Being a foodie on a backpacker’s budget has taught us a thing or two about the best way to experience a country’s food scene. Before we left on our travels, being a foodie meant experiencing cuisine in high-end restaurants, with accompanying high-end prices. But throughout our budget savvy travels, we’ve learned a valuable lesson. Good food, with great value, often comes in smaller, more authentic restaurants. We’re talking about traditional family-style restaurants where European families come to dine on Sunday afternoons, or the hole in the wall gems where the working-class order hearty luncheon specials at affordable prices.
Our Mission: To explore the high energy city of Tokyo and the peaceful city of Kyoto and find the best budget friendly places to enjoy all the deliciousness that Japanese cuisine has to offer. Continue reading Don’t need a layaway plan. Our travel guide for budget eating in Japan!
I’m sitting here with piles of old tourist maps and travel guides scattered in front of me on the table. The maps are covered with x’s of attractions visited, and the photos are all of familiar places where our path has already crossed.
For weeks, I’ve been trying to scrounge up the desire to write about our time in Romania. Anyone paying close enough attention may notice that my last post left off in Bucharest, where I tried to offer my best advice to how to enjoy the city. Throughout our travels, we’ve always tried to be truthful and honest on our reflections of a country.
Right now, I just feel stuck. Continue reading Fat Ugly Americans in Romania
Every year at this time, emails come in from adventurers around the globe seeking firsthand advice about what to pack for an Antarctica expedition. After composing the email many times, I realized it was time to make an official “Ultimate Antarctica Packing Guide” to help others have a successful, enjoyable trip to the last and coldest frontier. Expedition outfitters often have guides available, but everyone who has reached out to us claims that they are seeking a firsthand account of our personal experience. Continue reading Best Antarctica Packing List AND Travel Guide
Let’s cut right to the chase. Japan blew us away. After departing, we had to stop ourselves from comparing it to other countries because frankly, Japan “had it going on.” Everything just worked. The people were some of the most beautiful in the world: fashion forward, put together, and smartly dressed. We observed an entire country that was spotlessly clean, despite the fact we could never find a public garbage. It was modern, efficient, organized, and safe. We immediately fell in love with this country, so deeply rooted in respect, that it was impossible not to respect it back. And so for 12 days we enjoyed the beautiful Japanese culture, the urban maze of neighborhoods, and the <cuisine> all on a tight budget.
Many are aware of Italy’s culinary truffle tradition, but did you know that neighboring Croatia’s truffle industry is booming? If you’re visiting the Istria region, you can’t help but get caught up in the underground treasure hunt that is the known as the truffle. There are truffle hunting tours, truffle fests, and souvenir shops dedicated to endless products made from truffles.
Harry adores truffles. I, on the other hand, don’t see what all the fuss is about. However, in the spirit that you should try everything at least once, our goal is to guide you so you can decide for yourself! As dedicated foodies, we set out to try to experience this delicacy in the BEST budget savvy way that we could. Continue reading Truffle Guide for Motovun Istria
One of the reasons we love using Airbnb is because we always get such great travel tips from our hosts when visiting their city. Our first stop on our tour of Istria, a region in northern Croatia, was Pula. Pula is a sea side town, the largest city in Istria, and is known for its Roman ruins, especially the Roman Arena. This amphitheater is special as it has four surrounding side towers, three of which are entirely preserved. Continue reading Chasing Dinosaurs in Istria, Croatia
Here’s a tour of “Our House in Budapest.”
We said it before and we’ll say it again, finding great, budget-friendly accommodation is probably the greatest challenge we face while on the road. Therefore, when we find something special that offers great value, we are quick to share our travel secret on our blog. We spend A LOT of time researching, so why not pass this valuable information along to our followers? Continue reading My House in Budapest
2015 was the year that I decided I was in search of answering the question, “Where are you, Christmas?” So with December 13th marking our ability to re-enter the European Union, we decided we would experience the holiday season in Budapest, home to one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. Continue reading What’s the Best European City for the Holidays? A Photo Essay
No trip to Croatia is complete without visiting some of the hidden gems and beautiful destinations that lie beyond the mainland. Ask many locals where their favorite destinations are in their home country, and they point to the beautiful islands that lie off the coast. Unfortunately, getting out to the islands is easier said than done. Continue reading Best Way to Explore Split’s Islands – Split Daily Tours
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. We really set off to visit Moldova simply to add a tally to our country number count. We also wanted bragging rights to say that we ventured into Europe’s least visited country. Travel bloggers who have traversed before us have called Moldova “uncharming,” “bland,” and joked that “we found delicious smoked cheese knots and a cool old Soviet bike….but that was it.”
Many long-term travelers do not disclose their financial information to their followers. This makes it even more challenging for future travelers to plan their own RTW trip. Finances always seem to be a very private subject. However, throughout our RTW trip, we have always been very transparent with our budget so that other couples embarking on this type of travel could have a useful resource to plan accordingly. Continue reading How Much We Spent to Travel The World for 2 Years
Back in my pre-RTW days, I would scroll through Pinterest’s travel pins and always stop when I came across anything related to Borneo. The trees. The misty jungle. The unusual animals. This made Borneo one of my top destinations to see on our RTW. However, due to the extremely high cost of lodging, we almost gave up on visiting this beautiful area of the world. After many hours of research, we had difficulty finding mid-range accommodation options. It was either sleep on mats in jungle huts or stay at luxury jungle lodges. Neither option was going to work for us. Continue reading How to do Borneo on a Budget
Many may not think to explore Croatia’s inland, but there is so much that lies beyond the beaches and the Adriatic Sea. We reached out to Rafting Vukasovic to see what lies within Croatia’s mountains and scenic river valley. Croatia’s landscape is made for adventure. This tour takes you on a three hour, ten kilometer rafting trip on the gorgeous Cetina River near Omiš.
During each transition on our RTW trip, I’ve always found the need to document an important milestone or moment with some sort of blog post. Transitions should always serve as a time of reflection. As we mark the two year anniversary of our departure, I felt the need to write something to express our feelings at this stage of the game. Continue reading Our RTW Trip Is Officially OVER!
Imagine the wind in your hair, your body feeling the surge of the waves, and breathing in all that fresh sea air! If you are spending time in Split, you must make time to get out on the Adriatic Sea. This was our first time sailing and we are definitely hooked. There is an energy that comes with being aboard a sailboat. When the wind is just right, everything comes alive! The crew members work in unison, using all the essential parts, to set in motion this big, powerful racing ship. It really is an exciting experience and one that we highly recommend.
Have You Heard About GPSmyCity?
GPSmyCity is a handy app presents you over 5000 self-guided walks in 470+ cities around the world, featuring the best of each city, from world famous attractions to hidden gems. There simply is no better way to see a city on foot, at your own pace and at a fraction of the cost you would normally pay for a guided tour. Continue reading Travel Article Apps Giveaway! New Technology from GPSmyCity
Address Controversy Related to Ep. 51: Long, Hot, and Smelly
September 3, 2016– This video, Ep. 51: Long, Hot, and Smelly, was and still is a harmless, satire video based upon the budget savvy traveler lifestyle. We decided that we needed to formally address this topic as we’ve been harassed, threatened, and bullied all over the internet. Up until now it really didn’t bother us as we knew we never made any hateful, derogatory, or insulting comment about anyone or any group specifically. What has bothered us is fellow travel bloggers taking this great opportunity to spread hate on other travelers who do things a little differently, act a little quirky, and don’t fit the status quo. Continue reading Press Release – Welcome to the REAL world
For our first full day in our 50th country, we needed a little adventure! We reached out to REFLIP to explore more of Bulgaria’s wild side and get a taste of the awesome outdoor adventure that lies in the Struma River Gorge. Continue reading Bulgaria – Travel Guide to Explore Europe’s Outdoor Adventureland
It’s that time of year again – the time when Budget & Savvy Travel magazine unveils the sexiest travel blogger alive. This year they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary and there’s no shortage of eye candy. It’s your opportunity to vote for the sexiest travel blogger alive. Below are the nominations. Make your vote count. Vote now!