Top 10 Hostel Essentials

Hostelling is a big part of backpacking so we’ve put together a handy list of 10 essential items you should take with you

Top 5 Mosquito Nets for Travelling

We round up our five favourite mosquito nets to take on your next backpacking adventure to keep you safe from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

10 Gift Ideas for Male Backpackers

We’ve already given you some gift ideas for female backpackers, so it makes sense to give you some gift ideas for male travellers too! In this post we run through 10 of the best travel gifts for men to give you some gift buying inspiration. 1) Shaving Soap Leaves A small and extremely useful gift […]

A New Zealand Gap Year: Glow Worms to Glaciers and Days Full of Dolphins

If you’re considering New Zealand as a gap year destination the first thing we’d like to say to you is congratulations; this is one life decision you will never ever regret. New Zealand is one of those destinations about which you’ll rarely, if ever, hear anyone say ‘it was OK’. Probably because in every aspect, […]

Gap Year Guide for Parents: Sorting Fact from Fiction

There’s you thinking your child is still, well…a child…and here they are announcing they’re about to head out into the big wide world on a gap year…alone! In one moment you have to accept two things – your child is an adult now – a tricky phase for any parent – AND they are going to be doing something […]

A Guide to Planning a Gap Year in Australia

From the buzz and easy-living of the cosmopolitan cities to the mystery, legend and magic of the Outback and rainforests – Australia is a land packed full of diversity, encompassing cultures both ancient and super-modern. Adventures tend to come jumbo-sized here, matching the vastness of the land itself and finding fun is almost compulsory in […]

Deet Based Mosquito Repellents

For many destinations mosquito repellent is an important piece of your kit. Repellents can stop the irritation of bites and stings but more importantly it can protect you from blood borne diseases such as Malaria. With so many repellents on the market it’s dificult to know which one to choose. The majority contain the chemical deet […]

Thailand – a Real Guide to the Culture

Most guide books on Thailand seem to have a section on culture or how to behave. However, many of these guides seem to be lacking somewhat on the personal experience front, instead relying on a set of generic rules which doesn’t always directly translate. Almost always Thai people will make some allowance for Westerners and […]