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Travelling can get pretty expensive, even if you’re doing your best to make savings whenever and wherever you can, which is why it’s always nice to get a freebie thrown in when you can, and even though you might not realise it, there ARE lots of things you can get for free when you’re travelling.

Here are just a few of the things, if you’re smart, you won’t have to pay for on your next trip:

International Calls

Okay, so this one shouldn’t even need saying at this point, but there are still people out there paying for expensive international calling cards or using hotel phones to make calls back home. There really is no need now that we have smartphones, which enable us via apps like Facetime, Whatsapp and Skype to connect with anyone, anywhere for free, providing there is a Wi-Fi connection. Which brings us to…

Wi-Fi

Even if you are staying at a hotel that charges extra for Wi-Fi, you can often find special offers that enable you to use the Wi-Fi for free. If you can’t do that, then just politely asking the staff to give you free access can get results.

Then, there’s the fact that more and more cafes, bars, shops, etc., are offering free Wi_Fi on the premises, which means you really shouldn’t have to pay for your internet access while you travel, most of the time, at least.

Breakfast

There are lots of deals, these Marriott corporate codes, for example, which will enable you to eat breakfast for free. Sometimes, you don’t even need to search for codes – there are lots of places that will throw in a free breakfast buffet and although we’re not talking about huge sums of money, the cost of even a cheap breakfast can quickly add up, so it’s always nice to get it for free, which you really can do by Googling around a little before deciding on a place to stay.

Free Tours

If you travel a lot, then you’ll know the pain of waiting around in airports with nothing to do. Well, depending on where you are, you might not have to do do that because, if you hit up the airport’s information desk, you might just find that they have a free tour of the area that you can take, and although they aren’t always the most riveting tours you’ll ever experience, they sure do beat being bored in a crowded airport. So, if you find yourself in that position, simply ask.

Museum Access

There are many museums, in many parts of the world, including London, France and China that are open free to the public. Even the ones that aren’t always free often have free days when you can see the treasures without ever putting your hand in your pocket. If you’re travelling within your own country and you happen to have a pass for a particular museum close to you, then some museums in other parts of the country will even let you in for free using that pass, so it’s always worth asking!

Free Kids’ Stuff

Many hotels offer loyalty programs and if you sign up to them, not only can you get extras like bottled water on the house, but if you happen to be travelling with children you can benefit from the children’s’ program, and they will often give you lots of fun freebies for the kids like candy and internet access.

Snacks

A lot of airlines have a reputation for being pretty cheap now, not offering any of the freebies that they used to. However, if you’re a polite passenger, and you’re brave enough to ask the flight attendant, then you might be surprised to find that they’ll often slip you a free can of cola or some peanuts and although these are only small things, they can brighten up an otherwise terrible flight and save you buying snacks should you get hungry.

Accommodation

Yes, you can get free accommodation when you’re travelling. Sure, you might have to look after the homeowner’s dog or do some work on a farm to get it, but if you’re travelling long-term and you want to stretch your money as far as it can possibly go, that really isn’t so bad is it? Depending on how you go about getting your free accommodation – if you WWOOF for example – you may even get your meals free too. It’s a great way to see the world!

Have you ever been given any freebies while travelling? What were they and how did you get them?

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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5 Spanish Beach Holiday Destinations Off The Beaten Track

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Spanish package holidays have been a firm favourite of Europeans for more than 50 years, with many going to tried-and-tested destinations such as the Costa del Sol and Costa Brava. But what if you’re looking for a Spanish beach holiday somewhere new? Well, Spain has plenty of fantastic beach resorts you’ve probably never heard of, so we’ve unveiled five of the best destinations off the beaten track for you to consider.

Zahara de Los Atunes, Cadiz

The beach resorts in the far south of the country may be less well-known than those on the Mediterranean side of Spain, but they boast many more untouched beaches, including the spectacular Zahara de los Atunes beach, which stretches for five miles from the picturesque fishing village of the same name. The beach is popular for its water sports and makes an excellent family-friendly destination for those looking for all the trappings of a beach holiday but without the crowds. There are no high-rise hotels, giving the area a more intimate, friendly feel.

The Cíes Islands, Galicia

The little-known Cíes Islands in the north-west coast of Spain is a real find. With white-sand beaches that glisten in the sunshine thanks to tiny particles of quartz and waters of the clearest blue, it’s no wonder these islands are known as the ‘Galician Seychelles’. The 1,200m long Playa de Rodas, with its natural lagoon, sugar-like sand and turquoise waters, is beautiful. It doesn’t get much more off the beaten track than the beaches of the The Cíes Islands, accessible only by ferry, and with no hotels and only campsites available, you can live like Robinson Crusoe, if only for a few days.

Es Pujols, Formentera

On the tiny Balearic island of Formentera is the resort of Es Pujols. The one resort on the island, it provides a slower pace of life for those uninterested in the sights and sounds of its boisterous neighbour Ibiza. During the day, visitors can chill out on one of two white-sand beaches, while in the evening raise the tempo at one of the resort’s trendy nightspots. Es Pujols may be small, but it has everything a holidaymaker could want, from sunbathing and water sports to great restaurants and nightlife.

Altea, Alicante

Hidden away in the province of Alicante is the small whitewashed town of Altea. It’s just a 20-minute drive from glitzy Benidorm but couldn’t be more different. Here you can experience traditional Spain in all its glory as you wander along the cobbled streets of the old town before stopping off at one of the many traditional tapas bars for a bite to eat. Visit the exquisitely decorated Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo church before finishing your day soaking up the sun at one of the many beaches dotted around the Altea area.

Punta Umbria, Huelva

For unspoiled coastline head to Punta Umbria in the Spanish province of Huelva. There you’ll find a number of spectacular beaches, including the urbanised beach of Playa de Punta Umbria, which offers plenty of peace and quiet and escape from the crowds while still providing plenty of amenities to keep you and the family fed and watered. Be sure to take time out to visit the Paraje Natural de las Marismas del Odiel, a protected area of wetland where you can take long walks and enjoy the sights of spoonbills, loons, cormorants and flamingos.

Now that you know about these off the beaten track destinations, why not try something a little bit different for your next beach holiday to Spain?

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Why is the Grand Central Station Worth a Visit?

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Grand Central Station is one of New York City’s most iconic fixtures, right up there with Times Square and the Empire State Building. Only a couple of blocks away from the Westgate NYC Hotel, it’s also close to some of the Big Apple’s most popular attractions like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Bryant Park.

Located in midtown Manhattan, the terminal is a certified National Historic Landmark that deserves a spot on any tourist’s itinerary. Find out why it’s worth seeing below:

It’s an architectural marvel.

Calling Grand Central a “train station” is the same as calling the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican a “church”. It is the world’s largest railway station, at 44 platforms and 67 tracks, including a rail yard and sidings. The terminal covers 48 acres of prime real estate in Park Avenue and serves an average of 750,000 commuters daily.

In addition to its sheer size, Grand Central can be classified as a work of art on itself. It was designed in the distinctive Beaux-Arts style that has defined turn-of-the-century American Renaissance architecture. The façade and structure of the terminal are made primarily of granite, and the sumptuous interiors use imitation Caen stone, Botticino marble, and pink Tennessee marble.

There’s artwork all around.

The terminal incorporates numerous public artworks into its design, making it a worthy addition to any art lover’s itinerary. Grand Central’s south façade alone features several works of art, including the world’s largest example of Tiffany glass; a 13-foot-wide clock worth 20 million US dollars; the 48-foot-wide Glory of Commerce sculptural group by French sculptor Jules-Félix Coutan; and a 4-ton, 8.5-foot bronze statue of American railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, the man responsible for the station’s existence.

Inside, you’ll find the Main Concourse ceiling mural, which was designed in 1912 by French artist Paul César Helleu. Themed after celestial bodies, the artwork contains over 2,500 hand-painted stars and golden bands amidst a turquoise backdrop. Another notable mural is the Graybar Passage mural that was painted by muralist Edward Trumbull in 1927. It is a depiction of American transportation.

Contemporary works of art have been added to the terminal over the years. These include a mixed-media mural called A Field of Wild Flowers made by American visual artist Roberto Juarez, a mosaic made with glass and bronze called As Above, So Below by Brooklyn-based artist Ellen Driscoll, and Sirshasana, a hanging sculpture made with aluminum, polyester resin, and crystals made by Donald Lipski, an American sculptor.

It’s a shopping and dining destination

Since its inception, Grand Central was built with the commuter’s comfort and convenience in mind. When it first opened, it contained several amenities including a ladies’ waiting room, a shoeshine room, a beauty salon, and a barbershop. Today, it houses numerous shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, and other services. The 65 retail establishments include an Apple Store, L’Occitane, M.A.C. Cosmetics, and diptyque.

On the lower dining concourse, you’ll find fast-casual New York institutions such as Shake Shack and Magnolia Bakery, as well as the 107-year-old fine dining restaurant Grand Central Oyster Bar. Grand Central Market occupies its own area, where local vendors sell high-quality gourmet products and fresh produce in a European-style market setting. There’s even a tennis club on the premises called the Vanderbilt Tennis Club which is open to the public from 6 A.M. to 1 A.M.

Grand Central Station is New York in a nutshell: vibrant, exciting and diverse. A full calendar of events means that there’s always something going on, so check it out next time you’re in the city!

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Travel Sri Lanka Tips – 5 Things You Need to Know

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Known as “India’s tear”, Sri Lanka is a country that has a lot to do. From beach and mountains to surfing, diving, and chaos, all within the same island. Are you looking for adventures? Sri Lanka will not disappoint you, and here we will tell you why.

Polonnaruwa y Anuradhapura: to enjoy cycling

These cities declared World Heritage by UNESCO, are ideal for traveling on two wheels because of distances allow it, and you can stop to observe the beautiful stupas, Buddhist statues, and perfectly preserved ancient temples. Then you can go back to rest at the reserved hotel in Sri Lanka with Voyage Privé.

Lion Rock (Sigiriya): for those who dare to climb

This mountain that represents centuries of Indian history will give you the best views of the island. It is an archaeological ensemble whose history dates back to a prince who made it his fortress due to the feared invasion of his brother, who had usurped the throne and expatriated to India. The views will be worth it since you will appreciate the size of the rock and the extension of the gardens of its base.

Dambulla Caves: to be surprised in silence

Located at the top of a rock, these caves offer a tour of Hindu religious history that will blow your mind. More than 150 statues and paintings on the walls await you to appreciate them in silence and understand the rich culture of the region.

Beaches of the South: to relax and enjoy

Golden sand and dream palm trees make these beaches an impressive paradise. Medaketiya, Tangalle, and Unawatuna are some of the best beaches on the island, where you will find relaxation on the one hand and, on the other hand, the possibility of surfing and the typical “stilt fisherman” that are so famous for tourism.

Festivals: to have fun and fill with color

If your trip coincides with the date of festivals in the country, you can observe the impressive dances, dresses, and colors that display this type of event. Decorated elephants and the emotion that is lived are things that you will remember for a lifetime. You must follow the lunar calendar to determine the date of the festivals that take place days before the full moon.

Have you started packing yet? Sri Lanka offers adventure, culture, religion, amazing landscapes and many options to enjoy. Start planning your trip and live a great experience!

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