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Beyond London: Lovely Lancashire

(This is the first post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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How to Get An Australia Working Holiday Visa

If you would like a year down under the Australia Working Holiday Visa could be the best option for you. Gorgeous sandy beaches filled with bronzed bikini babes. Wide open Outback stretching beyond the horizon. The exciting concerts, shows and nightlife of trendy cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Strange and bizarre animals and birds that you have never seen …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Seattle

Seattle is a rainy, coffee-drenched seaport of coolness. The northernmost major city in America (not including Alaska of course) and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, it is a Mecca for fans of the grunge music scene that originated here in the 1990s. It is the fabled home of trippy hippie cult author Tom Robbins, whose psychedelic novels contain …

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The Difference between Holidays and Travel

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 …

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Being a Tourist in Your Own Hometown – Don’t Miss Travel Experiences That Are Right Under Your Nose

Are you itching for another travel adventure, but find yourself stuck somewhere with a job, apartment, and responsibilities? You might not be able to jet off to Argentina , Australia or Austria for an epic journey at this current point in your life, due to time restrictions and budget. However, you can still have a travel adventure by exploring your …

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How to Survive a Disgusting Hostel

You arrive at your hostel or hotel after a long bus ride or plane journey, lugging your huge backpack wearily up three flights of stairs because the elevator is broken. You open the creaking door to your room and the smell of musty old furniture and dank air hits you. Your shoes stick to the floor as you make your …

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Tips For Working On The Road

Whether you are a travel writer working on a story about a remote village in the Austrian Alps, a blogger documenting your travels through New Zealand, or you simply need to finish some homework or job duties during your travels, chances are you will need to learn how to work on the road. It can be really challenging to get …

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Why Travel Insurance is Important: A Tale of Two Broken Wrists

After obtaining his Canada Working Holiday Visa, Lee was excited and looking forward to spending a year traveling around and seeing the beautiful sights of the second largest country in the world. We arrived on the West Coast, in lovely Victoria, British Columbia. We found a place to rent for a short time, and began to plan our coast to …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Queenstown

(Ok, so Queenstown is technically a town and not a city, but it is so incredibly cool that we had to include it in the World’s Coolest Cities. You can have more fun and excitement in this little mountain resort town on the South Island of New Zealand than you can have in most cities twice its size, so it …

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Creating Your Dream Job: How to Become a Travel Writer Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed how to work hard and establish yourself in the travel writing profession, and the “multiple stream” nature of freelance income. However, you might still be wondering what sort of ways travel writers actually make a living, and where you can get started. Read on to the second part of our “How to Become a Travel …

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Creating Your Dream Job: How to Become a Travel Writer Part 1

If you enjoy writing and love to travel, the life of a freelance travel writer is an absolute dream. Imagine travelling all over the world and having amazing experiences, while getting paid to express them in words and share them with others. As a travel writer you will often get lots of sweet perks, such as free hotel stays, exclusive …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Vienna

The capital and largest city in Austria, Vienna is one of those places where you can effortlessly create the feeling of having stepped backwards in time into a more elegant and graceful era. Visitors can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or get dressed up in their best evening gown to savour a night at the opera or waltz …

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What to Look For in A Hostel

Hostels are fantastic places for young travelers on a budget. They are friendly and casual establishments where you can book yourself a bed in a shared dorm for much cheaper than a hotel would be. Hostels also often feature communal kitchens so that you survive on cheap pasta and beans from the local supermarket when your dining out budget runs …

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Creating A Deeper and More Meaningful Travel Experience

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard Travel is not just about collecting stamps on your passport, getting a tan, or impressing your friends with the ever-growing list of countries that you have visited. When exploring distant lands, it is important …

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Worlds Coolest Cities – Tokyo

Hyperactive, futuristic, and unabashedly geeky, Tokyo is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. You will find your senses absolutely overwhelmed by the glittering architecture, colorful and all pervasive advertising, and bustling flashes of sounds and smells as this modern Asian metropolis pulses and throbs. The sidewalks are full to bursting with humanity and crossing the street can …

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Five Ways The Internet Has Changed the Art of Travel

The days where intrepid travelers voyaged across land and sea with little more than a compass and the position of the stars to guide them are long over, and so are the days when the loved ones of these brave adventurers waited weeks or even months for a letter stating that they were alright and had not been bitten by …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh has the wonderfully rich atmosphere of an old bookshop. Its cobblestone alleyways give the impression of narrow aisles, and there is an overwhelming feeling that the buildings are made of volumes and volumes of stories stacked on top of each other. Even just standing within all this, you can feel a pervasive sense of history. When …

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