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.

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

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).

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!!

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)

Flickr: Ed Yourdon

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).

Flikr betta design

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.

Next Page>>

 

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

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.

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