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Autumn treats for nothing!

You don’t always need to splash your cash to have a great time on holiday – there are some fabulous things to do that won’t cost you a bean. After all, they say that the best things in life are free! It pays to do some research in advance of your trip though. The internet, travel blogs and tourist offices are always useful for recommendations.

The Flexicover Team have shortlisted a few tips that may be worth checking out. Consider these for your autumn break!

Walking tours in Prague

This elegant European city has been sweeping visitors off their feet for centuries. With a rich cultural history, romantic streets and its great variety of beers, Prague stands out on its own! And what better way to explore it than a pleasant walking tour starting at the Old Town Square and covering popular sites such as Kinsky Palace, St Nicolas’ Church, the statue of Jan Hus and so much more!

Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney

Museums and gardens are great sources of free activities and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney are a fabulous example. Open all year round and just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, it’s located in a beautiful setting, more so in its autumn glory. And the good news: you can also take free guided walks! Autumn is a great time for a leisurely stroll and memorable views of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. And for a small fee, don’t miss a ride on the hop-on-hop-off train!

Film festival in Istanbul

The Istanbul International Short Film Festival takes place for a week in November and is based at various cultural centres in Beyoglu and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. With free entry, it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in short fiction, experimental fare and animation – don’t worry about accessibility either, as all films have English subtitles too! Experience some culture and enjoy Turkish coffee with your cinematic journey under the imposing, watchful eye of the Blue Mosque and its surrounding souks!

Tapas in Granada

As you can imagine, the tapas and the attendant culture in Spain is widely acclaimed but, in particular, Granada is where almost every bar and café participates in a national tradition. Simply buy a drink and a veritable buffet of different dishes will be laid out for you to snack on as you while away the evening – compliments of the chef! From olives with Spanish ham to tortillas, dressed mussels, cheese, breads and even full size meals, you are likely to find plenty of tasty fare to satisfy you! No charge for the tapas - Ryanair eat your heart out!

Diamonds in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital has a long heritage as a major centre of the diamond trade, both for cutting and polishing of stones and for their subsequent sale. There are about a dozen diamond factories in Amsterdam which attract thousands every year on guided tours, many of which come with extensive information on how to assess gems and ensure you know what to look for when buying. Tours usually take place between 9am – 5pm and are definitely worth it if you are diamond-hunting!

Street art in Berlin

The German capital has long held a reputation for being a nexus of the artistic and bohemian world, with street art in particular being a major draw. Berlin has often been referred to as ‘the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world’. It’s hard not to spot the colourful works on nearly ever corner of the city’s walls from central Mitte to Kreuzberg. In particular, it’s worth visiting the East Side Gallery to see the preservation and designs on the Berlin Wall!

f you are lucky enough to see or partake in any of these free activities this autumn, you may need a helping hand from Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialists, committed to providing the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!