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How to travel for Less or Nothing

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost everyone’s eyes are on the rise and fall in oil prices these days. Why? Because you need gas for your tank… right? Surprisingly, you can travel for less money than it would take for you to keep your gas tank full each month.

How about that?

Here are some ways that serious open-minded travelers can go about making this happen:

1. Keep the travel simple
The beauty of travel lies in the newness of experience that it brings, with no need for travel packages. This is just about you looking for new places to explore, new people to meet and new things to try!

2. Drop your needs
Whatever you need is mostly free. Be it water, food, exercise, companionship and a safe place to sleep. At least most of them will be even while you travel.

3. Go with the flow and take it slow
Oh well, take your time. What’s the blinking hurry? And travel can be a real pleasure if you can take in the sights and sounds of your destination gradually, and it costs much lesser too!

4. People will offer you free food and lodging
Wherever you go in the world, people will open their homes to you if you can show them that they can trust you.

5. Find a job you love that involves travel
This one is simply the best idea for those who love travel where you not only make money doing something you love but you also get to experience new lands and people. And this is not travel, it’s an education for life!

Things to do at Mykonos – Europe’s Best Island Vacation Spot

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For those who do not where Mykonos is – it is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, and more specifically, one of the islands that is a part of Greece. Sandy beaches, a plethora of bars and nightclubs that are increasingly gaining popularity with tourists from around the world.
Apart from the partying though, there are a couple of other things that one can do when on vacation at the island of Mykonos:

1. Hit the beaches, obviously!
The Elia Beach, Paradise beach, Superparadise Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Ornos Beach and the Paranga beach are the ones to visit, with the ones further away from the Mykonos town much better than those close by.

2. Shopping on the streets of Mykonos
Almost every popular brand is available on these streets making it one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world, where the rich and famous have visited at least once. The shopping sprees begin in the afternoon where apart from the branded stuff one can buy woven goods, jewelry and folk art among several other items.

3. Visit the Agean Maritime Museum and the Archaeological Museum
Steeped in shipping history and the history of Greek culture at its peak, one can spend time taking in the sights of the past at both the museums.

4. Visit the island of Delos
This is a must do item on your list of things to do, as this island is known to be an archaeological site rich with history.

5. Little Venice and the Nightlife
Hang out at Little Venice where there are bars everywhere, and after which, one can go down to the beaches to dance the night away!

Backpacking

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If you love travel, and have made journeys, it is imperative that one must try backpacking at least once in their lives. No, not the usual comfortable (and expensive!) vacation that we’re sometimes used to taking but travel and a ‘vacation’ that works on a low-budget and is regarded as unconventional in nature.

Since this approach works on a shoestring budget, the duration of this kind of ‘vacation’ is much longer than the usual type of vacation that one is used to. There’s one more thing that is an obvious difference: a multi-purpose backpack which carries everything that traveler wishes to take on the trip.

According to some people, backpacking is not just a vacation but an education for most travelers. If one opts for a convention vacation, the experience is limited to the places that these deals will take you to not letting you enjoy the location just as fully as the locals do.

Although some attribute its origins to the Hippie culture of the 60s, and even though their travel was limited to certain places, this idea of backpacking has expanded to destinations all over the world with the support of budget airlines and low-cost flights in recent times. This has also led to the phenomenon of gap-packing where students normally spend a year backpacking through several countries before heading off to university or before applying for their first job.
No matter whether you like the idea or not, in trying it at least once, it will leave wanting more the next time around.

Seychelles: A Place Where Time Stands Still

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Apart from sharing the languages of French and Creole with Mauritius, the islands of Seychelles can proudly boast of an ethnic diversity that consists of freed slaves, whites, Indians , Chinese, very simply those who are ‘adventurous’ at heart.

Seychelles, for all its physical beauty, is a truly for the free-spirited traveler and consists of 115 islands (divided into two parts known as the Inner and Outer Islands) that are unevenly spread across the never-ending expanse known as the Indian Ocean.

Ever since the British and French has battled for supremacy during colonial times, Seychelles has seen changes in its political structure along with the shift of power between these two nations until the year of 1976 when it achieved independence from Britain.

When it comes to the economy, tourism plays a significant role with its activities, beaches and attractions where many a traveler has often remarked of visiting a place where time indeed stands still. With very few locations having as much physical or cultural significance as Seychelles has, places such as the Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Since island-hopping is one of the most popular activities when tourists visit Seychelles, there are 16 islands with accommodation that one can visit its beaches for pure relaxation and for other activities, namely glass-bottom boating among the other popular water sports that are available. From snorkeling to swimming to horse riding, one can also take in the nightlife and Creole cuisine, leaving one with an unforgettable experience that cannot be captured in photos and videos.

All in all, it is a place and a people where freedom and its joys are waiting to be experienced!

Five Adventures Spots in Asia

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Asia – There’s no doubt that it is the biggest continent on the planet filled with flora and fauna, hills, rivers, seas and every possible terrain that an explorer could dream to conquer. Marco Polo, Vasco Da Gama among other explorers took different routes for different reasons but the thrill of seeing distant lands against the force of Mother Nature was that addictive ‘high’ for which these people thrived on.

It’s obvious that with the vast landscape that Asia that it would difficult to pick five of them, but since this is about finding that ‘adventurous’ side of you, it’s worth a try.

The Indo-China Peninsula boasts of several possibilities that offer travel and adventure at it best. And so, here are five adventures that one can go on (not in any particular order of popularity):

  1. 1. Hanoi to Saigon Bike Ride in Vietnam

This lasts for almost 10 days and 9 nights, where you can start from Hanoi up north while cycling for almost 450 kilometers until you reach Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

  1. 2. Salawin River Hilltribes Trek in Thailand

On elephant, on foot and by boat is this journey that takes you through the jungles, hill tribes and rivers for four days.

  1. 3. Bali Explorer in Bali

Another authentic adventure that spanning eight days and that covers areas located between Candidasa to Ubud.

  1. 4. Trek Angkor in Cambodia

Spanning five days, this adventure is trek through the temples of Angkor while also taking in the natural beauty and history of Cambodia.

  1. 5. Mountain Climb up Mount Agung in Bali

Wit quick changes in weather conditions and a lack of water, this 3000-meter climb is sure going to be one to be remembered!