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Kash Bhattacharya is an award winning blogger whose travel philosophy couldn't be closer to our mission here at Travelscoop. Kash is all over social media, but we particularly love his long form blog posts over at BudgetTraveller, packed with money saving tips and great photography.

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16th May 2022 by Budget Traveller

Best sunset cruise in Lisbon? Try FRS Portugal

All the great cities in the world are often defined by a river. Take London, Paris, Bangkok or Kolkata, all these cities have a pulse of life and an element of grandeur thanks to the river running through them. Of all the cities that have a river running through them, Lisbon is probably my favourite city. I remember the first time coming to Lisbon 12 years ago and on the first morning I woke up for a walk and meandered my way through the city....

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29th April 2022 by Budget Traveller

Food and drink of Serbia - What you should try & where to eat

What is Serbia like? What are Serbians like? What makes this country tick? I had no clue when I started out on our journey back in September last year. On the last trip back in 2015, I encountered a country, warm, welcoming and extremely hospitable. Even though they no longer touch the Adriatic, they retain that strong Mediterranean, sunny disposition. Maybe it is the result of decades, centuries of war that gives Serbs that release to live in the moment. The fact the country has been occupied...

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17th April 2022 by Budget Traveller

Phuket Old Town Guide - 15 best places to eat and drink

Phuket is a lush, forested and mountainous island located in the Andaman Sea and well known for its sandy beaches and lip-smacking food. Being geographically separate from the rest of Thailand and on the ancient trade route between China and India, Phuket has a number of cultures defining its cuisine today, including influences from central Thailand, China, Europe, Malay and India. Phuket Old Town probably has the best concentration of restaurants on the island where you can discover a number...

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13th April 2022 by Budget Traveller

First time in Bangkok? Here are some of my favourite things to do

If you’ve ever made the mistake of riding an airport taxi, ambling along the highway at snail’s pace towards Bangkok City Centre and have been nearly scammed by the taxi driver who refuses to use the meter, chances are that your first impressions of visiting Bangkok won’t be the most favourable. When I arrived at my hostel, breathless and a few extra grey hairs later, I was ready to call it a day. After picking up a few tips from the locals about how to navigate the city, places to avoid...

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1st April 2022 by Budget Traveller

Island hopping in Thailand itinerary - Phuket, Koh Lanta & Ao Nang

If you are first-time visitor to Thailand, then you should definitely set aside some time for an island holiday. Southern Thailand has an incredible choice of islands to choose from, some featuring several iconic landmarks that are famous around the world. I’ve pulled together a 3 week Thailand itinerary that will allow you to take in some of the most popular beaches and islands of southern Thailand which includes Phuket, Koh Lanta and the finally Ao Nang, Krabi....

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21st February 2022 by Budget Traveller

9 of the ‘ferry’ best value holidays from UK

There’s a certain blissful calm of arriving at your destination by sea on a ferry. There are fewer, grander perspectives in travel than arriving in a new destination, your eyes feasting on the broad expanse of the harbour, being serenaded by a whirl of seagulls, with a crisp breeze in your hair. It is a world away from the stress of modern day flying – no stress of airport security, being jammed tightly into your minuscule seat with no social distancing possible, the hassle of packing all...

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4th February 2022 by Budget Traveller

Berlin Outdoors: 48 hours off the beaten path

Berlin has been our base for the last 5 years. It is a city that even after all these years, I’m still discovering. It has so many rich and complex layers of history – there is never a dull moment here. Even though Berlin and Munich are like chalk and cheese with a very different architectural style, history and feel, Berlin too like Munich ( checkout my socially distant yet fun 48 hour Munich itinerary here ) has many wide open green spaces that are a sanctuary in a busy city like Berlin....

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19th January 2022 by Budget Traveller

6 of the weirdest dishes I’ve eaten in Germany (& where to eat them)

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Germany on and off for 9 years now. I’m proud to call it home nowadays. One of the question I often get from friends visiting is what popular German food and dishes they should try when they visit. I’ll admit, initially I wasn’t the biggest fan of German food culture. My idea of traditional foods in Germany, ( much to Sabrina’s frustration ) was rostbratwurst ( roasted sausages) , sauerkraut and fried potatoes- a dish I still love. The general...

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17th December 2021 by Budget Traveller

Riding the white horse: A Serbian food odyssey

After 6 years, I am back in Belgrade. It is early in September and much warmer than Berlin where it had turned grey and cold. I step out of my taxi into the warm embrace of the leafy, hip Skadarska. Belgrade is just as I remembered: chaotic, colourful and beautifully unrestrained. It is already late, close to 10pm. All the tables of the kafanas and restaurants are packed to the brim with mainly locals and a few tourists....

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25th August 2021 by Budget Traveller

Discovering Czech Republic’s hidden wine country

I’m in the middle of a very scenic vineyard . As I dip my toes into the south facing sloping hillside, the intense June sunshine pricks my skin and I feel the unique egg shaped green bottle of wine in my hand slowly slipping through my my sweaty palms. I need to drink some water maybe. I am in the company of Dominika Černohorská, one of the most gifted winemakers in the region. She pours into my glass, a generous splash of her Cuvée Leonard wine. FYI, I am a very bad wine taster. I hate to...

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10th August 2021 by Budget Traveller

Where to stay, eat, drink and party in Brno- 30 tips!

Bypassed by backpackers in favour of Cesky Krumlov or Vienna, devoid of tourists, laid back, compact and also much cheaper than Prague, Brno is a fantastic choice for a day trip from Prague or a weekend short break. Popular with students, you have an incredible choice of things to do in Brno-from world class architecture and tons of culture to great value places to dine and wine. Brno nightlife is fantastic with a range of really cool concept bars plus, as the gateway to South Moravia, you’ll...

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5th May 2021 by Budget Traveller

Saxon Wine Route: A guide to Germany’s smallest wine region

Last Autumn I spent one magical week wondering through historic towns by the Elbe. Wondering through vineyards. Visiting local wineries to taste their latest vintages. Sampling fine food along with the wine. Plus, I stumbled upon a few fairytale castles. For me, nothing sums up the beauty and romance of Saxony better than the stunning Saxon Wine Route. Winding its way for almost 60 km along the Elbe River, the Saxon Wine Route is the perfect way to discover Germany’s smallest wine growing...