I Love Lowcost, but Here’s Why I’ll Never Travel with Easybus Again

Buses every 15 minutes? It's more like every hour... and they won't be on time.
Buses every 15 minutes? It’s more like every hour… and they won’t be on time.

I had an awful experience with Easyjet’s sister company. Moreover, I don’t think the lowcost model followed by no-frills airlines works very well for ground transportation.

I booked a trip from London to Luton airport on the Easybus website, in part because I love the lowcost model (in the past five years, I have only flown lowcost; hey, I even blog about lowcost flying! 😉 ) and in part because I was afraid of railway disruptions due to the severe floods that beset the British Isles this winter. Continue reading “I Love Lowcost, but Here’s Why I’ll Never Travel with Easybus Again”

Where to go for Easter in 2014

Orthodox Easter goodies
Orthodox Easter goodies

There is plenty of winter travel still to do, but today I want to jump ways ahead and tell you about where I want to go for Easter in 2014. Why think about Easter, almost six months from now, when there are Norwegian hot water procedures to be had and lots of skiing feats yet to perform? Two reasons. Number one, reserving your plane tickets, ground transportation, accommodation, etc. now will ensure you can still get a good deal; waiting until after Christmas and New Year’s may be too late if you are a low- to medium-budget traveler. Continue reading “Where to go for Easter in 2014”

The End of Lowcost?

Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.
Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.

A lot of traditional airlines find it hard to compete with their lowcost rivals on short-haul routes so they are either shutting down routes or offering discounts on short-distance flights to fill otherwise half-empty planes. Some flag carriers have introduced their own lowcost subsidiaries. Examples include Air France’s Hop and Vueling, whose parent company owns Iberia and British Airways.

It is a far-off prospect but it seems like the civilian passenger airline industry will end up consisting of two distinct types of players, and those won’t be conventional and lowcost.

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Tuscany through the Eyes of a Chef

Chef Justin Cloud
Chef Justin Cloud

Justin Cloud is a professional cook and world traveler based in Boston, USA. Justin has over 14 years of cooking experience, having worked at a variety of culinary establishments in Europe and the United States. For about seven years, he taught cooking at Toscana Saporita, a cooking school in Tuscany.* He has been a students’ finals judge at the prestigious International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. Here, he gives travelers tips on how to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the gorgeous Italian province.

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