How Much Does it Cost to Travel Vietnam – Our Comprehensive Budget Guide to Backpacking Vietnam

The country and its people made a good overall impression on us. Traveling is also safe there. If you're looking for a balance between city life and nature get-aways, Vietnam won't disappoint. Although it's still possible to travel Vietnam on a budget, it's already slightly more expensive than its surrounding countries that we visited. We've noticed less backpackers than we expected. Instead, the more touristic places are full of families, rich pensioners and Australians – the people who generally have more to spend and are happy to tell locals to their face how cheap everything still is for them. The type of tourists and the massive amount of construction going on everywhere, combined with Vietnam being one of the world's fastest growing economies could mean prices … (Continue reading)

10 Unusual Things To Do In Mui Ne Nobody Told You About

If you're a hippie at heart and happen to be in South Vietnam, Mui Ne is your paradise. Located right at the coast, fishing makes the main source of income here. From catching and trading all sorts of seafood to producing and exporting Vietnam's Number 1 fish sauce. Fish is the linchpin all over the place. Indeed, even the name Mũi Né owes a great deal to the fishing culture. Fishermen used to hide (né in Vietnamese) in the cape (mũi in Vietnamese) during rough sea storms. This is one version of how this place got its name. In the recent years, however, another business has derived: tourism. Especially, Russians have turned this place into their second home base after Nha Trang. Today, Mui Ne is a well … (Continue reading)

How Much Does It Cost to Travel Phú Quốc – An Honest Budget Guide

Phú Quốc is Vietnam's island paradise and just a stone's throw away from Cambodia's coast. Being a relatively new destination, it's still possible to find long stretches of beach completely to yourself. However, times are changing with investors spreading the word about this blissful slice of heaven, luring more and more tourists into their brand new resorts with fenced off beaches, solely exclusive to those who stay there. According to the plans of Phú Quốc's Prime Minister, major investments on the island to accelerate tourism shall be completed by 2020, leading to a standard tourist destination. Knowing that time is running short, considered the fast growing master plan of the government, we took on a challenge to travel Phú Quốc in the least expensive way before it's too late for it. Compared … (Continue reading)

10 Unusual Things To Do in Dalat Nobody Told You About

If you want to see another side of Vietnam, you should head to a small but charming city in the Central Highlands, called Dalat. The cool climate is a pleasant change from the heat, making it the perfect getaway, already since the French colonial times. They say that: Da Lat has four seasons in one day. Spring in the morning, summer in the afternoon, autumn in the early evening, and winter at night. Keeping this in mind, make sure to have flexible clothes and be prepared for sudden weather changes. Not only the tourists benefit from refreshing temperatures, also a variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers do. Moreover, Dalat is a popular honeymoon destination for the locals. If you're heading towards Nha Trang, Mui Ne or Saigon, make … (Continue reading)

Bali’s Best Kept Secrets – Travel Guide to Bali for those Who Seek Magic

Bali is the place where you will be first stormed by an abundance of impressions, noise and smells, just to find bliss shortly thereafter. Being referred to as the "island of gods", it holds many secrets in store about ancient temples, mighty deities and traditional life which evolved during the rise and fall of the different kingdoms being once in charge. Today, Bali welcomes travelers from all over the world, keeping different promises depending on the kind of tourist addressed to. The lovely Indonesian island has it all: a thrilling nightlife for the sleepless party tourists alongside peaceful oases to relax and immerse yourself in local life. We spent 1 month in Bali, turning it upside down in the search of bliss and adventure. Get ready to … (Continue reading)

Colorful Streets of Leeuwarden – Guide to Leeuwarden’s Street Art

While in some larger cities street art can be sometimes as easy to find as stepping out of your house door and being surrounded by an open-air gallery of painted exposures, it can be quite the opposite in other, usually smaller cities. To discover a piece of street art worth the mentioning can be in such places like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Leeuwarden might be such a relatively smaller place. Too unknown to gain international attention and win street artists for a guest contribution. Nevertheless, Leeuwarden's streets are not completely untouched by creative hands. The street art scene is well-established and even bears a surprise here and there. If you love street arts like we do, you will surely enjoy our Guides to the … (Continue reading)

How Much Does It Cost to Travel Greece – A Not-So-Budgetty Trip through Mainland Greece

How much does it cost to travel Greece on a budget? We will give you an indication of some of our spendings to show how expensive Greece is. Prices may vary from shop to shop, the prices indicated are the cheapest price we found. We spent some time in the Balkans before arriving to Greece. So far, the most expensive country was Croatia where we spent some time during August, the most expensive season of the year. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia were reasonably priced when we arrived in September. With the high season coming to an end and the weather getting colder, we were hoping to get some sunny days down South, in Greece. Of course we expected Greece to be a little more … (Continue reading)

How Much Does It Cost to Travel Macedonia – How Much We Spent in a Week

If you are planning a trip to Macedonia, it may help you to see how much it cost us. Although we didn't write down every single expense, we did keep track of prices to give an indication of prices in different areas of the country. We arrived in Skopje at midnight from Podgorica. We arrived late at night and tried to find a room in one of the hostels. Most we asked, were already full. Some were too expensive. We got a private room for € 14, not far from the center. We realized that, as in most Balkan countries, you really need a car to get around (although Macedonia is also a popular destination for bicyclists). We rented a car the next day: 5 days … (Continue reading)

The Best Viewpoints and Swimming Spots around Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid is the pearl of Macedonia's stunning nature and therefore should be discovered from all angles and perspectives. This article presents 4 charming places surrounding the lake, all offering unique viewpoints and refreshing swimming spots Lake Ohrid offers splendid and breathtaking viewpoints and there are many nice beaches to relax and swim. It's a wonderful alternative to the sea and surprises with panoramic blue mountain ranges surrounding the lake. However, there is one critical observation we made during our travels: littering in nature reaches a level here that cannot be accepted or ignored any longer. Huge piles of trash, mainly plastic, are dumped in parts which are hidden for the people visiting the beach front but can be spotted within a few meters on the outskirts. Especially, for … (Continue reading)

How Much Does It Cost To Travel Montenegro – Budva and Kotor on a Budget

Montenegro or Crna Gora (Black mountain) is the first ecological state ever, meaning that the country established a legal paper to protect its nature and the rare species of animals. Montenegro covers ancient forests with trees more than 500 years old, crystal clear rivers and wide ranges of landscapes that are completely untouched by humans and instead ruled by bears and wolves. Budget-friendly time to travel: Before or after season. Only in the periods before June and after August you can experience decent prices for accommodation and food. After 5 relaxing days in Kotor, we packed our stuff and headed for new adventures. We read that Budva is not as intriguing as Kotor. There were several negative articles condemning Budva as a place for party tourism and poor culture. … (Continue reading)