Finding Cheap European Flights

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Finding Cheap European Flights

Alright, so you’ve saved and saved for a fabulous European vacation. You’ve cut back on unnecessary purchases like those bmw motorcycle parts you really wanted or those really cute boots you were forced pass by everyday on your way to work. Well good for you, you’ve finally made it and now it’s time to find a great deal on your flights. Flying to Europe is certainly not cheap, but if you’re smart you can really save some serious cash. Follow my tips and suggestions and you’ll be on your way without deviating from you budget.

1. Assuming you don’t have set destination plans, consider flying into London first. You’ll be able to save a lot more money than you would if you fly into Nice. There are usually excellent deals for flying between London and the U.S. Once you get to London, you can purchase flights to whatever European destination you want at a greatly reduced price.

2. Make sure you are aware of the many low cost airline options available in the U.K. Many of these options are relatively new, so the majority of Americans aren’t aware that they exist. Do research online and find the cheapest airlines before you embark on your trip to London.

3. Make sure that you are constantly comparing and checking flight prices. There are tons of ways to get discounted flights. Some airlines even offer discounts for customers willing to purchase their tickets online.

4. Make sure that you have the cash ready to throw down on a good deal. Don’t start planning your flights until you have enough money saved up. Some deals only last for a brief time, so you’ve got to be prepared to snap it up quick.

As long as you’re smart and you plan ahead, you’re guaranteed to find a good deal on your flights. Good luck and have a fabulous vacation.

Trip To Italy

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Trip To Italy

All these we visited and saw the beauty of Italy.
Some advice we wished to give new visitors:
Parking for coaches are always very far from the tourist spots so be prepared to walk a lot. Try and get comfortable sport shoes.
During summer it can be very hot so buy lots of water to drink during your trip.
Water can be bought at different prices in the country. Rome and Vatican city are the most expensive with 500cc of water costing 3.50 euros while at Florence we were able to get 12 litres of water for only 0.99 euros.
The sun can also be very glaring to the eyes. We advise bringing good UV block sunglasses or wear a hat or cap.
Most of the big shops uses the major credit cards such as VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS but for the small stall holders selling souveniers cash is still important.
Bring sufficient cash for incidental buying of souvenier, food, icecream, even the usage of toilets etc. Remember that there are many pickpockets in Italy so keep your valuables(cash, credit cards, and passports) in a body pouch. It is safer than to lose your valuables to the pickpockets.
All services and goods carry a value added tax of 20% which can be refunded at the customs in the airport provided the amout is large enough. Get a form filled up at the shop where you buy the goods.
The hotels in Italy are generally comfortable but do not come with amenities like kettle, teabags or coffee. So if you need to boil water, bring along a travel kettle. Remember to bring the the right plug for the electical socket.
There is no airconditioning in most hotels but there are heaters for winter. Services like porters are slow so expect to receive your luggage late. It is better if you can bring the luggage up to your rooms yourselves.
Most Italians speak very little English. So try to learn a few Italian phrases.
Internet services cost about 5 euros for half an hour.
We found that there are a lot of illegal immigrants such as Africans and Asians selling fake goods along the roadside.
Once on the way to our hotel there was a blockage ot the road by the police as a result of strike by some workers working in factories. As a result the coach had to U turn and go by an alternative route.
Not all the toilets are free. Some cost 0.5 to 1 euro per entry. Best places to use a toilet would be at MacDonalds or you may be able to use a toilet at a food shop provided you buy food from them. No purchase means no usage of their toilets.
Bring sufficient batteries for your camera or bring the charger for your camera. If you don’t then all the pictures which you take for your vacation will be wasted. The cost of batteries are very high in Italy.
Photo taking are prohibited in many places in Italy especially where there are frescos as the flash damages the painting. Examples are Sistine Chapel, Pompeii, Assissi.
Churches or Basilica are places of worship so your dress code should be decent-no mini skirts and exposed shoulders. Silence is also important!
The largest lemon in the world can be found in Sorrento.
Finally enjoy your trip to Italy as we did with all these tips and precautions.

Deadly TEFL Sins

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7 Deadly TEFL Sins

We all had that teacher at school who was absolutely dismal: boring, ineffective, nasty… Make sure you don’t turn into him/her while teaching abroad by steering clear of the 7 deadly TEFL sins:

Sin 1: Talking too much

You can speak English, so don’t really need the practice! Your students on the other hand can’t – give them as many opportunities to practice their English as possible and cut down on the dreaded TTT (teacher talking time).

Expert TEFL tutor, James Jenkin, said: “I’d studied languages and I thought I’d be a good teacher because I knew about grammar. I used to stand in the front and lecture. I wish I’d done some worthwhile teacher training before I started – it took me a couple of years to realise that being a good teacher is about helping ‘learners’ get involved and practise with each other to develop their skills.”

Sin 2: Not doing a TEFL course

Imagine getting behind the wheel of a car, having never done a driving lesson before. That’s a bit what stepping in front of a TEFL class without a TEFL certificate is like – you’re very liable to crash into things! Neither you, nor your students will gain much from the experience and you’ll find that it could soon descend into chaos! What’s more, not doing a TEFL course will seriously limit the jobs you can apply for and the amount of cash you can earn.

Sin 3: Disrespecting local customs

Did you know that touching kids’ heads in Buddhist countries, such as Thailand, is massively disrespectful? Suddenly that pat on the head doesn’t seem like such a good idea! Wherever in the world you’re teaching, it’s important to research local customs to make sure you don’t end up upsetting or offending anyone.

Sin 4: Not checking your job conditions

Poring over your contract and checking your job conditions may not sound like the most exciting way to spend an evening, but things like working hours, extra-curricular commitments, holidays, training and the school’s reputation could make or break your experience of teaching abroad. Ignore them at your peril! Get more information about what you should check for here: http://www.tefl-chalkboard.com/emmafoers/posts/625-6-things-to-check-before-accepting-your-tefl-job.

Sin 5: Overcorrecting your students

We’ve all had it – the impatient ******* who won’t let you just have a go – they have to step in and take over, and all that happens is you get more and more wound up. That’s how your students feel if you keep correcting them when they’re trying to talk. Just relax and let them have a go – the worse that can happen is they make a mistake, and if it’s totally gobbledygook, just wait until they’ve finished before correcting them. Constant interruptions can really damage learners’ confidence.

Sin 6: Talking too fast

What’s one of the first phrases you learn when you start another language? After you’ve got the hang of ordering beers, it’s almost always ‘Can you speak a little slower please’. It is fiendishly difficult to make sense of a second language when the speaker is talking incredibly fast – make it a little easier for your students by speaking slooowly and clearly, and enunciating every syllable.

Sin 7: Scruffiness

Unlike the healthy mixture of derision and disrespect we have for teachers here in the west, most teachers in other parts of the world have quite a high social standing. As a result, turning up for work looking like you’ve just crawled out of bed is something of a no no – both students and other teachers will think you don’t care about your classes. Much better to make a bit of an effort and get the respect of your students and peers.

What do you think? What’s the deadliest TEFL sin in your book?

Penny Pinchers Guide To Grabbing Cheap Airline Tickets

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Penny Pinchers Guide To Grabbing Cheap Airline Tickets

It was my very first time travelling out of the UK and I wanted to see some of Europe. I think this is important so that I can boast to my children that I have seen a bit of the world even though it is just Europe. Step one; it seemed to me was to get as a cheap flight to Europe. The trouble was however in getting my airfares to come down from the high heavens in terms of price. I struggled to rearrange my budget and accommodate the scary costs of the airline tickets and realize my goal of having cheap holidays. I was really running scared and asking myself how on earth I was going to make it out of England and through just two countries with the kind of prices I was seeing. A friend suggested that I focus on getting cheap airline tickets. Really? I wanted to know what part of England I had to stand to get such cheapest flights rain to fall on me. Luckily for me, she is the patient type and took my sarcasm in good faith.
According to her, getting cheap flights is much easier than I imagine. Imagine? I didn’t even think it possible. Okay, where do I start from? I wanted to know. She wanted to know if I preferred to travel in premium class. Certainly not. In comfort, yes but except the first class tickets are free, cut that out. Okay, I she advised me to explore the option of travelling via an alternative route. It works this way she explained. I could just fly into Spain and from there to Italy on a low cost airline instead of taking an expensive flight direct into Italy. Hmmm…wouldn’t have occurred to me in a thousand years. Using cheapest airfare airlines as connecting flights can save a lot of money she added.
She wanted to know where I wanted to visit in Europe. Well, I had Spain, Greece, France and Italy penciled down. Well since I was not looking for cheap flights to Dubai, why not check the foreign websites of the airlines I wish to use for cheaper fares particularly as those countries have currencies weaker than the pound sterling? That way I get to compare flight price. She had provided another thought that would not occurred to me. She had saved loads of money that way. She simply booked her flight on the foreign counterparts of the country she intended to visit.
Okay, I had a year of school to go right? I answered in the affirmative (as she didn’t know, after all we were classmates). Students she informed me, have discounts on airlines and stuff like that. She directed me to STA Travels for more inquiries. She had personally cashed in on this discounts on many occasions by simply tendering her students ID Card. Imagine that! And mine has been just a piece of plastic in my pocket all this while. Wow, now I can compare holidays with my better traveled friends.
Last point she made was to inform me to watch the time I decide to travel. Since I just wanted to travel and get to know places, it was not important that I go in the peak period. Why not just compare cheap flights, go in the off-peak period and get the lower prices? Wow! Did I need any more prompting? Europe, here I come.

Saving Up To Get Away

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Saving Up To Get Away

Gap years are enjoying increased popularity, but while many people dream to take a year off and travel the world, not everyone can afford to take such a massive trip.

However, the price of a round the world trip is often less than people expect. By saving up for air travel before you leave, so long as you don’t want to live in luxury, you can make most of the money you need along the road by working odd jobs. In some countries it’s possible to find fellow travellers who can share their knowledge and put you in touch with someone to stay with for a few nights.

Even with flights included, spending time in some places – such as countries in south east Asia, Africa or South America – is a lot cheaper that living at home. Accommodation, food and drink as well as travel are all less expensive, meaning it’s easy for you to live on a budget.

You will need to save up ahead of time and there are many ways to do that in the months prior to your excursion. Start off by making a list of what you need to buy every month and what you like to buy. It’s amazing how many things in the second column can easily be scored off.

If you are a reader, consider joining a library instead of buying the latest titles. Enjoy eating out? Start a cooking club with friends and take it in turns to be host. There are many possibilities to enjoy common pleasures in a much cheaper way and so allow for a little extra saving towards your trip.

Other easy things to cut out of your budget are habits and vices. A daily cup of coffee, a pack of cigarettes or regular nights out all soon add up and by cutting them out – or at least cutting back – you can soon see a difference in your monthly spending.

Cutting back on spending is one way of creating extra cash, but a lot of travellers also like to work overtime or get a second job to increase their original income. As well as earning more money, by spending extra time working it means you reduce your chances to actually go out and spend money. It maybe not be the most pleasant few months of your life but the reward of speeding up the time to your trip will definitely be worth it.

Once you’ve started to save a few hundred dollars you should look to see where you want to travel and what the best deals are. Some like to get flights to South America and work their way around that continent before jumping through North America and through to Asia, while others prefer to go through Europe to Asia and then on to Australia.

Regardless of the route, many like to get all their flights booked at once – and many tour operators allow for this – meaning you just have to decide your route and your length of stay in each location and you’re ready to go.

How to Avoid Thieves on Holiday

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How to Avoid Thieves on Holiday

Nothing is worse than having something stolen from you when you are on holiday. It is important for every traveller to be aware of the fact that there are those who will prey on tourists who are on holiday so that they can get their money. Tourists are an easy target for thieves for many reasons. They are not familiar with the area, they are usually distracted by what they are observing and they are usually carrying money with them. You can avoid thieves when you go on holiday by taking these simple tips:  
1. Stay with the Crowd
If you stick with the crowd instead of venturing into unknown territories, you have a better chance of not becoming a victim of those who may try to take your money. While pickpockets and others will work large crowds of tourists, you are generally safer when you are with other people than if you are alone. Although it may seem exciting to venture into different places alone, make sure that you have company and preferably someone who is familiar with the area before you do this sort of sightseeing.  
2.  Carry Travellers’ Checks
Instead of carrying cash, you can use Travellers’ Checks or debit cards for your trip. Carry as little cash with you as possible when you are travelling so that you do not stand to lose everything in case someone grabs your wallet or your purse. These items are useless to thieves and can be replaced.  
3.  Make Use of Hotel Safes
You should make sure your valuables are secure when you are travelling as well. You should make use of hotel safes when you are staying in a hotel so that you can store jewellery as well as money in the safes. Many hotels have safes in the room for guests today who want a safe place to keep their valuables while they are out. You should never leave out cash or anything of value in your room when you are out of the room.  
4.  Only Carry What You Need
you should only carry the cash that you need when you are going out and store other money into a hotel safe. This can minimize your loss in case you actually do become a victim of a thief. You should also carry your money in different places. Instead of putting all of your money in a wallet, for example, you can carry some in your shoe. You should never have all of your holiday money in your wallet or purse when you are out sightseeing on holiday. Only take what you need and keep it in various places on your person.  
5.  Be Alert
most thieves will prey on those who are not alert. They will often try to distract you and pick your pocket or take your purse. Very few thieves that prey on tourists will threaten tourists with harm. Most of them rely on trickery and the fact that the tourist is unfamiliar with the area and carrying cash in order to get what they want. You should always be alert of your surroundings, avoid large crowds where it is easy for people to bump into you and remove your wallet without you even realizing it and be mindful of those who may want to take your picture, engage you in some type of conversation or even ask for something when you are on holiday.