Budget Traveller

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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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...

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26th April 2021 by Budget Traveller

Planning a mountain biking holiday this summer? Try South Tyrol, Italy

I have been to Italy umpteen times but never visited South Tyrol until this trip. I also had never been on a mountain biking holiday in South Tyrol or anywhere for that fact so this was a journey of a fair few firsts. We were based in the Biohotel & Bike Hotel Steineggerhof which is located in the picturesque mountain village of Steinegg, in the heart of the Eggental region of South Tyrol, just 13 kilometers from the capital, Bolzano....

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1st April 2021 by Budget Traveller

The last time I saw Thailand

Like Bourdain, I’ve been fortunate to have visited Thailand a few times. Three to be precise. The last time I saw Thailand was just after Xmas, 2018. We had just spent Christmas in the dreamy town of Luang Prabang in Laos. After the blissfully meditative humdrum life of Luang Prabang a return to Bangkok was a return to the comfort of chaos, of extremes that is the DNA of all my best backpacking memories in South East Asia. No one ever forgets that first intense zap of muggy humid heat that...

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19th January 2021 by Budget Traveller

The last time I saw Lisbon

It has been almost a year since I last saw Lisbon. I arrive on a wet, miserably cold evening that is typical for January in the city. Our taxi can’t find our hostel but drops us off close enough. A short walk, in the horizontal rain , feels like an eternity, each drop of water scoring our skin like a razorblade. ...

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27th December 2020 by Budget Traveller

A few days in Las Palmas: Best places to see, sleep, eat & drink

On my run earlier today in the old town area of Las Palmas, Vegueta, I discovered a walking path by the sea. It felt like a glorious release to be running again by the sea. For a while, my eyes lost themselves in the frothy sea. I looked up at the colourful rusty collage of oil rigs and shipping tankers in the distant horizon, lonely and contemplative. Soon the expansive port area of Las Palmas came into sight and then the surreal sight of palm trees framing the main motorway leading into the...

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27th December 2020 by Budget Traveller

Is Olomouc worth visiting?

Like love, with some cities it is just a weird impulse…you just love them unconditionally. I don’t when I fell in love but I maybe I can tell you how I fell in love with Olomouc and why it is worth visiting in 2021. I first came across Olomouc in a worn out, tattered edition of Lonely Planet’s fabulous ‘Europe on a Shoestring’ guidebook. I think it was the summer of 2012. I had just picked up the book from a flea market in Edinburgh. It was a pretty tough period in my life. I was...

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12th January 2021 by Budget Traveller

48 hours in Munich: Socially distant yet fun edition

I love Berlin but have always had a soft spot for Munich. I love the beautiful architecture, strolling through its grand and wide boulevards and of course enjoying its rich beer garden culture. With the advent of Covid, Munich proved to be an ideal choice for a social distancing-friendly short break thanks to its 5,680 acres of public parks and long established tradition of historical gardens – there’s lots of wide open green spaces within the city for being socially distant....

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12th January 2021 by Budget Traveller

The wine wonderland of Germany you’ve never heard of

It is a miserable, cold dreich Autumn day in Berlin. I’m looking back at pictures from a summer of travel like no other. I’m time travelling again, as one does in moments of strife. I’m wishing myself back to the start of the journey from Dresden where I was about to jump on the S-Bahn train heading to Radebeul, heart of Germany’s smallest wine region- Saxony....

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17th August 2020 by Budget Traveller

Coronavirus diaries: Hamburg, once again

August 2020. We’ve come almost full circle since last summer. The year has been the most extraordinary and craziest year in life. In uncertain times like this, it is important to pause. Reflect. Hold onto the memories of happier times and people. The friends we made along the way during our travels. The memorable meals and of course the wonderful company, with whom, we’ve shared those meals.The long serendipitous days of travel when you carve a line through an unknown city and create your...

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17th August 2020 by Budget Traveller

11 best things to do in Český Krumlov: Where to visit, eat & drink

Dramatically poised at a loopy bend of the free flowing Vltava River, lies the picturesque Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. With the green rolling hills of Southern Bohemia as the backdrop, Cesky Krumlov looms in the foreground like an absurdly pretty fairy tale town. The medieval castle built by the mighty Rosenbergs in the fourteenth century dominates the scene, particularly the embellished bell tower, painted in multiple hues. The cobbled streets, Baroque Theatre, pretty Gothic houses and...