Is Barcelona Safe? And How to Avoid the Barcelona Pickpockets!

Hand stealing a smartphone from a woman's handbag - Barcelona Pickpockets

People often ask the question “is Barcelona safe?”.  To reassure visitors to Barcelona, I’ve updated this post to explain why Barcelona is safe, and a few tips to avoid the notorious Barcelona pickpockets and not get robbed in Barcelona. Is Barcelona Safe? The first thing I have to emphasize is that violent crime in Barcelona […]

The Best Budget Destinations to Add to your Bucket List

Dancers in La Paz Bolivia

Although travel is not possible at the moment, when everything has settled down a little, you might want to think about having a break!  I asked my fellow travel bloggers for their top tips for the best budget destinations around the world, and here is where they recommend for a cheap vacation so you can […]

How to Travel the World Without Leaving Home

How to Travel The World Without Leaving Home

One of the side-effects of the current situation is that most of us will be stuck in one place for a while.  So, as we stay put, how do you channel your wanderlust without being able to travel anywhere?  I’ve come up with some ideas for how to travel the world without leaving home, bring […]

The Launch of #BYORB – Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle to the Airport

Rows and rows of water bottles - Join the BYORB Campaign to get airport water fountains everywhere

Did you know that you can take an empty water bottle through security at airports?   Bringing your own bottle (BYOB) of wine or beer to a social gathering is quite normal, but when it comes to bringing a water bottle to the airport, most of us don’t bother.  We all know about the flight regulations […]

Hostel Tips: Essential Tips for Staying in a Hostel

Sturdy Bunk Beds in Hostels - Hostel Tips

Hostels are a cheap and fun way to travel around the world but staying in a hostel for the first time can be daunting.  I asked Danny from What’s Danny Doing to share his top tips for staying in a hostel from a guy’s point of view – and you’ll be glad to know that […]

Work Exchange Programs: Are They For You?

Two travelling friends raise their hands in celebration of freedom

So, you want to travel and see the world, but you can’t afford it?  Perhaps you want to immerse yourself in a different culture or spend time in another country but don’t know where to go.  You’ve got a summer off before starting college and want some unique work experience abroad but don’t know where […]

Worldpackers Promo Code for $20 Discount on Worldpackers Membership

Special Offer Worldpackers Promo Code $20 Worldpackers Discount

  If you’re looking for a Worldpackers discount you’ve come to the right place!  Tales of a Backpacker has teamed up with Worldpackers to offer a $20 discount on a year’s membership, reducing the membership fee from $49 USD to just $29 USD.  If you already know how work exchange sites work, simply use this […]

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 […]

Free Accommodation in Exchange for Work as a Hostel Volunteer

Hostel bedroom with bunk beds and single beds

As a cash-strapped backpacker, I need to save money wherever I can so I can continue my dream of travelling the world.  One of the ways I have managed to travel for free (almost!) is by exchanging work in hostels for free accommodation.  Because this is a kind of work exchange, it is a great […]

6 of the Best Work Exchange Sites Compared PLUS $20 Worldpackers Discount

Picture of a Goat - You Could Volunteer for Work Exchange on a Farm

Work exchange programs are a fantastic way to travel for free by volunteering abroad.  There are several different work exchange websites which help to connect potential volunteers with work exchange and volunteer placements all over the world.  The one you may have already heard of is Workaway, but there are several other sites like Workaway […]