Kash Bhattacharya (@budgettraveller) — 🗺 Travel in style on a budget
👑 Nat Geo Traveller blogger of the year
📚 Author of ‘The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World’ http://gstl.tn/nq
👑 Nat Geo Traveller blogger of the year
📚 Author of ‘The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World’ http://gstl.tn/nq
It’s not everyday you wake up jetlagged at 7am to a view like this, that too from the infinity pool of a not too shabby €19 a night Airbnb condo. The lucky few who recognized the skyline will know that we are in Kuala Lumpur. It’s 32c today, one moment piping humid hot and the next moment it’s pissing rain thanks to the north east monsoons. While in all the shopping malls of KL, cheesy Christmas songs are blaring full blast and people pose for selfies in front of Santa’s fluffy sweaty grotto. It’s all very surreal and weird and wonderful to be here at this time of the year. Lots of eating and drinking is scheduled so send us your best tips folks. We’ll share a few from our end here so stay tuned...Goodbye for now from Regalia Residence in KL. Have a fab weekend!
As the days grow shorter and darker, as we wind down another year, I’m grateful to have the time to reflect and look back at the places we visited. So many places! Crazy how much we travelled this year, from Berlin to Bangkok to Bruges ( in picture) So many memories crammed together... Still processing it all and feeling immense gratitude for a life that gives me all these amazing opportunities to travel. That too with the girl I love. It is a privilege and one that we never take for granted. I’ll be sharing a few more photos from this years trips which might give you some inspiration for your travel planning over the Xmas period. On that note, I’m excited to be hitting the road again tomorrow- Asia tomorrow with Sabrina! 😃 More details about where we are going soon. Meantime stay safe & enjoy the festive season.
Another day, another-not-so-well-known-but-beautiful-town-in-Latvia. Sharing a memory with you from the beginning of 🍂 Autumn when me and @janus_void were having a wee road trip through the Gauja National Park and ended up in a town called Valmiera. There’s a wonderful sense of isolation in these parts- we were only 62 kms away from Riga but felt a world away, thanks to discovering places like this -Siltumnica, a glasshouse where magical concerts take place and squirrels roam in the deeply forested suburbs of Valmeira. More about Siltumnica & Valmiera coming up in a new blog post on Monday. Till then, enjoy the weekend & always free to say hello to me, if you like 🙏🏾 Love, Kash || 🇱🇻 #EnjoyLatvia#Latvia100 🇱🇻
This is Circus Lane, probably the prettiest street in Edinburgh. Some may argue Victoria Street in the Old Town is more beautiful. Whatever your preference, there a few greater , better walkable cities than Edinburgh- architecture, character and detail in this city is really something else. Whenever I head back to Edinburgh I always pay Circus Lane a quick revisit , awalk that includes walking into Stockbridge , buying cheese at IJ Mellis then turning left onto the Water of Leith walkway all the way to the Gallery of a Modern Art. Probably, my favourite walk in the whole world. It was great to share this walk with my other half @janus_void - hope to return with her soon.
‘When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everythings unknown, virgin... After you've lived here, walked these streets, you'll know them inside out. You'll know these people. Once you've lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times... it'll belong to you because you've lived there.’ Xavier, L’Auberge Espagnole. I never usually post quotes here but I love this movie and Xavier’s lines about how he felt about Barcelona towards the end of his Erasmus year came to my mind when I thought about the streets of Lisbon, the streets I’ve lived, loved and remember oh so well. I’ve walked these streets countless times throughout the years and they are no longer strangers but like an old friend that is near and dear to me. I had the chance to say hello to some ‘old friends’ last week on a quick trip to Lisbon where I held a launch event for my new book plus also to speak at the Hostelskills conference. It was an intense and busy few days with little or no downtime to enjoy Lisbon. There was however this window of 2 hours after the conference ended when I could relax and just go off for a wonder around the city. I started my walk at Rossio , winding my way up the steep hill of Baixa Chiado. Sun was setting and the partially cloudy blue sky created this mesmerizing palette of colours that you only see in Autumn. I soaked in the glorious sky , every step and memorized every turn and corner as if I walked those streets the first time. I then winded my way down the hill tumbling towards Cais do Sodre. It was a Thursday but felt like a Saturday. The bars were full. Tourists everywhere. I dodged and weaved past the drug peddlers and hordes of people before finding myself in a quiet side street where there was a hospitable silence. Few people had gathered around a kiosk quaffing a ginginha. I sighed a little. I had been here before. It wouldn’t also be my last time. God, I love this city. Até a próxima Lisboa! Till next time...
Autumn sunrise over the Alster. So still, so perfect. Last week we were in Hamburg and fell in love with the city for the umpteenth time. The gods were smiling on us -we had sunshine for a WHOLE WEEK which is unheard of in October-after the sudden burst of cold weather it felt like summer had come back for one last dance. We crisscrossed the streets of St Pauli checking out all the dark dingy watering holes and fantastic street art, a nice stroll down the Spiecherstadt walking in the shadows of its majestic towering red brick warehouses all the way to the jaw droppingly beautiful Elphilharmonie concert hall, danced on the cobbled streets of Schanze and Karoviertel passing through flea markets, vintage fashion shops , cupcake cafes and cool record stores... last but not least , the ever sleazy but colorful Reeperbahn with its neon lights, crazy characters , dive bars and bohemian spirit- city with so many faces. I love living in Berlin but Hamburg does make me think ... what if..🤔.. We ate some fabulous food - discovered a ton of new places and drank some lovely stuff too. Can’t wait to share with you all what we did.... Coming soon on the blog 🤘🏽Meantime, do hop over to the blog. Just published a brand new 48 hour guide about one of Europe’s most underrated cultural cities.... Think you will like it.
#Advertising In partnership with @staatlichemuseenzuberlin & @googleartsculture What or who inspires you to travel? Continuing from the last post, as a person who travels for a living and tries to influence, inspire people to travel better I’m curious to ask you today about what or who inspires you to travel? Especially in this digital age where we’re surrounded by so many sources of inspiration. Lets start obviously with Instagram. No doubt a source of inspiration to many of you. I use Twitter,many of you love Pinterest as a virtual inspiration board plus there are obviously travel blogs and even books, movies that inspire wanderlust. Pretty much anything you want to know about a place, is online nowadays.The only negative side of living in a world where information is online and easy to access is that I think is that there’s not much left to the imagination….which I think is important to nurture when it comes to travel. There has to be some mystery. Going back to the theme of how art inspires people to travel, it got me thinking of how the artists of yesteryear were the original influencers of travel. Back in an age when there was no social media, no Instagram, people would come to art galleries like the Alte Nationalgalerie to form an opinion, an image of the world around them. The 19th century and the romantic period preceding it was a glorious era of travel when artists like Caspar David Friedrich ( his haunting ‘Monk by the Sea’ in picture. Alte Nationalgalerie, Museum Island ) went into nature to seek the meaning of life. Fuelled by their wanderlust to discover and document the unknown, artists like Caspar David Friedrich, Monet and Van Gogh would travel long distances, often by foot to document the many worlds that exist within this world. Plus there is also the other journey that we often don’t talk about in travel-the journey within us, the way travel changes us inside and makes us grow. These artists focussed on the inner journey too. That’s a journey that I think we’re forgetting in this ever connected age of the internet and social media. Do you agree? For more information checkout the #HistoryofUs#GoogleArts and visit g.co/museumisland
#Advertising -In partnership with @staatlichemuseenzuberlin & @googleartsculture I’d like to talk to you today about wanderlust. What fuels your wanderlust? I barely travelled during my childhood years. Holidays during my childhood in Kent, England were the odd day out in London or wondering the medieval streets of Canterbury. Longest we travelled anywhere was on a car to see my cousins in Birmingham. Still, it was not all doom and gloom. The imagination of a child is a fertile playground. Thanks to books of Enid Blyton & Tintin , I managed to form a picture of the world around me. Then there was art. We had two prints- Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ hanging in the living room and Monet’s ‘Poppy Field near Arguentuil’ in the kitchen. I don’t know whether it was the curiosity of a child or the boredom that often defines childhood but I spent a lot of time looking long and hard at both those paintings. They always drew me into their bewitching, hidden world , a world of light and memory, of everyday nature. The countryside of Sussex , the coast of Normandy and the suburbs of Paris- their artworks sowed the original seeds of wanderlust in my mind. I’ve followed Constable and Monet since then and been privileged to see their works across many outstanding art galleries. Since moving to Berlin a year ago I’ve been privileged to visit many of the city’s museums-Alte Nationalgalerie in Museum Island remains one of my favourite destinations. Their collection includes a number of Romantic and Impressionist masterpieces from artists like Caspar David Friedrich, Édouard Manet and yes you guessed it, they have works of Monet and Constable like ‘The Grove’ or the ‘Admiral's House in Hampstead’ which goes back to the time when he spent his summers in Hampstead. Its a very evocative picture- the texture of the clouds, swirling trees and the typical English chimney stacks standing against them. I looked at it and immediately wanted to jump on a plane to London and visit Hampstead to know if the house still exists. Great art does that. It fuels your wanderlust & transports you to a different world. For more inforcheckout the #HistoryofUs#GoogleArts & visit g.co/museumisland
🇩🇪 🇩🇰 Since 1902: This is the incredibly pretty Marien Cafe situated in the picturesque harbour town of Flensburg on the Germany Danish border. A German city but very Danish in character , definitely a city worth checking out on your next trip to Germany.
This is Edinburgh. The beautiful Dean Village to be specific. Whenever anyone asks me what is my favourite walk in the world I always tell them that nothing beats a stroll down the magical Water of Leith walkway that runs through the heart of the city, stretching from Balerno to Leith. It was great coming back here with Sabrina , revisiting old haunts plus great to catchup with some old friends from my university days. Quite, an emotional week for me. Sadly, not enough time to see everyone but we’ll be back soon. Tomorrow - back to Latvia for another exciting week of adventures and me delivering two workshops about influencer marketing. The adventure never stops! Hope you are having a great weekend , wherever you are in the world.
This was our incredible sunrise from the door of our cozy tent on the shores of Dagda Lake, Latgale on the eastern fringes of Latvia 🇱🇻. The morning fog was bouncing off the still lake surface and the reeds swaying gently in the dreamy pink blue sky - it was like a real life Ludovico Einaudi album cover. Situated on a secluded island, accessible only by boat, this probably goes down as my most memorable @airbnb experience. Run by two of the nicest guys you’ll meet in Latvia: George and Toms, this is one of the most unusual and memorable places I’ve stayed in - from watching the Milky Way and stars over an open campfire and drinking local beers till late hours with everyone to cooking meals together around the communal kitchen and sharing travel stories to a perfect night’s sleep and waking upto the most magical sunrise ever. Wow! I’m still in awe of this place.Words cannot express how much we enjoyed this place. A perfect introduction to Latgale. One very good reason to visit Latvia. Say hello to the guys at @uzsalas and checkout their IG bio for more details- book soon before the season ends. || #EnjoyLatvia
Greetings from the ‘land of blue lakes’, Latgale in the east of 🇱🇻 Latvia. We’re currently spending the night in Rezekne, 242 kms east of Riga and just 63 miles west of the Russian border. Just spent a pretty magical weekend here in the region with Sabrina, more of which I will talk about later. This is one of our favourite moments of the trip - visiting Lake Drīdzis, the deepest lake in Latvia. Beautiful eh. || 👉🏽 #EnjoyLatvia
This is Zürich, where the water is crystal clear and the most astonishingly beautiful shade of blue you can imagine. When the sun is out, everyone takes a dip in the river or in inflatables go floating down it...I was in the city for just 24 hours ( my first time in 🇨🇭 Switzerland!) to give a talk about my new book ‘The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World’ at the beautiful @qwstion_official store who were kind enough to organize the event and host. A big thank you to the lovely @maribaer , the Qwstion team for hosting and to all the lovely people who turned up for my talk. I’m back in Berlin now and still processing it all... Zurich is beautiful btw- did I already tell you that? :)
In an hour, we’re back on the boat to Dagebull. Its a bittersweet moment. We grab ourselves a seat on one of the empty Strandkorbs, the iconic roofed wicker beach chairs that are a characteristic feature of the island and found across most of the region of Schleswig Holstein. On a day like today when you need to shield yourself from the elements, its perfect. The sea is moody and unpredictable, waves clashing against each other in joyless synchronisation. Then suddenly the clouds part and within minutes the sun rays spear through the dark bundles of clouds. The sea is glistening and the waves roll against each other playfully. The ferry blows its horn, a mournful dirge amidst the cackling of excited seagulls. It time to say goodbye to Föhr. 👉🏽 Curious to learn more about Föhr? Just published the full account of our trip to Föhr on the blog. Link is in my Instagram bio ☝🏽
A long stretch of gravel road and an empty blue horizon lies ahead of us as we set out to cycle the 13 kms to the northern fringe of the island of Fohr. We’re surrounded mostly by green lush corn fields and occasional field of golden wheat for most of the ride. Odd tractor, passing by, breaks the silence. As we carve into the stiff wind blowing in from the North Sea we feast our eyes on the dramatic cloud formations blowing in from the North Sea. Past the village Alkersum, one of the few remaining windmills on the island comes into sight. These date back to the late 1800’s when the Dutch used to recruit locals to work on their whaling vessels. The Dutch also left their mark in terms of the language - the local ‘Fering’ language which is spoken by over 3000 locals on the island is hugely influenced by the Dutch language. Words like ‘kofe’ ( Koffie-Dutch, Coffee-English ) ‘Bak’ ( Bak -Dutch, Wooden Bowl-English ) are examples. Strangely enough ‘Fering’ also features some American English words thanks to the many people that emigrated from Föhr to the United States but kept contact with their relatives on the island. Examples include: ‘Gaabitsch’ - Garbage Can and ‘Sink’ :)
The first day on the island was probably the most perfect day of the trip in terms of clear skies. The result - probably one of the most hauntingly beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. The sky was slowly turning reddish pink with lots of pale blue hues scattered across its fringes. With the tide receding you have the most unusual sight of these bare mudflats stretching out to sea , in this case all the way to the neighbouring island of Amrum. Little pools of water, still like glass, gaze back into the reddish pink sky creating a dreamy ambience. Seagulls and terns swoop and scavenge for worms and all kinds of juicy morsels left behind by the receding tidal waters. Swallows weaving mysterious patterns across the sky adding to the almost ethereal setting. Wow. What a welcome to Fohr. The secret island that Germans will never tell you || #comeseeSH
Once upon a time in Aarhus 🇩🇰 ✍🏽In a bit of nostalgic mood tonight and realizing what a pretty amazing summer it has been so far and realizing we’ve still got August left! Hope it’s been a good summer for you too. I fished this one from the archives of our fantastic trip to Aarhus. My second time back and I fall more and more in love with this place. This is Den Gamle By- a walk back in time to the cobbled streets of Aarhus’s old town. Lots of great memories to share from this trip so might share another pic or two over the next few days. Never quite sure what Instagram stands for nowadays and what to share on Instagram nowadays... but I’m going to try and stay true to the inquisitive spirit of travel and share a few memories along the way. Thanks to everyone who had followed me all these years on IG- I really truly appreciate it. Stay cool in the heat ( boiling here in Berlin) and stay in touch🙏🏾🙌🏽