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June, 2015

  • 7 June

    How Hostels Work and How You Can Be a Good Guest

    Have you been thinking about travelling the world, but aren’t sure about staying in hostels?  If you have never stayed in a hostel before you probably have no idea what to expect from this type of accommodation. The cheaper price might appeal to you, but you have some questions about how it all works – is it totally weird to …

April, 2015

  • 28 April

    I Was Followed By a Creep on the Paris Metro – Here’s What I Learned

    My first mistake was bringing enormous wheeled luggage that was far too heavy. It was my first travel experience and I really had no idea what I was doing, so I was struggling to lift my suitcase up and down the steps of the Paris Metro on my way to catch a bus to Amsterdam. A guy came over and …

  • 23 April

    How Can Long Term Travelling Couples Keep the Romance Alive?

    Seeing the world with your sweetheart can be a wonderful romantic adventure – but going on a long term backpacking trip as a couple isn’t all roses and chocolate. There will be plenty of stress factors, including culture shock, jet lag, language barriers and the occasional nightmare hostel. How do you stay happy and madly in love while dealing with …

  • 16 April

    Working Abroad – Why You Don’t Have to Choose Between Career and Travel

    “I’d love to see the world, but I can’t go travelling for a year! What about my career?” There seems to be a myth perpetuated these days that taking the time to explore the world and live in another country will automatically leave you exempt from the workforce for the rest of your life. The message is that by not …

  • 16 April

    I Made a Lot of Mistakes When I Planned My First Trip to Paris

    I am quite knowledgeable about travel now, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 2008 when I was a clueless 21 year old planning my first trip around Europe I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I made a lot of silly mistakes back then, so I hope you can learn from my misadventures. I Took Travellers …

February, 2015

  • 24 February

    Why Travelling Couples Need to Do Their Own Thing Sometimes

    My cousin Mark and his girlfriend Adrienne recently set off on a year-long round the world trip – their first big travel experience. During numerous online chats and a brunch date, Mark quizzed me on all aspects of travel – from safety to booking flights to what to bring in his backpack. I shared all of the tips I could …

  • 6 February

    Five Big Questions First Time Travellers Have Before Going on a Working Holiday

    Working holiday visas are, in my opinion, one of the greatest things ever invented. They allow people under the age of 30 (35 in some countries) to live and work in another country for 1-2 years – giving them the change to travel abroad long term and immerse themselves in another culture. The working holiday visas available to you depend …

November, 2014

  • 17 November

    Five Reasons to Drop the Charade and Admit You’re a Tourist

    I spend a little time on travel forums, groups and blogs, and I notice a propensity for self-proclaimed “travelers” – versus “tourists,” which seems to have become a pejorative term – to have a genuine phobia of “looking like a tourist.” They give advice to others to always blend in, act like a local, never do anything that might give …

  • 11 November

    A Guide to Travelling by Boat Down the Amazon

    It’s hard to wrap your head around the sheer scale of the Amazon River – this humongous waterway makes most other rivers in the world look like a mere trickle. Last week, Lee and I travelled a total of 1,584 km between the Brazilian cities of Manaus and Belem on a river ferry – an epic journey that takes five …

  • 1 November

    6 Practical Tips For Hostel Cooking

    As budget travellers, I like to think that we can stretch our hard-earned dollars as far as possible to make our trips last longer. If any luxuries can be cut from our costs, they’ll be unceremoniously disposed of and left for the not-so-frugal people to enjoy. Cooking our own meals is the number one way we cut costs. Why spend …

September, 2014

  • 17 September

    Little Things That Make a Hostel Go From Okay to Fantastic

    I have spent a significant chunk of my adult life staying in hostels. While travelling through New Zealand, Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and South America over the last five years I have probably stayed in more than a hundred different hostels. Most of them were average and forgettable, some of them were wonderful and others were so bad that …

July, 2014

  • 24 July

    How to Avoid 99.9% of Travel Scams

    I meet a lot of people, online and in the real world, who are going on their very first backpacking trip ever. They are filled with excitement and anticipation, a sense that they are about to do something that will push them outside of their comfort zone and change their life. However, they are also filled with a bit of …

  • 23 July

    Travel Insurance – Is It Really Necessary?

    Flights, buses, hostel rooms, food, sight-seeing, tours, souvenirs – there are a lot of expenses associated with travel and they add up quickly. If you are planning a budget adventure, you might be wondering whether it is worth it to pay extra for your travel insurance. After all, travel insurance costs can make up a huge chunk of your travel …

March, 2014

  • 23 March

    Do You Need To Speak Spanish to Travel South America?

    If you are planning on backpacking South America, you might be wondering – “Do I need to speak Spanish?” Lee and I have been in South America for the last three months and in this post, we will share our first hand experiences with you regarding speaking the language. Unlike many other destinations in the world where my answer would …

  • 22 March

    Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for British People?

    Are you a young British citizen who is dreaming of working abroad? Perhaps you just want to pack your bags and live a different life for a while, somewhere exotic and far from home? If you want to trade the rainy cobblestone streets of your home town for the sunny beaches of Australia, the rugged forests of Canada or the …

February, 2014

  • 14 February

    The Ultimate Backpacker Visa Guide to South America

    Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. Dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soaking up the sunshine on a beach in Brazil. Taking a slow boat down the Amazon river. Watching the sunrise mirrored on the surreal salt flats of Bolivia. Marvelling at Angel Falls, Venezuela, the tallest waterfall in the world. Checking out the hip cafes, cars, …

  • 5 February

    Too Old for a Working Holiday Visa? Travel Opportunities For All Ages

    The other day I wrote a guide to all of the countries in the world that offer working holiday visas for Canadians, which has since become our most popular post of all time. These visas allow you to live in the country for up to a year (sometimes two) and work in any type of job you choose – they …

January, 2014

  • 28 January

    Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadians?

    Hey fellow Canucks… have you ever dreamed of working abroad? Perhaps you have gotten bored of the same scene you have always known in Red Deer, Winnipeg or Halifax and you are thinking about switching things up and living somewhere else for a while? Maybe you have a burning desire to travel, but you know that if you are ever …

  • 14 January

    How to Survive Food Poisoning in a Foreign Country

    It was 6am in our hostel in Lima, Peru and I was heading back from the shared bathroom to our room in my underwear. As I came back into the room, Lee sleepily asked me why I was walking around the hostel barely dressed. “It was urgent, I didn’t have time to get dressed.” “Oh no…” That unpleasant awakening was …

November, 2013

  • 23 November

    Hitchhiking through Europe -­ The Way To Go

    Traditionally, hitchhiking has been the cheapest way to travel around, but really, it’s more than that: you can meet lots of people and even make friends, you can find out the best places to eat, you can become frustrated and wet, but most of all, you’ll have fun and you’ll feel free. That’s what hitchhiking is about.

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