How to travel on a budget

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-05-2012

Wherever you plan on going away this summer, your holiday doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Here are a few tips and hints, which could help you travel on a budget.

  1. Set a budget

One of the golden rules of relying on a budget is to set one out. Before going overseas consider what you can realistically afford and how much you plan on spending. The last thing you want to return home to is post holiday blues with post holiday debt. In the run up to your holiday, start saving to make sure you have enough cash for your needs. It would also be advisable to have an emergency fund set aside.

  1. Travel light

If you’re travelling via a budget airline, more often than not they will charge you for taking large luggage on board. If you can survive for the duration of your trip with everything you can jam into hand luggage, it could save you money.   Alternatively, avoid airport fees altogether by getting a coach or train to a European holiday destination.

  1. Cut the cost of your travel

Avoid tourist inflated taxi prices by jumping on the local bus or train. You can often find cheap day or weekly travel passes from the local tourism information centre. If there is a large group of you, you might be able to find discounted travel passes.  Alternatively, hire a car with your friends and split the petrol and driving. If you are hiring a car it is always worth taking out car hire excess insurance in advance when booking. There are plenty of websites available to help you find the best deals on car hire insurance, but a top tip for cash-savvy tourists is to compare prices online in advance.

4. Accommodation

Youth hostels are hardly the most glamorous forms of accommodation, however, you get what you pay for. They are cheap, reasonable and in most cases clean. They make a great alterative to expensive hotels and also give you the chance to meet new people.  Couchsurfing is another great option for those who want to stay in Europe for free. This simply involves you staying with a host in their country and you offer your sofa up should they come visit.

The UK’s Spookiest Locales

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-05-2012

The UK has a very long, rich and blood-stained history, filled with tales of war, horror and death, and the landscape is still littered with relics of older, stranger times. It’s not surprising, then, that the country is home to some locations purportedly amongst the world’s most haunted.

Read on, then, and we’ll take you on a tour around old, weird Britain, looking at some prime destinations for anyone hoping to do a little ghost hunting. Just be sure to have all your affairs in order, before you depart.

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Wymering Manor, Portsmouth

When a place has ‘manor’ in its title, you can bet it’s going to at least look spooky, but with this grade-II listed property the spookiness extentds much, much deeper than the façade. Dubbed as the ‘most haunted house in Britain’, the 17th century manor apparently has around twenty resident ghouls and ghosts lurking the halls and has, appropriately, been featured on the TV’s programme, ‘Most Haunted’.

It’s the oldest building in Portsmouth and was even mentioned in the Doomsday Book way back in 1086. Currently the building is on sale after failing to find a buyer in 2010. Got a few million to spare and fancy a home you’ll be too frightened to ever sleep in? Look no further!

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

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Once a site for occult rituals and exorcisms, the Ancient Ram Inn now holds a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in England. John Humphries, who owns the Ram, claims that he rarely sleeps well and that he shares the property with two demons, a witch and, well, pretty much every other type of spirit you can think to name.

If the creepy period exterior doesn’t worry you, the interior, with weird orbs, bumps in the night, and tales of the past, definitely will. The Ram is the place to go if you’re seeking out the supernatural. Check out the YouTube video below to see what you’ll be letting yourself in for!

Prince Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is reportedly one of the most haunted towns in the UK, and the Prince Rupert Hotel is one of the town’s most notorious inns. The hotel is known for its haunted-status and people come from all over the country just to experience the weird goings-on that are alleged to happen at the Rupert.

Room 6 is one of the more haunted rooms, thanks to a jilted bride who is said to have hanged herself after being left alone on her wedding night. So if the spirits of disgruntled brides moving things round your room is what you’re after, the Prince Rupert Hotel is one to visit!

The Red Lion, Wiltshere

Another pub, another haunted property; the Red Lion in Wiltshire is one of the most popular haunted pubs in the UK. Thanks to being over 400 years old, the property itself is eerie enough, but by adding claims of rampant witchcraft, paganism and superstition to the mix, you’re looking at one pub with huge appeal to those seeking a haunting.

B&B costs £40 per night, so it’s quite the bargain! The question is: how much is your sanity worth to you?

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Any property which has a spirit dubbed with the sobriquet of ‘monster’ needs to be approached with an air of caution. Nonetheless, paranormal enthusiasts will surely fill their boots here. Glamis Castle in Scotland, with its deformed child, tongueless woman and weird aristocrat, is one of the most visited haunted castles in the UK, and its 14th century heritage only continues to heap on the eeriness.

If scaring yourself half to death is your idea of a holiday, then why not visit Galmis Castle? They are open to visitors for most days of the year, but they can’t guarantee that you’ll return unscathed!

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