Category Archives: Travel

Want to be kept up to date with the latest travel trends? Whether it’s safety updates, destination recommendations, or ideas for seasonal travel, the following pages offer information and advice for the indie traveler.

Egypt – Cairo Travel Safety Update

The civil unrest in Egypt is not new news, but things started boiling over again on July 3, 2013. The armed forced announced the removal from office of President Morsi and the installation of a new interim government. The situation remains tense as protests and violent civil unrest occur without warning.

On July 5, 36 people were killed, and over 1000 injured, most of the casualties being in Cairo and Alexandria. On July 8, as many as 40 people have been killed in a shooting incident in Cairo, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Should you visit Cairo?

The situation in Cairo is certainly different than what has happened in Istanbul .

Like Istanbul, Cairo is a large city and the protests have taken place in Tahrir Square. If you decide to go to Cairo, make sure you stay away from this area. If you have already booked accommodation in the affected area , it’s best to cancel it and look for a quieter area to stay in.

It is wise to know that foreigners are prohibited by law to participate in demonstrations. Not abiding by the law may result in arrest.

If you do decided to keep your travel plans, it’s a good idea to check other reports and social media , especially since you might be able to talk to someone who is in Cairo and has on ground experience. Exercise common sense and rely on first-hand experience to decide what to do next.

I have tried to contact people in Egypt and get their on ground feedback. On Twitter, someone in Egypt says it’s not safe to travel to Cairo and it’s best to avoid it as things are likely to get worse.

Alternatively, you can plan to spend some time in one of the resorts on the Red Sea coast (i.e. Sharm el Sheikh). You can still use Cairo airport as a transit airport as long as you don’t leave the airport grounds.

Is Cairo the only city affected?

Clashes have taken places in other places as well, including Alexandria, Luxor, Assyut, Suez, Ismaliyya, and Qena.

Are there any travel advisories issued by governments ?

The latest travel warning on the US Department of State website is dated on July 3, 2013 and advises “U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt”. They also advise those already in Egypt to depart. Because of the US Embassy’s proximity to Tahrir Square in Cairo, the Embassy has sometimes been closed to the public on short notice.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an advice for travelers , which says “reconsider your need to travel”. For the North Sinai area the advice is “do not travel”.

As for UK citizens, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends against all but essential travel to Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea or mainland.

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TripAdvisor Cost Index vs BootsnAll Costs Index

Our Friends at TripAdvisor released there list of Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cities in the world a few days ago. Check out the article here. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Here’s how they calculate their cost index:

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Cities is based on the cost of a couple staying one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and return taxi fare of 3.2 kilometres each way.

The Cheapest City they list was Sofia, Bulgaria at $153 bucks for the experience listed above.

Lists like this, build up how expensive it could be to travel the world. TripAdvisor – perhaps the most well known travel specific online entity, has tremendous reach and influence, so I when I see stuff like this, I think of my neighborhood friends from Chicago – seeing this and thinking – “How can I travel (like Keener does) – around the world with prices like that on a per night basis. He must be RICH!”. (Not true pals – there are other ways! – see below)

Well – most humans can’t afford that for more than a few nights per year

So – with this article fresh in mind, have a look at our series of articles and Jodi curated list, of how much it costs per day in particular countries/region to travel “indie style”.

Czech Republic on $45 Per Day

How we choose our Per Day Budgets
We choose the per day budget number based on personal boots on the ground experience and research. It’s not a bare-bones budget, but not extravagant either. The suggested budget per article will allow you to sleep and eat comfortably and take part in most activities you wish.

Here is an assortment of Budget pieces for Indie minded Travelers to get your started:

Cambodia on $25 Per Day
Vietnam on $30 Per Day
Nha Trang, Vietnam on $25 Per Day
Malaysia on $10 Per Day
Myanmar/Burma on $45 Per Day
South Korea on $30 Per Day

Central America
Guatemala on $25 Per Day
Panama for $30 Per Day

Czech Republic on $25 Per Day
Portugal for $50 Per Day
Bosnia for $45 Per Day

Malawi for $25 Per Day

North America
Canada for $60 Per Day
Cuba on $75 Per Day

Friend of BootsnAll (FOB) Jodi of Legal Nomads curated a nice list of budget pieces for many parts of the world that relate and are aligned with our articles above.

So are you a TripAdvisor Style traveler? Or a BootsnAll Style Traveler? If you are BootsnAll style – register to be a member of our Indie Travel Community.

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Turkey – Istanbul Travel Safety Update

With the (usual) media coverage on any civil unrest going on in this world, you probably heard by now about the situation in Istanbul, Turkey.

In short, protests in Istanbul broke out on May 27, 2013 when people gathered in Taksim Gezi Park to protest against the authorities wanting to turn the park into a shopping mall. Police quickly took action, and the scene escalated from there.

The situation has been going on for days, leaving more than 100 people injured.

As a result, the travelers are starting to ask whether or not they should visit Istanbul (now or later in the year).

Should you visit Istanbul?

As long as you stay away from the Taksim Square, Gezi Park, and the streets leading to them, you should be fine (Istanbul is a huge city; if you’re staying in a different part of it, chances are you won’t see any unrest at all). Needless to say, if you’ve already booked accommodations in that area, it’s best to cancel and look for a place to stay in a quieter area.

The historical city area (including Topkapi Palace) is not a problem to visit. But of course, be extra careful at all times; avoid the affected streets and rely on your instincts.

While not trying to downplay the situation (as it is a serious one), keep in mind how the media tends to sensationalize everything. It’s also smart to check out reports and social media outlets from  travelers on the ground in Istanbul right now.

Karen from the UK states, “My daughter’s in Istanbul at the moment. Judging by her FB entries, she’s having a perfectly normal tourist time! Official advice seems to be to exercise common sense and steer clear of demonstrations but there is no particular problem for tourists.”

Is Istanbul the only city affected?

According to the travel warning on the US Embassy website for Turkey, protests have occurred in other cities, too, including Ankara and Izmir.

From our research, we think smart common sense indie travelers will be just fine in Istanbul and Turkey. Just like most of the 70+ million people that live there.

The official advice is NOT to cancel your plans, but to be aware of what’s going on, listen to the local news stations, and follow the local authorities’ instructions.

From personal experience

I have visited Athens, Greece, in March 2012 while there were still problems with riots in the city. Taking the very same advice as above, I made sure to avoid Syntagma Square (the area where the protesters gathered) – which wasn’t that hard because police closed the streets leading to it, anyway – and I took a longer route to get to the hotel (which was close to Monastiraki Square, about 2 km from Syntagma Square). For the remaining 4 days while I was in Athens, it was quiet in the Syntagma area.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days

After 15 years of connecting with RTW travelers, we have cultivated, edited, and researched thousands of pages on the topic, add in the hundreds of RTW travel bloggers out there, all the travel planning tools, resources, and apps, and you still might find yourself on a Tuesday evening thinking “Where do I even begin?” or “How will I get this all done?” or maybe even “Could an RTW be for me?“.


To connect the dots for aspiring (and already planning RTW travelers), we are organizing a “Plan your RTW Trip in 30 Days” event. We’ve drilled down the planning to 30 short lessons, delivered to your inbox daily for 30 days. Little bite size chunks that will keep you moving, and inspired to make the choice, and change your life — whatever your “Why?” is for this trip (ie. career break, have the time of your life, experience true freedom, feel alive,  see the [whatever your wonders of the world are], meet that “is this it?” feeling head-on etc).

With this in mind, I’m gonna share five reasons why it might be a good idea for your to join Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days:

1) You are already planning an RTW! – DUH – this is a no brainer. If you are already going, this 30 day event, may be easy for you, and tie up loose ends. Plus, you’ll get a chance to connect with other that are also in your Boots! ;)

2) You’re this close (pinching finger) to making the decision. By working on our 30 day event, this will probably make it happen to be honest. Seeing the simple steps, taking a few more action steps, and being around others will make the decision FEEL better.

3) You’ve thought about doing it, and you are willing to consider making a decision within 30 days.

4) You’re being held back by one of the following reasons:
– Not enough money
– Too big of a mortgage, student loans etc
– mentally – you just don’t have the space
– You’re sick
– your job is too damn good now
– you don’t have a job
– you’re bored with life
– It’s not the “right time”

You really need to participate in this event. Even if you end up making the decision to NOT to it, or delay – you’ll scratch that itch to see if it is something that you want to make happen.

5) It’s free!

So let’s cut the clutter. We’ll send you one email per day. You’ll learn everything you need to know/do before taking off on a round the world trip.

Let’s do this!

The fun begins Friday, February 1

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Is a Round the World Trip Right for Me? (Free Webinar)

Do you dream about traveling around the world?

Do you want to get away from your daily routine?

Do you feel as though something might be missing from your life?

Are you ready to change your view of life?

Do you want to challenge yourself?

Join us for a small gathering hosted by Adam Seper, BootsnAll’s editor, with the goal of giving you the confidence to realize that a round the world trip is a realistic possibility and not just a far-fetched dream.

This webinar is being offered at two separate times and is first come, first serve with a limit of 5 people per session.  The events will be hosted on:

  • Tuesday,  July 10 at 8 EST (7 CST and 5 PST), and
  • Tuesday, July 17 at 8 EST (7 CST and 5 PST)

Sign up here


This event will be hosted on Google Hangouts using Google +


I look forward to helping everyone get over that hump and start planning that big trip.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at


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