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Will I Be Lonely as a Solo Traveler?

Are you dreaming of a travel adventure, but nervous about setting out on your own? I’ve heard many people tell me that they would love to travel, but they just don’t want to be out there all on their lonesome. They ask me, “will I be lonely as a solo traveler?” Take it from me; the fear of loneliness is …

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Don’t Fall into the Party Hostel Trap

Eat. Drink. Sleep. Repeat. On a worn out futon in a hostel in Vang Vieng, Laos a gaggle of painfully hungover 20 somethings sprawl while sipping soft drinks and watching reruns of Family Guy and The Simpsons. When the sun starts to go down and rumours of the night’s party start to circulate, they will pull themselves off the cushions, …

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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 …

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Hostel Food Theft and the Problems of a Communal Fridge

It was nearing 1pm and I couldn’t ignore the grumbling emptiness in my stomach anymore. It was time to stop working on the travel writing for a while and have some lunch, so I closed my laptop and headed to the kitchen of our hostel in Buenos Aires. The florescent lights flickered as I pulled open the fridge door and …

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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 …

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Exploring Croatia on a Budget – Insider Tips

This guest post is brought to you by Frank and Vera from Frank About Croatia. They share their insider tips for making the most of your trip to this beautiful country on a small budget. I moved to Croatia from Canada almost ten years ago without really planning it. I haven’t even known much about Croatia prior to moving here. …

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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, …

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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 …

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Southeast Asia Tuk Tuk Tips – How Not to Get Taken for a Ride

A tuk tuk is a colourful three wheeled form of transport that is commonly seen in many destinations around Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. They are powered by a motorbike in the front and they have a covered seating area for passengers in the back. They are a fun and exciting way to weave through …

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How to Survive a Long Bus Ride

When we visited New Orleans in May, we opted to take the Greyhound bus there from Virginia rather than flying. The choice was easy for us, because we ended up saving nearly $1000. However, many people thought we were crazy because the bus journey was 24 hours each way. However, sitting on a bus for 24 hours is not as …

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Why You Should Give Couchsurfing a Try

When we were in the remote town of Corner Brook, on the island province of Newfoundland, Canada we stayed with Angela and John, an older couple from England who were working in the area. They picked us up in town, took us to their gorgeous house, gave us the entire top floor suite to stay in, cooked us delicious meals, …

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Our Top Ten Online Travel Resources

Okay, we are on a train in this photo but the same advice applies!

The internet has made traveling so much easier. Instead of relying on guidebooks which may not have been updated for several years, you can find the answers that you are looking for with a simple search. We use the internet as a travel resource in so many ways as we navigate around the globe and we have found certain websites …

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How to Become a Digital Nomad

So you want to become a digital nomad? The perks of the being a digital nomad are obvious; creating an income online allows you to pretty much live and travel to anywhere you want in the world. You will be able to set your own schedule and make your own rules. You can follow your dream of traveling to far …

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Dear Hotels, Start Taking WiFi Seriously

How to get work done, no matter where you are

“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 …

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Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It’s a sound I recognized immediately from horror films, the high pitched squealing and frantic flapping of dozens of bats as they swarm around the bright entrance of a dark cave. As I looked up to see them circling high above me near the roof of the limestone cavern, I clutched my flashlight a little tighter and I stepped further …

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The Importance of Being in Shape While Traveling

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 …

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Ten Different Types of Travel

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 …

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Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas?

Do you want to explore another country for a longer period of time and have a deeper experience than a packaged two week holiday? Why not spend up to a year living and working abroad with working holiday visas? Working holiday visas generally allow a traveler to be employed in the country during their visit as a way of supplementing …

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