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6 October 2015

Planning the perfect getaway.


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When it comes to planning short European breaks, it takes me approximately half an hour from search to booking and I never end up disappointed, except that one time the boy booked our hotel and well, you know the rest. 

I'm going to get straight to it and take you on my step by step process to booking the perfect getaway! 

Pen and paper at the ready..

Flights: 

Sky scanner - THE GO TO. Sky scanner is a website/app that you pop your details in and it will give you a list of flight prices from all airlines. You are likely to find the cheapest prices on this website but if you are in doubt..

Easy Jet/Ryan Air - These budget airlines are usually the cheapest to fly with (Just make sure you adhere to flight policies to avoid extra charges) going direct to the website allows you to choose your outbound and return flight separately, this means you might be able to tweak flight times
 to get a cheaper deal. 

Recently I booked a 2 night trip to Amsterdam for £54 return.. 

Accommodation 

Booking.com - When I discovered this website my travel life changed, I love this site mainly because every hotel I have booked has been excellent, secondly you can reserve the hotel now and pay when you get there. This has several benefits, for me it means I can break up the cost of going away over a few months which helps me out, a lot! 

Air B'n'B - Not one I have used myself..YET. but I have definitely heard great things about this site. To give you a general idea you are renting someones home for the duration of your holiday, but these homes are not the usual, they are usually filled with so much character. Kate (Gh0stparties) has documented her stay in various AIR B'n'B homes and I plan on using them for one of my next getaways. 

Trip Adviser - I definitely look to Trip Adviser for reviews of hotels and places when I'm travelling. This helps me decide whether the hotel is somewhere I really want to stay and also helps me plan places to eat or visit during my holiday. You can also find some hotel bargains on trip adviser if you prefer to book through them. 

My recent trips to Amsterdam cost me Approx £60 for two nights and I would give 5* for both hotels


Whilst you're there

Plan Ahead - When I went to Paris I regretted not booking my tickets for the Eiffel tower in advance, when I went to Amsterdam I made the mistake of not booking my tickets for Anne Franks House in advance. So If there is anything I have learnt from travelling its to book popular attractions in advance and I would advise you to do the same unless you enjoy queuing for hours. 

Ask for advice at your hotel reception - If you are unfamiliar with your area, ask the staff at reception. They are likely to live in the city and will know loads about it. 

Dojo App - Download the Dojo app if you are staying in London or Paris (Due to be updated for more cities soon) This will tell you where the nearest  bars, restaurants and pop ups are, will give you ideas for date night and will even give you directions to get there. One of the most useful apps I've used. (& it's free) 

Google Maps- I always have my Eurotraveller on when I'm abroad, this means I can use my phone as usual for just £3 a day (Vodafone perk) I'm constantly googling and using my maps to get around. Especially if i'm unsure of the area, I even use it to get to know the local transport links. Super useful

These are my tips for planning a getaway you will enjoy thoroughly... what are your tips?