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Calle Infantas

A meal in Madrid for less than €5

by stokel

Destination: Madrid

Think it can't be done? In the Spanish capital, you can have dinner and a drink (well, three) and still get change from a €5 note at one of its most tucked-away tapas bars. This is how to go about it…

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Our 4x4 overlooking part of the Adrar plateau

A taste of unknown Africa in Mauritania

Destination: Mauritania

Mauritania is the little-known jewel in west Africa’s crown - a country of exceptional and diverse natural beauty, with a rich cultural heritage to boot

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Northwest India: a whirlwind tour

Destination: India

In one trip, you can take in Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and the Taj Mahal. Be prepared for sensory overload as you explore the forts, temples and busy streets of Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle

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Edinburgh Castle - climb if you can

Edinburgh on a budget

by stokel

Destination: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is classed as a tourist city by most – but who lives there for most of the year outside the holidays? Students. Take your cue from them to enjoy Scotland's capital city with limited funds

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Humayun's Tomb

A backpacker's guide to New Delhi

Destination: New Delhi

In New Delhi, India, even the culture shock of stepping from the airport can be unbearable if you have never been to Asia. This guide will help budget travellers get to grips with the Indian capital

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The Carrington (©VisitNSW.com)

Romance Down Under: Sydney for couples on a budget

by Sadhbh

Destination: Katoomba

Just because you're visiting Sydney as a backpacker doesn't mean you can't do romantic dates - try these three ideas for amorous outings that won't break the bank

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Muri Lagoon

On Cook Islands time; A walk on the wild side in Rarotonga

by sgl4maj

Destination: Rarotonga

Rarotonga may be a tiny dot in the South Pacific but it certainly packs a punch. Sublime snorkelling, rainforest hiking and Polynesian culture are all within reach in this Cook Islands paradise

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A view of Treasure Island from Beachcomber Island

A Fijian bula party on Beachcomber Island

by Katie L

Destination: Beachcomber Island

Beachcomber Island in Fiji is one of those paradise islands that dreams are made of: golden sands, blue seas and a place where you would love to get castaway

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The old US embassy

A train journey to Tehran - the heart of Persia

Destination: Tehran

Iran may seem like an unusual travel destination, but taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Tehran gives a real sense of travelling to a different world

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Geisha at the tea party

Kyoto: a fascinating base from which to explore Japan

Destination: Kyoto

Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world but with a few tips on saving money under your belt, you can still experience all the amazing culture on offer without breaking the bank

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