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.


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.


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.


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 

10 Ways To Find Excellent Hotel Offers

We all love a great hotel deal. To help you get a good price the next time you want to book accommodation, here are some top tips.


1. Count on Price Drops

With plenty of hotel comparisons sites online, you don’t have to do all the work alone. Sign up for email notifications and the sites will let you know if and when room prices go down on your preferred hotels. For instance, if you make a reservation for one of the best boutique hotels in Thailand, the site will track your rate, and some will refund you if a cheaper option pops up.

2. Book Blind

Did you know that you can save as much as 60% with mystery bookings? The site won’t tell you where you’re going to be staying until you’ve paid, or some sites will offer discounts if you allow them to choose one of four hotels for you.

3. Consider Lesser Known Hotels

Many smaller boutique hotels don’t pay site commissions, so you won’t find them on the comparison sites. When you call the hotel directly, you often get to talk to the manager or owner who has the power to offer a discount. If you want excellent savings, go directly to the source.

4. Use Coupons

Look around online and you’re sure to find coupons for accommodation in your desired location. The coupons are offered by the owners of hotels and often beat advertised deals on larger websites.

5. Find Out What Others are Paying

Many sites let you find out what other travellers have paid and can even identify those mystery hotels that keep their location and names secret until you secure a booking.

6. Talk to Local Tourist Offices

In some countries, tourist offices offer hotel-finding services if you need to book for the same day. It’s a great way to have an actual person find the hotel room that well suits your appetite.

7. Be Wary of Advanced Payments

If you do want to book with a site or service that insists on upfront payment, make sure you carefully read all the fine print. Also, make sure you know how much will be charged if you have to make a cancellation.

8. Check Out Daily Deals

Many sites offer a deal of the day for travel accommodation, just have to act quickly.

9. Choose a Package

If you’re just travelling to one destination, search for deals that include your airfare, car rental and hotel. These sometimes work out more affordable than buying each component on its own.

10. Use Travel Reward Points

Many credit card companies offer points that can be used towards a hotel stay. Using these points for free stays at excellent locations and hotels is probably one of the best deals the travel industry offers, you just have to know about them to take advantage of great deals!

With reference to these 10 tips, we managed to find the perfect accommodation for our recent trip to Japan. They are absolutely useful and we can't wait to use them for our next vacation ahead. Happy holidays!