Going on a shoestring backpacking trip is one of the most exciting and affordable ways of seeing the world.
It is also pretty thrilling to move away from a comfortable lifestyle and stay in grungy hotels for a while. Eating low budget lunches on the street and trying to work out what the mystery meat really is can also add an extra bit of fun to your travels.
It is with a certain amount of fear of the unknown that most of us set out on our travels for the first time.
My first long trip started in Ecuador and every travel guide I read about it warned me about the dangers of being mugged, attacked, conned or generally targeted by criminals. In the end, I loved the country and its warm, friendly people. Nothing bad happened to me while I was there but maybe that was because I followed some basic tips for staying safe on my travels.
If you are planning a long, meandering trip round the planet then sorting out your luggage is going to be one of the most important parts of the preparations.
I can still remember standing in front of a backpack that was fit to burst and wondering how to cram in all of the other stuff I thought I needed to take. Being away from home for a long time is a scary thought but that doesn’t mean that you need to try and take every single one of your possessions away with you. So what are the most important items to pack?
Let’s face it; London is a magical place to visit at any time of year. In such a big and vibrant city finding something to do isn’t ever going to be much of a problem.
However, if you want to see the UK capital during a very special occasion then here are 5 weekends throughout the year worth considering.
A friend just asked me for some advice on planning a round the world trip and I realized that the first time you do this it is something incredibly difficult.
It was a while ago that I first sat down with an Atlas and saw that finding a way to go round this big old planet wasn’t going to be easy. In the end, I was happy with the way I did it, so here are my top tips for getting it right.