1# In many places at backpacker hostels, a double room is cheaper
than a single room or even a dorm bed. If you share it with a friend.
2# When eating in a restaurant with fellow travellers,
they will always say, "Just pay in what you've had."
or they also like saying, "Oh, we'll just split the bill at the end."
Fact: This just sounds good, but does not really work.
E.g:-You had 2 beers and someone else had 2 bottles of wine.
-Many people forget what they had, so they put in less.
-Most don't consider the tip at the end for the waiter.
-Many get drunk and even leave without paying.
To avoid all this, I pay as you go or have a separate bill.
-Remember flights around Xmas/ holiday times are double the normal price.
(Try plan trips before or after these busy peak periods.)
-A flight on a Mon, Tues, Wed is normally cheaper than
a flight on a Fri, Saturday or a Sunday.
-A return ticket is normally cheaper than a one-way ticket.
(Check out both options.)
-Buying a ticket many months in advance will be cheaper than buying it
a few weeks before you go.
Before you go:
1# If you need an 'inner sheet' for your sleeping bag?
-Don't buy one. Just take an old cotton sheet, fold it to the size
you need, cut and sew it up yourself.
- The inner sheet keeps your sleeping bag clean inside.
2# It's a good idea to have a small mosquito net.
But hey are not cheap -Try making your own.
Maybe you come up with a new great design.
A great DIY project.
Save money and reduce your dependency on Government.
- No house should be with out a rain water tank.
Cut your water bill by between 50 - 100%, just by putting a rain water tank
or two, under your roof.
Place tank on a flat base. It helps having a 'good, clean' roof and Clean gutters.
(Round-type plastic gutters and round down pipes are the best.)
Your rain water will not have the added chemicals the municipality
puts in the water to get rid all feces/excrement.
FACT: Most Municipalities in the world are struggling to supply every home.
A plastic 5000 liter tank is around R3000.00.
Connect the gutter, down pipe to the tank lid and after one good rain
your tank is full. Cut your bills and save water.
South Africa and Namibia. Dec 2013, We took a road trip through the Great Karoo to the
Kalahari and then to the Namib Desert and Fish River Canyon.
A photographers dream.
Above, the Namib Desert near Aus, Namibia.
Ja, it's real... a commune just south of Upington
Above, Fish River Canyon, lunch time.
Karoo jacuzzi, Williston
The dirt roads in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Nat Park and in Namibia
are generally great. Wow!,. its hot.
Only once you've felt the 'real heat' here do you have true respect
for the region and the people who survive there.
The swimming pools in most of campsites, saved us.
A small country with a very long history.
I think one could virtually drive around the whole of Ireland
with only 1 tank of fuel.
At first, we got 'lost' in Dublin, then drove across Ireland and
spent time in the 'Ring of Kerry' area and then went along the South
and East coast.
Camping in Ireland can be tough, but we did it.
I was pleasantly surprised - campsites everywhere,
very organized and safe. It's hard to believe, Ireland even has
'beautiful white sandy beaches' with surfers.. yes, its true.