I built my weekend visit to Hong Kong into my first ever Star Alliance RTW journey. Hong Kong has some excellent international connections and is a wonderful place to stop for a few days of fun, provided you can find an inexpensive place to stay.

For the first time backpacker looking for a destination that is cheap, warm, and easy to travel, there are few better options than Thailand. Thailand offers beautiful beaches, delicious food, cheap transport, cheap accommodation, and a fun backpacker atmosphere filled with both first time and experienced travelers.

#8. B is for Buckets and Beer Towers Buckets are a Thai classic that can provide excellent value for your money while saving you the hassles of waiting in line and constantly digging money out of your wet board shorts for drinks. Plus, with enough straws for everyone, they are a great way to share your drink and …