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Here will you find musings from my life on the road – my own thoughts and feelings as well as travel tips and recommendations about solo travel

Work Exchange Programs: Are They For You?

Work Exchange Programs: Are They For You?

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 to turn.  Why not try a work exchange program?  Work exchange programs could be the answer to all of your travel and work experience prayers! …

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Worldpackers Promo Code for $20 Discount on Worldpackers Membership

Worldpackers Promo Code for $20 Discount on Worldpackers Membership

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 Worldpackers promo code to claim your discount: If you’d like more information on how to travel the world for free by volunteering, read on for some…

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11 Tried & Tested Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

11 Tried & Tested Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

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 the road.  After spending two years spending as little as possible while backpacking South America, Central America and Mexico, I learned a thing or two…

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Free Accommodation in Exchange for Work as a Hostel Volunteer

Free Accommodation in Exchange for Work as a Hostel Volunteer

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 way to work in a hostel abroad without needing a visa or a long-term job contract.  Work exchange programs offer free accommodation for travellers if…

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

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

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 which work in a similar way, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  I’ve brought together the six most popular work exchange sites to compare…

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Airbnb Guide: How to Use Airbnb for the First Time

Airbnb Guide: How to Use Airbnb for the First Time

Airbnb has taken the world by storm.  In many cases, it is cheaper and more convenient than booking a hotel room, but if it is your first time using Airbnb you may be wondering how to use Airbnb properly and be looking for some tips for getting started with Airbnb.  Look no further!  I’ve designed this Airbnb guide to share all my Airbnb tips and tricks, including how to set up an Airbnb account, explaining how the Airbnb booking process…

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Why Taking a Cruise Isn’t as Expensive as You Might Think

Why Taking a Cruise Isn’t as Expensive as You Might Think

When I used to hear the word ‘cruise’, I automatically thought expensive.  I couldn’t help it, I had images of posh people quaffing cocktails in evening gowns and spending a year’s salary on a two-week cruise.  However, I have recently come to realise that cruising actually isn’t as expensive as I thought.  There are plenty of ways you can take a cheap cruise without breaking the bank, so you can enjoy cruising on a budget.  Read on for some top…

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The Best Gift Experiences to Give to Travel Lovers

The Best Gift Experiences to Give to Travel Lovers

Ho Ho Ho, it’s December already!  If you haven’t already filled your Christmas present quota with Black Friday deals, why don’t you take a different approach to Christmas gifts this year?  Giving experiences instead of things is a wonderful way to show you care, and there are lots of fantastic gift experiences you can give to your loved ones, and even join them on the experiences too so you can enjoy some quality time together.  I’ve picked out some of…

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10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

No matter how perfectly you think you’ve planned your trip, sometimes things go wrong.  From trivial things like no phone credit or poor wi-fi to having your passport stolen or needing medical assistance, we all have travel problems that pop up every now and again.  To help you overcome these issues, I’ve put together some of the best travel apps to help you out of any difficult situation while you are travelling. Official US State Department App Be prepared before…

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How to Find the Best Flight Deals for Black Friday (& All Year!)

How to Find the Best Flight Deals for Black Friday (& All Year!)

It’s coming!  Black Friday is nearly upon us, swiftly followed by Cyber Monday.  A weekend of flight deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday makes it the best time of year to book flights for your next vacation.  To help you find the best flight deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Skyscanner is compiling all the Black Friday flight deals they can find and bringing them together in one place.  Where will you choose? Skyscanner can also help you find cheap…

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