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It's One World...Travel http://itsoneworldtravel.com eliminate excuses... TRAVEL Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:26:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=478 Slipping into Soufriere — St. Lucia Speed http://itsoneworldtravel.com/slipping-into-soufriere-st-lucia-speed/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/slipping-into-soufriere-st-lucia-speed/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:26:50 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8860 Dreaming of dipping your toes into temperate Caribbean waters and feeling the sand gently exfoliate the bottoms of your feet? You’re ready for your next trip to St. Lucia. Reach the Peak of the Pitons Take a deep breath and get yourself prepared, as it’s 2,160 feet above sea level to the peak of Gros...

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Dreaming of dipping your toes into temperate Caribbean waters and feeling the sand gently exfoliate the bottoms of your feet? You’re ready for your next trip to St. Lucia.

Reach the Peak of the Pitons

Take a deep breath and get yourself prepared, as it’s 2,160 feet above sea level to the peak of Gros Piton; it’s a long but incredible journey to the top. Guides are required to make the journey, and Gros Piton offers some of the best on the island. This is a full-day experience as it’s approximately four to six hours in each direction. Don’t forget to charge the camera you’re going to be treated to incredible views from the top!
Plan ahead and bring a picnic that will fuel you for the whole day: think fresh fruits, nuts, and pre-made sandwiches to keep energy levels up. Of course proper footwear, sunscreen, and a cheerful attitude are all necessary, as the trek can be very trying!

Image courtesy of Ian Mackenzie from Flickr

Image courtesy of Ian Mackenzie from Flickr

Take a Dip Into the Warm Water Pools

Ready to relax yourself into the ultimate tranquil state? The thermal waters of Black Water Pool are said to give a multitude of health benefits such as reducing stress and giving the skin a youthful glow. Locals swear that a dip in the thermal pools will leave you looking ten years younger so why not give it a shot?

Don’t forget about the Pool of Love, as shown on “The Bachelor” in 2009. This clear pool with 89 degree water is the perfect spot for romance to blossom.

Find the Ultimate Hotel

While it’s a snap to spend $1,000 per night in Soufriere, it’s possible to find the balance of luxury and affordability with a little research. The Hummingbird Beach Resort is a great option for budget-minded travelers. There are only ten guest rooms, so you’re guaranteed an intimate and personalized visit.

The pool overlooks the water, there is an on-site restaurant in case you feel like staying put, and in-room Wi-Fi guarantees that you will have access to friends and family even while away.

Image courtesy of Ron Kroetz from Flickr

Image courtesy of Ron Kroetz from Flickr

Perfecting Your Rum Punch Recipe

One of the best souvenirs you can bring home from this trip is the perfect rum punch recipe to share with family and friends. Try your hand at mixing a batch at your hotel so you don’t need to worry about drinking and driving. If you prefer to indulge in the island’s own, bring your own container to a restaurant so you can take it back to your hotel. The perfect gift for those at home is a bottle of rum with this short and sweet recipe!

Make note of the local’s rhyme for the best blend possible:

One part sour (lime, lemon, or sour orange juice, and a dash of bitters)
two parts sweet (make your own simple syrup for best results)
three parts strong (your job is to find the best rum on the island!)
four parts weak (fresh juice: think orange, mango, pineapple)

This is the gift that keeps on giving, and a sweet way to savor your vacation even after you’ve unpacked at home when the trip is over.

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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See The North Shore of Lake Superior http://itsoneworldtravel.com/see-the-north-shore-of-lake-superior/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/see-the-north-shore-of-lake-superior/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:05:51 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8824 Are you looking for the perfect weekend getaway to Lake Superior? One that balances your desire to see the natural and stunning beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore while preserving the environment? Here’s your fast track guide to the area, sure to leave you in awe of Mother Nature and proud of yourself for making...

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Are you looking for the perfect weekend getaway to Lake Superior? One that balances your desire to see the natural and stunning beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore while preserving the environment? Here’s your fast track guide to the area, sure to leave you in awe of Mother Nature and proud of yourself for making the right choice.

Image courtesy of Michael Hicks from Flickr

Image courtesy of Michael Hicks from Flickr

Paddle Past Some of the Most Amazing Scenery in the USA

Between the Sawtooth mountains and the lapping coastline of the North Shore, you’re going to find incredible views that beg for a an up-close-and-personal look. Rent a canoe and soak in the silence, stillness, and majesty of what is around you: only nature. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a must-see destination and was even highlighted by National Geographic as one of “50 Destinations of a Lifetime.” The best part about canoeing is that you’re subtle and slow enough that you won’t disturb the wildlife near you, and you’ll get a chance to see some of the many animals in the BWCA such as: moose, grouse, bear, white-tailed deer, and, of course, fish of all shapes and sizes. As the BWCA is a controlled and protected area, you’ll need a permit in order to go canoeing, but it can be obtained at many locations found here.

Grab a Simple Meal at Coho Café

This local, family-owned eatery serves up delicious and fresh pastries for breakfast along with strong, piping hot coffee served with a smile (which is difficult for most to manage pre-coffee) and slices into fresh, thick bread for the specialty sandwiches they offer for lunch.
Though the ambiance is nice — and the Wi-Fi is free — it’s not a bad idea to take your sandwiches to go and enjoy them as a picnic near the lake. Be sure to recycle and properly dispose of any garbage at the end, though: Pack it in — pack it out! Just remember, the cafe closes at 2 p.m. on weekdays, so plan ahead for any late lunches.

Image courtesy of Michael Hicks from Flickr

Image courtesy of Michael Hicks from Flickr

Choose the Right Hotel

While there’s no shortage of options in the 1,300-mile ring road that surrounds Lake Superior, the Bluefin Bay stands out among the crowd. Its motto “Stay where the indoors are as great as the outdoors” is a big claim, and one it backs up with a plethora of features. Some rooms are a mere 12 feet from the edge of the water and boast floor-to-ceiling windows.

There is an outdoor whirlpool tub, which is open year-round and is a perfect way to unwind — after all, that’s what vacation is about, right? If you feel up to it, there are several barbecue grills available for your use; lakeside picnics and outdoor grilling are just the ticket for a relaxing afternoon meal.

Don’t worry about driving; the complimentary shuttle offers transportation options all around to nearby trailheads, bike routes, and even snowshoeing options.

With all these possibilities for your trip to Tofte, the only question you need to answer is “when?”

 

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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Visiting Alexandria, Virginia, on a Tight Budget http://itsoneworldtravel.com/visiting-alexandria-virginia-on-a-tight-budget/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/visiting-alexandria-virginia-on-a-tight-budget/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:54:30 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8825 Just can’t wait to take a break but still scrimping after your last vacation? You’re not alone! Alexandria, Virginia, makes a great budget-friendly destination with a plethora of fun, free, and inexpensive options for a quick visit that won’t break the bank. Find Fresh Produce at the Farmers’ Markets Purchasing your own fruits and vegetables...

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Just can’t wait to take a break but still scrimping after your last vacation? You’re not alone! Alexandria, Virginia, makes a great budget-friendly destination with a plethora of fun, free, and inexpensive options for a quick visit that won’t break the bank.

Find Fresh Produce at the Farmers’ Markets

Purchasing your own fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets is a great way to stay healthy and save money on the road. Pick up some tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh lettuce to make a vegetable sandwich, and take it to a local spot for a beautiful and cheap picnic. (More about the best parks in a minute.) In the meantime, find which market is closest to you, and take heart — they’re not all weekend-morning markets, which means you can still sleep in and catch the local life later in the day.

Image courtesy of m01229 from Flickr

Image courtesy of m01229 from Flickr

Get Your Camera and Stroll the Streets

King Street is where all the action is. Spend your time window shopping at the variety of boutique shops carrying everything from handmade bags to artisan baked goods. Instead of hopping on the old-town trolley, snap a photo of it for a totally free memento. Continue walking down King Street until you hit the waterfront. The waterfront is home to loads of performing street musicians, artists, and characters from all walks of life. Grab a seat on one of the benches and watch the boats and people go by as the sun colors the water and the streetlights spring to life. If you have the budget for it, rent one of the local hybrid bikes, which provides an eco-friendly way to explore more of the surrounding waterfront.

Picnic in a Park

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to parks in Alexandria. This area is naturally lush and verdant, and no matter what your preference for a natural setting, you’re sure to find it here. For those traveling with pets, the Founders Park is the place to let your four-legged friends run free and socialize with locals while you enjoy the sunshine or join in on a game of volleyball at the installed courts.

If you’re hoping to see more wildlife than dogs, head to Daingerfield Island for a taste of rural Virginia. Home to turtles, snakes, frogs, fish, and herons, this feels like an outdoor zoo to those with a trained eye. Be prepared to share your lunch if the birds get a glimpse of it, though!
For history buffs, there’s no better picnic spot than the Carlyle House Gardens, but be sure to check in advance that there is no private function going on, as the space is also available for rent.

Image courtesy of Mathieu Marquer from Flickr

Image courtesy of Mathieu Marquer from Flickr

Save While Sleeping

Accommodation is a huge factor when traveling and usually eats up most of the budget, but there are rooms on Hipmunk starting as low as $55 per night when staying at a hotel, and they offer even cheaper options when staying with locals. Staying with a local is a perfect solution, as you are able to save money, support the community, and get a free tour guide with all the best information.

Don’t let your account balance stop you from living your life. Book a trip to Alexandria now!

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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Keeping it Weird in Austin: Hipmunk City Love http://itsoneworldtravel.com/keeping-it-weird-in-austin-hipmunk-city-love/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/keeping-it-weird-in-austin-hipmunk-city-love/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 10:56:10 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8816 The motto “Keep Austin Weird” speaks volumes about the city. This is a place where you can (figuratively) kick off your shoes and feel right at home. These are your tips for feeling like a local in no time. You Have To Go To Hole in the Wall Did you know Austin is known as...

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The motto “Keep Austin Weird” speaks volumes about the city. This is a place where you can (figuratively) kick off your shoes and feel right at home. These are your tips for feeling like a local in no time.

You Have To Go To Hole in the Wall

Did you know Austin is known as the live music capital of the world? Expect to feel like you’re starring in your own movie as you’re serenaded walking down streets, at the grocery store, and at any coffeehouse worth its salt. However, one place that is a full-on music destination is the dive bar Hole in the Wall with two stages and a restaurant in the back.

Save yourself some money and hit the happy hour weekdays from 4 to 7pm when you can get a drink for a bargain price while listening to local musicians. And that restaurant in the back? They serve the best fried beets in the city, so you better snag some while they’re hot and belly up to the bar like a local.

Image courtesy of Katz's Kaddy from Flickr

Image courtesy of Katz’s Kaddy from Flickr

Eat At Food Trucks

If you’ve not eaten at a food truck yet, don’t worry, Austin is the perfect place to jump on this food trend which is undoubtedly here to stay. Having a confined kitchen space means each truck usually does only one or two things, and that they do them right. Try a favorite truck “Chi’lantro” that fuses Mexican and Korean flavors into dishes like tacos and their specialty: kimchi fries, which are covered in cheese and sriracha sauce. Yum.

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you know the closest to BBQ you have ever seen is corn on the cob, but get ready for BBQ Revolution to blow your mind. With smoked “meats” served alongside traditional favorites like coleslaw, mac and cheese, and the best potato salad ever, you’re guaranteed to leave blown away.

The Visitor’s Center is Like a Free Travel Agent

The Austin Visitor Center is thrilled to give you all the tips, tricks, and maps you need to get a feel for the city and jump into the fast track of what life is like in this weird city. In addition to being incredibly helpful and up-to-date with goings-on, they offer discounted parking, which comes at a premium in Austin. You can get three hours of parking for only $6 when you get the voucher from inside the visitor center office. If you’d like to see the city on foot and with a free guide, ask them about the free walking tours that they offer daily — they get rave reviews!

Image courtesy of Katie Haugland

Image courtesy of Katie Haugland from Flickr

Sleep at Hotel Van Zandt, A Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton is the king of lavish living and always adapts its hotels to the style of the city. That’s true with the Hotel Van Zandt, too. It claims to be the perfect place whether you like to “crash hard or chill out” and its location on Davis Street is a perfect starting point for exploring all of Austin. The pool and surrounding cabanas offer a great place to retreat and escape the brutal blanket of Texas heat.

Whether you’re here to work or play, Austin is waiting to show you her quirky side.

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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An Eco-Friendly Visit to Sonoma: Hipmunk City Love http://itsoneworldtravel.com/an-eco-friendly-visit-to-sonoma-hipmunk-city-love/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/an-eco-friendly-visit-to-sonoma-hipmunk-city-love/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:04:50 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8795 California is known for eco-consciousness, and Northern California for an organic and natural approach to life. Sonoma is a destination renowned for wineries, acres of blossoming vineyards, and tasting rooms where one can easily spend a weekend sipping some of the nation’s finest wines. In keeping with the local’s view of conservation, here are some...

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California is known for eco-consciousness, and Northern California for an organic and natural approach to life. Sonoma is a destination renowned for wineries, acres of blossoming vineyards, and tasting rooms where one can easily spend a weekend sipping some of the nation’s finest wines. In keeping with the local’s view of conservation, here are some great ways to explore Sonoma while keeping it pristine.

Cycle and Sip Your Way Through Sonoma with Getaway Adventures

From the leisurely paced Healdsburg Sip ’N Cycle tour that covers the back roads of Dry Creek Valley to the hard-core 35-mile Velo ’N Vino tour Getaway Adventures has something for everyone who wants to mix their passion for pedaling with a wine tour of beautiful Sonoma area. The perfect way to get an up close and personal look at the terroir that makes for world-class wines is quite literally at your fingertips. Sip and cycle carefully, though!

Image courtesy of torbakhopper from Flickr

Image courtesy of torbakhopper from Flickr

Support Conservation and Education Efforts with a Kayak Tour

Water Treks EcoTours is proud to combine their love for showcasing the natural beauty of Sonoma County with an educational angle on their kayak tours. Sonoma Coast State Park is your playground for the day when you take the Jenner Estuary tour. It includes all your equipment, dry bag for your electronics (just in case), and a naturalist guide who will teach you all about the ecology of the area as well as how to spot gray and humpback whales! While not every day includes a whale sighting, it’s much more frequent to see other friends such as harbor seals, sea lions, bobcats, and sometimes even a bald eagle. Tours are available for beginners and last four hours. For more advanced paddlers the full-day tour offers a 7-hour option.

Be a Wine S.N.O.B.

This cute acronym was the brain child of Anna Brittain. She created Deep Roots Tours to showcase the sustainable, natural, organic, and bio-dynamic vineyards and wineries within Sonoma County. From the lightest of pinots to the tantalizing effervescence of a Halleck Gewürztraminer, the tours are handcrafted to suit your wine tasting preferences and come in either a half-day or full-day option, with all transportation via hybrid vehicles and a picnic lunch enjoyed with spectacular vineyard views. Giving back to a community has never been so easy or enjoyable.

Image courtesy of torbakhopper from Flickr

Image courtesy of torbakhopper from Flickr

Indulge Yourself at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Are you ready to relax every hour of that workweek away and be pampered beyond belief? This eco-conscious Sonoma hotel is more like a resort with their huge emphasis on total well-being. The Willow Stream Spa boasts an enviable site above a 1,100-foot waterfall replete with soaking pool, massages, and mineral baths. With so many outstanding amenities and their dedication to the environment, no one would judge you for spending all your time on site.

Whether you’re visiting Sonoma to run the winery gamut or to reset yourself amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, doing your part to conserve this natural playground makes everyone happy at the end of your vacation.

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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Feeling Eco-Friendly in Playa Del Carmen: Hipmunk City Love http://itsoneworldtravel.com/feeling-eco-friendly-in-playa-del-carmen-hipmunk-city-love/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/feeling-eco-friendly-in-playa-del-carmen-hipmunk-city-love/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:59:43 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8789 It’s easy to be green in Playa del Carmen when the majority of your vacation will likely include lazing on the beach, eating local foods, and slowing down the pace. Spend Some Time With Nature The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa takes pride in being the top eco-hotel in the whole Mayan Riviera. If...

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It’s easy to be green in Playa del Carmen when the majority of your vacation will likely include lazing on the beach, eating local foods, and slowing down the pace.

Spend Some Time With Nature

The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa takes pride in being the top eco-hotel in the whole Mayan Riviera. If you’re looking for a hotel that cares about the well-being of the Earth and yourself as much as you do — search over!

Surrounded by mangroves, cenotes, and local wildlife, you will learn conservation methods all while being immersed in the sights and sounds of the jungle.

“Caracol” means “snail” in Spanish, and that’s exactly the tone this resort sets: a slow pace with an emphasis on relaxation. Spend a few hours relaxing by the pool, or indulge in their world-class spa services.

If you’re in the mood to be active, take advantage of the on-site tennis courts, or use the hotel sports center and book a windsurfing, kayaking, or boogie boarding adventure. The rooms are lavish and the grounds are massive, so don’t be surprised if you never even leave the property.

Image courtesy of Giorgio Galeotti from Flickr

Image courtesy of Giorgio Galeotti from Flickr

Get a Glimpse Under The Sea

EcoDiving Tours is one of the best tour operators in Playa Del Carmen. They’re known for being an eco-conscious company, and this carries over into all of their tours. If you already have your open water certification, there’s plenty on offer for you. Dive among barracudas, giant groupers, and eagle spotted rays to Mama Viña, 81 feet deep.

Try the five-hour Yucatan Cenote tour and explore beautiful underground rivers and surrounding caverns. You will learn about the way Earth’s geology has continued to evolve over thousands of years; you’ll also get a glimpse of underwater fossils. The groups are limited to four people, so you will get a personalized tour experience while soaking up plenty of knowledge.

Taste Typical Foods at Kaxapa Factory

This humble, Venezuelan-style restaurant is famous for its specialty dishes: the cachapa and arepa. Both are made from fresh, stone ground corn and filled with tantalizing local ingredients such as black beans, tofu, fried plantains, and yummy avocado. These are topped with local cheese and served piping hot. One serving is quite large, so this makes it a perfect budget lunch for two!

Image courtesy of Giorgio Galeotti

Image courtesy of Giorgio Galeotti from Flickr

Say This Three Times Fast: Titi Panini

When the heat is weighing on your appetite but you still crave nourishment, look to Titi Panini (without giggling!) to fill you up and cool you down.

They offer a large variety of fresh fruit smoothies; try their signature berry blend or invent your own. The strawberry basil offers the perfect balance of sweet and savory and is enough to work as a light lunch. If you’re craving something a little more, try their selection of paninis like the grilled tomato and avocado, and for dessert tuck into the pumpkin pie, which is dusted with cinnamon and served with a dollop of dairy-free whip cream. This is the perfect place to get a healthy fueling any day of the week!

One word to remember for your Playa Del Carmen trip: “tranquilo.” It means “chill” in Spanish, and it’s the perfect tone for your trip. Enjoy!
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Hipmunk City Love: Budget Hotels in Tokyo http://itsoneworldtravel.com/hipmunk-city-love-budget-hotels-in-tokyo/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/hipmunk-city-love-budget-hotels-in-tokyo/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:53:14 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8787 The “Vertical City” is expensive, but you can save money by choosing any of these budget hotels in Tokyo, all under $60 per night! Hotel Horidome Hotel Horidome Villa is perfect for business travelers. It is close to the business district, has an on-site restaurant (saving you time to track down good grub), and is less than...

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The “Vertical City” is expensive, but you can save money by choosing any of these budget hotels in Tokyo, all under $60 per night!

Hotel Horidome

Hotel Horidome Villa is perfect for business travelers. It is close to the business district, has an on-site restaurant (saving you time to track down good grub), and is less than a 20-minute ride to Tokyo International Airport.

Soho Asakusa Hotel

Soho Asakusa Hotel offers free high-speed Wi-Fi, laundry service, and a great location near Asakusa Shrine, Sensoji Temple, and Sumida Park. Some rooms offer full kitchenettes which include  dining table and chairs, refrigerator, and hot water kettle allowing you to self-cater and cut costs.

Palace Japan Hotel

When you’re travelling with all your electronic items and want to rest assured, stay at Palace Japan Hotel in the Taito-ku district. The guest room safe is large enough to keep your laptop safe while you explore the surrounding area. When it’s time to relax in your room, take advantage of the free DVD player, LCD television, and both wired and wireless internet to keep in touch with the digital world.

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Image courtesy of Maxime Guilbot from Flickr

Oak Hostel Zen

If you’re in town to spend some quality time at either the Tokyo National Museum or Museum of Western Art, then choose Oak Hostel Zen. The 27 guest rooms and a communal kitchen give this a wonderful and friendly vibe as well as providing privacy when you need it. If you’re overheated after a day of sightseeing, take a dip in the pool to refresh before making your own dinner.

Hotel New Star Ikebukuro

Guests love the hearty, home cooked, and budget friendly food served at Hotel New Star Ikebukuro‘s restaurant. Whether you opt for the full breakfast in the on-site restaurant or coffee in the intimate café, you will love this humble and friendly establishment!

MyStays Kameido

When shopping and access to the train station is high on your priorities list in Tokyo, look to MyStays Kameido for the perfect solution. A short walk to Tokyo Sky Tree, Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Edo-Tokyo Museum means you are also cutting down on transportation costs.

Hotel Empire

Most cheap hotels offer standing showers, but Hotel Empire in Shinjuku knows that everyone needs a good soak sometimes. It’s rare to find a budget hotel in Tokyo that offers bathrooms with rainfall shower heads and bathtubs for under $60 per night, so book early to make sure you’re not disappointed.

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Image courtesy of M M from Flickr

Hotel New Tohoku

It’s not every budget hotel that offers luxuries like blackout drapes which allow you to catch up on beauty sleep. Hotel New Tohoku takes it to the next level: complimentary coffee station in the morning, concierge services, and free Wi-Fi are just some of the perks. If you’re really in the mood to relax, ask about their massage services and let yourself unwind.

No matter which of these hotels you choose, you’re sure to have some pocket-money left over to enjoy the best of Tokyo, which is undoubtedly their food, and don’t forget the delicious vegetarian food they offer.

Please note : This is part of a series for #HipmunkCityLove. Hipmunk.com is low-cost and budget travel service that I use while planning budget travel, and am thrilled to write for. I know you will find the articles as well as their services useful.

Remember, you are my first priority and I only work with or support companies whose products and services I believe in. For all the nitty gritty on this check out my disclaimer. It’s even got pictures of monkeys.

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Seeing Green in Singapore: Hipmunk City Love http://itsoneworldtravel.com/seeing-green-in-singapore-hipmunk-city-love/ http://itsoneworldtravel.com/seeing-green-in-singapore-hipmunk-city-love/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:44:18 +0000 http://itsoneworldtravel.com/?p=8788 Singapore is swiftly turning its attention to environmental impact and living a cleaner and greener life. Join the locals in this quest with these tips for your next vacation to one of the coolest places (but not literally) in Southeast Asia! Little India by Bike Has Never Been Better Let’s Go Bike Singapore is a...

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Singapore is swiftly turning its attention to environmental impact and living a cleaner and greener life. Join the locals in this quest with these tips for your next vacation to one of the coolest places (but not literally) in Southeast Asia!

Little India by Bike Has Never Been Better

Let’s Go Bike Singapore is a tour company offering eco-friendly tours by bicycle throughout the city. Starting at Tekka Market, you get the chance to watch everyone preparing for their day, making hasty trades at hawker stalls, bartering for the best price, and doing it all at an incredibly fast pace. Snack on your choice of local finger foods before hopping on the bike to the stunningly beautiful Sri Veeramakaliamman. All around you wafts the smell of incense burning at alters and the smell of flowers being strung onto garlands.

In only a few hours you will learn the 200 years of history of the Indians’ arrival in Singapore all the way to modern day. Don’t worry though, this tour is not a monologue, your guides prefer you ask about whatever interests you! Take the fast track to becoming a local, take this tour. If eating all day is more your thing — yum! — you might prefer the Bikes and Bites tour, which is a food-driven tour of the city stopping at favorite stalls to learn about the city through their rich and diverse cuisine.

Image courtesy of Jakub Michankow

Image courtesy of Jakub Michankow from Flickr

Chinese Food at ComBi Cafe

After experiencing all that the stands and centers have to offer, you’d be well within your rights to want a sit down meal. Enter ComBi Cafe and enjoy their fresh and healthy take on Chinese food favorites. Their Fragrant Fried Eggplant is the house dish, and when it arrives on the table you will understand why: beautiful presentation, lovely aromas, and a perfectly balanced flavor palate. This is a true homage to delicate Chinese cuisine and not the often over-greased food that is prevalent in other parts of the city.

Feel Like Royalty at PARKROYAL on Pickering

PARKROYAL on Pickering is an eco-friendly hotel built around the ethos of environmental preservation and the desire for you to relax in a perfect setting. Spend some time on the roof enjoying Singapore’s first zero-energy sky gardens, and be sure to bring your camera because you get a great view of the city. All the rooms and suites are inspired by Mother Nature and offer relaxing views of the Singapore River, Marina Centre, and Raffles City. Taking a shower has never felt so guilt free, as the hotel has innovated a way to save over 70% energy on hot water generation.

Image courtesy of Michi Lohelt

Image courtesy of Michi Lohelt from Flickr

Be Brave and Take a Sky Walk

The TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie is a two-hour walk from the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, and it’s worth every step. This suspension bridge gives you an eagle eye view of the canopy, plants, and wildlife, and it gives you a thrill — after all, it’s 25 meters off the forest floor! There is no shortcut for getting here; it has to be on foot, so it’s recommended for nature lovers who don’t mind walking a few hours for the reward. But to get fresh air and views like this in Singapore are essentially unheard of, so it’s a real treat.

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