Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling

I am fortunate to be a professional travel blogger. This allows me to visit both exotic, and adventurous destinations, staying in high-end hotels, villas, or lodges with the expenses covered by the client. This hasn’t always been the case, like most people I have had to balance paying my everyday living costs with a passion for travelling. In this post …

A Brief Guide to Budget Travel

There’s a problem with budget travel tips, they are relative to the particular author offering the advice. One person’s budget is another’s excessive luxury, and yet others wouldn’t dream of lowering themselves to stay or dine in these ‘slums’. For example, staying in hostels would be unthinkable to many, but are the mainstay of the travel plans of many more. …

Great Tips for Doing Nothing

“The sightseeing tourist will visit all the attractions but the explorer will discover their own”  At the risk of appearing the laziest traveller on the planet I’m going to confess my fondness for doing nothing. In reality it’s doing nothing in particular, in other words exploring a destination without a particular plan. This suits my philosophy of travelling, preferring to …

The Joy of Souks

Browsing souqs (souks) whether in Morocco, Egypt or in Oman is always a fascinating experience. They are entirely different from western markets, hives of activity where haggling is usually not only encouraged but expected. Often bustling, especially in popular tourist destinations where visiting a souq is one of the one of the highlights of the trip. Alien experiences which allow …

Romancing the Adventure – European Island Escapes & Getaways

Time does fly by quickly; there is always something to celebrate just around the ‘calendar corner’. It will be Valentine’s Day in just a few weeks, a good excuse for some island escapes and rekindle romantic sparks. The wary may need to remember however that it is a leap year, so that extra sparkle in the girlfriends eye recently maybe …

Snap – Don’t ‘star’ in the next adventure travel video

Imagine the scenario; having just taken that first leap of faith, hurling yourself into thin air from a platform only attached to a thick piece of rubber band. The sensation of falling is terrifying but exhilarating, then just as the band begins to slow your descent and the anticipated stopping point is reached there is a horrendous ‘crack’. Instead of …

Adventures in Budget Travel – Calculating the Risk Factor

“Finding adventures; My comfort zone is being outside of the comfort zone” The activities of hitch-hiking, Couchsurfing, tripping, staying in hostels, camping or sleeping in a hammock do not suit all. There are safety and hygiene risks attached to some and those more comfortable with a luxury spa than a bowline may still prefer to book adventures with Thomas Cook. …

Hostel Life – A survival guide

Hostels are the undisputed first choice of most budget travellers, cheap and usually filled with fellow backpacking aficionados there are few that have not experienced their facilities. I am not a big fan of five star hotels; yes, it is quite possible there is something wrong with me! They are usually quite impersonal as well as the obvious disadvantage that …