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December 24, 2013

WIN Expedia vouchers + 2 nights stay in Edinburgh

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First of all, a merry Xmas to all my readers from around the world!

Seasons greetings come this year from Funchal, Madeira where it is a nice warm 19c. Funchal at the moment is all lit up at night and feel very festive. Xmas lights , as you can see in the picture are amazing. If you haven’t yet…I would encourage you all to visit Madeira during the festive season.. It’s a very cool, unique experience.

 

I hope you are all having a great Xmas so far.

If you’ve been following the blog, you will have noticed I haven’r run any competitions on the BudgetTraveller since my launch 2 years back and this is something I plan to remedy in 2014!

So, since it is Xmas and the season of giving and sharing, I am excited to announce my big Christmas giveaway where I am giving you allthe chance to win 5 very exciting prizes. Details of prizes are given below along with terms and conditions which I urge you to check before entering.

How to enter? I am running the competition via Rafflecopter – it’s pretty simple and straightforward to enter, just click on the widget below.

Goodluck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you do have any problems entering the competition via Rafflecopter, drop me an email at europebudgetguide AT gmail.com

 

Prizes are

1. 2 nights for 2 people, private room with breakfast at any Generator Hostel destination

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You could be staying here! Private room at Generator Hostel, Berlin Mitte

Generator Hostel are offering a 2 nights stay for 2 people at any of their fantastic design led urban accommodation across Europe. Their safe and central hostels can be found in London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Venice and Barcelona. Their hostels are all about being social, meeting new people and travelling in style without breaking the bank, while enjoying a range of especially curated events and collaborations and bringing the best of each city into our hostels. Currently they are running an excellent Winter Wipeout (book until 31st December for stays until the end of Feb) offering rooms from 5 Pounds 

2. 2 days in Edinburgh

2 days, 2 nights stay in Best Western Brunstfield Edinburgh with breakfast + Platinum Tour of Scotch Whisky Experience + Dinner for 2 at Amber restaurant +mentry to Camera Obscura and Edinburgh Dungeons.

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Best Western Bruntsfield

I’ve put together a cracking package for 2 lucky people to enjoy a 2 nights stay in Edinburgh.*

Winner of this prize will win a 2 nights stay at 4 star, Bruntsfield Best Western Hotel which includes breakfast.

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Whisky Tasting at Scotch Whisky Experience

Whisky Tasting at Scotch Whisky Experience

A platinum Tour  for 2 of the award Scotch Whisky Experience and …

Dinner for 2 at the award winning Amber Restaurant

Dinner for 2 at the award winning Amber Restaurant

Taste of Scotland Dinner for 2 in Amber Restaurant ( Worth £108)

Details

The Platinum tour gives you all the time you want to admire the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky with a guided nosing and tasting of two contrasting Single Malt Whiskies, extended viewing of The Collection and tasting of an exclusive 21-year-old Scotch Whisky to finish.

Your tour is followed by a three-course Scottish food experience menu in their well-loved Amber Restaurant with bite-sized Scottish starters, a trio of main dishes and dessert matched with a dram.

The perfect blend of Scotland’s food and drink in one evening.

PLUS

A free family pass to Edinburgh’s No 1 tourist attraction: Camera Obscura

Family pass allows entry for 2 adults and 2 children.

PLUS

Family pass to Edinburgh Dungeons ( 2 adults + 2 children)

1  Win the complete set of 9 of my favourite travel guides in the world:City-Pick Travel guides

3. Win the complete set of 9 City-Pick travel guides

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‘Superb … it’s like having your own tablet loaded with different tomes, except with the best passages..’

The Times

‘Brilliant, the best way to get under the skin of a city.’

Kate Mosse

‘The beauty of this clever series is the breadth and reach of its contributors’

Real Travel Magazine

Oxygen Books have been very kind to offer me a set of 9 of their fantastic city-pick guides. These guides feature passages and stories from over fifty writers, past and present, on their favourite world city. These guides are perfect for city-break travellers as well as armchair readers. Titles include: Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Venice, New York, St Petersburg and Istanbul.

 

4. £150 Expedia voucher

 

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Other booking.com my other favourite site for booking holidays is Expedia.

 

So, I’m really excited to be offering you the chance to win a £150 Expedia voucher*** which can be redeemed against any purchase on the site or via their cool new mobile app.  I recommend you do check out their new app -it’s quick and convenient, provides the essential details, like map views in hotel searches and guest reviews. You also get free flight status updates, airport terminal maps for over 200 airports, directions to any hotels you booked and all the relevant contact information – it even reminds you what time you need to check out.Plus it has a very engaging visual design. Sometimes they run mobile exclusive deals plus at the moment , I found this 10% off code that can be used for hotel bookings: XMASNJ10 ( Hope it works, feedback welcomed )

 

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5.  Win a free two night stay for you and three friends at YHA London Central*

YHA, budget travel accommodation provider, has over 160 properties offering you great places to stay that won’t cost you the earth. From traditional seaside holidays to city sight-seeing breaks and activity days, there is something to suit everyone.

YHA London Central is a modern, affordable Youth Hostel right in the centre of the country’s capital city. Within easy reach of lots of fantastic local attractions including the London Eye, Oxford Circus and the West End, this is a great base from which to explore the city. The stylish café/bar is at the heart of the building and provides a place to eat and drink as well as share stories with other travellers and friends.

 

Terms and Conditions
No cash alternatives to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are non-transferable. The prize is subject to availability and nights must be taken consecutively.

* Valid for stays till 1st of May, 2014.

**This prize is for accommodation for four people in a private room at YHA London Central only and excludes meals, drinks, etc. Stays must be taken before 31st June 2014.

The prize is subject to availability.

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One winner only, prize is an Expedia.co.uk voucher, to the value to £150, used to purchase accommodation
Travel must be booked by 14th February 2014 and taken by 1st July 2014.
The winner must be 18 years old or over.
Unless otherwise stated in the prize description no additional transport is included.
The Prize is as stated and is non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
Winner is responsible for passports and visas before travel.
Unless otherwise stated, no additional food or living costs are included.
The prize is subject to availability and we cannot guarantee your first choice of dates.

June 24, 2013

Volcano-hopping in Iceland: Win this trip!

Volcano Hopping in Iceland

Sitting on top of Eldfell

By Frankie Bird

The more I travel, the more I start to think that places have more stories than people.

One of the places that all but convinced me of this was the Westman Islands, a cluster of wild, rocky islands off the southern coast of Iceland. Here I was lucky enough to see – and climb – part of their story; the 40-year old remnants of a volcano that drastically altered Heimaey, the Westman Islands’ only inhabited isle. When it erupted unexpectedly in early 1973, it effectively “grew” the island by a fifth, spilling lava out into the sea , which hardened and formed a new landmass that is only now starting to calm down and grow vegetation.

Exciting and enthralling as this may sound – and it was an honour to see it – it was also deeply frightening and destructive as the eruption also took with it 400 homes and threatened to cut off the island’s lifeline; it’s harbour. While the island grew by 20%, the population dropped by the same amount as families were evacuated and didn’t return. Those who stayed had to live with a black and red steaming mountain as a reminder of what happened in 1973. As life-altering as this particular story is (and it’s a small miracle that no body was killed), it certainly goes some way to confirm that Heimaey is a very special place – which proud locals would tell you in a heartbeat – as it’s one of the youngest and most raw volcanoes in Iceland that you can literally get up, close and personal with. In fact, you can climb its full height and sit on the cusp of its crater, admiring a view of the town and surrounding islands. For an idea of the magnitude and force of a volcano, you can dig a few inches into the golden brown mass you stand on and you’ll feel the heat of Eldfell – the volcano you just climbed to the peak of – it’s barely starting to cool down.

 

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Feeling the heat of a volcano

 

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Eldfell is one of three volcanoes I got, up close and personal with in Iceland, albeit from different angles and in very different ways. Eldfell is certainly the only one I can pronounce, Thrihnukagigur and Eyjafjallajökull (of 2010′s “ash-cloud” fame) being the other two. Three volcanoes, three days of eye-opening, mind-blowing and memory-making adventure. Before I tell you more, I need to inform you that you can win this exact same experience. You (and a friend) can enjoy a five day trip to Iceland with flights, accommodation (at Bus Hostel Reykjavik), car hire and tours all included.

Read on to find out exactly what we did and how you can win exactly the same experience.

 

Day One

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Admiring the view from the top of a volcano

 

This was our trip to the Westman Islands. We drove south through lunar-like lava fields and caught whiffs of sulphur in the air as we passed a geothermal energy plant. The scenery changed quickly but stayed consistently impressive; Iceland is one of those countries that is a privilege to drive through. With a few stops planned en route (I don’t want to spoil all the surprises!) we met our guide “Viking Jon” and from there drove to catch the 30 minute ferry across to Heimaey. After climbing up to Eldfell’s peak (a steady but short hike that is steep in a few places but with endless spectacular views) our efforts were rewarded by a visit to the island’s cliffy coastline where puffins take their summer holiday.

 

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Puffins on Heimaey, Westman Islands

 

If you’re still awake and up for it, Jon will also treat you to a drive along a beautiful black sand beach once you’re back on the mainland.

Day Two

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A view to remember

 

Again we left Reykjavik by heading south. It was the same journey, but it was far from broing. After meeting Viking Jon again, we headed inland and were given a tease of what was to come later as we drove past a row of beautiful waterfalls including the famous Seljalandsfoss. Quickly, the tarmac road gave way to gravel and flat turned into rocky and river-like on occasion; you’ll be grateful that you’re in an elevated 4×4! Eventually we reached the foot of the Gigjokull glacier and there followed some fascinating lessons in geology and geography (and I don’t say that loosely – geography was my least favourite subject at school!).

 

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Off-roading in Iceland!

 

Afterwards we travelled further into the vast valley which became even more unforgiving in terms of terrain – but no match for the beast of a vehicle you’ll be driving in. We parked up and took a very gentle hike into a nearby valley.  Thórsmörk National Park is renowned for its natural beauty and hiking trails – and hiking isn’t my favourite activity – but I loved the views on offer.

 

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Thórsmörk National Park

 

Heading home we got to “play” in the waterfalls we’d seen earlier and it’s actually hard to describe how impressive these were. What I can easily say, however, is this – bring a waterproof jacket!

 

Day Three

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Inside the Volcano – Photo by the fantastic Anders Bergh

 

By this point you have climbed a volcano and explored the base of another one. Today it’s time to go inside the volcano, literally. Google it if you want, or leave it open to your imagination, but “Inside the Volcano” is a very new and completely unique experience that has only been available to the public for a year so I now feel very privileged to be one of only a relative few who have stood inside a magma chamber. Crazily colourful, very humbling and peculiarly emotional, it’s an experience I won’t forget. It’s made all the more fun by a lively hike across a lava field that crosses continents as you’ll have the opportunity to have one foot in American and one in Europe across a crack that shows you how the continental plates are pulling apart making Iceland grow by 3cm every year.

 

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Lava fields in Iceland

 

That afternoon we followed one of the most spectacular roads I’ve ever driven across more lava fields and other-worldly landscapes to see some of Iceland’s geothermal activity at the smelly but sensational mud springs at Reykjanes Peninusla.

 

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Blue Lagoon

 

Our day ended with a well-earned soak in the Blue Lagoon, though the relaxing doesn’t stop there; you’ll also be treated to a delicious dinner in the adjacent Lava Restaurant. Magic!

 

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A delicious dinner at Lava Restaurant

 

Day Four

A day of rest and relaxation in Reykjavik. I climbed to the top of Hallgrímskirkja, wandered the pretty city streets, admired the striking Harpa concert hall and took photos of the colourful corrugated iron houses. However, if you still have a taste for adventure you will still have the keys to your hire car so feel free to go exploring further afield too.

 

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Reykjavik from above

 

I feel like I’ve touched on only a handful of the stories told to me during my five day stay in Iceland, but maybe that’s a good thing as they’re stories I think best heard when you’re there in person. And how fantastic that you could make that happen…

To enter this competition all you need to do is take a photo of a bus (yes, really!) and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #bushostel. The photos will be shared on Bus Hostel’s Facebook page and a jury of bloggers will pick a winner from the ten best.

For full details about the competition and how you can enter visit this page. GOOD LUCK!!

 

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

August 11, 2012

Win.You+1.Berlin Clubnacht 2012 & stay at Grand Hostel Berlin

In the coming weeks and months I’ll be running a bunch competitions where you get the chance to win a few nights stay at some of the fantastic Luxury Hostels I’ve been featuring on the blog.

 

This week you + 1 got a chance to win a stay at the stunning Grand Hostel Berlin

 

 

Grand Hostel Berlin are offering you and a friend, a 2 night stay at their hostel and tickets to Berlin and Europe’s biggest club Festival- the BERLIN CLUBNACHT of which they are the official partner.

This is a unique opportunity to sample some of the best of Berlin’s famed club culture, diverse nightlife and different styles of music.

PRIZE

A 2 night stay at the Grand Hostel Berlin for 2 people ** + 2 pairs of clubnight tickets and breakfast** in our Grandwich Bar

 

 

HOW TO WIN?

To be in a chance to win simply answer the following absurdly simple question

 

What are the dates for this year’s Berlin Clubnacht ?

Is it

A) 5th and 6th June 2012

B) 7th and 8th September 2012

C) 11th and 12th December 2011

 

EMAIL: Your answers to  [email protected] with the subject headline  ’ GRAND HOSTEL BERLIN COMPETITION’

DEADLINE: For entries is 25th August, 2012.

Winner will be announced on  Monday, 27th August 2012. Good luck!

 

2 nights 1 ticket

More than 30 clubs

100 dancefloors

200 DJ’s
Dates: 7th and 8th of September 2012
5 different club tours

[ **(Dorm room, Sandwich + coffee,tea,orange juice)** ]

August 4, 2012

Win a trip to Barcelona!

 

[ Here's a cool competition from the Generator: one of the awesome Luxury Hostels I've been featuring on the blog. ( If you missed out here is a recent review of Generator Copenhagen and Generator Hamburg ) ]

 

Get up and close with the genius of Gaudi-one of the many highlights of a trip to Barcelona

 

 

Generator Hostels, the European hostel chain, are preparing to launch their latest hostel location: Barcelona!

Launching in Feb 2013, the location will feature everything you’d expect from a great hostel – a clean and bright environment, a good kitchen and a party bar.

To celebrate the opening of the location, Generator are holding a photo competition on their Facebook Page. They’re looking for your very favourite travel snaps for the chance to win flights to Barcelona and accommodation for two in their brand new hostel!

Enter the competition here:

To give you a few more reasons to visit Barcelona, here are some highlights of the beautiful Spanish city:

 

Gaudi: From La Sagrada Familia to his lizards, Gaudi’s beautiful architecture makes Barcelona unique.

 

Las Ramblas: The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca once said that La Rambla was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end.” Endless rows of florists, shops, cafes, restaurants and more make this street (or to be more accurate, collection of streets) the perfect place to while away an hour or two.

 

 

La Boqueria: One of the greatest food markets of the world and one of the great Barcelona experiences

 

La Boqueria: It’s hard to mention Barcelona without a reference to the vast amount of delicious food available in the country. Visit the largest market in Spain for everything from fruit and vegetables to salted cod and local cheeses.

 

Discover Barcelona for yourself – enter the competition here!

March 31, 2012

Like a weekend in Berlin, partying with the locals? Enter the Supersurfer competition!

 

 

In conjunction with RoomSurfer, BudgetTraveller is excited to announce a competition to find the next… Supersurfer!

 

Roomsurfer is a new and fresh platform that is now offering you an unforgettable trip in Berlin

 

 

 

 

With this platform you can enter your favourite city, select your interests and find your ideal host in Berlin, someone who shares lots of things with you and can show you what you really want to see.

 

 

Sounds cool?

 

Then check the Roomsurfer homepage for further information

 

So what’s the competition?

 

The BudgetTraveller and Roomsurfer have  come up with a cool idea of allowing you, the reader to experience the RoomSurfer experience in one of the world’s most exciting cities: Berlin.

 

YES YOU….could Visit Berlin for a weekend and party with the locals

 

 

 

 

You will spend an entire weekend in the best city of the world, with the best company.

 

 

 

 

You will get great insider tips from your Roomsurfer host and of course tips how to save more money in the capital of Germany.

 

You will be flown to Berlin on April 28 2012  (you should live next to one of these 100 major European cities http://bit.ly/GRpKT9)

You will then meet the Roomsurfer host you will be staying with.
In the evening you and your host will attend the Roomsurfer Launchparty.
Day: April 29 you’ll have time to savor Berlin and in the evening you’ll be flown back to your city.
Short but perfect weekend.

 

 

 

So how does one enter?

Show us that you are a SuperSurfer!

 

How?

 

1. Comment on this post, share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

 

2. Send a picture or a video to [email protected]  showing your Super Surfer style!!

 

 

 

The craziest and most innovative picture or video wins.

 

Deadline: You have time until April 6, and then I’ll announce the Super Surfer who is travelling to Berlin.

 

I’m really excited about your creativity, so  good luck and let your ideas flow!

September 23, 2011

Answer HostelBookers travel survey + Win a £3000 Round the World Ticket +£1000 spending money

 

 

 

 

 

Hostelbookers are conducting their biggest ever travel survey and inviting you to share your experiences from trips around the world.

 

 

With over 10,000 responses to last year’s survey , this year’s survey promises to be a even bigger affair with it being available in five different languages.

HostelBookers is looking for all sorts of travel information from you within this survey.

Questions vary from, ‘How many countries have you visited to?’ to ‘What kind of accommodation you usually choose to stay in?’

Recent surveys have revealed some startling surprises:  45% of Australians rated themselves as the best lovers, seeing off competition from the amorous Italians to win the coveted ‘World’s best lovers’ award.

So whether you’re an amorous Aussie or Italian, this year’s survey represents a chance for you: the traveller to have your say and give feedback on what motivates you to travel as well to uncover what ingredients make perfect trip: perfect.

 

Please note: Winning tickets must be booked at least 4 weeks before travel and before 31st December 2011. Travel must be fully completed by 30 September 2012.

To find out more about the HostelBookers survey and how to be in with the chance of winning the £3000 Round the World Ticket plus £1000 spending money some amazing travel prizes visit  http://www.hostelbookers.com/survey/

 

Sponsored Post

This post was sponsored by Hostelbookers.com

HostelBookers is the only major budget accommodation website in the travel industry that does not apply a service charge and is, on average, 8,7% less expensive than its nearest competitor. It features over 18,000 hostels and budget properties on its website in 3,500 destinations across the world.

 

 

 

August 18, 2011

BudgetTraveller Launch Competition : Win 1 of 4 great prizes

 

 

 

To celebrate the launch of the BudgetTraveller I have not 1 but 4 fantastic prizes to giveaway to you today.

 

To be in with a chance of winning, I want you to send in a memorable budget tip from your recent travels.

This could be a great meal in a restaurant or  a great museum, a great walking trail or a memorable place you stayed that was budget friendly-anything!

If you can send in 50-100 words with a picture, that would be great.

Email address to send your entries is europebudgetguide AT gmail.com

The winning entries will also be published on the BudgetTraveller.

 

Deadline for entries is Friday 9th September.

Send in your tips with your name and address please.

Winners will be notified by email on Monday 12th September, 2011. Good luck!

PS : Big thank you to Kasia Dietz, BudgetPlaces.com, CrashPadder and umi Brighton for donating the prizes!!

 

So what are the prizes!?

 

We have 4 prizes.

1sr Prize

 

The first prize comes courtesy of the stylish funky, budget boutique hotel umi Brighton

umi Brighton is a beautiful 1850’s period building ideally situated on the sea front in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant city centre.

Winner will be treated to a 4 night stay (Sunday to Thursday only) in one of umiBrighton’s seafront double room.

 

2nd Prize

2nd prize in our competition is a 2 night stay for 2 people* in any BudgetPlaces.com destination.

With over 6500 hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast places to choose from in 700 cities there is no shortage of places to go on holiday if you win. ( *Budgetplaces.com T&C apply )

 

 

3rd Prize

This is another great prize: £50 voucher (valid for 12 months redeemed via the website) from the glorious worldwide homestay specialists Crashpadder.

Crashpadder is perfect for travelers who are fed up of hotels and looking for a stay with more soul where you get to hangout and meet friendly locals.

 

4th Prize

 

This is something a bit different and unique.

4th prize is something stylish and for the ladies and all those Parisphiles out there.

Parisian blogger by night and by day Kasia Dietz is a designer of handbags-one-of-a-kind, reversible handbags, totes, clutches all made with love from the city of love-Paris.

 

Kasia is giving away one of her reversible bags: the Circles Bag from the Tribal Collection. The prize included the bag and the purse.

 

About the Sponsors

 

BudgetPlaces.com offers you the coolest budget places to stay in the best destinations. Check out their website for photos and videos of the centrally located hotels, hostels, b&b and apartments.
An average 120€ savings on a 3 night stay lets you live their slogan “Save on the hotel. Spend on the fun.”

 

Kasia Dietz handbags are one-of-a-kind, reversible bags and totes, made {with love} in Paris. Clutches and purses to match. Select collections are hand-painted, wearable art. Kasia Dietz handbags are the ideal bag for the fashion savvy eco-conscious traveler. Available internationally in France, Italy, Greece, USA, UK and online at www.kasiadietz.com

Kasia Dietz is a NYC designer and traveler who followed her heart to Paris. Check out her great blog www.loveinthecityoflights.com

 

 

umi Brighton offers a large range of rooms to suit an array of budgets and requirements, from small single rooms to large double-roomed family accommodation. All rooms have, free Wi-Fi, plasma TV, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee facilities, whilst our seafront rooms are air-conditioned. For more information visit their website


Crashpadder.com enables travellers to stay in local homes, but it is more than just a place to stay. It is a community of like-minded people with loads of different interest groups so everyone can find a match. With rooms starting at £15 a night in 1,847 cities, there’s no place like homes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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