Big experiences on a medium budget: A solo traveller's guide to flashpacking

To keep costs low, the writer travelled mainly in South-east Asia. PHOTO: VERON NG
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KANCHANABURI, THAILAND - Pre-pandemic, I often travelled solo on a shoestring budget.

Toting a cabin-size backpack, I flew budget and stayed in $5-a-night hostels with shared bathrooms, where eye shades and ear plugs were necessities. Rented bicycles and motorbikes were my choice of land transport.

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