Travel on a shoestring
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Hey all! I wanted to post about a contest that I'm entering and thought maybe others might want to as well! It's a contest for vacation photo entry (and I figured many of you have those!) so I thought it would be relevant to this community.
I found it through Facebook, here's all the info:
'Vacation Memories & Mishaps' Photo Contest from VitalChek
Submit 1 photo with a brief description of your most memorable vacation experience. Vote and comment on submitted photos. The winner whose photo is voted as depicting a vacation with the most memorable mishap will be mailed a $100 value in American Express Gift Cards from VitalChek.
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I'm taking an almost 8 week trip leaving on the 5th of June, staying in hostels almost the entire time, flying to most destinations though (mostly budget airlines)
Looking for any destination tips, Airlines/Airport tips or any other suggestions anyone has, the flights are booked (so no room to move there, the hostels have a deposit only, so can be shifted if needs be)
my main concerns at present are
-- Allenby Bridge crossing & having to check my electronics into hold if Ben Gurion 'picks me' for special screening
-- what to do in Budapest & Vienna other than basic walks around town
-- Squeezing everything into my 3 nights on Santorini
-- If i need to book bus tours in Dubrovnik in advance to get a spot in Early July
-- Other things to do in jerusalem, especially in the evenings
-- Getting sufficient currency to get into town and pay ... more »
Hi I am 26 and living in England. My boss has just agreed to give me 6-weeks off to go travelling over the summer (school summer holidays) and I was hoping to get some advice on where to go.
My original thought was South East Asia, (Thailand Vietnam Laos) but I am concerned about the weather at time of year; heavy rains and monsoon season. Also the cost of the flights which will be £700.00+ at that time of year. So my other thought is Europe, (Belgium, Croatia, Hungary etc.). Cheaper to get to and probably better weather? But would the cost on the ground (hostels / attractions etc.) make Europe just as costly? Should I save Asia for later and go during their dry months?
If you had the choice given my time frame and the seasons where would you go? And / or what would you do?!
Opinions on the matter would be gratefully received!!
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Im going to SE Asia in December. Im planning to start off around Burma and working through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and down through Thailand, Malaysia and into Indonesia. Then hop over to Australia to find work. With a flight over and an Australian working visa already paid (where il have work) i'll have about £5000 to do this over about 4-6 months. I'm going to be doing volunteering when i can over there which will bring costs down and staying as cheap as poss, but i want afew beverages out there. How much for public transport will i be looking at over that sort of distance and all in all is this a realistic amount to get that far with. Cheers guys.
I mean, how do you decide- where to next?
Have you compiled a bucket list of random destinations cobbled together from pictures you've seen in magazines?
Do you alternate continents?
Or travel where is cheapest/ closest?
Is it better to do lots of short trips or do you prefer to save up all your money and do a big trip?
What is your financial strategy for returning home? Do you have savings for your return?
Hello! I am going to Sweden and will require a Schengen Visa. As I live in NYC, I was thinking if it is possible to apply for Schengen Visa through Norway consulate in NY (or any other Schengen country). Does anyone know if it is possible? I am only visiting one Schengen country.
I am a vegetarian, would most probably travel solo and my passport is from India. I want to make this trip happen! I plan to start in July, 2013.
I will start by taking the direct flight from Delhi to Dushanbe and travel overland for the rest of the journey and fly back home from Tel Aviv. Considering my route, I understand that I can get the Israel visa only in Jordan and not before.
Tajikistan (Visa from India)
Afghanistan (Visa from Tajikistan)
Iran (Visa from India)
Turkmenistan (Transit visa from India)
Azerbaijan (Visa from India)
Georgia (Double entry visa from India)
Armenia (Visa from India)
Turkey (Visa from India)
Lebanon (Visa from India or on the road)
Jordan (Visa from India or on the road)
Israel (Visa from Jordan)
I believe there is a ferry from Turkey to Lebanon. Won't be able to cross by road due to the ongoing crisis in Syria. I... more »
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Howdy seasoned travelers,
I'm soon heading to Paris and London on a mini adventure and am in need of some accommodation advice. I'm seeking hostels in both cities that fit the follow criteria:
- Central(ish) location and close to metro/ tube stations - Latin Quater or Montmartre would also do for Paris, something near to the West End would be ideal for London
To be honest I don't mind slumming it.. if things are a little rough around the edges I'm not bothered.. Staff friendliness, price and location take priority over cleanliness.
I've had an investigate into the following hostels, If you've had any experience with them I'd lo... more »
Using gmail for your travels?
Google checks and protects its email subscribers from potential hacking, by requiring verification when you try to access your gmail from a new location.
Previously this verification was to answer a couple of secret questions you provided when you set up your gmail account. Now the system has been changed and the only form of verification is a 6 digit code which Google sends you via SMS to your registered home mobile (cellphone) number..
The problem is that many travellers do not use, nor want global roaming with their 'home' number when overseas.
Without access to your registered mobile number, this security system noweffectively prevents you accessing any of your emails if you are challenged by Google..
Recently arriving in the UK, I have found it impossible to access my gmail accounts once Google has detected that my account is being l... more »
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Few questions regarding travel to the USA & Europe in the second half of 2014 regarding money.
We will be backpacking around both countries for a year are are trying to figure out the best form of money to take for each country. We are trying to hedge against the AUD dropping anymore as have budgeted it being at parity +/- 10% and the Euro being around 0.74.
1. Pre-paid Travel Cards
Are these widely accepted in the USA and Europe when booking hotels,hostels,tickets etc?
We know the exchange rate is poor and there is a risk it could be stolen and used as your name isn't on the card? Are there any with names on the card?
Also the withdrawal fees from ATM's are high but we can accept this if we are able to withdraw amounts greater than $1000 at one time ATM's in the USA and Europe...is that possible? We have most ATM's in USA don't allow large amounts not sure about Eu... more »
I am going to be studying Spanish in Spain, French in France and Italian in Italy all for 3 months each. I will be traveling for 3 months in between my courses within those countries and possibly around near those countries. I have around $16,000 - $18,000. My RESP will cover costs and expenses during my time of study. Is $5000 CAD for each of those 3 months realistic?
Here's my scheduled itinerary:
June – Study Standard Spanish in Malaga, Spain
July – Study Standard Spanish in Malaga, Spain
August – Study Standard Spanish in Malaga, Spain
September – Travel and stay in Spain
October – Travel and stay in Spain
November – Travel and stay in Spain
December – Study Standard French in Nice, France
January – Study Standard French in Nice, France
February – Study Standard French in Nice, France
March – Travel and stay in France
April – Travel and stay in France
May – Tra... more »
Hey Traveling veterans!
I'm going to be traveling to Europe from June 9th to July 9th with the following itinerary:
the * are the cities where I'm looking for smart and safe places to stay
i will be traveling with two women so im looking for safe locations
I am graduating this spring and planning to go visit Sweden. I have quite a few friends in sweden, budget wise, it's my first preference.
Any advice whether it's worth spending money to visit Stockholm... or any other advice regarding what to see or what is must to see in stockholm would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.
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