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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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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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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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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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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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Beyond the Golden Gate: a bike ride through San Francisco

by hannahb

Destination: San Francisco

Mark Twain famously said: 'The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.' If you hire a bike, you'll stay warm while acquainting yourself with this quirky California city

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The bright red Riesenrad in Prater Park

Have a whirl around Vienna's architectural sights

by Lucy C

Destination: Vienna

Take a walk around the streets of Vienna combining flamboyant architecture with modern art and lively cafés. You might even bump into Mozart!

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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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Wonderful cake!

A day at the Zoo: the pleasures of shopping in Beijing

Destination: Beijing

Avoid the stressful haggling of Yashow and the tourist crowds of the Silk Market in Beijing. Instead, follow my advice on where to shop, eat, stay and find a real bargain in the Chinese capital

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