travel dates when trying to find cheap airline tickets. This feature shows the cheapest places from your destination at any time of the year. What I like most about Kiwi is that it shows a destination map with the prices in addition to top countries where you can fly on a budget. When you hover over those top countries it also shows departure dates and how many nights you can stay there.
After choosing the country you’d like to visit, the website displays airlines, price, dates, and how many nights you’ll be there. You can then choose the most appropriate one. It also gives you a tip to save money by flying from another airport to your destination and says how much you’ll save.
If the prices are shown seem expensive, there’s a tab called cheapest, which shows the cheapest way of flying to that country. As I noticed, mostly those flights take longer with multiple layovers. Sometimes, this is not bad at all, as you have the possibility to see the city of the layover.
Searching by the destination country
If you know where you want to go but you are flexible with the city, you can put the name of the country in the To field and see what’s the best result. For instance, this is what Tbilisi-Turkey search looks like with anytime departure and return:
However, if the given number of nights is too much for you, you can click on the dates and see the cheapest price of the given month. For instance Tbilisi-Turkey from March 5-14: The cheapest flights are Tbilisi-Istanbul for $135, the comes to Ankara for $186 and Antalya for $191.
Another great feature of Kiwi is the Price Table. Once you choose the country and see the list of airlines with departure dates, you can open a price table to see if it’s cheaper to fly on another date than what Kiwi displayed.
Search according to the date range
If you have a particular month or dates you’d like to fly, Kiwi shows the best option for those dates. For instance, you’d like to fly anytime from March 1-10 and come back anytime from March 10-15. Similar to other searches, Kiwi will show the price, the number of nights, airline, and departure dates, so you can choose the best that suits your travel plans.
Filter your search
Once you get into those cheap tickets, you can filter them with different variables, such as transport (flights, train, bus), stops (nonstop, 1 stop, etc), duration of the flight, bags (checked-in luggage), time of the day to depart, days of the week, airlines, and airports.
Kiwi introduced a new feature called Nomad. This is when traveling to multiple destinations and want to buy the tickets all at once. It not only shows the flights between those cities but also bus and train scheduleს with the price.
This is how you use this awesome feature: put the departure city and time, then tick the box whether to return to the original city or not, afterward set the return date. When choosing the return date, you can either choose anytime or identify a number of nights you plan on traveling.
In places to visit, you should put the destination points you’d like to visit and a number of nights you plan on staying. For example, let’s say you are flying to Prague and want to also visit Vienna and Budapest. I think this is a great feature for those who have more time traveling around these cities.
How to find cheap airline tickets on Skyscanner
Skyscanner is one of many sites I use to find cheap flights, mix and match or to compare prices. Yes, every platform has a different price on the same ticket. I don’t like buying a ticket and then finding a better deal somewhere else. So I make sure I do my homework and research it before making my final decision.
There are many reasons I like Skyscanner. It has some pretty impressive features that help you find cheap flights to any destination in the world. And I am going to show them all.
When I plan a trip and don’t have a particular destination in mind, I like to see what are my options. I don’t want to write a city each time I want to see how much a ticket cost. So there is one great feature on Skyscanner:
When you put your ‘From’ city and don’t know where you want to go, search ‘Everywhere’ gives you all the possible destinations from your town with the lowest price possible.
You can then add your departure and return dates if you are not flexible with your dates or search for the cheapest option. This leads us to tip #2:
Sort By ‘Cheapest Month’
Okay, so what if you know your destination but don’t know the exact dates you want to travel. This is where search by ‘Cheapest Month‘ comes in handy. Once you click the date section, you can sort your flights according to the cheapest months.
If you know which month you want to visit your destination, but are flexible with the dates, search by ‘Whole Month.’ This shows you on which dates you can find the lowest price on airline tickets.
Set Up Price Alerts
I already mentioned this above. Set up the price alerts to get email notifications on chosen dates and destinations. It shows when prices on certain dates go up or down.
Cheap flight deals via Secret Flying
Secret Flying is another great website where you can find awesome cheap flight deals to anywhere in the world. As I have been monitoring their page, most of those cheap flight deals are available from/to popular destinations like various cities in the USA, Britain, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and China to name a few.
As I have noticed, Secret Flying is great when you need to fly to a faraway destination, for example, from Europe to Vietnam, Bangkok, or Brazil or from the United States to Europe, Asia, or South America.
A couple of days ago, I saw London to Morocco for only 27 GBP roundtrip!
I am not that crazy to check the Secret Flying website every day. I like their Facebook Page and every time they post an update, I see it first on my feed. To do this, you need to press the following button and set the notification to See First. Or to the same on Twitter.
Tusheti, a small historic region located in eastern Georgia, lies on the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and covers an area of 796 square km. The area is one of the most ecologically pure regions in the Caucasus. The extraordinary beauty of Tusheti National Park and it’s mountainous landscapes, architecture and castle-like inhabited buildings caught the attention of UNESCO who placed it on its World Heritage List in 2007.
Home to elaborately built temples, postcard-perfect white sand beaches, delicious street food, and rich cultural heritage, Thailand is a country that has something for everyone. Whether you want to explore its rich history, get lost in its bustling cities, or plan an island getaway, there are several things you need to know before traveling to Thailand. This guide is packed with all the necessary Thailand travel tips to make your stay here as comfortable and hustle-free as it can be.
In its raggedy streets a bit outside the city center, Tbilisi hides significant gems that visitors or sometimes even locals rarely see. One of them is Joseph Stalin’s Underground Printing House, often neglected by many travel guides.
Updated post in 2020 from 23 things to do in Tbilisi
Tbilisi is my hometown, where I spent most of my life and currently live. Georgia’s capital is getting more attention both from the media and travelers, who seek a wild nature, unique culture, ancient architecture mixed with modern buildings, and distinctive cuisine. And even though it is a relatively small city, there are plenty of things to do in Tbilisi.
Krakow, an adoring Gothic city, used to be the capital of Poland before Warsaw. This cute little town is full of interesting places to explore, with the main sights being within walking distance. So interested in
Tbilisi is the city of contrasts. Here, modern and old co-exists next to each other. And the architectural marvels created in the 19th century make locals proud, especially the painted halls. After the invasions in the 18th century, it started to restore itself and strive towards European standards.
Many districts of Tbilisi have some wonderful buildings. But its hallways are even beautiful. Distinguished by its decoration, carved ceilings and painted walls are the hidden marvels of today’s somewhat modern city.
In the 19th century, it was fashionable to build luxurious houses. Each wealthy person tried to make his home distinctive from others. And brought foreign architects to work on their houses.
Need convincing why you should visit Georgia? Read Passport Symphony’s post and pack your luggage
The most frequently decorated are floors of the corridors with ornaments, mosaic or stained-glass windows. Each of them has its history, but unfortunately, most of them need proper restoration works. Very few remain untouched.
The hallways feature two main styles – Classicism and Renaissance, and modernism.
It’s noteworthy to say that owners decorated not only the entrance of the building but the staircase as well. The works on vestibule were usually done with oil paints on the plaster. And upper floors of the building used decorative wallpapers.
Generally speaking, the painted hallways carry cosmopolitan motives, but in some cases, local themes are present. For example, staircase at 36 Aghmashenebeli Avenue represents scenes from a well-known Georgian poem The Knight in the Panthers Skin. Others also feature Dariali Gorge and Caucasian man.
Thailand is a country of unexpected contrasts, where modern and ancient perfectly blend in each other and where conservative and liberal beliefs co-exist next to each other. It is a country of untouched and wild nature in most of its parts, thousands of incredible history, friendly and smiley nation, brilliant architecture, an abundance of food choices, and postcard-perfect beaches. Here are some of the best reasons to visit Thailand, even though there are plenty!
Azerbaijan’s capital prides itself on a mixture of modern and old architecture, making it an exciting city in the region to visit. Baku’s trendy buildings are ideally positioned among its century-old buildings and towers. Dozens of parks scattered across the city offer excellent relaxation time during your walks in the city. For a short weekend trip, the post provides various things to do in Baku.
Prague is a city of many things. Besides being absolutely beautiful and equal to Paris with its attractiveness, it boasts millennial history, the best beer that is cheaper than water, a large cultural scene expressed in concerts and museums, and unforgettable nightlife. For a while, I lived here and perfected this Prague walking tour every time I had a visitor in town.
Known for being the winemaking region of Georgia, splendid views of the snow-covered Caucasus, charming towns, and interesting churches and monasteries, Kakheti is a perfect weekend getaway for many locals. Therefore, here are some of the best and top hotels in Kakheti for you to choose from for your next short vacation.
Istanbul is a hub city for many who travel from west to east or vice versa, and we have long layovers in the city. If you have more than 4 hours to spare, don’t stay at the airport as I will tell you what to see and do during your Istanbul layover.
It’s Thursday evening. I am leaving the office at 6:30 pm to pack for a three-day hike with my husband, Oto and my colleague, Ruska. It’s been one year since my spinal surgery. I am nervous about how my waist will react to hiking the Black Rock Lake trail in Lagodekhi at 3,000 meters above the sea level.
Sandy beaches, mountain hideaways and chic hotels with all the mod cons–Malaysian countries deserve the top spot on anybody’s travel bucket list.
This Asian continent is brimming with beautiful spots and culture to make for an incredible vacation spot. With countries such as Thailand and Vietnam increasing in popularity, it’s easy to see how beautiful these places can be to stay.
With a variety of places offering the opportunity to rest and unwind after a day exploring the surroundings, here are some of the top places to visit in Malaysia.
In Penang Island
Penang, known as the Pearl of Orient in Malaysia, is filled with aspects of old and new cultural traditions. Penang is one of the few places in Malaysia that works to preserve the history and architecture of the past while allowing for the modernity of the 21st-century world.
This will be a laid back vacation, taking in the culture and absorbing the beautiful surroundings.
A cluster of traditional Thai rice barns have now been beautifully converted and can now offer its visitors a house for rent with modern comforts while still staying true its traditional charms.
Malihom translates as ‘Village of the fragrant rice’ after the traditional Thai favorite dish. Each barn within the village is uniquely named, offering 8 barns for rent–each with its own unique character and luxuriously positioned bathrooms out on the deck.
Definitely, a must-stay place if you’re after a luxurious modern fusion with Thai tradition overlooking the gorgeous Forests.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
When looking for a more luxurious place to rest after a day of exploring the surroundings, there’s no better place than Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. It has it all, waterside, views of the mountains, and trees, as well as beautiful rooms overlooking these.
Offering a sense of history, place, and solid tradition with its distinctive Minangkabau architecture housing Malaysian cultural artifacts.
Traditional jewelry, coral sculptures, batik-printing, and other signature items are artistically arranged in the prolific Malaysian kitchen.
After a day of learning about local culture, relax and unwind with a spa treatment or 2– it would be rude not to!
The Caves and Forests Of Sarawak
Some people’s idea of a true vacation is to switch off, unplug and become immersed in the natural surroundings this earth has to offer. Sarawak is the place to do it.
Home to the third-largest island in the world– Borneo, and to some of the most diverse rainforests on the planet, Sarawak is the habitat of some unique forms of wildlife and plants.
Trek through national parks, making friends with Orangutans, or finding your way away from the concrete jungle, Sarawak is another of Malaysia’s hidden gems.
To experience the best of Sarawak- stay in one of these resorts
Batang Ai Longhouse Resort
At the edge of some of Malaysia’s most incredible rainforests and managed by Hilton, Batang Ai Longhouse is on the island of Borneo, and the perfect location for a truly relaxing break away from it all.
Only a two-hour boat ride away from the Batang Ai National Park, this resort is surrounded but its very own expanse of jungle.
Spend time cooling down the outdoor swimming pool, relax by the bar, or enjoy a game of tennis on its own asphalt tennis courts.
A definite place to renew an appreciation for nature and taking the time out to relax.
Sematan Palm Beach Resorts
For less luxurious accommodation, but with no limitations when it comes to being surrounded by long, golden sandy beaches, Sematan Palm Beach Resorts is the place to go.
Just a 90-minute drive from Kuching, it is the perfect place for a short and adventure-filled vacation. Sematan is a small fishing village situated in the far west tip of Sarawak, and a short distance to the border Kalimantan (Indonesia)-Sarawak.
Having opened in 2004, this resort is loved for its proximity to the large stretch of clean, sandy beaches–offering a beautiful view that will eliminate anxieties and place all worries at the door.
An exclusive, 24-room boutique-style hotel situated in the center of Old Town Kuching. It has been stylishly renovated from two traditional 19th-century shophouses, adapting to modern plush comfort standards.
What’s unique about this resort is the individual charm of each of the rooms or suites, offering their own bespoke features to express its charm, character, and individuality.
A first glance at the Ranee will show the enchantment of the old and new fusion- inspired by Sarawak’s rich heritage of colonialism and other ethnic cultures.
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If you ever find yourself exploring the world in search of hidden gems and outstanding locations to inspire you, then it’s always important to carry some of the latest technologies in your bag to help you enjoy your time abroad. While many people are advocates of digital detoxes especially when traveling the world, there’s no denying that you should be carrying at least some technology with you and in this article, we’ll be listing the most important ones.
Your smartphone is essentially a small computer that will give you access to plenty of travel services, conveniences and safety options. it doesn’t matter if it’s an Android or Apple smartphone, especially since you can connect Android to Mac in order to transfer files or even charge your device. Instead, you may want to focus on the camera quality especially if you plan to take a lot of pictures and videos.
Something small like a Macbook Air or a Chromebook is usually enough to help you do some light video or photo editing, blogging or exploring on map services to find your next destination.
If a smartphone camera isn’t enough or you’d prefer to have a point-and-shoot camera hanging on your neck to snap a quick shot, then a standalone camera is a great option especially if you’re worried about running out of power on your smartphone.
If you’re bringing a camera or laptop with you then it’s often a good idea to have some kind of additional storage media such as a hard drive or SD card so that you can store more photos and videos. The alternative is to use an online cloud storage service, but if you have limited Wi-Fi access then it can be difficult to upload your files.
Once you land, it’s a good idea to look around the airport for a portable Wi-Fi hotspot so that you can access online services like maps, travel recommendations, and social media to upload your photos and videos.
Yes, multiple power banks. If you find yourself too far from a charging location or need to use several days worth of power, then having more than one power bank is a great option.
If you love photography and exploring remote or unique locations then a travel drone will help you take fantastic photos and videos high in the sky.
In the event that your phone’s battery is empty, it’s a great idea to have a travel watch with a compass or some kind of GPS functionality so you can tell the time and where you are.
Whether it’s to help you fall asleep, to listen to some music while you’re on a train or just to watch some videos in private to pass the time before you sleep, headphones (preferably multiple pairs) are an essential piece of tech to bring.
In order to protect your devices from bumps, scratches, and drops, it’s vital that you install some kind of protective case to save them from breaking if an accident ever occurs.
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To many people, New York is just one of those big cities in the world that they should tick off their bucket list at some point, but the reality is that it’s one of the most amazing cultural hotspots in the entire world. We often think of far-away places in remote destinations as the only cultural holiday locations to visit, but as this article will show, there’s plenty of tradition and culture to be found in the heart of New York.
Italy may be famous for its pizza, but New York is also known for its own style of pepperoni pizza. With globally recognized pizzerias such as Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery and Joe & Pat’s that have been serving up classic New York slices for decades continues to be a strong contender for some of the best pizza in the world.
New York also has its fair share of museums and galleries. From the American Museum of Natural History to the Whitney Museum of American Art, there are plenty of collections in New York that are well worth your time.
It goes without saying that one of the big cultural destinations to visit in New York is Broadway. For decades, it has been showcasing some of the most popular plays and its doors have seen many famous names and old masters. We’ve included an infographic below that shows some of the most popular shows and which you should definitely watch.
Infographic from: Broadway Tickets
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Kyrenia is a city in northern Cyprus boasting a horseshoe-shaped harbor, a cobblestoned old town, and various castles. This still undiscovered side of the island is perfect for getting away when you are tired from overcrowded coastal towns or cities elsewhere in Europe. If you are looking for a mixture of beach and cultural holiday, here are some of the best things to do in Kyrenia.