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Tansler; their place in the travel industry evolution.

Most people will agree with my statement that the way we book holidays is changing, remember the days when our parents scrolled through Teletext to book our all-inclusive to Mallorca? Well, things have changed, we enjoy the freedom of trolling the web reading countless reviews and booking our packages at our leisure. Now imagine a time when we can set a genuine price for our holiday, welcome to the world of Tansler.

Tansler.com offers holiday homes and rentals as an auction format. You’re required to enter the standard details (Location, Dates) but with one mighty catch, you the consumer sets the price! As the consumer you are required to choose 2 or more properties that you are interested in, set your price for the stay and hit submit. The chosen holiday homes then bid for your custom, the first to accept your offer is the winner! If nobody accepts your offer after 24 hours the auction is simply cancelled and you revise your price.
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An excellent concept in my humble opinion, I mean, take a quiet week where you’ve decided on a break and found your desired locations, say the rental property doesn’t have any custom but doesn’t want the week to pass unoccupied, the potential for you to get a great bargain and for the rental property to acquire a reasonable income is fantastic!

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Europe; experience Dublin with City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing are the worlds largest open top tour bus companies showing visitors the heart of cities worldwide.

Since 2008 I’ve used this company, reliable and ever entertaining, they employ knowledgable English speaking comics to present to groups of travellers on board. Never once have the company failed me so, as ever, I opted for the tour when in Dublin this last week.

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Dublin, Ireland is a compact city, vibrant and alive with traditional irish culture. Quaint little streets line the city with ally’s leading to vintage and urban hordes. Oozing with culture you should be sure to visit some of Dublin’s iconic cultural stops.

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City sightseeing ensure you don’t miss a landmark, their route covers all you need to, and maybe don’t need to, see when visiting the city! Use the below to plan your must see stops in the city!

Upper O’Connell Street
Trinity College
Nassau Street
Leinster Street
National Art Gallery
Merrion Square
St. Stephen’s Green
Tourism Centre, Suffolk St
Dame Street
Dame Street (Walking Tour)
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
High Street
Guinness Storehouse
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Kilmainham Gaol
Heuston Station
Parkgate Street
Phoenix Park Dublin Zoo
National Museum – Decorative Arts & History
St. Michan’s Crypt
Bachelor’s Walk
Parnell Square Writers Museum

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My personal recommendations are Grafton Street (top for shopping!), Trinity College (great to catch some rays and watch the cricket) and of course the Guinness Museum too see how the worlds most famous beer is made! See my post on how to see Dublin in 48 hours for in depth reviews of my favourite hangouts in the city!

We’d love to hear your experiences of the city! Oh and if you use City Sightseeing, be sure to say hi to Anna the tour guide from us!
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Europe, London; how to make the most of your pound

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, especially to the likes of a traveller when met with the exchange rate against the pound. Even as a Brit, you can get caught up in the extra spends when visiting our capital city. Here, I’ve collated my 5 top tips on how to stay pound savvy on your visit to the capital.

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Asia; Istanbul, Turkey, what to do in the city

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Istanbul is a diverse city rich with culture. The vast space if filled with its 16 million inhabitants going about their day to day business. Everyone in Istanbul looks to be going somewhere.
Although Istanbul is a cultural city bound to attract tourism my trip proved otherwise. We found it difficult to spot the British tourist in amongst the commuters which for me made the city that extra bit special. Maybe it was the time of year we chose to go, being the beginning of April and barely being out of the winter climate could be the reason tourists had not yet descended on the city.
Istanbul is split into two halves, one side being Asian, the other Europe. We stayed at the Yeditepi University on the Asian side and so commuted from Kadikoy daily by boat to the European side. Commuting allowed me to see aspects of the city I wouldn’t necessarily have seen.
As an avid shopper, true to form I enjoyed my time getting lost in the Bazaar. A bliss with stall upon stall of spectacular merchandise I was able to spend two days searching and shopping. My most favoured purchase being a small scroll enclosed in a glass tube. The scroll is inscribed with Arabic writing, an extract from the Quran and sits beautifully around my neck upon the ‘Key Chain’ Tiffany & Co necklace. The jewellery to be found in the Bazaars always promises to be exquisite and unique so search hard for that unique piece of your own to bring back with you. One important thing to remember when visiting Turkey is to haggle, everything you look to purchase can be discounted and being that extra bit ‘cheeky’ with the seller will always help with the overall discount of your piece. However know what it is your after and have an idea of the price you are willing to pay for your item, the Turkish men are not afraid to sweet talk you into a purchase.
Possibly the best find whilst I was strolling the Bazaar was a beautiful quant store ‘Regina’ (Kapalicarsi Cevahir Bedesteni Serifaga Sosak No:16- 17) The store sets itself aside from all the others with its perfect replicas of designer handbags. The owner was intrigued and only too excitable about comparing my friend’s Mulberry Alexa and my own Bayswater to his imitations. We were impressed, extremely impressed. The owner then proceeded to tell us how Celebrities have in the past visited him for his merchandise, believable only by the photographs he has of himself with various household names such as Sarah Jessica Parker.
To me Turkey is perfection. I love the sights, smells and shopping experiences it presents to me as a westerner in search of authentic culture and breath taking experiences.  

Rebekah Esme Photography.

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