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Beyond the Troubles: an insider’s guide to Belfast

Hi Frugalistas!  The latest Insider Guide visits a misunderstood and forgotten part of Ireland – Belfast. Situated in the less touristy Northern Ireland, Belfast is proudly throwing off its troubled past. Resident Els Mahieu is our host. Most people’s knowledge of Belfast is limited to The Troubles and the accompanying violence. How do you describe […]

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Beyond the Soviets: an insider’s guide to Warsaw

Hi Frugalistas!  This edition of my insider guide series is special.  We’re off to Warsaw, Poland, a place I’ve been interested in, but like most travellers, have not had the opportunity to visit.  Being part of the “new Europe” it’s a perfect destination for frugalfirstclasstravellers (you don’t need to look any further than Kami’s restaurant […]

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Beyond sachertorte and Strauss: an Insider’s Guide to Vienna

Hi Frugalistas! I have only visited Vienna once, and it was many years ago.  I am therefore delighted to have the opportunity to feature Vienna in the latest Insider Guide.  Enrique Manzano of Hardcore Viajero takes us on a journey past sachertorte (although I’m sure we’d all enjoy some anyway!) into a different, yet still satisfying […]

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Beyond the CN Tower – an insider’s guide to Toronto

Hi Frugalistas! I don’t know about you, but Toronto and Canada more generally is high on my list of places to visit.  It’s a country I’ve never been to, but it looks so beautiful and I’ve never met a Canadian I didn’t like.   I’m therefore thrilled to be able to present Toronto as my […]

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Beyond the Forbidden City – an insider guide to Beijing

Hi Frugalistas! The latest addition to my Insider Guide series is very special.  This time we’re off to Beijing courtesy of Agness Walewinder of etramping.  Agness has been living and teaching in China for the past two years, so I jumped at the opportunity for her to contribute to this series.  Despite being one of […]

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Beyond Checkpoint Charlie – an insider’s guide to Berlin

Hi Frugalistas! In this Insider Guide we’re off to cosmopolitan Berlin, with my very cosmopolitan friend Angelique Larderot.  A true citizen of the world, Angelique has her own unique take on this great city! 1. Berlin has a lot of history attached to it – a lot of it is stereotypical of Berlin’s Nazi and Communist […]

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Beyond Disneyland – an insider’s guide to Los Angeles

Hi Frugalistas! For this insider guide we’re off to Los Angeles.  I have to confess Los Angeles is not one of my favorite destinations, but one of my favorite people, Nyssa of The Cultureur, has accepted the challenge to make me fall in love with her home town.  Has she succeeded?  You be the judge! […]

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The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files – 4 October 2013

Hi Frugalistas! This week’s Friday files is an eclectic mix of some of my favorite things – Paris, travel hacking and insider travel tips. First, it’s off to Paris with Annalisa of City Girl Turned Suburban Mum who takes us on a journey to Paris with her children and lives to tell the tale!  Annalisa […]

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Beyond Bondi Beach – an insider’s guide to Sydney

Hi Frugalistas! My idea for the “beyond” series began with a guest post on the fantastic Turnipseed Travel website.  While Vanessa’s blog talks about different activities, and has a different vibe to mine, we share a common love of great value for money, and experiencing wonderful moments when we travel.  So, here, I proudly present […]

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Beyond the Acropolis – an insider’s guide to Athens

Hi Frugalistas! In the latest in my occasional series of Insider Guides, I’m delighted to bring you an interview with Bex Hall to share her insider knowledge of Athens.  I’ve visited Greece many years ago, but it’s definitely not my area of expertise, so I’m happy that Bex has been able to share her insider […]

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