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I like to think that I’m quite well-educated in the art of travelling on a budget. Some call it ‘travelling on a shoestring’, but I like to call it being super smart with my money and making that dollar stretch as far as I can. Stretch it till it screams!
A couple of pounds saved here or there can mount up to an amount that can aid you in more adventures. …

[ Written by Sophie | 23 Jun 2015 | 16 Comments | ]

When you land somewhere new in the world and think, ‘You know what, I might stay here for a bit. I quite like it!”, you know you’re going to be experiencing something special. There’s nothing quite like fully immersing yourself in a new city or country for a substantial amount of time and absorbing every part of the culture.

There are aspects to the city that you would never experience if …

[ Written by Sophie | 15 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Hands up who can surf? If you’ve raised your hand then you will probably find this story of true novices an entertaining read. For those who are well-experienced with this physically intense and incredible balancing act of surfing, try remember back to your true beginner stages where you encountered more waves on your head and in your face, rather than under your board. For those who are yet to try …

[ Written by Sophie | 28 May 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

Hurray!! Summer is practically here and I can positively feel the sun calling my name and feel the sea breeze in my hair. Now is the time to get planning for those summer trips and see where your summer holidays will take you!
I, for one, cannot wait to get in the heat and forget about the trauma of winter (hey, I’m a summer baby!) so am now deviously planning some …

[ Written by Sophie | 18 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

For those of you who are thinking of embarking on their first big backpacking trip, and those who have got their mitts on their first long haul flight, there can be a number of worries and trepidations running through your mind.
You’ll be jetting off far from loved ones, depending on yourself, carrying your possessions on your back like a turtle, responsible for your own safety without mum’s knowing advice and heading off into an unknown …

[ Written by Sophie | 14 May 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Ahhh the notorious night buses of Asia. You may be familiar with the many horror stories that filter down through backpackers of how awful, traumatic and dangerous they can be, but I’m here to tell ya that they can be fun! Well, perhaps I should say that they can be entertaining, confusing, bewildering, adrenaline pumping and bonding. If that’s what you’d class as fun then you might not mind taking …

[ Written by Sophie | 13 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

Traveling the world is an exciting affair where you get to pack up your belongings, carry them on your back and hit the road not knowing quite where it’ll take you! If you’re going for an extended trip with a one way ticket, not knowing when you’ll return home, then that’s the kind of trip I’d like to join you on!
But unfortunately, there’s the small issue of funds. Ugh how …

[ Written by Sophie | 30 Mar 2015 | 31 Comments | ]

I jetted off to Prague the other month to have a little winter weekend away in a cold fairy-tale land of spires and gothic architecture. I knew all about it’s stunning architecture, I had seen countless photographs of the beautiful Charles Bridge (and had heeded the warnings of how busy it can get), I had heard about Czech food and the mysterious ‘goulash’, I had known that I would be …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Mar 2015 | 16 Comments | ]

I’m a big fan of buying cheap flights to European destinations to spend a long weekend unwinding and sightseeing. I like to scour the net, jump on every EasyJet newsletter that pops up in my inbox, do random searches on Skyscanner and indulge in holiday fantasies until a cheap flight appears and I can spontaneously buy it.

I’m guilty of the ‘bargain brag’ where I can say “Yeah, I’m flying to …

[ Written by Sophie | 4 Mar 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Vietnam is a country that had forever been on my hit list. It had enticed me over with promises of delicious Pho noodle soup, silken tailoring and epic landmarks, such as, Halong Bay. After studying the Vietnam War, I knew it had a harrowing history that was both deep and tragic, but when I finally stepped off the plane, I was quickly immersed in Vietnam’s beautiful culture that still retained …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Feb 2015 | 11 Comments | ]