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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

How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

How to Choose a Hostel Bed Like a Pro

Your first stay in a hostel can be a daunting experience.  I’m here to help you have the best possible hostel experience, and although a good night’s sleep unfortunately can’t be guaranteed, choosing the right hostel bed can go a long way to help!  By following a few tips, you can turn a hostel nightmare into an awesome hostel experience! Want to book a hostel for your next trip?  Check out HostelWorld for listings and prices Which Hostel Room to…

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Motion Sickness: Don’t Let Car Sickness Ruin Your Travel Plans!

Motion Sickness: Don’t Let Car Sickness Ruin Your Travel Plans!

Motion sickness, car sickness, travel sickness, sea sickness; all names for that awful affliction that strikes fear into some of us at the mere thought of taking a journey.  Those who don’t suffer from it have no idea how it feels, and those that do dread long trips, windy roads and rough seas. Even typing the words makes me feel queasy!  Having suffered from severe motion sickness since childhood, over the years I have learned various tricks and tips that…

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11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

11 Reasons Why Hostels are Awesome

I feel like I’ve been bashing hostels lately; from sharing some horrible hostel nightmares to drawing up a list of unwritten rules for hostel etiquette for those who stay in a hostel for the first time.  However, it is not all bad!  I feel I now have to tell the other side of the story and emphasise why hostels are awesome and why I still stay in hostels despite everything you might have read in the other posts!  There are definitely…

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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 backpacking Cuba solo, I was tired of the constant battle, so I decided to put together…

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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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