Ways to Visit France on a Budget
May22

Ways to Visit France on a Budget

France usually doesn’t fit within the category of “budget”. However, I’m a firm believer that you can really travel anywhere on a low-budget, even somewhere as “rich” as France. Sure, it’s not easy, but it is completely possible. Here are some of my tips.   Find the Best Flight Deal Of course, booking a trip on a budget starts with the flight booking. In general, flights are the cheapest when booked about 2 months in advance of your departure date. Also, it tends to be cheapest to book into the biggest destination in a country. For example, flying to Paris tends to be cheaper than flying somewhere like Leon. Moreover, if the exact dates don’t matter, flights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday tend to be the cheapest days to fly. Don’t Stay in Hotels Hotels are expensive in France, especially the chains in the big cities. Luckily there are a lot of other options available to you when travelling through France. For example, if you’re on a bit of a higher accommodation budget, you should look into the guest houses that are smaller and much more affordable. Other alternatives are AirBnb. Or, if you don’t mind crowds, you can always stay at a couple hostels to really save money. Get a Rail Pass If you’re planning on travelling around France a lot, get a rail pass. If you buy tickets individually, it will become expensive. With a rail pass, you’ll also have the flexibility to change your plans and be more spontaneous. If you plan on moving on the trains more than a couple times in your visit to France, you’ll likely save a great deal by getting a rail pass. Visit the Countryside Cities like Paris and Nice are beautiful, but they can also be extremely expensive. Out in the countryside of France there are some incredibly beautiful towns and places worth exploring. And, the best part about it all is that they are actually much cheaper to spend time in. Personally, I’m all about discovering places off the beaten path, and the added bonus is that it tends to be cheaper anyways. Find the Free Activities There are plenty of free things to do in France, and if you’re on a budget you should focus on these things. Thankfully, there are a lot of free opportunities in the country. For example, some of the country’s best museums actually have days that they are completely free to visitors. In general, most tourists spend a huge chunk of their money on excursions and tours that they could do on their own for cheap or free. So, do yourself a...

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Can “Older” People Adventure Travel?
Oct29

Can “Older” People Adventure Travel?

It’s a saying I hear all the time: “travel well you’re still young.”  And well that might be true to a certain extend, I certainly don’t think it’s a fixed case.  Older people can travel, and they can adventure travel too if they’re willing to step outside their boxes a bit.  Of course, there’s an old saying that says that when you’re young, you have the energy to travel, the time, but no money.  Then, when you’re in your working years, you have the money to travel and the energy, but not the time.  Finally, when you have the money and the time to travel, you don’t have the energy. Of course, I think that all of those cases aren’t exactly true, but an excuse.  I think the true problem is that if people put travel off until they’re older they are less willing to step out of their comfort zones as is necessary in adventure travel.  However, if you’re an “older” person, I do have some advice to having a travel adventure. Get Piece of Mind Through Good Insurance There’s something to be said about having really good travel insurance when you travel.  It allows you to step outside your comfort zone without worrying as much about the risks.  There is good travel insurance for the over 60’s available, so do yourself a favour and prep by making sure you’re properly insured. Don’t Skimp on the Accommodation Let’s face it, once you’re a little older you’re going to want a comfortable place to unwind.  Thus, my advice is that no matter what type of travel you’re doing, be sure you have a really comfortable place to lay your head at the end of the day.  It doesn’t matter if you’re in southern Africa or Peru, be sure to make sure your accommodation will be a place of reprieve from any of the struggles you might encounter out in the world. Surround Yourself with Youth Back in the day, I worked as a tour leader in South America.  The company I worked for specialized in adventure tours.  Now, every now and then an “older” person or couple would be on the tour.  They always mentioned how they felt that the youthfulness of the group made them feel like they were more energetic.  Sometimes, an older group can be a bit of a drag on the mood and resulting experience.  If you surround yourself with younger people, a lot of the youthful energy is likely to rub off on you. Skip the Bus Tour and Cruises It should probably go without saying that adventure travellers should avoid bus tours and cruises...

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Go Cruising For Less
Oct27

Go Cruising For Less

Cruise holidays usually represent excellent value for money, given the sheer amount of destinations you can visit and the fabulous all-inclusive nature of many cruise holidays, with on board cuisine and travel arrangements. However, everyone loves a bargain, and who can resist the chance to save money on a holiday – particularly if it means you can enjoy the savings as spending money? Take a River Cruise In comparison to the big ships, river cruises are a bit more on the luxury side.  However, the costs of these trips aren’t nearly as elaborate for what you get.  In 2014, picturesque Russian river cruises were extremely popular.  And, it seems that this type of river cruising style isn’t slowing down in popularity either.  Asides from Russia, trips up the Danube River in central Europe is also very popular.  These cruises are an opportunity to cruise without feeling like you’re on one of those over-sized liners. Last Minute Deals Late deals are a popular choice and work in a similar way to package holidays. In the last few weeks leading up to the cruise holiday’s departure date, look out for discounts or special offers such as free upgrades or other incentives such as extra on board spending money. This is a great time to snap up a bargain, providing you can be as flexible as possible on your holiday criteria. For instance, try not to limit yourself to a specific itinerary or cruise operator, if it means you could save money by travelling on a similar itinerary with another brand. Compare Holidays Well most people tend to just pick a favourite cruise line and are done with it, if you’re looking to save money on your cruise holiday don’t just book the first thing you see, shop around.  A great way to compare holidays from all the major tour operators is to use a travel agent and browse their late deals or early bird discounts, or use the search panel to look for holidays departing within your preferred time frame. Go Off-Season Not only are cruises – well, actually all sorts of travel – cheaper during the off-season, but you’ll get destinations to yourself.  If you’ve ever been to Dubrovnik in July, you’ll know that arriving a midst hundredsof of other cruise travellers isn’t all that fun.  Personally, I tend to seek out the times of year that are just off-season but not so off season that the weather is terrible.  For example, if you’re booking a cruise up to see Alaska, a great time of year to go is early October.  The prices are low, but the scenery is still stunning...

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Vagabundo Writer Leading Fundraising Trip to India in January
Sep25

Vagabundo Writer Leading Fundraising Trip to India in January

Hi peeps, hope the end of summer, for those of you in the northern hemisphere, hasn’t been too depressing so far.  I always seem to get a bit of the blues when the days start to shorten and the snow starts to fall.  But, looking around at the travel world and seeing all the amazing things people are doing at the moment really seems to perk up my inspiration. One of our writers/photographers, Jamie Robinson, who will be publishing a photography book on India with us in the coming months, will be leading a group of volunteers across India in January.  If you want to get involved, I’m sure he and the people he’s helping, will be forever grateful. The Info Jamie Robinson is volunteering as a team leader for Raleigh International this January – A determined and dedicated charity focused on the development of international citizen cohesion and fighting poverty in the developing world. With donations, Jamie can help further this rewarding charity for young people to go abroad and help in these affected areas and make the world a better place for small communities. Click the link to follow Jamie’s progress, and to help him reach his target, no matter how small. Be a part of a ripple effect and do something lovely. Other Vagabundo Happenings Lots of fun stuff on the dockets here at Vagabundo Magazine.  If you haven’t yet grabbed it, be sure to go over to the book story and pick up James Dorsey’s new book Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails. Stay in touch via our newsletter as well for announcements like Jaime’s upcoming...

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Launching “Vanishing Tales” by James Dorsey
Aug19

Launching “Vanishing Tales” by James Dorsey

So, we’ve been quiet over here, I know.  The truth is, we’re working on restructuring Vagabundo as we have been planning on pushing into new streams.  One of those streams we’ve been most aggressively pursuing is publishing.  In fact, we’re extremely excited to announce that after a couple months of hard work on our end, and years worth of adventure and work on James Dorsey’s part, we’ve just published our first every travel book! The collected works, by Vagabundo Contributor James Dorsey, is an homage to stories from the vanishing trails of the world.  The book is a series of short stories spanning from Cambodia to Mali to Peru and back again.  They are the types of stories that allow the reader to feel like they too are directly involved in the story.  If the travel pieces don’t inspire you travel yourself, you’ll feel as though you’ve managed to escape your current world for as long as James’ beautiful words grace the pages before you. Get it Now! The book is now available in print, eBook and Kindle form.  Grab your copy here: Print copy ($19.99) ePub ($7.99) Kindle ($7.99) Don’t believe us that it’s awesome? Check out a couple endorsements from very prominent members of the travel community:      “James Dorsey is no ordinary travel writer. In this remarkable book, ranging from Southeast Asia to West Africa, he takes us inside tribal cultures that many readers will be surprised to learn still exist. The author’s sincere fascination with remote lands and the ancient practices of their inhabitants often makes him as much participant as observer. That a 21st-century man could yet invoke the spirit of a Stanley or a Shackleton makes “Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails” all the more a must-read.” Dick Russell, author of “Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia.”      “What I like best about James Dorsey’s stories is that he tells you not only where he travels, but why he travels. He has an innate ability to coax hidden truths from strangers, to absorb and reflect world cultures without judgment. This remarkable collection of essays allows a reader to share both the external and internal journey of a true adventurer.” Diane Haithman, Former Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times, Author of Dark Lady of Hollywood, and also, The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life. Come on now, Go Get it! The book is now available in print, eBook and Kindle form.  Grab your copy here: Print copy ($19.99) ePub ($7.99) Kindle ($7.99)...

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