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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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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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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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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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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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What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

The world is full of adventurous souls, discovering new and exciting lands every day, and many of these travellers are doing it solo.  Going it alone can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is not without its trials and tribulations.  So what is the worst thing about solo travel? For me, it is dining alone.  I can go to a museum, visit a monument, wander around a city to my heart’s content; all quite happily by myself.  However,…

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