Deal Dispatch: Budapest from $639, Discount Flights on Wizz Air, Canon DSLR kit from $269

This week’s Deal Dispatch brings you a good deal from Air France to Budapest, Hungary, and how to explore more of Europe from Budapest on Wizz Air. I’ll also have a great deal on a Canon DSLR two-lens kit to take photos of all the great sights!

Flights: Air France, a SkyTeam member, is currently offering flights from Miami (MIA), via Paris (CDG), to Budapest, starting from $639 round-trip. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a beautiful city on the Danube river, and well worth a trip. The people are a lot more friendly than the recent press makes it sound and you are bound to have a good. time. The fares are valid for travel until early December and again, after the Christmas high-season, from January to March, 2016. You can check out the details on TheFlightDeal!

After you have spend some time in Budapest, you can go on to explore more of Europe with Wizz Air. They are a budget carrier and the largest airline in Hungary, flying to more than 100 destinations all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. SkyTrax rates them as a 3-Star airline, same as United, American or Delta. As a low-cost carrier, they charge for seats, luggage, food and everything else, so don’t expect too much. AirlineRatings gives them 4 (out of 7) stars, mostly for lack of IOSA Certification, which is not unusual for discount carriers. I have them on my list of airlines to try out, maybe on a future Balkan Explorer trip!

Gear: If you had a chance to read my advice “How to find the right travel camera“, you know that a DSLR generally offers the best image quality – in exchange for being big, heavy and usually expensive! Currently, you can pick up a Canon Rebel T5 (also called EOS1200D) refurbished including two zoom lenses with 18-55m and  75-300mm for only $269! This is an entry level camera and a great great kit to start out with a DSLR. You can always keep the lenses and upgrade the body to a newer, better model later, if you decide that a DSLR is for you! I recommend it as a low-risk way to try it out, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on new equipment – that collects dust after the first trip! You can find a review at PhotographyBlog!


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