Tag Archives: books

That narcotic call of the road

This is the second of a two-part series by Jayeeta Ghorai on books inspiring budget travel

The word “narcotic” jumps up at me about ten pages into Vagabonding. There was no doubt from this point on that this book would be finished. A nasty flu, ensuring bed rest and paracetamol-induced crazy wake-up cycles, made continuous reading possible. For once, I am thankful to a virus because the book was, to repeat a cliché, simply unputdownable.  Continue Reading →

How low can you go and why you should

This is the first of a two-part series by Jayeeta Ghorai on books inspiring budget travel

I recently read Tom Chesshyre’s How Low Can You Go? Round Europe for 1p Each Way (Plus Tax). The title leaves the reader in no ambiguity what the book is about. Tom has been a travel correspondent with The Times since 1997. Besides writing posh columns on amazingly luxurious (and heartbreaking expensive) hotels in the UK and Europe, the kind we shoe-stringers wouldn’t bother giving second glances to, he takes himself off on quirky journeys. Continue Reading →

How to keep your backpack light

My bags at Praggue railway station

My bags at Prague railway station

I have seen plenty of people paying tonnes of money at the airport baggage check-in counter because of overweight luggage. This has always confused me because, for some reason, my bags always weigh way below the permissible limit.

In 2012 ahead of my five-week Europe trip, when I was checking in at the airport, I actually got a little worried to see my big bag weigh less than 11kg when the airline allowed 25kg. Continue Reading →