Some Benefits of Long Term Travel

It can be cheaper to travel long term. Many places are cheaper than staying in a place like London or Europe, especially if you are travelling to eastern Europe, Asia or South America. I stayed in Lviv, Ukraine for 3 months, eating out all three meals, engaging in local activities, spending time in cafes and bars – about $800 dollars a month. That is a lot less when compared to living in London, where I am usually based. I usually spend around £4000 a month when in London.

You will get to meet a lot of new people. Not that this is very meaningful to me, but you will improve on your social skills, and you will become more tolerant of people’s bad behaviour, appreciate small little gestures of kindness from others etc. You will be more relaxed with people. While it won’t cure of any social anxiety you have, you will be more relaxed with it and realise that most of the people you meet are in the same boat.

Classes and courses are cheaper in other cities. If you could not afford dance classes and other interesting stuff you might wanted to – a language […]

By |2018-12-11T21:01:11+00:00December 11, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

How to book cheap flights – The Most Effective Ways

Here are some tips on how to book cheap flights.

I know how much you want to get the best deals out there when it comes to planning your holiday. I understand. And you can bag some good deals if you have some basic knowledge on how to find them.

Use popular search engines

There are many popular search engines out there. The ones that I use are kiwi.com, momondo.com, skyscanner.com and kayak.com

And that is the order that I always search in. First Kiwi, then Momondo and then Skyscanner and lastly Kayak.

I also use some specialist websites that are built for a specific purpose – for example to design my stop overs I use airwander.com.

Kiwi’s website and app are good for finding the cheapest flights. I can easily look for several flight combinations that will give me the cheapest prices. That is what I like the most about kiwi.

The search engine does this by checking with different airline companies and joining them, instead of sticking with just one airline. Or flying you into a major hub in a region and then taking a domestic connection from there.

Because the legs of the trip can […]

By |2018-11-03T17:06:52+00:00November 3, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

How to travel Europe by Bus – Travelling Europe on a Budget

Bus travel can be comfortable too…

Are you as intimidated by bus travel as I am?

I used to be scared at the thought of bus travel. I have not done any long bus journeys in the beginning of my travels. Living in London meant that there is no need to do so. I was not interested in travelling within the UK and when I wanted to, I took the trains or a flight. And I travelled by plane to most places when I wanted to go outside the UK.

The thought of bus travel came to me only when I started slow travelling about a few years ago and when I heard from other travellers staying at my hostel or other long-term travellers. I was surprised to learn about the cheap ticket prices as compared to other means of transport.

I quickly learned actually how convenient and comfortable it can be. Of course, I am not going to exaggerate by saying that a 7-hour bus ride is more comfortable than a 55 minutes flight journey. Of course not. But the point is that depending on priorities when you travel bus travel is worth considering. It is becoming increasingly […]

By |2018-10-18T11:57:00+00:00October 3, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

How to Avoid Bad Hostels – Tips on Booking Hostels

Booking accommodation can be stressful for any holidays, there are so many things to consider. But here are some basics on booking hostels, that will take the stress out of it and make it a bit easier.

Hostels are good for having a good social atmosphere that you won’t get in a hotel. Force yourself to stay in a hostel to get out of your own head every once in a while, get out of your comfort zone in a good way. That does not mean that you should stay in bad hostels, so here are some tips to avoid them.

Match your personality

Pick a hostel matching your personality. Are you a party animal? Then you might want to pick a party hostel than a laid-back chill hostel.

I personally am not a party animal, so I tend to go for hostels that have good reviews about being quiet rather than having a noisy buzzing environment.

Contrary to the popular belief that you won’t be able to meet other travellers if staying in non-party hostels, you can actually make some meaningful connections with other travellers in non-party hostels. Why? Because most of them are sober J  You just need […]

By |2018-10-01T14:13:30+00:00October 1, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

How To Instantly Improve Your Connectivity On The Road

I was searching for ways that I can use when I was going to travel to Chile. Because I did not have a plan I could use with the EE network that I am on contract with in London.

Then I came across this app.

This app is very cool, because it shows you all the spots near you, in a city where there is Wi-Fi available. It is basically a crowd-sourced app where users who use a Wi-Fi submit its password, and the app makes it available to the other users of the app.

You should have it if you plan to travel without data.

I would not say it is 100% accurate, some of the passwords are outdated, but still highly effective.

My favourite thing about the app is that, it automatically connects to a Wi-Fi if you turn on the location capabilities to run in the background when you are not using the app. I am an iPhone user, so the settings might be a bit different on an android.

I highly recommend it Wi-Fi Map.

By |2018-06-16T21:52:36+00:00June 16, 2018|Travel Tips, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Best Travel Apps To Save Time And Money

Apps can make your travel experience even better. Here is a list of best travel apps that you can use.

Some of them are not necessarily travel only apps, but extremely useful for a traveller.

Best Travel Apps

Destination Information

  1. Culture Trip
  2. Triposo
  3. Tripit
  4. Booking.com guides
  5. Lonely Planet

Itinerary creation

  1. Google Trips
  2. Triposo

Money exchange

  1. Revolut
  2. Monzo
  3. Xe

Transport

  1. Uber
  2. BlaBlaCar

Dating

  1. Tinder
  2. Bumble

Meeting people

  1. Meetup
  2. Couchsurfing
  3. Eventbrite
  4. Tinder
  5. Backpackr

Communication

  1. iMessage
  2. Whatsapp
  3. Viber
  4. Facebook Messenger

Navigation

  1. Google Maps
  2. HereWeGo

Offline Maps

  1. Google Maps
  2. HereWeGo

Translation

  1. Google Translate

Languages

  1. DuoLingo
  2. Babbel

Hotel Booking

  1. Booking.com
  2. Agoda
  3. HotelsTonight

Hostel

  1. Booking.com
  2. HostelWorld

Free accommodation

  1. Couchsurfing

Apartments

  1. Booking.com
  2. Airbnb

Flights

  1. Kiwi.com
  2. Kayak
  3. Skyscanner
  4. Momondo
By |2018-06-15T20:38:17+00:00June 15, 2018|Travel Tips, Uncategorised|0 Comments

7 Advantages of Using Booking.com to Find the Best Accommodation.

Booking.com is the best website that I have found in terms of functionality when you want to find good accommodation in a new city. If you are a solo traveller then you might want to stay in places where you can easily meet people. Or may be you want your own space and at the same time want to meet new people. May be you want to be in a central location where you can walk to or at least in commutable convenient distance from the popular attractions. There are several advantages of using booking.com if you know how to use it properly.

I use this website very often, though I refer to other sites such as Airbnb and hostelworld.com This one is my favourite.

It is my favourite because you get a genius badge as you use the website more and more. That means you get discounts, secret deals and perks such as early check in and late check out.

Below are some tips to find the best accommodation that suits your personality and intention of travel.

1. Use the “best properties for” sorting option

This will show the best suited for properties for what you have selected.

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By |2018-06-02T23:19:03+00:00June 2, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Using ATM in Timisoara

If you want to use ATMs to withdraw cash, use the ones that are not Euronet. They mostly give you higher denominations than smaller. For example withdrawing 100 will give you one 100 lei note, where as the non-euronet ATMs will give you two 50s. I don’t think it is a rule, it may be chance. But seems true.

By |2018-06-03T18:09:21+00:00May 10, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments