Category Archives: Before you go

© Alex Conu

Real Time Aurora Gallery: Live images of Aurora Borealis

I particularly love this website as seeing Aurora Borealis is high on my list. Planning on seeing this magnificent natural phenomenon can be a bit of a hassle, as it is not visible all year round everywhere. By viewing the real time photos uploaded on Real Time Aurora Gallery, you can track when, where on Earth you have to be to get your best chance of seeing it.

Besides photos of Aurora Borealis, also images of planets, clouds, galaxy’s, stars and much more are uploaded. Have a look and see for yourself by clicking here.

Photo:  © Alex Conu on spaceweather.com

Amsterdam – Moscow

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 197
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
MOW – Moscow                                                         € 145
When:                                                                              When to buy?
fr 24 Oct 2014 – mo 24 Nov 2014                  2+ weeks / all week

Summary
A steady one this time. Prices almost keep the same the whole 14 weeks. Three weeks before take-off the prices start to fluctuate more, so if you want to save those 10 euro, then definitely watch for that one. Best day to book a flight to Moscow: all days of the week are fairly the same.

Moscow - Price per Day before Take-off
Moscow – Price per Day before Take-off
Moscow - Average Price per Week
Moscow – Average Price per Week
Moscow – Average Price per Day
© Sightsmap

Sightsmap: Showing the World’s most photographed places

Sightsmap shows the places people like, based on the number of Panoramio photos at each place in the world. The brighter the color, the ‘hotter’ the locations.

The goal of Sightsmap is to find and explore places interesting for tourism and sightseeing. Users can filter popular places by their estimated population, type and tags. It is also possible to use a link ending with any place name you want to discover, like: http://www.sightsmap.com/new_york. It will bring you straight to the highlights of the city of New York or any other location you wish to discover.

Want to visit the most famous destinations according to Sightsmap? Besides New York and Buenos Aires, all the other eight can be found in versatile Europe! Check it out.

Top 10 most photographed locations:
1. New York
2. Rome
3. Barcelona
4. Paris
5. Istanbul
6. Venice
7. Monte Carlo
8. Florence
9. Buenos Aires
10. Budapest

Amsterdam – Lima

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 1159
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LIM – Lima                                                                      € 712
When:                                                                              When to buy?
fr 17 Oct 2014 – mo 17 Nov 2014                  14+ weeks / fr, su

Summary
This was the most interesting one to track. As you see, prices fluctuate massively. It is a hard one to really give a clear summary for. Therefor, I show the results and let you make up the conclusion yourself. I will definitely start a new price tracker for this one, with more than 14 weeks of tracking to see how they match.

Lima - Price per Day before Take-off
Lima – Price per Day before Take-off
Lima - Average Price per Week
Lima – Average Price per Week
Lima - Average Price per Day
Lima – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Barcelona

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 183
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
BCN – Barcelona                                                        € 85
When:                                                                              When to buy?
we 8 Oct 2014 – we 15 Oct 2014                    5+ weeks / all week

Summary
Monday the 7th of July I started tracking the prices for a flight to Barcelona in October. The prices started around € 100 and kept this pace until a week before take-off. Prices started climbing to almost 2 times the lowest price. The day on which you buy a ticket to Barcelona only makes a difference of a few euro.

Barcelona - Price per Day before Take-off
Barcelona – Price per Day before Take-off
Barcelona - Average Price per Week
Barcelona – Average Price per Week
Barcelona - Average Price per Day
Barcelona – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Tromsø

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 556
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
TOS – Tromsø                                                              € 281
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 1 Aug 2014 – fr 15 Aug 2014                     5+ weeks / fr, sa, su

Summary
From Tuesday the 8th of May I kept track of the prices of a ticket to Tromsø (North of Norway) in August. The prices started at around € 281.  From the day of keeping track of the price, it started to climb to almost 2 times the lowest price. The best day to buy a ticket to Tromsø: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tromso - Price per Day before Take-off
Tromso – Price per Day before Take-off
Tromso - Average Price per Week
Tromso – Average Price per Week
Tromso - Average Price per Day
Tromso – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Longyearbyen

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 804
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LYR – Longyearbyen                                                € 322
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 1 Aug 2014 – fr 15 Aug 2014                    5+ weeks / fr

Summary
From Tuesday the 8th of May I kept track of the prices of a ticket to Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen, closest you will get to the North Pole)  in August. The prices started at around € 380. The prices kept fairly steady up until 5 weeks before the flight. After that the prices sky rocketed. Booking just one week before will mean you have to pay almost 2.5 times as much as you would if you booked more than 5 weeks up front. The best day to buy a ticket to Longyearbyen: Friday.

Longyearbyen - Price per Day before Take-off
Longyearbyen – Price per Day before Take-off
Longyearbyen - Average Price per Week
Longyearbyen – Average Price per Week
Longyearbyen - Average Price per Day
Longyearbyen – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – London

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 221
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
LHR – London Heathrow                                       € 122
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 7 July 2014 – mo 14 July 2014                  6+ weeks / mo, tu

Summary
From Sunday the 13th of April I kept track of the prices of a ticket to London in July. The prices started at around € 125. The prices went up and down a few euro’s for up to 6 weeks. After than the prices started to climb up to a point where the highest you had to pay for a ticket was almost 2 times as high as what we started at. The best day to buy a ticket to London: Monday and Tuesday.

London - Price per Day before Take-off
London – Price per Day before Take-off
London - Average Price per Week
London – Average Price per Week
London - Average Price per Day
London – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Rome

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                                € 202
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
ROM – Rome                                                                € 129
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 7 July 2014 – mo 14 July 2014                  12+ weeks / tu

Summary
Sunday, April 13th I started keeping track of the prices of a ticket to Rome in July. The price started at around € 130. From that day the price start to climb, no steady beginning at all. From € 130, 12 weeks up front to € 202 in the last week, the price has gained with a factor 1.5. The best day to buy a ticket to Rome: Tuesday.

Rome - Price per Day before Take-off
Rome – Price per Day before Take-off
Rome - Price per Day before Take-off
Rome – Price per Day before Take-off
Rome - Average Price per Day
Rome – Average Price per Day

Amsterdam – Paris

Details                                                                             Results:
From:                                                                                Highest price:
AMS – Amsterdam Schiphol                               € 247
To:                                                                                      Lowest price:
CDG – Paris Charles de Gaulle                         € 94
When:                                                                              When to buy?
mo 7 July 2014 – mo 14 July 2014                 6+ weeks / mo, tu, we, su

Summary
I started keeping track of this ticket the 13th of April, 12 weeks up front. The first 6 weeks the prices showed a steady line. After that the prices started to go up and even got to the point that the tickets were 2.5 times more expensive. The best days to buy a ticket to Paris are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Paris - Price per Day before Take-off
Paris – Price per Day before Take-off
Paris - Average Price per Week
Paris – Average Price per Week
Paris - Average Price per Day
Paris – Average Price per Day