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How to: Travel on a budget

Desperate to avoid a dull, wet and lackluster summer? Here’s a few fantastic holiday tips for you to consider, which will relax you from all that exam revision and give you something to look forward to.

 

Ellen‘s tips for budget travel:

Don’t be fooled by the pricey travel agents! Do it independently with your mates and bag yourself a bargain, you’ll be surprised at what you can find!

Avoid the nasty high season prices and make use of September before term starts.» >

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Plan your summer adventures

 

If you have ever been to China, particularly rural China, you may understand what I mean when I say that I lived like a celebrity! My experience of China was teaching in a small town (similar to a large town in the UK) called Shuangpai.

It made me feel really proud of what we were doing

The majority of people in the town had never seen a foreigner let alone 16 foreign teachers!» >

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Reader’s top destination: Slovenia

The summer is rapidly approaching, although not before the dreaded exams! But, we all need something to look forward to. So why not book a holiday to the Eastern European country of Slovenia? Nestled in between Italy and Croatia, Slovenia makes the perfect summer holiday destination.

It is a country rapidly growing in popularity, yet it remains much cheaper than a number of other European Countries. Therefore it is perfect for students with a slightly bruised bank account from the past year!» >

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A trip to Bath and Stonehenge

 

Stonehenge

On the 2nd March 2012 the Travel Society at The University of Reading endeavored upon a short pilgrimage to Bath and visited England’s very own, “wonder of the world”: Stonehenge. So, you’re thinking: cavemen. Ancient rocks. Pagans. Big deal! Well, I initially thought that too when I signed up to go. But after an hours drive to get there I began to see and truly appreciate why these rocks are so special to our culture. » >

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Editor’s pick: Italy’s hidden gems

Here are our top five gems in Italy:

1. Tuscany: 

Explore the traditional Italian countryside, it is well renowned for its wine and food! Hiring a car is the best way to get to the vineyards, isolated villages and historic sites- such as San Gimignano for the many towers unchanged since the middle ages; Monteriggioni to spot the odd film star; and Bagno Vignoni to visit traditional Roman baths.

Sienna is a major spot and easily accessible.» >

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Italy: A trip to the Venetian Carnival

Courtesy of Emma Reeves

The City of artisan showrooms, bohemian-chic fashion, serpentine architecture, murano glass jewellery, masquerade balls, renaissance masterpieces and historic waterways. Venice is a city once visited and never forgotten. In February 2008 I embarked on a city break to Venice with my family, where we stayed four nights in the height of the worlds most renowned masked extravaganza the Venice Carnival; and ever since then I have been more than desperate to return.» >

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Editor’s pick: Thailand’s hidden gems

Here are our five other hidden gems of Thailand:

1. Pai, North Thailand – here’s where you can ride an Elephant at many of the Elephant camps they have; take a two/ three day jungle trek up into the mountains and stay with a hill-tribe for a night or two (drinking whiskey and trying their local cuisine). Another bonus is immersing yourself in the hot springs for a thorough exfoliation!
Also, have you ever fancied tubing in Vientiane, Laos?» >

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Thailand: The budget backpacker…

My love affair with Thailand began on my first trip around the world in 2010.  Bright eyed and eager I left the UK; human size backpack in tow, the world my oyster. My bank account (previously healthy) was drained by the delights of LA, New Zealand and Australia. It was not looking good for entering Asia.

So here it is, Thailand on a budget.

Where to go and how: 

Start in Bangkok: visit the notorious Khao San Road and experience the miss-matched ensemble of bright lights, crazy tuk-tuk drivers, thriving street sellers and charismatic lady boys.» >

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