Breeze through summer on a shoestring budget

As a graduate student, I always feel the pressure to balance my budget while trying to have fun.

Having come from the sunny country of Nepal where the sun shines high and bright even on our snow-capped mountain areas (more about Nepal in my coming blog posts), I had no idea what all the fuss about SUMMER was until I joined my University went to upstate New York. Winters that practically lasted half a year made me realize why California is all the rave in the US. I realize there’s a reason why the “crazy” daylight saving is justified –  to enjoy the sun as long as possible! 😉 (more…)

Eating Well For Less Abroad

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Pleasures of the gastronomic sort are certainly one of the reasons why everyone loves to travel, but not everyone can afford to eat at expensive restaurants when they’re in a foreign country. On the other hand, it seems cruel and inhuman to limit one’s diet to cheap ramen and bottled sodas when traveling in some of the world’s most exotic destinations. How, then, can a budget traveler strike the perfect balance between using their money wisely and experiencing all that cuisines from different cultures have to offer? By using common sense and keeping some of the following tips in mind, you too can enjoy the best eats that you have ever come across. (more…)

City Bike Tours: Do Them!

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If you are half-decent at riding a bike and are not intimidated by traffic then definitely hop on a bike tour as a means of introducing yourself to a new city.  These tour guides have a way of making historical sightseeing interesting and a lot of fun!  They are also good at making you feel comfortable on your bike even if you are not the best cyclist in the world.  Remember you are riding around in a large group – the chances of getting hit by a car are very slim (particularly in Germany where the penalties for drivers are very high!).  A bike tour is a great way to get your bearings in a new city while also learning a bit about its history. (more…)

Traveling With No Money

iStock_000018254025MediumWhen it comes to traveling, some people simply can’t afford it. However, they still want to travel. Who wouldn’t? Traveling to different places is a lot of fun and you can learn about the different cultures. Although you might not have much money or no money at all, you can still travel at no cost or at a much lower cost than you would have thought. There are websites that will help you plan your free or low cost trip around the world or country. (more…)

Roadtrips & Sunsets

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

“Is it true that Montana has more cows than people”?  Our Chinese friend, Qiong, was testing our knowledge of the state that we were travelling through. We were 5 international students in the car, from all over the world, on a roadtrip across the US. We hadn’t known each other before this trip. Peter, from Austria, had posted a forum for people to join in him on his road trip. The rest of us were people who had jumped in at the chance. (more…)

5 Cheap Things To Do When Visiting A New Country

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So you randomly threw a thumbtack at that world map hanging on your wall, and decided to visit the first country it hit. Now that you’re in a place you know almost nothing about, what can you do here? Travel is a journey; a journey to find adventure and culture and depth in the far foreign reaches of our world. I believe that the best way to do this is by experiencing as much of the local culture as you can during your short visit, something that doesn’t require a lot of money. Here’s my checklist of the activities you should do when you go to a country for the first time.

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