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Zipping through the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express

Heading to the Alps

Of all the train journeys we took on the recent Ice Run, the Glacier Express in Switzerland stood out in our memories. The extraordinary rail experience brought us from the eastern corner to the western half of the Swiss Alps, through landscapes of epic proportions. Starting our train journey in St Moritz, we wound past flowing rapids, ice-covered lakes, acres of prairies covered in [...]

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7 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World

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// Travel has a reputation for being expensive, but whilst that’s often the case it’s equally true that there are some exceptional bargains around if you’re willing to spread your wings a bit further. In many parts of the world it’s possible to live on only a few pounds a day – or in luxury [...]

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A Secret Corner of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Buddha statues at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

This is the fourth edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. Our first stop in Thailand, during our journey through Southeast Asia, was Chiang Mai, in the northern reaches of the country. We’ve heard so [...]

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At Home in Bangkok

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the third edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. As we journey around Southeast Asia, Bangkok has been a frequent stop for us – since it’s a major hub in the region. Our Songkran [...]

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Falling for the Chaotic Charms of Hanoi, Vietnam

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the second edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. On the streets of Hanoi, traffic ebbs and flows as slick chrome scooters weave between old-school rickshaws and pushcarts. Miniature stools and tables line the alleys, [...]

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Slowing Down in Cebu City, Philippines

Heritage of Cebu Monument

This is the first edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. Cebu City, the second largest metropolis in the Philippines, is a blur of chrome jeepneys, traffic fumes and eclectic street food stalls.  The chaos and [...]

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Top Hostels Around the World – According to Hostelbookers

As a backpacking couple, hostels and cheap hotels are our playground – whether we’re traipsing around South America or island-hopping in Southeast Asia. We’ve stayed in a variety of accommodation – from upscale resorts to vacation rentals to funky dorms; but casual hostels have always been more of our style. Naturally, we were excited when Hostelbookers announced the results of its Awards for Excellence [...]

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Street Foods Around the World

Ask any traveling foodie about memorable times on the road, and you’re bound to be regaled with stories of the delicious (and sometimes unusual) street foods they’ve encountered along the way. In many countries, street foods are the ultimate option for quick, inexpensive, and flavorful meals, and according to some studies, account for up to [...]

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Memories of Tanzania, Africa

Ngorongoro crater walls in the distance, Tanzania

Last weekend, I received an email from a friend in Tanzania and it reminded me of all the beautiful times we had there almost three years ago. If you’ve been reading about my travels for awhile now, you’ll probably know that Tanzania has a special place in my heart. …

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Tune Hotels: A New Breed of Accommodation

Tune Hotels - Downtown KL : Main Building

// On a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, I had the opportunity to stay at Tune Hotels, a Malaysian chain that’s taking the hotel industry by storm. Since its launch in 2007, Tune Hotels has since opened up 12 properties all over Malaysia, Indonesia and even London, UK.  I’d been wanting to check [...]

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Do You Need Travel Insurance?

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// Prior to a long-term backpacking journey, there are plenty of preparations to be made – from buying bargain airfare to booking hostel accommodation and getting the right travel gear. Besides the essential items, you’ll need to keep in mind some health and safety precautions especially if you’re traveling to far-flung remote places. Many travelers [...]

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8 Quick Tips for Shoestring Travelers in Europe

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// Let’s face it, traveling in Europe blows a big hole in your budget. A 6-month sojourn in Europe often takes up triple the amount of money you would have otherwise spent traveling in S.E.Asia or South America. Now that we’re back in Spain, trying to maintain our travel funds is proving to be a [...]

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7 Unconventional Budget Ski Destinations in Europe

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// Skiing on the cheap, really? In Europe? No, I’m not kidding. Look harder and you’ll find several budget options that can make the stingiest of all skiers a happy man. Forget about the Alps, look towards Central and Eastern Europe where small but economical ski stations hide under thick blankets of snow and well-maintained [...]

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Budget Travel: 8 Penny-Saving Tips

Photo by Steve Wampler

// “How do you manage to travel all the time?” Friends often ask, puzzled by my packed travel schedule. What they don’t know is the side of me before a trip: scrimping on every penny I make and staying home instead of out partying. I’m a travel writer – life’s not as glamorous as you [...]

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Salzburg: Following the Sound of Music

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// I was a kid when I caught ‘the Sound of Music’ fever. As a child growing up in tropical Southeast Asia, watching Julie Andrews prancing on the green plains, with castles and lakes as the backdrop, I had no clue if that was for real. This winter it couldn’t be more real. We braved [...]

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