Guest contributor and world traveler Jess Signet writes about travel scams that are easy to come by and easy to fall for. Here’s some helpful tips on how to avoid them and what to look out for.
Thailand is without a doubt one of the most visited countries in Asia and it’s continually growing in popularity. Backpackers love it as a cheap destination rich in beautiful beaches, cheap delicious food and an exciting nightlife. It also doesn’t hurt that Thai people have been noted as the friendliest in the world.
Whilst Istanbul in itself is teeming with cultural, historic and interesting attractions, the rest of Turkey has much to offer international visitors. From easy day tours to overnight or weekend stays, there is an option for all tastes close by. This is a great way to utilise ones time, whilst adding depth to a prolonged holiday in Istanbul. People like Bonnie Meyer, a university student from the Gold Coast, Australia had no idea just how diverse the country is. “I didn’t know much about Turkey before going, I absolutely loved it when I arrived though,” she said. She spent more than a week in Turkey with Istanbul as her base. “If you had the time I would recommend staying a little longer and doing more day trips or even spending time in another city or town,” Meyer said. Day trips: Princes’ Islands (Adelar) Just an hour by ferry from the city centre, a trip to this chain of nine archipelagos islands in the Sea of Marmara is a great way to get out of the …
It’s always one of the biggest questions people ask me about travel, and for good reason. Flight’s can be expensive. And if not, the cheap options can be dodgy and take 31 hours to get anywhere because of multiple stops along the way. Having always booked my own flights, and always searching for a bargain, I’ve created some of my own techniques that have saved me hundreds of dollars.
Contiki tours are such a popular way to travel for most young Australians, especially when venturing to Europe. I have now been on two separate Contiki tours, one in Europe in 2013 and one in Mexico in 2014. Whilst they are fun ways to get around, I think it’s good to know about every aspect of the tour to see if it’s right for you.
Having traveled to so many other cities around the world, I seem to forget to truly appreciate my home city. So I decided to take a day off to explore Melbourne as I would in any other city; as a tourist. Armed with my iPhone 6 and a travelers attitude in mind, I took to the streets and grew to love Melbourne even more than I already did.
The number one reason people say they don’t travel is because it’s ‘too expensive’. I am the biggest advocate for the ‘cheap’ holiday and for simple ways to save those extra bucks. I’m here to put things in perspective, and once you put these easy, every day methods into your everyday life, you’ll be out of the country before you can say ‘bon voyage’.
Everyone says that traveling is expensive. And yes, it can be. BUT, if you’re smart about it, it can also be very inexpensive. There will always be free things to do in any part of the world. For example, probably the most photographed and visited place in the world is free. The Eiffel Tower. It’s not free to go up, but it certainly is free to look at from any other angle of the city. Here’s just some standard ideas on what most cities will provide for free.
Tulum is one of those places that has it all. It’s a cute little town filled with unique shops and restaurants, surrounded by ancient ruins, a number of cenotes and many beautiful beaches. Visiting Mexico and heading to Cancun or Playa del Carmen? Tulum is an easy and cheap bus ride away and gives you a completely different atmosphere. Relaxed, beautiful and culturally significant, here is why every backpacker should head here.
Canada might just be the most naturally beautiful country I have ever been to. With the friendliest people, an abundance of animals and outdoor activities for any season, you could never be bored. I could probably just insert a heap of pictures on this post and that would be enough to get you logged onto Expedia to book the next flight over, but I thought I should share some personal thoughts on the land of the maple syrup and grizzly bears.