Worldpackers vs Workaway – Which is the Best Work Exchange Site?

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Work exchanges are a wonderful way to travel for free and to learn more about a different culture.  You can even enjoy your own country while working in exchange for accommodation!  Two of the biggest work exchange websites are Workaway and Worldpackers, and people often wonder which is the best work exchange site.  I’m here […]

How to Visit Budapest on a Budget

Fishermen's Bastion at Sunrise - Claire Walking Through an Archway with a tower in the background- Budapest on a Budget

Budapest is an incredible city and thankfully is still cheap compared to other European capitals.  However, if you want to really enjoy Budapest on a budget there are some things you need to know.  So, if you’re backpacking in Budapest or simply want a weekend in Budapest without breaking the bank, here’s my guide to […]

How to Save Money For Travel

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You know how your paycheck doesn’t seem to stretch to the end of the month?  How your friends are planning to go on holiday but you just don’t seem to have the cash to spend without sticking it on your credit card?  You are not alone!  However, there are lots of ways to save money […]

Backpacking Guatemala on a Budget

Tikal - Backpacking Guatemala Travel Guide

Guatemala is a special place.  Torn apart by civil war from 1960 to 1996, Guatemala is slowly recovering and is now becoming a must-visit destination in Central America.  Backpacking in Guatemala will reward you with incredible scenery and natural wonders, from volcanoes to limestone pools and huge lakes, strong indigenous cultures and colourful clothes, delicious […]

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona to Rock your Stay

Casa Batllo Barcelona, One of Gaudi's Masterpieces - Free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a perennially popular destination, and with its Mediterranean climate, spectacular food, nightlife, culture, and beaches, it’s not hard to see why.  Barcelona does tend to be more expensive compared to other cities in Spain, but there is still plenty to do for the budget traveller.  Here are just a few of the awesome […]

11 Tried & Tested Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

Woman hiking on the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye in front of an epic view of Scottish Mountains

I didn’t choose the name Tales of a Backpacker by coincidence.  I was a backpacker out of necessity because I couldn’t afford any other way to travel.  I quit my job to go travelling, and although I had some money saved up I wasn’t earning any money for a long time while I was on […]

How to Visit Venice on a Budget

Taking a Gondola Ride is a Unique Experience in Venice

Venice is an incredible city, and although its popularity has made it expensive, there are still ways to visit Venice on a budget.  Whether you’re backpacking Venice or just looking for a holiday in Venice without breaking the bank, I’ve got you covered with these tips! The Best Time to Visit Venice on a Budget […]

The Essential Byron Bay Backpacking Guide

Byron Bay Beach - Australia Bucket List

Tucked away in the northern coast of New South Wales, Australia, Byron Bay is a hidden gem and haven for backpackers and locals alike. This hippie surf town may seem like yet another Australian party central, but really, there is so much more than meets the eye. If you’re preparing to backpack to Byron Bay, […]

Backpacking Bogota: Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Street Art in Bogota Colombia - Backpacking South America Backpackers Guide to South America on a Budget

Bogota certainly wasn’t my favourite stop in Colombia.  Compared to the rest of this beautiful country, Bogota is busy, dirty, and the traffic is always horrendous,  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were more than enough things to do in Bogota keep me occupied for a few days before I took my flight […]

Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlan - Backpacking Guatemala Guide

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.  Blue water, volcanoes, and indigenous Maya villages dotted around the lake make for a peaceful and fascinating stay!  Just two and a half hours from Antigua, Lake Atitlán is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, alongside Antigua, Tikal, and Semuc Champey. […]