This is something I get asked a lot. "Should I bother getting some at all?”, “Is it worth it?” and “What if I don’t use it?”. The short answer is that you really do need travel insurance. Some countries actually insist you show that you have it before they give you your tourist visa so better safe than sorry....
One of the most exciting parts of any trip is where you decide to park up for the night. Now I’ve already mentioned Couchsurfing as an amazing way to see a place through local eyes but picking the right hostel can change your experience of a city. It will decide who you meet, what activities you get up to...
Ok, so the worst of the worst has happened and you’ve lost your bank card or had it stolen. I’m going to assume here that you’ve done the obvious, retraced your steps and thoroughly searched everywhere for it. You’ve asked house cleaning checked all last locations, banks and police stations. Now your card is gone and you have no...
As I mentioned in the last chapter, activities such as outings and package tours can eat upa  huge amount of your budget and have you left with very little room to do anything else afterwards. For the most part, you are paying a big fee because someone else is getting paid to have gone through the effort of putting...
Ever heard the statement, “Nothing is free in this world!”? Well next time you hear it being said, kindly tell them to shut up. The best things in life are free and no I’m not referring to love or a stroll in the park. I’m referring to amazing accommodation anywhere in the world with no price tag. Essentially, it’s...
There is nothing quite like the feeling of the wind on your hair, a travel buddy on the back seat of you motorbike and the sun blaring down as you drive some of the most scenic routes on earth. Don’t get distracted though, there is a lot that can go wrong. When talking to my doctor before leaving as...
The golden rule on this one is to always have more than you think you need. You never really know when you will get injured, miss your connecting flight, get fined or have to bribe your way out of a cell. It also helps to have a little extra to treat yourself to a little luxury now and again....
Many backpackers who have been travelling for a while have got packing their bag down to a fine art. A fellow I met in Nepal could pack his bag in rapid time in a way that meant he got what he needed with his eyes closed. Useful when there’s no power about. Now, not all of us are as...
Probably one of the most annoying travel pests after mosquitos. Bed Bugs are hard to find because you only ever find the bites long after they’ve gone. The actual pain from the bite doesn’t kick in until the chemicals it leaves to delay the kick in wear off and you start the itch from hell. For a lot of...
Even when you thought you had nailed the fine art of cheap travel, you can go one step further. Don’t bother paying at all. Hitch hiking has held various reputations and many consider it not the safest option. However, if you do your research properly and you play your cards right, it can be a great way to see...

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