To save cost on our travel for our “Gap Year”, we have boarded more than 20 different budget airlines across the world. Budget airlines have many extra charges such as for luggage and food and if we were not careful, we would be paying significantly extra. There are few things to be wary of when taking budget airline and as we have been traveling on a budget of a whole year, we believe the following are five important budget airline travel tips to take note.
When Winny and I decided to travel extensively this year, there is one budget we kept to the minimal and that is the food budget. In total we only spent less than $2500 AUD per person for a whole year on food and we did spend some time in expensive places and countries like Iceland and Scandinavia region. One of key to eat on a budget is to cook when and where it is possible and appropriate.
During our budget backpackers travel for the whole of last year, we nearly exclusively stayed in a hostel or at an Airbnb. The main reasons will be to keep the accommodation budget cost down. With a whole year’s worth of experience, we like to share our opinion on the pros and cons of Hostels vs Airbnb.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It is becoming more and more popular in the recent years. The old town was listed as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1996. This beautiful city is built on a gradual slope with red colored tiled roof and building featuring the pretty patters of Portuguese tiles. Although many of the cities oldest buildings are abandoned and are at the verge of collapsing, it adds to another character to the city.
After walking through a secret tunnel, we arrived at the middle of the spiral staircase underground. It was a mysterious place that we thought only existed in fairy tales. Looking up we could see the perfect circular skylight dimly illuminating the artistic spiral that spans from the top to bottom. This was the most anticipated place for us to see in Quintra Da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal.
Caminito del Rey was known to be the “world’s most dangerous walkway” after many adventurers and thrill seekers died challenging the old pathway. In 2011, the local government began to restore and rebuild the walkway. The new path was opened in March 2015 and it is now listed as one of the best new attractions for 2015 by Lonely Planet.
We have just finished our 15 day trip in Iceland and want to share some of our experiences on how to find and take pictures of the Northern Lights. Spotting the Northern lights can be a little difficult if you have not seen one with your eyes before. Usually the Northern Light appears significantly different to our naked eyes compared to what can be captured on the camera.
There is only a small handful of countries that is allowed to enter St Petersburg Visa Free and obtaining a Visa into Russia can be a tedious process. Fortunately, there are exceptions that allows you to enter St Petersburg Visa Free for up to 72 hours.
When the Soviet invaded the Baltic States in 1940, the red terror of the Soviet secret police (KGB) rained on the capital of Riga. The operation of the KGB in Riga was closely associated with a corner building known as the Corner House. This KGB headquarter is now a symbol of the oppressive regime that governed the Latvian population for 50 years.
Hidden deep beneath the rehabilitation spa center in Ligatne, a small village in the middle of a national park, is a secret soviet bunker built to protect the soviet political elite in case of a nuclear attack during the cold war. The 213,000 square foot hideout, completely self-sustainable and could support 250 people for up to three months. It is equipped with sophisticated equipment of the time so the commanders could continue their communication underground.