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    How to travel on the cheap for photography suggestions?

    Hi Guys

    I have never been overseas but one thing I would like to do in the future is travel overseas whereever I could on the cheap taking pictures and seeing different people and landmarks.

    This is not a 'How much do I need thread?' but more a how can I do this on the cheap? you guys might have ideas or have done something like this before and managed to save money on something.

    I don't mind roughing it I have do alot of camping and going out in the bush so im used to it id rather save money by sleeping in a shithole than a nice hotel.

    Any suggestions or tips you might have?

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    backpacking would be the way to go then, but backpacker accommodation is also prone to theft, so keep your gear etc on you at all times. Re Cheap, some countries are cheap, some are expensive. If you want to do it cheap, then you need to look at the cost of things in each country and compare them.
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    thanks Rick,

    I was thinking along the lines of backpacking

    In your opinion do you suggest any countries that may fit the cheap but have good photographic potenial ?

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    my advice as an experienced backpacker and travel writer

    do south east Asia, which are some of the cheapest and most beautiful places in the world

    -Vietnam
    -Cambodia
    -Thailand
    -Laos
    -Malaysia
    -Indonesia
    -Philippines

    you should be able to get by with a decent bed in a decent hostel, and 3 meals a day for 20 bucks and under.

    those are the main places where you can hop around cities via international and domestic flights for cheap with Air Asia - from 20 to 100 bucks per hop depending on how late or early you book things.

    they are safe countries for traveling either as groups or by yourself, just keep your wits about you and have some common sense ie. if you are getting robbed please do not resist like some foolish people do and escalate it, such as the Australian man in Southern Cambodia when he was robbed of a little compact camera - stabbed to death during the struggle.

    my biggest advice to anyone is to get travel insurance, especially for medical. Too many horror stories with people I know who have forked out 5 figures just to get treatment and flown home.

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    Spot on advice there, Vietnam and Thailand would be my pics and travel insurance is a must
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    This is a broad Q, but where you say:

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBrent View Post
    ...id rather save money by sleeping in a shithole than a nice hotel...
    Cheers
    I reckon you'd soon be shick of it!

    Also, travelling alone sometimes (often, in fact) incurs a "singles supplement".
    One more thing, sometimes a hotel room is cheaper and better than a backpacker place (but not often).
    And then also, you think you're saving on accomodation but find there are other costs.

    There's a bit of ear-playing involved.
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    great advice so far Brent?.....Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and maybe China would be the go. After having been there JM is dead right about living costs you would encounter. I`d be tempted to get the best P and S (waterproof model) so you can keep it with you all the time. Back your pics up on CD where possible (maybe double up too) and mail one home as you do it. I wish I was younger and know what I know now. I`d be off like you intend. Now at the age of 61 and not been out of Oz till 9 years ago...I think the last trip was no. 15 or 16 and health permitting it will go well into the 20`s.
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    Hop on a Jetstar flight from Gold Coast or Cairns to Osaka/Tokyo for a couple of hundred bucks! I have been 3 times in the past 18 months. Quality and well priced hotels can be found using sites like Agoda.com, and transport is dead easy and cheap throughout Japa, especially with a JR railpass for Shinkansen (Bullet Train).

    I am highly allergic to the hostel/shared facilities environment, but equally allergic to $400/night hotels. When I travel with thousands of $$ in gear, I won't chance theft at a cheap hostel, to me it is simply not worth it, despite insurance.

    Thailand is also beautiful and cheap, the USA etc.

    With the $AUD what it is there has never been a better time.

    If you want to go for a quick jaunt to Japan, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Hop on a Jetstar flight from Gold Coast or Cairns to Osaka/Tokyo for a couple of hundred bucks! I have been 3 times in the past 18 months. Quality and well priced hotels can be found using sites like Agoda.com, and transport is dead easy and cheap throughout Japa, especially with a JR railpass for Shinkansen (Bullet Train).

    I am highly allergic to the hostel/shared facilities environment, but equally allergic to $400/night hotels. When I travel with thousands of $$ in gear, I won't chance theft at a cheap hostel, to me it is simply not worth it, despite insurance.

    Thailand is also beautiful and cheap, the USA etc.

    With the $AUD what it is there has never been a better time.

    If you want to go for a quick jaunt to Japan, let me know

    having worked in Tokyo and been around Japan a few times Wayne, I would not consider it a cheap holiday destination in all honesty! Cheap flights do not lead to cheap holidays, and the JR rail pass - while a good bargain in the long run - are not cheap either - when it can equal to about 4-5 international flights within SE Asia via Air Asia. Japan is not a place where you can book a 5 dollar bus ride to another town, walk around and find a 5 or 10 dollar hostel or bed&breakfast and crash, then go out for a 1 dollar meal around the corner later.

    you can see more of the world/Asia at 1/3 the price than being relegated solely to Japan, unless you want to catch the 40 hour ferry rides to South Korea or Shanghai and even those arent cheap. One of the major problems of being a budget backpacker in Japan is the lack of cheap alternatives to head to other countries. Only this year Air Asia has opened new routes from KL to Osaka and Tokyo but at an average of 200-300 bucks for a one way trip, that easily equals a hopping from Denpasar to Jakarta, to Saigon and to Bangkok for roughly the same price.

    hostels arent always about shared facilities and shared rooms. For example, Mom's Guest House in Siem Reap, close to Angkor Wat complex is only 10 dollars a night including free breakfast in the morning - with a massive and clean bedroom and decent bedroom, you dont share it with anyone and is lockable, or let the staff hold onto things for you. Before anyone goes anywhere,or even to another city in their journey, it really pays to research ahead to save some money and hassles

    before you go to a new city search for travel tips and info here - www.wikitravel.com

    when looking for cheap accomodation - www.hostelbookers.com - they only take 10% payment deposit, and the rest payable when you arrive, great for when you suddenly change plans or cant make it and only lose a few dollars.

    and dept of foreign affairs website is great for travel warnings too for dangerous hotspots

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    having worked in Tokyo and been around Japan a few times Wayne, I would not consider it a cheap holiday destination in all honesty! Cheap flights do not lead to cheap holidays, and the JR rail pass - while a good bargain in the long run - are not cheap either - when it can equal to about 4-5 international flights within SE Asia via Air Asia. Japan is not a place where you can book a 5 dollar bus ride to another town, walk around and find a 5 or 10 dollar hostel or bed&breakfast and crash, then go out for a 1 dollar meal around the corner later.

    you can see more of the world/Asia at 1/3 the price than being relegated solely to Japan, unless you want to catch the 40 hour ferry rides to South Korea or Shanghai and even those arent cheap. One of the major problems of being a budget backpacker in Japan is the lack of cheap alternatives to head to other countries. Only this year Air Asia has opened new routes from KL to Osaka and Tokyo but at an average of 200-300 bucks for a one way trip, that easily equals a hopping from Denpasar to Jakarta, to Saigon and to Bangkok for roughly the same price.

    hostels arent always about shared facilities and shared rooms. For example, Mom's Guest House in Siem Reap, close to Angkor Wat complex is only 10 dollars a night including free breakfast in the morning - with a massive and clean bedroom and decent bedroom, you dont share it with anyone and is lockable, or let the staff hold onto things for you. Before anyone goes anywhere,or even to another city in their journey, it really pays to research ahead to save some money and hassles

    before you go to a new city search for travel tips and info here - www.wikitravel.com

    when looking for cheap accomodation - www.hostelbookers.com - they only take 10% payment deposit, and the rest payable when you arrive, great for when you suddenly change plans or cant make it and only lose a few dollars.

    and dept of foreign affairs website is great for travel warnings too for dangerous hotspots
    JM, I appreciate what you are saying, and you are right, but Japan doesn't have to be expensive either, although it easily can be. I'm not really a mat on the floor and bowl of rice a day traveller, but I do enjoy good holidays at a pricepoint I feel is pretty cheap, though my pretty cheap to others could be a fortune, I don't know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    JM, I appreciate what you are saying, and you are right, but Japan doesn't have to be expensive either, although it easily can be. I'm not really a mat on the floor and bowl of rice a day traveller, but I do enjoy good holidays at a pricepoint I feel is pretty cheap, though my pretty cheap to others could be a fortune, I don't know....
    you pretty much summed up what I would have wanted to say earlier but I chose to wait until you replied Wayne

    everyone's travel needs and experiences are different, for what seems cheap for you and me might seem like a fortune for the OP or others!

    what I would like to mention is the rise of the Flashpackers, such as where I am now - having more disposable income than ever before. Where I and others still like to rough it, but we also like to indulge in a bit of luxury as well such as a nice hotel here and there, engage in expensive activities like scuba diving or sky diving while we are at various destinations. To a normal backpacker - those are all luxury things that are out of their planned monthly budget during their travels. When I was a heavy backpacker before - where spending over 3 or 4 dollars a meal I would get angry at and would always carry empty bottles or collapsible bottles everywhere I go and ask for refills in the restaurants

    to me it seems the OP definitely is looking for the Backpacker experience, hence my recommendation of SE Asia. In the 70s and 80s the Hippie Trail/Backpacking Trail of Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet boss) and other dirt cheap travelers were the 3 Ks - Kathmandu (Nepal), Khao San road (Bangkok) and Kuta (Bali) - to get their fix of religious and cultural enlightenment, cheap beers and entertainment, and awesome sun and sand. In 2011 and in recent times - it is now the 3 Ss - Samui (Koh Samui, Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Saigon (Vietnam) - where they are even more easily accessible between places and still get the same experiences at dirt cheap prices.

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    JM is right about the asian destinations being pretty affordable.

    Canada and US aren't too bad if you do it right, hostels and grey hounds can get you around cheap so can some cheaper flights. if you're ever doing a long trip 3+ months and are going to be based in one country (like the US) buy a cheap car ($3-5k) for the full experience and save a little money. You can also generally sell the car at the end of the trip for almost the same money.

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    Good advice above RE: SE Asia. I can't give my opinion on that area as I've never been there, but I have seen a lot of Europe. For what you are looking for I'd strongly consider Eastern Europe over the West. Places like Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia, Bosnia and Albania are all wonderful destinations where things are still relatively cheap (compared to the likes of France, Germany and especially Scandinavia -(definately not a budget destination).

    I was getting by on $20 AUD a day and that was all meals, hostel room and a few beverages Great friendly people and just as much to see as the more well trodden western countries
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    India, Argentina and Cuba are all very cheap and as photogenic as you can get. Let me know if you'd like any info.
    It was 2002 when I was there but Argentina was first world goods and services at third world prices as they'd just deregulated their currency.

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    The US can be cheap if you know how to get around. The beginning or end of their summer, their are agencies that organise for you to drive vehicles for others between places while the owners fly. You are given a certain amount of time and only have to pay for the fuel. Food is cheap (but nasty).

    Cheap travel from the states to the smaller carribean countries. St Kitts & Nevis, Turks and Caicos, St Lucia etc. Get away from the tourist spots and it is very cheap.

    Mexico is great for cheap travel. Admittedly it was 12 years agon but I spent 3 months there for a little over $400. You must be aware of Bandits though. A big +1 for Cuba. It really is like stepping back in time and wonderful people.

    Turkey and Egypt can be done on the cheap (Egypt not such a friendly place at the moment) and I also loved Russia.
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    Gee! Reading this thread makes me feel I've been everywhere, man.
    I guess that's the answer: you can go anywhere cheaply, if you know how.
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    Eastern Europe. Have done it three times now; there's no better place to be. Cheap, amazing, and heaps of spontaneous photographic opportunities due to the somewhat questionable behaviour of the locals.
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    The one thing a lot of people forgot to mention, was the actual ticket of going there and back.

    While Eastern Europe, the US and Mexico and North Africa and whatever else has been mentioned here is no doubt cheap to stay and eat and get around. Try finding tickets to get there for under $1800? Average prices for all those places with normal carriers are usually around $2000 give or take a few hundred depending on low season, shoulder season or high season.

    The OP lives in Melbourne according to his location, whats to stop him from booking a RETURN flight from Melb to Phuket with Strategic Airlines (soon to be Air Australia) for around $700 atm, or Melb to KL with Air Asia for $600 RETURN inc. added on checked luggage too? Then work his way via flights or overland train/bus to other countries and can easily get to the Middle East or India or Eastern Europe from that simple trip to KL or Phuket.

    Saving a grand or $1500 might not seem much for many, but for experienced backpackers like me, thats about 2-3 months of accommodation and meals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    The one thing a lot of people forgot to mention, was the actual ticket of going there and back.

    While Eastern Europe, the US and Mexico and North Africa and whatever else has been mentioned here is no doubt cheap to stay and eat and get around. Try finding tickets to get there for under $1800? Average prices for all those places with normal carriers are usually around $2000 give or take a few hundred depending on low season, shoulder season or high season.

    The OP lives in Melbourne according to his location, whats to stop him from booking a RETURN flight from Melb to Phuket with Strategic Airlines (soon to be Air Australia) for around $700 atm, or Melb to KL with Air Asia for $600 RETURN inc. added on checked luggage too? Then work his way via flights or overland train/bus to other countries and can easily get to the Middle East or India or Eastern Europe from that simple trip to KL or Phuket.

    Saving a grand or $1500 might not seem much for many, but for experienced backpackers like me, thats about 2-3 months of accommodation and meals.

    I normally fly to the USA for about $1300 return (West Coast), but I'd be out on this one because I wouldn't fly any of the airlines mentioned here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    I normally fly to the USA for about $1300 return (West Coast), but I'd be out on this one because I wouldn't fly any of the airlines mentioned here...

    I have done about 14 flights with Air Asia around Asia alone, and the recipient of best budget airline by Skytrax for a few years running now. They are the equivalent of Virgin Blue domestically and internationally but better service. You have flown Virgin Blue before right Wayne.....?

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