You've got a 19 hour journey ahead of you and only one bag, you're on multiple airlines and although you're departing in the morning you're not gonna arrive until your destination's nighttime (timezones can really mess you up) - what on earth do you pack? Fear not. Whether you're jetting to Japan or cruising to Cuba, our 101 guide tells you exactly which essentials make the cut, just remember - if your luggage gets lost on the way, this list will save you till help is at hand.
Among the best public transport systems I've used; The Budapest Transport Company BKV operates under, and over-ground metro systems that are efficient, quick and frequent. Whilst hotels in the city centre can be extortionate (although there are many great cheaper hostels), the public transport system allows you to stay a little out of the hustle and bustle of the Danube, whilst only being a few minutes metro journey away. Read our guide to using this fantastic Metro system!
If it’s tripping to Thailand or visiting Vietnam, no wants to get ripped off. They may be basic, but I have some easy guidelines to getting the most for your money. Whenever I’m booking my next trip it’ll always be on a budget, so I follow these tips to get the best deal.
If you're ever looking for a cheap flight, maybe you're staying at friends or family, or you already have your accommodation booked, look no further than Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a global unbiased search engine which compares prices for flights, hotels and care hire. They aim is:
'To inspire travellers around the world and make travel search as easy as possible through our world-class technology.'
And honestly I think they fulfill that aim. With dirt cheap flight prices to destinations all over the world by comparing hundreds of airlines, Skyscanner is a great site to for kick-starting your journey.
I love city breaks, but I love cheap city breaks even more. Icelolly.com is a holiday comparison site for independent companies, so they basically compile lots of cheap breaks together that you can browse and compare. I spend a ridiculous amount of time (often when I should be revising or doing work), browsing the latest deals on last minute breaks. My number one present option for friends/boyfriends are trips, because not only do they get to visit and experience somewhere new, I get to come too! So its unsurprising that it's one of my budget travel tips that I wanted to share!
My journey to India was among the first of my long hauls flights, I'd been to New York, flown to Tanzania but this was my first journey including multiple flights and long haul journeys. Not only that, I was doing both the outward and return journeys completely alone, a daunting fact given I'm almost 21 and still give my parents my passport to Iook after when travelling as a family. After delays in Dehli meant I was travelling a full 36 hours before reaching my final destination, I'd like to think myself now familiar and confident with long journeys and airport transfers, so here are a few tips for travelling efficiently and comfortably.
In order to fully prepare for any trip to India research the region/s you are planning on visiting, India is huge, that's a well known fact, but maybe what isn't as obvious , is how much the climates differs in just a few miles. Not only that, during certain months of the summer, India gladly embraces it's monsoon season, which affects various regions differently. Before even considering packing, research the climate of your destination and how the monsoon afffcts its. I for one noticed this drastic variation in weather between Pune and Mumbai; Pune is a very agreeable city , at a higher altitude to Mumbai it was relatively cool and we experienced little to no humidity. However, a 4 hour coach journey later, we were sweating in the terrestrial rain pour of Mumbai. I visited both Pune and Mumbai during the monsoon, this guide caters for both cool and humid destinations.
It's vast, there's no denying it, but when I was offered an opportunity to study in India it was unthinkable to refuse it. I have been pining to visit for years, my gap year plans centred around touring the immense country, so I feel incredibly lucky to not only have the chance to visit, but also study in India. I received confirmation of my place on the Science and Culture in British India course at IISER Pune in May and have been planning my departure ever since. Despite being a former colony of the British Empire, entry for British citizens is just as nightmare-ish as for all other nationalities. It feels as though you've accomplished a qualification after finishing the visa application, a task which took a month alone to complete.
It should be known that my organisation skills are just as poor as my time-keeping, so it's fair to say I have learnt alot preparing for this trip, here are some tips I've picked up for organising a trip to India: