Category: travel

What You Could Get in Istanbul for $10 – Immersing the Culture and the Myth in Between Europe and Asia

Turkey always has a special place in my heart, especially Istanbul. That’s why, it’s been a while since I looked for a contributor covering the city split by two continents, Europe and Asia.

For those who probably don’t know, my very first flight was from Jakarta to Istanbul 10 years ago. Yes, I never even flew domestically, and the only reason I flew to Turkey was because I got a scholarship to spend a summer course there learning Turkish as a language.

I spent almost three months in Izmir, but my journey in Turkey started in Istanbul. And also so many other stories around the country. So, I was super excited when Dani of Diapers in Paradise reached out to cover Istanbul for this week’s $10 series!

Last but not least, how could you spend your $10 in Istanbul?

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Post-Lockdown Staycation Experience: Blackbird Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia

In case you didn’t know, I barely left the house from April to September. Since I fell ill on my way from Pakse to Vientiane in February, I was hesitant to travel. Even domestically.

It was only a couple of months ago when I decided to go out once in a while, mostly for work, as I found an ideal coworking space at Eduplex in my hometown. So, after half a year of spending the whole time at home, I decided to finally book a hotel room for a staycation again last month.

I took my family for a post-lockdown staycation at Blackbird Hotel, a boutique hotel situated around Cihideung in Bandung, my hometown. At the time, I booked both the medium and large room as I went with my siblings and my mom.

So, how was my experience for having a staycation at Blackbird Hotel?!

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What You Could Get in Punta Cana for $10 – Because Traveling Around the Caribbean Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Hi everyone! 

It’s once in a blue moon that I publish an article about destinations in the Caribbean. Still, after recommending some local beers from the region a couple of months ago, it’s time for us to find out whether you can travel around on the budget there. 

This week, we’re going to Chris of Punta Cana Travel Blog to talk about how far you could get with $10 in Punta Cana, a resort town in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. 

So, is it possible to travel inexpensively around the Caribbean?!

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Sleeper Bus in Laos: The Most Affordable Way to Travel from Pakse to Vientiane

When I did my research long before I started my Indochina trip, I figured that Laos’s infrastructure and transportation might be a bit challenging compared to its neighboring countries.

I came across an article that outlined their long journey with a bus in Laos, which they didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Reading it made me second-guess whether I should take a long overland journey from Cambodia to Vientiane or Vang Vieng, so I decided to go to Pakse from Siem Reap instead.

While I only get a chance to travel around Pakse city center in Champasak, I was quite happy with my decision to stop there before heading to Vientiane. It gave me some time to travel slow and adapt to Laos’s daily life since I have to admit that Laos is slightly different compared to Cambodia or Vietnam.

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What You Could Get in Lake Atitlan for $10 – How to Maximize Your Time and Minimize Your Budget at One of the Most Popular Destinations in Guatemala

Hi everyone!

It was only recently that we covered Antigua Guatemala in our $10 series. This week, we’re going back to the country in Central America to find out where else we could go around Guatemala to travel on a budget!

This time, instead of covering the city, we’re going to talk specifically about one of the famous travel destinations in Guatemala, and it’s Lake Atitlan.

FYI, the popular gateway to the lake is to get to the town of Panajachel… But, how far could you get around the lake for $10?! Dean and Laynni of Routinely Nomadic will answer our question this week!

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