How Can I Afford to Travel Full Time?

How can I afford to travel full time

I often get asked this question. People tend to assume that to travel I must have a lot of money. True, last year when I travelled around South America I spent around £14,000 – which is not an easy amount of money to save! But, before you assume I am a privileged little rich kid, […]

How to Survive Spending Christmas Abroad

How to Survive Spending Christmas Away from Home - Girl in the snow looking up and smiling

This will be my third Christmas away from home.  When I say home, I haven’t lived with my parents for 16 years, so I really mean that this will be my third Christmas when I spend the day with my family.  Being away from our families and friends at Christmas and other special dates can […]

How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

Travel the UK on a Budget. Cheap Travel in the UK

The UK isn’t the cheapest destination, but it needn’t cost the earth.  And there are a few tricks that can help your hard-earned cash go even further to allow you to explore more of the UK during your trip.  Here I have put together some tips for how to travel around the UK on a […]

Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England

Reasons to Visit the North of England

So many people I meet have been to England, and not left London.  When I tell them I’m English their eyes light up and they eagerly tell me they visited the London for a few days, but nowhere else, or occasionally some went to Brighton or Cambridge or another town close by.  Of course, London […]

How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

Your passport is the most important document you will ever own, as a traveller at least.  If the worst should happen and your passport is stolen, do not worry – this need not mean the end of your trip.  An inconvenience, definitely, and extra expense for sure, but in most cases you can continue travelling […]

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 […]

10 Essential Items for your Backpack

Essential Items for your Backpack

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult.  There are so many things that would be useful, and so many that just take up valuable space, it can be difficult for a backpacker to decide what to pack!  These are the things I couldn’t do without on my ten month backpacking trip to South America, […]

Bus Travel in South America: Your Guide to Buses in South America

Bus Travel in South America - Getting Off

Travelling by bus in South America can be a great way to get around cheaply and easily.  Long distance buses in South America are usually (not always!) fairly comfortable with reclining seats and air con, and some even include drinks, snacks and films to watch.  Others of course are more basic, but all are incredibly […]

The Photo That Cost Me $500

The Swing at the End of the Earth in Baños - Backpacking Ecuador Travel Blog

I had already been to Ecuador back in November, and had visited Quito, Mindo, Latacunga, the Quilatoa Lake, Guayaquil, and, of course, the Galapagos Islands.  But I had left Ecuador suddenly, and there was just one thing left on my “must-do” list: The Swing at the End of the World.  I had seen pictures of this […]

Love on the Road: Should I stay or should I go?

Love on the Road: It can be lonely sometimes!

  Love is a particularly difficult subject for the solo travellers amongst us.  We are strong, independent, and more than happy to go it alone, but that doesn’t mean we want to be alone forever.  So what happens when we meet someone we like?  And I mean REALLY like?  When we find love on the […]