Backpacking

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 29.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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.

Seven Tips for Exploring Australia Without Breaking the Bank

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

If you intend to take a trip down under planning your budget should be an important part of your preparations. Yes Australia is many atlas inches from pretty much anywhere else (no offence New Zealand), so your flight is unlikely to be cheap, but there are ways to save on an Aussie adventure while still having a bonza time.

Exploring the Philippines: Surprises in Cebu City

Maria Sowter | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Cebu City is uncharacteristic of the white sand and crystal clear waters experience that otherwise dominates one's idea of the Philippines. From the Cebu International Airport it sprawls, though relatively compact in size, as an urban metropolis that contrasts with the smaller more rural or seaside towns.

Where to Stay in Hong Kong for Backpackers: The Good, the Bad and the Bedbugs

Maria Sowter | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

For British citizens, a six-month stay is allowed visa free for Hong Kong (HK) and with cheap flights from London matching those of Bangkok around the £350 mark, Asia's international city is seeing more and more backpackers stop by on their travels.

Top Sights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, South India

Sandy Dhaliwal | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandy Dhaliwal

For centuries dating as far back as 3000 BC, India would've been regarded as not so much a country, but more a collection of evolving kingdoms and sprawling empires. Each with their own ruling dynasties, customs, culture, cuisine and fashion. The nation may be unified as one nowadays, but the remnants of this land's rich and diverse heritage still lives on.