Which type of traveller are you?

After having been and seen all of these types of tourists I’ve decided to put together a post on how I categorise my style of living while travelling based on budgets, luxuries and what we do.

Through my 4 months travelling South East Asia, i’d have to say Liam and I were Glam Packers
Backpacker

-Staying in dormitories

-Most meals are street food

-Pre-drinking before nights out, then beers at the bars

-Drinking every night because beer is cheaper than water

-Cheapest forms of travel (long and uncomfortable journeys)

-Walk everywhere

-Research different places you can go and get to them by yourself as its cheaper than tours
Glam packer

-Staying in private rooms or guesthouses

– Most meals are in relatively cheap restaurants. You still choose the countries cuisine because they’re the lowest prices (and you still look at the menu for prices before you enter)

– Drinking in places with happy hours and BOGOF deals, ordering vodka on the odd occasion. Not drinking every night

– Cheapest forms of travel with the odd upgrade here and there if its only  few extra pound

-Create you tours by yourself using research, but taking 1 or 2 company tours if they’re really cool

-Walk most of the time, with the odd tuk tuk here and there, but barter of course

Holiday maker

-Staying in hotels

-Meals in restaurants, eating what you want

-Drink to get drunk on any drink you choose. Maybe even a bottle? It’s only 30 quid.

-Taxis and tours all the way – who exercises on holiday?

Exploring Kuala Lumpur in less than 24 hours

We jumped off the plane and headed straight for the train. After all, we only had 5 hours left of daylight to enjoy the capital of Malaysia.

  

From the airport we grabbed a fast train to KL central. It took 35 minutes and each. From there we headed to Bukit Bintang on the metro, using our magic coins..

  This was the station closest to V’la Heritage which was home for the night. 75 minutes later we’d arrived. 

Just under the station there’s a coffee shop. We grabbed a bite to eat here as we were starving. Doesn’t travelling make you hungry?! 

As soon as our bags were down at the hotel, we scrubbed ourselves up and headed out to explore.

The city reminds me of home in London. Lots of high office buildings, the city business like buzz. I love it. For the first time since leaving for travelling I actually missed London.

First stop, the Petronas Towers! If your in KL you have to have a picture at the Towers. 

  
Did you know that Catherine Zeta-Jones supposedly walked the line between these two buildings in the film Entrapment?

The towers are futuristically beautiful, and are the tallest twin towers in the world! Islamic influences are evident in the towers 5 tiers, representing the 5 pillars of Islam. 

 We took a walk on the inside, through the unbelievable shopping mall. There was everything from Chanel to Topshop! We just window shopped of course. Tom Ford doesn’t really come under a travellers budget.. 

   

 

Just by the towers is the huge greenery famously known as KLCC Park. There colours are vibrant and the culture is rich. We stopped at one of the restaurants for a refreshment overlooking Lake Symphony; the 10,000 metre man made lakes with fountains that features a daily water show.  

   

 We then explored the park, taking in all the scenic nature. This place would be perfect for a picnic!

  Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to head to the Batu Caves in the end which is a shame. 

In the evening we headed to the lively pub district: Changkat Bukit Bintang. A long strip of bars and restaurants and cheesy music awaited us. This was perfectly situated right behind our hotel.

   

 Kuala Lumpur isn’t the cheapest of places I have to say. I mean traveller wise of course. Tax is added on to ‘goods and services’ here so don’t calculate your bill in your head and expect the receipt to recall the same number. 

While drinks were expensive and tax were added in to each round, there were some good deals though. 

But one drink get 2 free cocktails. We took full advantage of this. Liam bought one overpriced Guinness and I got 2 cocktails free. The 3 drinks for the price of the one Guinness worked out about £5, so was almost acceptable for a round! 

We danced the night away. Well for a few hours or so.. We had a 5am wake up call the next day and headed to the Philippines.

Keep an eye out for our spending breakdown of KL

LwL X

Bussin’ it: Manila – Legazpi – Donsol

Manila to Legazpi is approximately a 10 hour journey. Possibly the worst and bumpiest ride I’ve ever been on. It gets you from A to B but don’t expect any sort of sleep. 

For the last 4 hours of the journey there is a stop to let people off every 30 minutes or so. All the lights are switched on so if you do fall asleep, you will be woke up. This is where an eye mask comes in super handy.

We used a company called ‘Philtranco’. Their buses leave everyday from their terminal at 5.30pm and 7.45pm. Just get a taxi (well in advance as traffic is terrible) to the bus terminal, and but your ticket on arrival. It’s actually a very easy process but unfortunately very hard to learn about on the Internet.

Legazpi on to Donsol is easy. At the bus terminal, just walk through to the other side and there are UV express services that go to different cities, including Donsol for a mere 75 pesos each. The journey takes 1.5-2 hours depending on how fast your driver is. You are dropped into the town and will have to get a tricycle over to the West to where the Tourist Information Centre/Whale Shark sightseeing tour is. 

Philippines pedicabs are ridiculously cheap in lots of places. We have never paid more than £1 for any journey. 

LwL X 

Backpacking the Philippines

I’m not sure if it’s because the Philippines is not considered a popular backpacking spot, or if it’s just because not many people who blog have been here, but info on the Philippines, especially for backpackers is really hard to come by on the Internet! 
If your going somewhere in Thailand or Vietnam, you’re guaranteed hundreds of posts on where to stay, what to do, how to get there etc but the Philippines? You get vague posts, if you can find them through scrolling, tours advertised that are ridiculously expensive and online transport information that is completely incorrect! It’s so hard to try and plan a route on a time schedule too. 
I have to say, I’m enjoying this country but trying to get organised beforehand is bloody hard work.
This is why I’m going to make it my mission to post as much info on this country as I can. In the hope that anyone looking to backpack here is not put off by the fact that you will have to fly places (like we thought) or need a gazillion days to get somewhere.

Travelling around here isn’t that bad if you know what you’re doing! 

So keep an eye out for all things Philippines at LwithL 

LwL X 

Merry Christmas from Thailand!

Merry Christmas everybody!

Waking up to 30 degree heat in a beach resort by a pool really makes it hard for me to believe it’s Christmas!

  
This is the first time in 23 years I’m not with my family so mixed emotions today but other than that I’m living the life! 

  I even got to FaceTime my beautiful Neive and nephew 😊

  I hope that everyone wherever you are, has a wonderful day filled with happiness and love and I’ll be posting soon about all the parties we have planned here to celebrate the festivities 🎄

Love from LwL x