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Capitals Of The World On A Budget

If you want to go on holiday to a country you’ve never visited before, your first instinct is to visit the country’s capital, as you feel that it’s a microcosm of what that country’s like. Whether it’s a city of several million people like London or Madrid, or somewhere much smaller like Reykjavik or Edinburgh, looking for hotels in Edinburgh should be your first priority before looking for things to do. There are many things to do and see for nothing in many of the world’s capitals, which is handy if spending money is a bit tight.


As Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh is a popular destination for tourists, especially those who haven’t got too much to spend. As luck would have it, there are many things to do in the city for nothing which are worth exploring. Once you’ve left your room/hostel Edinburgh has a series of museums and landmarks which don’t charge anything by way of admission fees.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are free to visit: a trip there is ideal for any budding gardeners or nature enthusiasts. Also free are the Writer’s Museum, which charts the history of some of Scotland’s great writers like Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, plus the Edinburgh Art Festival, which runs annually.


Amsterdam is full of free activities for those who fancy nurturing their cultural side. The Concertgebouw and Muziektheater treat visitors to free 30-minute concerts, often performed be renowned national and international orchestras. Elsewhere in the Dutch capital, the Civic Guards’ Gallery allows visitors to see 17th-century art free of charge, mainly portraits of guards from the 1600’s, while tourists can explore the Rijksmuseum Gardens, gazing at the startling array of sculptures, plants and remains of old Dutch architecture.


Rome, the capital of Italy, has a plethora of free attractions. On most days, museums in the Vatican City charge quite a lot for entry, but on the last Sunday of every month, admission is free of charge, which allows visitors to glance at all the artefacts detailing the city’s long and rich history. Walking around the city’s famous piazzas won’t cost a thing either, and allow you to sample some local culinary delights.

Some of Rome’s neighbourhoods have a distinct identity of their own, and it might be worth your while exploring the Trestevere and Testaccio districts. The former is famous for its church, which boasts a Byzantine-era mosaic behind the alter, while the latter is popular with younger people, where a clubbing scene is fast-emerging.

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How To Become A Millionaire Whilst Backpacking

All backpackers face the same problem….. money! How can you travel the world and also enjoy the finer things in life? Life on the road means you won’t be staying in the same place for very long, compromising work opportunities and forcing you into short term employment, fruit picking or seasonal work and low skilled vacancies. Which, lets face it, are at the bottom end of the pay scale. But there are ways achieve millionaire status whilst youtravel!

The easiest and most obvious way is to travel to a destination where currency works in your favour. The country of Laos for instance has the KIP as it’s national currency.

At current rates $122 USD will give you a cool 1 million KIP. That means you can even be a multi millionaire if you like! Treat yourself to an expensive hotel or hostel! Although buying higher priced items in the millions can get quite confusing!

Other ways that you can make money whilst backpacking and travelling are a little harder and require a bit more effort. There is no guarantee that you will be making easy money with any method but whilst your on the road every little helps.

Write a travel blog

Setting up a small website to update your friends and family about you latest backpacking adventures is a great idea but can also help generate some much need cash! Setup a hosting account with companies such as GoDaddy or Just Host, register a great domain name and easily install free blogging patforms such as WordPress onto your hosting account. Setup your site and use it to attract other travellers and readers from around the world. Add advertisements to your blog and earn some extra money from your visitors.

Then…… Sell your articles

There are many websites that will happily pay you for submitting great articles that other people can use on their websites. Here are a few of the top article publishing websites.


Create your content from scratch or just work on your travel blog posts and turn them into great selling stories.

You may aswell make some money out of your travel diary or travelblog and it’s also good to know that your travel experiences are all backed up online!

Do you know any more ways to make money whilst backpacking? Please share them below!