Pinching Pennys In Prague

How To Cheaply Live And Travel In Prague On A Budget

So you’ve just landed in Prague and your pockets are nearly empty… Welcome. As the capital city in the Czech Republic, Prague is of course full of historical monuments, but also shops, clubs and other entertainment venues that an adept cheapskate can enjoy on a budget.

Cheaply Seeing The Sites In Prague

Of the many historic sites in Prague, Prague Castle is one of the more popular, and you can visit this area free of charge. But while the entrance to the castle area is free of charge, you still have to pay to visit the interior of the castle. Click here for more info on Prague Castle.

Along with Prague Castle, Petřín hill is an amazing place that is free to visit in Prague. Petřín hill is place with beautiful gardens and one of the most romantic atmospheres, the perfect place for a cheap date. On top of Petřín hill. is Petřín Loockout Tower. If you feel like splurging, it’ll cost ya 150 CZK to visit the top.

Another historically important monument is also the oldest bridge in Prague, Charles bridge. By the bridge and in the surrounding area you can find many historical statues and beautiful towers on both sides of the bridge. The Staroměstská and Malostranská towers are also popular attractions in the area, showcasing some of the most impressive gothic architecture in the world. But if you want to get inside, you have to pay.

From Charles bridge you can go directly to the Old Town Square. This area is full of historical monuments, museum etc., the most famous of which being the Astronomical Clock. The clock strikes at both 9am and 11pm, at which point twelve Apostles are set into motion.After Old Town Square you can make a quick visit to Venceslas Square. The area is full of shops, restaurants, clubs, and more. Furthermore, the country’s National Museum is also located in this area. Learn more about their exhibitions and opening hours at their website.

Prague is full of interesting places of historical value, and at Prague City Line you can find loads of information about the city as well as a guide for a do-it-yourself city walking tour. Sightseeing tours are generally very expensive, but with helpful books and sites like Prague City Line to guide you through every aspect of the city, you can see all the historical sites without skipping a beat.

A lot of monuments are close to each other, so we recommend walk from one to the next as you’ll save a bunch of money on transportation.

Cheap Food In Prague

But enough of the site seeing, you’re probably hungry. In Prague there are many types of restaurants and fast food places. Generally, in shopping centers such as a Palladium, Nový Smíchov, or Quadrio you can find a wide variety of cheap and fast foods from restaurants in their food courts. A place where you shouldn’t get food is on the Venceslas Square. It is very expensive is to buy food on the streets in this area. If you are looking to try typical Czech cuisine, U Medvídků comes highly recommended. Be it either here or and a similar restaurant, it is typically cheaper to order from the menu of the day, which offers five kinds of food specials daily that are cheaper than comparable items on the main menu.

Cheap Places To Hang Out In Prague

If you stay in Prague for long periods of time, there are many options for cheap hobbies and things to entertain yourself. You can find many interesting event that free of charge to attend. Check City Bee and Vstup Zdarma for exact info on the rich programs and the events that occur as well as when and where they’re held.

TripSavvyi s another great resource for tips on what to do for free in Prague. With tips for places where you can chill out away from the rush of the city and places where you can spend time with friends, there are many outdoor areas and parks in the city. A famous place called Náplavka is popular as it’s located close to the river, surrounded by small cafes, boat restaurants, and clubs. During the spring and until autumn there are farmers markets in the area as well.

Cheap Drinks, Parties, & Nightlife In Prague

Now is time for the party lovers. In Prague, you can find lots of pubs, clubs, and bars. If you to enjoy music and cheap drinks, you have to check out Club Nebe. If you prefer to drink beer, you cant miss out on the most favourite pub Lokál.In addition to Lokál, many pubs and bars can be found on Dlouhá street, of which our personal favourite is a club called Karlovy lázně.

Living Cheaply In Prague

Here are couple of recommendation how to cheaply live in Prague while still enjoying all the city has to offer. For accommodation, you can use student housing, which is cheaper than renting a flat or a room in a shared house. Cooking for yourself is also much cheaper, as restaurants in Prague are a little bit expensive. But if you are a student, don’t forget to always carry your ISIC card, because the majority of monuments as well as restaurants and other places offer student freebies and discounts.

Save Money In Prague By Not Losing It

The best way to save money is to not get ripped off or scammed, which are both common in Prague. Keep yourself safe and don’t lose money by NEVER changing or exchanging it on the street, NEVER!!! While some people who will give you good rates, most of the money exchangers on the street are criminals hawking counterfeit currency.

Be careful about pickpockets in Prague as well, especially in the tram and another means of public transport. And your cheapskate proclivities might tempt you to not pay for a ticket when you ride public transportation, but beware, inspectors periodically check tickets and levy expensive fines.

Cheap Travel In Agra

HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHEN YOU ARE IN AGRA

Agra, also known for its major tourist attraction ‘The Taj Mahal’, has been trending a lot among international travellers exploring the heritage and culture of the city. Agra is among the most talked about cities among tourists, and it has a lot of tour packages with great activities promising a unique and memorable experience.

Connecting Routes To Agra:

Agra has been developed very well in the past few years and has its own railway station and airport. The main connecting railway junctions are at Jaipur and Delhi. It takes around 3-4 hours to go between these two places, if you are planning to visit them along with Agra.

Cheap Places To Stay In Agra:

Families or a group of adults and kids can find many options for places to sleep in the heart of the city:

Hotel Panna Paradise and Hotel Priya are two of the more budget-friendly places to stay in Agra, charging only 1500 INR per night.

Hotel Sidhartha, which is located in Rakabganj, costs an average of 950 INR per night. It is also very close to the Taj Mahal, and thus does not require you to hire cars or any take any other form of transportation to see the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

For Bachelors/ groups of colleagues and friends:

Zostel is a budget-friendly hostel charging up to 500-700 INR with clean dormitories and indoor recreational spaces.

Cheap Restaurants In Agra:

Agra is not only famous for the Taj Mahal but also for its delicious food.

Following are some of the restaurants where you can find cheap yet awesome food.

1. Papa Ji Da Dhaba:

This restaurant is located in the Delhi Gate area. You can easily find North Indian food at the best price. The average cost for 2 persons – 250/- INR.

2. Sheroes Hangout:

This is another great and cheap option to have food. It is located in Tajganj area. The average cost for 2 persons – 200/- INR.

3. The Momo Corner:

You will find this restaurant in Kamla Nagar. You can enjoy Chinese food and momos here. The average cost for 2 persons – 200/- INR.

 

Cheap Whips, Inexpensive Whiskey, And Low-Cost Hostels In Warsaw

Living And Traveling In Warsaw Poland For Less

Whether you’re looking for tips to travel cheap in Warsaw or are planing to live there for extended period of time, here are some ways to not break the bank during your time in Warsaw Poland.

Cheap Hostels In Warsaw

Looking for an affordable yet nice hostel here in warsaw for staying a couple days or a couple weeks? Mish Mash is a nice one that Cheapskate Life highly recommends. It’s clean, quiet, and near centrum. A few others include Tatamka hostel and Tapir Hostel. The cheapest one in town, however — at least during the time of this writing — is Oki Doki Hostel located at Dąbrowskiego 3, 00-057 Warszawa.

Cheap Bars In Warsaw

While not the cheapest, Pub Lolek in Pole Mokotowskie is a great venue with a big screen TV and several smaller TVs — perfect for catching sporting events like the World Cup. Pub Ceska has great beer and a great atmosphere. The food is just so-so, but the beer is on point.  (but as Czech I don’t like the food there, beer is good though). Some of the less-than-frugal folk out there may prefer Bohemia, but the price is a not at cheapskate levels.

When you’re feeling like a pint of Guinness or St. Patty’s day is rolling around, Emerald is a great and not-too-expensive Irish Pub. On a similar vein, the British Bulldog Bar.will give you that Imperial feel without forcing you to chattel slavery. A few other honorable mentions include the Green Goose (Zielona Gies), Bar Bambino on Krucza in the centre, and Bar Szawa, the latter selling delicious tak, zapraszam, and paella on occasion. While we could go on and on, we’ll keep it at that. If you’re still looking for more cheap bars in Warsaw, most of them behind Nowy Swiat Street offer reasonable prices.

Cheap And Free Activities In Warsaw

There are many free walking tours of the old Town offered daily by a variety of companies in Warsaw. Lots of museums also have a free day. Just go on their websites to see which day and go on that day. All this walking around got you feeling hungry? For the cheapest food in Warsaw, head on over to one of many Bar Mleczny, which are nice eateries that are subsidised by the government — and therefore cheap as can be.

Cheap Shopping In Warsaw

As far as cheap shopping goes in Warsaw, online is probably your best bet. If you’ll be around for a few weeks, AliExpress is really cheap, but other sites like Ebay and Allegro are competitive, and they don’t take weeks to ship their stuff. Go to the small shops in the underground under central train station (next to Zlote Tarasy) and you can find a lot of good and cheap stuff for sale.

For the Warsaw expats looking for a cheap internet package in Warsaw without a contract, Play is highly recommended, and so too is Orange. However, if you don’t need a wireless solution, the cheapest internet package with the most/best deals on data is from UPC.  

Cheap Rental Car Companies In Warsaw

If you find yourself on the hunt for a rental car in Warsaw, there are a few options we’ve found that pass muster. Express isn’t too bad and is among the cheapest with good service and decent cars. Another good one is Green Motion at the WAW Airport, with some of the lowest prices we have seen for rental cars in Warsaw. We at Cheapskate Life have personally rented cars from them and were never dissatisfied.

Cheeky List Of Cheap Eats and Cheap Hotels In Kardzhali and Perperikon Bulgaria

Getting By Cheaply in Kardzali Bulgaria

For all the newly-arrived visitors to the ancient and historic Thracian city of Perperikon in Bulgaria, here is a list of cheap hotels and restaurants in Kardzhali

Cheap Hotels In Kardzhali

Cheap Restaurants In Kardzhali

Na Meo: The Border Crossing From Hell

As a dude who’s crossed five different land borders between Vietnam and its neighboring countries to the west (Laos and Cambodia), I thought I knew the drill: receive the exit stamp, pay for a visa-on-arrival, grease the wheels a bit with a little coffee money, boom, done, good to go. But the checkpoints and border officials have little to do with this story. In fact, they were particularly kind and helpful, and didn’t leverage the fact that my buddy overstayed his visa to extract a few extra dong from him. But that’s neither here nor there.

It all started in Hanoi’s Old Quarter over a cheeky bottle of Men vodka (the cheap stuff that goes down rough and costs less than a bag of chips). I was explaining to my friend, who we’ll call Paco, that I was tired of Hanoi and formulating an escape plan. Serendipitously, he was currently organizing a visa run to, what looked like on the map, the nearest border gate between Vietnam and Laos, Na Meo.

I talked it over with my wife and we agreed that Laos would be a good change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. We packed our bags and left the morning Paco’s visa was set to expire. There is no direct bus to Na Meo from Hanoi, so we had to go through a town called Thanh Hoa. When we arrived, however, we learned that they only operate buses to Na Meo a couple times a week, and only embark during the morning hours. Luckily, a bus was scheduled for the following morning, so we found the nearest “Nha Nghi” and hunkered down for the night.

The next day, we jammed ourselves into the bus, which was packed with both people and cargo. There were two-person seats on either side of a two-foot aisle, in which crammed at least five people, with some standing, some on the floor, and one pushing his ass with great force into my hip bone.

As we were driving along, a Laotian boy who studied English in Thanh Hoa sparked up a conversation. He was going home for the Laos New Year and was excited to see his family. He told us that he didn’t have to pay because his university covered his travel costs. After we were a few hours in to the ride, the ticket boy told us that, due to “insurance” reasons, the price would be more than what they told us on the phone. As a Vietnamese, my wife was charged the usual VND200,000 (a little under $10). But a foreigners, they demanded that Paco and I pay five times that amount each (over VND1 million) — talk about supply and demand. But since we were already en route and no other options were available, there was nothing we could do, even though I only had VND600,000 in my wallet.

We reached the border, shuffled out, and took care of the customs procedures. I said farewell to Paco, who was half a bottle deep and haggling drunkenly with the ticket boy. The rest of the passengers pushed their way back onto the bus and we made our way down the bumpy twists and turns that are characteristic of Laotian highways — stopping frequently to pick up and drop off both people and goods.

Ten hours into the ride — and still miles from the final destination of Sam Neua — they stopped at a dimly lit parking lot to load up with more supplies, demanding that I go to a nearby ATM to get more cash. I obliged, but used my student ID in the ATM and told them it didn’t work. Long story short, we arrived — after more than twelve hours on an uncomfortable, packed, bus — at a countryside bus stop in Sam Neua, late at night, with nobody around. I gave them what I had in my wallet and we started walking towards the city with our thumbs up. We eventually came across a taxi who took us to a hotel and everything was all good. As they say, if you don’t like it, just stay home. But word to the wise, although Na Meo looks like the closest border, unless you have your own means of transportation, take the seemingly longer route in a comfortable sleeper bus and avoid the discomfort and exorbitant “skin-tax” that you will surely encounter with the public shit-shuttle to Na Meo.

Bogota on a Budget

For all the cheapskates out there looking for a few tips, tricks, and cheap ways to travel in Bogota on a budget, you’re in luck. Here are a few cheeky food and drink options as well as some cheap SIM cards and transportation methods to use while in Bogota and Colombia as a whole.

FOOD AND DRINKS

There are many good places in the central Chapinero area priced from 5.1-7.2 thousand Colombian Pesos (around three US dollars). Out west there’s Galerias or even Modelia… for around 9.3 or 8.5, but.if you’re paying that much for food, you may as well go to Zona G, the most renowned area.

TRANSPORTATION

As far as inexpensive transportation goes for cheap ways to travel in Bogota and beyond, you can do Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Guajira on public buses, but the Pacific Coast is a dense jungle, so it’s better to fly in from Medellin (if you want to go to Chocó). Overground transport from the north coast to Medellin is doable on public buses, but it’s around a 10 hour journey. Road conditions are terrible in Colombia and the mountainous terrain makes long bus rides take even longer. From Medellin to Bogota I would recommend taking a plane, unless you want to stop along the way, as the total ride time would exceed 20 hours. You can rent a car but I wouldn’t suggest it unless you’re familiar with the local roads and driving style.

For getting around the cities, it’s easy to take Uber or taxis. Even if you know how to drive and have the money to rent a car, people drive like maniacs in Colombia, and driving is quite stressful.

Also, you can find domestic flights within Colombia at Wingo and Viva Colombia.

SIM CARD

You can buy plans from most carriers for one day, one week, two weeks, three week, or four weeks. You can choose between a combo pack, which includes minutes and data, or you can just buy data. Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter are generally unlimited and free when you purchase the plan. To recharge your phone afterwards, you can go to any éxito (supermarket/convenience store) or certain local “tiendas” or bodegas. When you recharge you need to tell them which carrier you use (Movistar, Claro, Tigre) and then tell them your phone number. To add credits to your phone, tell them “recarga”. I recommend using the Claro network. You can buy a sim card in the airport. There is only one store that sells it I believe. Just ask “donde puedo comprar un chip por aquí?”.