Visiting Cambodia on a Budget

Hello everyone, welcome back to my travel blog. Today I wanted to talk to you about budget travelling. I spent a lot of time in Cambodia in the past couple years, and when I first came out here compared to how I am today is very different. The biggest thing is that when I came out here at first, I didn’t really have a budget. I was staying in hotels that seemed cheap because I was comparing them to hotels back home, and eating a good meal 3-4 times a day. When I spent a month staying at a guesthouse, I would easily spend $600 a month on food, drink and accommodation. Now with me and my partner living together we try and spend that same amount combined.

 

Local Food

We decided to try and do one last trip around Cambodia with our shoe string budget, and we found it surprisingly easy. One of the easier ways I found to save money was through food; instead of ordering a pasta for each of us for dinner after having bacon and eggs for breakfast we would go out and get local food for both meals. I love this, as I love the local food and how cheap it is. This proved to be a little more difficult for my partner who likes to be able to tell what animal the meat came from.

 

Local Drinks

Another thing we learnt was to try out the local way to do thing. This was especially true when it came to coffee. At a western cafe you can expect to pay anywhere from $1 to $4 for a cup of coffee, but if you go to the local places selling flimsy plastic cups full of a tar-like coffee-ish substance it only cost you $0.25. Plus, if you are stay to drink it at the shop it will be followed by a pot of jasmine tea at no cost.

 

These were just some of the tips and tricks that I learnt trying to travel Cambodia on a shoe string. Maybe I will post the rest of my tips later, depending on the readers (you) reactions. See you again soon!

 

Cambodia Ice Coffee 

Save money on your plane ticket

Hey everybody, welcome back to my travel blog! I am sure that everyone here has had to buy a plane ticket at some point in their life, correct? If you have, you probably wondered how in the world you can skim some money off the ticket to use on the better parts of your trip. I found myself really asking this question last summer when I had almost a dozen flights over the 4 month period. Here is a short list of some tips I found helped save me money on my flight.

 

Fly from a different Airport

Depending on where you are flying from, choices for an airport can either be extremely limited or quite ample. If you have more than one airport near you, it is always a good idea to price check between the two. Sometimes you can even get a flight from one airport to the next and then on to your destination instead of a single ticket and it ends up saving you money.

 

Bring your own food

If you are going to be on a long enough flight you will usually be provided with a meal service (however terrible it may be) but snacks are always sold at a premium. There is no law that says you can’t bring your own food with you as long as it isn’t a liquid or a gel. You can bring a bunch of snacks from the airport or a grocery store, or even bring some pre-cooked meals.

 

Wear the extra luggage

Luggage fees are getting ridiculous. To combat this, really the only thing you can do is keep stuff out of you luggage. This usually means wearing your heaviest and biggest clothing, but some people have taken it to the extreme. You can now buy specially made luggage clothes to carry more stuff on your person, and less in the suitcase.

 

These are just some tips I have on saving money while flying. Let me know if you have others to add for next time, or if I made a mistake. Have a great one everybody!

 

luggage jacket

 

Welcome

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog! I am Cassandra, and this is my travel blog 2parklane. I chose the name as that was the address of the first house I ever stayed in while using AirBnB to travel. So yes, I am a young traveler. That means that I have a plethora of apps on my phone to help get me a better deal on my room, flight, train or whatever I need to purchase so that I can continue on my journey. I have apps to show me the local hotspots when I am in a different country, and even apps to help me communicate with people. Travelling today is so easy!
Follow me on this around the world journey where we will discover new lands, new flavours and scents, and new ways to save money on the way. I am in the middle of a fairly big journey right now, so I may not be updating this to often but I hope to get one here at least once a month with an update for you all. Hope that I will be back here again soon!