Best Hotels Kerala Backwaters (And Houseboats)

Best Hotels Kerala and Best Kerala Houseboats

Our core mission when finding you the best hotels in the Kerala backwaters: Design – We believe you should sleep somewhere that inspires you – No matter your budget. Unique – No cookie cutter rooms. Always feel like you are somewhere new and exciting. Near Good Food – Whether in the hotel itself, or very nearby. Your tastebuds need satisfaction! Where are the BEST places to stay in the Kerala …

007 Are you a scam magnet? And Varanasi, India (podcast)

Varanasi, India Podcast Episode 007: Are you a scam magnet? And we visit Varanasi, India Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @5dollartravel What do you want in the show? Are we …

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, …

7 Photos to inspire you to visit Indias southern tip: Kanyakumari

We like to gamble when we travel. Destination roulette. We choose a location that is barely featured in online guides and that we don’t know anyone who has ever been there. We’ll end up somewhere that is way off the regular tourist trail… And, Sometimes it’s rubbish. But, sometimes, we discover a hidden gem. During our 2.5 months in India, we covered a lot of ground. From Amritsar & Shimla in …

9 Photos that will inspire you to visit Varanasi, India

India is mental! There’s no doubt about it. We had heard tales from other travellers about many aspects to look out for in Varanasi. The burning area where people travel from near and far to have their dead relatives cremated. Burnings which go on 24 hours a day. The small alleyways where you have to dodge out of the way of scooters, cows and funeral processions. Often having to dive …

Why living the dream is harder than you expect

living the dream is hard

Travelling the world. Living the dream. Freedom. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? So, what went wrong? Every traveller, when they start out, has dreams of grandeur. Heading into the unknown. Discovering new cultures, foods, friends and places. Seeing the world from a different point of view for as long as the money holds out. We did all those things. It was great. It was… But, what you might not expect is …

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Survive India! 12 India travel tips every visitor should know

Taj mahal with goat herder

Travelling budget in India is a shitstorm. It’s sad to say, but for all the amazing things you’ll experience in India, the amount of negative things you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis can be overwhelming. If you are travelling cheap, and backpacking India, like we did, then you’ll be getting the real local experience. Not the positive cultural one that we normally, actively seek out in most …

Eat Pray Love Sucks: Read These Books About India Instead

Best books to read about india

Julia Roberts travels to India and basically does nothing. Boring. When I arrived in the crazy country that is India in early March 2014, I quickly realised that I had really no idea what this country was about – at all. The only book I had read about India was Eat Pray Love – and seriously Eat Pray Love sucks. I hated it so much I can’t believe I actually managed …

Goan Food: 6 Indian Dishes to Try Before You Die!

Palolem Beach, Goa India

Indian food is found almost everywhere today. There’s not too many big cities around that don’t have a couple of Indian restaurants offering a selection of curries, naans and popadoms. But did you know that the food most of us know as ‘Indian’ is in fact North Indian cuisine – to be more specific, Punjabi or Bangladeshi. As amazing as this food is, there are many different styles of Indian curry …

Top 10 Travel Questions about Palolem Beach Goa Answered

Palolem Beach, Goa India

If you’re planning on visiting Palolem beach Goa for the first time, there’s naturally a few questions you will have before you book that plane ticket. Here we have answered the Top 10 Travel Questions about Palolem Beach to help you out with your future travel plans – lets get started! What is The Currency? The currency in Palolem beach Goa, and all over India, is Indian Rupees. This currency …

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DON’T get a Houseboat at Kerala Backwaters (Do THIS Instead)

Alleppey houseboats

Were you thinking of hiring a houseboat in Kerala? The quintessential way to see the backwaters, or so the Kerala tourist authority will tell you, is by houseboat – not surprising, as this is also by far the most expensive way to see them. Although there are some positive reasons to splash out (hilarious pun) on an overpriced houseboat, there are a host of other cheaper, better value options. Alleppey …

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16 Asian Taxi scams (and how to beat them)

Taxi drivers all over Asia know how to extort foreigners, and locals. We’ve encountered our fair share of Asian taxi scams but North Indian taxi drivers are by far the most sneaky. Even the most experienced traveller can easily fall prey to some of the lesser used tricks. Not all of these are hardcore scams exactly, some are just ways to eek a few extra dollars out of ignorant foreigners. …