Cheap Travel Gear

Tips Articles, Information, & Ideas

If your trip will include Tips, be sure to browse through all the Tips articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Tips, we've been there done that when it comes to Tips, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Tips.

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

How To Use The Sri Lankan 3 Prong Euro Style Plug

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Posted in
Weird Sri Lanka 3 Prong Outlet
The strange three prong outlet of Sri Lanka, how do you plug in here?

It took a while, but eventually I figured it out. The Sri Lankan outlets were unlike any I've seen in any other country. They looked as though my Euro 2 round prongs adapter should work, however it would not fit in the socket. After unplugging everything in my room and not being able to plug it back in I began to get frustrated. The lamps and TV were plugged in as you'd expect, just leaving the upper 3rd prong empty, similar to a lot of US plugs where they have the optional ground hole. I tried a lot of things, including brute force, but nothing worked. Eventually it hit me, that maybe I should plug it in diagonally because there was another outlet in my bathroom which had 3 holes as well, but for a US style plug, and if you used the left 2 it was 110 volts, and if you used the right 2 it was 220 volts. I gave it a shot, and accidentally shorted something and shut down power in my whole section of the hotel (not the first time I've done this abroad messing around with strange power adapter configurations).

Climbing Mt. Whitney In the Snow Trip Report & Guide

Struggling At the End of the Chute
Me struggling as I finish the hike up the Mt. Whitney snow chute

Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the Sierra Nevadas and continental United States, is a popular climb during the California summer months. At around 21 miles round trip, climbing 6,132ft up to the peak at 14,497ft (4,418.69m), the hike is a doable in a day, but a challenge for those not in good shape (like me).  As if it weren't enough of a challenge already, we attempted the summit early in the season while it still had a lot of snow cover.

Tip – How To Beat Jet Lag

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Posted in
Sleepy Skydiver
Jet Lag got you missing out on the sights?

At this moment it's 5:33 AM Pacific Standard Time on Thursday.  My flight left Brisbane at 11:10 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, connecting in Taipei for 10 hours, then dropping me at LAX 36 hours later.  I hardly slept on either leg of my flight, and went sightseeing in Taipei during my layover.  When I arrived home I spent time with friends and family until nearly 2AM.  Logic says 3.5 hours of sleep should not be enough, so why am I awake?  I didn't follow my own method for avoiding jet lag...

5 Tips For Pleasant Overnight Train Travel

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Posted in
Train Travel Tips
Extended time on a train can get uncomfortable and boring, be prepared

Traveling by night train is a relatively inexpensive and efficient form of transportation. It’s also very different from flying, so you’ll need to keep a few key points in mind to ensure a stress-free journey and safe arrival:

Accommodation Secret – How To Stay At Monasteries In Europe

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Posted in
Scottish Countryside Rainbow
A rainbow over a building in the Scottish Countryside (not an actual Monastery)

One of the best ways to travel through Europe on a budget is to stay at Monasteries. Monasteries are generally cheaper then hotels (and sometimes even hostels) and they provide basic accommodation and even include meals depending on which monastery you're staying at. Don't expect luxury accommodation because you won't get it. Usually you get a private room with a bed and access to a shared bathroom. This may not seem like much but in fact it’s more than you get at a hostel for the same price.

Leaving Western Style Toilets Behind

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Posted in
A toilet near Yangshuo China
A toilet in a village near Yangshuo, China

A warning, this article is going to be about poop and pee, if you don't care to read about that, click here.  Otherwise, lets get to know each other a little bit...

Tip: OPW Heritage Card, Ireland

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Posted in
The OPW Heritage Card
The Heritage Card is an unlimited one year pass to OPW sites

Want to see Kilkenny Castle but admission costs cutting into your budget? €7 admission to Muckross House making you think twice? Not sure if Dún Aonghasa is worth it (it is)? You don't have to skip anything, nor feel guilty for leaving bad tours early, with the OPW Heritage Card. This card is amazing. If you plan on visiting 3 OPW sites in Ireland, you have to buy this card. It nearly pays for itself visiting two sites, and definitely will if you visit three. The price is €21 for an adult, and only €8 for a student, and what budget traveler doesn't have a student id? You have unlimited access to OPW sites for one year.

Tip: The Scenic Route, Australia

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted in
Australian Scenic Road
A tourist drive in the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland

Australia is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and driving is one of the best ways to see it. If you find yourself road tripping across Australia, you'll notice they have a lot of scenic routes, and if you're not in a rush, you may find yourself tempted to take them. After several attempts this weekend, I recommend you research these routes before veering off course for them.

Tip: Australian Internet Is Slow & Expensive

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Posted in
Slow internet in Australia
My office at an apartment I rented in Australia

These days, it's easy to come across decent free internet and WIFI when travelling. You can travel through much of SE Asia on decent free internet from local hostels; in Europe it's pretty much the norm. Australia however, does not follow this standard. I was shocked to find out when arriving in Sydney, that hostels don't offer free WIFI, they don't even offer free internet access of any sort.

Cheap Travel Gear

Recent Posts

Active Categories

Popular Events

Travel Gear

About The Cheap Route

TheCheapRoute.com is the site where you find fresh new travel destinations & ideas. We don't provide guidebook style writeups, we normally don't even offer you all the specifics, you can find that elsewhere. What we do provide are high quality photos & videos, useful tips, and a fresh perspective on travelling the world for cheap.

Social Media

Cheap Travel Site
Blog  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Events Around the World  |  City Maps  |  Travel Deals  |  About Us  |  Contact  |  Privacy
Back To Top blog links