At times I have spent as little as $10 USD per week by staying in the same place for weeks at a time, working and volunteering. This isn’t always an option for short-term travelers though. So, asking me how much money I brought with me isn’t going to help you backpack Southeast Asia- but I have info that will!
Can’t decide where to go? Select “Everywhere” as your destination on Skyscanner.net! You will get a list of the cheapest flights leaving your selected location. This, my friends, is how I ended up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
I had been traveling for over a month when I arrived at Suan Sati- a yoga and meditation retreat outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. After 12 days in Bangkok, 5 days in Singapore, one night in Chiang Rai and two weeks bouncing around Chiang Mai, I needed a break. A break from city life and a break from my own mind.
Travel hacking is finding ways to support a travel lifestyle without being independently wealthy (as I am not). It took a lot of research and travel experience to understand how to travel hack successfully. I wrote the following article to help people better understand how I’m doing what I’m doing, financially, and to help other travelers travel hack! Oh, and so I’m more prepared the next time someone straight up asks me “how much money do you have?”
In present day Thailand, the use of elephants in street begging and logging has been banned, but riding elephants still happens all over Thailand, legally. If you take nothing else away from this post, just remember this: DO NOT EVER RIDE AN ELEPHANT OR USE AN ELEPHANT FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT. EVER. PERIOD.
Getting to Singapore from Bangkok was a blur. Transportation to and from the airport, as well as my flight, were quick and smooth. That, mixed with being deliriously tired from staying up late and waking up early, made me feel like I’d been teleported into an alternate universe.
Singapore hadn’t even been on my radar, but it didn’t take me long to get excited about it! Before I left the states we researched activities, pre-booked flights, accommodations and even arranged for my friend to come back to Thailand with me after Singapore. While making these plans I had no idea what a lesson they would teach me about pre-booking.
As soon as the group at The Oasis Hostel in Chinatown found out I was a hairstylist, several haircut requests were made- I really wasn’t expecting that. I mean, I know I’m good at what I do, but they had just met me, they had no reason to trust me.
I came barreling into The Oasis Hostel in Chinatown, dripping sweat. I didn’t expect anyone to be there because I’d received an email saying the front desk would be closed from 12pm to 4pm, for a Songkran celebration. It must not be noon yet? I thought, when about ten people greeted me upon arrival.