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How To Travel Easter Island On A Budget

Visiting Easter Island is hideously expensive because it’s so remote, over 3,700 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile. Very few crops grow, there is very little industry, and nearly everything on the island is shipped from the mainland at great expense.Geography means that the costs of…

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Visiting Easter Island is hideously expensive because it’s so remote, over 3,700 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile. Very few crops grow, there is very little industry, and nearly everything on the island is shipped from the mainland at great expense.Geography means that the costs of goods are high and it’s not the most budget friendly island in the world. However, it’s not impossible to plan a budget trip there if you do so in advance.

 

 

How to get there

One of the biggest costs of visiting Easter Island is transport. There is just one airline, LAN, that flies there, which means it can pretty much charge what it wants. And it only flies once per day, departing from and returning to Santiago. With the following tips you might be able to cut down the cost of the flight:

  • Book ahead and go during off and shoulder seasons.
  • Stay for a week or more. For some reason the flights get really expensive if it’s a shorter trip. That may seem like a really long time in a place that expensive, but don’t worry, because we’ll make sure you’re covered with the advice below.
  • Check the price of business class. This may sound crazy if you’re trying to save money, but business class tickets can be found that are cheaper than economy class.
  • Use Google Flights calendar function. You can see the cheapest dates all month by using the fare calendar, then book directly on LAN’s website for the best fares.
  • Travel hack – LAN is a part of the Oneworld alliance and, though availability is rare, you can also get seats via points, so if you have miles on LAN, American Airlines, British Airways, or another partner, you can try to score a free flight.

There are occasional boats that sail to Easter Island from New Zealand or elsewhere in the South Pacific that take passengers, but they are priced incredibly high. At this time there is no public boat option from Chile’s mainland, mainly because Easter Island doesn’t have a harbor that can accommodate ships. If you want to sail there, some travelers successfully volunteer as crew as a cheap or free way to travel.

 

Where to stay

You have three affordable options when you’re traveling to Easter Island: book a hostel dorm bed way ahead of time, as there are few and they fill up quickly; camp in a tent; or rent an apartment on either Airbnb or Booking.com. If you want to stay for free, Couchsurfing is also an option but there are only 50-60 hosts on the island, so connect with them well in advance. If renting an apartment: Many places on Easter Island are cabana-style and can accommodate up to seven or eight people. When split among that many people, they end up costing each person less than $20 per night. If it’s low season, it is recommended to book only one or two nights on Booking.com and then workout a deal directly with the owner to stay for the remaining days. Since Booking.com takes a cut of profits, ask if they can pass on a discount to you if you cut out the middleman. It’s nice to have the place booked when you land, though, since they almost always include a free airport pickup in the price, but thereafter try to work out something cheaper. If you’re camping: There are a few camping grounds on Easter Island that also offer hostel-style accommodation for pretty cheap. If you already have camping gear, bring it along. If hosteling: There are a few hostel-style accommodation options for $25+ per night, which is among the cheapest you’ll find on Easter Island. You can also check out private rooms on Airbnb but most rooms there run closer to $50+ per night.

 

What to eat and drink

Eating meals out gets super expensive on Easter Island because it all has to be brought in from mainland Chile, so cut out the middleman and bring your food yourself. Put the food in a box or an extra backpack and check it with the rest of your luggage. Remember that since you can check two bags (25 kilos total), you’ll have room to bring both the food and your belongings. If you do buy food on the island, budget at least a dollar or two per fresh fruit or veggie item, at least $10 per meat item, and $15 or more per restaurant meal. You can also enjoy empanadas, which are only a few dollars and can be found at most small shops.

 

How to get around

Within the town of Hanga Roa, taxis are cheap at just $3.00; bicycles are great as well for the town and surroundings. A taxi doesn’t make sense for longer distances, as the price goes up significantly, and it takes about 90 minutes to make it from one side of the island to the other. To visit the moai and the beach, it is suggested you drive yourself. Tours are expensive, so to get around consider renting a motorbike. The motorbike costs $40 USD per day, and will give you freedom on the island. If renting a car, keep in mind that the price is negotiable and you can probably work out a discount.

 

Activities

The entrance to the national park is $60 for foreigners and is valid for the entire island. For most of the Moai, you don’t need any kind of entrance ticket and can visit as many times as you want, except for the quarry where the statues were carved and the museum at Rano Kau. You can visit each only once and they will demand to see your ticket. It would be a pity to travel all the way to Easter Island and miss these things, so it is recommended that you buy the ticket on arrival. Additionally, besides seeing the famous statues, you can go scuba diving to see the sunken Moai, go surfing, or just drive around to see where the day takes you. Easter Island is a trippy walk through the past. Few of the descendants of the original tribes are still left and nobody is exactly sure how or why the Moai were carved. That’s part of what makes Easter Island so alluring and interesting to visitors, it’s still partially an enigma.

 

By bringing your own food, scoring a cheap ticket, driving yourself around the island, and working out a deal with the owner of the accommodation, you could save yourself hundreds of dollars off of what most tourists usually pay when visiting Easter Island. Through very careful and smart planning, you can visit the island without blowing your budget.

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Britons Get Stuck Abroad Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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Britons get stuck offshore as they await the lifting of the recently imposed travel ban to and from the UK.

Many Britons get stuck abroad due to the recent travel bans imposed. Worries related to taxes, jobs, and Brexit get exacerbated as UK residents are forced to have lengthier stays in their current locations.

As more and more nations start imposing travel restrictions to and from the United Kingdom, more and more Britons get stuck in their present locations offshore. To halt the spread of the recently pinpointed highly communicable strain of COVID-19 virus, UK travel has come into a standstill.

23-year-old Heather Alder, a resident of Edinburg, went to Aarhus, Denmark with her fiancé last week. They had to visit her fiancé’s father and take him to do several tests for cancer. Alder and her fiancé were planning to go back to the UK this week but are now stuck in a farmhouse in Denmark due to the recent travel ban. “Even if the travel ban is lifted in a few days or weeks, we don’t know whether we can leave and we don’t know whether we can get back in easily,” Alder mentions.

Alder was able to secure a new job last month and she is grateful that her new boss has been so kind as to allow her to travel to Denmark. “My father-in-law’s house is about as remote as Denmark gets, so we’ve had to install new WIFI in order to be able to work from here. My boss has been wonderful about it all, but my partner is studying and working part-time for a Danish company, but pays tax in the UK. If we get stuck here for longer, we might have to report it, and he could end up having to pay tax in Denmark, where income tax is at 48%. This would have a big impact on our finances. It’s very stressful,” she shares.

The Brexit deadline is on 31 December 2020 and Alder does not know whether or not she will have to apply for a Denmark visa in case she will be forced to stay in the country for a longer period of time. “It’s very concerning that on top of everything, I now need to sort out my status here before Brexit. Due to Christmas closures, that means submitting documentation so I can apply as an EU citizen for the right to stay by 23 December. Nobody seems to have an answer as to what Britons in Denmark should do in the new year. Obviously, all our documents are in the UK, where we can’t return, which is making the whole process maddening and extremely worrying. The combination of Brexit and coronavirus has turned what was already a difficult situation into an unmanageable one,” Alder says.

The recent travel bans have caused further strain on many UK residents who are presently out of the country. Many of them complain about the need to go back to the UK in time for the resumption of work after the holidays. Nonetheless, Britons get stuck abroad and have to deal with the necessity of securing extended visas in their present locations and seek ways to do virtual ‘work-from-home’ arrangements while awaiting the lifting of the said travel ban.

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The Most Mind-Blowing Bubble Hotels In The World

Make your hotel stay memorable for all the right reasons by staying in an unbelievable bubble hotel that will blow your mind!

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Do you like sleeping under the stars? I know I do. It’s so much more fun and fulfilling to spend your night gazing at the stars instead of another hotel roof. Plus the excitement of staying the night in a bubble is a thrill in and of itself. Make your hotel stay memorable for all the right reasons by staying in an unbelievable bubble hotel that will blow your mind!

 

Le Domaine Des Bulles
Le Domaine Des Bulles is what is known as an eco-lodge in Martinique. The bubble pods in here look so cool you would never believe it. You will be surrounded by beautiful vegetation that is so lush and marvelous it would be a shame to not be able to see it at all times of night. You can enjoy a beautiful night in the stars and you will enjoy amazing plants that you will never want to leave this place, trust us.

 

Wilderness Hotel Nellim
This remarkable hotel is located in Northern Lapland which is located in Finland. You will be blown away by the incredible view that the Wilderness Hotel Nellim gives to its guests in its Aurora Bubbles. This is the most amazing place to watch the Aurora Borealis and all the beautiful sights that Finland has to offer.

 

Buuble
Buuble is cool because you will be in a bubble that is open to the snow. Now that is cool. You will look like it’s cold but you will actually be super warm while you relax and watch the stars shine through the unbelievable snow. This place is only a 70-minute drive from Reykjavik and it is definitely worth the trip. Trust us, you will not regret your visit to this awesome bubble hotel.

 

Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp
If you find yourself in Jordan then consider coming to the Wadi Rum Desert and stay at the amazing bubble hotel that’s in the middle of the desert. You will have a king-size bed a private bathroom and unbelievable views of the desert that will blow you away.

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The Most Ethical Tourist Destinations in 2017

There are spectacular destinations that are still doing their part to make the world a better place through their amazing ethical guidelines.

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When you travel you want to make sure that you are traveling responsibly. That is a very noble concern that a lot of people don’t really take all that seriously. However, traveling can indeed be very wasteful if you don’t pay attention. What you bring to travel as well as your destination can make a big difference in how environmental you are being while you travel. It is important to pack the right things but it is also important to try and support places that are doing their part to make a difference in the world. By giving these helpful places your money, you will help them exist and keep them moving forward. A lot of people think they have to sacrifice in order to travel somewhere that is ethically groovy, but that is just not the case. There are spectacular destinations filled with eye-catching delights and 5-star amenities that are still doing their part to make the world a better place through their amazing ethical guidelines.

 

Belize
Belize has recently been making huge leaps to switch over to renewable energy. There was a 10-island challenge made to the Carribean to try and get these islands switched off of using regular electricity and to explore renewable sources. Belize took this challenge and met it head on with their goal to ultimately become 100% renewable. THat is a lofty goal, but definitely an admirable one. Also, who doesn’t want to visit Belize?

 

Cape Verde
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is a small island off the coast of West Africa. This place uses about 50% renewable energy and has been applauded for its work in the realm of gender equality. Cape Verde has become a goto for how to treat your nation and Planet Earth.

 

Chile
Chile is one of the best countries to visit in all of South America. It is beautiful and fun as well as being incredibly ethical. This country rocks an astounding 98% literacy rate. This country is also known for going above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their farm animals which is very admirable. There are so many reasons to visit this incredible country and now there are even more.

 

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination already and now it should become even more popular thanks to its amazing environmental protection. This awesome country goes above-and-beyond to make sure that the beauty of the nature around these parts is here to stay for a very long time. It is really no wonder why Costa Rica was recently named the happiest country on Earth.

 

Dominica
Dominica is breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly ethical as well. The Carribean island does a big part to take a stand against the whaling industry and continues to wow with its ability to produce hydropower. Sustainable tourism is a big industry in Dominica, so you can travel here without adding much to your carbon footprint. Now that’s what I call an awesome vacation.

 

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