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Here will you find musings from my life on the road – my own thoughts and feelings as well as travel tips and recommendations about solo travel

Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostel Nightmares: When Hostel Stays Go Bad

Hostels are wonderful places to stay.  Cheap, sociable, and perfect for backpackers, I have stayed in some amazing hostels all over the world.  However, sometimes hostel stays don’t work out quite as we’d hoped!  After a couple of terrible experiences in hostels, including having all my stuff stolen from a hostel locker, I asked fellow female travellers to share their hostel nightmares.  Read on, if you dare! Hostel Nightmares: Horrible Roommates By Claire from Tales of a Backpacker In Stockholm I…

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Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostels are one of the best accommodation options for backpackers and budget travellers.  However, although sometimes I may complain about #firstworldproblems, I have realised after 18 months of staying in hostel dorms that there are certain unwritten rules that apparently do need to be written down to make sure everyone enjoys their stay.  If we all follow this simple guide to hostel etiquette, we will all get along just fine! Want to book a hostel bed?  I use hostelworld.com or…

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Travel Planning Made Easy: Essential Travel Resources

Travel Planning Made Easy: Essential Travel Resources

Travel planning can be stressful, worrying and downright horrible.  I hate having to think sensibly about important things as I’d rather just get out there and do it!  But, when planning for a year abroad, a long-term trip, holiday or even a weekend away, there are several resources out there to make your life that little bit easier.  Here are my favourite essential travel resources to help plan your trip of a lifetime! Essential Travel Resources: Destination Planning I love…

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Backpacking in Cuba on a Budget

Backpacking in Cuba on a Budget

Let’s not beat about the bush; Cuba is NOT a cheap destination for foreigners.  It seems that the Cuban government are very savvy about the revenue they gain from tourism, and although crime is rare & foreigners are officially very well looked after, it can be hard not to feel like a walking wallet, especially in Havana.  After spending three and a half weeks in Cuba I was tired of the constant battle, so I decided to put together some…

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2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

I wasn’t going to do one of these posts, but sometimes it’s important to look back at and appreciate what you have achieved, and to see more clearly what you want to do this year!  2016 was an incredible year for me – full of adventure and amazing destinations, but also tinged with some difficult times. 2016 was certainly a crappy year for celebrity deaths, with famous faces sadly dropping like flies.  I have been lucky not to lose anyone myself…

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How Can I Afford to Travel Full Time?

How Can I Afford to Travel Full Time?

I often get asked this question. People tend to assume that to travel I must have a lot of money. True, last year when I travelled around South America I spent around £14,000 – which is not an easy amount of money to save! But, before you assume I am a privileged little rich kid, let me explain step by step how I can afford to travel full time. Before I left Spain in September 2015, I was working two…

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How to Survive Spending Christmas Abroad

How to Survive Spending Christmas Abroad

This will be my third Christmas away from home.  When I say home, I haven’t lived with my parents for 16 years, so I really mean that this will be my third Christmas away from my family.  Being away from our families and friends at Christmas and special dates can be tough, but how do you, and your families, cope?  If you are worried about being away and feeling lonely, I have a few tips that will hopefully help you,…

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How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

The UK isn’t the cheapest destination, but recent fluctuations in currency thanks to the ‘Brexit’ vote, means this is the perfect time for many people to visit my home country.  And there are a few tricks that can help your hard earned cash go even further to allow you to explore more of the UK during your trip.  Here I have put together some tips for how to travel around the UK on a budget: Travelling to the UK on…

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Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

So many people I meet have been to England, and not left London.  When I tell them I’m English their eyes light up and they eagerly tell me they visited the London for a few days, but nowhere else, or occasionally some went to Brighton or Cambridge or another town close by.  Of course, London is a great destination, but there is plenty more to explore outside our vibrant capital.  If you have the time to venture outside the city…

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How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

Your passport is the most important document you will ever own, as a traveller at least.  If the worst should happen and your passport is stolen, do not worry – this need not mean the end of your trip.  An inconvenience, definitely, and extra expense for sure, but in most cases you can continue travelling with just a few minor adjustments.  After having my passport stolen in Ecuador, here is my story of how I managed to get a replacement…

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