Thinking of Visiting Central America?

The seven countries that lie between Mexico and South America are starting to become more and more popular with tourists, and with good reason! Backpackers, in particular, are loving the trek through Central America, from the rainforests and Mayan ruins to the amazing beaches. The best part is, it’s a very cheap trip in all aspects, so you can have the adventure of a lifetime without having to break the bank!

What Should I See?
There’s so much! We’ve mentioned the Mayan ruins which are a must-see, as are the many volcanoes scattered around the place. You’ll undoubtedly want to see part of the Panama Canal as well (but its very long, so don’t try to go down the whole thing!).

Many people go to Central America simply to trek through the rainforests and be close to nature, which is definitely a great idea! The rainforests are absolutely breathtaking and full of exotic flowers and wildlife; be sure to pack your camera.

What Sort of Budget Should I Have?
Two of the more expensive aspects of travel are usually accommodation and food, but not in Central America! Staying in a hostel can be between $5-15 USD per night, but for a better experience, go with the family-owned guesthouses. These will cost around $25 USD per night with breakfast and will give you more of the local experience.

Roadside restaurants are an inexpensive and delicious way to eat. Meals cost around $5 USD for things like empanadas, and you can source fruits and vegetables at the local markets for mere coins.

How Do I Get Around?
In most cities, a bus ride costs less than a dollar, and there are loads of buses and routes to take. You can take an overnight bus trip between countries with tickets costing between $10-30 USD. While the buses aren’t always on time, and you may be sitting next to a chicken, it’s all part of the fun. You’re on holiday, after all, so sit back and enjoy the experience!

Whether you’re backpacking or travelling in style, Central America is a fantastic destination that will give you bang for your buck! The colourful locals and gorgeous scenery will mean you never want to leave.

Things To See And Do In Santorini Greece

international vacationIf you’re planning an international vacation, how about a stop in Santorini? Also known as Thera in Greek, the island exudes an air of tranquillity, beauty and elegance with so many things to see and do.

It is estimated that around 1.5 million tourists visit there every year. Here’s what you can see and do on the beautiful island of Santorini.

The Red Beach

The island is popular for its beautiful beaches, and there’s one that stands out that you should not miss — the famous Red Beach. Red and black volcanic pebbles lay the shores of the Red Beach and steep cliffs provide a picturesque ambience. One of the great places to have a perfect view of the beautiful sunset and sunrise on the island.

The Walks

If you love the outdoors, then you will have a good time on a 9-km walk from Fira to Oia. Roam around Fira and then head north toward Firostefani and Imerovigli until you eventually reach Oia. The scenic views along the way are absolutely wonderful.

The trail past Imerovigli may be a bit rough but this is one of the best ways of hopping from one town after another. This hike generally takes about three to four hours depending on how many stops you make as you reach another town.

Wine Tasting

Enjoy viewing the stunning sunset in Santorini Winery while sipping the island’s famous unfortified, amber-coloured Visanto and its crisp white wines. Both of which are made from Assyrtiko, an indigenous grape variety. You will surely have the best wine tasting experience in Santorini.

Outdoor Cinemas

You will also have fun in the outdoorsy style of movie watching in Santorini. Experience watching a film at an open-air cinema in Kamari village as this place has a lot of open-air cinemas, where both locals and tourists alike gather around to enjoy a movie or two under the open sky while sipping cocktails or wine with lots of popcorn.