Top 5 Party Hostels 2012 for guys looking for a good time

This a guest post from one of my best friends whom I met whilst partying in Israel. He is a true traveler in every sense of the word and has seduced, tasted, and experienced a girl from nearly every country on earth. Having seen him seduce random girls on the street in a matter of minutes, he is perhaps the closest thing Europe has to its own Tucker Max. Below he reviews the top 5 wildest party hostels. 

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Top 5 Free and Unique Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

There is something truly beautiful that all of us can bring to this world – whether it be the simply human, warm feeling of a hug you give to the little girl in the Bulgarian orphanage that never knew her parents, the smile of deep heartfelt gratitude on a mother’s face in Africa, who now can feel safe knowing that her child has something as basic as clean drinking water, or the little boy in the Tibetan community of India, whose heart and eyes light up with hope of the opportunity for a better life from the English lessons you are giving him. Even something that seems like such a small amount of help to you, can be such a huge sigh of relief for those who aren’t used to having anyone care about their plight.

We are so lucky in many parts of the world to have most of our basics covered, we can sometimes forget the suffering in other places. When we connect our will to our hearts and understanding of what is right, we can really find the inner strength and willpower to make our world a place with less suffering and more opportunities for everyone. I am a firm believer of this.

Today there are many, many genuinely free volunteer opportunities and organisations that let you do good for the world without lining the pockets of Wall Street executives.
I have separated them into four areas – Africa, Asia, Latin America, and worldwide. Read on to find the opportunity that is right for you.

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The Genuine Secret To Free Health Insurance When Traveling Abroad that the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know About

 

It surprises me actually that it’s not so well known that for many people around the world, it’s possible to have free health insurance whilst traveling. But I guess, who is going to tell us? Definitely not the travel agents since they make a whopping huge commission (sometimes 60% of the cost)  from selling you private health insurance/ travel insurance.

Yes there are a lot more things travel insurance can cover you for than just health care, but usually health care is the biggest expense.

So it might surprise or even shock you to know that high quality, free health insurance is available for travelers in certain countries. There are three options I will tell you about, the first is a very unknown reciprocal agreement between a certain group of countries worldwide, and the second is a more well known one available to all European Union citizens who travel to other E.U. countries. The third option is for everyone else.

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UPDATED Top 5 Awesome Tips for a Seriously Cheap Trip to Sofia

Are you sick of getting ripped off whilst traveling? Stop falling into the tourist traps and paying tourist prices! Follow the tips below for some awesome and specific ways of saving money on a trip to Sofia.

On a side note, before I get into the Top 5 – I’d also like to give a special mention to a great local website which can give you some great, comprehensive tips on how to truly experience the Bulgarian culture  – ranging from  music concerts, to the best restaurants and cafes to taste the local cuisine – visit Sofia In Your Pocket.          



Beautiful Sofia                                                                            Flickr Panoramas
 
5. Don’t Say Thank You


Yes you read right and I’m not just encouraging you to be rude. The same applies here as it does in Budapest – if you pay for a meal or a drink and say “Thank you”  before they give you your change,  you are telling them to keep all the change.  This can be a very expensive mistake I learned the hard way!!
 
 
        Sofia                                                                                          Flickr archer10 (Dennis)
 
4A. Public Transport is Seriously Cheap, So Use It.When you arrive at Sofia airport and walk out of the departures exit, you will find yourself harassed by many taxi drivers. Walk past them a little bit and you will see a public bus that takes you to the center. The great thing about this bus is that it’s as cheap as a normal public bus (unlike most cities around the world which charge you a ridiculous amount to use the public bus from the airport), which means it costs just 1 leva to buy a ticket (.50euro cents).

Top 5 Unique Tricks for Flying Cheap for the Hardcore Budget Traveler

How hardcore of a budget traveler are you? If you are kind of interested in saving some money then this post is not for you – but if you would do almost ANYTHING to save some cash, so that you can fly cheap and travel as long as possible – then you’ve come to the right place!

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Top 30 Unique Ways to Save Enough Money for your Dream Trip Today

Most people believe that their dream trip is unaffordable. The thing is, travel agencies don’t want you to know about the awesomely cheap places because they want to make top dollar off of you. It’s a lie, it’s unfair and it’s a ridiculous situation that stops many people from traveling. Read on to see step by step how you can make your dream trip a reality.

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Updated Top 5 Awesome Travel Jobs to Help You Travel Forever

5 Selling Your Travel Photos Online

Ever thought about how awesome your travel photos are? Why not sell some of them online to help fund your travels? There are many companies

like Dreamstime which accept amateur photographs (minimum of 3 megapixels) and sell them to companies that design magazines and websites

and then share the profits with you. The better they are and the sooner you submit them, the more cash you will make! Easy and fun!

Sick of Getting Ripped Off Whilst Traveling? Top 5 AwesomeTips for a Seriously Cheap Trip to Sofia


Beautiful Sofia                                                                            Flickr Panoramas
5. Don’t Say Thank You

Yes you read right and I’m not just encouraging you to be rude. The same applies here as it does in Budapest – if you pay for a meal or a drink and say “Thank you” before they give you your change,  you are telling them to keep all the change.  This can be a very expensive mistake I learned the hard way!!

Sick of Getting Ripped Off Whilst Traveling? This One Tip Will Save You A Bundle of Cash

This tip is not just about saving money whilst traveling – because often we budget travelers can make the mistake of saving as much money as possible whilst going to a city, but not really fully allowing ourselves to experience the place. This tip is unique in that it allows you to do both – save money AND get a thorough experience of the city. And the great news is that you can do it in most major cities in Europe. Scroll down to see the cities (the pictures) where you can use this tip and also to find out exactly what this awesome bit of information actually is!


Berlin                                                                                         Flickr Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

So what is this tip? 

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Top 5 Tips for a cheap holiday in Budapest

I just came back from Budapest last night and want to write all these tips down before I forget them so here they are.

Here are the top 5 tips for a cheap, enjoyable visit to Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest Flickr: og2t // ou gee tew tee

Budapest Flickr:Ted Drake

5) Don’t say Thank You.

Yes, you read correct. I’m not just being rude. When you order food or a drink and you give the waiter more than the amount owed, followed by a “Thank you”, you are telling them to keep it. For example if something costs you 1100 Ft and you give 2000 Ft note, and say “Thank you”, you are telling them to keep it all. So don’t say thanks until you get your change and you decide what you want to leave as a tip.

It’s also a good idea to ask what the service charge is before you sit down because the food can be very cheap but the service charge can be anything they want.

4) See the best parts for seriously CHEAP.

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Budapest                                                                                                 Flickr: og2t // ou gee tew tee

 

I just came back from Budapest last night and want to write all these tips down before I forget them so here they are:

 

Here are my top 5 tips for a cheap, enjoyable visit to Budapest.

 

 

Budapest                                                                                                         Flickr:Ted Drake

 

5) Don’t say Thank You.

 

Yes, you read correct. I’m not just being rude. When you order food or a drink and you give the waiter more than the amount owed, followed by a “Thank you”, you are telling them to keep it. For example if something costs you 1100 Ft and you give 2000 Ft note, and say “Thank you”, you are telling them to keep it all. So don’t say thanks until you get your change and you decide what you want to leave as a tip.

 

It’s also a good idea to ask what the service charge is before you sit down because the food can be very cheap but the service charge can be anything they want.

 

 

 

 Budapest                                                                                                            Flickr: lostajy

 

 

4) See the best parts for seriously CHEAP.

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Top 5 Awesome Travel Jobs To Help You Travel Forever

The beautiful Costa-Rica                                                                                                                     Flickr Quiltsalad

5 Selling Your Travel Photos Online

Ever thought about how awesome your travel photos are? Why not sell some of them online to help fund your travels? There are many companies

 like Dreamstime which accept amateur photographs (minimum of 3 megapixels) and sell them to companies that design magazines and websites

 and then share the profits with you. The better they are and the sooner you submit them, the more cash you will make! Easy and fun!

Welcome to San Francisco’s Warm Sunset

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Top 5 Unique Tricks for Flying Cheap for the Hardcore Budget Traveler

How hardcore of a budget traveler are you? If you are kind of interested in saving some money then this post is not for you – but if you would do almost ANYTHING to save some cash, so that you can travel as long as possible – then you’ve come to the right place.

1) Open your mind and stop doing what everyone else is doing. You will need an open mind to try out the following tips.

The Island of Crete, Greece. Notice the pink sand right at the water’s edge. The pink sand of Elafonissi is as beautiful as it is unique. It is forbidden to remove it from the beach, but sadly there are people who do it anyway…(seriously, what are people thinking?)

Flickr: MarcelGermain

2) Clothes  We all know how cheap it is to fly with airlines like Ryan air etc, but they charge insane amounts for checking in some luggage. If you really want to save some money on this, think about wearing as many layers of clothing as possible to the airport. Once you are on the plane, you can take them off – and if you are smart – you can bring a flexible material made bag that is only as big as what you put in it – small enough to pass the budget airline’s strict carry on luggage policy and then flexible enough to grow when you need to put your clothes in it after getting on the plane. Another option is to wear a jacket with many pockets where you can store your items.

Island of Crete, Greece.

 Flickr: Theophilos

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My Adventures Teaching English Abroad and How You Can Teach English Abroad

I first got interested in teaching English overseas when I got sick of my 9-5 job in Australia, and wanted something more from life. I didn’t want to waste away behind a desk doing stuff which didn’t feel meaningful at all. I did some research and found a good, cheap online TEFL school.

(If you want to skip my adventures and get straight to the info about how to teach English abroad, scroll straight to the bottom of the article)

After that I set off into the Middle East, with my first stop being Egypt. Although Egypt had some amazing ancient artifacts, Cairo was the ugliest, most stressful city I had (and still now 3 years later) ever been to. The only nice part of the city were the pyramids. Overall it is worth going to Egypt and you can check out the cheap but good quality accommodation options for Egypt here (check out the ratings on the left)

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After Egypt I crossed the port to Jordan – which was slightly nicer looking but had truly amazing people – in fact the people I met there and Syria I have considered the most warmest unbelievably selfless people I have ever met. If you are in the region I truly recommend visiting Petra – it’s one of the most amazing, most preserved Ancient Cities that exist – it’s not just the

photo below – it’s much more – it really is an entire city still preserved (by the way, I recommend keeping away from a Hostel called Valentine’s Inn – the owners are slightly/completely insane).

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It is also in Jordan (in the capital Amman) where I stayed for a month and taught English to Palestinian and Iraqi refugee children (who had to leave their homes and families in Iraq due to the American military’s invasion and later occupation for oil). It was amazing how well behaved and eager to learn these kids were – despite having lost so much.

After that I traveled through Syria, Israel, and beautiful Turkey – Istanbul – which is still my favourite city (along with Belgrade). It’s quiet easy to get a job in Istanbul as a native English speaker – there are many language schools. Make sure you have your copy of your TEFL certificate and don’t go for the first offer, see which one pays best – know that the schools charge the students a small fortune to have lessons with you (a native English speaker “wow”) – so make sure you are getting your fair share of it. The schools will also help you get your visa for working.

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Top 10 Most Spectacular Holiday Islands in the world

These islands are known for having the most amazing vibes and atmosphere on Earth.

 

10. Zakynthos, Greece

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9.Ikaria, Greece

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8.  Satorini, Greece

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7.  Crete, Greece

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6. Lesbos, Greece

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5. Phuket, Thailand

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4.  Hawaii, USA

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3.  Ios, Greece

 

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2.  Hios / Chios, Greece

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1.  Anguilla, Caribbean Islands

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Top 10 WOW Travel Destinations on Earth

1. Phuket, Thailand

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2.Mykonos, Greece

Flickr: MarcelGermain

3.Santorini, Greece

Flickr: MarcelGermain

4.Zakynthos, Greece

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5.Rome, Italy

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6.Shanghai, China

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7.Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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8.Istanbul, Turkey

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9.New York, USA

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10.Belgrade, Serbia

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The perfect break from visiting Party Hostels

Usually I’m a big fan of party hostels, but the guys at wildestpartyhostels.com recommended I check out Veliko Turnovo for a nice break from the constant partying, Golden Sands etc. This place was amazing. Relaxation central. Definitely one of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. Apparently it was in the running to be the Capital of the country for a while but lost out to its ugly cousin Sofia. Also very affordable like most of Bulgaria.

If you visit, be sure to check out:

- The Asen Monument –  Commemorating the Second Bulgarian Empire in the eleventh century (see below).

- Tsaravets Castle (sound and light show at night)

- A day class at Yoga Dharma - perfect for recharging your batteries.

- Forty Martyrs Church

I recommend Hostel Mostel for accommodation. For a good price you get breakfast, dinner and a great atmosphere.

 

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Top 5 Party Hostels in Asia

As winter approaches in Europe, it’s time to move our focus to where the party hostels with the most juice are now at – Asia. We’ve tasted the sweet, the nasty and everything in between in terms of party hostels and now we’re going to share it all with you.

 #5 Phuket Patong Beach, Thailand – Cheap Charlie’s Rooftop Beach Bar and Backpacker Lodge

“Oii! The party’s in here”
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Possibly the island that “The Beach” film made famous ( no one knows for sure), this island and this party hostel have become party central. The party starts early with the flirty girls behind the bar and the open atmosphere that makes even the most frigid loosen up and have a good time.

 

#4 Bangkok, Thailand – NapPark Hostel

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This city deserves to be in the top 5 purely for its name alone. The fact that is has amazing party hostels throughout the city help, but none of the party hostels can outdo this one – the atmosphere in Nappark is electric. People are here to have fun and it is only 2 minutes from the infamous Khao San party district (see above).

 

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Wombats Hostel Berlin Germany’s Ultimate Party Hostel

Wombats hostel is our choice for Germany’s ultimate party hostels and being located in the most liberal city on earth, it’s not hard to see why. This is a place where anything and everything goes – including some  of the most hardcore partying you’ll ever experience.Wombats Hostel Berlin  Germany's Ultimate Party Hostel .   

 Nightlife

After you’ve spent the first few nights hooking up and drinking yourself into a stupor at the party hostel bar, wonder over to the nearby clubs for some even more intense partying. Nice and close so you can crawl back without too much effort if need be.

Atmosphere

From the welcome drink you get the moment you check in to Wombats hostel to the all night partying at the hostel and at the nearby clubs, you’ll leave this ultimate party hostel having partied your arse off.

Easy beer

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Party Hostels – X Hostel in Alicante Spain

party hostels - x hostel alicante spain

As far as party hostels go,  X Hostel (Alicante, Spain) is easily one of the wildest party hostels I’ve ever been to.

This hostel is located in a University town in Spain which means that the place is full of bars, clubs, and 24 hour drinking and craziness on the beach.

The atmosphere in the hostel is also amazing, with the managers being long term travellers themselves.

A typical night at this party hostel includes pub crawls, drinking games,  and all the action you can handle in one night.

The hostel has such a cult following that in the past year over 100 people have had “X Hostel” permanently tattooed on their bodies (the managers tell me this number also includes on of their other famous party hostels – X Hostel Varna in Bulgaria.

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The Top 10 Wildest Electro-House Music Festivals


Looking for an insanely wild party? Looking for a few? Want some stories you’ll brag about to your friends for years to come? Don’t miss out on the Top 10 Wildest Electro-House Music Festivals on Earth.

 

10. Monegros, Spain (July 2011)

Around 40,000 people inundate this place from all over the world to party hard to the international talent that come to perform here every year.

 


 

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LATEST UPDATE The 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth from the Love Sex and Backpacking on the cheap blog

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When it comes to backpacking, most of us (not just men) have one thing on our mind as a definite on our ‘to do list’ – and I don’t just mean encountering new cultures.

With the help of a good friend, who I’d refer to as a backpacker in the truest sense of the word, who has been traveling the world for several years, I have compiled a list of the 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth.

Here they are:

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Top 5 Sexiest American Beaches from the Love Sex and Backpacking on the Cheap blog

Apart from South America’s beaches, no beaches in the world say sex appeal in such a huge way as the beaches from the good old U S of A.

So where should you, as a traveler / backpacker looking to not waste any time head straight to?

5. Muscle Beach, L.A.
The famous gym ON the beach
1 Beautiful girl and 1 granny in need of serious therapy.
Steroids.
Also make you psycho

On weekends, Muscle Beach is the place to be if you want to see some skin and hot bikinis.It’s also the place where you will meet some of the craziest characters on earth (and I don’t just mean the walking steroid machines)! From beautiful bodies to, sun, beach, amazing atmosphere and insane Christian fundamentalists/Republicans, this is the place to be!

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NEW UPDATE How to have a cheap holiday in Athens from the Love Sex and Backpacking on the Cheap Blog

cheap holiday in athens
In this post I will cover:
- Cheap and free accomodation in Athens
- How to get to Athens for cheap
- Eating Cheaply in Athens and cheap tourist memorabilia
- Seeing Athens Cheaply or FREE
- How to stay long term in Greece
- More ways to save money whilst travelling :)
The first thing you should know about Athens is that everyone has an opinion about everything – that is, everyone’s a philosopher in Athens (or thinks they are :P)

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Safety Information for Americans and Others Wanting to Avoid the Mafia in Italy

Felicia Impastato was the mother of Peppino Impastato, a sicilian man who was killed because of his continuous protesting against mafia, a criminal organization. Creative Commons.

Many people will tell you to not worry about the Mafia in Italy. For the most part, especially in the North, this is true, the Mafia are generally not so strong.

A completely different story applies however in South, where the Mafia pretty much runs the show and the government is almost non existent except on a surface level.

An American friend of mine and his girlfriend from the State of Maine hitchhiked their way around Europe for an entire year and had no problems at all. Infact, it renewed their faith in humanity in a way.

Unfortunately, this new found faith did not last so long when when they were hitchhiking in Sicily together. They get into a truck…

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My Crazy and Somewhat Scary Experiences in the Middle East

Whilst traveling the Middle East last year, I had this funny experience where if I had a haircut and shaved, everyone assumed I was from Israel, and if I allowed my hair to grow a little and didn’t shave for a while, everyone automatically assumed I was an Arab and starting talking to me as such. Little did they know I am neither! Nor is my cultural background!

Anyhow, as you can imagine, walking around looking like an Israeli soldier (with short marine style hair) did not go over too well in the Arabian countries, and this was reflected during my first day entering Egypt, Cairo when I was picked up at the airport to be taken to my cheap budget hotel.


Very curious, and slightly overwhelmed by the very long flight from Australia and my first day in a third world country, I didn’t fully notice at first that my driver was giving me strange looks in the rear view mirror.

Finally he speaks up and he asks “do you remember the war?” and having no idea about what war he was talking about, I just looked at him curiously. “THE WAR, when many thousands of innocent Egyptians died at the hands of the Israelis!”. Having no idea that he thought I was a Jew, I just shrugged my shoulders and said… “No??”. Then he points to me and says “Israeli! Israeli!” Oh shit I thought. What the f***? my first day in the Middle East and this guy is gonna take me somewhere, clean me off and dump the body. So much for a relaxing holiday!! this was not on my itinerary!!

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Love and Sex and Backpacking World’s Top 5 HOSTELS for it

Most of us who travel are usually after new, exciting experiences (and I don’t just mean sightseeing). Most of us are looking for a connection of some sort – whether it be through exploring new cultures,  searching for love, or simply some hot, passionate sex that makes the man feel like a man, truly standing in his manhood and owning the animal inside him, and the woman feeling truly held and supported in her womanhood.

The hostels below can be thought of as a playground where the male and female energies dance wildly into the night:

5.  X Hostel, Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria

This place should be renamed XXX Hostel. Located right near Golden Sands on the Black Sea Coast, this budget hostel was easily one of the most fun and welcoming places I’ve been to.

Owned by a young Italian guy, the atmosphere here can be defined simply as insane fun. If you don’t find yourself at one of the steaming hot foam parties, it is probably because you are too busy having a wild night on the nearby beach.

My initial plan to stay a few days ended up being 3 weeks at this place – and I then ended up staying on to work at the place for another 2 months!!

Located in Bulgaria, its also a cheap, ideal option for backpackers on a serious budget, with 1 euro = 2 levas.

Check out X Hostel here
4. Paradise Beach Resort, Island of Mykonos, Greece.

How to Have a Really Cheap and Affordable Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Sofia

cheap travel cheap food: all this for under 1 euro!
Yummy lunch for under 1 Euro? hell yess!!

Having spent quiet some time living with locals in Sofia, I know a thing or too about bargains – in this post I will cover:

- Cheap travel inside Bulgaria: pay what the locals do (how flying can be cheaper than a bus
- Free Unlimited Booze (no joke, no exageration)
- Cheap food, shop where the locals do
- Cheap clothes, laptops
- Free wifi
- Staying and teaching in Bulgaria
- Getting to Greece for only 15 Euros
- The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
- Top 10 unique tips for a cheap holiday or backpacking experience

Cheap Travel Inside Bulgaria
Most real backpackers fly by the seat of their pants – well here’s one time when it’s worth not doing that.

There are two main destinations in Bulgaria – Sofia and the extremely popular seaside city of Varna on the black sea coast.If you try catching a bus to Varna, expect to pay 14 Euros and be stuck in an uncomfortable bus for 5 hours. A train is somewhat cheaper, but again, slow.

If you fly however, and you book two weeks in advance with wizzair (which you find throughhttp://www.whichbudget.com) you can enjoy a short 1 hour flight for just 10 euros! If you leave it till last minute expect to pay through the nose. Only catch is the carbon emissions and impact on our earth are much worse than a train/bus.

Also, when using public transport, usually you have to pay 50 euro cents for each trip. However if you go to a ticket booth and ask for a ‘talon’ a pack of ten, you only pay 3.25 euros for ten. If you stay long term you can get an electronic pass which is even cheaper.

Free Unlimited Booze (no joke, no exaggeration)
I’m not joking. Get a membership at any casino in Sofia (passport required at sign up) and you have access to free unlimited booze. Why? because they want you to get drunk and spend your money of course! Doesn’t mean you have to tho. Mingle with the crowd and don’t be noticed!!

Cheap food, shop where the locals do
If you really want to save on costs – cook in the hostel kitchen. If you want cheap vegetables, you can’t beat the ‘lady’s market’ (Corner Stephan Stambolov and Tsar Samuel), where if you shop around, you can buy 1 kilo of green peppers for .20 euro cents, a kilo of apples for .35 euro cents and so on.

Only the fresh produce is cheap there tho. If you want cheap eggs, bread, milk, juice and everything else, there is a cheap supermarket called Billa (part of underground crossing/metro station where Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd meets Vasil Levski Blvd – look for the huge rotating yellow shopping bag) you need to look for the brand called ‘Clever’. Bring your own bags tho otherwise you pay a fee.

Cheap clothes, laptops
Get some good, reliable warm or otherwise clothes at the Lady’s markets – at least 40% cheaper than the stores. For the laptops – you may want one to take advantage of free wifi – you can pick up small portable notebooks for about 150 euros second hand in a shop (on Tsar Simeon street, near Stephan Stombolov Street – near ladies market)

Free wifi
The main national parks all have free wifi :) take your laptop or phone there and psonge legally.

Staying and teaching in Bulgaria- The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
If you enjoy a country so much that you want to stay a bit longer, get yourself an Online TEFL courseTeaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, and make it happen. I have :)

Getting to Greece for only 15 Euros
Catch the train from Sofia to Thessalonikia and book two weeks in advance and that’s the price you’ll pay!
If you want to go to Athens they will quote you 50 leuros however – you don’t have to pay that. Get to Thessaloniki for 15 euros and then if you book your ticket from there to go on to Athens its only 15 euros :) a saving of 20 euros!

The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
Visit my other posting of how I reduced my 25 hour flight ticket drastically.
Top 10 unique tips for a cheap holiday or backpacking experience
More of my tips on
doing what you love best.

I’m an Aussie who has been backpacking and living overseas continuously since January 2009. I cover cheap backpacking tips for every city I go to. You can find more of unique tips at http://backpackingonthecheap.blogspot.com

The World’s Top 5 Cities for Love and Sex and Backpacking

Let’s face it, we are all animals at our core, and as Osho once said “the worst thing you can say to someone is don’t be an animal”. Men want it, women obviously hunger for it – so what’s the problem? Societal norms, our parents, inner critics/superego’s and all that other garbage.

Which is why backpacking is so awesome – going to some foreign city where no one knows you and you don’t know anyone, you can be and do whatever you like!!

Your away from your parents, your co-workers, even some of your judgmental friends.
Now its time to let your inner instincts go nuts. Time to let the animal out of its cage.
(on a side note, if you are looking to have this experience internally, find this)

Whether you are currently in Berlin, Varna, Tokyo, Seoul, Bali, London, or anywhere else in the world, find out where people are going to find freedom!
5 – TOKYO & SEOUL

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Top 5 Safety Tips Americans and other Westerners need to know NOW before traveling to a third world country.

When traveling / backpacking, it is important to note that not all third world countries have the same dangers to watch out for, but here are some that apply to most.

5) PROTECTING YOUR PERSONAL BOUNDARIES

Severe poverty can bring out real desperation in people, which means that in the poorer countries, people will push you as much as you let them. It is important to not allow yourself to overly react to these people, even tho it may seem your only choice when beggars come up to you repeatedly or follow you non stop. I had this experience in Egypt when I was there for a month, I became extremely cynical towards the locals and it ruined my experience.

I’ve found the better option is to..

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The 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth from the Love Sex and Backpacking on the cheap blog

When it comes to backpacking, most of us (not just men) have one thing
on our mind as a definite on our ‘to do list’ – and I don’t just mean
encountering new cultures.

With the help of a good friend, who I’d refer to as a backpacker in the truest sense of the word, who has been traveling the world for several years, I have compiled a list of the 5 Most Liberating Party Destinations on Earth.

Here they are:

5. Carnival, Rio De Janeiro


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If you haven’t heard of this Carnivale’, you are more than likely living in a cave.

This is the world’s most sensuous, vibrant, pulsating party on the planet.

Get ready to explode with joy and music as you move your body to the sensuous vibes
of Samba!

No one does sex appeal like the South Americans!

Although it is not so cheap to fly here, once you get to South America you’ll find it much more affordable and suitable for backpackers / travelers on a budget than Europe or the US etc.

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Current Free Ebook: Unique tips on backpacking around the world on a serious budget

In this post I feature an Ebook where I cover unique tips on backpacking around the world on a serious budget
for the following cities/islands:

Copenhagen
Bali
Athens
Berlin
New York
Varna and Sofia (Bulgaria)

Download the Ebook here

For more cities that you can backpack on the cheap click here.

UPDATE Top Cities for Love and Sex and Backpacking

Let’s face it, we are all animals at our core, and as Osho once said “the worst thing you can say to someone is don’t be an animal”. Men want it, women obviously hunger for it – so what’s the problem? Societal norms, our parents, inner critics/superego’s and all that other garbage.

Which is why backpacking is so awesome – going to some foreign city where no one knows you and you don’t know anyone, you can be and do whatever you like!!

Your away from your parents, your co-workers, even some of your judgmental friends.
Now its time to let your inner instincts go nuts. Time to let the animal out of its cage.
(on a side note, if you are looking to have this experience internally, find this)

Whether you are currently in Berlin, Varna, Tokyo, Seoul, Bali, London, or anywhere else in the world, find out where people are going to find freedom!
5 – TOKYO & SEOUL

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Top 3 Cities in Australia for Nude Holidays aka Nacations

There’s nothing quiet like the freedom of being able to take it all off and enjoy walking around your apartment/house naked. Those of you however who would like to take it to the next step and walk around naked with other people, here are some options that might help you release your kinky inner German:

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1) Melbourne, Australia
Easily the most liberal, progressive city in Australia (except for Canberra maybe), Melbourne is a vibrant blend of cultures from all over the world living together and sharing their food, languages, traditions and energies.
In what might be considered a young version of Berlin, Melbourne is a place where unique and different people are accepted and welcomed for their individuality.
Within that, comes a place for nacations and fully legal nudist beaches, such as the one in Sunnyside North.
Free Beaches Australia provides the following directions:
From the city take the Nepean Highway (Route 3) south some 40 km to Frankston. Continue a further 7 to 8 km then look for the sign to Sunnyside Beach. Turn right here and drive down this road for about 800 metres to the car park. Actually you may have to park well short of the car park on busy days, and do be careful of driveways and No Parking signs. Walk on to Sunnyside Beach then proceed north around the rocky point to North Sunnyside.
2) Sydney, Australia

Berlin and Love Sex and Backpacking

Berlin comes in at Number 2 for Europe’s best cities for Love, Sex and Backpacking.


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You can see the rest of the top 5 cities here.

Forget Amsterdam, this place is Europe’s true center of anything goes liberalism.

There is something in the air or the water in Berlin which makes it a truly special city – it is the home of true Bohemia.

It is like the one place in Germany where all the people fed up with the uptightness, repression, suppression, and rules of German society go and live. It is truly a live and let live city – if you want to do something, and it is not harming you or anyone else – then just do it already, is the ethos.

One institution which captures this ethos of personal freedom more than most others, is the famous Kit Kat Club.

Berlin-life.com sums it up quiet well:

The Kit Kat Club in Berlin is one of those rare clubs that has achieved legendary status before it’s even been closed. It can chart it’s history back to 1994 when a rather liberal Austrian couple decided to try and combine two scenes together: the hippy vibes of a Goa trance party and the hardcore love action of a fetish night. Well you can probably guess the rest. Although the orgies these days are said to be tamer than of old, let’s just say that should someone offers you two fingers or four, it’s nothing to do with a Nestle chocolate biscuit. If you are planning on paying KitKat Club a visit please note that only highly original, and revealing, glamour/fetish outfits will get you past the door.

If this club is a bit too much for you, you can always try to more conventional but equally hot mainstream clubs.

If you want to visit Berlin cheaply, click here for some awesome tips.

You can see the rest of the top 5 cities here.

Love and Sex and Backpacking

Let’s face it, we are all animals at our core, and as Osho once said “the worst thing you can say to someone is don’t be an animal”. Men want it, women obviously hunger for it – so what’s the problem? Societal norms, our parents, inner critics/superego’s and all that other garbage.

Which is why backpacking is so awesome – going to some foreign city where no one knows you and you don’t know anyone, you can be and do whatever you like!! London counts!

Your away from your parents, your co-workers, even some of your judgmental friends.
Now its time to let your inner instincts go nuts. Time to let the animal out of its cage.

5 – TOKYO & SEOUL

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How to have a cheap holiday or backpacking experience in Bali

In this post I will cover:

- How to get to Bali for cheap

- Cheap and free accomodation in Bali

- Eating Cheaply in Bali and cheap tourist memorabilia

- Seeing Bali Cheaply

- How to stay long term in Bali or Indonesia

- More ways to save money whilst travelling : )

Bali, as most Australians know, is one huge, cheap party.

Follow my tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience : )

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Bali. Each has their pros and cons, depending on where you are planning on getting there from.

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How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Athens

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The first thing you should know about Athens is that everyone has an opinion about everything – that is, everyone’s a philosopher in Athens (or thinks they are :P)

In this post I will cover:
- How to get to Athens for cheap
- Cheap and free accomodation in Athens
- Eating Cheaply in Athens and cheap tourist memorabilia
- Seeing Athens Cheaply or FREE
- How to stay long term in Greece
- More ways to save money whilst travelling :)

Athens, as most people know, is the cradle of Western Civilisation. Unfortunately, this is not still the case today. Ever since the Christian Church ordered the destruction of Plato’s Academy (the World’s first University) and tried and executed those who preached freedom of thought, Greece has experienced a severe decline.

Even so, Greece still has a magical feeling about it :). I’ve been travelling for a year now, and there’s a certain almost magical feeling I get when I’m in Greece. By that I don’t just mean the beautiful islands, I mean Athens as well. There’s something unique in the atmosphere of sitting in an outdoor restaurant on a warm day, enjoying an ouzo with a souvlaki, whilst listening to the laughter and street music of people walking by :). There’s a strong feeling of connection there I have not got in any other city.

Follow my tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience :)

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Athens. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in Athens or other parts of Greece? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.

Train
This can be cheap, depending on where you are coming from. If you are coming from Sofia in Bulgaria (a country definitely worth visiting) the train ticket for Athens is 50 euros when you first ask, because it includes a sleeper. However, if you are really looking for a cheap experience and are willing to rough it abit like a true backpacker, book a ticket to the Greek city of Thessaloniki instead – this will cost you only 15 euros and is about half way to Athens. Once at Thessaloniki train station, ask for the 15 euro ticket to Athens. You may be waiting a few hours or you may not have to wait at all, either way, it only costs another 15 euros. This means a total of 30 euros instead of 50.

If you are a student, or under 21, be sure to ask for a discount, especially EU students.

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Part 2 How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Sofia

cheap travel cheap food: all this for under 1 euro!

Yummy lunch for under 1 Euro? hell yess!!

Having spent quiet some time living with locals in Sofia, I know a thing or too about bargains – in this post I will cover:

- Cheap travel inside Bulgaria: pay what the locals do (how flying can be cheaper than a bus
- Free Unlimited Booze (no joke, no exageration)
- Cheap food, shop where the locals do
- Cheap clothes, laptops
- Free wifi
- Staying and teaching in Bulgaria
- Getting to Greece for only 15 Euros
- The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
- Top 10 unique tips for a cheap holiday or backpacking experience

Cheap Travel Inside Bulgaria
Most real backpackers fly by the seat of their pants – well here’s one time when it’s worth not doing that.

There are two main destinations in Bulgaria – Sofia and the extremely popular seaside city of Varna on the black sea coast.If you try catching a bus to Varna, expect to pay 14 Euros and be stuck in an uncomfortable bus for 5 hours. A train is somewhat cheaper, but again, slow.

If you fly however, and you book two weeks in advance with wizzair (which you find through http://www.whichvudget.com) you can enjoy a short 1 hour flight for just 10 euros! If you leave it till last minute expect to pay through the nose. Only catch is the carbon emissions and impact on our earth are much worse than a train/bus.

Also, when using public transport, usually you have to pay 50 euro cents for each trip. However if you go to a ticket booth and ask for a ‘talon’ a pack of ten, you only pay 3.25 euros for ten. If you stay long term you can get an electronic pass which is even cheaper.

Free Unlimited Booze (no joke, no exageration)
I’m not joking. Get a membership at any casino in Sofia (passport required at sign up) and you have access to free unlimited booze. Why? because they want you to get drunk and spend your money of course! Doesn’t mean you have to tho. Mingle with the crowd and don’t be noticed!!

Cheap food, shop where the locals do
If you really want to save on costs – cook in the hostel kitchen. If you want cheap vegetables, you can’t beat the ‘lady’s market’ (Corner Stephan Stambolov and Tsar Samuel), where if you shop around, you can buy 1 kilo of green peppers for .20 euro cents, a kilo of apples for .35 euro cents and so on.

Only the fresh produce is cheap there tho. If you want cheap eggs, bread, milk, juice and everything else, there is a cheap supermarket called Billa (part of underground crossing/metro station where Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd meets Vasil Levski Blvd – look for the huge rotating yellow shopping bag) you need to look for the brand called ‘Clever’. Bring your own bags tho otherwise you pay a fee.

Cheap clothes, laptops
Get some good, reliable warm or otherwise clothes at the Lady’s markets – at least 40% cheaper than the stores. For the laptops – you may want one to take advantage of free wifi – you can pick up small portable notebooks for about 150 euros second hand in a shop (on Tsar Simeon street, near Stephan Stombolov Street – near ladies market)

Free wifi

The main national parks all have free wifi :) take your laptop or phone there and psonge legally.

Staying and teaching in Bulgaria- The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
If you enjoy a country so much that you want to stay a bit longer, get yourself an Online TEFL course Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, and make it happen. I have :)

Getting to Greece for only 15 Euros
Catch the train from Sofia to Thessalonikia and book two weeks in advance and that’s the price you’ll pay!
If you want to go to Athens they will quote you 50 leuros however – you don’t have to pay that. Get to Thessaloniki for 15 euros and then if you book your ticket from there to go on to Athens its only 15 euros :) a saving of 20 euros!

The unique way to get truly cheap flights (requires a bit of effort, but is worth it)
Visit my other posting of how I reduced my 25 hour flight ticket drastically.


Top 10 unique tips for a cheap holiday or backpacking experience

More of my tips on doing what you love best.

Lewis is an Aussie who has been backpacking and living overseas continuously since January 2009. He covers cheap backpacking tips for every city he goes to. You can find more of unique tips at http://backpackingonthecheap.blogspot.com

How to have a cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in New York

New York really is a wild and insane city!!! HUGE, in your face, full of fun and attitude!. They don’t call it the Big Apple for nothing. In this post I will cover:
– How to get to New York for cheap
– Cheap and free accomodation in New York
– Eating Cheaply in New York
– Seeing New York Cheaply
– How to stay long term in the US
– More ways to save money whilst travelling

New York is the most intense city I’ve been to (in the US at least). So many things you can experience, simply from just walking along the street. This city is an absolutely phenomenal experience.

Follow my tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience :)

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to New York. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in New York or other parts of the US? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.

Flying
The first and most obvious option is through flying.

There are 3 airports for New York. The only one that the budget airlines fly to internationally however is New York JFK.

Unfortunately not many budget airlines fly directly New York JFK, but you can catch an indirect flight by using routes like London – Aruba and then Aruba to New York.

Using a decent website that has all the budget airlines,just write where you are, and where you want to go to, and it will tell you all the possible combinations of budget airlines to take you there.

PROS:
Fast, can be cheap, easy.

CONS:
The cost to our earth in terms of carbon emissions.

By Car

If you are already in the US, you may want to take the scenic tour (which can also be cheaper if there is more than one of you) and stop by real country towns and meet the people, and get to see the vastly different cultures that exist in the US outside of the big cities.

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How to have a cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in New York

New York really is a wild and insane city!!! HUGE, in your face, full of fun and attitude!. They don’t call it the Big Apple for nothing. In this post I will cover:
- How to get to New York for cheap
- Cheap and free accomodation in New York
- Eating Cheaply in New York
- Seeing New York Cheaply
- How to stay long term in the US
- More ways to save money whilst travelling

New York is the most intense city I’ve been to (in the US at least). So many things you can experience, simply from just walking along the street. This city is an absolutely phenomenal experience.

Follow my tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience :)

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to New York. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in New York or other parts of the US? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.

Flying
The first and most obvious option is through flying.

There are 3 airports for New York. The only one that the budget airlines fly to internationally however is New York JFK.

Unfortunately not many budget airlines fly directly New York JFK, but you can catch an indirect flight by using routes like London – Aruba and then Aruba to New York.

Using a decent website that has all the budget airlines,just write where you are, and where you want to go to, and it will tell you all the possible combinations of budget airlines to take you there.

PROS:
Fast, can be cheap, easy.

CONS:
The cost to our earth in terms of carbon emissions / poisoning our home.

By Car

If you are already in the US, you may want to take the scenic tour (which can also be cheaper if there is more than one of you) and stop by real country towns and meet the people, and get to see the vastly different cultures that exist in the US outside of the big cities.

PROS: I’ve found a company with 15% discount…
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How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Rome

Travelling is so exciting! and in the case of Rome, as Asterix used to say, “these Romans are crazy”. Well they sure know how to party that’s for sure. Either way that won’t stop you from having a fun and cheap holiday in Rome – the Grandest city in the Universe.

In this post I will cover:
– How to get to Rome for cheap
– Cheap and free accomodation in Rome
– Eating Cheaply in Rome
– Seeing Rome Cheaply
– How to stay long term in Italy
– More ways to save money whilst travelling

Rome is the most Grand city in at least Europe if not the world. This amazing city is an absolutely phenomenal experience, whether it be for the history or the awesome nightlife. As an Aussie I’m jealous that we don’t have anything like this back home.

Anyhow, follow the tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience :)

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Rome. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in Rome or other parts of Italy? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.

Flying
The first and most obvious option is through flying.

There are two airports for Rome. The Rome Fiumicino (26 km from city) and the Rome Ciampino (15 km from city).

Ciampino is the one that most budget airlines fly into, and is also a lot cheaper to get into town from as compared to the Fiumicino.

The cheapest way to get into the city from Ciampino is using the public bus service for 1 euro. Be aware tho that there are other more comfortable options but this is the cheapest. You’ll find the stop just next to the taxi rank outside the terminal building.

PROS:
With a decent website that has all the budget airlines,these days you can often get a cheap flight easily.

CONS:
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How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking Experience in Paris

The French are quiet possibly the rudest people in Europe. Or maybe it’s just the Parisians. Either way that won’t stop you from having a fun and cheap holiday in Paris.

In this post I will cover:

- How to get to Paris for cheap

- Cheap and free accomodation in Paris

- Eating Cheaply in Paris – Seeing Paris Cheaply

- How to stay long term in France

- More ways to save money whilst travelling

 Paris is possibly the most beautiful city in Europe. Unfortunately the people know it and often treat English speaking foreigners as lesser beings. Thankfully, there are plenty of nice Parisians as well (tho usually they have grown up in the South of France!)

Anyhow, follow the tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience :)

Getting there cheaply

There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Paris. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in Paris or other parts of France? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.

Flying

The first and most obvious option is through flying.

PROS: With a decent website that has all the budget airlines,these days you can often get a cheap flight easily.

CONS: The cost to our earth.

 IMPORTANT: Paris has several airports including:

>>Orly (9 miles) >>Charles De Guille (12 miles from Paris)

>>Beauvais – May seem the cheapest at first due to the three budget airline carriers, however, be aware that it is 40 miles out of Paris and you will have additional costs associated with getting into Paris itself.

By Train

PROS: Can be very cheap with discounts for groups, the young, and in some cases kids under 16 travel free. Also very earth friendly.

CONS: Takes longer than a flight.

Cheap and Free Accomodation

Prices keep going up and down depending on demand, so it is difficult/ pointless for me to list them. You will more likely benefit if you look at Hostelbookers.com and compare the prices for yourself. The good thing about this booking site is that unlike its main competitor hostelworld, it doesn’t charge a US$2 booking fee on top of the 10% deposit. A nice saving in itself.

Otherwise, the free option for staying in France

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How to have a Cheap Holiday or Backpacking experience in London

London’s prices are as mad as their cabbies! In this post I will cover how to have a cheap holiday or backpacking experience without going bonkers in the process.

 In this post I will cover:

- How to get to London for cheap

 - Cheap and ree accomodation in London

- Eating Cheaply in London

- Seeing London Cheap and Free

 - How to stay long term in London

- More ways to save money whilst travelling

After travelling for 9 months through Europe and the Middle East, I can tell you that London is much more than I expected! I thought it would just be another Australia with bad weather and grumpy white people. To my delight I was wrong – it did have bad weather and grumpy white people, but it was also an incredibly multicultural experience.

 Getting there cheaply

Before we get into the cheap flights, you should first be decided on which of the 4 airports you want to fly to because a flight may be cheap, but the additional cost of getting into London itself from the airport can be quiet hefty and you should include it in the total flight cost. There are a few flight travel websites you can use, but they mostly seem to feature the main expensive airlines. This site on the other hand only focuses on the discount airlines, you tell it where you want to go and it tells you which discount airlines go there: http://www.whichbudget.com

Cheap and Free Accomodation

Prices keep going up and down depending on demand, so it is difficult/ pointless for me to list them. You will more likely benefit if you book through Hostelbookers.com and compare the prices for yourself. The good thing about this booking site is that unlike its main competitor hostelworld, it doesn’t charge a US$2 booking fee on top of the 10% deposit. A nice saving in itself.

The other option of course is to join http://couchsurfing.org – a worldwide network for making connections between travellers and the communites they visit. People offering their couches for free! A worldwide phenomenon. At last check their were over 1000 people in the UK willing to spare a couch  give it a go, but remember to read what people have already said about someone whose couch you are planning on staying on.  

Cheap Food

 I would usually recommend trying the local food in every country you go to, but in the case of the UK, besides Fish ‘n’ Chips, what local food??? If you are looking for a seriously cheap backpacking experience, most serious backpackers know already to cook in the hostel kitchen. Why not use a cheap supermarket in the UK like the locals do (I recommend Sainsburys) . Save the money for your drinking habbit, you’ll need it. Or, if you’ve done the AO thing and your over your problem and still want to try some local food, why not check out Time Out’s reviews of budget food in London – starting from 8.55 pounds.

 

Seeing London Cheap and Free

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