As part of our series on Gap Years, sabbaticals, big trips and everything in between, today’s blog comes from online marketing exec and spreadsheet geek Sarah Verrall
Back in 2011, my boyfriend and I made the now-not-so-crazy decision to take a career break and travel the world for 8 long, glorious months. We had worked hard to save up but we didn’t quite manage to save as much as we would’ve liked, so travelling on a tight budget was something we had to get good at pretty quick.
When I arrived back in London in summer 2012, I had done the unthinkable; I had come back with nearly £1000.
“How on Earth did you manage that?” I hear you ask.
Okay, I’m a massive geek. I admit it. We kept an expenses spreadsheet when we were travelling, tracking every penny we spent. Now, I totally understand keeping a spreadsheet is not everyone’s cup of tea and some of you may think I’m a total nut job (although anyone who loves to channel their inner geek or is interested in how much we spent in each country can download my spreadsheet here). For those that shudder at the thought of it, there are plenty of other great ways you can keep your spending habits in check whilst travelling. Here are my top tips for travelling on a budget:
Today’s blog comes from Digital Marketing Exec, and South American food obsessive, Steph Mitchell
One of the most exciting bits about travelling is trying out your favourite foods at the source. We all know there’s nothing like eating Pad Thai in Thailand, curry in India, tagine in Morocco or a big fat burger in the USA.
So what about South America? What foods are Argentina, Brazil and Peru famous for? If, like me, you’re the sort of traveller who makes a note of the local delicacies before you arrive, then read on. Get the low down on the must-eats for Peru, Brazil, Colombia or Argentina with my list of 12 foods that you really have to try when travelling South America.
Image courtesy of Charles Wagner on Flickr
Lusting after the gap year that you never took before or after university? Or maybe you did take one and are desperate to take off and do it all again – or do it all differently now you’ve got the Koh San Road out of your system.
Contrary to what people may tell you, travelling does not end when your student card expires. Oh no. In fact, it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Say hello to the sabbatical.
A sabbatical is a specified time away from work, usually unpaid, agreed by your employer. It’s safe to say that I’m quite a fan of the ol’ sabbatical. In the seven years that I’ve been working since I left university, I’ve taken not one but two three-month stints off work. The first saw me taking off on a solo trip through Southeast Asia and China 4.5 years ago, while the second was an extended honeymoon earlier this year with my brand new husband, travelling round Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Los Angeles (I know. It was as good as it sounds).
Taking time out of your career can seem daunting. But trust me when I say that using a few months off to go travelling will basically be the best thing you’ve ever done. Here are 12 reasons why.
Australia is big. We mean really big. It’s the largest island in the world, wider than the distance between London and Moscow, has 10,000 beaches and produces 1.35 trillion bottles of wine a year (no wonder 50,000 people a week over stay their tourist visas!).
The sheer distances in involved can be daunting for travellers wanting to see more of the country and not everyone has 3 months to drive around its 567,338 miles of roads. One way around, or over, this is to grab one of our exclusive multi stop tickets! Here are a couple of route ideas…
Supping the local brew is one of the true joys of travelling, be it a cold Chang on the beaches of Koh Samui, a green tea on the Great Wall or taking part in a traditional Kava ceremony in Fiji. But at what point do you draw the line?
Read on for our list of 12, good, bad and downright odd drinks from around the world…if you dare.
Image from Flickr courtesy of melanie