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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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A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

In the heart of Yorkshire’s countryside in the north of England lies the beautiful historic city of York.  A gem in Britain’s glittering crown, I have many fond memories of visiting York as a child, and was thrilled to go back and revisit this incredible city.  It is a popular destination for tourists, both home-grown and from abroad, so I was worried it was going to be expensive.  However, I was relieved to find there is plenty to see and…

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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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Nazca Lines: The Mysterious Markings in the Peruvian Desert

Nazca Lines: The Mysterious Markings in the Peruvian Desert

Or how I paid $85 to vomit over a UNESCO World Heritage site! I was excited about Nazca. I didn’t know much about the ancient civilization that gave the town its name, except that they had left the famous ‘Nazca Lines’ in the desert, deep in Southern Peru.  I was hoping to learn more about them, and understand why they drew the lines in the sand that could only be appreciated from the air. There was a group of 4…

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Arequipa Peru – Your Guide to Peru’s White City

Arequipa Peru – Your Guide to Peru’s White City

Arequipa is filled with beautiful architecture & surrounded by spectacular scenery. White volcanic rock called sillar was used to construct most of the buildings here, and so earned Arequipa its nickname of the White City. It is Peru’s second largest city and is also the base for treks to Colca Canyon & surrounding volcanoes including El Misti and Chachani.  Arequipa’s location makes it a great stop off between Cusco and Lima and perfect for backpackers.  I spent a couple of days…

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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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Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, and Cusco isn’t afraid to cash in on its famous history. That is what irritated me about Cusco; although beautiful and interesting to explore, at every turn someone was trying to sell me something. Massages, restaurant menus, llama keyrings, photos with a Peruvian Cholita, photos with a llama, photos with a Peruvian Cholita and a llama,…

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Peru Hop Review: The Best Way from Lima to Cusco

Peru Hop Review: The Best Way from Lima to Cusco

Getting from Lima to Cusco by bus can seem like a mission, but Peru Hop have come to the rescue.  They offer a hop on hop off bus from Lima to Cusco, and vice versa.  I took the Cusco to Lima bus, instead of taking a local bus to each of the destinations between Lima & Cusco, so here is my Peru Hop review. Peru Hop have regular buses running every other day from Lima to Cusco, and vice versa,…

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Sunrise at Machu Picchu: My Magic Moment

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: My Magic Moment

I cried the first time I saw Machu Picchu. It had been an emotional few days! I had been pushed to my physical and mental limits; hiked for four days across peaks up to 4400m high. I had been wet, cold, hot, sweaty and constantly exhausted. While I understand how some people hate Machu Picchu and how touristy it is, for me it was all worth it to get my magic moment, watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu.  As the first…

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