Budget Travel Ideas

The 5 Best Hostels in Cairo, Egypt

The 5 Best Hostels in Cairo, Egypt

The bustling capital of Egypt, Cairo, is an absolute must if you’re visiting this culturally rich and incredibly affordable country. Full of insane historical sights and a feast for the senses too, Cairo is loud, full of life, outgoing, brash and stocked with gasp-aloud ancient treasures. Most visitors start and finish their time in Egypt […]

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How to Score a Cheap Egypt Nile Cruise

How to Score a Cheap Egypt Nile Cruise

Taking an Egypt Nile Cruise is one of the quintessential things to do in this country, but if you’re anything you like me, you probably have reservations about how expensive this notoriously tourist experience might be. But fear not, I managed to score a bargain-priced Nile cruise when I was in Egypt and now, to […]

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The Backpackers Guide to Selçuk, Turkey

The Backpackers Guide to Selçuk, Turkey

The Turkish town of Selçuk, just inland from the Aegean coast is a small, provincial and peaceful place that is likely to bring some welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Turkey’s other major cities. Indeed after the size of Istanbul and the franticness of my programme in Cappadocia, I was beyond delighted to […]

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The Most Unbelievable Things to Do in Cappadocia on a Budget + Itinerary

The Most Unbelievable Things to Do in Cappadocia on a Budget + Itinerary

If there’s anywhere in Turkey that you’ve seen or heard about on Instagram, Facebook or the internet at large, it’s probably Cappadocia. Am I right, or am I right? Yes this geographically striking, visually spellbinding and utterly unique spot in Turkey’s central highlands is just so picturesque, it’s no wonder it’s as famous as it […]

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The 5 Best Aswan Hostels

The 5 Best Aswan Hostels

I think Aswan has to be my favourite spot in the whole of Egypt. A wonderfully relaxed city set on the banks of the Nile in the south of the country, it’s an absolute must on your Egypt itinerary. Actually it was my first stop in this country, after crossing overland from Sudan, and I […]

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Top Tips for Visiting Petra on the Cheap

Top Tips for Visiting Petra on the Cheap

One of the 7 new wonders of the world, Petra is, quite simply, an amazing, must-see travel spot. A veritable bucket list item in fact! If you weren’t already inspired, no doubt the rise of Instagram has had you marvelling at more than one picture of this sensational ancient city, buried deep in the desert […]

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The Number 1 Tel Aviv Hostel

The Number 1 Tel Aviv Hostel

  Fun, young, lively and hip, Tel Aviv is probably the top backpacker city in the Middle East. From cute cafes, great galleries, hummus bars and of course the Mediterranean beach on its doorstep, this is a city that likes to play hard and work hard in equal measure. It’s not surprising then that it’s […]

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Beirut Hostel Bliss: The Grand Meshmosh Hotel

Beirut Hostel Bliss: The Grand Meshmosh Hotel

Sometimes, when you travel, there are just those places. Places you’ve never visited before, yet as soon as you step through the door you feel like you’re among friends, like you’ve come home. They are the sort of places that fit you down to the ground, that get you. Places where you feel so safe […]

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Top Jerusalem Itinerary for Those on a Budget

Top Jerusalem Itinerary for Those on a Budget

Layer upon layer, story upon story, history upon history, stone upon stone, the city of Jerusalem has been built conquered, torn down and rebuilt perhaps more than any other in the world. It’s impossible for a short-term traveller here to even begin to start peeling back the complexity of this city, but I hope this […]

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The Best Jerusalem Hostel: Stay Inn… Don’t Leave!

The Best Jerusalem Hostel: Stay Inn… Don’t Leave!

Now in my 30’s and digital nomading around the world, I’m largely past being able to cope with dorms I’m afraid. However that doesn’t mean I don’t want to meet other travellers, enjoy activities together and relax in a price-friendly place that feels spirited and soulful. I also want nooks where I can curl up […]

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