Frugal Travel Tips For Prague

Prague is a favorite destination for many backpackers. The youth culture gives the city vitality and the frugal travel deals are plentiful.

The Prague Card

Most European cities offer a city card which for one flat, reasonable fee gives the traveler discounts and free admission to attractions. In Prague, this city card is an especially good deal. For 740 CZK, travelers gain free entrance to over 50 city attractions including Prague Castle attractions. For an additional 220 CZK, travelers can obtain a 3 day unlimited transit pass.

The Prague Card can be purchased at the airport, tourist information booths, and some hotels.

Royal Route

The Royal Route is a picturesque winding street leading from the gates of the old town to Prague Castle. It is clearly marked on the sidewalk with a silver arrow (the silver line). Along the route are sights such as the House Of The Black Madonna, Old Town Square (with its wonderful Astronomical Clock) and Charles Bridge.

Note: There are quaint though expensive shops lining the Royal Route. For inexpensive souvenirs, one of the many markets would be a better choice. For the classic Prague souvenir, the famous Bohemian Crystal, try stores as far away from the touristy old town as possible.

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge and ranks as one of the most photographed attractions in the city. The bridge truly comes to life at dusk with buskers, artists and musicians lining it.

Changing Of The Guard

There is admission charged to entry Prague Castle but watching the changing of the guards is free. The guards are changed every hour (this attraction can get crowded so try to see it early in the day). Once a day at noon, there is a grander display. Unlike guards at other castles, travelers can stand next to these Royal Guards for great photo opportunities.

Saving money on these experiences will allow the frugal traveler to splurge on the rather pricey but not to be missed Prague Castle and a purchase of the fine Bohemian Crystal and other glassworks.

Travel Tips You May Not Know About

If you travel regularly for business and/or pleasure, you’re probably aware of many of the standard travel tips, such as booking in advance and keeping your luggage weight under 50 lbs to avoid an additional weight fee. But for the savvy traveler, we offer some lesser known, off the beaten path advice to help you save money and cut down on travel stress.

Sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck Program. If you travel a lot, you may want to look into the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler security screening option. PreCheck members are eligible for expedited security screenings at participating airports. More than 336,000 passengers have gone through the PreCheck lane already. PreCheck is currently available at New York’s Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles airports for members of American Airline’s AAdvantage program, and at Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City airports for Delta SkyMiles members. The TSA announced that US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines will begin PreCheck operations later this year. PreCheck is also available to members of the Customs and Border Protection agency’s Global Entry program.

Be aware of new airline ticket pricing rules. Early this year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) passed new rules requiring commercial airlines to be more transparent in how they advertise their ticket prices. In the past, airlines would advertise just the base price of the ticket. Now, airlines must disclose to ticket buyers the total price of the ticket, including round-trip fare, plus mandatory federal taxes, airport and any other fees a passenger must pay. Be aware that, when you shop online for a ticket, the advertised price now includes government and airport taxes and additional fees. Realize that now, because previously-hidden fees are included in a ticket’s advertised price, what we consider a good price for a ticket will be more than in the past.

Save money with smart travel apps. Going on a road trip? With gas prices what they are, take advantage of technology. There are plenty of smartphone applications out there. Check out GasBuddy, FuelFinder, iGasUp and TripTik Mobile to find the gas stations with the best prices. Use Route4me, Waze or Google Maps Navigation to find the most fuel efficient route. RoadAhead for iPhones lets you know your location on the highway, and the services and gas prices at upcoming exits.

When traveling abroad with your smartphone, let your service provider know so you are activated for international use. To avoid high pay-per-use rates, use the data portion/Internet access only when you need to check e-mail. Use free Wi-Fi whenever possible, but never to access bank accounts or personal financial information. Don’t connect to networks titled “free public Wi-Fi.”They are often unsecured networks created by hackers. Also, be aware of the roaming rates, especially in European countries.

Things You Didn’t Know About Travel Vaccinations

When you travel abroad, planning for your trip needs to include vaccination against dangerous diseases that exist in other parts of the world. There are many countries that will not allow you entry unless you are vaccinated against certain diseases. If you are not vaccinated against these diseases, then your dream holiday could be over before it even begins.

Examples of Destinations Requiring Inoculation

Some of the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans have strict travel vaccination policies. Here are a few examples:

  • If you wish to travel to Turkey, then you need to have an up-to-date vaccination for Tetanus and Hepatitis A. And while it is not required, it would also be a good idea to get inoculated against Hepatitis B as well as rabies.
  • If you are planning to holiday in India or Egypt, or even countries in Africa, then you also need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever.

The point is, you will need to get vaccinated if you plan a trip to other parts of the world. If you wish to know which vaccines you need for your trip, you can check on websites such as FitForTravel and AdultVaccination.org.

If you are still not sure about which vaccinations you may need, it is best to speak with your local clinic or your GP, who can advise you on this matter and even administer the vaccination for you.

Important Reasons Why You Should Get Vaccinated

Besides the fact that the country you are planning to visit requires you to be immunised against certain diseases, getting vaccinated could also save your life. It is also the responsible thing to do since not being vaccinated could make you a carrier of a dangerous disease that could put other at risk.

Here are some important facts that you need to know about why you should get travel vaccination:

  1. If you do not get vaccinated and are unfortunate enough to contract a disease, you could end up not being covered by your travel insurance.
  2. A lot of insurance companies include conditions in their policies that state that if you do not get the required or recommended inoculations and medicines for your chosen destination, then you would be in violation of the policy. This would mean that your insurance claim would be denied.
  3. The average cost of Medical Claims is more than £1000. Added to that, treatment costs of tropical and other dangerous diseases can go into the thousands. Furthermore, if you need to be repatriated, then so costs go up exponentially.

When Should You Vaccinate Yourself?

You should get vaccinated several weeks before you are scheduled to travel. This is because there are some vaccinations that need to be administered well in advance of your trip for them to be effective by the time you depart.

At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself whether not getting vaccinated is a risk you are willing to take. It is not only dangerous to your health but could also leave you broke.