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One year in the making, this timelapse montage by Dominic Boudreault was shot from late 2010 through early 2011.
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Location: Gateshead – England
Photo: Tyne Bridge and Sage
Tyne Bridge and Sage, Gateshead – England.
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By Yuli Linssen Kaminitz, guest blogger from EasyToBook.com
Travelling is one of the most popular hobbies every person on earth share with each other. Who doesn’t love to go on holiday, see new places, meet new people and experience adventures you have never tried before? even if it’s just for a quick weekend getaway, it is still a great luxury to take some time off from your busy life and just have a rest for a couple of days. Unfortunately most of us cannot always afford travelling regardless of where we go and how many days we stay. Flights and trains, hotels, eating out, attractions, and many more factors, are just necessary things we will need to spend our money on, during our holiday.
Luckily there are few solutions for reducing your vacation costs to almost nothing. In order to be able to travel for free, you will need to have a lot of creativity, enthusiasm, drive and a good personality as well. If you feel like you carry one or more of the above characteristic, please check out our “How to travel for free?” list:
1. Write a blog
Believe it or not, many travel bloggers out there are able to afford their trips by money they make on their blog. If you are creative enough and willing to invest some time in writing interesting stories about your travelling experiences, people will be happy to sponsor your blog and even better, companies will offer you money in order for you to recommend their site. Bloggers are very popular these days; people find them honest, unbiased and most important, personal. That is why if you make sure to present your story well and show your audience your true face, they will read your blog, tell it to their friends and slowly but surely you will get more traffic to your blog. Once the traffic is there, the companies will quickly follow and when that happens, you’ll start earning your money to travel.
2. Fruits picking
This option might sounds funny to some of you but it is very popular for people who are travelling in New Zealand, Australia or other nature areas. There are many jobs you can find when aiming to work on a farm but the most known one is fruit picking. Picking fruits like strawberries and bananas is a very important task farmers do few times a year. When the season is good for picking you will be able to find many jobs. The best thing about working in a farm is that fact that you stay for free in the farmer’s house, (or on a separate unit next to the main house) and you also eat there all your meals. Even though working in a farm means a lot of hard work and isolation in some way from the “real” world, the picking season last only for 2-3 months and after that you are free to go.
3. Selling Dead Sea cosmetics
Before all you guys get scared and just skip this part of the list, you need to understand one important thing: selling cosmetics means a lot of money to your pocket. If you ask around long-time travellers and especially backpackers they will all tell you: go do it! The cosmetic we talk about come from the Dead Sea in Israel and most of the chances your boss will be Israeli as well. Special soaps, Dead Sea facial mud, scrubs and other creams are all being sold in kiosks at different shopping malls around the world. The best time to go work at selling Dead Sea cosmetics is before Christmas time. The malls, (especially in the state) are packed with people, hungry for shopping and that’s why it is more likely they will buy a lot from you.
4. Sell oil painting from door to door
Selling oil painting can earn you a lot of money in a short time but it is very hard work and it will demand from you a lot of patient and will-power. The idea behind selling oil painting is to make your clients feel connected to you, comfortable with you and mainly to make them trust you. During 3 hours a day you will have to walk from door to door, carrying a heavy paintings portfolio and somehow convince random strangers to open you the door to their house and let you pitch them. Because you do sell them after all, art objects, you will need to make sure you know what you are talking about and also to have some passion in your eyes. Before start working, you will have to invest some time in learning the paintings and gain some knowledge about art. Once you are ready to go you will start making money, and a lot of it. Each one of these painting goes from 80 Euros till 400 and you will be able to keep 20% from your earnings.
As you can see, there are enough options that allow you to travel for free. All you need to do when arriving to a new place is to ask around local people and to be as nice and open minded as possible. For those of you who still prefer to go on a trip in the old- fashion way, make sure to book your hotel in advance. If you are smart enough to start looking for accommodation long before your departure, you will be able to get a lot of cheap hotel deals, with EasyToBook.com.
There’s more to the Algarve than beach resorts and sangria
[Photo by selma90]
Although the Algarve has gained a reputation as a beach resort hotspot for Europe’s lager-lovers and sun-hungry pensioners, there is another side to Portugal’s most popular tourist area. Get away from the alcopop resorts and busy beaches and the western coastline boasts some rugged and unspoilt stretches, and there are pristine forests of pine, cork and eucalyptus trees inland.
There are also picturesque villages out in the countryside with bustling markets selling local produce of honey, fruit, almonds and handicrafts, and plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy the regional specialities of chicken piri piri and bacalhau (salted cod).
[Photo by Bert Kaufmann]
Travellers wanting more of an off-the-beaten-track sort of Portuguese holiday can still benefit from the cheap flights and plentiful accommodation in Algarve! The guide below should provide a few ideas.
[Photo by Habladorcito]
Although the beaches along the south coast of the Algarve are beautiful and have warm, calm waters, more westerly beaches are far quieter and have a unique rugged beauty. Arrifana is a good example of these, and if the colder temperatures aren’t a turn-off, these beaches offer good surfing conditions.
[Photo by Bert Kaufmann]
Although you will run into a fair few tourists in Tavira, its rabbit-warren of cobbled streets and plazas are perfect for getting yourself lost in, away from any crowds. The town also offers ruined castle, a selection of Gothic and Renaissance churches, a Roman bridge and a fishing port.
[Photo by Vitor.Flickr]
Monchique is a beautiful little village up into the Serra de Monchique mountain range, and makes a great base for exploring the area. A few miles south of the village there is a spa which benefits from the hot sulphur springs of the Caldas de Monchique spring. After a relaxing soak there, it’s well worth trying a glass of the fiery local brew medronho – made from medronho berries from what is also known as the ‘strawberry tree’.
[Photo by girolame]
The capital of the Algarve hits some of Portugal’s highest temperatures during summer months, but is well worth a visit thanks to its well-preserved medieval quarter. The town became the region’s capital after an earthquake in 1755 damaged many of the other towns and cities, and Faro was saved by the sandy banks of the Ria Formosa lagoon.
Aljezur – Town of Two Halves
[Photo by Gustty]
The town of Aljezur in western Algarve is built on either side of a river – with the old town on one side and the new town on the other. This came about after Malaria took hold of the town during the 18th Century and the Bishop of the Algarve told the people to cross the river and build a new town there. Some did but others stayed put, and the town has been split ever since!
Aljezur is a great base from which to explore the villages dotted around the Algarve countryside, and isn’t far from some near-deserted surfing beaches.
[Photo by Glen Bowman]
Lagos is a large town but has a traditional Portuguese feel to it. It has a fishing port and market, and much of the architecture which survived the earthquake of 1755 still stands today. A huge selection of bars and restaurants keep visitors fed and watered/wined and there are some excellent beaches nearby, such as the huge stretch of sand at Meia Praia.
[Photo by AiresAlmeida]
A fantastic way of really exploring the Algarve is to hire some bikes and get out on the roads. Portimao is a good base for a wide variety of routes of various difficulty levels, taking in coastal roads and country tracks. There are also organised tours if getting lost on your own might be a deterrent.
Sun (well at least in the summer!), sea and seven miles of sand on your doorstep. Bournemouth is a fantastic coastal resort town in Dorset and a great destination to visit for any hen party looking to get away for a summer break without the expense of going overseas. Not only does Bournemouth have a long stretch of sand to top up the tans on, there is also an abundance of shops and some of the best night life in the south. Perfect for any hen weekend.
Bournemouth is a mecca for shopping, ideal for spending the day with the girls choosing outfits for a night out or for the wedding reception. The town’s shopping area centres around Bournemouth’s lovely gardens and is mostly pedestrianised making it a pleasant shopping experience to browse the malls, high street shops and Victorian arcades, as well as boutique and independent shops.
For pure relaxation though there’s the beach where you can either simply spend quality time with the girls or get involved in a number or water sports, perhaps even trying your hand at surfing lessons!
There are a number of sights if you you’re looking to combine fun with culture on your Bournemouth hen weekend such as the beautiful St Peters Church, as well as the Bournemouth International Theatre where you can catch a whole host of shows throughout the year. Plus, if art is your thing then there’s Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum which is worth a look for its Art Nouveau style design and quirky collection of items from around the world.
Once you’ve topped up the tans, bought outfits for the evening and checked out some of the sights Bournemouth has to offer then you can hit the town for some of the best night life in the south of England.
Old Christchurch road to the Lansdowne has a wide selection of bars and clubs from cheesy to classy cocktail bars, whilst The Triangle area offers a wide selection of decent eateries and wine bars for foodies.
Ultimately, a night out in Bournemouth is convenient with everything within walking distance meaning it’s easy to navigate your way back to your hotel, whatever state you may be in.
So, if you’re struggling thinking of hen party ideas then why not give Bournemouth a try? Visiting Bournemouth will ensure you and the girls have everything you could need for a fun packed day and night out – plus a beach to chill out on the following morning if you’re feeling fragile!
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