A budget travelers guide to Dubai

Wanting to inject some excitement into your life, you applied to study abroad in the Middle East. You just found out you are about to spend a semester in Dubai and you’re pumped, but nervous.

It isn’t the cheapest place in the world for a broke student like yourself, but if you play it smart, you can ensure that your first few days here are amazing ones.

Here’s how you can make the most of Dubai on a budget.

STAY: At The Top

Due to its relative lack of a budget travel scene, there are few true hostels in Dubai. We can’t recommend the ones that do exist, as they lack the minimum quality standards necessary for our endorsement, but if you want to take a chance in order to save a few bucks, knock yourself out.

If you are looking for decent value for money, book a stay with At The Top. Located in a condo on the 66th floor of a modern high-rise in the Marina district, you’ll only pay around $20 USD for a dorm bed here, but you’ll have a stunning view of downtown, as well as easy access to the famous Barasti Beach Bar, the Marina Walk, and tons of restaurants and cafes.

EAT: Karachi Inn Restaurant

There are plenty of five-star restaurants where you can blow your entire bank account, but there are also a lot of street shawarma and falafel stands as well.

If you are looking to take a break from street food, though, head over to the Karachi Inn Restaurant. Specializing in Pakistani food, this joint is famous for its nihari and biryani. For less than $9 USD per meal, you might end up making multiple return visits here during your time in Dubai.

SEE: Burj Khalifa

You can’t come to Dubai and not at least get dizzy gazing up at the world’s tallest tower. Before coming to the UAE, though, do make room in your budget for the $50 it will cost you to get up to its observation deck.

It is a lot of money to pay for a view, but the chance to look out over the Arabian desert and the sky line of a super modern city that didn’t exist a generation ago makes it worth every dirham.

Just be sure to order your tickets in advance, as getting a ticket on demand will cost you more than double the previously mentioned price.

DO: Tour Old Dubai

It’s hard to believe, but 50 years ago, Dubai was an unknown on the world stage, as it was little more than a humble fishing and pearling center at that time.

Get an idea how things used to be before this city became a financial hub for the Middle East by heading over to Old Dubai.

The Dubai Museum will brief you on the history of this upstart emirate, the Jumeirah Mosque will give you an opportunity to learn more about Islam, and the Gold Souk will allow to immerse yourself in the excesses this part of the world has become famous for.

Attractions Not To Miss On a Trip To Australia

Australia is an enormous country that, despite visiting on 3 lengthy occasions, I have still not managed to see enough of. One thing that I have focussed on as I have toured with my Budget Truck Rental through the vast lands of Australia however, is hitting as many of the famous attractions that was humanly possible. Having now ticked off sufficient landmarks, the next time I go will be to further explore the culture and cities within the country.

If you have not yet been to Australia then I would recommend that you do as I did and hit the main attractions first and if you are in any doubt as to what they are, then here is your handy guide to the ‘must see’ attractions down under.

Great Barrier Reef

So large that it is visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible pieces of natural wonder on the planet. This collection of more than 3,000 coral reefs houses hundreds of thousands of different species of marine life and eco-systems which have baffled scientists for years. The reef spreads across a distance of over 2,300 km and diving and snorkeling here is a must.

Blue Mountains

This vast national park has been certified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and the fact that it sits just 80 km west of Sydney means that it is easily accessible for anyone who visits Sydney to spend a few days in this incredible mountain range. Here you will find large hiking trails which will enable you to meander through the mountains and enjoy the dramatic vistas, incredible waterfalls and stunning scenery. If you are brave enough then you could try out the Katoomba railway, the World’s steepest railway that takes you up to the ridge of the mountains before sweeping back down through the valleys.

Sydney Harbour

Arguably the most iconic portrait of Australia is that of Sydney’s harbor, dominated by the two most iconic structures in the nation, the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Just walking around this area of Sydney feels magical and if you want to really see it at its best then you can climb the Harbor Bridge. If you have what it takes then you will be strapped on to a harness and begin the ascent to the peak of the bridge where you will see views of Sydney that you never thought possible.

Ayer’s Rock

The new name for Ayer’s Rock is Uluru, this sacred aborigine rock formation is just outside of Alice Springs in Australia’s ‘Red Centre,’ so called for the color of the rocks here. The monolith that is Uluru stands alone in a huge national park at a height of over 348 meters and in order to truly appreciate the natural wonder of it, you need to go and see it for yourself. A tour by one the park rangers is a must, they will talk you through the sacred wonder of Uluru and the tours usually culminate with sunset over the rock. A perfect day in Australia.