From overcoming our own fears like getting lost in a place where we don't know anyone, to practical reasons like the pros and cons of travelling on a strict budget, venturing out on your own for the first time can raise a lot of personal challenges. But seeking new heights and exploring new places doesn't immediately result to shelling out and spending all your savings. 

So get that bucketlist ready and say goodbye to those travel woes with these tips for budget travelling!

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Start booking early



Airline fares and hotel bookings get more and more expensive as the dates draw near. That's why the greatest and cheapest deals can often be sealed a couple of months before your target vacation date. Plus, it's okay to spare a couple more bucks if it means comfort and convenience.
Packets are your bestfriends



Something as simple as coffee can be quite expensive if you're out of the country. That's why bringing instant coffee or hot chocolate packets, as well as small snacks you can chew on during the mornings (or at night once you're back in the hotel) can help not just your budget, but can also get you all charged up at the comfort of your hotel before heading on to another day of sightseeing.



Adjust your budget based on your activities and not the other way around



Setting a budget before you even plan out your activities can be quite restrictive and can result to an unfulfilling travel experience. That's why, as much as you want to keep track of your expenses, maximising your trip should always be a priority. List down all of the activities you would want to try out and start checking how much it will cost beforehand (entrance fees, souvenirs, etc.). That way, you can see which ones can you skip out on and which ones will definitely give the most value for your travel.


Research on sights you can visit for free



The word "research" may not sound fun at all, but it's one of the things that will truly make your travel experience worth it. A simple Google search will show you all the places that are truly Instagram-worthy without even costing you a single buck.


Just have fun



Always remember that spoiling yourself a little especially after months and months of hard work is definitely acceptable and spending a little more than what you expected won't immediately make your wallet break. If it's for food or exclusive memorabilias, it's okay to spend a little more as long as it's satisfying. What's important  is that you enjoy, relax, and feel the magic of travelling. 

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Do you have any other tips for budget travelling? Share it with us in the comments below!
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Sometimes, all we need is a helping hand to catapult our careers. Which is what AirAsia's Runway Ready Designer Search competition is all about -- in its 2nd year, they continue with their efforts to develop and empower young and talented designers across the region and create a platform to help them with their careers in the fashion industry. 


And after the announcements of the representatives from the Philippines and Singapore last April and May, now three aspiring Malaysian designers are closer than ever to their dreams as they have been chosen to compete and represent their home country in the Grand Finale of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016.


The 3 designers were revealed after undergoing two rounds of judging during the Kuala Lumpur auditions, further deliberations, and the opportunity to meet and learn from Andrew Tan, founder of KL Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2016, and Alia Bastamam, renowned fashion designer.



Ryan Alexander Tan Shaur-An from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur, Ng Yi Xuan from SML Fashion Academy, and Loh Teik Lim from ESMOD Kuala Lumpur complete the list of the Top 15 in this region-wide competition and will battle it out this August in Kuala Lumpur with 12 other contestants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

Plus, they will also stand a chance to walk away from the Grand Finale as AirAsia’s Most Promising Young Designer 2016 and prizes worth RM350,000 -- which include a confirmed show segment to showcase his or her full collection at KLFW RTW 2017.

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For more details about the AirAsia Runway Search, visit www.klfashionweek.com

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Just as May was all about celebrating women and mothers everywhere, this June is all about the men in our lives – our dads, brothers, boyfriends, and best friends. And there is no better way to show our knights in shining armour how much they mean to us than with gifts that will make them feel extra special.

But if you’re having trouble thinking of gifts to give the man who means the most to you, don’t worry! This month, Rustan’s has partnered with HSBC to dedicate an entire month to the “Urban Man” with special promos and exclusive collections that are perfect for gifting and will cater to each individual's style. 

So if you want to make your dads, brothers, and boy friends feel like the men of the hour, here are our gift picks that will delight them all!


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Babette Wasserman Navy Enamel Knot Cufflinks



When it comes to giving men gifts, you can never go wrong with cufflinks. And these excellently crafted navy ones will complete all his formal and business looks for an elegant and dashing finish!

Montblanc 4810



A timepiece which will go with any outfit he sports for a polished look all day, everyday? Yes, please! 



S'well Water bottle in Teakwood



Is your man an explorer? Then these S’Well water bottles will be his ultimate adventure partner as it will ensure that his drinks are always cold or hot to quench his thirst! 


Kikkerland Bartending Glass

This glass smartly combines form and creativity and will ensure that your man never makes a mistake when making a drink.


Sisley Gentle Facial Buffing Cream



Is your man a skincare buff? Then this exfoliator is the perfect gift for him – its delicate microparticles gently removes impurities and dead skin cells for a polished and refined complexion!



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