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Showing posts with label TRAVELS. Show all posts
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Budgeting Tips for Avid Travellers

Travel OFF Peak to Stay ON Budget

The cost difference between travelling off peak and during peak times can be massive. It’s in your best interests to travel at the times when other people aren’t travelling so much. That’s what off peak travelling is all about. It makes your task of staying on budget while you travel so much easier than it would otherwise be because many people pay a lot for flights.

Avoid the Tourist Traps

Most places that you’re likely to travel to will have their own tourist traps that you’re going to want to avoid. Those tourist traps could be attractions, bars or restaurants. Instead of falling into tourist traps, you should head to the places where the locals go to. Locals would never eat at restaurants that are aimed squarely at tourists. You’ll save a lot of money that way.

Use the Latest Apps When on the Go

There are lots of apps that allow you to track your money and find deals online. Tiller money is one good app that you should use because it can even be linked to Google Sheets. You should also use apps like Skyscanner because it shows you when and where you can find the cheapest flights, which is essential for anyone who travels a lot. There are so many others out there for you to discover too.

Travel Light

Travelling light is one of the smartest things you can do when you’re travelling. Not only will it make it easy for you to get around and carry your luggage, but it’ll also cut your costs. That’s because airlines will charge you more if you want to take more luggage onto the plane. That’s something that you should keep in mind when packing.

Prioritize Your Spending Carefully

Everyone has different aims and priorities when they’re traveling. If you want to make sure that you never spend more money than you really need or want to, you should be clear about what your priorities really are. If there are things that you don’t really care much about, why would you want to spend money on them? It doesn’t make any sense to do that.

Budgeting is something that shouldn’t be confined to your day to day life. When you’re traveling, you should be thinking about your money and how you’re using it even more than you would back home. No one wants to find themselves in a foreign country with money problems to worry about.

White mountains

mountain warm outfit ideas for cold weather
A few much-needed changes
Photographer: Kleiklis

After an extremely long period of heavy rain and overall terrible weather, we are finally back to the usual sunny, warm days. The weather really took a toll on me over the last few weeks. I guess I am one of those people who simply cannot function during moody, winter days. My motivation had been close to non-existent and as hard as I tried to light up my spirit is simply wasn't possible. As soon as the first rays of sunshine appeared on the sky and the temperature has risen to 17 degrees we knew it was time for a quick spring getaway. I have been wanted to visit the mountains for a month but due to the circumstances, we were unable to do so in February. We found ourselves excited to see the last drops of snow for this year cause soon any hint of white will be gone. Roadtrips have always been my favorite way of traveling (maybe because I can't have a few breaks to enjoy the view ).

Anyways we arrived at the mountains pretty early considering it was easily a 2-hour drive from home and instantly ordered a hot cup of coffee. It is funny how cold it really was the moment we reached the ski resort. We practically started our journey wearing a t-shirt and by the time we arrived the wind was blowing so hard, we can barely see. Seeing this beautiful landscape was really therapeutic for me. Despite the fact that I ended up with more than 200 hundred different photos in my memory card witch you will endure watching on my Instagram feed, I promise you my boyfriend finally convinced me to hop back in the car and make our way back to the city in the evening. 


warm outfit ideas for cold weather

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Things you should know before you travel to Greece

Things you should now before you travel to Greece

Which are the most affordable months to visit .

Summer season starts (unofficially) in May and ends at the end of September. Even though July and August are the most popular months for tourists they also are significantly more expensive than any other month of the year. If you are traveling on a budget the best choice for you is to wait until the month of August has passed or book your holiday trip in the middle of May in order to score the best deals on tickets,hotels etc. In case you are wondering about the temperature changes throughout these months, don't! You are still going to experience the full "summer in Greece" experience. The weather only starts to change significantly in late October-November.

Top 3 things you should always carry around with you 

You can never have too much sunscreen. I cannot highlight enough the importance of constantly carrying around with you the highest SPF sunscreen you can find (SPF indicates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburn). The danger of getting a sunburn is real and you should always keep in mind to apply a descent amount of sunscreen even if you are sitting under a beach umbrella of in a shadowy place.

Almost as important as having your sunscreen in your bag at all times is wearing sunglasses during the day. Sunglasses also play a major role since the skin around your eyes in super-sensitive to sunlight and can develop cancer easier due to its sensitivity. Sunglasses are both eye and skin protectors especially in Greece, where the sun shines really bright for many hours during the day,

ALWAYS carry a bottle of water with you. The danger of dehydration is also extremely real in this temperature , further more if you are not used to the heat. If you are planning on having any kind of physical exercise ( walking from one point of the city/island to another, visit the museums, go swimming ) keep a bottle of water with you at all times.

Greek people are really friendly

If you are planning on visiting Greece you should probably know that the chances of starting small talks and chit chats with the locals are pretty high. Don't be alarmed. It is usual to start a conversation with someone, in any place, at any time!

The many different types of coffee

As crazy as it sounds to many people (tourists) I've met over the years in Greece ,we choose our coffee based on the season. No I don't mean just adding ice cubes to hot drinks. You can have a cold cappuccino coffee (freddo cappuccino), a cold espresso coffee (freddo espresso) , frappe (Frappé) and cold Greek coffee. I rarely see blog posts talking about the differences between these types of coffees from their widely-known hot version so I am going to try and break it down for you.

  1.  freddo cappuccino - the cold version of a cappuccino, and the drink usually has a small amount of cold frothed milk atop it known as aphrogala (Greek: αφρόγαλα) 
  2. freddo espresso - despite their Italian names, differ greatly in taste and preparation from their Italian counterparts (being made from instant coffee) .It is prepared with a double shot of espresso coffee mixed in a mixer with a few ice cubes and poured over ice
  3. Frappe - is a Greek foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee (generally, spray-dried Nescafe), water and sugar.

Follow the the greek lifestyle

If you are determined to have a full "Greek experience" just go with the flow. Greek people are known for eating, drinking and partying. No matter your destination you will most luckily find more than enough taverns and night clubs in walking distance of your accommodation. Most clubs open at 11pm and close in the morning and most taverns are open all day long till 1am so you will have plenty of time to have a taste of everything while you are on holidays.You can taste the local cuisine and have a few glasses of traditional Greek drinks.

Quick hair care tips for summer / what I use after a day at the beach

Quick hair care tips for summer / what I use after a day at the beach

As you probably already know by now I tend to spend an enormous time at the beach every summer. Weather I go swimming or enjoying a cold cup of coffee near the sea , heat is the number one turn down for my hair. The temperature often rises to almost 40 degrees during the day , the sun is shining bright and as much as I love to take a dive at the sea every 10mins to brush off all that heat my hair always feel extremely damaged and over all dead after a long day like this.

I have never been a big hair care enthusiast but as I grow older the damage became pretty obvious and frankly, it seemed like no matter what I was doing my hair felt more and more dry by the day. When I got into the whole "taking care of my hair during summer" process I was overwhelmed by the amount of products out there. I made so many failed attempts to find the top products that will work for my hair type and offer that glow and protection I so desperately needed.

After almost two years of constant research (and many failed tests) I finally came across the right combination for me .only to quickly realize that 'quantity over quality' is a real thing. I didn't need three different shampoos, hair masks, oils, sprays . I simply needed a few well selected products (and tricks) to get through the hot summer weather without adding any extra weight to my already damaged hair. 

  • Hair care products I use during summer

I fell in love with the whole Schwarzkopf GLISS series of products as soon as I tried the Gliss Liquid Silk Shampoo ,which of course even thought it didn't work for me at that time  , it made me aware of the whole "hair repair" range of products they currently offer. My go to shampoo is the Schwarzkopf GLISS Hair Repair Shampoo  (3x liquid keratin). It not only worked miracles on my hair from the first time I applied it on but also the smell of it is simply addicting (and extremely long lasting). A few weeks after that I tried another hair care product from the same range which also took me by surprise.

The Schwarzkopf GLISS Total Repair Reflex-Shine-Deep-Conditioner and Ultimate Repair Express Repair Conditioner is a leave on conditioners I apply as soon as I get off the shower , again with the same captivating smell as the shampoo I previously mentioned but this time it also leaves a shimmer look on my hair (and hands) that lasts more than 24 hours.

The Pantene pro-v corpo and volume is the newest addition to my hair care routine during summer. It definitely does exactly what it promises on the packaging and a lot more. I always apply a small amount at the bottom part of my hair, leave it on for 3-5 mins and wash it off with cold water (then proceed with the Schwarzkopf GLISS Total Repair Reflex-Shine-Deep-Conditioner I mentioned earlier). The moisture is definitely there.

  • Sleeping habits /tricks

The first trick that blew my mind as soon as I tried it a few months ago is always using a satin pillow case ( find it here for under 10€ ). This type of fabric can do wonders for both our hair and skin since since it helps tremendously to prevent hair from loosing all their natural moisture that normal pillow cases suck out every night.

Another trick I swear by is sleeping with your hair wrapped up in a ponytail . This easy trick can prevent our hair from constantly rubbing against the pillow case and seats plus there is no more tangling when you wake up in the morning. Just make sure not to wrap your hair too tight.

  • Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize

This is a trick that literally changed the way my hair looks daily during the  summer months. I always remember to carry around in my bag a small spray bottle filled with water  ( find it here ) in order to spray it on my hair while I am out , under the bright summer sun. We constantly try to keep our body and skin moisturized at all times but we frequently forget that our hair need the exact same treatment. Your hair will immediately absorb the sprayed water that will give back their natural glow and softness.


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