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Travel Tips: Budgeting for Your International Trip

Travel Tips: Budgeting for Your International Trip

You’ve finally chosen the dream destination for your international trip, but you’re still confused about the cost of travel. International travel expenses can vary a great deal, depending on several factors. You need to decide how you like to travel, and take the international currency exchange rates into consideration. So let’s take a look at how to budget for international travel and make that dream vacation a reality.

 

Budget for International Transportation

International airfare can take up almost half of your travel budget. If you’re traveling to a different continent, you need to compare prices for airfare to your destination. If you’re traveling on your home continent, consider other types of transportation, such as a scenic train ride.

 

Budget for Local Transportation

You’ll need to get around once you arrive. Public transportation is an inexpensive option, and it will let you see the city like a local. Do an internet search for public transportation in the city you plan on visiting. This will give you an idea of the cost. You may also need an Uber or a taxi at times, so research that too.

If you plan on traveling to more than one town or city, research the options for traveling from one city to the next. Local prices for buses, trains, and boats should be easy to find online. Add up all these costs and add them to your trip budget.

 

Budget Your Accommodations

Hotels and B&Bs can be an expensive part of your travel budget. First, determine what type of accommodations you want. This could be a hotel, apartment or house rental, a hostel or Airbnb. Multiply the number of nights you plan to stay at each location.

 

Budget for Meals

Food prices can vary a lot, depending on the location. If your travel plans include Europe, New Zealand or Australia eating out may cost you about the same as in the United States or Canada, but probably more. If you’re traveling to Africa, South America, or Asia, food is usually cheaper. If your accommodations include a kitchen, that can save you on breakfast.

 

Budget for Activities

You will probably take a few tours, visit a few museums or ancient ruins, or participate in other activities. Research what you want to do on your vacation, and factor these costs into your budget. Also, budget in money to do some local shopping. Finally, keep a close eye on your spending while you travel, so you don’t go over budget.

 

Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a charming seaside city in Croatia that features some of the best attractions, beaches, and food in Europe. Travellers who plan to visit Dubrovnik can have the most enjoyable time by partaking in these exciting experiences.

 

When to Visit

The seaside city of Dubrovnik is a common site for European cruise stops so you will want to make sure that you try to avoid those dates, most commonly between June and August although they arguably have the best weather. If you are looking for nice temperatures and fewer crowds, head to Dubrovnik in September or October, but bring your umbrella! You may see some rain!

 

Essential Attractions

Dubrovnik Old Town – This historical section of the city is known for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings that have stood for centuries. Notable places in this part of Dubrovnik include Rector’s Palace and the main street known as the Placa.

 

Fort Lovijenac – Situated just beyond the western wall of the city, this iconic fortress is perched atop a cliff that overlooks the sea. Old weaponry and other significant relics can be seen by taking a tour.

 

Pile Gate – People have the chance to walk across a drawbridge when they visit Pile Gate. This city gate was constructed in 1537 and has a statue of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint, above its arch.

 

Banje Beach – Known for being Dubrovnik’s main city beach, many locals and tourists come here to swim and sunbathe. Beachgoers can also rent deckchairs where they can sit to take in stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.

 

Lesser-Known Gems

Croatian Naive Art Gallery – Anyone who wishes to see some beautiful art pieces can spend time exploring this acclaimed art gallery. The artwork on display was created primarily by local artists.

 

Big Onofrio’s Fountain – This fountain has been standing at its location in front of St. Savior Church since 1438. Sixteen separate mascarons on the fountain shoot out water.

 

Maritime Museum – This museum pays tribute to Dubrovnik’s maritime history. Model ships that sailed the Adriatic Sea along with other important artifacts are on display.

 

Sveti Jakov – People who want to enjoy a more secluded experience by the sea can head to this beach. A bar and restaurant can also be found at sea level.

 

Foods to Try

Zalena Manestra – Also known as “the green stew,” this dish consists of meat, potatoes and cabbage. The dish was first mentioned in writings that date back to 1480.

 

Dirty Macaroni – Penne or macaroni past noodles with red meat sauce are used to create this different spin on the classic macaroni and cheese. The sauce used for this dish is similar to marinara sauce but also includes flavours that are unique to the region.

 

Musule na buzaru – Seafood lovers can try these mussels in buzara-style sauce as their meal in many local restaurants.

 

Rožata – Ideal for dessert, this custard pudding treat is similar to crème brûlée. Rozalin liqueur is often used to bring out the dessert’s flavour, but vanilla or other   extracts can also be used.

 

A visit to Dubrovnik should be on every traveller’s itinerary. The sights and delicious edibles that are found in the city can make anyone’s trip the most fulfilling.

 

Travel Tips: Making the Most of a Long Layover

Travel Tips: Making the Most of a Long Layover

When travelling, especially for long distances, it is quite common that you will get a long layover. Such a time may be so stressful, especially if you are not well prepared and versed with tips on various activities you can engage in as you wait for your next trip. Depending on where you have been laid over, you may have a chance to catch a few thrilling activities. Here are 4 major things you can do to make the most of your long layover.

 

Go Sightseeing

In case your layover lasts for a considerable amount of time, such as up to 6 hours, you can be sure that this is sufficient time for you to leave the airport to tour the city. Taking the opportunity to get a cab and visit some city hotspots such as skyscrapers and other fun parks can help spice up your otherwise-boring layover time. You should, however, plan yourself well to ensure that you have sufficient time to get back to the airport and go through security checks before getting booked for your next flight.

 

Visit the Duty-Free Shops

In case your airport has a duty-free shop, you may take this opportunity and visit it to sample out a few items that may be of interest to you. The good thing with duty-free shops is that they stock virtually everything, ranging from electronics which are cheap enough to beauty accessories. You may even purchase a few items for your loved ones or even for yourself.

 

Go for a Massage

By this time, you probably have gotten tired from the first leg of your journey. Catching a massage in one of the airport lounges or hotels is a suitable activity that can help relieve you of the stress and fatigue. It also prepares you well for the last leg of the long journey to your destination.

 

Have a Decent Meal

You may also opt to use the layover time as an opportunity to visit some nearby eateries, restaurants, and hotels from where you can have a decent meal of your lifetime. Having that well-barbecued pork or beef ribs or even local cuisines that you have been dreaming of will certainly have you full and prepared for the rest of the journey.

About Sebastian

Now retired from the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo enjoys focusing on his music and traveling with his family. Check back for more of his travel guides on places that he has visited!

With more than 40 years in the industry, Sebastian Corbo more than established himself as of the best of the best within the construction sector prior to his retirement.

Growing up in a family centered around the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo remembers spending time working with his father as a child to learn the basics of construction. The work was often challenging, but even from a young age Sebastian was committed to aiming high and working to overcome any obstacles in his way. As he grew older, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and begin a career in the field which developed into a lifelong passion. After several years spent completing arduous manual labor, Sebastian obtained his license and started operating the truck for the company.

Ever the over-achiever, Sebastian Corbo never settles for less than the best and knew he needed to pursue a degree to provide clients with the top-notch services the company was known to provide. He enrolled in Seneca College and soon after earned his diploma in Business Administration. After graduating, education remained an essential aspect of his career. Sebastian has since furthered his academic career by learning about CLI Estimating Software at The Construction Link as well as Quantity Surveying at the Institutions of Quality Surveyors. He then learned Construction Cost Control as well as Construction Blueprint Reading from the Toronto Construction Association. Most recently, at IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) Ontario, Sebastian completed a course to become a Cor Health and Safety Internal Auditor.

After finishing his schooling and spending a decade working with his father and uncle in their respective companies, In 1985, Sebastian Corbo founded his own construction firm, International Paving and Construction Company, which later became IPAC Paving Limited in 2000. Under his leadership, IPAC has seen incredible growth and has maintained profitability to this day. While Sebastian Corbo’s business primarily focuses on paving, he’s recently built out a new branch that will incorporate complete site services as well.

Throughout his career, Sebastian Corbo began working at the bottom of the company ladder and skillfully advanced his career to his current position where he can provide a vast number of services to clients. He has achieved such a high level of success that all of his accomplishments are too numerous to name completely. Some of the most notable are the management/completion of projects ranging from $100,000 to $5,000,000, his completion of certifications in fall protection and confined spaces from health and safety organizations, and remaining focused while managing multiple projects and employees in several sub-trades at one time.

Outside of his professional responsibilities, Sebastian spends as much time as possible with his wife and children. They love to travel together and enjoy the adventure of exploring a new place together. Sebastian is also a talented musician who has performed internationally for audiences as large as 20,000 people.