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 Ways to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Flights

Looking out of a plane window - how to reduce the carbon footprint of your flights

I like to think I do my bit for the planet.  I recycle, I don’t buy plastic water bottles, I am kind to animals…. But my guilty secret?  Flying.  I adore travelling, and flying is part of travel so I feel like I can’t just give it up!  However, I know I need to do […]

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 […]

Airbnb Guide: How to Use Airbnb for the First Time

Keep your Airbnb Clean & Tidy - Airbnb Guest Etiquette

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 […]

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

Cruise Ship on the Ocean - How to Cruise on a Budget

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 […]