Backpacking

Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel - Clothing

Rupert Parker | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

In the course of my job as travel journalist, I'm always on airplanes but try to reduce the stress level by only taking one carry-on bag - no anxiety at baggage claim and you're always first out of the airport. The trouble is that colder climates mean extra clothing but fortunately new technologies are coming to the rescue.

Planet Appetite: Packing Light - Rain Jackets

Rupert Parker | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

A rain jacket is essential in most parts of the world so, when packing light, it's a balance of weight against waterproof qualities - here's a roundup of the latest contenders.

Volunteer Stories: Teaching, Diving and Wildlife in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Madagascar is a place like no other. I never knew much about it until I stumbled over the Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife and Diving project on the Frontier website. I don't really know why I chose that project, it just happened. Next thing I knew I was on the plane to Nosy Be.

A Conversation With a Bangkok Sex Customer

Katie McQue | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie McQue

While a night with a Thai prostitute quickly evaporates into a drunken memory for the guy; a story chuckle over with his mates back home. Many of these women are bought over and over again simply because they can't afford not to be.

10 Essential Travel Apps for Your Next Trip

Frontier | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech
Frontier

For those traveling with technology, check out these 10 ways to enhance your experience.

Paris For Free - If You're Under 26

Nola Chesworth | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

Ah, Paris! You're oh so beautiful, so romantic, and also, somewhat expensive. The chic boutique hotels, the mouth-watering steak frites, un vin rouge along the Boulevard Saint-Michel - just staying, eating and drinking in the French capital can be a costly experience before you even add on the 'must-see' sights of the city.

Travelling With Friends

Kerry Christiani | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Christiani

"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them," Mark Twain once quipped. How right he was. Travel can make or break a friendship, so before you journey to the other side of the globe, only to realise that your best mate is your polar opposite...

Cure Your Wanderlust: Three Things You Can Do Right Now To Set Your Travel Plans in Motion

Frontier | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

The world is a big place so you have to begin somewhere. Think about an area, a country or a place that has caught your attention in the past and lingered in your imagination. Now don't think of anything else and set your mind on going there.

Round the World Travel: 26 UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites Not to Miss

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

To travel the world is to witness new things. Travel, quite literally, opens your eyes to a whole new world and introduces you to entirely new people. It is this sense of connecting people and broadening horizons that is part of what makes travel so exciting and beautiful.

Awe Inspiring Oman

Black Tomato | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Oman, a destination so beautiful and diverse, is the oldest civilization in the Arabian Peninsula. It's an ancient country that boasts jagged mountains and fjords met by sapphire, glistening waters and stunning architecture that encapsulates a culture and traditions reaching as far back as the late Stone Age.

Volunteer Stories: Madagascar Maine Conservation & Diving

Frontier | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Everyone should come here to dive with or without previous experience. There are crazy cool anemone fish, octopi, turtles, eels, etc. and my new favourite fish, Morish Idles. There is not much missing from an experience like this. Not only have I learned a lot while having the time of my life, but I have improved my level as a diver which is a great feeling.

The Petra Trail - Highlights of Argentina

Petra Shepherd | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

Smug travellers will regale you with tales of how they got off the beaten track and how they avoided the major sites and discovered a part of a city or country other tourists never got to see. I on the other hand hardly think its worth flying to the other side of the world and not seeing the major attractions, they are after all "must sees and must dos" for a reason.

The Petra Trail - Gauchos Galore

Petra Shepherd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

All this machismo doesn't stop with horse riding in San Antonio de Areco as gauchos, locals and visitors alike feast on asados and dance traditional dances, hands held aloft and from the men an extraordinary feet movement with their feet seemingly becoming double jointed, flicking from side to side.

Five Bathrooms You'll Visit on Your Travels

Alec Bertram | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alec Bertram

Travelling the world is a priceless and eye-opening experience that everyone should do. It's mainly fun experiencing new cultures and learning new ways of doing things, however visiting the bathroom can be a confusing and awkward experience.

Down With Gap Years, Long Live the Career Break

David Dodd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Dodd

Gap years used to be seen as the last big chance for an adventure before working life, and we did it (if we could) because everyone knew we couldn't very well stop mid-career for a break. But if such societal blinkers were removed, doesn't a career break make more sense than a gap year?

Europe for the Solo Traveler: Top 10 Amazing Destinations

Jake M Fisher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jake M Fisher

If you've decided that you're ready to discover Europe on your own, consider traveling to these 10 destinations during your trip.

The Petra Trail - Atacama and Valparaiso

Petra Shepherd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

At first glance, it's rather like a arriving at a swish spa in Arizona or Utah, the natural surroundings and red rock formations are very similar. However, there's still a very South American feel to it, pisco sours served in the bar and a resident flock of llamas and an alpaca.

How to Travel for Free

Macca Sherifi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Macca Sherifi

When it comes to backpacking and travelling, we all want to go for as long as we possibly can, and we all want to get the biggest bang for our buck. But what about travelling for free? Is it actually possible?

The Petra Trail - Lake Titicaca

Petra Shepherd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

Isla del Sol or Sun Island was an unexpected surprise in the Southern Bolivian part of the lake. I hadn't expected a Mediterranean like island with white sand beaches, no roads but an inca trail crossing the island from North to South, easily walkable in a day with astonishing vistas at every turn.

The Petra Trail - Highlights of Peru

Petra Shepherd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

For me the undoubted highlight of Peru has been the people. I've only really touched on a small area of Peru - Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon and Puno and Lake Titicaca yet I feel as though I've visited three entirely different countries as reflected in the traditional dress.

Eerie Tales on the Mexican Border

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Through the crowd of noise I pointed at my backpack and then at the border crossing. They seemed to understand and signalled for me to hurry. As the truck started to move forward, the forlorn eyes combed the desolate street, impaired by the relentless rain and the bumpy road.

The bicycle and Beirut

Lucy Knight | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Knight

'Helmets? Who is in favour?' Sitting with a group of young cyclists in an Achrafieh apartment, this is a moot point. Surely helmets are always a must? Well, as the phrase here very often goes - 'this is Lebanon'.

Mumbai Mugging - Part Two

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

I was really panicking by this point and my adrenaline had taken over, I was no longer in control of my actions. Just as I forced my way out of the car door I caught a glimpse of three tall white people strolling down the marina.

Mumbai Mugging - Part One

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

After two beautiful months travelling through India, immersing in the rich culture, indulging in the eclectic culinary offerings and meeting an inestimable amount of wonderful people, it was in Mumbai, my final stop in India, where I finally crossed trouble.

The Highs and Lows of Travelling With Your Partner

Josie Poole | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Poole

Life is not a beach, even when you spend all day on one, and travelling is not easy, even with a partner. Although I don't think there's much we could have done to prepare for the trials we have since faced, it might have been easier knowing we were going to face them at all.