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Vegan Helsinki budget meals

Vegan Helsinki and cheap meals

The vegan cuisine is gaining momentum all over the world and is turning into a trend. In vegan Helsinki over the past few years, the culture of restaurants and cafes has thrived. In any hypermarket, you can buy vegan products. There are special departments in the store where all the vegan products collected. In many restaurants and cafes that are not vegetarian or vegan, you will find vegan options. But let’s not forget that we are in Finland, one of the most expensive countries in the euro zone. And a simple snack can hit your pocket. Where to go to eat to spend a least of money for a full vegan dinner? So, I will tell you about the three places in Helsinki. I always use it to destroy the famine by spending a small of money.

vegan helsinki budget meals

Where to find budget vegan meals in Helsinki?

As I said before, Finland is not a cheap country. The average check for a budget meal in Helsinki is about 15 euros, remember! If you are in Helsinki for only a day or passing through, then use this travel tip  and do not spend any extra money. After all, food only needs to kill a hunger, is not it? And of course, we want to throw in our stomach as useful food as possible and not a fast food garbage. So, I’ll tell you three places in vegan Helsinki if you really need a place where to eat. Let’s go!

  1. Govindam – vegetarian/vegan restaurant.

    Open Tue-Fri 11:00-15:00, Sat 12:00pm-16:00pm. Indian (Bengal) based food.  7-11 euro per good meal

    The restaurant is set in a beautiful, old red mansion. In the same building, there is also the Krishna Temple in Helsinki. The Govindam Vegetarian Restaurant is located about a five-minute walk from Malmi Train Station. A neighboring house is a service house.

    Govindam luch in Helsinki

    Govindam lunch in Helsinki

    This is the best place for the price and usefulness of cooked food.On Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunch is completely vegan! That’s what I’ll tell you – these guys know how to cook what’s really tasty and useful. There are three options for the size of a serving – a small, medium and large plate. Usually, it is soup, the second dish and a glass of water. Take an average portion and half a day you will forget about hunger. It will be about nine euros. Also separately you can buy some Indian sweetness. A full dinner cooked with love. Based on Indian tradition, Ayurveda and devotion. Also, has a Sunday feast. That feast consists of a large variety of really tasty dishes served at the end of a temple program. 4 pm every Sunday, free of charge or for donation and everyone welcomes!Really helps in expensive vegan Helsinki!

  2. Loving Hut Helsinki – vegan restaurant.

     Open Mon-Sat 11:00- 18:00 but may vary. All-you-can-eat buffet, fully vegan Asian/Vietnamese. 10 euro

    This is a wonderful place to be in the famous district of Kallio. And it is a part of an international chain of vegan restaurants. For 10 euros you can eat as much as you can. Very friendly staff. The tofu which in the dishes they make themselves. If you are hungry strolling through the streets of Helsinki, then this is the place where you will fill your belly. And after, you will forget to think about food for a long time. All-you-can-eat buffet for only 10 euro. Here you will find vegan versions of Asian/Vietnamese food from sushi to pork in sweet and sour sauce. Still not hungry?

    Loving Hut Helsinki buffet

    Loving Hut Helsinki buffet

    Once having come here to dine with a girl, we surprised by the ratio of the price and the excellent quality of the food. Eat how much it will fit, but this meal I tell you causes a desire to eat even when you mastered your full plate. Dishes completely copying the taste of dishes from pork or beef in texture and taste. Awesome sushi and fantastic taste of salads. You can sit in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy delicious Asian / Vietnamese food. It is not only very tasty but also useful.

     

  3. Pizza Express Kruununhaka – A pizzeria in Vegan Helsinki with a huge vegan choice.

    everyday 11:00-0:00. Vegan pizzas, Voners, Falafels, Pastas. 8-13 euro

    And this is an option on Sunday or when the hunger caught you late in the evening in Helsinki. This is an excellent chain of pizzerias with the delivery of pizza and other food. One of the few places that really work at 11 pm as stated. A small room, but a huge selection of vegan options for pizza, kebab, falafel, pasta. For a relatively small fee, you will get your big vegan pizza or Voner. All made from good fresh food.

    Voner pizza with vegan cheese in Pizza Express Kruununhaka

    Voner pizza with vegan cheese in Pizza Express Kruununhaka

    One day my friend and I were on a Sunday in Helsinki. We worked on the horizontal bars on the embankment of the city and strolled sensed a sickly famine. We were disappointed because the places described above did not work on this day, and many others too. Then I remembered about this place and we went there. We pleased with the open door and a huge assortment of vegan food. Excellent Voner pizza with vegan cheese killed my hunger for half a day. 

So, now you know three cool places in vegan Helsinki. You will quench your hunger by spending a least of money for Finland. Read and other articles on this site about how to save on rental housing and what vegan food to take to the road so as not to go to restaurants and cafes. See you!

 

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How to get to/from Oslo Sandefjord Torp airport

How to travel between Oslo city center and Sandefjord Torp Airport

Sandefjord Torp airport

Arrive at Sandefjord Torp airport, Norway.

The writing of this post precedes my personal story. I and my good friend Valek bought cheap tickets from Riga to Oslo by Wizz Air. We were very happy with such a successful buy. But later, after seeing the airport of arrival under the name Oslo Sandefjørd Torp, we were a little taken aback – 110 km from Oslo! We climbed up to look for all sorts of information and it took us a while. But thanks to this article, you guys will definitely know all about how to get to Oslo from Sandefjørd Torp airport and back. And not forget to use my travel tips What food to take in the road to save money during your way to/from the airport and during your journey.

Transport to/from Oslo Sandefjord Torp Airport

So, from the airport of Sandefjord Torp to the center of Oslo, there are three ways – a bus, train or car.

  • Train Torp-Oslo/Oslo-Torp – here all info about , train station Torp not far. From the airport, there is a free shuttle bus that brings you to the platform right at the time of arrival of the train. Use this site to check and to book tickets –  nsb.no  or download and use NSB app on your phone. The journey takes about 1 hours 45 minutes.
train Torp-Oslo/Oslo-Torp

NSB train to/from Torp

 

  • Torp Express bus – Stop right in front of the exit from the airport.Go about 2 hours. Ticket fares and Timetable.

 

Express bus from Torp airport to Oslo

Torp airport Express bus to Oslo

 

  • Car Torp-Oslo/Oslo-Torp – If you rent a car you can follow E18 to Oslo. from Oslo to Torp use E18 but a direction to Drammen. Also, you can book a taxi but it will be very expensive!

Best transport to/from Oslo Sandefjord Torp airport

We interest in the golden mean – for the price and convenient. The best option is the train!

So, just leave the airport and a little bit to the left before the exit you will see a free shuttle bus, go and take a seat.

Torp Sandefjord airport free shuttle bus

Sandefjord Torp airport free shuttle bus to train station Torp

Five minutes after the bus will go you will be at the railway station. The shuttle arrives right at the arrival of the train.Go and take a seat at NSB train to Oslo!

Torp Sandefjord trainstation

Torp Sandefjord train station

After 1 hour and 40 minutes, you will be in the center of Oslo. On the way from the window, you will see beautiful views of Norwegian nature and small towns that you will pass through. The train makes stops in passing cities. So, if you need to go out for example in Drammen – this is the train that suits you, too.

Train Torp-Oslo

Train Torp-Oslo

Finally, if you still need to rent housing I help you. You will have time to do it sitting in a comfortable train by going to this site . Use this article to read about how to book hotels and pay less in an expensive capital of Norway. My special tips in best Airbnb alternatives will help you find good accommodation in Oslo with low price. And 20 euro discount for Airbnb   will help you. Have a good time in Oslo!
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How to get to Riga Airport cheap

Riga airport is an international airport, many people from different countries use it. How to get to on a budget, as well as other tips for smart travelers in this article.

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How to get to Riga airport cheap

Why is the Riga airport very convenient?

The international airport of Riga, Latvia is very convenient. The Riga airport is only 13 kilometers from the city center. This is the place from where you can budget travel to different countries and where many low-costers. Direct flights to over 90 destinations in 30 countries. But for sure many were wondering how to get to the airport. There are many ways how to get there: bus, minibus, taxi, airline buses. We interested in the most simple and budgetary option – a Bus. 

The best way to get to the Riga airport

 

 

Remember- if you use Lux Express buses to Riga from Russia, etc., they will take you to the Riga airport. The most simple and budgetary option to get to Riga Airport is the bus 22. And the best place for landing is a stop on the street Janvara iela. This stop is equally close to the central railway station and the international bus station of the city of Riga and the closest if you go from the old town. Travel in the city of Riga is cheap. If you buy a ticket from the driver it will cost 2 euros, but even cheaper to buy an e-ticket, it costs 1.15 euros. You can buy e-ticket in any kiosk as well as in ticket machines and it gives you the right to make one trip on any public transport.

e-ticket Riga

e-ticket to public transport in Riga, Latvia.

When you entering public transport – bus, trolleybus or tram, apply a yellow or a blue e-ticket to an electronic validator. Bus 22 has direct services between the airport and the city center. The bus goes often enough. The time from the city center to the airport takes 30 minutes, the bus stops right in front of the terminal.

bus 22 to Riga airport

the best way to get to the Riga airport – bus 22

The bus is blue-white, with the electronic inscription Lidosta, which means the airport. If you want to occupy 100% seats in the bus and you have the time you can pass to the initial bus stop 22 on Abrenes iela street –

How to take seats in the bus 22 which goes to Riga airport

Uses Abrenes iela bus 22 stop to 100% have seats and Janvara iela bus stop if you do not have enough time and if you go from the center or train/bus station.

Arriving in the morning in Riga, we never bought food until we flew to another country using this travel tip

So, once again –

  • Buy a one-way e-ticket in any kiosk (for example Narvesen)or ticket machine – 1,15 euro
  • Go to Janvara iela street bus stop or Abrenes iela street bus stop if you want 100% to take a seat.
  • You need white-blue bus number 22
  • In half an hour you are right at the threshold of the Riga airport terminal
bus 22 bus stop Janvara iela

Bus 22 stop to Riga airport on Janvara iela street

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Wish you to successfully reach the Riga airport and have a good flight!

 

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How to Get Cheap Accommodation When Booking a Hotel

how to get cheap accommodation when you book a hotel

So you are going on a trip, but your budget is not very large.As you know most of your budget will be spent on accommodation. You want to rent a hotel but at the same time get a favorable offer for the price and quality. Do you want to get cheap accommodation when you are booking a hotel? Then I will tell you how to get the best options for you. You can find a very good hotel option at an attractive price.

How to book a cheap hotel?

Here are my tips on how to get a cheap hotel:

  • Always, remember always, be prepared in advance.
  • And after, determine what your budget is. Know exactly how much you can spend.
  • View all the sights that interest you and proceed from this look at the optimal location. If housing is too far away, you will be constantly wasted to travel every day to get to the museum or other attractions, which in some countries is quite expensive.
  • If the trip is to take place during the peak season, always book in advance. Later prices will be much higher.
  • Use several sites to compare prices. And then go to the official site of the hotel that you have chosen. Sometimes there are special offers and discounts.
  • Сompare the price and the hotel itself. Sometimes a difference of ten dollars will give you a larger room and breakfast for free.
  • Look at a few blogs and sites about how best to book hotels. So you will form a vision that suits you.
  • Read reviews on several resources like Tripadvisor and Google about the hotels that you liked.
  • Do not look at the number of stars in the hotel. Sometimes a three-star hotel is much more comfortable and practical more expensive four-star.
  • Be sure that you need a hotel if not – you can go and other options, so read an article that will help you

And after that all you need this list-

Absolutely good booking sites you need to know

HotelsCombined – This is an excellent site aggregator, allowing you to choose a hotel and see its price on various resources.

Priceline.com – Also good site to find cheap accommodation. Plus they have a special option Express Deal when you do not know the name of the hotel, but it’s a special very good price. You can choose the location and stars of the hotel without a name. You can save 18% – 60% by the deal.

Booking.com – A proven site for booking hotels all over the world. Very often, reservations can cancel without losing money. If you booked it multiple times, your account acquires the genius status and you receive special offers.

Agoda.com – This is a wholesale placement site that has the influence and purchasing power for negotiating and buying hotel rooms in bulk and on a regular basis. The best way to use if need to book cheap accommodation in Southeast Asia. Its top specialist in Asia.

Hotelz.com – This is an option for those who want to save, by sacrificing comfort. The most budget hostels and campsites as well as the university dorms. The best one to find cheap accommodation in Boston.

Now you’re almost ready to make the right choice.

Other tips about how to get cheap accommodation

  • Compare prices on all resources above. Perhaps there are special offers somewhere.
  • But, if somewhere the price of $ 320 is indicated, but today and only today the number is worth $ 60 not to book. Go to the official site of the hotel. Most often this is just a trick.
  • Agoda.com produces more results than booking.com in Asia, but not always. For example, in Ubud, it turned out that the booking.com base is more.
  • If you need a hotel in the US or Europe it’s better to use booking.com
  • But, aggregators find more hotels than booking systems, for example, HotelsCombined .

Now having reserved a suitable hotel it remains to learn  what food to take on the road  so as not to spend a lot of money and be full when moving.

 

 

 

 

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10 best Airbnb alternatives to you

best Airbnb alternatives

This is not the only alternative to Airbnb

If Airbnb site not your box of chocolates

Brothers and sisters, many of you know the site as Airbnb, but there are also people for whom this site is not their cup of tea. We live in a vast world and everyone has the right to have choices and to choose what he needs. The more we know, the more likely it is to find the perfect one.

The best 5 Airbnb competitors analysis for you:

There are many excellent and not very sites that can be a good alternative for Airbnb. This is for you a list of the best sites that can replace Airbnb:

  • wimdu.com – Good design, clear interface, more than in 150 countries,
    Europe’s one of the biggest portals for city and holiday apartments renting
  • tripping.com -A good search engine for rental housing, you can rent from cheapest apt to luxury suites. A good single site for Airbnb Competitors in one place.
  • homeaway.com – Not such an extensive selection of apartments as on Airbnb, but there are interesting options. From individual rooms to apartments, exotic villas or traditional houses.
  • perfectplaces.com – 75,000 vacation rentals

Another 5 Airbnb alternatives for you:

  • 9flats.com – This service, first of all, specializes in rooms, but individual apartments can also found and they come across in a general search. Looks like a private community of people renting short term accommodation to each other.
  • flipkey.com – Flipkey is a service by a TripAdvisor. Many different options supplemented by comments of people from a TripAdvisor site. Everything is clear and convenient, there is plenty to choose from
  • onefinestay.com – A very small selection of cities. Accommodation for visitors while the homeowner is out of town. Seems like not for budget travelers.
  • casamundo.com – Quite a good site, many different options to choose from for every taste and budget. You may book a house in Norway for 180 euros per week, not a bad.
  • kidandcoe.com – The site is more focused on families with children, but the search results are not a bad. The price is average.
  • tujia.com – Finally, It’s for those who dream of becoming a Super Host in China. There’s a Chinese alternative for that. Use translator.

If you have already decided on the choice of a site to book your stay, read here what to take with you on the road so you do not waste money and kill your hunger.

Are you still decide to use Airbnb? Be aware that almost all coupons are no longer working. But, you have a chance now to register and get a free discount from me for your first booking.

 
 

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