7 Great reasons to visit Valparíso, Chile

ValpoArtHouseThe locals call the place Valpo not Valparaiso. Chilean tradition prizes Spanish that leaves off syllables where possible and climbing any one of the 45 hills that make up the geography of Valpo is bound to leave you out of breath, so it is just as well the extra letters disappear.

The bayside was named by the captain of the supply ship for the first Spanish explorers to the area in 1536. Juan Saavedra had grown up in a village in Spain named Valparaiso. The South American Valparaiso is now a tourist destination and major shipping port for the entire country while art and cultural events expand it’s original nickname of ‘The Jewel of the Pacific’. The entire city was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2003. Click to read more

Ocho Rios: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

When planning a trip to Jamaica, there are a few towns and cities that generally lead the pack. One of those is Ocho Rios.

A small town with a big heart, Ocho Rios offers a taste of Jamaican culture while also providing a haven from its wilder nearby cities.

There are many reasons that make this little ex fishing village a premier Caribbean destination. Listed below are just a few. Click to read more

16 Cheap destinations in 2014 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.

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. Click to read more

How to take buses in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey

KondorBusSarajevoThe Balkans is a fascinating and increasingly popular destination for English-speaking tourists. It can also be very affordable. Getting around the region, however, can be confusing, particularly if you want to cross the region from one coast to another, from Europe to Asia.

A particularly popular route is that from Croatia to Turkey. This passes through a selection of the Balkan states, and can be spread across weeks – even months – or done in two or three days. This article will break down how best to take that route. Fortunately, it is possible to do the journey entirely by coach and bus for a very reasonable price and with little to no advance booking. Click to read more

17 Cheap and warm places to go over Christmas & New Years weeks

KaronBeachSpending the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks with family and friends is the longstanding tradition in most of the Western world, but those based in the colder northern climates are looking for alternatives. After a couple decades of being bundled up, many start to wonder if there is another way to spend the holidays.

Those with the resources have been heading to Hawaii for Christmas for a long time, but there are actually dozens of countries and islands with similar tropical climates around the world, and most of them are far cheaper, at least once you get there. Below is a list of nearly every major tourist destination that combines warm weather and low prices during the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s. Click to read more

Buenos Aires and Uruguay: Cheap strategies for visitors

MontevideoSquareOnce upon a time, a visit to Buenos Aires visit with a side trip to Colonia, topped many a budget traveler’s bucket list. Then, the evil inflation monster came along and tipped the bucket.

While jaded journeyers bemoan the cheap South America of yesteryear, intrepid travelers discover new ways to explore these two countries. Argentina and Uruguay might feel a bit on the expensive side for South America, but on an international level they are both still filled with bargains for those who know where to look for them. Click to read more

Affordable safaris in Kenya & Tanzania: Tips from a pro

Baby-ElephantElephants crossing a seemingly endless savannah, leopards relaxing in a balboa tree or hippos rolling in the mud can be seen in the wild in very few places. It’s the reason that an East African Safari is on the “bucket list” for so many of us.

National Parks and game reserves in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are teeming with wildlife often found nowhere else in the world, and each park has unique landscapes that can differ quite widely, even from each other.

In Swahili, one of the official languages in Tanzania, safari means “journey or trip” and was adopted as the universal term for excursions into National Parks to see wildlife in Africa.

The downside to the magical trip is the cost. There’s no doubt about it, safaris are expensive. But, for the amazing experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world, the price is worth it for many travellers and nature lovers. Click to read more

Quito, Ecuador: What to do and budget tips for visitors

QuitoViewQuito is Ecuador’s capital but it’s unlike many big cities in that it’s not too fast paced and the people are quite friendly. The central area is in the middle of a valley surrounded by volcanoes, making it a great base point for hiking day trips in the countryside.

Quito is at 2,850m in altitude so it’ll take you a few days to adjust when you arrive. You might experience a shortness of breath and it’s important to drink lots of fluids so you don’t get dehydrated.

The weather is consistent all year round thanks to the altitude, maintaining an average of about 66°F/18°C each day. Click to read more

Oahu: Itineraries and getting the most out of your visit

Out of all of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is certainly the most talked about and the most visited. From snorkeling to hiking, from watching surfers catch their best wave to shopping in Waikiki, from picnics on the beach to 5 star eateries, visitors can see and do it all. With long sunny days coupled with average temperatures in the 70′s and low 80′s, Oahu provides a great climate for just about any island activity you can imagine.

But with so much going on, how does one get the most out of their visit? The key is to plan ahead and learn when and where the crowds will be. Here’s a bit of starter information to help you plan the best Oahu vacation possible. Click to read more

Rome for students: Discounts, advice, and strategies

AncientRomeTraveling as a student has both of its benefits and its downsides. One of the good things is that you can often find some better deals and some promotions that are specifically geared toward your age group.

However, knowing which one of these promotions to accept can be hard — especially in a large city like Rome where there is so much to do and see.

Here are some ways you can most take advantage of the Eternal City as a student and even for non-student backpackers trying to get the most out of a visit on a low budget. Click to read more