Ibiza on a budget

Ibiza on a budget

Ibiza may seem like an expensive place to the inexperienced eye and it’s easy to see why. Nightclub entry ticket prices are not exactly inexpensive. Many hotels cost more than the average monthly mortgage repayment. Thinking of buying a round of drinks in a super-club? Good one.

But don’t despair. Although this magical island seems too far of a stretch for your budget, it can be done on the cheap. Take it from me, a champion of the breadline with a wallet drier than your mouth at DC10 after refusing to break into a twenty for a beer.

Here are some top tips on how not only to survive an Ibiza holiday on a budget but also to thrive. Move over Martin Lewis. Here goes.


PARTYING

Without a doubt, the biggest cost on Ibiza is the club entry. Ranging from a modest €15 to a let-me-pull-your-pants-back-up €80, just sampling a couple of the island’s world-class club delights can eat through your entire budget.

But for most of us, that’s why we’re here. You won’t find better line-ups, production or characters on any other part of the globe. So you can either suck it up or get smart.

Packages are a great way to bring the cost down and add structure to your holiday. Check out the boat party offers as most of them include entry not just to one super-club but two and sometimes even three or more clubs. Plus, of course, don’t forget the actual boat party itself, many of which include drinks and have their own pre-party included.

But not all partying has to cost a small fortune. There are plenty of intimate venueswith reasonable prices. Las Dalias in San Carlos and Underground in San Rafael are popular options off the beaten track for residents and those in the know. This means that 1) it’s affordable and 2) the music is banging.

Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks are leading the way in hosting banging open-air parties from afternoon to early evening in San Antonio without leaving a dent in your wallet.

If the super-clubs and hot party spots are what you want, though, then look-out for savings if you buy earlier. For example, this year Pacha has started a dynamic pricing system, so if you grab tickets for your favourite parties before arriving then you save massively.

Also, you can look out for early entry tickets, for example, Benimussa Park and Hï Ibiza. Arriving at the club early can be a good way to move around the club, find a spot and discover rising talents warming up the night while saving up to 50%.

Plus, of course, you have the several free pre-party delights that the island has to offer. These parties often have the same DJs of the super-clubs getting the night started early.

In San Antonio alone, there are Café Mambo, Ibiza Rocks Bar and Café Del Mar, to name a few. In the south, Guy Gerber‘s free RUMORS party at Destino always goes off. You can also head over to Playa D’en Bossa and start the night dancing at Tantra until midnight or work on that tan in the day at Bora Bora‘s famous beach parties.

There is plenty out there so make sure you check out our party calendar for the full low-down on prices and line-ups.

If you like to plan ahead, keep tabs on early bird tickets from January to April. Keep that in mind of your Ibiza 2019 planning.


EATING

Think of your body as a well-oiled party engine. It needs fuel. But eating-out on Ibizacan be expensive, which means that Ferrari motor will soon be moving like a rundown Fiat 500 if you aren’t careful.

Take advantage of the island’s many menú del días, where calories and cost don’t go hand-in-hand. Just take a short walk away from the tourist feeding spots and sample a host cafés, restaurants and bars. You’ll be surprised at how reasonably priced yet delicious the food can be.

The local supermarkets are also great options to provide solid sustenance at a slashed price in comparison to the beachfront shops. Grab fresh bread, jamonand cheese and put together some beach-day sandwiches.

Also worth noting is that you can find fairly decent wine for under €2 in the supermarkets, but that doesn’t mean I recommend getting wasted on the beach – no matter how fun it is.


SLEEPING

The best idea for those on a budget is not necessarily to choose the cheapest accommodation but the one that works for you. Personally, a bed and a shower is enough, with the latter a luxury. By the same token, if your place is a dive, then you’re more likely to go out and spend. Scientific fact.

Book in advance or search last minute deals. Also, look out for the hotels with a nice pool area so you don’t have to seek holiday solace elsewhere and actually pay through your nose for a drink to be there. If your place has its own kitchen, huge bonus. The money saved by cooking could earn you a cocktail on the sunset strip. Totally worth it.

The word hostel rings alarms bells to many, but on Ibiza, there are plenty reasonably priced places with top-notch facilities. It can also be a good place to meet like-minded budgeters and workers who can offer their wisdom.


ACTIVITIES

If you could put a price on Ibiza’s natural beauty, no one could afford to be here. Whether it’s watching the sunset on the rocks of San Antonio or hiking through Ses Salines Natural Park, there’s plenty to explore on the White Isle.

To get around, Ibiza’s bus service offers a low-cost and environmentally friendly way to travel to all corners of the island.

In Ibiza Town, there’s Dalt Vila, a UNESCO heritage site with a rich history. Walk up the cobbled steps and breathe in a view of the beautiful town below. All for free. Just make sure you bring your own food as eating there can get pretty costly.

Later on, wave the sun goodbye and begin your evening at one of several stunning sunset spots on the west coast. Grab a €2 box of sangria and meet new friends on San Antonio’s sunset strip, or head to the mystical Es Vedrà rock, one of the most enchanting places on the island, for a spiritual Ibiza experience.


TOP TIPS

  • Load-up on cheap booze and invite new-found-friends to a pre-drinking session
  • Use the disco bus – it is a saviour
  • Befriend workers and leech off their discounts at food places and bars
  • Check out the free parties – always a blast
  • Grab a taxi after 7:00 am for the cheapest tariff, making partying for longer even more worthwhile
  • Buy tickets online and in advance so that you can plan your budget more easily
  • Visit in May, June, September and October when prices are lower yet packed full of great opening and closing parties

One day you may be lucky enough to indulge in the richer fruits of Ibiza, but if today is not that day, it’s all an experience. No matter how much or how little money you have to spend on your stay on the island, you’ll be guaranteed an abundance of fun.

I know I’m having fun😛😛😛😛

Pass Me The Map|Travel List

Pass Me The Map|Travel List

I know, You are possibly getting a little sick of all these travel posts but I have truly been bitten by the travel bug and I am constantly seeking out new adventures and fill my desire to see different cultures and learn new skills. If I could visit every country in the world I would, but you have to start somewhere so here are the places that have caught my eye recently. These change daily as I scroll through Instagram but for now, Here is my top four destination.

Ericeira, Portugal.

Ever since my surfing lesson in Bali I have been longing to head back to the ocean and have more lessons. I had so much fun it was probably one of the best workouts I have ever had, My whole body ached from head to toe and it felt incredible. I have been doing a little research and I think Ericeira might be the place to head too for surfing in Europe. Apparently, Ericeira has some amazing seafood restaurants, I love seafood so this place sounds right up my street. I spent a lot of my childhood in Portugal with my parents but it was always in the south around Vilamoura area, I will be interested to see a different coastline.

Banff, Canada.

I’ve never been to Canada, How shocking is that? I plan to change this as soon as I can. I actually haven’t done too much research if I am being honest so I would really have to look into it before booking anything but all I know is that I need to visit here with my camera & take in all the beautiful scenery, the mountains are so pretty, I would love to snap some pictures there. If you have been before, I would love to hear any tips & recommendations you have, I’m all ears!

Destination unknown, Australia

I would love to visit Australia, the country is so vast I haven’t pinned down a specific area or coastline. I’m currently thinking the East coast would be best, I would love to take 3-4 weeks and explore as much as possible. As you know I have a huge love for animals, I would love to snorkel / Dive the great barrier reef. It looks like the most magical place ever. I would possibly head over to the Sam at Ratpack Travel for a hand in organising this trip. They really know their stuff and I would 100% trust his opinion.

Palawan, Philipines. 

Well, the Philippines just looks incredible, Doesn’t it? I would definitely want to head to Palawan. I wouldn’t just stop there, I would want to try out as many areas of the Philippines as physically possible. It all looks so beautiful and the food is apparently incredible.

Do you have a travel Bucket list? Where are you jetting off to next?

Leave a comment below!!!

Aspired destination-Thailand

Aspired destination-Thailand

Thailand was once seen as a destination for adventure travelers wanting a challenge; these days, many trips are catered to newer, less experienced travelers.

That’s good in some ways — like for Thai entrepreneurs making money and being able to take care of their families. But at the same time, it’s becoming hard to find those pockets of quiet Thai life, apart from the tourists, within popular travel destinations.

Enter Global Basecamps

Global Basecamps is a travel company that seeks to make a positive impact on its destinations. They arrange trips customized to your personal tastes, in local establishments and with local guides.

They work personally with locals so that your money goes toward the locals — not the CEO of an international chain who skims money off your visit to afford his third vacation home.

Working on this local level allows them to get you to places you wouldn’t ordinarily see with larger travel companies. Guesthouses that aren’t dominating on TripAdvisor. Restaurants that haven’t been spotlighted by Lonely Planet. Tours and establishments that your traveler friends have never heard of.

Every trip is customizable. Would you rather cut out the beach time and spend more days in the mountains? Go for it. Do you want to go to primarily offbeat places, but include one or two major tourism spots? That’s fine, too. Do you hate cities and want to spend the whole time in the countryside? They’d love to work with you on that.

While they lead tours all over the world, they’re especially looking to promote their trips in Thailand.

On a personal level, I enjoyed getting off the beaten path in Thailand — like when I was the lone tourist on the overnight train to Ubon Ratchathani, answering the question, “Why you no have boyfriend?” over and over and getting to know locals — but it was HARD. The language barrier was real; the infrastructure wasn’t as extensive. But it was a lot of fun.

Traveling off the beaten path in Thailand is something I would be eager to do again if I had the support of a local guide behind me. He or she could help me through the hard parts so I could spend my time enjoying myself.

Thailand for the Woke

In the past decade, people have changed enormously how they travel. At first they prioritized getting the best deal (thanks to price-saving websites), next was prioritizing having a local experience (local homestays and street food tours).

But in 2018, people have been prioritizing social consciousness more than ever before. It’s not enough to have a nice trip; it’s important to have a trip that makes a positive impact on locals. It’s about spending your money where it makes an impact on the local community. It’s about protecting the environment.

And honestly, if you’re doing this for the bragging rights on Instagram, go for it. This is something worth bragging about.

If you want to go to Thailand, and you want to have a good time, but you also want to make sure your money is going to places that could use it, Global Basecamps is an excellent choice for you. Their priority is to make their communities better.

Also worth mentioning is that Global Basecamps does NOT promote elephant rides, which are harmful to the animals. Instead, some of their tours visit animal sanctuaries like the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary outside Chiang Mai.

Cool Thailand Itinerary Ideas

I feel like Thailand caters well to every kind of traveler. If you’re looking for urban or rural, beach or mountains, popular or off-the-beaten-path, you have plenty of options. Here are some of the itineraries you can take with Global Basecamps:

If it’s your first trip to Thailand and you want to cover the most popular spots: Classic Thailand Heritage Explorer. In two weeks you visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, with a great mix of city, temples, countryside, and beaches.

If you want to go to the secret beaches no one else knows about: Cultural Adventures to Trat Region & Unspoiled Beaches. Most beach travelers visit Krabi or the southern Gulf islands — instead, this trip takes you to Trat, including the quiet island of Koh Kood, where you have perfect clear waters and far fewer tourists.

If you want to see as much as possible in three weeks: Complete Authentic Thailand Explorer. This trip includes lots of popular spots, like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Krabi, but it also adds in a lot of treasures that most travelers miss, like Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, and Lampang.

If you’re planning the honeymoon of a lifetime: Thailand Anniversary Escape. This trip includes the popular destinations of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, but with a more relaxing, romantic twist. I have several friends who chose Thailand for their honeymoon and this is a fantastic way to do it.

But these trips don’t have to be adhered to as is — you can customize them to your personal taste.

The Takeaway

If you want to explore Thailand but do so in a responsible way, a way that takes you to offbeat destinations, Global Basecamps is a terrific option. If you’re ready to finally take the plunge and book a trip to Thailand, why not plan for something in the next year? No matter what you’re looking for, Thailand is waiting for you.

I know it’s waiting for me 😝😝

Would you like to see Thailand off the beaten path? Leave a comment below

Great Yarmouth-California Cliffs

Great Yarmouth-California Cliffs

So as well all know it’s August and the kids are off school for the summer holidays. Getting a ticket to Spain or Portugal is very expensive at this time of year. So a friend suggested that I book a caravan holiday in the Uk which is slightly cheaper.

California Cliffs Holiday Park

If your looking for somewhere to go with the kids this place is perfect. The staff and visitors is friendly, there’s so many activities for the children as well as for adults. There’s a bar and a restaurant as well as a five minute walk from the beach 🏝

There’s also an amusement park close to pleasure beach.

Keeping it short , id definitely recommend but your looking to save money I suggest buying food in Asda prior to coming as it save you soo much money. The shops on caravan site is quite expensive-only downfall🙈