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6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel Adventures in 2013

We want to help you start travelling this year. Check out our 6 basic money saving tips for travel adventures in 2013 to get your started on the road.

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2012 was an incredible year of travel adventures for us. We used our money saving tips for travel and visited 14 countries. We were quite honestly living the travel dream.

kayaking in Naples

Kayaking in Naples, Italy

While some may think we are loaded with money, they would be very wrong.

In reality, the way we manage to have so many travel adventures around the world is because we prioritise and follow achievable money saving tips for travel.

With a little organisation about how we live on a day to day basis, we are able to save more money to travel.

Set your travel goals first

Before you read on, set two goals; where you want to travel and how long for. There is no point saying you want to travel around the world for 12 months if you only are willing to save $1000.

While I am sure there must be a way to travel for 12 months on $1000 (let me know if you find out how), it is important to be realistic about your travel budget. If you stay in 5 star resorts then you obviously need to save a little more money, than if you stay in backpacker accommodation.

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Additionally, if you only want to go on a 2 week trip to the perfect vacation destination then you don’t have to save as much. If you want to enjoy an island paradise why not fly to Bali. You can enjoy island life, the amazing beaches and water sports all within your budget. Most people believe that beach front hotels are really expensive, but with little effort you can find great deals on ocean front Bali hotels. You can always use Marriott Rewards too.

If you don’t know which accommodation you would prefer, then check out our Hostels vs Hotels vs Apartments article.

6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel

With your travel goals set, you can use these 6 basic money saving tips to start travelling to help get you on the road to your own travel adventures in 2013.

Start Saving

Yup that’s right, start saving. You have to actually make a commitment to saving before you can even begin. There is no point going into this half-a$$ed if you are just going to give up in a few weeks.

Open a new bank account with a good interest rate and deposit your first $1. Ideally it would be more than that if you can afford it, but depositing the first $1 means that you have started!

Work out your necessary expenses budget

While it would be great if we could save every penny we make, there are some necessary expenses. You need to eat, put a roof over your head etc. Luckily you can quite easily figure out what your necessary expenses are.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Cut your expenses so you can eat gozleme in Turkey.

And once you have those, you will know how much of your pay cheque you can afford to save. Anything extra should go straight into your bank account removing any temptation for you to make impulse purchases.

Use Cash and get a Piggy Bank

With your necessary expenses worked out you should know exactly how much cash you will need each week. By only getting out a set amount of cash each week you will limit how much you spend with the rest of your pay cheque going into savings.

Any coins from your wallet can also be thrown straight into your piggy bank (or jar). It is amazing how quickly loose change adds up. Within a few weeks you will have enough for another nights accommodation or a nice meal out.

The other benefit is that if you remove the coins then you are less likely to use those coins to buy small treats all the time too.

Change your spending habits

You will need to make sacrifices when you begin to save money for your own travel adventures in 2013. It is important to remember in the back of your mind that you are doing it for a reason…

Sunset Busabout Sail Turkey

Is this reason enough to save money for travel?

Take a look at what you spend your money on at the moment. Every time you buy a cup of coffee, round of beers, go out for lunch or drive to work, they all cost you savings. Money that you could have used while travelling.

By cutting out these small purchases, you will rapidly increase your savings in your new bank account.

Sell your unwanted stuff

Now that you have cut down on a bunch of expenses, you should have some extra money building up every time youe pay cheque comes in.

One trick to boosting your savings right before you leave, is to look at selling some of the things lying around the house. Depending on how long you are travelling for depends on what you can sell. If you are going for a year or more then look at your electronics first.

Realistically, in a years time some of the electronics you own might be getting out of date. While they might be worth money now, they probably won’t be in another years time.

Look at your old clothes, books and furniture. Anything you don’t need in your backpack for your travel adventure can probably be sold.

Chai Tea Istanbul Spice Market

Finally, treat yourself

Okay so this isn’t a money saving tip. But saving is damn hard work. You have to make sacrifices from your usual daily lifestyle to be able to save money for travel. That is why it is important to treat yourself every once in a while to stay sane.

Just don’t go crazy!

Limit yourself to grabbing a beer with your mates, go out for dinner with your loved one or just rent a movie to chill out. By treating yourself, only very rarely, you will be able to save for a lot longer.

This will allow you to get out and begin to enjoy your travels. The best place to start is to get all your vacation rentals tips and ideas from here, before getting out and spending that hard earned cash.

So where are you going to go with all your money saved?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Cynthia

    January 10, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Good ideas all. Especially the one about changing your spending habits. It really makes a difference!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Once you cut out a few of the unnecessary spending habits then it is amazing how quickly you can save money!

  2. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    January 10, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Good tips, Cole! I’m always amazed when I meet people who think they can’t afford to travel at all and then I look around their homes or their cars and see how much money they must have spent on all that stuff. You CAN afford to travel if you exercise discipline and are willing to set goals, as you said, and go without a few worldly possessions. Here’s to a great 2013 for you guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Well said Ellen! We still buy lots of stuff that I end up regretting and we are very tight with our money haha. I am always impressed by travellers with smaller backpacks than us, even though we only travel with carry on!

  3. Dami

    January 10, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    I’m going travelling in 4 months so ill be taking these tips into consideration

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Great to hear Dami! Good luck on your travels in 2013 and hope you can save lots of money to enjoy on your trip 😀

  4. Cailin

    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Great tips Cole! I definitely need to learn how to budget better so I can go on more awesome trips! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Haha we ALL need to learn to budget better. I still spend money on crap I don’t need and I am a tight-a$$!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    living the “travel dream” certainly does requires sacrifices which helps separate the dreamers from the doers out there on the road.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Always surprised (and a little annoyed) when people ask us whether we are rich. It doesn’t take much to make your travel dreams a reality if you put your mind to it.

  6. Jeremy Branham

    January 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do – whether it’s for traveling or not. Many people waste money and spend a lot on things that aren’t even aware until they see it on paper. Save more, spend less, and watch what you spend your money on.

    The most important money saving tip? Don’t spend more than you have (no debt). Seems simple but many people can’t seem to obey this simple money saving principle.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great advice Jeremy! It is why all our economies are in such trouble and yet people still continue to spend money that they clearly don’t have. Credit cards and loans are the biggest marketing scams in recent history!

  7. Sarah

    January 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Great advice! It’s all about priorities. It’s amazing how much you can save when you realize how little you need! I’m saving up for a big trip later this year and I have done all of these! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great to hear that you are already saving hard Sarah. Hope your travels go well at the end of the year 😀

  8. John

    January 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The very first thing I did was work out the numbers. I was moving abroad so I wanted as much as possible. I calculated how many pay cheques I was getting before I left and how much I was determined to save from each pay. This told me basically how much I would save right from the start. I ended up saving $6000 in 6 months.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      That is awesome John! Definitely not hard to put aside a few hundred dollars a month (or a $1000 in your case) and watch how quickly it grows 😉

  9. Lissie

    January 12, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    I always tell the story of a friend being genuinely envious that I could travel to South America for 6 months, while we sat on the leather furniture she had just bought – which probably cost as much as 1/2 of my trip budget!

    It’s all about prioritisation. Sure there’s a few tricks you learn along the way – I take great delight in not being charged bank fees to use my own cash overseas – but really the bottom line is – just work out a plan, save the money and get on the plane!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Hahaha that is a brilliant story Lissie! Need to figure out how not to be charged bank fees… That would definitely save some money.

  10. Amanda @ Farsickness

    January 12, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    I’m horrible with budgets and money and taking out cash weekly has been a life changer. I’m so much more aware of what I’m spending and have saved so much in the past 6 months since I started. Also, I clean out my purse/wallet once a week and put my coins in a jar and I’ve saved a few hundred dollars in 2 years.

    Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Everyone can always do more to save money. A few coins here or there add up so quickly! And the few extra hundred dollars you saved will be able to fund at least a few weeks of travel 🙂

  11. Peggy Lilley

    January 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hi, I love your blog. We’re from Tauranga (I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the sunny BOP) and we’re avid travellers. We take our 8 yr old son with us at every opportunity and also host people from overseas too. 2012 saw us in Japan and
    Australia, this year USA and Canada. 2014 will see us living in Spain and our son will most likely be home schooled there. We love travel and all our surplus funds go towards this, we live very simply usually.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Of course I am familiar with Tauranga Peggy! I grew up there 😀 Born and raised in Otumoetai! You sound like you are living the travel dream as well. Very envious of your trip to Japan and maybe we will cross paths on our travels one day soon 🙂

  12. Vera

    January 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Very good – travel-related or not, improving your financial situation is always a beneficient thing to do! But boy, it’s much easier KNOWING all these things than to actually put them into practice and start forming new habits *sigh*… But as Jeremy said: debt is a no-go, and I avoid spending too much money by opp-shopping a lot. That’s not for everyone, though (but there are also upper class second-hand shops that are pretty much like regular stores, it has to be said). I like it how you include the little treat – because one still has to live, right? Otherwise you fall off the wagon quicker than I can eat a cookie when on a diet. Speaking obviously for myself here:)…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      You nailed it Vera! Even about the cookie and diet part 🙂 I will even confess that a lot of the time I fall out of my own habits that I am trying to preach about! But if you can stick to them “most” of the time, then you are on a winner and closer to realising your travel dreams.

  13. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    January 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Getting into a position where you are debt-free is a great start. As is getting ready of all your stuff.

    The big kicker for me was after I left the U.S. and going from needing a truck for my construction company, to not needing a vehicle. The truck alone was costing me $1,500+ a month in fuel costs + maintenance/insurance/etc., so that right there allowed me to put 1500 a month back into my savings.

    Then, dropping my cost of living from $2,500 to $3,000 a month to a mere $600 to $800 a month while living in Sofia, Bulgaria; Bogota, Colombia; and Cancun, Mexico…well, that’s allowed me to put another 2k+ a month back into my savings.

    I haven’t spent more than $800 a month in over 5 years on my costs…that’s total entertainment + rent + food. But I’m also not flying around the world all the time; I live long-term in places and explore locally with friends until I’ve fully uncovered a destination.

    Just by making a location change, I was able to start putting 3k+ a month back into my savings. I’m turning 33 in a week, and for all intents and purposes I’ve been “retired” since I became debt-free in 2009, and that was after selling off everything I had in the U.S. and leaving it behind in 2008.

    Now, as Marginal Boundaries grows, it’s leading to more and more opportunities.

    Good post with some good basic tips.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      You are living the dream it seems! Being able to live and work remotely makes a huge difference to how much you can save. Unfortunately not all people have those opportunities, largely to them not pursuing their own dreams! Hope Marginal Boundaries continues to grow for you and we would love to be involved if you make it over to Bulgaria for the next retreat 😀

      • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

        January 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        It all comes down to how badly someone wants something to happen. A phrase I use constantly is “The only person holding you back from success…is you”.

        In an age of free information and global Internet, just about everyone has equal opportunities to create passive income, especially considering blogs, social media and all the platforms you need to create a brand/business are 100% free.

        And a person doesn’t even need a computer! Use an Internet cafe, or your smartphone or a tablet 🙂

        Anyway….follow your dreams, everyone! It’s the way to true happiness and success!

  14. Lillie - @WorldLillie

    January 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Excellent advice. It is shocking how many people complain they don’t have money to travel, then go out and buy tons of new appliances and clothes! Keep on spreading the word. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Agreed Lillie! They think we are rich or something when we travel. Although I think they must be rich (and a little mad in the head) to be buying goods instead of experiences 🙂

  15. Jennifer

    January 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Good tips, Cole! These days Tim and I find ourselves truly considering if we need something when we purchase it. “Do I really want that? Because that is the cost of X when traveling!” It’s all about making travel a priority in your life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I am constantly thinking the same way Jennifer. If I spend that much on XXX then how many nights will I lose while travelling haha.

  16. Cheryl

    January 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Timely tips for move as I recently moved home to Toronto to save again for a future of more travelling. It’s going to be tough as you said, but I need to focus on the end game and make travel a long-term priority in my life. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      We are stuck back in Edinburgh saving up for our summer travels as well! So hard going back into savings mode, especially with our bank accounts currently so low.

      • Cheryl

        January 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Ha ha, I know the feeling. I just moved into a new flat and it seems like I’ve been bleeding cash – giving a deposit, buying various odds and ends etc. It will get better next month but January hasn’t been an easy one!

  17. Arjun Rajkumar

    January 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    I’ve begun to save for a 30 day holiday in August. Not really decided where I want to travel (from India) – but I know that I want to be on the road for 30 days. Travel and do nothing else. When I started putting money away for this holiday is when I actually knew that I will make this happen – before that, it was just an idea/dream. Great tips, Cole! Keep them coming.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Well done Arjun! Good luck for your saving. Sometimes not having a plan for travel is the best plan in my opinion. Just go wherever you feel like it each day as long as it is somewhere new 🙂

  18. Jade - OurOyster.com

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    We set aside a certain percentage of our weekly wage in a travel savings account… unforuntatly we still make stupid impulse purchases on the credit card :S

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Are you using a Credit Card that at least gives you cashback or Airmiles? And as long as you pay it off each month then I think using credit cards is a great idea. But stay away from the impulse buys 😛

  19. Lady

    January 19, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Nice tips. Those really are handy for a travellover like me. Thanks!:)

  20. Kristy

    January 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    This year I also planning to save a bigger amount of money for my travel trip to Switzerland with my boyfriend and I already started cutting the usage of my electricity and water. I also set the amount of cash that I will spend for a week so that I can monitor how my expenses.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Brilliant Kristy! Keep it up and remember to look forward to your trip 🙂

  21. Caro

    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Discipline is key, amen! We saved all of our money in 10 months. Instead of saving and one day hoping for the best, we set a departure date and THEN made sure we’d save enough by that date. Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Great point Caro! Make that date and then you are committed 🙂

  22. Matthew Karsten

    January 22, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Changing my spending habits was a huge part of saving for my initial trip too. Sold my car and bought a bicycle and a bus pass in Miami, stopped going to bars & clubs, and made my own meals. Saved a ton of money, felt great, and got more work done. Great tips guys. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I bet when you started biking and slowed down on the drinking then your fitness levels etc all sky rocketed too. Not just your savings 🙂 Great work Matthew!

  23. Steve

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    It’s amazing how many people ask how we afford to travel perpetually. As you say – spend wisely, save money. If travel is a real priority, you’ll find a way somewhow.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Agreed Steve! Make travel a priority, not collecting “stuff” 🙂

  24. Jennifer Miner

    January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Useful tips. I think a big part of saving for travel is a matter of priorities. As someone mentioned above, I too know several people who say they’d like to travel more but can’t afford it –yet they eat out and go out drinking at least twice a week. It’s important for them (and a LOT of people!) to enjoy each week as much as they can, and if this means going out to eat and drink with their friends, so be it. it is their right to spend their money that way, and then to have less discretionary funds to spend on travel. Different priorities for different people.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Very true Jennifer. While we do enjoy the occasional drink with our mates, we also know that having drinks at home beforehand will save us lots of money! Some people are quite happy to fritter away money though which we just don’t get 😉

  25. wanderingeducators

    January 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Fantastic tips. and if you get the whole family involved, it’s much easier. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Definitely! Start with the kids and they are the ones that end up saving lots. Especially if they know that they will get treats instead while travelling. I would much rather say no to an ice cream now, IF I know I will get one somewhere awesome on our journey 😀

  26. Larissa

    January 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Good, common sense advice, Cole. Living within our means is what enabled us to take a 14-month RTW. Now that we’re finished that particular trip we also realize we can live much more simply, making it easier to have money for travel. In fact, as long as we have enough to travel, we’ll keep living on the road. . . loving the nomadic life! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      You can definitely bring a lot of travel tips back home with you which is what we enjoy the most. Travel allows you to see how other people get by with very little and it changes the way we do things too 😀

  27. Sammy McIntyre

    January 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    After two years on the road, I’m heading back home to the real world for a year or two to save for the next lot of adventures. I’ll be back to using this common-sense advice to build up the bank balance again! Thanks guys.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      No worries Sammy! Good luck with the saving and hopefully you can get back on the road again soon.

  28. Adam

    January 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Good tips! Definitely the most stressful part about travel planning is money-saving…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Totally agree. We are trying to calculate how far we can go this summer at the moment and how much we can save between now and then!

  29. Micki

    January 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Great tips! I’m always amazed how much money we can raise buy just selling some of our extra stuff (of course, it’s depressing to consider how much we spend on our stuff in the first place, but still…).

    We’re Canadian, and from British Columbia, one of the most expensive provinces for housing, so we find that we save a lot of money by traveling to places where housing and food cost us a lot less.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Our next move is hopefully going to be through Eastern Europe and then South East Asia so it will be nice to see our money going further 😀

  30. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Great money saving tips! I especially need to get on the one about selling stuff. I’m still paying for a storage unit full of stuff from my non-traveling life – Ugh!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      We were watching hoarders the other day and they were tackling this exact problem! Basically people were paying hundreds of dollars a month to store junk ;P

  31. Timothy W Pawiro

    December 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Agree with coins saving! You won’t know how much you have saved until you deposit the coins at your bank! Haha …

    Anyway, thanks for the tips! 🙂

  32. Gracey spurek

    July 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Great tips. Traveling is really very adventurous but the main issue is of budget. Many people fail to stay in their budget and go over budget. I think the best way to save money on your travel is by reducing your transportation and accommodation cost.

  33. Mark H

    December 15, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Those gozleme look delicious. Great photos Cole!

  34. Cassie

    March 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    There’s not really anything else to add to your post. If you want to have a fabulous vacation you need to start saving early.

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7 Best Ways to Explore Greece

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Greece has everything to offer travellers–whether you want to explore bustling cities, relax on pristine islands, learn about fascinating culture, or just soak up the sunshine. Whatever you decide, we hope this list helps inspire your next trip to the country.

Visit Athens

Athens is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and should be at the top of every traveller’s itinerary when visiting Greece. This thriving metropolis boasts of over 1 million inhabitants and a rich history dating back to 3000 BC. Overlooking the Saronic Gulf, the Acropolis dominates the skyline with its distinctive minaret-like structure built upon layers of rock.

Its construction started under Pericles and continued right up till 1828. For centuries now, Athenians have lived side by side with their past glory. Athens offers plenty of reasons to visit its many museums and monuments, including the Acropolis, Keramikos museum, Ancient Agora Museum, National Archaeological Museum and more.

Sightsee the Peloponnese Peninsula

The Peloponnese peninsula stretches southwards from Sparta and includes the largest cities of southern Greece: Corinth, Argolis, Patras and Larissa. Its mountainous terrain provides excellent conditions for walking, biking, para-gliding, rock climbing and mountaineering. The area is dotted with small settlements, monasteries, castles, and churches dating back centuries.

Take a boat tour along the Greek Islands

The best way to see the beauty of the Greek Islands when you visit Greece is by taking a cruise ship vacation. You’ll experience breathtaking views as well as enjoy an authentic island lifestyle that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. There are dozens of different cruises available throughout the Mediterranean Sea; however, there are only two main types: coastal tours and offshore trips.

Coastal tours take passengers near shore while offshore excursions allow them to travel farther out into the open sea. If you’re looking for something between these two options, consider a mix of both. For example, a combination of a coastal tour followed by an overnight sail will give you time to spend ashore before returning home. For the best experience, consider renting a private boat or yacht.

Get into the water activities at Mykonos

Mykonos is known for being one of the world’s top destinations for windsurfing, kite surfing, parasailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and yachting. Whether you prefer land-based sports or sea adventures, you won’t get bored on Mykonos. Several companies run organised trips to different locations around the island. However, if you’d like to venture off the beaten track, there are several opportunities to rent equipment locally.

Watch sunset drinks while sitting by the beach

Kos offers several great locations for watching sunsets. One particular area worth checking out is at Kasteloura Beach where you’ll find a bar serving cocktails with fantastic views across the water. Alternatively, head to Platis Gialos harbour, where you will spot dolphins playing around the boats moored nearby.

Have breakfast overlooking the sea in Corfu Town

Corfu town sits right next to the beautiful bay of Laganas, where it enjoys views over the Gulf of Mirabello. This picturesque location means that this part of Corfu will always be busy, especially during summer months. However, even though there are plenty of bars and clubs, most people still choose to enjoy their breakfasts here.

Wander through old town Patras

Patras used to be one of the largest cities in southern Europe until the 19th century. It keeps much of its original charm despite being modernised. The old quarter contains ancient churches, narrow streets lined with restaurants, cafés and boutiques. There’s also lots to do beyond wandering around the old town; take boat trips or visit the Aquarium of Southern Italy.

Enjoy seafood fresh off the grill in Halkidiki

Halkidiki is a popular choice among tourists looking for cheap holidays in Greece. With so many activities available, no matter what your interests may be, you’re bound to have fun!

Do a wine tasting in Rethymno

The Greek island of Crete is most commonly associated with luxury resorts, high end cuisine and glitzy nightclubs. However, those seeking something more down to earth will enjoy visiting the small towns scattered throughout the region. Among them is Rethymnon located along the southern coast. Here, visitors can sample some delicious wines before heading home.

Greece has been attracting travellers since antiquity. Today, thousands flock here every summer hoping to experience this beautiful country first hand. From exploring bustling markets to relaxing on pristine islands, there’s plenty to see and do in Greece. Whether you choose to stay in cosmopolitan Athens or explore remote villages dotted all over the Aegean Sea, there’s always an adventure waiting just round the corner.

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5 Best Things To Do In Maryland

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One of the smallest states in the United States, Maryland sits peacefully on the Atlantic shore on the historic Chesapeake Bay, near Washington, D.C. Regardless of its size, this beautiful state has a lot to offer—from museums to historic sites, breweries, amusement parks, lakes, thriving wetlands, forested mountains, lakes, and waterfalls to keep you entertained throughout.

The state is quite popular with sailors, beachgoers, and nature lovers due to the vast number of outdoor settings. However, that isn’t to say that Maryland doesn’t appeal to others. Sports betting and gambling are legal in Maryland. Meaning, a lot of people from the neighboring states often enter to visit Maryland sportsbooks and casinos.

After all, you don’t require a huge budget to experience all the fun Maryland has to offer.

If you are planning a trip to this state, here are the top five attractions you shouldn’t miss visiting.

1. National Aquarium

Located in Baltimore, the National Aquarium is a dramatic building that overlooks the Inner Harbor. Inside, you will find the replicates of numerous ecosystems for marine life from across the world. Additionally, the place is also home to birds, mammals, and appropriate plant life.

Though all environments are not underwater, they do share a common link to water. The largest of all the ecosystems here is the five-story Tropical RainForest, where you will get to explore life at various levels—from forest floor to the treetops and from plants to frogs, birds, sloths, and monkeys.

In the Atlantic Coral Reef Exhibit are sharks and dolphins alongside other tropical fishes.

2. Ocean City Boardwalk

As the name suggests, this attraction is located in Ocean City. It features nearly 3 miles of exciting pedestrian route lined with various sorts of entertainment for people of all age groups.

You will also be able to find some of the most popular attractions for families in Maryland near the boardwalk, including museums, restaurants, rides, and hotels. So, after enjoying a leisurely stroll, taking in the beautiful beach with soft sands and sparkling waters, consider grabbing an ice cream and finding a place to relax.

If you are traveling with your kids, drop by Timper’s Rides and Amusements and Ripley’s for some added fun.

3. The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum situated in the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore is a unique cultural landmark. It is also one of the few institutions in the world that stand for a comprehensive history of world art.

The museum features all forms of art from the third millennium B.C. through the early 20th century. The collections are displayed and interpreted spectacularly. However, the museum is best known for its magnificent jewelry, ivories, enamels, bronzes, and illuminated manuscripts.

Furthermore, the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Byzantine antiquities here are immaculate. So are the medieval and Renaissance art collections.

4. Old Town Annapolis and William Paca House

Located between the Town Dock and the Maryland State House are a handful of blocks that feature history and charm. The State House was once the United States Capitol. It is also one of the oldest State House that is still in continuous legislative use.

The William Paca House and Garden are located down the hill. As you make your way there, you will get to explore narrow streets brimming with picture-worthy brick and clapboard buildings. Now, if you are wondering who William Paca is, he was the signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The place was fully refurbished with period antiques and original Paca family items. It features a two-acre garden with a fish-shaped pond, terraces, and a topiary. The house is also an example of how an influential and prosperous Annapolis family looked and felt in the colonial era.

Fort McHenry National Monument

5. Fort McHenry National Monument

The fort was completed in 1803 in an effort to secure the entrance to Baltimore’s busy harbor. In 1814, Fort McHenry withstood a 24-hour bombardment by the British, thereby evolving to be a national icon in the country. However, there is more history to this fort than the bombardment.

The fort once saved Baltimore from occupation. It also acted as a source of inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. He was held a prisoner on a British ship during the attack.

While at Fort McHenry, you can tour the buildings, walk the ramparts, or catch a dramatic multimedia presentation on the fort’s history and the national anthem.

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Where Is Polynesia, And What Is The Disney Polynesian Village Resort?

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What does Polynesia mean?

The word Polynesia comes from 2 Greek words, “poly and nesos”, which translates to mean  “many islands”. The name is appropriate considering that the Polynesian islands take up more than 800,000 sq miles!

Where is Polynesia? Thanks to Disney it can be a lot closer than you might think. In this article, we’ll review a few fun facts about Polynesia, as well as what you can expect when visiting the Disney Polynesian Village.

So take a look! By the time you’re done reading this article, you can start planning your dream vacation.

Where Is Polynesia?

Where is Polynesia? Polynesia takes up a large triangular area of land in the east-central Pacific ocean.

The apex of the triangle is right at the Hawaiian Islands. The base angles of the triangle are New Zealand for the west angle and Easter Island for the eastern base angle.

In addition to stretching out from Hawai, Polynesia also includes its group of Polynesian islands. A few of the islands include Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Wallis, and French Polynesia. At the islands, you can find picturesque overwater bungalows.

Where Is the Disney Polynesian Village?

You can find the Disney Polynesian Village in sunny Florida, right by the Magic Kingdom. The resort rests on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

The Seven Seas Lagoon is a body of water made by humans. It’s like an aquatic red carpet leading to Magic Kindom. The lagoon features boating, fishing, and more fun activities for guests of all ages.

What the Disney Resort Is Like Inside

After opening in 1971 the Polynesian Village Resort has been a sought after location by many guests. The resort has a motto, “Aiita Peatea”, translating to mean “Tomorrow there will be another day, exactly like today”. In other words, don’t worry, life’s good!

The zen-like motto reflects the laid back, peaceful atmosphere of the resort. The 847 room resort is only 2 monorail stops from the Magic Kingdom. The entire resort takes up a total of 39 acres and the decorations transform each acre into a tropical paradise.

While touring the resort, you’ll be able to enjoy looking at waterfalls, tiki torches made of bamboo, tropical plants, and of course a beach area. The casual, family-friendly resort uses the Great Ceremonial House as the lobby. You could easily spend all day just hanging out in the lobby admiring all of the exotic plants and landscaping.

Disney Vacation Club

Moving on, let’s look at what being a Disney Club Vacation member is all about. If you already know you want to visit Disney resorts more than once, a membership could help you save money.

When you’re a part of the Disney Vacation Club or DVC, you’ll get a certain amount of points. The number of points you get is up to you based on your initial membership purchase.

Next, you can use the points to reserve your stay at any of the DVC resorts like the polynesian dvc resort in Florida. There are DVC resorts all over the world, and your membership won’t lock you into a singular location. Instead, you’ll have access to all of the resorts worldwide, as well as additional DVC member benefits and perks.

What To Expect in Your Resort Room

What do the rooms look like at the Polynesian Village Resort? All of the rooms are in 1 of 11 different longhouses.

The longhouses are large buildings, that allow you to access your room from an interior hallway. Every room is either 2 stories or 3 stories high.

A standard room at the Polynesian will have a day bed, 2 queen-sized beds, a small table, 2 chairs, and an armoire for your clothes. The standard room size is about 415 square feet and you can’t have over 5 occupants in any 1 room. You’ll also find amenities like a coffee maker, ironing board, Disney shampoo and soap, an iPod dock, and a safe.

Did you want to get a king-sized bed? If yes, you’ll have to make a special request since they only have a limited number of king-sized beds available.

Next, if you want to stay in a suite, you can house anywhere from 4-9 people. All of the resorts suites are in the Tonga longhouse.

Different Room Views at the Polynesian Village Resort

What type of room view matters to you? If a relaxing room view is important to you, we suggest you book a room that offers a lagoon view. If you want to keep an eye on all the action, ask for a clear view of the theme park.

A standard room view will feature the lovely landscaping and walkways the Polynesian resort is famous for. The marina and pool are included in the standard room views, so you can request them at no additional cost!

Finally, some rooms overlook the parking lot. When you book your room, you have to specifically ask to not get a parking lot view, otherwise, you probably will.

Room Check-in and Check-Out Policies

After booking your room, you’ll need to download the My Disney Experience App. Open up the app and look for a section titled “Online Check-in”. After clicking on the online check-in, you’ll be able to request an early check-in.

We suggest you choose the early check-in options since this will give you the most freedom. Rooms aren’t ready until 3 p.m., and there’s no guarantee an early check-in will mean your room’s ready sooner.

However, you will have the freedom to drop off your luggage with the bell services, get your magic bands for the park, and start exploring! Magic bands are colorful wristbands that connect you to everything on your vacation. Your magic band can help you with park access, getting into your room, buying Disney merchandise, and more.

Plan Your Dream Vacation

Where is Polynesia? Now you know where to find the Polynesian islands, as well as Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Were you surprised to discover the resort is right outside of Magic Kingdom? Or how about how you can request a lagoon view for your room?

We hope our article was able to answer all of your questions so you can start planning your dream vacation today! For more great locations to visit, check out the rest of this site.

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