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...

Travel Risk for 2017

Heading somewhere a little dangerous next year? Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Timbuktu are among the most dangerous countries in the world, according to a new map designed to alert travellers to the level of risk they face when visiting destinations worldwide. Beyond these war-torn destinations, hotspots favoured by tourists such as Colombia, Mexico, and Egypt have also been ranked as ‘high...
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...
Planes will get you far but travelling by land will get your budget even further. Not always the case as some budget airlines have made it so cheap it actually makes sense to hit the skies but for the most part, land travel is a great money saver and also hosts a whole array of other travel benefits such...
Hostels are the one of the most amazing parts of travel for me for many reasons. You get to meet a million people, there are often social activities to let you get to know people better, they know the way you like to travel, they understand you are on a budget, they have all the insider knowledge and they...
The one thing that makes your life changing travel experience into the stuff of nightmares is not having the right documents you need. If you lost your passport, get robbed of your bank cards or get into an accident but have no idea what your insurance policy details are, things get very complicated pretty quickly. The solution? Get organised! We have...
Some of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth you just can’t reach by any form of transport other than the two legs beneath you. There is no way to really earn the respect that nature commands until you’re fully immersed in it, a million miles away from civilization. Mother nature is a cruel but insanely...
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....
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....

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