Around the World on a Shoe-String
|June 26, 2013||Posted by under Places|
When most people think of travel, they think it is expensive. The budget savvy globe trotter knows that seeing the great sights of the world does not have to cost a fortune as long as proper planning is used. This article will show you how make the most with your money at some of the most popular destinations across the world.
First we will start in Cancun, Mexico more than just a honeymoon destination. Booking at the 90-room Sotaventa Hotel in the Zona Hotelera (literally hotel zone) will save a bundle of cash to spend on things like touring the Mayan pyramid ruins at Chichen Itza or swimming with dolphins at nearby Isla Mujeres. Choose between a private room and bath or a bed within a dorm style room and private bath. Both are great inexpensive options at this yacht-club hotel with pool and restaurant.
Next we head north to the Big Apple, New York City! Staying downtown will cost you, instead head over to Brooklyn and the Kings Hotel where sleek marble and dark wood furnishings await you. For the budget conscious traveler, you cannot beat being close to popular NY City sites like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Coney Island and Battery Park. If you prefer downtown Manhattan, just walk a half block to the 9th Street stop and catch the D-Line.
Heading across the Atlantic, the first stop is in London, known as one of the most expensive cities due to the exchange rates. But it is also home to some of the world’s richest history. The Ibis Styles London Leyton as featured on HostelBookers is a wallet-friendly hotel near to a tube station that will allow for easy connections to Central London to see the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey or wherever you would like to visit. Don’t forget to nosh on their world famous fish and chips!
From London it is east to Amsterdam, known around the world for art and architecture, there is much to see in this friendly city. The Bronckhorst Hotel is a great place to base your trip. As a boutique hotel with modern amenities and comfortable beds, all you need to do is plan what you will see first. Perhaps picking up an iAmsterstam City Card will help you stretch your Euros even further. For 42€, the pass is good for all public transport, a canal cruise, access to many museums including the nearby Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums. The canal cruise and two museums alone cost more than the pass, so it may be worth checking out depending on what you want to see.
From Amsterdam to Paris, the City of Love, there is much to see beyond the famed Eiffel Tower. Staying outside of the city can save a great deal compared to hotels in the center. The Hotel Ibis Nord Sarcelles is located fairly close to a metro stop which will take you to center of Paris to see the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay or ride down the Seine on one of the Bateaux Mouches. Grab a cup of French press coffee at a Parisian bistro and sit facing the street and enjoy it at a leisurely pace with a delicious pain au chocolat. Bon appetit!
Our virtual round-the-world trip is ending in Spain. First, we shall start in seaside Barcelona. Take a stroll down tree lined Las Ramblas, which is actually a bunch of smaller street segments joined together. Here you will find the open air markets selling flowers, birds, textiles, paintings, street performers, cafes and neighboring shops. Nearby, is the Barcelona D-Guesthouse, allowing you to stay in a modern but authentic Spanish building. No visit to Barcelona is complete until you have seen the otherworldly (and inexpensive) architectural wonders of Antonio Gaudi. Several tour companies run double-decker buses with where you can purchase a hop-on-hop-off pass to see sites.
Lastly, we head to central Spain and the city of Madrid. Madrid is noted as the capital of Spain and Puerta del Sol is noted as Madrid’s city center. While this square may look like a fairly commonplace plaza in the daytime, it is after the sun goes down that this district takes on a new life. It is the hottest area in town for restaurants, discos and clubs and is also central to all the transport systems for daytime travel. Grab yourself a higher floor room at the Hotel Ateneo and you won’t be disappointed in the price or the proximity to the action! Whether you are coming to Madrid for the tapas, the bullfighting or to see Real Madrid in person, there is something exciting for everyone in this unique European city!
With a little advance planning for your destination and looking into the best hotel values, you can find a way to plan that dream vacation. A little research goes a long way when you want to see the world without breaking the piggy bank!