A lot of people have reached out to me over the last few months asking how I travel so much, how do we afford to stay in amazing hotels, are we millionaires? The first part of that question I’ll answer another day, but I’ll go into how Simone and I manage to stay in some of the top hotels in the world without breaking the bank..and without being millionaires
Be Flexible with your Dates.
As obvious as it seems, it’s a biggie. Like with everything you need to consider supply and demand, wanting to go to a popular capital city in Europe in July and August, is pretty much a no go. Not only are most of the hotels going to be fully booked but the prices are usually 2x-4x what they usually are. This is where you need to be a bit creative with your holiday plans. For example, earlier in the year we went to Budapest and stayed in the Boscolo which is arguably the city’s most decadent 5* hotel. How? We went in February, not exactly peak season, the weather was a bit cold but we still got to experience this great city and all it had to offer for next to nothing in terms of accommodation and flights. The hotel usually ranges from 250-350 USD/night. Not only were we flexible with our dates we waited for deals to pop up, when they did, we took full advantage of it and managed to stay there for 70 bucks a night. 70 BUCKS for the most exclusive 5* hotel in the city! Not only that but we managed to get upgraded into a suite as the hotel was pretty quiet at the time. We had 5 rooms within our suite including 3 balconies and a giant marble bathroom. The suite was actually bigger than our apartment. So, long story short, be flexible with dates, keep an eye out on prices for both flights but also for accommodation on sites like SecretEscapes.com
Location, Location, Location and how to get there!
Once again this may seem obvious but try to go off the beaten path a bit. I’m not saying go into the middle of the jungle or go to a country and stay in some random town, I’m saying be mindful of the fact there are unpopular and popular destinations and the latter is always going to cost more because, you guessed it, supply and demand. Everyone wants to go to places like Paris, New York, Bali etc. so you need to be a bit cute about how you get there and (as mentioned above) when to go. If you have the luxury of time, don’t take a direct flight, stopover in other locations and stay for a night or two (and that way you can see more and more places and you might even combat jet lag a bit). Make a list of the top 10 places you want to see, whether it be realistic or not. From there start figuring out what the average prices to get there are and see where they’re usually lower and then, most importantly, figure out why it’s so low. For example a lot of places in South East Asia have crazy wet seasons that affect different parts of the country in different times, for example, the rainy season hits Bangkok from June to October. In Chiang Mai it’s from May to October, in Koh Samui October to December, and in Phuket May to October. So do your research before you hop on a plane to somewhere you want to see!
Where to find luxury accommodation on the cheap?
There are plenty of sites on the web that offer different levels of luxury hotels and discounts. My personal favourite purely based off the quality of the accommodation presented, deals and how easy the website is to use, is SecretEscapes.com. The brilliance of this site is that they focus on the fact that no hotel wants empty rooms. It’s as simple as that. That’s how they manage to lower the price up to 70% off on some hotels. 70%!!! Put the savings aside for a bit, they have access to hotels all over the world, so not matter where you want to go or stay they will certainly have options. More so than finding an amazing place to stay, it’s a great site to use as a discovery tool. As I’ve mentioned above the location is everything. Let’s say you want to go to the Philippines, there are over 7000 islands to consider, so where to stay? Secret Escapes showed me amazing getaway locations that I didn’t even know existed. Thanks to the site we’re currently planning a mini road trip around the Philippines and staying in locations we previously didn’t know existed!
In summary, the world is a big place, with a lot to see. I think its possible to see a lot of it if you approach it with an open to mind with regards to when and where. Those to factors are not concrete. What should be however, is using SecretEscapes.com to find you luxury accommodation. If you want to stay in the best hotels, experience the finer things in life and get it cheaper than everyone else, then I implore you to search via that website.
Amazing views in the Garden of Europe. Madeira is a small island off the coast of Africa that is a part of Portugal
Ever since we went to Iceland all I could think about was going to the Faroe Islands. Just that raw untouched nature was so alluring to me. So when Simone surprised me with a gift trip there I was over the moon. The islands themselves are pretty clustered together but getting around can be a tricky as you're usually going the 'long way' round. Some of the hikes are not clearly marked so you're pretty much following goat paths. Which in all honestly adds to the character of the island. Here are some of the shots from our short trip to the Faroe's
Simone and I were trying to make plans over Easter but every flight pretty much everywhere was 3 to 4 times the usual price. We decided to search for the week after and decided, quite blindly to book a flight to Munich.
After a bit of research we suddenly figured out there is a lot more to Bavaria than just Munich, the nature alone was mind bogglingly beautiful. We came up with a rough plan, booked a cheap car and our first night in Munich. The rest of the trip we kinda took it as it came and this was the result.
Copenhagen Distortion is a celebtration of Copenhagen street life and international club culture, "A week of Emerging Dance Music and Orchestrated Chaos". With an estimated 100,000 guests per day, it is one of the largest annual gatherings in Europe. Distortion is a mobile festival: the week starts in the streets of Copenhagen - in the Nørrebro and Vesterbro district - and with the Distortion Ø festival. All photo'sare from the second day in Vesterbro
Spent a week in Çeşme which is an hour West of Izmir (South West of Turkey) to see some family and have some down time. Because of that there isn't my usual volume of content but it did allow me to finally post a video i'm happy (well, semi happy about). Enjoy!
After a rough winter in Denmark we were craving some sunshine so after a small stop over in Dubai we arrived in Bali for 2 weeks.
It was a pretty action packed week hitting up pretty much every part of island that was feasible within the time we were there. From the Southern most tip of Nusa Dua, the Nusa Islands, to Ubud.
Here's some photos that you may or may haven't seen
Heard from the grapevine that some pretty heavy snow was going to hit Copenhagen for a few hours in the middle of the night so decided to go out and about in city and take some shots.
I was completely underprepared for the weather, lens kept covered in snow, wooly hats and gloves weren't the brightest idea as they were drenched and in turn useless. Socks were completely soaked through...you get the idea.
That being said it was a lot of fun!
Started off in Portland and ended up driving through most of the state before having to turn around and drive back to San Francisco. Originally was supposed to drive up through Washington State and fly out of Seattle, but due to a typhoon warning, I had to abandon those plans and drive 18 hours over 3 days. Although, I did get to stay in Yosemite for a day and night...so silver lining!
Having originally been to Hungary many many years ago I felt like I had to go back as I wasn't the curious traveller I am now. That furthered by the fact you can have Michelin star dinner for next to nothing made the whole prospect of running all the more appetising.
I recalled Budapest's brute prettiness, an Eastern European Paris to an extent. One of those cities you could easily spend $50-$5000 a day on activities, dinners and nightlife.
If you're looking for a Central-ish/Eastern European getaway regardless if you are or aren't on a budget i'd highly recommend the city. Only thing to look out for is that all the taxi drivers magically have "issues with the meter" when you get in the car, so negotiate the prices up front.
If you're looking for a lavish but affordable place to stay I highly recommend to Budapest Boscolo.
A short 4hr drive across the bridge into Sweden and then North brings you to Gothenburg.
Having previously been to Malmo and Stockholm as well I must say I really enjoyed the vibe here as it was unlike the other towns and cities i've visited in Sweden. Everyone was extremely laid back, no frills attached and all in all a cool little city. On our first day around the city there was some pretty heavy fog which was a lot of fun to shoot in, although, it impaired our ability to actually see the city.
It's also extremely close to some pretty breathtaking archipelago off the coast. Unfortunately for us we went in the middle of winter so was pretty cold and dead, but i've been assured that in the summer it's extremely lively.