Posts in budget travel
a first-timer’s guide to Penang, Malaysia: where to eat, stay, and play in Penang

Penang is located in northwest Malaysia. On Penang Island, you’ll find stunning cultural landmarks {like Kek Lok Si Temple}, delicious street food {think Indian samosas for less than USD $1}, and world famous interactive street murals. As a first-timer to Penang, I was impressed with all that the small area offers its visitors.

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hiking Mount Maunganui: when to go, what to pack, + what to expect

Mount Maunganui is a hike I’ve heard people talk about for ages. While I was living in Auckland particularly, people would always recommend I make the trip to Tauranga to do the walk and peep the view from the top. I simply never made the trip or had the time. It wasn’t that far up my priority list. Luckily for me, a day of good weather and no work brought together a few of my favourite humans for a trip to the Mount to mark it off all our lists!

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a guide to free fun in Luang Prabang, Laos

People come to Southeast Asia for a variety of reasons: the gorgeous natural landscapes, the exotic food, the unique cultures, and, it goes without saying, the low cost. Months in certain destinations can cost you as much as days or weeks other places, especially if you’re a tight budget traveler. Despite the already low cost of Laos, I’m always looking for the best deals and free attractions, events, and general goings-on happening in the city.

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how to spend the trendiest 24 hours in London on a budget

It's no secret that London is expensive. Luckily, like other big cities, it offers a lot of affordable and free ways to make the most of a visit if you're willing to be flexible and do your research ahead of time.

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hostel highlight: Old Qingdao Observatory Hostel in Qingdao, China

You're probably thinking, "isn't the series Hotel Highlight?" And, yes, technically it is. But here at Silly Little Kiwi we're all about finding the right accommodation for every budget and occasion. And we love a good hostel with character. 

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