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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

Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

When I travel, I almost always stay in hostels.  This is partly to save money, and partly to save my sanity.  I usually travel alone, so if I stayed in a hotel I would just stay in my room and keep myself to myself – I can go for days without talking to anyone.  While sometimes I need the privacy and luxury of a private room, most of the time I still like to meet other travellers, and luckily there…

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How to Save Money Backpacking in Australia

How to Save Money Backpacking in Australia

Australia has been on my bucket list for years.  Ever since I can remember I have wanted to go and explore the land ‘Down Under’, to see kangaroos in the wild, cuddle a koala and get lost in the Bush with Crocodile Dundee.  But it never happened, and instead, I ended up focussing my attention on Latin America (so far, at least).  One of the reasons for this is because I learned how expensive Australia is.  While I am backpacking…

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Camping Alone Safely – 7 Solo Camping Tips

Camping Alone Safely – 7 Solo Camping Tips

Solo camping definitely appeals to me, but the thought of camping alone as a woman makes me nervous!  I asked Paul from Outdoor Choose to share his top solo camping tips to set my mind at ease, and help prepare me for a solo camping trip. Camping alone can be an incredible and enjoyable experience. People do solitary camping for numerous reasons; maybe you have decided to go camping alone for the peace and harmony it offers, or your friends…

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5 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

5 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Part of me hates that we have to write articles like this.  Women should be able to do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, including traveling the world.  Unfortunately, although solo travel is an incredibly liberating, thrilling experience that everyone should try, solo female travelers have to take a little more care when traveling alone, to make sure they stay as safe as possible.  I asked fellow solo female traveler Nora from Rainy Adventures to…

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How to Date a Woman who Travels

How to Date a Woman who Travels

Maybe it’s me.   Maybe I have spectacularly bad taste in men.  Or maybe it’s because I travel.  Apparently, finding love as a solo female traveller is pretty damn hard.  All my friends back home are married with kids, or at least settled down with a cat or two, and I’ve been single for the past ten years.  I am a 35-year-old woman who is smart, not bad looking, but can’t keep a relationship for more than a few weeks.  Don’t…

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Paperwork You Need Before Travelling

Paperwork You Need Before Travelling

For any kind of travel abroad you will need certain documents to allow you to cross the border and enter the new country.  Other useful documents aren’t required by law, but will certainly be useful and give you peace of mind if you want to travel safely.  I hate paperwork, I find it dull and unnecessarily confusing, but unfortunately, there are some things that can’t be avoided!  I’ve attempted to explain the main travel documents you need for a safe,…

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Are Guide Books dead?

Are Guide Books dead?

As you are reading this article from my blog, I am glad you chose to research more into your travels than simply buying a guide book.  Travel blogs, review sites and social media have opened up a whole new world of travel planning resources that weren’t available ten, or even five years ago.  So, does this overwhelming amount of information on the internet mean that good old-fashioned guide books like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, and the rest are obsolete?  Are…

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World Map Christmas Gift Ideas to Inspire Wanderlust

World Map Christmas Gift Ideas to Inspire Wanderlust

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again!  If you are looking for the perfect Christmas present for wannabe travellers who are not currently on the move, I’ve found these awesome Christmas gift ideas to inspire wanderlust and have them planning their next trip asap!  From mugs to shower curtains I’ve found every cool and retro item I could with a world map to help you find the perfect gift for travellers! Please note that these links are to Amazon…

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Coming Home, Reverse Culture Shock and What Now?

Coming Home, Reverse Culture Shock and What Now?

England feels very different to Mexico.  Different to anywhere in Latin America in fact!  Everything in England is calmer and quieter, but less colourful, and less fun.  A grey afternoon in November wasn’t the best welcome back to my native country, that’s for sure!  Many people find that reverse culture shock is worse than the shock of travelling to a new place, and coming home after more than a year I understood why. Reverse Culture Shock: My Experience Returning home…

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10 Things I’ve Learned After Two Years on the Road

10 Things I’ve Learned After Two Years on the Road

I’ve been travelling in Latin America for about two years now; ten months in South America, and 13 months in Cuba, Mexico and Central America.  I am still no expert, but I have definitely learned a few things along the way!  I wrote a similar post about what I had learned after one month of travel, but now two years on things have changed a little.  As I am in my final couple of weeks before coming home, I started…

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