Tom McLoughlin

Writer and Travel Enthusiast

Tom McLoughlin is a keen writer and traveller from Harrogate, England and is the author of Top Backpacking Destinations.

Not always a traveller, it wasn’t until Tom ventured to a remote village in Honduras after his A Levels to teach English, that he began to grow an interest in different cultures and experiences. From Honduras he had the opportunity to explore other Central American countries and his passion for travel developed. Since then he has been putting on his backpack at any opportunity and has been writing about his adventures on Top Backpacking Destinations

This year Tom is looking forward to trips to Spain, France, Portugal, Cuba and Burma.
Forget Skiing: Alternative Activities To Enjoy In The

Forget Skiing: Alternative Activities To Enjoy In The Alps

Not a great skier? Or just sick of hitting the slopes? There's so much more to the Alps than just swishing, schussing and pivoting down the piste. Here are some fun activities that will get your adrenaline pumping without having to get those skis on. Including a few activities that are great in the summer sans snow, and activities that are kid friendly too!
02/05/2017 11:26 BST
The Best Places To Visit In Italy For History

The Best Places To Visit In Italy For History Buffs

Together with Greece, Italy is one of the birthplaces of everything we know and understand today in modern society. From philosophy and science to medicine and politics, some of Italy's major cities have played a key role in advancing these areas over the centuries.
11/01/2017 16:59 GMT
Five Places Near Barcelona That Will Blow Your

Five Places Near Barcelona That Will Blow Your Mind

ut some of the best advice you'll ever get is to travel a little further out. Because in the outskirts and surrounding region of Barcelona, you'll discover some incredible gems. Here are 5 places near Barcelona that will blow your mind...
04/01/2017 14:40 GMT
Here Are The Best Festivals To Visit Around The

Here Are The Best Festivals To Visit Around The World

Festivals are a fun-filled way to experience the culture, the attitude, the true essence of a nation. From music and the arts to tasty food and drink, festival events are great for immersing yourself into another country's way of life. And here are some of the world's best festivals not to be missed during your travels...
02/11/2016 18:03 GMT
Seven Volunteer Programs I'd Love To

Seven Volunteer Programs I'd Love To Try

There are so many benefits to volunteering depending on what project you do, but if you only need one reason to do it then why not the opportunity to explore the world and immerse yourself in another culture and meet incredible people
28/10/2016 10:46 BST
Seven Reasons You Have To Visit South

Seven Reasons You Have To Visit South Africa

From the sight of hippos bathing in the Limpopo River at sunset and penguins in the distance at Boulders Beach to mind-blowing panoramas atop Table Mountain and the infamous nightlife in Cape Town, there are fewer places quite as culturally or geographically diverse as South Africa.
05/10/2016 10:21 BST
Eight Places To Visit In Brazil Outside Of

Eight Places To Visit In Brazil Outside Of Rio

Beautiful beaches, 5-star resorts, amazing carnival atmosphere. All topped off with a rugged mountainscape and cloudless skies serving as the backdrop. It's no wonder travellers make a beeline for Rio.
27/09/2016 17:51 BST
Seven Incredible UNESCO Sites You Might Not Have Heard

Seven Incredible UNESCO Sites You Might Not Have Heard Of

There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. And it doesn't seem like a lot when you think about it. Across 196 countries, seven continents, 24 different time zones and just over 1,000 landmarks or places that make the cut. But that's what really makes a UNESCO listed site special.
08/09/2016 14:07 BST
Nine Tips For Exploring Dubai On A

Nine Tips For Exploring Dubai On A Budget

Dubai is by no means a budget destination. It's the playground of the rich and famous, and it's the land of 7 star hotels, award winning restaurants plus endless designer shopping. So if you're trying to be frugal, it won't be easy - but it's still doable once you have the know-how. Here are nine top tips to help you discover the best of Dubai on a budget
05/09/2016 16:54 BST
8 Tips For Visiting Rio On A Budget After the

8 Tips For Visiting Rio On A Budget After the Olympics

But before the long-term growth and development of tourism in Brazil, airfares will see an initial drop giving budget travellers the chance to visit in style. Here are 8 tips on travelling to Rio on a budget after the 2016 Olympics.
25/08/2016 14:13 BST
Five Affordable Cruises You Have to

Five Affordable Cruises You Have to Try

Travel in the shoulder seasons, book in advance (or last minute), or choose your journey with an older vessel, and you could find yourself making some awesome savings. If you're cruising on a budget, here are 5 affordable cruises that you just have to try.
06/07/2016 12:08 BST
Six Great Places to Set Sail on a Budget Around the

Six Great Places to Set Sail on a Budget Around the World

You don't need much to set sail around the world. As long as you've got a boat that floats and some cash in your pocket, sailing is an easy game. But we never said it was going to be cheap. For the majority who charter their own vessel, their pockets run deep and money is no object.
08/06/2016 10:26 BST
How to Do the Galapagos Islands on a

How to Do the Galapagos Islands on a Budget

The Galapagos Islands are unlike any other in the world; made up of a group of isolated volcanic islands, this is a place that hasn't been tainted by tourism. A dream destination to say the least. But with extortionate travel prices, the Galapagos Islands feels like an unfeasible reality for many.
01/06/2016 11:13 BST
A Backpacker's Guide to Beautiful

A Backpacker's Guide to Beautiful Boracay

Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. Located just a few kilometres from the Western Visayas region, this island is a dreamy paradise, one which isn't short of eager visitors each year. But don't be put off by its popularity; travel smart and you won't have to pay premium prices.
20/05/2016 12:50 BST
The Best Cities for Flashpackers to Visit in

The Best Cities for Flashpackers to Visit in 2016

Flashpacking is the new backpacking, designed for keen travellers who don't like to slum it. You don't have to be poor to explore and you don't need be a student to carry a backpack either. So if you love to haul all of your belongings on your hind but you prefer to upscale your digs, take a look at the 7 most awesome places to visit in 2016!
26/02/2016 15:57 GMT
Six of the Best Treks Around the

Six of the Best Treks Around the World

You may have to become a seasoned hiker to really understand the addiction; but even beginners can relate to the thrill of exploring in the open air and experiencing that 'hiker's high' when you reach your final destination. If you're looking for your next trekking challenge, take a look a 6 of the best trails around the world and let them inspire you...
19/02/2016 14:17 GMT
Six Great Places to Go Backpacking with the

Six Great Places to Go Backpacking with the Family

Backpacking with family can be a one of a kind experience, one that will undoubtedly bring you closer together as a family unit and it will help to broaden the minds of your children. But it's no secret that family backpacking adventures have to be catered for with a different approach.
28/01/2016 17:33 GMT
Six Undiscovered Things to Try in

Six Undiscovered Things to Try in Croatia

Croatia has been one of the most remarkable and surprising up and coming travel destinations in recent years, and with a long stretch of coastline and dreamy islands overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, it's blossomed as a sunny destination for island hoppers. But there really is much more than just island life here in Croatia and so much more than meets the eye. Here are 6 undiscovered things to try the next time you visit...
22/01/2016 12:41 GMT
Five of the Best Places for a Layover in

Five of the Best Places for a Layover in 2016

"Travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer"; if you're nodding your head at this statement then you're probably the type of traveller to embrace your flight stopovers rather than see them as an inconvenience. After all, why pass up a chance at discovering a new place, right? If this is you, here are 5 of the best layover destinations to explore in 2016.
13/01/2016 11:04 GMT