How to snake a cheap deal to Europe from the UK

In an endeavour to bring you the best advice for scoring yourself some excellent travel deals, I got chatting to Spencer Ireland from Compare and Fly about their absolute best deals for using the UK as a springboard for exploring Europe.

I’ve been to Europe many times, but Spence has the insider down-low on what you should be paying for flights.

The UK is a great place to visit at any time of year. From London’s diverse range of galleries, museums and historical landmarks to Yorkshire’s idyllic rolling countryside, all the way up to Scotland’s culture-rich capital of Edinburgh, there really is something for everybody (despite the country’s infamously drizzly weather). However the beauty of the UK is it’s close proximity to Europe. You could spend a weekend eating pasta in Italy or drive the Golden Circle in Iceland if you’re savvy with your travel plans.

For those in search of warmer weather as an antidote to the chilly British climate, Spain or Portugal offer the perfect solution. During the months of November and December, you can pick up flights for as little as $140 to $160 NZD return. Fares inevitably go up during the summer months, but the most you can expect to pay for flights is around $400 NZD, respectively. For those visiting in the winter months, the countries’ major cities will also provide excellent cultural experiences. Madrid, for example, is replete with repositories of some of the best European art ever produced, and a trip to the Prado Museum is a must for all culture mavens.

If you’re keen to experience Scandinavian culture, return flights to Sweden can be found for under $400 NZD at any time of the year. The winter in particular is a great time to appreciate the country’s astounding natural beauty. Its glaciated mountains, vast lakes and boreal forests are particularly picturesque, and can provide an interesting contrast to the landscapes of the UK. In terms of cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg provide quaint cobblestoned streets, coastal areas, and a whole host of great museums. 

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Of course, there are many other countries within Europe that the UK can act as a perfect springboard for visiting, the great thing about the continent is that it can offer such a diverse range of experiences in a relatively compact area. Plan your trip carefully enough, using a flight comparison site like compareandfly.com is a great way to source these deals and you can make it the experience of a lifetime!

– Spencer Ireland, Compare and Fly

Sounds like a pretty rad deal to me! Also flights to London are looking pretty reasonable these days. You know where I’ll be heading soon friends…

Love,

Liv x

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Top 10 Free Adventure Activities in NEW ZEALAND

The beauty of New Zealand is the accessibility of untouched nature. With the ability to go hiking up a mountain in the morning, swim at a gnarly surf beach in the afternoon and relax in geothermal hot springs by dusk, it’s the dream location for any adventure traveller.

For my lovely travellers, I have saved you a bit of research time and put together a list of my favourite free adventure activities around New Zealand. Enjoy!

Fairy Falls

Tucked away in the forest, you just need to take a beautiful 60 minute walk into the bush to find a magnificent cascading waterfall. Follow the dulcet sound of water to find it.

Glow Worm Caves

Visit Waitomo once because it’s incredible, but if you’re a keen photographer, head to New Plymouth to explore the caves where you can practise low light photography (Waitomo don’t allow photography). It’s super spectacular and located at Urenui Beach, Taranaki.

Tongariro Crossing

Embrace the Devil’s Staircase because the view is worth the intense cardio. Just prepare yourself with bountiful amounts of chocolate and snacks to enjoy along the way.

Travel tip: The track will take around 6 hours all up, but you can walk 3 hours in (and see cool things like Mount Doom, molten volcanic rock planes and the blue pools) and then hike back to the carpark to enjoy the sunset on the way back.

 

 

Arrowtown

If you’re planning a trip down to Queenstown (as you should be), check out Arrowtown. It’s an adorably quaint town which has a very English country-side feel to it. It’s one of my favourite spots in the South Island.

Spa Park

You could pay $30 to visit DeBretts in Taupo, or you could choose the natural option and visit Spa Park which is right next to the Waikato River about 10 mins from Taupo township.

Whites Beach

At North Piha, walk to the far right of the beach and you’ll find a discrete pathway up the mountain. Follow it up to the top, head through the trees and then take the rope down the mountain to a secluded secret beach. Keep this one on the down low.

Abel Tasman

When hiking with my American whanau*, we got an hour into the walk and they said, “So, are we there yet?”. I only responded with a laugh. The first stop is 4 hours away and the entire trip will take you two days. If you’ve not got long, you can just take a short round trip as there are beautiful views the entire way, but make sure to make it to one of the beaches if you’re a keen swimmer.

*family

Huia Dam

My boyfriend works out at the dams as a technician so we often pop in to “the office” for hikes. Let’s face it, working in the forest on a daily basis – he literally has the dream job, and loves it enough to go in on weekends.

New Chums Beach

Man, I’m really spilling all the secrets now. To the left of Whangapoua in the Coromandel is a beautiful beach which takes a hike to get to. If you put in the effort to get there, you’ll be rewarded with this kind of beauty.

Travel tip: Please leave our beaches as you find them. As Kiwis we really respect our land and want to keep it clean and beautiful. Leave nothing but footprints.

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge lies between the Coromandel and Kaimai ranges, and is the best spot for a stunning walk through the caves which overlook rivers and canyon.

So there you have it, my top ten activities. If you can add any to the list, feel free to mention them in the comments, or ask me any questions, I’m always happy to help.

Enjoy my stunning country!

Love,

Liv x

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The best health insurance if you’re an adventure seeking Kiwi

I had never considered health insurance until I had sinus surgery, followed by a root canal procedure. They say it comes in threes… what’s next, my wisdom teeth?

I think it might be time to get health insurance.

Given my line of work, and travel schedule, I decided it was important to make plans regarding healthcare.

I lead an active lifestyle, and love my adventure activities however when unexpected illness slows me down, my main priority is to get well again to keep up with my busy schedule.

For me, it was important to look into getting health insurance so I’m not hindered from doing the activities I love.

No matter how many superfood ingredients you put in your smoothie, there are some things that pop up in life that kale and kefir aren’t going to fix. That’s why nib Health Insurance is a safe option for piece of mind.

nib is great for young professionals because they provide great value health cover for under $20 a week.

You can start with a standard plan if you’re looking to cover your wisdom teeth, tonsils and sinus surgeries (all applicable to me), right through to premium cover.

As the second largest health insurer in New Zealand, I trust nib to give me the right kind of support to enable me to live the exciting and active life I lead.

So sign up with me by the 7th of August and you will receive a $200 Prezzy Card, after three months of cover!

This post was made possible thanks to nib Insurance, NZ.

Love,

Liv x

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How to travel as a VEGETARIAN

In some countries, being “vegetarian” is a foreign concept. “So, you don’t eat cows?” “You eat chickens though right?” “Wait, so how do you survive?”

Following a veggie diet while travelling can be an absolute dream (Bali, Thailand, Australia) but it can also be a nightmare and lead to many hungry nights (Japan, China, Iceland). So here are a few tips to surviving in a meat lovers city, followed by my top veggie haunts across the globe.

What to do when you can’t find vegetables

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