Luxury in Bali at backpacker prices: How to live it up on a budget

Pool-at-Bisma-EightBali used to be the place to go for a cheap holiday but as its popularity has grown, so too have the prices. In recent years, after Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts hit the movie theatres, tourists flocked to Ubud in Bali to experience their own journey of healing and peace.

Higher footfall has equated to higher prices and Bali is no longer one of the cheapest places for tourists in South East Asia.

Don’t let this put you off though. Bali is still a beautiful island, full of kind people and stunning beaches, mountains and scenery. It’s the perfect spot for a holiday – whether it’s a family getaway or a honeymoon – and it is still possible to find luxurious places to stay, delicious meals to eat and interesting things to do at affordable prices. You just have to do your research… or let me do it for you! Click to read more

Negril: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

Lively Negril is considered to be one of the most popular Jamaican destinations year after year. Here you’ll get the opportunity to walk one of the highest rated beaches in the world, swim among marine life, zipline through the canopy, cliff jump and more before partying the night away.

Below are some examples of why Negril just might be the perfect spot for your next vacation. Click to read more

Aruba: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

Located in the southern Caribbean just north of South America lies an enchanting island that beacons visitors from around the world. Known for having a continuous string of return visitors, Aruba offers first class vacations that combine the perfect amount of excitement with relaxation.

A trip to the island is memorable for many reasons with some of the top being its specially designed honeymoons, its rich culture and sightseeing activities, the many casinos that dot the island, its world famous and sought out wreck and lastly the clam retreat you’ll find in many of the island’s spas. Click to read more

The 11 Best-value cities in Europe for budget travelers in 2015

We recently released our European Backpackers Index for 2015, which ranked 56 European cities by price, comparing the same set of basic budget-travel expenses in each one. While it may be interesting to see which are the cheapest and most expensive cities in the continent, choosing where to go involves more information.

Needless to say, just because a city is cheap doesn’t mean you should go there, and just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean you should avoid it. With that in mind we’ve rated the region by value with this list of 11 cities where the prices of things are most worth it. Click to read more

Where to go in Switzerland on a short trip: Alps, lakes, and cities

SchilthornInsideViewSwitzerland is an extremely popular country for those planning multi-stop tours around Europe, yet very few potential first-time visitors actually know specifically where they want to go. Everyone seems to know that it has the most beautiful views of the Alps and some very impressive cities, but there are actually many misconceptions among casual trip planners, so I’d like to clear most of that up below.

I get hundreds if not thousands of itinerary questions for people who are considering a Eurail trip around Europe, and most people just include the word “Switzerland” among a list of cities like Paris, Rome, and Berlin that they want to visit. So where in Switzerland should you go if you can only make a few stops at most? I’ll answer that question below. Click to read more

Mexico City on a budget: What you need to know

Exterior-of-Palacio-des-bellas-artesUnlike other countries like the UK and Paris, where the large cities are the main drawcards for tourists, many people visit Mexico without stepping foot in its capital.

Thousands flock to popular coastal towns like Cancun each year, or spend time on Mexico’s Caribbean islands, but not many take the chance to explore Mexico City.

This is a great shame for me, because after spending seven days in Mexico City in December I’ve come to realise that it was one of my favourite cities I’ve ever visited, and that to miss it out on your travels is a great shame.

If you do decide to put Mexico City on your itinerary next time (well done!) then hopefully this travel guide will help you make the most of your time there. Click to read more

Cheapest Asian cities to fly into from London and Europe

MumbaiVictoriaEven after the various currency shifts in recent months and years, most of the world’s best travel bargains are still in Asia. Adventurous Europeans have known this for decades, as the beaches of Goa, Phuket, and Boracay Island are packed with them every winter. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are the only destinations that won’t seem cheap once you arrive. Otherwise it’s just a matter of how far down the price list you want to go.

Fortunately, flights between Europe and Asia tend to be quite inexpensive, at least considering the long distances. Part of this is due to several airlines based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha expanding quickly by competing for passengers with discounted fares. Travelers will almost always have to change planes in the Middle East for the lowest fares. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for Alaskan cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

alaska_cruises_slide2Often referred to as the last frontier, Alaska is an outdoor lover’s dream with sky high mountains, lush wilderness, glaciers, wildlife galore and a unique way of life. But because Alaska is so large, it’s sometimes hard to view a lot in a short amount of time. That’s where cruises come in. With a recent surge in popularity, Alaskan cruises have now become the best way to see Alaska, whether on a budget or not.

Each cruise line, much like hotels and resorts, tends to fit into a certain price category and thus have a different overall cruise atmosphere and personality. There are 7 main cruise companies (including a luxury ship) that venture from Seattlethe up around the Alaskan coast. The information below should help you narrow down your choices to only one or two of the cruise lines available. Click to read more

France and Italy: Best 2 to 3 week itinerary for first-time visitors

Rome ColisseumThe only country that might be more magical than France for first-time visitors is Italy, and vice-versa. Even though Europe is filled with amazing tourist destinations these two countries seem to stand above the others, with France being the most visited country in the world and Italy having the most UNESCO World Heritage sites. For my own money, these two countries contain 3 of the 5 great European cities that everyone should see first.

Fortunately, these two countries also share a border so they are extremely popular to visit as a pair. They both also get so many tourists that all the major destinations are easy enough to visit without knowing the language at all, though learning at least a few words and phrases is simple and worthwhile. For these reasons, France and Italy are perhaps the most popular first trip to the European continent. Below we’ll discuss the cities you need to include and the minimum time in each, as well as some other itinerary planning tips. Click to read more

Is the Chicago CityPASS worth it? Chicago CityPASS review

Welcome to the ‘Windy City’, a tourist hub and one of the most visited cities in the United States. Here you’ll find attraction and activity, one after another, each showcasing a different side of Chicago. But with so many different choices, each costing a pretty penny, it can be hard to decide where to spend not only your time, but your money as well.

That’s where the Chicago CityPASS comes in. Designed to save both money and time, this particular pass is supposed to help visitors during their trip. But does it really? We’ll find that out and more below. Click to read more

Bonaire prices

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Bonaire hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
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86.00 - 151.00
86.00 - 198.00
123.00 - 166.00
199.00 - 199.00

Bonaire hostel prices

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Winter sees the most visitors as well as higher hotel prices coupled with higher flight rates. December through April is generally the time with travelers swarm the area due to the sunny days and mild temperatures.

If you’re looking to save a few bucks, consider visiting during the off season, during the summer and early fall, for lower hotel prices. September and October tend to be the quietest months of the year with some of the restaurants closed down so be sure to keep that in mind when planning.

One of the smaller and more low-key Caribbean islands, Bonaire is also quite unusual in that it’s nearly flat and doesn’t have many sandy beaches to speak of. There are a few nicer resorts on the island, but most of the visitors are divers, snorkelers, and wind-surfers so you can expect a more informal vibe.

Bonaire is officially part of the Netherlands, and Dutch is an official language along with a local island tongue, but English is widely spoken and understood in the tourist areas. For this reason Bonaire is quite popular with Dutch citizens as well as adventure seekers from North America.

Bonaire is quite cheap compared to other Caribbean islands, but don’t expect to have a bargain beach holiday here as that’s really not what this place is about.

Where to stay

Bonaire is certainly one of the cheaper Caribbean islands for accommodation, with only a few fairly pricey resorts at this point. There are quite a few mid-level small hotel or apartment complexes offering cheap rooms, and some informal guesthouses as well.

Getting there

All flights to Bonaire land at Flamingo International Airport, which has a runway long enough to serve wide-body planes, but is now served exclusively by mid-sized and smaller aircraft.

Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Newark, Amsterdam

Bonaire attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Horseback Riding Horseback riding is taken to the next level with both ride and swim sessions. 5 to 12 40.00
Adults 45.00
Bonaire Kiteschool At this school, you'll get the chance to learn a little more about kite flying and test out your skills. 12 and up 160.00
Golf Set against an ocean backdrop, players get to experience the best of what golf has to offer. 5 and up 30.00
Bonaire National Marine Park Here you'll get the chance to swim with some of the local marine life and enjoy the tropical island waters. all ages 10.00

Bonaire food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Local Breakfast If you choose to eat outside of the hotel, you'll find little cafes and bakeries that offer coffee, cappuccinos and more. 3.00 - 10.00
Local Lunch Conch, lobster and other seafood items are common lunch options as there is no real fast food in the area. 9.00 - 15.00
Local Dinner Soups, fried fish and stews are common dinner options if you wish to taste some local flavor. 12.00 - 27.00
b Beer, both domestic and imported, are can be purchased during lunch and dinner time. 2.00 - 4.00

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Bonaire facts

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Population 16,000
Metro area 16,000
Time zone UTC-4
Currency US dollar
Airports Flamingo International Airport (BON)

Avg temps & precip

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Hotel seasons

January, February, March, April

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

This tropical island has very little seasonal variation, if any at all. There are typically only two ‘seasons’, one being the rainy season and the other being the windy season.

The rain lasts from the end of October to the end of January. But even during this time of year you’ll still find that the land is relatively dry with rain tending to fall during the night or early morning. The rest of the months tend to see a bit more wind.

Sunrise and sunset

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