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A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary

A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary Explore Silk Road heritage, deserts landscapes, Tashkent’s metro and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in a country encouraging tourists with new, relaxed visa policies From the blue-tiled mosques of Bukhara to the remote semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan offers ancient culture and ample opportunity for adventure. Highlights include riding Tashkent’s glitzy metro, admiring Silk Road-era architecture and strolling Samarkand’s backstreets. Add to this Uzbek hospitality, as warm as it is heartfelt, colourful festivals and the fact you’re following in the footsteps of the greatest travellers and conquerors in history and there are all the ingredients of a riveting trip. Getting into the country, and getting around it, is now much…

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10 of the best hotels near the sights in Argentina

10 of the best hotels near the sights in Argentina With the peso dropping 50% against the dollar, Argentina is affordable again, including characterful hotels and hostels in Mendoza, Patagonia, Buenos Aires and other hotspots This 17th-century former governor’s residence is a comfortable stop-off on Ruta 40 through the Calchaquí valley in the rugged north-west. The hotel is reached via an archway opposite San Nicolás church, and set around a stony courtyard with a pink pepper tree. The 18 rooms are large and airy, with thick adobe walls and carob wood ceilings, wrought-iron beds and hand-knitted throws. Cool off in the pool on steamy summer days; the restaurant serves regional dishes such as ravioli-like sorrentinos, stuffed with lamb. •…

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Swap stops: Barter Week offers ‘free’ stays in exchange for skills

Swap stops: Barter Week offers ‘free’ stays in exchange for skills With properties in more than 60 countries, the world’s first Barter Week will allow the budget-conscious to swap goods or expertise for accommodation Budget-conscious travellers who embrace the sharing economy as a source of affordable trips will appreciate an new initiative launching in November offering “free” accommodation around the world. For Barter Week (19-25 November) more than 450 properties in 60 countries have signed up to offer hospitality in return for goods or services instead of cash – whether that’s painting a wall, teaching a language or even providing homemade chutneys. Hosts list rooms online alongside requests, or “wishes”, and potential guests can search for properties by country…

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Great ski kit on a budget – in pictures

Great ski kit on a budget – in pictures Designer ski gear can cost as much as an actual holiday so shop around and look the part at high-street prices Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Gemma Bowes Tweet

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10 of Tokyo’s best budget hotels, inns and hostels

10 of Tokyo’s best budget hotels, inns and hostels This notoriously expensive city does have affordable traditional and modern places to stay More tips for keeping costs down in Japan The roof terrace affords excellent views of the Tokyo Skytree, though it would be hard-pressed not to, as this modern hotel lies in the Oshiage district in the Skytree’s long shadow – head up to the rooftop bar after dark for a cocktail or two. Stylish wooden furnishings complement the building’s concrete construction. Some of the loft rooms on the upper floors also have views of the Skytree.• Doubles from £100 room only, onetokyo.com Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Oscar Boyd Tweet

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Japan on a budget: readers’ travel tips

Japan on a budget: readers’ travel tips The perception that Japan is an expensive destination is challenged by our tipsters, who find 70p sushi delivered by robot, cheap internal flights, all-you-can-drink-deals and friendly hostels Naoshima, the jewel of Japan’s art islands and an easy one-hour train journey from Kyoto or Osaka, has museums ranging from a gallery hotel to art installations. Free buses take you around the art locations and to an amazing art-filled sento bathhouse (£4.40), complete with full-size elephant sculptures overlooking the baths. Staying in the Benesse Foundation’s hotels is very pricey (from £250) but there is a fantastic alternative a very short walk from the key art sites and beautiful: Tsutsuji-so’s yurts (£25-£30 per person per…

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A backpacker’s guide to China: a one-month itinerary

A backpacker’s guide to China: a one-month itinerary The country’s epic scale adds further adventure to this route, which takes in historic villages, national parks and megacities while staying in budget accommodation China’s vast size and expensive visas, coupled with the perceived difficulties of travelling there, means much of the country remains relatively unexplored by international visitors. Thanks to this though, with a little determination and time, it’s possible to wind up in places where locals will have rarely seen a foreign face, such as Cangpo village in Zheijang’s verdant bamboo-covered landscapes. Even in the big cities you will come across domestic tourists for whom foreigners are a novelty. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Tess Humphrys Tweet

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The Travel Tips Issue

The Travel Tips IssueOur five Frugal Traveler columnists on ways to save, the 52 Places Traveler on packing, and ideas for tech gear, insurance and more.http://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/Travel.xmlNYT > Travelhttps://static01.nyt.com/images/misc/NYT_logo_rss_250x40.pngTravel887 -geoquono- Tweet

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Trending: 3 New Services That Bring Hotel Amenities to Travelers Not in Hotels

Trending: 3 New Services That Bring Hotel Amenities to Travelers Not in HotelsIf you’d rather save money and stay in a bed-and-breakfast or Airbnb, but don’t want to give up amenities like room service, a fitness center or spa, these new services are for you.http://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/Travel.xmlNYT > Travelhttps://static01.nyt.com/images/misc/NYT_logo_rss_250x40.pngTravel887ELAINE GLUSAC -geoquono- Tweet

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20 great holidays in Central Europe

20 great holidays in Central Europe What Central Europe lacks in glitz it more than makes up for in scenery and adventure. And in these parts – from Poland to Slovenia – your money will go further, too Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The GuardianLatest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voicehttps://assets.guim.co.uk/images/guardian-logo-rss.c45beb1bafa34b347ac333af2e6fe23f.pngTravel887Caroline Eden -geoquono- Tweet

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