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11 Tried & Tested Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

11 Tried & Tested Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

I didn’t choose the name Tales of a Backpacker by coincidence.  I was a backpacker out of necessity because I couldn’t afford any other way to travel.  I quit my job to go travelling, and although I had some money saved up I wasn’t earning any money for a long time while I was on the road.  After spending two years spending as little as possible while backpacking South America, Central America and Mexico, I learned a thing or two…

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How to Visit Venice on a Budget

How to Visit Venice on a Budget

Venice is an incredible city, and although its popularity has made it expensive, there are still ways to visit Venice on a budget.  Whether you’re backpacking Venice or just looking for a holiday in Venice without breaking the bank, I’ve got you covered with these tips! The Best Time to Visit Venice on a Budget Venice is best enjoyed in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn without the summer crowds and oppressive heat when you have a good chance…

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The Essential Byron Bay Backpacking Guide

The Essential Byron Bay Backpacking Guide

Tucked away in the northern coast of New South Wales, Australia, Byron Bay is a hidden gem and haven for backpackers and locals alike. This hippie surf town may seem like yet another Australian party central, but really, there is so much more than meets the eye. If you’re preparing to backpack to Byron Bay, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s absolutely worth the trip – if you follow this essential Byron Bay backpacking guide written by Cal from…

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15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona to Rock your Stay

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona to Rock your Stay

Barcelona is a perennially popular destination, and with its Mediterranean climate, spectacular food, nightlife, culture, and beaches, it’s not hard to see why.  Barcelona does tend to be more expensive compared to other cities in Spain, but there is still plenty to do for the budget traveller.  Here are just a few of the awesome free things to do in Barcelona, whatever time of year you visit Barcelona. Free Things to Do in Barcelona: Admire Gaudí’s Architecture You can’t move…

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Backpacking Bogota: Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Backpacking Bogota: Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Bogota certainly wasn’t my favourite stop in Colombia.  Compared to the rest of this beautiful country, Bogota is busy, dirty, and the traffic is always horrendous,  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were more than enough things to do in Bogota keep me occupied for a few days before I took my flight back to Mexico.  For me, to really understand a country, you have to visit its capital.  Backpacking Bogota does have its rewards, so give Bogota…

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Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.  Blue water, volcanoes, and indigenous Maya villages dotted around the lake make for a peaceful and fascinating stay!  Just two and a half hours from Antigua, Lake Atitlán is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, alongside Antigua, Tikal, and Semuc Champey. About Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán was formed inside an enormous volcano, which erupted 84,000 years ago.  The lake is now overlooked by three smaller volcanoes…

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11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

I feel like I’ve been bashing hostels lately; from sharing some horrible hostel nightmares to drawing up a list of unwritten rules for hostel etiquette for those who stay in a hostel for the first time.  However, it is not all bad!  I feel I now have to tell the other side of the story and emphasise why hostels are awesome and why I still stay in hostels despite everything you might have read in the other posts!  There are definitely…

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A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

In the heart of Yorkshire’s countryside in the north of England lies the beautiful historic city of York.  A gem in Britain’s glittering crown, I have many fond memories of visiting York as a child, and was thrilled to go back and revisit this incredible city.  It is a popular destination for tourists, both home-grown and from abroad, so I was worried it was going to be expensive.  However, I was relieved to find there is plenty to see and…

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How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

The UK isn’t the cheapest destination, but recent fluctuations in currency thanks to the ‘Brexit’ vote, means this is the perfect time for many people to visit my home country.  And there are a few tricks that can help your hard earned cash go even further to allow you to explore more of the UK during your trip.  Here I have put together some tips for how to travel around the UK on a budget: Travelling to the UK on…

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