Low cost airlines in Europe

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I’ve just arrived from a course about community management in Barcelona and the teacher said something really interesting: there are a lot of people who hate looking for flights and some people who LOVE looking for the best deals, best time to leave, compare airlines…this is me ūüėČ but i’m not doing this because I’m all the time flying, huh? I wish!

I do this because I like to see how the prices increase, what is the best airline to fly to.. etc with that information I know WHEN to book or when I’m getting a super deal .

I usually check the prices throught the flights search engines, but not all the flight search engines get everything. Sometimes, low cost airlines are missing.

So, if you have decided where do you want to go, I suggest you to compare prices throught the the lowcost airlines websites; and after that, go to the search engines. If you find something cheaper in the search engines with a standard airlines, go ahead. If not, think about the options. Sometimes flying with a low cost carriercan be more expensive, but if you think wisely and you don’t care about all these things below, don’t think it twice!

  • Changing tickets (day/time/name); you can do it, but it can be really impossible and sometimes more expensive.
  • Flying super early in the morning or super late at nights (of course, think about that the best prices are not on Fridays neither on Sundays)
  • Flying to secondary airports further away from the main place you wanted to go.
  • Forget the business class or first class and confortable seats, and of course, no reserved seats.
  • All the routes are short-routes, that means that if you want to fly further, you will have to get out of the passengers area, get your luggage and check in again to the new destination.

So I’m going to share some of the major low cost airlines in Europe within this map I found in the attitude travel blog, with a link to all the low cost carriers in Europe! before flying; check all the options and good luck!!

New Year’s resolutions: top 10 countries for 2011

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Yes, it’s been a while since my last post, but after realizing how important is to share my little tips, my reads, my travels with not just my friends, with everyone here is my New Year resolution:

1. Post more often

2. Travel more

3. Keep you updated about my movements this year.http://

So before start thinking about what i’m going to blog, I share with you the TOP 10 countries for 2011 from the Lonely Planet blog, with a ranking based on scores for topicality, excitement, value for money and the “special factor” that makes a country different.

1. Albania
2. Brazil
3. Cape Verde
4. Panama
5. Bulgaria
6. Vanuatu
7. Italy
8. Tanzania
9. Siria
10. Japan
From this list, I’m thinking about Japan, Cape Verde and Tanzania (yeah, i want to visit Africa), but I think Lonely Planet is missing something important:¬† Peru.

The reason is because it’s been 1 centurysince Machu Picchu was discovered. The Peruvian goverment will organize a big party with Paul McCartney, Sting and Bono to commemorate these 100 years, although I don’t like that a festival will be holded in the natural amphitheater of Machu Picchu I think it will be something good for the country and i’m sure they will take care of the enviroment of this World Heritage.
Another country to my list ūüėČ

How to get back home with a volcano eruption

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/andregustavo/920, 1612, 1821 and now 2010…the story again, but with only one difference: ¬†the eruption of the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull this time is causing so many damage in a personal and, of course, economic way.

The air travel has been paralised across Northern Europe since the eruption and that made stranding millions of travelers. The countries with airspace problems are: Austria, Belarous, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Island, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom. You can follow the Air Travel disruption after the 2010  Eyjafjallajökull eruption on Wikipedia and also comments about passangers on twitter.

Chaos…mess up, people stuck in differente countries willing to get back home…immediately or in a few days and can’t find a place in a bus or train (because the only way to move around Europe right now it’s by land), I suggest you to check the ridesharing sites.

Some sites better than others depending on where are you right now

And of course, the groups on Facebook. One to recommend: Carpool Europe due to Volcanic Ash. And the group: when volcanoes Erupt: a survival guide for stranded travelers.

And remember, if you need a place to crash because hotels/hostels are full, you can also check Couchsurfing or Hospitality Club

Good luck to you all and keep posting your comments with new alternatives in the countries you are. Thanks you all!


Road Trip a Continent

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There are a lof of ways to get good deals when you travel, but this one I found it’s completely wild. How many days will take you to drive you over a continent? a what about if that continent is Australia?

Yes guys, if you have 6 weeks off and wanna travel through a part of that 7,686,850 km2 you should start thinking that maybe it’s your turn to apply for the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure.
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The Van-Tastic Adventure offers the opportunity (if you got selected) that seven pairs of travellers, will:

  • Fly (you and your team) from anywhere in the world to Australia
  • Drive all the way to the selected area the organization tell you with a
  • Have free acces to the main statet’s top attractions
  • With money for gas
  • A digital video camera and laptop
And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.
An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budgetI don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.

An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budget. I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

Some of you will think like me, I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that if you are selected: it’s destiny and good luck, this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it to other participants before and other initiatives like this, for example the Bacardi Freedom Route, from Istambul, Turkey to Essaouira, Morocco with only one purpose: finding the best summer sunset.

Good luck if you apply!


Work Abroad:where to apply II

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honey,i'm leaving townAfter the succes I got with the ideas throught Work Abroad I, I had to write the second part.

Work Abroad I was for everyone and you didn’t need a university degree, now I’m ¬†posting about other ways to get into the labor market abroad if you have a college degree.

If you are graduated, almost graduated, you should check:

  • International organizations: They provide students in higher education with experience relevant to their studies in the field they want.
    • AIESEC, the largest international young organization for people who wanna develop their potential. One of last steps into the AIESECWay is the¬†Work Abroad and everyone can apply for one of the 4 types of intership into the fields of: management, technical, educational and development interships. If you need to know more about it, just ask me I was part of this organization and can give you the contact info of the closest office.
    • IAESTE, the international young organization for the exchange of student of Technical Experience. It works like the one before, but just for enginerring and technical majors.
  • Technical jobs
    • Architects without borders, Check your closer chapter and join it, you will be able to cooperate for fair and sustainable development initiatives with disadvantaged people and communities.
    • Go4contruction, a global recruitment website for the building, civil engineering, infrastructure, energy and oil and gas industries.
    • Domestika, a Spanish website for jobs related with design, graphics, tv, 3d, music and other technical positions.
  • European Union: there so many portals where you can find options for applying for a job in the EU countries.
    • Eures, Eures is the European Job mobility portal, for work in the EU and different sites to look for jobs.
    • Euraxess, EU website you can find Information on jobs, services, rights and networks for researchers.
    • EPSO, ¬†European Career, website for working for one of the European Institutions.
  • Other organizacions
    • CIVI, French organizations that allows you to find opportunities abroad. For people from 18 to 28 years old.
    • AIPT, the Association for International Practical Training¬†is another international organization that offers you the opportunity to have an intership. AIPT is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue form DS-2019, the document required to enter the United States on a J-1 visa.
    • CDS International, Fellowships, internships, study abroads and another innitiatives to have a cultural experiencie.
    • IIE, It’s the website of the Institute of International Education. For education professionals. Not only jobs, also fellowships, conferences and events.
    • Internabroad, Look for an internship abroad by country or by field.
    • Intership program, Not only for looking an intership, also for job seekers.
  • Community Services for teens:
    • Global Routers,it’s a summer teen community service programs & gap-year or college internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Althought this is only a short list, you can find a lot of programs abroad around the web, every university also offers interships, fellowships from your major to other countries. You can also find opportunities looking with web2.0 tools, I’ll write about it too on another blogpost.

Good luck

Work Abroad: where to apply (I)

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Johnny Cash mural on the side of a building in downtown Austin on Rio Grande just below 6th Street. “I don’t find a job”, “this crisis is affecting so much to the economy in my city”, “I don’t know where to look for”. Most of you probably have thought ¬†of taking the first option offered, others can think about they will find it later and it’s better of ¬†just keep looking for…and most of you have the desire of travelling because you feel useless at home waiting for a ¬†call.

If you have this last feeling, don’t think it twice. Despite the economic gloom and doom,¬†there are millions of jobs abroad available these days. If you can afford at least 3 months of living by yourself, it’s time to make a decision (most of the times it won’t be the salary you’ll get in your country, but most of the times it’s not about the salary, it’s about the experience).

Some of the travel jobs on the list you are gonna read below pay better than others. Some demand specific qualifications, while others are available to just about anyone who can speak some specific languages.

  • Teaching Languages.
    • Spanish:¬†The Spanish goverment offers some grants to spanish teachers to go to the¬†US, also, there’re a lot of countries who are lack of¬†spanish teachers.
    • English: you can become part of ¬†the¬†cultural assistant program to teach English in Spain, althought there are a lof of¬†countries where you can teach this universal language.
  • BabySitting:
    • The International Au Pair Association works to put in contact families with people who want to take care of their childrens.¬†Before taking care of a kid, kust make sure you know what you‚Äôre getting yourself into first, because it’s sometimes tough depending on the children.
    • There are also other different networking websites to help new babysitters to find families on their own. One of the best is Great Aupair, and mommymixer,¬†¬†aupair.com and easy aupair . Never forget that a lot of babysitters work as family assistants and drive kids to after-school programs, planning birthday parties, etc..
  • Voluntering:
    • The world needs you and a volunteering escape can help a lot to the organization you are working on and yourself. Volunteer opportunities are practically innumerable and in almost every country. Sites like Volunteer abroad or Idealist are references.
    • Other organizations like the European Youth Portal or the Global Volunteer Network can help to look for the best work. One organization I’d like to mention is Vicente Ferrer Fundation.¬†¬†¬†Read a little bit about what people says about these ¬†or other¬†organizations before going there.
  • Cruising/Sailoring
    • The perfect way to enjoy the good weather throught high seasons in different parts of the world. There are thousands of cruises which weigh anchor everyday in different parts of the world. All cruise Jobs is the biggest job board dedicated to employment in cruises.
    • Another sites where you can be a part of the cruise crew around the world are cruiselinejob,¬† workoncruiseship and if you want to try something different that just entretaintment, this site allows you to work in platforms and huge non touristic ships.
    • if you don’t like crowds, don’t think it twice and check the opportunity of smaller private yachts. They also need people for the crew, some cool websites I found: crewseekers, findacrew and crewfile.
  • Tourguide:
    • Being a tour guide can be really interesting if you like history and you have good social skills. There so many tour companies where you can apply
    • But tour guide does not only mean going to cities and explain the history and the buildings, you can also combine it with your hobby: mountain biking, birdwatching. Some hostels I’ve been offer the opportunity to be a guide and discover the beauty of the region you are in.
  • Exchange work for Hostel Beds
    • Maybe this option sounds crazy, but some hostels, like the ones next to my favourite area offer it.¬†Grand Canyon are offering some positions of cleaning rooms or computer work. Some hostels have the option already, if not, ask the hostel owner if it’s possible to exchange work ¬†for a bed. Make sure to mention you are good for this position because there’re a minimum days you have to stay there. You can find more information about working in hostels in the Hostel Jobs webpage.
  • Seasonal Agricultural Campaigns
    • Ifyou ¬†don’t like cities and want to feel the countryside, the beginning of seasonal campaigns are your option. It will be tough, but being in contact with nature is always good. The seasonal agricultural campaigns are everywhere. It’s about team work and undertake the tasks of picking, storing and packing the fruit. Check this site for¬†Spain and this post in Australia. Working in an organic farm somwhere around the globe can be also a wonderful experience. Helpexchange is a great site too.
  • Commercial Airplane crew
    • This is not a short term job, it’s another career. Cabin crew work for airlines is a very popular option for a lot of travelers. Qatar Airways or¬†British airways are two options, there are so many opportunities and a lot of companies are hiring. It sounds like a really cool job, but don’t forget that the cavin crew are the responsible for the safety of passengers and are specially trained to deal with security and emergency situations. Their work can be stressful but allows you to discover a lot of places in the world.
  • Artist:
    • Being an artist can bring you everywhere. You can think about music and check the tours of a lot of artists. You can be one of them too. There are also a lot of people who are going abroad to show their culture or travel as a staff. Also, the circus can be a good way to tour the world showing your taOahu, HI - July 2006lent.

And don’t forget you can always travel without working. Just enjoy your time but first of all check out your budget!!