Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

Rio de Janeiro Brazil - Is Rio Safe for Tourists

I travelled to Brazil in 2016 and was in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, which was incredible although we did have a couple of unnerving experiences.  I haven’t written much about Brazil or Rio yet, so I asked Yvonne from Now in Rio to share her thoughts on a question that is often asked about […]

How to Manage the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

Sunrise at Machu Picchu Peru

Peru is on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason.  The Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu has graced the cover of countless South American guidebooks and travel magazines, and this iconic UNESCO site is certainly a worthy entry in the New Modern Wonders of the World.  However, for many visitors to Machu Picchu and […]

7 Essential Tips for Backpacking in South America

Christ The Redeemder in Rio de Janeiro Brazil - Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

Ah, South America! The fourth-largest continent in the world comprised of twelve sovereign states, replete with ethnic, linguistic and geographical diversity. Whether this be your first backpacking trip, or you are already a seasoned traveller in other parts of the world, it’s always useful to read up on a few tips and tricks to consider […]

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 […]

What to Pack for La Ciudad Perdida Lost City Trek

The Ciudad Perdida Tour, or Lost City Trek, in northern Colombia is an incredible hike.  It is not an easy walk though, and involves steep climbs and descents, two river crossings and hoards of mosquitos.  Here is a handy guide to what to pack for La Ciudad Perdida Tour to help you prepare, and handle it […]

Hostel Etiquette : How to Stay in a Hostel & Not Piss off your Roommates

Hostel Dorm Beds - Work Exchange Placements are common in Hostels around the World

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 […]

You Know You’re a Seasoned Backpacker When….

Essential Items for your Backpack

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 […]

Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing Borders in South America

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 […]