Top Tips for Travelling Cheaply

Sunday, 27 May 2018

We all know that travelling can be super expensive. It's not easy to maintain a lifestyle where we can travel all the time as all the costs add up, flights, taxis, accommodation, food, and that's before you have even done any of the sightseeing things that you want to do in each place! Within my friendship group, I am known as the one who somehow manages to get super cheap holidays and so today, I'm going to share my top tips on how I get cheap holidays with you!

Be Open Minded
This is my first tip as it one of the first things we think about when booking a holiday is of course, where we want to go. One of my favourite ways to pick somewhere I want to go if I am not set on a certain destination is to go into Skyscanner and pick my nearest airport and search from Manchester for example, to everywhere and see where the cheapest places to fly to are. This was how I ended up in Bucharest last Christmas and how I picked Sardinia for the summer as I picked the cheapest places to fly to that I hadn't visited yet.

Hotels vs AirBnBs vs Hostels
This does completely come down to personal preference and what type of holiday you are going on and how many people you are going with. Persoanlly, I very rarely go with a hotel because they are more expensive and I can get the same value really out of an AirBnB. I usually choose between AirBnB and hostels based on a few factors. If I am going for a short city break then I am more likely to use hostels as it is cheaper and easier and I only have to share the room for a short period of time. If I am going on a longer beach style holiday then I am more likely to pick an AirBnB as it gives us more freedom. This also applies if there are more people as the AirBnB cost is split between more people. However I always look at the best options of both for both quality and price and choose between them. I don't always use hostels for cities as when my flatmate and I went to Cologne for 3 nights, we stayed in an AirBnB then as it was cheaper than the hostels.

Overseas Jobs
If you are looking at travelling more full time then always consider getting jobs overseas in the areas that you are going to. I hold a TEFL qualification so I am starting to use online TEFL services to teach and get paid. This eventually means that I might be able to travel and teach full time if I choose to when I graduate from uni. There are loads of options for jobs like this whether it be digital nomad work like teaching or graphic design etc, working as an au pair for a family or working in hospitality jobs in destinations at hostels, bars etc. There are loads of awesome blogs that share their experiences online so have a look around and I'm sure there is a perfect job for you to do abroad!

I hope this has been helpful!

Cambodian Night Markets in Siem Reap

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Last summer I spent 4 weeks in Thailand doing a TEFL course. We were based in an area called Krasang which is North East Thailand, near the Cambodian border. We spent a weekend in Siem Reap and visited Angkor Wat which was absolutely incredible and on one of the evenings whilst we were there, we visited the night markets in Siem Reap. These markets are situated just off Pub Street and they are really busy, full of vendors selling all sorts of items, from spices, to souvenirs, to scorpions!

We wandered around the night markets for a while and browsed lots of the stalls. We ate a Khmer (Cambodian) traditional curry called Amok which was amazing and got thoroughly confused by the money which is both in Cambodian currency (Riel) and US dollars. The Cambodian currency is worth so little though that you get the change in it from dollars so we ended up thoroughly confused!

We purchased quite a few things in the night markets. I bought some beautiful paintings, one of Angkor Wat and one of some elephants as I absolutely fell in love with the idea of getting a painting when I saw the gorgeous paintings all around the night markets. I also got a hand painted shot glass of Cambodia which originally I was going to give to my brother but it was so pretty that I kept it! I bought some Cambodian liquor called Sombai which we tried lots of and it tasted so good so I got three flavours, Pineapple and Coconut, Banana and Cinnamon and Green Tea!

I would definitely recommend the night markets in Siem Reap if you are going to the area to visit Angkor Wat. It really is an incredible place and so much fun to browse, even if you aren't purchasing anything (although you definitely will). One warning is that amongst the fun of the night markets, there is a lot of poverty in Siem Reap and people do try and take advantage of the tourists that are in the area. However it is also like most other places that, if you are careful and stay in a group, you will be absolutely fine. I was with a group of 5 girls and we felt pretty safe walking around the area.

The Old English Company Competition

Friday, 4 May 2018

Today is a slightly different post from normal! A company called The Old English Company got in contact with me about a competition that they are currently running on their website to win a set of their gorgeous enamel pins and asked whether I would be interested in doing a post about it! As a strange coincidence, one of my friends, Meg, absolutely loves enamel pins and so I thought I would take a look at their website and see what kind of pins they have.

When I looked at their website, I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed. Their pins and gifts are all absolutely gorgeous and have the cutest slogans on! These are a couple of my favourites from the pins they have for sale on their site!

So The Old English Company competition is running until the 30th May 2018 and you have the chance to win a set of their gorgeous pins! Find out how to enter on their site here!

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