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5 Budget Airlines To Consider When You Travel Within Europe

5 Budget Airlines To Consider When You Travel Within Europe

Traveling in Europe can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be! While most of the major airlines charge high fares, there are plenty of budget airlines available that can get you from one country to another for a surprisingly low amount of money — without sacrificing comfort or convenience. That way, you’re spending less on airfare and more on seeing the sights!

1. Ryanair

Ryanair is one of the biggest budget airlines in Europe, with flights going from Ireland and the UK to Greece and Romania, and everywhere in between. The site features flights for as little as 10 euros for a one-way trip. In addition to flights, Ryanair also has deals on rental cars and hotels. Often, these can be combined with flights to create a discount package, so you can save money on every aspect of your trip. Because Ryanair is such a popular company, there are also many flight times offered. This saves travelers the hassle of sacrificing convenience of travel time for price, because Ryanair can deliver both.

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2. easyJet

easyJet  is a UK-based company that operates mainly in Europe, with many destinations flying in and out of England and Scotland. However, this company also has deals on airfare to other locales, like Egypt and Israel. easyJet has teamed up with Bookings.com and Europcar to bring customers package deals on hotel and car accommodations, and the airliner often has holiday package deals for 3-5 days. Coordinating an entire vacation can be difficult, but these packages make it much easier to plan everything in one sitting, without having to deal with multiple companies or toggling between websites.

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3. airberlin

airberlin has one of the most extensive lists of flight options out of all the European budget airlines. It often has deals on flights from UK-based airports to cities on the European continent, with additional savings when hotels are booked simultaneously. However, airberlin also travels to Asia, the Pacific Islands, North America, South America, and Africa. Customers have the option of choosing from several flight plans when booking with airberlin. The airline has options ranging from JustFly, which gives customers the option to have only carry-on luggage, all the way to FlyFlex+, which gives travelers more luggage options, plus larger seats, priority seating, cancellation abilities, and more. There are four options in all, making the trip totally customizable to suit your needs.

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4. Flybe

Flybe offers travelers cheap flights to a wide variety of cities — not just the major or capitol cities in Europe! For jet setters who would like a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Rome, Flybe is a great option. With choices like Isle of Man, La Rochelle, Palma Mallorca, and Sofia, the sky is the limit (literally!) for European vacationers who want to explore a little off the beaten path. Flybe also provides special offers, such as Pre-Christmas getaway packages for as low as £24.99.

5. Transavia

Transavia is a Dutch-owned company, run by the same group as bigger Air France-KLM. Operated out of the Netherlands, Transavia is based primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Portugal. However, the budget airliner offers flights to a wide variety of European locales, and even some nearby African cities like Fez and Casablanca. Those looking for a Mediterranean holiday can book a flight to Mykonos or Chania, in Crete, while people hoping to explore a colder climate can hop on a plane to Reykjavik, Iceland. With so many locations and special offers on flights as low as 25 euros, Transavia is a hard airline to beat! Even farther locations like Tel Aviv start at just 70 euros a ticket.

Featured photo credit: anieto2k via flickr.com

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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