The Ultimate Guide to Homestay: For Travellers and Backpackers

Tommo Travel Tips

Accommodation cheaper and cleaner than a hostel? Often with food included and comprehensive local knowledge to help you get the most out of your travel experiences? It’s time to go Homestay. Staying with a local is the latest grass roots adventure to harness the power of the internet. Many millions of homestays can now be found online, with reviews from past guests and the ability to book online, direct and …

why do i need travel insurance

Do NOT buy travel insurance until you have read this!

Tommo Travel Tips

Why Get Backpacker insurance? The basics. Find cheap, value insurance and understand the jargon! The insurance industry is so complicated and packed with jargon that even the basics involve quite a comprehensive explanation… to look in depth would require a degree I reckon! This guide aims to provide you with enough understanding so you can go out and find a policy that will a) cover the things you actually need …

how to save money to travel

Top 10 easy ways to save enough money to travel the world

Tommo Travel Tips

  If you are the sort of person who likes to grab their morning coffee at Starbucks,  you need to read this. If you spend $4 on a coffee, 5 days a week that equals $1,040 annually just for coffee… Wouldn’t you rather have that money to spend on travel? The good news is you don’t have to massively change your life to start making a huge improvement on your savings. …

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Ayers Rock (Uluru) on the cheap – Budget Accommodation (Campground), food and information (With Video)

Tommo Fun, Travel Tips, Video Blogs

We head out to Ayers Rock in search of the best way to see the Australian Icon on a budget. Staying at the campground and eating from the supermarket we see Uluru the cheapest way we can! Uluru is one of the most famous landscapes in the world and any trip to Australia is not complete without a visit… but it is a little pricey due to its location, in …

what is couchsurfing

A Very Short Introduction to Couchsurfing! Cultural exchange and free accommodation around the globe.

Tommo Travel Tips

Chances are if you have done some budget travel you will at least have heard of Couchsurfing, if not tried it. But with a community so far of just 5 million people worldwide it seems likely that there are still a lot of travellers missing out on the valuable experiences and cost cutting benefits that Couchsurfing offers.   So What is couchsurfing? And why should you do it? Couchsurfing has …

Travel Budget Planner and Calculator, Our Comprehensive guide with FREE Excel budget template.

Tommo Travel Tips

In this article I’ll first outline the budget considerations for a backpacking trip. Following this I’ll offer some budget examples and you can download our FREE Excel travel budget planner calculator template to figure out your own budget estimate. Planning your trip is daunting. What if you forget something? Well, this article has the complete roadmap to everything you need to get sorted. Research and planning are also the key to getting the …

7 awesome accommodation tips for first time backpackers + Price guide for budget accommodation worldwide

Tommo Travel Tips

If you want to find the cheapest accommodation world wide, then searching hotel comparison websites like Agoda, Expedia and many others are not going to get you the right results! Aside from most of those sites taking a commission, they won’t represent the cheapest hostels because a) They don’t make much commission, b) The quality might not be high enough, (but not necessarily some cheap places are great), c) The smaller …

Baguette with salami

TIPS – Ideas for eating cheaply in western countries whilst travelling

Tommo Food, Travel Tips

Food can be expensive, especially if you are eating out all the time whilst travelling. However there are alternatives and tips for saving money that you might not have thought of! If you are a first time backpacker, your previous experience of eating abroad may be in hotels, restaurants, and fast food from McDonalds, Subway or KFC… When travelling you probably don’t want to be stuck only eating international brands, …

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Packing Guide For Girls: The important……and not so important things to pack when you are a lady!

Megsy Travel Tips

So you want to go travelling? But as a girl its hard to know exactly what to take. For just a weekend away with the girls we need day clothes, night clothes, shoes to match all possible situations and a clutch/purse or 2 as well……not to mention all the cosmetics, hairdryer and of course your GHD. .. Such a packing strategy isn’t going to work for backpacking! So this guide is all …

Stanley Wine

How to drink cheaply no matter what country I am in. Top 5 tips.

Tommo Booze, Travel Tips

The biggest box of wine ever! If you like a lot of beer or can’t start the day without a coffee then you are going to have to factor that into your travel budget… Drinking in developed countries can get quite expensive, but there are always cheap options: Even in Australia (Where the pubs are VERY expensive) you can grab a “Goon Bag” – 4 litres of cask wine for …