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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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WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

WIN A FREE PASS ON PERU HOP WORTH $199 USD

COMPETITION TIME!   I am very excited to announce that Tales of a Backpacker has teamed up with Peru Hop to give one of you lucky people a free pass to travel through Peru, worth up to $199 USD!  About the Prize The lucky winner will receive a free pass on Peru Hop worth up to $199 USD.  They can choose their route from the options available from Lima to Cusco, or Cusco to Lima, or a Short Tour (subject…

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You Know You’re a Seasoned Backpacker When….

You Know You’re a Seasoned Backpacker When….

Backpacking or travelling for a long period of time is an incredible experience – rewarding, exhilarating and life-changing.  However, when travelling for a long time, there are some things that start to affect your daily life, and that people recognise in you even if you don’t see it for yourself! Here are just a few things I realised I have started doing after spending a long time on the road! Planning a trip?  These Travel Planning Resources can help! You…

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My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

The first time I went to La Paz I didn’t want to bike down the world’s most dangerous road.  I mean, who would want to ride down “Death Road”?!  The second time I went I still didn’t want to do it, but for some reason I thought it would be character building or some crap like that. Find accommodation in La Paz on Booking.com or Hostelworld Besides, the North Yungas Road, to give it its real name, is no longer the…

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A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as it’s called in Spanish, is on the northern coast of Colombia, enjoying the heavenly warm seas of the Caribbean.  In this practical guide to Tayrona National Park you’ll see how to get there, what to take & where to camp in Parque Tayrona.  One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, don’t miss it! How to Get to Tayrona National Park Santa Marta or Palomino make great bases to stay before and…

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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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Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park: Much More Than Beautiful Beaches

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as its called in Spanish, should be on any Colombian itinerary.  The protected area on Colombia’s northern coast spans 150 km2 of land, and 30km2 of ocean, providing lush forest, glorious coastline and pre-Hispanic history to explore.  Obviously, the beaches are stunning, but there is more to Tayrona than just the beaches, and I’d recommend at least a two-night stay to make the most of your time here.  And definitely stay overnight, to see…

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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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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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