Souvenirs are a big part of travel, whether you buy them from a shop in a busy tourist area or a friendly local gives you something to remember them by. Whenever you have been somewhere amazing, you want to have a physical reminder to show your friends and to keep for yourself so that you can reminisce about your trip.
The savage heat of the jungle hung heavily in the air as Lee and I scrambled down an incline and between two enormous boulders in Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. We squeezed through the space between the mossy rocks, finding ourselves in a surreal landscape of soft sand and twisting mangrove trees. Our local guide stopped in his …
When you tell your friends, family and co-workers that you are going on a trip, many of them will be filled with advice, suggestions and information of what you should do while you are there. If you mention that you are going to Paris, Rome, London, or any other travel destination you will be bombarded with suggestions of restaurants you …
I’ve been traveling during Ramadan in Malaysia. This Holy Month is when Muslims show their devotion by fasting from sunrise to sunset, then eating a huge feast in the evening with their family once the sun goes down. The fast is meant to be a time of quiet contemplation of faith. After a couple of weeks of traveling during Ramadan …
“The world has changed,” I tell Kelly, “More people check if a hotel has free Wifi now than if it serves breakfast. “ Of course I have no stats to back this up; it’s more of a feeling. A little over a year ago I was working on the reception at a busy hotel so I know what people ask …
Are you preparing for a backpacking adventure? Besides buying a guidebook, packing your bag and booking your flights, your travel preparation checklist should also include working out. Let’s face it; while traveling is a lot of fun it is brutally hard on the body. Jet lag numbs your brain, cramped airplane seats stiffen your muscles, strange food confuses your digestive …
Many people tell us that they would love to travel like we do, but it just doesn’t fit with their lifestyle. We agree that our style of long term travel would not work for everyone. However, we also think that there are so many different types of travel out there that you are bound to find something that works for …
Whether you are on a three week holiday or a six month backpacking odyssey, traveling around the world with the person you love can be an amazing experience which will bring you closer together. During our adventures, Lee and I have learned that there are so many advantages to traveling as a couple. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing …
I don’t like fish, anybody who knows me well will know this. It’s not for ethical reasons, I’m no vegetarian. I’d eat Lamb everyday if it wasn’t so expensive! It’s the taste, seafood is just repulsive to me. I have found that people who really like fish, REALLY like fish. When I explain this to them they sometimes appear to …
“What? You’re going backpacking in Europe as a young female? You’re going to get kidnapped and sold into the sex trade!” No wonder some people are afraid to travel. “Oh my god, you’re staying in a hostel? You’re going to wake up handcuffed to a chair in a dungeon and get tortured to death!” Seriously? The likelihood of these scenarios happening is …
Lee and I both have a stamp for Dubai, United Arab Emirates on our passports, but we don’t list it as a destination when we are counting up the places where we have travelled. Technically, we have been to Dubai. We have set foot on Dubai soil, but have we really BEEN there?
Do you read travel blogs every day and dream of the long term travel lifestyle? Would you give everything to pack up your backpack and set out to travel the world for six months, a year, two years or even longer? Traveling long term is an amazing adventure and it will bring you many unforgettable experiences. However, there are also …
“What are your future plans?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “Do you ever want to settle down and start a family?” “Where do you think you and Lee will live?” “Are you going to eventually stop traveling and settle down?” If we had a dollar for every time we were asked one of these questions, we would …
Previously we featured an article about the advice that your parents told you which doesn’t really apply when you travel around the world. However, there are also some examples of parental advice which are very appropriate for travelers. Here are a few of the things that your mom and dad told you which you should keep in mind while you …
Eat your vegetables! Wear your helmet! Look both ways! Don’t make that face, it will stay that way! Remember all of those things that your mom and dad used to say to you when you were little? Some of it was good advice that is useful to keep in mind now that you are older and traveling the world. However, …
Lee and I recently booked flights from Washington to Bangkok on Qatar Airways for a little over two thousand dollars in total. That’s a reasonable price that I would expect to fly two people halfway around the world. However, do you know how much the exact same flight would have cost us if we were flying first class? $19, 791.00 …
This is one of my favourite photos of myself. I am somewhere on the highway between Clarenville and Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Lee and I were hitchhiking across this isolated island province, couch-surfing in small villages. See that little pile of luggage there on the roadside behind me? Those bags contain everything that Lee and I own in the entire world. …
One of the reasons that I love my job is because the view from my office is always changing. Sometimes it is palm trees swaying in the breeze on a street in a small coastal village in the Algarve region of Portugal. Sometimes it is trees and rivers and tranquil lakes rushing past the window of a train speeding through …
What is the difference between “going travelling” and “going on a holiday”? What are the attitudes and perspectives which are unique to long term backpackers in comparison to those who book all inclusive package resort getaways?
Do you travel, or do you go on holiday? Many people would say that there is a distinct difference between the backpacker who spends 6 months working their way across New Zealand, and the holiday goer who lounges on the beach in Tenerife for 14 days. But what exactly is the difference? What makes one trip a holiday and one …