1. Be as flexible as you can be Unless you really have to, don’t plan your itinerary in too much detail. You might arrive somewhere which you’d planned to stay for 3 days in and fall in love with it, make friends who you want to stick with for slightly longer, or have bad luck with the weather and want to stay a bit of extra time. Equally, you might have set aside a week for somewhere you thought you’d love but it just doesn’t float your boat. Although it’s important to be organised or have a rough plan to a certain extent, I would say leave it open and flexible as much as you can. 2. Go off the beaten track Sure, you’re going to want to visit Melbourne, see the harbour bridge and opera house in Sydney and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. I’m not saying don’t visit the main tourist attractions – they are amazing cities and destinations and 100% worth going to, but it’s nice to also plan to …
Before I travelled to Cuba, the notion of Casas Particulares to me was just a general term for a homestay, a nice and more local alternative to the usual hotels/hostels that the majority of tourists, travellers and holiday makers alike use as a form of accommodation. Little did I realise just how significant a concept the Casas Particulares in Cuba has become. These government-run ‘homestays’ have all but taken over in Cuba as not just the most economical, but most popular and rewarding way of travelling for the majority of tourists visiting the island. It has especially taken off in the last few years since 2011 when bureaucratic regulations relaxed, allowing some Casas to turn into a kind of private business employing staff and even advertising online where possible. It’s definitely a hugely positive step in the ever evolving economy of the country. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you see the familiar Casa Particular logo hanging off almost every other house on every street, even in the smallest of rural villages. I think …
The beautiful east coast of Australia is one of the most popular coastal routes in the world – and it’s not hard to see why. Cosmopolitan cities, island paradises and hippie beach towns come together to create a coastline unlike any other in the world.
When planning a multi-stop trip – whether it’s one country or one continent – can be daunting, with many places to see. Do you stay on the well travelled route – or do you want to go off the beaten track? Are you travelling on a shoestring or do you want to treat yourself? Are you going to plan it all before you go or give yourself some flexibility and leave it open? Are you going to fit it all in to a few weeks or stretch it out over a few months?
If you’re heading to the beautiful Byron Bay on your travels around Australia and looking for a chilled out, secluded hostel with an easy-going hippy vibe, then the Arts Factory Lodge couldn’t be a more perfect choice.
Whether it’s just a long weekend away or more long-term travel plans like a gap year or backpacking across Australia, saving money is definitely needed! The good thing is it’s definitely doable – with just a little bit of planning and a few tips to stick to whilst away!
Uluwatu The main places to stay in Bali are Kuta or Seminyak – before I went, everyone would ask me if I was staying in Kuta or Seminyak…but I actually didn’t stay in either of those! As I’d heard that they are fast becoming more and more touristy and full of drunk rowdy foreigners (mainly Australians!!), we decided to stay a bit further out in Uluwatu in the south of the island.
Siem Reap In comparison to Thailand and Vietnam and a few other countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is tiny! A visit to Cambodia is not complete without seeing the jewel of its kingdom, Angkor Wat.
Bangkok It is one of the most interesting cities I’ve ever visited, but it is also smelly, dirty, loud and hectic, and you’ll probably have had enough of it after a few days of being hounded by street merchants and fighting your way through the crowds on Khao San Road. But Bangkok is definitely a great way to start a trip in Southeast Asia!
Perth Although we were exhausted, we were so excited to arrive in Perth, the first stop on our Oz adventure!