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Most travelers would agree that as much as touring different countries keeps our souls healthy, most of the time we can not say the same about our bodies. Usually we use trip as an excuse to unwind from our daily lives, diets and schedules, which could potentially take a toll in our health and well-being, specially for constant travelers.
Business travelers are the most affected by the disadvantages of over-indulging while on the road. For a longer period of time, a decrease in productivity can be clearly seen as the days go by.
The travel industry has been attending to the new health-conscious target audience, offering not only light menus in their restaurant, as well as workout apps and videos in order to keep fit while on-the-go. Therefore, there is no plausible excuse for packing pounds just because you are overseas.
We have selected some of the little arrangements we’ve acquired while on the road, in order to keep us healthy and energized.
When one travels to Italy, the last thing that comes to mind is eating a salad for dinner. We like to enjoy the local food, which does not seem to have an affect on locals’ bodies. We would not dare to advise you to dodge the calorie filled local menu completely, but there are certainly ways to keep your diet balanced.
A good way to balance is to have at least two healthy meals a day. If you would like to indulge with some caloric Burritos or Pad Thai for lunch, you can alternate them with a lighter dinner.
It also helps to pack your own lunch, or buy a ready healthy meal. It is easier than having to compromise on unhealthy options for the sake of convenience. Pack dried fruits and nuts as a snack (my favorites are pistachios and dried cranberries), pack a fresh salad or sandwich for lunch. If you are traveling by car, bring a cooler as it will expand your options a whole lot.
Exercising while on the run has never been so convenient. Hotels usually provide guests with gym facilities or discounts for a gym day-pass. If both of these are not available, you can ask the concierge for tips on local parks and running tracks or a local swimming pool for a few laps (If the hotel does not have one). Another good way to exercise is by renting a bike for sightseeing or getting to meetings conveniently while burning those extra calories.
Keep in touch with family and friends
If you are traveling for an extended period of time on your own, it can get lonely. That’s why it is always a good idea to talk with family or friends even if you do not have any news, it is definitely a relaxing way to end the day.
It is always the best way to explore a city anyway. Just get lost in the city center in order to find hidden gems and burn some of the extra calories.
Try to maintain a schedule
This is one of the hardest tasks when traveling abroad. With all the jetlag and different schedules, it is hard to maintain some normalcy in our lives when on the road. This can be curbed by maintaining some every day rituals, maybe having breakfast at the same time, or exercising at the same hour and most importantly going to bed at the same time, it can help your metabolism to work a lot healthier.
Even when traveling to cold locations, it is very important to have at least three liters of water per day to aid our bodies to work in an optimal manner. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water near at all times, it will definitely keep you fresh and curb unnecessary snacking, as our bodies can’t always discern thirst from hunger.
Make time to enjoy some “me” time.
Even if you have a tight schedule during your trips, don’t forget to disconnect and go outside for a walk, do some yoga in your hotel room, or just sit and read a book. We are usually very unstable when traveling for business, taking some ‘me’ time will definitely have a positive influence on your performance as well as your well being.
When traveling, we usually long to avoid any of the always changing tourist traps. We usually go online, check our Lonely Planet and converse with friends that have gone the same route. Deep inside, we want to be acknowledged as savvy travelers and therefore awarded the authority to call out every rip-off situation that crosses our paths.
As much as we try, this market is run by ninjas, and although we are careful, they always seem to get their way into our wallets. Therefore, we would like to show you some of the things that have been punching holes in your wallet and you probably have no idea about.
7: Gift shops and central shops
This one is a no-brainer, if you are in a central location, it is more likely that you will be taken advantage of. Well, not quite true. Sometimes we keep ourselves from buying that perfect T-shirt, in the hopes for a better deal elsewhere. Well, sometimes we won’t find it!
Our tip is not to dodge places so harshly while traveling. Once you are in a less central area, compare the prices of similar products and finally judge if it is indeed a rip-off. It is also an opportunity to engage with locals… simply ask someone on the street if that area is a haven or a trap.
6. Convenience at a price
Especially in Europe, you can see many of the so called convenience supermarkets, those are well placed from central stations to airports. Although the prices are not ridiculously higher, most places are steps away from bigger chains and cheaper prices. So if you have some time, grab the chance for some outdoor exercise and find the nearest supermarket.
5. Buying in airports
People just love to stroll around the duty-free area in the hopes of getting amazing deals. But in reality although things seem cheaper than in your local stores, you end up buying much more than you have anticipated. Our tip is to set a clear plan of what you want to buy, and if these things are not available or not at a reasonable price, run as fast as you can, and don’t look back, nor to the sides.
We know caffeine is vital for most people, and every pit stop is an excuse to sip on some bitter warmth. But as much as you love Starbucks, it can have a big effect on your travel budget. You should opt for cheaper options or bringing it along in a thermal bottle. It will compromise bag space but your wallet will remain healthy.
3. Travel in shoulder seasons
There is always a reason for low seasons in countries. Sometimes traveling to some destinations could be quite boring or even dangerous (hurricane alert!). A good way to avoid the crowds and still have a good time is to travel in shoulder seasons. The seasons in between low and high, when prices are coming down from the high peeks during summer or extended holidays. Mid May and mid-August through October are ideal times to travel to Europe, when the weather’s still nice but there aren’t too many tourists.
2. Inspect deals thoroughly
Sometimes we choose our destinations as a result of an incredible price on airfare tickets. Although this could be a good way to save a few bucks, sometimes if we make the math it is not so incredible after all. Sometimes destinations are so expensive, that the additional cash you would spend on a ticket elsewhere could be worthwhile. As an example, a ticket to London might be a hundred euros cheaper than to Buenos Aires, but in Buenos Aires you could stretch your cash way more than in London.
1.Pay the real price
We all know that in some destinations prices change according to the language we speak or the way we look. If you are in a market or in a place where you think it is appropriate, haggle for your life. They probably have altered the prices anyway, so in the end, the worst it can happen is that you pay the real price.
If you have more tips on saving money while traveling, please share them on the comments below!
We have already eaten and drank in some of the most special places in Rome. As Rome was not built in one day, neither did our guide to this incredible city.
We will now uncover some of Rome’s best stays, markets, shops and landmarks. These are indispensable if you prefer unique pieces, shorter lines or most importantly to pay a little less for high quality products.
From flea markets to alternative museums, Rome has a wide variety of places which are not so massively advertised as the main attractions. Although we don’t advise you to skip the must-see attractions and museums, try to check some of these places once you have had enough of the crowds. It takes a little researching to find exclusive places in the city, so We’ll give you a head start.
**Easytobook is offering super discounts for the following hotels in Rome. Hotels must be booked from the 10th until the 12th of October. Booking valid until December 2013.
Le Suite di Via Ottaviano Bed and Breakfast Rome is located in a 19th century building in the heart of Rome in front of Risorgimento Square and the Vatican Museums. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the historic sites of the city. It is located 150 meters from San Pietro, 100 meters from the Vatican’s Museum and 200 meters from the metro station. From the window of the Suite you can notice the strategic point of its position: few steps from the Vatican, Saint Peter square, Rinascimento square and the wonderful Castel Sant’ Angelo.
Le Suite di Via Ottaviano Bed and Breakfast Rome is comparable to a 5-star hotel for the services, with a rate of a bed & breakfast. Housed in a magnificent historic palace built in the 1800s, this luxurious accommodation has Wi-Fi internet access and paid parking. One of the suites is a non-smoking room and equipped with private whirlpool shower and Jacuzzi.
This hotel is right in the heart of the city’s medieval center. within a walking distance of many fascinating aspects of the capital. Piazza Navona is a five minute walk to the west, while Trevi Fountain is about the same distance to the east. From the hotel it is also a short walk across the Tevere to Palazzo di Giustizia and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Housed in a beautiful sixteenth century building, Pantheon Best Suites is a brand new hotel designed for both business and leisure travelers. They also offer exemplary personal service from the multilingual staff, a private airport transfer service, tours assistance and luggage storage. In addition to providing free Wi-Fi connection throughout, the entire property is air-conditioned and includes an elevator to easily access
Shops and Markets
It is only for girls! This shop is specialized in handmade, one of a kind pieces. It is a great place if you like a more edgy or unique style. Prices are reasonable.
It is the biggest Sunday market in Rome. You can find pretty much everything in there. If you have a treasure hunter’s soul, you will love to dig around the piles of clothes and objects in this market.
Invitto alla lettura
It’s a shop with a very retro atmosphere. You have old books, magazines,posters and weird objects all around. Just sit and sip a coffee while enjoying the atmosphere of this place, maybe buy some of their unique pieces.
At Rome’s first Kitsch palace, you can find everything from sexy postcards to unique objects. It is a great place to buy gifts for friends or just to window shop.
Underground Flea Market (one of the best in Rome)
This market at Via Francesco Crispi 96 Ludovisi underground car park, is open Sat 3-8pm & Sun 10.30am-7.30pm (2nd weekend of the month Sept-Jun) -It is a monthly flea market held underground! It is located in a subterranean car park near Villa Borghese. There you can find pretty much everything from antiques to collectibles. This is a market full of character and not touristic at all.
Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, (Mon-Sa, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) This flea market is a veritable haven for lovers of old prints, books (both genuine antiquarian and less-exalted second-hand), magazines and other printed ephemera.
Landmarks & Museums
It is a very unique and creepy experience. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The museum is under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church. A nice experience if you are not scared of morbid places.
Roman Jewish Ghetto
It is a very special experience, I recommend taking a tour as you are surrounded by so much history. Don’t forget to order some Carciofi alla Giuda or their freshly baked cookies in the trattorias in this area.
Fontana Di Trevi by night
Try to see the Fontana di Trevi at night. During the day it is half as pleasant with so many tourists and pickpockets. At night you can listen to the water, take stunning pictures and see how the lights add to its beauty .
It is a museum inside one of the most beautiful parks in Rome. It is not as big as the Vatican museums, therefore you can spend a special amount of time. It is also not so little with about 20 rooms, highly decorated and with pieces from great masters like Canova, Bernini and Caravaggio.
Did we miss some special attractions? Please let us know on the comments below.
International traveling has become a democratic luxury. “Americans have more passports than ever before.”said Ken Chavez, spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the US State Department. Over one-third of the population now have passports, which is double the passport circulation of the year 2000.
The opportunity to get to know so many different places, people and cultures has been more attainable than ever before. Companies are well aware of this shift, which can be clearly seen in the profit of US$1.3 trillion the travel market had in 2011 alone. via WTCC
Travel technology is also an upcoming trend in this market, and it has changed the life of many regular travelers. Traveling professionals to backpackers are now hooked on these new technologies which facilitate their lives while on the go.
We’ve chosen our top 10 favorite not-so-expensive yet revolutionary inventions that make our traveling a much more pleasant experience.
10. Sipix’s A6 Printer
Need to print all of those notes you keep on your digital assistant while on the road? The portable and lightweight Sipix’s Pocket Printer can do that for you instantly. It is powered by alkaline batteries which provide enough juice to print up to 50 sheets.
9. Jobby’s Gorilla Pod
It creates sliding shots that pull objects into focus, rolling shots that glide over top of objects, or 360°. It also features mini skates with tic marks on each wheel to aid in shooting moving timelapses.
A simple yet revolutionary invention that will allow you to practice yoga on the run. They are made with a yoga towel liner which absorbs 7 times its weight in moisture, So the more you sweat the more you stick! They are also incredibly compact, taking the same space as a pair of socks on your suitcase.
7. TravelSocks:Talking about socks… Isn’t it uncomfortable ( sometimes deadly!) to have swollen feet while flying? A pair of TravelSocks will improve blood flow, reduce swelling, increase muscle oxygenation and lower limbs fatigue.
6. Universal AC Travel Adapter
This Universal AC adapter will help you power up your electronics, regardless of the outlet, in more than 150 countries.
5. The Virtual Laser Keyboard (Celluon Magic Cube)
It is a revolutionary accessory! This keyboard can be operated in complete darkness and in a convenient way. For Iphone, Ipad, Smartphone, PDA, MAC & Tablet PC and any other device that operates Bluetooth HID. The best part is the projector, which is the same size as a Zippo lighter.
4.Franklin’s Superpen Translator
Are you worried about not being able to understand a single word in the menu? Franklin’s superpen translator provides a word-by-word translation. It has also a built in text to speak technology which can dictate the words for you.
3. The Swisscard The SwissCard combines a total of 13 functions – including a bright LED light – in the format of a conventional credit card. Various Phillips screwdrivers even make it possible to carry out simple repairs to PCs and other electronic equipment.
2. SpareOne Mobile Phone This is the only mobile phone ever to allow users to call anywhere in the world, using one AA battery. Also the SpareOne can hold its charge, if unused, for up to 15 years*, or the shelf life of the battery inserted. When in use, talk time can last up to 10 hours.
1. Private WiFi
It’s a monthly subscription service that acts like a private network. This way wherever you are, when you sign in – your location and data are masked – allowing you to do whatever you please online, in a super safe environment. This service clocks in at 10 USD a month.
What are your favorite travel gadgets? Please let us know in the comments below!
Antwerp is a city which can pride itself on some incredible museums, picturesque galleries, sculpted streets and architectural gems, but also laced with beautiful green areas and peaceful corners. That is enough to make travelers belittle the importance of proper booking for plane tickets, hotel rooms, sightseeing reservations…
It seems we’ve become addicted to the feeling of booking the unknown, to hope for the best, to put ourselves on the spot to save a few bucks. Sometimes this practice leads to a fun experience, but there are those times in which you are not in the mood for surprises.
I cannot grasp the amount of times I’ve told myself those travel cliches: “Next time I will do my homework!” or “I would have preferred to pay a little more for fewer headaches!” or even “If only I had known!”
The point is… you knew it! It seems we’ve already created this idea that it is OK to bear the nuisance of false advertising. Even worse, we’re used to the idea that it is OK to unpack our bags into a room which has a hazy resemblance to the one in the picture, to say the least. Somehow, we are given this imaginary burden which impels us to try new things, well… in some situations we don’t!
It’s OK to play it safe… when booking a hotel!
Hilton Antwerp – A central location on the historic town square
The Hilton Antwerp is located in the very heart of the historic center of Antwerp, overlooking the charming Groenplaats with the Cathedral of our Lady. It is just steps away from world-class shopping, museums, restaurants and bars and definitely the place to be when you are in Antwerp. The hotel features spacious accommodations, large marble bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub. During your stay, enjoy complimentary access to the fitness room 24/7. Also, pamper yourself with an Executive room/Suite and enjoy access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day and access to a private outside terrace with a breathtaking view on the Groenplaats and the Cathedral.
Studios 1-2-3 Antwerp
A rooftop terrace and free breakfast are just some of the great things you’ll find at Studio 1-2-3 an excellent solution for guests looking for luxury Antwerp bed & breakfasts that are near a shopping district. There are many great attractions nearby, including Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Modemuseum, Rubens House and Plantin Moretus Museum.
Crowne Plaza Antwerp
The room choice is plentiful at Crowne Plaza Antwerp. You can expect a memorable stay there, thanks to the 4-star rating. The distance to Antwerp International Airport is 3.5 km (2.2 miles). Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst is 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from here, and is well worth visiting when you are planning a short or longer stay in Antwerp.
Leopold Hotel Antwerp
When you do not want to come by car, coming by public transport is easy via nearby Centraal Station. Guests at Leopold Hotel Antwerp are closest to Antwerp International Airport when flying in. The Antwerp Zoo and Flandria Boat Trips on the River Scheldt are both just a short walk away from here. The area is rich in points of interest, such as Brabo Fountain. Museums in the near surroundings include Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten and Het Steen Museum.
Ramada Plaza Antwerp
You can bask in options aplenty at Ramada Plaza Antwerp thanks to its great size. This hotel is above average, with 4 stars. Antwerp International Airport is 3.4 km (2.1 miles) away. Transport connections are easily accessible via the nearby Berchem Station. A stay in Antwerp is not complete without a visit to Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst, which is situated 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from here.
Each hotel has something different to offer. Find out here which hotel fits best to your wants and needs.
It’s crucial to do your homework before you book a hotel. There are many websites which can help you with the hard task of getting the most value for your money. Spending a few minutes at it will spare you from days of headache.
Check weather forecast
It is always important to check the weather forecast before embarking on your trip. The weather in Antwerp can be quite unpredictable. You can spare yourself from additional costs of buying proper clothing ( even though Antwerp has a fashion Mecca status), or being stuck in the hotel due to lack of preparation.
Check events agendas
Don’t forget to check Antwerp’s events agenda. It would be very disappointing to miss the amazing events that happen in the city throughout the year. Net Events is the Belgian events agenda; in the website you can find a variety of events for a variety of people.This is Antwerp is another option to check out all of those little special places that locals love to brag about.
Last but not least…
Enjoy the beautiful Antwerp and its main landmarks like Het Steen, Our Lady’s Cathedral of Antwerp, Diamond Museum, The House of Rubens, Antwerp’s Mode Museum, Open Air Museum in Middleheim among others. Antwerp has a lot to offer, especially to the prepared traveler.
It is not an unusual scene to see tourists departing Amsterdam with another perception of the city. They come with thirsty eyes to see the XXX’s shops, the welcoming prostitutes on the red light district, dodgy coffeeshops, and the extreme parties that seem endless. Of course, these are few elements that differentiate Amsterdam from other cities around the world. But there is so much more to this city, that the best way to immerse in its culture is by eating, drinking, partying and enjoying it as a local.
As an expat in the city for 5 years, I have learned how to love it immensely. Every day I discover something new in this relatively small metropolis. It does not take a lot to adapt the city to your interests. Once you find your way around this canal-filled-spider web-shaped city, you will see why it is so beloved by many.
Stay as a local: Rent an apartment and bike
We all like the perks of staying on a nice hotel; warm breakfast waiting for you, spotlessly cleaned room whenever you get back from hardcore touristic expeditions, food at the press of a button… However, renting an apartment could be an exciting and inexpensive option to your visit. The advantages of renting an apartment are endless. Being able to go to supermarkets and buying ingredients to make a ‘hutspot’ for dinner, buying deliciously cheap French wine from the shelf of a supermarket, saying ‘goedemorgen’ to your smiling old neighbor and still being a short pedaling away from the city’s main attractions.
Sometimes it seems like cars are an obsolete mean of transportation in Amsterdam. While streets in the center are narrow and jamming, parking with unbelievably high rates, and traffic rules that are foreign to most foreigners… Biking is easy breezy, with paths throughout the whole city, free parking available on every corner and magical scenery on your way to anywhere. There are many bike rental places in the city with rates around €14 a day.
Shop as a local
Albert Heijn is the biggest chain of supermarkets in The Netherlands; they are basically in every corner of the country. They offer a large selection of products for a decent price, but you can also grocery shop at C1000, Jumbo or Dirk van den Broek which offer a slightly smaller selection, but relatively cheaper prices. If you are on a budget, it is a good idea to check Lidl and Aldi. These German global discount supermarkets offer a smaller selection of products of less known brands for a very cheap price. Not everything is worth buying, but if you are not too picky, you will do just fine shopping there.
Amsterdam also has very good street markets, replete with fresh vegetables, fruits, haring, stroopwafels and everything else you could imagine. The Albert Cuyp and Westerstraat markets are the most famous ones. They have steep prices for street markets, but you can find basically everything you are not looking for, from cheese to branded clothes. IJ Hallen is a very big flea market that happens in the north of Amsterdam once or twice a month. If you are good at bargaining or finding hidden treasures, this is the place for you. Entrance is €4.50 for adults and €2 for children.
Do not know where to find those everyday products for a cheap price? Hema is the answer! This shop sells anything and everything for very affordable prices. Before shopping, try their legendary hotdogs with sauce.
Tip 1: If you are vegetarian or like to eat only organic, you will enjoy shopping at Marqt. They are not everywhere and prices are relatively expensive, but their selection is incredible.
Tip 2: Locals usually re-use plastic bags, so when you leave grocery shopping for a second time, take the bags from your previous purchase. You will look cool and eco-friendly.
Wine and dine as a local
Amsterdam has an incredible variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and venues. You can find from expensive posh restaurants and bars to the most alternative, laid back, vegan-loving squat places. Locals are very loyal to their favorite spots; they go numerous times to the same place until they find their next favorite.
If you want to take an uncompromising taste at Dutch cuisine, you can visit the nearest Febo. It’s a place locals hate to love. They offer Dutch croquet, fries, hamburgers, fried chicken and many other dishes showcased in several little windows. You insert your coins, open the window and enjoy your snack.
In line with more budget conscious but tasty tips, you will find several delicious cheap restaurants:
Porto Carrara = Small Italian restaurant within a walking distance of Leidse square with charming outdoor seating, and an extensive €5 menu. I really recommend their Calzones!
MKZ and De Peper = Cheap and delicious vegan restaurants with three-course meals. They are very alternative restaurants, but with great atmosphere. Booking required.
La Place= It’s a self-service restaurant, with incredible options. They have amazing pizza, grilled salmon or steak, high quality burgers, Dutch pea soup and etc. I recommend visiting the one on the public library, take the escalators and explore this incredible building.
Van Kerkwijk= It does not look very promising from the outside, but it is a big hit among locals. They do not have a fixed menu and they do not take bookings. Get in early or wait with a drink, it is worth it.
If you are on a romantic getaway or willing to spend a little more, there are very good restaurants which will provide you with an amazing experience.
Osaka= This is an all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant in the north of Amsterdam. The sushi is very good, and they prepare the meat right before your eyes. It’s the best value for your money sushi-wise.
Noorderlicht = It is a picturesque restaurant/bar also in the north of Amsterdam. The atmosphere is very unique, the soup is amazing and if you come on summer time they have live music at one the best terraces of Amsterdam.
Bird = Bird is one of the locals favorite Thai restaurants. The food is incredible and the decoration is very unique. The restaurant is located at Zeedijk, one of the liveliest areas of Amsterdam. I recommend their Pad Thai and a drink in one of the weird little bars around.
Canal Cruise dinner = Have an amazing three course dinner while sightseeing at night through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. Prices are around €75 , but it’s worth every penny.
* If you want more tips, check part 2, and please share your own Amsterdam tips in the comments below!