How To Travel Thailand On A Budget

IMG_1530.JPG Thailand – the tropical country that has literally something for everyone. Whether shopping is your thing or spending your days lounging on golden sand beaches, you are definitely in for a treat. Now since it can be quite difficult to save large amounts of money, I am going to give you the safe proof way on how to travel Thailand on a budget. I would start by asking yourself what your main priorities are for your trip and make a list of what is important to you and what you could live without doing. You would be surprised how much you can actually fit in, in a short period of time. For myself, I like to do everything there is possible and still have time to relax so if you don’t have tons of money you can still get away with accomplishing all you want. First thing I would do is plan all the places you want to go to. A great starting point I would say is Bangkok because it has so much to do and fully throws you into Thai culture right away. For people new to Thailand I would stay along Khao San Road because it has everything you would need right on that one strip. Start your day with a great breakfast, get a massage at Charlie’s Massage Parlour (the best place), then spend your day shopping or taking a Tuk Tuk to a nearby temple and experience Buddhism and monk culture. The best way to save money on lunches is to get a delicious pad Thai from the ladies who make them right on the street. I would recommend the pad Thai place right in front of the 7 Eleven on Khao San Road, we ate there almost every day and it cost pretty much nothing. Here are my 6 tips on how to travel Thailand on a budget:

1) Research – Take a look online at websites like Trip Advisor and hotels.com for accommodation reviews and tips on where to eat and what to do.

2) Set a daily budget – Take out a weeks worth of cash at a time and then only take out the daily amount you are prepared to spend each day. We budgeted to spend about $80 a day which in Thai Baht is around 2400.

3) Speak to people – Talk to your friends, this is probably the most important thing you can do because everyone knows someone who has travelled to Thailand and can give you tips on what to do, where to stay and ways you can save money.

4) Take inexpensive transport – Instead of flying everywhere try and take trains and buses to the locations you are trying to get to. This will save you a whole heap of money.

5) Check prices on Trip Advisor – Make sure you take a look on Trip Advisor to see how much you are suppose to be paying for something so you aren’t getting ripped off.

6) Don’t be afraid of hole in the wall places! Try something new… Spend $2 on dinner rather than Western restaurants which could cost up to $10 … Research on Trip Advisor and Yelp because they recommend great places to eat. At the end of the day the cheap hole in the wall places taste the best anyways.

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IMG_1510-0.JPG Enjoy your trip, Carly Jensen xo

Queen Victoria Market

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Melbourne has many fun sites and attractions but one of my favourite would have to be the Queen Victoria Market. If you think you have been to a big market before then you clearly haven’t been to this one. With clothes, funky things for your house and pretty much everything you can imagine, the Vic Market is the perfect place to spend your Saturday or Sunday. Now if you are a huge foodie like myself, you will fall in love with what the market has to offer. You can grocery shop for fresh fruits & vegetables as well as buy your meat for the week. For the wine & cheese lovers there is something for you as well, as there is a wide range of fresh cheeses and horderves. Finally, the best part of my day was eating a juicy and very spicy bratwurst smothered in fried onions. On top of that you must try the Spanish Churro’s, slushy organic lemonade and the candy coated nuts. The food list goes on but as long as you get those main staples you will be quite satisfied.

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Carly Jensen xo

Where to buy a great Caesar in Melbourne

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Hidden away on Little Collins Street is a cute bar that is outdoors called Chuckle Park. Tucked into a little laneway, Chuckle Park is the perfect place to grab a drink and bite to eat after work. Strung with mini mason jars as lights as well as the bar being an old hippie caravan you are welcome to order as many interesting cocktails as your heart desires. My top secret from this place is that they serve a real “Canadian” Caesar with clamato juice. For those who don’t know what a Caesar is, it is a Canadian Classic that includes Clamato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Vodka, topped off with a celery salt rim and veggies. Australia is a rare place to find a Caesar but for those who know what they are or for people who want to try something new, make sure to make your way down to Chuckle Park and drink as many Caesars as possible!

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Carly Jensen xo

New Apartment – City Living

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My boyfriend and I have recently moved into a new apartment in Southbank, Melbourne and I couldn’t be more excited. Living in a big city is exhilarating, it gives you a new perspective on everything and there is definitely always something to do. My heart beats for the action, the culture and being able to explore on a daily basis. I recommend to everyone no matter where you are in the world, move into the city and enjoy the magic of being somewhere new. Life is about getting out of your comfort zone and I can honestly say I have never been happier in my life. 

 

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Friday Faves – Music Festivals

Friday Faves - Music Festivals

I think anybody can relate to this post considering at some point in your life you would have attended such an event. Today for Friday Faves I am talking about why music festivals are the absolute best. It doesn’t matter what type of genre they are I think the love for music is truly universal and going to a festival brings people together. You can dance, drink, eat, sit and relax, whatever your heart desires! Every time I go to one, I feel like I can be myself and let go of all problems. The moment you step into a festival you are transported to a world of your own and you can most definitely leave any stress you have at the gates. What are some festivals you must attend in your lifetime?

1) Coachella – California’s laid back music n arts festival in Indio California.

2) Electric Daisy Carnival – Started by the event company Insomniac, EDC is all over the place now, this all night party should be high up on the bucket list.

3) Lollapalooza – All types of music at this Chicago festival right along the water.

4) Ultra Music Festival – Where it all started in North America, one of the most prestigious Electronic Music Festivals out there in no other than beautiful Miami.

5) Sasquatch – Chill atmosphere and a beautiful night sky at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington. What more could you ask for?

6) Tomorrowland – This one is massive and it is all the way in Belgium! Add this festival to your Europe trip next year.

Reality or Las Vegas?

Reality or Las Vegas?

I think everyone can agree with me on this one, there is nothing like Las Vegas. The lights, the glitter, the excitement boil through your body leaving you wanting more and more. By the time, you leave sin city you realize that it is probably a good thing you do not live there but then usually about once or twice a year the itch comes back and you go to the desert for a trip of a lifetime. Las Vegas has that thrill about it that not a lot of places have. It is a perfect place for anyone who enjoys indulging himself or herself for a weekend or so. Letting yourself be completely open to all the temptations and not feeling guilty one bit. I give everyone full permission to shop as much as you want, gamble, eat and party till the cows come home. I think it’s time to book a trip to Las Vegas!

Favorite Things to Do in Vegas:

1) Pool Parties – Doesn’t matter which one you go to, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. Some of the top ones out there are Wet Republic at the MGM, Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Encore Beach Club at the Wynn.

2) Eat – Restaurants upon restaurants, buffets, everything you could ever imagine food wise is in Las Vegas. Make sure you work out a lot before going since you will probably eat enough to last you a year.

3) Shop – This one goes without saying. If you are a fashionista, Vegas has enough cute stuff to keep you happy!

4) Gamble – This one is a double sided sword, you can either win or lose but no matter what you will have a bit of fun. Everything is okay in moderation right.

5) Club – Party, party, party, in Las Vegas since most of the biggest and best DJ’s have residencies at the major clubs you are sure to have your nights filled with alcoholic beverages, good looking people and a crazy dance floor.

6) EDC – Every year in June Insomniac Events puts on a larger than life festival that will take you as far away from reality as you can go. Let loose, by some bright colored items and have the time of your life all night long. Best part about the festival is that you get to watch the sun come up.

Love Life In Ibiza

Love Life In Ibiza

I haven’t done too much traveling but I have decided it is in my best interest to become a world traveler. My goal is to make it to all my dream places before I am 30. Among my very long list of travel hot spots, Ibiza lays at number one. Now to some of you this may seem typical of a young girl who loves music and beaches but for me it is more than that. Growing up in Vancouver I was accustomed to a typical straightforward lifestyle. By the time I could walk I knew I was destined for something greater, which in my head meant “get the hell out of Vancouver.”

Why Ibiza? Well it seems like my true definition of what heaven on earth would be: white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise blue waters and a party that goes all night long. Plus, since it is the main hub for the best Electronic Dance Music in the world I think I would feel right at home. Laidback lifestyle, sunshine and the best music that the world has to offer seems like a good enough reason to hop on a plane and make my way to the dream island of Spain. You better believe the day I get there I will have a post and pictures for everyone to see.

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