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A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical archipelago than you can shake a stick at. You could quite happily spend …

[ Written by Alex | 21 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

If someone who had never been to England were to make a montage of typically British experiences, I can just imagine what it might involve (cue a mish-mash of red phone booths, getting caught in the rain and bumping into the Queen, Kate and Will or David Beckham on your way to the shops).
However, there are two stereotypes that maybe do hit a little close to home. We drink a …

[ Written by Alex | 4 Jun 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

For some people, the urge to travel becomes more than just a ‘want’ in their life. It becomes a ‘need’. Whether this need is fuelled by an urge to discover new places, to meet more people, to push yourself outside your comfort zone or simply to have just as much fun as possible in this big, old world – it inspires you to give travel a high priority. Of course, …

[ Written by Alex | 8 May 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch – I say they’re wrong! I am notoriously useless when it comes to organising my finances. I have such respect for those people who work hard, like the ants in Aesop’s fable, storing their grains away until suddenly, POW! They’ve bought their dream house with a white picket fence. Unfortunately, I am more of the grasshopper clan, the ones who sing …

[ Written by Alex | 25 Mar 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny …

[ Written by Alex | 7 Mar 2015 | 22 Comments | ]

Happy Valentine’s month! Whether your little eyes light up with love hearts over V-Day or whether you hate it with a fiery passion, it’s hard to miss this red card and candy holiday. In fact, I’m pretty sure that as soon as the January sales bite the dust, retailers wheel out the satin hearts and cuddly bears to remind people of their next big expenditure lest they forget this loved …

[ Written by Alex | 5 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

I’ve got a whole lot of love for Thailand. I’ve also got a whole lot of love for eating nice things. Combine the two and it’s a match made in food heaven! As any backpacker that’s travelled on a shoestring will agree, finding an abundance of mouth-watering food for a price that’s, (quite literally), cheaper than chips, feels like striking gold when you’re out on the road. In Thailand, you’re …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

I have never been on a cold weather holiday. Every January, as we enter the depths of bleak mid-winter here in the UK, my little brain awakens from its gentle festive fugue of eat, sleep, drink, repeat, and starts to plan how best to flee the country to get some much needed Vitamin D. Occasionally I have allowed myself to get seduced by the idea of romantic treks through pine …

[ Written by Alex | 11 Jan 2015 | 16 Comments | ]

Honduras is hot right now. And it’s not just the steamy, tropical, Central American climes that make it so. In fact, this whole stretch of land bridging the gap between Mexico and Colombia has been slowly coming into its own as a firm favourite with independent travellers over the past 20 years, as political and civil situations gain stability. As a result, safety concerns are less of an issue and …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Dec 2014 | 19 Comments | ]

The clocks have gone back, the days are getting darker and random celebrities are coming out of the woodwork to power up the Christmas lights across the nation. Yep, it’s official: Winter is coming. So when my girlfriends and I decided on a little, British seaside town for a much needed weekend away, we were aware it might be a tiny bit out of season. But this is Brighton, my …

[ Written by Alex | 14 Nov 2014 | 6 Comments | ]