009 Eating local, without the price tag & Paris Podcast

Paris Podcast Episode 001: Eating local, without the price tag & $5 Paris Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes Travel food tips that will save you a bundle. We picnic at the Eiffel tower and enjoy one of the best free fireworks shows in Europe. Laurie from The Paris Blog gives us her expert take on undiscovered Paris. WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can …

Our best and worst value travel from 2014

What experiences were really worth the price tag in 2014? This is about value for money. Best quality for the lowest price. Value is that balance point in the middle. You can get a 4 hour train ride across India for $2… but you’ll be crushed in a sweaty box like cattle. That’s not value for money. That’s just cheap. Flying from London to Athens for $35 in a comfortable, …

How to do Paris when your broke as f@#k

How to do Paris

It’s no secret that Paris is an expensive city to visit. Actually it was recently listed as one of the 10 most expensive places for a city break, coming in a close second to London. So why the hell, you might ask, would Five Dollar Traveller go anywhere near Paris? This seriously can’t be a budget destination to visit? In answer to the question: 1. Hello! It’s Paris – who …

6 Reasons We Spent Less Money in Europe than Asia

Asia is the ultimate budget traveller destination, right? Cheap food. ‘Genuine fake’ clothes that can be bartered for a fraction of the price of an original. Long distance transport is ridiculously cheap compared to western countries. Hostel room for just a few dollars. When we left Australia we set ourselves a budget of $42 total per day (Total, for both of us). Easy right? Nope! We were spending hours searching …

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FREE Accommodation Worldwide: 10 simple steps to become a top HouseSitter in 3 months

House sitting means free accommodation around the world. I’m sure you’ll agree this is a golden ticket for any traveller. We signed up to trusted house sitters on 17th April 2014 whilst paying to stay in a filthy hotel in Kanyakamuri, India. By June 5th we were on our first housesit in England and by late July we were getting multiple requests to housesit – that we didn’t even have to …

4 Photos that will inspire you to visit Pont-en-Royans, French Alps

Homes hang perilously on the cliff above the river. The name Pont-en-Royans literally means “Bridge on Royans”. This picture-postcard village is nestled in the foothills of the French alps, about 1 hour from Grenoble to the east and the Rhone valley to the west. During July and August the town is busy with tourists. This doesn’t take away from the charm of this idyllic spot. Enjoy a picnic in the park …

Bastille Day Fireworks, Eiffel Tower, Paris 2014

Bastille day Fireworks Paris 2014

Every 14th July France celebrates Bastille day. It’s a national independence day. The streets fill with people, especially for the evening fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Getting up close to the Eiffel tower is impossible. The area is cordoned off as herds of onlookers push to find the best viewing spot. Fortunately, we found a good location and got some great photos of the fireworks – enjoy!   Looking …

How to Enjoy Luxury Accommodation on a Budget

Our adventure started at a converted school house in the Charente, a region of France known for its verdant scenery and cognac brandy. As we walked through the sunny woods with Rossco (an Airedale terrier) and Ralph (a border terrier) it was hard to believe that this was our lives. Some people save money all their lives to experience this, and we were doing it on a tight budget. It …

Tommo catches the travel bug: a retrospective on my first long term travel experience

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Why Travel? I didn’t know, I’d been on plenty of holidays with my parents as a kid… some lamer than others. I’d been on a few trips into europe independently, which may sound impressive if you are not from Europe I suppose. After finishing University I felt like the rat race was not the sort of lifestyle I would want to look back on in 40 years and feel proud of. …