Sunday, September 28, 2014

Best Budget Travel Blogs

Flipkey, a subsidiary of Trip Advisor ( has published a list of what it considers to be the 25 best budget travel blogs this year. So if you are looking for inspiration or just some armchair travel, their list might be a good place to start.

I saw a lot of familiar names and checked into a few. One of the top is the Hobo Traveler, ( by Andy Lee Graham, a veteran of some 16 years of continuous travel covering 96 countries. A lot of the content on this site requires that you sign up, which I did not want to do, but I was able to watch a number of videos. I learned about a phenomenon in southeastern Europe, especially along the Adriatic, called sobe-girl rooms.

These are rooms in private homes or apartment buildings where you can stay in low season for as little as 10 euros per night, and that is for room with a private bath. They rent for about 150 euros per month. The drawback is that they are often located far from the sea or the city centre. In another video, Andy lets us ride along with him as he tried to take an overnight bus between Pristina, Kosovo and Montenegro, only to be dumped short of his destination at a small bus station where he had to wait for a bus that would leave at 6 a.m. He certainly lets you in on the nitty-gritty of budget travel, which sometimes includes hassles like this.

The blog A Little Adrift ( is written by a young woman who has been touring the world for about six years and writing about it. She does return to the U.S. from time to time. At the moment she has just returned from travelling in South Africa and Kenya. Her site contains a lot of useful practical information, particularly for long-term travellers.

To see the complete list, go to


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