After surprising our family with a secret trip home for Christmas, all the way from Australia, we decided rather than just fly all the way back down under in one we would visit a few places on the way. After calling in at Berlin and then Dubai for a few days we had a full
For most backpackers heading out to South East Asia, Australia or New Zealand, Dubai is a natural layover and most flights pass through here. Many of those passing through on long trips overseas will be on a tight budget and might consider just passing through this notoriously expensive city and braving the excruciatingly long flight
In the dead of winter, returning home on a surprise mission for Christmas from the warmth of Australia, we found ourselves in Copenhagen (We look forward to returning in warmer weather!). A city we had longed to see and where at the time, no one knew we were!! It was bitterly cold and snow was
New York, the city that never sleeps…but also a city renowned with big money! But that needn’t be the case. As self confessed budget travellers and having visited for the first time as a student we can safely say that with a bit of thought NYC can easily be an affordable trip for anyone’s budget!
Oslo is famous for being one of the most expensive cities in the world and Norway one of the dearest countries. So when we arrived here from travelling in Australia where we had been working and Asia where everything is dirt cheap we knew we would have our work cut out backpacking the city on
When we talk about quitting our jobs to travel the world one of the biggest questions is about money. I guess it’s a natural thing, we believe there is much more to life than money, that in fact you can make your dreams come true at a much cheaper financial price that you expect (as
Singapore is one of Asian’s most interesting countries, a bustling metropolis, so clean and well organised with so many western influences that create a real east meets west feel. Initially we were unsure how we would find the city, whether it would feel to clinical and be devoid of personality. But beyond the squeaky clean
Finding proper budget accomodation in Myanmar is tricky, mostly because the country is still very much developing on the tourism front. Many towns and cities we visited didn’t even have hostels, let along the £5 a night boutique places we had gotten used to in South East Asia! So when heading to Myanmar you have a
Hong Kong has been high on the list for many years, but being half the world away and famously costing a fortune to visit has put us off in the past. But being in the region after travelling through China for a month we had the perfect opportunity to pass through and see this wonderful
Night buses are a nightmare, literally! Sitting in the stifling heat packed closely together with a bunch of strangers or shivering away clinging to your belongings… at no point is sleep even mentioned! 12 hours, 16 hours even 24 hours and longer spent sat on a bus. You can’t just get up and walk around
The romance of travel might just be personified by this one ferry crossing in particular, setting sail from one continent to another just has the allure of adventure and the unknown. But what makes it even more fun is that despite transiting across the narrow crossing you are still in the same city!! Taking the
When we arrived in Riga we were tired and a little overwhelmed. After travelling on night buses for a few consecutive evenings we were looking for a comfortable, warm and welcoming place to stay. But at the same time we hadn’t had all that much time to research the city either and worried we might
Occasionally when you are travelling you stumble upon a hostel that just has everything perfect. Sometimes it can be a hit and miss game that’s true. Some hostels look great but then turn out to be ruined by obnoxious idiots drinking their way around the world. Then others sell themselves short, but once you arrive
We have been travelling for almost 2 months now. During that time we have stayed in so many hostels, a few guest houses and one hotel! Some of them have been amazing….some not so much! So these days when choosing a hostel we have a better trained eye to spot the gems among the duds!
We had wanted to try couchsurfing for quite a while but the idea of rocking up at someone’s house and staying with them for free, sleeping in their bedrooms, eating their food and living alongside them is also quite a nerve wracking thing to do. But we were keen to give it a go, to