Backpacking

The Internet Dating of the Travel World

Kevin O'Donnell | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Kevin O'Donnell

I'm not going to pontificate on the evils of technology because I'm even getting bored of myself going on about that. If people want to bubble-wrap themselves against the dangers and difficulties that make travelling such a beautiful thing then I say let them. I'll stick to the old fashioned way, one hand outstretched, a beer in the other and I'll probably start with something like "Hi".

5 Things To Tell Your Parents Before You Go Travelling

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

This is it. The time is now. You’re off to Europe/Asia/South America/somewhere far more interesting than the university library. You’re about ...

Eleanor Hawkins and the Myth of the Backpacker

Chris Rooney | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

Picking on backpackers is a little harsh, you might think. The bangle wearing youth is an easy target. Fresh from the Home Counties, and swaddled in tie-dye, these youngsters can hardly be blamed for being overawed by the experience.

Why Saying Goodbye Is The Best Part of Travelling

Jasmine Irving | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

For me, that delicious feeling of being settled somewhere is the sign that it's time to get up and go. Knowing it's about to end is what makes me fully appreciate the true joy of that moment. What's more, the joy of the everyday is easy to find when the everyday is ever changing.

Finding Home Wherever We Go

Jasmine Irving | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

This blog post was first published at Wild Woman. I close my shutters on the night sky. A different view to the place I first called home, and the se...

On My 364th Day of Travel, This Is What I've Learnt

Jemma Pietrus | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Pietrus

Out of the five of us sipping on Bolivian beer, four had left jobs, the other one was on extended leave. We were all between the ages of mid-20s and mid-30s and many of us didn't really know what we wanted to be when we 'grew up.'

Why a Trip to Sweden May Be Cheaper Than You Think

Steve Vickers | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Vickers

Sweden has always had a reputation for being expensive. But the pretty Nordic nation, which offers a cool, calm alternative to southern Europe's summer hotspots, is suddenly looking like great value. Here's why a summer escape to Sweden may be cheaper than you think.

Adapting to Foreign Cultures is Easy

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Once I get to know some people in a country I absorb their history and culture continually; they tell me about their nations history (a golden age when they conquered their neighbours is invariably highlighted). Then I start reading and I never stop learning about their culture until I leave it.

Europe's Emerging Quality Hostels: Part Three - Germany

Peter Yeung | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Yeung

Despite the country's rich and gripping, war-torn history, none of Deutschland's cities have tended to have the iconic draw of the real urban heavyweights - Paris's picturebook charm, London's vibrant swing, or Rome's devastating beauty.

How to Leave Your Mundane Life for Travel

Kate Capelli | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Capelli

The only thing that can stand in the way of your dream is fear, but no worries, it's natural. I'm sure Christopher Columbus did a nervous poo before he set off to explore the world.

Five Countries You Should Visit in 2015

Claire Michael | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Michael

By visiting these places before they become popular you'll have the rare opportunity to enjoy them before they become overly commercial and lose some of their charm. Get your trips booked and see these beautiful countries while they're still at their best.

Top Travel Tips - Packing Light

James Woolven | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Woolven

If there's one tip I have for a first time backpacker, it is this: pack light.It sounds obvious, but almost no one does it. Trust me, when you're out there - wherever it may be - there is something immensely satisfying about rocking up to the overnight bus with a bag that can fit under your seat.

Articulating the Impossible

William Shield | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
William Shield

You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.

First Post

William Shield | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Now. What to talk about? There's a lot going on up there in the messy closet of my mind. Should I be bitter? Should I be kind? Should I talk about war, love, life, and people? I want to express myself in the most inappropriate and offensive way, because now, I can.

Ten Lessons You Will Learn Travelling Solo

Chloe Gunning | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

You are guaranteed to meet some amazing people while travelling. Everyone is far more willing to strike up a conversation with strangers. I met a few special people who, after just a few days, I felt like I had known for years and years.

A Break From the Backpack in Relaxed Koh Phangan

Ceri Matthias | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Matthias

Arriving at Haad Rin beach, Koh Phangan, I padded my way to the quieter end of the pretty 1km bay and propped myself against my backpack among a happy buzz of young sunbathers.

What Can a Backpacker Learn From a Duck in a Bar?

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

The duck who joined the Northern Irish boys on their motorcycle tour of Vietnam hit national headlines a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to be in the Phong Nha bar the night that Matthew McInnes, Dan McAllen and their mates turfed up with The Captain, mid-tour.

Backpacking Australia? Here Are 6 Places You May Not Have Thought To Go...

Emily Verdouw | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Australia is huge and there aren't many people to fill it, so the idea of 'off-the-beaten-track' can conjure up a plethora of destinations. There trul...

Just Another Week in Uruguay

Sophie Bauer | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

There was a time when I thought that travel was about getting to the top of a volcano or uncovering the trendiest bar in town. If anything, being in Uruguay made me realise that travel is about relishing the day to day

Dinner Is Off the Menu: I'm Having a Quarter-Life Crisis Instead

Keeley Hazell | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Keeley Hazell

In between pursuing a career, studying and preparing for my backpacking trip, I realised something. Even though I'm not where I want to be in life, and I may not have ticked any of the "boxes," I'm figuring it out, and that's okay. Because if there's one thing that having a quarter-life crisis does, it somehow forces you to live your life.

Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel Update

Rupert Parker | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

I'm always interested in new products which will keep the weight down, so please get in touch if you have something you'd like me to try.

Five Reasons Your Next Holiday Should be to Mexico

Chloe Gunning | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Let's face it, in the UK Mexico hasn't got the best reputation. The news paints a picture of a country overrun with drugs cartels, violence, hurricanes and more. It's hardly surprising the average traveller in the UK still sticks to comfortable holidays in European or American resorts.

How to Live in London on Minimum Wage (And Still be Happy)

Lee Tobin | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Tobin

Almost two years ago now, I left that big mass of sun-scorched land down-under for the city which has now been ranked the world's most expensive to live and work in, according to a survey by global estate agents Savills.

Can You Still Travel the Greek Islands on the Cheap?

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Well, I think that backpacking around the Greek islands is still a great option if you want weather, sites, history and an adventure in an amazing part of the world. And thankfully if you plan ahead it can be done without breaking the bank.

One Simple Packing Tip Everyone Forgets About

Maria Sowter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

You will find plenty of 'How to Pack a Backpack' articles floating around the web, you might even have seen an informative video or two about how to pack a weeks' worth of clothes in a carry-on suitcase, but I have a simpler, more honestly achievable tip: squishing.