For the past month, I have been interviewing a bunch of influential travel bloggers. I have collected answers from them, picking their brains like a monkey picking fleas. Well, not quite THAT personal but you get what I mean. Here is a post featuring some great travel tips, tricks and useful advice from 4 amazing travel bloggers.
The broke backpacker is a blog full of really useful information and he is just really entertaining! I have been reading Wills blog for a while and absolutely love his way of traveling! He is a writer and photographer. Adventurer and vagabond. Master of the handstand pushup. Conqueror of mountains, a survivor of deserts and crusader for cheap escapades. Will is an avid hitch-hiker, couch-surfer and bargain-seeker. He is a devout follower of the High Temple of Backpackistan and the proud inventor of the man-hug. Will blogs over at The Broke Backpacker about his adventures around the world, you can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter or, if you’re really friendly, hunt him down on the road for a cheeky pint.
If your money was limitless, where in the world would you like to go?
I have always wanted to road-trip around the States (and to do it in style!) so possibly simply the USA. I would also love to go to Papua New Guinea and head off into the jungle in search of an authentic Sing Sing, the flights are unbelievably expensive though!
In your opinion, what are the most and least liveable cities you’ve visited?
I absolutely loved living in Medellin in Colombia. I also plan to live in Hanoi in the near future. Of all the places I have been, I would like to live in Caracas the least – it’s simply too dangerous.
What are the best experiences you can recommend to all travellers?
Definitely have a crack at caving at some point, all real adventurers should also bag a peak or two (Nepal is your best bet) and I highly recommend taking to the river with a fishing rod and trying to catch your own dinner; I love living off the land 🙂
Martijn and Antonette (Anto) are travel lovers who juggle full-time jobs with a great blog called we12travel.com. I take my hat off to you because I know how hard having two jobs is! They still manage to produce interesting and great information on a wide range of awesome locations!
Where do you believe are the ‘happiest people on earth’ based on the
countries you have visited?
Definitely South America. People here seem to be smiling all the time
rather than walking around the streets grumpy and with sad faces…
What is one of your ‘travel hacks’ you would love to share with everyone?
When I book low-cost airlines, I check availability at home and then book
from where I work. This way the website doesn’t recognize the IP address
and will usually show the same rate rather than making it higher the more
often you visit.
What 3 cities/towns you believe, should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2016?
- McCarthy & Kennicott in Alaska
- Stockholm in Sweden
- Pucon in Chile
All perfect for people who love outdoor adventures as much as me.
Gemma Fottles got her first taste of backpacking when she left the nest at the tender age of 18. Now, 29 countries down, she continues to fulfill her wanderlust and inspires us all with her blog fottlestravels.com.
What are your 2 ultimate budget tips for travellers out there who would like to travel the world but have an extremely tight budget?
1) Pick your destinations wisely! If you have a super limited budget, then backpacking around the States or Australia probably isn’t going to be the best idea. Stick to typically cheaper place, like Asia, Eastern Europe and Central/South America where your money is going to last a lot longer.
2) Research what you’re going to do. There are so many alternative ways to travelling the world than merely strapping on a rucksack and roaming from place to place. If money is a big issue, combine backpacking with work placements or volunteering. That way you can sustain yourself a little whilst on the road, as well as really integrating into a local way of life.
What are three items you can’t live without when you’re travelling?
1) Insect repellent – a really obvious one but I get eaten alive without decent insect repellent of at least 50% DEET content! It smells bad and makes your skin kinda dry, but man it is worth it to escape legs full of itchy horrible bites. I didn’t learn this lesson until the end of my second big trip, and I’ve got the scars to prove it!
2) Decent sunglasses – I invested in some Ray Bans a couple of years ago and have never looked back. Obviously everyone needs sunglasses in sunny countries for practical reasons, but if you’re the most hungover you’ve ever been, sick or just generally having a bad face day, a decent pair of sunglasses does wonders for the inescapable photographs you will no doubt be forced to be in!
3) A notebook – I love taking a blank notebook with me travelling and filling it up with everything that I did. It’s so easy to forget awesome people you’ve met, random things that happened to you and amazing places you visited if you’re on the road for a long time. And it helps to keep you sane on those long, long bus journeys!
What three countries are on your list to visit next and why?
Bolivia, Peru and Chile – I’m heading there tomorrow! South America has long been on the top of my travel to-do list, so I’m excited to finally be fulfilling that dream 🙂 After that, India and Antarctica are the next places I wanna get myself… when that’ll happen, who knows!
Agness and Cez are the ultimate masters of the daily budget. Spending a measly $25 a day in destinations around the world. They even have tips for spending only $10 a day! They have some great tips and tricks over at www.etramping.com.
Do you get a bit of homesickness on the road and how do you deal with it?
Of course I do! No matter how far or close I travel, there are always moments of weakness when I miss my loved ones and wish they were with me. How do I deal with that? I have my 5 ways to beat homesickness when travelling and one of them is sport. When I miss home I go jogging, do some intervals wherever I am, go walking, dance or simply cycle. It helps a lot, trust me.
Which 3 cities can you recommend for first-time backpackers?
Definitely China because it’s so diverse and locals are extremely friendly. Although it is a very challenging country for first-time backpackers, in terms of food, customs and transportation, it is a great lesson to start with. Moreover, Thailand because of it’s fresh food and beautiful beaches and Cambodia for its history and affordable life.
As you guys are the ultimate budget travellers, what 3 tips can you give the readers if they are on a super tight budget but still want to travel to reasonably expensive countries?
1 – Try Couchsurfing, but be careful when selecting your host. It’s a great way to meet people and stay for free.
2 – Rent a bike or walk instead of using buses, metro or taxis.
3 – Forget the fancy restaurants and eat at local markets, buy small portions of food and eat them throughout the day.
So there you go folks! The best places to visit, experiences to discover and places to see right now! Please make sure you go check out all of these wonderful travel blogs – did I mention they are awesome? Check out my ‘Travel resources’ page for all the travel resources you will ever need!
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