Backpacking Europe on a Budget

So, you have your backpack packed, passport in hand, ready to start your adventure? Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

female backpackerStep 1: Getting There

The most expensive part of a trip to Europe is usually the plane ticket over. To save some cash, try booking your flight as early as possible. Booking flights on either a Tuesday or Wednesday tend to be cheaper than other days of the week but it always helps if your dates are flexible! It’s also worth it to check flight prices for flights into various cities on your travel list as well as check the prices for different airlines. Use an online comparison and booking app like GoEuro so you can research your options and find the cheapest flight. You can also look for a multi-city flight so you don’t have to fly out of the same city you flew into, making your backpack experience a little easier. Continue reading Backpacking Europe on a Budget

Trier: The oldest city in Germany

Springtime is also a wonderful time to visit Germany’s oldest city: Trier
Founded by the Celts in the late 4th century and conquered by the Romans in the 1st century, Trier tells a story of Germany long before there was Germany and opens the doors to a history uniting much of Europe in terms of origin.
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Springtime in Germany: Some call it the best time to visit!

Some of the best months to visit Germany are the ones of spring. There is an amazing atmosphere in the air when the birds start singing after their return back from warmer places, the snow starts to or already has melted away and the flowers start to bloom.

OK, I am taking a chance being cheesy, but it’s true.

From my childhood I remember this being a great time. Something idyllic about it. And aside from the advantages given above, people just seem happiest coming out of the often long and dark winters and being able to walk outside in a sweater and jeans.

Here is what you will likely enjoy doing in springtime in Germany:
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Hopper: You might find a cheaper flight here

Have you ever wondered how it can be that when you check for cheap airline tickets, the variation between the prices can be as enormous as they are? I have seen tickets offered for 1,300 USD by one airline and 345 USD from another one with same comfort level offered based on me having experienced flying with both (when the prices were “normal”). Who in the world would blindly book with an airline for such a high price when it is so simple to find something so much cheaper?

And now let me ask you this:

How do you know that a service has access to the truly cheapest deals that are out there?
We really don’t if we blindly trust them. What was the last new services you gave a try and why?

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Germany: Fitting In Made Easy Part 2

While writing the article Germany: Fitting In Made Easy Part 1, more and more feedback came our way in terms of what expats and visitors alike have experienced in terms of communicating with people in Germany. This is something that many of you may find to be important as language barriers and mannerisms alike are just waiting for human interaction to overcome them. Fitting in is easy when understanding one another and here are 10 more points that you might want to remember when visiting Germany:

11) Be Polite First

Formalities are initially very much appreciated. Showing that you can engage formally makes a great first impression after which things normally become more relaxed if you connect with the other person. The most important thing is that you show that you respect privacy and distance and give the other person a chance to meet you halfway.

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