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Top 10 Hostel Essentials

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10 Things to Pack for Thailand

You’ve booked your flights and you’re all set for your trip to Thailand, but what should you be stuffing into your travel backpack? In this post we give you our top 10 packing recommendations for travelling in Thailand. If you want a more extensive list, covering Southeast Asia as a whole, check out our Southeast…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Thailand

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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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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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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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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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A Guide to Hostel Etiquette

For many travellers staying in a hostel is the only way to go and little wonder. Although hostels come in as many different guises as the people who use them they typically offer the cheapest accommodation option, provide the opportunity of cooking your own meals to save the pennies and provide a base of the…Continue readingA Guide to Hostel Etiquette

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Elephant Tourism – Why You Shouldn’t Ride Elephants on your Gap Year

The reasons why we travel are as individual as we are but typically there are certain common denominators for all of us. We want to experience the exciting, the exotic, the brand new and to have the kind of adventures we would never be able to have if we stayed home. Little wonder then that…Continue readingElephant Tourism – Why You Shouldn’t Ride Elephants on your Gap Year

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10 Ways to Take the Lonely Out of Solo Travel

Many who set out into the world on a nomadic journey alone for the first time are not doing it entirely voluntarily. The idea of going it alone can be overwhelmingly scary when you have never done it and often, it seems, we are forced down such a route because none of our friends can…Continue reading10 Ways to Take the Lonely Out of Solo Travel

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Best Places to Travel in January

For most of us Northern Hemisphere folk, January is a time of dark skies, temperatures which require several layers of clothing and short daylight hours. Little wonder then that we all tend to dream of travel at this time. Generally speaking the best destinations are those which allow you to escape totally the monochrome colours…Continue readingBest Places to Travel in January

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10 of the Best Travel Hacks

We all love a good life hack, so we thought we’d share a few of our favourite travel hacks. These are mainly related to items you can pack to make your life easier when travelling, but we’ve thrown a couple of general travel hacks in there too for good measure! 1) Multi-Purpose Soap Gone are…Continue reading10 of the Best Travel Hacks

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5 Things You’ll Learn on your Gap Year

Once upon-a-time the type of free-spirited individual who upped sticks and left their life to travel the world for a year or more would have been considered quirky in the extreme. Such negative-toned descriptions as unreliable, irresponsible, flaky, impulsive or any other number of equally unflattering words would have been associated with them. All of…Continue reading5 Things You’ll Learn on your Gap Year

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Travel Health Tips: Latin America

The bulk of land which makes up Mexico, Central and South America – known collectively as Latin America – is a vast collection of diverse countries, climates, environments and cultures which means the health considerations while travelling here are also incredibly diverse. There are a few common or recurring themes though which apply and some…Continue readingTravel Health Tips: Latin America

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9 Ways to Combat Getting Homesick

There are a million and one reasons why we want to get out there exploring the planet and so incredible are these journeys most of the time that the rough bits seem to get glossed over – and there are rough bits. One such pitfall is the homesickness bug which bites almost every traveller who…Continue reading9 Ways to Combat Getting Homesick

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How to Make Friends While Travelling

Every single person who sets out on solo travels for the first time has a moment – sometimes many moments – of wondering if they will be lonely…if they will manage to make any friends…of how on earth they will go about connecting with others when they are exploring the world alone. This super-common concern…Continue readingHow to Make Friends While Travelling

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10 Best Apps for Travellers

1) Duolingo Cost: Free Available for iOS, Android and Windows 8 and 10 Every traveller knows that a little local language mastery opens all kinds of doors that might otherwise remain closed while exploring the world. The fun and super well-designed language learning app known as Duolingo is an ideal way to shake the dust…Continue reading10 Best Apps for Travellers

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The Worst Things About Travelling

Personal travel blogs, magazine articles and even phone calls home from travellers themselves are typically full of all the wonderful things about travel. However, as any traveller will tell you, this is almost never the whole story. The truth is, like all life, some of it is mildly to severely challenging, some of it is…Continue readingThe Worst Things About Travelling

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Underrated Gap Year Destinations: Part 2

Following on from our first post, we share another five underrated gap year destinations, which you may want to consider adding to your travel itinerary… 1) Nepal Travellers flock to neighbouring India but Nepal – home to Mount Everest – receives almost none of that same traffic. Billed by travel industry experts as one of…Continue readingUnderrated Gap Year Destinations: Part 2

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10 Must-Try Foods Around the World

Sampling the specific cuisine and speciality dishes of the countries you are passing through is something which adds enormously to the excitement and pleasure of travel. Getting stuck into the food how the locals do it can give you a window onto a specific culture like nothing else. Many world dishes are so powerfully iconic…Continue reading10 Must-Try Foods Around the World

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10 Myths About Travelling

1) You need a lot of money Every year thousands of travellers across the globe set out to see the world and most of them don’t come armed with a stack of money to work through. If your tastes run to 5 star hotels and gourmet restaurants then yes, your trip will be expensive. However,…Continue reading10 Myths About Travelling

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Taking a Gap Year in Africa

At risk of stating the obvious here we’d just like to point out something important – Africa is huge. This fact, combined with certain regions being off-limits for travellers, as well as the time, energy and (sometimes) expense needed to get around means that most backpackers pick just one region to explore. These tend to be,…Continue readingTaking a Gap Year in Africa

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Top Tips for Solo Travellers

To head out alone in the world to find travel adventure is exciting, enriching, empowering and packed with the potential for the best fun you could ever have. But if you are one of those yet to try it and are still unaware of the huge rewards waiting in store for you, it is far…Continue readingTop Tips for Solo Travellers

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Travelling in Central America

If you’re planning a backpacking trip in Central America, you’re in for a treat! However, deciding which countries will make your itinerary can be tricky, with each one having so much to offer. In this brief destination overview, I’ll detail the highlights of each country to help you make a more informed decision when planning…Continue readingTravelling in Central America

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Travel Packing List: South America

When it comes to planning your trip to South America, you’ve probably done your research on safety, vaccines, visas, flights and things to do…But what do you need to pack?! We’ve compiled a travel packing list for South America in this post, but as climates and conditions can vary throughout the continent we’ve left out…Continue readingTravel Packing List: South America