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Travel Diaries- Travelling on a budget? Do you compromise on flight or hotel?

Hi there,

Yes its me, its been a little while since I put my finger tips to a keypad.

There is really no reason other than I have been trying to figure things out in the real world. Plus an element of are my write ups actually benefiting anyone. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. If one person reads and benefits from my post… then my work here is done.

We are back on the road to seeing the world and doing it on a budget. I often get asked how I can afford to take so much time off work to travel (I will leave this for another day) and manage the costs associated with travelling.

I often debate with people on whether its best to compromise on the flight or maybe the hotel to make the cost of travel cheapers.

I live in the UK and cheap no frill flights such as as Rynair, Easyjet and the likes of it will probably only get you as far as Europe. These are often a great way of starting you travelling. However, I find that that the cheap flight sold by these airlines can suddenly become expense when you add baggage cost and in-flight food costs.😬.

I prefer to use the British Airways holiday finder to find cheap flight deals. There is always a bargain to be had during off peak seasons. I also find that bigger airlines are more lenient on baggage allowance. Being a British Airways club member, I collect Avios points and can use these to get further discounts on flight. Believe you me .. this is the easiest way of getting discounts and flight upgrades.

Booking Cheap hotels has never been easier thanks to hotel price comparison sites.

With features such as free cancellation, I am able to back a hotel then price watch for better deals. This allows me to lock in any deals that I see. But it gives me the flexibility of cancel if the price drops.

So what am I saying.. you actually dont need to compromise on your flight or your hotel. There is always a deal to be had.

I would like to know your views on whether you compromise on flights or hotels when it comes to saving costs.

Feel free to put your comments and questions in the box below.

Till next time

X😘

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Travel Diaries Discovering- Sierra Leone

Greetings from Sierra Leone. I have always wanted to explore Africa and I have started in SL. 

I had so much anxieties about going to an African Country other than Nigerian.  Only God knows why I chose Sierra Leone but am here now. 

Can I just say that I have met some of the nicest people here. Everyone has been so helpful and just NICE.

Sadly, there are direct flights here. So I made a stop at Amsterdam on a KLM flight.  

I loved that the airport had LIGHT and was air-conditions. … yes we count the little things too.  To top things off all my luggage arrived.

My biggest shock came when I learnt that we need to use a speedboat to cross to the mainland. Scared is an understatement.

I didn’t come out here to die! 

What would my mother say. At this point I couldn’t go back so I braved it. I could hardly see where I was going. Clenching my friends hand and prayers in my heart, one step at a time I made it over the long shakey bridge and onto the speed boat.   There was AC … I live for AC in Africa and entertainment.

We were offered refreshments which helped to make the 45 mind ride go quick. This was verthe bumpy ride. Not for those who suffer from sea sickness.

I was so impressed by the way they carried all our luggage from the airport to the mainland.  Nothings went missing.

I really can’t help but compare Sierra Leone with Nigeria.  A part of me things that they are better organised here. I had to remind myself that this is barely day one.  I will keep you guys posted on how I get alone.

The internet is not great. I will do my best to write and post as much as I can.  

Follow me on Instagram for regular updates

 @ijayheavens I post there regularly. 

See you soon. 

X

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