16 Asian Taxi scams (and how to beat them)

Tommo Travel Tips

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. …

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What backpack do you need to go travel?

Tommo Travel Tips

There are a million backpacks out there. Which is right for you? In this article we are going to show you how to choose a backpacking pack. We’ll cover the basic questions you need to be thinking about before you decide on a backpack. First, take the quick quiz to decide which type of backpack will best suit your personal travel style. Then narrow down your options and figure out …

15 Best Books to Read Before Travelling South East Asia

Megsy Travel Tips

” The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Books should be an integral part of any travellers travel kit. Whether it be in paperback or as an ebook, you will always find wanderers with a word based resource or two for the country they are in. However, …

How to Get Your India Visa in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Megsy Travel Tips

What’s the process? How easy is it? When we started looking up how to apply for our Indian Visa in Phnom Penh, many travel forums spoke of large difficulties in processing. Having to resubmit paperwork due to small errors or pay for the embassy staff to make the changes. Uncertainty on whether you can can apply for the full 6 month visa rather than being penalised with only 3 months, …

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You know you’re in SE Asia when…

Tommo Fun

South East Asia, to anyone who grew up in a western country, is insane. We love it, we hate it. We have no idea how people live this way but are fascinated that they do and sometimes even envious of the lack of rules and order. Our time backpacking South East Asia has come to an end as we head to India this week. We thought we’d wrap things up …

Thingyan (Myanmar) vs Songkran. Which one should you go to? (w/ Video)

Tommo Booze, Fun, Video Blogs

The Buddhist new year celebrations of Songkran (Thailand) and Thingyan 2014 (Burma) are on their way! These massive water fights run for 4 days from 13th April to 16th April and are some of the most fun you’ll have in your life! But which one is best? In 2013 we decided to experience the water festivals in BOTH of the two best countries to do so – Myanmar (Formerly Burma) and …

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Getting your China visa in Hong Kong, the easy way!

Tommo Travel Tips

It’s become increasingly difficult for Westerners to get a China visa outside of their home country. Even when you can get a visa they won’t always issue you the duration you’d prefer and you often have to provide a mountain of supporting paperwork to get it. We skip all these issues and pick up a 3 month China visa in Hong Kong by filling in one side of A4 and handing over …

Why Scoot is the best way to get from Australia to Asia on a budget. (Review)

Tommo Travel Tips

You may not have heard of Singapore Airlines’ new budget carrier “Scoot” but its a recently launched airline that is bound to make some waves in the budget airline scene. Taking on the already established Jetstar, Air Asia and and Tiger what makes this airline any different? Its the little things…   What does Scoot have to offer?   Cheap Fares When you buy your ticket thats all you get so …

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 …

Top 20 Booze experiences

Travel, food, music, sleep and… BOOZE! These are Five Dollar Travellers’  FIVE LIFE ESSENTIALS. We believe drinking isn’t about getting drunk, its about the crazy scenarios you get yourself in to when you ARE drunk… Drinking in exotic places is a fantastic part of the Five Dollar Traveller experience (Especially those cheapy drinks!). This page is dedicated to some of the best drinking experiences we’ve had around the world, well, what …

Deep fired filth in Chiang mai markets, Thailand

Top 10 Food Worldwide (Our picks)

We LOVE Food! One of the greatest things about travelling is the myriad of new and exciting food choices. Every country has its own specialties, and for my money eating these dishes how they were originally intended gives you a great bench-mark to set your standards if you go away and eat the same dish outside its home country. Not only that but if you want to cook it yourself then tasting …

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 …