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The Top 8 Ski Resorts of Europe When Traveling on a Budget

What would you list as one of the most important features of your ski or snowboarding trip? Great slopes, great accommodation, or perhaps value for money? If you agree with the last one, you are in luck. While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ski resorts scattered across Europe, finding the best spot that offers value for money can be tricky.

Not anymore! We’ve scoured the web and found the top eight ski resorts for those of you who travel on a tight budget.

#1 Austria, Söll

The second largest ski area located in Austria have loads to offer the traveller on a budget. While the majority of lower cost resorts don’t offer the best in slopes or lift systems, you won’t get that at Söll. You can expect 284 km of intermediate pistes when staying at any of the thousands of hotels in the area.

#2 Switzerland, Val d’Anniviers

It’s no secret that Switzerland is the travel destination for any ski or snowboarding holiday. But it is also known for very high rates. Not when you go to Val d’Anniviers, though. In this valley you can expect prices that are up to 20% lower than anywhere else in Switzerland. It has loads to offer singles and families.

#3 France, Aussois

Situated in the Maurienne Valley, Aussois is the perfect destination for those who want to experience the magic of rural France while getting some ski time. With only 55 km of slopes you may find not challenging enough, but there are plenty of other resorts where you’ll be able to get more in the vicinity of Aussois.

#4 Andorra, Pas de la Casa

Probably one of the most underrated resorts, Pas de la Casa is situated on the French/Andorran border. Perhaps better known for wild parties, the slopes here are better suited for intermediate skiers who is looking for a challenge at an affordable rate. Your stay won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as Andorra has duty free status.

#5 France, Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier has an old world and relaxed charm and has something for everyone. While the name refers to a dozen villages in the area who share the same ski area. You can expect 250 km of intermediate slopes and 61 lifts. Perhaps not as ritzy as other resorts in France, but has everything you need at a fraction of the price.

#6 Italy, Livigno

Perhaps one of the most popular affordable ski resorts in the area, Livigno is best known for its accessibility. Reaching the resort can take you up to four hours, but it is well worth it. Your costs won’t be sky high and you’ll have access to some of the best slopes in the area that is ideal for beginners and intermediates.

#7 Austria, Alpbach

The ultimate destination for beginners, Alpbach is best known for its character. You’ll find three skiing schools in the area, all geared to get you skiing-fit in no-time. You’ll soon fall in love with the sport, and of course the little village. Apart from the atmosphere and experience, you’ll also love the fact that it’s affordable.

#8 Slovakia, Jasna

Last but not least, we have Jasna. If you are a beginner or intermediate, it would be best to go somewhere else as this area is known for its challenging slopes and pistes. If you are an extreme sport fanatic and know the ropes already, this is the place to be! 27% of the runs are grades as advanced. With low prices and exciting experiences, look no further than Jasna.

Where would you go on your next ski holiday? Remember that your experience will play a huge role in your choice, and that booking during off season times will also influence the price you pay.

Travel 101: Ten Steps of Planning Your Next Overseas Trip

Planning an overseas trip can be daunting. There’s such a lot of details that you have to think about. What season will it be, what clothes to pack, the best places to eat or stay, your budget… It can be stressful if you don’t know where to begin.

In this post we’ll share our top ten steps for planning an overseas trip. This will ensure you are fully prepared and can enjoy a stress-free vacation. Let’s dig in.

1. Pick a Destination

Firstly, you need to know where you want to go next. Even though a lot of people will work around their budgets, having a clear idea of where you want to go will dictate your trip and influence your budget too. Know where you want to go before getting into details.

2. Select Ideal Travel Dates

Next, you have to map out the time you want to be there for. Be sure to see what the weather is like and decide whether you want to go during winter or summer months. Knowing the length of your holiday will also dictate how much you need to save beforehand.

3. Do Some Research

Now that you have a pretty good idea of the location and the time of your stay, you can start doing some research. This will also play a role in compiling a budget. Find out how much it would cost to eat and stay in the country as well as cost of specific activities you want to do while there.

4. Start Budgeting

After you’ve got your facts and figures, you are ready to draw up your budget. You should have a very good idea of the amount you need for your trip, and start saving. You can cut any living costs that are necessary to ensure you reach your goal quicker.

5. Find Great Flight Deals

If you are not going to book your flights and trip via a travel agent, you’ll need to start scouring the internet for great flight deals. There are loads of platforms that will allow you to look for the most affordable flights out there such as Skyscanner.

6. Book Your Flight

Once you have found the best possible flight for you, it is time to book your flight! How exciting! Keep in mind that booking ahead of time is cheaper than booking on the day. Another point of interest is ensuring you have enough time to catch your next flight if you have a layover.

7. Draw up an Itinerary

By this time, you are probably amped to start packing already, but we’re not quite there yet. Next, you need to draw up an itinerary that maps out your destination and activities and other relevant details. This enables you to ensure you get to see and do everything you want to.

8. Book Accommodation

Now that you have an itinerary, you have an idea of where you will be at a given time during your trip and book accommodation accordingly. Some people prefer booking their accommodation closer to the time, but we’d suggest getting this step done and the costs dealt with beforehand.

9. Get Travel Insurance

While you may think it’s unnecessary to get travel insurance, this is of utmost importance. You never know what might happen during your travels, you may be robbed or your flight is cancelled. Travel insurance covers any unforeseen circumstances, so better get some!

10. Pack and Board

Now that everything is sorted, you can start packing and get ready for your trip! Depending on the length of your stay and the destination, you may need special gear or clothing. Be sure you’ve got everything you need. Once you are packed you are ready to go!

Planning a trip doesn’t have to be stressful. By following our handy steps you’ll find that you’ll be sipping Pina coladas on the beach in no-time! Safe travels, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

8 Failsafe Tips for Surviving Extreme Airport Layovers

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, flights with long layovers are unavoidable at some point. Some people opt for these flights because they tend to be more affordable. Most people dread long layovers, not knowing what to do with the time they have to kill before boarding their next flight.

In this post you’ll learn some neat tricks on how to kill the time constructively while waiting at any airport.

#1 Strike up a Conversation

You are bound to notice an approachable stranger at any given moment during your travels, whether for business or holiday. By having a chat with your fellow traveller, you might get some handy tips on your destination or kill about five minutes of your layover time.

#2 Board Games = No Boredom

For those who are traveling with family members, packing a boardgamey in you hand luggage could be the best way to pass time. Instead of waiting and watching the clock, you’ll engage in a fun interactive game. Forget the tablet or smartphone, we’re talking about real board games here.

#3 Get Some Shuteye

You’ve probably seen some travellers stretched out on airport benches or floors, getting some rest. Some people are not that comfortable with this setup, but luckily a lot of the bigger airports offer travellers comfortable lounge areas where you can catch some z’s in peace.

#4 Go Sightseeing

If your layover is longer than five hours, you might want to stretch your legs and do some sightseeing while you have the opportunity. Major airports have access to public transport and will get you to the city and back in a heartbeat. Be sure to have your short trip mapped and planned!

#5 Book a Room

If you don’t like sleeping on an airport bench or chair, and you have about half a day to wait, why not book a room? Usually you’ll find lodging and overnight hotels not too far from major airports. Here you’ll be able to get a decent meal, take a shower and get some sleep before your next flight.

#6 Do Some Stretches

Long flights can be exhausting and cause some stiffness. If you are a bit of a fitness fanatic, why not find out if there is a gym or yoga studio in the airport or bring your yoga mat along. While you catch up on your exercise, you’ll be killing time and strengthening your body and mind at the same time.

#7 Bring Your Instrument

If you are a musician or know how to play an instrument, what better way to kill time than playing it while waiting? You’d be surprised by fellow travellers’ reactions, and some might even join in on the fun. There is no better way to combat boredom than with song and entertainment.

#8 Splurge on a Decent Meal

Even though all airports are chockfull of all the standard fast-food chains like KFC or McDonalds, why not treat yourself to a decent meal? A lot of the bigger international airports now have gourmet restaurants where travellers can enjoy a great meal. Why, Gordon Ramsay opened his “Plane Food” at Heathrow, and is well worth it.

So, you see, you don’t have anything to fear. Killing time and boredom with long layovers is a breeze if you stick to our failsafe tips. Happy travels!

Our Top Ten Travel Destinations for All Sports Lovers

Some travellers love exploring museums and visiting ancient sites, while others prefer spending their days on the beach with a cocktail close by. While there are many activities you can revel in when on vacation, which would grab your attention?

If you love sports or attending big sporting events, you’d better jot down the top ten travel destinations on this list!

1. London

London boasts many stadiums and sporting activities for any fanatic out there. Whether you love football, rugby, tennis, horseracing, the list goes on and on. You’ll find some action when vacationing in London.

2. Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is probably better known for football, but it doesn’t stop there. The beautiful country and buzzing city also offer plenty of opportunity for mountain biking, canoeing and of course kite surfing and scuba diving.

3. Morocco

Morocco is already a popular ‘off the beaten track’ holiday destination, but sporting enthusiasts will be happy to know that it is also the perfect locale for extreme sports. Think skiing, kayaking, sailing and wind surfing.

4. Jamaica

Considered to be one of the best sporting tourism destination in the region, Jamaica will have you coming back for more. Whether you love playing tennis, or want to try your hand at dog sledding, you’ll have a great time while visiting Jamaica.

5. Qatar

Thanks to Qatar’s climate and natural features, water sports is one of the most popular social activities in the country. While visiting Qatar you will be able to indulge in all kinds of water sports, from boating to sailing and diving.

6. Malaysia

Perhaps more known for being hosts of international sporting events, Malaysia has lots of sporting activities you can get lost in. So, instead of watching Formula 1, you can also expect other events such as motorcycling and power boat racing.

7. Australia

When we think of Sydney, there is only one thing that comes to mind, the 2000 World Olympics of course! But the city has much more to offer than incredible stadiums and international events. Travelers can also enjoy activities like horse riding, hiking and skiing to name but a few.

8. South Korea

Are you a sucker for martial arts? Then you should book your ticket to South Korea today. But don’t worry, you won’t be limited to the art of taekwondo or judo only. You will also be able to play football, golf and baseball. The country also has loads of beautiful hiking trails.

9. Spain

If you are a football fanatic, then Barcelona is probably somewhere on your bucket list of cities you have to visit. In Spain you’ll find hundreds of the best football clubs in the world. But it doesn’t end there though, you’ll also be able to ski, dive and cycle.

10. New Zealand

New Zealand is best known for its tenacious rugby team. The country has however more to offer than rugby. You’ll also be able to participate in adrenaline pumping extreme sports like bungee jumping, horse racing, or motorsport.

Whatever your sporting activity of preference, you’ll find the perfect destination for your next trip. So, where are you going first?