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REVIEW: Osprey Fairview Women’s Travel Backpack

A counterpart to their best-selling Farpoint series, the Fairview benefits from the same great features but with a female specific back system. I was lucky enough to test the Osprey Fairview 55 on a recent trip to Southeast Asia, so I’ll be discussing the key features, practicality and comfort of the pack in this review.…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Fairview Women’s Travel Backpack

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REVIEW: Osprey Transporter Duffle

The revamped Osprey Transporter arrived at GY HQ back in Autumn 2017, so it’s probably about time we reviewed Osprey’s new and improved duffle, which they describe as ‘Adventure-proof’. The Transporter is available in four different sizes, 40L, 65L, 95L and 130L, as well as 5 great colours with options to suit every traveller and…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Transporter Duffle

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10 Gift Ideas for Female Backpackers

We’ve already given you our top 30 gift ideas for backpackers, but we thought we’d hone it down a bit and also write a post on gift ideas for female backpackers. In this post, we run through our top 10 travel related gifts for female travellers with options to suit all budgets. 1) Eagle Creek…Continue reading10 Gift Ideas for Female Backpackers

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30 Gift Ideas for Backpackers

Whether you’re in the market for a Christmas gift or simply need a leaving present for a backpacker at any time of the year, our travel gift guide is on hand to give you some gift ideas for the jet-setter in your life. We’re full of gift ideas, but here are 30 of the best…Continue reading30 Gift Ideas for Backpackers

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Rucksack Review: Vango Contour vs Sherpa

The Contour and Sherpa rucksacks are long-standing Vango favourites, designed for multi-day backpacking and expeditions. Both rucksacks are recommended by the Scouts and DofE and are well-known in the outdoor market, but what are the key differences between the two and which is the right rucksack for you? In this review, I talk you through the…Continue readingRucksack Review: Vango Contour vs Sherpa

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Best Money Belt Alternatives

Money belts certainly aren’t the coolest of travel accessories, but they’re pretty useful when it comes to keeping your cash and valuables out of sight, especially when you’re travelling in pickpocket hotspots. If the idea of wearing a money belt makes you cringe, you might be interested to know that there are some other alternatives…Continue readingBest Money Belt Alternatives

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Best Deet Free Mosquito Repellents

While DEET based mosquito repellents are by far the most popular option amongst travellers, some people aren’t comfortable with using chemicals on their skin. This means many travellers are often on the look out for a more natural, DEET-free option, when it comes to choosing a mosquito repellent. The most common ingredients used in DEET-free…Continue readingBest Deet Free Mosquito Repellents

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10 Things to Pack for Bali

While I sit and reminisce about my trip to Bali last summer (woe is me), I thought I’d list some of my top recommendations for your Bali packing list. During my 10 day trip in June, I visited Nusa Lembongan, the Gili Islands, Ubud and Seminyak; however, the items on my list should come in…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Bali

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Best Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

It’s been a few years since our top 5 sleeping bags for travelling post, so we figured it was about time we updated our list. Our 2018 list includes some old favourites, which have received a revamp for 2018 and some new additions that could well be the travel sleeping bag of your dreams! So…Continue readingBest Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

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15 Things to Pack for India

Colourful, cultural and chaotic, India is at the top of many backpackers’ bucket lists, but what should you pack for travelling in India? In this post we run through our top 15 India travel essentials and throw in a few extras for good measure! 1) India Plug Adapter In order to use appliances from home…Continue reading15 Things to Pack for India

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REVIEW: Eagle Creek Global Companion 65 Backpack

A leading brand in the travel pack world since the 1980’s, Eagle Creek know their stuff when it comes to creating quality backpacks with useful travel-related features. Their new Global Companion 65 backpack is no exception, combining the structure and technical features of a backpack with the organisational features of a suitcase, resulting in a…Continue readingREVIEW: Eagle Creek Global Companion 65 Backpack

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10 Things to Pack for Japan

Japan is growing in popularity with backpackers, ranking highly year after year when it comes to the best and safest places to travel (ranked 10th on the 2017 Global Peace Index). Bursting at the seams with culture, amazing food and stunning scenery, Japan has something to offer every type of traveller. So what should you…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Japan

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Best Travel Backpacks for 2018

If you’re going travelling or planning a gap year, chances are in you’ll be in the market for a travel backpack. Knowing which one is right for you can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve selected our best backpacks for 2018 from our current range. In this post, we’ll discuss the key features…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for 2018

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REVIEW: Vango Freedom II Travel Backpack

The Vango Freedom has been one of our best-selling travel backpacks for as long as we can remember. 2018 sees the introduction of the next generation of Freedom, enter Freedom II, with new colour ways, fabrics and features. As the Freedom has remained largely unchanged for the last couple of years, a design overhaul is…Continue readingREVIEW: Vango Freedom II Travel Backpack

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Best Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

Why buy a women’s backpack? Simply put, men and women are built differently and therefore have different requirements when it comes to travel backpacks. As women have a shorter torso than men, female specific backpacks are designed with a shorter back length, as well as shaped shoulder straps to ensure they don’t dig into your…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

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Best Travel Gifts for 2017

The approach of the festive season means one thing – OK, so it means numerous things – but at GY HQ it means it’s time for another travel gift guide! While some travel gifts from last year’s list have made the cut for 2017, we’ve also made way for some new products, which are well…Continue readingBest Travel Gifts for 2017

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10 Things to Pack for Australia

Australia has so much to offer backpackers, so it’s really no surprise that it’s a popular starting point for many gap year adventures! So what should you pack for a travelling in Australia? Of course your passport, currency and essential travel documents all go without saying, but here are a few Australia travel essentials we would…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Australia

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REVIEW: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP65 Travel Backpack

Pacsafe was founded by two Australian travellers back in 1998 and has since become the leading manufacturer of anti-theft backpacks and travel accessories. Their Venturesafe EXP65 travel backpack is arguably one of the best anti-theft backpacks for travelling and also includes several comfort and organisational features, making this a good all-rounder for any trip. First Impressions…Continue readingREVIEW: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP65 Travel Backpack

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REVIEW: Lowe Alpine AT Voyager Travel Backpack

Lowe Alpine have given their AT Voyager backpack an update for AW17, introducing new colour ways and a change in capacity, not to mention a much sleeker look compared to the previous model. Their new and improved AT Voyager packs are designed with adventure travel in mind and come equipped with a comfortable and technical fixed travel…Continue readingREVIEW: Lowe Alpine AT Voyager Travel Backpack

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Ticks: The Risks & How to Protect Yourself

Travellers often hear about the dangers of mosquitoes and how to protect themselves from mosquito bites, but there’s another blood-sucking travel nasty in our midst…The tick! In this post we will explain the health risks they pose and how you can protect yourself from bites and potential illness during your trip. What is a Tick? Many…Continue readingTicks: The Risks & How to Protect Yourself

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Best First Aid Kits for Travelling

A first aid kit is an essential for most travellers, appearing on almost every travel kit list you’re likely to come across when preparing for your trip. In this post we run through our 5 best first aid kits for travelling, helping you to decide which one is right for you and your style of travel. 1) Best…Continue readingBest First Aid Kits for Travelling

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10 Things to Pack for Vietnam

I recently visited Vietnam for 10 days, where my itinerary included Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Da Nang. There are a few items you should consider packing for your trip to Vietnam, and here are my top 10 recommendations for your packing list… 1) Sleeping Bag Liner Oh how I regret not packing my…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Vietnam

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REVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

Back in 2016, Pyramid introduced their Trek Ultra repellent (formerly Repel Ultra). This micro-encapsulated DEET formula provides the same long-lasting protection as their now withdrawn Trek 100 repellent (97% DEET), while using only a third of the DEET. I got the chance to put Trek Ultra to the test on a recent trip to Southeast…Continue readingREVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

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5 Reasons to Add Slovenia to Your Interrail Itinerary

When it comes to inter-rail itineraries tiny Slovenia is often over-looked, or simply used as an overnight pit-stop on the way to Zagreb or Budapest. After spending 4 days in this charming and unique country, I can safely say that Slovenia deserves more than a flying visit if you’re backpacking through Europe this summer. Slovenia is…Continue reading5 Reasons to Add Slovenia to Your Interrail Itinerary