Travelling On a Budget

the juicy bits behind how we travel

When it comes to travelling, it will come to no surprise that we are constantly on-the-go, living the life out of a suitcase.
We often get questions on how we can afford to do so without having to dine on canned beans and leftover bread crumbs 300 days annually. 
It all draws down to reasonably-good financial planning, and, these handy travel tips.
It'll be fun to take you through how we would normally book a holiday starting from scratch!

 

01 Pick a place

Start from listing down countries or places you have in mind then take note of the time you are planning to depart or allowed to take a few days off work. cough.  Do some research on 'the best time to visit xxx' because you'd be surprised how this piece of information could make or break your trip. We've travelled to Koh Li Peh, Thailand during the monsoon season and it was tragic. 90% of the shops were closed and snorkelling wasn't fun either (my friend literally puked in the sea). Air tickets were cheap due to off-peak season but what's the point darling. After you've selected a place to go, let's move on.

 
 

02 Pick a flight

For anyone who asks me: where do I spend the most on traveling. Honey, it's those bloody air tickets and accommodation (which we will talk about shortly). Assuming you picked Bali, since April - October is the best time to visit, we'll show you how to find the best deals at the comfort of your couch. Multiple airlines offer flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, in fact some might not even be heard of therefore it take yonks to search for a flight that is the best. 
[Note: Return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Bali cost less than rm500 mid-May]

 
 
 
 

03 Pick an Accommodation

Cheapest flight down, this next. Another tip would be to book somewhere central of the main attractions to save on transportation cost or anywhere that provides free transportation! Do also consider staying somewhere slightly away from town if you appreciate more peace at night like me. Blame premature aging and anxiety. Decide on how much you have budgeted for the trip then plan your accommodation from there on. Accommodation does make up to your entire travel budget, but I wouldn't recommend going for the cheapest option available. Do more research and spend a few minutes going through trusted reviews.

 
 
 
 

04 Plan Your Trip in Advance

I sound like such a loser but planning beforehand does help with your travel budget. Clustering up places-to-visit with things-to-do and food-to-eat is life changing. By experience, pre-planned schedule doesn't always work out 100% but it does give you a clear idea in terms of where to go, what to do and what to eat. Doing unnecessary traveling (i.e. extra trips) is a waste of money and time. By defying the art of not-giving-a-fuck, we end up saving $$ for the next trip.

 
 

Congratulations if you've manage to reach the bottom of this post without falling asleep. I hope this isn't too "Lecture 101" because we certainly want everyone to explore out and beyond. Stretching out your travel budget reasonably is key. Traveling on a budget does come by experience as we now spend lesser for holidays than we used to. Watching out on your travel budget before the trip is way efficient than doing it during the trip (i.e. eat instant noodles 3 meals a day). I hope these tips help with putting your travel funds to good use.
Safe journey and happy holidays everyone.

 

5 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self

 Officially 25!
Assuming I could live till the marvellous age of 75,
A third of my life has gone passed by and
I have two third left before turning into ashes.

Disclaimer: This post is 4 months overdue.

 

01 Nothing is permanent

Your hair, your skin, your best friend, your anything and everything will be different at every point in life. People come and go. Don't frown over the littlest things and don't take too much pride over success. Even tattoo fades.

02 There is no 'time-limit' for anything

Take your time. Go and grow at your own pace.
"Find a boyfriend at 18, get married at 25 and have 2 children by 28."
"Graduate from university at 22, find a job then get promoted every year and be a manager by 30." If you're a 90s child like me, you'll understand. I'm single at 25 and still learning how to fry an egg.

03 Set your eyes on the prize

"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks"
I've only started focusing on my vision 3 years ago. My life and career has grown towards the better and is now in a different paradigm. I'd tell my younger self that losers focus on winners and winners focus on winning.

04 Create inner peace

Your peace is more important than driving yourself crazy trying to understand why something happened the way it did. Let it go. Most of you who know me in person would know that my life is a plateful. What you see is just a factor of the whole picture as things are way more challenging.

Growing up with signs of anxiety, feeling anxious was always mistaken as feeling nervous therefore nothing was done to help myself. As of now, I'm constantly making effort to inject 'peace' both internally & externally because a calm & clear set of mind changes the way we perceive life.

05 Be like a duck

Remain calm on the surface. Paddle like crazy underneath. Always.


 
Life is a learning process on it's own. Wherever you are in life, I hope you are having fun :)

Chinese Attractions To Include In Your Holiday Plans

 

China is a huge country and one that is steep in history. Aside from Beijing 北京 the capital city, here are some of the popular destinations to include in your holiday plans this coming Summer.


 

Shanghai 上海

This massive port city is the gateway for marine trade, and is the world’s busiest sea port. Located on the south side of the Yangtze River, this vibrant urban region has a population exceeding 25 million. if you want to SEE how the urban citizen lives, this is the perfect destination. One popular way to experience SHANGHAI is to source exciting and convenient tailor made China tours online.

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Xian 西安

The home of the world famous “Terra Cota Soldiers” this ancient city attracts millions of tourists, both domestic and foreign. These amazing characters were carved out of stone, and were created to protect the Emperor in the afterlife. Look into an up to date account of the main tourist attractions of Xian, which will help you to plan your trip.

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Shangri La 香格里拉

This is known as the town in the clouds, which sits on the Chinese border with Tibet and is about 4 hours’ drive from Lijiang. The Yunnan Mountains make up the surroundings and if you love natural beauty, this is the place to visit, and with a National Park not far away, this is the ideal place to spend a few days.

Pingyao 平遥

This historical city was the capital of the Ming Dynasty, which ruled China from the 14th t0 17th centuries. the splendid architecture is a reminder of how wealthy the rulers were at that time. European tourists LOVE seeing the amazing buildings and temples, which were very much a trademark of the prosperous era in China’s history.
 

 
There is so much to see, do, and experience in mainland China. I enjoy travelling free & easy (a.k.a non-guided tour) but travelling in China without a tour guide isn't the best option because navigating between attractions can be a hassle. We reckon do some research online at the planning stage and look out for guided tours! Till then x 
 
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