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Travel Destinations in Indonesia – Nusa Penida

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There can be no doubting the wondrous attractions of Indonesia. A unique archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, all of which exude their own sui generis. Peoples, with their cultures and religions, have shaped and molded Indonesia into what is now a magnet for the curious mind, the excitement seeker and the soul searcher.

For the lover of an island hoping holiday, Indonesia is like letting a child loose in a sweet shop. There is something different on every island, burnt into the soul and beating within the heart of each community. But there is one thing each visitor expects, their vision of a tropical paradise. That true vision of paradise is probably best found off the Southeast coast of the island of Bali. Lesser known and certainly overshadowed by its bigger neighbor is a perfect gem, Nusa Penida.

With a population of around 45,000, Nusa Penida exudes tranquility and serenity, coupled with excitement and explorative fascination. It does so without the glitz and neon to be seen on other islands, such as Bali. Nusa Penida relies on its natural attributes, of which it has plenty, to attract visitors that want a truly unadulterated tropical experience.

Seeing and Doing on Nusa Penida

The clear blue waters that envelope the island are an absolute haven for snorkelers and scuba divers. A reputation has grown around the island having some of the most fascinating dive sites in the world. Experienced divers, novices and absolute beginners are all well catered for. There are numerous certified dive schools offering tuition, guidance and equipment hire. Even the most reluctant of water babies succumb to the irresistible draw of the crystal waters and quickly learn to be at one with the deep.

Put on your flippers and try out snorkeling. To the West of the island, Crystal Bay is the perfect location for the snorkeler. The marine fauna off the beach has to be seen to be believed, and swimming amongst it is an experience that lives forever. Napoleon fish and Parrot fish dance and flit over the brightly coloured coral and turtles are happy to be visited by their human inquisitors. In the summer months it’s possible to sight the monster Mola Mola, growing up to 1,000 kilos, this harmless sea beast is a visionary treat never to be forgotten.

Manta Bay is very aptly named, experience swimming with the incredibly graceful manta rays. Shark spotting is to be had at Malibu Point. The Gray Reef, Reef white Tip and Silver Tip sharks are commonly seen in the waters at Malibu Point. At Penida Bay peculiar rock formations have made the location very popular. One massive, well known rock, is the ‘Resting Elephant’, look out for it, it’s incredible.

In the Northeast of the island there is an experience awaiting the visitor like no other to be had anywhere. Head for Angel’s Billabong. Your hotel may have an infinity pool, but Angel’s Billabong is one that nature has given the island. Sit in the pool with the water cascading down the rocks and flowing around you, and then crashing off the infinity edge as you look out to sea. Amazing!

Of course no one can visit such a beautiful island and ignore the beaches. The beaches on Nusa Penida are not only graced with soft white sand, but many of them are so quiet and secluded that you could be forgiven that it was created just for you as you laze in the shade of a baying palm. The best way to see these beaches is by taking a boat for a beach tour. At less than 2,000 Baht these tours are well worth the money and give you the opportunity to spot the perfect beach for your lazy day of peace and tranquility.

Visiting explorers should not forget the island’s interior. There is around 16 acres of rainforest that host a multitude of colourful flora and fauna. There are well signposted treks and trails to follow for a leisurely walk amongst the verdant forest. Keep a look out for the numerous species of lizard and the macaque monkeys.

Part of the island’s interior is given over to the Nusa Penida bird sanctuary. You maybe something of an ornithologist, or not, either way a walk through the sanctuary is a must. Passeriformes, apodiformes, piciformes, charadriiformes, pteroclidiformes and raptors, these may not be words that roll off the tongue for most, but you don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the colour, grace and beauty of the many and varied birds within the sanctuary.

If you long for the glitzy neon of modern retail therapy, Nusa Penida is not for you. The island is a welcome escape from materialistic commercialism. Small local shops sell all the basic requirements of life and in the town of Sampalan there is a market selling all local produce. Around the market area of the town there are plenty of restaurants offering traditional fayre. Local produce predominates, with the bounty of the seas in prominence.

Staying on Nusa Penida

Finding accommodation on the island is not a problem for any visitor of any budget. At the lower end of the market there is the budget stay, a unique example being The Packer Box. Mid-range establishments like Singabu Bungalows offer great value for money. At the upper end, the 4-star Crystal Bay Villa & Residence is a typical example, with its à la carte restaurant which is open to non-residents.

Nusa Penida may be minor in size, but it has a giant stature like no other island of the archipelago. The island lives and breathes a uniquity which touches each and every visitor and instills memories that last a lifetime.

The Best Day Trips from Athens

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You will definitely not want to miss excursions & trips from Athens. The Greek capital is a city full of monuments and attractions. But it is also worth spending a few days to get to know its surroundings. You can discover sites as magical as Meteora or historical treasures such as Delphi. Among many others! In this post we tell you the best day trips from Athens.

Meteora, our favorite excursion

Surely you will not have time to do all the excursions from Athens that we propose. But if you can only do one, we recommend this one. The monasteries of Meteora that hang on the rocks are a spectacle for any retina. The landscape seems taken from a story. In the fifteenth century there were up to 24 monasteries but currently only 6 are preserved. And they have been a World Heritage Site since 1988.

How to get there:  

Meteora is not far from Athens. If you rent a car and want to go and return on the same day you will have to do more than 700 kilometers. That is, about 4 hours per way. If you go by train, each journey takes 5 hours. Finally, if you opt for the bus you have to switch buses and the trip takes about 6 hours. And once there, don’t worry if you don’t have a car. There are many taxis that charge per hour that take you and pick you up where you want for about € 20/h.

Can you visit Meteora from Athens in one day?

That is a question that many people ask themselves. The answer is yes, but as we have said it is a hurdle. Meteora is one of the best excursions from Athens and it is worth it to spend at least one full afternoon to watch the sunset. And you can only do that if you spend a night there. So without a doubt, we recommend sleeping at least one night to get to know Meteora in more detail and return the next morning. We stayed at Alsos House, in Kalambaka. And we recommend it 100%.

Delphi

Another excursion from Athens that we consider essential is Delphi. If we go back to the glorious Ancient Greece, Delphi was considered the centre of the universe. It was also a super important pilgrimage site at that time.

At present it is still quite well preserved. Its archaeological zone is incredible. We can still enjoy the temple dedicated to Apollo, the main attraction of Delphi. That’s where we can find the Oracle of Delphi, where the pilgrims went to consult the gods. Then it was believed that there were people who had powers inherited from Apollo. And in addition to other temples, the remains of the stadium where the Pitical Games were played are also preserved.

How to get there:

Like Meteora, it is one of the best excursions from Athens although it is not relatively close. You can arrive by car or bus. Approximately it will take about 3 hours per trip. Of course, it is more feasible than the previous one to do it in only one day. Admission is € 12. Without a doubt, one of the best excursions from Athens.

You can kill two birds with one stone. If you have little time you can hire a combined excursion to Delphi and Meteora. Highly recommended if you want to forget about transport and enjoy these sites to the fullest.

Cape Sunión

The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sunion is one of the most spectacular places to see in Greece. The temple was built in 444 BC on the edge of a cliff 65 meters above the sea. From there you will have incredible views of the Aegean Sea and the Saronic Gulf. We recommend you visit it during sunset. They say that from that temple you can enjoy the best sunsets over the Aegean.

How to get there:

It will take more than one hour by car. The entrance to the site costs € 8 and is one of the best excursions from Athens. If you do not have a car, it is best to hire an excursion. They pick you up at the hotel, visit this beautiful temple and take you back.

What You Need to Know About Flying Private

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“Flying private” has long been hailed as one of the ultimate signs that someone has “made it.” A private jet lends instant access to the world. Where others have to scrimp and save or hone a skill or hire an eb-5 investor visa lawyer in order to have the opportunity to enter another country, folks with private jets can travel when they want, where they want, experiencing the world on their own terms and on their own time. It’s a privilege that brings convenience and opportunity, frequently perpetuating both again and again, and also seemingly further dividing the 1% from the rest of us again and again. But do private jets really represent the status they seem to portray?

Here’s a list of four things you should know about flying privately so you can decide for yourself:

You Don’t Have to Own a Plane to Fly Privately

Yes, some people own their own planes and fly wherever and whenever they want. But a vast majority of the people who are ditching commercial flights are doing so because they are chartering private jets, not buying them. It’s true that a chartered flight is often more expensive than a flight with a standard airline (like US Airways or Delta). However, sometimes it’s not nearly as much as you might think. According to an article on Forbes.com, private jet “shuttles” exist that charge as little as $129 to take you from Burbank, CA, to Las Vegas, NV. While still more than double the cost of most commercial options, buying a seat on a chartered plane is feasible for more than the uber-rich! In fact, chartering a private plane for a large number of people can sometimes be more affordable than purchasing the same amount of first-class tickets with a major airline.

You CAN Skip Security and TSA Measures

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of going private is the fact that you don’t have to wait in lines or go through security checkpoints (when traveling domestically). Most private airlines only check the identity of the person who made the flight plan, significantly decreasing the amount of time it takes you to get into the air. (If you’re flying abroad, though, you’ll still need to follow applicable passport and visa regulations and any other rules established by your destination country.)

Private Flights are Faster

Flying private not only gets you into the air faster, it will most likely get you to your destination faster, too. Many private jets have permission to fly at higher altitudes than commercial ones, making it easier for them to avert bad weather and the delays that come with them. They also have more options for landing; if one airport has traffic delays or inclement weather, private planes can simply and quickly reroute to one of several others.

 

You Can’t Always Go Directly to Your Destination

If getting to your destination without any stops is how you gauge superior travel, then private flying might not be for you. Most private planes are smaller than commercial ones, meaning they have less capacity for storing large amounts of fuel. This means many have to stop to refuel at some point during a trip. Of course, traveling via a private jet is impressive, but it’s up to you to decide if the prestige really justifies the expense.

Monaco Summer Terraces You Need to Know About

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In the Principality of Monaco, summer brings the streets to life as restaurants set up their terraces for locals and tourists to enjoy lingering lunches and dinners outdoors. Excellent eateries can be found on nearly every street of the tiny city-state and no Monaco summer is complete without time spent people-watching from the lively terraces. In this mini Monaco guide, we share some of our favourite restaurant terraces from an offering that spans everything from animated after-work venues to elegant hotel dining options.

Quai des Artistes

If you’re visiting the Principality, your Monaco guide book will undoubtedly suggest that you head to Port Hercules, home of some of the world’s most impressive superyachts and a tourist attraction in itself. There are plenty of restaurant terraces around the harbour but Quai des Artistes, a luxury Parisian-style brasserie famed for its seafood, is our favourite. White tablecloths and parasols, elegantly-dressed, attentive waiters and the multi-million-dollar spectacle of the yachts make Quai des Artistes the perfect place to savour oysters and know that you’re in Monaco.

Buddha Bar

Since 2010, the Buddha Bar, with its soaring ceilings, relaxed lounge vibe and DJ has been a favourite haunt of residents and visitors to Monaco. While many people go there for its inventive Asian dishes and stunning decor (which includes a huge Buddha statue), others head to its terraces for cocktails. With their views over the bay and their pleasant leafy surroundings, the terraces provide the perfect setting for enjoying the buzzing atmosphere of Monte Carlo, home to the famous casino and opulent Monaco penthouses.

Naçionalista

Naçionalista is a South American pisco bar in Fontvieille, the Monaco district that was almost entirely built on a land extension. It’s to this harbourfront venue – facing the imposing promontory known as “the Rock” –  that many locals head for after-work drinks and tapas.  The menu features classic Latino cocktails such as Pisco Sour, margaritas and caipirinhas, as well as some of Naçionalista’s own creations.  The atmosphere is lively, the staff are friendly and it’s a great place to unwind before moving on elsewhere for dinner.

Coya

Located between the world-famous Jimmy’z nightclub and the Monte Carlo Bay hotel, Coya combines modernity with a touch of colourful Boho chic. The terrace of this elegant yet relaxed restaurant offers a sweeping view across Monaco and the glittering Mediterranean Sea and, understandably, you will need to book a table. The menu is dominated by Peruvian dishes but also features Spanish, Japanese and Chinese flavours.

Le Grill

Le Grill restaurant is on the eighth floor of the sumptuous Belle Epoque Hotel de Paris, whose history dates back to 1864. As its name suggests, this upscale restaurant – where smart dress is required – specialises in grilled meat and fish. The opulent dining area is framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the spectacular panoramic views over Monaco and the sea to be admired. Le Grill is crowned by a retractable roof, which opens in the summer, flooding the room with sunshine or moonlight as it metamorphoses into a rooftop terrace. A candlelit dinner in this stunning setting is a Monaco summer experience that should be savoured at least once.

Post a Photo and Win with Thai Airways

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Once again, we have found a great way for you, our valued traveler, to benefit from your travels. We travel, we take photos, it’s now a natural part of our life. Photographs are the window to our memories, in others, they can instill dreams, educate and inspire. Now, you can post a photo and win the chance to travel to any location, anywhere in the world.

A great photograph speaks to everyone that views it; it tells a story. Through lighting, composition and subject, it draws you in and whispers to you all its secrets. With a perfect photo, every time you view it, it reveals more about itself, its meaning, its place in our world and the person that snapped it.

Captured Power and Energy

Throughout the world, natural and man-made, there are magnificent sites you can capture on your travels. The thunderous energy expelled by magnificent waterfalls in Asia, Europe and the Americas has always been a source of incredible images captured through a lens. The harnessed power of the great dams around the world have been captured by the camera since its early inception. They show a man’s ability to capture nature’s energy and utilize its power.

Desolate Topography Tells a Story

Lifeless lands, where even nature struggles, are always of great fascination to man. The unimaginable harshness of unsustainable tundra has always begged the question of how, even nature can survive. The dry, arid landscapes such as that of Namibia, and the lifeless outback of Australia have always spoken volumes about nature’s ability to survive. With equal fascination, the inhospitable, icy tundra at the extremes of the world, captured through a camera, tells us stories of life and death struggles of survival.

Perfect Imagery of Grace and Beauty

An Indian bride at the City of Lakes in Rajasthan is perhaps the personification of female beauty. Or maybe it’s a bikini clad, blond beauty wallowing in the hot, steaming waters of the geothermal lakes of The Blue Lagoon in Grindavik. Perhaps the prima ballerina performing the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker Suite with the Bolshoi Ballet is the ultimate in grace and beauty.

Grace and beauty are not exclusive domains of the human race. The natural world gives us grace and beauty in abundance. The grace of a speeding cheater as it races across the African plains in pursuance of its prey, captured in a single frame, is as graceful as any ballerina. Colorful macaws in the lush green rainforests of the Amazon have a beauty equal to that of any catwalk queen, a beauty that can only be captured in nature.

Land and Seascapes Through the Lens

The sky-scraping skyline of New York has, over the years, spoken millions of words through thousands of photographic images, and has inspired many a dream. By contrast, the peaceful serenity to be found in every captured vision of Ayers Rock, inspires very different dreams. The camera can witness the violence of the sea, or its dreamy beauty as the sun sets over the blue waters in the Caribbean.

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The Coolest Mediterranean Yacht Charters – Top 3 Destinations

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The Three Coolest Destinations For Mediterranean Yacht Charters

Age-old culture, sun-drenched days, mouth-watering cuisines and champagne sailing conditions: there are so many reasons the Mediterranean tops the globe’s cruising charts. But which European hotspots are a must-visit when you’ve taken the plunge and decided to charter a yacht? Mediterranean cruising grounds are known for their cobalt colored waters and scenic coastlines, but there are a few destinations that stand out when it comes to unforgettable landscapes and array of fabulous things to see and do.

Croatia

A Dalmatian coast charter includes all of Croatia’s high points. Sapphire-hued waters, historical cities, pine-backed beaches, and dramatic mountains truly make it a top destination for a great Mediterranean yacht charter. Literally thousands of islands, some totally undeveloped, grace the 350km stretch of coast, as do countless secluded anchorages. You can admire Dubrovnik’s baroque palaces and saunter through its labyrinthine streets, visit summertime celebrity haunt Hvar, an island which boasts 2,720 hours of sunshine annually, or cruise to Vis, an unspoiled gem favoured for its tranquility and its famous Blue Grotto.

Italian Riviera

Another place to enjoy the coolest Mediterranean yacht charters is the Italian Riviera. This slice of land, perfect for enjoying ‘la dolce vita,’ is not only awash with turquoise coves and rugged cliffs, it also boasts one of the Mediterranean’s most glamorous coastal villages: Portofino. Head to this A-list resort to enjoy sun-warmed swims in Paraggi bay and savor perfectly executed Bellini cocktails in the picturesque harbor. Of course, a visit to the Cinque Terre is not to be missed. Set amid some of the most dramatic stretches of coastline on the planet, these five fishing villages will impress with their cliff top routes, addictive vistas and quality restaurants.

South of France

It goes without saying that the South of France also makes our list as one of the top places to charter a yacht. Mediterranean staples such as crystalline waters and sandy beaches are enhanced by the region’s star-studded towns and luscious rural interior. In Saint Tropez, you can revel in ultra chic beach clubs such as Le Club 55 and Nikki Beach, experience Cannes’ sparkling nightlife and/ or soak up the sights of the epicentre of luxury yachting – Monaco. For total relaxation and spectacular views, head to the half-sand, half-pebble Paloma Beach. Daredevils, on the other hand,  may prefer to jump from the Calanques’ limestone cliffs.

Whether you decide to cruise Croatia’s sunny shores, hit the pastel coloured towns of the Italian Riviera or the South of France’s glittering hotspots, you’ll be sure to experience one of the best Mediterranean yacht charters available.

4 Coolest Places to Visit this Summer

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Those that are familiar with travel know that it’s one of the best things you can do. For those that are less familiar and have not yet gone on as many trips, here are the coolest places that you can visit this summer.

The summer is the perfect time to put on your bikini and sit somewhere by the beach while sipping on an ice-cold drink. The warmer weather months require you to book a luxurious holiday somewhere abroad, and there are some places that are bound to excite you more than ever.

You will have the opportunity to surround yourself with new sights and views that will amaze you and that will stay with you for a long time. This entire experience is something that will allow you to relax and de-stress.

Therefore, here are some of the must-visit places that you should put on your bucket list.

  1. Spanish Islands

Spain is a luxurious travel destination, and it’s a favourite for many for a good reason. Going on holiday on the islands, such as opting for holidays in Mallorca, will make your jaw drop. The beaches, the mountains, the coves and the culture are bound to foster anyone’s creativity. When you choose a holiday to any of the Spanish islands, you will end up on a trip that you will never forget.

  1. Greece

Greece is yet another popular summer destination, and once again offers a vast number of islands that you can visit. The blue skies, the tranquil waters, and the Greek food will all certainly tempt you to buy a plane ticket to this particular destination!

  1. Portugal

There is no doubt that Portugal will provide you with a burst of energy and it will open your mind. There are so many cities that you can choose from, and different environments that you can surround yourself with when going on holiday in Portugal. For example, the colourful houses in Lisbon are bound to put a smile on anyone’s face, and then there’s the option of embarking on a scenic road trip through the Algarve region.

  1. Croatia

Croatia is yet another destination that will allow you to relax and de-stress like never before. The nature, the food, and the culture overall beckon people to visit this location. The peak season for visiting this particular country is, once again, the summer.

Budget for your trip ahead of time

To ensure that you don’t allow yourself to enter debt, be sure to budget for your trip well in advance. As you know that the perfect time to go on holiday is the summer, it’s best that you save the money even a few months in advance, if you can.

The benefits of surrounding yourself with beautiful views

Don’t you want to be surrounded by beautiful sights? No matter where you go when you are on holiday, you will always learn and witness something new that you haven’t up until this point.

If you want to relax on your upcoming summer holiday properly, it’s crucial that you plan for everything well in advance. Moreover, be sure to choose a location that you know will excite you to visit.

The Coolest Hotels in the World

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There are lodgings so curious that they could be a an attraction in themselves within a tourist route. The Guinness Book of Records collects some of them, like the biggest or the smallest, but today we’re taking a look at the 6 coolest hotels in the world, some of the most peculiar hotels that exist.

Gevora, Dubai

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The competition to erect the tallest building in the world has always been fierce. One variant is the highest hotel recognized by Guinness World Records, which in this case is in Dubai. The Gerova, 75 floors and 356 meters, exceeds by one meter the JW Marriott Marquis. The hotel Gerova tears the sky with its golden facade. A skyscraper that would stand out in any other place, but in this city is one more element within an overpopulated skyline. It has five restaurants, two gyms and a rooftop pool.

DayBreakHotels, England

DayBreakHotels boasts for offering some of the most high utility accommodation options in the world with the availability of hotel rooms for Day Use. This unique service allows visitors to spend a few hours at the hotel without spending and getting charged for the whole night. Additionally, DayRoom is a service that’s incredibly suitable for short leisure or business trips or for occasional layovers, as they allow a moment of respite, sleep and even high luxury relaxation with the possibility to enjoy a spa session in the meantime.

First World Hotel, Malaysia

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In Malaysia you will find the largest hotel in the world. With 7,351 rooms, no other business can accommodate as many guests as the First World Hotel. Or at least it will be until Abraj Kudai opens in Mecca, a project with numerous delays and whose opening date is yet to be defined. First World Hotel lost its feature of the world’s largest in 2008 in favor of the Palazzo de Las Vegas. In 2015, with the opening of another building with thousands of rooms, it regained this status.

Hotel Central and Cafe, Copenhagen

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“This is a hotel with only one room, but what a room!” Says the Central & Café, located in the trendy Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen, on its own website. And by room, we mean attic, because this small hotel, with its room above a cafe, has a size of 12 square meters, with only one window and a tiny skylight. The charm is inside: the decoration is very careful, with handmade furniture, a wonderful bathroom, a minibar and a couple of bicycles to reduce distances with the main attractions of the city.

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Hayakawa

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Few businesses can boast of having survived a millennium. This is the case of this traditional Japanese hotel, which has 1,300 years of life. Founded in 705 and close to the foothills of Mount Fuji, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has been guarded by 52 generations of the same family. It has 37 rooms with a price per night of between 400 and 600 euros. It belongs to the wide catalog of Japanese hotels with thermal waters, one of the attractions of a country that every year attracts a greater number of tourists.

President Wilson, Geneva

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Lovers of luxury can go to the Swiss capital with the peace of mind that they will find a hotel that will satisfy all their needs. President Wilson of Geneva has the most expensive suite in the world, with a cost per night of about 72,000 euros. It completely occupies one of the floors of the establishment and has twelve rooms with their respective marble bathrooms. Its terrace offers privileged views of the city, as well as Lake Leman. The suite has a chef, butler, chauffeur and personal assistant.

Tips on experiencing the magic of London on a budget

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London’s aura is unlike any other city’s on the planet. From the gorgeous Georgian townhouses in the west, the jaw-dropping royal palaces and residences in its centre, to the magnificent London Eye to the south, every area of London offers a little slice of magic for anyone who visits it.

But glitzy-ness and glamour usually comes at a high cost, especially where London’s landmarks are concerned; (just taking a ride around the London Eye costs around £33!)  Nevertheless, if you still want to experience London in all its glitzy, magical glory there are a few tricks you can try so you don’t end up overspending during your next trip to the English capital:

Visit Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral during mass or choir performances

Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral are two of the most visited landmarks in London – but visitors on a strict budget can’t help but be spooked by their £20 to £29 ticket costs. Luckily, however, there are a few hacks you can try in order to visit either of the landmarks (or both!) for no cost at all.

On selected Sundays throughout the year, St. Paul’s Cathedral hosts a free Sunday Organ Recital, and visitors can even see its interior for free by heading there during church mass on Sundays. You can also enter Westminster Abbey for free by visiting during Evensong and listen to the Abbey choir perform in the dazzling interior; (click here to see a list of their upcoming performances).

Walk on a picturesque trail through London’s royal parks

It’s not mystery why London’s royals parks are some of the most famous in the world – and best of all, they’re free! So if you’re only in London for a few days but still want to see the city’s most spectacular parks fit for a royal, follow the seven-mile-long Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk which leads visitors through Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park to enjoy unspoiled views of the remarkable Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St. James’s Palace, and more.

Follow the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron around London

When it comes to experiencing the magic of London, it doesn’t get more literal than visiting all the Potter-inspired locations in the English capital – and luckily you can see a majority of them for no cost at all.

From posing underneath the Platform 9 3/4 sign in King’s Cross Station, or going on a free Harry Potter walking tour around central London (so you can see the “real” Diagon Alley, Ministry of Magic and Gringotts Bank), seeing all the major Potter-related places in London could cost you less than a pint of Butterbeer!

And let’s not forget the famous London landmarks which were used as filming locations in the films, such as the Millennium Bridge (as seen in the opening scenes of The Half-Blood Prince), or Piccadilly Circus, which Harry, Ron and Hermione ran through to escape a group of Death Eaters in the Deathly Hallows (Part 1).

Head to Soho’s clubs extra early

Want to party it up in the most party-happening area of London? (Who doesn’t, right?) Well as glitzy as the streets of Soho are, unfortunately its countless clubs, bars and venues come with high entry costs – unless you head there extra early, that is.

Ronnie Scott’s at 47 Frith Street (Soho’s most historic jazz and blues venue) offers free entry before 7 p.m., and the Ain’t Nothin But Blues Bar at 28 Kingly St. has free admission before 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And of course if you’re on a super-strict budget, you could always go out on a Monday or Tuesday to snag some discounted drinks, or even go on a London pub crawl so you can see a handful of Soho’s best clubs for a fraction of the cost!