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October 2, 2014

10 ways to save money in Vietnam

By Amy Woodyatt   I started my love affair with Vietnam in the way that most tourists do – in my living room, watching an old war movie. The lush green forests and wild jungles, the endless rice terraces, the huge rivers… I had to go. Vietnam is a beautiful and fascinating country, and despite [...]

March 11, 2014

Is teaching abroad compromising your holiday?

  In the past three years I have become addicted to travelling – cramming my backpack to the brim with clothes and a battered Lonely Planet book, disappearing for a few months at a time and exploring some amazing places. All pretty standard stuff really. But this summer, when I applied to teach English in [...]

September 30, 2013

Hong Kong on £20 a day?

  By Amy Woodyatt   I didn’t know much about Hong Kong, apart from that I just had to go there. I’d been planning to travel on a budget, but the more I asked people about Hong Kong, the more worried I was getting. “It’s an expensive city” they warned me, “you won’t want to [...]

March 18, 2013

Brief encounter: Friends for life or new wife?

  BudgetTraveller intern Amy Woodyatt’s latest post addresses the highlights and pitfalls of making friends while on the road….   One of the best things about travelling is getting to meet new and interesting people. However , sometimes, even if you set out with the best of intentions, that new friend can turn out to be [...]

December 9, 2012

Things to do in Thailand…against your better judgement

New BudgetTraveller Intern Amy tells us the fun things to do in Thailand that the travel books don’t recommend.. 1.)  Go to a ping-pong show Yeah, the idea of Thai women firing ping-pong balls out of their ladyparts is a bit grim. So is watching them fire darts, smoke cigarettes, draw pictures…the possibilities are endless, [...]

December 13, 2011

Stories from the Road: Life and death in Kolkata

        Kolkata. I am back to the place where my life began.   It’s always a deeply moving experience, going back to the place where you grow up.   Sleeping on the bed where you daydreamed for years, dreaming of a life you never had.   Being back in the safe cocoon [...]

December 8, 2011

Stories from the road: Kolkata Diaries.Part 1

        Hey folks- greetings from Kolkata, India !   I’m in Kolkata for the next 2 weeks , taking some time out (trying to!) but in between will be writing a few posts about my time here and the things I love the most about my hometown. Yes, there will be a [...]

November 30, 2011

Seeing the Taj Mahal, without hurting your Wallet

          Every month, I’ll be inviting a few intrepid ‘Budget Travellers’ to share their experiences on the blog and this week I’m very excited to introduce you to Sarah Kloke, travel blogger at the very cool wheremytoothbrush.com Taj Mahal is something that most travellers might visit at some point of their [...]

July 29, 2011

Budget Places to stay: Majnu ka Tilla, Delhi

        Amongst the rickshaws and crowds of Old Delhi, travellers might be forgiven for forgetting Delhi has a sky, let alone the Yamuna River. But go north, to the New Tibetan Colony, and you can stay by its very edge.       Accommodation here is not expensive. This writer stayed in [...]

July 29, 2011

East Timor on a budget: 5 tips

    East Timor, an ex-Portuguese colony, is a tropical island just one hour north of Darwin.   Getting there   Once you have overcome the initial panic of seeing the odd shell of a firebombed car by the side of the road, and one or two burned out villas on your ride in from [...]


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