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18 Free and Cheap Things to Do in Singapore

Updated: 2/27/2019 | February 27, 2019 Singapore is an expensive place to visit. There’s no way around it. The small city state is priced relative to the United States, which is a lot more expensive than its neighbors! On a small stop-over trip, this isn’t a problem. But on a big trip through the region, a trip into Singapore can elicit sticker shock, and it can turn people away if they’re trying to do the area on the cheap. If you still want to visit this country, though, there are still man...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Thailand, United States, Michelin, Little India, Chinatown, Bay, Buddhist, Central Business District, Palawan, SGD, Singapore Zoo, Merlion Park


The Best Neighborhoods in London: Where to Stay When You Visit

Posted: 2/25/2019 | February 25th, 2019 I’ve always liked London, but when I visited last year something in me just clicked—and poof! I finally saw the light and came to love it. London has a million things to do to keep you busy a lifetime over. With its amazing architecture, world-class art museums, tons of historical sites, and unique shopping experiences, what’s not to love? What’s not to love about a city where the pubs are so small everyone just stands on the street with their pint glass?...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Thames, Paddington, Chelsea, United Kingdom, Oxford, Camden, Mayfair, West End, Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare, Oxford Street


How to Get Around Thailand on the Cheap in 2019

Posted: 2/25/2019 | February 25, 2019 Thailand is one of the most popular backpacker destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s also my favorite. Of course, I’m biased. Thailand was where I decided to quit my job and travel the world. I lived there for two years. I ran tours there. I speak the language. I feel at home there. But that aside, Thailand remains popular some thirty years after the first hippies arrived on the “banana pancake trail” for a simple reason: it’s awesome. The succulent food,...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Bangkok, Hostelworld, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Don, Hua Hin, State Railway of Thailand


My 14 Favorite Hostels in London in 2019

Posted: 2/18/2019 | February 18th, 2019 London is one of my recent favorite cities in the world. I always liked London but it wasn’t until I spent a few weeks there last summer that I fell in love with London. I didn’t want to leave. London is a sprawling city, covering 607 square miles, and home to over eight million people. While the city may be expensive (though, like any big city, it has lots of free things to do there), it’s popularity means there are lots of hostels in the city. Hundreds ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, United Kingdom, Camden, Parliament, Natural History Museum, Oxford Street, British Museum, Hyde Park, Shoreditch, East London, City Hall, Soho, Don


My Top 12 Hostels in Lisbon in 2019

Posted: 2/18/2019 | February 18th, 2019 Lisbon is known to have some of the best hostels in the world. There are more than 100 hostels in the city and its hostels are usually always at the top of all the “best hostels” lists. Year over year, they always take home some of the top spots in the top-rated lists you see floating around the web. As someone who’s been to Lisbon multiple times, I can always see why. Hostels in this city just get it. They create a warm, social atmosphere, hire frien...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Portugal, Hostels, Benfica, Lisbon, Nomad, Don, Mike, João, Praca, Alfama, NomadicMatt, Santo Antonio, Chiado, Bairro Alto


My Step-By-Step Guide to Backpacking Europe

Updated: 1/19/19 | January 19th, 2019 Backpacking Europe is still one of my favorite things to as a traveler. There isn’t a year I don’t criss-cross the continent. I’ve been doing it for over close to thirteen years and it never gets old. During the summer, hostels brim with life, the Mediterranean sparkles, streets brim with people slowly drinking wine, and the late night setting suns leads to long wonderous days. During the winter, winter brings Christmas markets, skiing, fewer crowds, and ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, US, Barcelona, Prague, Paris, Backpacking, Amsterdam, Croatia, Stockholm, Mediterranean, Europe Travel, Matt, Schengen Zone, Dave Dean


My 12 Favorite Hostels in Bangkok in 2019

Posted: 1/10/2019 | January 10th, 2019 Bangkok is a wonderful city full of history, gorgeous temples, and excitement. It’s an excellent place for travelers, as there is a lot to do and see here. It is one of my favorite cities in the entire world, and I can never get enough of it! Stick me in a Thai market surrounded by food stalls and I’m a happy man! Bangkok is the hub for travel in Southeast Asia, and chances are you’re likely to pass through it on your travels around the region. The city ha...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Bangkok, Green House, Chang, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Jam, Khao San Road, Bangkok Tree House, NomadicMatt, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Depth Budget Guide, Bella Bella House


My Top 10 Hostels in Sydney in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Hostels in Sydney are expensive. Since I started visiting the city, I’ve seen hostel prices skyrocket as just the cost of living in Australia has gone up. Even when you factor in the favorable exchange rate right now, it’s just expensive to get a bed here, especially at some of the larger, more upscale hostels. However, with a little planning, you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The cheapest hostels in Sydney are found in the K...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Broadway, Chinatown, Kings Cross, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Don, Sasha, Effie, Central Station, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Potts Point, NomadicMatt


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (don’t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin in 2019

Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back, the more I grew to love it. Berlin is cheap (always a plus for me), it’s home to some of the best art, culture, music, festivals, and tech companies on the continent. The food scene has also really blown up in recent years and you’ll find some of th...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Hostelworld, Kreuzberg, Don, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Mitte, East Side Gallery, St Christopher, Sachsenhausen, Prenzlauer Berg, Alexanderplatz, Neukölln, Friedrichshain


How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

Updated: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 A lot of readers were interested in learning more about house-sitting (watching people’s houses while they’re away in exchange for free accommodation). I’ve never done it, but Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels do it all the time, so I brought them in to talk more about the subject. Enjoy! As I write this, I’m sitting in a comfortable leather recliner in front of three large bay windows. In my view are tall pines covered in healthy green moss, as wel...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, London, Australia, Accommodation, Ireland, House, House Sitter, Manhattan, Honduras, North America, Travel Tips, Skype, Caribbean, Harlem


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (do...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


My Top 10 Hostels in Sydney

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Hostels in Sydney are expensive. Since I started visiting the city, I’ve seen hostel prices skyrocket as just the cost of living in Australia has gone up. Even when you factor in the favorable exchange rate right now, it’s just expensive to get a bed here, especially at some of the larger, more upscale hostels. However, with a little planning, you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The cheapest hostels in Sydney are found in th...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Broadway, Chinatown, Kings Cross, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Don, Sasha, Effie, Central Station, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Potts Point, NomadicMatt


The Best Neighborhoods in Paris: Where to Stay on Your Visit

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 Paris. The city of lights. With 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) and thousands of hotels, hostels, and apartments, finding the best place to stay in Paris can be a bit of a challenge. What’s the best overall neighboorhood? What’s the cheapest neighboorhood in Paris? Where do all the cool kids stay? Where’s a good spot for families? What’s close the city center? There are a lot of questions. Over the course of dozens of visits to Paris, I’ve stayed all...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Netflix, Austria, Paris, Luxembourg, Eiffel Tower, Ducks, Notre Dame, Antoine, Chinatown, Opera House, Montmartre, Seine, Romans


The Best Neighborhoods in Boston: Where to Stay on Your Visit

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 Boston. Beantown. The town. My hometown. I love the city. I’m probably biased since I grew up here but I think it’s one of the most underappreciated cities in the entire country. It’s just a wonderful, friendly place to live and visit! The history, the food, the sports, the community. Boston is like a big small town. It’s one of the best places in the country to visit. And all the college students here help give the city a permanent youthful energy! Bu...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Boston, America, Mit, Harvard, United States, Italy, Airbnb, Boston Red Sox, North America, Red Sox, Chinatown, Boston Public Library, Mbta, Copley Square


My Top 11 Hostels in Hong Kong

Posted: 12/16/2018 | December 16th, 2018 What’s not to love about Hong Kong? The bright lights, the amazing markets, shopping, temples, hiking, food, the view from Victoria Peak. I could go on and on. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has everything you could ever want and more. (Be sure to check out my guide to the city!) Hong Kong, a city of 7.3 million people, has a ton of accommodation options. There are literally thousands of places to stay. And hundreds of cheap ho...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Hostelworld, Hostel, Wi Fi, Sham Shui Po, Victoria Peak, Carnarvon, Victoria Harbor, Mount Davis, Nintendo Wii, YHA, NomadicMatt, Hong Kong Want, Mody


My Top 11 Hostels in Stockholm

Posted: 11/30/2018 | November 30th, 2018 Stockholm is one of my favorite places in Europe. In my opinion, it’s one of the prettiest cities on the continent with historic well-preserved buildings dating back hundreds of years (that medieval center!), lots of parks and green space, and cobblestone streets all set on a beautiful archipelago. However, it’s not a cheap place to visit. Even the hostels here ten to be expensive – and they are often small and cramped. I’ve been coming here a long, lon...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Sweden, Stockholm, Old Town, Lake Malaren, NomadicMatt, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, City Backpackers, Vasastan, Nobel Museum the Royal Palace, Interhostel Interhostel, Interhostel, Archipelago Hostel Old Town Archipelago Hostel, Archipelago Hostel Old Town, Generator Stockholm Generator


How to Take the Perfect Photo: Advanced Techniques

Updated: 12/09/2018 | December 9th, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. In this post, Laurence is taking it up a notch to give some advanced travel photography techniques such as long exposure shots, HDR, star shooting, and more! One of the challenges we face as travelers is that so many of the places we visit have already been photographed extensively. In today’s post, I want to share with...
Tags: Travel, Photography, France, ISO, Travel Gear, Lg, Travel Photography, Hdr, Canon, Galapagos, Travel Photos, Don, Laurence, Glencoe, North Star, Dubai Marina


How to Take Professional Travel Photos

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 Travel photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. I’ve never taken the time to really improve my skills. Like learning a language, improving your photography takes time. Luckily, just like learning a language, anyone can do it! Travel photographs are memories. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Travel Photography, Copenhagen, Travel Tips, Santa Cruz, Don, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Laurence, Glencoe, Laurence Norah, Mount Taranaki


12 Ways to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent so Laurence is here to help us take better pictures! Part two of the series is on how to get the perfect shot. In my first post in this series, I talked about the key compositional rules that you can use to create better travel photos. If you’re new to this series...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia, ISO, Travel Gear, New Zealand, Travel Photography, Western Australia, Sri Lanka, Travel Photos, Napa Valley, Don, Laurence, Bologna Italy, Laurence Norah, NomadicMatt


My 15 Favorite Hostels in New York City

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 New York City my be the city that never sleeps but it’s definitely hard to find a (cheap) place to sleep here. Accommodation in NYC is not cheap – and it’s often hard to find deals. That’s (in part) by design. There used to be a lot of hostels in NYC, but the hotel lobby got the city to use an old law meant to block tenements that limited the number of people that could stay in a single room. This effectively shut down most of the hostels in the city, e...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, America, United States, Queens, Manhattan, Broadway Hotel, Upper West Side, Harlem, Central Park, Don, Lower East Side, Harlem YMCA, Meatpacking District, Bard College


My Top 14 Hostels in Prague

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Prague is a beautiful, historic city in central Europe and one of my favorite cities on the continent. The city and I have a long history. It was my first stop on my first trip around the world (all the way back in 2006). Since that oriignal, I’ve visited Pargaue dozens of times, even leading tour groups through the city. I’ve watched the city become increasingly popular with travelers and expats. It becomes more cosmopolitan with each passing year. No...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Czech Republic, Prague, Hostels, Charles Bridge, Hostelworld, Hostel, Don, Sophie, Toby, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Žižkov, NomadicMatt, Miru


The Best Neighborhoods in NYC: Where to Stay on Your Visit

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Trying to find accommodation in New York City can be a painstaking long process given the large number of hotels and neighborhoods to stay in. This is a city of 10 million people. It’s massive and there’s a lot of choice. What neighborhoods are good to stay in? What’s central? What’s safe? Where is the best place to stay? As someone who has been working and living in New York City on and off for over five years, I’ve stayed in a wide variety of places he...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, NYC, New York City, America, Best, Brooklyn, United States, Chelsea, Queens, Manhattan, Starbucks, Upper East Side, Jackson


The Best Neighborhoods in NYC: Where to Stay When You Visit

Posted: 11/7/2018 | November 7th, 2018 Trying to find accommodation in New York City can be a painstaking long process given the large number of hotels and neighborhoods to stay in. This is a city of 10 million people. It’s massive and there’s a lot of choice. What neighborhoods are good to stay in? What’s central? What’s safe? Where is the best place to stay? As someone who has been working and living in New York City on and off for over five years, I’ve stayed in a wide variety of places he...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, New York, NYC, New York City, America, Best, Brooklyn, United States, Chelsea, Queens, Manhattan, Starbucks, Upper East Side, Jackson


Where I Find the Best Travel Deals

Updated: 11/6/2018 | November 6th, 2018 Finding the best travel deals is a matter of timing. A lot of people think travel is just plain expensive, but in reality, there are incredible deals happening all the time. They usually don’t last too long, and you have to act quickly. That can sometimes be a problem when a deal requires jumping on a plane tomorrow (how many people can do that?), but in fact, most deals are for months in the future, giving you ample time to plan your schedule. Often I w...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Usa, UK, Australia, La, US, America, Best, Canada, New Zealand, Airbnb, Travel Tips, Cheap Flights, Stockholm


10 Best Places to Travel on a Budget

Updated: 10/30/2018 | October 30th, 2018 The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget — even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you know certain tips and tricks. No destination is really ever “too expensive.” After 10 years as a frugal budget traveler and, in light of the release of my new book, today I want to talk about my favorite budget t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Budget, Australia, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Barcelona, Ukraine, Thailand, West, Portugal, Cambodia


Canyon Swinging in Cairns: Conquering My Fear of Heights

Updated: 10/30/2018 | October 30th, 2018 I hate heights, which is something a lot of people find ironic, considering how often I fly. But anyone who has flown with me before knows that I’m a bit of a nervous flier. Any bump in the air and I grab onto the seat until my knuckles are white. While I’ve gotten a bit better over the years, I still won’t even go near ledges or cliffs and, if someone does manage to get me up an observation tower, it takes me about ten minutes to walk toward the glass. ...
Tags: Travel, Australia, France, Queensland, New Zealand, Aj, Macau, Cairns, Travel Thoughts, Travel Videos, Hackett, NomadicMatt, AJ Hackett, J Hackett, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Bungy Jumping


My 15 Favorite Things to Do in Sydney

Updated: 10/28/2018 | October 28th, 2018 The first time I was in Sydney (all the way back in 2007), I spent most of my days sitting in the botanical gardens, reading a book and looking at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For so long I had heard about how wonderful and beautiful Sydney was, and there I was experiencing it! Over the years, I’ve been to the city a handful of times, exploring it more and more and getting a local taste through all my wonderful friends there. I’ve been everywhere...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Sydney, Watson, Eiffel Tower, Melbourne, King, Manly, Opera House, Bondi Beach, Bay, Bondi, Skywalk, Don, Hunter Valley, Sydney Harbour Bridge


San Francisco Itinerary: What to Do in 3 (or More) Days

Updated: 10/25/2018 | October 25th, 2018 San Francisco is one of the most eclectic cities in the United States. It’s home to liberals, hippies, hipsters, techies, immigrants, yuppies, one of the oldest gay scenes in the States, that big red bridge, Alcatraz, delicious Chinese food, seafood, well, food in general (this is a great city to be hungry in), and so much more. It’s a magical place and one of my favorite places to visit since there is so much to see and do. While it lacks that certain j...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, US, America, San Francisco, Brooklyn, United States, Mission District, Manhattan, Napa, States, West Coast, Oakland, Jack Kerouac, Berkeley


How to Find a Cheap Hotel: Hotel Booking Sites To Use And Avoid

Updated: 10/15/2018 | October 15th, 2018 As much as I love hostels and other forms of cheap accommodation, there is something nice about the luxuriousness of a hotel: the clean room, comfy bed, desk, iron, strong shower, and bottled soap for the taking (errr…I mean borrowing). They are quiet, relaxing, and a respite from the world. But luxury comes at a price. Hotels certainly aren’t cheap, and I hate spending money on a room I am only going to be in for a few hours. After all, it’s just a plac...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Hotels, Berlin, US, Accommodation, Paris, Sydney, Airbnb, Travel Tips, Bangkok, AAA, British Airways, Expedia, Priceline