Backpacker accommodation guide

Whether you are travelling in a group or solo the biggest cost for any traveller is accommodation!

Now while some countries are indeed cheaper to travelling than other accommodation still takes a large part of the budget. It is important to remember when you are travelling, of course, accommodation prices will fluctuate, but the type of accommodation plays a big role.

For example, hostels can be cheaper compared to hotels, however, even the price of the same type of accommodation can vary massively in prices depending on what luxuries you would like.

So let’s delve into the different types of accommodation available to you when you are travelling.

Hotels

Hotels are likely the most expensive type of accommodation on this list, rooms in hotels will be private which increases the price, but also know when for their high-quality service which of course comes with a high price tag.

Most backpackers tend to stay away from this type of accommodation as it isn’t always the most sociable which is something that most backpackers typically look for.

Hostels

Hostel prices can vary massively but most offer the same quality as a hotel can at a cheaper cost! As well as a mix of private and dorm rooms allowing you to meet other travellers it is no wonder many backpackers chose to stay in them.

Another great thing about hostels is that there are many options on what is offered at them, from tours (some of them can be free) to Wi-Fi, bars, food options as well as launderettes. With many digital nomads and backpackers found here, it is a great way to make friends and meet other people you can read more about it here and here.

Air BnB

If you are looking to stay somewhere for an extended period on your travels then I would recommend an Air BnB. Offering a cost-effective way for staying in a location for a month or more when you are travelling or even if you want a private space that isn’t a hostel this is a good option for you and something I would recommend.

Couch surfing

This is one that defiantly holds mixed reviews however is very popular among the backpacking community.

If you don’t know what couch surfing is then is pretty much what it says on the tin, you can stay at a local person’s house and sleep on the couch some may even offer you a room.

This something I have never tried myself however is a low-cost accommodation option and a good way for anyone who wishes to live with the local people while they are travelling and experience more of the local culture.

Homestay

There are many things which can fall under this definition you might decide to house sit for a while when the owners are on holiday or even look after their pets or some form of an exchange, for example, if you are studying aboard you may be offered a homestay.

Homestays can also include volunteering options, in exchange for potentially working on a local farm or working for these people you can stay there for free in return for your help.

Want to know more about volunteering and travel then check out this blog post for a more in-depth guide.

As I said homestay comes in various options and is something done by backpackers but may not always be the most popular choice for some is still a good way to possibly cut costs.

Stay with friends and family

The cheapest form of accommodation has to be staying friends and family that you know in that particular area now some might say you have to pay a small amount while staying to cover food costs, while others may not.

Either way, it is a great way to catch up with old friends and get to stay a few nights without costing you anything making it a two in one.

Camping

When I think of this form of travel it is is more than the old school style of backpacking! Where you walk or hitchhike from one place to another and pitch a tent wherever you end up that night, going across a country.

You still get people who do this in the countryside and wild areas of a country!

If you plan on wild camping and following and leave no trace policy (it is very important to follow this policy if you do plan on wild camping). This type of accommodation can be completely free as you don’t need to pay for anything, however, make sure you check the wild camping rules where you are travelling as this is something that cant be done in every country.

If you’re someone who doesn’t mind roughing it this could be an option you however if you do prefer a few more luxuries such as a shower then paying for a campsite is also another option. The cost can vary but be probably typically around the same price as a hostel which is why most backpackers tend to stay in hostels as opposed to camping, however, if you want to be more with nature this may be a good choice for you.

Van life

This has grown in popularity over the years and something that I would like to try in the future!

While van life can initially have very high costs to start it will pay back over time. This way of travel has freedom with it, allowing you to easily change location without having to wait around for flights or buses.

Saving you money on accommodation as well as transport costs with only fuel being the item you need to budget for.


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Faye

How to plan a roadtrip

Going on a road trip can the best ways to see a country especially if you only have a short amount of time, it can be the most effective ways to see as many things possible, although planning a road trip can sometimes be overwhelming just like any other trip can but with this handy guide we are going to break down step-by-step how you can plan your road trip to make it the best one possible.

Budget and Timescale

The number one thing to think about for any trip is, what is your budget and what are the timescales? For example, if you can go on a week-long road trip and only have £200, this will affect where and what you can do as opposed if you have £2000 and say three months.

Knowing how long you have can determine where you go with cost also playing a part for any activities or the type of accommodation you want, this is the number one thing you need to establish for a trip!

Solo or group travel

You may have already of had the answer to this question when you first decided to plan a roadtrip but if not!

The next thing to look at is whether you are doing this solo or with a group of friends as this can also affect your budget. On your own you will have to pay for things completely on your own as opposed to being able to split the costs with friends, this does depend on what type of traveller you are tough and what time you have available.

Where are you roadtripping?

Deciding which country to road trip to is the next most important part!

You might decide to travel in your home country or can a plane somewhere and hire a car or van or even a road trip on the way to your final destination.

Again this depends on your budget and timescales.

Hiking in the Snowdonia National Park, UK

Planning the route

I suggest using google maps as you can pinpoint all the places you want to go along with accommodation and write notes around different places.

Once you have all the places you want to go you can work out what route to take, but remember to take your timescale into account when deciding how long to spend in one location as well as how you will be travelling, for example, public transport will possibly taking you longer to get to each point compared to driving yourself, also making sure you can reach each location in your chosen means of transport. (Side note: check what seasonal effects there are for each activity such as price change and closures)

Type of transportation

When you have narrowed down where you won’t go and the activities you want to do on this road trip is time to think about the transport this is where your budget massively comes into play if you’re doing a solo trip in your car and finding accommodation along the route just driving from A to B or maybe you are in a campervan saving in accommodation cost but will possibly have to hire out a van instead. If you are using public transport looking at any deals as well as the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to the locations you want to visit is important and also possibly more time consuming to plan.

Snowdonia Railway

Time to make some bookings

Now you’ve planned your route and you know when you want to go all you need to do is book your first nights’ accommodation or any tickets which you may need in advance.

If you are travelling on a tighter timescale and know exactly what and where you will be doing each day you can book everything in advance if needed but you are following a more relaxed schedule for your trip and unsure where you will be going I recommend only booking your first day/nights activity and then book places a few days or on the day depending on how your trip is going.


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Faye

Travel guide to the Severn Valley Railway

Ever wanted to go back in time and travel the old Victorian style way on the steam railway well now you can!

If you are in the UK take a day trip to the beautiful countryside county of Shropshire where the steam railway awaits.

You don’t need to be a train enthusiast as it is still a great day out for anyone.

Here is my guide on how to best spend a day out on the Severn Valley Railway

Which station to start at?

I recommend that you start at either the stations in Bridgnorth or Kidderminster. As these are both the endpoints of the railway itself, which means that you will get the chance to ride along the whole full length of the track and back along getting to go on all the possible stops, making the most out of your ticket and the day.

When you arrive at any of the stations you will be welcomed by the old feel Victorian styled train stations that use to exist in abundance up and down the country.

When you go to collect your ticket you will be asked whether you want to ride in first, second or third class (I think any ticket will do, just note the price does change depending on the class).

What stops to make along the way?

What stops you make and the order in which you make them does depend on what you want to do during the day, but also which station you start you at.

The places I would recommend getting off at are:

Bridgnorth

Here you can go for a stroll around this historic market town with plenty of cafes and places to grab a bite to eat as well as a section of an old castle ruin which once stood in the medieval town.

Highley

Here you can visit the old engine house which has a museum inside along with some train engines and the old royal carriage of King George V.

Bewdley

This riverside town makes for a great stop with a chance to get fish and chips, ice cream and go around the small museum in the town!

Kidderminster

This small city offers a range of activities and places to eat as well as being the most built-up and developed of the stops. (As you leave the station to hear you will see the new one across the car park for all the modern trains).

Make sure you check all the train times for each stop you make so as not to miss ant departures especially at the end of the day, otherwise it will be an expensive taxi back to your starting point.

Engine House is also a museum showing the history of the railway

Sights to see when on the train?

Even if you decide to not get off at any of the stops and just enjoy your time sitting on the train there is still plenty to see.

The track follows the River Severn which can see along most of the route as well as rolling hills and plenty of farmland that covers this county making for some scenic views.

As you get closer to Kidderminster you will have a view of the Safari park with the chance to see some of the animals, such as deer, lions and giraffes.

Near Bewdley, you will be able to spot a glimpse of the reservoir, the old school and the church see the complete town from the train.

Now that you have read this complete guide on how to spend a day on the Seven Valley Railway you will be able to plan your trip along this historic steam railway and the surrounding towns going back in time to experience some of the past


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Faye

10 best things to do in Glasgow, Scotland

A city often overlooked by the capital of Scotland Edinburgh. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland offering a lot to do and explore alongside having something for everyone on offer.

With plenty of culture, parks and historic buildings, you are spoiled for choice on what you can do in here. Even though it may be the biggest city in Scotland getting around is super easy with most the sites across this city being in close walking distance.

Don’t let the British weather put you off either with plenty of indoor activities across the city as well as the ones outdoors.

Botanic Gardens

Walking through the Botanic Garden and Kibble Place you will be transported into a jungle with a range of tropical plants and trees.

While there you can also take a stroll through the surrounding outdoor garden park that Kimble place itself is found as well as a walk along the River Kelvin which is found nearby.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

If you get chance to visit Kelvingrove park then walking round to visit the art gallery and museum is one I would recommend, with plenty to see here and if needed a chance to escape that British weather.

Art Mural Trail

If you head into the main city centre you may notice a few pieces of street art on the side of some of the buildings, this is part of the cities art mural trail which goes across the city centre making for some great shots too!

Kelvingrove Park

If taking a relaxing stroll through the parks is your thing then Kelvingrove park is one you will need to do, with plenty paths and a lake in the park summer stroll should be on the list, if visiting in winter the lake can freeze over giving you change to go ice skating.

Kelvingorve

Necropolis and Cathedral

Taking a walk around this beautiful cathedral is something you don’t want to miss out on with its stunning gothic architecture.

When in the area taking a walk up to the Necropolis and walking through the grounds, w nowhile going to an old cemetery may seem like an odd thing to do when visiting the city the views from the top are something you will want to witness.

People’s Place and Glasgow Green

The People’s Place and Glasgow green are great if you want to just walk around the park or fancy a trip to the museum, you will also find the Winter Gardens if you fancy going and checking out some more tropical plants.

Clydeside Distillery

What would a trip to Scotland be without a distillery tour?

Lucky Glasgow has one right in the bank of the River Clyde in the city centre. Take a tour around this distillery and try some of the single malt whisky they have to offer.

George’s Square

Head down to Georges square, but keep an eye out for the famous Duke of Wellington statue, the people of Glasgow are known for having a sense of humour with this statute showing it.

I won’t say too much and leave this location up to you to find out about when you visit.

George’s Square

Science Centre

If you are a science lover then the science museum found along the River Cylde is something you will want to do while in Glasgow.

Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum

Found at the University this museum and art gallery holds a lot of history about the city. It is also the oldest museum in Scotland so why else wouldn’t you want to visit this place of wonder.


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Faye 

Best free sites to visit in London

London is known for being an expensive city but a visit there doesn’t always need to be, there are plenty for free things to see and do while in the city helping lower the cost of any trip to London.

As long as you prepare and research where you are going like with any other trip the cost can soon come making even London accessible on a budget.

This UK capital has so much to offer with more than you expect being free. Having been to London only a few times I am always left feeling as though there is more of this city to visit.

Here are my top sites to visit for free when you go to this UK capital.


Museums and Galleries

There are several museums and galleries across the city you can take a trip to London just visiting the museums and galleries with so much to see inside them it will keep you busy for days or years even just to go round them all and see everything.  

There is a list of some of my favourite museums and galleries in London:

  • National History Museum 
  • British Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum 
  • National Gallery London 
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Science Museum 

Tower Bridge

London Eye

While you have to pay to go on the London eye itself, getting to see this monument itself is, of course, free and something worth doing. 

London Eye across the Thames

The parks

There are several parks across the city and taking a stroll through any time of the year is something worth doing, here is a few of them.

  • Hyde Park
  • St. James Park
  • Regent’s Park
  • Green Park

Big Ben and Parliament

Bit of a fun fact for you all, the tower itself that you see is now called the Elizbeth tower with Big Ben being the bell tower.

You can see this site from the outside across the Thames however to get a tour on the inside you will have to pay but getting to just see this amazing structure just from the outside is something that you should do when in London.

Elizbeth Tower with Big Ben inside

Buckingham Palace

See the changing of the guard and home of the Queen of England

Guards at Buckingham Palace

Churches

Some of the churches you can visit for free if you go to a service.

Olympic Park

Fancy a throwback to 2012 then take a stroll through the Olympic park and seeinf where all the action took place. 

Part of the Olympic Park with the Swimming centre

What are your favourite sites in London or the ones you can’t wait to go and see let me know?

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Hope you enjoying navigating London

Faye

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