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11/06/2017

Mexico’s Most Beautiful City, Guanajuato

You may or may not have heard of the Mexican city of Guanajuato.  You might not have even seen pictures of Guanajuato.  However, one thing I can confidently say is that when you lay eyes on this city, you will never forget it.  The images from this beautiful Mexican university city will stick in your mind forever.  If you haven’t been, it will soon be on your list, no doubt about it.

Guanajuato stands firmly at number 1 in the list of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, in my opinion.  Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Take a look at pictures of Guanajuato below and decide for yourself.

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04/06/2017

Visiting Tequila Country Without a Tour

Drinking liquid gold in the birthplace of the world famous alcoholic drink, what could be more Mexican than that?  A short bus ride away from Guadalajara lies the Mexican town of Tequila.  You guessed it, Tequila’s main export is, well, tequila.  Here, in Tequila you can go on a tequila tour in one of the distilleries.  You will see for yourself the process of transforming the humble agave plant into the drink which is loved around the world.

First things first, trust me when I say this. You do not need to pay for an organised tour to take you from Guadalajara to one of the tequila distilleries.  Simply get a bus from Guadalajara and pay for a tequila tour in the town of Tequila.  You have much more flexibility with your day, you can choose which distillery you visit and it’s cheaper than an organised tour straight from Guadalajara. Sounds like a no-brainer to me, am I right or am I right?

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28/05/2017

Guadalajara Self-Guided Walking Tour

The aroma of spicy Mexican delights being cooked up, narrow roads packed with cars, street performers vying for the audience’s applause, along with their cash and stunning buildings at every turn. That is exactly what you can expect from Guadalajara and a taster of things to come on your Guadalajara self-guided walking tour.

After spending weeks relaxing on beaches in the USA and Mexico.  Most notably relaxing on the white sands of Balandra Beach.  It was finally time for our first Mexican city destination – Guadalajara.  I was sceptical prior to my arrival.  I didn’t know what to expect from Mexico’s second most populous city.

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21/05/2017

Balandra Beach, La Paz. Mexico’s Most Beautiful Beach?

Miles of pristine white sand, clear water which glistens from the beaming sun above and perfect swimming conditions due to the security of the bay from the open sea. These are some of the attributes which, when put together, equal the perfect beach. These are the attributes which make up Balandra Beach, La Paz.

Is Balandra Beach Mexico’s most beautiful beach or even the best of Baja California Sur beaches? That’s a tough question indeed.  Mexico is not short of competition when it comes to beaches, however, in my opinion, Balandra Beach is Mexico’s best beach.  Balandra Beach and the surroundings will wow you.

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14/05/2017

A Guide to San Diego on a Budget

Not many places in the world have ‘it’, but I can tell you, San Diego is one of those destinations. What exactly do I mean by ‘it’? A place which has it all; beaches, nightlife, food, heritage, history and nature. Yes, cramming the previous into one city is possible. Few places in the world have it all, but San Diego does.

As the story goes, American cities are hardly known for being budget backpacker friendly destinations.  Not surprisingly money conscious travellers tend to avoid the USA.  Having come from Coachella, we knew how expensive things can get in the USA. Don’t get me wrong, even with the tightest of penny-pinching, your budget will be higher in San Diego than in Hanoi, Vietnam for instance. Having said that, with the right knowledge and know-how you can have a bank account friendly stay and keep the spending to a minimum in San Diego.

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07/05/2017

Coachella on a Budget Tips

Coachella is the music and arts festival held in Indio, USA, over 2 weekends every April.  It’s a mix of the creative, artsy, wonderful and downright weird.  There’s music to suit every taste, huge art displays, none stop sun and food stands serving up delicious food, it’s hard to ignore the lure of Coachella.  However, being a budget backpacker, it’s hard to take no notice of how notoriously expensive Coachella is.  It’s not often you hear the sentence ‘Coachella on a budget’.

Coachella on a budget, can you really do it? In short, the answer is yes.  While your budget may not be as low as a mere 25 USD a day, as in some corners of the world, you can still visit Coachella for a lot less than most.  Coachella’s reputation holds it as being a classy, upmarket and costly festival, but don’t let that put you off. 

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30/04/2017

Australia Working Holiday Visa Guide

I got sick and tired of trawling the internet to find out information on working holiday visas in Australia, with little success.  I’ve created an all-in-one Australia working holiday visa guide, so you don’t have to waste your time searching for information.

Deciding to apply for a working holiday visa in Australia could be one of the best decisions you make in your life.  Australia is a country with countless adventures and experiences.  No two encounters are the same.  One day you’ll be spotting koalas on Magnetic Island, another you’ll be whizzing along the beach in a 4×4 on Fraser Island and that’s just the travelling side of a working holiday visa.  For the working side of your visa, you might choose to settle down in a world-renowned city like Melbourne or Sydney.  You may wish to experience rural Australia and work in a bar in the outback.  The possibilities are endless.

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23/04/2017

2 Days in Melbourne Budget Itinerary

Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia.  It can often be difficult to decide what to do with yourself when you have limited time in a world-renowned city.  Well, never fear, follow this 2 days in Melbourne budget itinerary to make the most of your short stay.

Spending two days in a city can often involve a lot of dashing around, attempting to squeeze in every attraction under the sun.  Melbourne is a hub of cultural gems, amazing food and quirky art, so it may be difficult to know how to spend your two days in the city.  Whether you’re just beginning or ending your east coast trip, Melbourne will surely be one of the highlights.

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16/04/2017

2 Days, 1 Night Great Ocean Road Budget Itinerary

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most stunning and exhilarating drives you will do in your life.  I’ve devised a ‘2 days, 1 night Great Ocean Road budget itinerary’ so you can make the most of your trip, without wasting precious time and money.

While you’re in and around Melbourne, make sure you do not miss out the Great Ocean Road.  What could be better than driving down a winding road which hugs the coastal cliffs of southern Victoria?  A road which runs for 243km, to be exact.  However, the driving isn’t the only highlight of a Great Ocean Road trip.  Along the way, you’ll experience Victoria’s best beaches, lookouts with views for days, renowned national parks, true Aussie wildlife and much more.

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09/04/2017

Claiming Back Your Tax and Superannuation When Leaving Australia

Claiming back your tax and superannuation when leaving Australia may not be the most exciting of jobs, but it can be easily done.  Follow this guide and you will avoid paying something to do something which you can easily do by yourself.

You’ve had the time of your life in Australia.  You’ve seen and done things you’d never even imagine you would get to do.  You’ve driven across a beach in a 4×4, discovered the lesser known beaches in Sydney and explored the bays across Magnetic Island. However, your time has come to an end and it’s time to leave Australia.  It’s a time everyone on their working holiday visa dreads.  I’ve not met one person who doesn’t come to Australia and fall in love with the place.

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