A night at the Phugtal Monastery was part of our 6 day hike out of the Himalayas from Padum in Zanskar Valley to Manali. We had already read wonders of the 600 year old Monastery perched on a cliff side overlooking the turquoise water of Lungnak river. The setting is certainly stunning (and hard to reach), but what we couldn’t have imagined is how impressed we were going to be by the people living there.
Gazpacho, a traditional Spanish cold soup made of raw blended vegetables, is one of our go to recipes for anytime it is hot. And it is one we have managed to recreate when traveling the world, whenever we have access to a blender. We love this easy Gazpacho recipe, because the ingredients are widely available anywhere and can be adapted according to availability, it is quick and straightforward in preparation, and the result is refreshing and packed with vitamins!
Oman is known for its stunning nature; rocky mountains, refreshing wadis, unspoilt coastlines and diverse desert landscapes, all packed together into one small country. On top of that, its cultural heritage doesn’t disappoint either. Unlike its more flashy neighbours to the north, Oman retains a deep sense of pride in its history and traditions. From crumbling ruined villages to fully restored forts and castles, there is a lot to see.
This year we have hiked out of the Himalayas, stayed in a tribal village in Northeast India, ate our way through Malaysia, followed our hearts and made our dreams a reality. All with a year’s savings.
We’ve spent 5000 euros in 6 months for the both of us including flights, visas, accommodation, food, transport and anything in between, averaging to 27 euro a day. This is far below what we had originally budgeted for and we will therefore be able to travel for much longer with just our savings!
Do you want to know how we did it? Here are our top 10 money saving tips to travel cheap:
We’re approaching that time of the year where the buying madness begins. Everyone starts panicking about Christmas shopping for gifts and often ends up buying a ton of crap things, that whilst well intentioned, don’t adequately translate the love you feel for your friends and family. This is aided by the Christmas gift lists popping up everywhere that encourage you to spend all your money on perfumes, ties and toys. But not only are these gifts often impersonal and boring, they can also be incredibly damaging to out planet. So how about doing something different? How about gifting experiences?