Making The Most of those Juicy January Flights

Officially the most depressing time of year, those in a flexible situation have the option to travel all over Europe for a fraction of the price you’d find yourself subjected to for the rest of the year. With all airlines dropping their prices to fill seats, you can find some incredible last-minute deals.

Escaping the bitter English January

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In January last year I was based out of London and with a £100 flight budget I had the opportunity to spend my Friday night in Athenian Techno basement club Senza , the next night Techno again till midday Sunday in Berlin’s Chalet and be in Madrid for the Spanish capital’s student night Fucking Monday the day after … overall that was 3 key European capitals, 4 flights and over 4,500 miles in less than a week. If I’d gone for a similar style of multi-city trip any other time of the year there’s no doubt flight expenses would have at least doubled.

Some flights are more scenic than others #LondontoAthens #somewhereoverthebalkans

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London is definitely the best city to find some juicy last-minute departures, but you’d be surprised which other cities have regular flight connections whose prices are slashed for the January off-season. To make the most of these flight deals have a trawl through flight search engine sites like Momondo and Sky-Scanner. With the ability to search all departures from a city, you can link up a multi-city itinerary based off the best deals and keep it tailored to your own taste in destination and budget. Also when using these sites keep a check on the cookie situation … sometimes the live pricing can cause a surge and drive up prices horrendously.

All over Europe the affordable January prices extend beyond airfares and you can find enticing accommodation deals that fit any budget. Visiting a city out of season can also provide you with a whole new perspective on the city and its nightlife. For example in Athens the locals that work out on the islands during the summer all return home for the winter, so clubs and bars that are full of tourists during the long summer months are filled with hedonistic young Athenians in the depth of winter.

The more environmentally conscious can keep tabs on their carbon footprint by reducing their air miles and go for the straight up single destination city-break. Those hectic major European destinations that are rammed the rest of the year regain their charm in the off-season, creating a fresh and authentic experience. Overall flights for under a tenner can’t be beaten and whilst Luxembourg might not be the home of the sesh, you’d still consider flying there for 7 quid. Imagine going somewhere decent for that price.

Juicy January flight deals out of London

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Happy New Year people, best of luck in everything you set out to accomplish in 2017 !

5 of the best NYD nightlife destinations across Europe

With New Year’s Eve nights sold out across the continent, last-minute travellers taking advantage of some juicy flight deals still have the option to indulge in some fresh hedonism on the 1/01. Here’s my pick of five NYD nightlife destinations that standout across Europe.

BristolMotion

One of the top 20 clubs in the world according to a recent DJ mag poll,  In:Motion’s NYD line-up for the South Bristol indoor skatepark is an eclectic mix and appears endless.  Amongst the 33 artists featured, the names of Berghain/Panorama Bar residents Ben Klock and Steffi alongside artists such as Tale Of Us, Jackmaster, KiNK, Nastia and Jeremy Underground should be enough to get the adrenal gland of any electronic music aficionado pre-emptively quivering.

MadridWan Festival

Following its successful launch last year, the 01/01 in the Spanish capital see’s another installment of the electronic music festival Wan. Held inside the colossal 10,000 capacity  La Cubiteria bullring, the Tech House orientated line up includes Ibiza stalwarts Martinez Brothers, Luciano, Marco Carola and Richie Hawtin and continues long past sun-rise.

Brilliant few days away for ADE. Awakenings at the Gashouder was something else! what a venue 👏🏽

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AmsterdamGashouder

2017 marks two decades since the establishment of Dutch techno events brand Awakenings, with the first event of the year a NYD special at their regular Amsterdam haunt, Gashouder. With its huge capacity and innovative lighting, the former gas storage plant is the perfect space for a line up that includes big names like Nina Kraviz and Berghain residents Ben Klock (again??) and Len Faki.

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BerlinBerghain/ Panorama bar

With affiliated DJ’s all over this list, the recently designated high culture institution is a logical feature. Regarded by many as the apex of global nightlife, the Berghain’s Silversternacht celebrations run throughout NYD and into the 2nd. The conditional entry policy pursued here means you can still get a ticket upon entry after presale have evaporated. You’re potentially free to enjoy a NYD line up that includes Techno premiers such as Ben Klock (busy man), DVS1 and Efdemin.

24hour party people ✨✨✨ #partypeople #belgradeclubbing #waitingforsven #svenvath

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BelgradeHangar, Luka Beograd

NYD in the Serbian capital see’s the third night of Central Dance Event a four night series of events, held in various venues throughout Belgrade, running from the 30/12 through till the morning of 03/01. Hangar Luka Beograd, a former warehouse in a docklands area by the Danube, is host for the third night with a Techno focused line-up that includes international names like Magda and Pig & Dan alongside local homegrown Serbian artists.

Good luck to you all in 2017 !

Trudging

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