Borneo on a budget: Where to go and what to see

Kuching-sunsetBorneo is an amazing adventure destination and one not to miss if you love the outdoors and activities such as hiking and snorkeling. That’s not to say there aren’t things to do for the traveler who likes to take it easy – there’s beautiful beaches to laze about on and luxury hotels that aren’t too expensive to enjoy.

Borneo is one of the more expensive places to visit in South East Asia. But that’s not to say a holiday there still can’t be done on a budget. You can certainly do most things even by spending just US$40 a day, especially if you map out your adventures before you get there. Click to read more

23 Cheap destinations in 2016 with great weather in December

Phuket Beach ChairsThe final month of the year marks the time when people in northern climates start looking around for an escape to the sun. Fortunately, there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well, once you get there.

Most of the destinations below are in Latin America and Southeast Asia, so depending on where you are starting from it might be a rather long flight to get there. Many of us can take two weeks or even more around this time of year, but that fact means that all of these places do get crowded and raise hotel prices for the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. Speaking of that, we have a separate list of cheap and warm places to go over Christmas and New Year’s, only listing beach areas around the world with affordable hotels during that period.

It’s best to book as far in advance as possible for both your flights and hotels, since so many people have the same idea and prices generally just keep going up as it gets closer. Click to read more

Patagonia on a budget: Here’s how to do it

patagonia-fitzroy-wThe snow-capped peaks, crystal clear lakes and alpine meadows of Patagonia make it one of the undoubted highlights of South America. Unfortunately, its location in two of the continent’s more expensive countries (Chile and Argentina) and the often vast distances involved in travel here, conspire to make it among the more expensive destinations as well.

However, the thrifty traveller can always find a way to cut down on costs, and here we look at a few ways you can enjoy everything Patagonia has to offer without blowing your budget. Click to read more

Is the Stockholm Pass worth it? Stockholm Pass 2016 review and prices

StockholmSkylineAs one of Europe’s more remote and expensive capitals, Stockholm doesn’t get nearly the visitor numbers of cities like Paris or London or Rome. Even so, Stockholm is a stunning place that is packed with history and interesting sights. If you are coming on your first trip to explore the best this city has to offer, the Stockholm Pass is probably a good way to see a lot in a 2 or 3 days.

You’ll see when you look at the numbers below that the hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tour is expensive on its own and if you are going to do it anyway, the Stockholm Pass is a slam dunk. And since the bus and boat tours are the best and fastest way to see a lot of Stockholm in only a few hours, they are highly recommended whether you are considering the pass or not. The ABBA Museum is NOT included with the pass, but pretty much everything else is, so it’s easy to get your money’s worth if you plan your days at least a bit. Click to read more

21 Cheap destinations in 2016 with great weather in November

If you have a flexible schedule, or if you just happen to have some time off in November, you are in luck. This is honestly the best month of the year for finding cheap destinations that also have fantastic weather. Since most people don’t start their winter travel until mid or late December, it means crowds are small and hotel prices are low through huge sections of the travel world. Those wondering where to go on holiday in November have many great choices at bargain prices, although airfare may cost a bit.

Of course in November you can pretty much forget about Europe if you want warm weather and little chance of rain. Fortunately you can go almost anywhere in Latin America and through many parts of Southeast Asia on a cheap flight, and you’ll be in the sun with shockingly low prices, easily making the flight duration and cost worthwhile. The best holiday destinations in November are found all over the world, which you’ll see on the list below. Click to read more

Dominica, the stunning Nature Island, on a budget: Tips and advice

Mountains of DominicaDominica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and yet not many people visit. The main tourism comes from the cruise ships that dock in its main port of Roseau for the day, but what Dominica has to offer cannot be covered on a day trip – it really takes at least a good week to explore the island properly.

The reason Dominica, an English-speaking island, hasn’t hit it off with tourists is because its beaches have black volcanic sand, instead of the pearly white you’ll find on other islands. It also doesn’t have a direct flight from mainland Central or North America – you have to come via another Caribbean island like Puerto Rico – but don’t let that put you off from visiting. Click to read more

Is the Vienna Pass worth it? Vienna Pass 2016 review and prices

ViennaOperaHouseCity passes such as the Vienna Pass seem to almost be too good to be true. They offer scores of “free” museums and attractions for a fairly modest price, usually including an expensive bus tour and all of the most expensive attractions. The Vienna Pass is similar to the others in that it’s easy to be confused, so I’ve broken down the best and most worthwhile attractions below, which can all be visited in 2 or 3 days.

Once you take a closer look you realize that on a typical visit the average traveler will only have time for 3 or perhaps 4 attractions per day. As long as the important and included attractions are worth enough, a pass like this is usually a good deal. In the case of the Vienna Pass, it’s pretty straightforward as good value for enthusiastic visitors, but not for those who are unable to plan their days out at least a bit in advance. Click to read more

21 Cheap destinations in 2016 with great weather in October

It shouldn’t be too surprising that October is quite a transitional month in much of the world for weather, with some cities changing quite a bit as the month goes on. There are many fine choices in all regions of the world in October though, so it’s just a matter of zeroing in on the places that should be nice for the whole month. Needless to say, the Tropics are full of hot places in October, and the list below will show which are the ones that are also dry.

The south of Europe has ideal conditions for anyone with some time off, and there are still several places with beach weather for resort types. Asia is a bit spotty, however, since October is very rainy through most of the popular and cheap cities in Southeast Asia. Click to read more

Recommended Berlin hotels that offer good value

Berlin is a huge city that has over 650 hotels, not counting the hundreds of guesthouses, B&Bs, and hostels. Finding the ideal hotel in this city can be daunting, especially for the first-time visitor, so we are trying to help out by selecting a group of hotels that all have great locations, get excellent customer reviews, and offer very good value in the process.

One unusual thing about Berlin hotel prices is that many of the high-end places offer spectacular bargains during weeks or weekends when there are no trade fairs in the city. It can be unpredictable so it’s worth a try at almost any time of the year. If none of the 5-star places are offering good rates then you are sure to find some excellent deals at one of the many spotless, modern, yet basic hotels that Berlin is known for. Click to read more

The Ultimate cheap European itinerary for 2 to 4 weeks

Reichstag BerlinOne problem that nearly everyone faces when choosing European cities to visit is that the most popular ones also tend to be the most expensive. Many people start with London only to discover that it feels like they are being pick-pocketed all day because trivial-sounding expenses add up so quickly.

Paris and Rome are almost as bad when it comes to your budget, so once you’ve hit the highlights you might be in the mood to travel through places that are wonderful and relatively cheap at the same time.

With that in mind we’ve created a perfect itinerary for those who want to spend between 2 and 4 weeks in Europe on something of a modest budget. There are cheaper cities for sure, but most of the cheapest ones are quite remote and may not be as memorable as the ones we’ve included below. Check the European Backpacker Index to see all major cities ranked by price, and that the ones below are all in the top group. Click to read more