Have a day to spend in Bangkok but don’t want to spend too much? No problem at all, even if you throw in a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant!
Earlier this year, I flew into Bangkok at 6 in the morning and had the entire day in the city before taking an overnight train (I travelled first class. SO GOOD. Video coming soon on the TravelAndy YouTube channel) out around 7.30 in the evening.
So, here’s how I went about it. Continue reading How to spend 12 hours in Bangkok
July 11 (TravelAndy): Sweden might be an expensive country, but it is possible to travel there on a budget, says a report in The Local.
When it comes to food, buying it from the supermarket or from street vendors is a significantly cheaper alternative to restaurants. Also, it makes sense to prefer hostels that have breakfast included in the price.
Also, since tap water is safe to drink, make use of that instead of buying bottles.
Sweden allows you to camp anywhere in the country as long as you do not disturb the neighbours. So, getting around in a campervan could be a great idea. Also, prefer hostels over hotels because the former come way cheaper. Continue reading Backpacking in Sweden doesn’t have to be expensive
May 4 (TravelAndy): The Vietnamese low cost carrier, Vietjet has started operating on the Singapore-Hanoi route from the Changi international airport.
The flight will be 2 hour 55 minutes both ways.
The flight from Hanoi takes off at 10:00 and arrives in Singapore at 13:55. The return flight departs from Singapore at 14:55 and lands in Hanoi at 16:50. Continue reading Vietjet starts Hanoi-Singapore flights
It’s possible to travel the world for as little as USD200 a month.
I’m not saying it. Alex says it and he has been doing it for more than a year now.
Lampros Alexis from Greece is on a mission to travel around the world on his solar-powered bicycle, which can also be pedalled when it isn’t powered enough.
TravelAndy caught up with the adventurer when he was passing through Kolkata recently. Excerpts. Continue reading ‘You can travel indefinitely for USD200 a month’
January 25 (Travelandy): AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul, low-cost sister airline, has got clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US, the airline said in a statement.
The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US.
AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. Continue reading AirAsia X cleared to fly to USA
Budget travellers not only balance the books, but also their outlook. The savings account needs to shape up, but so does one’s attitude. If you’ve always admired those who can pull it off, but were not sure how, here’s a ready reckoner. The entry into this merrily growing club isn’t exclusive, the keys lie within each of us.
Here are five essential personality traits of a budget traveller. Continue reading Five things a budget traveller should be
For the typical traveller from Kolkata, which is where I live, the first step is visiting the local travel agent and finding out what trips they are offering. If, among the trips on offer is a place they have not been to and it suits their budget, they buy the package.
In most cases, it’s as simple as that.
However, since I tend to avoid travel agencies as much as I can, the process is a little different for me. Here are five things to consider while planning a trip. Continue reading Five things to consider while planning a trip
The clarity on what is essential for the individual when you take the risk of travelling alone is unbelievable.
Ava Irani, a friend I made while travelling solo in Thailand
You can travel selfishly: Cycle 100km in a day if you so desire. Don’t leave your hostel bunk for the next two days because you have a sore ass with all that cycling. Don’t worry, no one is calling you silly. Indulge in a relaxing siesta on the soft green grass of a random park. Live on sandwiches for ten days. Head out for Rome and decide midway to go to Vienna. You’ll get to Rome sooner or later because all roads lead there anyway! Do anything. Go anywhere. Or nowhere. You don’t have to worry what your travel companion(s) may or may not approve of when you are alone. You don’t have to compromise and you can travel selfishly and this is amazingly liberating.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
A lot of people cannot imagine how I manage to afford all the travelling that I do.
Half of them think I earn pots of money and the other half, who have an idea of how much journalists (I am a journalist by profession) earn, cannot fathom how I manage to save all that money!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
You will never find the perfect time to travel.
You will either be in the middle of a project or someone in the family would be ill. Is a good friend getting married next month? You surely cannot miss the wedding, can you?
By the time the wedding gets over, your boss hands you another official project, which means no travelling for three more months.