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If you are looking for a country that offers everything you could possibly look for in a travel destination without breaking the bank, then there can be no better place to go than Italy.
Whether you are looking to explore Rome, Naples, Milan, or maybe even flights to Venice, wherever you head to in this beautiful country there can be few locations where you will be disappointed.
Whatever you are looking for from your holiday, by visiting Italy you will be sure to find it. Culture vultures will be delighted by the sights that historic Rome and Venice have to offer. From the Coliseum and the Vatican, Rome never disappoints, while Venice – the city on stilts – is not just romantic, but a destination that oozes culture at every turn.
But what else makes Italy such a great destination for travellers?
Perhaps what makes Italy such a great place to visit is the fact that travelling there can be extremely affordable. Flights to Rome and many other Italian destinations are very affordable throughout the year, while there are a number of good accommodation options from which to choose, ranging from Agro-Turismo – small, budget B&Bs in the countryside, to city-centre hotels, campsites and hostels.
Eat for Less
Once you reach Italy, most travellers from the UK will find that money goes a little further than they first thought too. Eating out Italian style can be far cheaper than what you’d pay for an Italian meal back home – and will be far, far nicer. Large, authentic Italian thin-crust pizzas can cost as little as 4 Euros in certain spots, while many wines in Italy are relatively inexpensive too.
Drink for Less
Perhaps one of the most popular Italian red wines is Chianti, from Tuscany. It is a great, light red renowned across the world. Chianti and other regional red wines sell for far less in Italy than you’d expect to pay for a glass back home, even in heavy tourist areas.
If you are travelling on a budget and are unsure of what wine you would like, simply say ‘Vino Rosso (red) della cassa’ and you will receive the house wine, often in a carafe– more often than not it is a fantastic local variety. Hangovers are optional.
Whatever you get up to on holiday, few people regret indulging in all that Italy has to offer.
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The point of this post is to answer a seemingly really simple question I get asked by my travelling buddies all the time: Are coupons helpful for online bookings? In other words, will using a promo code or an online coupon really save you money when booking a flight or a hotel room? Or are you basically wasting your time?
I’ve had the chance to travel longer stretches of around a couple of months, backpacking through parts of Western Europe, Northern Africa, Central America and a lot of North America in my early 20s. Now, my trips are typically more concentrated in 2 weeks journeys where every minute counts. So, I guess I’ve picked up a few tricks on how to save some bucks here and there in different travelling contexts.
From these experiences I’ve obviously learned that the answer to my aforementioned question is more subjective than a simple yes or a no. But it is clear in my mind that if you’re willing to spend a little bit of time looking online for coupons and deals, it probably won’t just be a few bucks that you’ll save.
In terms of airfare deals, there are always a lot to be found online. It’s pretty much a matter of taking your time to look at what’s available. Of course, sometimes you’ll just get lucky but the best way to optimize your chances is to head to a website like PromotionalCode.ca (if you live in Canada) or somewhere like RetailMeNot (if you live in the US) and have a look at their Travel category deals, from there you see all the most recent coupons and deals for the main airfare booking services, so you can cherry pick the deals that are most applicable to you. Personally, I usually find myself looking at Travelocity.ca promotional codes first and then if I’m not satisfied I’ll start shopping around at their other travel discount sites like Expedia.
As far as booking accommodation goes, the same process should probably apply to all types of travel, at least it does for me now I’m a super budget traveller. If you’re going to stay in hostels it may be harder for you to find discounts online due to the nature Hostels, as they are usually small businesses (and we want it to stay that way), but if you’re looking for a hotel room to splurge on and you’re somewhat flexible concerning where you want to stay, you’re bound to find a coupon or a deal. Last September I went to Switzerland and Croatia for a few weeks and didn’t have any problem finding great rates on accommodations, sometimes even on the day of my arrival in a city. And in terms of the time it took, I spent about 8 minutes researching each accommodation and flight and saved roughly in the 30-50% region on all my bookings, that’s quite a lot considering my total trip came to about $3000.
All right, I hope this piece helps you out. I know some of the stuff in here may sound a bit obvious, but you really only get good at finding online deals with a little bit of practice and time. If you want to cut to the chase, I think that heading to online communities, which make it their speciality to find these coupons for you, is probably your best option. Unless you’d rather pay the full price, something I personally simply cannot bring myself to doing. How about you? What are your best techniques on saving money on your travel?
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