Dubai and Abu Dhabi On A Shoestring Budget

Considering it wasn’t even on the map 40 years ago, the UAE is a pretty incredible place. An oasis in the middle of the desert, a playground for the super wealthy, a massive melting pot of nationalities and culture. It’s also notoriously expensive to visit, and often those on a backpackers budget would simply wait out their stopover in the airport and jet off ASAP. Not ones to back down in the face of a challenge, we decided to see if we could include the UAE in an itinerary without breaking the bank! Like most places, we discovered Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a shoestring budget is entirely possible with a little bit of work and planning. We cooked all our own meals, researched all the best free activities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, utilized public transport, Uber and car hire everywhere, and really felt we were still able to…

Why A Weekend In Moldova Is Not Enough

It is always difficult to work out the right amount of time to spend somewhere, you can do all the researching in the world and still end up leaving too much or too little time. Recently, we found ourselves time poor in a country by the name of Moldova. It has previously been labelled ‘the unhappiest country on the face of the earth’, and is one of the least visited countries in Europe, yet it has so much to offer. Our 2 days should really have been 4 days to allow us to get the highlights of Moldova done. We think hiring a car could have been useful too, however there are plenty of very affordable day trips/tours you can book if you base yourself in Chisinau like we did. While we are glad we made the trip and saw what we did of the country, there is some lingering…

Super Stress Free Travel – Tips For All Occasions

Stress while you’re away is a total buzz kill. With stress around, your positive vibes and good times will be gone faster than free shots in a hostel bar. It can be a good thing to solve problems under stress, it builds on life skills and experience, but if we can reduce it, we should! Over the last few years, we’ve become a lot better at dealing with stressful situations, even our parents worry about us less (or they seem to), which is a relief in itself. Whether you are just starting out, or are an experienced traveller, we think it’s helpful to have some go to ideas for reducing stress on the road. For your own piece of mind, and probably your parents too, here are some of our tips for super stress free travel; Keep It Together It might seem pretty obvious, but planning is the key to…