10 Tips for traveling on a budget

Exploring exotic places doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t need to win the lottery to travel the world – not if you know how to watch your pennies. We’ve complied 10 tips for traveling on a budget.

Traveling is such a wonderful opportunity, and being able to travel on a budget makes it more accessible to people. Also, if you spend less on one adventure, you have money to spend on another. Budget travel doesn’t have to be any less fun either. There are cheap places to travel to all over the world, including plenty of places to travel on a budget in Europe. There are lots of ways to save money when you’re traveling, from planning your travel budget carefully before you leave, considering backpacking and car-sharing, through to the choices you make (e.g. food) when you are on your trip.

Here are the 10 tips for traveling on a budget:

1. Come up with a plan

Traveling spontaneously is great, if you have the luxury of time and money to spare. But if you’re travelling on a budget, the first thing to do is come up with a plan. You don’t have need a tight, hour-by-hour itinerary, but you should at least have an idea of how long you’ll be spending in each city or country, and know the route that your epic adventure will take. Leaving less to chance means less unexpected spends; last-minute flights and accommodation are often far more expensive.

2. Travel out of season

Avoid trips during the school holidays, this is when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of families who can only travel during these weeks. Research the best time to visit your intended destination, and then travel just before or after these dates. This is called the ‘shoulder season’, where you’ll still have a great trip but maybe the sun won’t shine quite as brightly (and, on the plus side, it won’t be quite as hot.) Hotels and airlines lower their prices to attract customers during this time.

3. Pack properly

Make sure you bring everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away (apart from a few souvenirs). No matter where you’re heading, take at least one pair of long jeans, warm hoodie and waterproof jacket for unpredictable weather incidents. For some in-depth advice, check out our ‘Travel like a pro’ guide to packing for every kind of trip.

4. Book in advance

Last minute deals can be a godsend, but it’s often cheaper (and less stressful!) to book transport, accommodation and activities well in advance.

5. Or, in less touristy destinations, be spontaneous

Accommodation isn’t always advertised online and you may save money by booking directly with the owner, especially for places in small towns or in homestays. It really depends on where you’re going!

6. Embrace public transport

Buses and trains are cheaper than planes. It’s that simple! A journey on an overnight train also mean you have one less night in a hostel to pay for…

7. Fly mid-week

Flights are more expensive at weekends, because more people are free to travel. Try and fly between Tuesday-Thursday, if you can.

8. Get a local SIM

Data roaming or paying for WiFi abroad can be extortionate. One way to save money when you’re traveling is to get a local SIM card with locally priced data packages. You’ll want the data for navigating your way around and keeping in touch with home!

9. Search for free things to do in your chosen destination

A great top tip for traveling on a budget is to look for free things to do wherever you’re heading. It could be that certain museums are free on certain days or that there are local events on. Don’t forget the classic ‘free walking tour’, a great way of seeing the city you are visiting. Just remember that it’s customary to tip at the end.

10. Get recommendations from the locals

The locals definitely don’t want to pay tourist prices for food, drink and activities. Speak to someone from the area (perhaps someone at the hostel reception) and find out their favourite hotspots. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

10 (extra) Decide on your budget, and stick to it

There are very few places that can’t be travelled on a low budget. There are free things to do in every destination, so you just need to manage your expectations of how many expensive activities you can do there or how often you can eat out at restaurants, for example. Once you’ve planned your budget, try not to overspend; it’ll only cause you more stress later on your trip or when you get home.


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Sources: Where’s Mollie?, ef.com

10 Places to visit in fall 2022

The fall season is fast approaching and October is one of the last months left of the year to take advantage of the great outdoors.

It’s time to visit that national park (where summer crowds will have thinned out), or to take that trip through wine country (for harvest season). And, of course, the biggest appeal of travel in October: the foliage!  Travellers are also planning responsible travel experiences, and big bucket list adventures to make up for lost time. From Europe to Asia and everywhere in between, here’s our pick of the best places to visit in fall 2022.

Tuscany, Italy

With peak tourist season (and stifling temperatures) finally over, Tuscany truly shines in the fall. There is fantastic wine, golden foliage, better weather, and, perhaps most enticing of all, truffles—late September to December is when the highly coveted white truffles are found. Festivals dedicated to these expensive tubers abound, especially in the towns of San Miniato, Volterra, and Palaia. But the real treat, of course, is to hunt for them yourself.

Scandinavia

Since we’ve lost over a year of travel, more people are ready to splurge on their 2022 travel destinations. Imagine hotels set on the edge of plunging fjords and world-class train journeys winding through lush mountains. Think lavish palaces dripping in royal history, and stylish cities packed with all the best boutiques, bars and restaurants. From Sweden, Norway and Denmark, to Finland and Iceland, it’s time to go Nordic on your 2022 travels.

Monument Valley, Arizona

Everyone is already familiar with Monument Valley—it has made several cameos in films, from John Ford’s Westerns to Forrest Gump—and it was probably your desktop screensaver at one point. But there is really no way to describe the magnitude of this Navajo Nation Tribal Park when seen in real life. It may be a journey to get there—five hours by car from Phoenix, six and a half from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City—but it is located within the Grand Circle, home of the highest concentration of national parks (Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell). The point is, don’t skip it on your southwestern road trip—tack it on to a Moab visit (see below) or add it to your Grand Canyon itinerary.

Costa Rica

There’s never been a better time to take care of your wellbeing. If you’re ready to get away and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in an eco-friendly paradise, Costa Rica has to be on your list. You’ll get back to nature with jungle adventures, wildlife experiences, volcano treks and plenty of beach time. Plus you’ll get to meet inspiring locals from organic farmers to wildlife conservationists. Sustainable travel will be one of the biggest 2022 travel trends, so get ahead and start planning your Costa Rica trip.

Moab, Utah

The cinematic landscapes of this southeastern Utah town have made it a Hollywood favorite. You’ll recognize scenes where the ending of Thelma & Louise takes place, as well as the opening sequence of Mission: Impossible II.

But Moab is hardly all style and no substance. Its abundance of national and state parks, diverse topographies, and incredible vistas provide a wealth of things to do and see. Get to Arches’ Delicate Arch in the afternoon to watch as the sunset turns it fiery red; elsewhere in the park, you’ll come across ancient petroglyphs left by the Ute tribe, who have lived in the area since the year 1,000. Take your pick of hundreds of miles of hiking trails at Canyonlands. Whitewater raft and kayak down the Colorado River. See dinosaur tracks at Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge. Go mountain biking, do an ATV tour, the options are endless.

Kenya & Tanzania

After reflecting on the impact that tourism has on people and the planet, the future of travel is all about responsible and sustainable tourism. Many communities have suffered greatly in the wake of the pandemic. We can’t wait to get back to our favourite spots to support our local hosts again, including in Kenya and Tanzania.

Spot elephants and lions in the Serengeti and meet the colourful Masai tribesman. Walk the ancient floor of the Ngorongoro Crater and visit sanctuaries for rhinos and chimpanzees. Responsible travel will be one of the biggest 2022 travel trends, and Kenya and Tanzania are at the top of the list. 

North Adams, Massachusetts

While the Berkshires offer plenty to see, do, and experience in the summer, the region also shines just as brightly in the fall. October brings peak “leaf peeping” season and the best way to take in the foliage is by renting a car for a 63-mile drive along the Mohawk Trail that culminates in North Adams. So is hiking to the summit of Mount Greylock, which, at 3,489 feet, is Massachusetts’s highest point. Though it lays claim to the title of “smallest city in the state,” North Adams has plenty to offer.

Great Britain and Ireland

If you want the best of nature and history, Great Britain and Ireland should be at the top of your 2022 travel destinations list. This is a place where you can marvel at the world’s most beautiful landscapes while diving into centuries of history.

Wander through regal castles then roam through the Scottish Highlands or the golden beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge and the Giant’s Causeway, then walk in the footsteps of authors and poets in the Lakes District. With friendly locals welcoming you at every stop, Great Britain and Ireland will be one of the most soul-stirring place to visit in the fall of 2022. 

Napa Valley, California

October is a prime time to visit the country’s most famous wine region—it’s harvest season, the temperature, in the mid-70s, is much more pleasant, and the leaves and vines have turned beautifully golden. The wineries are obviously a hit but interestingly, vineyards make up only about 9% of Napa Valley. Much of the rest is protected by the Land Trust, providing plenty of outdoor recreation such as hiking and mountain biking. 

Canada

Spending time in nature is good for your mental and physical wellbeing… And there are few better places to get outdoors than Canada. As soon as you set eyes on the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies and the emerald lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks, you’ll fall in love all over again with our beautiful planet. Take a ride across the Athabasca Glacier, journey through spectacular scenery on the Rocky Mountaineer train, or learn about the traditions of the country’s indigenous people.

Sources: Trafalgar.com, Town&Country, Forbes

Fuerteventura this summer

Fuerteventura

An island with more than 150 km of white sand beaches and turquoise waters. You will discover immense natural landscapes, a place to practice endless activities in the best conditions. That paradise is Fuerteventura, the beach of the Canary Islands.

If you’re heading for the Canary Islands this summer then you’ve come to the right place. 

One of the best things to do in Fuerteventura is ‘Nordic walking’ on Jandia’s beaches

Jandía’s beaches

Located in southern Fuerteventura, Jandía’s peaceful, endless beaches, some of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, are perfect for resting up, getting some sun and enjoying relaxing dips in the Atlantic Ocean.

Visit Costa Calma beach, which is set on a large bay that stretches from the tip of Molinillos to the Risco del Gato housing development. Although there’s always wind, the sea is calm and perfect for windsurfing or kitesurfing, so you’ll never be stuck for things to do in Jandia.

The latest trend on the beach is ‘Nordic walking’, which is an alternative form of outdoor exercise that consists of walking with the aid of poles similar to what skiers use. It’s a great way to stretch both your legs and makes walking on the sand an awful lot easier.

Acrobatics at the Corralejo sand dunes

The Corralejo Dunes National Park is only a few kilometres from Puerto del Rosario in the north of the island.

The Corralejo sand dunes are nearly eight kilometre of untouched, fine white sand making this the perfect backdrop for a holiday in Fuerteventura.

The best places to visit in Fuerteventura: the small island town of Betancuria

With only 800 residents, Betancuria is one of the least populated areas of Fuerteventura. Even so, this small town is filled with history, tradition and culture.

Tucked away in the western part of the island, time seems to have stopped here decades ago. Visiting this town gives you the chance to see Fuerteventura’s true islanders and chill out in a valley that’s sheltered from the island’s famous wind.

Fuerteventura is one of the most popular places for surfing in Europe.

Fuerteventura has a flavour of its own. Here you will be met by old volcanoes, sand from Sahara and an island completely surrounded by azure coloured water. The feeling of the landscape is more that of western Africa. The people and way of living will give you the best of the Spanish lifestyle.

The period from October to April is a big wave season for professional surfers but, there are always beaches available for beginners.

The wind blows all year round, but calm days may occur in September.

The average water temperature is between 22°C and 23°C. In February, the temperature can go down to 19°C. Between September and October, it can go up to 25°C.

There is no set season for storms in the Canary Islands. In summer, the mid-temperature of the air goes up to 30°C, and it becomes a bit higher in August. In winter, the average air temperature ranges between 22°C and 25 °C.

Sources: Barcelo.com, Visit Fuerteventura, Surfer Today, La point camps

Going camping this summer? Here’re 9 tips from expert campers

You probably love summer camping. We love it, too. But there are some things we don’t always love, like excessive heat, persistent mosquitos, and fully booked campsites.

If you’re new to camping—or usually prefer resort beds to sleeping bags—these tips will help ease you into close encounters with nature that will bring discovery, joy, and a sense of accomplishment. You might even see a shooting star.

Where to camp

Location—whether in a national park or recreation area—can make or break a camping trip. “As you add requirements, location gets more important. What I mean by that is if I have a family and a dog coming on the trip, they all need to be comfortable and safe,” says Ryan Fliss of The Dyrt, a popular camping trip planning website. Some campgrounds require reservations in advance, but plenty allow for walk-ins.

Use maps: When looking at a map of a big-name park, zoom out and look around to find other places nearby. For example, near Great Smoky Mountains—which has consistently been the most visited national park, with a total of 12.5 million visitors in 2019—is Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Its views and spaces are almost identical, if a little less mountainous, but with only a fraction of the visitors.

Stay local: Consider exploring your own backyard. Hipcamp, an Airbnb-like website that helps people book camping stays.

What to bring

Pack lots of water: Pack lotsNo matter the season, packing lots of water is a no-brainer. You’ll need it to drink, cook, and clean. However, the possibility of dehydration is greater in the hotter summer months, especially when participating in activities like swimming where you may not even realize you are becoming dehydrated. Packing larger jugs to keep at the campsite and smaller bottles for daily excursions is also a good idea.

Be prepared for cold weather and rain: Unless you’re camping way up in the mountains, the summer months are typically going to be hot. However, nighttime temperatures can dip low quickly. Make sure you’re prepared with extra blankets and warm clothing including socks, coats, and hats. Also, summer can bring about some torrential storms, and if you’re tent camping, lightning and thunder would amount to a no-doubt-get-out situation. However, a little rain doesn’t have to end your adventure. Pack extra tarps. They are affordable, easy to pack, and versatile.

Modify your first-aid kit: Packing a first-aid kit is essential when camping with the family, however, you will want to modify it to support summer-specific ailment possibilities. Sunburn, bug bites, and encountering poisonous plants are at greater risk during the summer. 

How to keep safe

Why it matters: “The highest level of risk [for the virus] is indoors, and being outdoors automatically eliminates that one piece of it,” says Hanrahan, but precautions still need to be taken. Campers should assess how popular a particular place is going to be, as well as the amount and type of exposure to other people they’ll have. Using CheckMyTrip you can check the COVID-19 travel restrictions for your origin and destination directly in the app, in case you don’t have a trip planned yet.

Stay in touch: Whether or not you’re camping with other people, always let someone know where you’ll be and if you plan on doing any other outdoor activities while camping, such as hiking or swimming. Share your phone’s location with other people, which is a great way for loved ones to check in to see if you’re safe and sound. Always bring a portable battery, which will come in handy if anyone’s cell phone runs out of juice. However, cell phone signals are notoriously weaker the further into nature you go, which can be tricky if you’re using it to navigate. The Google Maps allows users to download maps to use offline.

Keep your distance: Embrace the outdoors but give wildlife their space. Research a place ahead of time to see whether there are issues with dangerous insects or animal sightings.

Sources: The national Geographic, Tents n trees

Best travel blogs to inspire you

“Traveling shouldn’t be just a tour, it should be a tale.”

Amit Kalantri

Travel blogs can be rich with highly in-depth travel and destination information that could prove very very helpful when it comes to dreaming about, planning, and executing travel.

These are great resources for a variety of audiences, from students to nomads, budget backpackers to travel agencies, and beyond.

Travel blogs didn’t used to be so popular. Let’s be honest. Even 5 to 10 years ago, if one of your friends told you they were going to start a blog, would you not respond with a tired groan? But over the years, as more and more people choose to spearhead their own adventures rather than opting for a professional travel advisor, free online resources like travel blogs became an integral part of the planning process.

At the end of the day, reading a good travel blog should feel like you’re getting advice from a personal friend who knows what you like and what you don’t.

1. Maptia

Maptia is a collaborative project with a diverse group of photographers, writers, adventurers, and conservationists, who bring their readers a world of inspiring and thought-provoking stories. They are a volunteer-run travel blog spending hundreds of hours over the past 4 years to self-publish impactful travel stories in an independent, ad-free environment.

2. Expert Vagabond

Featured by big players like Nat GeoLonely Planet, and the Travel Channel, Expert Vagabond has been blogging about his travels over the last 10 years and has a lot of great content to show for it. He travels both solo and with his wife and baby, so he’s got plenty of tips and pointers for a really wide audience. The best bloggers don’t just write their own content; they share exciting and useful information for others. Expert Vagabond not only publishes high quality travel advice, but also tips and in-depth advice on blogging and photography to help you grow your own brand.

3. The travel episodes

 The Travel Episodes does not just take storytelling to the next level with their writings but also with video clips, sound effects, and photography. It’s like reading a futuristic storybook that teleported you to the place. When you first landed on the page, you are already feeling the tense atmosphere of the video playing in the background, and the more you read through easily-digestible paragraphs, the more you want to see how it all went down. The Travel Episodes blog takes travel blogging into the realm of short stories like no other travel blogs we have seen.

4. Travel freak

TravelFreak is a really versatile travel blog that lets you curate the content you are looking for; its easy-to-use search function allows you to find exactly what topics you need, from working abroad to destination-specific tips and write-ups. In other words, if you’re just starting out with following travel blogs, TravelFreaks should definitely be on your short list.

5. Another escape

With producing high-quality outdoor lifestyle content in mind, Another Escape blog hit the nail in the head with their online magazine website that features engaging and authentic travel stories and stunning photography of the outdoors around the world. Another Escape’s design shines the best when you are viewing travel stories like “The Road Taken” where the article follows a couple who traded their city lives to live lives on the road. Its white space and simple design of the website make ways for the engaging travel story and photography to surface and shine on its own.

6. The blonde abroad

The Blonde Abroad is a beautiful travel site geared toward female solo travel. Kiki lays out a ton of great tips for any type of travel you can think of; and even provides a helpful how-to guide to getting started with solo travel. She doesn’t leave anything to the imagination; she breaks down all of the fears and challenges that come with solo travel for females so you can be fully prepared for your own adventures down the road.

7. Indie traveller

Indie traveller is run by Marek Bron since 2012 and what I like most about the design is its play on the color palette, mixing contrast and subtle colors together in a way that made the travel blog stands out from the rest. The short paragraphs, a ton of white space, and the display of those unique diagrams and photos together with the pastel-like color palette, makes reading Indie Traveller such a blast which is something I can’t say for many other generic travel blogs out there.

8. Hand Luggage Only

Hand Luggage Only produces super high quality travel content and “life hacks” that a lot of people could probably find useful! They also provide a great and diverse perspective on the world of travel. Oh, and don’t skip following these guys on Instagram. When they’re not posting travel stories, they’re posting other hilarious content you definitely need in your feed.

9. Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt is well known in the travel community; if you’re looking for one of THE best travel blogs to follow in 2021, you should probably start here. Nomadic Matt has literally written the book on a variety of travel destinations over the years and has been featured by major world media platforms. His site has had millions of visitors and he even hosts a widely popular travel forum called The Nomadic Network.

10. Rojo Cangrejo

Marta, the writer behind Rojo Cangrejo is also an excellent photographer who are able to capture the little intimate moments we often experience while traveling. Her article about Shapening Knives in the Japanese Town of Sakai is a great example of that. If you are looking for a uniquely designed travel blog, checking out Rojo Cangrejo is a no-brainer.

Sources: Of whiskey and words, Bucket listly blog

2 weeks in France

France seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked on the board. As one of the largest countries in Europe, it can be difficult to take the entire country of France in, but it is possible to travel to France and enjoy the best of its culture. 

While you could easily spend two months (or all your life!) exploring all France has to offer, this 2 weeks in France itinerary is designed as a highlights itinerary to see the country for the first time.

1. Paris (3 nights)

Paris, the City of Light, is an excellent place to begin your immersion in French culture. The top sights in Paris you’ll want to see are the iconic Eiffel Tower; the Louvre, home to some of the world’s greatest art, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Follow this with soaking up atmosphere in Montmartre, and strolling along the Seine River and the Champs-Elysees, the world’s most famous boulevard. Rest your tired feet over some wine or café at an outdoor café while planning more sightseeing, such as a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’ most famous monuments.

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2. Versailles (day trip from Paris)

A trip to Versailles deserves a day in full. Once a small village, Versailles today is a suburb where wealthy Parisians live. Prior to the French Revolution in 1789, it was the political power base of French royalty. The palace as we know it today, started out as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. The palace fell into disrepair after the revolution, but has since been restored to its former grandeur. Now you’ll see rich furnishings in the former royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors that is probably the palace’s most famous room, and lush gardens that beg to be strolled in.

You can decide to visit just the Palace and the Gardens or buy a Versailles Pass to visit also the Queen’s Estate, with the Trianons and the Queen’s Hamlet.

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3. Mont St-Michel (1 night)

The castle/abbey/monastery on Mont St-Michel is one of France most famous landmarks. It is an island about a quarter-mile from land on the coast of Normandy and served as a defensive site as far back as the sixth century. It’s reachable by foot when the tide is low, but anyone out there when the high tide starts rolling in could very well be swept out to sea. You don’t have to worry about this, however, as it is reachable today by a raised causeway. The Gothic abbey, built around the 11th century, is dedicated to the archangel St. Michael. Over the centuries, a small village was established on the island.

4. Bayeux (2 nights)

Bayeux is famous for at least two things: the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day beaches of World War II. The incredible Bayeux Tapestry, possibly made in England, commemorates the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066. Today, it hangs in the Bayeux Cathedral. Bayeux is a starting point for a tour of the beaches where Allied forces landed in Normandy to begin pushing back the Nazis on land. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 soldiers landed on a 80-km (50-mile) stretch of Normandy coastline. Fighting was bloody, with some 9,000 soldiers dying on the beaches now known as Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword.

5. Amboise (2 nights)

Amboise was once home to the French royals, but today is a small market town, with the market’s location marked by a fountain that depicts a teddy bear atop a turtle. Located in central France on the Loire River, it is the town where Leonardo da Vinci died in the manor house of Clos Luce. Chateau d’Amboise, the home of King Francois I, who invited da Vinci here, dominates the town. Amboise is about the last place you’d expect to find a Chinese pagoda, but the Pagode de Chanteloup, built in 1775, towers over the area at more than 44 meters (144 feet) high.

6. Loire Châteaux (trip from Amboise)

Your tour of the Loire Renaissance chateaux starts in Amboise, one of several Loire Valley towns. Be prepared for some awesome sights of castles and chateaux along the Loire River. Even after King Francois I moved the French capital from Amboise back to Paris, other French royalty and nobility preferred to stay here. Their homes are picturesque, considering that some were destroyed during the French Revolution, and World Wars I and II. Chateaux, which resemble fortresses and castles more than private homes, you’ll want to see include chateaux de Blois, de Samur, de Chaumont, de Cheverny and de Chambord.

7. Bordeaux (1 night)

By now, the wine lover in you is ready for some relaxation. You’ll find this in the charming city of Bordeaux, famous for red wines. The hills around the city are dotted with vineyards. The French have been making wine here since the 8th century, and also host the world’s premier wine fair, Vinexpo. Be sure to tour some of the wineries, but don’t forget to tour the city itself, which has more historical buildings than any place in France after Paris. Top sights include the Esplanade des Quinconces, Europe’s largest square; the churches of St. Pierre and the Holy Cross, and the Bourse, with its statue of Louis XV.

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8. Carcassonne (1 night)

Carcassonne is such an appealing place, a board game, in which tiles are placed to form a French landscape, was named after it. In reality, Carcassonne is a fortified medieval city in southwestern France that is known for its city walls. Carcassonne has been a fortress since Roman times. To get a better feel for this outstanding fortification, you’ll want to wander through the streets inside the wall, taking in the castle and cathedral. Today, a modern city surrounds the restored old town. This picturesque city also is known for its wines and boat cruises on the Canal du Midi.

9. Avignon (2 nights)

This charming city on the South bank of the Rhône River was for a brief moment in time the center of the catholic world, as the popes left Rome and came to live in Avignon. The Papal Palace, home of seven popes, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a must-see of Avignon. Here everything is within walking distance and you can easily explore the city while strolling through its small cobblestone lanes. Be sure to wander along the Pont d’Avignon (the famous bridge) or at least admire it from afar.

10. Provence & Pont du Gard (day trip from Avignon)

In recent years, British author Peter Mayle detailed the many charms of the Provence in his books. Believe his delightful descriptions! The Provence region encompasses about 90 villages moving inland from the French Riviera. You’ll probably have a have a hard time finding those famous lavender fields but there are plenty of other things to see and do on a day trip from Avignon. One attraction that is a Provence must-see is the Pont du Gard. It’s an aqueduct built by the ancient Romans. Spanning the Gardon River, this massive structure is part of a 50-km (30-mile) watering system. Near the village of Vers-Pont du Gard, it is the highest of all the old Roman aqueducts.

11. Cannes (stopover)

The French Riviera town of Cannes makes a good stopover between Avignon and Nice. Once a fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes is now a playground for the rich and famous. Celebrities flock here every May for the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most famous. While you may see celebrities at other times, Cannes offers other things to see. You might want to stroll the Promenade de la Croisette on the waterfront, walk through the Old Town, take in a history museum or simply gaze at the villas in the Quartier des Anglais, the city’s oldest residential area.

12. Nice (2 nights)

Nice is the perfect place to end your two-week tour of France. It has a colorful Old Town with a small market. You’ll definitely want to make time for a walk along the Promenade des Anglais with its views of Mediterranean Sea. The Cathedrale Sante-Reparte is a top attraction as is the Marc Chagall museum. You can people watch at the Place Massena, the city’s main square that leads to nice shopping areas for last-minute souvenirs. If you can find a few free hours, it’s only a short bus ride to Eze Village, a medieval village with a cactus garden on top, or to the glitz and glamour of Monaco.

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Get up-to-date COVID-19 travel guidance in CheckMyTrip

Now in CheckMyTrip, you can check the COVID-19 travel restrictions for your origin and destination as part of your travel itinerary or directly in the app, in case you don’t have a trip planned yet.

Sources: Lonely Planet, France Bucket List, Touropia

Workation: The new trend for travelers

The term ‘Workation’ is formed by blending the words ‘Work’ and ‘Vacation’. By combining business and leisure travel (also known as Bleisure), people can combine work trips and vacation as a chance to explore new and exciting places whilst being away for work.

In 2020, as remote working became mainstream, ‘Work From Hotel’ packages started to appear globally. Now, with more and more companies implementing long-term remote working, holiday rentals, hotels, and members’ clubs are teaming up to help us work from anywhere. Taking full advantage of the situation many remote workers have been heading to getaways or even further with a laptop and power chargers. Picking up on the trend are homestays and hotels who now provide high speed internet, in order to cash in on the vacation-deprived workers. While work from home situation continues, workations seem to trend this year.

Pros & Cons

The main pros of a workation are that you get to enjoy the feeling of being on holiday without taking any time off work, you can change your working environment and choose somewhere more enjoyable and relaxing for your office and you can travel to places during the week when it is often quieter, cheaper and with greater availability. In terms of drawbacks, workcations are obviously not quite as relaxing as taking time off as you will still be in “work mode” and therefore you may still need a proper holiday at some point in the year.

Best workation destinations 2021

With most of the world working remotely, there’s no better time to go on a workation than now! If you’re wondering what the best places for a workation are, we have a few interesting suggestions from 32 digital nomads who pioneered the workation culture.

@yumnasadan

Bali

Bali is secretly the undisputed workation capital of the world. This tropical paradise has no dearth of coworking spaces, each of them providing high quality internet, unparalleled business opportunities – all in the most incredible locations.

Monthly cost of living in Bali

$720 to $2,600

Bali workation visa rules

While Indonesia does not have a “digital nomad visa” yet, the Social, Tourist or Cultural Visa (B-211) allows you to stay 60 days, can be extended 3 times for 30 days each. Learn more

@camilladellion

Maldives

If you’re going to work from home, why not work from paradise? Maldives is a perfect for a luxury workation (or a budget one) with extensive WI-FI service literally under every palm tree and an impeccable view every time you look up from your laptop.

Monthly cost of living in Maldives

$827 to $1,772 (excluding resort stay)

Maldives workation visa rules

30-day tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. If you are looking to stay longer, apply for a work Visa that is issued for a foreigner to stay in Maldives for the purpose of employment. Learn more

@alexstrohl

Mexico

Mexico has become a heaven for workationers looking for affordable lifestyles, uber-cheap living costs, a stable and productive work environment as well as an inspiring and robust social life. The year-round great climate and delicious food is obviously a plus!

Monthly cost of living in Mexico

$800 to $2,000

Mexico workation visa rules

The working visitor visa is the most common type of visa for the employment of foreign nationals on a temporary basis. One can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days with permission to be remunerated in Mexico for activities carried out in the country. If you intend to stay longer, Mexico issues a Temporary Resident Visa to remote workers that are financially self-sufficient, that’s good for one year with the ability to renew for another 3 years. Learn more

@benmikha

Bora Bora

Overwater bungalows on lapis lazuli waters makes for an ideal vacation and a workation too. While Bora Bora is a popular hit among honeymooners, workationers are slowly moving to the islands of French Polynesia for recluse from the worldly hustle.

Monthly cost of living in Bora Bora

$1,500 to $3,000

Bora Bora workation visa rules

Any foreigner who wishes to stay more than three months in French Polynesia must apply for a long-term French Polynesia visa with the exception of citizens of the exempt countries. If you are interested in staying for less than months, visitors holding a residence permit from one of the countries of the EU or the Schengen Area are exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa provided that their residence permit is valid for the duration of their stay in French Polynesia. Learn more

@durmitorwild

Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the cheapest countries in the Balkans with a rare combination of snow-capped mountains and almost year-round sunshine. It is one of the most popular Balkan states among digital nomads, and it is also very much in trend among adventure travelers. With cheap mobile phone coverage, man co-working spaces to choose from and a sprouting community of digital adventurers – Montenegro allows the perfect balance of work and adventure.

Monthly cost of living in Montengero

$600 to $800

Montenegro workation visa rules

The best visa for workations in Montenegro would be the long stay visa that enables one to stay in Montenegro up to 6 months per calendar year (no visa runs required). Learn more

@michal_dia

Iceland

Iceland is a land of awe-inspiring natural landscapes, with its naturally occurring hot springs, bubbling mud pools, a string of unpredictably violent volcanoes. It has warm locals, a strong cultural life and presents a stunning view of the Northern Lights. Add to this scenic equation, the recently introduced Work in Iceland program and you’ve got yourself the perfect workation destination.

Monthly cost of living in Iceland

$2,000 to $3,500

Iceland workation visa rules

As per the Work in Iceland digital nomad visa introduced in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, teleworkers to work remotely for overseas companies and stay in the country for up to 6 months. However, to qualify for this visa, workers have to earn at least $88,000 per annum. In addition, Iceland requires applicants to satisfy certain health insurance requirements as well. Learn more

Find more destinations here Best Workation Destinations 2021 – The Digital Nomads Roundup

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How to travel when you can’t travel

Stuck at home but with itchy feet for travel? Here are few tips on how to cure your wanderlust.

Plan your next holiday

Although this idea might seem a bit goofy, what you can do to bring back the travel excitement is to plan the trips for the parts of the world you’d like to visit soon, or for that big, once-in-lifetime trip.

Part of the fun of travel is the planning itself — when you begin to research and dream about the places that you’re off to see. So, when the day arrives, everything will be ready.

Visit a museum online

You can do a virtual tour around these museums and galleries straight from your couch. Google has a 500+ collection of places to do a virtual tour and browse through their exhibits. Here is a list of our top 5 picks.

Animal lover? Check these video streaming zoos.

Many zoos around the world offer live cams of their animals that can be watched any time throughout the day. A great way to entertain the whole family and even explore the wildlife.

· Pandas: Atlanta Zoo

· Penguins: Edingburg zoo

· Safari experience (including Zebra!): Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Cook some local dish from your last holiday destination

Ceviche, Ramen, Crepe or Moussaka? Difficult choice.

First, note down the ingredients you need to get in your next trip to the supermarket. Then, spoil yourself with a home-made dish from your last holiday destination. Finally, pair the dish with a tour around the photos you took there (and most probably you didn’t open since).

Three weird (but fun) ways to cure your wanderlust when you can’t travel

How to travel when you cant travel

Being stuck at home when you’re dreaming of traveling the world can feel pretty grim. There are many ways to get some travel vibes — going through the last trip photo album, planning your next adventure or discovering new places with virtual tours.

Well, the airline industry has come up with some innovative ideas for stir-crazy travelers to cure their wanderlust.

Buy a ticket to… nowhere

Origin is now your destination? Confused? Keep reading… Qantas is organizing a seven-hour “flight to nowhere”. Passengers can enjoy the Great Southern Land scenic trip in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, departing and arriving at Sydney airport. It proved to be a hit as tickets for the first flight were sold at record-breaking speed: less than 10 minutes! All passengers had to go through normal airport security checks, temperature screenings, and normal boarding processes. The experiment is a trendsetter since several other airlines like Taiwan’s EVA, Singapore Airlines, and Japan’s ANA are all offering “flights to nowhere” or are about to launch them. So, if you have some extra cash and itchy feet for travel you can book a “flight to nowhere” and experience the unexpected.

Book a dinner date… in a plane

The concept is new, but the response is amazing. Singapore Airlines recently launched the experience of dining in a plane. Dinner is served in the Airbus A380 parked at Changi airport. All the tickets for the first two days in October were sold out in less than half an hour! ‘Passengers’ were served standard airline food and could also enjoy a couple of alcoholic drinks along with over 1,000 entertainment options including movies and music. The carrier also promised to a peek at some of the private access areas that passengers usually don’t have access to. This definitely brings date night to a whole new level.

Get airplane food… delivered at home

Yes, you heard it right… you can now order onboard meals for home and help airlines survive during this global pandemic. Several inflight caterers are offering home delivery with a large food menu including Dutch stroopwafels, banana bread, and ice-cream sandwiches to name a few. So, if you want to re-create the taste of a trip that you might have canceled due to the pandemic, you can get the in-flight meal delivered at home. Maybe not the most delicious treat you can get, but certainly one way to cure that wanderlust.

10 Best travel movies that will feed your wanderlust

How many of you have been inspired to travel just because you saw it in a movie? Movies make us dream and want to go out to explore the world. From Australia to Alaska these are 10 of the best movies will feed your wanderlust.

1. Into the wild (2007)

Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical adventure drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer and tells the story of Christopher McCandless (“Alexander Supertramp“), a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.

2. The way (2010)

The Way is a 2010 American-Spanish drama film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez . The film honors the Camino de Santiago and promotes the traditional pilgrimage. Saying he did not want the film to appeal to only one demographic, Emilio Estevez called the film “pro-people, pro-life, not anti-anything”.

3. Lion (2016)

Lion is a 2016 Australian biographical drama film directed by Garth Davis (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Luke Davies based on the 2013 non-fiction book A Long Way Home. The film tells the true story of how Brierley, 25 years after being separated from his family in India, sets out to find them.

4. The secret life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The secret life of Walter Mitty, in this comedic adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, Ben Stiller stars as Walter, a milquetoast proofreader for a magazine publishing firm. Walter is constitutionally incapable of standing up for himself, so he retreats into his fantasy world, where he is heroic, poised, self-assured, and the master of his fate.

5. The beach (2000)

The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. On vacation in Thailand, Richard sets out for an island rumored to be a solitary beach paradise. It was filmed on the Thai island of Ko Phi Phi Le.

6. Mamma mia! (2008)

Mamma Mia! is a 2008 romantic comedy film containing music directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Catherine Johnson based on her book of the 1999 theatre show of the same name. The film, in turn, is based on the songs of pop group ABBA, and the plot follows a young bride-to-be who invites three men to her upcoming wedding, each one with the possibility of being her father.

7. Eat pay love (2010)

Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American biographical romantic drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert’s 2006 memoir of the same name. A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”. She discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia.

8. Amélie (2001)

Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while struggling with her own isolation.

9. The motorcycle diaries (2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 expedition, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. As well as being a road movie, the film is a coming-of-age film; as the adventure, initially centered on youthful hedonism, unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry.

10. In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges is a 2008 black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh in his feature-length debut. Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

So, this is the list of some of our favorites travel films. Would you add any more? Tell us!