June 2, 2015

Tattva Design Hostel, Porto reviewed

  Great design. Location. A superb value Indian restaurant. Plus a rooftop terrace and bar. There’s a lot to love about Tattva Design Hostel.     Location The hostel has a great location, in the heart of Porto and the ‘world heritage’ protected area. All the main sights of Porto are within walking distance. Ribeira […]

May 25, 2015

Boston & Cambridge on a budget

  Local , Arpita Bhattacharya of BagfullofBooks.com fame shares her favourite 10 things to do in Boston & Cambridge on a budget. Take it away Arpi!   The cities of Boston and Cambridge, like non-identical twins have their own distinctive character but due to the origin of their birth are often associated with one another. […]

May 22, 2015

I lost my luggage again. Thanks Vueling

YOU LOST YOUR LUGGAGE? AGAIN?!    I posted the Facebook update from Rome airport at 2am. When feeling miserable and fishing for sympathy, Facebook is our dear friend. The responses I got from friends were partly sympathetic. Some were in a less generous mode and saying they travelled carry-on only. Then there was my friend […]

May 21, 2015

Budget Travel or Luxury Travel? It’s the experience, stupid.

Travel. It’s the experience, stupid

  Happy Anniversary to me! Thanks to LinkedIn, I discovered in April that I have been blogging about budget travel for 6 years. I’ve been travelling on a budget for almost 14 years now. Don’t let me fool you though. I do once in a blue moon, love my moments of luxury. Like most budget […]

May 15, 2015

Where to stay in Tokyo on a budget

  In December I had the chance to visit Japan to shoot a film with Lonely Planet. It was a memorable trip and an experience of a lifetime. Japan is a country that is literally out of this world. There is no country quite like it. Following on from my earlier feature for Skyscanner  on […]

April 29, 2015

Cheap eats guide to Berlin

    I met Paul in Madeira this summer. We bonded over our common passion for good food and entrepreneurship. He runs Cupidious.com , a dating and relationship blog and is based in Berlin. I’ve had a few requests for a cheap eats guide to Berlin so I was v.happy when he kindly obliged to write the guide […]

April 17, 2015

48 hours in the land of Pavarotti and Ferrari

‘One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.’  Luciano Pavarotti   One of the things I love about coming to Italy is to just eat. I eat like a pig and have no shame in telling […]

April 8, 2015

A free, self guided walking tour of Edinburgh

Two good friends of mine recently visited Edinburgh. For those of you unaware, Edinburgh was home for almost 10 years. I guess anywhere you live so long, it becomes part of your DNA. I love living in Madeira. I’ve met someone special here, the people are wonderful and the island is a beautiful place with […]

March 31, 2015

10 things to do for free in New York (whilst slow dancing to a mellow tune)

By Arpita Bhattacharya, BagFullofBooks.com     Life passes most of us by in a breathtaking buzz. When we take a vacation, the last thing many of us want to do is to frenetically tick off places  to see from a never-ending wishlist. Sometimes it is more enjoyable to savour a few choice experiences. Better still […]

March 23, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh, in 40 pictures & 20 songs

Last week I turned 36. I am a year younger than when Vincent died. This year marks 125 years since his death: 30th July, 1890. As a treat, I turned my birthday week into a personal quest to find Vincent and had the lovely Sofia aka FromMadeiratoMars to help me.  Here is the story of my […]

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