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The travelling year of 2012 is slowly coming to its end.

It has been 3½ months since we started this project and it has so far been a very exciting journey. Most because of all you people out there who are supporting Tips Of Travelling and spread the word about us.  But also because I would never htought that the response to this site would become so overwhelming. Both from travellers as from people and companies that has put forward different business proposals.

The site is growing fast and during the 3½ months we have been up we have posted 587 posts with tips, tricks, ideas, information and a lot of flight, train, bus, hotel and other deals that are available.
We passed 36.000 views just an hour ago making it about 10.000 views a month (!) already with the highest amount of views on 6th December when we had 1.136 views in 24 hours which really blew our minds!
This only proves that we are on the right track here.
All to help you to travel Further. Longer. Cheaper.

We got ourselves a new logo which we hope that you like as well as we also released, for fun,  a short commercial that we really enjoyed – so feel free to spread it as well.

A new travel year named 2013 is coming up ahead of us where we also will introduce a new site which will have more information and data available to help you to travel more. Some of you have already seen it as it was up for some beta test runs during a day a few weeks ago.

So from us to you.
A really big Thank You for supporting us in 2012 and hope to have your continued support in 2013!

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If you are heading to Australia and specifically visitng Queensland then you should read this post.

Queensland is one of those places where you would find a lot of different activities to enjoy your time. If you are seeking some of the best wild rides, make sure to explore the following adrenaline filled options.

1. Island camping

There are a lot of different islands in Queensland where you can opt for camping. You would be amazed to see a lot of surprises and adrenaline pumping activities when you are spending time in some of the most desolate islands of the world.

2. Cycling getaways

Cycling has its own thrill and whenever you cycle on some of the mountain roads that are rocky and adventurous, the combination cannot get any better. Thus, relish the pleasure of cycling on long roads that have a lot of dangerous curves and bends.

3. Horse riding

When you are traveling in Queensland, you must enjoy the raw pleasure of Australian outback by exploring the wilderness on a horseback. Travelling on an untamed horse can push your adrenaline levels to the hilt.

4. River paddling

There is no better adventure than paddling on an unknown river with a beautiful company. You can travel in the same boat or compete against each other for having an exciting battle. So, glide on the waters and reach the destination, all the while exploring the beauty on both sides of the river.

5. Roadster motorbike

You can get such extreme fun bikes on rent. The bike is specifically designed for riding on rough roads and merely revving up the engine is sure to give you the thrill of having an adventure that you are bound to remember.

6. Abseiling

The Story Bridge abseil is one of best adventurous spots in Brisbane. Even if you have never abseiled anytime before, you can enjoy the once in a lifetime experience at this astoundingly splendid place and enjoy to your heart’s content.

7. ATV ride

For all the adrenaline junkies, riding an ATV is one of the best ways of spending a good time. There are a lot of tourist agencies that provide you the provision of hiring an ATV. Riding an ATV exudes a lot of raw energy and verve and so you should check out the best ATV and make the engine roar to life.

8. Trekking

There are a lot of small and big mountains in Brisbane. So, if you love to explore the journey beyond, pack your bags and head for a wonderful trekking experience. Scale huge heights and climb to the tops of the mountains to gaze at the world beneath and have one of the best bird eye views of your life.

9. Gliding

If you love to soar at great heights, you can become a gliding pilot and book your plans beforehand. Fly high above the sky and enjoy the pure rush of adrenaline as the strong breeze slaps hard across your face.

10. Surfing

All those who love to surf; Brisbane is definitely the place to be. You can find a lot of adventurous, adrenaline pumping water sports. So, get in your best gears and then dive headlong in the water for having the perfect game!

A very good video demonstrating a smart way to stay safe and keep your money safe when travelling.
For more tips and tricks on how to make your travels better check these threads

10 Tips to travel Cheaper

10 tips how to earn money for travelling

6 Tips on camera safety when travelling

We are proud to be able to present our first promotional video.
What do you think?

Spread the video to your friends and family, tweet, re-tweet, blog, facebook, pintrest, tubler or anything else you can to spread it.

Here are some tips on how you can earn some extra money for travelling.
And if done correctly this can pay off really well and get you travelling Further. Longer. Cheaper.

1. Rent out

Rent out your spare room or your apartment when out travelling for example.
If you are not there why leave it empty than utilizing it to its full?
List it on sites like AirBnb, RoomPaddy or 9Flats

2. Make stuff

If you are handy and can make for example small animals out of yarn then you can sell it on etsy.com
Literally anything handcrafted can be sold.

3. Sell stuff

Take a look around. Do you have stuff you don’t use but kept “in case” .
Sell all your unwanted stuff or not needed stuff on eBay, Amazon or Craigslist

4. Sell blood

Blood is something that is always needed at your local hospital.
Check if you can sell plasma as well as it pays a lot more money can be donated up to twice a week. If you have a rare blood type you are even more eligible

5. Freelance

Are you gifted in anything like writing or programming or even graphic design?
Sell your skills on freelance sites like Elance, Fiveer or 99Designs

6. Guide People

Do you know your city very well and knows of stuff people don’t always find?
Sign up and become a local tour guide on sites like Vayable or Gidsy.

7. Write travel itineraries

You been surfing around the web or travelled around in the world?
You can earn money by writing travel itineraries for Unanchor

8. Write travel articles

Online travel magazines like Matador can pay good money for travel stories and articles

9. Busking

Can you play guitar, the violin, or the bagpipes?
Hit the streets and sing and perform for change – but check first if a permit is needed.

10. Enter competitions

Competitions are usually free to enter and there are loads of them.
Both for travelling and airline tickets but also for all stuff you don’t need.
Enter yourself and sell off the stuff you win.

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As posted a week ago, the well-known guide book company Lonely Planet is running a promotional campaign they call 12 days of christmas. Started on the 1st December it is now only 3 more days left to get a deal.

Todays deal is however pretty interesting and will benefit some people as their shipping rate sometimes can kill that good price that you found on a specific book you wanted. Today the shipping is free if you spend more than 25 GBP in their shop. At the same time all pocket guides are £5/€7.50 + Free Shipping by using the code POCKETDEAL

For more information and guide books please visit www.lonelyplanet.com

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I have been posting different deals on this page for a couple of months now that I have found and collected on different blogs and numerous pages, not to mention the hordes of e-mail newsletters that I am subscribing too, and I have started to grow a little bit of a fan base. The fan base started off first with a couple of friends but have constantly increased and I have now a lot of fans that I don’t know.

What really gives me strength and desire to continue with this project is every time I get a mail or a message saying “Thank You! You are great!” and this is mainly because a person managed to save some money or found a cheap flight that they were looking for by following this blog.

I have decided to share 10 of my own tips on how to travel and fly cheaper.

1) Pack smart in one bag
The first point and also perhaps one of the main points for travelling cheap is to have light luggage.
Having an oversized bag is not funny either for you or for your fellow travellers.
If you are into getting a really cheap flight then a carry-on bag should contain everything you need.
You will save on both time and money by not having to check-in your luggage which is usually payable at a low-cost airline.
Time will also be saved when you arrive at your destination as you will not have to wait for your luggage and will be one of the first persons through customs – as all the other passengers are waiting for their bags.
Just make sure that your bag is within the size and weight limitations of the airline that you are travelling with.

A list of the most common airlines can be found here Check-In Luggage Rules

2) Be flexible
By being flexible on travel dates and travel time you can save a lot of money on tickets.
Several studies have shown that Mid-week tickets, Tue-Thu are mostly cheaper but any differences will depend on route and how far in advance the booking is made.
By following the behaviour of the airlines you can also save money. Monday nights are when most air fare discounts are launched by the airlines after an expensive weekend and Tuesday is the cheapest day and also the day that people purchase the most airline tickets. The middle-day, Wednesday, is also a good day to buy airline tickets but as you reach the end of the week at Thursday and Friday most of the tickets are sold and you can expect to cough up a hefty price. Maybe you have an airport that is close to your departure point or arrival point that is cheaper to fly from?

More on the different days to book you can find here Which day to book your ticket on

3) Hack your flight
Now this sounds like you have to join the local hacker group on Internet and attack a site.
Not really true but it involves that you spend a little time in the cyber world by using different sites to compare flight prices.  Take a few of your usual flight scanners and look for the tickets that you would like to book. If you can set also multiple dates so the scanner can show you flights a few days before or after your desired dates.
You will find that the prices will be different between all scanners as they all work on different commission bases as well as some special companies can have their own “sales” or “campaigns” or whatever they want to call them.
To turn up the heat a little bit, you can also try to switch country of your search engine. Different countries work with different booking agencies but no matter where you book your e-ticket it is still valid in whole world!
Money can be saved and even if it is just a few euros it is a few euros.

For some more scanners to use you can click here Flight Scanners

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4) Plan and research ahead
How boring it might sound this is also a factor that saves you money.
By doing some research of your coming destination on what is available, where it is available and a cost, you can summarize your own budget pretty good in advance.
Of course spontaneous is funnier and more interesting but being spontaneous is also more expensive.
It all depends on what type of person you are and how much research you do.
Several bigger cities have companies that organizes “free” tours meaning you only tip the guide after the tour for what you think it was worth.
These tours are usually also much more funnier then the bigger “normal” tours as the guide is putting his personal touch to it as he works for your enjoyment to get his salary.

5) Sleep local
Forget the old ways of staying in hotels to be comfortable and safe.
This is where you miss the most of the fun and interesting fact of travelling – the people.
Most of the people like to stay in hostels when they travel but most likely you will only meet other travellers there as well. If you wanna really get under the skin of a city or local people then you should consider to join any of the hospitality networks that are out there. CouchSurfing.com is currently the biggest network with some 5 million profiles covering most corners of the world but you also have other networks like Bewelcome.org or one of the older sites Hospitalityclub.org or the first of its kind established already in 1949, Servas

If you feel that it would be awkward to stay for free at a person’s house then you should look into the new booming trend of people renting out rooms or their flats to visitors. It is usually cheaper than to take into a hotel and you will still have a home away from home.  Some of the major players on the market for home rentals are Airbnb and Wimdu. But you can also find smaller sites that are rising like Roompaddy or 9flats. In the end it all depends on how comfortable you are yourself with trying new concepts and ideas.

A friend of mine were once out hitchhiking his way through Europe during winter and ended up in Belgium with nowhere to sleep in the middle of the night. Not being afraid as he is he just rolled out his sleeping bag and crawled in behind some bushes close to a building to keep the warmth and also protect himself from the winds.

When he crawled out the following morning after a good nights sleep he was looking at some policemen staring at him while drinking their morning coffee. The local police had not noticed him sleeping beside the police station either.

A bigger post on this subject you can find here Where to sleep?

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6) Eat local
Many tourists end up following their guide-book like a slave and follow the recommendations that they bring on restaurants to find “authentic” food which they have read about and made them hungry. Of course the restaurant has now bumped up their prices a but since they now are mentioned in a travel guide and brings lots of travelling customers.

Yet again it is better to use internet and search through the millions of pages there are for more local recommendation of places where you could eat if you really wanna eat on a restaurant. Otherwise if you are sleeping local you might just as well eat local as your host might recommend you where to go for good and cheap food. Maybe even you will get invited for a family dinner? I have several times on my journeys and stayed with locals. On other journeys I have survived on bread, cheese and oranges.

7) Stay healthy
It is always good to stay healthy when travelling to avoid having either the vacation spoiled or spending expensive time at the local doctors office who will most likely send you home with a worse invoice. A few good tricks is to boost up your immune system with some vitamins a few days before you leave and then regularly (every day) eating some vitamins and minerals can save you a lot of troubles.  If you are travelling during summer and or warm periods then you should also consider to stay well hydrated by drinking water and not by drinking drinks that contains caffeine as caffeine is also diuretic.

Having some pain killers containing the substance Ibuprofen is also good a good investment as ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory which can avoid some smaller inflammations.

8) Exchanging Money
Not a lot of people are actually thinking about this but this is a place where you can save a lot of money.
If you are travelling to a country with the same currency as you have at home you can jump directly to point 8 or keep on reading if you are interested for future travels.
This requires a little bit of investigation from yourself before leaving the comfort of your home.
A simple check list is to check what your bank fees are if you plan to use the card abroad. Also check what the current exchange rate is at – you could save a lot of money if you know it!
Avoid exchange at the airports, train and bus stations as they always have the worse rate for “fresh” arrivals.
Shop around for rates in different exchange offices and carry a small calculator with you (that is usually built-in on your mobile phone)

For a more in-depth post about this you can click here Exchanging Money

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9) Carry a fake wallet
One thing that I hear constantly from travellers is that they have been mugged or robbed at some point.

When this happens it is not just an economic hit but also a traumatic shock and an emotional hit making you not feel well and be worried for the most of your continual travels.
One advise is to NEVER carry all your money at the same place.
Distribute them out over several places in your bag or on yourself.

Get a shoe wallet, a nifty little thing you can hide in your shoe with the money.
I usually roll down money in my sock along the leg.
But another useful tip as well is to make a Muggers wallet.
A fake wallet that you hand over to any mugger if being robbed but it doesn’t contain much, just looks like it. Of course you will lose a little bit of money but not everything.
Put in some bills mixed with fake ones, a large note in front of several smaller makes a good impression when a mugger is in a hurry.
Ad an expired ID card or something that looks similar with a photo, a photo ID library card is good or a transportation card.
Put in some old receipts, business cards and maybe even some old discount card in the credit card look.
If you have an old credit card or similar that has expired it is even better. Just make sure it can not be used in any way. Everything to make the wallet look “real”
Also use the wallet for making small purchases so that any thief will see that one and not your “real” one. Just make sure that you are paying with the real bills and not the fake ones, that is illegal.

10) Still wanna pack more than fits in 1 bag?
Then you need to become creative.
Wear several pieces of clothes on you and stuff the pockets with extra things.
Wear the “heavier” clothes on you like jeans, jackets and sturdy shoes.
Wear trousers with big pockets and side pockets like the pilot model so you can put more things in the pockets or simply get a photo/fisherman vest which have a lot of pockets.

A friend has the fisher version of the vest which has a pocket on the back where he puts his netbook when flying to save on the weight of the carry-on bag.
Or maybe you should invest in a pocket jacket like the Rufus Roo?

More information on how to pack yourself is available on this link Carry-On Travelling Lite