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JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Quito at the Hostal Mediodia. I paid US$10 / night for a room with a Double Bed, Cable TV, and Hot Water Ensuite. But, it was not in the ‘Historical Centre’ (as they advertise) … it was in a ‘slightly rough’ area of town where, ideally, you needed to be back home by 8pm (or, at least, have a taxi take you to the hotel door). When I return to Quito, I will stay in another […]

Banos – Ecuador – Information


APRIL 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I stayed a total of 3 weeks in Isla Bastimentos and Bocas Town, Isla Colon. Throughout Latin America, hotel costs can go crazy in Easter / Holy Week / Santa Semana … with some hotels tripling their prices. So, I decided to leave Bocas Town and get back to the mainland to take refuge in Changuinola for a few nights (before moving on to […]

Boquete – Panama – Information



MARCH 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I made my way from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Isla Bastimentos, Panama by Shuttle Bus(es) and Boat(s). On Isla Bastimentos, I booked a GRANDPAcking Double Room for 4 nights at US$31 / night (Bubba’s House). The room was expensive, basic and ‘tired’. The shared kitchen was small and almost unusable. I needed to get my costs down and find somewhere with a […]

Bocas Town – Panama – Information


MARCH 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I made my way from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Isla Bastimentos, Panama by Shuttle Bus(es) and Boat(s). I left Puerto Viejo just before 9am and arrived at my Isla Bastimentos hostel (Bubba’s House) mid afternoon. I booked a GRANDPAcking Double Room for 4 nights at US$31 / night. The room was very basic. The ensuite was ‘tired’. The door to the ensuite was off its […]

Isla Bastimentos – Panama – Information



JULY 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying on West End, Roatan Island, Honduras to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read Roatan – Honduras – A Beginner’s Guide & Where to Stay and Roatan – Honduras – Information. The latter won’t be posted until the middle of August 2017 (when I leave the island). Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here […]

Roatan – Honduras – GRANDPAcking Costs


JUNE 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying on Utila Island, Honduras to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read Utila – Honduras – A Beginner’s Guide & Where to Stay and Utila – Honduras – Information. The latter won’t be posted until the middle of July 2017 (when I leave the island). Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed […]

Utila – Honduras – GRANDPAcking Costs



JUNE 2017: OVERVIEW: My costs start in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico and include: 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Entry to the Palenque Ruins A Jungle Trek Tour Antibiotics for an infection Some special one-off costs (e.g. replacement equipment) CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about El Panchan & Palenque – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: My costs […]

El Panchan – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs


JUNE 2017: OVERVIEW: I came from Antigua, Guatemala, but my costs start on arrival in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico and include: 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications A trip to Chamula Some special one-off costs (e.g. replacement equipment) CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about San Cristobal de las Casas. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: My costs are broken down […]

San Cristobal de las Casas – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs



  DECEMBER 2015:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW:  Hoi An was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries – and the foreign influences are still there to this day. While the serious shipping business has long since moved to Da Nang, the heart of the city is still the Ancient Town / Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, which is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Information