Category Archives: budget travel

Accommodation Review – Elmwood Hotel, London

When in London in May I stayed for a week in an Air BnB apartment. The final night however, I decided I would try and find a hotel near St Pancras station. This was because the next morning I had to take the Eurostar to Paris. So I looked around for something suitable and not too expensive. And so it

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The Air BnB Experience – Homestays

Hi all. It’s taken an age but finally I’m getting around to writing about Air Bnb. In the last two trips I’ve used Air BnB five times, twice for homestays and three times to rent apartments. They have been quite different experiences. I’m not sure what took me so long to finally use Air BnB. It’s really a great idea.

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Accommodation Review – Baikaler Hostel

The Baikaler Hostel in Irkutsk, Russia, has a pretty good reputation and I was very glad that I was able to get a room there – especially as there was only one private room in the whole hostel! Apparently it is owned and run by an interesting and friendly character named Jack. Unfortunately for me he was not around for

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Accommodation Review – Hostal Copacabana, La Quiaca, Argentina

The word Copacabana seemed to follow me around in South America from the shores of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia to Rio de Janeiro. And then there was the Hostel Copacabana in the dusty border town of La Quiaca. I crossed the border and decided to walk to the hostel. It was a bit further than it looked on the map

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Accommodation Review – Green House Hostel, Bariloche

Doing another review this week as I’m trying to get them all done before I leave. Bariloche is a gorgeous spot in Northern Patagonia, with unsealed roads and a Bavarian feel. I stayed in the Green House Hostel, in a single room with shared bathroom. It was a great choice, there was a lot to offer the guests, friendly knowledgeable

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Accommodation Review – Hotel Avenida, Uyuni, Bolivia

If you’re coming to Uyuni to hook up with a tour to the salt flats, there’s a good chance you’ll need to stay a night or two in the town of Uyuni. I stayed the night before the tour and the night after the tour, and I ended up staying at Hotel Avenida, although originally it wasn’t my first choice.

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Accommodation Review – Hotel La Dolce Vita, Sucre, Bolivia

Well. The name says it all, doesn’t it? Sucre is a delightful city in South-Central Bolivia which is definitely worth a short stop if you’re there. It can be reached in a couple of hours from Potosi by share taxi which was great as at the time I was well and truly sick of the ol’ bus travel by this

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Accommodation Review – Hotel Jerusalen, Potosi, Bolivia

Sometimes you don’t get to stay at the place you want to. Sometimes, that turns out to be a blessing in disguise, sometimes… not so much. This was one of those times. The second one that is. Not to say that Hotel Jerusalen was a horrible hotel, it wasn’t. But neither was it amazing, or particularly good, or value for

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Accommodation Review – Hotel La Cupula, Copacabana, Bolivia

When planning a stop on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia I found this hotel and immediately was entranced by it on the web. The photos of it made it look absolutely amazing. As photos often do when they are chosen and formatted for a business website. The website is here – Hotel Cupula. You’ll see what I mean it’s wonderful use

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So, I Took an Intrepid Tour – to Galapagos

Last year at the start of October I began my South American Adventure with a visit to Galapagos. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do it, I wasn’t sure what the best way to visit it was to be honest. It seemed to me that I really needed to consider taking a tour because doing it solo

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