Thang Long Water Puppet Show Vietnam


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Top 5 tips to plan a frugal vacation and the ideal places to get started. Travelling is one of the most enriching experiences one could have.

Top 5 tips to plan a frugal vacation and the ideal places to get started. Travelling is one of the most enriching experiences one could have.

Top 5 Tips to Plan a Frugal Vacation and the Ideal Places to Get Started

Renowned travel blogger, Matthew Karsten once said, “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” Simply put, travelling is one of the most enriching experiences one could have. It allows us to reconnect, re-energise, and re-inspire to be better citizens of the world.

We are all too familiar with the common saying that we should live with no excuses and travel with no regrets. But often times, reality hits and our dreams for the perfect getaway are easily dampened as the economy sways, exchange rates fluctuate, and prices skyrocket.


But with a little perspective and some handy tips to plan a budgeted trip, Southeast Asia’s leading Travel Tech Company, Traveloka is here to empower discovery without having to break the bank.

Here are Traveloka’s top five tips to get you started on planning a vacation on a budget without compromising your dreams:


NOTE: If you haven’t already, do consider signing up with frequent flyer programmes to gain mileage points! As you accumulate your mileage with every “fly” you make, remember to check with your airline to see what you’re entitled too with the mileage earned. You may be entitled to a free flight on your next travel or perhaps a free upgrade!




Recommendation: Download an app map or a transportation app such as Grab or Uber to get around. This is to prevent getting cheated by local taxis with exorbitant fees.




Now that you’re armed with the “know-hows”, it’s time to start considering the “where-tos”. Here are some destinations for thought when planning your next frugal vacation:


As the capital of Taiwan, Taipei is a culturally-rich destination that never fails to captivate travellers from near and far with its intriguing blend of old town districts and modern skyscrapers. Fuelled and filled with genuinely friendly people, Taipei has much to offer with its charming museums, cultural sites, shopping areas, delicious cuisines and many more.

Things to do:

We had a blast at Taiwan Lantern Festival, an annual event for Lunar New Year celebration, which you can read here.

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Jiufen Village Taiwan


Budget travellers and food lovers shouldn’t miss out on the attractions of Hanoi – a booming city with a blend of both Asian and European influence. Hanoi has plenty to offer from its dramatic landscapes of French colonial buildings to fascinating history, and not to mention mouth-watering street food which will leave you craving for more!

Things to do:

You can’t travel anywhere without any prior knowledge about your destination. So, read Gaya Travelers’ experience at Hanoi!

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Thang Long Water Puppet Show Vietnam



As one of China’s burgeoning metropolis, Shanghai constantly exudes energy and excitement that permeates the world and is very much a favoured destination among tourists. This striking city – due to the unique blends of traditional Chinese architecture clad with European influenced buildings – sets up the perfect playground for photography lovers.

Things to do:

To experience the culture in China, you should visit Kunming. Head on and read here.

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Shanghai Disneyland


Sometimes, maybe a little change in perspective is needed: the world isn’t all that big and neither are your dreams! All it really takes is a little discernment, proper planning, and careful preparation. Don’t let the restraints of a tight budget hold you back from exploring the world and taking that dream vacation.

Mr. Halif Hamzah, Traveloka Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore shared, “Everyone should – and must – travel at least once in their lifetime, whether it may be a short getaway or a long way away. It enriches one’s soul, creates a wealth of invaluable experiences, sparks and spurs creativity, and promotes personal growth.  We should not be held back by the means of the world that hinders us from fulfilling our travel desires.”

“We are blessed to be living in a digital age where we are riding on the crest of the wave of new technology.  As the leading Travel Tech company in the region, it is our duty to constantly strive to innovate and empower the people with tools to make travel not only possible, but convenient for all – to enable the people to go forth and live their dreams in discovering the world,” said Mr. Halif.

For more information on Traveloka, visit

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