#Lifestyle: SPRING CITY BREAK TRAVEL TIPS || There’s nothing better than traveling in the spring! It’s warm, it’s fun, it’s thrilling and you can finally get rid of all the winter clothes you’ve been wearing for past several months. No matter how old you are, planning a trip will get you exciting. The options are limitless, so here are a few tips that might help you organize a perfect spring city break.
Depending on the destination, you may end up paying close to nothing for your accommodation or pay more than you’ve imagined. Since this is quite an important issue, take care of it as soon as possible. So, what are your options?
People who prefer hotels already know their accommodation is going to be pricey. Depending on the region, you’ll pay from €50 to €150 a night, so booking several months in advance is always a good idea. Also, smaller towns are usually cheaper and more welcoming, especially in the spring, so you might want to go to Lloret de Mar instead of Barcelona or pick Bruges over Brussels. But, if you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to consider couch surfing or even renting a place over Airbnb that’s about 50% cheaper than a hotel.
Again, depending on how far your destination is far from your home, you could spend just a few or a few hundred euros. But, be practical and think about your own comfort first – browsing low cost air rates four or five months ahead will save you a ton of money, yet still provide a plane ticket that will get you anywhere in a matter of hours. You’ll save money, time and energy and arrive at your desired destination relaxed, fresh and ready to start your spring vacation.
However, if you’re a big fan of driving and choose traveling by car over anything else in the world, a spring city break is the perfect chance to put your driving skills to good use. Not only will you enjoy your time even more, but there are other benefits as well: you won’t have to depend on anyone, you’ll be able to move from one destination to another whenever you like, you won’t have to worry about local transportation and, finally, you’ll be able to take more things with you on the road. Just make sure you have a valid driving licence, an International Driving Permit, a set of reliable car wheels and tyres and lots of good music on your USB flash drive or iPod.
Speaking of reliable car parts, you need to understand how important safety is when traveling – no matter where you are, no matter where you go and no matter whether you’ve been there before or not, you have to be careful 24/7! Cunning petty thieves are out to get you, so a good idea is to pack lightly and take with you only what’s absolutely necessary. That way, even if something does happen to your possessions, you won’t feel too bad about having your old sweater or that worn-out jeans stolen.
Also, keep all your documents with you at all times. You absolutely must protect your passport, so make a copy or two, hide it in your suitcase or keep it in a safe, just in case. The same goes for your credit cards and other valuables – it’s better to leave them in your hotel than parade them around a group of skilled pickpockets.
Some of the other things you might want to think in advance are public transportation, dining options – does your hotel offer affordable meals or will you be eating out? – and the sights you want to see. Being prepared and organized makes your trip much enjoyable, cheaper and easier.
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