Free independent travel brings many advantages over a standard packaged holiday deal: Even within a modest budget, there are no limits. Go where you want, when you want – and tailor the trip to fit your own personal aspirations. Get inspired with some of our own favourite travel bonuses.
Inspiration for Some Unique Activities
Fancy a city-center infinity pool over 50 floors high? How about some Desert Dune Bashing, or a 4½ km zip line tour over the Panamanian jungle?
Whether you’re into water rafting in Borneo or beach combing in Goa, for inspiration check out these accessible, inexpensive & unique activities at SandSpice.
Discover some iconic film locations
‘From Russia with Love’ in Turkey, ‘Prison Break’ in Panama, ‘South Pacific’ in Malaysia, ‘Game of Thrones’ in Spain. Add another dimension to your trip by checking out these and other classic film locations.
White Water Rafting with the Borneo Wavehunters
The Borneo Wavehunters rapids each have their own character - “Headhunter”, “Cobra”, “Scooby-Doo” and the nerve-wracking "Washing Machine”.
Nightmares we didn't see coming...
Check our growing list of budget accommodation nightmares & hotels from hell... because sometimes its important to know where *not* to stay.
Easy-access snorkeling locations
If you enjoy exploring the scenery below the waterline then checkout our favorite easy-access snorkeling locations, most of which are accessible straight off the beach.
360 Degree Panoramic Images
Using Google Street View & some post processing software, its possible to produce some pretty nifty 360 degree panoramic images from a standard smartphone.
Step off the grid to Seclusion
Here are some of our favourite secluded tropical beaches. All you need to take along is a towel, a picnic and a long cool drink. 🙂
Best Bites & Spicy Delights - Where to eat well
If you have an adventurous palette, when travelling you'll discover some amazing flavours and experience a diversity of unforgettable snacks and dishes.
Airlines, Airports & Transfers
Which airlines deliver ...& which disappoint? Getting a great deal is not just about the cost - How about reliability, service & safety? Checkout our highs ...and lows
Traditional & cost-effective budget accommodation
The hotels and guesthouses you book will have a dramatic effect on your overall travel experience. Check out our recommendations for some of the best, most cost-effective budget accommodation we've discovered in our recent travels.
Travel Essentials 👣 The Things We Carried
A summary of the things we've carried during our travels - as well as the stuff we've purchased during our trips . Depending on your destination, you might find some of these items useful yourself...
Borneo Rainforest Discovery Centre
In the Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Borneo Rainforest Discovery Centre is one of Sabah's most popular environmental education centres.
Get Inspired! Budget itineraries for the Free independent Traveller
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