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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

Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing an international border in South America is, on the whole, very easy.  A little too easy in fact.  I have crossed 14 international borders in South America since I arrived last August, and once you know how it works the first time, the rest of the crossings should be a doddle.  There are still a few things to bear in mind when you are crossing borders in South America. During my 10 month journey I have crossed the following…

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10 Essential Items for your Backpack

10 Essential Items for your Backpack

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult.  There are so many things that would be useful, and so many that just take up valuable space, it can be difficult for a backpacker to decide what to pack!  These are the things I couldn’t do without on my ten month backpacking trip to South America, the 10 essential items for your backpack that I guarantee you will be glad you took with you! Essential Items for your Backpack: The Basics Lifestraw…

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Bus Travel in South America: Everything You Need to Know

Bus Travel in South America: Everything You Need to Know

Travelling by bus in South America can be a great way to get around cheaply and easily.  Long distance buses are usually (not always!) fairly comfortable with reclining seats and air con, and some even include drinks, snacks and films to watch.  Others of course are more basic, but all are incredible good value compared with European bus travel.  However, there are some things you need to know before embarking on your journey, to help you navigate the sometimes very…

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The Photo That Cost Me $500

The Photo That Cost Me $500

I had already been to Ecuador back in November, and had visited Quito, Mindo, Latacunga, the Quilatoa Lake, Guayaquil, and, of course, the Galapagos Islands.  But I had left Ecuador suddenly, and there was just one thing left on my “must-do” list: The Swing at the End of the World.  I had seen pictures of this swing in the town of Baños that looks like you are swinging into nothingness, and really wanted to see it for myself.  I had the…

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Love on the Road: Should I stay or should I go?

Love on the Road: Should I stay or should I go?

Love is a particularly difficult subject for the solo travellers amongst us.  We are strong, independent, and more than happy to go it alone, but that doesn’t mean we want to be alone forever.  So what happens when we meet someone we like?  And I mean REALLY like?  When we find love on the road, how do we decide who is worth staying (or leaving) for, and who isn’t worth the wasted plane ticket?   You want to travel the…

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Five Foolish Mistakes to Avoid While Travelling

Five Foolish Mistakes to Avoid While Travelling

In honour of April Fool’s Day, I’ve compiled some common foolish mistakes that backpackers & tourists often make while travelling.  How many of these are you guilty of?  Or do you have any more foot-in-mouth incidents you would like to share?? Foolish Mistakes to Avoid While Travelling #1: Not backing up camera or phone photos.  How many times have I heard this one?  A lot.  Unfortunately phones and cameras are fragile and have a habit of getting lost, stolen or…

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Backpacker #FirstWorldProblems

Backpacker #FirstWorldProblems

I chose to gallivant around the world, so I should be happy about it, right?  Well yes, I am actually.  But every now and again there are some things that really bug me. Here are some backpacker #firstworldproblems that in the grand scheme of things aren’t a big deal, but have a tendency to piss me off every time they happen! No wifi. Or worse, wifi so poor you can’t do anything on it. I think everyone will back me…

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10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. The last 30 days have whizzed by in a blur of mountains, Inca ruins and llamas. I’m not sure how I expected to feel after a month of travelling – seeing and doing incredible things, making friends with people from all over the World who you may never see again, or who you may bump into a few days later in the next town. I haven’t really had time to process what…

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Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

So it turns out planning a nine month backpacking trip isn’t as easy as I thought. Or rather, trying to combine preparing to travel with working a 9-6pm job 5 days a week, a part time job 2 nights a week, trying to see all my friends & family before I leave, and putting something up on the blog every now and again! And now, a mere 2 weeks before I start my journey I am lurching between total calm…

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Pickpockets in Barcelona: 10 Tips to beat the scams!

Pickpockets in Barcelona: 10 Tips to beat the scams!

Violent crime in Barcelona is virtually non-existent. Pickpockets in Barcelona are, on the other hand, annoyingly common.  I am surprised how often people ask me if I feel safe here, as they have heard it’s a dangerous place!   It is very rare that belongings are taken by force or with any threat of force; but pickpocketing is a problem. Pickpocketing is pretty common, especially in busy tourist areas like Las Ramblas and the metro, as it is not a crime here…

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