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Booking Transportation

With all the planning happening, we wanted to book all of our transportation before leaving home because we’re on a budget and had a limited amount of travel time.

We used a variety of websites to book the flights – hours spent on the phone and Internet to make sure we got the cheapest and fastest travel time options. Also, the airlines listed below are mainly budget airlines (it’s so much cheaper to fly with a regional airline rather than an international one). There are other budget ones such as Ryanairand Virgin Atlantic but we didn’t book with them.

For the trains, the booking sites varied depending on which route we were taking.  For Prague to Germany, Netherlands and Denmark, we went into a Travel Cuts and spoke to a travel agent because we weren’t quite sure how the Eurail passes worked and we didn’t have enough time to wait for the mailing of the tickets to our home. It was good to get an understanding of how the tickets worked. We bought a pass for 6 days of travel within 2 months for $500+ (Select 4 Countries – First Class) but when you book your train tickets on Rail-Europe.ca, you enter whether you have a pass or not, the type and where you’re travelling to. The ticket prices shown are more of a booking fee rather than a full price ticket. The “cheapest” ticket of our travel dates were $12 CAD. In total for the 5 days of travel we spent just over $700 (including an overnight sleeper train). It may seem like a lot but when we looked at train prices without the pass, it was about the same price for the second/economy class.

I knew that we wanted to go on the ferry at some point so Athens to Santorini seemed like the best route. It’s a 9hr ferry ride, which should be an interesting one since it’s a long time to be on a ferry for. I’m hoping for fantastic weather so that we can go out onto the dock. Will update when this happens 🙂

We also booked a 10-day trip with G Adventures from Rome to Prague. It’s in the middle of our trip so it gives us a break from having to get to everywhere on our own. Plus it’s an opportunity to meet new people!

Below is a list of the land, air and sea companies we will be using to travel with:

AIR

LAND

  • Megabus – London to Glasgow, Belfast to Dublin, Edinburgh to London
  • Rail Europe – Paris to Marseille, Marseille to Nice, Nice to Milan, Prague to Berlin, Berlin to Munich, Munich to Cologne, Cologne to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Copenhagen

SEA

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Macau

Along with the Singapore trip, we spent two days in Macau as well. I had always imagined it to be the Las Vegas of Asia since all I know about it are the casinos. There’s the Venetian, MGM, etc. Ones that mimic the Vegas ones.

There are two classes of ferries that you can take to from Hong Kong to Macau – fast (TurboJet) and slow (Cotai). We took the slower ferry from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal  and it took around 1.5 hrs to get there which isn’t bad. However, you have to travel with your passport because it’s another territory of China. Upon arrival, it was a bit confusing as to where to catch buses that go to the casino vs. Other hotel buses. We eventually found the one for the Venetian and there were so many other hotels/casinos that we passed. Huge places!!!!!

Spent time wandering around the casino before we headed back to the ferry terminal to catch our bus to the hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Royal Macau in the older parts of Macau. It seemed kind of sketchy at first but when we pulled up, it was a beautiful place! The rooms were nice and the “extra” bed that we actually paid for was an actual bed. They wheeled in a whole bed and placed it next to the other ones – so cool! I hadn’t seen that before.

My mom’s friend’s cousin actually lives in Macau so we met with her for dinner that night. We wandered around and went to the St. Paul’s Ruins (lots of steps and have always seen it featured in HK drama shows). There were these almond cookies that were delicious! A particular company had numbered how many franchise stores there were and it was up to 16, I think. Crazy but really cool.

The architecture of the old buildings were reminiscent of the Portugal colonial days – very beautiful structures. It really sucked on the second day because it mostly rained so we didn’t get a chance to walk around as much. I got some shots of the buildings. We went to Lord Stowe’s for their famous egg tarts. OMG!! It was amazing! The tart was still warm from the oven; the crust was flaky; and the custard was the perfect consistency (not to liquidy and not to hard). I ended up having two of them because they were so good.

Also, we saw mainland China. It was bizarre to think that “another country” was just across a lake/river. From a port city (where ship makers/manufacturers were abundant) to abandoned warehouses that are dilapidated and most people don’t know they exist or only come to do photo or video shoots because of the atmosphere they give off.

I must say that Macau wasn’t the “Las Vegas of Asia” as I thought it would be. It’s quite beautiful and full of history – definitely worth a visit!

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