How to Travel Italy On a Budget

Hi guys!

After I posted my two-week Italy trip itinerary, I’ve had many many questions about trip costs. So I thought it was high-time to do another blogpost with that information 🙂 Below are the 5 categories where we spent most of our dolla billz, going from most expensive to least expensive. These costs will vary  depending on how many people you’re travelling with, when and how. But I think these would be the top expenses for everyone. I have included some tips under each to help you plan better 🙂

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Two Weeks in Italy – Family Travel Itinerary

HI GUYS 😀

So many of you on Instagram requested to see my Italian trip itinerary. I thought I’d sit down and write it before I forget everything. If you’re planning a two-week trip to Italy, this itinerary will give you an idea of what cities you can cover, some basic daily transportation information, where you can stay and a summary of what you can plan to see. I personally think it’s so detailed that you can print it and run with it! 🙂  (more…)

Bandung: A Volcano, Hot Springs, and lots of Free Time

“Rent a Car” and foreign exchange counters were the first things welcoming us as we walked out of the Jakarta airport in Indonesia. Ignoring the desperate calls of the car company representatives, we decided to first exchange our money. At the time (May 2011), CAD$1 would buy you around Indonesian Rs. 8,500. I exchanged about $100 and left the forex shop with a fat wallet full of rupiahs. It was hard to imagine where I’d spend 85,000 during the next two weeks in Indonesia. But I would soon learn that with water bottles priced at Rs.2,000 each, and a good meal easily costing Rs.20,000, I would spend it all plus much more. But hey it was still super cheap, so say the least.

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Stopover in Singapore

I started writing my Singapore journal thinking that it would be one my shortest blogposts. We barely spent three days there, I thought. As was the case in Hong Kong, the rising mercury had had no mercy on us. It was hot as hell, I recalled, which had prevented me from truly enjoying myself. But as I began to write, I realized how so very wrong I was! Everything I had seen in that short span of time came back to me: there was a museum shaped like a huge lotus flower… a theatre molded into a giant durian… a long bridge curving like the DNA Helix… a luxurious ship chilling on the heads of three tall buildings… and a jumbo-sized wheel looking over everything like a boss! This, my friends, is just a simplified description of the magnificence of downtown Singapore only. Wait till you hear what else makes this city-state a true modern Asian attraction.

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Exploring Xi’an – the Capital of the Past

Xi’an is where we saw the famous Terra Cotta Army, refreshed our childhood biking memories, and placed an order for halal food at a Chinese restaurant – that too in Arabic… And since Xi’an had so much to offer us, some of us decided to give back to this city by entertaining a large crowd of Chinese spectators at a musical fountain show!

The Train to Xi’an

From our hotel in Beijing, we had to run (each of us with backpacks weighing 15kg) to catch a bus to Beijing West Station for the overnight train to Xi’an.  I wanted to take a few pictures so I looked out the window of our cabin, only to find that the train was moving fast through a pitch dark forest under a pitch dark sky.  I remember wishing I hadn’t seen that.  The setting was just perfect for telling ghost stories and spirit calling.  We didn’t do any of those, but F did tell us some tales that managed to scare us quite a bit (some of us had to accompany each other to go use the washroom outside our cabin).  This fear factor aside, the train was one of the most comfortable ways I traveled on this trip.
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Beijing Through my Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

Beijing has a lot to offer a tourist. To me, some of the sights are much more memorable than others because of the crazy situations I got into… Read on and check out my video! 😀

This post is continued from Beijing through my Eyes (Part 1 of 2).

Love at First Sight – The Great Wall of China

What does a “Wonder of the World” feel like? I think I know after seeing this one.  From the second I caught a glimpse of it, I knew it was going to be stunning. But it was much more than that.  It connects past civilizations with the present in a way that is impossible to describe in words.  Truly a masterpiece!  Its breath taking scenery and never ending length has left me with a memory to last forever.  Oh Great Wall, how could I not fall for you?

Stealing because my camera couldn’t have captured this

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