Category: Travel Tips and Advice

Travel tips and Advice

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How to travel to the Maldives on a budget and still have an awesome time!

Overwater bungalows surrounded by incredibly clear blue water. Tropical islands fringed by pure white beaches. Magnificent sunsets and incredible underwater encounters. All wrapped up in an ASTRONOMICAL price tag that would make even those with money to burn think twice. That’s always been our perception of the Maldives islands and resorts, and so we never really thought about what it...

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Capital, Colombo

As the plane descends into Negombo, the location of the international airport servicing the country, 35kms north of Colombo, you get an excellent view of Sri Lanka’s green, carpeted hill country. Our transition to arrivals was swift as there weren’t a lot of planes at the time. We bought a sim card for $10 US dollars and got the change from...

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Transferwise Borderless – Saving Us Some Serious Cash

A Paypal alternative saving us thousands. Up front, I hate bank fees and gouging by financial institutions. More specifically, I hate paying more than I should for a substandard service. Freelancers,  bloggers, and Digital Nomads (like us) have the luxury of being able to work from anywhere in the world, for clients across the globe. As long as we coordinate and...

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Better In Our Pocket Than The Bank’s

 How we saved $1000 just by dissing our bank! Just a quick digression from the big bike ride to let you all in on something cool we just discovered. It’s saved us hundreds of $$$$’s and it can save you too. As per usual, we’ve been busily planning our next adventure while out on the road. Because we usually have...

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Over Plan, Then Go With the Flow…

For long term travellers, life is not just one big adventure story. For us, at least, it’s a series of smaller (but still long I guess) chapters we combine end to end. Sometimes we split them up with a return to home base in Australia. Others, like our recent Trans-Asia then Trans Africa stint simply transitioned as we went. But...

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Our Top Ten Travel Items

I bought a new bottle of Tiger Balm the other day. My first was purchased in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1997 for the grand price of $1 USD. My new tub was purchased here in Saigon, last month for around $1.50. It is one of my top ten travel items on any trip. Co-incidentally, that same week, a friend asked me what...

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Have you ever been inspired by a book to travel?

I was working on our new website about Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, writing a blog post about how to keep the motivation up once you’ve booked your holiday but still have to soldier on til departure date. I suggested that reading a book about, or set in, the location you are about to visit is one way to keep your spirits...

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