Posts tagged tipping
A Long Weekend in Paris

It had been many years since I was last in Paris, so much so I couldn’t remember anything about it (I was a child and was camping and visiting Disneyland with family). But, it was basically on my doorstep living in London and I wanted to also experience the Eurostar. I’ve loved trains all my life and I think it’ the best way to go from place to place.

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Tipping in Thailand - By Toast To Thailand

When in Thailand … to tip or not to tip? This was the question that came to our minds during our first taxi ride in Bangkok. Back then, we didn’t carry smart phones and had no way of checking what was appropriate – so we let our driver keep the change. He first looked confused, then amused, then he said, “Khop Khun Khap” (thank you), and smiled. It worked. Or did it – had we tipped too much?

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Vilnius Like a Local

Lithuania is a country filled with beautiful lakes, historical architecture and great local cuisine. I’d previously visited one of its Baltic neighbours, Estonia, but I knew very little about the country I would be spending the next few day in. Luckily for me, I had a ready made tour guide in my Lithuanian girlfriend, who was very keen to show me her country.

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A Weekend in Vibrant Valencia

Continuing with my exploration of Spain I decided on a trip from Madrid to the nearest coastal city, Valencia. I’d been to Barcelona in the past and loved it, but I didn't know much about Valencia, a city some 350km south of the Catalonian capital.

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Top food & Drink Tips for your London weekend

London is a city very close to my heart, having lived there for six years until very recently. It’s a massive place and quite hard to navigate if you’re new to the city and, with so much on offer, it’s easy to miss the ‘hidden’ food gems in favour of the tried and tasted tourist-favourites.

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A Weekend Break in Seville

When I was based in London I loved to do weekend trips to nearby places. Cambridge, Brighton and St. Albans were just a few of the great places that I went to. Now, having moved to Madrid, i’m getting to experience a whole new culture and some fascinating cities.

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Pottering Around Porto

My only memory of Portugal before this visit was a fairly distant one. I went to the Algarve after University for some ‘real’ sun and, well, because i’m English and that’s where we go. The beaches and scenery were beautiful, but I didn’t really experience any Portuguese culture. Having moved to Madrid in the summer of 2018 I was in a much better location to explore parts of Europe for brief weekend visits.

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Spanish City ‘Making the most out of Malaga’

Back in May whilst I was travelling around Gdansk in Poland, Adam booked us two return flights with Easyjet to Malaga for November. Firstly as they were a fantastic deal and secondly because that’s the kind of lovely person he is! Always super supportive of my travel blog, to which I am thankful. When we discussed accommodation, he happily booked a place we had been to see a year earlier on a Boxing Day trip to the city, called Dulces Dreams. It was a small hotel, very central to everything and cheap. Our booking was confirmed and we began planning our trip…

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‘Essential North East’- Forts and Castles - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

I love to write about the North East of England, my birthplace, I am sure you can tell by now. Reason being I feel this fabulous part of the United Kingdom looses out to bigger cities or more famous/well known places. There is just so much to offer the traveller or tourist alike up in this region, this is why when I am not travelling abroad I am exploring more of the North East, I myself still have parts to see…

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Visiting Vegas - My Tips! By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Las Vegas is situated in Nevada’s Mojave Desert in the United States of America, nicknamed ‘Sin City’. Vegas as its known to most is a renowned resort city, mainly known for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife. Its origins actually date back to 1905!

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Safari and Saltlick - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

During my time in Kenya I went on a two day safari to the Tsavo East National Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of the park’ animals. They included the elephant, leopard, lion, Impala and giraffe to name but a few. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, opened in April 1948 and is 13,747 square kilometres in size. The location of the park is an area formally called the Taru Desert, next to the town of Voi, in Taita-Taveta County. The Tsavo National Park is split into two sections Tsavo East and West, separated by the A109 road and a railway. Its name came from the river Tsavo, which flows west to east through the national park.

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’48 Hours in Geneva’ - Switzerland (Part Two) - by Samantha Owen-stoddart

Waking after a great night’s sleep, breakfast at the Ibis Petit Lancy was a buffet style, help yourself with a nice variety including make your own waffles! Perfect fuel for the busy day of sightseeing ahead of us. After another short tram ride we arrived at Bel Air and set off for Geneva  Old Town, en route we stopped at the Victorinox store. Adam was eager to get a Swiss army knife, well we are in Switzerland where better!! Two new ‘personalised’ knives later, we were on our way.

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’48 Hours in Geneva!’ - Switzerland (Part One) - BY SAMANTHA OWEN-STODDART

After returning from Geneva last week I want to fill you all in on my latest adventure… about a month ago I was scouring the EasyJet website, as I regularly do, I saw a return flight to Geneva for 29.99 per person on offer! I immediately wanted to book it, so after checking on accommodation availability in Switzerland, I paid for two flights as my husband was accompanying me on this short break. Booking.com was my first port of call for a hotel, I pre booked the Ibis Hotel in Petit Lancy for two nights bed and breakfast basis with payment on departure, which is a great idea. The cost was £90 pp for the stay, so all in all the city break to Geneva was £119.99 each BARGAIN! With a little pre destination reading I was excited to see what Geneva had in store for me.

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Poland - ‘Gdansk with Me’ - BY SAMANTHA OWEN-STODDART

Over the last May Bank Holiday weekend I took a trip to Gdansk, with my mum. Gdansk is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. We always plan one or two girls trips throughout the year, mainly to spend some quality mum and daughter time together and live out both of our passions, you guessed it travel! As I have said before my mum and dad instilled the need to travel and learn from other cultures into to me from being small. I am so thankful that they did so. My mum is a lovely lady, so kind and caring. Even though I am 35 soon, she would tell you if she met you I was still her little girl and always will be.. She is not only mum, she’s my best friend. So who better to experience Gdansk with!!

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India - ‘Our handle on the Golden Triangle’ - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

This is my first collaborative post with my husband @chancetotravel on our recent travels to India and our 7 day tour of the Golden Triangle. We have wanted to go to India for some time but never really knew where we should explore, to what was in each area. This trip actually came about due to a previously planned trip to Bali having to be cancelled due to work. After searching many different destinations we found this tour by chance, in a sale with Kuoni, so we booked it. It was a group tour which was a first for us, having previously toured Sri Lanka on our own. To be completely honest with you we were very apprehensive about being with a group of 14 people, as you worry about personality mix or gelling as a group.

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Gratitude Tipping (& Travel) Update is Here!

After weeks of collating feedback from our users and testing the app on multiple devices we’ve managed to complete our first upgrade! And we’re pretty happy with it if we do say so ourselves… 

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Facts about countries across the globe and app update info

In preparation for the launch of our updated app, we’ve collated a load of cool facts about countries which will feature in our new travel guide. Each country will have its own personalised travel guide including information such as the capital city, population, language tips, tourist hotspots, hidden gems, unique facts and must try foods and drinks. 

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Tipping in restaurants in the Nordic Countries 

When referring to Nordic countries we mean those that encompass the most northern regions of Europe: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden. In general, tipping in these countries is fairly conservative and not a mandatory requirement as such. Waiting staff wages are high in comparison to most other European countries meaning that there is less emphasis on tips to supplement salaries. In addition, most meals will automatically have service charge included in the price, meaning there are no extra hidden costs you need to account for. But whilst tipping is not necessary, it certainly isn’t uncommon either. 

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Tipping in Kenya

Kenya is one of the most visited countries in the continent of Africa. With its beautiful Indian-Ocean coastline, lakes, savannah grasslands, valleys and highlands it has a lot to offer tourists. Not to mention its bustling capital city, Nairobi. Its climate and exotic wildlife means there is a big market for tourism across the country with locals offering a great insight into their country. 

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