Vang Vieng was once a byword for backpackers excess and the devastating effects it can have on a place. In the past this wonderful village surrounded by mountains and stunning rivers was described as a “Paradise Lost”, engulfed by the drunken backpackers who would pass through without a care for the culture or indeed the
Ayutthaya Thailand is the one time ancient capital of the Siam, the precursor to the modern-day kingdom of Thailand. Founded in 1350 it is Thailand’s answer to Angkor Wat or Bagan, a huge complex of crumbling ancient temples awaits the intrepid to explore this historic gem. Easily accessible from on the Bangkok to Ayutthaya train it can
Whilst staying in the stunning fairytale city of Tallinn in Estonia we couldn’t not notice the city’s proximity to Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Knowing how expensive Scandinavia is compared to the region of Eastern Europe we had been travelling within for 4 months we took the opportunity to head over for the first time on
Melbourne is an amazing city, over the 7 months we lived there we completely fell in love with it, so much so we’ve vowed to move there when we decided to settle down! The city itself is the beating heart of Victoria and feels so alive with people, culture and spirit. But one of the
Ahh London, one of my favourite cities in the world, it was Samuel Johnson who said that he who is tired of London is tired of life, it is somewhere I love to come but alas have put it off for the past few years because of a fear of cost. Being backpackers we are always
Australia is an expensive country to visit especially if you’ve just arrived from backpacking through Asia! But that shouldn’t put you off. Melbourne is constantly voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities and after 7 months of calling it home we can see why! There’s lots to do here if you have the
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
Berlin had been on our radar for as long as I can remember but for one reason or another we had never got around to visiting. We had plans whilst backpacking in Eastern Europe but got sidetracked somewhere around Lithuania! So when we headed home for a surprise Christmas visit we decided on our way
Known as Ho Chi Minh city since the late 70’s the city is still often referred to as Saigon by pretty much everyone…even VC vets we’ve spoken to! Saigon is a busy, bustling, crazy kind of place, it almost makes you feel like you can’t get your breath at times. With the worlds largest number of
When we decided to head over to Adelaide from Melbourne, an 8 hour drive, one of the biggest questions was why? It seemed that even most Australian’s had no idea what this off the beaten track state capital had to offer and hardly anyone of the fellow backpackers we met had ventured that way either!
Heading on home before Christmas we had flown into Oslo as it was a great cheap route from Asia. We took the chance to travel overland through Scandinavia and see some new places! Being the winter… and in Sweden, it was pretty cold! But we made the most of it and explored the wonderful and
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
Sydney, the huge metropolis of Australia, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cities and known to be pretty expensive. Yet thousands of backpackers head here every year to take in the sights and sounds of this landmark filled state capital and they do so on a budget! As one of the many working tourist visa