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Copenhagen on a Dime

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Planning a trip to Denmark’s capital that doesn’t break the bank? Read on for our 5 tips on budget travel to Copenhagen:

Today is Grundlovsdag, a.k.a. Denmark’s birthday!

June 5 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Danish Constitution—all the way back in 1849!

This effectively ended the absolute monarch that dated back to 1660, and established the constitutional monarchy that exists to this day.

Coincidentally, it’s also Danish Father’s Day.

Did you know? WIT Agent Nancy has Danish heritage!

To commemorate this special day, we offer to you: 

6 Ways to do Copenhagen on a Dime

Museums

Most museums in Denmark have free days for adults once a week—the Museum of Copenhagen for instance, is free for all on Fridays, and the Thorvaldsen Museum, on Wednesdays. Be sure to bring the kids—all national museums have free entry for children below the age of 18! Look for Copenhagen’s Open-Air Museum and the Danish Music Museum—free for all!

Free Tours

New Copenhagen Tours offer guided walks in the summer. All guides sign up on a volunteer basis, and it’s donate what-you-will. You can also join a free city walk sponsored by the Museum of Copenhagen—or simply download a free app for a self-guided tour around the city.

Check out a Music Festival

Summer in Copenhagen is a time for cheap festivals and free fun in the sun! There’s no charge for instance for entry to music festivals like the Copenhagen Jazz Festival! Pick up a ticket to the Tivoli Gardens (110 DKK / US $16), and open-air concerts and symphonies—from Saturday Swing to Friday Rock—are included!

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Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Attractions

It doesn’t cost a penny to admire most of the famous sights in Copenhagen: walk around the historic Nyhavn Harbor or climb the top of Christiansborg Palace. Don’t miss the lovely Little Mermaid—who despite being a victim of many vandals—has stood out as the local beauty for more than a hundred years. Hop on a bus to the Danish graveyard of Assistens—founded in 1760—to pay your respects at the graves of folklorist Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.

Eat at Lunch

Copenhagen has a reputation for world-class cuisine—as well as pricey dinners! But eating out doesn’t have to be out of budget. During lunchtime, many establishments will run specially priced dishes. Drop by that Michelin-starred restaurant between noon and 2PM, and keep your dinners simple. Look out especially for places under Bib Gourmand, an international award of exceptional food at reasonable prices.

Escape into Nature

Nature’s never far from Copenhagen! Pack your tent and set up at one of the 500+ campsites just outside of the city. Choose your idyllic setting: beach, forest, lakeshore—and practice your skills at hygge, the Danish art of coziness from your snug tent.

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London on a Dime

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London is often touted as one of the most expensive cities in the world. But with the recent fares in airfare, it’s become a lot more affordable! Here are a few of our quick tips on how to do London on a budget:

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London on a Budget–Let’s Check it Out!

1. Zoom in on Airport Rail

You can grab a taxicab OR if you don’t want to spend crazy amounts of money, opt for the Heathrow Express. This sweet commuter train is comfy, will take you right into downtown, and set you back only about £18.50. It’s the best option that’s both comfortable and convenient, even with all your luggage.

2. Free Museums

London is a huge city and offers its visitors a wealth of free things to see and do. Look out for those free museums like the British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, Museum of London. Stretch out a picnic in sunny outdoor spaces: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Hampstead Heath. Or simply wander the streets—summertime is the perfect season to catch some impromptu performances and artists.

3. Get an Oyster Card

Transportation in London doesn’t come cheap—you can spend up to £15 per day if you’re not careful. The Oyster Card is great for travelers staying in London more than three days. It’s a rechargeable card that gives you access to the Tube, DLR, Overground, TFL Rail and most national rail services in London. Plus it’s much cheaper than buying a single paper ticket.

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4. Or invest in a London Pass

The London Pass is for all those museum nuts out there. This card grants a discount for those tourist attractions that come with a price tag: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Britain at War Museum. Plus you get free public transportation—so if you’re a museum fan, make sure you pick up this pass instead of the Oyster card. Ask your agent at Willamette Intl Travel about London Passes—we can arrange them well before you leave USA!

5. Take a Walking Tour

Our agents at Willamette Intl Travel can set you up with an affordable, context-rich tour of London. Whether your passion is food and markets, art history, or modern metropolis—we’ll find one just right for you. Remember to pack good walking shoes, a must for any day out exploring in Europe.

Willamette Intl Travel has arranged trips to London for almost 40 years! What do you expect, when our founders were born in England? 🙂 Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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How far can you travel for under $700 in Summer 2014?

We asked our team of travel agents for international destinations with airfare under $700 from Portland, Oregon.

Check out our results for roundtrip fares, per person, staying for one week:

–          Montreal, Canada ($467)

–          Toronto, Canada ($475)

–          Cancun, Mexico ($529)

–          St. David’s Island, Bermuda ($594)

–          Managua, Nicaragua ($640)

–          Nassau, Bahamas ($655)

–          Guatemala City, Guatemala ($675)

–          San Juan, Puerto Rico ($687)

–          San Jose, Costa Rica ($696)

–          Panama City, Panama ($703)

–          Kingston, Jamaica ($703)

Book Now! These fares are based on dates in June 2014, and subject to change until ticketed.

Want to stay domestic? Roundtrip to Honolulu in mid-June is $657 per person.

Note that fares to all destinations tend to sell out after schools are out on June 15, and that hurricane season in the Caribbean does not start until July 1. Book the first two weeks of June for the best fares!

Consult our agents at Willamette Intl Travel at 1-800-821-0401 to book your summer vacation today! We can help you find the best deals for your family or honeymoon.

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Vendor of the Month: G Adventures

Top 3 Highlights

In celebration of Earth Month, we will take a closer look at our vendor of the month, G Adventures, and its nonprofit, Planeterra.

Willamette International Travel is proud to be a partner of G Adventures. This exceptional company offers unique travel opportunities that combine small, escorted tours with cultural immersion, tailoring trips to your taste and budget. Here are WIT’s Top 3 Highlights of G Adventures:

1.     Customization

No matter your tastes, G Adventures can offer you the type of travel you prefer. Their team of experts can customize any trip for you regardless if your niche; services range from youth travel, outdoor activities, overland, polar expeditions, family travel, to Limited Edition themed itineraries offering activities from from biking and hiking to rafting and touring festivals. They also work with partners Discovery Channel and Canada Goose to add exclusive excursions to explore wildlife and landscapes while accompanied by teams of naturalists and historians. With such a variety in focus, destinations, and services, there’s bound to be a G Adventures trip for everyone.

2.      Immersion

G Adventures strives to create unique opportunities, weaving in the unexpected and the meaningful with any one excursion. They encourage travelers to step outside the box, to immerse and involve themselves with their host culture. Their trips can include activities ranging from culinary delights, language lessons, market visits, to wildlife safaris, catamaran sailings, swimming, tastings, visits to architectural masterpieces, and even riding elephants. Each trip is fully escorted in small groups averaging 10 people, allowing for members to have a truly intimate and informed experience.

3.      Accessibility

To find out more what G Adventures can offer, check out their website. They showcase an impressive homepage, easy to navigate and connect through social media channels. One of the main features is their blog, the Looptail Beta, which includes postings from so-called “Wanderers in Residence” – travel bloggers from around the world who reveal their home bases in a series of lively pictures, captivating prose and surprising anecdotes. In 2012, these bloggers have started working with G Adventures’ offshoot project, Planeterra.

PLANETERRA

Planeterra is a nonprofit that promotes voluntourism—merging volunteering with travel. They aim to connect concerned travelers—looking for an immersive and productive experience beyond mere “observational” travel—with the preservation, support and development of places and people.

As stated on their website, “We take a serious, holistic look at how we can help these iconic destinations emerge from being exploited, to using the tools it takes to support happy communities living with proper healthcare, education, and protected environments. This means finding better jobs, sending their children to better schools, drinking cleaner water and caring for their environment.”

Travelers assist in cultural and environmental programs for a period of 3-7 days before or after heading out on the sightseeing leg of their trip. Volunteers can visit and participate in the Bifengxia Panda Breeding Centre, the Conservation and Community Tourism Project on Phra Thong Island, the NGO New Hope in Cambodia, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, Cape Peninsula and Thailand schools, conservation projects protecting Costa Rica sea turtles, and many others.

Thinking of going on a G Adventure or participating in a Planeterra Project? Willamette International Travel have travel agents on hand who have worked with this unique travel company. Call us at 503.224.0180 or email us at info@wittravel.com.

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